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(2004) Kristanna Loken, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Madsen. Rayne is a dhampir - a human-vampire hybrid - enslaved by a malevolent traveling circus. When she eventually breaks free of her servitude, Rayne vows to confront her immensely powerful vampire father, Kagan, for abandoning her. But when Rayne learns of her father’s long history of betrayal and vindictiveness, Rayne’s daring quest turns into a fight for her life. A cutting-edge 4k scan sourced from the original negatives, enhanced by a fresh director-Uwe Boll-approved HDR color-grade, and presented in its authentic 2.35:1 aspect ratio—the same immersive format in which the film was originally showcased theatrically. Now restored for the first time on home video. Unrated home video cut of the film. Formats: Blu-ray/4K UHD. Extras: New director audio commentary; deleted and extended scenes; interviews with cast & crew; behind the scenes; CGI making of the film; "Dinner with Uwe Boll." (Massacre Video).


The Book of Harth

(2022) Multiple award-winning documentary 20 years in the making. Documentary centers on NYC-based conceptual artist David Greg Harth, who embarked on a 20-year project to gather signatures from the most culturally relevant figures of our times in his copy of the Holy Bible. As this decades-long odyssey ended, NYC filmmaker Pierre Guillet followed Harth over the last year of the project as he raced to get the final signatures to bring this massive undertaking to a close. "The Book of Harth" is a dissection of not just the art itself but the sacrifices made in the name of art that you won’t soon forget. The film won the Best Documentary Feature award at Kevin Smith's inaugural edition of the Smodcastle Film Festival in 2022, among many other awards. Featuring interviews with philosopher Noam Chomsky, artist Wim Delvoye, filmmakers Paul Schrader, Kevin Smith, and John Waters, and others. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary featuring director Pierre Guillet and subject David Greg Harth; deleted scenes with Bruce Springsteen, John Williams, O.J. Simpson, Andrew Cuomo, Stevie Wonder, Michael J. Fox, and Julian Assange. (MVD Entertainment Group).

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Funeral Home Blu-ray Debut

(1980) Young and easily frightened 16-year-old Heather (Lesleh Donaldson) is called to stay with her grandmother in the hopes of helping her turn an old funeral home into a bed-and-breakfast. But strange happenings and unexplained murders around the home quickly makes this vacation spot a "dead-and-breakfast" - with no answers in sight as to who or what is causing all the death. It is up to Heather to investigate all the eerie and creepy corners of the former funeral home to unlock a decades old secret - but will she survive to solve the mysteries. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New audio commentary with film historians Jason Pichonsky and Paul Corupe; new isolated score selections & audio interview with music historian Douglass Fake; new audio interviews with actor Lesleh Donaldson, first assistant director Ray Sager, and production assistant Shelley Allen; new “Secrets & Shadows” interview with director of photography Mark Irwin; new “Dead & Breakfast” interviews with art director Susan Longmire and set assistant Elinor Galbraith; new “Family Owned & Operated” interview with Brian Allen, president of Premier Drive-In Theatres; new original filming location footage; theatrical trailer; video trailer; TV spots; radio spots; still gallery. (Scream Factory).

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McCabe & Mrs. Miller

(1971) This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman may be the most radically beautiful film to come out of the New American Cinema. It stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as two newcomers to the raw Pacific Northwest mining town of Presbyterian Church, who join forces to provide the miners with a superior kind of whorehouse experience. The appearance of representatives for a powerful mining company with interests of its own, however, threatens to be the undoing of their plans. With its fascinating, flawed characters, evocative cinematography by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, innovative overlapping dialogue, and haunting use of Leonard Cohen songs, "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" brilliantly deglamorized and revitalized the most American of genres. Formats: 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo, with 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

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Peacock (pou)

(2022 -- South Africa) After violating the strict moral standards of The Foundation, the puritanical institution for young women in which she was raised, Anna Pohl (Tarryn Wyngaard) is sent to care for one of its founding members. An Apartheid-era theologian living out his days in paranoia on his isolated farm, Sarel Cilliers (Johan Botha) suffers from frightening visions and demonic hallucinations. Haunted by her own feelings of guilt, Anna slowly gets pulled into, Sarel's terrifying world as she tries to unravel the mysteries behind this sinister place and its connection to the devastating secrets being hidden by The Foundation. An evocative and erotic South African gothic horror that explores the dark recesses of the Afrikaner psyche and its compromised past. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (IndiePix).

