(2019) Voices of Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, Alec Baldwin, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston. Follows the misadventures of Swifty the Arctic Fox (Renner), who stumbles upon a dark scheme by the villainous Otto Von Walrus (Cleese) to melt the Arctic. To stop this sinister plot, Swifty enlists the help of his ragtag group of friends: PB, a neurotic polar bear; Lemmy, a scatterbrained albatross; Jade Fox, a brainy engineer; Leopold and Bertha, two conspiracy theorist otters; and Magda, his grouchy boss. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Atomic Apocalypse (AKA Black Flowers)
(2019) Krista DeMille, Andrea Sweeney-Blanco, Ron Roggé, Jesús Lloveras, William Mark McCullough. Welcome to the future - two years from now after the nuclear apocalypse that changed life as we know it. Without gasoline, electricity, or communications, humanity is devolving into a barbarous society of hunting and pillaging. In this hellish landscape, one family fights for survival. Superhero Mother, Kate (DeMille) loses her injured survivalist husband Sam (Roggé) and lovestruck daughter Suzi (Sweeney-Blanco) in a matter of days after they join handsome loner Joe ( Lloveras) in search of a rumored hidden nuclear bunker full of food and medicine. Suddenly alone, lost in the chemical clouds and pursued by murderous scavengers, Kate fights to stay alive and reunite with her family. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).
(1988) From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favorites as "Basket Case" and "Frankenhooker," comes the ultimate head-trip, now finally on Blu-ray. Meet Elmer. He's your friendly neighborhood parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag: when young Brian comes under Elmer's addictive spell, it's not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite friend's preferred food source - brains! Featuring late TV horror host John Zacherle as the voice of Elmer, "Brain Damage" boasts some of the most astonishingly bad taste gore gags ever realized, including the notorious "brain-pulling sequence" and a blow-job that ends with a distinctly unconventional climax. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-director Frank Henenlotter; "Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage" documentary featuring interviews with actor Rick Herbst, producer Edgar Ievins, editor James Kwei, first AD Gregory Lamberson, visual effects supervisor Al Magliochetti and makeup artist Dan Frye; "The Effects of Brain Damage": FX artist and creator of “Elmer” Gabe Bartalos looks back at his iconic effects work on the film; "Animating Elmer" featurette looking at the contributions of visual effects supervisor Al Magliochetti; "Karen Ogle: A Look Back": stills photographer, script supervisor and assistant editor Karen Ogle recalls her fond memories of working on "Brain Damage"; "Elmer’s Turf: The NYC Locations of Brain Damage – featurette revisiting the film’s original shooting locations
Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession" interview with superfan Adam Skinner; "Brain Damage" Q&A with Frank Henenlotter recorded at the 2016 Offscreen Film Festival; image galleries; original theatrical trailer; "Bygone Behemoth" animated short by Harry Chaskin, featuring a brief appearance by John Zacherle in his final onscreen credit; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(2019) Ewan McGregor, Jacob Tremblay, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Zahn McClarnon, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken, Emily Alyn Lind, Jocelin Donahue, Nicholas Pryor, Carl Lumbl. Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal. Read more about "Doctor Sleep" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Return to the Overlook," "The Making of Doctor Sleep: A New Vision," "From Shining to Sleep." (Warner).
Donten: Laughing Under the Clouds – Gaiden: Three Film Collection
(2017 - Japan) The three-film collection includes "Laughing Under the Clouds" films "One Year After the Battle," "The Tragedy of Fuuma Ninja Tribe," and "Conspiracy of the Military," and contains the original Japanese audio and a new English dub. Directed by Tetsuya Wakano ("Pokémon Generations") and from the celebrated Wit Studio ("Attack on Titan"), "Donten: Laughing Under the Clouds – Gaiden" is based on the supernatural manga series by Karakara-Kemuri and was previously adapted into an anime television series. It’s been a year since brothers and shrine guardians, Tenka, Soramaru, and Chutaro, have defeated the legendary giant snake that threatened to destroy humanity. However, their lives are thrown into upheaval when they discover a plot to revive the evil serpent. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Eleven Arts Anime Studio/Shout! Factory).
(2019) Joseph Millson, Jack Kane, Helena Bonham Carter. Lukas, a young farmer whose family is killed by savage raiders in the countryside, sets out on a quest for revenge, forming an unlikely trio with a majestic dragon and a swashbuckling, sword-fighting mercenary, Darius. Helena Bonham Carter voices Siveth, the ice breathing dragon who was once banished from the kingdom for failing to save the king’s life. Compelled by the young man’s cause, she emerges from hiding, using her fantastical powers on the trio’s adventurous journey which brings revelations and rewards beyond vengeance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "A New Legend" featurette, "Creating Siveth" featurette. (Universal).
(1995) A blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the 80s, video rental favorite "Evil Ed" returns in an extended "Special ED-ition" cut alongside hours of stomach-churning bonus features. Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the "Splatter and Gore department," where he's forced to edit hours upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatised by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality - with ghastly (and bloody) consequences. Owing a debt to such films as "The Evil Dead," "Re-Animator" and the early splatter classics of Peter Jackson, "Evil Ed" is a special FX fiend's dream - offering up a veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads and creepy creatures. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Original Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio options; introduction by writer-director Anders Jacobsson and editor Doc; "You Keep 'Em Heads Rollin'" extensive making-of documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; "Beyond Ed": the filmmakers discuss their careers following "Evil Ed"; deleted scenes; "Reconstructing Edward" featurette looking at the preparation of the Special ED-ition cut; "New Scenes" featurette: a closer look at the scenes that were added to the Special ED-ition cut; trailers and teasers; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Good Liar
(2019) Dir.: Bill Condon; Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter, Mark Lewis Jones, Phil Dunster, Laurie Davidson, Michael Culkin. Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes. Read more about "The Good Liar" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray VOD, Digital. (Warner).
High Strung Free Dance
(2019) Sequel to Michael Damian's dance hit "High Strung." Zander Raines, a dazzling young choreographer, gives the break of a lifetime to two hopeful artists when he casts a stunning contemporary dancer, Barlow, and innovative pianist Charlie, in New York's most-anticipated new Broadway show: "Free Dance." But the move throws off the show's delicate creative balance when Charlie falls hard for Barlow while Zander embraces her as his muse. The emotions run hot igniting a rollercoaster of impassioned rivalry, romance and determination. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the scenes featurette, an interview with composer Nathan Lanier and music videos for "Masterpiece" and "Liar". (GVN Releasing).
