by Good & Associates
Guide to DVDs
Links to DVD news, information and sales sites.
Catalogs of DVDs
released 1999 -- 2006
- March 1
American Gods: Seasons 1–3: The Complete Series
(2017-21) Nine-disc set with all 26 episodes. Set in a hidden world where magic is real and gods exist on earth, AMERICAN GODS chronicles the brewing war between Old Gods and New Gods, as the traditional gods of mythology are steadily losing believers to a burgeoning pantheon of modern gods focused on technology and money. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2021) A poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. Buddy’s family lives in a largely Protestant district with a few Catholic families, but one day his community and everything he thought he understood about life is suddenly turned upside down. Buddy’s family gets caught in the mayhem and must decide to stay or leave the only place they have ever called home. Through it all, his passionate parents and quick-witted grandparents keep the joy alive through music and the magic of movies in this feel-good story that reminds us that no matter how far you go, you never forget where you came from. Vitals: Director: Kenneth Branagh. Stars: Caitríona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill, Colin Morgan.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 98 min., Drama, US box office gross: $7.243 million, worldwide $15.754 million, Universal.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Alternate ending; deleted scenes; "A City of Stories: The Making of Belfast"; "Everyone’s Inner Child": Kenneth Branagh, Jamie Dornan, Caitríona Balfe, Ciarán Hinds, and Judi Dench reminisce about their childhoods; feature commentary with writer-director Kenneth Branagh. Read more here
(2021) Director: Neill Blomkamp; stars Carly Pope, Chris William Martin, Michael Rogers, Nathalie Boltt. A young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are revealed. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
Highway to Heaven
(2021) Jill Scott, Barry Watson, Ben Daon. New original movie reboot inspired by Michael Landon’s iconic ’80s television drama. Follows Angela Stewart, an angel sent back to Earth in order to help people in need. The story finds a junior high student struggling with the tragic loss of his mother as he and his dad drift apart. Angela takes a temporary job as a school counselor working alongside principal Bruce Banks to bring the broken family back together, and help them find the light in each other's darkness.
Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2021 -- Russia) Pyotr Fyodorov, Anna Peskova, Pavel Osadchy, Maksim Emelyanov, Nikoloz Paikridze. Based on the true story of Aleksey Maresyev, a World War II pilot whose fighter plane was shot down over the German-occupied Novgorod Region. in 1941, a Russian WWII pilot crash-lands deep in enemy territory. Seriously injured, he must battle hunger, extreme cold, and wild animals—all while evading Nazi soldiers -- if he is ever to make it home alive. In Russian and with an English dub.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA). Please read this disclaimer.
Run & Gun
(2021) Ben Milliken, Brad William Henke, Janel Parrish, Mark Dacascos, Celestino Cornielle. After leaving a life of crime and violence, Ray is a reformed good guy, enjoying a quiet family life in the ‘burbs. But when his past is discovered, Ray is blackmailed into one last job to collect a mysterious package. After a deadly double-cross, he finds himself wounded and on the run from ruthless assassins who will stop at nothing to get what he has. Now, with the lives of his loved ones hanging in the balance and danger at every turn, Ray’s only hope is to draw upon his violent past to survive.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Paramount). Read more here
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- March 8
(1975 -- Hungary) Trailblazing auteur Márta Mészáros gives aching expression to the experiences of women in 1970s Hungary in this sensitive and absorbing drama, which became the first film directed by a woman to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Through intimate camera work, "Adoption" immerses the viewer in the worlds of two women, each searching for fulfillment: Kata (Katalin Berek), a middle-aged factory worker who wants to have a child with her married lover, and Anna (Gyöngyvér Vígh), a teenage ward of the state determined to emancipate herself in order to marry her boyfriend. The bond that forms between the two speaks quietly but powerfully to the social and political forces that shape women’s lives, as each navigates the realities of love, marriage, and motherhood in her quest for self-determination.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration undertaken by the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive, supervised by cinematographer Lajos Koltai and approved by director Márta Mészáros, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New video essay by scholar Catherine Portuges; interview with Mészáros from 2019; "Blow-Ball," a 1964 short film by Mészáros; "Márta Mészáros: Portrait of the Hungarian Filmmaker," a 1979 documentary by Katja Raganelli featuring on-set interviews with the director and creative collaborators; trailer; an essay by film scholar Elena Gorfinkel. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here.
Adventure Time: Distant Lands
(2021) Oh My Glob! Get ready to embark on a magical journey through the Land of Ooo and beyond with all four specials from the limited series. "BMO" follows the lovable little robot from "Adventure Time": When there's a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there's only one hero to call, and it's probably not BMO. Except that this time it is. "Obsidian" features Marceline & Princess Bubblegum as they journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom -- and deep into their tumultuous past—to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe. "Together Again" brings best buds Finn and Jake together again to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives. "Wizard Cit" follows Peppermint Butler, starting over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Warner).
(2021) Molly C. Quinn, Jake Horowitz, Ben Hall, Hayley McFarland. Horror-thriller about one nun’s disturbing behavior as it sparks rumors of demonic possession at a remote convent. When a priest-in-waiting and his disillusioned mentor are sent to investigate the rumors, their methods backfire, leaving behind a wake of terror and trauma. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment/ Magnet Label).
Coming 2 America
(2021) Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louie Anderson, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones. Follow-up to the 1988 "Coming to America." Newly crowned King Akeem (Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Hall) traverse the globe from their great African nation of Zamunda to the borough of Queens, New York, when Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by director Craig Brewer, “From Queens to Zamunda” featurette with never-before-seen footage and interviews. (Paramount).
(2021) Johnny Strong, Marko Zaror, Michael Pare, Vladmir Kulich, Krissada Sukosol. At a secret military site, injured soldier Brock is treated with advanced nanotechnology that turns him into an uncontrollable killing machine. Sent to stop the threat, security agent Cam is badly injured in a battle with Brock. To save his life, Cam must be implanted with the same technology that turned Brock psychotic and invincible. Formats: DVD, Digital, VOD. Read more here (Lionsgate).
A Journal for Jordan
(2021) Based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Michael B. Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chante Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. A sweeping account of a once-in-a-lifetime love, the film is a powerful reminder of the importance of family.
