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December 5

Babylon 5: The Complete Series Blu-ray Debut

(1994–1998) 21-disc set with all 110 episodes. "Babylon 5" is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski that ran for five seasons from 1994–1998. The critically acclaimed franchise debuted in 1993 with the pilot film "The Gathering." The series then launched a year later and ran for five seasons and 110 additional episodes. A future-history story covering the years 2257–2262, with each year corresponding to one season, "Babylon 5" was the first series to introduce viewers to the concept of a five-year arc, with a defined beginning, middle, and end, paving the way for a number of such later series. 2258 CE. Five hostile federations dominate the outermost regions of space. Heroes, thieves, and rare and exotic beings find refuge in this time of uneasy peace and the constant threat of war on a lone space station — the last and best hope for peace between a hundred worlds, alien and human alike — Babylon 5. Formats: Blu-ray. (Warner).


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Blast of Silence BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1961) Swift, brutal, and blackhearted, Allen Baron’s New York City noir is a sensational surprise. This low-budget, carefully crafted portrait of a hit man on assignment in Manhattan during Christmastime follows its stripped-down narrative with mechanical precision, yet also with an eye and ear for the oddball details of urban living and the imposing beauty of the city. At once visually ragged and artfully composed, and featuring rough, poetic narration performed by Lionel Stander and written by Waldo Salt (both uncredited), "Blast of Silence" is a stylish triumph. Formats: Blu-ray, director-approved edition, with new 4K digital restoration presented in two aspect ratios, 1.85:1 (widescreen) and 1.33:1 (full-screen), with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: "Requiem for a Killer: The Making of Blast of Silence”; rare on-set Polaroids; photos of locations from the film in 2008; trailer; an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and a graphic-novel adaptation of the film by acclaimed artist Sean Phillips. Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

The Caller

(2023) While house-sitting in a secluded rural lodge and working from home, customer service agent Izzy gets terrorized by an upset psychopathic caller. The real nightmare begins when he decides verbal abuse isn’t enough. She’s in for the fight of her life. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Uncork'd Entertainment). Read more here
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The Day of the Locust

(1975) Academy Award-winner John Schlesinger reunites with "Midnight Cowboy" screenwriter Waldo Salt, a victim of the 1950s McCarthy-era Hollywood blacklist, to adapt Nathanael West's acid satire of Hollywood decadence and broken dreams. Painter Tod Hackett (William Atheron), working in the art department of a movie studio during the 1930s "golden age" of Hollywood, falls in unrequited love with aspiring starlet Faye Greener (Karen Black). He competes for her affections against other men: a pair of cowboys (Bo Hopkins and Pepe Serna), and a forlorn accountant (Donald Sutherland). As Faye's career fails to take her beyond roles as an extra, her life becomes increasingly desperate and her relationships with men take a darker turn, reaching fever pitch at a red-carpet movie premiere that explodes into barbaric chaos. A bitter critique of Tinseltown's empty promises and the lost souls cheated by them, featuring lush, dreamlike cinematography by Conrad Hall and stunning performances by its talented cast, "The Day of the Locust" remains a relevant and shattering experience. Brand new 2K remaster by Arrow Films from the original negative. High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation. Original restored lossless mono audio. Optional restored lossless 5.1 and 2.0 stereo audio options. Formats: Blu-ray debut. Extras: Brand new oral history audio commentary conducted by writer and film historian Lee Gambin, featuring assistant directors Leslie Asplund and Charles Ziarko, production associate Michael Childers, actors Grainger Hines and Pepe Serna among others; "Welcome to West Hollywood" new appreciation of the film by critic Glenn Kenny; "Days of the Golden Age" costume historian and film historian Elissa Rose discusses the film’s costumes in this brand new visual essay; "Jeepers Creepers, Where’d You Get Those Peepers?" new visual essay on the film and its themes by writer and film historian Lee Gambin; image galleries, including exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs from the archives of production associate Michael Childers and assistant camera operator Ron Vidor; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch; illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Pamela Hutchinson. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