The House That Jack Built Director's Cut
(2018 -- Denmark) Dir.: Lars Von Trier; Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Bruno Ganz. A thoughtful, honest onscreen meditations on morality and personal culpability. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders -- each, as he views them, as a towering work of art -- that define his "career" as a serial killer. Mixing pitch-black humor, transcendent surrealism, and renegade musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema itself, von Trier fashions a radical, blazingly personal inquiry into violence, art, and the twin acts of creation and destruction. Two-disc set with both the theatrical cut and director's cut of the film.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Sonning Prize: An Interview With Director Lars Von Trier," teaser trailer, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2019) Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, Peter Serafinowicz, Patti LuPone, Rob Delaney, Sue Perkins, Ingrid Oliver. Kate (Clarke) is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Working as an elf in a year round Christmas store is not good for the wannabe singer. When, however, she meets Tom there, her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true. Read more about "Last Christmas" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Blooper reel, deleted/alternate/extended scenes, "Last Christmas" - full performance, "Director in Vision," "It's All So Cold," "Try Not to Laugh," "A Legacy Revealed," "Pure Golding," "Emilia Recording Session," "Love Letter to London," "Santa and Her Elf," "Paul Feig Takes Over the Tram," "12 Days of Production," feature commentary with director Paul Feig, feature commentary with director Paul Feig and producer/co-writer Emma Thompson. (Universal).
MASTERPIECE: Howards End
(2017) Written by Kenneth Lonergan ("Manchester by the Sea", "Gangs of New York"), this is a four episode adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howards End.” Starring Matthew Macfadyen as Henry Wilcox, Philippa Coulthard as Helen Schlegel, Julia Ormond as Mrs. Wilcox, Hayley Atwell as Margaret Schlegel and Tracey Ullman as Aunt Juley, this is a fresh take on the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing world. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(2019) Two-disc set. Andrew Davies has given Jane Austen fans what they have been waiting over a century for ... the completion of Austen's last piece of work, unfinished due to her death in 1817. Now Davies ("Pride and Prejudice," "Les Misérables") takes the first 11 beautifully crafted chapters of the final Austen masterpiece and creates an epic drama for all to enjoy. The lavish adaptation stars Rose Williams as Austen’s lively, but levelheaded heroine Charlotte Heywood and Theo James as the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
Mon Mon Mon Monsters
(2017 -- Taiwan) Eugenie Liu, Pei-Hsin Lin, Carolyn Chen, Yu-Kai Deng, Kent Tsai. A group of classmates doing community service discover two flesh-eating creatures hiding in an old building. One of the creatures is able to escape, but they capture the other one, torturing her while trying to learn what she really is. It soon becomes clear that the first creature’s escape has dire consequences, as she hunts them down and stops at nothing to free her sister. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
NOVA: Decoding da Vinci
(2019) On the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, with guidance from historian Walter Isaacson, NOVA pulls back the curtain to investigate what led to da Vinci’s ahead-of-his-time legendary successes. The program examines how Leonardo’s scientific studies, from dissecting humans to studying optics, led to a host of brilliant inventions, like hang gliders, armored tanks, parachutes and many others. "Decoding da Vinci" further explains how this deep scientific curiosity was behind the most captivating work of art in history, The Mona Lisa. Viewers now have the chance to delve deep into Leonardo da Vinci’s Renaissance genius. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
100 Acres of Hell
(2019) Gene Snisky, Jeff Swanton, Jim Roof. When ex pro wrestler Buck Severs travels to an abandoned wildlife preserve with his friends for "Bro's Weekend," they become the targets of a deadly manhunt and Buck must find the fighter in himself before it's too late. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Indiecan Pictures).
Playing With Fire
(2019) John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haysbert, Judy Greer. A crew of rugged firefighters meet their match when attempting to rescue three rambunctious kids. Read more about "Playing With Fire" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "Storytime with John Cena," deleted scenes, bloopers, "Lighting Up the Laughs," "The Director’s Diaries: Read By Star Cast," "What It Means to Be a Family," "The Real Smokejumpers: This Is Their Story." (Paramount).
(2019) Laura Vandervoort, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Ted Atherton. The Soska Sisters' new take on David Cronenberg's classic. Demure and unassuming fashion designer Sarah (Laura Vandervoort), horribly disfigured after a grisly collision, agrees to undergo an untested procedure involving stem cells to restore her damaged face. This miracle cure causes her to recover beyond her wildest imagination: Sarah now looks as beautiful as the models she works with. But as her confidence - and her sexual appetite - grows, it comes with a price: Sarah is now the carrier of a contagion that causes her lovers to become violent spreaders of death. As the disease spirals out of control, time is running out in the race to find a cure.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with directors & writers Jen & Sylvia Soska, interview with actress Laura Vandervoot, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
(2019) A renowned artist, forced to confront her own mortality, turns the exploration of her health crisis into a unique cinematic work. Multimedia French artist Prune Nourry's profoundly moving study stemming from her own breast cancer diagnosis. Nourry has gained international recognition for her thought-provoking, educational and often humorous projects exploring bioethics through sculpture, video, photography and performance - with her prime focus on women's bodies, fertility and gender explorations. But at the young age of 31, a cancer diagnosis turned Prune's world upside down - and forced her to turn
her penetrating artist's eye on herself. She started documenting her treatment and its effect on her own body, turning her medical odyssey into a disarmingly intimate artistic undertaking that leads her to find new meaning in her work and its serendipitous relationship to her own survival. The impassioned film - Nourry's first feature as director - embodies the artist's belief that everything is connected, coincidence is an illusion, and "the essentials to life really are health, love and art." Features one of the final screen appearances by the late renowned French director Agnes Varda. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Conversations at The Quad with director Prune Nourry." (Cohen Media Group).
(2000) Russell Hornsby, M. C. Lyte, Wood Harris, Esther Rolle. Three college seniors who are thinking about nothing but graduation and going out with a bang from college, harshly discover that a culmination of four years of hard work can lead to a permanent road to perdition after they decide to experiment with the knockout "date rape" drug on a vulnerable, impressionable, and very attractive freshman girl. Events quickly spiral out of control in a roller-coaster of unpredictable, virulent events. 20th anniversary edition. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2019) Bruce Willis, Nicky Whelan, Tito Ortiz, Texas Battle, Steve Guttenberg. Willis plays Lt. Wakes, a vengeful police detective determined to solve the murders of his partner and an informant. Wakes joins forces with Madison (Whelan), a witness injured during the shootings, after the killers pursue her across the abandoned floor of a hospital and confirm Wakes’s worst fears: the two men are actually corrupt vice cops covering up a crime. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sterling K. Brown. Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, this drama traces the emotional journey of a suburban African-American family -- led by a well-intentioned but domineering father -- as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. A heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (A24).
