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May 4

Another Gay Movie

(2006) Michael Carbonaro, Jonah Blechman, Graham Norton, Richard Hatch, Lypsinka, Ashley Atkinson, Ant, Scott Thompson. 15-year anniversary Director’s Cut. The film revolves around four gay teenagers: curious Andy, flamboyant Nico, jock Jarod, and geeky Griff. These four boys want to have sex, but can't find anyone to do it with. It's their graduation day and their lesbian friend Muffler's having her graduation party. The next morning, the boys make the pact to have sex before the end of the summer. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Introduction by director Todd Stephens, commentary with Stephens and producer Jesse Adams, unscripted interview with Stephens and Michael Carbonaro, staged script reading, "Nancy Sinatra’s Making of Another Gay Sunshine Gay Day," "Pillow Talk with Grampa Muffler," original audition tapes, Michael Carbonaro interview. (Breaking Glass Pictures). Read more here.


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A Ghost Waits

(2020) Not Everyone Hates Ghosts. An ingeniously unique and unpredictable combo of horror, humor and heart, "A Ghost Waits" is a DIY labor of love years in the making from first-time writer-director Adam Stovall and producer-star MacLeod Andrews. Tasked with renovating a neglected rental home, handyman Jack (Andrews) quickly finds out why the tenants keep leaving in droves -- this house is haunted. The ghost in question is Muriel (Natalie Walker), herself employed from beyond the veil to keep the home vacant. Against the odds, Jack and Muriel find they have a lot in common ... pulse notwithstanding. Having found a kindred spirit in an otherwise lonely existence, they must fight for their newfound affection as pressure mounts for them each to fulfill their "cross-purposes." From its opening spectral assault to its achingly poignant conclusion -- as well as a witty depiction of afterlife bureaucracy in the vein of "Beetlejuice" and "A Matter of Life and Death" - "A Ghost Waits" has shocked and surprised audiences around the world, and now makes its home video debut. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by writer-director Adam Stovall; audio commentary by Stovall and MacLeod Andrews; audio commentary by the cast and crew; "Humanity and the Afterlife in A Ghost Waits," a new video essay by Isabel Custodio exploring the film's themes and cinematic forebears; eight interviews with cast and crew moderated by critic and programmer tt stern-enzi; interview and post-film Q&A with Adam Stovall moderated by Alan Jones at Frightfest Glasgow 2020; outtakes; Easter eggs; theatrical trailer; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sister Hyde; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing by Craig Ian Mann. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Hemingway: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

(2021) Three-disc set with three episodes of the PBS series that explores the painstaking process through which Hemingway created some of the most important works of fiction in American letters. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (PBS Distribution).

Judas and the Black Messiah

photo for Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Fred Hampton was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI, who coerced a petty criminal named William O'Neal to help them silence him and the Black Panther Party. But they could not kill Fred Hampton's legacy and, 50 years later, his words still echo ... louder than ever. Hampton, a young, charismatic activist, became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party - putting him directly in the crosshairs of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, the authorities needed a man on the inside. O'Neal infiltrated the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Hampton ascended, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle waged for O'Neal's soul.Vitals: Director: Shaka King. Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Lil Rel Howery, Dominique Thorne, Martin Sheen, Amari Cheatom. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 126 min., Drama, US box office gross: $5.246 million, worldwide $5.862 million, Warner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. 3 stars

The Little Things

photo for The Little Things (2021) Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe "Deke" Deacon (Denzel Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, LA Sheriff Department Sergeant Jim Baxter (Rami Malek), impressed with Deke's cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke's past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case. Vitals: Director: John Lee Hancock. Stars: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, Chris Bauer, Michael Hyatt, Terry Kinney, Natalie Morales, Isabel Arraiza, Joris Jarsky, Glenn Morshower, Sofia Vassilieva. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 127 min., Crime Drama, US box office gross: $15.058 million, worldwide $29.458 million, Warner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray with digital code, VOD. 2 stars

Sometime Other Than Now

(2021) Donal Logue, Kate Walsh, Trieste Kelly Dunn. Sam, who after his motorcycle is damaged in an apparent crash into the ocean becomes stranded in a small New England town, finds refuge at a run-down motel looked after by Kate, a similarly burnt-out, lost soul. The mystery around Sam's presence in town unravels when it's discovered that his estranged daughter Audrey lives there -- the daughter he hasn't seen her in 25 years. As he tries to bridge the gap between the little girl he left long ago and the woman who grew up without her father, Sam learns he was never cut-out to be emotionally connected to anyone -- unless he falls in love with another soul just as lonesome. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Gravitas Ventures).
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(1981 -- Morocco/France) The groundbreaking Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating, one-of-a-kind documentary by Ahmed El Maanouni, who filmed the four musicians during a series of electrifying live performances in Tunisia, Morocco, and France; on the streets of Casablanca; and in intimate conversations. Storytellers through song and traditional instruments, and with connections to political theater, the band became a local phenomenon and an international sensation, thanks to its rebellious lyrics and sublime, fully acoustic sound, which draws on Berber rhythms, Malhun sung poetry, and Gnawa dances. Both a concert movie and a free-form audiovisual experiment, bolstered by images of the band’s rapt audience. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with 2K digital restoration courtesy of The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Introduction from 2013 by The Film Foundation’s founder and chair, Martin Scorsese; interview program from 2013 featuring director Ahmed El Maanouni, producer Izza Génini, musician Omar Sayed, and Scorsese; an essay by film scholar Sally Shafto. (The Criterion Collection).


(2021) Anson Mount, Abbie Cornish, Anthony Hopkins, Eddie Marsan, Richard Brake, David Morse. Danger, deception, and murder descend upon a sleepy country town when a professional assassin (Mount) accepts a new assignment from his enigmatic mentor and boss (Hopkins). Given only "where" and "when" along with a cryptic clue, the methodical hit man must identify his mysterious mark from among several possible targets, including a local sheriff (Morse). Meanwhile, a chance encounter with an alluring woman (Cornish) at the town's rustic diner threatens to derail his mission. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Lionsgate).

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May 11

Bastards’ Road

(2020) Walking over 5,800 miles, US Marine Combat Veteran John Hancock confronts the demons that had overtaken his life. Visiting his fellow 2/4 Marines - a unit known as the The Magnificent Bastards - and families of their fallen along the way, Jon’s unique insight, humor and compassion illuminates a story much bigger than himself. “Bastards’ Road” builds a bridge between a marginalized Veteran community dealing with extraordinarily high suicide rates and a civilian population struggling to understand.Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Read more here. (Gravitas Ventures).