Days of Heaven

(1978) One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philosopher Terrence Malick has created some of the most visually arresting films of the 20th century, and his glorious period tragedy "Days of Heaven," featuring photo for Days of HeavenOscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros, stands out among them. In 1910, a Chicago steelworker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor, and flees with his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) and his little sister (Linda Manz) to the Texas panhandle, where they find work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer (Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire -- Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating a timeless American idyll that is also a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor. New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Terrence Malick, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Formats: Blu-ray,4K UHD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny

photo for  Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny (2023) Harrison Ford returns to the role of the legendary hero archaeologist for final installment of the iconic franchise -- a big, globe-trotting, rip-roaring cinematic adventure. John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, has returned once again to compose the score. Finding himself in a new era, approaching retirement, Indy wrestles with fitting into a world that seems to have outgrown him. But as the tentacles of an all-too-familiar evil return in the form of an old rival, Indy must don his hat and pick up his whip once more to make sure an ancient and powerful artifact doesn't fall into the wrong hands. Vitals: Director: James Mangold. Stars: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Shaunette Rene´e Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook , Olivier Richters, Mads Mikkelsen, Ethann Isidore. CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 154 min., Action Adventure, North American box office gross: $174.480 million, worldwide $383.827 million, Paramount. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD Steelbook + Blu-ray + Digital CodeVOD, Digital. Extras: Five-chapter documentary "The Making of Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny"; score only version of the movie: John Williams’ iconic music on an isolated track as you watch the film. Read more here 3 stars
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Point Break Collector's Edition

(1991) Hang ten and hang tough, Johnny. Rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah is learning to ride the waves. His mission: infiltrate a group of extreme surfers who may be the bank robbers known as the Ex-Presidents, and whose MO includes wearing masks of former White House denizens. Keanu Reeves portrays Johnny, Patrick Swayze plays charismatic thrill seeker Bodhi, and Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow delivers an adrenaline rush of gnarly rides, skydives and danger. New master and restoration from a 2023 4K scan of the interpositive in Dolby Vision.Formats: 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. Extras: Additional scenes; four featurettes: "It's Make or Break," "Ride the Wave," "Adrenaline Junkies," and "On Location: Malibu"; still gallery; theatrical trailer (Shout! Studios).

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2

(2023) Four-disc set with all 10 episodes. The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, commanded by Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), confronts increasingly dangerous stakes, explores uncharted territories, and embarks on personal journeys that continue to test their resolve and redefine their destinies. Facing friends and enemies both new and familiar, their adventures unfold in surprising ways never seen on any “Star Trek” series. Includes a special crossover event with "Star Trek: Lower Decks," the first ever “Star Trek” musical episode, and over two hours of special features. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray Steelbook, 4K Ultra HD, 4K Ultra HD Steelbook. Extras: "Producing Props"; "The Costumes Closet"; "The Gorn"; "Singing in Space"; "Exploring New Worlds"; deleted, extended, and alternate scenes. (Paramount).

A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps

(2023) Narrated by Annette Bening and directed by Alana DeJoseph, this documentary tells the remarkable story of the Peace Corps and takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. Since then, more than 240,000 of them have traveled to more than 140 countries to carry out the organization’s mission of international cooperation. Over 60 years later, Americans young and old alike still want to serve their country and understand their place in the world; current volunteers work at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the global community. Yet the agency has struggled to remain relevant amid sociopolitical change; more than once it had to fight for its very existence, and now – with a rise in nationalist sentiment and deep cuts to governmental agency budgets – the Peace Corps is again confronting a crisis of identity: what role should it play around the world and in the lives of engaged citizens? Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (First Run Features).

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December 12

The Blue Jean Monster

(1991) A 1991 Hong Kong horror-comedy film directed by Ivan Lai. The movie is about a police officer named Joe who has a happy life with his pregnant wife. One day he gets a tip that a bank is about to be robbed and rushes to it but is killed. Then the strangest thing happen, Joe becomes a vampire when a black cat jumps on his body and is hit by lightning. Can Joe take revenge on his killers? 2K remaster from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Man Made Monster" interview with assistant director Sam Leong; original Hong Kong trailer. (88 Films/MVD Entertainment).

