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January 2

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The Apu Trilogy

(1956-59) A breathtaking milestone that brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, Satyajit Ray’s "The Apu Trilogy" follows one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and, finally, a sensitive man of the world. Ray’s delicate masterworks — "Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)," "Aparajito (The Unvanquished)," and "Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)" — based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. These films — which have risen from the ashes in meticulously reconstructed restorations, after the original negatives were burned in a fire — are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made. Formats: 4K UHD + Blu-ray special edition features three 4K UHD discs of the films and three Blu-rays with the films and special features. 4K digital restorations of all three films, undertaken in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and L’Immagine Ritrovata, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).


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The Facts of Murder

(1959 -- Italy) Pietro Germi, Claudia Cardinale, Claudio Gora, Franco Fabrizi, Cristina Gaioni. Inspector Ingravallo has been called to a Roman apartment building to investigate a robbery. Once there he questions the tenants but soon realizes something is amiss. As the investigation progresses a simple robbery leads to a murder case ... Directed by and starring Petro Germi ("The Railroad Man") as the growling Inspector, "The Facts of Murder" was loosely adapted from celebrated author Carlo Emilio Gadda's novel and is shot with inky shadows reminiscent of film noir, while the mystery element prefigures the giallo. Featuring a cast of wonderful supporting actors including Claudia Cardinale and Claudio Gora ("Il sorpasso"), the film won multiple awards at Italian institutions including the Golden Globe for Best Film. New 4K restoration of the film by L'Immagine Ritrovata at the Cineteca di Bologna, world premiere on High Definition Blu-ray (1080p). Uncompressed mono PCM audio. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New interview with Pietro Germi expert Mario Sesti (2023); "The Man With the Cigar in His Mouth" documentary about Pietro Germi featuring interviews with his colleagues and collaborators including Mario Monicelli, Claudia Cardinale, Stefania Sandrelli, Giuseppe Tornatore among others; "What's Black and Yellow All Over? All Shades of Italian Film Noir" visual essay by Paul A. J. Lewis on the presence of noir trends in Italian cinema and the evolution of the genre (2023). (Radiance/MVD Entertainment).

The Holdovers

photo for The Holdovers (2023) Follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them — a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) — and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph). Vitals: Director: Alexander Payne. Stars: Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa. CC, MPAA rating: R, 133 min., Comedy Drama, North American box office gross: $18.261 million, worldwide $19.053 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Alternate ending; deleted scenes; introduction by Alexander Payne; "The Cast of The Holdovers"; "Working with Alexander." 3 stars Read more here.

The Marsh King’s Daughter

(2022) Daisy Ridley, Ben Mendelsohn, Garrett Hedlund, Caren Pistorius, Brooklynn Prince, Gil Birmingham. Based on the bestselling novel by Karen Dionne. In this thriller, a woman with a secret past ventures into the wilderness she left behind to confront the most dangerous man she’s ever met: her father. Helena’s (Ridley) seemingly ordinary life hides a dark and dangerous truth: her estranged father is the infamous Marsh King (Mendelsohn), the man who kept her and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. When her father escapes from prison, Helena has to confront her past. Knowing that he will hunt for her and her family, Helena must find the strength to face her demons and outmaneuver the man who taught her everything she knows about surviving in the wild. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Audio commentary with director Neil Burger; "The Art of Survival: Making The Marsh King's Daughter" trailer. (Lionsgate).

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January 9

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Blood Simple

(1984) Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh looms over the proceedings as a slippery private eye with a yellow suit, a cowboy hat, and no moral compass, and Frances McDormand’s cunning debut performance set her on the road to stardom. The tight scripting and inventive style that have marked the Coens’ work for decades are all here in their first film, in which cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld abandons black-and-white chiaroscuro for neon signs and jukebox colors that combine with Carter Burwell’s haunting score to lurid and thrilling effect. Blending elements from pulp fiction and low-budget horror flicks, "Blood Simple" reinvented the film noir for a new generation, marking the arrival of a filmmaking ensemble that would transform the American independent cinema scene. Formats: 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo edition. Restored 4K digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

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The Flying Swordsman (aka The Hidden Fox)