The Cool Lakes of Death

(1982 -- Dutch) Renee Soutendijk, Derek de Lint. From the acclaimed novel by Frederik van Eeden, "The Cool Lakes of Death" (Van De Koele Meren Des Doods) is the magnum opus from pioneering feminist filmmaker Nouchka van Brakel. A celebrated Dutch masterpiece, "The Cool Lakes of Death" is a historic melodrama featuring an outstanding performance by Renée Soutendijk as Hedwig, a wealthy woman who falls victim to a loveless marriage and the loss of her lover (Derek de Lint) and child that leads to mental illness, prostitution and addiction - before finding possible redemption. A box-office smash upon its release in 1982, "The Cool Lakes of Death" remains one of the greatest Dutch drama films in history and was subsequently the Dutch entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Blu-ray debut in a newly restored High-definition 4K transfer, with new DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono track. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Polygoon Journal newsreel (1982), poster and photo gallery, theatrical trailers, limited edition packaging featuring original and newly designed art. (Cult Epics).

Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry

(2019) Filmed in front of a live audience at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, this PBS special is a celebration of Dolly's 50 years as a member of the Opry. With performances by Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price, Hank Williams Jr. Formats: DVD. (PBS Distribution).
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

(1982) The wild world of adolescence has rarely been captured with as sharp an observational eye as in this refreshingly smart, frank spin on the teen comedy by director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe -- for each of whom it kicked off a hugely successful film career. Based on Crowe’s experiences going undercover as a student at a Southern California high school, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" blends hormone-fueled hilarity with an almost sociological examination of the 1980s teenage experience: the shopping-mall hangouts, fast-food jobs, buzzkill teachers, awkward dates, and first experiences of love and sex. This pop-culture touchstone launched to stardom practically an entire cast of unknowns -— including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, and Sean Penn as stoner icon Jeff Spicoli -- and broke new ground in its raw yet sensitive depiction of the realities of coming of age. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Amy Heckerling, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe; television version of the film from the eighties, featuring deleted and alternate scenes; new conversation with Heckerling and Crowe, moderated by filmmaker Olivia Wilde; "Reliving Our Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” a 1999 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; audio discussion from 1982 with Heckerling at the American Film Institute; an essay by film critic Dana Stevens and, for the Blu-ray edition, a new introduction by Crowe. (The Criterion Collection).

The Final Stand

(2020 -- Russia) At the height of WWII, 3,500 young cadets from two Podolsk military schools are sent with their commanding officers to hold up the last line of defense outside of Moscow. This gritty, harrowing film tells the true story of the cadets' heroic stand in October 1941. Sent to the Ilyinsky line of defense, cadets from the Podolsk infantry and artillery schools fight alongside units from the 43rd Army to hold back the German advance until reinforcements arrive. Hopelessly outnumbered, young men in their teens lay down their lives in a battle lasting almost two weeks to obstruct the far superior Nazi forces advancing towards Moscow. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Read more here. (Shout! Factory).
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Freedom (Freiheit)

(2017 -- Germany) Johanna Wokalek, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Inga Birkenfeld. A woman leaves her husband and children without saying goodbye. While she struggles to build a new life, her family is left completely uncertain of her fate. The radical nature of her departure appears to be an opportunity as well as a trauma. The film is structured in three episodes, each showing a different perspective of the subject. The first one accompanies the woman in Vienna and Bratislava, creating a new life for herself. Although her past remains untold, she seems driven by it. The second episode portrays the life of her abandoned husband and their children, two years after her disappearance. Their days are still dominated by her mysterious leaving. The final episode returns to the last evening the family spent together. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Corinth Films).

Giants and Toys

(1958 -- Japan) Candyland for cutthroats! "Giants and Toys" is a sharp and snappy corporate satire that revolves around the ruthless machinations of a group of admen working in the confectionary industry. Its absurdist and acidly cynical take on the excesses of the media and photo for Giants and Toysadvertising worlds presents a garish vision of a bold new postwar Japan where traditional company values come head-to-head with American-style consumer capitalism. As a new recruit to the marketing department of World Caramel, fresh-faced graduate Nishi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi) is eager to impress his ambitious and hard-nosed boss Goda (Hideo Takamatsu), even if it strains his relationships with his college friend Yokoyama (Koichi Fujiyama) and new love interest Masami (Michiko Ono), who work at the rival companies of Giant and Apollo. With World's lead over its competitors slipping badly, the two spot a chance to get back in the race in the shape of the pretty but unsophisticated 18-year-old, Kyoko (Hitomi Nozoe). The two get to work polishing this rough diamond as their new campaign girl, but as the three rival confectionary companies pitch themselves into an all-out advertising war that spills out onto the streets of Tokyo as it escalates to ludicrous extremes, Kyoko's newfound fame starts going to her head. With the pressure mounting within the hothouse environment of World's boardroom, it soon becomes clear to Nishi that the Goda has sold out more than just his family in the name of corporate advancement. Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, this lurid and colorful adaptation of the award-winning 1957 novel by Ken Kaiko is considered a landmark in Japanese film history and a key work by Yasuzo Masumura, one of the country's most acclaimed directors of his generation. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary by Japanese cinema scholar Irene González-López; newly filmed introduction by Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns; "In the Realm of the Publicists," a new visual essay by Asian cinema scholar Earl Jackson; original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Michael Raine. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Horizons West BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1952) From Budd Boetticher, the outstanding director of "Red Ball Express," "Wings of the Hawk," and "Ride Lonesome," comes this classic Western starring screen legends Robert Ryan and Rock Hudson. Post-Civil War Texas hosts a classic tale of brother against brother. After returning from the war, Dan Hammond (Ryan) sees his high hopes fall apart under the pressure of gambling debts. He turns to a life of crime, pitting him against his younger brother Neil (Hudson), the new local marshal. The stupendous cast also includes Julie Adam, Raymond Burr, John McIntire, James Arness, Dennis Weaver and Judith Braun. Extras: New audio commentary by film historian Toby Roan, theatrical trailer. (Kino Lorner Studio Classics).

Justice Society: World War II

(2021) The Flash speeds into the middle of an epic battle between Golden Age DC Super Heroes and Nazis in the next entry in the popular series of the DC Universe Movies. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "DC Showcase – Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth" new animated short; " Adventures in Storytelling: Justice Society: World War II" featurette; sneak peek at the next DC Universe Movie: "Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One"; "Look Back – Justice League vs. Teen Titans" featurette; "Look Back – Wonder Woman: Bloodlines" featurette; "From the DC Vault: Justice League: Legends, Part One and Part Two.” Read more here. (Warner).