Bollywood Horror Collection

The seven Ramsay brothers, sons of the radio manufacturer Fatehchand U. Ramsay, were India’s biggest producers of horror movies. The family was the Indian equivalent of the UK’s Hammer Films. They were active between 1972 and 1994 and produced 25 films, the vast majority of them in the horror genre, although they also worked on thrillers and even a children’s film, which also included a monster of sorts - a huge friendly Yeti. This box set is the first collection of their films to be released on Blu-ray and is packed with extra features, and interviews with cast and crew along with an 80 page full color book written by Indian film expert Tim Paxton. Films Includes: "Aatma/The Ghost" (2006), "Purana Mandir – The Haunted Temple" (1984), "Purani Haveli - The Monster Walks" (1989), "Tahkhana – The Dungeon" (1989), "Veerana – Vengeance of the Vampire" (1988), "Bandh Darwaza/Bride of the Vampire" (1990). Brand new 2k restoration from original negatives. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Interviews with cast and crew; 80 page full color book on history of Indian horror movies. (Mondo Macabro).

The Creator

photo for The Creator (2023) Set 15 years after a nuclear detonation in Los Angeles and a war against artificial intelligence. Amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua (John David Washington), a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife (Gemma Chan), is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war — and humankind. Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory, only to discover the world-ending weapon he’s been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child. Vitals: Director: Gareth Edwards. Stars: John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, Allison Janney. CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 133 min., Science Fiction, North American box office gross: $40.098 million, worldwide $101.780 million, Disney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "True Love: Making The Creator" featurette. Read more here 2 stars

Dumb Money

photo for Dumb Money (2023) The ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall video game store) into the world’s hottest company. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich – until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down. Vitals: Director: Craig Gillespie. Stars: Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, Seth Rogen. CC, MPAA rating: R, 105 min., Comedy Drama, North American box office gross: $13.925 million, worldwide $20.212 million, Sony. Formats: DVD + Digital Code, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Fat Cats vs. The Roaring Kitty"; "Diamond Hand Ensemble"; "Join the Cast & Discover the Insane True Story!"; deleted scenes; filmmaker commentary. Read more here 2 stars

Five Nights at Freddy's

photo for Five Nights at Freddy's (2023) A troubled security guard begins working at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and, during his first night on the job, he realizes that the night shift won't be so easy to get through: he finds the place is haunted by murderous animatronics. Recently fired and desperate for work so that he can keep custody of his little sister, Mike (Josh Hutcherson) agrees to take a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant: Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. But Mike soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems. Mike’s nights at Freddy’s will lead him into unexplainable encounters with the supernatural and drag him into the black heart of an unspeakable nightmare. Based on the iconic indie horror game. Vitals: Director: Emma Tammi. Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, Matthew Lillard. CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 110 min., Horror, North American box office gross: $133.1 million, worldwide $272.4 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Five Nights at Freddy's: From Game to Big Screen"; "Killer Animatronics; "Five Nights in Three Dimensions." Read more here 3 stars

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Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio

(2022) A classic tale is reborn through the inspired imagination of cinematic dream-weaver Guillermo del Toro, directing alongside Mark Gustafson. Realized through boundary-pushing, breathtakingly intricate stop-motion animation, this dark rendering of the fable of the puppet boy and his maker—which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—daringly transfers the story to Fascist Italy, where the irrepressible Pinocchio gradually learns what it means to be human through his experiences of war, death, and sacrifice. Featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, and Christoph Waltz, this Pinocchio imbues the oft-told tale with a bold new resonance about living with courage and compassion. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K UHD/Blu-ray Combo. 4K digital master, supervised by directors Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, with Dolby Atmos on the 4K UHD disc and the Blu-ray. In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Extras: "Handcarved Cinema," a new documentary featuring del Toro, Gustafson, and cast and crew, including the film’s puppet creators, production designers, and animation supervisor; "Directing Stop-Motion," a new program featuring del Toro and Gustafson; new conversation between del Toro and film critic Farran Smith Nehme; new interview with curator Ron Magliozzi on The Museum of Modern Art’s 2022 exhibition devoted to the film; new program on the eight rules of animation that informed the film's production; panel discussion featuring del Toro, Gustafson, production designer Guy Davis, composer Alexandre Desplat, and sound designer Scott Martin Gershin, moderated by filmmaker James Cameron; conversation among del Toro, Gustafson, and author Neil Gaiman; essays by film critic Matt Zoller Seitz and author Cornelia Funke. Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