(2022 -- China) Huawei Zhao, Ray Lui, Yusi Chen, Shanshan Chunyu, Zihan Chen. After a wicked plot to steal a hidden fortune results in the death of two renowned warriors, the map leading to the treasure's rumored location inexplicably disappears. But when the map is finally located a decade later, the eight assassins from the original plot re-emerge only to be challenged by a mysterious swordsman. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

Magnum P.I.: The Final Season

(2023) Five-disc set with all 20 episode. Thomas Magnum returns in the final season as Hawaii’s favorite detective, and takes on exciting new cases with his partner, Juliet Higgins, and friends Rick and TC. Whether they’re taking down Hawaii’s most dangerous criminals, solving impossible cases or just throwing back a few mai tais after work, the team has never been tighter – and the adventure has never been bigger. Formats: DVD. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Paramount).

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January 16

Billions: The Final Season

(2023)Four-disc set with all 12 episodes. It takes one to break one in a final season like no other. Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhodes have been adversaries and they’ve been allies but when the stakes escalate beyond Wall Street, their game of one-upmanship threatens to topple empires as Axe returns with a score to settle. It’ll be a triumph for some, and a tumble for others. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Billions: Rewind"; "Billions: Notes on a Scene." (Paramount).

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Blood Feast

(2016) The original, uncut version of "Blood Feast" makes its home video debut on 4K UHD and Blu-ray. An ultra-gory homage to the original H.G. Lewis 1963 classic, "Blood Feast" was directed by Marcel Walz, and stars Robert Rusler, Caroline Williams, Sophie Monk, Sadie Katz, Max Evans and Roland Frietag. After moving his family to France and running a struggling American-themed diner, Fuad Ramses (Rusler) takes on a second job as the night security guard at a museum of Egyptian culture. During his long shifts, Fuad is drawn to the statue of the goddess Ishtar and soon begins to have visions that compel him to embark on a murderous spree of cannibalistic sacrifices to appease the Goddess. Not even Fuad’s own family members (Williams and Monk) are safe from the rampage. Formats: Blu-ray and 4K UHD editions. Extras: Theatrical trailer; Making-of featurette; "Chilli Con Curtis "Tonite" music video; Blood Feast - Red Carpet Premiere 2018; Blood Feast - Scare Cam. (Synapse Films/MVD Entertainment).

The Childe

(2023 -- South Korea) Kim Seon-ho, Kim Kang-woo, Kang Tae-ju. In a desperate attempt to secure funds for his mother’s surgery, an amateur boxer searches for the wealthy estranged father he’s never met. But after a lead takes him from the Philippines to Korea, he is relentlessly pursued by a quirky yet highly dangerous man. As additional entities join in his pursuit and cause chaos, he will be forced to confront a shocking truth that may cost him his life. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

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The Devil’s Partner

(1961) Edgar Buchanan, Jean Allison, Richard Crane, Ed Nelson. Director/actor Buchanan (best known as Uncle Joe on "Petticoat Junction") appears in this supernatural thriller about an old codger trying to reclaim his youth, employing black magic to lure a woman away from his rival. Made in 1958, "The Devil’s Partner" languished with no release date until it was picked up and distributed by Roger Corman's The Filmgroup, becoming a steady presence on the drive-in circuit, often appearing in tandem with "Creature from Haunted Sea" (1961), another Corman classic from the golden age of drive-in schlock -- included here. This spoof of spy/gangsters/monster movies stars Anthony Carbone as a gangster and smuggler who decides to kill members of the ship’s bungling crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn’t know is that the creature is actually out there! Also starring Betsy Jones-Moreland and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown) under the pseudonym Edward Wain. The film was conceived when Corman finished shooting "The Last Woman on Earth" in Puerto Rico and discovered he had enough stock left over to make another film. He enlisted long-time associate Charles B. Griffith, who -- legend goes -- had six days to write the script. Ever the pragmatist when it came to budget, Corman recruited locals to appear in this film as extras. Both films are presented with a theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, as well as in a 1.37:1 television format. The televised version of "Creature From the Haunted Sea" includes an additional 15 minutes of footage shot years later to extend the film for a sale to Allied Artists. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary for "The Devil’s Partner" by Larry Strothe, James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan and Matt Weinhold of the Monster Party podcast; theatrical-length commentary for "Creature From the Haunted Sea" by fan favorite Tom Weaver, with contributions from Roger Corman, Kinta Zertuche and Larry Blamire; recut trailers, based on the original theatrical trailers; original "Creature From the Haunted Sea" theatrical trailer (from 16mm archival elements scanned in 4k); a full essay for "The Devil’s Partner" by author Mark McGee. (Film Masters).

