(2020 -- Russia) Based on a legend of ancient Slavic lore, this gripping horror feature uniquely blends suspense, supernatural horror fantasy and gritty narrative in equal measures. A young family hires a nanny to look after their children -- but after gaining the trust of the unsuspecting parents, their new guardian begins exhibiting some alarmingly unnatural behavior. When his parents don’t believe his claims, son Egor is left to contend with the problem on his own -- until one day he discovers that the nanny and his young sister have disappeared without a trace. With his parents now in a trance-like state, with no recollection of ever having had a daughter, Egor becomes convinced that his family has crossed paths with the ancient demon Baba Yaga. Enlisting his friends to save his sister, he must stop the dreaded Baba Yaga -- before his parents forget him too.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Shout! Studios).
(2019 -- Canada) Michael Greyeyes, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. In a post-apocalyptic world, the indigenous people in the isolated reserve of Red Crow are immune to the zombie plague that has taken over the nation, but that doesn’t mean their lives aren’t at risk. It’s up to Traylor (Greyeyes), the tribal sheriff, to protect the families residing on the reserve and a flood of desperate refugees from the hordes of bloodthirsty, walking white corpses that are closing in. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
Children of the Sea
(2020 -- Japan) From Japan's cutting-edge STUDIO4°C ("Tekkonkinkreet," "MFKZ," "Mind Game") and director Ayumu Watanabe comes this beautiful adaptation of the prize-winning manga. Featuring a score from legendary composer and long-time Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi ("Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro"). When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad worked. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. As the kids get caught up in the mystery behind the sudden worldwide disappearance of the ocean's fish, they uncover cosmic connections that will change them forever. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Interview with director Ayumu Watanabe, interview with composer Joe Hisaishi, animatic sequences, behind the scenes featurette, theatrical trailers. Blu-ray adds exclusive feature-length documentary "Turep - Looking for Children of the Sea." (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
The Fox Hunter
(2020) Brooke Butler, Madison Iseman, Beth Broderick, Jay Huguley, Olivia Applegate, Ira David Wood III. A prominent Southern family of blue-blood media moguls deteriorates at the crossroads of past and progress in matters of death, wealth, love and American journalism in this satire. When Cotton O’Connor reluctantly returns to his home in the South after having been away for several years, nothing is as it was. As all the members of the family gather, Cotton realizes how much his own perspective has changed and struggles to see how he belongs in an old South with old ways. Formats: DVD. (Indican Pictures).
(2020) Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace, Natasha Lyonne. Written and directed by Jon Stewart, Irresistible is a comedy about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our political circus. After the Democrat’s top strategist Gary (Steve Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine Colonel (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town’s undocumented workers, Gary believes he has found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, when the Republicans counter him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith (Rose Byrne), what started out as a local race quickly becomes an out-of-control and hilarious fight for the soul of America.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
Magnum P.I.: Season Two
(2019-20) Five-disc set with all 20 episodes. A modern take on the classic series centering on Thomas Magnum, a former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum lives in a guest cottage on Robin’s Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business. The “majordomo” of the property is Juliet Higgins, a beautiful and commanding disavowed MI:6 agent whose second job is to keep Magnum in line, with the help of her two Dobermans. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case. Extras: "Better Together: The Story of Magnum P.I.: Season Two," video diary, "Haeaii Five-0" crossover episode, deleted scenes, gag reel. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio
(2019 -- Argentina/New Zealand/UK) Ian Costello, Clara Kovacic, James Wright. Ten horrifying tales directed by eight rising horror filmmakers (Luciano Onetti and Nicolas Onetti, Sergio Morcillo, Joshua Long, Jason Bognacki, Adam O´Brien, Matt Richards, A.J. Briones, Pablo S. Pastor and Oliver Park). A radio DJ hosts a popular horror-themed show packed with tales of terror for eager listeners. When he receives alarming calls from a horrified child, things start to feel a bit off. What ensues is a roller-coaster ride of horror stories. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Uncorkd’ Entertainment).
(2019) Megan Fox, Jessica Sutton, Philip Winchester. Fox stars as the battle-hardened mercenary team leader O’Hara, who leads a lively squad of soldiers on a daring mission: rescue hostages from their captors in remote Africa. But as the mission goes awry and the team is stranded, O’Hara’s squad must face a bloody, brutal encounter with a gang of rebels -- and the horde of ravenous, enraged lions they encounter. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary, cast interviews. (Lionsgate).
SeaChange: Paradise Reclaimed
(2019) Three-disc set with all eight episodes of the revival of hit Australian dramedy. The 2019 reboot of the award-winning 1990s drama features original cast members Sigrid Thornton, Kerry Armstrong and John Howard. Lawyer Laura Gibson (Thornton)) returns to the small coastal town of Pearl Bay for the first time in 20 years. But the charming community has changed since she left it. After the breakup of her marriage and then losing her job, Gibson finds herself questioning her place in the world. But when she returns to the beachside paradise of Pearl Bay, she finds her estranged daughter Miranda about to give birth to a baby that Laura knows nothing about. With dodgy land deals now threatening Pearl Bay and stormy weather on the way, Laura will learn that her family and her town need her as much as she needs them.
Formats: DVD. Extras: Four bonus episodes from the original series (1998-2000). (Acorn Media).
Sesame Street Monster Hits: Rock & Rhyme with Elmo
(2020) Two hours of rhyming fun. classic nursery rhymes are paired with favorite Sesame Street clips. (For example, “Do You Know the Muffin Man” is paired with laugh-out-loud moments like Cookie Monster and Gonger whipping up cranberry muffins on their “foodie truck.”) Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Full-length feature: "Elmo’s Music Magic." (Sesame Workshop/Shout! Factory Kids).
The Shadow of Violence
(2020 -- UK/Ireland) Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan, Ned Dennehy, David Wilmot. In the dark underbelly of rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas “Arm” Armstrong has become a feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family. When his ruthless employers order him to kill for the first time, his loyalties are put to the test. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2017 -- Argentina) Maxi Ghione, Norberto Gonzalo, Elvira Onetto, Demián Salomón. On an ordinary suburban street in Buenos Aires, voices are heard from kitchen sinks. Bodies are levitating. Evil is here. It is up to a doctor, her colleague, and an ex-cop to get to the bottom of this neighborhood nightmare. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
(2019) Craig Sheffer, KateLynn E. Newberry, Dominic Luongo. An author who spends a weekend locked in a haunted lighthouse as a publicity stunt for his next book becomes a target for powerful supernatural forces. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (101 Films).
Young Sheldon: The Complete Third Season
(2019-20) Two-disc set with all 21 episodes of the comedy series. For young Sheldon Cooper, it isn't easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn't always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Coopers, East Texas, and the 80’s." (Warner).
(2019 -- Canada) Keegan Connor Tracy, Jett Klyne, Sean Rogerson, Sara Canning, Stephen McHattie, Chandra West. When Beth’s son brings home an imaginary friend named “Z,” she becomes concerned that he is falling too deep into a world of make believe. He starts to display extremely destructive behavior, blaming Z for all of his actions. But after he gets kicked out of school, Beth is forced to find a solution. She medicates her son, making him unable to see his imaginary companion. But now Beth sees Z … and he wants to be her friend.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
(2020) Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Geraldine Viswanathan, Alex Wolff, Rafael Casal, Annaleigh Ashford, Ray Romano. The fascinating true story of one of the largest public-school embezzlement scandals in America. Inspired by the true story that rocked the town of Roslyn, NY in 2004 and garnered attention nationwide, the film centers on the stunning impact and aftermath of a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme, and follows Frank Tassone (Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Janney), who reign over a popular Long Island school district on the verge of the nation’s top spot, spurring record college admissions and soaring property values. Between them, they racked up over $11.2 million dollars in extravagant personal expenses.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Based on a True Story" detailed breakdown of the true story that inspired the film, a New York Magazine article by Robert Kolker; "The Perception of Perfection"; "Hugh Jackman & Allison Janney: Virtual Conversation." (Warner).
(2020) Jerry O’Connell, Elisabeth Röhm, Luenell. Rich (O’Connell) is an entitled all-star basketball icon who is suspended from the league just before the final championship due to poor judgement. If he wants another chance to play in game seven, he has to tour with a charity league team of castoffs. In the “unfortunate” process, he encounters the most bizarre on-road experiences, endures wacky consequences and faces his craziest challenges yet.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes vignettes. (Indican Pictures).
(2019 -- UK) Cristian Ortega, Lorn MacDonald, Ross Mann, Gemma McElhinney, Amy Manson. A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK. The film follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together. Formats: DVD, VOD. Music Box Films).
