by Good & Associates
Guide to DVDs
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Catalogs of DVDs
released 1999 -- 2006
- September 6
Blow Out 4K UHD
(1981) In the enthralling "Blow Out," brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a film sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. To uncover the truth, he enlists the help of a possible eyewitness to the crime (Nancy Allen), who may be in danger herself. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, profoundly felt characterizations, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, "Blow Out" is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other, as well as a devilish reflection on moviemaking. In a Director-Approved 4K UHD + Blu-ray special edition; with new 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. One 4K UHD disc of the film is presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Formats: 4k UHD with Blu-ray. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
Minions: The Rise of Gru
(2022) Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.
Vitals: Directors: Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val. Stars: Voices of Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews,Alan Arkin.
2022, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 127 min., Animated Family, North American box office gross: $351.337 million, worldwide $836.909 million, Universal.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Two mini-movies: "Post Modern Minions" and "Minions And Monsters"; extended scene; outtakes; character profiles; "Gru-Vy Animation" featurette; "The '70s - Fashion, Food & Funk" featurette; "Minion Martial Arts"; "Lair Flair: Make Your Own Minion Hideout"; "Super Style Shop." Read more here
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
(2022) Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Lambert Wilson, Alba Baptista, Lucas Bravo, Ellen Thomas, Rose Williams, Jason Isaacs. The story of a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress and decides that she must have one of her own. After she works, starves, and gambles to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris which will change not only her own outlook, but the very future of the House of Dior.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, gag reel. (Universal). Read more here
NCIS: Hawai’i: Season One
(2021-22) Six-disc set with all 22 episodes. The successful television series continues on the seductive shores of the Aloha State, where the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor, Jane Tennant, has thrived and risen through the ranks by equal parts confidence and strategy in a system that has pushed back on her every step of the way. Together with her unwavering team of specialists, they balance duty to family and country while investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the sun-drenched island paradise itself. Formats: DVD. Extras: "'Ohana: Celebrating Season 1" featurette, "Island wear" costume design featurette, "Creating Paradise" production design featurette; "Torres and Tennant" NCIS crossover episode featurette. (CBS/Paramount).
(2022) Juliette Binoche, Frank Grillo, Hala Finley, Cameron Monaghan, Veronica Ferres, Christiane Seidel, Morgan Freeman, Hala Finley. A riveting thriller set in the trucking industry and its seamy underbelly of human trafficking. To save the life of her brother (Grillo), Sally (Binoche), a truck driver, reluctantly agrees to smuggle illicit cargo: a girl named Leila (Finley). As Sally and Leila begin a danger-fraught journey across state lines, a dogged FBI operative (Freeman) sets out on their trail, determined to do whatever it takes to terminate a human-trafficking operation — and bring Sally and Leila to safety.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Lionsgate).
Something in the Woods
(2022) Nicole Cinaglia, Robbie Dias, Vienna Hayden. Nora Thompson, a reporter, has become an overnight celebrity by exposing Senator Morrison’s illegal activities. As a result of the harmful exposé, the senator commits suicide, and his daughter kidnaps Nora and takes her deep into the woods to avenge her father. While Nora battles for her life, they encounter something evil hunting them. Now, the two women must work together to stay alive. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment).
Spitfire Over Berlin
(2021) Kris Saddler, Tom Gordon, David Dobson. August 1944. With the American Eighth Air Force poised to strike over Nazi Germany, British Intelligence learns that they could be flying into a deadly trap. With only hours to spare, Flight Lieutenant Edward Barnes must fly a life and death mission over Berlin in his unarmed Spitfire to obtain photographic evidence and save the lives of 1200 Airmen. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Callum Burn, producer Andrew Burn, and director of photography Sam Parsons; theatrical trailer. (Shout! Studios). Read more here
Young Sheldon: The Complete Fifth Season
(2021-22) Two-disc set with all 22 episodes. For young Sheldon Cooper (seen as an adult in "The Big Bang Theory"), being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn't always helpful in East Texas. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. His father struggles as a high school football coach and father to a boy he doesn’t understand. Sheldon's mother fiercely protects her son who just doesn't fit in. Sheldon’s older brother does the best he can in high school, but his younger brother is already in college. Sheldon’s twin sister remains the one person who can reliably tell Sheldon the truth. And his beloved Meemaw, his Texas grandmother who supports him and his gifts. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. Extras: “Time Flies When You're Having Fun: Young Sheldon at 100” look at the five years and 100 episodes of the series. (Warner).