Ernest & Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia

(2023) Ernest and Celestine return in this delightful and joyous follow-up to their first Academy Award-nominated animated adventure in 2014, where the bear and mouse became the unlikeliest of friends. When Celestine accidentally breaks the beloved violin of her grouchy companion, they embark on a journey to Gibberitia, home to the only artist who can repair it as well as Ernest's family. But when the duo arrives, they are shocked to discover that all forms of music have been banned for many years and the land once known for its incredible musicians has fallen silent. It's up to Ernest and Celestine and their new friends, including a mysterious masked outlaw, to bring music and happiness back to the land of bears. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Making-of featurette; interview with the directors; interview with the cast; interview with producer Didier Brunner; how to draw Ernest & Celestine; trailers. (GKIDS/Shout! Factory).

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Inside the Mind Of Coffin Joe [Limited Edition]

(1964-2008 -- Brazil) Cultural icon, anti-establishment statement, sadistic lord of carnival horror. With his long fingernails, top hat and cape, Coffin Joe was the creation of Brazilian filmmaker José Mojica Marins, who wrote, directed and starred in a series of outrageous movies from 1964 to 2008. Newly restored from the best available elements and packed with extras, "Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe" is a love letter to one of the great iconoclasts of horror who forged his films in the face of military dictatorship and religious censorship to become Brazil's national Boogeyman. Six-disc set with brand new 4K restorations of all his films: "At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul," "This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse/The Strange World of Coffin Joe," "The Awakening Of The Beast/The End of Man," "When The Gods Fall Asleep/The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures," "Hellish Flesh/Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind," "Embodiment of Evil." Formats: Six-disc Blu-ray set. Extras: Trailers for all films (except" When the Gods Fall Asleep"); collector’s book featuring new writing by Tim Lucas, Carlos Primati, Jerome Reuter, Amy Voorhees Searles, Kyle Anderson, and Paula Sacramento; reversible sleeves with new artwork by Butcher Billy; double-sided poster with new artwork by Butcher Billy; 12 double-sided artcards. (Arrow Video US/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

Joan Baez: I Am a Noise

(2023) Neither a conventional biopic nor a traditional concert film, "Joan Baez: I Am a Noise" is a raw and intimate portrait of the legendary folk singer and activist that shifts back and forth through time as it follows Joan on her final tour and delves into her extraordinary archive, including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork, therapy tapes, and audio recordings. Baez is remarkably revealing about her life on and off stage - from her lifelong emotional struggles to her civil rights work. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Pictures). Read more here

Journey to Bethlehem

(2023) Fiona Palomo, Milo Manheim, Antonio Banderas, Omid Djalili, Rizwan Manji, Geno Segers, Joel Smallbone. A young woman carrying an unimaginable responsibility. A young man torn between love and honor. A jealous king who will stop at nothing to keep his crown. This live-action Christmas musical celebration for the entire family weaves classic Christmas melodies with new pop songs in a music-infused retelling of the greatest story ever told, the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. Formats: DVD + Digital Code, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Five featurettes; deleted scenes. (Sony). Read more here

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Lone Star

(1996) A keen observer of America’s social fabric, writer-director John Sayles uncovers the haunted past buried beneath a small Texas border town in this sprawling neowestern mystery. When a skeleton is discovered in the desert, lawman Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper), son of a legendary local sheriff, begins an investigation that will have profound implications both for him personally and for all of Rio County, a place still reckoning with its history of racial violence. Sayles’s masterful film — novelistic in its intricacy and featuring a brilliant ensemble cast, including Joe Morton, Elizabeth Peña, and Kris Kristofferson — quietly subverts national mythmaking and lays bare the fault lines of life at the border. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo edition. New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Sayles and director of photography Stuart Dryburgh, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

