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May 3

Blacklight

photo for Blacklight (2022) Travis Block (Liam Neeson) lives and fights in the shadows. A freelance government “fixer,” Block is a dangerous man whose assignments have included extracting agents out of deep-cover situations. He knows his hands are dirty, but he’s aiming to change. When an agent is killed after infiltrating a group espousing violent societal upheaval, Block discovers a shadowy program called Operation Unity is striking down ordinary citizens for reasons known only to Block’s boss, FBI chief Robinson (Aidan Quinn). As Block gets closer to the truth, he enlists the help of a journalist (Emmy Raver-Lampman), but his past and present collide when his daughter and granddaughter are threatened, and in saving them, he could save himself. Now, Block needs to rescue the people he loves and expose the truth for a shot at redemption. Vitals: Director: Mark Williams. Stars: Liam Neeson, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Taylor John Smith, Aidan Quinn. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 144 min., Thriller, North American box office gross: $9.951 million, worldwide $15.336 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Blacklight: Behind the Scenes,"Shooting Blacklight." Read more here 2 stars


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Bloody Oranges

(2021 -- France) Alexandre Steiger, Christophe Paou, Lilith Grasmu. A retired couple enter a dance contest, a corrupt politician, a girl eager to lose her virginity, and a young lawyer obsessed with social status - a seemingly benign look into these daily lives goes haywire in this shocking black comedy. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Dark Star Pictures).

Dinosaur World

(2021) Xing Yu, Steven He, Mike Pu, Phuong Kubacki, Billie D. Merritt. When a group of contestants come together to take part in a competition held in a virtual reality realm ruled by dinosaurs, shifting alliances and jockeying for victory become secondary to the ultimate goal: to survive at all costs. Welcome to Dinosaur World … an eye-popping place where anything can happen ... and the life-and-death stakes are all too real. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Shout! Factory). Read more here

Francis the Talking Mule

(1950-1956) All seven films from the hilarious film series: "Francis" (1950), "Francis Goes to the Races" (1951), "Francis Goes to West Point" (1952), "Francis Covers the Big Town" (1953), "Francis Joins the Wacs" (1954), "Francis in the Navy" (1955), all starring Donald O'Connor), and "Francis in the Haunted House" (1956), starring Mickey Rooney. Arthur Lubin directed the first six films in the series and Charles Lamont directed the final film . Formats: Blu-ray. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics).

Gagarine

(2022 -- France) Alseni Bathily, Lyna Khoudri, Jamil McCraven, Finnegan Oldfield, Farida Rahouadj, Denis Lavant. Yuri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarine Towers, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his community’s home are leaked, Yuri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own “starship.” Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Cohen Media Group).
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The Good Fight: Season Five

(2021) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. In the latest season, Diane (Christine Baranski) is forced to question whether it’s appropriate for her to help run an African American law firm with Liz (Audra McDonald) when the firm loses two of its top lawyers. Meanwhile, Marissa (Sarah Steele) and the firm become entangled with Hal Wackner, a regular Chicagoan who decides to open his own courtroom in the back of a copy shop. Formats: DVD. Extras: Gag reel, deleted scenes. (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount).

The Outfit

photo for The Outfit (2022) Leonard (Mark Rylance), a master English tailor who's ended up in Chicago, operates a corner tailor shop with his assistant (Zoey Deutch) where he makes beautiful clothes for the only people around who can afford them: a family of vicious gangsters. One night, two killers (Dylan O'Brien, Johnny Flynn) knock on his door in need of a favor - And Leonard is thrust onto the board in a deadly game of deception and murder. Vitals: Director: Graham Moore . Stars: Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, Dylan O'Brien, Johnny Flynn, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Simon Russell Beale, Alan Mehdizadeh. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 105 min., Thriller, North American box office gross: $3.344 million, worldwide $3.365 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital, VOD, Digital. 2 stars

Turning Red

(2022) Voices of Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse, Hyein Park, Wai Ching Ho, Tristan Allerick Chen, Lori Tan Chinn, Mia Tagano, Sherry Cola, Lillian Lim, James Hong. Disney and Pixar's latest family animated adventure introduces Mei Lee (Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother's dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter — an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren't enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she "poofs" into a giant red panda. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Disney).