King Kong (1976) BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1976) The sweeping 70s remake of the classic tale comes home in a two-disc collector’s edition set including both the theatrical cut with a new restored theatrical stereo track and an extended TV broadcast cut with a new 2k scan of the additional TV footage from the internegative. The Petrox company’s search for new oil reserves on a strange island unleashes a terror unseen by civilized man -- King Kong. The timeless story of a “beauty” (Jessica Lange) and a “beast” comes to the screen in this ambitious production from Dino De Laurentiis. Charles Grodin is the scheming oil company shark out to exploit the giant beast to his fullest. And Jeff Bridges is the desperate hero, Jack Prescott, who attempts to wrest the beautiful heroine from King Kong’s grasp. New York City trembles with each echoing footstep of the towering ape set loose in the streets. Extras: Disc 1: New audio commentary with film historian Ray Morton (author of "King Kong – The History of a Movie Icon"); new audio interview with special makeup effects wizard Rick Baker; new "Something’s Haywire" interview with actor Jack O’Halloran; new "On the Top of the World" interview with assistant director David McGiffert and production manager Brian Frankish; new "Maybe in Their Wildest Dreams" interview with sculptor Jack Varner; new "There’s a Fog Bank Out There" interview with second unit director William Kronick; new "From Space to Apes" interview with photographic effects assistant Barry Nolan; new "When the Monkey Dies, Everybody Cries" interview with production assistants Jeffrey Chernov and Scott Thaler; theatrical trailer TV spots; radio spots; still galleries; posters; lobby cards; behind-the-scenes photos. Disc 2: Extended TV broadcast cut; new 2K scan of the additional TV footage from the internegative; King Kong panel discussion from the Aero Theater (2016). (Scream Factory).


photo for Land (2021) The poignant story of one woman's search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Robin Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demián Bichir) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again. Wright's feature film directorial debut. Vitals: Director: Robin Wright. Stars: Robin Wright, Demian Bichir, Sarah Dawn Pledge, Kim Dickens, Warren Christie. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 89 min., Drama, US box office gross: $2.360 million, worldwide $2.360 million, Focus Features/Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Read more here. 3 stars


(2020) Dean Imperial, Madeline Wise, Babe Howard. New York, an alternate present: the quantum computing revolution has begun and investors are lining their pockets in the quantum trading photo for Lapsismarket. Building the network, though, requires miles of infrastructure to be laid between huge magnetic cubes by "cablers" - unprotected gig workers who compete against robots to pull wires over rough terrain. Queens delivery man Ray Tincelli (Imperial) is skeptical of new technology, and the buy-in to start cabling is steep, but he struggles to support himself and his ailing younger brother, who suffers from a mysterious illness. So when Ray scores a shady permit, he believes their fortunes may have finally changed. What he doesn't expect is to be pulled into a conspiracy involving hostile cablers, corporate greed, and the mysterious "Lapsis" who may have previously owned his medallion. A darkly comic and timely look at the gig economy and the failed utopian promises of big tech. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Making-of featurette, commentary with the director and producers, bonus short film "Guts," directed by Noah Hutton and Taylor Hess. (Film Movement).

The Legend of Hei

(2019 -- China) Filmmaker Ping Zhang (a.k.a MTJJ) derived "The Legend of Hei" from a popular flash animation series he created in 2011. The series gained immense popularity when it debuted online in China, and Zhang then decided to develop it into a feature-length movie. Cat spirit Luo-Xiao Hei goes on a journey of self-discovery after his home gets deforested by humans. On his search for a new home, he runs into a group of other spirit creatures who take him under their wing with dreams of reconquering the land they say is rightfully theirs. However, the group runs into a human known as Wuxian, who separates Hei from the other spirits. The two go on a journey that teaches Hei to control his abilities as well as forming his own thoughts on whether or not he should ally with the spirits or humans. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Read more here. (Shout! Factory).
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Man With a Camera: The Complete Series

(1958-60) Two-disc set with 29 episodes. In 1958 a young Charles Bronson came to ABC-Television in the fast-paced action drama “Man With a Camera,” which was loosely based on the popular radio series “Casey, Crime Photographer” starring Staats Cottsworth and the earlier TV series “Crime Photographer” starring Darren McGavin. Bronson played Mike Kovac, a former WWII combat photographer now freelancing in New York City, who specialized in getting the photographs that other lensmen couldn’t. His assignments came from newspapers, insurance agencies, the police and private individuals, all of whom wanted a filmed record of an event. His cases always lead to danger, usually involving a good-looking damsel in distress. Kovac’s police liaison was Lieutenant Donovan, well played by James Flavin, who looked to the freelance cameraman for help with the cases the cops couldn’t handle. To the viewer’s delight, Kovac employed the latest photographic technology to solve a case, including a Minox III mini-camera fastened to his belt; fisheye and telephoto lenses; and various other cutting-edge technologies; even converting the trunk of his car into a portable darkroom where he could develop his negatives on the spot. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (MPI Media Group.

The Marksman

photo for The Marksman (2021) Hardened Arizona rancher Jim Hanson (Liam Neeson) simply wants to be left alone as he fends off eviction notices and tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. But everything changes when Hanson, an ex-Marine, witnesses 11-year-old migrant Miguel (Jacob Perez) fleeing with his mother Rosa (Teresa Ruiz) from drug cartel assassins led by the ruthless Mauricio (Juan Pablo Raba). After being caught in a shoot-out, an injured Rosa begs Jim to take her son to safety to her family in Chicago. Defying his step-daughter Sarah (Katheryn Winnick), Jim sneaks Miguel out of the local U.S. Customs and Border Patrol station and together, they hit the road with the group of killers in pursuit. Jim and Miguel slowly begin to overcome their differences and begin to forge an unlikely friendship, while Mauricio and his fellow assassins blaze a cold-blooded trail, hot on their heels. Vitals: Director: Robert Lorenz . Stars: Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick, Jacob Perez, Harry Maldonado, Teresa Ruiz, Alfredo Quiroz, Sean A. Rosales, Jose Vasquez, Juan Pablo Raba. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 108 min., Action Adventure, US box office gross: $13.002 million, worldwide $17.044 million, Open Road. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Making of the Marksman." Read more here. 3 stars

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

(2020 -- Germany-Belgium-France) One of the most revolutionary and influential fashion designers of his time, Martin Margiela has remained an elusive figure the entirety of his decades-long career. From Jean Paul Gaultier's assistant to creative director at Hermès to leading his own House, Margiela never showed his face publicly and avoided interviews, but reinvented fashion with his radical style through forty-one provocative collections. Now, for the first time, the "Banksy of fashion" reveals his drawings, notes, and personal items in this intimate profile of his vision. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).

