by Good & Associates
Guide to DVDs
Links to DVD news, information and sales sites.
Catalogs of DVDs
released 1999 -- 2006
- June 7
Aliens, Clowns & Geeks
(2021) Out-of-work actor Eddy Pine stumbles upon the key to the universe and is drawn into an intergalactic conflict between killer clowns and sneaky green aliens -- the fate of the planet hangs on the outcome. From the mind of Richard Elfman ("Forbidden Zone," "Modern Vampires") comes another hilarious cult classic comedy featuring an all-star cast that includes Steve Agee, French Stewart, George Wendt, Verne Troyer, Anastasia Elfman, Malcolm Foster Smith, Rebecca Forsythe, Angeline-Rose Troy, Nic Novicki and Martin Klebba with a soundtrack featuring original music by Danny Elfman and Ego Plum. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray is due June 21. Extras: "Aliens, Clowns and Geeks" behind the scenes interviews with the cast and crew; interview with writer-director Richard Elfman; "Mambo Diabolico" music video; original theatrical trailer. (Elfmaniac Media/MVD Entertainment). Read more here
The Clock BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1945) Over two whirlwind days, the impossible happens: Two strangers meet and fall in love with each other, with the City -- and its iconoclastic, eccentric inhabitants in this romance directed by Vincente Minnelli. After 10 years of musical appearances on film, M-G-M finally let Judy Garland exhibit her extraordinary acting talents without the need for song, and the results are unforgettable. Despite this romantic classic being very decidedly not a musical, the film is well-regarded for its haunting original score by composer David Raksin. Extras: Vintage Pete Smith specialty "Hollywood Scout," classic Tex Avery cartoon "Screwy Truant," audio-only bonus: radio show adaptation with Judy Garland and John Hodiak, original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).
Compartment No. 6
(2021 -- Finland, Russia) A young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Sony). Read more here
(2022) Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs, Eddie Marsan, JD Pardo, Florian Munteanu, Kiefer Sutherland. Pine stars as Special Forces Sergeant James Harper, who is involuntarily discharged from the Army and cut-off from his pension. In debt, out of options and desperate to provide for his family, Harper contracts with a private underground military force. When the very first assignment goes awry, the elite soldier finds himself hunted and on the run, caught in a dangerous conspiracy and fighting to stay alive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
The Diary of Anne Frank
(1967 -- TV) Diana Devila, Max Van Sydow, Viveca Lindfors, Lilli Palmer, Theodore Bikel, Donald Pleasance. The story is based on a stageplay which was in turn based on the actual diary of Anne Frank, whose family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland in 1942, sharing a very small space with several others. We watch her grow up in this claustrophobic setting, starting at age 13 and spending more than two years there until the group was discovered.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Actor biographies. (Liberation Hall/MVD Visual).
(2022) Dominic Sherwood, Jacky Lai, McKinley Belcher III, Eddie Ramos. A reboot of the 1996 blockbuster, this all-new action-packed film follows US Marshal Mason Pollard, a specialist in engineering the fake deaths of witnesses that need to leave no trace of their existence. With the technological advances of the last 25 years, the game has upgraded, and it’s just another day at the office when he’s assigned to Rina Kimura, a crime boss’ wife who’s decided to turn state’s evidence. As the two flee to Cape Town, South Africa, with a team of merciless assassins on their trail, Pollard discovers he’s been set up. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Warrior and the Witness: The Making of Eraser: Reborn." (Warner Bros.).
The Fabulous Baker Boys (Collector's Edition)
(1989) Jeff Bridge, Michelle Pfeiffer and Beau Bridges enchant in this tale about sibling musicians and the sultry singer who leads them to success. Jack (Jeff) and Frank (Beau) Baker are stuck in a rut. Playing the same tired tunes night after night, the brothers are in desperate need of change. So when they meet a sultry songbird named Susie Diamond, their future starts to sparkle. But when life in the limelight brings old rivalries to the surface and as Jack and Susie's relationship heats up, the Baker boys soon find their act - and their lives - growing more entertaining than either of them may be able to handle.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Steve Kloves, hosted by Twilight Time's Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman; audio commentary with director of photography Michael Ballhaus; isolated music & effects track; "The Fabulous Baker Boys" 1989 behind-the-scenes featurette; "Jeff Bridges & Beau Bridges" 1989 behind-the-scenes featurette; "Michelle Pfeiffer" 1989 behind-the-scenes featurette; deleted scenes; original theatrical trailer; TV spots; two-sided artwork
limited edition slipcover (first pressing only). (MVD Rewind Collection).
For Me And My Gal BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1942) Judy Garland got top billing at the mere age of 20 as the central star of this quintessential classic that introduced none other than Gene Kelly, making his film debut as her co-star. Directed with panache by the legendary maven of the movie musical Busby Berkeley, the films casts Gene and Judy as young vaudeville performers Harry Palmer and Jo Hayden. The pair dream of stardom, but the United States enters World War I and Harry receives his draft notice -- trapping the two between their obligation to each other's dreams and their duty to their country. Extras: Commentary by Judy Garland biographer John Fricke, vintagelhorts "Every Sunday" and "La Fiesta de Santa Barbara," "For Me and My Gal" deleted finale, "Three Cheers for the Yanks" outtake, photo re-creations with original recordings, audio only bonuses: Screen Guild Players Radio Show from March 23,1943, with Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Dick Powell and "Leo is on the Air" radio trailer, original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).
Fortress: Sniper’s Eye
(2022)Jesse Metcalfe, Bruce Willis, Chad Michael Murray. Cyber-thriller continues the adventure begun in "Fortress" (2021). Weeks after the deadly assault on Fortress Camp, Robert (Willis) makes a daring rescue to save Sasha, the widow of his old nemesis, Balzary (Murray). But back in the camp’s command bunker, it appears Sasha may have devious plans of her own, and as a new attack breaks out, Robert is confronted with a familiar face he thought he’d never see again.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate). Read more here
History’s Greatest Mysteries: Seasons One & Two
(2020-21) Four-disc set with all 11 episodes. Hosted by Laurence Fishburne, the series explores the most popular theories surrounding the world’s most elusive unsolved mysteries. From deaths and disappearances of famous figures to buried treasures and alleged government cover-ups, each episode of the first two seasons of this docuseries features interviews with renowned historians, scientists, and researches, as they examine long-held explanations for these paradoxical events. Formats: DVD. Extras: (Lionsgate).
(1982 -- Hong Kong) Tony Liu, Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Linda Chu. Though featuring the Shaw Brothers custom brand of martial arts mayhem, "Human Lanterns" also taps into the early 80s craze for the American slasher film and the earlier Hammer horrors by providing a grisly take on the serial killer feature in an inimitable Hong Kong style. When an unbalanced craftsman decides to get revenge on two Kung Fu masters by creating special lanterns constructed from the human skin of their dead relatives, all hell breaks loose in this gruesome tale of bloody retribution. Taking its inspiration from movies like "Psycho" and real cases like Ed Gein, "Human Lanterns" is clearly not for the faint-hearted with its over the top gore and sadistic qualities but this slice of darker than dark fantasy still manages to be both wonderfully horrible and impressively entertaining. Formats: Blu-ray. (88 Films/MVD Visual).
