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June 6

First Contact

(2023) Anna Shields, James Liddell, Chris Cimperman, Caitlin Duffy, Paul Kandarian. Two estranged adult siblings, Casey and Dan, travel to their late scientist father’s farmhouse to make sense of his incomplete work. They soon learn that their father’s work was far more dangerous than they could ever imagine: An evil entity, buried in time and space for millions of years, has been released and has begun wreaking havoc on the locals. One by one the bodies start to pile up. Now, Dan and Casey must figure out the secrets of this extra-dimensional monster before it’s too late. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Uncork’d Entertainment). Read more here


Mafia Mamma

(2023) Toni Collette, Monica Bellucci. An American mom inherits her grandfather's mafia empire in Italy. Guided by the firm's consigliere, she hilariously defies everyone's expectations as the new head of the family business. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Distribution Solutions).


photo for Renfield (2023) Nicholas Hoult stars as Renfield, the tortured aide to history’s most narcissistic boss: Dracula (Nicolas Cage). For centuries, Renfield has slavishly served Dracula by procuring his master’s prey and doing his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, Renfield is ready to look for a new life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness, if only he can figure out how to end the toxic, co-dependent relationship. Vitals: Director: Chris McKay. Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Nicolas Cage. CC, MPAA rating: R, 133 min., Horror Comedy, North American box office gross: $17.152 million, worldwide $25.326 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes; alternate takes; "Dracula UnCaged"; "Monsters & Men: Behind the Scenes of Renfield"; "Stages of Rejuvenation" special makeup effects featurette; "Flesh & Blood – Exploding Heads"; "Fighting Dirty" stunt featurette; "The Making of a Deleted Scene: Renfield’s Dance!"; commentary with producer Samantha Nisenboim, screenwriter Ryan Ridley, and crew. Read more here 3 stars

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The Rules of the Game

(1939) Considered one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir’s "The Rules of the Game" is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’s country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. The film has had a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the audience at its 1939 premiere, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn’t reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here. Formats: 4K UHD + Blu-ray with new 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray of the film with special features. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).
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Warriors Two [Limited Edition]

(1978 -- Hong Kong) After making his directorial debut with the intense "The Iron-Fisted Monk" and firmly solidifying his worth at Golden Harvest, Sammo Hung would be given more creative control behind the camera. Now able to inject more of his own personality, Hung would bring to life the more upbeat (yet only slightly less violent) Wing Chun cult classic: "Warriors Two." Cashier Hua (Casanova Wong) leads a simple life working for a local bank, the only complications resulting from trying to give life advice to his friend Fat Chun (Hung). When Hua discovers a murderous plot to overthrow the mayor and is left for dead, Chun urges him to protect himself by learning the formidable style of Wing Chun from master Leung Tsan ("Beardy" Leung Kar-Yan). As Hua's skill set grows, his proximity to Leung unknowingly lands him in the crosshairs of the treacherous scoundrels who previously sought to kill him... Predating the Ip Man tetralogy by three decades - as well as Hung's own "The Prodigal Son" (starring Yuen Biao as the younger incarnation of Leung Tsan) by a few years -" Warriors Two" is one of the earliest films to authentically portray the teachings of Wing Chun while also delivering the kind of kinetic and pulse-pounding fights synonymous with the name Sammo Hung. 2K restorations from the original elements by Fortune Star of both the original HK Theatrical Cut and the shorter Export Cut. High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary on the HK Theatrical Cut by martial arts cinema expert Frank Djeng & actor Bobby Samuels; commentary on the Export Cut by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema; archival documentary "The Way of the Warrior: The Making of Warriors Two," featuring interviews with stars Sammo Hung, Bryan “Beardy” Leung Kar-Yan, Feng Hak-An, Casanova Wong and Wing Chun master Guy Lai; archival interview with Bryan “Beardy” Leung Kar-Yan; original theatrical trailers; double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Joe Kim; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Joe Kim; illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Jonathan Clements and original press materials. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