The Mauritanian

photo for The Mauritanian (2021) Based on the NY Times best-selling memoir "Guantánamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the inspiring true story of Slahi's fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up. Vitals: Director: Kevin Macdonald. Stars: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 129 min., Drama, US box office gross: $.569 million, worldwide $1.712 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo with digital code, VOD, Digital. 3 stars
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Merrily We Go to Hell

(1932) Addiction, nonmonogamy, and female sexual liberation: decades before such ideas were widely discussed, Dorothy Arzner, the only woman to work as a director in 1930s Hollywood, brought them to the screen with striking frankness, sophistication, and wit -- a mature treatment that stands out even in the pre-Code era. Fredric March (in one of four collaborations with Arzner) and Sylvia Sidney turn in extraordinary performances as the urbane couple whose relationship is pushed to the breaking point by his alcoholism and wandering eye -- leading them into an emotionally explosive experiment with an open marriage. Exposing the hypocrisies and petty cruelties simmering beneath the surface of high-society elegance, "Merrily We Go to Hell" is a scathing early-feminist commentary on modern marriage. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "Dorothy Arzner: Longing for Women," a 1983 documentary by Katja Raganelli and Konrad Wickler; new video essay by film historian Cari Beauchamp; an essay by film scholar Judith Mayne. (The Criterion Collection).


(2019 -- Paraguay) Pablo Martínez, María del Mar Fernández, Willi Villalba, Abel Martínez, Dr. Aldo Von Knobloch. After a harrowing accident, the perpetually down-on-his-luck Diego Martinez accepts a gig as a security guard at the local morgue. He thought he’d had a lucky break, but as the night wears on, eerie occurrences and the suddenly not-quite-lifeless body of a victim leave him to wonder: how much otherworldly rage does it take to wake the dead? Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA) Read more here.

No Reason

(2010 -- Germany) Irene Holzfurtner, Mathias Engel, Alexander Gamnitzer. Splatter film, uncut and from new scan from the master. Engulfed by anguish, and trapped inside an allegory of torment and carnage, Jennifer's (Holzfurtner) soul seeks the path of awareness and enlightenment. A harrowing journey into the pits of Hell where one woman's quest for redemption in the afterlife is tested to the most extreme limits. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Making-of featurette, interview with Timothy Balme, photo gallery. (Unearthed Films).


(2021) Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, Colm Meaney, Alec Baldwin. Action-packed crime story set in Ireland. On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy (Cooke) attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small-town life behind. When the plan goes horribly wrong, she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads. On the run from an organized gang – criminal priests and nuns, led by Father McGrath (Baldwin) – the trio scheme and swindle anyone they come across. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).

They Won't Believe Me BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1947) Robert Young stars in this absorbing film noir melodrama. The original RKO publicity tells the story: “When a man goes to the devil he usually takes a woman with him...this man took THREE!” Young plays a dirty rotten scoundrel who sponges off his wealthy wife (Rita Johnson), seduces and abandons another woman (Jane Greer) and runs off with a third (Susan Hayward). Returning home, Young plots to murder his wife and get away with her money, but a series of ironic plot twists leaves him battling for his life. The role of faithless cad was a startling change of pace for Young, and he pulls it off brilliantly. Irving Pichel directed Jonathan Latimer’s uncompromising script. 1080p HD Master sourced from 4k scan of Nitrate Preservation elements of original 95 minute release version. (Warner Archive).

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May 18

Above Suspicion

(2019) Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston, Sophie Lowe. The chilling true story of a newly married F.B.I. poster-boy assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky. There he is drawn into an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman who becomes his star informant. She sees in him her means of escape; instead, it's a ticket to disaster for both of them. This scandal shook the foundations of the nation's top law enforcement agency, ending in the first ever conviction of an F.B.I. Agent for murder. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate). Read more here.

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness

(2020) All eight episodes of Season Two of the TNT series. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case. But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara's aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Formats: Three-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Season 1 recap, behind-the-scenes featurettes, set tour, series overview. (Warner).

Amityville Poltergeist

(2019) Parris Bates, Sydney Winbush, J. Rebecca Morse, Conor Austin, Jesse Sass, Airisa Durand, Jon Hall. A young man encounters a weekend of horror after taking a housesitting job from an unusually spooky old woman. While interviewing for the housesitting job, the old woman says that she is not scared about anyone getting into the house, she is more afraid about what’s already in the house. As day turns to night, doors start slamming, steps begin to creak, and the ghosts come out to play, or kill. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures). Read more here.
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Beverly Hills 90210: The Ultimate Collection

(1990-2000) Seventy-four disc set with all 10 seasons. Includes the debut season of the 2019 series "BH90210." The iconic series follows siblings Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestley) and Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) as they navigate the treacherous halls of West Beverly High after moving from Minnesota to Beverly Hills. The famous ensemble cast also includes Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), Donna Martin (Tori Spelling), Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering), David Silver (Brian Austin Green), Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris), and Dylan McKay (Luke Perry). Taking place 19 years after the original series, "BH90210" also features original cast members as heightened, dramatized versions of themselves. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, season recaps, promos, "Entertainment Tonight" segment, "BH90210" gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).

Cosmic Sin

(2021) Sci-fi adventure set in the year 2524, four hundred years after humans started colonizing the outer planets. Retired Military General James Ford (Bruce Willis) is called back into service after soldiers on a remote planet are attacked by a hostile alien fleet. The threat against the human race escalates into an inevitable interstellar war. General Ford teams up with General Eron Ryle (Frank Grillo) and a team of elite soldiers in a race to stop the imminent attack before it is too late. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).
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CSI: New York: The Complete Series

(2004-2013) Fifty-five disc set featuring all nine seasons with 197 episodes. The long-running crime drama follows forensic investigators Mac Taylor (Gary Sinse), Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo), Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito) and Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) as they track down evidence to unveil the truth behind numerous crimes in the Big Apple. Guest stars throughout the series include Edward James Olmos, Peter Fonda, John Larroquette, Robert Forster, Cassidy Freeman, Aly Michalka, Scott Lowell, Robbie Amell, Ted Danson, recording artist Josh Groban and more. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reels, audio commentaries. (CBS/Paramount).