The Inspector Wears Skirts (AKA Top Squad)

(1988 -- Hong Kong) Sibelle Hu, Cynthia Rothroc, Shui-Fan Fung. Madame Wu (Hu) has been assigned to the Hong Kong Police Academy to train female Banshee Squad Members, right next door to the all-male Tiger Squad lead by Inspector Kan (Shui-Fan Fung). After internal conflicts and courting mishaps, the squad members are ordered to band together to round up a gang of thieves, but nothing goes as planned. From executive producer, Raymond Chow comes this rambunctious action-comedy that was produced and choreographed by the legendary Jackie Chan and lensed by superstar Andy Lau. Remastered from the original camera negative and packed with bonus material. 2K remaster from the original camera negative. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by Frank Djeng; "Shooting Her Shot" interview with Cynthia Rothrock; "The Director Wears Pants" interview with director Wellson Chin; ”Top Squad” English opening and closing titles; Hong Kong trailer; English trailer; stills gallery. (88 Films/MVD Entertainment).

The Long Arm of the Law I & I

(1988 - Hong Kong) Presented together in one dynamite package. Directed by Johnny Mak and his brother, Michael Mak respectively, these two movies are packed full of Hong Kong-style action sequences, thrills, and spills, and provide an explosive prelude to what would eventually become a quadrilogy of martial arts thrillers. New 2K restorations of both films in 1:85:1 aspect ratio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentaries by Hong Kong film expert Frank Djeng; brand new interviews with actor Philip Chan; new interviews with director Michael Mak. (88 Films/MVD Entertainment).

Men Behind the Sun

(1988 -- Hong Kong) Gang Wang, Dai Yao Wu, Runshen Wang. Warning: not for the faint of heart! "Men Behind the Sun" exposes the stomach-churning horrors of Unit 731, Japan’s most secret, nightmarish military prison during World War II. In this infamous epoch, a youth squad is indoctrinated to believe the prisoners are disposable as scrap wood, their only use as human guinea pigs for brutal chemical and biological warfare research. This is one of the most controversial films of all time, in its full uncut version. Newly restored from its original camera negatives, with newly translated English subtitles, the film blurs the line between historical drama and gruesome exploitation. Formats: Blu-ray. (Massacre Video).

Men Behind the Sun 2: Laboratory of the Devil

(1992 -- Hong Kong) Yishou Jiang, Yuen-Ching Leung, Xingqiang Li. Tells the story of Morishima, a young, idealistic doctor practicing in WWII Japan. Upon discovering Unit 731, a secret military prison in Manchuria, Morishima is horrified by the treatment of the captives, who are brutalized and subject to torturous experimentation. In the name of science, of course. There’s only one solution for Morishima - he must liberate them all. This is the controversial sequel to the notorious and disturbing "Men Behind the Sun." This uncut, newly restored version is compiled from the original camera negative, with video inserts for missing scenes. Formats: Blu-ray. (Massacre Video).
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Mercy Road

(2023) Luke Bracey, Toby Jones, Susie Porter, Huw Higginson. After committing an impulsive, vicious crime while searching for his missing daughter, a frantic father (Bracey) goes on the run from law enforcement and soon begins receiving chilling calls from an unknown entity claiming to know her whereabouts. As he faithfully follows the caller’s increasingly unhinged instructions, he is driven perilously close to the edge of sanity while discovering exactly how far he is willing to go to save his child. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital, VOD. (Well Go USA).