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May 10

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a-ha - a-ha: The Movie

(2021) The music of Queen and the Velvet Underground instilled a sense of destiny in three teenagers living in 1970s Norway. That dream led to a-ha: featuring keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, vocalist Morten Harket, and guitarist Pål Waktaar-Savoy. "Take on Me" was one of the biggest pop songs ever made and made these teens global superstars. 36 years and 50 million albums later, a-ha still sells out arenas worldwide - but can they mend broken friendships to get on stage and create new music still? Everybody remembers the iconic video, but most Americans don't know that there have been 10 studio albums and five live albums since their debut. "a-ha -The Movie" follows the band over their entire career, telling the full story of how three young men followed their impossible dream of becoming worldwide pop stars and what happened after that. a-ha still creates magic on stage with their melancholic and timeless music. They tour the world but drive in separate cars and stay apart backstage. They only meet on stage, while doing the one thing they love. The film closely portrays the challenging creative and personal dynamics of a group of three strong individuals. A story of great music, big ambitions, broken friendship - and maybe forgiveness. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Lightyear Entertainment).

Clean

(2021) Adrien Brody, Glenn Fleshler, Richie Merritt, Chandler Ari DuPont, Mykelti Williamso, RZA, Michelle Wilson. Tormented by his past life, garbage man Clean (Brody) attempts a life of quiet redemption. But when his good intentions mark him a target of a local crime boss (Fleshler), Clean is forced to reconcile with the violence of his past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (RLJE Films).

Cursed Collector's Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT

(2005) Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, Jesse Eisenberg, Judy Greer, Milo Ventimiglia. A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults who, after being mauled by the beast, learn that the only way to break the curse put upon them is to kill the one who started it all. Directed by horror master Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. New 4K scans of the original camera negative of both theatrical and uncut versions. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing" interview with actor Derek Mears; new "A Movie That Lives Up To Its Title" interview with editor Patrick Lussier; "Behind the Fangs: The Making of Cursed"; "The Cursed Effects"; "Becoming a Werewolf"; "Creature Editing 101." (Scream Factory).

Dog

photo for Dog (2021) A buddy comedy that follows the misadventures of two former Army Rangers paired against their will on the road trip of a lifetime. Army Ranger Briggs (Channing Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois dog) buckle into a 1984 Ford Bronco and race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they’ll drive each other completely crazy, break a small handful of laws, narrowly evade death, and learn to let down their guards in order to have a fighting chance of finding happiness. Vitals: Director: Reid Carolin, Channing Tatum. Stars: Channing Tatum, Q'orianka Kilcher, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Kevin Nash, Aqueela Zoll, Jane Adams, Darren Keilan, Cayden Boyd,. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 101 min., Comedy, North American box office gross: $61.739 million, worldwide $76.779 million, Warner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: 2 stars

Indemnity

(2021 -- South Africa) Jarrid Geduld, Gail Mabalane, Andre Jacob. Thriller follows a South African ex-firefighter in Cape Town who is forced to fight for his life after being accused of murdering his wife. As he struggles to survive, connections are revealed between his past, the origin of his PTSD, the mysterious death of his wife, and a government conspiracy with terrifying implications. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment Magnet Label).

Kin: Season 1

(2021) Two-disc set with all eight episodes. In the debut season of "Kin," a boy is killed and his family embarks on a gangland war with an international cartel - a war that is impossible to win. But the Kinsellas have something the cartel does not: the unbreakable bonds of blood and family. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).

Lockdown

(2022) Michael Paré, Bai Ling, Michael Wainwright, Scott Engrotti. Chaos reigns in Los Angeles when three criminals, led by a psychotic mastermind named McMasters, takes over a police station and threaten to kill everyone in it unless a large ransom is paid. FBI special agent Roger Kinkaid (Pare) uses his extensive knowledge in a bid to outwit the criminals and save the hostages. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate). Read more here
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Mr. Klein

(1976 -- France) One of the crowning achievements of blacklisted Hollywood director Joseph Losey’s European exile, the spellbinding modernist mystery "Mr. Klein" puts a chilling twist on the wrong-man thriller. Alain Delon delivers a standout performance as Robert Klein, a decadent art dealer in Paris during World War II who makes a tidy profit buying up paintings from his desperate Jewish clients. As Klein searches for a Jewish man with the same name for whom he has been mistaken, he finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which his identity seems to dissolve and the forces of history to close in on him. Met with considerable controversy on its release for its portrayal of the real-life wrongdoings of the Vichy government, this haunting, disturbingly beautiful film shivers with existential dread as it traces a society’s descent into fascistic fear and inhumanity. Formats: Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Interviews from 1976 with director Joseph Losey and actor Alain Delon; "Story of a Day," a 1986 documentary on the real-life Vél d’Hiv Roundup, a central historical element of "Mr. Klein"; trailer; an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here