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (Special Edition)(aka Let Sleeping Corpses Lie)
(1975 -- Spain/Italy) Ray Lovelock, Christine Galbo, Arthur Kennedy. A strange twist of fate brings two young travelers, George (Lovelock) and Edna (Galbo), to a small town where an experimental agricultural machine may be bringing the dead back to life! As zombies infest the area and attack the living, a bullheaded detective (Kennedy) thinks the couple are Satanists responsible for the local killings. George and Edna have to fight for their lives, and prove their innocence, as they try and stop the impending zombie apocalypse. The film is a gory horror tale from Spanish director Jorge Grau and widely considered to be one of the best zombie films ever made. Beautifully restored in 4K from the original camera negative, with the true original English theatrical mono mix and the real opening and closing credit sequences intact. New 5.1 English stereo surround remix made exclusively for the Synapse Films release. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Two audio commentaries featuring authors and film scholars Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck; "Jorge Grau - Catalonia’s Cult Film King" extensive feature-length documentary explores the life and films of director Jorge Grau; "The Scene of the Crime - Giannetto De Rossi in Discussion from Manchester"; Giannetto De Rossi Q&A at the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK; theatrical trailer, TV spots and radio spots. (Synapse Films).
(2022) Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy's mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who raids Slavic villages. He soon meets a seeress who reminds him of his vow -- save his mother, kill his uncle, avenge his father.Vitals: Director: Robert Eggers. Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Claes Bang, Björk.
2022, CC, MPAA rating: R, 137 min., Action Adventure, North American box office gross: $33.889 million, worldwide $67.099 million, Universal.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Deleted and extended scenes; "An Ageless Epic" behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Faces Of Vikings" cast and director featurette; feature commentary with co-writer/director Robert Eggers. Blu-ray adds "Amleth’s Journey to Manhood" featurette; "Shooting the Raid" behind-the-scenes; "Knattleikr Game" featurette; "A Norse Landscape" locations featurette.
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Potty Time Plus: Getting Ready with Elmo
(2022) Practice healthy habits with everyone’s favorite furry friend, Elmo. From potty time to bath time to bedtime, little ones have the best time singing, playing, and laughing with friends from Sesame Street. Special celebrity guest stars Stephen and Ayesha Curry also join in on the fun as they swing by the neighborhood. The best-selling and family favorite "Elmo’s Potty Time" has been updated in the new "Potty Time Plus: Getting Ready with Elmo" and now consists of even more important daily routines, collecting two hours of fun and learning for children to enjoy. DVD copies will also include a "My Potty Time Chart" to guide kids and families in the steps of their potty-training journey. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sesame Street/Shout! Factory).
The Tales of Hoffmann BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1951) Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach’s fantasy opera "The Tales of Hoffmann," a poet dreams of three women — a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer — all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger’s feverishly romantic adaptation is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced.
Formats: Blu-ray, with 4K digital restoration by The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive, in association with STUDIOCANAL, featuring newly rediscovered footage and with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary from 1992 by filmmaker Martin Scorsese and critic Bruce Eder, newly updated by Eder; interview with filmmaker George A. Romero from 2005; "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1956)," a short musical film based on the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe story and directed by Michael Powell; collection of production designer Hein Heckroth’s design sketches and paintings; gallery of production and publicity photographs; trailer; an essay by film historian Ian Christie. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
(2022) Vincent Kartheiser, Chelsea Lopez, Breeda Wool. After his car breaks down, Glen spends one hell of an odd night with a married couple, setting into motion a chain of events that alter their lives plus those of several random strangers forever. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scene. (Magnolia Home Entertainment Magnet Label). Read more here
Ziegfeld Girl BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1947) An amazing all-star cast came together for this beloved classic drama about love and fame, set against the backdrop of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies. Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and Hedy Lamarr -- three of the screen's most glamorous leading ladies -- star with James Stewart as young hopefuls seeking fame as a Ziegfeld Girl. Garland portrays Susan Gallagher, who leaves her vaudevillian father to climb the ladder of stardom. Turner portrays Sheila Regan who drops her loyal beau Gilbert Young (James Stewart) for a wealthy suitor, forcing Young to resort to bootlegging to earn the money to win Sheila back, and Hedy Lamarr is the exotic Sandra Kolter, whose quest for stardom nearly destroys her marriage to the struggling violinist who adores her. Highlighted by spectacular musical sequences staged by the great Busby Berkeley. Extras: Introduction By Judy Garland biographer John Fricke, vintage musical short "A New Romance of Celluloid, We Must Have Music," Our Gang short "Melodies Old and New," audio-only outtakes, original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).
- June 10
All About Evil
(2010) Following a world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival and a limited theatrical run in 2010, Peaches Christ's "All About Evil" disappeared underground for years, becoming the stuff of legend. Now, the demented, blood-splattered classic is back for good, courtesy of a June 10th special edition Blu-ray release from Severin Films and a North American streaming release on Shudder June 13th. A mousy librarian inherits her father's beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer - and a legion of rabid gore fans - when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don't realize yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real. "All About Evil" combines a wildly imaginative script with eye-popping buckets of blood. The film is anchored by a first-class cast: Natasha Lyonne as the mad projectionist, Thomas Dekke, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), Mink Stole, Noah Segan. The Blu-ray will feature a brand-new HD restoration of the feature, along with newly-produced and archival bonus features.
Formats: Blu-ray, VOD. (Severin Films). Read more here
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- June 14
(2022) Decorated veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), desperate for money to cover his wife's medical bills, asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn't -- his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal). A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million. With his wife's survival on the line, Will can't say no. But when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop clinging to life and ace EMT Cam Thompson (Eiza González) onboard. In a high-speed pursuit that never stops, Will and Danny must evade a massive, city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape L.A. has ever seen. Vitals: Director: Michael Bay. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 136 min., Action Thriller, North American box office gross: $22.054 million, worldwide $51.054 million, Universal.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "Bayhem" behind-the-scenes featurette;
"Pedal to the Metal" car chase craft featurette; "Aerial Assault" featurette; "A Tribute to First Responders." Blu-ray adds "Finding Ambulance" cast and crew interviews; "Chase Capital of the World" featurette.
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Billions: Season Six
(2022) Four-disc set with all 12 episodes. In this season, Michael Prince (Corey Stoll) takes over the Axe Capital throne and goes head to head with Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) in an ultimate showdown. Meanwhile, everyone must sharpen their weapons as Chuck is determined to develop a new strategy that is better than ever before. Formats: DVD. Extras: Two bonus clips, featurette. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment).
(2020 -- Switzerland) Marie Leuenberger, Joel Basman, Anatole Taubman, Jella Haase. Barbara “Babs” Hug (Leuenberger) is a young radical lawyer fighting Switzerland’s antiquated prison system in the 1980s, and finds it to be an endless, draining battle. One day, she’s approached by the country’s most wanted criminal, Walter Stürm (Basman), in a public square. Intelligent and sensitive, “Walti” -- nicknamed “The Jailbreak King” -- isn’t your average criminal, as he’s recently escaped from prison for the seventh time. He’s also a Robin Hood-like figure and Swiss counter-cultural icon, taunting the establishment with outrageous thefts and media savvy. Babs quickly sees an opportunity to use his popularity to reform the penal system, and they form an unlikely alliance. That plan, however, goes awry when the unpredictable Stürm uses his newfound freedom to commit another crime, and soon finds the authorities closing in. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Corinth Films).
