(2018) Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton. Follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her son's return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm's way ... and he promptly disappears. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family's downfall.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Peter Hedges, "Ben is Back" photo gallery. (Lionsgate).
The Clovehitch Killer
(2018) Charlie Plummer, Dylan McDermott, Samantha Mathis. Tyler Burnside (Plummer) is a Boy Scout, a volunteer at his local church, and the dutiful son of an upstanding, community leader dad (McDermott). Only one thing troubles the quiet Kentucky town he lives in: the unsolved murders — in which 10 women were brutally tortured and killed by a psychopath known as Clovehitch — that rocked the community more than a decade ago. When Tyler discovers a cache of disturbing images in his father’s possession, he begins to suspect that the man he trusts most in the world may be Clovehitch … and that his deadly rampage may not be over. Formats: Blu-ray, DVD. Extras: Making-of featurette, theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory).
(2018) Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, Andre Ward, Florian Munteanu, Russell Hornsby, Dolph Lundgren. Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago. Read more about "Creed II" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Rocky Legacy." Blu-ray adds "From Father to Son," "Blood Runs Hot," "Finding the Authentic," "The Women of Creed II,” deleted scenes. (Warner).
Do It Yourself
(2017 -- Greece) Small-time crook and ex-con Alkis is double-crossed by an ex-cellmate and finds himself trapped in a working porn studio where his shady, trigger-happy accomplices have no intention of letting him out alive. The disheveled crook has only one option -- to escape by any means possible.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Artsploitation Films).
Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival
(2018) Donna Haraway is the author of the groundbreaking "A Cyborg Manifesto." This documentary features Haraway in a playful and engaging exploration of her life, influences, and ideas. Best-known for her ground-breaking work on gender, cyborgs, animals and post-colonialism, Haraway is a passionate and discursive storyteller. The film is structured around a series of discussions on subjects including capitalism, science fiction, unconventional marital and sexual partnerships, the role of Catholicism in her upbringing, humans and dogs, the suppression of women’s writing, the surprisingly fascinating history of orthodontic aesthetics, and the need for new post-patriarchal narratives. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Q&A and screening intro by Haraway. (Icarus Films).
(2018) Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone. In early 18th-century England, a frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne, and her closest Friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), governs the country while tending to Anne’s ill health and volatile temper. When new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, Sarah takes Abigail under her wing as she cunningly schemes to return to her aristocratic roots, setting off an outrageous rivalry to become the Queen’s favourite. Read more about "The Favourite" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "The Favourite: Unstitching the Costume Drama." (Fox).
Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season
(2018) Four-disc set with all 16 episodes. In Season 4 of “Fear the Walking Dead,” we see the world of Madison Clark and her family through new eyes — the eyes of Morgan Jones, who is joining the story from the world of “The Walking Dead.” The characters’ immediate pasts mix with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes, and threats. They fight for each other, against each other, and against a legion of the dead, and work to build an existence strong enough to resist the crushing pressure of lives coming apart. There's darkness and light; terror and grace; and the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together toward a new reality. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary on select epiosdes. (Lionsgate).
(2016 -- Norway) Set in the frozen wilderness of Norway during WWII, two German soldiers escort a Norwegian soldier to a prisoner of war camp but as the weather begins to take a toll on them, they find an empty house near the forest where they finally can get some rest. However, what seems to be a warm and welcoming shelter turns much more sinister and deadly. They begin to wonder if they somehow have stepped into a psychological hell from which there may be no escape. From the director of "Christmas Blood." Formats: DVD, Digital, VOD. (Artsploitation Films).
House of Cards: Season Six
(2018) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. The final chapter in the critically acclaimed and award-winning political drama. Following the death of President Frank Underwood, Vice President Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) has ascended to the position of Commander in Chief of the United States, working to rally her allies and outwit those who oppose her. The intrigue and political maneuverings inside the White House continue as the first female president seeks to solidify her legacy. Co-stars Michael Kelly, Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Sony).
(2018) Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Octavia Spencer, Eve Harlow, Iliza Shlesinger, Tom Segura, Julie Hagerty. A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children. Read more about "Instant Family" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Deleted & extended scenes; Gag Reel; commentary by director-writer Sean Anders and writer John Morris; "Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It" behind the scenes with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne; "Kid Power" young cast; "I Need Some Support" Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro guide a group of parents through the laughter and tears of foster care; "Order in the Court" inside one of the film’s most heartfelt moments; "The Families Behind the Fair" real foster families; "Crew Inspiration" in which crew members share their own foster care stories; The Anders Family" real-life inspiration for the film; Isabela Moner “I’ll Stay” promotional music video; "On Set Proposal" surprising wedding proposal from one crew member to another. (Paramount).
(2017 -- Hungary) The director of the critically acclaimed "White God" employs his uniquely talented eye to create this riveting Palme d’Or nominated supernatural thriller. Aryan, a young Syrian refugee (Zsombor Jéger) is shot while trying to cross the Hungarian border. While treating his wounds, a doctor (Merab Ninidze) at the refugee camp discovers that Aryan has gained an extraordinary talent -- he can levitate at will. The corrupt doctor sees an opportunity and offers to smuggle Aryan out of the camp if, in return, he helps him make some money by using his new miraculous gift. Director Kornél Mundruczó marks himself as one his generation’s most visionary directors by tackling eternally mythic themes and contemporary political issues with mind-bending aplomb. Formats: DVD. (Icarus Films).
Kalifornia Collector’s Edition
(1993) Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny, Michelle Forbes. When urban intellectuals Brian (Duchovny) and Carrie (Forbes) set out on a cross-country trip to research a book about serial killers, they share the ride with a couple they barely know -- Early Grayce (Pitt) and his girlfriend Adele (Lewis). Locked in a car hurtling westward, the four travelers struggle to find some common ground. But when they finally do connect, Early's violent nature abruptly emerges and the terrified Brian and Carrie realize that they don’t need to go very far to learn about ruthless killers ... because they are already face-to-face with one! Includes both the theatrical cut and unrated version of the movie. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with director Dominic Sena, original featurette, cast interviews, trailers and TV spots. (Shout! Factory).