Playground

(2021 -- Belgium) Belgium’s official shortlisted Oscar, winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2021, with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. In this debut feature by writer-director Laura Wandel, the everyday reality of grade school is seen from a child's-eye-view as an obstacle course of degradation and abuse. Following 7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel, we see Nora struggling to fit in before finding her place on the schoolyard. One day, she notices Abel being bullied by other kids, and though she rushes to protect him by warning their father, Abel forces her to remain silent, while he endures more humiliation and harassment by his peers. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Film Movement). Read more here

Uncharted

photo for Uncharted (2022) Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor "Sully" Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world's oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate's long-lost brother ... but only if they can learn to work together.Vitals: Director: Ruben Fleischer. Stars: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Antonio Banderas. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 116 min., Action Adventure, North American box office gross: $133.551 million, worldwide $357.451 million, Sony. Formats: DVD + Digital Code, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Buddy System" featurette. Blu-ray adds Deleted and extended scenes; five additional behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Becoming Nathan Drake," "Big Action Breakdown: C-17 Globemaster," "Charting the Course: On Set with Ruben Fleischer," "Never a Dull Moment: Stunts & Action," "Villains, Backstabbers & Accomplices": commentary with director Ruben Fleischer. Read more here 3 stars

Year of the Jelly Fish BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1984 -- France) Valerie Kaprisky, Caroline Cellier, Bernard Giraudeau, Jacques Perrin. A French Eurotrash cult classic. Set in Saint Tropez during mid-summer, this darkly biting coming-of-age story is a tale of obsession and sexual desire. A young woman (Kaprisky) vacations in an upscale beach resort with her mother, where it becomes clear that a layer of secrets and jealousy lay beneath the sundrenched paradise. Formats: Blu-ray. (Cohen Film Collection).



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May 17

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Belle

(2021 -- Japan) Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U,” a massive virtual world, she escapes into the online persona of Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As the hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Extras: "A Conversation with Director Mamoru Hosoda," "The Music of Belle," "Hosoda Draws Belle," scene breakdowns, "Finding the Voice of Belle," "Mamoru Hosoda at Animation is Film." Blu-ray adds "The Making of Belle," design gallery, Kylie McNeill performs "Gales of Song." (GKIDS/Shout! Factory). Read more here

Death Valley

(2021) Jeremy Ninaber, Ethan Mitchell, Kristen Kaster. Mercenaries with nothing to lose are hired to rescue a bioengineer imprisoned in a cold war bunker. Upon entering the ominous facility, they find themselves in a fight for their lives, under attack from an unknown and deadly creature. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Cast and crew commentary, "The Making of Death Valley." (RLJE Films).

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1941) Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Ian Hunter, Donald Crisp. Laurence Olivier once observed that he “learned more about acting from watching [Spencer] Tracy than in any other way.” Undertaking the dual title role in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Victorian science-fiction thriller, Tracy fulfilled that compliment by abandoning his characteristic down-to-earth image for the most terrifying portrayal of his career. Also cast “against type” are “Sweater Sweetheart” Lana Turner as Jekyll’s fiancée and Ingrid Bergman, who plays Hyde’s victimized Cockney mistress. Tracy and director Victor Fleming ("Gone with the Wind") decided to break with convention by interpreting Hyde from a Freudian perspective instead of portraying him as the usual physically grotesque monster, and he emerges as a menacing distortion of the sexually frustrated Jekyll. To Tracy fans, this amazing piece of virtuosity will come as an unforgettable revelation. Formats: Blu-ray. (Warner Archive).

The Funeral

(1984 -- Japan) It’s death, Japanese style, in the rollicking and wistful first feature from maverick writer-director Juzo Itami. In the wake of her father’s sudden passing, a successful photo for The Funeralactor (Itami’s wife and frequent collaborator, Nobuko Miyamoto) and her lascivious husband (Tsutomu Yamazaki) leave Tokyo and return to her family home to oversee a traditional funeral. Over the course of three days of mourning that bring illicit escapades in the woods, a surprisingly materialistic priest (Chishu Ryu), and cinema’s most epic sandwich handoff, the tensions between public propriety and private hypocrisy are laid bare. Deftly weaving dark comedy with poignant family drama, "The Funeral" is a fearless satire of the clash between the old and new in Japanese society in which nothing, not even the finality of death, is off-limits. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with high-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with actors Nobuko Miyamoto and Manpei Ikeuchi; "Creative Marriages: Juzo Itami & Nobuko Miyamoto," a short program produced by the Criterion Channel; Commercials for Ichiroku Tart by director Juzo Itami; trailers; an essay by author Pico Iyer and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Itami’s 1985 book Diary of “The Funeral” and from a 2007 remembrance of Itami by actor Tsutomu Yamazaki. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
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Girls Nite Out