(1947) As hard-hitting as its title, "Brute Force" was one of Jules Dassin’s first forays into the crime genre, a prison melodrama with a scathing critique of the punitive American incarceration system at its heart. Burt Lancaster is the timeworn Joe Collins, who, along with his fellow inmates, lives under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey (a riveting Hume Cronyn). Only Collins’s dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey’s chains? Matter-of-fact and ferocious, "Brute Force" builds to an explosive climax that shows the lengths men will go to when fighting for their freedom, and asks the question of who society’s real brutes are. Formats: Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration by TLEFilms FIlm Restoration & Preservation Services, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary from 2007 featuring film-noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini; interview from 2007 with Paul Mason, editor of "Captured by the Media: Prison Discourse in Popular Culture"' program from 2017 on "Brute Force’s" array of acting styles featuring film scholar David Bordwell; trailer; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson, a 1947 profile of producer Mark Hellinger, and rare correspondence between Hellinger and Production Code administrator Joseph Breen over the film’s content. (The Criterion Collection).
Bull: Season Four
(2019-20) Four-disc set with all 20 episodes. Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial-consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Jason Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. His personal life proves harder to manage as he tries to live a healthier lifestyle following a heart attack and learns he is expecting a child with his ex-wife. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail. Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
(1993 -- Italy) Director Nanni Moretti recounts three entries from his "diary," a hilarious self-reflective comedy that follows the filmmaker's musing on cinema atop a Vespa, a trip to the Aeolian Islands to work on his new screenplay, and his search for health and wellness after breaking out with a nagging skin rash .. all with the beautiful Italian scenery as a backdrop.
Winner of Best Director at the 1994 Cannes Film, named "Best Film" by Cahiers du Cinéma, winner of the Italian Golden Globes and Italy's David di Donatello Awards, the FIPRESCI Prize at the European Film Awards and many more. In a new 2K digital restoration.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, deleted scene, booklet with new essay by Millicent Marcus, professor of Italian, Yale University. (Film Movement).
Evil Boy (aka Stray)
(2019 -- Russia) Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Sevastian Bugaev. Several years after their son’s disappearance, a grieving couple adopts a feral boy, who begins to eerily resemble their child more with each passing day. While the mother believes they have found their son, her husband is certain that he died. As strange accidents begin happening around the boy, the pair soon wonders whether they've adopted something not entirely ... human. With English subtitles and dub. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Evil Under the Skin
(2019) Helene Udy, Carl Bailey, Tim O'Hearn, Donna Hamblin, Angela Barajas. A mother and daughter head off for a secluded weekend to reconnect but little do they know the sordid past of the home they’re staying will drag them down into madness. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Midnight Releasing).
(2019) John Magaro, Orion Lee,Toby Jones, Ewen Bremner, René Auberjonois, Alia Shawkat. Two travelers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, dream of striking it rich — but their tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontier comes to rely on the secret use of a wealthy businessman’s prized dairy cow. With their scheme landing somewhere between honest ingenuity and pure grift, renowned filmmaker Kelly Reichardt finds a graceful and deeply moving origin story of America in their unlikely friendship and fragile life at the margins. The film world premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in August 2019 and screened to great acclaim at the New York Film Festival in September 2019 and the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo,VOD, Digital. Extras: “A Place in This World” featurette. (Lionsgate).
Frankie Drake Mysteries, Season 3
(2020) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. A slate of new adventures as the ladies of Drake Private Detectives take on more challenging cases and face off against some impressive foes in Toronto in the 1920s. Formats: DVD, digital. (PBS Distribution).
Graveyards of Honor
(1975/2002 -- Japanese) Two peerless masters of Japanese cinema - Kinji Fukasaku ("Battles without Honor and Humanity," "Battle Royale") and Takashi Miike ("Dead or Alive," "Audition") - present their own distinctive adaptations of yakuza expert Goro Fujita's gangster novel "Graveyard of Honor," each tapping into the zeitgeist of a distinct period of Japanese history. Set during the turbulent post-war years, Fukasaku's original 1975 film charts the rise and fall of real-life gangster Rikio Ishikawa (Tetsuya Watari). Shot through with the same stark realism and quasi-documentarian approach as Fukasaku's earlier "Battles Without Honor and Humanity," Fukasaku nonetheless breaks new ground through his portrayal of a gangster utterly without honor or ethics, surviving by any means necessary in a world of brutal criminality. Meanwhile, Miike's 2002 retelling transplants the story to Tokyo at the turn of the millennium. Less a direct remake of Fukasku's film than a radical reimagining of the same overarching premise, Miike's film captures both the hedonism and nihilism of the modern Japanese crime scene in deliriously stylish fashion, resulting in a fascinating companion piece to the original that nonetheless stands as its own entity. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Limited edition two-disc set package featuring newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan; illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on both films by Jasper Sharp; DISC ONE – GRAVEYARD OF HONOR (1975): new audio commentary by author and critic Mark Schilling; "Like a Balloon: The Life of a Yakuza," a new visual essay by critic and Projection Booth podcast host Mike White; "A Portrait of Rage," an archival appreciation of Fukasaku and his films, featuring interviews with filmmakers, scholars, and friends of the director; "On the Set With Fukasaku," an archival interview with assistant director Kenichi Oguri; theatrical trailer; imagery gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan. DISC TWO – GRAVEYARD OF HONOR (2002): new audio commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes; new visual essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger; archival “interview special” featuring Miike and cast members Goro Kishitani and Narimi Arimori; archival “making-of” featurette; archival “making-of” teaser; rchival press release interviews featuring Miike, Kishitani and Arimori; archival “premiere special” featuring Miike, Kishitani and Arimori; theatrical trailer; imagery gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
(1934) Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey team up with Our Gang star “Spanky” McFarland in this slapstick comedy from director George Stevens. Out-of-work vaudevillians Willie (Wheeler) and Elmer (Woolsey) somehow become Spanky’s guardians and think they’ve come into a fortune when Spanky inherits a farm in Kentucky. What they don’t know is that the farm sits directly in the line of fire in a feud between the Milfords and the Wakefields. Now, as Willie falls in love with the beautiful Gloria Wakefield (Mary Carlisle) and the pair manage to arrange a truce, young Spanky reignites the war between the two families. 4K scan of original nitrate camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Vintage 1934 cartoons "Buddy’s Circus," "Popeye in the Dance Contest," "Popeye in Sock-A-Bye Baby." (Warner Archive).
The Naked City
(1948) “There are eight million stories in the Naked City,” as the narrator immortally states at the close of this breathtakingly vivid film —- and this is one of them. Master noir craftsman Jules Dassin and newspaperman-cum-producer Mark Hellinger’s dazzling police procedural was shot entirely on location in New York. Influenced as much by Italian neorealism as it is by American crime fiction, this double Academy Award winner remains a benchmark for naturalism in noir, living and breathing in the promises and perils of the Big Apple, from its lowest depths to its highest skyscrapers. Formats: Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration by TLEFilms FIlm Restoration & Preservation Services, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Audio commentary from 1996 featuring screenwriter Malvin Wald; interview from 2006 with film scholar Dana Polan; interview from 2006 with author James Sanders ("Celluloid Skyline") on the film’s New York locations; footage of director Jules Dassin from a 2004 appearance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; stills gallery; an essay by author and critic Luc Sante and production notes from producer Mark Hellinger to Dassin. (The Criterion Collection).
(2017 -- Portugal) A remarkable imagining of the historic voyages of 16th-century explorer and writer Fernão Mendes Pinto, one of the first Europeans to sail to and travel the Orient-- India, Japan, and places in between. Pinto was a highly skilled writer and his controversial memoir, "The Travels of Mendes Pinto," was published posthumously in 1614. The film is a lavish and sweeping epic imagining of these historic voyages. Hailing from the interior of Portugal, Pinto (Cláudio da Silva) wound up in Lisbon, where his uncle left him as a servant to a nobleman. In his mid-twenties, he ventured East, searching for both his brothers and a better fortune. The film details Pinto's unforgettable 20-year journey at sea and on land, and the film deftly combines literary storytelling and imagined family stories. Portugal's official entry for Best International Film, Academy Awards 2019. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).
Prodigal Son: The Complete First Season
(2019-20) Four-disc set with all 20 episodes. Criminal psychologist Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) knows how killers think and how their minds work. Why? His father is “The Surgeon,” a serial killer who has taken the lives of more than 20 people. He works with NYPD detective Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips); Detective Dani Powell (Aurora Perrineau), a headstrong cop; Dr. Edrisa Tanaka (Keiko Agena), an off-center coroner; and Detective JT Tarmel (Frank Harts), who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself. But Bright’s best resource is his homicidal yet oddly loving father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen). As he helps track down dangerous criminals, Bright also battles his own demons – and it doesn’t help that his mother, former leading socialite Jessica Whitly (Bellamy Young), has an opinion on every aspect of his life. Malcolm Bright isn’t a serial killer, he was just raised by one. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner).