Krypton: The Complete First Season
(2018) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that tells the origin story of DC’s iconic Superman in a whole new way. What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton follows a young Seg-El, the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is faced with a life and death conflict -- save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson. With Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg fights alongside Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange to redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves while saving the future of his legacy from DC Super-Villain Brainiac. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Krypton: 2017 Comic-Con Panel, "Krypton: Bringing the Home World to Life," "A Lost Kingdom: Life on Krypton," gag reel, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Liz and the Blue Bird
(2018 -- Japan) Naoko Yamada here presents her fourth feature film with a subtle yet entrancing brilliance in this complex look at friendship and growing up. Mizore Yoroizuka plays the oboe, and Nozomi Kasaki plays the flute in Kita Uji High School’s concert band. Mizore is shy and soft-spoken, while her best friend, Nozomi, is outgoing. The two girls grow closer as they practice for their last duet before graduating, a piece called “Liz And The Blue Bird.” However, the impending separation may be more than their friendship can handle. Interspersed with their story is the fantasy tale of Liz, who like Mizore, seeks a friendship that may be too hard to hold onto in this beautiful coming-of-age story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Shout! Factory).
(2018) Sean Patrick Flanery, Steven Brewis, Danielle Rayne, Rebecca Lim. A famous but flawed college athlete turns down the NFL to search for his mother who has gone missing, only to find out he has an illness that takes him on an unexpected journey. Formats: DVD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(1944) From one of the masters of the film noir, Robert Siodmak ("The Killers," "The Dark Mirror"), comes this consummate crime classic. After a fight with his wife, Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis) heads to a bar to drown his sorrows. There he strikes up a conversation with a mysterious, despondent lady who agrees to accompany him to a show uptown but withholds her name. Arriving home, Scott is met by grimly countenanced cops -- his wife has been strangled with one of his neckties and he is the prime suspect. He has a solid alibi but his theater companion is nowhere to be found and no one remembers seeing them together. When Scott is charged with murdering his wife, it falls to his devoted secretary "Kansas" (Ella Raines) to find the phantom lady and save Scott from the electric chair. Adapted from a hit novel by acclaimed crime writer Cornell Woolrich, "Phantom Lady" boasts stylish cinematography, cruel characters and memorable performances from Raines and Franchot Tone.. The film is presented here for the first time in stunning High Definition. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir," an insightful archival documentary featuring contributions from Robert Wise, Edward Dmytryk, Dennis Hopper and more; rare, hour-long 1944 radio dramatization of "Phantom Lady" by the Lux Radio Theatre, starring Alan Curtis and Ella Raines; gallery of original stills and promotional materials; reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options. FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Alan K. Rode. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
Sister Street Fighter Collection
(1974) Etsuko Shihomi is the half-Chinese, half-Japanese Li Koryu, who travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother, an undercover cop. When she discovers a smuggling ring run by a drug lord with his own personal army of deadly fighters, she must penetrate his evil lair and defeat not only his champion (Masashi Ishibashi from the Street Fighter films) but also a group of female Thai kickboxers called The Amazon Seven. Shin'ichi Chiba appears in a cameo as a fellow karate master who helps Koryu in her mission. Released only three months later, the sequel, "Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By a Thread," once again follows Li Koryu as she investigates another smuggling ring, this time involving diamonds implanted into the derrieres of prostitutes! Teaming up with enigmatic fighter Tsubaki (Yasuaki Kurata), she once again calls upon her fighting skills to take down another round of colorful bad guys. The final film of the official trilogy, "Return of the Sister Street Fighter," finds her back in Yokohama searching for a woman who has become the mistress of another crime kingpin. Kurata again co-stars but this time as a crazed fighter working for the villains who swears that he's the man who can kill Li Koryu. Genre entertainment of the highest order, the Sister Street Fighter films are a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. Funky and over-the-top, filled with wall-to-wall action, and featuring some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen, the series embodies female power in a male-dominated genre and is a magnificent showcase for the physical presence and martial arts skills of its lead star. Formats: Blu-ray. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
(2018) James Badge Dale, Chris Mulkey, Brian Geraghty, Robert Aramayo, Patrick Fischler, Happy Anderson. After a shooting at a police funeral, reclusive ex-cop Gannon (Dale) finds himself unwittingly forced out of retirement when he realizes that the killer belongs to the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Making of the Standoff at Sparrow Creek," photo gallery. (RLJE Films).
The Vanishing (aka Keepers)
(2019) Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, Connor Swindells. Action-packed thriller based on true events. After three lighthouse keepers arrive for work on a remote Scottish isle, they make a fateful discovery: a wrecked rowboat -- with a chest full of gold. As a mysterious boat heads toward the island, the three men make a choice that will change their lives forever, ensnaring them in a web of greed, paranoia, and guilt.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Emerging from the Darkness: The Vanishing” featurette.
(2018) Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin, Jennifer Ehle. The film begins in 1999 when teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin) survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe -- while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.
Read more about "Vox Lux" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Wrapped Up" music video, trailer. (Universal).
When Calls The Heart: The Greatest Blessing
(2018) Latest entry in the series based on the books by celebrated author Janette Oke ("The Love Comes Softly" series). When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers -- sisters who have a mysterious backstory -- lead Bill to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth, who is preparing for the birth of her child, organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all this Christmas season. Formats: DVD. (Shout! Factory).
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends: The Complete Series
(1959-1964) "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends" introduced some of the most unforgettable characters in TV history. Premiering in 1959 from Jay Ward Productions, the original series was comprised of 163 episodes featuring Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties, Aesop and Son, Fractured Fairy Tales, Peabody's Improbable History and more. Starring Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, Natasha, Dudley Do-Right, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, this comprehensive 18-disc collection includes every unforgettable adventure, insightful bonus features and an episode guide. The series was officially known as "Rocky and His Friends" from 1959 to 1961, "The Bullwinkle Show" from 1961 to 1964, and "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" (or "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" or "The Adventures of Bullwinkle and Rocky") in syndication. Formats: DVD. (Universal).
Ancient Aliens: Season 11, Volume 2
(2016) Two-disc set with nine episodes. This season explores incredible new developments in the search for evidence of extraterrestrial contact in our distant past -- and even today. In Egypt, new technology has detected a previously unknown void in the Great Pyramid; on the island of Sardinia, ancient statues of giants with robotic faces are being shown to the public for the first time; and, in the north of England, scientists claim to have discovered what could be biological evidence of alien life. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2019 -- Serbia) Stoya, Sebastian Cavazza, Maruša Majer. On a lonely mission to Alpha Centauri, Sebastian is teamed up with Nimani 1345, a female cyborg designed to fulfill his every need. At first thrilled to be able to control her, Sebastian grows tired of having his desires fulfilled so easily. Longing for human intimacy, Sebastian alters Nimani’s programmed responses, but in doing so he risks the mission’s security — and his own life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
And Then There Was Eve
(2018) Karan Soni, Tania Nolan, Rachel Crowl, Mary Holland. Alyssa, a successful photographer, wakes one morning to find her apartment ransacked and her husband mysteriously missing. Left without even a photograph to offer the police, she turns to his colleague Eve, a talented jazz pianist with a flirtatious charm and disarming grace. Eve helps her confront her husband’s longtime struggle with depression and to, over time, accept his absence. While getting to know this woman through such unusual circumstances, Alyssa is surprised to find herself falling in love again. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Craft [Collector’s Edition]
(1996) Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich. This horror thriller stars Campbell as Sarah, the new kid at St. Benedict’s Academy. Having always been a bit unusual, she fits right in with the school’s outsiders. There’s something different about them though, and it's not just that they won't settle for being a group of powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft ... and they are going to use it. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Directing The Craft" interview with co-writer and director Andrew Fleming; new "Producing The Craft" interview with producer Douglas Wick; new "Writing The Craft" interview with co-writer Peter Filardi; new "Effecting The Craft" interview with makeup effects supervisor; audio commentary with director Andrew Fleming; vintage featurette "Conjuring The Craft"; vintage featurette "The Making of The Craft"; deleted scenes' theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2017) Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Jonah Russell, Sean Bean. Following the death of her father, Alice (Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years to claim from her estranged brother (Stanley) the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Filmrise).