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Trolls Band Together (Sing Along Edition)

(2023) An all-star Troll family reunion. As Poppy (Anna Kendrick) grows closer to her now boyfriend Branch (Justin Timberlake), she discovers his secret past as a member of her favorite boyband, BroZone, with his four estranged brothers. When Branch’s bro Floyd is kidnapped for his musical talents by a pair of nefarious popstars, Branch and Poppy embark on an action-packed journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd. Along the way Poppy uncovers a family secret of her own, a long-lost sister named Viva (Camila Cabello). "Trolls Band Together" features the franchise’s signature psychedelic joy-bomb of new and classic pop hits that will have you singing and dancing along over and over again. Vitals: Director: Walt Dohrn. Stars: Voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kenan Thompson, Anderson.Paak, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Camila Cabello, Eric André, Amy Schumer, Andrew Rannells, Troye Sivan, Daveed Diggs, Kid Cudi, RuPaul Charles. CC, MPAA rating: PG, 91 min., Animated Family, North American box office gross: $100.692 million, worldwide $203.126 million, DreamWorks/Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Sing-along version; "It Takes Three" original short; "Fun In The Recording Booth"; ""Hi, Hi, Hi" with *NSYNC in the studio as they reunite for the first time in 20 years to record an all-new song; "Building the Band" featurette; "Together Again" backstory behind *NSYNC's involvement; "Animating Trolls"; "How To Draw"; "How To: Hug Time Bracelets"; feature commentary. 2 stars Read more here.

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January 23

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Chantal Akerman Masterpieces, 1968–1978

In the revolutionary first decade of her filmmaking career, Chantal Akerman devoted herself to nothing less than the total resculpting of cinematic time and space. Journeying between Europe and New York City, Akerman forged a highly personal style that fuses avant-garde influences with deeply human expressions of alienation, desire, and displacement — themes that she would explore in a series of increasingly ambitious shorts, documentaries, and features, including the towering "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles." With immersive rhythms that render the most minute details momentous, these landmarks of 20th-century art continue to reveal new ways of experiencing cinema and framing reality. SAUTE MA VILLE: (1968 -- 13 minutes). Made when the director was just 18, Akerman’s debut film is a blistering first expression of what would become one of her major themes: women’s confinement in and rebellion against the domestic sphere. Akerman plays a young woman who, alone in her kitchen, enacts a savaging of traditional domestic rituals that leads to a literally explosive climax. L’ENFANT AIMÉ, OU JE JOUE À ÊTRE UNE FEMME MARIÉE: (1971 -- 32 minutes). One of Akerman’s most rarely seen works is an intimate portrait of a young mother (played by Claire Wauthion) whose day-to-day routines are intercut with her stream-of-consciousness ruminations on her family, sex life, relationships, and body. Though Akerman (who also appears in the film) was later dismissive of her second directorial effort, its patient focus on the tension between domesticity and a woman’s inner life marks "L’enfant aimé" as an important link in the development of her artistry. "LA CHAMBRE:" (1972 -- 11 minutes). Akerman’s dialogue with the 1960s avant-garde movement of structural cinema begins here, with the first film she made in New York City — a breakthrough in her experiments with the bending of cinematic time and space. As the camera completes a series of circular pans around a small apartment, the interior’s furniture, its clutter, and the filmmaker herself — staring back at us from bed — become the subjects of a moving still life. HOTEL MONTEREY: (1972 -- 62 minutes). Under Akerman’s watchful eye, a cheap Manhattan hotel glows with mystery and unexpected beauty, its corridors, elevators, rooms, windows, and occasional occupants framed like Edward Hopper tableaux. Filmed over the course of 15 hours, from evening to dawn, with cinematographer and frequent collaborator Babette Mangolte’s carefully controlled camera gradually making its way from the lamplit lobby to the rooftop overlooking an awakening city, this radical, silent experiment in duration stands as one of Akerman’s most arresting formal achievements, collapsing time and charging the quotidian space it surveys with an eerie unreality. LE 15/8: (1973 -- 43 minutes). Shot and directed by Akerman and Samy Szlingerbaum, this quietly revealing variation on the filmmaker’s recurring themes of dislocation and alienation unfolds on one day — August 15, 1973 — in a Paris apartment, where Finnish expat Chris Myllykoski opens up to the camera about her anxieties and uncertainties, her aspirations and ennui, and the sense of vulnerability she feels being a woman alone in an unfamiliar country. As Myllykoski’s voice-over narration shifts between the mundane and the searching, Akerman’s observant camera remains attuned to tiny gestures that tell a story of their own. JE TU IL ELLE: (1975 -- 86 minutes). Akerman’s first narrative feature is a startlingly vulnerable exploration of alienation and the search for connection. In a performance at once daringly exposed and enigmatic, Akerman plays a young woman who, following a lengthy, self-imposed exile, ventures out into the world, where she has two very different experiences of intimacy: first with a truck driver who picks her up, and then with a female ex-lover. Culminating in an audacious, real-time carnal encounter that brought lesbian sexuality to the screen with a new frankness, "Je tu il elle" finds Akerman wielding her radical minimalism with a newfound emotional and psychological precision. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES: (1975 -- 201 minutes). A singular work in film history, Akerman’s "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow, whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. In its enormous spareness, Akerman’s film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or as one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, "Jeanne Dielman" is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades. NEWS FROM HOME: (1976 -- 89 minutes). Following her time living in New York in the early 1970s, Akerman returned to the city to create one of her most elegantly minimalist and profoundly affecting meditations on dislocation and estrangement. Over a series of exactingly composed shots of Manhattan circa 1976, the filmmaker reads letters sent by her mother years earlier. The juxtaposition between the intimacy of these domestic reports and the lonely, bleakly beautiful cityscapes results in a poignant reflection on personal and familial disconnection that doubles as a transfixing time capsule. LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA: (1978 -- 127 minutes). Akerman’s narrative follow-up to her international breakthrough, "Jeanne Dielman," is a penetrating portrait of a woman’s soul-deep malaise and a mesmerizing odyssey through a haunted Europe. While on a tour through Germany, Belgium, and France to promote her latest movie, Anna (Aurore Clément), an accomplished filmmaker, passes through a series of eerie, exquisitely shot brief encounters — with men and women, family and strangers — that gradually reveal her emotional and physical detachment from the world. Mirroring the itinerant Akerman’s own restless wanderings, this quasi self-portrait journeys through a succession of liminal spaces — hotel rooms, railway stations, train cars — toward an indelible encounter with the specter of history. Formats: Three-Blu-ray special edition, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