Vitals: Director: Denzel Washington. Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Chante Adams, Jalon Christian.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 131 min., Drama, North American box office gross: $6.497 million, worldwide $6.584 million, Sony.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: deleted scenes, gag reel, "Family Portrait: Making the Film," "Heart and Soul: Charles and Dana," "Words of Wisdom: The Journal." Read more here
The Matrix Resurrections
(2021) From visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski comes "The Matrix Resurrections," the newest film in the groundbreaking franchise that redefined a genre, which reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the iconic roles they made famous, Neo and Trinity. Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson (Neo) will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas ... Neo ... has learned anything, it's that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of - or into - the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn't yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. Deja vu.
Vitals: Director: Lana Wachowski. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Jada Pinkett Smith, Daniel Bernhardt.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 148 min., Sci Fi Action, North American box office gross: $37.179 million, worldwide $153.379 million, Warner.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Codeo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "The Matrix Reactions: Welcome to IØ." Blu-ray adds "No One Can Be Told What The Matrix Is," "Resurrecting The Matrix," "Neo x Trinity: Return to the Matrix," "Allies + Adversaries: The Matrix Remixed," "Matrix for Life," The Matrix Reactions: Echo Opening, Deus Ex Machina, Bullet Time Redux, Morpheus vs Neo, Exiles Fight, Neo vs Smith, The San Fran Chase, The San Fran Jump." Read more here
Monster From Green Hell
(1957) From the era of giant bugs and atomic testing comes this low-budget howler about mutant wasps. When scientists try to understand the effects of radiation on earth creatures, the result brings them to an area of Africa known as “Green Hell,” where wasps have mutated into monsters. 4K transfer, including both widescreen (1.85:1) and full frame (1.33:1) versions of the film. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Missouri Born: The Films of Jim Davis," an all-new career retrospective with author/film historian C. Courtney Joyner; "The Men Behind the Monsters," an essay by author Don Stradley featured in a full-color booklet; commentary with artist/author Stephen R. Bissette. (The Film Detective/Cinedigm).
(2021) Alexander Ludwig, Stephan James, Timothy Olyphant, J.K. Simmons, Kristin Chenoweth, Tim Blake Nelson, Jeffrey Donovan, Lil Rel Howery, David Koechner, Uzo Aduba. Three days before the college football national championship game, star quarterback LeMarcus James and teammate Emmett Sunday ignite a player's strike declaring they won't compete until all student-athletes are fairly compensated. With billions of dollars at risk and legacies on the line, the stakes could not be higher. Now, with only hours until kickoff, the head coach and various power brokers must race against the clock to protect or destroy the prevailing collegiate athletics system. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Behind the Music," "The Game," "Sports Trivia." (Universal). Read more here
(2021) Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis, Lily Rose-Depp, Sopé Dìrísù, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lucy Punch, Rufus Jones, Trudie Styler. Nell and Simon have invited their closest friends to join their family for Christmas dinner at their idyllic home in the English countryside. As the group comes together, it feels like old times – but behind all of the laughter and merriment, something is not quite right. The world outside is facing impending doom, and no amount of gifts, games or Prosecco can make mankind’s imminent destruction go away. Surviving the holidays just got a lot more complicated. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, alternate endings. (RLJE Films).
Supergirl: The Complete Sixth & Final Season
(2021) All 20 episodes. In the sixth and final season, Supergirl is thrust into the greatest challenge of her life — forced to confront her own mortality, and the prospect of losing all hope. As her friends rally to help her in this difficult fight, a new Super-Villain arrives in National City and tests her resolve. "Supergirl: The Complete Series" will also be available, containing all 126 episodes from the series, as well as countless hours of bonus features from all six epic seasons; priced to own on DVD for $119.99 SRP and on Blu-ray for $134.99. Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes, "A Farewell Tribute to Supergirl." (Warner).
The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 2
(2021) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes from the final season. Season Two concludes the epic story of Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu), and Silas (Hal Cumpston) -- four friends who journeyed across the country on a mission that transformed everything they knew about themselves and the world. As they face off against the mysterious Civic Republic Military and fight for control of their own destiny, goals will shift, bonds will form and crumble, and innocence will be both lost and found. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
A Writer's Odyssey
(2021 -- China) Jiayin Lei, Mi Yang, Zijian Dong, Hewei Yu, Jingfei Guo. After the disappearance of his daughter, Guan Ning has descended into despair. With nothing left to lose in his life, he is approached by a powerful corporation who hires him for a dark task -- to kill the young author of a fantasy novel. But the author's work is no ordinary book, for its fantastic world is somehow impacting and merging with the real one. Guan's journey into this realm uncovers hidden secrets…and reveals the transformative power of art and imagination. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital, VOD. Read more here (Shout! Studios).
Yellowstone Season 4
(2021) All 10 hour-long episodes from the fourth season. Drama that follows the epic story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. In Season 4, the fates of Kayce, Beth, and John Dutton are unknown as Rip and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy. Jacki Weaver, Piper Perabo and Kathryn Kelly join the cast in guest starring roles in the impressive ensemble that includes Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham and Gil Birmingham with Will Patton. Formats: Five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray. Extras: Making-of-featurettes, behind the scenes clips, never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew, more. (Paramount).