(2022) Three struggling comedians pursue their dreams despite being homeless. Their cars not only get them to auditions but are also a place to sleep. Tiffany Haddish overcame the odds and became a star, but fate was not as kind to fellow jokesters Doc Jones and Steve Lolli. This honest and touching documentary is told in their own words revealing the passions, dedication and hardships that drive them. Formats: DVD, Digital, VOD. (Omnibus Entertainment).
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Eleventh Season
(2021) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the HBO series starring Larry David as an over-the-top version of himself, offering tongue-in-cheek depictions
of the writer-producer-comedian’s fictionalized life. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
(2020) In her luminous feature debut, filmmaker Ekwa Msangi chronicles a broken family’s journey to wholeness with empathy and insight. Seventeen years after his family was separated by the civil war in Angola, a New York taxi driver (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) is reunited with his now devoutly religious wife (Zainab Jah) and teenage daughter (Jayme Lawson) when they are finally able to follow him to America. But after living thousands of miles apart for so long, the three find they must discover one another’s strengths, forgive one another’s weaknesses, and bridge cultural and generational divides in order to build a life together. Told in three perspective-shifting chapters that honor the multitude of struggles and emotions that make up the immigrant experience, "Farewell Amor" is a bittersweet, compassionate evocation of how it feels when your heart and your home are in different places.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 2K master, approved by director Ekwa Msangi, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary featuring Msangi and cinematographer Bruce Francis Cole; three short films by Msangi: "Suspense" (2011), "The Market King" (2014 and "Farewell Meu Amor" (2016), a prequel to "Farewell Amor"; new interviews with actors Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, and Jayme Lawson; deleted scenes; trailer; an essay by scholar Tiana Reid. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
(2021) Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, Paul Reiser. A heartwarming true story about a widowed dad who copes with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty diapers as he sets out to raise his daughter on his own. Based on Matt Logelin's 2011 best-selling memoir, "Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love." Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. (Sony). Read more here
(2022) Based on a true story, this is an unflinchingly honest, funny and uplifting story about finding purpose in a most unexpected place. After surviving a terrible motorcycle accident, Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) wonders if he can use his second chance to help others find their way – and leads this former amateur boxer to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a priest. Despite a devastating health crisis and the skepticism of church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion, inspiring not only those closest to him, but countless others along the way. Vitals: Director: Rosalind Ross. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 125 min., Drama, North American box office gross: $19.618 million, worldwide $19,619 million, Sony.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "You Don’t Know Stu: More About Father Stuart Long," deleted scenes.
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(2020 -- Bulgaria) Svetla, a strong-willed widow, lives alone in a small Bulgarian village close to the Turkish border. She has recently lost her job as a teacher due to the lack of families with young children. One day, while hunting in a forest, she encounters an African refugee, Bamba, who is trying to reach Germany; reluctantly, she offers him hospitality, but day after day, a bond develops as Bamba learns the language and takes part in her daily life. Svetla will make life-changing choices that go against her traditional community, creating a revolt among the villagers. Absurd, comic and tragic situations ensue as she breaks barriers of loneliness, close mindedness and fear of the outsider. Bulgaria's official submission to the 2022 Academy Awards.
Formats: DVD, Digital, VOD. (Film Movement).
(2022) Zac Efron, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter. In the not too distant future, two drifters (Efron, Hayes) traveling through the desert stumble across the biggest gold nugget ever found and the dream of immense wealth and greed takes hold. They hatch a plan to excavate their bounty with one man leaving to secure the necessary tools. The other man remains and must endure harsh desert elements, ravenous wild dogs, and mysterious intruders, while battling the sinking suspicion that he has been abandoned to his own fate.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Screen Media Films).
Hacks: The Complete First Season
(2021) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Multiple Emmy Award winner Jean Smart stars as a legendary Las Vegas comedian who is forced to hire an ambitious young writer (Hannah Einbinder). These two talented comedic voices from different generations form an unlikely bond in this new comedy from "Broad City" alums Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky and Emmy Award winning executive producer Michael Schur. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Universal).
(2021) Brian Presley, Matt McCoy, Brea Bee, Brad Leland, Lew Temple, Craig Tate, Desmond Richards. Former P.O.W. Jack Calgrove moves Heaven and Earth to be reunited with his children following the Civil War. After returning home, Jack finds out his wife has died and his children, presumed orphans, are heading deep into the West aboard a train crossing old enemy lines. Calgrove and another former soldier are joined by a troop of Native American sharpshooters and a freed slave, as they race to intercept the orphan train before all hope is lost. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Well Go USA).
(1976-- Italy) Luc Merenda, Leonora Fani, Francisco Rabal, Jole Fiero. In a run-down hotel by the shores of a large lake in Italy towards the end of World War Two, a strange assortment of guests seem to be either suffering from mental illness, involved in scams of one sort or another, or hiding from something in their past. Rosa, a teenage girl, works with her mother, Marta, trying to keep the hotel functioning. Due to the war and the frequent bombing raids, the hotel is on its last legs -- even finding food for the guests is a major problem. Rosa writes letters to send to her father, who is off fighting in the war. When Rosa’s mother dies unexpectedly, the girl finds herself at the mercy of the sexually rapacious and insane hotel guests. After a vicious rape, Rosa despairs and calls on her absent father to avenge her. And it seems her call is answered when the guests die violently at the hands of a masked, gloved killer. But who really is this mystery assassin -- and is Rosa losing her grip on reality? Brand new 2k restoration from original negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Francesco Barilli; new interview with actor Luc Merenda; archival interview with Francesco Barilli; audio commentary; alternate scenes; trailer. (Mondo Macabro).
(2022) Naomi Watts, Denis O'Hare, Billy Howle, Eliot Sumner, Parker Sawyers. Based on the thrilling true survival story. As an experienced climber (Naomi Watts) ascends New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington, a huge blizzard approaches, forcing her to turn back before reaching the summit. On her way down she encounters a lone, stranded man, and takes it upon herself to get them both down the mountain before they succumb to the storm and nightfall. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Bleecker Street).
(2022) Brand-new animated film featuring Looney Tunes beloved characters Tweety and Sylvester. Tweety’s large and in charge as he takes the throne in the Canary Islands. When the queen of an island paradise disappears, Tweety unexpectedly becomes next in line for the crown. His Little Highness’ entourage includes motorbike daredevil Granny and sly Sylvester, whose allegiance is tested when he uncovers a sinister plot to eliminate Tweety for good. Feathers and fur will fly in this feature-length adventure.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Bonus episodes: "Something Fishy Around Here," "The Maltese Canary,"
"The Cat Who Knew Too Much." (Warner).
Last Passenger BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2012) Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon. In this nail-biting thriller, Dr. Lewis Shaler (Scott) boards a night train with his young son, Max. As he chats with a friendly fellow passenger, Sarah (Tointon), he idly wonders why the train isn’t following its normal route. When the train hurtles past their stops, Shaler and the other passengers realize something is seriously wrong. Communications are down and the emergency brakes don’t work. As the train rockets dangerously down the tracks and crashes through whatever is put in its path, Shaler and the rest of the passengers take matters into their own hands. But they’re no match for this multi-ton monster careening down a path to utter destruction. Extras: B Roll; sound bites; featurettes on set design, sound design, visual effects; trailers. (Cohen Media Group).