The Persian Version

(2023) Layla Mohammadi, Niousha Noor, Bijan Daneshmand, Bella Warda, Tom Byrne, Kamand Shafieisabet. In this celebratory story of a young woman in Brooklyn, Leila (Mohammadi) strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while challenging the labels society projects upon her. When her boisterous family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila keeps her “real” life separate from her family life. But when her secret is revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony). Read more here

The Red Balloon and Other Stories: Five Films by Albert Lamorisse

Everyday life becomes an adventure in the wide-eyed fables and fantasies of Albert Lamorisse. Balancing imaginative whimsy with documentary-like authenticity, his beloved short films "Bim, the Little Donkey" (1951); "White Mane" (1953); and the Academy Award–winning "The Red Balloon" (1956) find unforgettable emotional, spiritual, and moral resonance in the realms of children and animals, while his captivating but now rarely seen features "Stowaway in the Sky" (1960) and "Circus Angel" (1965) exult in the glories of two of his greatest loves: nature and flight. With their astonishing cinematography and purity of spirit, these five enchanting works invite viewers of all ages to experience the wonder, mystery, and poignancy of the world anew. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restorations of "The Red Balloon" and "White Mane" and new 2K digital restorations of "Bim, the Little Donkey," "Stowaway in the Sky" and "Circus Angel," with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays. U.S. English-language version of "Bim, the Little Donkey." Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).
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Savage Guns: Four Classic Westerns Volume 3 (Limited Edition)

Four of the Italian western's hardest, cruelest, bloodiest classics erupt from the screen in this feature-packed box set. Maniacal outlaws thirsting for blood! Corrupt capitalists profiting from the suffering of the common folk! Desperate people pushed to violent revenge! The Italian western has never been grittier than in this quartet of later-period cult classics, in which the trademark cynicism of the genre escalates into the radical pessimism of the late 1960s-early 1970s world. In Paolo Bianchini's "I Want Him Dead," American actor Craig Hill stars as an ex-Confederate soldier who vows revenge after his sister is raped and murdered, in so doing setting him on a collision course with a dastardly plot to disrupt peace talks between the North and South. Next, in Edoardo Mulargia's "El Puro," western icon Robert Woods gives arguably his greatest performance as a legendary gunfighter forced to emerge from hiding after the bounty hunters on his tail murder the tender-hearted barmaid who offered him a new life. Then, in Mario Camus' "Wrath of the Wind," genre superstar Terence Hill shows his darker side as an assassin who finds his conscience when he and his brother are hired by a ruthless landholder to kill the leaders of a growing labor movement. Finally, Fabio Testi and Tomas Milian star in Lucio Fulci's "Four of the Apocalypse," in which a quartet of misfits go from sharing the same jail cell to embarking on a savage odyssey that will lead to torture, rape and cannibalism. Preyed upon by a ruthless bandit, the foursome fight for their lives - until the time comes for revenge. Featuring dazzling High Definition restorations and a wealth of brand new bonus materials produced specially for this release. High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all four films. 2K restorations of all four films from the original 35mm camera negatives, with "El Puro" newly restored by Arrow Films for this release. Italian and English front and end titles on all four films. Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks on all four films. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Brand new introductions to each film by journalist and critic Fabio Melelli; illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by author and critic Howard Hughes; fold-out double-sided poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx; limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original artwork and a slipcover featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx. More on each disc. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.
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Shaun The Sheep: The Complete Series