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- March 15
An American Werewolf in London [Limited Edition]
(1981) One of the greatest directors of the 1980s, John Landis ("The Blues Brothers," "Trading Places"), expertly combines macabre horror with dark humor in this lycanthropic classic. American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by an unidentified vicious animal while hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital... "An American Werewolf in London" had audiences howling with laughter and recoiling in terror upon its cinema release. Landis' film has gone on to become one of the most important horror films of its decade, rightly lauded for its masterful set-pieces, uniquely unsettling atmosphere and Rick Baker's truly ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special makeup effects. Brand new 4K restoration. Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: Audio commentary by "Beware the Moon" filmmaker Paul Davis; audio commentary by actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne; "Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf," a feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more; "An American Filmmaker in London," an interview with John Landis in which he reflects on British cinema and his time working in Britain; "I Think He’s a Jew: The Werewolf’s Secret," a video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira ("Elstree 1976") about how Landis’ film explores Jewish identity; "The Werewolf’s Call," Corin Hardy, director of "The Hallow and The Nun," chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis’ film; "Wares of the Wolf," a featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of Prop Store look at some of the original costumes and special effects artifacts from the film; "Beware the Moon," Paul Davis’ acclaimed, feature-length exploration of Landis’ film that boasts extensive cast and crew interviews; "An American Werewolf in Bob’s Basement" and "Causing a Disturbance: Piccadilly Revisited," two 2008 featurettes filmed by Paul Davis; "Making An American Werewolf in London," a short archival featurette on the film’s production; An Interview with John Landis," a lengthy archival interview with the director about the film; "Make-up Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London," the legendary make-up artist discusses his work on the film; "I Walked with a Werewolf," an archival interview with Rick Baker about Universal horror and its legacy of Wolfman films; "Casting of the Hand," archival footage from Rick Baker’s workshop showing the casting of David Naughton’s hand; outtakes;
storyboards featurette; original trailer and teaser plus TV and radio spots; extensive image gallery featuring over 200 stills, posters and other ephemera;
reversible sleeve featuring original poster art and artwork by Graham Humphreys; double-sided fold-out poster; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; limited edition 60-page, perfect-bound book featuring new writing by Craig Ian Mann and Simon Ward, archival articles and original reviews. (Arrow Video). Read more here
The Boy Behind the Door
(2020) Lonnie Chavis, Ezra Dewey, Kristin Bauer van Straten. In this thriller, a night of unimaginable terror awaits 12-year-old Bobby and his best friend, Kevin, when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper spells certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Boy Behind the Door" music video, bloopers. (RLJE Films).
Dream a Little Dream BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1989) Body swap cult favorite, the latest in the Vestron Video Collectors’ series. Bobby has everything a young guy should: a good buddy, a girlfriend, and parents who love him. When the older couple down the street try a transcendental experiment to extend their lives, they quite literally become trapped in the teen's bodies. The teen comedy has a great cast including the two Coreys – Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, as well as Harry Dean Stanton, Piper Laurie and Jason Robards. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: “Young at Heart” interview with Corey Feldman, “When Lightning Strikes” interview with executive producer Lawrence Kasanoff, theatrical trailers, TV spots, stills gallery. (Vestron Video/Lionsgate).
Head of the Class: The Complete Fourth Season
(1989-90) Three-disc set with all 26 episodes. When good-natured substitute teacher Charlie Moore (Howard Hesseman) is assigned to teach Fillmore High School's class of academically advanced students, everyone expects him to fail. After all, each one of the students is smarter than he--and smarter than all the other teachers--as Moore goes to the Head of the Class. In this fourth season of the classic sitcom, there are changes afoot in the students' senior year in the IHP program at Millard Fillmore High.
Formats: DVD. (Warner Archive).
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls In Love BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1995) Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, Maggie Moore. Touching and poignant, this acclaimed coming-of-age comedy tells the story of two teenagers whose unexpected friendship grows into the joyful wildness of first love. Sensitive and romantic, funny and sincere, this daring film was hailed by the New York Times as "a universal story about first love, adolescent rebellion and sexual awakening" and is now celebrated as an iconic part of the 1990s queer cinema canon. Beloved by audiences, it was often referred to, with relief, as one of the few lesbian movies with a “happy ending where no one dies.” Extras: Commentary with Director Maria Maggenti, thetrical trailer. (Strand Releasing).
John and the Hole
(2021) Charlie Shotwell, Michael C. Hall, Taissa Farmiga, Jennifer Ehle. In this enigmatic and unsettling meditation on adolescent angst, 13-year-old John (Shotwell) discovers an unfinished bunker while exploring the neighboring woods -- a deep hole in the ground. Seemingly without provocation, he drugs his affluent parents (Hall and Ehle) and older sister (Farmiga), holding them captive within the bunker. As they anxiously wait for John to free them from the hole, the boy returns home, where he can finally enjoy and explore a newfound independence. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (IFC Films/RLJE Films).
Le cercle rouge
(1970 -- France) Alain Delon plays a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volontè) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). The unlikely trio plot a heist, against impossible odds, until a relentless inspector and their own pasts seal their fates. With its honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces, "Le cercle rouge" is the quintessential film by Jean-Pierre Melville -- the master of ambiguous, introspective crime cinema. Formats: 4K UHD/Blu-ray Combo, with new 4K restoration from StudioCanal of the uncut version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Extras: Segments from a 1971 episode of" Cinéastes de notre temps" featuring director Jean-Pierre Melville; interviews with assistant director Bernard Stora and Rui Nogueira, author of "Melville on Melville"; on-set and archival footage, featuring interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, Yves Montand, and André Bourvil; trailer; essays by film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Fujiwara, excerpts from "Melville on Melville," a 2000 interview with composer Eric Demarsan, and an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
Nightmare Collector’s Edition
(1981) Jennie Linden, Brenda Bruce, David Knight, Moira Redmond. New 2K scan from the interpositive of this Hammer thriller. As a child, Janet witnessed an unbearable horror – her insane mother stabbing her father to death. Now a young woman, Janet suffers from recurring nightmares that have her convinced that she’ll follow her mother to the asylum. Accompanied by her schoolteacher, Miss Lewis, Janet retreats to the home of her guardian, who has hired lovely Grace as a companion to help calm his troubled ward. But Janet’s nightly terrors, magnified by the eerie, creaky old house, bring all her fears chillingly to life. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with film historian Bruce Hallenbeck; new "Sleepless Nights" interview with author/film historian Kim Newman; new "Slice and Fright" interview with author/film historian Jonathan Rigby; new "Reliving the Nightmare" interviews with actress Julie Samuel, continuity person Pauline Wise and focus puller Geoff Glover; "Nightmare ... in the Making" interviews with actress Jennie Linden, writer Jimmy Sangster and art director Don Mingaye, hosted by author Wayne Kinsey; "Jennie Linden Remembers" full interview with actress Jennie Linden; "Madhouse: Inside Hammer’s Nightmare" featuring interviews with film historians Jonathan Rigby, Kevin Lyons, Alan Barnes and John J. Johnson; theatrical trailer; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
(2022 -- Russia) Egor Koreshkov, Alyona Konstantinova, Dmitriy Frid, Nikita Dyuvbanov, Lisa Martinez. After centuries of destroying Earth’s resources, humankind faces the grim reality that its last shot at survival may require creating an entirely new home -- in outer space. An international expedition is quickly formed to find a suitable new planet, but when plans go awry, the crew is suddenly stranded without power on a strange planet. Unfortunately, they’ll soon learn that something truly unimaginable has been out there watching, lying in wait for the unwary human scouts. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(2021) Ex porn star Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) is back home in small-town Texas after burning bridges and flaming out all over Los Angeles. A hustler, operator, and charismatic con man, Mikey quickly learns that no one wants him back. When he meets Strawberry, a teenager working at the local donut shop, he sees his ticket back to the big time, in this darkly funny, live-wire film from acclaimed writer-director Sean Baker ("The Florida Project," "Tangerine").