MacGyver: The Complete Series (Seasons 1-5)
(2016-21) Twenty-one disc set follows the adventures of twenty-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till) in a reimagining of the classic TV series. As the daring leader of a clandestine organization within the U.S. government, MacGyver — armed only with his trusty pocketknife and an unending supply of resourcefulness — crisscrosses the globe to keep the world safe from harm. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2021) One of the most compelling and conflicted characters in the Marvel Universe comes to the big screen as Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Will good override evil – or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges brought on by a form of vampirism?
Vitals: Director: Daniel Espinosa. Stars: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, Tyrese Gibson.
2022, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Action Adventure, North American box office gross: $71.470 million, worldwide $161.470 million, Sony.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "Defining the Antihero" featurette, "The Good, Bad & Ugly – Supporting Cast Doing the Stunt Work" featurette. Blu-ray adds Additional featurettes: "From Human to Vampire – Visual Effects," "Lights, Camera, Action," "Living Vampire from Comics to Screen"; outtakes and bloopers; Nocturnal Easter Eggs. Read more here
The Nanny's Night
(2022 -- Spain) Diana Penalver, Juan Carlos Vellido, David Santana, Javier Bodalo, Antonio Mayans. The story of the coolest babysitter in town, who is revealed to be a member of a malevolent satanic sect who needs to sacrifice a virgin — but whose plans go amiss.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Devilworks). Read more here
(2020) Ryan Harrison, Darrell Francis, Mitch Schlagel. The Ninja VIP Super Club is doing a slow drag across the American Midwest, culminating in female sacrifice. When they kidnap a super hot babe that a local scumbag, Rex, has his eyes on – it's up to him to become a ninja and steal her back. From exploding cows to bazooka cops, hillbilly senseis, even more super hot babes, deadly flying feet, badass ball rippers and an over-the-top ninja villain in cowboy boots with an appetite for everything that's soft and fuzzy – along with the original song "I'm a Ninja Now" from Vince Johnson, the singer-songwriter behind Joe Exotic's viral songs such as "I Saw a Tiger" -- this outrageous twist on '80s B-ninja flicks is a singular, out-of-body experience moviegoers won't soon forget. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director's commentary, blooper reel, behind-the-scenes photo/video gallery, deleted/extended scenes, "I'm a Ninja Now" full song music video. (Bayview Entertainment).
(2021) Jocelin Donahue, Joe Swanberg, Richard Brake, Melora Walters, Jeremy Gardner. After receiving a mysterious letter that her mother’s grave site has been vandalized, Marie quickly returns to the isolated offshore island where her late mother is buried. When she arrives, she discovers that the island is closing for the offseason with the bridges raised until Spring, leaving her stranded. One strange interaction with the local townspeople after another, Marie soon realizes that something is not quite right in this small town, and she must unveil the mystery behind her mother’s troubled past in order to make it out alive.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
(2021) Documentary explores the world of competitive eating and the untold story behind the epic rivalry between America's Joey Chestnut and Japan's Takeru Kobayashi. Organized for decades by George Shea's Major League Eating corporation, the Nathan's hot dog eating contest at Coney Island has become the preeminent event for eaters worldwide - the start of their fiscal eating year - but not without its share of disturbing controversy and perilous dangers to the human body. The film follows various eaters at different career-levels over the course of six years - including Miki Sudo, Molly Schuyler, and Juan Morebite - as they discuss the sport, their lives, traditions, superstitions and health concerns, explaining how they ended up as contenders in this bizarre subculture. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Filmmaker Commentary, deleted scenes, extended segments. (Indiepix Films).
Shadow of the Cat
(2022 -- Argentina) Guillermo Zapata, Maite Lanata, Danny Trejo, Mónica Antonópulos. Gato lives with his teenage daughter Emma and a small group of people, including Sombra (Trejo), on an isolated farm without telephones or internet. But Emma, tempted by curiosity, runs away into town one day to attend a carnival and gets her hands on a mobile phone. After she uploads a video of herself to the internet, Emma is contacted by a mysterious woman named Celia who claims to be her long-lost mother. What follows is a mystical tale of family, identity and broken trust set amidst the turmoil of one girl’s question about her past.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures). Read more here
Strangler vs Strangler
(1984 -- Yugoslavia) Taško Nacic, Nikola Simic, Srdan Šaper, Rahela Ferari. It's the mid-1980s and the city of Belgrade is aiming for metropolitan status which would put it on a level with New York, Paris and London. For a city to reach that category it has to attain a special level of crime. It needs a serial killer. Exhibitionists in cemeteries, peepers in parks, bank robbers, reckless drivers, rapists, murderers, all these Belgrade already has. For the city to be classified as a metropolis it needs the king of criminals: the strangler. Suddenly a series of murders takes place. A deranged flower seller is strangling women on the streets of Belgrade, their crime in his eyes being that they refused to buy his carnations. At last, the city has its own serial killer. Finally it can attain the status of metropolis. Brand new 2k restoration from original negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Slobodan Šijan; audio commentary from Dejan Ognjanovic and Igor Stanojevic; rare English language version. (Mondo Macabro).
(1994 -- China) The sophomore feature from Tsai Ming-liang ("Rebels of the Neon God"; "Goodbye, Dragon Inn") finds the acclaimed master of Taiwan's Second New Wave demonstrating a confident new cinematic voice. The film follows three characters unknowingly sharing a supposedly empty Taipei apartment. The beautiful realtor May Lin (Yang Kuei-mei) brings her lover Ah-jung (Chen Chao-jung) to a vacant unit she has on the market, unaware that it is secretly being occupied by the suicidal funeral salesman Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng). The three cross paths in a series of precisely staged, tragicomic erotic encounters, but despite their physical proximity, they find themselves no closer to a personal connection.
Featuring an intoxicating mix of Antonioni-esque longing and surprising deadpan humor, the film catapulted Tsai to the top of the international filmmaking world and earned him the prestigious Golden Lion at the 1994 Venice International Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Tsai Ming-liang on "Vive L’Amour" featurette, 16-page booklet with a new essay by film critic Nick Pinkerton.