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- September 13
(2021) Ed Gonzalez Moreno, Natalia Dominguez, Syra McCarthy. Jake, a videographer, discovers a portal to another dimension in which he has everything he has always wanted: the perfect version of his wife, the career of his dreams, and the daughter he never had. He starts traveling back and forth between these two worlds but soon sees that his alternate is not as perfect as he seems, and perfection comes with a price. Formats: DVD, Digital. Read more here (Uncork’d Entertainment).
(1995) John Candy, Rhea Perlman, Alan Alda, Kevin Pollak, Rip Torn, Steven Wright. "Surrender pronto, or ... we'll level Toronto!" Academy Award-winning writer-director Michael Moore ("Fahrenheit 9/11") serves up a delightfully ludicrous political send-up brimming with madcap hilarity and side-splitting slapstick. Faced with sagging approval ratings and disgruntled arms manufacturers, the U.S. President (Alda) decides to cook up a new Cold War with Canada. And after a flood of media propaganda, Americans waste no time in "patriotically" burning their ice skates and swearing off maple syrup. But when bumbling U.S. sheriff Boomer (Candy) and his hair-trigger deputy Honey (Perlman) decide to take matters into their own hands and lead a preemptive strike, they soon find themselves embroiled in a hilarious international incident that's too close for comfort, eh!
Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Original theatrical trailer, reversible artwork, limited edition slipcover (First Pressing Only).(MVD Marquee Collection).
(2018 -- Denmark) Animated adventure about a possessed Ninja doll that teams up with a teen to avenge the murder of a poor child factory worker. When 13-year old Alex (Cameron Simpson) gets a Ninja doll from his Uncle Stewart (Michael Glenn Murphy) after a trip to Thailand, he finds out that the doll is alive and can help him with problems at school. Alex wants to return the favor, but soon Alex learns that the "Checkered Ninja" (Luke Griffin) is possessed and on a mission to have his revenge. Formats: DVD. (Synergetic Distribution).
Cool World: Collector’s Edition (BLU-RAY DEBUT
(1992) Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt, Gabriel Byrne. Ralph Bakshi's hybrid animated/live-action dark comedy creates a fantasy world where human characters and animated roles coexist and showcases Bakshi’s unique and creative animation style. New 4k scan of the film from the original camera negative approved by Bakshi. When ex-con cartoonist Jack Deebs (Byrne) was behind bars, he found escape by creating "Cool World," a cartoon series featuring a voluptuous vixen named Holli Would (Basinger). But the ‘toonsmith becomes a prisoner of his own fantasies when Holli pulls him into Cool World with a scheme to seduce him and bring herself to life. A hard-boiled detective (Pitt) – the only other human in Cool World – cautions Jack with the law: Noids (humans) don’t have sex with doodles (cartoons). The flesh proves weaker than ink, however, as Holli takes human form in Las Vegas, starting a trans-reality chase that threatens the destruction of both worlds. A splashy mix of stylish animation and colorful live-action sequences. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New "The Wild Minds of Cool World" retrospective featurette including brand-new interviews with star Kim Basinger, director Ralph Bakshi, and producer Frank Mancuso, Jr.; trailers. (Shout! Factory ).
(2022) A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Austin Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
Vitals: Director: Baz Luhrmann. Stars: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, David Wenham, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Luke Bracey, Richard Roxburgh.