Vitals: Director: Sean Baker. Stars: Simon Rex, Suzanna Son, Bree Elrod, Brenda Deiss.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 130 min., Comedy, US box office gross: $1.024 million, worldwide $1.065 million, Lionsgate.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Commentary with writer-director Sean Baker, cinematographer Drew Daniels, and actor Simon Rex; commentary with film critic Kat Ellinger; "Making Red Rocket" featurette.
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(2022) Mort Rifkin (Wallace Shawn), a retired film studies professor, accompanies his publicist wife Sue (Gina Gershon) to the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. He goes not for the films, but because he’s worried that Sue’s fascination with her young buzzed-about film director client, Philippe (Louis Garrel), might be more than professional. In addition, Mort hopes the change of scenery will provide a respite from his struggle to write a first novel that lives up to his impossibly exacting standards. With Mort’s relentlessly dismissive opinions of Philippe, and Sue’s sharp focus on her career as well as Philippe, their already frayed relationship becomes more strained. Mort’s mood lightens when he meets Jo Rojas (Elena Anaya), a kindred spirit whose marriage to tempestuous painter Paco (Sergi López) is causing her pain as well. While Sue spends her days with Philippe, Mort’s relationship with Jo deepens. Vitals: Director: Woody Allen. Stars: Wallace Shawn, Gina Gershon, Louis Garrel, Elena Anaya, Sergi López, Michael Garvey, Damian Chapa, Bobby Slayton.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 88 min., Comedy, North American box office gross: $ 1.741 million, worldwide $ 1.741 million, MPI Home Video.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
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Signal: The Movie Cold Case Investigation Unit
(2022 -- Japan) The feature film adaptation of the popular Japanese crime series, which in turn was based on the acclaimed South Korean series. Directed by renowned filmmaker Hajime Hashimoto, the movie is a masterfully crafted suspense thriller that combines stylish visuals, captivating narrative, and edge-of-your-seat action in equal measures. The film features the movie theme song “Film Out” by international K-Pop sensation BTS. When officer Kento Saegusa (Kentaro Sakaguchi) picks up a dusty old police radio that’s about to be scrapped, it brings him into contact with Takeshi Oyama (Kazuki Kitamura). The two detectives, one from the past and one from the present, have worked together to solve countless cold cases. Now they’re back together once more. Tokyo, 2021. A high-ranking government official is killed when his chauffeur loses control on an expressway. Saegusa suspects it was far from accidental. Meanwhile in 2009, parliamentary officials are dying in a succession of fatal car crashes. While the police write them off as accidents, Oyama is the only one convinced of foul play. This time, Saegusa and Oyama are forced to go up against corruption in their own home: the police force. Will they finally reunite in the present? Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Digital. (Eleven Arts/Shout! Factory).
(2022) Bill Moseley, Jessie Nerud, Danny Bohnen, Scotty Bohnen, Scott Moore. Inspired by the horrifying Sin Eater folklore, the creepy thriller follows Christine (Nerud) a young woman who is on the run from her shadowy past. After suffering a terrifying injury, she finds herself alone and stranded in a remote town harboring a dark secret. As she tries to recuperate, she slowly begins to discover an intense, bizarre religious phenomena occurring around her. With no one to trust and her time running out, Christine realizes that she will have to fight her inner demons as well as the actual demons who are trying to take her soul in order to make it out alive. Formats: DVD, VOD. (Indican Pictures).
The Sword and the Sorcerer (Collector's Edition) 4K UHD & BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1982) Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller , Simon MacCorkindale, Richard Moll. Talon is a daring mercenary who conquers castles and dungeons alike with his lethal three-bladed sword. But when Talon learns that he is the prince of a kingdom controlled by an evil sorcerer, he is thrust into the wildest fight of his life. Can Talon rescue the beautiful princess and slay the warlock, or will he fall prey to the black magic of medieval mayhem? Cult action-packed adventure saga filled with brutal battles, plucky maidens, savage monsters and more. Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: New 4K scan from the original negative; new audio commentary with director Albert Pyun; new "Tales of the Ancient Empire" interview with director Albert Pyun; new "A Princess’ Tale" interview with actress Kathleen Beller; new "Mightier Than the Sword" interview with co-writer/co-producer John Stuckmeyer; new "Master of the Blade" interview with editor Marshall Harvey; new "The Specialist and the Effects" interview with special makeup effects artist Allan Apone; new "Brothers in Arms" interview with special effects artists the Chiodo Brothers – Charles, Edward and Stephen; new "Dedicated to Jack Tyree, Stuntman" the cast and crew remembrance of stuntman Jack Tyree; "Trailers from Hell" with editor Marshall Harvey; theatrical trailers; TV spot; still gallery. (Scream Factory).
Vikings: Season 6, Vol. 2
(2021) Three-disc set with the final 10 episodes of the final season. In season six, Ubbe and Torvi travel to Iceland to uncover the mystery circling Floki's disappearance and Hvitserk pursues his personal vendetta against Ivar. The saga continues the exploits of chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew while exploring Bjorn’s reign over Kattegat, Ivar’s adventures in Rus and Wessex, and Ubbe’s expeditions to Iceland and North America. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "The Epic Worlds of Vikings" featurette, "The Vikings" series finale audio commentary with creator Michael Hirst and series star Georgia Hirst, deleted scenes. (Warner).
