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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray: March 14, 2017

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This week on DVD and Blu-ray we have the romantic sci-fi adventure "Passengers", Denzel Washington's award-winning adaptation of August Wilson's "Fences", the much maligned all-star drama "Collateral Beauty", Paul Verhoeven's latest psychological thriller "Elle", and the supernatural thriller "Solace" starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell.

In the television category we have the first season of the History series "Six" that focuses on the famous Navy SEAL Team Six, and the 3-hour miniseries "Marco Polo" (not the Netflix series).

Among the oldies but goldies released on Blu-ray this week we have the original "Ghost in the Shell", new Collector's Editions for "Red Dawn" and "Firestarter", and the French romantic drama "Lovers on the Bridge".

Check out all the new movies and TV shows released on DVD and Blu-ray after the jump.





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MOVIES


PASSENGERS (2016)


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Product Description: Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) are among the 5,000 passengers who decided to board the Avalon spaceship for a 120-year journey that offers them the opportunity to wake up in a new century, on a new planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Morten Tyldum

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 116 min

Rating: PG-13 for sexuality, nudity and action/peril

Language: English

Studio: Sony

Special Features:
  • "Space on Screen: The Visual Effects of Passengers" Featurette
  • Outtakes from the Set
  • "Casting the Passengers" Featurette
  • "Creating the Avalon" Featurette
  • "On Set with Chris Pratt" Featurette
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  • Passengers VR Experience First-Look




FENCES (2016)


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Product Description: Hailed by critics and audiences alike, Fences has been nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Denzel Washington), Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis) and Best Adapted Screenplay (August Wilson). Fences also has been named one of the best films of the year by the American Film Institute, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the Producers Guild of America and more. In addition, Washington and Viola Davis both won SAG Awards for their performances and Davis' transcendent performance earned her the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and more than a dozen critics' group awards.

Adapted by legendary writer August Wilson from his own renowned play, Fences follows former Negro-league baseball player Troy Maxson (Washington) in 1950s Pittsburgh as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. An unforgettable and timeless masterpiece, Fences "connects with people on a deep, emotional level" (Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times) and pulses with the universal truths of love and forgiveness, despite what lies beyond your own fence.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Denzel Washington

Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 139 min

Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references

Language: English

Studio: Paramount

Special Features:
  • Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
  • The Company of Fences
  • Building Fences: Denzel Washington
  • Playing the Part: Rose Maxson
  • August Wilson's Hill District




COLLATERAL BEAUTY (2016)


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Product Description: When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest tragedy can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and loss interlock in a life fully lived.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: David Frankel

Starring: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 97 min

Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language

Language: English

Studio: Warner Bros.

Special Features:
  • A Modern Fable: Discovering Collateral Beauty - Join the cast and crew as they reveal how they were inspired to look at their lives in a new light.




ELLE (2016)


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Product Description: Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game - a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 130 min

Rating: R for violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, and language

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures

Special Features:
  • "A Tale of Empowerment: Making Elle"
  • "Celebrating an Icon: AFI's Tribute to Isabelle Huppert"




SOLACE (2015)


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Product Description: When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe's partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles's (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy's exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no match against the extraordinary powers of this vicious murderer on a mission.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Afonso Poyart

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Runtime: 101 min

Rating: R for violence and bloody images throughout, sexuality, nudity and language

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Afonso Poyart
  • "Visions and Voices: The Making of Solace" Featurette




THE LOVE WITCH (2016)


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Product Description: Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will driver her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the 60s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Anna Biller

Starring: Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Runtime: 120 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Special Features:
  • None




AMERICAN VIOLENCE (2017)


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Product Description: This intense thriller follows one man s path to execution and the strong-minded doctor brought in to take a deeper look at the violent circumstances that have doomed him. Jackson Shea (Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau) has lived a life of deceit, brutality and corruption. But when a series of chilling, violent events lands him on Death Row, one psychologist (Denise Richards) must determine whether his violent behavior is inherent in his soul, or if he is able to be rehabilitated and saved from execution. Also starring Bruce Dern, Columbus Short, Johnny Messner, Michael Paré and featuring Stipe Miocic and Rob Gronkowski.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.