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Waitress: The Musical

(2023) The Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes to the big screen. Composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles is Jenna Hunterson, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest offers her a chance at escape, Jenna fights to reclaim part of herself. "Waitress" celebrates the power of friendship, dreams, the family we choose and the beauty of a well-baked pie. Based on the 2007 film starring Keri Russell. Vitals: Directors: Diane PaulusBrett Sullivan. Stars: Sara Bareilles, Dakin Matthews, Christopher Fitzgerald, Eric Anderson, Molly Jobe, Joe Tippett. CC, MPAA rating: NR, 144 min., Musical Drama, North American box office gross: $5.402 million, worldwide $5.402 million, Decal Releasing. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. 2 stars

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February 13

The Canterville Ghost

(2023) Voices of Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Freddie Highmore, Emily Carey, David Harewood, Meera Syal, Miranda Hart, Toby Jones, Imelda Staunton. Modern reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s popular literary classic. A modern American family moves to their recently purchased country home, Canterville Chase in England, only to find it is haunted by a ghost. Effectively, Sir Simon de Canterville (Fry) has been haunting the grounds of Canterville Chase successfully for over 300 years, but he meets his match, Virginia Otis (Carey) when he tries to scare out the new arrivals. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Shout! Kids/Shout! Studios). Read more here

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A Creature Was Stirring

(2023) Chrissy Metz, Annalise Basso, Scout Taylor-Compton, Connor Paolo. Faith (Metz) keeps her troubled teenage daughter (Basso) on a tightly controlled regimen of experimental drugs, their only means of fending off a mysterious, terrifying affliction. But after two burglars attempt to rob the home on Christmas, they stumble upon a long-kept family secret -- with monstrous consequences. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA).

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Eric Rohmer's Tales of Four Seasons

The seasons may change, but the follies of the heart are constant in this ineffably lovely quartet of films by Eric Rohmer, one of cinema’s most perceptive chroniclers of the pangs and perils of romance. Set throughout France, "Tales of the Four Seasons" is a cycle to stand alongside the director’s two earlier acclaimed film series, "Six Moral Tales" and "Comedies and Proverbs." By turns comic and melancholic, breezy and richly philosophical, these bittersweet tales of love, longing, and the inevitable misunderstandings that shape human relationships probe the most complex of emotions with the utmost grace. "A Tale of Springtime" (1990, "A Tale of Winter" (1992), "A Tale of Summer" (1996), "A Tale of Autumn" {1998). Formats: 4K UHD + Blu-ray special edition; one 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features. Extras: Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

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Fear Is the Key

(1972) From bestselling author Alistair MacLean ("The Guns of Navarone," "Where Eagles Dare") comes a pulse pounding, rip-roaring rampage of revenge starring Barry Newman, the king of existential cool who had previously put the pedal to the metal in "Vanishing Point." Mysterious drifter John Talbot (Newman) arrives in a small Louisiana town, picks a fight with local police and gets arrested. In court it is revealed he's wanted for a number of violent crimes, but nothing is quite what it seems. Staging a daring escape, Talbot abducts seemingly random spectator Sarah Ruthven (Suzy Kendall) and hits the road at high speed for a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns: a crashed airplane, a sleazy private investigator, criminal enforcers, and an oil millionaire. It's a journey toward truth and vengeance and Talbot won't hit the brakes until he gets there. Director Michael Tuchner ("Villain") delivers a crackerjack crime-thriller packed with great performances (including Ben Kingsley in his first movie role), an unforgettable score by Roy Budd ("Get Carter"), and stunt sequences coordinated by the legendary Carey Loftin ("Bullit," "The French Connection"). "Fear Is the Key" is a white-knuckle winner that demands to be seen. Formats: Blu-ray debut. Extras: New audio commentary by filmmaker and critic Howard S. Berger; "A Different Kind of Spy Game," a new visual essay by film critic and author Scout Tafoya; "Fear in the Key of Budd," a new appreciation of composer Roy Budd and his score for "Fear Is the Key" by film and music historian Neil Brand; "Bayou to Bray," an archive featurette in which crew members look back on the making of the film; "Producing the Action," an archive interview with associate producer Gavrik Losey; theatrical trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh; double-sided foldout poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh; illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing by filmmaker and critic Sean Hogan. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