Seven-disc boxed set with all 170 episodes, marking the first-time seasons 5 and 6 of the series are available to own. It also includes "Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas," a half-hour holiday special which follows Shaun, Timmy and the Flock – as well as some new characters – in a mischief-filled festive caper, and over an hour of bonus material with "Mossy Bottom Shorts," "Championsheeps," and the Shaun-tastic special, "Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas." Catch Shaun, Bitzer, the Farmer, and the rest of the Flock in countless sheepish shenanigans and outrageous behavior as they navigate life at Mossy Bottom Farm. "Shaun the Sheep" is an award-winning series (Annecy Cristal, BAFTA, International Emmy Awards) recognized the world over for its slapstick humor, distinctive look and strong, quirky characters. First appearing in Nick Park’s 1995 Academy Award-winning "Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave," Shaun then went on to star in his own series and several movies. Now fans can bring home the fun and joy of Shaun and his farmyard family in this complete collection with all six seasons, shorts and specials, just in time for the holidays. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. (Shout! Studios).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

photo for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) After years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them. Vitals: Directors: Jeff Rowe, Kyler Spears. Stars: Voices of Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu. CC, MPAA rating: PG, 99 min., Animated Action, North American box office gross: $118.068 million, worldwide $179.168 million, Paramount. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD SteelBook, VOD, Digital. Extras: "TEENage Mutant Ninja Turtles" featurette (for the first time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are voiced by actual teenagers); "The Mutant Uprising"; "New York, New York: The Visual World of Mutant Mayhem"; "Learn to Draw Leo." Read more here 2 stars

The Terror 60th Anniversary Edition

(1963) The duality of Roger Corman is on display, showcasing his spooky gothic side with "The Terror" (1963) — marking the 60th anniversary of its release this year — and his more whimsical side with "The Little Shop of Horrors" (1960) in this double-feature, special-edition, two-disc, collector’s set, on Blu-ray and DVD. In The Terror -- with an all-new HD restoration from 35mm archival elements -- an 18th century French Lieutenant in Napoleon's army encounters the ghostly photo for The Terror 60th Anniversary Edition apparition of a young woman (Sandra Knight). Curiosity leads Lt. Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson) to the castle of Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff), where he notices a painting of the Baron's late wife Ilsa, who looks identical to the ghostly woman. Determined to unravel the castle's mystery, Duvalier learns that the Baron has many terrifying secrets. Though officially credited to Corman, "The Terror" had a total of five collaborative directors, including Nicholson, Monte Hellman and Francis Ford Coppola. In a newly restored HD version, "The Little Shop of Horrors" is the insane story of Seymour (Jonathan Haze), a lonely florist, and his hungry plant, Audrey, for whom he goes to great lengths to ensure that his green friend is fed and happy. With a cast that also includes Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles and a very young Jack Nicholson as a scene-stealing dental patient with a high threshold for pain, Corman and screenwriter Charles Griffith give us a comic horror masterpiece for the ages. A film so enduring that it inspired a Broadway musical, which led to a remake of the film that was nominated for two Oscars. See the original that started it all. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: C. Courtney Joyner and Dr. Steve Haberman join for a commentary track on "The Terror" and author Justin Humphreys with the film’s star, Jonathan Haze, provide commentary for "The Little Shop of Horrors"; Joyner provides an essay on the Karloff/Poe connection; Mark McGee pens liner notes for "The Little Shop of Horrors"; Ballyhoo Motion Pictures continues "Hollywood Intruders: The Filmgroup Story" with part two of the featurette; a featurette by Howard S. Berger, “Ghosts in the Machine: Art & Artifice in Roger Corman’s Celluloid Castle” provides a fresh look at "The Terror"; and recut trailers, based on the original theatrical trailers. (Film Masters).
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The Warriors [Limited Edition 4K UHD and Limited Edition Blu-ray