Starring: Bruce Dern, Denise Richards, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Columbus Short, Michael Pare

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 107 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Cinedigm

Special Features:
  • None




BEING 17 / QUAND ON A 17 ANS (2016)


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Product Description: BEING 17 is a moving exploration of adolescent sexual awakening from renowned French director André Téchiné (Wild Reeds) with a script he co-wrote with director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood). Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can't stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien's mother Marianne (played by Sandrine Kiberlain) to invite Thomas to live with them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: André Téchiné

Starring: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 116 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Strand Releasing

Special Features:
  • None




RETURN OF KUNG FU TRAILERS OF FURY (2017)


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Product Description: From the masters that brought you Kung Fu Trailers of Fury comes another invincible collection of treachery, brutality, swordplay, wirework, darting daggers, flying fists and the most insane fighting styles ever unleashed on celluloid. Experience 35 original trailers from The Golden Age of Martial Arts Cinema, starring such legends as Angela Mao, Bolo Yeung, Don Wong, Chang Yi, Bruce Li, Leanne Liu, Lo Lieh and even Chuck Norris. It's an indomitable dynasty of Hong Kong classics that includes Yellow-Faced Tiger, Bruce and the Iron Finger, Revenge of the Shaolin Kid, The Avenging Boxer, Snuff-Bottle Connection, Hell's Windstaff, Thundering Mantis, The Legendary Strike, Kung Fu Killers, Crazy Horse & Intelligent Monkey, Shaolin Invincible Sticks, and MORE!

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Starring: Angela Mao, Bolo Yeung, Don Wong, Chang Yi, Chuck Norris

Genre: Action, Trailers

Runtime: 134 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Severin Films

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with writer Ric Meyers (Films of Fury)
  • Audio Commentary with Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
  • Audio Commentary with Martial Arts Instructor Greg Schiller
  • Audio Commentary with Ric Stelow of Drunken Master Video




THE CREEPING GARDEN (2014)


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Product Description: The Creeping Garden is an award-winning feature-length creative documentary exploring the extraordinary world of the plasmodial slime mould as revealed through the eyes of the fringe scientists, mycologists and artists who work with them.

Long overlooked by biologists, in recent years this curious organism has become the focus of much research in such areas as biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot engineering, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. The film transports us from the laboratory into its natural habitat, depicting these otherworldly lifeforms using startling time-lapse macro-cinematography to reveal hidden facets of the world around us.

Co-directed by the artist film-maker Tim Grabham (KanZeOn) and author and film critic Jasper Sharp, with an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O Rourke (Sonic Youth, Grizzly Man), The Creeping Garden is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, immersing the viewer within the worlds of the observers and the observed.

Purchasing Links: Director Approved 3-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp

Starring: Mark Pagnell, Heather Barnett, Bryn Dentinger

Genre: Documentary, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 84 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Arrow Academy

Special Features:
  • Audio commentary by directors Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
  • Biocomputer Music, a short film by Grabham on the first biocomputer music system, allowing a two-way musical dialogue between man and slime moul
  • Return to the Fungarium, a featurette revealing further treasures of the fungarium at Kew Gardens
  • Feeding Habits of Physarum, a featurette on the feeding preferences and dislikes of slime moulds
  • Three cinema iloobia short films: Milk (2009), Rotten (2012) and Paramusical Ensemble (2015)
  • Angela Mele s animated slime moulds
  • Gallery
  • US theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of original artwork
  • THE CREEPING GARDEN SOUNDTRACK [Limited Edition Exclusive]
  • Bonus CD containing the rearranged soundtrack to The Creeping Garden by legendary producer and musician Jim O Rourke
  • PLUS... FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet containing writing on the film by Jasper Sharp




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TELEVISION


SIX: Season 1 (History)


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Product Description: SIX follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors whose mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America's elite special operations unit, what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat, and the life-and-death decisions they make.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Creators: William Broyles Jr., David Broyles

Starring: Walton Goggins, Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Nadine Velazquez

Genre: Action, Drama, History

Runtime: 341 min

Rating: TV-14

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Trailers




MARCO POLO: THE COMPLETE MINISERIES (2007)


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Product Description: His personal journey changed the European understanding of the world forever. This is the absorbing true story of Venetian explorer Marco Polo s arduous trek to the East and beyond. Literally, it s the adventure of a lifetime. Sent on a mission to accompany two priests to china with the goal of converting Kublai Khan (Brian Dennehy, Golden Globe winner for Death of a Salesman) and his court to Christianity, Marco Polo (Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries, Lost) finds himself left to carry on alone when the priests turn back. But Polo pushes on till he reaches the court of Kublai Khan where along with his servant, Pedro (BD Wong, Law & Order: SVU) he is accepted and lives for many years despite clear danger. After two decades Polo returns to the West with a chronicle of his experiences.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Kevin Connor