What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire
(2018) Roberto Minervini, an Italian filmmaker and academic long based in Texas, takes an intimate look at African Americans in Louisiana and Mississippi: struggling female business owners facing gentrification in a post-Katrina New Orleans, single mothers trying to keep their young black sons safe, New Black Panther Party members protesting the latest wrongful death. The documentary is an intimate portrait of the lives of those who struggle for justice, dignity, and survival in an increasingly hostile country. Formats: DVD. (KimStim Films).
(2019 -- China) From Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, comes this film with beautiful animation, lush scenes and stunning visuals. One day a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as they learn more about her past, they uncover a darker plot of supernatural forces vying for power, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Interview with co-director Ji Zhao, music video, storyboard clips, theatrical trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
(2020) Katherine Drake, Ritchie Crane, Philip Alexander Baker. A small rural community is attacked by an alien presence and a pair of local police officers -- Zoe and Patrick -- battle through the night to take control as they become cut off from the outside world. Residents begin to behave strangely with mass suicide panic. Zoe and Patrick begin to fight back and b and soon discover things are not all as they seems. Can they save their community and the outside world before it's too late? Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (High Octane Pictures).
American Experience: McCarthy
(2020) The legacy of Joseph McCarthy’s relentless search for anyone he deemed a communist or enemy of the state will forever be shrouded in infamy. The Wisconsin Senator’s crusade is now the centerpiece of any conversation involving the government’s role in decency, democracy and ethical conduct. This witch hunt, completely free of restraint or oversight, led to the trials and imprisonment of many celebrities, Americans and immigrants. This program details the rise of McCarthy’s political life which led to his belief that there was a great conspiracy threatening America, culminating in a chilling campaign full of groundless accusations, bullying intimidation, grandiose showmanship, cruel victimization and a web of lies to keep public opinion on their side. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
(2019) Georgina Jane, Bao Tieu, Michael Owusu, Abi Casson Thompson, Sarah T. Cohen. After being horrendously embarrassed by the mean girls at school, Faye, a practicing witch, summons the evil Cupid to take revenge on all those who wronged her. On Valentine’s Day, Cupid does in fact rise and will stop at nothing until the walls are covered in blood. The students must figure out a way to stop Cupid and undo the spell before their hearts get broken ... very literally. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(2019) Dir.: Takashi Miike, Shota Sometani, Masataka Kubota, Masataka Kubota. Wild, genre-blending story follows a young boxer and a call girl who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo. Read more about "First Love" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Ford v Ferrari
(2019) Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Tracy Letts, Remo Girone. American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Read more about "Ford v Ferrari" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, VOD, Digital. Extras: “The 24 Hour Le Mans: Recreating the Course” featurette, "Pre-Vis: Daytona & Le Mans Races," “Bringing The Rivalry to Life” eight -part, 60-minute documentary, "Matt and Christian: The Conversation" (iTunes extras exclusive). (Fox).
(2019) Hoax Busters, an internet "fake video" team take a weekend retreat after busting another online lie to do some team building. They travel to Whiskey Flats, Oregon and meet with Craig Eubanks, a shifty, bossy know-it-all outdoor guide who promises them his company - Rocks and Roots - will build their team confidence. At the same time, an invasive drilling company with the rights handed over by the Federal government are moving onto the land of a family that has lived on the property (illegally as "squatters") for over 30 years. When the drillers attack the family and the Hoax Busters get caught in the middle, things quickly go awry.
Formats: DVD. (Cleopatra Entertainment).
The Great War
(2019) Bates Wilder, Hiram A. Murray, Aaron Courteau, Billy Zane, Ron Perlman. During the final days of World War I, a regiment of daring African-American "Buffalo Soldiers" is trapped deep behind enemy lines. After one of these soldiers manages to escape, he's ordered to join a select team of white troops, led by a battle-scarred officer, to find and rescue the survivors. Casting aside their racial differences, the determined men join forces to find their lost comrades in this gripping action-filled tale of bravery and unity.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2019) Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett. A bizarre slideshow of a world of murder, braces, and plastic ball babies. In a day-glo colored, bizarre version of suburbia, soccer moms and best friends Jill (DeBoer) and Lisa ((Luebbe) are locked in a passive-aggressive battle of wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over Jill’s life. Meanwhile, a psycho yoga teacher killer is on the loose, Jill’s husband has developed a curious taste for pool water, and Lisa becomes pregnant — with a soccer ball. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Original "Greener Grass" short film, deleted scenes, TV interstitials,
theatrical trailer. (IFC Midnight/Scream factory).
Gunsmoke: The Complete Eighteenth & Nineteenth Seasons
(1972-73, 1973-74) Two six-disc sets with 24 episodes each. The multiple award-winning classic is shooting its-way back onto TV screens. The beloved Dodge City crew going are once again negotiating with the ungoverned and rugged frontier that surrounds them. Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) continues his mission of being the ever-steady force that keeps his town from spiraling into lawlessness. Along with the unflappable Deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis), the witty Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), and the beautiful but unpredictable Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake), Marshal Dillon must stand tall against the criminals and chaos that jeopardize the sanctity of Dodge City. Guest stars include the likes of Harrison Ford, Tom Skerritt, Kurt Russell and Michael Learned. Formats: DVD. Extras: Vintage audio commentary by James Arness, "Ben and Becky Talk Gunsmoke: Season 18," Ben and Becky Talk Gunsmoke: Sason 19," episodic previews, photo galleries. (CBS/Paramount).
Hell on the Border
(2019) David Gyasi, Frank Grillo, Ron Perlman. The incredible true story of Bass Reeves (Gyasi), the first black Marshal in the Wild West. Having escaped from slavery after the Civil War, he arrives in Arkansas seeking a job with the law. To prove himself, he must hunt down a deadly outlaw (Grillo) with the help of a grizzled journeyman (Perlman). As he chases the criminal deeper into the Cherokee Nation, Reeves must dodge bullets and severe discrimination in hopes of earning his star — and ends up cementing his place as a cowboy legend.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
I Got You Babe: The Best of Sonny & Cher
When Salvatore "Sonny" Bono and Cherilyn "Cher" Sarkisian came together it was undeniably magical. America first knew them as the duo behind the classic hit "I Got You Babe," and their popularity exploded with the 70s smash variety show "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour." The perfect match on stage and off, millions of fans tuned in each week to watch the sparks fly and see what Cher was (or wasn't!) wearing and the show quickly became essential viewing.