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Curse of the Dog God

(1977 -- Japan) Shin'ya Ohwada, Emiko Yamauchi, Masami Hasegawa, Jun Izumi, Noboru Mitani, Shinya Ono, Kayoko Shiraishi. A trio of young scientists from the city head out into the countryside to investigate a source of uranium at the base of a sacred mountain. On their way, they carelessly destroy a roadside shrine and run over and kill a dog belonging to a local boy. The boy puts a curse on them and tries to disrupt the wedding when a local girl, Reiko, marries one of the trio. Back in the city, the newlyweds are subjected to a string of increasingly disturbing and inexplicable happenings and Reiko slowly goes insane, convinced that her husband has been cursed and that she has been possessed by the spirit of the Dog God. An attempt to exorcise her ends in tragedy when she dies during the ceremony. One of the trio of scientists throws himself off a skyscraper and a second member of the group is fatally attacked by a pack of feral dogs. But these terrible events are only the start of the Curse of the Dog God. Brand new 2k transfer from film negative digitally restored. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with director Shunya Ito; interview with Koji Shiraishi; audio commentary from Marc Walkow and Chris Poggiali; original trailer. (Mondo Macabro).

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The Inferno

(1979 -- Japan) Mieko Harada, Kyôko Kishida, Ryûzô Hayashi, Kunie Tanaka, Seizô Fukumoto, Jun Hamamura, Kazuko Inano. The film begins with Miho and Ryuzo, two adulterous lovers, being hunted down by Miho's husband. Ryuzo is killed while the pregnant Miho is bludgeoned and left for dead. As she dies, she gives birth to her daughter, Aki, who is thus considered to have been born in hell. Twenty years later, Aki, who is the very image of her mother, has become a daredevil racing car driver. She feels that strange forces are trying to kill her. To solve the mystery of her past she returns to the remote village where her mother died and to the dysfunctional family that refused to take care of Aki when she was a baby. Aki’s arrival triggers a series of disastrous events as she tries to take revenge for the murder of her mother. Brand new 2k transfer from film negative, digitally restored. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Interview with writer-film maker Hiroshi Takahashi; interview with film maker Koji Shiraishi; original trailer. (Mondo Macabro).