Day of the Animals

(1977) The infamous follow-up to "Grizzly" (see below), remastered. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the wilderness, director William Girdler and producer Ed Montoro sought photo for Day of the Animalsto top their surprise blockbuster "Grizzly" with a bigger budget, larger cast, and even more nature-gone-berserk carnage: When a hole in the Earth's ozone layer triggers bloodthirsty madness throughout the animal kingdom, all mankind -- particularly a group of tourists on an overnight hike -- will become their prey. Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel, Michael Ansara, Andrew Stevens and Leslie Nielsen -- in his now-legendary pre-"Airplane!" - star in one of the most outrageous offerings the drive-in has ever known, now featuring a 2K scan from the internegative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: audio commentary with Lee Gambin, author of "Massacred by Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film"; "Animal Boy: An Interview with Actor Bobby Porter"; "Against Nature: An Interview with Actor Andrew Stevens; "Unleashed: An Interview with Stunt Coordinator Monty Cox; "Something Was Out There: Day of the Animals 30 Years Later," an archival making of "Day of the Animals" featurette; still gallery; TV spot; trailers. (Severin Films).

The Father

photo for The Father (2020) Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne (Olivia Colman), encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unravelling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her? The film warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant -- a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives. Hopkins won the Best Actor Oscar. Vitals: Director: Florian Zeller. Stars: Olivia Colman, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Ayesha Dharker, Roman Zeller, Scott Mullins. 2020, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 97 min., Drama, US box office gross: $1.707 million, worldwide $4.000 million, Sony. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Homecoming: Making The Father," "Perception Check: Portrait of The Father." Read more here. 3 stars
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Flowers of Shanghai

(1998 -- China) An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, this gorgeous period reverie by Hou Hsiao-hsien traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around four late-19-century Shanghai “flower houses,” where the courtesans live confined to a gilded cage, ensconced in opulent splendor but forced to work to buy back their freedom. Among the regular clients is the taciturn Master Wang (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), whose relationship with his longtime mistress (Michiko Hada) is roiled by a perceived act of betrayal. Composed in a languorous procession of entrancing long takes, "Flowers of Shanghai" evokes a vanished world of decadence and cruelty, an insular universe where much of the dramatic action remains tantalizingly offscreen -- even as its emotional fallout registers with quiet devastation. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Hou Hsiao-hsien and director of photography Mark Lee Ping-bing, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New introduction by critic Tony Rayns; "Beautified Realism," a new documentary by Daniel Raim and Eugene Suen on the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Lee, producer and editor Liao Ching-sung, production designer Huang Wen-ying, and sound recordist Tu Duu-chih; excerpts from a 2015 interview with Hou, recorded for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oral History Project; trailer; an essay by film scholar Jean Ma and a 2009 interview with Hou conducted by scholar Michael Berry. (The Criterion Collection).
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(1976) 18 feet of gut-crunching, man-eating terror remastered. Less than a year after the release of Steven Spielberg's shark blockbuster, director William Girdle and infamous distributor Film Ventures International brazenly unleashed their own 'Jaws with claws' sensation that would become one of the most successful independent horror films in history. Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard Jaeckel star in this trash classic about an 18-foot-tall ursus arctos horribilis on a carnivorous rampage through a state park full of campers, and the ranger, chopper pilot and naturalist who must stop it. "Grizzly" now roars with a 2k scan from the internegative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson and film writer Troy Howarth; "The Grizzly Details: An Interview with Producer David Sheldon and Actress Joan McCall"; "Towering Fury: An Interview with Actor Tom Arcuragi"; "Nightmare USA" author Stephen Thrower on William Girdler; "Movie Making in the Wilderness: A Vintage Behind-the-Scenes Making Of"; "Jaws with Claws" archival making of featurette; radio spots; trailers. (Severin Films).


(2020) Lucie Debay, Arieh Worthalter, Ciaran O'Brien. When a young woman, Eve, decides to let loose at a local nightclub after work one evening, she meets a seemingly charming man who invites her back to his place. But Eve quickly realizes she’s being abducted as he knocks her over the head and shoves her into the trunk of his car. As he makes his way to their final destination, they are struck by a wild boar, giving Eve the chance to escape. Now she must find her way out of the nearby woods and flee the big bad wolf before it’s too late. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).
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It Happened Tomorrow BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1944) Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Edgar Kennedy. What would happen if someone could get tomorrow’s newspaper headlines today? This charming period comedy tells the story of a reporter (Powell) who wishes he could scoop his colleagues by knowing about events before they occur. When a mysterious old man gives him the news a day in advance, his life is turned upside down. Racing to prevent a headline predicting his own death, he gets mixed up with a beautiful fortune teller (Darnell) and her overprotective uncle (Oakie). "It Happened Tomorrow" was acclaimed French director René Clair’s ("Beauty of the Devil") follow up to his equally enchanting "I Married a Witch," both made during his exile in Hollywood during World War II. Clair’s famous whimsical style is evident in this cautionary tale; be careful -- what you wish for might come true. This sparkling black and white film was restored from a 4K scan. (Cohen Film Collection).


photo for Minari (2021) A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, the film follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in the 1980s in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. Vitals: Director: Lee Isaac Chung. Stars: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Yuh-jung Youn, Will Patton. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 115 min., Drama, US box office gross: $2.078 million, worldwide $9.754 million, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray with digital code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "Sowing Seeds: Making Minari," commentary with writer-director Lee Isaac Chung and actress Yuh-jung Youn. Read more here. 3 stars

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1948) New York adman Jim Blandings is ready to say goodbye to his cramped city apartment and build, from the ground up, a Connecticut home with room enough for his growing family and dreams. All it will cost him is his time and money…and perhaps his job, marriage, happiness and what’s left of his sanity. Goodbye, Manhattan. Hello, comedy. As Jim, Cary Grant is a flustered poster boy for homeowner anxiety in this gleeful laughfest. Myrna Loy, her voice and line phrasing like musical chimes, plays Jim’s ever-patient wife. Louise Beavers is the sunny housemaid whose enthusiasm for Wham Ham saves Jim’s career bacon. And Melvyn Douglas is the perhaps-too-friendly family friend. “Drop in and see us sometime,” Jim says. Invitation accepted! 1080p HD Master sourced from 4k scan of original nitrate camera negative. (Warner Archive).

The Nest

photo for The Nest (2020) Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur and former commodities broker, persuades his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his native England during the 1980s. Sensing an opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, with grounds for Allison's horses and plans to build a stable. Soon the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, the couple has to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage. Vitals: Director: Sean Durkin. Stars: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Charlie Shotwell, Oona Roche, Adeel Akhtar, Wendy Crewson, Anne Reid, Michael Culkin. 2020, CC, MPAA rating: R, 107 min., Drama, US box office gross: $.137 million, worldwide $1.042 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
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Nina Wu

(2021 -- Taiwan) Ke-Xi Wu, Vivian Sung, Kimi Hsia. After years of toiling in bit parts, aspiring actress Nina Wu (Wu Ke-Xi) finally gets her break as the female lead in a big-budget espionage thriller. The role, which calls for nudity and explicit sex scenes, is made all the more challenging by the director’s savage belittlements. Hovering on the brink of stardom, Nina’s psychological resolve begins to crack under the pressure. As she clings to her sanity, a traumatic past event begins to resurface. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. Read more here. (Film Movement).