After finding chart-topping success in the late 60s, Sonny and Cher found themselves performing in nightclubs in 1970 when they were "discovered" by CBS entertainment chief Fred Silverman, who decided they had great potential for a weekly variety series. "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" premiered on August 1, 1971 as a summer replacement, but quickly reached the top 20, becoming a Wednesday night draw for the network and cementing Sonny and Cher as one of Hollywood's most beloved couples. Containing 10 hilarious, never-before-released episodes of "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" (1971-74), which feature the musical duo performing their hit songs and side-splitting sketches with must-see guest stars; the pilot episode; firsts of many classic sketches -- just naughty enough for nighttime!; Cher's incredible Bob Mackie-designed costumes and the chemistry that started it all. Also, tune in for an incredible line-up of guest stars including Dick Clark, Jerry Lewis, Jim Nabors, Joe Namath, The Righteous Brothers, Dinah Shore, Carroll O'Connor, Art Carney, Chuck Berry, The Supremes and many more.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Sonny & Cher's pilot, an appearance on "The Barbara McNair Show" (original air date: February 15, 1970); Jerry Blavat's 1970 interview of the duo on "Jerry's Place" featuring an impromptu performance of "I Got You Babe"; interviews with Frankie Avalon, producers Allan Blye and Chris Bearde, and Cher herself. (Time Life).
In Full Bloom: Transcending Gender
(2018) Follows the courageous journey of 13 transgender and two gay actors as they transform their lives through the use of monologue, dialogue and performance art while preparing for the world premiere of an original stage play. Behind-the-scenes, rehearsal and performance footage are interwoven with candid personal interviews with the cast, who talk about how they deal with family, inner conflicts, discrimination, coming out, surgery, hormones and the complexities of sexual identity and orientation. Formats: DVD, VOD. (First Run Features).
My Bloody Valentine (Collectors Edition)
(1981) Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Peter Cowper, Thomas Kovacs, Jim Murchison, Alf Humphreys. On Valentine's Day, someone always loses their heart. Twenty years ago, this small town lost more than that. When supervisors abandoned their posts to attend the town's annual holiday dance, a tragedy claimed the lives of five miners. The sole survivor, Harry Warden, was institutionalized, but returned for a vengeful massacre on the disaster's first anniversary. Nineteen years later, the town is gearing up for another Valentine's Day party. Teen sweethearts T.J. and Sarah, along with their friend Axel, are among the excited partygoers. But when a box of candy containing an eerie warning and blood-soaked heart arrive, the townsfolk realize that romance is as good as dead. And so are they. Two-disc set with new 4K scans of the original camera negatives of the theatrical and uncut versions.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "An Anemic Valentine" interview with director George Mihalka; new "From the Heart" interview with actor Paul Kelman; new "Friends of Mine" interview with actress Lori Hallier; new "Axel, Be My Valentine" interview with actor Neil Affleck; new "Becoming Sylvia" interview with actress Helene Udy; new "The Secret Keeper" interview with actor Rob Stein; new "Broken Hearts and Broken Bones" interview with special makeup effects designer Tom Burman; new "Holes in the Heart" look at the difference between the theatrical version and the uncut version; theatrical trailer; TV spots; radio spots; still gallery; new audio commentary with director George Mihalka; "My Bloody Valentine" 35th anniversary cast reunion panel at the Bay of Blood Convention in Florida featuring director Mihalka, cast members Lori Hallier, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Peter Cowper, Thomas Kovacs, Jim Murchison, Alf Humphreys and hosted by Brian Singleton; Thomas Kovacs performs "The Ballad of Harry Warden" at the Bay of Blood Convention with Peter Cowper and Jim Murchison. (Scream Factory).
Nighthawks: Special Edition
(2019) Chace Crawford, Kevin Zegers, Janet Montgomery, Michele Weaver. Wide-eyed Midwest transplant Stan (Crawford) agrees to play wingman to his calculating and privileged roommate Chad (Zegers) as they embark upon an exploration of glittering New York nightlife, whose darkest secrets are held captive by an elite band of millennials known as Nighthawks. Formats: DVD. Extras: Photo gallery, theatrical trailer. (Filmrise).
NOVA: The Violence Paradox
(2019) Violence is ubiquitous in our every day lives. We see it in the news, in movies, on TV and video games so why do some experts say that violence is decreasing and that we’re living in the most peaceful time in history? Can this actually be true? The Violence Paradox addresses these questions and explores the intricacies of how violence permeates our life, psychology and every day thoughts and actions. The program takes us through time and the human mind to investigate what impacts the violence rates and what people are doing now to reduce violence in the world. Formats: DVD, Digital. (PBS Distribution).
Prescience (aka Intuitions
(2019) René Mena, Mike C. Manning, Vannessa Vasquez, Eric Roberts, Linda Gray. A criminal attorney struggles with his sexuality, a cryptic new boyfriend, unemployment and the disturbing childhood secrets his parents hold. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Indiecan Pictures).
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Concert -- The Blu-ray Collection
For more than 30 years, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has honored rock music's greats during annual prestigious black-tie ceremonies which have become nearly as epic as the artists they celebrate. Featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the '60s, '70s and '80s, as well as once-in-a-lifetime collaborations that can only happen at these very special events, giving home audiences front row seats to the greatest performances from the historic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concerts. Features nearly 30 hours of entertainment and over 150 unforgettable performances from 2009-2017, as well as historic, irreverent and emotional induction speeches across six discs. Among the iconic acts featured are Alice cooper, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Electric Light Orchestra, Heart, James Taylor, Journey, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Simon and Garfunkel, Sting, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, U2, Stevie Nicks, Glenn Frey, Green Day, Yes, Bill Withers, Joan Jell & the Blackhearts, Beastie Boys, Genesis, N.W.A., Randy Newman, Public Enemy. Housed in one handsome collector's case are three distinct Blu-ray collections: "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert - Encore" (2 BD discs) features 44 iconic performances from the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 induction ceremonies; "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert" (2 BD discs) features 53 iconic performances from the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 induction ceremonies; and "The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts" (2 BD discs)on October 29 and 30, 2009. Read more here. (Time Life).
(2018) With his eighth and most personal film, Alfonso Cuarón recreated the early-1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio, in a revelatory screen debut), the indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals. Written, directed, shot, and coedited by Cuarón, Roma is a labor of love with few parallels in the history of cinema, deploying monumental black-and-white cinematography, an immersive soundtrack, and a mixture of professional and nonprofessional performances to shape its author's memories into a world of enveloping texture, and to pay tribute to the woman who nurtured him.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with 4K digital master, supervised by director Alfonso Cuarón, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Road to Roma," a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Cuarón; "Snapshots from the Set," a new documentary featuring actors Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, producers Gabriela Rodríguez and Nicolás Celis, production designer Eugenio Caballero, casting director Luis Rosales, executive producer David Linde, and others; new documentaries about the film's sound and postproduction processes, featuring Cuarón; Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay, and Craig Henighan from the postproduction sound team, editor Adam Gough, postproduction supervisor Carlos Morales, and finishing artist Steven J. Scott; new documentary about the film's ambitious theatrical campaign and social impact in Mexico, featuring Celis and Rodríguez; "Nothing at Stake," a new video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada; trailers; essays by novelist Valeria Luiselli and historian Enrique Krauze, along with (Blu-ray only) writing by author Aurelio Asiain and production-design images with notes by Caballero. (The Criterion Collection).