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
(2018) Documentary deftly fuses the personal, the political and the just plain surreal as it charts the rise and fall of Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes. Variously called a bulldog, a kingmaker, and the Ernest Hemingway of campaign advisors, Ailes was a key media consultant to presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush, powerfully shaping American political history over the last 50 years. After creating a ratings powerhouse, with more viewers than all its direct competitors combined, in 2016 Ailes was forced out of Fox amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment. He died in May 2017 at the age of 77. This is the origin story of one of the most powerful and divisive figures in American media, as well as a clear-eyed look at how we got where we are today.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward
(2018) Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol,Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Carmen Ejogo. The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. Read more about "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed," "Wizards on Screen, Fans in Real Life," "Distinctly Dumbledore," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: The Return to Hogwarts," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Newt’s Menagerie," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Credence, Nagini and the Circus Arcanus," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Paris and Place Cachée," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Ministere des Affaires magiques," "Unlocking Scene Secrets: Grindelwald’s Escape and the Ring Of Fire," deleted scenes.
(2018) Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini. A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Read more about "Green Book" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Virtuoso Performances" behind the scenes with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali; "An Unforgettable Friendship" featurette; "Going Beyond the Green Book" featurette. (Universal).
The Kid Brother
(1927) Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespectacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a traveling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces -- including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship -- with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, "The Kid Brother" is a hilarious and heartwarming high-water mark of early screen comedy. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration. Extras: Orchestral score by composer Carl Davis from 1989; alternate archival organ score performed by Gaylord Carter; audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll, film historian Annette D’Agostino Lloyd, and Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd; "Harold’s Leading Ladies," a new conversation between author Cari Beauchamp and Suzanne Lloyd; "Anatomy of a Gag: Monkeyshoes," a new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns; behind-the-scenes stills gallery curated by Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Simonton Jr.; "Close to Home, a new video essay on the film’s shooting locations by author John Bengtson; Dutch television interview with Lloyd from 1962; featurette from 2005 about Greenacres, Lloyd’s estate, hosted by Suzanne Lloyd; two restored rare early Lloyd shorts: "Over the Fence" (1917) and "That’s Him" (1918), with new Wurlitzer theater pipe organ scores and a discussion of their early film formats by archivist Dino Everett; new tour of the Wurlitzer organ with composer Nathan Barr and organist Mark Herman; an essay by critic Carrie Rickey.
(The Criterion Collection).
(1999) "The Real World" meets "Saw" by way of "Suspiria" in this super-smart, super-gory -- and, sadly, super-overlooked -- late '90s slasher effort from filmmakers Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk, released in the midst of the post-"Scream" slice-and-dice revival. A group of youngsters arrive at a snow-covered house under the guise of participating in a "grounding-breaking" new experimental film. With the entire property fitted out with cameras, their every move will be recorded. But when the house locks down, trapping the youngsters within, it soon becomes clear that something sinister is afoot. Scream -- you're on camera ... Marketed as little more than a generic horror flick at the time of its release, "Kolobos," far from being a run-of-the-mill slasher clone, has much more in common with the booby-trap stylings of "Cube" (1997) and the reality TV theme of "My Little Eye" (2002), which it preempted by some three years. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with co-writers and co-directors Daniel Liatowitsch and David Todd Ocvirk; "Real World Massacre: The Making of Kolobos" new featurette, with interviews with Daniel Liatowitsch, David Todd Ocvirk and co-writer/producer Nne Ebong; "Face to Faceless," a new interview with “Faceless” actor Ilia Volok; "Slice & Dice: The Music of Kolobos" new interview with composer William Kidd; behind-the-scenes image gallery; Super 8 short film by Daniel Liatowitsch with commentary; original trailer. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Last Man
(2019) Hayden Christensen, Harvey Keitel. In this dystopian thriller, Christensen plays Kurt, a vet suffering from PTSD who comes home to an unholy, unruly land. The world is bad, no question -- but local street prophet Noe (Keitel) says it’ll get even worse when a catastrophic storm strikes. As Kurt heeds Noe’s advice and readies for the apocalypse, he meets sultry Jessica, who also begins to believe. Yet even as the planet falls apart, Kurt finds his life finally coming together.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2018) Lora Burke, Jack Foley, Elitsa Bako, Rachel VanDuzer, Steve Kasan. A murderous shape-shifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. Drew has an identity problem. Every few days, he has to shape-shift, or face a painful death. He has to find someone and make a copy. He takes everything: their looks, memories, hopes, and dreams. Their entire life. He becomes them, and they die horribly. Enter Julia, the object of Drew’s affection. How can he make things right when he’s never the same person for very long? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with writer-director Justin McConnell;l commentary with actors Lora Burke, Jack Foley, Sam James White, Steve Kasan and writer-director Justin McConnell; trailers, still gallery, storyboards. Blu-ray adds "Change and Adapt: The Making of Lifechanger"; Deleted Scenes; original score by Sean Motley. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(2018) Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton. Dark, suspenseful thriller based on Martin Amis’ best-selling novel. Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six (Heard) has a premonition about her impending murder. Yet rather than try to save herself, she engages in the elaborate seduction of three men, one of whom she knows will be her murderer. One, an American author with a fatal illness (Thornton), decides her story will form the basis of his final novel. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Fox).