(1979) In 1979, fresh from directing bare knuckle boxing movie "Hard Times" and supercool crime thriller "The Driver," Walter Hill delivered his third stone cold classic in a row: "The Warriors," a slam-bang, visually kinetic action movie that mixed a heightened comic-book sensibility with a timeless tale from ancient Greece and set them loose in the streets of modern America. In New York the gangs outnumber the cops by 5-1. Together, they could rule the city. Gang-leader Cyrus has a dream to do just that and calls a summit. The gangs of New York gather in their thousands, Cyrus takes the stage. From somewhere in the crowd a shot rings out and Cyrus falls down dead. In the chaos that follows, a small gang from Coney Island - the Warriors - are blamed. Now everyone is out to get them. On foot, in enemy territory, can they make it through the night to get back across the city to the safety of home turf? For all you boppers out there, for all you street people with an ear for the action ... the iconic cult classic is back in a brand new 4K restoration approved by director Walter Hill. Can you dig it? Two-disc Blu-ray limited edition and two-disc 4K ULTRA HD Blu-ray limited edition; exclusive new 4K remasters of both the Theatrical Cut and the 2005 Alternate Version of the film sourced from the original camera negative, supervised by Arrow Films and approved by director Walter Hill. 4K Ultra HD (2160p) Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) of both versions of the film. Theatrical Cut presented in original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 for the first time on home video. Original uncompressed mono, plus stereo 2.0 and Dolby Atmos audio options for the Theatrical Cut, plus stereo 2.0 and DTS-HD MA 5.1 for the 2005 Alternate Version. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: 100-page collector’s book containing new writing by film critic Dennis Cozzalio plus select archival material; limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Laurie Greasley; double-sided fold-out poster with original and newly commissioned artwork by Laurie Greasley; six postcard-sized artcards; gang logo stickers. More on each disc. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

(2023) Daniel Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Richard Aaron Anderson, Rainn Wilson, Julianne Nicholson, Toby Huss, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Will Forte, Patton Oswalt, Jack Black, Josh Groban, Seth Green. Daniel Radcliffe is "Weird" Al Yankovic in the unexaggerated true story about the greatest musician of our time. From a conventional upbringing where playing the accordion was a sin, Al rebelled and made his dream of changing the words to world-renowned songs come true. An instant success and sex symbol, Al lives an excessive lifestyle and pursues an infamous romance that nearly destroys him. With Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, and an A-list cast of thousands their agents won't let us reveal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, VOD, Digital. (Universal).

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December 19

Deliver Us

(2023 -- US/Estonia) Jelena Rajapu, Anil Kapur, Kätlin Hallik. According to an ancient prophecy, a woman will give birth to identical twin boys; one the Messiah, the other the Antichrist. After a Russian nun claims to have immaculately conceived twins, the Vatican sends a priest to investigate. There he discovers a secret society, Vox Dei, that plans to kill the Nun and her children. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment). Read more here
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Elegant Beast

(1962 -- Japan) Hideo Takamatsu, Yunosuke Ito, Shôichi Ozawa, Ayako Wakao, Manamitsu Kawabata, Chôchô Miyako, Yuko Hamada. In their humble two-room apartment, the Maeda family seem ever so self-effacing - but their modest façade hides another truth. Daughter Tomoko is the mistress of a bestselling author with well-lined pockets. Son Minoru embezzles funds with his lover Yukie, who has her own hidden agenda. And father Tokizo is a former military man who swears he will never return to the poverty he knew during the war, no matter what the cost. One after another, those affected by the Maedas’ schemes show up on their doorstep. But these visitors all have their own duplicitous agendas. With each knock on the door, the gamesmanship reaches a whole new level. "Elegant Beast" was adapted by Kaneto Shindo from his own stage play. Director Yuzo Kawashima, mentor of Shohei Imamura and a major influence on the Japanese New Wave, makes magnificent widescreen use of the single apartment setting to deliver a ferocious satire on Japan’s post-war economic miracle. New 4K restoration. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with film critic Toshiaki Sato; appreciation by filmmaker Toshiaki Toyoda; visual essay by critic Tom Mes on post-war architecture in Japanese cinema; trailer. (Radiance).