(2018 -- Czech Republic) Tomás Mrvík, Jan Frantisek Uher, Eliska Krenková. Two young boys hit the road for mischievous adventure. The rebellious fourteen-year-old Mára sets out behind the wheel of a stolen Audi with his eccentric friend Hedus. Together they head out into the frozen wastelands of the Czech Republic in search of adventure. When the police finally catch up with them, the mischievous breeziness of Mára's story provides more questions than answers for the baffled authorities. Filled with directorial playfulness, Olmo Omerzu's winter road movie about boyhood friendship and unexpected adolescent detours was the winner of four Czech Lion Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor and Actress; it was also Czechoslovakia's Official Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Film in 2019. Formats: DVD, Digital. Bonus Short Film: "Jackie" (Directed by Giedrius Tamosevicius, Lithuania) -- Tom's parental rights are restricted. He can see his daughter Urte only in the child protection agency's office in the presence of a supervisor and his ex-wife. Tom can't come to terms with the situation and decides to kidnap his daughter. (Film Movement).
You’ll Never be Alone
(2016 -- Chile) Sergio Hernández, Andrew Bargsted, Astrid Roldán, Jaime Leiva, Roberto Cayuqueo, Gabriela Hernández, Edgardo Bruna. The feature debut of singer/songwriter Alex Anwandter takes a piercing look at modern Chile through the eyes of a father and son. Introverted Juan, manager of a mannequin factory, lives alone with his 18-year-old gay son, Pablo, in Chile. While Pablo hangs out with his best friend Mari and secretly hooks up with the sexy, but closeted Felix, Juan channels his life into his work trying to build a business he doesn't really even own. When Pablo is badly wounded in a brutal homophobic attack, his father starts to view the world in a new light and decides to make up his own rules in order to save his son. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Altered Innocence).
(1967) From Joseph Losey, the legendary director of "The Prowler", "The Servant," "Modesty Blaise," "The Go-Between" and "The Assassination of Trotsky," comes this classic melodrama with a screenplay by the great Harold Pinter. When one of his students is killed in a car accident, an Oxford professor (Dirk Bogarde) recounts the circumstances of their meeting. But as these turbulent memories unfold, they reveal a series of shocking relationships betrayed by adultery, obsession and self-destruction in which nothing is what it seems and everything has its cost. "Accident" was the second of three brilliant collaborations between filmmaker Losey and playwright Pinter; the first was the 1963 masterpiece "The Servant" and the third, the 1971 classic "The Go-Between." Stanley Baker, Michael York, Vivien Merchant and Delphine Seyrig co-star. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger. (KL Studio Classics).
The Alastair Sim Blu-Ray Collector's Set
Though he is perhaps best known for his role as Scrooge in the 1951 film adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," Scottish character actor Alastair Sim is one of the best-loved and most prolific actors in classic British comedy. Often appearing in multiple roles, he starred in more than 50 films beginning in 1935 and was both critically acclaimed and unfailingly popular, regularly topping the cinema-goers popularity polls. This specially-curated set includes "Hue and Cry" (1947), "Laughter in Paradise" (1951), "The Belles of St. Trinian's" (1954) and "School for Scoundrels" (1960). The very first Ealing comedy, "Hue and Cry," directed by Charles Crichton, follows teenager Joe Kirby, who fantasizes that he's on the track of criminals, only to discover that it has all come true! After discovering that his favorite comic is being used as a means of communication between a master criminal and his gang of thieves, Joe sets out to alert the writer, played by Sim, and turn the page on the crooks. In "Laughter in Paradise," directed by Mario Zampi, famed practical joker Henry Russell leaves 50,000 pounds to each of his four surviving relatives. But his will has one last joke - they each have to undertake a task completely out of character within a month. As each sets out on their objective they find that quite apart from the promised riches, they are unexpectedly getting a lot out of the challenge. All except caddish Simon Russell, that is. "The Belles of St. Trinian's," directed by Frank Launder (scriptwriter for "The Lady Vanishes" and "Night Train to Munich"), features one of Sim's most unforgettable performances. In an all-girls school, where the unruly students are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey, the arrival of Princess Fatima of Makyad and the return of recently expelled Arabella Fritton inspire even more chaos than usual. Featuring an all-star star line-up, the cast includes Sim playing dual roles as both headmistress Miss Millicent Fritton and her twin brother (and Arabella's father) Clarence Fritton. Finally, in "School For Scoundrels," directed by Robert Hamer ("Kind Hearts and Coronets"), Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael) tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college run by "Professor" Potter (Sim) and discovers the secrets of success. But has he the courage to put all his lessons into effect in this comedy based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books." Formats: Blu-ray. (Film Movement).
Another Day of Life
(2018 -- Spain | Poland | Belgium | Germany | France | Hungary) An official Cannes selection and winner of festival prizes and awards worldwide, this is a daringly ambitious dive into the chaos and carnage of war, based on the book by the journalist Ryszard “Ricardo” Kapuscinski, one of the world’s most compelling chroniclers of conflict. Intercutting a graphically bold animation style with interviews and archival footage, the visually striking film conveys a rare immediacy as it tells of the outbreak of civil war following Angola’s independence from Portugal in 1975. Against all advice, Kapuscinski is intent on driving south into the heart of the bloody conflict to find the isolated rebel leader Farrusco. His animated trip through corpse-strewn roads conveys an undeniable urgency, while the documentary testimony reminds us that we are watching actual history. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: "Creating the Animated Characters," making-of featurette,
trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
(1984 --Japan) Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) designed some of the world's most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks; Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made. In "Antonio Gaudí," their artistry melds in a unique, enthralling cinematic experience. Less a documentary than a visual poem, Teshigahara's film takes viewers on a tour of Gaudí's truly spectacular architecture, including his massive, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona. With camera work as bold and sensual as the curves of his subject's organic structures, Teshigahara immortalizes Gaudí on film.