The Magic Flute
(1975) This scintillating screen version of Mozart’s beloved opera showcases Ingmar Bergman’s deep knowledge of music and gift for expressing it cinematically. Casting some of Europe’s finest soloists -- Josef Köstlinger, Ulrik Cold, Håkan Hagegård, and Birgit Nordin among them -- the director lovingly recreated the baroque theater of Sweden’s Drottningholm Palace to stage the story of the prince Tamino and his zestful sidekick Papageno, who are sent on a mission to save a beautiful princess from the clutches of evil. A celebration of love and forgiveness that exhibits a profound appreciation for the artifice and spectacle of the theater, "The Magic Flute" is among the most exquisite opera films ever made. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Interview with director Ingmar Bergman recorded in 1974 for Swedish television; new interview with film scholar Peter Cowie; "Tystnad! Tagning! Trollflöjten!" (1975), a feature-length documentary produced for Swedish television about the making of the film; an essay by author Alexander Chee.
(The Criterion Collection).
Man's Best Friend BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1993) Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen. When an ambitious news journalist (Sheedy) breaks into a genetic research facility, she uncovers the biggest story of her career and unleashes the lab's most dangerous experiment: Max -- a genetically enhanced guard dog with a vicious killer instinct. Superior sight, hearing, strength, and intelligence make him faster, stronger, and smarter than almost any other animal alive -- and deadlier. Without the neuropathic drugs needed to curb his aggressive nature, his predatory urge runs out of control ... and once he tastes blood, nothing can stop him. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director John Lafia, theatrical trailer, teaser trailer, TV spots. (Scream Factory).
(1997 -- French) Sophie Marceau, Bernard Giraudeau, Patrick Timsit. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the British Independent Film Awards, the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest and a César Award for music direction, this is a lavish costume dramedy set in 17th century France. Presented in a new 2K digital restoration. Born into poverty, Marquise (Marceau) is a beautiful street dancer who found fame and notoriety among the 17th century aristocratic elite under the stage name Mademoiselle Du Parc. When the distinguished Molière (Giraudeau) and his theatre troupe come to town, Marquise mesmerizes the men, and joins the troupe. She marries Gros René (Timsit) and becomes a favorite of King Louis XIV, but it is not until Marquise becomes the mistress of rival playwright Racine that she finally realizes her ambition to become a great actress. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Véra Belmont, new essay by author and professor Laurence Marie. (Film Movement Classics).
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (Special Edition)
(2018) Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck. In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians. Once there she finds an unconventional family in fellow "sinners" Jane and Adam. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Filmrise).
(2018) Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Joel Tobeck, Frankie Adams, Colin Salmon. In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy. Read more about "Mortal Engines" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "End of the Ancients," "Character Series," "Welcome to London," "In the Air," "Film New Zealand," feature commentary with director Christian Rivers.
(2018) Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa. In this twisted love story, a man seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past. His plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own. A playful psycho-thriller game of cat-and-mouse based on Ryû Murakami’s novel.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
(1955) Banned from the Cannes and Venice Films Festivals for being anti-Communist and excoriated elsewhere as pro-Soviet propaganda, Peter Glenville's "The Prisoner" stoked controversy at the time of its original release and remains a complex, challenging and multifaceted exploration of faith and power. In an unnamed Eastern European capital, an iron-willed Cardinal (Alec Guinness) is arrested by state police on charges of treason. Tasked with securing a confession from him by any means necessary is a former comrade-in-arms from the anti-Nazi resistance (Jack Hawkins). Knowing the Cardinal will never fold under physical torture, the Interrogator instead sets out to destroy him mentally, breaking his spirit rather than his body. Adapted by acclaimed playwright Bridget Boland ("Gaslight") from her own stage-play and showcasing powerhouse performances by two actors at the height of their game, "The Prisoner" is a tense, thought-provoking and disturbing drama about the endurance of the human spirit. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Interrogating Guinness," a new video appreciation of the film by author and academic Neil Sinyard; select scene commentary by author and critic Philip Kemp; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe. (Arrow Academy/MVD Entertainment).
(1993) Kenn Scott, Billy Blanks, Christine Taylor, Patrick Kilpatrick, James Lew, Brion James. Ken Marks (Scott) finds a dangerous enemy on his first day at his new school; an enemy who makes his living as the champion of an illegal fighting operation. School janitor and ex-cop Billy Grant (Blanks) trains Ken to defend himself. What Billy doesn't know is that the man behind it all is the one man from his past who wants him dead. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "The Making of Showdown" feature-length documentary with director Robert Radler, writer Stuart Gibbs and stars Billy Blanks, Kenn Scott, John Asher, Patrick Kilpatrick and Michael Genovese; new "Robert Radler: Portrait of a Director" featurette; new "Billy Blanks: Martial Arts Legend" featurette; new "The Fights of Showdown" featurette; new "Showdown: Anatomy of a Scene"; photo gallery; original theatrical trailer; collectible mini-poster. (MVD Rewind Collection).
The Simple Heist
(2018) Two-disc set with six episodes. When two women find themselves overlooked and underappreciated as they face their older years, they resort to drastic measures to get payback. Jenny is a teacher struggling to stay afloat during a messy divorce, while her best friend, gastroenterologist Cecilia, has financial problems from a failed stock investment. After Cecilia learns of a bank robbery plan from a dying patient, she convinces Jenny that a crime spree is just what they need to take control of their lives. As the robbery sets off a chain of events exposing them to blackmail, car chases, and a dangerous biker gang, Jenny and Cecilia quickly learn that money won’t solve all their problems. Rich with dry humor, this Swedish-language comedy-drama combines crime caper with sharp social critique. Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).
(2018) Christopher Abbott, Trust Arancio, Nicolas Arze. Drama follows Tyler, who joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party with several people he doesn’t know. As soon as they get there, it’s clear that (1) he’s the only black guy, and (2) it’s going to be a weekend of heavy drinking. Although Tyler is welcomed, he can’t help but feel uneasy in “Whitesville.” The combination of all the testosterone and alcohol starts to get out of hand, and Tyler’s precarious situation starts to feel like a nightmare. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
Vengeance: A Love Story
(2017) Nicolas Cage, Anna Hutchison, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Deborah Kara Unger, Don Johnson. On the Fourth of July, single mother Teena is brutally assaulted by a local gang in front of her daughter Bethie. Despite Bethie's ability to identify the attackers, the defense hires a hot-shot attorney who manipulates the law. When the criminals are set free, a veteran-turned-detective (Cage) is dismayed at the lack of justice and plots revenge against the men on Teena's behalf. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Filmrise).
(2017 -- South Africa & France) Stephanie Shield, Roxane Hayward, Tyrone Keogh, Keenan Arrison. When four teens “borrow” a car for one night of fun, what starts as a wild joy ride turns into a nightmare. After a violent crash, they discover that being stuck at the bottom of a ravine in an overturned car is the least of their problems. The psychotic owner of the car that they stole has them in his crosshairs and will stop at nothing to get both the car and its contents back. Formats: Blu-ray. (Well Go USA).