(2019) Celeste M Cooper, Sean Patrick Leonard, Michael B. Woods, Tiffany Renee Johnson. A woman thru-hiking an isolated trail runs into trouble when her pack is hijacked by two men hiding out in the woods, desperate and on the run. Now, stranded and left to fend for herself, she has a choice: crawl back to her normal life in defeat, or push forward and take back what was stolen from her. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Dark Star Pictures/Uncork’d Entertainment).
(2017) Orlando Bloom, Janet Montgomery, Charlie Creed-Miles, Anne Reid. Bloom stars as Malky, a demolition worker whose life receives a seismic shock when, out drinking with friends at a local pub, he sees a disturbing figure from his past: the man he holds responsible for a traumatic childhood incident. Fueled by anger, Malky sets out on a path of vengeance—and discovers that no one can escape the consequences of their sins.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with co-directors Ludwig Shammasian and Paul Shammasian, "Brutality and Honesty: The Making of Retaliation." (Lionsgate).
Rob Zombie Trilogy Steelbook
Includes the grizzled, horrifying films "House of 1000 Corpses," "The Devil's Rejects," and "3 From Hell." Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood, Captain Spaulding, Sheriff Wydell, and Rob Zombie's other killer characters wreak havoc in the blood-soaked trilogy that made them famous. Two young couples cross paths with Otis Driftwood and the cannibalistic Fireflys while touring America's backroads in "House of 1000 Corpses" (2003). In "The Devil's Rejects" (2005), Sheriff Wydell deals with depraved, hostage-taking murderers holed up in a rundown motel in his uniquely unhinged way. Baby, Otis, and Captain Spaulding are finally put behind bars in "3 From Hell" (2019) ... but can evil really be locked away? Formats: Blu-ray. (Lionsgate).
(2019) James Sweeney, Omar Guazzelli, Brendan Scannell, Katie Findlay. Todd is a hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twentysomething whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion: he might not be gay after all. When he meets Rory, a whip-smart struggling actress with her own set of insecurities, the two forge a relationship that’s all talk and no sex. Writer-director-star James Sweeney delivers a razor sharp rom-com that’s equal parts Classical Hollywood and distinctly 21st century, exploring just how elastic our definitions of love and sexuality can get. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scene, outtakes, trailer. (Strand Releasing).
Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season
(2019-20) Four-disc set with all 19 episodes. In season five, Supergirl faces threats, both new and ancient. National City becomes enthralled with addictive virtual reality technologies created by CatCo's charming-but-secretive new owner, Andrea Rojas. As Kara uses the power of the press to try to expose this danger, she must contend with challenges put up by rival reporter William Dey, renegade Martian Malefic J'onzz, a shadowy organization called Leviathan, and the shocking return of Lex Luthor who, in addition to his plot for world domination, seeks to claim the soul of Supergirl's best friend (and his sister) Lena. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "The Best of DC TV's Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019," deleted scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds bonus disc with all five epic episodes of the DC Crossover "Event Crisis on Infinite Earths" from Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. (Warner).
Superman: Man of Tomorrow
(2020) Latest entry in the popular series of animated DC Universe Movies. It’s the dawn of a new age of heroes, and Metropolis has just met its first. But as Daily Planet intern Clark Kent – working alongside reporter Lois Lane – secretly wields his alien powers of flight, super-strength and x-ray vision in the battle for good, there's even greater trouble on the horizon. Follow the budding hero as he engages in bloody battles with intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo and fights for his life to halt the attack of power-hungry alien Parasite. The world will learn about Superman … but first, Superman must save the world.
Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, Digital. Extras: "Lobo: Natural Force of Chaos" new featurette; "Martian Manhunter: Lost and Found" new featurette; "Look Back: Justice League vs. The Fatal Five" featurette; "Look Back: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" featurette; "From the DC Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, The Main Man, Part I"; "From the DC Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, he Main Man, Part II"; trailers. (Warner).
Up On the Glass
(2020) Chase Fein, Chelsea Kurtz, Hunter Cross. A wanderer named Jack DiMercurio secretly desires the life and wife of his more affluent friend, Andy Shelton. Past tensions surface between the two men during an informal reunion at Andy’s cottage on Lake Michigan. One heinous act allows Jack to draw close to Andy’s wife Liz, but Jack finds living Andy’s life is a dangerous lie. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Gravitas Ventures).
We Bare Bears The Movie
(2020) A TV movie based on the Cartoon Network’s hit series. When the bears' love of food trucks and viral videos gets out of hand, it catches the attention of the menacing Agent Trout from the National Wildlife Control, who pledges to restore the "natural order" by separating them forever. Chased from their home, Grizz decides there’s only one thing they can do to find refuge - move to Canada! The Bears embark on an epic road trip filled with new friends, dangerous obstacles, and massive parties. Formats: DVD. Extras: Commentary, early sketches, movie pitches, animatics and pencil tests, deleted scenes. (Warner).
Swans: Where Does A Body End?
(2019) An intimate portrait of the band Swans, from their roots as a brutal, confrontational post-punk band that emerged from the same early 1980s era NYC that gave us Sonic Youth (and, somehow, Madonna) through their ill-fated bid at mainstream success in the 90s indie-rock gold rush, through breakups and chaos (on and offstage) to their odds-defying current status as one of the most accomplished and ambitious bands in the world, one whose concerts are more like ecstatic rituals than nostalgic trips back through their most popular songs.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (MVD Entertainment).
(1999 -- France) With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville’s "Billy Budd, Sailor," Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time. Amid the azure waters and sunbaked desert landscapes of Djibouti, a French Foreign Legion sergeant (Denis Lavant) sows the seeds of his own ruin as his obsession with a striking young recruit (Grégoire Colin) plays out to the thunderous, operatic strains of Benjamin Britten. Denis and cinematographer Agnès Godard fold military and masculine codes of honor, colonialism’s legacy, destructive jealousy, and repressed desire into shimmering, hypnotic images that ultimately explode in one of the most startling and unforgettable endings in all of modern cinema.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Agnès Godard and approved by director Claire Denis, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New conversation between Denis and filmmaker Barry Jenkins; new selected scene commentary with Godard; new interviews with actors Denis Lavant and Grégoire Colin; new video essay by film scholar Judith Mayne; an essay by critic Girish Shambu. (The Criterion Collection).
The Best of Cher
Cher initially rose to stardom as part of a singing act with then husband Sonny Bono in the 1960s, hitting No. 1 with the single “I Got You Babe” before they starred together on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. Following a parting of ways, the incredibly talented artist spread her wings, established a chart-topping solo career of her own, starred in her own variety show, and sold out music venues across the globe. This nine-disc set encompasses her entire career. The Best of Cher 9-DVD Collector’s Set includes: 10 star-studded episodes of Cher with guest appearances by Charo, Ray Charles, Elton John, The Muppets, Linda Ronstadt, Raquel Welch, and more; both of Cher’s legendary TV Specials from the ‘70s; two unforgettable concerts in Vegas, live from the MGM Grand and the Mirage; The full-length documentary "Dear Mom, Love Cher," a rare peek into Cher’s fascinating family history; exclusive new interviews with comedy icon Lily Tomlin, designer Bob Mackie, Cher executive producer George Schlatter, and Cher; rare clips including early TV appearances, rehearsal footage, and even Cher’s personal camcorder footage; a collectible book of Bob Mackie’s original wardrobe sketches for Cher. Get more info here.Formats: DVD. (Time Life).
The Cat and the Canary
(1939) Comedy legend Bob Hope is at his very best in this hilarious comedy-thriller. A decade after the death of an eccentric millionaire, his remaining relatives gather for the reading of the will at his abandoned mansion set deep in the Louisiana bayous. Tension builds after his niece Joyce (Paulette Goddard) is named the sole inheritor and it is revealed that one of the other relatives will get everything if the heiress goes insane within the next 30 days. The timid Wally (Hope) vows to protect Joyce who must spend the night in the haunted mansion along with her jealous relatives, a creepy maid and a homicidal maniac who has just escaped from a nearby sanitarium. An equal mix of both frights and fun, this unforgettable classic has become the gold standard for the horror-comedy genre. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by author/film historian Lee Gambin, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
(2020) Emily Sweet, Aimee Stolte, Houston Stevenson. Four high school seniors attempt to make it through the world’s scariest Halloween corn maze in order to win a grand cash prize at their local fair. Unbeknownst to them, what they had thought would be easy and fun becomes a run for their lives from a deranged family that harvests the DNA of young teens for their special pharmaceutical cream. Formats: DVD, VOD. Extras: Cast behind-the-scenes, chainsaw day footage, table read. (Indican pictures).