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- June 21
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: Seasons 1 and 2
(1952-53, 1953-54) Two four-disc sets, each with 39 episodes of the iconic series. For a record-breaking 14 seasons and 435 episodes, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" aired on ABC-TV from 1952 through 1966, becoming one of the most cherished cultural touchstones of the 20th century. The positive, wholesome series epitomized an idyllic American 1950s lifestyle, its gentle humor brought to the screen by the real-life Nelson family: Ozzie and wife Harriet with their sons, David and Rick, all portraying themselves in a trend-setting blend of fact-meets-fiction comedy decades before Seinfeld and other semi-reality-based shows. The series humorously chronicled the daily lives of the Nelsons as David and Ricky grew up before millions of weekly viewers. While Ozzie Nelson had been a real-life bandleader and Harriet Nelson a singer, the series would help launch the musical career of their younger son, Ricky, who would become a teen idol with such enduring hits as “Travelin’ Man” and “Hello Mary Lou.” The entire library of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" has been restored by MPI Media Group from the original 35mm picture and sound elements in association with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, which preserves the elements on behalf of the Nelson family.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (MPI Media Group). Read more here
(2022) Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Justin H. Min, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Haley Lu Richardson. When his young daughter's beloved companion -- an android named Yang -- malfunctions, Jake (Farrell) searches for a way to repair him. In the process, Jake discovers the life that has been passing in front of him, reconnecting with his wife (Turner-Smith) and daughter across a distance he didn't know was there.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: “The End Is a Beginning: After Yang” featurette. (Lionsgate). Read more here
Aliens, Clowns & Geeks Special Edition
(2021) Out-of-work actor Eddy Pine stumbles upon the key to the universe and is drawn into an intergalactic conflict between killer clowns and sneaky green aliens -- the fate of the planet hangs on the outcome. From the mind of Richard Elfman ("Forbidden Zone," "Modern Vampires") comes another hilarious cult classic comedy featuring an all-star cast that includes Steve Agee, French Stewart, George Wendt, Verne Troyer, Anastasia Elfman, Malcolm Foster Smith, Rebecca Forsythe, Angeline-Rose Troy, Nic Novicki and Martin Klebba with a soundtrack featuring original music by Danny Elfman and Ego Plum. Formats: Blu-ray; DVD was released June 7. Extras: "Aliens, Clowns and Geeks" behind the scenes interviews with the cast and crew; interview with writer-director Richard Elfman; "Mambo Diabolico" music video; original theatrical trailer. (Elfmaniac Media/MVD Entertainment). Read more here
The Bad Guys
(2022) After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet -- becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they're turning good.
Vitals: Director: Pierre Perifel. Stars: voices of Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Awkwafina, Zazie Beetz, Lily Singh, Alex Borstein, Richard Ayoade.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 140 min., Animated Action Comedy, North American box office gross: $92.132 million, worldwide $229.953 million, DreamWorks/Universal.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Dgital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: All-new original short “Maraschino Ruby”: The Bad Guys are at it again, but not in the way you think. They’ve gone good! Find out what happens to the team after they go rogue in this sweet original short; deleted scenes; original opening; post credits; "Devise the Plan: Making The Bad Guys"; "Assemble the Crew"; "It's Showtime: Cast Tabel Read"; "Snake's Frozen Pop Shop"; "From the Drawing Room": How to storyboard and how to draw Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, Ms. Tarantula, Mr. Piranha; feature commentary.
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The Beatles and India
(2021) A unique historical chronicle of the enduring love affair between The Beatles and India that started more than half a century ago. Rare archival footage, photographs and eye-witness accounts, along with location shoots across India, bring alive the fascinating journey of George, John, Paul and Ringo from their high-octane celebrity lives in the West to a remote Himalayan ashram in search of spiritual bliss - a time that inspired an unprecedented burst of creative songwriting. This is the first serious exploration of how India helped shape the evolution of the iconic band, and how they helped bridge two vastly different cultures. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Abacus Media/MVD Entertainment). Read more here
The Brain From Planet Arous
(1957) A great example of cut-rate, sci-fi from the 1950s, this independently produced feature stars B-movie favorite John Agar ("The Mole People," "Revenge of the Creature") and Joyce Meadows ("The Christine Jorgensen Story," "The Girl in Lovers Lane") and was directed by Nathan Juran, a master of the genre who helmed such classics as "The Deadly Mantis" (1957), "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman" (1958) and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (1958). When Gor, an evil brain from planet Arous, inhabits the body of scientist Steve March (Agar), his intention is nothing less than world domination. Lucky for Earth, another intergalactic brain, Val, offers to assist March's wife, Sally (Meadows), in stopping the madness. How does Val intend to help? By inhabiting Sally's dog! Restored in its original 1.85 theatrical format and in 1.33:1 full-frame format. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Full-color booklet with original essay by author/historian Tom Weaver; commentary historians Tom Weaver, David Schecter, Larry Blamire and star Joyce Meadows; "The Man Before the Brain: Director Nathan Juran" and "The Man Behind the Brain: The World of Nathan Juran," both original Ballyhoo Motion Pictures productions; introduction by star Joyce Meadows .(The Film Detective/Cinedigm).
(2013) Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, Mackenzie Davis, Felicity Jones. Father Keith (Pearce), mother Megan (Ryan) and 17-year-old daughter Lauren (Davis), live a comfortable life -- but there is something missing. Megan is never quite satisfied with the way things are, while Keith has given up his dreams of being a musician for the steady paycheck of a music teacher. When beautiful foreign exchange student Sophie (Jones) comes into their lives, Keith is immediately drawn to her. She’s mature beyond her years, and yearns for someone to make her feel safe and loved. Keith and Sophie share flirtatious looks and the occasional touching of hands, which only increases the intensity of their bond. When they finally decide to run away together, they set into motion a series of events that lead to a heartbreaking and immensely moving conclusion. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Making of Breathe In," interview with director Drake Doremus, trailers. (Cohen Media Group).
(2022) Elisha Cuthbert, Eoin Macken, Abby Fitz, Dylan Fitzmaurice-Brady. Keira Woods' (Cuthbert) daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house. She soon discovers there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family's souls forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews with cast and crew; VFX before & after; director and producer commentary; "The Ten Steps" short film and commentary. (RLJE Films).
(2022) Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, Pierce Brosnan. A musically driven new take on the classic fairytale. Cinderella (Cabello) has big dreams and with the help of her Fab Godmother, she perseveres to make them come true.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel. (Sony). Read more here
(2021) Eva Habermann, George Hardy, Greg Sestero, Terri Merritt Bennett, Jason Douglas. Nurse Patricia works under an enthusiastic plastic surgeon who believes he’s invented a breakthrough cyst-removal machine and, against Patricia’s sound advice, will stop at nothing to patent it so it can be used for his patients. But when their differences turn into a physical altercation, damaging the machine, what started as Patricia’s last day on duty becomes a battle for survival after the doctor’s “Get Gone” cyst-removing invention inadvertently turns a patient’s tumor into a cyst-monster that terrorizes the office. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: (RLJE Films).
Edge of Sanity
(1989) Anthony Perkins builds upon his legendary status as cinema's seminal psycho in this delirious conflation of Robert Louis Stephenson's classic horror novella "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and Jack the Ripper's real-life reign of terror over Victorian London. When his experiments into a powerful new anaesthetic go hideously awry, respected physician Dr Jekyll (Perkins) takes off into the night, casting aside the shackles of upper-class propriety as he disappears into the shadowy decadent demimonde of Whitechapel in pursuit of sensual pleasures under the guise of "Mr Hyde." As his wife Elisabeth (Glynis Barber) passes her time in charitable work, rehabilitating the district's fallen women, Hyde is drawn into an escalating cycle of lust and murder that seems to know no bounds. Brand new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative by Arrow Films. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand new audio commentary by writer David Flint and author and filmmaker Sean Hogan; "Over the Edge," a brand new interview with Stephen Thrower, author of "Nightmare USA"; "Jack, Jekyll and Other Screen Psychos," a brand new interview with Dr Clare Smith, author of "Jack the Ripper in Film and Culture"; "French Love," a career-spanning interview with director Gérard Kikoïne; "Staying Sane," Gérard Kikoïne discusses Edge of Sanity; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jon Towlson. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.