(2023) 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem, this prequel follows a young Coriolanus as he unites with Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games, and battles his instincts for both good and evil. Vitals: Director: Francis Lawrence. Stars: Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Jason Schwartzman, Viola Davis. CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 157 min., Action Thriller, North American box office gross: $160.542 million, worldwide $322.542 million, Lionsgate. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Commentary with producer-director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson; "Welcome Back to Panem"; "The Music of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes"; "The Costumes of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes"; "The Casting of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes"; “The Hanging Tree” song by Rachel Zegler; "A Letter to the Fans." Blu-ray adds “Predator or Prey: Making The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” 8-part documentary. 3 stars Read more here.


photo for Hypnotic (2023) A detective finds himself spiraling down a rabbit hole while investigating a series of reality-bending crimes mysteriously connected to his missing daughter. Aided by a gifted psychic, he is pursued by a lethal specter who he believes holds the key to finding his daughter – only to discover more than he ever bargained for.Vitals: Director: Robert Rodriguez. Stars: Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, JD Pardo, Dayo Okeniyi, Jeff Fahey, Jackie Earle Haley. CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Action Thriller, North American box office gross: $4.5 million, worldwide $16.0 million, Roadshow Entertainment. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. 2 stars

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The Marvels

(2023) Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole, her powers are entangled with super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and work together to save the universe. Vitals: Director: Nia DaCosta. Stars: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Seo-Jun Park, Samuel L. Jackson. CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 105 min., SciFi Action, North American box office gross: 84.500 million, worldwide $205.873 million, Marvel/Disney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Entangled" behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Production Diaries"; deleted scenes; gag reel; commentary by co-writer/director Nia DaCosta and VFX Supervisor Tara DeMarco. 3 stars Read more here.

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(2023) When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla’s long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland, in this deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy, and fame. Based on the book “Elvis and Me,” by Priscilla Presley. Vitals: Director: Sofia Coppola. Stars: Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Dagmara Dominczyk Ari Cohen, Tim Post. CC, MPAA rating: R, 113 min., BioDrama, North American box office gross: $20.864 million, worldwide $21.321 million, Lionsgate. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Brushed with Beauty: Creating Priscilla's Story"; "The Making of Priscilla: A Film by Liv McNeil"; theatrical trailer. 3 stars Read more here.

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The Shaolin Plot

(1977 -- Hong Kong) In 1977, fight choreographer Sammo Hung made one last film under his mentor, director Huang Feng ("Lady Whirlwind," "Hapkido") before graduating to the director's chair himself with "The Iron-Fisted Monk." That film was the rarely-seen martial arts ensemble thriller "The Shaolin Plot," which sees the pair reunite with Hong Kong heavy Chan Sing. Prince Daglen (Sing) is hellbent on completing his comprehensive collection of Chinese martial arts manuals and mastering each form against his opponents. With only two manuals left to obtain, he sends his most dangerous henchman, a renegade monk (Hung) armed with two golden cymbals acting as flying guillotines, to steal the manual of Wu-Tang. To steal the sacred texts of Shaolin, however, the wicked Daglen will have to infiltrate the temple himself. The stage is set for a clash between Daglen, his cronies and surviving Wu-Tang student Little Tiger (James Tien), alongside a lethal duo of Shaolin warrior monks (Casanova Wong and Kwan Yung Moon). Based on a story by legendary storyteller Ni Kuang ("The 36th Chamber of Shaolin"), "The Shaolin Plot" is a classic tale of martial arts intrigue and deception, combining the incoming new wave of action with the old, resulting in one of the most overlooked and underrated kung fu classics from one of the most prolific Hong Kong film studios of all time. 2K restoration from the original film elements by Fortune Star. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Commentary by martial arts film experts Frank Djeng & Michael Worth; commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema; original theatrical trailers; double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady; illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Peter Glagowski. (Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment). Read more here.