(2018 -- Sweden/Denmark) Alba August, Trine Dyrholm, Henrik Rafaelsen, Maria Bonnevie, Björn Gustafsson. Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children's books and creator of Pippi Longstocking. Teenaged Astrid Lindgren (August leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother, Marie. Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg's offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see Lasse. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Berlinale Film premiere featurette, interviews with actress Alba August and director Pernille Fischer Christensen. (Music Box Films).
Born In East L.A. [Collector’s Edition] BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1987) Cheech Marin wrote, directed and starred in this hip, outrageous comedy that's more timely than ever. The story follows Rudy (Marin), an American of Hispanic descent, whose south-of-the-border looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory. As his luck goes, he is caught with neither money nor his ID and is deported to Mexico -- without speaking a word of Spanish! Unable to contact his vacationing family or his newly immigrated cousin (played by comedian Paul Rodriguez), Rudy is in for a crazy ride as he tries every legal -- and illegal -- scheme he can think of to get back home. Extras: New audio commentary by director-writer-star Cheech Marin; new interview with Marin; New interview with actress Kamala Lopez;
new interview with actor Paul Rodriguez; extended television cut (standard definition); theatrical trailer; photo gallery; production notes. (Shout! Factory Select).
The Deadly Mantis BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1957) Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton. What’s worse than a horde of locusts? A gigantic man-eating praying mantis, released from a million years of deep, frozen sleep and ready to claw its way to world domination. This menacing insect kills everything in its path while scientists and military men work feverishly to stop it. Stevens stars as the commander in charge of putting an end to this beastly insect with Hopper as the paleontologist and Talton as his beautiful assistant, a photojournalist, assigned to help in this epic battle between man and insect. Extras: New audio commentary with film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter, "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" episode “The Deadly Mantis,” theatrical trailer, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(1945) From Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist (Tom Neal) finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run -- a waking nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, Ann Savage’s snarling, monstrously conniving drifter Vera. Working with no-name stars on a bargain-basement budget, B auteur Edgar G. Ulmer turned threadbare production values and seedy, low-rent atmosphere into indelible pulp poetry. Long unavailable in a format in which its hard-boiled beauty could be fully appreciated, "Detour" haunts anew in its first major restoration. "Detour" was restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen," a 2004 documentary featuring interviews with filmmakers Roger Corman, Joe Dante, and Wim Wenders and actor Ann Savage; new interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, author of "Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins"; new program about the restoration of "Detour"; trailer; an essay by critic and poet Robert Polito.
(The Criterion Collection).
Far From Heaven (Special Edition)
(2002) Dir.: Todd Haynes; Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn. Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid star in this seductive story of a seemingly perfect family, and the forbidden desires that threaten to tear it apart, set in 1950s Connecticut. Cathy Whitaker (Moore) has it all -- a lovely home, two wonderful children and a handsome husband (Quaid) who is successfully climbing the corporate ladder. But Cathy's idyllic existence is just an illusion, and she eventually must choose between living a lie or following her heart. Written and directed by Todd Haynes ("Carol"), "Far From Heaven" garnered rave reviews and was nominated for four Academy Awards® including Actress (Moore), Original Screenplay (Haynes), Original Score (Elmer Bernstein) and Cinematography (Edward Lachman). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with director Todd Haynes, "The Making of Far From Heaven," "Anatomy of a Scene," "A Filmmaker's Experience with Julianne Moore and Todd Hayes," theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
The Last Resort
(2018) Before the arrival of "Miami Vice" and "MTV Spring Break," South Beach was home to the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country. Drawn by the small apartments, low cost of living, sunny weather, and thriving cultural life, they came by the thousands seeking refuge from the Northeast's brutal winters. By the 1970s, these former New Yorkers had turned from seasonal visitors to year-round residents, making Miami Beach home to a population that was primarily over 70 and overwhelmingly Jewish. "The Last Resort" takes audiences on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of that era through the lens of young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe. With cameras in hand, they embarked on an ambitious 10-year project to document this unique chapter in the city's history, which would soon be erased by the turbulent 1980s. Featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchanan, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, photographer Gary Monroe, and more, The Last Resort is a stunning testament to a community all but forgotten ... until now. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, Q&A with the directors, "Cherry Pop: The Story of the World's Fanciest Cat" (2014), a short film by Kareem Tabsch, Andy Sweet photo gallery, Gary Monroe photo gallery, South Beach architecture gallery, trailer.
(1983) Dir.: Curtis Hanson; Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, Jackie Earl Haley, John Stockwell, Henry Darrow, Rick Rossovich, Joe Spinell. Hollywood icon Tom Cruise in his first starring role has everything to gain -- and a certain something to lose -- when he crosses paths with Shelley Long in this rambunctious road-trip comedy set in the wild and wacky sixties. When all-American high-schooler Woody (Cruise) and his Sinatra-obsessed pal Dave (Haley) decide that it's time to lose their virginity, they enlist the help of their "more experienced" friend Spider (Stockwell) and head south-of-the-border. Now, in a hilariously raunchy search for cheap booze -- and even cheaper thrills == the intrepid trio will run into fast-food floozies, crooked cops and a close encounter with a doubting would-be divorcée (Long) that will change Woody's life forever. Wonderfully directed by Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential") with a screenplay by B.W.L. Norton ("Convoy"). In a brand new 2K master. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
Mary Poppins Returns
(2018) Director: Rob Marshall. Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke. Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. Read more about "Mary Poppins Returns" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted song “The Anthropomorphic Zoo”; four-part featurette "The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns”; four-part "Seeing Things From a Different Point of View: The Musical Numbers of Mary Poppins Returns"; "Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns"; "Practically Perfect Bloopers"; deleted scenes; play movie in sing-along mode. (Disney).
(1988) Dolph Lundgren, Françoise Robertson, Roc LaFortune, David Nerman, Allen Altman. International action star Dolph Lundgren stars in this non-stop action-packed thriller. When a beautiful and ambitious archaeologist (Françoise Robertson) unearths a mysterious key beneath the streets of 1999 New York City, the Templar Knights of Christ send Lucas (Lundgren) to retrieve it. With no time to lose, he must convince her to give him the key before unspeakable evil is unleashed upon the world by the Minion, a demonic servant of the Antichrist who will do everything in its power to possess the key and see that its sinister master is freed. And only Lucas-a modern-day warrior trained in the ancient arts-can defeat the ultimate evil. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by director Jean-Marc Piché, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
On Her Shoulders
(2018) At only 23-years-old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings -- from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of one-on-one meetings with top government officials. Though it all takes an enormous toll, this once ordinary girl has survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village, as she fights to bring ISIS to justice and save her people from extinction. After the documentary was completed, Murad was named as one of two winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Formats: DVD. (Oscilloscope Films).