Escape the Field
(2022) Jordan Claire Robbins, Theo Rossi, Tahirah Sharif, Julian Feder, Elena Juatco, Shane West. Six strangers suddenly awaken in a remote, endless cornfield. Stripped of their possessions, they are left with only six items: a gun with a single bullet, matches, a lantern, a knife, a compass, and a flask of water. As mysterious sirens blare in the distance and traps appear at every turn, the group realizes it’s been plunged into a cat-and-mouse game with an unseen evil, and survival depends upon solving a diabolical — and deadly — puzzle. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-director Emerson Moore and writers Joshua Dobkin & Sean Wathen; "Pieces of the Puzzle: Making Escape the Field" featurette. (Lionsgate). Read more here
Fire in the Sky
(1993) D.B. Sweeney, Craig Sheffer, James Garner, Henry Thomas, Robert Patrick, Kathleen Wihoite. In 1975, logger Travis Walton and his co-workers encountered a UFO. His pals were able to flee — but Walton was not so lucky. Whisked aboard the strange craft, he was subjected to a painful, unearthly medical study. This is the amazing tale of that ordeal -- and of the contempt and ridicule endured by Walton and his friends as they tried to convince others of this otherworldly experience. Based on a true story. New 4K scan from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Robert Lieberman; interviews with D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, composer Mark Isham; photo gallery; theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
The Initiation of Sarah
(1978) Satantic secrets and telekenetic terror combine in this classic made-for-TV horror movie directed by Hammer Films alumnus Robert Day, from a story co-written by Tom Holland ("Fright Night"). Shy misfit Sarah Goodwin (Kay Lenz), has a secret gift: the ability to control -- and destroy -- with her mind. When Sarah goes off to college with her more outgoing and popular sister, Patty (Morgan Brittany), their plans to join the most prestigious sorority on campus are scuttled by snobby president, Jennifer Lawrence (Morgan Fairchild). Separated from her sister, Sarah is taken in by a rival, less popular sorority, whose mysterious house mother, Mrs. Hunter (Shelley Winters), is harboring a secret of her own: a scheme to harness Sarah's terrifying power for revenge. Betrayed by Patty, humiliated by Jennifer, it can only be a matter of time before Sorority Hell Week erupts in flames. Blu-Ray debut with an all-new restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand new audio commentary by TV Movie expert Amanda Reyes; "Welcome to Hell Week: A Pledge’s Guide to the Initiation of Sarah," a brand new appreciation by critic Stacie Ponder and Queer Horror programmer Anthony Hudson, hosts of the Gaylords of Darkness podcast, celebrating the film through a queer feminist lens; "Cracks in the Sisterhood: Second Wave Feminism and The Initiation of Sarah," a brand new visual essay by film critic and historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; "The Intimations of Sarah," a brand new interview with film critic Samantha McLaren looking at witchcraft, empowerment, TV movies, and telekinetic shy girls post "Carrie": "The Initiation of Tom," a brand new interview with Tom Holland on this his first film writing credit; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Luke Insect; FIRST PRESSING ONLY fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Lindsay Hallam and Alexandra West. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.
Ip Man: The Awakening
(2022 -- China) Xie Miao, Hou Tongjiang, Hua Qilong, Chen Guanying, Zhao Yuxuan. While visiting Hong Kong, a young Master Ip intervenes in a kidnapping attempt, unintentionally igniting a turf war with a ruthless human trafficking ring. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps one of Ip Man’s close friends, leaving him with no choice but to challenge the group’s notoriously brutal boxing champion head-on.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: English dub. (Well Go USA).
Panda! Go Panda!
(1972) First known as Panda Kopanda (translation: Panda, Baby Panda), it initially premiered in Japan at the height of the panda craze in September 1972. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, "Panda! Go Panda!" is a charming early-career classic from animation legends Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki before they went on to co-found the legendary Studio Ghibli. Mimiko is a cheerful, young girl who is left on her own while her grandmother is away. When little Panny Panda and his father Papanda stumble into her home, Mimiko welcomes them in as her new family. Adventures ensue as Mimiko discovers the challenges of taking care of her new cuddly friends. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "Rainy Day Circus" (1973), "From Mimi to Heidi, From Papanda to Totoro" interview, "Panda! Go Panda! Exhibit ~ The Impact of Hayao Miyazaki's Image Boards," conversation with Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki in 1994, trailers and previews. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
Potato Dreams of America
(2021) Lea DeLaria, Dan Lauria, Jonathan Bennett, Marya Sea Kaminski, Sera Barbieri, Tyler Bocock. Autobiographical dark comedy tells the story of a gay boy growing up in the collapsing USSR, his courageous mail-order bride mother and their adventurous escape to America. Full of unexpected twists, the film is an immigrant's take on the American Dream and the power of cinema, proving that life is often stranger than fiction.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by director-writer Wes Hurley, Behind-the-scenes featurettes, introduction by the actors, actor interviews, deleted scenes & outtakes, mini-documentary: "Little Potato," short films: "Rachels Don't Run" and "Rusalka," "Capitol Hill" web series (Season 1). (Dark Star Pictures/Vinegar Syndrome).
(1987 -- Hong Kong) Cantopop superstars Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung display the androgynous magnetism that made them icons as doomed lovers in this emblematic film of Hong Kong’s Second New Wave, directed by pioneering queer melodrama master Stanley Kwan. "Rouge" bridges past and present in its tragic romance between a humble courtesan and the wayward scion of a wealthy family, who embrace death by suicide pact amid the opulent teahouses of 1930s Hong Kong. Fifty years later, she returns to the city-state to find him, drawing a young contemporary couple (Alex Man and Emily Chu) into her quest to rekindle a passion that may be as illusory as time itself. With its lush mise-en-scène and transcendently melancholy mood, this sensuous ghost story is an exquisite, enduringly resonant elegy for both lost love and vanishing history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Stanley Kwan, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between Kwan and filmmaker Sasha Chuk; "Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema," a 1997 documentary by Kwan exploring the representation of queerness and LGBT identity in Chinese film; "Still Love You After All These," a 1997 memoir film by Kwan about his Hong Kong identity; trailer; an essay by film programmer and critic Dennis Lim. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
(1971) While the Black Power movement was reshaping America, trailblazing director Gordon Parks made this groundbreaking blockbuster, which helped launch the blaxploitation era and gave the screen a new kind of badder-than-bad action hero in John Shaft (Richard Roundtree, in a career-defining role), a streetwise New York City private eye who is as tough with criminals as he is tender with his lovers. After Shaft is recruited to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Harlem mob boss (Moses Gunn) from Italian gangsters, he finds himself in the middle of a rapidly escalating uptown vs. downtown turf war. A vivid time capsule of seventies Manhattan in all its gritty glory that has inspired sequels and multimedia reboots galore, the original "Shaft" is studded with indelible elements — from Roundtree’s sleek leather fashions to the iconic funk and soul score by Isaac Hayes. Formats: 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo edition, 2-disv Blu-ray edition with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; alternate uncompressed stereo soundtrack remastered with creative input from Isaac Hayes III; in 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: "Shaft’s Big Score!", the 1972 follow-up to "Shaft" by director Gordon Parks; new documentary on the making of "Shaft" featuring curator Rhea L. Combs, film scholar Racquel J. Gates, filmmaker Nelson George, and music scholar Shana L. Redmond; behind-the-scenes program featuring Parks, actor Richard Roundtree, and musician Isaac Hayes; archival interviews with Hayes, Parks, and Roundtree; new interview with costume designer Joseph G. Aulisi; new program on the Black detective and the legacy of John Shaft, featuring scholar Kinohi Nishikawa and novelist Walter Mosley; "A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy" (2019); behind-the-scenes footage from "Shaft’s Big Score!"; trailers; an essay by film scholar Amy Abugo Ongiri. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