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One

(2023) Based on DC’s iconic comic book limited series "Crisis on Infinite Earths," this new animated feature joins together DC Super Heroes from across the multiverse in the first of three parts that marks the beginning of the end to the Tomorrowverse story arc. Death is coming. Worse than death: oblivion. Not just for our Earth, but for everyone, everywhere, in every universe! Against this ultimate destruction, the mysterious Monitor has gathered the greatest team of Super Heroes ever assembled. But what can the combined might of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern and hundreds of Super Heroes from multiple Earths even do to save all of reality from an unstoppable antimatter Armageddon?! Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Crisis Prime(r) featurette; "The Selfless Speedster" featurette. (Warner). Read more here

Special Ops: Lioness - Season 1

(2022) Three-disc set with eight episodes of the espionage thriller starring Zoe Saldaña, Laysa De Oliveira, Michael Kelly, Morgan Freeman and Nicole Kidman. Inspired by an actual US Military program, the series follows the life of Joe (Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA's spear in the war on terror. The Lioness Program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Kidman) and Donald Westfield (Kelly), enlists an aggressive Marine Raider named Cruz (De Oliveira) to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of State terrorism in the CIA's efforts to thwart the next 9/11. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Embedded With Special Ops: Lioness" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Battle Forged Calm: Tactics & Training" behind-the-scenes featurette. (Paramount).

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Thinner Collector’s Edition BLU-RAY DEBUT

(1996) Based on the riveting best seller, Stephen King's "Thinner" stars Robert John Burke (and Joe Mantegna in a story of supernatural terror as one man faces a countdown to the ultimate excruciating payback. A 109-year-old Romani man (Michael Constantine), hell-bent on revenge for the death of his daughter, exacts a shocking curse that compels its victim to gorge himself in an effort to avoid shrinking away to nothingness. With time running out from this bizarre and relentless torture, the accursed man must find a way to reverse his predicament, though death is quickly becoming his only option.Formats: Blu-ray debut. Extras: New audio commentary with producer Mitchell Galin and Joe Mantegna; New audio commentary with film critic/ historian Lee Gambin and novelist Aaron Dries; new “Weight of the World” interview with director Tom Holland; new “Thick And Thin” interview with actor Lucinda Jenney; new “The Incredible Shrinking Man” with special make-up effects artist Vincent Guastini; audio commentary with Tom Holland and Joe Mantegna; vintage featurette: “The Magic of Special Effects Make-Up”; theatrical trailer; TV spot; still gallery. (Shout! Factory).

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Your Lucky Day

(2023) Angus Cloud , Jessica Garza, Elliot Knight, Sterling Beaumon. After a dispute over a winning lottery ticket turns into a deadly hostage situation, the witnesses must decide exactly how far they’ll go—and how much blood they’re willing to spill—for a cut of the $156 million. Formats: Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

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January 30

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Conan the Barbarian

(1982) Ripped from the pages of Robert E. Howard's beloved pulp stories, and brought to the screen by maverick director John Milius, "Conan the Barbarian" is one of the most beloved fantasy-action adventures in Hollywood history, which not only popularized a new subgenre - the sword-and-sorcery film - but also made a cinematic icon of its star, former bodybuilding sensation Arnold Schwarzenegger. In an ancient land, young Conan witnesses his family being slaughtered by an evil snake cult ransacking his village. Raised as a slave, the adult Conan (Schwarzenegger) rises up through the fighting pits, becoming an unparalleled and fearsome warrior. Unexpectedly freed, Conan and his companions - two fighters, Subotai (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria (Sandahl Bergman), as well as a Wizard (Mako) - are enlisted by King Osric (Max von Sydow) to free his daughter from the hypnotic clutches of the same cult that murdered Conan's family long ago, led by the shape-shifting sorcerer Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones). Crom has commanded it: at long last, Milius' glorious ode to the days of high adventure (co-written by Oliver Stone) has been restored in glorious 4K with hours of bonus features and a heart-racing Atmos remix that immerses you in the action, accompanied throughout by an electrifying, career-best score by the late Basil Poledouris ("RoboCop"). Formats: Limited Edition Blu-ray and Limited Edition 4K UHD. Extras: Double-sided fold-out poster; six double-sided collectors’ postcards; illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and an archive set report by Paul M. Sammon. Second disc with more features. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