The Stones & Brian Jones

(2023) Featuring revealing interviews with all the main players and unseen archive released for the first time, this documentary explores the creative musical genius of Jones, key to the success of the band, and uncovers how the founder of what became the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world was left behind in the shadows of history. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Strange Way of Life

(2023) A short film by director Pedro Almodóvar. After twenty-five years, Silva (Pedro Pascal) rides a horse across the desert to visit his friend Sheriff Jake (Ethan Hawke). A lifetime after their shared stint as hired gunmen, they celebrate their reunion. However, the next morning, it is revealed the trip is not to revel in the memory of their friendship. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Sony). Read more here

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(1990 -- Hungary) Péter Haumann, János Derzsi, Judit Pogány. After discovering the murdered body of a young girl deep in a mountainous forest, a hardened homicide detective pushes himself to increasingly obsessive ends in his quest to catch the serial killer — known only as “The Giant” — responsible for the crime. A much admired but long unavailable masterpiece by influential Hungarian auteur and regular Béla Tarr collaborator György Fehér, "Twilight (Szu¨rku¨let)" is at once an existential murder mystery and an expansive meditation on time and space. Stunningly lensed in rich blacks and cascading grays by DP Miklós Gurbánthe, the film is presented in its first-ever U.S. release in a brand new 4K restoration by the National Film Institute – Hungarian Film Archive and FilmLab, supervised by Gurbán. Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: New video interview with cinematographer Miklós Gurbán; new video interview with editor Mária Czeilik; György Fehér’s first two short films: "Öregek" (1969) and "Tomikám" (1970); U.S. theatrical trailer; 12-page booklet with new essay by Andrea Virginás ("Film Genres in Hungarian and Romanian Cinema: History, Theory, Reception"). (Arbelos Films).

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Under The Fig Trees

(2021 -- Tunisia) On a hot summer day, a crew of workers - men and women, young and old - arrive at dawn at a picturesque fig orchard in northwest Tunisia. We eavesdrop, through the sun-dappled leaves of the fig trees, on the young women stealing away precious moments from the foreman's watchful gaze. Meanwhile, the older women, tasked with the careful job of packing the tender fruit, watch and reminisce together as well. They joke, argue, debate, gossip, flirt, all the while painting an unhurried but riveting portrait of everyday life in the rural society, where class, gender, and circumstance often don't allow for such personal freedoms. Set over the course of a single day, and with a cast made up of an intergenerational ensemble of non-professional actors, the film is an elegant, understated tapestry of complex interactions [and] a pleasurable and immersive experience that ultimately reveals the ways in which sisterhood itself becomes an act of resistance. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Film Movement).

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February 20

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(2023 -- Germany) Directed by Christian Petzold. While vacationing by the Baltic Sea, writer Leon (Thomas Schubert) and photographer Felix (Langston Uibel) are surprised to encounter Nadja (Paula Beer), a mysterious young woman staying as a guest at the holiday home of Felix’s family. Nadja soon distracts Leon from finishing his latest novel, not only because of her passionate liaison with lifeguard Devid (Enno Trebs) but also because her brutal honesty forces Leon to confront his artistic inadequacies. As Nadja and Leon grow closer, an encroaching forest fire threatens the group and pushes the writer to discover whether he can truly care for anything beyond himself. Christian Petzold’s acclaimed latest film was the winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: "Meet the Filmmakers," a new interview with director Christian Petzold; trailer. (The Criterion Collection).