West Side Story (2021)
(2021) An adaptation of the 1957 musical, "West Side Story" explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The plot of is based on the 1957 stage musical of the same name, and is loosely-based around the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. In the midst of a battle between two rival street gangs in 1950s Upper West Side New York City, the Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks, Tony and María fall in love despite their affiliations. As the star-crossed lovers’ relationship grows, so do tensions between the gangs, and they end up paying the price. Steven Spielberg’s take on West Side Story touts all-star Broadway veterans like screenwriter Tony Kushner, choreographer Justin Peck and composer Jeanine Tesori, as well as Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who re-recorded the film’s legendary Leonard Bernstein score.
Vitals: Director: Steven Spielberg. Stars: Ansel Elgort, Rita Moreno, David Alvarez, Corey Stoll, Rachel Zegler, Maddie Ziegler, Brian d'Arcy James, Ana Isabelle, Mike Faist.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 156 min., Musical, North American box office gross: $37.760 million, worldwide $67.543 million, Fox/Disney.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital, VOD, Digital.
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- March 22
Bryan Loves You Collector's Edition
(2008) Seth Landau, Tony Todd, Tori King, Tiffany Shepis, Candy Stanton, Daniel Roebuck, George Wendt, Brinke Stevens. In the early 1990s, a 32-year-old psychotherapist (Landau) began to suspect that his small Arizona community was being taken over by a homicidal religious cult known as "The Bryans." The film uses the "found footage" format, and claims that the film is a compilation of camcorder and security footage. It was shot in 17 days with a budget of $25,000. Extras: New audio commentary with writer-producer-director Seth Landau; commentary with Landau, cast and crew along with JoBlo writer/critic James Oster, Elissa Dowling and professor/religious expert Dr. Phillip Baker; new interview with star George Wendt; new interview with star Tiffany Shepis; new interview with star Daniel Roebuck; new interview with star Brinke Stevens; new 2022 theatrical trailer. (JAL Smithtown/MVD Entertainment).
Captains of the Clouds BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1942) The incomparable James Cagney stars with Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall and Alan Hale in his first Technicolor feature, once again reunited with Warner Bros.' legendary Michael Curtiz at the helm. Cagney portrays pilot Brian MacLean, a hot-shot Canadian pilot who is just as adept at stealing flying jobs from his competition as he is at stealing their girlfriend's hearts. But when he hears a speech by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill about the looming Nazi threat, MacLean enlists in the Royal Canadian Air Force ... only to find his superior is a man from whom he stole both a job and a girl -- and to encounter action and adventure in aerial combat over the North Atlantic. This was the first Hollywood production to be filmed almost entirely on location in Canada and was released right after the U.S. entered WWII. Extras: 1942 Newsreel, vintage 1942 color WB Short "Rocky Mountain Big Game," classic Bugs Bunny cartoons: "What's Cookin', Doc?" and "Hold the Lion, Please," original theatrical trailer. (Warmer Archive).
Come Drink With Me
(1966 -- Hong Kong) Years before Shaw Brothers' kung fu films made them the biggest film studio in Hong Kong, local audiences flocked to their wuxia pian films: mythic tales of swordfighting (and often gravity-defying) heroes fighting for honor. In his final film for the studio, "Come Drink With Me," director King Hu ("A Touch of Zen") broke fresh new ground in martial arts storytelling, and catapulted fresh-faced lead actress Cheng Pei-pei to stardom in the process. When the Governor's son is taken hostage by bandits, a mysterious swordsman named Golden Swallow (Cheng) is hot on their trail to ensure the son's release. What the bandits don't realize, however, is that Golden Swallow is actually a woman, and that the hostage is her brother. Determined to set him free, no matter how many goons she has to fight her way through in doing so, she is aided in her quest by a drunken beggar (Yueh Hua) who may have a closer connection to the bandits' leader than he initially lets on. Decades before Ang Lee brought the wuxia genre to international attention with "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (in which Cheng played the villainous Jade Fox), King Hu set the original template in what is still considered one of Shaw Brothers' greatest and most influential action masterpieces.
Formats: Blu-ray. (Arrow Video). Read more here
Dexter: New Blood
(2021) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Showtime special event series. Michael C. Hall returns to his Golden Globe-winning role as Dexter Morgan. The world at large believes Dexter Morgan died in a tragic boating accident, and in a way the world at large isn’t wrong. Far from the life he knew, living under a false name in the small town of Iron Lake, NY, he’s successfully tamped down his Dark Passenger for nearly 10 years. With a normal job and a Chief of Police girlfriend, it seems he’s got life under control – until his son shows up and turns his world upside down. Rattled, Dexter yields to his homicidal urges and soon finds himself on a collision course with a very dangerous local. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Paramount).
(2021) Turk Matthews, Link Ruiz, Madelyn Allen, Rafael Sigler, Ben Lin, Thomas Evans. Take a deep dive into Ray Balfi's bizarre world of drug dealers, prostitutes, dirty cops and social rejects as he tries to begin a new life-direction and shops his cartoon screenplay to 100 L.A. production companies. While facing rejection after rejection Ray learns that someone has stolen his script and made his movie, “The Dog's Meow” without his permission. Now, Ray's already messed-up life is thrown into catastrophic mayhem as he seeks revenge. Who stole his script? Everyone he meets is suspect as Ray is now motivated with a new lust for life ... and for blood. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Cleopatra Entertainment). Read more here
The Flight of the Phoenix BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1965) A downed airplane is a motley group of men’s only protection from the relentless desert sun, in this psychologically charged disaster epic, one of the all-time great survival movies. James Stewart is the veteran pilot whose Benghazi-bound plane -- carrying passengers played by an unshaven ensemble of screen icons including Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine, Ian Bannen, Dan Duryea, Peter Finch, and George Kennedy -- crash-lands in the remote Sahara. As tensions simmer among the survivors, they find themselves forced to trust a coldly logical engineer (Hardy Krüger) whose plan to get them out may just be crazy enough to work -- or could kill them all. Directed with characteristic punch by Hollywood iconoclast Robert Aldrich, "The Flight of the Phoenix" balances adventure with human drama as it conducts a surprising and complex examination of authority, honor, and camaraderie among desperate men.