2022, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 159 min., Biodrama, North American box office gross: $136.457 million, worldwide $251.357 million, Warner.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "Bigger Than Life: The Making of Elvis"; "Rock ‘N Roll Royalty: The Music & Artists Behind Elvis"; "Fit for a King; The Style of Elvis"; "Viva Australia: Recreating Iconic Locations for Elvis'; “Trouble" lyric video. Read more here
Flowers in the Attic: The Origin
(2022) Two-disc set with all four episodes of the Lifetime limited series. Based on the prequel novel "Garden of Shadows" by Andrew Neiderman, this chronicles the harrowing backstory of Olivia Winfield (Jemima Rooper) as she is wooed by the debonair Malcolm Foxworth (Max Irons). After a whirlwind romance, Olivia discovers the twisted truths lurking inside Foxworth Hall, and the fairytale life she expected becomes a nightmare — one that leads to her notorious decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic. Featuring a cast that includes Kelsey Grammer, Harry Hamlin, Kate Mulgrew, Paul Wesley, Alana Boden, Hannah Dodd, T’Shan Williams, and Callum Kerr. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2022) The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, follows the legendary Space Ranger after he's marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he's joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.
Vitals: Director: Angus MacLane. Stars: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolin, Uzo Aduba, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Bill Hader, Efren Ramirez.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 100 min., Animated Action Family, North American box office gross: $117.861 million, worldwide $219.826 million, Disney.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: Deleted scenes, featurettes, commentary.
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Lucifer: The Sixth & Final Season
(2021) Three-disc set with all 10 episodes. In the sixth and final season of Lucifer, we close the chapter on our crime-solving Devil. With Los Angeles no longer the battleground for his angelic siblings, Lucifer’s relationship with Chloe has never been stronger. Life is good. But if we know anything about this fallen angel, it’s that his past always finds a way of catching up to him.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel. (Warner).
Magnum P.I.: Season Four
(2021-22) Five-disc set with 20 episodes. a modern take on the classic series centering on Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum lives in a guest cottage on Robin’s Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business. The “majordomo” of the property is Juliet Higgins, a beautiful and commanding disavowed MI:6 agent whose second job is to keep Magnum in line, with the help of her two Dobermans. Formats: DVD. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes. (CBS/Paramount).
Massacre at Central High
(1976) Andrew Stevens, Derrel Maury, Kimberly Beck, Rainbeaux Smith, Robert Carradine. The startling U.S. debut of Dutch writer-director Rene Daalder, originally released in 1976, is a thriller about a high school transfer student who resorts to murder after being pushed too far by a trio of bullies. When it appears he has freed his fellow classmates from the rule of violent oppressors, the newfound power becomes too much and soon the bullied become the bullies. For years, "Massacre at Central High" more or less slipped under the radar. With the exception of Robert Carradine, the cast consisted of actors you might recognize but not know by name. That, coupled with a title that suggests it might be your run-of-the-mill slasher rather than a smart commentary on the power and influence of violence, has resulted in an under-appreciated gem. Not everyone overlooked the film, however. In an early 1980s episode of Sneak Previews, famed critic Roger Ebert listed "Massacre at Central High" as one of his guilty pleasures, praising it as "an intelligent and uncompromising allegory about the psychology of violence." Ebert further elaborated on how the "well-crafted" film does an excellent job showcasing how the "student body is a breeding ground for fascism." Nearly 50 years later, those themes present in the film are as relevant as ever. High-definition 1080p remaster scanned, transferred and supervised by Daalder. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New documentary "Hell in the Hallways: The Making of Massacre at Central High," Massacre at Central High stars Andrew Stevens, Derrel Maury, Kimberly Beck, Rainbeaux Smith, and Robert Carradine.(Synapse Films).
Seal Team: Season Five
(2021-22) Four-disc set with all 14 episodes of the military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds. Formats: DVD. Extras: Featurettes, deleted scenes. (CBS/Paramount).
Sniper: The White Raven
(2022 -- Ukraine) Pavlo Aldoshyn, Maryna Koshkina, Andriy Mostrenko, Roman Semysal, Oleg Drach. Based on a true story. After suffering a senseless tragedy at the hand of invading Russian soldiers in the Donbas region in 2014, a former Ukrainian physics teacher renounces his peaceful way of life and seeks revenge. Upon joining the military and earning a coveted spot as a sniper, he sets his sights on an elite Russian sniper whose elimination could change the tide of the conflict.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
Take Out BLU-RAY DEBUT
(2004) The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in the raw, vérité "Take Out," by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggling to get by on the margins of post-9/11 New York City. Facing violent retaliation from a loan shark, restaurant deliveryman Ming Ding (Charles Jang) has until nightfall to pay back the money he owes, and he encounters both crushing setbacks and moments of unexpected humanity as he races against time to earn enough in tips over the course of a frantic day. From this simple setup, Baker and Tsou fashion a kind of neorealist survival thriller of the everyday, shedding compassionate light on the too often overlooked lives and labor that keep New York running.