(1982) A host of familiar genre faces including Hal Holbrook ("Creepshow"), Rutanya Alda ("Amityville II: The Possession"), Julia Montgomery ("The Kindred") and Lauren-Marie Taylor ("Friday the 13th Part 2") rounds out the cast of this gloriously mean-spirited slice from the slasher golden age. The students of DeWitt University are preparing themselves for a night of fun and frolics in the form of an all-night scavenger hunt. Little do they know that they are in fact the ones being hunted. An unhinged assailant, disguised in the college's goofy bear mascot outfit - and bearing knives for claws, two years before Freddy donned his famous gloves - is stalking the campus hellbent on carving up co-eds. Originally released under the only marginally more appropriate title of "The Scaremaker," "Girls Nite Out" is a decidedly singular slasher flick which comes on like a frenetic cross between "Animal House" and "Friday the 13th" - veering from jovial frat antics to jarringly disturbing scenes of the killer shrieking obscenities as he slices up his victims. New 2K restoration from 35mm vault elements. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with genre film critic/author Justin Kerswell and film historian/author Amanda Reyes; "Staying Alive" new video interview with actress Julia Montgomery; "A Savage Mauling" new video interview with actress Laura Summer; "Alone in the Dark" new video interview with actress Lois Robbins; "It Was a Party!" new video interview with actor Paul Christie; "Love & Death" new video interview with actors Lauren-Marie Taylor and John Didrichsen; archival video interview with actress Julia Montgomery; "The Scaremaker" alternate title card; original trailers; reversible sleeve featuring original artwork and newly-commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Gingold. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman: Season One

(2020-21) Eight-part docuseries explores some of the most infamous prison escapes in history — from Alcatraz and Rikers Island to Germany’s Stalag Luft III and HM Prison Maze in Belfast. Featuring dramatic recreations and cutting-edge visual effects, along with interviews with some of the prisoners themselves, their families, their cell mates and guards who were there. Hosted and narrated by Morgan Freeman. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
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Infinite

(2022) Director: Antoine Fuqua; stars Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Liz Carr, Toby Jones, Dylan O’Brien. For Evan McCauley (Wahlberg), skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited haunt his daily life. Self-medicated and on the brink of a mental breakdown, he is rescued by a secret group that call themselves "Infinites"; they reveal to him that his memories are real - but they are from multiple past lives. The Infinites bring Evan into their extraordinary world, where a gifted few are given the ability to be reborn with their memories and knowledge accumulated over centuries. With critical secrets buried in his past, Evan must work with the Infinites to unlock the answers in his memories in a race against time to save humanity from one of their own (Ejiofor) who seeks to destroy it. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "They Call Themselves Infinites" cast and crew behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Kinetic Action of Infinite"behind-the-scenes look at the vehicles, stunt drivers, and technology used to achieve the exhilarating action scenes in the film; "Anatomy of a Scene – Police Station & Forest"; "Infinite Time" featurette explores the creation of the film’s ground-breaking effects, including a breakdown of the on-set fight action and the visual effects work employed in post-production. (Paramount). Read more here

Licorice Pizza

photo for Licorice Pizza (2021) The story of Alana Kane (Alana Haim of the musical group Haim) and Gary Valentine (debut of Cooper Hoffman, son of Philip Seymour Hoffman) growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Vitals: Director: Paul Thomas Anderson . Stars: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 133 min., Comedy Drama, North American box office gross: $17.303 million, worldwide $31.768 million, MGM/Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Camera tests, "The Handman Scene" deleted scene, "Fat Bernie’s Commercial," behind-the-scenes featurette. Read more here 3 stars

Outside the Law

(2010 -- Algeria, France) Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa and Bernard Blancan. The story of three brothers who fight for Algeria’s independence from France after World War II. After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement; Said moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Making-of featurette, deleted scenes, interview with director Rachid Bouchareb, cast interviews with Laurent Weil, trailers. (Cohen Media Group).
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Presagio

(2015 --Argentina) Carlos Piñeiro, Javier Solis, Matías Salinas, Valeria Salinas. A young writer, traumatized by the death of his wife and kid, describes his disturbing experiences to a psychiatrist. Meanwhile, a mysterious man, hidden under an umbrella, forces him to finish his book regardless of the cost or its consequences. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted scenes. (IndiePix).