Formats: Blu-ray, with 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New conversation between filmmaker Walter Hill and film scholar Alain Silver; new interview with biographer Donald Dewey on actor James Stewart and his service as a bomber pilot; trailer; an essay by filmmaker and critic Gina Telaroli. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
For the Love of Money
(2021) Katt Williams, Keri Hilson, Rotimi Rotimi, D.C. Young Fly, LisaRaye McCoy. When a single mother is pushed to her limit, she turns to the only world she knows, a world she's spent a lifetime running from, to protect her daughter. Gigi Davis is a strong, determined woman who insists on living her life on her terms. So when she got pregnant and walked away from a billion dollar family business to chart her own path, it surprised no one. She went on to build a shockingly unremarkable life for herself and her daughter Ashely. Until shadowy figures make the mistake of threatening her daughter's life and she shows them that gangsters come in all shapes and sizes. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
The Godfather Trilogy: 50th Anniversary
(1972, 1974, 1990) All three films in the epic trilogy have been meticulously restored under the direction of Francis Ford Coppola and will be made available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time. Coppola’s masterful film adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family and the film trilogy is rightfully viewed as one of the greatest in cinematic history. In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the first film’s original release on March 24, 1972, Paramount and Coppola’s production company American Zoetrope undertook a painstaking restoration of all three films over the course of three years; the films will be released together with HDR-10 on 4K Ultra HD Digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time ever. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set will include "The Godfather," "The Godfather: Part II," and Coppola’s recently re-edited version of the final film, "Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone." In addition to the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set, a 4K Ultra HD Limited Collector’s Edition will also be released in deluxe packaging and includes a hardcover coffee table book featuring stunning photographs, as well as portrait art prints on archival paper. Newly restored and remastered versions of all three films will also be available together on Blu-ray with access to Digital copies. Formats: Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD + Digital Code. Extras: Includes new and legacy content. New: Introduction to The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola; "Full Circle: Preserving The Godfather" in which Paramount Pictures archivists detail the incredible restoration process with archival footage showing the evolution of the film through various home entertainment incarnations as picture and audio technologies make quantum leaps over the decades; "Capturing the Corleones: Through the Lens of Photographer Steve Schapiro"; "The Godfather: Home Movies" assortment of 8mm home movie footage shot in 1971 that offers a candid glimpse into the production of "The Godfather." Shot on location at the Norton family estate on Staten Island’s Emerson Hill, this is the first time it’s been made available to the public; "Restoration Comparisons": Before and after highlights showcase extensive picture quality improvements to "The Godfather." (Paramount). Read more here
Monkey Kung Fu (AKA Stroke of Death)
(1979) From director Mar Lo ("Shaolin Thief)", and starring Siu-Tung Ching ("The Shaolin Boxer") comes this fast-moving wuxia classic from the legendary Shaw Brothers studio. When prisoner Ching is given half of a wooden keepsake by a one eyed-master about to be executed, he breaks out of prison to go in search of the other half to discover its purpose. However, on his quest he is pursued by a gang leader who will also stop at nothing find out its secrets. Embroiling mystical promise, an adventurous journey and a search for the truth into its winding storyline, "Money Kung Fu" is a uniquely satisfying late seventies delve into the magical world of martial arts Hong Kong cinema.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Kenneth Brorsson and Phil Gillon of the Podcast On Fire Network; "Stunting Around - An Interview with Choreographer Tony Leung Siu-hung," original trailer. (88 Films).
(2021) When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet. Remake of the 1947 film directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker, Taylor Holmes and Mike Mazurki.Vitals: Director: Guillermo del Toro. Stars: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn, Peter MacNeill, Clifton Collins Jr., Tim Blake Nelson.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 150 min., Drama, North American box office gross: $11.011 million, worldwide $30.013 million, Fox.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "Del Toro’s Neo Noir" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Beneath the Tarp" production design featurette; "What Exists in the Fringe" costume design featurette. Read more here
(1978 -- Hong Kong) Direct from the golden age of Hong Kong martial arts cinema comes this fast paced fight fest, from the venerated Shaw Brothers studio. When scholar Wei Fung (David Chiang) is hired by the Emperor to infiltrate a clan of rebellious Ming loyalists, his mission goes adrift when he falls in love the clan leader's granddaughter and his plans are discovered. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary with Asian cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema, audio commentary with Asian cinema experts Frank Djeng, "Complicated Families - David West on Shaolin Mantis," interview with actor John Cheung, US trailer ("The Deadly Mantis"), Hong Kong trailer. (88 Films).
(2021) Michael Reed, Augie Duke, Armen Garo, Thomas G. Waiters. A couple embarks on a weekend getaway only to find the island curiously deserted. After stumbling upon the town’s dark secret, they trigger a time loop, forcing them to relive a demented cycle of terror with seemingly no means of escape. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
To Sleep So As to Dream
(1986 -- Japan) Two private detectives hunt for an actress trapped within the reel of a silent ninja film in the dreamlike debut of Kaizo Hayashi ("Circus Boys," "Zipang"), a magical double-handed cinephilic homage to the movie worlds of the 1910s and 1950s. When private eye Uotsuka (Shiro Sano) and his sidekick Kobayashi are approached by an aged former actress, Madame Cherryblossom, to go in search of her kidnapped daughter Bellflower, their investigations lead them to the studios of the mysterious M. Pathe company. Here Uotsuka has a strange vision in which he comes face to face with the beautiful star of a 1915 chanbara film that appears to have no ending. From then on, things begin to get a little strange... Among the most impressive and critically regarded Japanese films of the 1980s, To Sleep So As to Dream finally makes its home-video debut outside of Japan in a brand new restoration supervised by the director himself. Drifting between illusion and allusion, it is chock full of references to Japan's rich cinematic heritage and features cameos from a host of veteran talent and baroque sets created by Takeo Kimura, the Nikkatsu art designer fondly remembered for his flamboyant work with Seijun Suzuki in the 1960s.