Formats: Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by directors Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
Where the Crawdads Sing
(2022) From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lie within the marsh.
Vitals: Director: Olivia Newman. Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John-Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer Jr., David Strathairn.
2021, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 125 min., Mystery Suspense, North American box office gross: $81.863 million, worldwide $106.563 million, Sony.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital.
Extras: "Adapting a Phenomenon" featurette, "Creating the World" featurette, "Women in Focus" featurette, deleted and extended scenes, lyric video: “Carolina” by Taylor Swift.
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The White Lotus: The Complete First Season
(2021) Two-disc set with all six episodes of the HBO series. A social satire set at an exclusive tropical resort, this series follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of one week. Checking into the luxurious White Lotus are a group of vacationers who run roughshod over the resort manager and head of spa services. As darker dynamics emerge with each passing day, this biting six-episode series gradually reveals the complex truths of the seemingly picture-perfect travelers, cheerful hotel employees, and idyllic locale itself. Extras: "Invitation to the Set," "Snap Judgements." Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
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- September 20
The Equalizer: Season Two
(2021-22) Four-disc set with all 18 episodes. A reimagining of the classic series starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel. (CBS/Paramount).
(1994) One of the defining independent films of the 1990s, Atom Egoyan's mesmerizing international breakthrough takes the conventions of the psychological thriller into bold new territory -- unsettling, dreamlike, and empathetic. At the neon-drenched Toronto strip club of the film's title, a coterie of lost and damaged souls -- including a man haunted by grief (Bruce Greenwood), a young woman with whom he shares an enigmatic bond (Mia Kirshner), an obsessive emcee (Elias Koteas), and a smuggler of rare bird eggs (Don McKellar) -- search for redemption as they work through the traumas of their mysteriously interconnected histories in an obsessive cycle of sex, pain, jealousy, and catharsis. Masterfully weaving together past and present, Egoyan constructs a spellbinding narrative puzzle, the full emotional impact of which doesn't hit until the last piece is in place. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Atom Egoyan and director of photography Paul Sarossy, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
Le corbeau Blu-ray Debut
(1943) A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau (the Raven), plagues a provincial French town, exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community’s calm surface. Made during the Nazi occupation of France, this film by Henri-Georges Clouzot was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press, and the Catholic Church, and was banned after the country’s liberation. But some -- including Jean Cocteau and Jean-Paul Sartre -- recognized the powerful subtext to Clouzot’s anti-informant, anti-Gestapo fable and worked to rehabilitate his directorial reputation after the war. "Le Corbeau" brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing that turns an occupied French town into a 20th-century Salem.
Formats:Blu-ray, with new 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
Outlander Season Six
(2022) Four-disc set with all eight episodes. A continuation of Claire and Jamie's epic fight to protect those they love as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in the New World. The series follows the Frasers as they strive to maintain peace and flourish within a colonial society which - as Claire knows all too well - is unwittingly marching toward Revolution.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray Collector's Set. Extras: Two "Outlander" untold scenes, "A Look into the Animation: Outlander Untold," "Family Matters: The Ghosts of Trauma," two blooper reels. Blu-ray adds "9 Lives: Claire & Jamie's Shootout," deleted scenes, episode commentaries. (Sony).
The Reef: Stalked
(2022) Teressa Liane, Ann Truong, Saskia Archer, Kate Lister, Tim Ross. In an effort to heal after witnessing her sister’s horrific murder, Nic (Liane) travels to a tropical resort with her friends for a kayaking and diving adventure. Only hours into their expedition, the women are stalked and then attacked by a great white shark. To survive, they will need to band together, and Nic will have to overcome her post-traumatic stress, face her fears and slay the monster. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (RLJE Films).