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The Heroic Trio/Executioners

(1993 -- Hong Kong). The star power of cinema icons Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui, and Michelle Yeoh fuels these gloriously unrestrained action joyrides from auteur Johnnie To and action choreographer Ching Siu-tung. "The Heroic Trio" and its sequel, "Executioners," follow a new kind of justice league: a team of blade-throwing, shotgun-toting, kung fu–fighting heroines who join forces to battle evildoers in a dystopian, noirish city. Blending dazzling martial-arts mayhem with exhilarating blasts of comic-book lunacy, these beloved superhero movies reimagine the genre through the giddy genius of the Hong Kong film industry at its height. Formats: Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo. 4K digital restorations with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the films and two Blu-rays with the films and special features. Extras: New interview with actor Anthony Wong; new interview with film critic Samm Deighan (co-host of the podcast Twitch of the Death Nerve); trailers; an essay by critic Beatrice Loayza. Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

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Nothing But a Man

(1964) Michael Roemer’s groundbreaking first feature, sensitively shot by his close collaborator Robert M. Young, is a still-resonant expression of humanity in the face of virulent prejudice. Made at the height of the civil rights movement, "Nothing But a Man" reveals the toll of systemic racism through its honest portrait of a southern Black railroad worker (Ivan Dixon) confronting the daily challenges of discrimination and economic precarity, as he attempts to settle down with his new wife (jazz great Abbey Lincoln) and track down his father (Julius Harris). Admired by Malcolm X and now recognized as a landmark of American cinema, this tender film grounds its social critique in characters of unforgettable complexity and truth. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new, restored 4K digital master, approved by director Michael Roemer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras: "An Introduction to Michael Roemer," a new interview program featuring Roemer; conversation from 2004 between Roemer and co-producer and cinematographer Robert M. Young; program featuring archival interviews with actors Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, and Julius Harris; an essay by critic Gene Seymour. Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

The Swiss Conspiracy

(1976) New 4K restoration of director Jack Arnold’s last feature film with an all-star cast led by David Janssen. Scanned in 4K from original 35mm archival elements. Shot entirely in and around Zurich, "The Swiss Conspiracy," based on the hit novel by Michael Stanley, was directed by Arnold, best known for B horror/cult movie classics such as "The Incredible Shrinking Man," photo for The Swiss Conspiracy "Tarantula," "Creature from the Black Lagoon," "It Came from Outer Space" and "The Tattered Dress." One of the best directors of science-fiction feature films, Arnold was also known for directing multiple hit television series such as ligan's Island, Mod Squad, Wonder Woman Love Boat. The plot: a Swiss bank president hires a former U.S. Justice Department official to ferret out a group of blackmailers who have learned the identity of five, anonymous numbered account holders, including a Chicago mob figure who is also being pursued by American gangsters. Investigator David Christopher (David Janssen) identifies four potential suspects, including the bank vice president's mistress, Rita (Elke Sommer). Adding to the intrigue are the suspicions of the Swiss Federal Police which complicates the investigation. When the bank pays the chief blackmailer in uncut diamonds, the ransom rendezvous results in a dramatic showdown in the snow-covered Alps and a shocking revelation. Also stars John Saxon, John Ireland, Senta Berger, David Hess and Ray Milland. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Ballyhoo Motion Pictures' "Jack Arnold: The Lost Years," focusing on the late career years of the filmmaker; "Jack Arnold: A Three-Dimensional Filmmaker" visual essay; commentary track; Lee Pfeiffer, editor-in-chief of Cinema Retro magazine, provides liner notes; and original 35mm theatrical trailer; recut, newly restored trailer. (Film Masters.) Read more here

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February 27

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(1974 -- Italy) Directors: Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. After the fall of Napoleon, the Restoration begins. Fulvio (Marcello Mastroianni), an aristocrat who has dedicated his life to the revolution has become disillusioned and his cowardice keeps him from joining his comrades. As he struggles to manage his evasion and lies he gets swept up in a suicidal uprising in Southern Italy. Stunningly photographed with lush period detail and featuring the Taviani brothers' trademark magic realism and absurdist irony, "Allonsanfàn" has Mastroianni on top form as the reluctant insurgent and one of Ennio Morricone's finest scores. New 2K restoration of the film from the original negative, presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the world. Formats: Blu-ray debut. Extras: Audio commentary by critic Michael Brooke; archival interview with the Taviani brothers by critic Gideon Bachmann in which they discuss filmmaking approaches, the role of the director, the future of cinema and more; original trailer; reversible sleeve featuring designs based on original posters; limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Italian cinema expert Robert Lumley and a newly translated contemporary interview with the Taviani brothers; single pressing of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings. (Radiance/MVD Entertainment).