Formats: Blu-ray Disc with high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
Extras: Interview with architect Arata Isozaki from 2008; "Gaudí, Catalunya, 1959," footage from director Hiroshi Teshigahara's first trip to Spain; "Visions of Space: Antoni Gaudí," an hour-long documentary from 2003 on the architect's life and work; BBC program on Gaudí by filmmaker Ken Russell; "Sculptures by Sofu-Vita," a 1963 short film by Teshigahara on the sculpture work of his father, Sofu Teshigahara; trailer; an essay by art historian Dore Ashton, a 1986 reminiscence by Hiroshi Teshigahara, and excerpts from a 1959 conversation between Hiroshi and Sofu Teshigahara on their trip to the West. (The Criterion Collection).
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
(2019) Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Cooper, Wendy Makkena, Tammy Blanchard. Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between TV's Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Read more about "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Additional scenes, blooper reel, "Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers," "The People Who Make a Neighborhood: The Making Of," "Dreaming Big, Building Small: The Puppets & Miniatures," "Daniel Tiger Explains: Practice Makes Perfect," filmmaker commentary. (Sony).
(2020) Augie Duke, Randy Wayne, Darcy DeMoss. In this creepy, chilling horror tale, a runaway bride and her friends are stranded in a forgotten desert town full of sadistic, bloodthirsty clowns who don’t trust outsiders. It's a carnival ride as the girls try to stay alive to escape Clown City. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Criminal (aka The Concrete Jungle)
(1960) A hard-boiled crime classic from Joseph Losey, the legendary director of "The Servant," "Accident," "Eva" and "Secret Ceremony and Figures in a Landscape." Stanley Baker stars as underworld kingpin Johnny Bannion, sprung from prison by his best friend Mike Carter (Sam Wanamaker) to mastermind a daring racetrack heist. But when Johnny is betrayed and sent back to prison shortly after hiding the stolen loot, he must survive an ordeal of brutality at the hands of his fellow convicts and former accomplices. Co-starring Patrick Magee and Nigel Green and beautifully shot in striking black-and-white by the great Robert Krasker, the film is the grim and gritty film noir that was originally advertised as "The Toughest Picture Ever Made in Britain!" Brand New 4K Restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger. (KL Studio Classics).
(1977 -- Greece) Deborah Shelton, Kostas Karagiorgis, Nikos Verlekis. In this wild and rarely seen example of Greek exploitation cinema, Deborah Shelton -- former Miss USA and star of TV's "Dallas" - plays the wife of a ship's captain whose vessel -- a huge ship carrying an illegal cargo of dangerous nitro-glycerine -- is taken over by pirates. After her husband is brutally killed she is alone with a crew of rough, tough seafarers. When a powerful cyclone threatens to sink the ship and kill all aboard, the former enemies must collaborate to save themselves. When the pirate leader takes an interest in her she has to use all her cunning and skills -- not to mention her sexuality -- to stay alive and take revenge for the murder of her husband. Formats: Blu-ray. (Mondo Macabro).
(2019) Eddie Marsan, Anthony Stewart Head, Paul Anderson, Ivana Baquero. Jarvis Dolan (Marsan) is the host of a successful late-night radio show, "The Grim Reality". But his life takes a turn when two armed men burst into the studio one night and take him, and his entire show, hostage. Forcing Jarvis to read from a prefabricated scrip, they expose a scandal that could destroy his whole life and decimate his high-flying career. Formats: DVD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
(2019) Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Je´re´mie Renier, Pascal Greggory, Vinette Robinson, Greg Kinnear. Unfolding over the course of a late summer’s day in the fabled resort town of Sintra, Portugal, the film follows three generations who have gathered for a vacation organized by the family matriarch. (Isabelle Huppert). In this fairy tale setting, husbands and wives, parents and children, friends and lovers, stirred by their romantic impulses, discover the cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Q&A with director Ira Sachs and Isabelle Huppert. (Sony).
Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus
(1976 -- France) Dir.: Serge Gainsbourg; Jane Birkin, Joe Dallesandro, Hugues Quester, Rene Kolldehoff, Gerard Depardieu. Cult icon Serge Gainsbourg wrote, directed, and scored this tale of doomed love between a lonely truck stop waitress (Jane Birkin) and a gay, hunky garbage truck driver (Joe Dallesandro), whose boyfriend (Hugues Quester) becomes increasingly jealous of the two. Sharing its title with Gainsbourg and Birkin's sexually explicit 1969 hit pop song, the film is an equally provocative depiction of an unlikely couple's torrid affair.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan, new interview with star Joe Dallesandro, Q&A with Jane Birkin and Joe Dallesandro (courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center), trailer. (Kino Classics).
(2019) Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson. A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named JoJo whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Read more about "JoJo Rabbit" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Fox).
(2019) Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore, Woody Harrelson, Alexander Ludwig, Dennis Quaid, Darren Criss, Nick Jonas, Aaron Eckhart. The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it. Read more about "Midway" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray,, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: Audio commentary by director Roland Emmerich, “Getting It Right: The Making of Midway” featurette, “The Men of Midway” featurette, “Roland Emmerich: Man on a Mission” featurette, “Turning Point: The Legacy of Midway” featurette, “Joe Rochefort: Breaking the Japanese Code” featurette, “We Met at Midway: Two Survivors Remember” featurette, theatrical trailer. (Lionsgate).
Scandalous: The Untold Story of The National Enquirer
(2019) Sex! Gossip! Scandal! For over 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious, shocking stories, stretching the limits of journalism and blurring the lines between truth and fiction. This is the sensational true story of the most infamous tabloid in US history and a wild, probing look at how one newspaper’s prescient grasp of its’ readers darkest curiosities led it to massive profits and influence. From its coverage of Elvis’s death, to the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the National Enquirer rattled the foundations of American culture and politics, sometimes allegedly using payoffs and blackmail to get its scoops. With rare archival footage and revelations as wild as National Enquirer headlines themselves, this documentary examines our obsession with the rich, famous and powerful, and the tabloid that has fed those obsessions for generations of Americans. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
(2018) Mary Nepi, Gabrielle Elyse, J.J Nolan, Austin Fryberger, Nick Gomez, Rich Fulcher. Senior year is going to rule: Thanks to her relationship with clueless hunk Skyler, Sara is totally in with the cool girls. But Skyler contracted an extraterrestrial bug during his summer vacation. After just one night together, Sara discovers she's Nine. Months. Pregnant. Desperate to keep her condition on the DL, she turns to the only person she can trust: her nerdy ex-bestie, Hayley. The girls soon realize this alien problem is only just the beginning. Aliens had best beware in this comedy filled with action and tongue-in-cheek teen spirit.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Birth of Snatchers: A Behind-the-Scenes Look," "Unexpected: The Snatchers Blooper Reel," "commentary featuring directors and writers Stephen Cedars, Ben Klein and writer Scott Yacyshyn. (Warner).