Starring: Ian Somerhalder, BD Wong, Brian Dennehy, Desiree Siahaan

Genre: Adventure, Drama

Runtime: 165 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




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CLASSIC FILMS


GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995)


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Product Description: 2029 - A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity. Ghost in the Shell took the world by storm in the mid-90’s, exhibiting a new dimension of anime with unprecedented, mesmerizing cinematic expression. Seamlessly merging traditional animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, this stunning sci-fi spectacle challenged the boundaries of mainstream animation with detailed artistic expression and a uniquely intelligent story line. Veteran director Mamoru Oshii skillfully creates the ultimate anime experience in this futuristic masterpiece based on the groundbreaking comic book by Masamune Shirow. A movie that questions human existence in the fast-paced world of the information age, this award-winning, cyber-tech thriller has established itself as one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Mamoru Oshii

Starring: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka

Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 83 min

Rating: Not rated

Language: English

Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay

Special Features:
  • None




LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE (1991)


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Product Description: Leos Carax s The Lovers on the Bridge, presented by Martin Scorsese, is one of the most spectacularly romantic films of the 1990s. It follows the intense, convulsive relationship between one-eyed artist Michele (Juliette Binoche) and alcoholic street performer Alex (Denis Lavant). Paris oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, is their home and their stage as they break up and get back together in increasingly explosive reunions both figurative and literal, including a jaw-dropping re-creation of the fireworks display that marked the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. Originally famous for budget overruns (Carax built an enormous set of the bridge and its environs), The Lovers on the Bridge is now justly revered as a deliriously entertaining depiction of amour fou.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Leos Carax

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Daniel Buain

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 125 min

Rating: R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and substance abuse

Language: English

Studio: Kino

Special Features:
  • Booklet essay by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
  • A video essay by Cristina A lvarez Lo pez & Adrian Martin
  • Trailer




CERTAIN FURY (1985)


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Product Description: Newly Mastered in HD! You can run, but you can t hide! Oscar winners Tatum O Neal (Paper Moon, Little Darlings) and Irene Cara (Fame, City Heat) play Scarlet and Tracy. The girls are caught in a brutal escapade of mistaken identity, accused of a crime they did not commit. In a melee of carnage, the two girls mistaken for gun-toting killer-hookers are hustled and hassled and pursued by cops hell-bent on revenge and hot-tempered hoodlums with killer instincts alike. In their efforts to save themselves, they trip through the criminal scene of junkies, prostitutes, pushers and hoods a world where dirty deals go down and nobody wins. The stellar supporting cast includes Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee s Gold), Moses Gunn (Ragtime, Shaft), Nicholas Campbell (Da Vinci s Inquest, Rampage) and George Murdock (Elder #2 of The X-Files). Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal (Paris Trout, A Killing in a Small Town).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Starring: Tatum O'Neal, Irene Cara, Nicholas Campbell, Peter Fonda

Genre: Action, Drama

Runtime: 87 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Kino

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson and Tim Greer
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art
  • Trailers




RED DAWN: Collector's Edition (1984)


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Product Description: When communist paratroopers descend on a high school football field in Colorado, a group of the school's students wages an all-out guerrilla war to save their town -- and their country! An all-star cast, including Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and Harry Dean Stanton, delivers powerful performances in this gripping story of courage and patriotism. Cinematography by Ric Waite (Cobra, 48 Hrs.).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: John Milius

Starring: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, Powers Boothe

Genre: Action, Drama

Runtime: 114 min

Rating: PG-13

Language: English

Studio: Shout Select

Special Features:
  • NEW "A Look Back at Red Dawn" - A 70-minute feature including brand-new stories from co-star Doug Toby, casting director Jane Jenkins, production designer Jackson DeGovia and editor Thom Noble
  • Red Dawn Rising
  • Training For WWIII
  • Building The Red Menace
  • WWIII Comes To Town
  • Original Theatrical Trailer




FIRESTARTER: Collector's Edition (1984)