Peace Piece: The Immersive Poems of Mindy Kahn

(2019) An experiential introduction to the critically acclaimed Shakespeare Prize Award-winning poet Mandy Kahn and the process behind her completely unique style of bringing poetry to life. Filmmaker Courtney Sell, who first encountered Kahn and her work at the Philosophical Research Society where she's the Artist-in-Residence, spent a year carefully documenting her peace-focused works of immersive poetry, which are performed by casts of actors and opera singers, and often include crowd participation, as well as props like bubbles and photo for Peace Piece: The Immersive Poems of Mindy Kahnbeach balls. This unique portrait culminates in selections from her 2019 performance "Gateways to Peace" at the Getty Center museum in Los Angeles, which features large-scale interactive poems that incorporate musical techniques, a site-specific work in the museum's tram, and a work that occupies the museum's fountain. Themes of meditation, nature, unity, and, of course, peace heighten a perfect blend of new age gratitude and intentions, playfulness, musicality, and poetry. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Trailer, short films, director and poet commentary. (Indipix Films).

The Prince’s Voyage

(2019 -- Luxembourg/France) Animated adventure. When an old monkey prince named Laurent runs aground on an unknown shore, he is found, injured and lost, by 12-year-old Tom. Prince Laurent is then taken in by Tom's parents, a couple of scientists who were banished from their community because they believe in the existence of other monkey civilizations. With Tom's help, the Prince discovers a society he knows nothing about, while Tom's parents decide to use him to prove that their theory was indeed correct. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. Extras: Interview with filmmakers Jean-François Laguionie and Xavier Picard, "Study of the Ice Flow Sequence." (Shout! Factory).

The Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1939) Bette Davis and Errol Flynn made "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" fascinatingly public, striking sparks in this lavish Technicolor tale of the ill-fated love between the aging Elizabeth I and the dashing Earl of Essex. Thoroughly unglamorous here -- eyes and hairline shaved, face painted chalky white -- double Academy Award winner Davis exudes such intelligence, energy and ardor that her romance with the decades-younger Essex (Flynn at the peak of his remarkable good looks and athletic verve) is completely believable. Based on Maxwell Anderson’s play "Elizabeth the Queen" and directed by Michael Curtiz, this nominee for five Oscars takes liberties with historical accuracy, but none with dramatic impact. Long may these tempestuous, titled lovers reign! 1080p HD Master sourced from 4k scan of original Technicolor negatives. Extras: Featurette "Elizabeth and Essex: Battle Royale." (Warner Archive).

Raya and the Last Dragon

photo for Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world -- it’s going to take trust as well. Vitals: Director: Don Hall, Carlos Lopez Estrada. Stars: Voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, Gordon Ip, Dichen Lachman, Patti Harrison, Jon Park. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 107 min., Animated Family, US box office gross: $39.977 million, worldwide $112.047 million, Disney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo with digital code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: “Us Again” animated short: An elderly man and his young-at-heart wife rekindle their passion for life on one magical night; "Taste of Raya: Dine along with Kelly Marie Tran and the film’s creative team–virtually–over a Southeast Asian menu inspired by the countries that influenced the film as they discuss their experiences creating the world of Kumandra; "Raya: Bringing it Home" featurette; "Martial Artists" featurette; "We are Kumandra" featurette; "Outtakes"; "Fun Facts & Easter Eggs"; "The Story Behind the Storyboard with co-director John Ripa"; deleted scenes. Read more here. 3 stars
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Rugrats: The Complete Series

(1991-2006) It’s time to celebrate 30 years of adventures, fun, and laughs with the Rugrats. For the first time, fans will be able to enjoy all nine seasons from the Emmy Award-winning show in one giant, 26-disc collection. "Rugrats" follows the secret life of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Kimi, and Dil, plus toddlers Angelica and Susie, as they embark on misguided adventures (in reality and their vivid imaginations) right under the noses of their unsuspecting parents and grandparents.Formats: DVD. Extras: "Runaway Reptar," "All Growed Up," "Babies in Toyland," "Tales from the Crib: Snow White,” "Tales from the Crib: Three Jacks & A Beanstalk.” (Nickelodeon/Paramount).

Santa Sangre Two-Disc Special Edition

(1989) It has been hailed as "extraordinary" (The Guardian), "visionary and haunting" (Rolling Stone) and "a grand work of art, full of symbols and imagery that reach beyond language to something primal and original" (AV Club). Now forget everything you have ever seen as the photo for Santa Sangre Two-Disc Special Editionmodern masterpiece from director Alejandro Jodorowsky returns like never before, with 8+ hours of archival & all-new special features produced exclusively for this collection. Severin Films is proud to present Jodorowsky's epic odyssey through ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness -- and the surreal genius behind it all -- now featuring a 4K scan from the original negative supervised by the director himself. Also available as a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo with a CD of the soundtrack. Extras: "Forget Everything You Have Ever Seen: The World of Santa Sangre feature-length documentary with co-writer / director Alejandro Jodorowsky, actors Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Thelma Tixou, Sabrina Dennison, Adan Jodorowsky, Elenka Tapia, Teo Tapia; "New Blood": Alejandro Jodorowsky on the restoration of "Santa Sangre"; "Like a Phoenix" interview with producer Claudio Argento; "Holy Blood" interview with cinematographer Danielle Nannuzzi; "Mexican Magic" interview with executive producer Angelo Iacono; "The Language of Editing" interview with editor Mauro Bonanni; "Innocence in Horror" interview with screenwriter Roberto Leoni; Santa Sangre 30th anniversary celebration at Morbido Festival, Mexico City; audio commentary with Alejandro Jodorowsky and journalist Alan Jones; "Goyo Cárdenas Spree Killer" documentary on the real life inspiration for "Santa Sangre"; Jodorowsky 2003 interview; Jodorowsky on stage Q & A; deleted scenes with director commentary; "ECHECK" Adan Jodorowsky short film; Simon Boswell interviews Jodorowsky; "Close Your Eyes" Simon Boswell music video; "BLINK JODOROWSKY" short by Simon Boswell; theatrical trailer. (Severin Films).


(2021) Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch, Luke David Blumm. After a mysterious group of individuals breaks into Laura’s home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasingly sporadic psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts to save him, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes. (RLJE Films).