(1951) Marine fighter squadron VMF 247 is in the thick of it on Guadalcanal. The airstrip they hold is hammered by offshore batteries. Malaria and combat fatigue grip the men. Fuel is low and replacement parts are few. The only things not in short supply are the enemy ... and Major Don Kirby’s determination to keep fighting with whatever he has. John Wayne is in the cockpit and in command as Kirby, a leader at odds with his executive officer (Robert Ryan) and at the forefront of tacticians eager to coordinate ground combat with low-flying aerial sorties. Nicholas Ray directs, skillfully incorporating actual battlefield and dogfight footage. 4K scan of original nitrate Technicolor camera negatives.
Formats: Blu-ray. (Warner Archive).
The Ghost Breakers
(1940) Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard co-star in this comedy-thriller, a year after their smash hit "The Cat and the Canary." Ghosts and gags collide in this witches’ brew of laughs, with Hope as a Manhattan radio commentator who finds himself marooned on an island of the walking dead. Larry Lawrence (Hope), sought in connection with a murder he did not commit, eludes New York police by hiding in a steamer trunk. Soon the trunk (and Larry) are aboard a ship bound for Cuba, where the trunk’s owner, pretty Mary Carter (Goddard), is sailing to take possession of a recent inheritance: a “haunted” castle. Sensing that Mary is in danger, Larry and his valet Alex (Willie Best) precede her to the island, which is inhabited by a ghost, a zombie and perhaps even a flesh-and-blood fiend. There’s romance, comedy and chills as Hope and Goddard contend with earthly and unearthly foes —- and try to keep from ending up as ghosts themselves. The stellar cast includes Paul Lukas, Anthony Quinn and Paul Fix. New 2K Master. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by author/film historian Lee Gambin, "Trailers From Hell" with Larry Karaszewski, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
A House Divided: Season Two
(2020) Two-disc set with six episodes. Follows the direct descendants of Letty Sanders, an enslaved woman who after arriving in Los Angeles in 1821, grew to become the wealthiest Black woman in the newly formed city. Centering on the present-day members of the highly esteemed Sanders family, Cameran Sanders Sr. has raised his three children in opulent wealth. After the sudden passing of his wife amidst a brewing government investigation into the business dealings of the family-owned bank, a new woman, Carissa Walker, emerges from the shadows determined to be the next Mrs. Cameran Sanders. As secrets are uncovered and scandals emerge, the Sanders family are forced to band together for the sake of their survival or risk the ultimate demise of their long-standing legacy.
Formats: DVD. (UMC-TV).
In the Life of Music
(2018) Ellen Wong with on-screen debuts from Ratanak Ben, Daniel Chea, and best-selling Cambodian music group Small World Small Band. Follows the journey of Hope (Ellen Wong) a young American girl visiting her relatives in Cambodia for the first time. Determined to learn the history of her parents, Hope discovers the story of how one song, “Champa Battambang,” played an integral part of three generations. Starting with how her parents met and fell in love in 1968, to their fight for survival during the war-torn Khmer Rouge years of the 1970s and finally finishing in the modern day with Hope getting the answers she has longed for. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway
(2019 -- Spain) What do you get when you cross Afro-futurism, Cold War paranoia, the dystopian world of Philip K. Dick and 60s exploitation cinema, along with a hefty dose of Lynchian surrealism? The answer: The second feature by Miguel Llansó ("Crumbs") and one of the most striking and original films you'll see all year. The year is 2035, and Special Agent Gagano (Daniel Tadesse) dreams of leaving the CIA to open a business with his wife Malin (Gerda-Annette Allikas). Before he can hand in his resignation, however, a strange cyber virus attacks Psychobook, the CIA's operating system, forcing Gagano to enter cyberspace via virtual reality to combat the threat. Before long, however, the virus starts to reach out into the real world, destabilising the fragile socio-political order for its own ends, and Gagano, trapped in the VR world, must find a way out before it's too late. Featuring encounters with an Irish-accented Joseph Stalin, a kung-fu-fighting Batman, and Jesus Christ himself, to name but a few, "Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway" is absurd, audacious and like nothing you've ever experienced before. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Anton Bitel; "From Talinn with Love," a new visual essay by critic Will Webb exploring the influence of exploitation cinema on "Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway"; exclusive audio interview with director Miguel Llansó, conducted by critic Josh Hurtado; "Crumbs" (2015), Miguel Llansó’s feature directorial debut and spiritual predecessor to "Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway" (Limited Edition Exclusive); "Chigger Ale" (2013) and "Night in the Wild Garden" (2015), two short films by Miguel Llansó; original proof-of-concept trailer; theatrical trailer; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Austin Hinderliter; double-sided fold-out poster; Limited Edition illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on "Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway" by Barry Forshaw and "Crumbs" by Anton Bitel. Limited Edition of 2000 copies. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Killing Eve, Season 3
(2020) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. The third season of the award-winning drama continues the story of two women with brutal pasts, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives without their drug of choice. For Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the assassin without a job, Eve (Sandra Oh) is dead. For Eve, the ex-MI6 operative hiding in plain sight, Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances ... and perhaps a share of their souls. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (RLJE Films).
Little Monsters BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Daniel Stern, Margaret Whitton. Family friendly comedy about a sixth-grader (Savage) who’s recently moved to a new town and made friends with Maurice (Mandel) — the monster who lives under Brian's bed. Maurice introduces Brian to the world of monsters, where junk food rules, adults aren’t allowed, and the fun and games never end. But when Brian's brother is kidnapped, it’s time for Brian to get serious and fight the monsters on their own turf. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: New audio commentary with Jarret Gahan, editor-in-chief of CultofMonster.com; new Isolated score selections and audio interview with composer David Newman; new “Call Him Maurice” interview with actor Howie Mandel; new “Beneath the Bed” interview with producer Andrew Licht ; new “Monsters Big & Small” – An Interview with Special Makeup Effects Creator Robert Short; new vintage interviews with actors Fred Savage, Ben Savage, special makeup effects creator Robert Short, and director Richard Alan Greenberg; behind-the-scenes footage; “Making Maurice” – vintage footage of Howie Mandel’s makeup transformation; vintage EPK & VHS promo; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Vestron Video Collector’s Series/Lionsgate).
Mom: The Complete Third Season
(2015-16) Two-disc set with all 22 episodes. Anna Faris and Allison Janney star in this comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre ("The Big Bang Theory"). Christy (Faris) is still sober and has her life mostly back on track, though she’s continually tested by her mother, Bonnie (Janney). Together, the two work to overcome their mistakes and build a better future. Christy is well on her way to becoming a lawyer, while Bonnie is in a healthy romantic relationship and has just married Adam (William Fichtner). Through it all, they rely on their support system from AA, including the wise Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy); the wealthy and sometimes misguided Jill (Jaime Pressly); the overly emotional Wendy (Beth Hall); and Bonnie’s foster sister, Tammy (Kristen Johnston), who was recently released from prison.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
One Hour Outcall
(2019) Natalia Ochoa, William Norrett, Kristin Carey, Shannon Leigh Godwin, Octavio Rodriguez, Will Holbrook. A sexy drama unraveling the complex relationship between a call girl and her client who meet every Thursday night. Esmeralda (Ochoa) is a college-aged, high-class escort, Greg (Norrett ) a middle-aged, divorced introvert. Sexual tension and curiosity fill the air during their first rendezvous, each vying for the upper hand. As they continue their weekly explorations, however, they start to develop an intimacy that goes beyond the transactional and into the deeply personal. When his ulterior motive is revealed, their interludes force Greg to confront his relationship with Esmeralda, his family, and his own inner demons. And it forces Esmeralda to question whether or not she can truly leave her emotions at the door.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Gravitas Ventures).
Outlander: Season Five
(2020) Four-disc set with all 12 episodes. Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world in which her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. The fifth season follows Claire and Jamie's fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. The Frasers strive to flourish within a society which is unwittingly marching towards Revolution, and Jamie must now defend the home they have built together at Fraser's Ridge while Claire seeks to put her own skills and medical expertise to use in keeping her family together and safe from harm. A Collector's Edition Blu-ray set will also include a compact disc of the season 5 soundtrack, a 28-page digibook, and an excerpt from Diana Gabaldon's upcoming ninth Outlander novel, "Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone," all within premium collector packaging. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray Collector's Edition, Digital. Extras: Four never-before-seen "Outlander Untold" bonus scenes; blooper reel; "Strength in Action: The Women of Outlander" featurette; "Through Fire & Hell: The Finale" featurette; "Flowers of the Forest" lyric video; "At Home with Adso." Blu-ray adds 16 deleted scenes; "The Heart of the Frasers" featurette; "Expanding the World: Sets & Costumes" featurette; writer and producer commentaries. (Sony).