Slasher: Flesh & Blood

(2021) David Cronenberg, Rachael Crawford, Sabrina Grdevich, Sydney Ozerov-Meyer, Alex Ozerov-Meyer. A wealthy, dysfunctional family gathers for a reunion on a secluded island, and soon discover they’ll be pitted against one another in a cruel game of life and death, all while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer. Nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe as the tension – and body count – ratchets up. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: "Behind-the-Scenes of Slasher: Flesh & Blood," "In Conversation with Cronenberg," "Black Spot FX on Slasher: Flesh & Blood," "Meet the Galloways," "Reliving the Kill." (RLJE Films).

Straight to VHS

(2021 -- Uruguay) In this compelling documentary, director Emilio Silva Torres tries to track down the people responsible for "Act of Violence In a Young Journalist," Uruguay's first direct-to-video thriller. A bizarre 1980s oddity, that film combines the ineptitude of Ed Wood or "The Room" with surprising insights into media, violence, and human relationships, even incorporating documentary footage of its own into a suspense storyline. It's developed a photo for Straight to VHScult following over the decades, and Torres interviews many of its most passionate admirers in the film industry. As Torres tries to find the enigmatic director Manuel Lamas, who seemingly disappeared without a trace following his infamous film, he can only locate some of his collaborators ... and they refuse to speak on camera, back out of scheduled interviews, or talk about their time on the film with sadness and anger. What happened during the making of that film? Torres discovers that Lamas was a profoundly difficult director, battling his own creative demons and inflicting that tension on his cast and crew. And Lamas was also responsible for a varied and now-forgotten body of work that went largely unseen, financed through mysterious means, rejected by even its intended video store audience. As Torres continues to hunt for Lamas and more information about these strange films, the documentary also investigates our collective fascination with cult movies, underground culture, and the elusive and obscure. "Straight to VHS" weaves a tantalizing documentary investigation, one that goes beyond just a single cult movie and its cryptic creator, and probes into cinematic obsession itself. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Original Spanish language version of "Acto de Violencia en un Joven Periodista" (Act of Violence In a Young Journalist) with English subtitles. (IndiePix).

Succession: The Complete Third Season

(2021) Three-disc set with all nine episodes. The critically acclaimed drama series tracks the lives of a wealthy patriarch and his four grown children, who control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. The show explores themes of power and family dynamics through the eyes of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his four grown children, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck). Season Three finds Logan in a perilous position, scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances after he was ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall. After Kendall’s impulsive decision to expose the company’s sprawling scandal, the family is left to each contemplate their own future. Tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war, with the Roy family navigating the looming questions of who will take over in a post-Logan world. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: "Who Said It?", "Roy Family Food Chain," "Succession: Controlling the Narrative." (Warner).

Sundown

(2022) Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Samuel Bottomley, Monica Del Carmen. Neil and Alice Bennett (Tim Roth, Charlotte Gainsbourg) are the core of a wealthy family on vacation in Mexico with younger members Colin and Alexa (Samuel Bottomley, Albertine Kotting McMillan) until a distant emergency cuts their trip short. When one relative disrupts the family's tight-knit order, simmering tensions rise to the fore in this suspenseful jolt from writer/director Michel Franco.Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Bleecker Street/Decal Releasing).

Sunken Roads

(2021) Don McCarthy was 20 years old on D-Day, when his infantry division landed on Omaha Beach. Don and the other veterans who survived D-Day will someday soon have passed into memory and legend. This realization inspires 20-year-old filmmaker Charlotte Juergens to join Don and seven other D-Day vets on a journey to France – a commemorative pilgrimage to Omaha Beach for the 70th anniversary of the invasion. The vets come to see Charlotte as a granddaughter, trusting her with their stories as they confront the trauma that still haunts them 70 years after the war. In capturing their lives, Sunken Roads offers an intergenerational perspective on D-Day, presenting the memories of 90-year-old combat veterans through the eyes of a 20-year-old woman. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (First Run Features). Read more here

Two Men In Town BLU-RAY DEBUT

(2014) Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn, Luis Guzman, Ellen Burstyn, Dolores Heredia. Whitaker stars as William Garnett, an ex-con starting life over as a recently converted Muslim. With the help of his determined parole officer (Brenda Blethyn), he gets a job, meets an interesting woman, and keeps his head down. But the town sheriff, Bill Agati (Harvey Keitel), can’t leave him alone since Garnett was responsible for killing his deputy. As Agati puts pressure on him, and his old partners in crime hassle him, Garnett slowly starts to unravel. When his former life catches up with him, Garnett has to make peace with his past and face the future head on, with a gun. Formats: Blu-ray. (Cohen Media Group).