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June 13

Bone Cold

(2022) Jonathan Stoddard, Matt Munroe, Trinity Bliss, Jennifer Khoe, Shaan Sharma, Elise Greene, Danielle Poblarp. After bad intel from headquarters results in a tragic civilian death, an elite sniper duo attempts to flee the area but can’t seem to shake a mysterious, inhuman creature stalking them from the shadows. Extras: Making-of featurette, blooper reel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital. (Well Go USA).
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Dr. Caligari

(1989) Madeleine Reynal, Fox Harris, Laura Albert, Jennifer Balgobin, John Durbin, Gene Zerna, David Parry, Barry Phillips. As sexually deranged as it is stylistically unhinged, this is a psychedelic surrealist neo-noir reworking of the 1920 German expressionist classic. Dr. Caligari (Reynal) is the granddaughter of the original Doctor, whose own experiments in psychosexual therapy have led her to the brink of a radical treatment involving hormonal exchange. Having drugged and imprisoned Mrs. Van Houten’s sexually repressed husband, Caligari sets out to extract the brain fluid of an incurably nymphomaniac Mrs. Van Houten and inject it into the head of a cannibalistic serial killer (Durbin) addicted to electroconvulsive therapy. What could possibly go wrong? Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary with writer, director Stephen Sayadian; interview with Stephen Sayadian; interview with Madeleine Reynal; interview with Laura Albert; interview with Jerry Stahl (co-writer); original theatrical trailer; isolated Music and effects track; "Going on a Radiation Vacation: Stephen Sayadian’s Dr. Caligari"; booklet by Heather Drain. (Mondo Macabro).

Fear the Walking Dead Seasons 1-7

(2015-22) Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Rubén Blades, Lennie James, Jenna Elfman, Austin Amelio, Christine Evangelista. The first spin-off of the smash hit “The Walking Dead” is a gritty drama that starts with a family’s response to an apocalyptic virus before quickly widening its scope. Over seven seasons, from California to Mexico to Texas, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of our bold and determined survivors. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate). Read more here

John Wick: Chapter 4

photo for John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) John Wick (Keanu Reeves) uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe, and forces that turn old friends into foes. Vitals: Director: Chad Stahelski. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Lance Reddick, Rina Sawayama, Scott Adkins, lan McShane. CC, MPAA rating: R, 169 min., Action, North American box office gross: $180.582 million, worldwide $406.582 million, Action Thriller, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Chad and Keanu: Through Wick and Thin," "Train Like a Killer," "Making a Killing," "The Psychology of a Killer," "The Blind Leading the Fight," "Suit Up / Shoot Up," "Packing a Punch," "One Killer Shot," "Killing at the Speed of Traffic," "A Shot in the Dark," "In Honor of the Dead," trailers. Read more here 3 stars

Jurassic Shark 3: Seavenge

(2023) Next uting in the cult hit shark series. The unstoppable Megalodon is back, stalking the inhabitants of a stranded boat off the coast of a small fishing community. A reporter, her cameraman and some thieves must work together to finally put an end to this legendary man-eater, but that won't be easy as this aquatic serial killer has emerged to exact it's own brand of revenge on them. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary, trailers. (Wild Eye Releasing). Read more here

The Pope's Exorcist

(2023) Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican (Russell Crowe), the film follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy's terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden. Vitals: Director: Julius Avery . Stars: Russell Crowe, Daniel Zovatto, Alex Essoe, Franco Nero, Peter DeSouza-Feighoney, Laurel Marsden. CC, MPAA rating: R, 103 min., Horror, North American box office gross: $19.095 million, worldwide $66.193 million, Screen Gems. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Read more here 2 stars