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film experts Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp; audio commentary with director Kaizo Hayashi and lead actor Shiro Sano recorded in 2000; "How Many Eggs? Actor Shiro Sano Talks," a brand new interview with the film’s lead actor; "Talking Silents: Benshi Midori Sawato Talks," a brand new interview on early Japanese film culture and the art of the benshi silent film commentator; "Midori Sawato Performs ‘The Eternal Mystery’," an exclusive benshi performance to the film within the film; "The Restoration of To Sleep So As to Dream" featurette; "Fragments from Japan’s Lost Silent Heyday," a selection of scenes from silent jidai-geki films from the Kyoto Toy Museum archives; original theatrical trailer and English-language restored re-release trailers; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by David Downton; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Aaron Gerow. (Arrow Video). Read more here
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- March 29
Drive-In Retro Classics: Science Fiction Triple Feature
Three-pack of classic sci-fi films from the 1950's, now available as a box set for the first time ever. Rocketship X-M (1950): A crew of scientists blast into space on mankind’s first expedition to the moon. A sudden loss of power and freak accident sends their rocket hurtling out of control, and the crew suddenly finds themselves upon Mars. They decide to take advantage of the opportunity to make a landing and explore the red planet, only to discover evidence of a demolished civilization. Convinced there are no survivors, they let their guard down just enough to learn otherwise. The Hideous Sun Demon (1958): After being exposed to a near-fatal dose of radiation, atomic research scientist Gilbert McKenna is lucky to be alive. After recovering, he soon finds his body has a terrible reaction to the sun, transforming him into a reptilian creature when sunlight hits his skin, and then back into a human when out of the sun’s reach. Desperate to find a cure, his assistant enlists the help of a leading authority of radiation poisoning and its effects who claims the scientist can be cured. However, they gravely underestimate the psychological toll that the horrifying condition is taking on the scientist. The Brain From Planet Arous (1857): An alien life-form arrives on Earth and crash lands in the California desert and takes refuge on Mystery Mountain. Renowned nuclear scientist Steve March, who works nearby, notices a strange proliferation of radiation coming from the mountain and decides to investigate. Little does he know the creature is a terrifying life-form from planet Arous determined to take over the Earth using subversive mind-control and has deliberately chosen Steve as its host. Formats: DVD. (Corinth Films).
(2020) Thomas Duplessie, Cloris Leachman, Linda Kash, Jayne Eastwood, cameos from well-known drag queens Tynomi Banks, Fay Slift and Miss Fiercalicious. The story of aspiring actor Russell (newcomer Duplessie), aka drag persona Fishy Falters. After a disastrous non-debut at Toronto drag club Peckers, Russell leaves his status-conscious boyfriend and takes shelter with his grandmother Margaret (Leachman) in Canadian wine country. Margaret is a woman coming to terms with her own mortality while determined to hang on to her independence.
While Russell struggles to establish himself at the local dive bar, Margaret fends off the best intentions of her daughter, Russell’s mom (Kash), who wants to keep her safe by sending her to a retirement home. As tempers wear thin and family secrets are revealed, Russell and Margaret fight to maintain their dignity while being true to themselves. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Breaking Glass Pictures). Read more here
The Last Waltz
(1978) More than just one of the greatest concert films ever made, "The Last Waltz" is an at once ecstatic and elegiac summation of a vital era in American rock music. Invited to document the farewell performance of the legendary group the Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving, 1976, Martin Scorsese conceived a new kind of music documentary. Enlisting seven camera operators (including renowned cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond, László Kovács, and Michael Chapman) and art director Boris Leven to design the strikingly theatrical sets, Scorsese created a grandly immersive experience that brings viewers onstage and inside the music itself. That music -- as performed by the Band and a host of other generation-defining artists, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young -- lives on as an almost religious expression of the transcendent possibilities of rock and roll.
Formats: Blu-ray, 4K UHD + Blu-Ray Combo, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by musician Robbie Robertson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Extras: Alternate uncompressed stereo soundtrack; two audio commentaries, featuring director Martin Scorsese, Robertson, other members of the Band, members of the production crew, and performers Dr. John, Ronnie Hawkins, and Mavis Staples; new interview with Scorsese, conducted by critic David Fear; documentary from 2002 about the making of the film; outtakes; interview from 1978 with Scorsese and Robertson; trailer and TV spot; an essay by critic Amanda Petrusich. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
Love Jones BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1997) Steeped in the bohemian cool of Chicago’s 1990s Black creative scene, "love jones" -- the smart, sexy, and stylish debut feature of writer-director Theodore Witcher -- is a love story for anyone who has ever wondered: How do I know when I’ve found the one? Larenz Tate and Nia Long have magnetism and chemistry to burn as the striving, artistically talented twentysomethings -- he’s a poet, she’s a photographer -- who spark over their love of literature and jazz, but whose mutual reluctance to commit to a relationship leaves them both navigating an emotional minefield of confusion, jealousy, and regrets. Velvety cinematography; an unforgettable, eclectic soundtrack; sophisticated dialogue; and refreshingly low-key, naturalistic performances by an ensemble cast that also includes Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson, Bill Bellamy, Bernadette Speakes, and Leonard Roberts come together in an intoxicating, seductively moody romance that engages both the heart and the mind.
Formats: Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Theodore Witcher, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: New interview with Witcher and film scholar Racquel J. Gates; new interview with music scholars Mark Anthony Neal and Shana L. Redmond on the soundtrack; panel discussion featuring Witcher and members of the cast and crew; trailer; an essay by critic Danielle A. Jackson. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
(2022) Music superstars Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) and Bastian (Maluma) are getting married before a global audience of fans. But when Kat learns, seconds before her vows, that Bastian has been unfaithful, she instead decides to marry high school math teacher Charlie (Owen Wilson), a stranger in the crowd. Against the odds, their relationship develops into something real ... but can their love survive the limelight? Vitals: Director: Kat Coiro. Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Maluma, John Bradley, Chloe Coleman, Sarah Silverman.
2022, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 112 min., Comedy, US box office gross: $21.440 million, worldwide $47.045 million, Universal.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; "Jennifer Unveiled" featurette; "Behind the Camera: The Making of Marry Me"; "Turn It Up: The Music of Marry Me"; "Live At Madison Square Garden"; Married With Style" featurette; "On My Way" lyric video; commentary with director Kat Coiro and producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. Read more here
On the 3rd Day
(2021 -- Argentina) Mariana Anghileri, Arturo Bonín, Diego Cremonesi. While on a trip with her young son, Cecilia has a car accident. Three days later, she finds herself wandering a lonely road with no sign of her child -- and no memory of what happened since the crash. Cecilia’s desperate search for her son leads her on a wrenching and tumultuous journey to face off against a religious fanatic who holds the shocking key to it all. Formats: Blu-ray, Digital. (Scream Factory).