The Black Mass

(2023) Inspired by actual events, the film takes place over the course of 24 hours and recounts the grisly murders that occurred over winter of 1978, when a serial killer attacked multiple victims on an undisclosed college campus. The film, which premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, marks the directorial debut of award-winning actor/producer Devanny Pinn ("Frost," "The Dawn"). A brutal and unflinching look at a terrifying rampage, "The Black Mass" takes a new perspective on the tropes of the serial killer biopic, giving voice to the ones who rarely have one: the killer’s victims. Featuring performances by Jeremy London ("Mallrats"), Nicky Whelan ("Hall Pass"), Kathleen Kinmont ("Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers"), Lisa Wilcox ("Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master"), and Susan Lanier ("The Hills Have Eyes"). Formats: DVD, Blu-ray. Extras: Slide show; movie trailers; more. (Cleopatra/MVD Entertainment).

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Black Tight Killers

(1966 -- Japan) After wooing stewardess Yoriko (Chieko Matsubara, "Tokyo Drifter"), war photographer Hondo (Akira Kobayashi, "Battles Without Honor and Humanity") sees her kidnapped by a team of deadly female assassins who use vinyl records as weapons. Investigating her whereabouts, Hondo uncovers a conspiracy to steal a buried stash of WWII-era gold. Soon he must dodge go-go dancing ninjas and chewing-gum bullets to save Yoriko, whose family secret is tied to the hidden treasure. Every bit as stylish and inventive as the wildest works by his mentor Seijun Suzuki, Yasuharu Hasebe's spy spoof is a gaudy 1960s pop delight that ranks with the likes of Joseph Losey's "Modesty Blaise" and Mario Bava's "Danger: Diabolik!" Formats: Blu-ray. Extras: Audio commentary by Jasper Sharp; archival interview with director Yasuharu Hasebe; trailer; reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow; limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Japanese cinema expert Chris D. (Rasiance/MVD Entertainment).

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Dr. Cheon and the Lost Talisman

(2023 -- South Korea) Gang Dong-Won, Huh Joon-Ho, Esom, Lee Dong-Hwi, Kim Jong-Soo. Psychiatrist Dr. Cheon is a fake exorcist who doesn't believe in ghosts. He uses his acute intuition - along with his assistant, YouTube channel, gadgets and explosives - to perform bogus exorcisms and solve cases across the country. When a new client approaches him to save her little sister from evil spirits, he accepts her case. Ready to perform his phony healing routine, he suddenly discovers he’s involved in a case more powerful than he’s ever experienced -- a real one. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. Extras: (Well Go USA). Read more here.

Fear the Walking Dead Season 8

(2023) All 12 episodes. Deriving from “The Walking Dead” universe, the final season of “Fear the Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (+ Digital) and DVD. Season 8 begins with the return of Madison (Kim Dickens) as she joins Morgan (Lennie James) and the others to rescue Morgan’s daughter, Mo. Seven years after Morgan and Madison’s plans to rescue Mo from PADRE end in failure, the people they brought to the island are forced to toil under PADRE’s cynical rule. But the promise of a better world remains, resting with the only person able to reignite everyone’s belief in it: a now eight-year-old Mo. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code. (Lionsgate).