Shaw Brothers Classics Vol. 1

Jam-packed with epic kung-fu tales from the legendary Hong Kong studio ,featuring 11 films from the influential filmmakers never before available on Blu-ray in North America. Showcasing classic tales of battles between good and evil fought by fabled heroes and larger than life villains, the set contains 11 films released from 1967-1969 including: "The Assassin," "The Thundering Sword," "The Golden Swallow," "The Jade Raksha," "The Bells of Death," "The Sword of Swords," "Killer Darts," "The Invincible Fist," "Dragon Swamp," "The Flying Dagger" and "The Golden Sword." The box set also comes loaded with new bonus features, including new audio commentaries from critics, authors and experts including David West, Gilbert Po, Brian Bankston, Frank Djeng and James Mudge; new interviews with author Leon Hunt, author and critic Kim Newman, actress Cheng Pei-Pei, critic Tony Rayns, dubber Peter Boczar, and more. Formats: Blu-ray. (Shout! Factory). Read more here
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Time Bandits

(1981) In this fantastic voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time travelers. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery) -— but the Evil Genius (David Warner) is watching their every move. Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and his Monty Python cohort Michael Palin (who also appears in the film), "Time Bandits" is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire of technology gone awry. Formats: 4K UHD + Blu-ray, with new 4K restoration, supervised by director Terry Gilliam, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack. One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray of the film with special features. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

The Venture Bros.: The Complete Series

(2003-2018) Fourteen-disc set with 82 episodes from the seven seasons of the Adult Swim series that follows the bizarre escapades of pseudo-heroic scientist Dr. Rusty Venture, his competent, high-strung bodyguard, and his two over enthusiastic sons. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Warner).
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The Witches Mountain

(1973 -- Spain) John (Cihangir) Gaffari, Patty Shepard, Victor Israel, Monica Randall, Ana Farra. After a bitter breakup with his girlfriend, a photojournalist takes an assignment to an area in the Pyrenees Mountains in northern Spain. On his way, he meets a beautiful freelance writer and convinces her to join him. They stop at an ancient hotel where they hear rumors that the nearby mountain is haunted by a coven of dangerous witches -- but they proceed to go there anyway. Until now "The Witches Mountain" has been a difficult film to see in anything approaching the way its makers intended. For complicated reasons, fully explored in the extras on the disc, the film was banned in Spain. This led to a kind of urban legend that it was a violent and misogynistic film full of scenes of sex and depravity. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it's one of the most unique films of the 1970s Spanish horror boom. It’s atmospheric, mystical and elusive - a film that lingers in your mind long after you’ve seen it. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Two interviews with actor John (Cihangir) Gaffari; audio commentary; trailer; full color booklet about them film and director Raúl Artigot, written by Ismael Fernandez; newly commissioned cover art from Justin Coffee. (Mondo Macabro).

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June 20

Avatar: The Way of Water

photo for Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, "Avatar: The Way of Water" launches the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure. All of this against the breathtaking backdrop of Pandora, where we are introduced to new Na’vi cultures and a range of exotic sea creatures that populate the majestic oceans. Vitals: Director: James Cameron. Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet. Joining the illustrious adult cast are talented newcomers Britain Dalton, Jamie Flatters, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Bailey Bass, Jack Champion. CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 192 min., Action Adventure, North American box office gross: $684.060 million, worldwide $2,319.935 million, Fox. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, 3D/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Fourteen behind-the-scenes featurettes; cast featurette; stunts featurette; special effects featurette; more. Read more here 3 stars
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Cosa Nostra: Franco Nero In Three Mafia Tales By Damiano Damiani

Three classic Italian crime films presented in this three-disc collector's Blu-ray boxset, presented from new restorations. "The Day of the Owl" (1968), "The Case is Closed" (1971) and "How to Kill a Judge" (1975). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New interviews with the cast and crew, including Franco Nero on each disc, extras with experts on the films and more. (Radiance). Read more here.