(2022) Rufus Jones, Marco Mintaka, Greg Kriek, Stevel Marc. A two-part docuseries exploring the depth and breadth of the compelling life of the 26th and youngest president of the United States, written by world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Explores the life of one of history’s most fascinating figures — a cowboy, soldier, statesman, conservationist, adventurer, reformer, author, and finally, U.S. president. Featuring over five hours of expert interviews, rich archival material, and vivid live-action sequences. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate).
(2022) B.J. Novak, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron, Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Lio Tipton, Dove Cameron. The directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak ("The Office"), is a darkly comic thriller about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Universal).
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- September 27
The Acid King
(2019) The definitive true story of Ricky Kasso, an American teenager who murdered his friend, Gary Lauwers, in an alleged Satanic sacrifice during the summer of 1984 in Long Island New York -- which led to the brief but dangerous birth of the "satanic panic" which gripped the nation. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Cast and crew commentary, behind the scenes documentary, deleted scenes, "Unresolved" podcast episode, extended interviews, behind the scenes image gallery, crime scene gallery, bonus trailer: "Lucifer's Satanic Daughter." (Wild Eye Releasing).
(2022) Vinnie Jones, James Clayton, Lina Lecompte. Jones plays Temple, a sadistic mob boss, in this action thriller. After stealing millions in cash from Temple’s drug-dealing hideout, the Thief finds a stowaway in his getaway car – Temple’s pregnant wife, Mia. Desperate to reclaim his cash – and his unborn son – Temple sends out a squad of hit men and bounty hunters to bring in Mia and the Thief. Speed, cleverness, and good aim give the duo a brief advantage, but how long will their luck hold out?
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate). Read more here
The Chocolate War
(1988) Ilan Mitchell-Smith, John Glover, Wallace Langham, Bud Cort, Jenny Wright, Doug Hutchison, Adam Baldwin. Based on Robert Cormier's controversial novel - once the most widely banned book in America - this allegory of abusive power is set in a Catholic boy's school where a chocolate sale becomes a war over conformity. Jerry (Mitchell-Smith) is a student who refuses to take part, undercutting ambitious school administrator Brother Leon (Glover). Leon secretly enlists Archie (Langham) - the sadistic mastermind of the school's resident gang - to force Jerry into line. But motives and results are far more complex than they first seem in this fascinating film. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Feature commentary by director Keith Gordon, Interview: Director Keith Gordon discusses ‘The Chocolate War,’ original theatrical trailer, collectible mini-poster, limited edition slipcover (First Pressing Only). (MVD Rewind).
Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki
(1992 -- Japan) Shoko Nakajima, Rie Kondoh, Shirô Sano. A killer is on the loose in Japan; young women are being horribly mutilated. Aki, a young woman who works as a film projectionist, is haunted by a childlike ghost. Her girlfriend Emi is a TV news reporter covering the horrible mutilations. Emi introduces Aki to Kurahashi, a married man with a haunted past. Everyone involved has a dark secret and something evil is taking control of them. They are pawns in a game being played by forces beyond their understanding. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Photo gallery, trailers. (Unearthed Films).
A Fugitive From the Past
(1965 -- Japan) Considered the magnum opus of the five decades-long career of Tomu Uchida, this epic crime drama was voted third in the prestigious Kinema Junpo magazine's 1999 poll of the Top Japanese Films of the 20th Century. In 1947, a freak typhoon sends a passenger ferry running between Hokkaido and mainland Japan plunging to the ocean depths, with hundreds of lives lost. During the chaos, three men are witnessed fleeing a burning pawnshop in the Hokkaido port town of Iwanai. The police suspect theft and arson, and when Detective Yumisaka (Junzaburo Ban) discovers the burned remains of a boat and the corpses of two men, he sets about tracking the shadowy third figure. Meanwhile, the mysterious Takichi Inukai (Rentaro Mikuni) takes shelter with a prostitute, Yae (Sachiko Hidari), a brief encounter that will come to define both of their lives. A decade later, long after the trail has gone cold, Yumisaka is called back by his successor Detective Ajimura (Ken Takakura) as two new dead bodies are found. Making its home video debut outside of Japan, this adaptation of Tsutomu Minakami's 1700-page novel is a landmark in master director Uchida's oeuvre. Its gritty monochrome photography has the immediacy of newsreel as Uchida uses the landscapes of postwar Japan to explore the massive social upheaval and unspoken legacies of the war, and create an unsettling karmic allegory of a man's struggle to escape his past sins. High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the restored 183 minute-long cut of the film.