(2021) Kentucker Audley, Penny Fuller, Grace Glowicki. In 2035, our dreams are no longer our own -- they're infused with product placement and auditors assess unpaid taxes on our most private reveries. Beleaguered taxman James Preble arrives at a run-down house in the countryside for a routine audit and encounters Bella Isadora, a lifelong dreamer who remains resolutely analog, circumventing the surveillance state with VHS tapes and homemade headgear. As Preble works his way through Bella's archive of the unconscious, he begins to fall in love with visions of her younger self.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with directors Kentucker Audley and Albert Birney, "Strawberry Beginnings" making of featurette, deleted & extended scenes, test footage & animation, Dan Deacon soundtrack and music video, short films by Albert Birney, watercolor & collage gallery, reversible jacket artwork, exclusive collectible trading cards. (Music Box Films). Read more here
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
(2022) Nicolas Cage plays ... Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.Vitals: Director: Tom Gormican. Stars: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, Paco León, Neil Patrick Harris, Lily Mo Sheen, Alessandra Mastronardi.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Comedy, North American box office gross: $18.507 million, worldwide $25.886 million, Lionsgate.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Deleted scenes; SXSW Film Festival Q&A featuring the cast and filmmakers; audio commentary by writer-director Tom Gormican and writer-executive producer Kevin Etten. Blu-ray adds "The Mind" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Glimmers of a Bygone Cage" behind-the-scenes featurette to relive Nicolas Cage's journey as an actor and see how a legendary career inspired both filmmakers and cast to create a new era of Cage; "Everybody Needs a Javi" featurette on Cage's ultimate fan; "Nick, Nicky, and Sergio" featurette on the man, the actor, the legend; "Second Act Action" featurette on stunts and special effects; "Cages 5 and Up": Don't kids say the darndest things? What if what they said were lines from some of your favorite Nick Cage movies?"
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(1996) Robert Forster, Timothy Bottoms, Bo Hopkins, P.J. Soles, Isaac Hayes. 25th anniversary 4K UHD debut. Despite a relatively short-lived career as a director, spanning 16 years and eight films, William Lustig has had a major impact on genre cinema. While filming "making-of" features for Anchor Bay, Lustig formed Blue Underground and started to bring exploitation cinema to the home video market with high-quality DVDs loaded with special features. Blue Underground's latest 4K release is Lustig's very own "Uncle Sam." Master Sergeant Sam Harper (David Fralick) is tragically killed in a horrible accident in Kuwait after his helicopter is shot down by friendly fire. Sam's charred remains are shipped back to his hometown of Twin Rivers, just as the town is preparing for its annual Fourth of July celebration. While being stored at his sister's house, Sam's dead body becomes reanimated and goes on a patriotic killing spree over the course of the holiday weekend. "Uncle Sam" is an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek satire about American's obsession with military dominance and the great lengths the nation will go in order to appeal to the country's youth. Scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm negative. The film was directed by Lustig from a script written by the iconic Larry Cohen. Formats: 4K Ultra HD. Extras: Two audio commentary tracks, deleted scenes, more. (Blue Underground/MVD Entertainment).
Vampire's Kiss (Special Edition)
(1989) Living in the big city is enough to drive anyone bats, and the pressure of it proves too much for Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage), At the peak of his career, yet in the depths of despair, his life is in turmoil until he meets Rachel (Jennifer Beals), the woman of his dreams. During their first night together, Rachel takes more than his heart - she takes his blood too - and from that moment on, Peter Loew believes he is a vampire. What is it about Rachel that makes him feel this way? Is she really a blood-lusting creature of the night? Or just a product of his fevered imagination? Because if it turns out he is really a vampire - then there's more than just his life at stake. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with Nicolas Cage and director Robert Bierman, photo gallery, original theatrical trailer, TV spot, collectible mini-poster, reversible artwork. (MVD Rewind Collection).
You Are Not My Mother
(2021 -- Ireland) Carolyn Bracken, Ingrid Craigie, Hazel Doupe. It’s the week before Halloween and Char’s (Doupe) mother, Angela (Bracken), has suddenly disappeared, leaving only her car behind. When she returns home without explanation the following evening, it becomes clear to Char and her grandmother, Rita (Craigie), that Angela’s behavior has become increasingly frightening, as if she has been replaced by a malevolent force. When Halloween arrives, Char realizes that she is the only one who can save her mother, even if it means potentially losing her forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Behind The Scenes of You Are Not My Mother." (Magnolia Home Entertainment/Magnet Label). Read more here
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T-Shirts for Adults and Kids (Totes, Cups Too)
- June 28
(2022) When Grace Ackerman signs her family up for a rustic summer Family Camp, a comedy of errors ensues as these polar-opposite families must share a yurt and compete for the camp’s coveted games trophy. It’s not until the two dads end up lost in the woods that their faith and family bonds are truly tested in this heartwarming family comedy. Vitals: Director: Brian Cates. Stars: Tommy Woodard, Eddie James, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Gigi Orsillo, Mark Christopher Lawrence.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 90 min., Comedy, North American box office gross: $2.749 million, worldwide $2.749 million, Lionsgate.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "Heart of Family Camp," "Who Are the Skit Guys?," deleted scenes, "Eddie’s Yurt Tour," trailer.
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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
(2022) Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines? Vitals: Director: David Yates. Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylam, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Fiona Glascott, Katherine Waterston, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Richard Coyle, Oliver Masucci, Valerie Pachner, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, and Mads Mikkelsen.
2022, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 142 min., Fantasy Action, North American box office gross: $93.554 million, worldwide $388.954 million, Warner.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "The Magic of Hogwarts." Blu-ray adds "The Dumbledore Family Tree," "Dumbledore Through the Ages," "Magical or Muggle," "Even More Fantastic Beasts," "Newt in the Wild," "The German Ministry of Magic," "A Dumbledore Duel," "The Candidates’ Dinner," "Erkstag Jailbreak," "Battle in Bhutan," "The Secrets of Cursed Child," deleted scenes.
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(2021) After being experimented on by a secret government entity called The Shop, Andy McGee develops psychic powers and meets the love of his life. Together they have a daughter with a power of her own and The Shop will stop at nothing to get them back. Protected by her parents (Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon), Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) has lived her childhood on the run and has kept her extraordinary pyrokinetic powers in check. But now that she’s turning 11, the flames are harder to control, and sinister forces are seeking to capture her. Charlie must learn to embrace the fire from within and fight to control it in order to protect her family and freedom. Vitals: Director: Keith Thomas. Stars: Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley, Michael Greyeyes, Gloria Reuben.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Horror, North American box office gross: $9.252 million, worldwide $13.884 million, Universal.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Alternate ending; deleted and extended scenes; gag reel; "A Kinetic Energy" behind-the-scenes with cast and crew; "Spark a Fire" look at how the story and themes were adapted from the famous novel; "Igniting Firestarter" behind-the-scenes look at how some of the most extreme fire effects and stunts were accomplished; "Power Struggle" effects and stunts breakdown; feature commentary with director Keith Thomas. Read more here
(2022) Lesley-Ann Brandt, Luke James, Erica Ash, Tone Bell, Brandon Mychal Smith, Sean Patrick Thomas, Peter Stormare, Malcolm Barrett, Rachel True, Tony Todd. Experience the next chapter of Black horror in this anthology of terrifying tales: six stories showcasing Black actors, directors and screenwriters, featuring racist vampires, supernatural creatures and Satan his damn self. Formats: DVD. Extras: San Diego Comic Con panel interview. (RLJE Films).