Game Trilogy [Limited Edition]

(1978 -- Japan) Made at the end of the 1970s, Toru Murakawa's "Game Trilogy" launched actor Yusaku Matsuda as the Toei tough guy for a new generation. Matsuda was the definitive screen icon of 1980s until his career was tragically cut short by cancer at the age of 40, following his Hollywood debut in Ridley Scott's "Black Rain." In this career-defining triptych, Matsuda is Shohei Narumi, an ice cool hitman of few words, a steely trigger finger, and a heart of stone, hired in "The Most Dangerous Game" by a company bidding for a lucrative government air defense contract to take out the competition. In "The Killing photo for Game Trilogy [Limited Edition]Game," Narumi finds himself caught in the midst of violent yakuza gang warfare, while his own brutal past catches up with him in the form of two beautiful women still bearing the emotional scars of his past assignments. In "The Execution Game," Narumi falls for a mysterious saloon bar chanteuse who may or may not be part of the same, shadowy underworld organization as the rival hitmen he is employed to rub out. Released for the very first time outside Japan, with their cool blue cinematography by Nagisa Oshima collaborator Seizo Sengen and a sultry score by jazz legend Yuji Ohno, Murakawa's masterful set of films raised the bar for the Japanese action movie to new heights. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentaries; interviews; trailers; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella; double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella; illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Hayley Scanlon and Dimitri Ianni; more. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant

photo for Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant (2023) follows US Army Sergeant John Kinley (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Afghan interpreter Ahmed (Dar Salim). After an ambush, Ahmed goes to Herculean lengths to save Kinley’s life. When Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given safe passage to America as promised, he must repay his debt by returning to the war zone to retrieve them before the Taliban hunts them down. Vitals: Director: Guy Ritchie. Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim, Antony Starr, Alexander Ludwig, Bobby Schofield, Emily Beecham, Jonny Lee Miller. CC, MPAA rating: R, 123 min., War Drama, North American box office gross: $15.400 million, worldwide $15.949 million, MGM. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Read more here 2 stars

Medicine for Melancholy

(2008) One of the great debut features of the 21 century, Barry Jenkins’s captivating, lo-fi romance "Medicine for Melancholy" unfolds against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco, where a one-night stand between two young bohemians, Micah photo for Medicine for Melancholy(Wyatt Cenac) and Jo’ (Tracey Heggins), spins off into a woozy daylong affair marked by moments of tenderness, friction, joy, and intellectual sparring as they explore their relationships to each other, the city, and their own Blackness. Shooting on desaturated video, Jenkins crafts an intimate exploration of alienation and connection graced with the evocative visual palette and empathetic emotional charge that has come to define his work. Formats: Blu-ray, with new high-definition digital master, approved by director Barry Jenkins and director of photography James Laxton, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).
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Red Sun

(1970 -- Germany) Thomas (Marquard Bohm) gets a ride to Munich where he finds his ex-girlfriend Peggy (counter culture activist and model Uschi Obermaier) who takes him in. In her flat he finds Peggy and her roommates have a commune-like lifestyle where they kill the men in their lives after five days, but will Thomas realize in time? High-definition digital transfer overseen by director Rudolf Thome. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Select scene commentary with Thome and Rainer Langhans, Obermaier's boyfriend and Kommune 1 member who served as inspiration for the film and was on set for the shoot; "Rote Sonne between Pop Sensibility and Social Critique" newly produced visual essay by scholar Johannes von Moltke that looks at the social and cultural influences on the film and provides context for the era in which it was made; "From Oberhausen to the Fall of the Wall" visual essay by academic and programmer Margaret Deriaz tracing the development of the New German Cinema from the Oberhausen Manifesto to the fall of the Berlin wall; reversible sleeve featuring designs based on original posters; limited edition 52-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by Samm Deighan, newly translated archival letters by Wim Wenders, critic Enno Patalas and the German Film Evaluation Office on the film's official submission, newly translated archival interview with Rudolf Thome; limited edition of 2000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of logos and markings. (Radiance).
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The Servant

