From the Big Screen:
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“Death Walks Twice: Two Films By Luciano Ercoli”: Emerging at the peak of the giallo boom of the early ’70s, Luciano Ercoli’s “Death Walks” films are two superlative examples of the genre linked by their shared casting of the stunning Nieves Navarro (billed under her adopted stage name of Susan Scott) as the lead woman in peril. In “Death Walks on High Heels” (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorized by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father’s stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover that death stalks her at every corner. Returning in “Death Walks at Midnight” (1972), Navarro stars as Valentina — a model who, in the midst of a drug-fueled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss — forcing Valentina to solve the mystery alone. Offering up all the glamour, perversity and narrative twists and turns that are typical of the giallo genre at its best, Luciano Ercoli’s “Death Walks on High Heels” and “Death Walks at Midnight” anticipate the super-stylized trappings of Brian De Palma’s early psycho thrillers (most notably, “Dressed to Kill”). Limited Edition boxed-set (3000 copies) with limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing on the films. In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.
From TV to DVD:
“Banshee: The Complete Third Season” (2015) is a four-disc set with 10 episodes. The Cinemax action-drama series charts the continuing twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-convict who improbably assumes the identity of sheriff of the rural, Amish-area town of Banshee, Pa., where his former lover and partner-in-crime has been living under her own alias, Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic). Season 3 picks up a month after the Season 2 finale, when Carrie’s father, gang kingpin Rabbit (Ben Cross), finally met his demise after a climactic church shootout. Carrie, now exposed and estranged from her husband and kids, remains in Banshee, working as a waitress by day while moonlighting with Lucas, Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison) and Job (Hoon Lee) on a variety of local heists. As Lucas finds it harder and harder to keep his true identity from his deputies — especially Siobhan Kelly (Trieste Kelly Dunn), now his romantic interest — he and the Banshee police force become embroiled in a new conflict between Amish gangster Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) and Chayton Littlestone (Geno Segers), the vicious, vengeance-minded leader of the Redbone wing of the Kinaho tribe. And as fists and bullets fly in and around Banshee, Lucas concocts a new scheme that could net his thieves a fortune — by robbing a decommissioned Marine compound housing millions of dollars. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO … “Casual: Season One” 2015 is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Hulu original series that follows brother and sister Alex (Tommy Dewey) and Valerie (Michaela Watkins) as they manage to live with one another while attempting to keep Valerie’s teenage daughter, Laura (Tara Lynne Barr), on the right track — with a house full of one-night stands, bizarre encounters, and attempts to master the art of dating. From Lionsgate … “Episodes: The Fourth Season” (2015) is a two-disc set with nine episodes. The witty series follows husband and wife writing team of Sean and Beverly Lincoln as they attempt to reproduce their wildly successful British TV hit for an American network. Forced to cast Matt (Matt LeBlanc) as their lead, all of their worst fears come true as Hollywood lives up to its reputation for absurdity. Just when everybody thinks the ailing show “Pucks!” has been put out of its misery, the network un-cancels it. For Matt, the hits keep coming as an embezzlement scam drains his finances, forcing him to scramble for cash. Meanwhile, Pucks! creators Sean and Beverly are back on top with a hot new script, but Hollywood politics tear them right back down. From Showtime/CBS/Paramount … “The Expanse: Season One” (2015) is a two-disc set with 10 episodes. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series by James S.A. Corey, this space drama combining great visuals and elements of sci-fi drama and detective noir is a thriller set 200 years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system. A hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait) come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. On DVD, Blu-ray from Universal … “House of Lies: The Fourth Season” (2015) is a two-disc set with 12 episodes. In season 4 of this viciously funny take on high-stakes business, failure is not an option. Fresh from a stint in prison, brilliantly manipulative management consultant Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) is driven to rebuild his faltering firm. Nothing’s going to distract him, even if that means booting his extremely pregnant off-and-on partner Jeannie (co-star Kristen Bell). While spin-master Clyde initiates a start-up relationship with a hot computer nerd, and number-cruncher Doug copes with a marriage turned psycho, Marty remains laser-focused on out-stabbing the backstabbers in a corporate battle for survival. From Showtime/CBS/Paramount … “NYPD Blue: Season Nine” (2001-02) is a five-disc set with all 23 episodes. The men and women of New York’s 15th Precinct return in the ninth season of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning police drama from co-creators Steven Bochco and David Milch. Always a series that effortlessly adapted to change, Season Nine finds Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) experiencing several dramatic developments in his life, including a long-overdue promotion, a surprising new romance with Detective Connie McDowell (Charlotte Ross), and a new partner in the form of John Clark (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). The 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City are also employed into the series, reflecting both the evolving emotions about our public safety as well as the steadfast strength and dedication of law enforcement officers in the wake of those real-life events. From Shout! Factory … … “The Odd Couple: Season One” (2015) is a two-disc set with 12 episodes in the series that stars Matthew Perry as endearing slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as uptight neat freak Felix Unger, two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. It’s not long after Oscar lets Felix move in that Oscar fears he’s made a monumental mistake. Despite how exasperated they make each other, in the end, these mismatched friends agree they can help each other move on from their divorces and somehow make this crazy living arrangement work. A remake of the 1970s series starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, itself a remake of the 1968 Gene Saks movie version of the 1965 Neil Simon play. From Showtime/CBS/Paramount).