(1969 -- Italy) One of the iconoclastic Pier Paolo Pasolini's most radical provocations, "Teorema" finds the auteur moving beyond the poetic, proletarian earthiness that first won him renown and notoriety with a coolly cryptic exploration of bourgeois spiritual emptiness. Terence Stamp stars as the mysterious stranger -- perhaps an angel, perhaps a devil -- who, one by one, seduces the members of a wealthy Milanese family (including European cinema icons Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti, Laura Betti, and Anne Wiazemsky), precipitating an existential crisis in each of their lives. Unfolding nearly wordlessly in a procession of sacred and profane images, this tantalizing metaphysical riddle-blocked from exhibition by the Catholic Church for degeneracy-is at once a blistering Marxist treatise on sex, religion, and art and a primal scream into the void.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras: Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack, featuring the voice of actor Terence Stamp and others; audio commentary from 2007 featuring Robert S. C. Gordon, author of "Pasolini: Forms of Subjectivity"; introduction by director Pier Paolo Pasolini from 1969; interview from 2007 with Stamp; new interview with John David Rhodes, author of "Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasolini's Rome"; an essay by film scholar James Quandt. (The Criterion Collection).
(2019) Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, Taylor Kitsch, J.K. Simmons. An embattled NYPD detective is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. Read more about "21 Bridges" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, commentary with director Brian Kirk. (Universal).
Warriors of the Nation
(2018 -- China) Wenzhuo Zhao, Vincent Zhao, Lubing Li, Miya Muqi, Kenya Sawada. At the end of the Sino-Japanese War, a top military officer, Zhang Zhidong, is kidnapped in the middle of the night by a militant organization called the White Lotus Society. When he overhears a sinister plot to overthrow the central government by China’s own military officials, Wong Fei Hung knows he must rescue Zhang to protect China and prevent another war from happening. Classic martial arts action. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2018 -- Netherlands) Aimé Claeys, Tijmen Govaerts, Pauline Casteleyn. Lurid, unflinching look at a group of youths and their summer of illicit fun. During one hot summer, eight privileged but bored suburban teens begin to pull a series of harmless pranks which quickly escalate into increasingly depraved games. Their descent from innocence to ruthless predators involve arson, prostitution, pornography, assault and blackmail. Drenched in bared flesh and naked nihilism the film is reminiscent of the films of Harmony Korine, Larry Clark and Lars von Trier.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Artsploitation Films).
(1977) Before he became NYC’s favorite 80s action auteur with hits like "The Exterminator," "The Protector," and "Shakedown," as well as executive producer of grindhouse classics that included "Maniac Cop," "Frankenhooker" and "Basket Case 2 & 3", writer-director James Glickenhaus made his feature debut with this bizarre tale of government skullduggery, satanic killings, zodiacal mayhem, and messianic horror. Playboy centerfold Monica Tidwell stars in the ultra-obscure thriller. Also known as "Suicide Cult" and a one-time U.K. Section 3 "Video Nasty," the film is based on the novel by John Cameron. In a 4k scan from the director’s personal answer print. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Sign of the Times": James Glickenhaus on "The Astrologer"; "Monica and the Astrologer" interview with Actress Monica Tidwell; "Tales From the Set" interviews with filmmakers Brendan Faulkner and Frank M. Farel, "Zodiacal Locations" filming sites. (Severin Films).
The Beast and the Magic Sword
(1983 -- Spain) Paul Naschy, Shigeru Amachi, Beatriz Escudero, Junko Asahina, Violeta Cela, Yoko Fuji. In the 16th Century, the lycanthrope Waldemar Daninsky goes from his native Europe to Japan, seeking a way to cure himself of being a werewolf. Only a Japanese sorcerer named Kian and a magic silver sword can save him. Co-starring Japanese stage and screen veteran Shigeru Amachi, and shot in the studios of Toshiro Mifune, the film is a highly successful and colorful melding of European werewolf legends and dark Japanese fantasy. It features a fight between a werewolf and a tiger, an evil scarlet-cloaked witch who imprisons Daninsky, a sword fight with a troupe of ghost samurai, and many other unforgettable scenes. This is the first Blu-ray release of this film and its first-ever US release and includes both a full-frame version and a widescreen version. 4k digitally restored transfer from a film negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "The Smile of the Wolf" interview with star Paul Naschy, introduction to the film by Naschy, interview with the writer and critic Gavin Baddeley. audio commentary with the cast, original trailer. (Mondo Macabro).
(2019 -- China) Wu Jing, Zhang Ziyi, Jackie Chan. A cinematic retelling of the first Chinese climbers to summit Mount Everest - the first ever to do so from the North Ridge. Well-known as the most challenging side of the mountain, the perilous journey takes its toll on the mountaineers, physically and mentally, forcing them to make life or death decisions at every turn. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Color Out of Space
(2019) Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, Q'orianka Kilch. After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare. Based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Color Out of Space," deleted scenes, photo gallery. (RLJE Films).
(1990 -- Italy) An old, dark house. A maniac on the loose. An orgy of bloodlust! All the hallmarks of late master of Spanish macabre José Ramón Larraz ("Edge of the Axe," "Vampyres") are present and correct in the final horror movie from one of the genre's most unheralded filmmakers. Whilst en route to a lake, a group of youngsters make an unscheduled stop-off at a remote, seemingly abandoned mansion where they plan to spend the night. But the property is full of foreboding signs - a blood-stained car wreck in the garden, coffins in the basement, scalps in the closet, and photographs of a beautiful but mysterious woman adorning every corner of the house. Before daybreak, the group will unwittingly uncover the strange and terrifying truth that lurks behind the walls of this dreadful place. The last in a trio of transcontinental slice-and-dice co-productions helmed by Larraz towards the end of the 80s (all of which he directed under the anglicized moniker of Joseph Braunstein), "Deadly Manor" - released on VHS in the US under the title "Savage Lust" - is a fitting capper to the director's prolific career in fear, now finally unearthed for the first time on Blu-ray. New 2K restoration from original film elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan; newly-filmed interview with actress Jennifer Delora; "Making a Killing" newly-filmed interview with producer Brian Smedley-Aston; extract from an archival interview with Jose Larraz; original "Savage Lust" VHS trailer; image gallery; original script and shooting schedule (BD-ROM content); reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author John Martin. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
The Deadly Trap (aka La Maison Sous Les Arbres)
(1971 -- France) From René Clément, the acclaimed director of "Forbidden Games," "Purple Noon" and "Joy House," comes this top-notch thriller starring Faye Dunaway, Frank Langella, Barbara Parkins and Maurice Ronet. Jill and Philip (Dunaway and Langella) are an American couple who live in Paris with their two children. Their world is torn apart when the children go missing and may have been kidnapped. In a frantic struggle to recover them alive and well, the couple's lives begin to fall apart at the seams, as Jill's mental state deteriorates and Philip struggles to make sense of what is happening to them. Based on the bestselling novel "The Children Are Gone" by Arthur Cavanaugh. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by entertainment journalist and author Bryan Reesman. (KL Studio Classics).