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Conan the Destroyer

(1984) After conquering the box office with his first outing as the sword-wielding Cimmerian, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in this exciting and action-packed sequel from veteran director Richard Fleischer that amps up the fantasy-adventure and hews closer to the character's pulp and comic book origins. Still mourning the death of his beloved Valeria, Conan is given an offer he can't refuse by Queen Taramis (Sarah Douglas): he will escort her niece, Princess Jehnna (Olivia d'Abo), on a quest to find a mystical horn that will awaken a slumbering god, in return for Valeria being brought back from the dead. With a new group of companions by his side - including a fierce warrior woman named Zula (Grace Jones) - Conan must battle an onslaught of evil beasts, wizards and cannibals, little suspecting that the wicked Taramis intends to betray him with the aid of her head guard, Bombaata (Wilt Chamberlain). Photographed by the great Academy Award-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff, with another rousing score by Basil Poledouris, "Conan the Destroyer" has finally been restored in 4K with hours of brand new bonus features. Formats: Limited Editionm Blu-ray and Limited Edition 4K UHD. Extras: Read more here. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment).

Dard Divorce

(2001 -- Germany) Martina Ittenbach, Daryl Jackson, Jaymes Butler, Barrett Jones. The chilling tale of a young divorcee caught in battles both for her children and her life. When Nathalie's daughter and son go missing, she must contend with violent corrupt forces to find them, entangling her with Mafioso, hit men, and other savage criminal elements -- only to become brutally tortured herself. From legendary German splatter director Olaf Ittenbach. Completely uncut in all of its gory goodness. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: "Making of Dard Divorce"; early Olaf Ittenbach shorts. (Massacre Video).

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Goodbye & Amen

(1978 -- Italy) John Dannahay (Tony Musante), a CIA agent stationed in Rome, is planning to overthrow an African government. But his plan goes wrong when a corrupt colleague starts shooting people from the roof of a hotel, taking an innocent couple hostage. Director Damiano Damiani wields expert tension in this gripping espionage thriller, twisting and turning its tight plot to its sensational finale. Featuring a fantastic supporting cast including Claudia Cardinale, John Steiner and Wolfango Soldati, "Goodbye & Amen" is one of the great 1970s Italian action thrill rides, set to a haunting score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis. New 2023 restoration of the film from the original camera negative presented with Italian and, for the first time on home video, English audio options. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Eurocrime experts Nathaniel Thompson and Troy Howarth (2023); interview with editor Antonio Siciliano; archival interview with Wolfango Soldati (2013); reversible sleeve featuring designs based on original posters; limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Italian crime cinema expert Lucia Rinaldi; limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings. (Radiance/MVD Entertainment).

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(2017) In the Mississippi Delta of the 1940s, two farming families — one of white landholders, one of Black tenant farmers — are bound by the unforgiving soil they share as they struggle to survive amid the upheavals of World War II and the poisonous hatred of the Jim Crow South. Each family sends a young man off to battle; when they return home, scarred, and find a common bond, the community is ripped apart. Writer-director Dee Rees, with cowriter Virgil Williams, crafts a uniquely American tragedy, imbuing bitter historical realities with a timeless weight. Featuring bone-deep performances from her ensemble cast — including Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, and Jonathan Banks — and backed by Rachel Morrison’s darkly burnished cinematography, "Mudbound" is a searing humanist study of inheritance based upon Hillary Jordan’s novel. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 2K digital master, supervised by director Dee Rees and director of photography Rachel Morrison, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