Star Trek: Lower Decks: Season One

(2020) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes. The first animated Star Trek series in almost 50 years. It focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in 2380. Ensigns Beckett Mariner, Brad Boimler, Samanthan Rutherford and D’Vana Tendi have to keep up with their duties and their social lives, while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Steelbook. Extras: A dozen behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted and extended animatics, more. (CBS/Paramount).


photo for Supernova (2021 -- UK) Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of 20 years, are travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before. Vitals: Director: Harry Macqueen. Stars: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Pippa Haywood, Peter MacQueen, Nina Marlin, Ian Drysdale, Sarah Woodward. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Drama, US box office gross: $.241 million, worldwide $.351 million, Bleecker Street/Wolfe Video. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. 3 stars

3 Tickets to Paradise

(2021) Michelle Manhart, Joseph Bell, Jeffrey Bentley. Fresh out of prison with a head full of trouble, AJ Parker is wanted by everyone. The cartels have a price on her head, the federales are suspicious of her, and her own government is about to kick her to the dogs. Her last chance is a return trip to a ghost town she knows too well – Paradise, Mexico. Meanwhile, Jake Slaughter knows there’s gold in Paradise, hidden during the Spanish-American War, but needs AJ to show him the way in. The second they cross the Mexican border, the hounds are hunting her down as Jake, AJ, and Chris, AJ’s greedy ex-husband, set off on a wild adventure, full of guns, snakes, bandits, cartels, and treacherous partners. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Indican Pictures).

The Twentieth Century

(2019 -- Canada) Daniel Beirne, Sarianne Cormier, Mikhaïl Ahooja. Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Oscilloscope Laboratories).

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American Fighter

(2021) George Kosturos, Tommy Flanagan, Sean Patrick Flanery. A desperate teenager is forced into the dangerous world of underground fighting to win enough money to save his ailing mother. He finds out what he's made of in the face of these violent, hungry competitors. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Lionsgate).

Chaos Walking

photo for Chaos Walking In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” -- a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened -- and as Todd vows to protect her, he has to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets. Based on the popular young adult trilogy by Patrick Ness. Vitals: Director: Doug Liman. Stars: Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Demian Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, David Oyelowo. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 109 min., Fantasy, US box office gross: $12.989 million, worldwide $21.589 million, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. 3 stars

Deadly Force: Mission Budapest

(2019 -- China) Milla Jovovich, Talu Wang, Sandrine Pinna, Timmy Xu, David Lee McInnis. Daredevil and extreme sport lover Zhao Feng (Wang) has always lived life on the edge. But when he gets caught up in an illegal trade scheme, he realizes he is in way over his head. When he crosses paths with deadly and mysterious Special Agent Bruce (Jovovich), she recruits him into the shadowy Order of the Phantom Knighthood, which is dedicated to fighting evil in all its manifestations. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Universal).
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Deliver Us From Evil

(2020 -- South Korea) After the shocking kidnapping of a little girl in Thailand, a mercenary with a murky past as a government black ops agent (Hwang) is forced to re-emerge from the shadows when he learns the incident is closely connected to him. With the help of expat Yui (Park), he flies to Thailand and begins tracking the girl’s whereabouts, moving ever closer to the notorious child trafficking ring responsible for her abduction. However, when an infamous gangster nicknamed The Butcher (Lee) learns just who has entered the country and is finally within his grasp, he goes on a bloody rampage to thwart the ex-agent’s rescue mission as retaliation for a killing that even he will never be able to forget—or forgive. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA) Read more here.

Explorers [Collector's Edition] BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1985) River Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Jason Presson. The visionary dreams of three curious and adventuresome young boys become an exciting reality in this action-fantasy from director Joe Dante ("Gremlins"), who combines keen humor, warmth and fantasy with unexpected twists. In photo for Explorers [Collector's Edition] BLU-RAY DEBUTtheir makeshift laboratory, the boys use an amazing discovery and their ingenuity to build their own spaceship and launch themselves on a fantastic interplanetary journey. Includes the home video and theatrical cuts of the film. Extras: New "A Science Fiction Fairy Tale: The Story Of Explorers" Featuring new interviews with director Joe Dante, screenwriter Eric Luke, star Ethan Hawke, more; new deleted scenes with optional commentary by Joe Dante; NEW Interviews With Cinematographer John Hora and editor Tina Hirsch; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Select).


(2021) Joel McHale, Kerry Bishé, Stephen Root, Paul Scheer, Breckin Meyer, Natalie Zea, Natalie Morales. A happily married couple (McHale and Bishé) discover their friends are resentful of their lustful relationship. When a visit from a mysterious stranger leads to a dead body, they begin to question the loyalty of their so-called friends. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount).

Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) Limited Edition

(2018 -- Finland) Rune Temte, Johannes Holopainen, Kai Lehtinen, Torstein Bjørklund. Turo (Johannes Holopainen) is stuck in a small village in the Finnish countryside where his greatest passion is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem is that he and his fellow headbangers have practiced for 12 years without playing a single gig. But that’s all about to change when the guys meet the promoter of a huge heavy metal music festival in Norway, and they decide that it’s now or never. Hitting the road in a stolen van with a corpse, a coffin and a new drummer from a local mental hospital in tow, Impaled Rektum travels across Scandinavia to make their dreams come true. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. A limited edition with a limited edition slip cover was released April 27. Extras: Bonus scenes and blooper reel, "Flooding Secretions" original song by Impaled Rektum, behind-the-scenes, real heavy metal bands react to Impaled Rektum, "Heavy Trip Goes to Texas: 7 episodes with Turo and Jouni from Austin, TX," "Jump Into My Net" Karaoke video. (Doppelganger Releasing).

Infinity Train: Book Two

(2020) Single-disc with all 10 episodes from the second season of the Cartoon Network series that follows Mirror Tulip, an escaped reflection from the mirror world, and Jesse Cosay, a 14-year-old jock from Arizona. As the pair finds themselves on the run from the mirror police, themes of identity, friendship and peer pressure arise. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Commentaries, animatics, image gallery. (Warner).
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Last Days

(2019) Vivian Metchie, Susan Peters, Bimbo Ademoye. A widow struggling to make ends meet is diagnosed with breast cancer. She raises the necessary funds to undergo the required procedure to treat the cancer, but she experiences a re-occurrence of the ailment and begins to question her faith. Set in modern-day Lagos, Nigeria. Winner of the Best Drama at the Toronto International Nollywood Festival and Best Feature at Kenya's Lake International Pan African Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Indiepix Films).