(2021) Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, Jake Manley, Elizabeth Ludlow. Action-thriller about a tough cop's hunt for an even tougher criminal. Calloway (Hirsch), a ruthless hacker, is desperate to find his wife — who's been kidnapped by a drug cartel — when he crosses paths with Detective Breslin. But after he escapes police custody, Breslin joins forces with a no-nonsense female cop to reclaim his prisoner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
(2022) Alicia Silverstone, James Tupper. There’s terror in paradise when Jaelyn (Silverstone) and Kyle (Tupper) arrive at a remote seaside villa in Vietnam for a romantic getaway. A torrential storm descends, reducing the villa to little more than a raft and sweeping the young couple out to sea. Suddenly, another danger appears: a school of great white sharks. With her injured husband watching helplessly, Jaelyn must battle the deadly predators alone. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with writer-director Le-Van Kiet, “Making the Requin” featurette. (Lionsgate). Read more here
Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-5
(2013-21) Boxed set which includes all 51 episodes of the critically acclaimed, half-hour animated hit comedy series on Adult Swim that follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth’s family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty into intergalactic escapades. .Formats: 10 DVDs, 5 Blu-rays, Digital. Extras: Commentaries, animatics, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, more. (Warner).
Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin Macleod
(2020) Documentary tells the story of the internet legend whose music has become the soundtrack of the digital world. Composer Kevin MacLeod released thousands of his songs for free and unwittingly became one of the most heard composers in the world, with his work ending up in millions of videos, thousands of films, and more than a few odd places – such as theme parks and rocket launches. By releasing his music royalty free, anyone can use his music in their productions, from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo to cat videos on YouTube.
Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Director commentary, animation walkthrough, festival Q&A, production stills. (First Run Features). Read more here
(2021) All the favorite singing, dancing all-stars from "Sing" return in this feel-good event of the year. The ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon, and his cast have big dreams of staging their most dazzling show yet in the glittering entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. There's just one hitch: They must persuade the world's most reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway, to join them. Rosita, Ash, Johnny, Meena and Gunter return with all-new characters, spectacular hit songs and electrifying performances in this comedy about the emotional healing power of music.
Vitals: Director: Garth Jennings. Stars: Voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Nick Offerman, Letitia Wright, Eric Andre, Chelsea Peretti and Bono.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 110 min., Animated Family, North American box office gross: $152.378 million, worldwide $352.632 million, Universal.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "For Gunter's Eyes Only" (Mini Movie): Johnny and Gunter attend a hypnotist show in Redshore City where Gunter is hypnotized and believes he is a 007 type spy; "Animal Attraction" (Mini Movie): Darius messes up his commercial shoot and audition; outtakes; "Meet the Animators"; "Super Sing-Alongs"; "How to Dance & More": Six featurettes; "The Voices Of Sing 2"; "From the Drawing Room" seven featurettes; "How to Draw."
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A Star Is Born (1937) BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1937) Producer David O. Selznick turned his attention to Hollywood with this 1937 original classic directed by William A. Wellman. Its Academy Award-winning screenplay co-written by Dorothy Parker tells the story of hopeful, young would-be actress Esther Blodgett (Academy Award winner Janet Gaynor) whose career is launched by movie star Norman Maine (Academy Award winner Fredric March), who also wins the young actress' heart. Esther becomes leading lady Vicki Lester and Mrs. Norman Maine, but as Maine's career flounders, he sinks into an abyss of alcoholism. Esther chooses to sacrifice her stardom to care for her husband, but he will not allow Esther to abandon her dreams for him. Remade three times in years ahead, this original version has finally undergone a meticulous restoration and has been remastered from its original nitrate Technicolor camera negatives, especially for this Warner Archive Blu-ray release. The result is a sterling presentation of a landmark in film history. Extras: Two Lux Radio Theater broadcasts; Janet Gaynor and Robert Montgomery (9/13/37), Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon (12/28/42) [audio only]; classic WB cartoon "A Star is Hatched" (1938); classic WB shorts: "Mal Hallett & His Orchestra” (1937), “Taking the Count” (1937) and Alibi Mark (1937); original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1962) Restored in 4K (3840 x 2160) master files from 6K files of original Cinerama Camera Negatives, with the most advanced technology available used by Cinerama Restorationists David Strohmaier and Tom H. March, to eliminate the “join lines” that plagued traditional release prints, and early video format releases. The Cinerama 7-channel sound has also been restored for a new 5.1 mix that brings a spectacular sonic experience to match the amazing Cinerama imagery. "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray will include an 8-page booklet that is a partial replica of the original souvenir program sold in theaters during the film’s original theatrical roadshow engagements. The story behind the brothers who created beloved fairy tales come to life, with reenactments of three of their fairy tales stories. The film tells the story of the brothers' long struggle for recognition and the sacrifices they and their families made to achieve their goals. Between dreamer Wilhelm (Laurence Harvey) and practical Jacob (Karl Boehm), some marvelous fairy tales develop. In "The Dancing Princess," a princess (Yvette Mimieux) falls in love with a charming woodsman (Russ Tamblyn). In "The Cobbler and the Elves," a Christmas miracle of dedicated labor helps the cobbler out when he most needs it. And in the last story, a fire-breathing dragon threatens the kingdom until a lowly servant (Buddy Hackett) saves the day. Shot on location in West Germany, the innovative production features Puppetoons, a technique developed by Oscar-winning special effects expert George Pal. Meticulously restored from its original Cinerama negatives, this fanciful delight is a treat for audiences of all ages ... and this Deluxe Two Disc Edition gives the viewer the opportunity to watch the film either in a traditional letterbox format, or in the Smilebox® format which attempts to re-create the immersive Cinerama experience with a simulated curve to the screen. Both versions bring together the three original Cinerama panels with virtually no trace of the lines that joined them together when originally projected in theaters back in 1962. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Rescuing a Fantasy Classic" documentary; "The Epic Art of The Brothers Grimm"; "The Wonderful Career of George Pal"; trailers; more. (Warner Archive). Read more here
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