Shivers BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1975) Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Barbara Steele. A cult favorite, this is acclaimed filmmaker David Cronenberg’s feature-length debut. When the residents of a luxury apartment complex outside Montreal are infiltrated by parasites and transformed into violent, sex-crazed maniacs, it’s up to Dr. Roger St. Luc to contain the outbreak from spreading to the city at large. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-director David Cronenberg and co-producer Don Carmody; new“Mind Over Matter” interview with Cronenberg ; new “Good Night Nurse” interview with actress Lynn Lowry; new “Outside and Within” interview with special make-up effects creator Joe Blasco; new “Celebrating Cinépix” interview with Greg Dunning; archival 1998 David Cronenberg interview; still gallery with optional archival audio interview with executive producer John Dunning; theatrical trailers; TV spot; radio spots. (Vestron Video Collector’s Series/Lionsgate).
Stephen King 5-Movie Collection
Based on the written works of Stephen King, these five films offer perfect entertainment for Halloween: "Pet Sematary" (1989), "Pet Sematary" (2019), "Stephen King’s The Stand" (1994), "The Dead Zone" (1983) and "Stephen King’s Silver Bullet" (1985).
Formats: Blu-ray. (Paramount).
A Tramway in Jerusalem
(2018 -- Israel/France) Mathieu Amalric, Meital Dohan, Yuval Scharf, Hana Laslo, Lamis Ammar. The Light Rail Red Line of Jerusalem’s tramway connects the city from east to west, from the Palestinian neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina to Mount Herzl -— a journey that comprises the culturally complex makeup of the city. This humorous and touching film hinges on a series of encounters along the line: simple, mundane interactions that reveal the diverse mosaic of humanity that exists in the spiritual center of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Beneath the clashes and grievances among its population that the world sees, Jerusalem is a city teeming with everyday life; the small conflicts and reconciliations depicted offer a kernel of hope in a society torn by political strife. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Bonus feature: 35-minute short film, "A Letter to a Friend in Gaza," directed by Amos Gitai: An exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the readings of texts by Albert Camus and other important thinkers and writers. (Film Movement).
(2020) Savannah Welch, Rob Franco, Kathy Valentine, Ben Reno, William LeRoy, Paul Sevigny, Cecilia Deacon. A rock 'n' roll comedy thriller about Roger, a Rasputin-like drifter, who is in search of the ultimate indie-rock band, The Transcendents: A band that was on the brink of greatness before disappearing from the world. What he finds is less than transcendent: a band that has all but abandoned society, a host of unpleasant memories, and more questions than answers in his search. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).
Two Hundred Thousand Dirty
(2012) Mark Greenfield, Coolio, Rocío Verdejo, C. Clayton Blackwel. Welcome to the monotonous, oppressive modern American byproduct of suburban sprawl: the urban strip-mall. Native to this environment and products of outdated pop culture are Rob (Greenfield) and Manny (Coolio), the unsuccessful, unrefined and uncouth sales force behind Affordable Mattress. When new employee Isabelle (Verdejo) is hired in hopes of improving dismal sales, some things do change and after recruiting fellow strip-mall burnout Martin (Blackwell), she's got everyone working together to split a common goal - $200,000 for murdering her ex-husband.
Formats: DVD VOD, Digital. (Corinth Films).
Succession: The Complete Second Season
(2019) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes of HBO’s provocative drama about an enormously wealthy, aging patriarch and his four grown children, who together control one of the biggest entertainment conglomerates in the world. The series explores themes of power, politics, money and family, played out within a rich and dysfunctional family whose patriarch, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), is CEO of Waystar Royco, one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates. Beginning where season one dramatically left off, the second season follows the Roys as they struggle to retain control of their empire amidst internal and external threats. While the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that portends to ultimately destroy them, as each of Logan’s four children remains focused on personal agendas that may or may not sync with those of their siblings. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Invitation to the Set," 10 "Inside the Episode" featurettes. (Warner).
Weathering With You
(2019 -- Japan) The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky. Latest anime film from director Makoto Shinka. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Steelbook, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Weather Front” featurette, "Exploring Makoto Shinkai’s Filmography," theatrical trailers and TV spots. Blu-ray adds "Talk Show: Makoto Shinkai and Yumiko Udo." (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
Deluxe box set includes the latest film by the great Chilean French artist/filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, "Psychomagic, A Healing Art," as well as "Fando y Lis," "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" restored in 4K on Blu-ray, along with new bonus features and CD soundtracks of the latter two titles.
At the age of 91, Jodorowsky is as relevant as he's ever been. In addition to completing "Psychomagic, A Healing Art," he supervised the color correction of the 4K restorations of his essential films using the original 35mm elements, with stunning and vibrant results.
"Psychomagic, A Healing Art" is an intimate exploration of the visionary director's theory of trauma therapy. Jodorowsky's unique concept of healing uses performance art as a vehicle to counter deep, debilitating psychic suffering with literal "acts of confrontation" in real world applications. Drawing from a life-long study of philosophy, psychology, ethnology, and world religions, from Freud to Shamans, from Kabbalah to Gurdjieff and everything in between, Jodorowsky works directly with people in pain who are eager to face, resolve and transcend their personal dilemmas through the use of radical performative art therapy. His healing concepts extend beyond the individual to the global, offering humanity a collective catharsis to a higher consciousness. “The world is ill, we need to make therapy pictures,” said Jodorowsky of his work. “If art is not a medicine for society, it's a poison.”
The cult classic "El Topo" is presented in 1:33 aspect ratio as it was shown in theaters in 1970. It is also available for the first time in 1.85:1 widescreen. Jodorowsky originally envisioned the film with this aspect ratio as an homage to Sergio Leone, and a half century later, that dream has finally been fulfilled. "El Topo" was followed by "The Holy Mountain," which firmly established Jodorowsky as an auteur of Surrealist Cinema and sparked controversy at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival due to its sacrilegious imagery. The mythical, mystical masterpiece follows an elite group of thieves who embark on a spiritual journey to displace the immortal Gods who secretly rule the universe. Jodorowsky's first feature, "Fando y Lis," is a brutal and scathing examination of destructive co-dependence between two lovers conflicted by anguish and the demands they put on one another. Its grotesque and salacious imagery caused a riot at the 1967 premiere in Acapulco, which he narrowly escaped after having his life threatened. The set also contains the 1957 short film "Le Cravate," a mime adaptation of a Thomas Mann story about a Parisian urchin who makes her living selling human heads. The box set features a book with photos and essays as well as newly filmed interviews with Jodorowsky and his long time personal assistant Pablo Leder. Jodorowsky's son Brontis, who made his acting debut as the young boy in "El Topo," is also interviewed. In addition, there are new introductions by Columbia University professor Richard Peña, a mini-documentary "A to Z of The Holy Mountain," narrated by Jodorowsky biographer Ben Cobb, and CD soundtracks for "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain." Formats: Blu-ray. (ABKCO Films).
(2017 -- Portugal) Over one New Year's Eve in Lisbon, five friends discover that love is a many-sided thing in a bittersweet romantic drama. A loose adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 17th-century play "La Place Royale," the film tells the story of a group of friends living love's zigzags. There are those who come to discover themselves. Those who come to discover love. And those who come to discover the limits of their own freedom. Formats: DVD, Digital. (IndiePix Films).
(2019) David A.R. White, Jeff Fahey, Burt Young, Kira Reed Lorsch, William Baldwin. Aaron Beckman (White) is finished -- done with a life lived in the shadows as a cruel gun for hire. Now, his soul cries out for healing, peace, forgiveness, and grace. In desperation, he appeals to the church and is welcomed by an ailing pastor (Fahey). However, his journey towards salvation is cut short when his adopted daughter is kidnapped by a deranged cult leader named Reese (Baldwin). Blinded by rage, Beckman sets off on a dangerous rescue mission and is forced to revert back to his old violent ways. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras:
Commentary with writer-director Gabriel Sabloff and executive producer/star David A.R. White; “The Making of Beckman: Faith and Hope Amidst the Storm”; bloopers. (Universal).
Christ Stopped at Eboli
(1979) An elegy of exile and an epic immersion into the world of rural Italy during the Mussolini years, Francesco Rosi’s sublime adaptation of the memoirs of the painter, physician, and political activist Carlo Levi brings a monument of 20th-century autobiography to the screen with quiet grace and solemn beauty. Banished to a desolate southern town for his anti-Fascist views, the worldly Levi (Gian Maria Volontè) discovers an Italy he never knew existed, a place where ancient folkways and superstitions still hold sway and that gradually transforms his understanding of both himself and his country. Presented for the first time on home video in its original full-length, four-part cut, "Christ Stopped at Eboli" ruminates profoundly on the political and philosophical rifts within Italian society -- between north and south, tradition and modernity, fascism and freedom -- and the essential humanity that transcends all.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New introduction by translator and author Michael F. Moore; documentary from 1978 on Italian political cinema, featuring director Francesco Rosi and actor Gian Maria Volontè; excerpt from a 1974 documentary featuring Rosi and author Carlo Levi; excerpt from Marco Spagnoli’s short 2014 documentary "Unico," in which Rosi discusses Volontè; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by scholar Alexander Stille and a 1979 director’s statement by Rosi. (The Criterion Collection).