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May 24

Agent Game

(2022) Mel Gibson, Dermot Mulroney, Annie Ilonzeh, Jason Isaacs, Katie Cassidy. A CIA officer finds himself the target of a rendition operation after being scapegoated for the death of an interrogation subject. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Grant S. Johnson, "Subterfuge: Playing the Agent Game." (Lionsgate). Read more here

The Batman

photo for The Batman (2022) More than a year of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies—Alfred (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright)—amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens. When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz), Oz, aka The Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka The Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City. Vitals: Director: Matt Reeves. Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Jayme Lawson, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 175 min., Crime Action, North American box office gross: $369. 193 million, worldwide $767.193 million, Warner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Unpacking The Icons." Blu-ray adds "Vengeance in the Making," "Vengeance Meets Justice," "The Batman: Genesis," "Becoming Catwoman," "Looking for Vengeance," "Anatomy of the Car Chase," "Anatomy of the Wingsuit," "A Transformation: The Penguin," "The Batmobile," deleted scenes with director’s commentary. Read more here 2 stars

The Burning Sea

(2021 -- Norway) Kristine Kujath Thorp, Henrik Bjelland. In 1969, the Norwegian government announced their discovery of one of the world's largest oil fields in the neighboring North Sea, which launched a prosperous period of offshore drilling. 50 years later, when a crack opens on the ocean floor causing a rig to collapse, it becomes clear there would be environmental consequences for these actions. When a team of researchers, including submarine operator Sofia, rushes in to search for the missing and assess the cause of the damage, they discover that this is just the start of a possible apocalyptic catastrophe. As rigs are evacuated, Sofia's loving companion Stian becomes trapped in the depths of the sea, and she must attempt one last live saving measure by diving in to rescue him. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD. (Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Label).

The Eden Theory

(2021) Jesse Charles, Brit MacRae, Trevor Snarr. After his best friend disappears, Tom Edwards' world unravels when he’s investigated relentlessly by a dogged detective. Almost all signs point to Tom as the prime suspect, except for the strange and unexplainable events that follow him. Meanwhile, tensions rise between Tom and his girlfriend, Jamie, as they hide the truth from each other, as well as from The Detective, and they all begin to realize things aren’t what they seem. Is there really something sinister out in the woods surrounding their quiet town, or is Tom covering for an unspeakable crime? Formats: DVD, VOD (July 5). (Indican Pictures). Read more here
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Mississippi Masala

(1991) The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda, and the American South come together in Mira Nair’s "Mississippi Masala," a luminous look at the complexities of love in the modern melting pot. Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twentysomething Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spends her days cleaning rooms in an Indian-run motel in Mississippi. When she falls for the charming Black carpet cleaner Demetrius (Denzel Washington), their passionate romance challenges the prejudices of both of their families and exposes the rifts between the region’s Indian and African American communities. Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with bighearted humor and keen insight, Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, and deeply satisfying celebration of love’s power. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Mira Nair and director of photography Ed Lachman, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary featuring Nair; new conversation between actor Sarita Choudhury and film critic Devika Girish; new interviews with Lachman, screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala, and production designer and photographer Mitch Epstein; an essay by critic Bilal Qureshi and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Nair’s production journal. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
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One-armed Boxer

(1972 -- Hong Kong) When former Shaw Brothers executive Raymond Chow founded rival studio Golden Harvest in 1970, he quickly teamed up with "Jimmy" Wang Yu - Hong Kong's first kung fu superstar and formerly Shaw's biggest box office draw. Bringing over his peerless talent for taking on all foes with one hand tied behind his back, Wang wrote, directed and played the title role in one of his most unmissable kickass classics. Yu Tian Long (Wang) is the best fighter to come out of his local martial arts school, but when he crosses the ruthless leader of a local crime syndicate, the big boss' brutal bevy of deadly killers make mincemeat out of the school and everyone inside. Now the only survivor of the massacre, and short of one appendage, Yu is gifted a powerful elixir that promises to give him the strength to take swift revenge on the army of assassins, each representing the most lethal forms of fighting from across the Eastern hemisphere. Proving once and for all that you only need five fingers of death to get the job done, Wang would later reprise his role in the infamous sequel "Master of the Flying Guillotine," but it's the dementedly inventive original where he's arguably at the height of his powers. 2K restoration from the original elements by Fortune Star. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by Frank Djeng from the NY Asian Film Festival; career retrospective interview with Wang Yu, filmed in Nantes in 2001 and never released before, courtesy of the Frédéric Ambroisine Video Archive; trailer gallery, featuring the original Hong Kong theatrical trailer, a US TV spot (as "The Chinese Professionals") and over half an hour of trailers for other Wang Yu classics including "One-Armed Swordsman" and "Master of the Flying Guillotine"; image gallery; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Simon Abrams. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.
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Ray Donovan: The Movie

(2022) The series conclusion, picking up where Season Seven ends. A showdown decades in the making brings the Donovan family legacy full circle. As the events that made Ray who he is today finally come to light, the Donovans find themselves drawn back to Boston to face the past. Each of them struggles to overcome their violent upbringing, but destiny dies hard, and only their fierce love for each other keeps them in the fight. Whether they stand together or they go down swinging, one thing is certain – Ray doesn’t do loose ends. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD. (Showtime/Paramount).