(1963) The prolific, ever provocative Joseph Losey, blacklisted from Hollywood and living in England, delivered a coolly modernist shock to the system of that nation’s cinema with this mesmerizing dissection of class, sexuality, and power. A dissolute scion of the upper crust (James Fox) finds the seemingly perfect manservant (a diabolical Dirk Bogarde, during his transition from matinee idol to art-house icon) to oversee his new London town house. But not all is as it seems, as traditional social hierarchies are gradually, disturbingly destabilized. Lustrously disorienting cinematography and a masterful script by playwright Harold Pinter merge in"The Servant," a tour de force of mounting psychosexual menace. Formats: Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).


(2023) Jaime Hill, Lucas Paul, Ross Paul, Dali Rose Tetreault. Two children wake up in the middle of the night to find their father is missing, and all the windows and doors in their home have vanished. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (IFC Films).

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June 27

Angel Face

(1953) Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons star in this film noir thriller about a man trapped in the web of an alluring, deadly, remorseless woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants and who conceals the evil within behind her beautiful Angel Face. Heiress Diane Tremayne (Simmons) arranges for an ambulance driver to whom she's attracted, Frank Jessup (Mitchum), to be hired as her family's chauffeur. And Diane lures Frank away from his girlfriend even as she becomes increasingly jealous of her stepmother. When Diane's parents die in an automobile accident -- and the police find evidence of tampering to the car - -Diane and Frank are arrested as prime suspects. After Diane convinces Frank to marry her in jail, the two are both acquitted of murder. Now, as Diane realizes that she may have been able to seduce Frank but cannot make him truly love her, she decides she would rather kill again than lose him. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio Commentary by Eddie Muller; original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).

Big George Foreman

photo for Big George Foreman (2023) Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World is based on the remarkable true story of one of the greatest comebacks of all time and the transformational power of second chances. Fueled by an impoverished childhood, Foreman channeled his anger into becoming an Olympic Gold medalist and World Heavyweight Champion, followed by a near-death experience that took him from the boxing ring to the pulpit. But when he sees his community struggling spiritually and financially, Foreman returns to the ring and makes history by reclaiming his title, becoming the oldest and most improbable World Heavyweight Boxing Champion ever. Vitals: Director: George Tillman Jr. Stars: Khris Davis, Jasmine Mathews, Forest Whitaker, Sonja Sohn, Sullivan Jones, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., John Magaro, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali. CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 129 min., Sports Drama, North American box office gross: $5.366 million, worldwide $5.953 million, Sony. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Read more here 2 stars


(1950) Eleanor Parker delivers an Oscar-nominated performance as a girl swept into a petty crime -- and a life behind bars -- in this dramatic and realistic look at the effect that life inside prison has on a young woman. Marie Allen (Parker) becomes hardened by life inside a corrupt and dehumanizing penitentiary ... until she reaches the point that she will do anything to survive the place and the life inside. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Screen Director's Playhouse radio broadcast (8/2/51); classic Warner Bros. cartoon "Big House Bunny"; original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).

The Damned Don't Cry

(1950) Oscar-winner Joan Crawford stars as a woman who uses and abandons men -- clawing her way from poverty to wealth and social status. Crawford gives one of her best performances as Ethel Whitehead, an empowered woman who leaves her laborer husband and squalid factory town behind to find a new, better life. She uses a quiet accountant who adores her to meet a rich gangster, learns to carry herself as a socialite and leads a life of wealth and luxury as the kept woman of the mobster. But her ambition doesn't stop there, and she engineers a rivalry between the city's two leading underworld kingpins -- a rivalry that will lead to the ruin of everything she has fought to gain. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by director Vincent Sherman; "The Crawford Formula - Real and Reel" featurette; Screen Director's Playhouse radio broadcast (4/5/1951); original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).