The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova
(2018) Katherine Fogler, Douglas Nyback, Doroftei Anis. On a cold winter night, estranged siblings Sarah and Aaron Cotler arrive at an empty train station in Dombrova, Poland. With their only available ride being a silent cab driver, they embark on a quest to fulfill their dying grandmother’s wish – find, dig up, and bring home the bones of her favorite childhood dog, Peter. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement).
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Explore the Outdoors
(2020) A six-episode compilation featuring adventures and lessons as Daniel Tiger, with his friends and family, explore the great outdoors. In these episodes, Daniel learns about lizards after spotting one in his backyard, plays in the park with Prince Wednesday, goes on a nature walk, and much more. Throughout the stories, young viewers learn about the best ways to play with friends, how to be understanding and compassionate, the importance of selfless acts, dealing with conflicting emotions, and more. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season
(2020) Three-disc set with all 15 episodes of the series that follows a group of misfit heroes as they fight, talk, and sing their way through protecting the timeline from aberrations, anomalies, and anything else that threatens to mess with history. After saving the world via the power of song and themed entertainment in last season’s finale, the Legends are major celebrities. Some struggle with the transition from lovable losers to A-list stars, while others start letting fame go to their heads. When a documentary crew decides to film the Legends in action, distracting them from their original mission, Astra Logue frees history’s most notorious villains from Hell in a bid for power. It’s up to the Legends to forgo fame and stop these reanimated souls (who they quickly dub “Encores”) from wreaking havoc on the timeline, whether it’s Rasputin popping out of his coffin and trying to become an immortal tsar or Marie Antoinette (and her head) turning the French Revolution into a deadly, non-stop party.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras:Blu-ray adds bonus disc with all five epic episodes of the DC Crossover Event "Crisis on Infinite Earths" from Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. (Warner).
(2020) Aidan Pierce Brennan, Alex Walton, Geraldine Singer, Simone Policano, Natasha Coppola-Shalom, Mara Kassin. Set against the backdrop of 1960's Brooklyn, the film tell the story of a young man who is caught between pursuing his dream of playing baseball and staying devoted to his Syrian Jewish family that is afflicted with mental illness. Based on the life story of writer and director Albert Dabah. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Breaking Glass Pictures).
The Good Fight: Season Four
(2020) Two-disc set with all seven episodes. This season finds Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart navigating a very different landscape. After they lost their biggest client, Chumhum, and their founding partner's name was tarnished, Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart was forced to accept an offer by a huge multi-national law firm, STR Laurie, to become a small subsidiary. Suddenly, all of their decisions can be second-guessed by the giant firm that is literally on top of them. While STR Laurie initially seem like benevolent overlords, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and her colleagues (Cush Jumbo, Delroy Lindo and Audra McDonald) are chafing at their loss of independence while simultaneously investigating the emergence of a mysterious Memo 618.
Formats: DVD. (CBS/Paramount).
I Am a Dancer
(1972) One of the greatest ballet dancers of his generation, Rudolph Nureyev is at the height of his powers in this intimate 1972 documentary portrait, which offers an unprecedented look at the training and dedication behind his electrifying art. Providing a unique glimpse into Nureyev's personality, preparation and technique,the film includes excerpts from his performances in the classical ballets "La Sylphide" with Carla Fracci, and "The Sleeping Beauty" with Lynn Seymour; in addition to sequences from the modern ballet "Field Figures" with Deanne Bergsma, and Frederick Ashton's "Marguerite and Armand" with his long-time partner Margot Fonteyn. Restored in HD. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Terese Capucilli (Juilliard, Martha Graham) on Nureyev and Fonteyn, Skylar Brandt (American Ballet Theatre) on "I Am a Dancer," 16-page booklet with new essay by arts critic Kenji Fujishima. (Film Movement).
Let It Snow
(2020 -- Ukraine) Ivanna Sakhno, Alex Hafner, Tinatin Dalakishvili. As Mia and Max visit a remote European resort for a free-ride snowboarding vacation, they ignore the receptionist’s disturbing tales of unexplained deaths on the nearby trails. But when they sneak onto a forbidden slope, Max goes missing, and Mia finds herself attacked by a masked snowmobile rider. Now she must brave the rider’s vicious attacks – as well as a massive avalanche– if she hopes to survive. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Making-of. (Lionsgate).
(2020 -- Canada) Josh Hartnett, Amanda Crew, Jim Gaffigan, Stephen McHattie, J.C. MacKenzie, Antoine Olivier Pilon. Inspired by a gripping true story, an investigative reporter (Hartnett) fights to expose the twisted truth behind a heroin bust orchestrated by dirty cops to frame an innocent man -- sentencing him to life in a Thai prison. Formats: Blu-ray. (Paramount).
On a Magical Night
(2019 -- France) Chiara Mastroianni, Benjamin Biolay, Vincent Lacoste. Maria, a woman dissatisfied with her marriage, has a heated argument with her husband of 20 years and spends the night in room 212 of the hotel across the street from their home. There, she has a bird's eye view of her apartment, her husband, and her marriage. In this comic romp, she confronts her past lovers and relationships, fantasizing about the lives she could've lived and wondering if she's made the right decisions. Formats: DVD. (Strand Releasing).
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs
(2020) Voices of Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin, Gina Gershon, Patrick Warburton, Jim Rash. This outrageous fairy tale spoof starts as Snow White steals a pair of red shoes that transform her into a princess. Meanwhile, a witch’s curse turns seven brave princes into dwarfs, forcing them to seek out the princess, hoping for a kiss to break their spell. Together, they must face Snow White’s wicked stepmother – who will stop at nothing to get her precious shoes back – and, along the way, learn that true beauty lies within. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs” featurette, “From Storyboard to Animation: Creating Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs” featurette; “Start of Something Right” music video; “Something So Beautiful” music video. (Lionsgate).
Rick and Morty: Season 4
(2019-20) Two-disc set with all 10 of Adult Swim’s hit series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson into multi-universes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras:
"A Day at Rick and Morty: Inside Season 4," "Inside the Episode" for each episode, "Creating Snake Jazz," "Directing Rick and Morty," "Samurai and Shogun," "Prop Process," "Character Creation," "Animation Challenges." (Warner).
Riverdale: The Complete Fourth Season
(2019-20) Four-disc set with all 19 episodes. The fourth season of Riverdale begins with a farewell to Fred Andrews (Luke Perry). As Independence Day approaches, Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) receives a phone call that will forever change his life. Through an emotional journey, with support from his girlfriend, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), and best friends Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Archie and the citizens of Riverdale grieve the loss of the town’s heart and soul. Our story continues with senior year at Riverdale High, which means varsity football games, cheerleading, back-to-school parties and college applications. But it also means bittersweet moments, like the first last day of high school. In the meantime, Archie honors his father and develops a deeper connection with his mother, Betty uncovers more about her mother and sister, Veronica goes unsupervised while her parents spend time in jail, and Jughead turns more to writing.
Formats: DVD. (Warner).
(2019) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. Estranged Swedish identical twins Siri and Helena (Josefin Asplund) have always had a complex relationship. When Helena receives an invitation to visit Siri at an exclusive residential sanatorium in the breathtaking and picturesque Alps, she is reluctant but figures it will be a nice break from her monotonous life. Despite the peacefulness of the clinic, Helena refuses Siri’s plea for help in taking care of some business and swapping places for a few days but ends up waking up to find Siri gone. Soon she realizes that Siri isn’t coming back, and that the clinic is far from a place of recovery; it’s a facility for studying psychopaths. Helena is now trapped in a waking nightmare in which no one is who they seem to be, and everyone believes that she is Siri. Surrounded by the most predatory and manipulative people imaginable, including the director of the Sanctuary, Dr. Marvin Fisher (Matthew Modine), escape is now only the second order of business: Helena’s first problem is simple survival. Formats: DVD. (Sundance Now).
The Secret: Dare to Dream
(2020) Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Celia Weston, Jerry O’Connell. Based on the groundbreaking best-selling book by Rhonda Byrne, the film follows Miranda (Holmes), a young widow trying to make ends meet while raising her three children and dating her boyfriend (O’Connell). A devastating storm brings an enormous challenge and a mysterious man, Bray (Lucas), into Miranda’s life. Bray reignites the family’s spirit but, unbeknownst to Miranda, also holds an important secret — one that will change everything. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Secret on Set." (Lionsgate).