Formats: Blu-ray with original uncompressed mono audio. Extras: Introduction by writer and curator Jasper Sharp;
scene-specific commentaries from leading Japanese film scholars Aaron Gerow, Irene González-López, Erik Homenick, Earl Jackson, Daisuke Miyao and Alexander Zahlten; original theatrical trailer; image gallery; Tomu Uchida filmography; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella; FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by David Baldwin and Inuhiko Yomota. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).
Invaders From Mars
(1953) Jimmy Hunt, Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Morris Ankrum, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke. 4K restoration of William Cameron Menzies’ classic sci-fi film. Fearful memories of this timeless 1953 bone-chiller still haunt the dreams of fans who have never forgotten the story of David MacLean, a young boy (Hunt) who witnesses an alien invasion. "Invaders from Mars" was filmed from a child's point of view, using exaggerated sets and upward angles. It became a modern classic and was also one of two early 50s classic alien-invasion science fiction films (the other is Robert Wise’s "The Day the Earth Stood Still") reflecting Cold War tensions, the Red Scare and paranoid anxiety typical of many films in the 50s. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: Interviews with star Jimmy Hunt, William Cameron Menzies’ biographer James Curtis and recollections of Menzies’ eldest granddaughter Pamela Lauesen; featurette with acclaimed film directors John Landis, Joe Dante, editor Mark Goldblatt, special visual effects artist and two time Oscar Winner Robert Skotak (foremost expert on "Invaders from Mars"), and enthusiast and film preservationist Scott MacQueen;
John Sayles’ introduction at Turner Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood, April 2022; before/after clips of restoration – original negative and archival film elements - with film restoration supervisor Scott MacQueen; restored segments in 2K of the alternate international version -- alternative ending and extended Planetarium scene; gallery with original press book pages; behind the scenes photos from the restoration process; twenty page extensive essay on the restoration process: “Invaders From Mars: A Nightmare of Restoration” by Scott MacQueen. (Ignite Films). Read more here
Kung Fu: The Complete Second Season
(2021) Three-disc set with all 13 episodes. Six months after the explosive events of Season One, Nicky and the Shens are in a great place: Nicky's been using her Kung Fu skills to keep Chinatown safe, she and Henry are only deeper in love, and the family are all in the know about Nicky's extracurricular activities. Everything's great ... until the reemergence of Russell Tan and the surprise appearance of Nicky's cousin, Mia.
Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel. (Warner).
Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 4
Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has maintained a fierce commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of dozens of restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often overlooked areas of cinema history. This collector’s set gathers six important works, from Angola ("Sambizanga"), Argentina ("Prisioneros de la tierra"), Iran ("Chess of the Wind"), Cameroon ("Muna moto"), Hungary ("Two Girls on the Street"), and India ("Kalpana"). Each title is an essential contribution to the art form and a window onto a filmmaking tradition that international audiences previously had limited opportunities to experience.
Formats: Dual-format 3-Blu-ray/6-DVD box set. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
The Munsters (2022)
(2022) Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace, Cassandra Peterson, Jorge Garcia, Daniel Roebuck. From writer-director Rob Zombie comes the strangest love story ever told. Lily is just your typical 150-year-old, lovelorn vampire looking for the man of her nightmares... that is until she lays eyes on Herman, a seven-foot-tall, green experiment with a heart of gold. It's love at first shock as these two ghouls fall fangs over feet in this crazy Transylvanian romance. Unfortunately, it's not all smooth sailing in the cemetery as Lily's father The Count has other plans for his beloved daughter's future, and they don't involve her bumbling beau Herman.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "The Munsters: Return to Mockingbird Lane," commentary with director-writer-producer Rob Zombie. (Universal).