(2018) Sara Fletcher, Jay Mohr, Kristy Swanson as the voice of Latte. The cushy Hollywood life of Latte the dog is turned upside down when her owner, superstar actress London Bridges, heads to the boonies to make a new film. The pampered pooch tries to stop thieves from stealing London’s diamond necklace from a farmhouse, but they escape with the jewels. With the help of hunky farmer Tom, can London track down the priceless stones before a scandal breaks out?
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Hot Off the Press with PawParazzi” featurette.
(2018 -- Norway) Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Kathrine Thorborg Johansen. The ground beneath the residents of Oslo, Norway can’t be trusted. For Norwegian geologists like Kristian Eikjord, studying the daily quakes proves that it's no longer a matter of if, but when the next catastrophic event will strike. Will it surpass the 5.4 magnitude earthquake that devastated the city in 1904? Can anyone survive it? The thriller follows Kristian as he makes a perilous attempt to help his wife, daughter and others escape a crumbling skyscraper when nature takes its course. What if a massive earthquake is looming? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Seven behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Emergency," "Facts," "Family," "Set Design," "Spectacular," "Stunts," "VFX Breakdown." (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2017 -- Ireland) Brian Fortune, Eddie Jackson, Cristina Ryan. Kyra, a young woman kidnapped off the street after a night out, wakes up in an isolated house with two other captives. They are informed by their sadistic captors that they must wait their turn to enter the Room before they will be released. Once they discover they will never leave the house alive, they plot to escape before it is their turn to enter the Red Room. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
Ritual - A Psychomagic Story
(2013 -- Italy) Fragile Lia (Désirée Giorgetti) once had a strong, passionate relationship with her lover Viktor (Ivan Franek), but a series of traumatic events sends her spiraling into a dark depression. Desperate to find a cure, she visits her old Aunt Agata (Anna Bonasso) at her creepy 18th century villa in Mason, a small Italian village steeped in magic, popular beliefs, traditional culture, myths and legends. Passionate about psychomagic and popular medicine, Agata is the local healer who has learned these methods from Fernando (Alejandro Jodorowsky), her dead Chilean husband. And it's here, in Mason, that Lia is taken on a powerful psychomagic journey to liberate her unconscious mind from its emotional turmoil. Inspired by the philosophy of and featuring an appearance by Chilean director and cult icon Jodorowsky, the legendary filmmaker of "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain," the explores the territory of maternity, psychomagic, madness, superstition and popular beliefs. Formats: DVD VOD. (Omnibus Entertainment).
The Second Time Around
(2017) Linda Thorson, Stuart Margolin. Katherine Mitchell, a widowed yet vibrant senior, wasn't looking for love a second time -- not at her age, and certainly not with grumpy Isaac Shapiro. Despite the nosey bunch of seniors in the residence where Katherine convalesces after breaking her hip, she and Isaac warm to each other over their shared love of music. Against unforeseen obstacles, their love blooms and together they set out to fulfill Katherine's lifelong dream of going to the opera in Milan. Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Feature).
(2013 -- Argentina) Mónica Lairana, Guadalupe Docampo, Luján Ariza. A female serial killer is stalking the shadowy streets and underground subways of Buenos Aires. Capable of shifting between three manifestations of her inner self, this cunning seductress lures unwitting men to a night of unbridled ecstasy that ends in their blood-soaked demise. The trail of bodies she leaves behind threatens to lead the police to her door but the titular she-wolf is so lost in her fractured psyche that the threat to her own safety barely seems to register. But when one of her intended victims turns out to be an undercover police detective, her frantic escape leads her into the arms of a charming young drug dealer, whose love could provide the key to her salvation. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Omnibus Entertainment).
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
(2018) Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld,, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Nicholas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber. This animated adventure introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the iconic mask. Read more about "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "We Are Spider-Man" takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters in the film; "Spider-Verse: A New Dimension" featurette; "The Ultimate Comics Cast"; "A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko"; "The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge"; "Designing Cinematic Comics Characters"; "Heroes & Hams": Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse; "Scorpions and Scoundrels" classic villains who wreak havoc on the Spider-Verse; "Alternate Universe Mode" offers alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide; two lyric videos: “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee and “Familia” by Nicki Minaj & Anuel AA (feat. Bantu); all-new original short “Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham.” (Sony).
Strip Nude for Your Killer
(1975 -- Italy) As the 1970s wore on and audiences began to tire of the tried and tested giallo formula popularized by the thrillers of Argento, Fulci and their contemporaries, filmmakers sought to reinvigorate the ailing movement by injecting elements from other genres. Some took inspiration from the then-burgeoning crime thriller movement, with tales of organized crime and corrupt police officials, while others decided to sex things up by crossing serial killer thrills with salacious soft-core antics. A spate of highly sexualized murders is rocking a prestigious Milanese fashion house. Ambitious photographer Magda (Edwige Fenech) and her on-off boyfriend, love rat Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo), team up to crack the case. But, with the motorcycle helmet-wearing killer bearing a grudge against the agency's employees, it's surely only a matter of time before they too end up feeling the force of his wrath. A sleazy Euro cult experience, with kitschy fashion shoots, back alley abortions, blow-up sex dolls and some very indelicate humor. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by HORRORPEDIA.com's Adrian J. Smith and David Flint; "Sex and Death with a Smile," a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on giallo and sex comedy icon Edwige Fenech; "A Good Man for the Murders," a newly edited video interview with actor Nino Castelnuovo; "The Blonde Salamander," a new video interview with actress Erna Schurer; "The Art of Helping," a new video interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi; "Jack of All Trades," a new video interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi; two versions of the opening scene: tinted and untinted viewing options;
original Italian and English theatrical trailers; image gallery; 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 critic Rachael Nisbet. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(1970) With her first and only film -- a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in -- Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, where she falls prey to a series of callous men -- including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. A difficult-to-see masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, "Wanda" is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins.
On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, The Film Foundation, and Gucci, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: "I Am Wanda," an hour-long documentary by Katja Raganelli featuring an interview with director Barbara Loden filmed in 1980; audio recording of Loden speaking to students at the American Film Institute in 1971; segment from a 1971 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show" featuring Loden; "The Frontier Experience," a short educational film from 1975 about a pioneer woman’s struggle to survive, directed by and starring Loden; trailer; an essay by film critic Amy Taubin.