The Wind Rises
(2013 -- Japan) Acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away") delivers a modern masterpiece with this Academy Award®-nominated exploration of creative passion in a hostile world. Jiro Horikoshi is fascinated by aviation but unable to become a pilot due to a medical condition. He moves to Tokyo in 1923, surviving the Great Kanto Earthquake to become a highly accomplished airplane designer. As rumors of war escalate, Jiro reunites with Nahoko, a young woman he met during the earthquake years earlier. The two fall deeply in love, just as Nahoko falls ill with tuberculosis. Inspired by visions of Italian aeronaut Caproni, Jiro must confront mounting tragedies with dignity in this epic tale of love and perseverance. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: Exclusive booklet, feature-length storyboards, "10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki" documentary episode, "Behind the Microphone," film completion press conference, original theatrical trailers, TV spots. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).
(2004) While vacationing in Egypt, Poirot (David Suchet) meets the beautiful Linnet Ridgeway (Emily Blunt), a wealthy British heiress on her honeymoon. Linnet requests his help, as she is being stalked by a former friend (Emma Griffiths Malin), who accuses Linnet of stealing her boyfriend (JJ Field). Poirot declines to get involved in the quarrel, even as all four of them embark on a Nile cruise together. But when a murder occurs aboard the vessel, Poirot must turn his little gray cells from relaxation to investigation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Acorn Media).
(2018) Jimi Jackson, Thomas Sainsbury, Jojo Waaka, Harry Summerfield. Sci-fi comedy follows Riko (Jackson), who lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere (Waikato, New Zealand). His life was pretty normal until two aliens crash landed near his house; he welcomes them and together they develop an intergalactic relationship of epic proportions. Alientologist Peter Mackintosh (Sainsbury) has tracked the aliens and Riko, and plans to capture them and reveal them to the world.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Gravitas Ventures).
(2016 -- Greece) Filmmaker Yannis Sakaridis presents a clever satirical view of the Greek migrant crisis by exploring both xenophobic and sympathetic sentiments of Greeks towards foreigners escaping the war and hardships that engulfed their native lands. Nakos is an unemployed inhabitant of the small neighborhood of Amerika Square who grows increasingly disgruntled at the influx of Middle Eastern migrants coming to Athens. Much of Nakos' frustration stems from his inability to do anything about the new demographics of his neighborhood, a situation he spends most of his time brooding over instead of undertaking measures to address the much bigger problem at hand - his dead-end life.
Formats: DVD, Digital. (Corinth Films).
(1995) David Luther, George Barnes Jr., Scott Silveria. He defied all laws of good taste and international copyright with "Shocking Dark" and "Robowar." He reset the bar for batsh*t crazy ItaloHorror with "Rats: Night Of Terror" and "Hell Of The Living Dead." And in 1995, legendary director Bruno Mattei – here as ‘William Snyder’ – stunned the civilized world with this ultimate sharksploitation saga that liberally borrows characters, plot, and footage from Joe D’Amato’s "DEEP BLOOD" and Enzo G. Castellari’s "The Last Shark" (and that’s just the tip of a very litigious fin). The coastal town of Hampton Bay is threatened when a tiger shark starts chomping up their vacationers in the king of all "Jaws" rip-offs. Filmed in South Florida with a cast of now-ashamed unknowns that includes a Hulk Hogan lookalike, now remastered uncut in HD for the first time ever.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: The home video version, "The Snyder Cut," "The Great White Way - A Study in Sharksploitation" with Rebekah McKendry, "These Things Got Made!" interview with actor Jay Colligan, trailer. (Severin Films).
DC’s Stargirl: The Complete First Season
(2020) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes of the new CW series that follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to take up the legacy of a long-lost Super Hero team – The Justice Society of America – and stop the Super-Villains of the past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Warner).
The Dead Ones
(2020) Sarah Rose Harper, Brandon Thane Wilson, Katie Foster, Torey Garza. For four outcast teens, summer detention means being assigned to clean their high school after a horrific incident. But they are not alone; a macabre gang wearing guises of The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse – Famine, Pestilence, War and Death – has locked them inside and is hunting them through the school’s ravaged hallways. As the four students battle to survive, each must confront the supernatural echoes of past traumas they have struggled to forget – and may be condemned to relive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. ( Artsploitation).
The Elephant Man
(1980) With this poignant second feature, David Lynch brought his atmospheric visual and sonic palette to a notorious true story set in Victorian England. When the London surgeon Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) meets the freak-show performer John Merrick (John Hurt), who has severe skeletal and soft tissue deformities, he assumes that he must be intellectually disabled as well. As the two men spend more time together, though, Merrick reveals the intelligence, gentle nature, and profound sense of dignity that lie beneath his shocking appearance, and he and Treves develop a friendship. Shot in gorgeous black and white and boasting a stellar supporting cast that includes Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, and Wendy Hiller, "The Elephant Man" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, cementing Lynch’s reputation as one of American cinema’s most visionary talents.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Director David Lynch and critic Kristine McKenna reading from "Room to Dream," a 2018 book they co-authored; archival interviews with Lynch, actor John Hurt, producers Mel Brooks and Jonathan Sanger, director of photography Freddie Francis, stills photographer Frank Connor, and makeup artist Christopher Tucker; audio recording from 1981 of an interview and Q&A with Lynch at the American Film Institute; "The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed," a 2001 documentary about the film; trailer and radio spots; a booklet featuring excerpts from an interview with Lynch from the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s book "Lynch on Lynch," and an 1886 letter to the editor of the London Times concerning Joseph Merrick, the “elephant man,” by Francis Culling Carr Gomm, chairman of the London Hospital at the time. (The Criterion Collection).
Five Graves to Cairo
(1943) From Billy Wilder, the legendary director of "Double Indemnity," "The Lost Weekend," "Stalag 17," "Some Like It Hot" and "The Apartment," comes this wartime espionage thriller starring Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Erich von Stroheim and Peter van Eyck. John J. Bramble (Tone), the sole survivor of a British tank crew, makes his way to a desolate desert town where he is given refuge by a hotel owner (Tamiroff) and a French chambermaid (Baxter) who prepare to receive General Erwin Rommel (Stroheim) and his German staff. Posing as the hotel’s waiter, Bramble attempts to infiltrate Rommel’s inner circle and report the general’s plans to the Allies. Co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett ("A Foreign Affair," "Ball of Fire"), based on a play by Lajos Biró ("The Last Command") and featuring top-notch cinematography by John F. Seitz ("The Big Clock," "Calcutta"), the masterful "Five Graves to Cairo" marks Wilder’s second U.S. directorial effort. New 4K master. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).
Genesis II / Planet Earth - 2 Film Collection
(1973/1974) “My name is Dylan Hunt. My story begins the day on which I died.” So begins this sci-fi saga from visionary creator Gene Roddenberry ("Star Trek"). "Genesis II" follows NASA scientist Dylan Hunt (Alex Cord), who’s buried in his own suspended-animation machine at NASA’s underground Carlsbad complex following an earthquake. Revived in the terrifying 22nd century by the pacifists of PAX, descendants of his fellow scientists, he learns of The Great Conflict, a third and final world war that destroyed everything he knew. As an agent of PAX, Dylan seeks to spread the message of science and peace throughout this savage and strange new world called Earth. In "Genesis II," he encounters the Tyranians, a mutant, militaristic neighboring civilization. In "Planet Earth," Dylan (now played by John Saxon) journeys to the Confederacy, where a despotic matriarchy enslaves all males. Formats: Blu-ray. (Warner).
Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America
(2019) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the series in which each episode focuses on a groundbreaking song pivotal to the evolution of American music and culture. Some of the songs featured include Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Run-D.M.C.’s “Rock Box,” Queen Latifah’s “Ladies First,” and more. "Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America" previously premiered on AMC in October 2019. Artists, their collaborators, and other influential musical and cultural figures deconstruct compositions, revisit the impact the song had on them personally, and dissect the socio-economic and cultural conditions that inspired the landmark work and gave voice to a generation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: 30 minutes of bonus features including a Barbershop freestyle and additional interviews with music icons. (RLJE Films).
(2009) Danny Huston, Peter Weller and Lisa Enos star in this biting satire on the behind-the-scenes of the Hollywood film industry, with all its drink and drug-fueled excess, from director Bernard Rose ("Candyman," "Paperhouse"). Opening with the death of its titular protagonist, ivansxtc goes back in time to chart the final days of hot-shot Tinseltown agent Ivan Beckman (Huston) and his fast-paced, wheeler-dealer lifestyle, which will ultimately lead him to an early grave after a shock cancer diagnosis. Loosely based on Leo Tolstoy's celebrated 1886 novella "The Death of Ivan Ilyich", and featuring a searing performance by Huston at its core and wonderfully sleazy turn from Weller as Ivan's biggest client, ivansxtc is a powerful meditation on life, death and morality set against the glitzy backdrop of La La Land. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Robert J Simpson; extended party sequence outtakes; "Charlotte's Story" new documentary on the making of the film from Lisa Enos; Q&A with Enos, director Rose, actors Huston, Weller and Adam Krentzman from a 2018 screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles; original theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by peter strain; archival interviews with Enos and Rose from the 2001 Santa Barbara Film Festival; theatrical cut presented in two versions: the preferred director's version and the producer's version, with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; extended producer's cut with Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio, presented for the first time; new commentary for the extended cut with co-writer/producer/actor Lisa Enos and filmmaker Richard Wolstencroft. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
John Lewis: Good Trouble
(2020) Director Dawn Porter takes audiences through an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism -- from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Extended interviews, Airport Exhibit, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Q&A With Oprah Winfrey and John Lewis. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).