Long Weekend

(2021) Finn Wittrock, Zoe Chao, Casey Wilson, Jim Rash, Damon Wayans Jr., Wendi McLendon-Covey. When down-on-his-luck Bart (Wittrock) has a chance encounter with the enigmatic Vienna (Chao), the two fall fast and hard. An enchanted weekend courtship leads to unexpected revelations, but the secrets both carry could be their undoing or the chance for a fresh start. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony). Read more here.
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Nightmare Alley

(1947) Darkness lurks behind the bright lights of a traveling carnival in one of the most haunting and perverse film noirs of the 1940s. Adapted from the scandalous best seller by William Lindsay Gresham, "Nightmare Alley" gave Tyrone Power a chance to subvert his matinee-idol image with a ruthless performance as Stan Carlisle, a small-time carny whose unctuous charm propels him to fame as a charlatan spiritualist, but whose unchecked ambition leads him down a path of moral degradation and self-destruction. Although its strange, sordid atmosphere shocked contemporary audiences, this long difficult-to-see reflection of postwar angst has now taken its place as one of the defining noirs of its era -- a fate-fueled downward slide into existential oblivion. Co-stars Joan Blondell and Coleen Gray. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film historians James Ursini and Alain Silver; new interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith; new interview with performer and historian Todd Robbins; interview from 2007 with actor Coleen Gray; audio excerpt of a 1971 interview with Henry King in which the filmmaker discusses actor Tyrone Power; trailer; an essay by film critic and screenwriter Kim Morgan. (The Criterion Collection).

The Sound of Silence

(2019) Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori. There are a symphony of almost undetectable sounds that make up a moment of silence, and Peter Lucian (Sarsgaard) is determined to catalogue them all. Through his job as a New York City “house tuner,” the hyper-methodical Peter works meticulously to diagnose the discordant ambient noises -- produced by everything from wind patterns to humming electrical appliances -- adversely affecting his clients’ moods. When he takes on the particularly difficult case of Ellen (Jones), a lonely woman plagued by chronic exhaustion, Peter finds that the mysteries of the soul may be even greater than the mysteries of sound. Formats: DVD. (IFC Films).
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Supernatural: The Fifteenth and Final Season

(2020) All 20 episodes of the last season of the thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester brothers as they face everything from demons to vampires, ghosts, angels and pagan gods. And with the help of the fallen angel Castiel they discover that every threat they vanquish opens a new door for evil to enter. Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Supernatural: The End of the Road," "Supernatural: Family Don’t End in Blood," gag reel, deleted scenes, Supernatural: 2019 Comic-Con Panel, "Winning Baby: A Supernatural Giveaway," "Winchester Mythology: Midwestern Heroes," "Supernatural: The Long Road Home – Special Retrospective Episode." (Warner). Read more here.

Supernatural: The Complete Series

(2005-2020) Contains all 327 episodes from the series, as well as countless hours of bonus features from all 15 seasons. Fans who purchase the Complete Series will also receive a 68-page Collectible Book filled with new images from the beloved series, set designs and letters to the Supernatural Family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Read more here. (Warner).

The Tender Trap BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1955) Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds star as a pair of romantic opposites in this romance classic. Fun-loving, free-spirited Manhattan talent agent and playboy Charlie Reader (Sinatra) is happy playing the field when he becomes the target of the far more formidable Julie Gillis (Reynolds) who is on a one-woman mission of matrimony. She has her life mapped out in details that fall just shy of where the wedding portrait will hang and the number of goldfish swimming in the bowl. Julie even knows she’ll be married next March 12. She just doesn’t know to whom. But it’s a cinch he’ll have blue eyes. 16x9 Letterbox. 1080p HD Master sourced from 4k scan of original camera negative. Extras: "Frank in the Fifties" featurette; excerpt from The MGM Parade (Ep. 7) featuring Debbie Reynolds; excerpt from The MGM Parade (Ep. 8) featuring Debbie Reynolds; theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).
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12 Monkeys Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray

(1995) The future is history. Following the commercial and critical success of "The Fisher King," Terry Gilliam's next feature would turn to science fiction and a screenplay by Janet and David Peoples ("Blade Runner," "Unforgiven") inspired by Chris Marker's classic short film "La Jetée." In 1996, a deadly virus is unleashed by a group calling themselves the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, destroying much of the world's population and forcing survivors underground. In 2035, prisoner James Cole (Bruce Willis) is chosen to go back in time and help scientists in their search for a cure. Featuring an Oscar-nominated turn by Brad Pitt as mental patient Jeffrey Goines, "Twelve Monkeys" would become Gilliam's most successful film and is now widely regarded as a sci-fi classic. Extras: Audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven; "The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys," feature-length making-of documentary by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe ("Lost in La Mancha"); "The Film Exchange with Terry Gilliam," a 1996 interview with Gilliam and film critic Jonathan Romney, recorded at the London Film Festival; "Appreciation" by Ian Christie, author of "Gilliam on Gilliam"; "The Twelve Monkeys" archives; theatrical trailer; limited edition steelbook featuring newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin; limited edition booklet featuring writing on the film by Rabin, and an excerpt of "Gilliam on Gilliam" by Ian Christie.(Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Vampires Are Real

(2021) Stewart and Everett have been best friends since high school, and they've also been vampire hunters. In fact, vampire hunting is what their entire friendship is built upon. Now adults, Everett wants to move on with his life and do more than hunt vampires but Stewart has problems moving on. Only a Vampire can save their friendship now. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Read more here. (Freestyle Digital Media).
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Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection [Limited Edition]

Bringing together six films, all new to Blu-ray and in brand new restorations, this three-disc collection packs in a mutant astronaut bothering blissful sunbathers ("Monster a Go-Go," 1965), a contagion apocalypse as seen from the vantage point of a remote mountain cabin ("Invasion from Inner Earth," 1974), deadly alien spores from the rocks of Mars ("The Alpha Incident," 1978), rural gothic and outright horror ("The Demons of Ludlow," 1983), an eccentric "body count" movie ("The Game," 1984) and a comedy smash-'em up that pits three hillbilly stooges against a talking Monster Truck with artificial intelligence ("Twister's Revenge!", 1988). A fourth disc, "Who is Bill Rebane?", is a definitive brand new feature length documentary by historian and critic David Cairns. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Straight Shooter," a multi-part interview with director Bill Rebane about the making and release of each film in the set; fully illustrated 60-page collector’s booklet featuring extensive new writing by historian and critic Stephen Thrower; reversible poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil; reversible sleeves featuring newly commissioned artwork for each of the films by The Twins of Evil; interviews; Bill Rebane short films; still galleries; trailers; outtakes, more. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

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