The Rose Maker

(2020 -- France) Catherine Frot, Manel Foulgoc, Fatsah Bouyahmed. Artisanal horticulturist Eve Vernet honors her father's legacy by continuing the family business, breeding and growing unique roses that compete in showcases all over France. But Eve's approach struggles to compete with the mass market production from her corporate rivals. With the business facing imminent bankruptcy or liquidation, Eve's trusted secretary, Vera, makes a last-ditch effort to turn things around by hiring three new employees from a prison rehabilitation program behind Eve's back. In a desperate attempt to save the business, the new team comes up with a perilous plan, and Eve unexpectedly discovers new parts of life that are worth nurturing. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary by Catherine Frot and director Pierre Pinaud, interview with Catherine Frot, interview with director Pierre Pinaud, deleted scenes, "Being a Rose Breeder" featurette, theatrical trailer. (Music Box Films). Read more here

Umma

(2022) Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, MeeWha Alana Lee, Tom Yi, Odeya Rush, Dermot Mulroney. "Umma," which is the Korean word for “mother,” follows Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) living a quiet life on an American farm. When the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Sony). Read more here
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Wild Things [Limited Edition]

(1998) A spoiled rich kid, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks, a carefree playboy and a dogged detective find themselves all caught up in the sex crime of the century in this steamy star-studded crime thriller from the director of "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer." Popular and charming, student counsellor Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon) is no stranger to being the focus of female attention within the moneyed cliques of Florida's Blue Bay. His fortunes are about to change dramatically, however, when one of the wealthiest students at his high school, sultry siren Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards), accuses him of rape. The charge looks sure to stick when another girl from the other end of the social spectrum, Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell), steps forward with her own allegations, but Detective Duquette (Kevin Bacon) smells something fishy, and the truth is as murky and dangerous as the alligator-infested swamps in the hinterlands of this affluent beach community. Presented in new 4K restorations of its original theatrical version and extended Unrated Edition, "Wild Things" is a classic piece of sexy late-90s neo-noir from director John McNaughton and writer Stephen Peters, whose serpentine plotting will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end credits roll. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K UHD. Extras: Exclusive new audio commentary by director John McNaughton and producer Steven A. Jones; commentary by McNaughton, cinematographer Jeffrey Kimball, producers Jones and Rodney Liber, editor Elena Maganini and score composer George S. Clinton; exclusive new interview with McNaughton; exclusive new interview with Denise Richards; making-of documentary; "An Understanding Lawyer" outtakes; trailer; illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson and Sean Hogan; double-sided fold-out poster; six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sam Hadley. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

X

photo for X (2022) In 1979, a group of actors set out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts — an elderly couple with a farm and boarding house for rent. But when the couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives in this tantalizing slasher. Vitals: Director: Ti West. Stars: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure, Scott Mescudi. 2021, CC, MPAA rating: R, 106 min., Horror, North American box office gross: $10.924 million, worldwide $11.723 million, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: “That X Factor” featurette, “The Farmer’s Daughters” extended scene. Read more here 2 stars




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Agatha Raisin: Series 4

(2021) Three-disc set with all eight episodes. Ashley Jensen is back as formidable and fashionable PI Agatha Raisin in Series 4 of this comic mystery series based on the books by MC Beaton.Formats: DVD. (Acorn Media).