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Preman: Silent Fury
(2021 -- Indonesia) Khiva Iskak, Kiki Narendra, Muzakki Ramha. After his son witnesses a brutal murder by a notorious crime boss, a deaf Indonesian gangster is thrust into the fight of his life when he takes on his dangerous former allies -- including a sociopathic assassin -- in order to protect his child. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).
(1932) Director: Lewis Milestone; stars Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Fred Howard, William Gargan. On the South Pacific island of Pago Pago, Sadie Thompson (Crawford) is a tough-talking plaything for American G.I.s. Missionary Alfred Davidson (Huston) frowns upon her provocative flaunting. He warns her to repent or risk being deported to San Francisco where Sadie will face her dark past. Terrified and overwhelmed by his charisma, she is seduced into redemption and reborn, but in a shocking twist learns that temptation is hard to resist. Based on W. Somerset Maugham's powerful story. Brilliant performances by Crawford, as the cynical prostitute, and Huston, as the minister who tries to reform her. A "tour de force" of camerawork, style and direction, "Rain" is one of the true classic dramas of film history. Because of its subject matter, the film caused quite a controversy when first released. Celebrating it's 90 Anniversary in a stunning new 4K restoration, produced from the original, uncut 94-minute version. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary track by Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle and noted film historian; commentary track by Richard Barrios, writer, historian, and commentator; liner notes by Marc Wannamaker, writer and film historian; alternate 76-minute “cut version” of the 1938 Atlantic reissue for comparison; Original Theatrical Trailer; poster & photo gallery; period appropriate Betty Boop cartoon and newsreel. (VCI Entertainment).
Sound of Metal
(2019) In "Sound of Metal," a tale of sound, fury, and self-discovery, Riz Ahmed delivers an intensely committed performance as the volatile Ruben, who has found new purpose as a drummer in a noise-metal duo, playing blistering live shows with his singer girlfriend, Lou (Olivia Cooke). When Ruben suddenly loses much of his hearing, he is launched on a profound odyssey—through denial, anger, grief, and, gradually, acceptance -- as he comes to understand what it means to live as a deaf person and to discover deafness as not a disability but a rich culture and community. Through stunningly immersive, Academy Award–winning sound design, director Darius Marder invites us to experience the world as Ruben does, capturing a sonic spectrum in which silence comes in a thousand shades.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo, with 4K digital master, supervised by director Darius Marder and cinematographer Daniël Bouquet, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray and 4K UHD editions. For 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. (The Criterion Collection). Read more here
Superman & Lois: The Complete Second Season
(2022) Three-disc set with all 15 episodes. Season two opens with the dust still settling in Smallville following the shocking outcome of last season’s confrontation between Morgan Edge and Superman. With Smallville on the national map for the first time in the town’s history, Lois Lane faces fresh challenges in her latest journalistic endeavors, while Jordan and Jonathan also find themselves dealing with change.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Fractured: The Heart of Bizarro," "The DC Heroes: Path to Glory." (Warner).
Thor: Love and Thunder
(2022) After losing his home planet and his closest family members during the events of Avengers: Endgame and Thor: Ragnarok, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) embarks on a journey to find his place within the universe. The infamous ‘blip’ and Thanos’ demise are all behind him and now he is free to travel across the galaxy. But after spending years apart from his star-crossed lover, Thor is about to see a whole new side of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Now reunited, can Thor and Jane’s turbulent romance survive another cosmic adventure? Their efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Taika Waititi). And to Thor’s surprise, Jane inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Vitals: Director: Taika Waititi. Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Taika Waititi, Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Tessa Thompson, Bradley Cooper, Russell Crowe, Pom Klementieff, Jaimie Alexander, Melissa McCarthy, Sam Neill, Dave Bautista, Simon Russell Beale, Luke Hemsworth, Sean Gunn.
2022, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Action, North American box office gross: $336.570 million, worldwide $746.670 million, Marvel/Disney.
Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Gag reel; commentary; "Hammer-worthy: Thor and The Mighty Thor" featurette; "Shaping a Villain" featurette; "Another Classic Taika Adventure" featurette; deleted scenes.
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