(The Criterion Collection).
The Witches (The Devil's Own) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1967) Joan Fontaine, Alec McCowen, Kay Walsh. Classic Hammer Films thriller. Haunted by the terrors of her experience with African witch-doctors, school teacher Gwen Mayfield (Fontaine) accepts an appointment as headmistress at the Haddaby School run by Alan Bax (McCowen) and his sister Stephanie (Walsh). Gwen initially revels in the peacefulness she has found in the quiet English countryside but soon begins to sense "undercurrents." Before long, a local boy falls into a coma and Gwen discovers a voodoo doll impaled by pins. The danger that follows brings her face to face with witchcraft as a series of disasters unfold and lead her to the horrible truth. Extras: New audio commentary with filmmaker/historian Ted Newsom, "Hammer Glamour" featurette on the women of Hammer, U.S. trailer "The Devil’s Own." double feature trailer "Prehistoric Women" and "The Devil’s Own," still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2018) Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Randall Park, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, Djimon Hounsou, Temuera Morrison, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Leigh Whannell. Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land. Read more about "Aquaman" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 3D/Blu-ray Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Becoming Aquaman," "Going Deep Into the World of Aquaman," "James Wan: World Builder," "Dark Depths of Black Manta," "The Heroines of Atlantis," "Villainous Training," "A Match Made in Atlantis," "Atlantis Warfare," "Creating Undersea Creatures," "Aqua Tech," "Scene Study Breakdown: The Submarine," "Scene Study Breakdown: Sicily Showdown," "Scene Study Breakdown: The Trench," "Kingdoms of the Seven Seas." (Warner).
Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz
One of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz finally receives his due with this collection of his work, the first of its kind, bringing together a fascinating cross-section of films from the first half of his lengthy cinematic career. In Larraz's debut feature, the hitherto ultra-rare "Whirlpool" (1970), Vivian Neves stars as Tulia, a young model invited to a photographer's secluded country home for what purports to be a quiet weekend retreat -- but soon transpires to be anything but. 1974's "Vampyres" -- perhaps the best known and most widely-released of all José Larraz's films -- sees a duo of blood hungry female vampires prowling the British countryside, from where they lure unsuspecting male motorists back to their imposing, dilapidated mansion for draining... in more ways than one. Meanwhile, in 1978's "The Coming of Sin (La Visita del Vicio)," a young gypsy girl experiences a violent sexual awakening as her dreams of a naked young man on horseback become reality. By turns terrifying, titillating, artful and scandalous, these three films collected here -- all newly restored from original film elements, with "Whirlpool" and "The Coming of Sin" making their Blu-ray world premieres -- collectively offer film fans a unique perspective on the fascinating, highly-varied career of one of the horror genre's most overlooked auteurs. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Featurettes, image galleries, trailers, interviews, 80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Body Snatcher BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1945) The two titans of horror, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, come together in their last on-screen pairing. Karloff plays the title role in the Val Lewton adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's fictional short story "The Body Snatcher," directed with subtle calculation by versatile Robert Wise ("West Side Story," "The Sound of Music"). A doctor (Henry Daniell) needs cadavers for medical studies and Karloff is willing to provide them one way or another. New 4K scan of the original camera negative. Extras: New "You’ll Never Get Rid of Me: Resurrecting The Body Snatcher," audio commentary with director Robert Wise and writer-film historian Steve Haberman, "Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy" documentary, still galleries: posters, lobby cards, movie stills. (Scream Factory).
Brighton Beach Memoirs BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1986) Jonathan Silverman, Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Judith Ivey. Fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome (Silverman) is desperately trying to uncover life’s mysteries, but his family keeps hiding the clues. Even so, he manages to keep his priorities -- baseball and girls -- firmly in order. Neil Simon’s hilarious adaptation of his Broadway smash about growing up in Brooklyn is a wonderful, semi-autobiographical comedy with heart, wit and hysterical insights into family life and growing up just a little off-center. Extras: Theatrical trailer. (Shout! Factory).
(2018 -- Lebanon) Zain Al Rafeea. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, "Capernaum" (“Chaos”), a new film by Nadine Labaki, depicts the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy, Zain, who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and, to assert his rights, takes them to court, suing them for the “crime” of giving him life. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with director-writer Nadine Labaki and composer-producer Khaled Mouzanar; Q&A with Labaki, Mouzanar and actor Zain Al Rafeea; “Making of” featurette. (Sony).
Greasy Strangler (Special Director's Edition)
(2017) Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo, Darrell Keith Harris. When Big Ronnie and his son Brayden meet female tourist Janet on Big Ronnie's Disco Walking Tour -- the best and only disco walking tour in the city -- a fight for Janet's heart erupts between father and son, and the infamous "Greasy Strangler" is unleashed. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with director Jim Hosking and actors Michael St. Michaels and Sky Elobar; exclusive Cast and crew interviews; original theatrical trailer; red band trailer; teaser trailer. (Filmrise).
If Beale Street Could Talk
(2018) Director: Barry Jenkins. Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach. From Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins,* adapted from James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, comes this timeless love story set in early 1970s Harlem. Newly engaged 19-year-old Tish (Layne) and her fiancé Fonny (James) have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
Read more about "If Beale Street Could Talk" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "If Beale Street Could Talk: Poetry in Motion," audio commentary by Barry Jenkins. (Fox).
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
(1978) On February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live appearance on American television on "The Ed Sullivan Show," ratcheting up the frenzy of a fanbase whose ecstatic devotion to the band heralded an explosive new wave of youth culture. "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" looks back to that fateful weekend, following six teenagers, each with their own reasons for wanting to see the Fab Four, from New Jersey to Manhattan on a madcap mission to meet the band and score tickets to the show. With this rollicking first feature, director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale established themselves as a filmmaking team par excellence, adept at mining America’s cultural memory for comedy and adventure with a winning mixture of sweet nostalgia and playful irreverence. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New conversation among Zemeckis, Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg; new interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure; audio commentary from 2004 featuring Zemeckis and Gale; "The Lift" (1972) and "A Field of Honor" (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis; trailer; an essay by critic Scott Tobias; more.
(The Criterion Collection).