(2019) Voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom. Read more about "Frozen II" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD, VOD, Digital. Extras: TBA. (Disney).
Hudson River Massacre
(1965 -- Italy) Canada, Nineteenth century. The Hudson Bay Company, with James Sullivan (Santiago Rivero) at the helm and supported by the British Mounted Police, impose unacceptable conditions on native trappers. A group led by Leo Limoux (Franco Fantasia), rebel in retaliation. Victor DeFrois (George Martin), a trapper who, until the execution of his brother by the British soldiers had remained neutral, kidnaps Ann Sullivan (Giulia Rubini), daughter of the ruthless owner of the Hudson Bay Company, to use as a bartering tool while the rebels seek to disrupt and gain control of the company's business. What Victor didn't count on was falling in love with his hostage, in this classic spaghetti western written and directed by Amando de Ossorio ("Tombs of the Blind Dead"). Formats: DVD. (MVD Classics).
(2019) Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. Read more about "Knives Out" in the February Calendar.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson, director of photography Steve Yedlin, and actor Noah Segan; in-theatre commentary by Rian Johnson; two deleted scenes; "Making a Murder” eight-part documentary; “Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder” featurette; writer-director and cast Q&A; marketing gallery; “Meet the Thrombeys” viral ads. (Lionsgate).
Norm of the North: Family Vacation
(2020) Voices of Lisa Durupt, Jonathan Holmes, Brian Drummond, Lee Tockar, Paul Dobson, Cole Howard, Andrew Toth, Jennifer Cameron. An "e-NORM-ous" animated family adventure. Overwhelmed by his Kingly duties, Norm struggles to make time for both his kingdom and his family. But when his crown is mysteriously stolen in the dead of the night. Norm must embark on an epic journey -- disguised as a family vacation. Norm sets out to track down the thief and find his crown -- and learns the valuable lesson that by working together as a family, nothing is impossible. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Paris is Burning
(1990) Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, "Paris Is Burning" offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion "houses," from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women-including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza-Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community. "Paris Is Burning" was restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Preservation was funded by Sundance Institute, Outfest, and the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Jennie Livingston, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between Livingston, ball community members Sol Pendavis and Freddie Pendavis, and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris; over an hour of never-before-seen outtakes; audio commentary from 2005, featuring Livingston, ball community members Freddie Pendavis and Willi Ninja, and film editor Jonathan Oppenheim; episode of "The Joan Rivers Show" from 1991, featuring Livingston and ball community members Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Freddie Pendavis, and Willi Ninja; trailer. (The Criterion Collection).
Pet Sematary Two Collector’s Edition
(1992) Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards, Clancy Brown, Jared Rushton. Sometimes dead is better. But the shocking terror that plagued Ludlow, Maine, in "Pet Sematary" is still very much alive in this sequel to the 1989 hit film. After the death of his wife, veterinarian Chase Matthews and his 13-year-old son, Jeff, move to Ludlow to rebuild their lives. Antagonized by the neighborhood kids, Jeff befriends another outsider, Drew Gilbert, who lives in fear of his cruel stepfather, Gus. After Gus cold-bloodedly shoots Drew's beloved dog, the boys bury the body in the local Indian burial grounds – a place rumored to have the powers of resurrection. But when evil is awakened, the boys realize that sometimes you should just let dead dogs lie. New 4K scan of the original camera negative approved by director Mary Lambert. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with director Mary Lambert, new "Young and Brooding" interview with actor Edward Furlong, new "Playing Over the Top" interview with actor Clancy Brown, new "My First Film" interview with actor Jason McGuire, new "A Thousand Dollar Bet" interview with special makeup effects creator Steve Johnson, new "Orchestrated Grunge" interview with composer Mark Governor, theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory).
Quai des Orfèvres (aka Jenny Lamour)
(1947 -- France) From Henri-Georges Clouzot, the legendary director of "The Wages of Fear" and "Diabolique," comes this classic film noir co-written by Clouzot and Jean Ferry ("L'Enfer," "Manon"). Come see the fabulous Jenny Lamour, the singer with stars in her eyes! Ignoring the protest of her covetous husband Maurice (Bernard Blier), Jenny (Suzy Delair) pursues a meeting with a lecherous movie financier. When Maurice attempts to crash the rendezvous, it's murder! Enter Inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvet), whose seasoned instincts lead him down a circuitous path of alibis and deceit. Set within the vibrant dance halls and historic crime corridors of 1940s Paris, "Quai des Orfèvres" was beautifully shot in stunning black-and-white by Armand Thirard ("... And God Created Woman," "La Vérité"). 4K Restoration. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton, interviews with director Henri-Georges Clouzot and actors Bernard Blier, Suzy Delair and Simone Renant, from the 1971 French TV program "Au Cinéma Ce Soir," theatrical trailer. (KL Studio Classics).
Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman
A one-of-a-kind silver-screen illusionist, Czechoslovak filmmaker Karel Zeman devoted his career to transporting viewers to realms beyond their wildest imagining. The deft, breathtaking combinations of live-action and animation techniques that he pioneered in the postwar years earned him comparisons to legends such as Georges Méliès, and an array of followers that includes Jan Švankmajer, Terry Gilliam, and Wes Anderson. Presented here are three of Zeman's most enchanting fantasies -- a boys' adventure into the mists of prehistory, a Jules Verne-derived flight of fancy, and an exotic eighteenth-century tall tale -- all of them treasure chests of wondrous sights, tactile textures, and headlong yarn-spinning that helped put Czechoslovak cinema on the international map.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (The Criterion Collection).
V.C. Andrews’ Casteel Family 5 Movie Series
The best-selling family drama books by V.C. Andrews -- about the deeply rooted chaos and drama of the Casteel family -- come to life in their Lifetime Original movies: "Heaven," "Dark Angel," "Fallen Hearts," "Gates of Paradise," and "Web of Dreams" available for the first time in this complete five-film collection. The movies star Annalise Basso, Julie Benz, Jason Priestley, Kelly Rutherford and Daphne Zuniga. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
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