From the Big Screen:
“Boyhood,” “No Good Deed” and “Love Is Strange.” For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
This Week’s Highlights:
Due from The Criterion Collection on DVD and Blu-ray: “The Sword of Doom” (1966): Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune star in the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of shogunate rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness. Kihachi Okamoto’s swordplay classic is the thrilling tale of a man who chooses to devote his life to evil. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition.
From TV to DVD:
“Black Sails: The Complete First Season” (2014) is a three-disc set with eight episodes of the Starz series that follows the story of Captain Flint, the most brilliant and feared pirate captain of his day (the 18th century’s Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean), who takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Extras include six behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Black Sails: A Look Inside,” “Dress to Kill,” “Pirate Camp,” “Folklore Is Finished: Pirate Politics,” “A Place In History” and “Building the Behemoth.” From Anchor Bay.
Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:
In “The Guest” (2014), starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley and Leland Orser. David Collins (Stevens), recently discharged from the military, unexpectedly shows up at the Peterson family’s doorstep, claiming to be their late son’s Army buddy. Welcomed into their home, the well-mannered stranger becomes part of the family until a shocking wave of violence raises daughter Anna’s (Monroe) suspicions that the mysterious ex-soldier is not quite what he seems. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Universal … A woman and her estranged husband try to save their daughter from an evil doll bent on taking over her soul in “Finders Keepers” (2014), starring Jaime Pressly, Patrick Muldoon, Marina Sirtis, Justina Machado, Kylie Rogers and Tobin Bell. From Lionsgate … Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them in “The Houses October Built” (2015), starring Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. From Image Entertainment … In “Salvo” (2014 — Italy), a Sicilian hitman, Salvo, is cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on assignment, he discovers Rita, a young blind girl who witnesses her brother’s assassination. In an intense exchange between the killer and his witness, the darkness is lifted from Rita’s eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. Both haunted by their brief encounter, the two will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side. From Film Movement … In “The Dark Valley” (2014 — Austria/Germany), starring Sam Riley, a lone rider (Riley) arrives in a small high mountain village; nobody knows where he’s from and nobody wants him there … especially after the two sons of the town’s patriarch are murdered. From Film Movement … And, last but not least there’s the Blu-ray debut of “Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh” (1995) A victim of unspeakable evil while he lived, the “Candyman” (Tony Todd) has become evil incarnate in his afterlife. In this sequel to 1992’s “Candyman,” the big-screen directorial debut of Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters,” “Kinsey,” “Dreamgirls”), he haunts the city of New Orleans, where a young schoolteacher named Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan) is struggling to solve the brutal murder of her father. The locals insist that he was slain by the Candyman, but Annie is not convinced … until she unwittingly summons the monster forth, learns the secret of his power, and discovers the link that connects her to him. Co-stars Timothy Carhar and Veronica Cartwright. From Scream Factory/Shout! Factory.