(2002 -- Mexico) In this preternaturally assured feature debut by Carlos Reygadas, a man (Alejandro Ferretis) travels from Mexico City to an isolated village to commit suicide; once there, however, he meets a pious elderly woman (Magdalena Flores) whose quiet humanity incites a reawakening of his desires. Recruiting a cast of nonactors and filming in sublime 16 mm CinemaScope, Reygadas explores the harsh beauty of the Mexican countryside with earthy tactility, conjuring a psychic landscape where religion mingles with sex, life co-exists with death, and the animal and spiritual sides of human experience become indistinguishable. A work of soaring ambition and startling visual poetry, "Japón" is an existential journey through uncharted cinematic territory that established the singular voice of its director. On DVD and Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Carlos Reygadas, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: New conversation between Reygadas and filmmaker Amat Escalante; video diary shot by actor Alejandro Ferretis during the film’s production; "Adulte," a short film directed by Reygadas in 1998; deleted scene; trailer; a new essay by novelist Valeria Luiselli.
(The Criterion Collection).
King of Thieves
(2018) Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone. A star-studded cast pulls off one of the biggest bank heists in history when a band of misfit criminals plot an unprecedented burglary at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. The thieves, all in their 60s and 70s except for one, manage to escape with allegedly £200. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: “King of Thieves: A Bloody Good Idea” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Life After Flash
(2017) Documentary looks at the roller coaster life of Sam J. Jones since his role as Flash Gordon, his struggles and successes, and the aftermath of when he went up against one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood. Features Melody Anderson, Brian Blessed, Topol, Peter Wyngarde, Richard O'Brien, Deep Roy, Brian May, Peter Duncan, Howard Blake, Stan Lee and Brian May.
Formats: DVD. (Cleopatra Entertainment).
Nemesis 2/Nemesis 3/Nemesis 4: Triple Feature
Sue Price, Chad Stahelski, Tim Thomerson, Andrew Divoff, Nicholas Guest. Three sequels to 1992's "Nemesis," about cyborgs fighting humans in the near future. "Nemesis 2: Nebula" (1995) takes place 73 years later; humans have lost the Cyborg Wars and they are now slaves to the cyborg masters. Rebel scientists have developed a new DNA strain, which could signal the end of the cyborgs, and it is injected it into a pregnant volunteer. When the cyborgs learn of the woman and her baby, both are listed for termination. To escape, the woman steals a cyborg ship and is transported back in time to East Africa in 1980, where the mother is killed, but the baby -- named Alex -- is saved. In "Nemesis 3: Time Lapse" (1996), Alex has grown up and discovers she has 20 half-sisters who are waiting for her to return to the year 2077. In "Nemesis 4: Death Angel" (1996), Alex is making a living in the future working as a cybernetically-enhanced assassin but, when she accidentally targets the wrong man and kills the son of a major crime syndicate head, she finds herself on the run once again as every assassin in town comes to collect the bounty on her. Formats: Blu-ray. (MVD Rewind).
(1997 -- Japan) The directorial debut of acclaimed director Satoshi Kon ("Paprika," "Millennium Actress"), the critically-acclaimed animated film has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time. This new Blu-ray edition features both a newly digitally remastered version of the film and an original definition presentation. Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: New lectures by Satoshi Kon featurette; new "Into the Blue" interviews featurette, new "Angel of Your Heart" recording sessions; theatrical trailers and TV spots; cast and crew interviews.
(2018) Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, Annaleigh Ashford, Charlyne Yi, Treat Williams, Milo Ventimiglia. A big box store worker (Lopez), struggling with the frustrations of not having achieved more in life, reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do Read more about "Second Act" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Connecting with Milo Ventimiglia" behind-the-scenes piece; "The Empowering Women of Second Act" featurette; "Friendship On and Off Screen" with best friends Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini; "Working with the Ones You Love." (Universal).
Stan & Ollie
2018) In the 1930s and 1940s, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were one of the most popular comedy acts in movies, helplessly bumbling their way through one "fine mess" after another. But by the 1950s, they were has-beens, struggling with health problems and trying to find a way back into the movie business. They embarked on a tour of small theaters in Britain to perform their own material, and possibly re-ignite their old friendship. Read more about "Stan & Ollie" in the March Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Four featurettes: “Making Stan & Ollie,” “Playful Prosthetics,” “The Dancing Duo” and “Q&A with Cast and Crew”; three deleted scenes. (Sony).
The Street Fighter Collection
(2018) Contains all three "Street Fighter" films with uncut versions and new 2K scans of the original film elements. Meet the meanest and most lethal karate master ever to rule the streets. He’s Sonny Chiba, one of the greatest martial arts actors to ignite the screen. In "The Street Fighter," Chiba stars as Terry Tsurugi, a mercenary who has been hired by both the yakuza and the mafia to kidnap a wealthy heiress, but when he isn’t paid, a violent clash ensues. Chiba is back in "Return of the Street Fighter." This time Tsurugi is hired by the mob to kill two informants, but when he realizes one is an old friend, he refuses, and he becomes the one being hunted. When Tsurugi is double crossed by the Ôwada clan, he takes off with something they want in "The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge." Soon he's being chased by a group of deadly assassins. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "Street Fighting Man" interview with Sonny China, new "Cutting Moments: The Street Fighter Trailer" interview with filmmaker Jack Shoulder, trailers, galleries. (Shout! Factory Select).
The Tarnished Angels
(1958) Dir.: Douglas Sirk; Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Jack Carson, Troy Donahue, Robert Middleton, Alan Reed, William Schallert. Set in the 1930s Depression era during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, "The Tarnished Angels" covers three days in the lives of a trio of flying-circus performers, headlined by former WWI fighter-pilot hero Roger Shumann (Stack) and his beautiful blonde wife, LaVerne (Malone). Romantic complications arise when newspaper reporter Burke Devlin (Hudson) falls in love with LaVerne while covering their daredevil aerial show. Legendary filmmaker Douglas Sirk ("Magnificent Obsession," "All That Heaven Allows," "Written on the Wind," "Imitation of Life") directed this masterpiece based on a novel by William Faulkner, adapted for the screen by George Zuckerman. Features Troy Donahue in one of his earlier roles. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by film historian Imogen Sara Smith, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
(2017) James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood, Scott Haze . Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager sends them to a basement-level vault -- home to something truly evil. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Filmrise).
Warning Sign BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1985) Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto. In the rolling Utah countryside, a small town is host to a fortress-like research facility that the townspeople believe is developing new advancements in agriculture. But deep within is a top-secret project to create a bioweapon that turns anyone exposed to it into a raging, psychotic killer. When the unthinkable happens and the facility is locked down, Sheriff Cal Morse (Waterston) must choose between keeping the town safe and rescuing his wife Joanie (Quinlan), who is trapped inside. But for Major Connolly (Kotto), there is only one remorseless solution: contain the deadly virus ... at all costs. Extras: New interview with director/co-writer Hal Barwood, new interview with producer Jim Bloom, audio commentary track with Barwood, TV spot,theatrical trailer, still gallery. (Scream Factory).
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