Dangerous When Wet

(1953) Esther Williams and Fernando Lamas star in this musical, romantic aquacade -- Williams as a girl from Arkansas who has vowed to swim the English Channel to raise the money to save her family farm; and Lamas as the rich man who wins her heart and almost blocks her from reaching her goal. Featuring a delightful original music score written by Johnny Mercer and Arthur Schwartz, the film is best remembered for Esther's famous swim with M-G-M's beloved animated characters Tom & Jerry. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio-only interview with Esther Williams and Dick Simmons; "C'est La Guerre " unused musical outtake with Darcel and Lamas; audio-only demo recordings by lyricist Johnny Mercer; classic Tom & Jerry cartoon "The Cat and the Mermouse"; classic Pete Smith specialty short "This Is a Living?"; original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).
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Enter the Video Store: Empire of Screams [Limited Edition]

Remember the shelves of your local video store? Those days aren't gone! Reject reality and substitute your own with this five-disc set. In 1983, entrepreneurial producer and director Charles Band founded Empire International Pictures, which would go on to make some of the most memorable and beloved genre movies of the 1980s. Empire became a mainstay of video stores across the world with their catchy titles, outlandish art and Band's wholehearted belief in giving audiences a good time. Freshly restored for the digital era with a wealth of new and archival extras, these films have never looked better. No need for a time machine, these golden age video classics will send you back to the 80s: "The Dungeonmaster" (1984), "Dolls" (1986), "Cellar Dweller" (1987), "Arena" (1989) and "Robot Jox" (1989). Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Laurie Greasley; reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady; double sided posters for each film featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady; 15 postcard-sized reproduction artcards; Arrow Video store "membership card"; 80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing on the films by Lee Gambin, Dave Jay, Megan Navarro, and John Harrison plus select archival material. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

Evil Dead Rise

photo for Evil Dead Rise (2023) Moving the action out of the woods and into the city, this next entry in the franchise tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, played by Lilly Sutherland and Alyssa Sullivan, whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable. Vitals: Director: Lee Cronin. Stars: Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Davies, Gabrielle Echols, Nell Fisher. CC, MPAA rating: R, 97 min., Horror, North American box office gross: $55.475 million, worldwide $116.475 million, Warner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Read more here 2 stars

Land of the Pharaohs

(1955) Director Howard Hawks, who worked brilliantly in virtually every genre, shows his mastery of the large-scale epic with this gigantic production filmed on location in Egypt. Thousands of extras (9,787 in one scene alone!), magnificently detailed sets (including the pyramid's inner labyrinth, booby-trapped so no one can learn its secrets and live) and vast desert vistas fill the screen and astonish the eye. There are also human-scaled stories. Of the Pharaoh (Jack Hawkins) who orders the pyramid as his tomb, dooming untold numbers to unending toil. Of the architect (James Robertson Justice) designing it to earn his people's freedom. Of the slaves constructing it of blood and sinew. And a beautiful queen (Joan Collins) whose greed leads to murder -- and a stunning revenge. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich (with archival interview comments by Howard Hawks); classic Warner Bros. cartoon "Sahara Hare"; original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).

Mallrats (Limited Edition) [4K Ultra HD]

(1995) Following the smash success of his first feature, "Clerks," Kevin Smith returned with "Mallrats." Spawning a raft of characters and in-jokes that Smith would carry throughout his photo for Mallrats (Limited Edition) [4K Ultra HD]career, the film continued the one-of-a-kind comedic world known as the View Askewniverse. Simultaneously dumped by their girlfriends, comic book obsessive Brodie (Jason Lee) and best friend TS (Jeremy London) plan to ease the pain of their losses by taking a trip to the local mall. Amongst shoppers, they discover the mall is being used as the venue for a dating show, in which TS's girlfriend Brandi is the star. Hatching a plan to win back their significant others, Brodie and TS enlist the help of professional delinquents Jay and Silent Bob to hijack the gameshow in a bid to win back Brandi. Meanwhile, Brodie carries out his own mission to make good his relationship with Rene (Shannen Doherty), who has attracted the attentions of his nemesis Shannon (Ben Affleck). Featuring a cast including Joey Lauren Adams, who would go on to be recurring collaborators in Smith's movies, "Mallrats" can now be rediscovered in this 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray edition boasting a beautiful restoration and hours of bonus content. 4K restoration by Arrow Films of both the Theatrical and Extended cuts of the film, approved by director Kevin Smith and cinematographer David Klein. Formats: 4K Ultra HD. Extras: Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment)