The Exorcist: Believer

photo for The Exorcist: Believer (2023) Since his wife’s death, Victor (Leslie Odom Jr.) has raised his daughter Angela (Lidya Jewett) alone. After Angela and her friend (Olivia O’Neill) return from a three-day disappearance with missing memories, they begin displaying frightening behavior. Victor’s best hope is to find the only person who has seen anything like this before: Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), whose haunting experience with her daughter Regan may be the key to combating ultimate evil. Vitals: Director: David Gordon Green. Stars: Leslie Odom, Jr., Lidya Jewett, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz, Ann Dowd, Ellen Burstyn. CC, MPAA rating: R, 111 min., Horror, North American box office gross: $65.537 million, worldwide $135.809 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Making a Believer" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Ellen And Linda: Reunited – The Exorcist: Believer"; "Stages of Possession" special makeup FX featurette; "The Opening"; "Editing an Exorcism – The Exorcist: Believer": "Matters of Faith" featurette; commentary with co-writer/director David Gordon Green, executive producer Ryan Turek, co-writer Peter Sattler, and special makeup FX designer Christopher Nelson. Read more here 2 stars

Invisible Beauty

(2023) An essential memoir of fashion pioneer Bethann Hardison, this documentary shines a spotlight on the singular and unapologetic Hardison, one of the fashion industry’s most influential icons who, as a pioneering Black model, modeling agent and entrepreneur, has pushed the boundaries of fashion culture and has been at the forefront of progress throughout her career. In her lifetime, Hardison has seen the pendulum swing toward and away from the Black model. At every setback, she spoke up and rallied her colleagues and clients in the industry to advance change. Now in her 70s, the Brooklyn native is writing her memoir, taking stock of her own legacy at a moment when the fashion industry was shaken by discrimination. The film traces her impact on fashion from runway shows in the 1970s to roundtables about the lack of racial diversity in the early 2000s. Featuring intimate interviews with luminaries including Iman, Tyson Beckford, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zendaya, Fran Lebowitz, Pat Cleveland, Naomi Campbell, and Stephen Burrows, "Invisible Beauty" is an absorbing record of the racial evolution of fashion and an original contemplation on the life of an unparalleled trailblazer. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment). Read more here

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

photo for Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (2023) In 1969, a young Jud Crandall has dreams of leaving his hometown of Ludlow, Maine behind, but soon discovers sinister secrets buried within and is forced to confront a dark family history that will forever keep him connected to Ludlow. Vitals: Director: Lindsey Beer. Stars: Jackson White, Forrest Goodluck, Jack Mulhern, Henry Thomas, Natalie Alyn Lind, Isabella Star LaBlanc, Pam Grier, David Duchovny, Samantha Mathis. CC, MPAA rating: R, 87 min., Horror, Paramount. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Read more here 2 stars

The Wandering Earth II

(2023 - China) Wu Jing, Wang Zhi, Li Xuejian, Ning Li, Andy Lau, Zhu Yanmanzi, Zhang Yi. In the near future, after learning that the sun is rapidly burning out and will obliterate Earth in the process, humans build enormous engines to propel the planet to a new solar system, far out of reach of the sun’s fiery flares. However, the journey out into the universe is perilous, and humankind’s last shot at survival will depend on a group of young people brave enough to step up and execute a dangerous, life-or-death operation to save the earth. Prequel to the 2019 blockbuster Chinese Sci-Fi hit. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA ).

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December 26

Shredder Orpheus

(1989) In this classic hallucination, the Greek myth is reimagined as a post-apocalyptic skateboard rock opera that drops somewhere between the music video for Devo's "Whip It," a Bones Brigade skate tape, and a surrealist art project. Rescued from the VHS wasteland, "Shredder" arrives with a brand new restoration from the original film elements. Orpheus’ journey to the underworld is reworked as a post-apocalyptic skate rock-opera in this 1989 cult classic. The “mortal” world faces imminent destruction when Hades unleashes an evil television signal that. Sublimates and kills its viewers. These hypnotic broadcasts from EUTHANASIA BROADCAST NETWORK are seducing the masses - except skateboard-guitarist Orpheus and his band of “SHREDDERS” who can see through this nefarious scheme. To save the world and his kidnapped wife, Orpheus must penetrate the world of the dead and free the television airwaves. Armed with a futuristic guitar and a skateboard from Hell, Orpheus storms onto the EBN stage to liberate the airwaves and rescue his wife. Formats: Blu-ray. (Vinegar Syndrome/AGFA [American Genre Film Archive]).

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