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Murphy's War

(1971) Iconic actor Peter O'Toole joins forces with director Peter Yates in this blisteringly acerbic, wildly entertaining film about the absurdity of war. During the last days of WWII, the merchant ship "Mount Kyle" is sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Venezuela and the sailors machine-gunned in the water. Only Murphy (O'Toole) survives, making his way to shore where he is nursed to health by Dr. Hayden (Sian Phillips), a pacifist Quaker who runs a missionary settlement near the mouth of the Orinoco River. When Murphy discovers that the U-boat is now hiding further up the river using the jungle for cover, he becomes obsessed with retribution and begins a one man war to sink the German U-boat, no matter the cost. With a script by Stirling Silliphant, cinematography by the legendary Douglas Slocombe and a supporting cast that includes Philippe Noiret and Horst Janson, "Murphy's War" is an underseen gem. Formats: Limited Editionm Blu-ray. Extras: (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

My Sailor, My Love

(2022 -- Ireland) James Cosmo, Brid Brennan, Catherine Walker, Nora-Jane Noone. Howard is a widowed sailor living alone on the coast of Ireland. His daughter, Grace, hires Annie, a lovely older woman to help around the house. Initially resistant to this support, Howard is soon charmed by Annie’s gentle care, and the two fall in love. This new romance illuminates the hurt within Howard’s relationship with Grace, tearing at Howard and Annie’s seaside love story. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Music Box Films).

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Silent Night

(2023) From legendary director John Woo and the producer of John Wick comes this gritty revenge tale of a tormented father who witnesses his young son die when caught in a gang’s crossfire on Christmas Eve. While recovering from a wound that costs him his voice, he makes vengeance his life’s mission and embarks on a punishing training regimen in order to avenge his son’s death. Full of Woo’s signature style, "Silent Night" redefines the action genre with visceral, thrill-a-minute storytelling. Vitals: Director: John Woo. Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Scott Mescudi, Harold Torres, Catalina Sandino Moreno. CC, MPAA rating: R, 104 min., Action, North American box office gross: $8.012 million, worldwide $11.065 million, Lionsgate. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code Steelbook, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" featurette; theatrical trailer. 2 stars Read more here.

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The Sting of Death

(1990 -- Japan) In the aftermath of World War II, a writer's love affair with another woman drives his wife mad with distrust. Realizing his errors, he tries all he can to save her from literally losing her mind. Kohei Oguri's haunting adaptation of the novel by Toshio Shimao is shot in a hyperreal style that is equal parts painterly and unflinching. Featuring striking set design, powerful lead performances and a vivid evocation of small-town life in postwar Japan, "The Sting of Death" won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival while stars Ittoku Kishibe and Keiko Matsuzaka won numerous awards for their performances. Radiance Films is proud to present this remarkable film on Blu-ray for the first time in the world. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Documentary on the Japanese film renaissance of the 1990s featuring interviews with Kohei Oguri,; trailer; reversible sleeve; limited edition booklet featuring a newly translated interview with director Kohei Oguri; limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings. (Radiance/MVD Entertainment).

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(2023) After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the holiday. Picking off residents one by one, what begins as random revenge killings are soon revealed to be part of a larger, sinister holiday plan. Will the town uncover the killer and survive the holidays ... or become guests at his twisted holiday dinner table? Vitals: Director: Eli Roth. Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Ty Olsson, Gina Gershon, Addison Rae, Milo Manheim, Jalen Thomas Brook, Neil Verlaque. CC, MPAA rating: R, 106 min., Horror Thriller, North American box office gross: $31.823 million, worldwide $46.079 million, Sony. Formats: DVD + Digital Code, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. 2 stars

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(1996) A jolt of adrenaline shot straight to the heart of 1990s British cinema, this darkly funny adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel was a major breakthrough for director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, and screenwriter John Hodge. With live-wire energy and stylistic verve, "Trainspotting" bounces across the life and times of Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a Scottish heroin addict who, along with his misfit mates, gets high, gets in trouble, gets clean, and gets high again, all in a bid to outrun the banality of modern existence. Kinetically cut to an iconic soundtrack of techno, rock, and Britpop, this indie phenomenon chooses life in all its ugly, beautiful, terrifying exhilaration. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo edition with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Danny Boyle, with 2.0 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. Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

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