(2021) Odessa Young, Josh O'Connor, Colin Firth, Olivia Colman. On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Young) finds herself alone on Mother's Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Firth and Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (O'Connor) is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane's long-term love despite the fact that he's engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents' friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane's life forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Sony). Read more here
Pink Flamingos BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1972) John Waters made bad taste perversely transcendent with the forever shocking counterculture sensation "Pink Flamingos," his most infamous and daring cinematic transgression. Outré diva Divine is iconic as the wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates in a trailer outside Baltimore while reveling in her tabloid notoriety as the “Filthiest Person Alive.” When a pair of sociopaths (Mink Stole and David Lochary) with a habit of kidnapping women in order to impregnate them attempt to challenge her title, Divine resolves to show them and the world the true meaning of the word filthy. Incest, cannibalism, shrimping, and film history’s most legendary gross-out ending — Waters and his merry band of Dreamlanders leave no taboo unsmashed in this gleefully subversive ode to outsiderhood, in which camp spectacle and pitch-black satire are wielded in an all-out assault on respectability.
Formats: Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Two audio commentaries featuring Waters, from the 1997 Criterion laserdisc and the 2001 DVD release; new conversation between Waters and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch; tour of the film’s Baltimore locations, led by Waters; deleted scenes, alternate takes, and on-set footage; trailer; an essay by critic Howard Hampton and a piece by actor and author Cookie Mueller about the making of the film, from her 1990 book "Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black." (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?: The Complete Second Season
(2021) 26 animated episodes. Scooby-Doo recruits a different pop culture icon to join the gang in every episode of Season 2. Music icon Cher returns to the mystery-solving stage 50 years after her first team up with Scooby, Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy. Terry Bradshaw gets off the bench to tackle a case, Axl Rose will rock some monsters, and Jason Sudeikis will have villains laughing out loud. Classic Scooby fans will see Sandy Duncan returning to team up with the Mystery Inc gang. And how about Kacey Musgraves, Tim Gunn, Jessica Biel, Macklemore and many more. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
See for Me
(2021) Skyler Davenport, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Laura Vandervoort, Kim Coates. When blind former skier Sophie accepts a last minute house-sitting job in a secluded mansion, she awakes in the middle of the night to find the house under invasion by a group of thieves seeking a hidden safe. Her only means of defense: a new app called “See For Me,” which matches her with a volunteer across the country who uses Sophie’s cell phone to see on her behalf. Stubbornly independent, Sophie is reluctant to accept help until she is connected to Kelly, an army veteran who spends her days playing first person shooter games. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (IFC Midnight).
(1993) Stealing. Cheating. Killing. Who says romance is dead? In 1993, action movie supremo Tony Scott teamed up with a hot new screenwriter named Quentin Tarantino to bring "True Romance" to the screen, one of the most beloved and widely-quoted films of the decade. Elvis-worshipping comic book store employee Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is minding his own business at a Sonny Chiba triple bill when Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) walks into his life - and from then on, the two are inseparable. Within 24 hours, they're married and on the run after Clarence is forced to kill Alabama's possessive, psychopathic pimp. Driving a Cadillac across the country from Detroit to Hollywood, the newlyweds plan to sell off a suitcase full of stolen drugs to fund a new life for themselves ... but little do they suspect that the cops and the Mafia are closing in on them. Will they escape and make their dream of a happy ending come true? Breathtaking action set pieces and unforgettably snappy dialogue combine with a murderers' row of sensational performances from a stunning ensemble cast in Scott and Tarantino's blood-soaked, bullet-riddled valentine, finally restored in dazzling 4K with hours of brilliant bonus features. In four editions: 4K Ultra HD; Blu-ray;
Dual Format 4K SteelBook - Limited Edition; Dual Format Deluxe 4K SteelBook - Limited Edition. New 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director's Cut from the original camera negatives by Arrow Films. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Limited Edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck; 60-page perfect-bound collectors’ booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Morgan and Nicholas Clement, a 2008 Maxim oral history featuring interviews with cast and crew, and Edgar Wright’s 2012 eulogy for Tony Scott; double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; commentary by director Tony Scott; commentary by writer Quentin Tarantino; commentary by stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette; commentary by critic Tim Lucas; select scene commentaries by stars Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt and Michael Rapaport; brand new select scene commentaries by stars Bronson Pinchot and Saul Rubinek; new interview with costume designer Susan Becker; new interview with co-editor Michael Tronick; new interview with co-composers Mark Mancina and John Van Tongeren; new interview with Larry Taylor, author of "Tony Scott: A Filmmaker on Fire"; deleted scenes with optional commentary by Tony Scott; alternate ending with optional commentaries by Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino; electronic press kit featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Tony Scott, Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper and Gary Oldman; trailers and TV spots; image galleries. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.
Where the Scary Things Are
(2022) Paul Cottman, Michael Cervantes, Peter F. Cote, Quinn Andrew Fickes, Selina Flanscha, Oliver Givens, Emma Lim. Ready for "Stand by Me" or "The Goonies" with a deliciously dark twist? The horror begins as Ayla and her high school friends discover a hideous, semi-human mutant. They keep it prisoner while shooting repulsive viral videos, with the gang’s hunger for “likes” driving them to film the beast performing murderous acts. When one boy sees that Ayla is using the monster’s gruesome violence to settle her own vendettas, he threatens to tell the authorities—but is he too late to save his friends? Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate). Read more here
The Worst Person in the World
(2021 -- Norway) Renate Reinsve won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for the revelatory, complex performance that anchors this sprawlingly novelistic film by Norwegian auteur Joachim Trier, an emotionally intricate and exhilarating character study of a woman entering her thirties. Amid the seemingly endless possibilities of the modern world, Julie (Reinsve) vacillates between artistic passions and professions, the question of motherhood, and relationships with two very different men: a successful comic-book artist (Trier regular Anders Danielsen Lie) and a charismatic barista (Herbert Nordrum). Working with a team of longtime collaborators, Trier and his perennial co-writer Eskil Vogt construct in "The Worst Person in the World," the Oscar-nominated third entry in their unofficial Oslo Trilogy, a liberating portrait of self-discovery and a bracingly contemporary spin on the romantic comedy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 2K digital master, approved by the director, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with director Joachim Trier, co-screenwriter Eskil Vogt, actors Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, and Herbert Nordrum, cinematographer Kasper Tuxen and sound designer Gisle Tveito; on-set footage from the creation of the film’s time-freezing sequence; deleted scenes; an essay by critic Sheila O’Malley. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
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