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(2023) The Mallard family is in a bit of rut. While dad Mack is content to keep his family safe paddling around their New England pond forever, mom Pam is eager to shake things up and show their kids -- teen son Dax and duckling daughter Gwen -- the whole wide world. After a migrating duck family alights on their pond with thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family trip, via New York City, to tropical Jamaica. As the Mallards make their way south for the winter, their well-laid plans quickly go awry. Vitals: Director: Benjamin Renner. Stars: Voices of Kumail Nanjiani, Tresi Gazal, Elizabeth Banks, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, Carol Kane, Keegan-Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani, David Mitchell. CC, MPAA rating: PG, 83 min., Animtaed Family, North American box office gross: $116.077 million, worldwide $256.079 million, Universal. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: Three mini-movies: "Fly Hard," "Mooned" and "Midnight Mission"; "Microphone Madness"; "Meet the Cast"; "Taking Flight: The Making Of"; "The Art Of Flight"; "The Sound Of Flight"; "How To Draw Mack, Delroy, Chump, Gwen"; "Build Your Own Pop-Up Book"; "Calling All Birds: The Mack Quack, The Heron Honk, The Chump Chirp"; "Best Nests": how to make the best nest for your pet ducks. 3 stars

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The Moon

(2022 -- South Korea) Seven years after Korea's first fully manned mission to the moon ends in disaster, a second human spaceflight is launched successfully—until a strong solar wind causes the spacecraft to malfunction. With an astronaut left stranded in space and quickly running out of oxygen, the Naro Space Center turns to its former managing director to avert yet another fatal catastrophe. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, Digital. (Well Go USA). Read more here

Next Goal Wins

(2023) Based on a true story, this heartfelt underdog comedy follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamous for their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001. With the World Cup qualifiers fast photo for Next Goal Winsapproaching, the team hires down-on-his- luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender), hoping he will turn the world’s worst soccer team into winners. Vitals: Director: Taika Waititi. Stars: Michael Fassbender, Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Will Arnett, Elisabeth Moss . CC, MPAA rating: PG-134, 104 min., Comedy Drama, North American box office gross: $6.713 million, worldwide $10.518 million, Disney. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Extras: "Creating The Pitch of Life" featurette; deleted scene. 2 stars Read more here.

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The Roaring Twenties

(1939) Ripped from the headlines of the turbulent era between the Great War and the Great Depression, this dynamic, nostalgia-tinged crime drama balances tommy-gun action with epic historical sweep. Legends James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart star as army buddies whose fortunes rise and fall as their fates intersect, first in a foxhole on the front lines of World War I, then in Manhattan’s Prohibition-era underworld. Directed by Hollywood master Raoul Walsh, and based on a story by prolific journalist turned screenwriter and producer Mark Hellinger, The Roaring Twenties brought to a close the celebrated Warner Bros. gangster cycle of the 1930s, and it remains one of the greatest and most influential crime films of all time. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 4k UHD/Blu-ray combo with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 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: Audio commentary with film historian Lincoln Hurst; new interview with critic Gary Giddins; excerpt from a 1973 interview with director Raoul Walsh; trailer; an essay by film critic Mark Asch. Read more here. (The Criterion Collection).

The Night They Came Home

(2024) Danny Trejo, Brian Austin Green, Robert Carradine, Charlie Townsend and Tim Abell. Inspired by true events, "The Night They Came Home" chronicles the ruthless exploits of the Rufus Buck Gang, a group of outlaws who clashed with the Indian Territory of Middle America at the tail end of the 19th century. The combined force of local lawmen and Indian police aim to take down a coldhearted band of fugitives with vengeance on their minds. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Code. (Lionsgate).

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(2023) Based on the extraordinary, iconic character at the center of Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how a young chocolate-maker, armed with nothing but a hatful of dreams, manages to change the world, one delectable bite at a time. Vitals: Director: Paul King. Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Hugh Grant, Olivia Colman, Keegan Michael Key, Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins. CC, MPAA rating: PG, 115 min., Family Adventure, North American box office gross: $195.252 million, worldwide $552.552 million, Warner. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray + Digital Code, 4K Ultra HD + Digital Code, VOD, Digital. Blu-ray extras: "Unwrapping Wonka: Paul King’s Vision"; "The Whimsical Music of Wonka"; "Welcome to Wonka Land"; "Hats Off to Wonka"; "Wonka’s Chocolatier": Chocolatier Gabriella Cugno provides an in-depth look at the creation of the beautiful chocolates seen in “Wonka.” 3 stars Read more here.

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