The Legend of Tomiris
(2019 -- Kazakhstan) Almira Tursyn, Adil Akhmetov, Erkebulan Dairov. An epic drama about one of the world's first female warlords. Based on historical heroine Queen Tomiris of Massagetae and her cadre of female warriors (the real-life 6th century BCE Amazonians), this action film recounts the tale of the nomadic ruler who overcame great personal tragedy to become a skillful warrior and strategist, unite the Scythian/Saka tribes under her authority, and slay the founder and first king of the Persian empire. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3
Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, the World Cinema Project has maintained a fierce commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of more than three dozen restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often-overlooked areas of cinema history. Presenting passionate stories of revolution, identity, agency, forgiveness, and exclusion, this collector’s set gathers six of those important works, from Brazil ("Pixote," 1981), Cuba ("Lucía," 1968), Indonesia "(After the Curfew," 1954), Iran ("Downpour," 1972), Mauritania ("Soleil Ô," 1970), and Mexico ("Dos monjes," 1934). Each title is a pathbreaking contribution to the art form and a window onto a filmmaking tradition that international audiences previously had limited opportunities to experience. Formats: Dual format (Six DVDs and three Blu-rays), with new, restored 4K digital transfers of all six films, overseen by the World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. Extras: New introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese; new interviews featuring "Downpour" director Bahram Beyzaie and film scholars Charles Ramírez Berg (on "Dos monjes") and J. B. Kristanto (on "After the Curfew"); sep from a 2016 interview with "Pixote" director Héctor Babenco and a 2018 interview with "Soleil Ô" director Med Hondo; "Humberto & Lucía,” a 2020 documentary by Carlos Barba Salva featuring "Lucía" director Humberto Solás and members of his cast and crew; prologue created by Babenco for the U.S. release of "Pixote"; a booklet featuring a foreword by Cecilia Cenciarelli, head of research and international projects for the Cineteca di Bologna, and essays by critics and scholars Stephanie Dennison, Dennis Lim, Elisa Lozano, Hamid Naficy, Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu, and Aboubakar Sanogo. (The Criterion Collection).
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - Season One
(2020) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes. 1938 Los Angeles is a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener become embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city's first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart. Formats: DVD. (Showtime/Paramount).
Pizza, A Love Story
(2019) An 11 years-in-the-making homage to the world famous pizzerias Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana, Sally's Apizza, and Modern Apizza. The film sets out to prove its tag line: "Pizza wasn't invented in New Haven. It was perfected there," by combining history, comedy, and some of the most mouth-watering footage you will ever see, into a film that also features cameos from actor Henry Winkler, musicians Lyle Lovett and Michael Bolton, Senator Chris Murphy, legendary concert promoter Jim Koplik, and dozens more. In the six-block radius of Wooster square lies the trifecta, Sally's, Pepe's and Modern. Three pizza palaces loved by everybody from Presidents to Rock Stars. Even Frank Sinatra used to send his driver all the way from Hoboken just to pick up some pies. And to the people of the Elm City, there's no question. Since Frank Pepe first wheeled his bread cart down Wooster street in 1925, New Haven has been home to the finest pizza on the planet. Director Gorman Bechard has directed 18 feature films including rock documentaries on The Replacements, Grant Hart, Archers of Loaf, Lydia Loveless, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, and soon Wilco's Jay Bennett. He has also directed the animal-rights film "A Dog Named Gucci," which won the prestigious and rarely awarded ASPCA Media Excellence Award in 2015. Formats: DVD, VOD. (MVD Entertainment Group).
Sea Level/Sea Level 2: Magic Arch
Animated double-feature. In "Sea Level" (2011), Pup, a bamboo shark, discovers egg sacs while playing around the ocean with his friends. When he sees human poachers stealing the eggs from his reef, Pup makes it his mission to save his family. In "Sea Level 2: Magic Arch" (2020), Dephi the dolphin discovers a magical archway that grants wishes to all who visit. But evil moray eels use the arch to become gigantic and menace peaceful Fish Town. Now, Delphi must summon his courage, master his “secret punch” fighting technique, and find his missing father to rescue his friends and win the love of pretty Mia. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Seniors: A Dogumentary
(2020) A loving portrayal of the vitality of senior dogs. Features Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, the celebrated forever-foster home based sanctuary in Mount Juliet, Tennessee and Chaser the Border Collie, known as the smartest dog in the world. Their stories are brought together through the lens of famed photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky. Ms. Klonsky is the author of the book "Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love." She specializes in capturing the cherished relationship between senior dogs and their owners. The film follows Zina and Michael Goodin, the Old Friends founders, as they relocate into their current facilities, and introduces us to Leo, a social media phenom who became the most popular dog in the sanctuary's history. We also meet Dr. John W. Pilley, Jr. and his beloved Chaser who, even into her senior years, never stopped learning. Not only had Chaser learned the names of over one thousand toys, she could also differentiate between nouns and verbs, understand full sentences, and mimic Dr. Pilley's actions after just observing them once. Formats: DVD. Extras: Q&A at world premiere in Nashville; "Watching the Total Solar Eclipse at Old Friends Senior Dogs Sanctuary"; Jane photographs Leo and friends; Michael's thoughts on senior dogs; more about Leo; "Springsteen vs. the Paper Towel Roll"; Jane's photographs of the dogs at Old Friends Senior Dogs Sanctuary; behind-the-scenes photographs; director's commentary; trailers. (MVD Visual).
(2020) Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Annabelle Wallis, Hero Fiennes Tiffin. A reformed hunter (Coster-Waldau) and a sheriff (Wallis) are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse when they set out to track a killer who may have kidnapped the hunter’s daughter five years ago.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making The Silencing," "Creating a Weapon: The Silencing Spear." (Lionsgate).
Thomas and the Magic Railroad (20th Anniversary Edition)
(2000) Alec Baldwin, Cody McMains, Russell Means, Peter Fonda, Mara Wilson. Thomas the Tank Engine's feature film debut follows Thomas and Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) as they cross between the real world and the fictional Island of Sodor, in an attempt to recover lost gold dust. Thomas the Tank Engine is marking his 75th year as a beloved children’s character. Originally part of the Rev W. Awdry’s Little Railway book series, first released in 1945, Thomas was brought to life through the cherished TV series "Thomas & Friends," created by Britt Allcroft (director-writer-producer of "Thomas and the Magic Railroad") in the early 1980s. In the late ‘80s, Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow introduced Thomas to America when they created Shining Time Station. Many years on, Thomas’ legacy remains everlasting. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: ”Return to Shining Time: Your Ticket to Thomas and the Magic Railroad” two-part documentary with writer/director/producer Britt Allcroft; “Hello Mr. Conductor” interview with Alec Baldwin; “Finding Your Sparkle” interview with Mara Wilson; “There’s Something About This Place”interview with Didi Conn; "The Sounds Of Sodor” interview with composer Hummie Mann; behind-the-scenes reel; deleted story lines. (Shout! Kids).
Ursula Von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own
(2019) An artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But she may be best-known for her staggering, triumphant body of work in public spaces -- imposing pieces painstakingly crafted with complex surfaces including: a series of early installations reminiscent of wings in what became New York’s Battery Park; a monumental yet inviting piece outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and the stunning “Scientia” at M.I.T. which evokes the power of nature and the firing of brain synapses. In Daniel Traub’s intimate documentary, we go behind the scenes with von Rydingsvard, as she and her collaborators – cutters, metal-smiths, and others – produce new work, including challenging commissions in copper and bronze. The film also delves into the artist’s personal life, and how it has shaped her work. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Icarus Films).
Welcome to Sudden Death
(2020) Michael Jai White, Michael Eklund, Sabryn Rock, Anthony Grant, Nakai Takawira. Jesse Freeman (White) is a former special forces officer and explosives expert now working a regular job as a security guard in a state-of-the-art basketball arena. Trouble erupts when a tech-savvy cadre of terrorists kidnap the team's owner and Jesse's daughter during opening night. Facing a ticking clock and impossible odds, it's up to Jesse to not only save them but also a full house of fans in this action thriller.
Formats: DVD. (Universal).
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