The Old Man and the Sea

(1958) Ernest Hemingway's choice for the lead in the film version of his "The Old Man and the Sea" was the right one: Spencer Tracy's performance brought him the sixth of his nine Academy Award nominations, and the film won the National Board of Review's 1958 Best Picture and Best Actor awards. Alone in a small skiff, an aging Cuban fisherman catches a huge marlin -- and must defy the sea, marauding sharks, and his own flagging strength to bring his great catch home. Beautifully filmed in part on sun-drenched Cuban locales by master director John Sturges, and graced by Dimitri Tiomkin's Oscar-winning score. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Hemingway: The Legend and the Sea" behind the scenes featurette; original theatrical trailer. (Warner Archive).

Pasolini 101

One of the most original and controversial thinkers of the 20th century, Italian polymath Pier Paolo Pasolini embodied a multitude of often seemingly contradictory ideologies and identities -- and he expressed them all in his provocative, lyrical, and indelible films. Relentlessly photo for Pasolini 101concerned with society’s downtrodden and marginalized, he elevated pimps, hustlers, sex workers, and vagabonds to the realm of saints, while depicting actual saints with a radical earthiness. Traversing the sacred and the profane, the ancient and the modern, the mythic and the personal, the nine uncompromising, often scandal-inciting features he made in the 1960s still stand -- on this, the 101st anniversary of his birth -- as a monument to his daring vision of cinema as a form of resistance. Formats: Blu-ray. Nine feature films: "Accattone" (1961), "Mamma Roma" (1962), "Love Meetings" (1964), "The Gospel According to Matthew" (1964), "The Hawks and the Sparrows" (1966), "Oedipus Rex" (1967), "Teorema" (1968), "Porcile" (1969), and "Medea" (1969). New 4K digital restorations of seven films and 2K digital restorations of "Teorema" and "Medea," with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).
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Waterworld (Limited Edition) [4K Ultra HD]

(1995) The most expensive film ever made at the time of its release, "Waterworld" has thrilled audiences through the years with its awe-inspiring action scenes, gargantuan maritime sets and ground-breaking special effects. A definitive post-apocalypse blockbuster," Waterworld" stars Kevin Costner as The Mariner -- a mutant trader, adrift in a dystopian future where Earth is submerged under water and humankind struggles to survive on boats and in ramshackle floating cities. The Mariner becomes embroiled with the Smokers, a gang of pirates who, led by villainous leader Deacon (Dennis Hopper), are seeking Enola (Tina Majorino), a girl with a map to the mythical realm of Dryland tattooed on her back. Famous for both its epic scale and the controversy that swirled around its production, "Waterworld" is a key cult film of the 1990s, and an essential entry into the subgenre of ecologically-minded blockbusters. Presented here in an exclusive new restoration of the theatrical cut in 4K Ultra HD, alongside Blu-ray presentations of the TV and Ulysses cuts, and with a wealth of extra material, this high-water mark of high-concept Hollywood can now be enjoyed as never before. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD. Extras: Three cuts of the film newly restored from original film elements by Arrow Films; six collector’s postcards; double-sided fold-out poster; limited edition 60-page perfect bound book featuring writing on the film by David J. Moore and Daniel Griffith, and archival articles; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper; more. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

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