The Boys Season 1 and 2

(2019-20) Six-disc set with all 16 episodes. "The Boys" is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes — as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as gods — abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Butcher: A Short Film," deleted and extended scenes, blooper reel. (Sony).
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Chan Is Missing

(1982) A mystery man, a murder, and a wad of missing cash -- in his wryly offbeat breakthrough, Wayne Wang updates the ingredients of classic film noir for the streets of contemporary San Francisco’s Chinatown. When their business partner disappears with the money they had planned to use for a cab license, driver Jo (Wood Moy) and his nephew Steve (Marc Hayashi) scour the city’s back alleys, waterfronts, and Chinese restaurants to track him down. But what begins as a search for a missing man gradually turns into a far deeper and more elusive investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Chinese American identity. The first feature by an Asian American filmmaker to play widely and get mainstream critical appreciation, "Chan Is Missing" is a continuously fresh and surprising landmark of indie invention that playfully flips decades of cinematic stereotypes on their heads. In English, Cantonese, and Mandarin with English subtitles. Formats: Blu-ray, with high-definition digital master, approved by director Wayne Wang, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: "Is Chan Still Missing?," a making-of documentary directed by Debbie Lum; new conversations between Wang and critic Hua Hsu and Wang and filmmaker Ang Lee; conversation between Wang and film programmer Dennis Lim; trailer; an essay by critic Oliver Wang. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
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Double Indemnity

(1944) Has dialogue ever been more perfectly hard-boiled? Has a femme fatale ever been as deliciously evil as Barbara Stanwyck? And has 1940s Los Angeles ever looked so seductively sordid? Working with co-writer Raymond Chandler, director Billy Wilder launched himself onto the Hollywood A-list with this paragon of film-noir fatalism from James M. Cain’s pulp novel. When slick salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) walks into the swank home of dissatisfied housewife Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck), he intends to sell her insurance, but he winds up becoming entangled with her in a far more sinister way. Featuring scene-stealing supporting work from Edward G. Robinson and the chiaroscuro of cinematographer John F. Seitz, "Double Indemnity" is one of the most wickedly perverse stories ever told and the cynical standard by which all noir must be measured. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features. Extras: Audio commentary featuring film critic Richard Schickel; new interview with film scholar Noah Isenberg, editor of" Billy Wilder on Assignment"; new conversation between film historians Eddie Muller and Imogen Sara Smith; "Billy, How Did You Do It?," a 1992 film by Volker Schlöndorff and Gisela Grischow featuring interviews with Wilder; "Shadows of Suspense," a 2006 documentary on the making of "Double Indemnity"; audio excerpts from 1971 and 1972 interviews with cinematographer John F. Seitz; radio adaptations from 1945 and 1950; trailer. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here

Poupelle of Chimney Town

(2020 -- Japan) Based on a popular Japanese picture book by celebrated author and creator Akihiro Nishino, the fantastical tale of Lubicchi and Poupelle leaps from pages to the screen. The story of young Lubicchi living among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his isolated town, yearning to see the “stars” — to know the truth — his father always told him about. One Halloween night he meets Poupelle, a man made of garbage, and together they look to the sky as their adventure begins. Spectacularly beautiful, filled with inspiring performances and splendid music and sound effects, "Poupelle of Chimney Town" brings laughter, tears, and joy. English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The World of Chimney Town" discussion with director Yusuke Hirota and creator Akihiro Nishino; "What's Next For Chimney Town" interview with Nishino; Nishino Q&A — Malibu Film Society Screening. (Eleven Arts/Shout! Factory). Read more here

Strawberry Mansion

(2021) Kentucker Audley, Penny Fuller, Grace Glowicki. In 2035, our dreams are no longer our own -- they're infused with product placement and auditors assess unpaid taxes on our most private reveries. Beleaguered taxman James Preble arrives at a run-down house in the countryside for a routine audit and encounters Bella Isadora, a lifelong dreamer who remains resolutely analog, circumventing the surveillance state with VHS tapes and homemade headgear. As Preble works his way through Bella's archive of the unconscious, he begins to fall in love with visions of her younger self. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with directors Kentucker Audley and Albert Birney, "Strawberry Beginnings" making of featurette, deleted & extended scenes, test footage & animation, Dan Deacon soundtrack and music video, short films by Albert Birney, watercolor & collage gallery, reversible jacket artwork, exclusive collectible trading cards. (Music Box Films). Read more here

They Look Like People

(2015) MacLeod Andrews, Evan Dumouchel, Margaret Ying Drake. Suspecting that people are transforming into malevolent shape-shifters, Wyatt flees to New York City to seek out his estranged childhood friend Christian. As the mysterious horrors close in on Wyatt, he questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself. A genre-bending story of love, loyalty and living nightmares. A critical and festival darling upon its initial release in 2015, Perry Blackshear’s feature debut, which he wrote and directed, world premiered at the 21st Slamdance Film Festival and was instantly hailed for its masterful handling of a sparse production and highly effective emotional and terror beats. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentaries with director, cast and crew; interviews with the filmmakers; "Behind the Scenes" collection; deleted and extra scenes; trailer; essay by critic Anton Bitel; reversible cover artwork. (Yellow Veil Pictures).

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