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Product Description: Firestarter, based on the unforgettable best-seller by esteemed horror author Stephen King, chronicles the extraordinary life of Charlene "Charlie", McGee. Eight-year-old Drew Barrymore stars as the child who has the amazing ability to start fires with just a glance. Can her psychic power and the love of her father save her from the threatening government agency, "The Shop, ", which wants to control her… or destroy her? Filled with blazing special effects and featuring an all-star cast including Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher and George C. Scott, Firestarter is directed by Mark L. Lester (Class of 1999, Commando) and driven by a pulsating, thrilling score from Tangerine Dream (Legend, Sorcerer, Risky Business).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Mark L. Lester

Starring: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Freddie Jones, Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear

Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 114 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • NEW Audio commentary with director Mark L. Lester
  • NEW Playing with Fire: The Making of FIRESTARTER – featuring interviews with director Mark L. Lester, actors Freddie Jones and Drew Snyder, stuntman/actor Dick Warlock and Johannes Schmoelling of Tangerine Dream+
  • NEW Tangerine Dream: Movie Music Memories – an interview with Johannes Schmoelling
  • NEW exclusive performance of "Charlie's Theme" by Johannes Schmoelling of Tangerine Dream
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery




THEY'RE PLAYING WITH FIRE (1984)


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Product Description: Newly Mastered in HD! Drive-in goddess and 80s action queen Sybil Danning (Howling II, Chained Heat, Reform School Girls) stars as a lusty college professor who seduces a naive student (Eric Brown, Private Lessons) as part of a sordid plot to frame him for the murder of her wealthy in-laws. But in a world of passion and deceit, not everything is what it seems to be. Andrew Prine (The Centerfold Girls), Paul Clemens (The Beast Within) and soap star K.T. Stevens (The Young and the Restless) co-star in this deliciously sleazy mix of sex and violence that Mr. Skin hails as "one of the weirdest entries in the genre, combining hormone-farce antics with slasher movie elements and, of course, Sybil's sumptuous sacks!" Co-written and directed by Howard Avedis (Mortuary).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Howard Avedis

Starring: Sybil Danning, Eric Brown, Andrew Prine

Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 96 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • NEW Interview with star Sybil Danning
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailer Gallery




THE BITCH (1979)


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Product Description: She s a Woman who always gets what She wants... they call her The Bitch! Film and television icon Joan Collins (TV s Dynasty, The Stud) reprises her role as the beautiful Fontaine, a high-living, pleasure-seeking divorcee who meets her match in the first class cabin on a flight to London. Unbeknownst to Fontaine, the elegant Italian hunk, Nico (Michael Coby, Convoy Buddies) she s lustfully pursuing is not just interested in fooling around, but has secretly involved her in an international robbery and the mafia. With the Mob now pursuing both Fontaine and Nico, they find themselves delving deeper and deeper into danger. But Fontaine is not ready to give up her life and she sets out to prove that she can beat anyone at his or her own game. Cult director, Gerry O Hara (All the Right Noises) directs this erotic thriller based on the steamy best seller by Jackie Collins (Lucky, Poor Little Bitch Girl). The supporting cast includes Sue Lloyd (Corruption), Ian Hendry (Get Carter) and John Ratzenberger (TV s Cheers).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Gerry O'Hara

Starring: Joan Collins, Antonio Cantafora, Kenneth Haigh

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 89 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Interview with Director Gerry O'Hara
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historians David Del Valle and Nick Redman
  • Original Theatrical Trailers for The Bitch and The Stud




THE STUD (1978)


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Product Description: Fontaine Khaled is the wife of a wealthy but boring businessman. She spends his money on her nightclub, the hobo, and partying. She hires a manager, Tony, to run her club, but it is understood that his job security is dependent on him satisfying her nymphomaniac demands. Tony loses interest in Fontaine, and turns his attention to her young stepdaughter, who uses him to get back at Fontaine for cheating on her father.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Quentin Masters

Starring: Joan Collins, Oliver Tobias, Sue Lloyd

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 95 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historians David Del Valle and Nick Redman
  • Reverse Blu-ray Art
  • Original Theatrical Trailers for The Stud and The Bitch




CANOA: A SHAMEFUL MEMORY (1976)


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Product Description: One of Mexico’s best-regarded works of political cinema, Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines a real-life incident that had occurred just eight years before its release, when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the village of San Miguel de Canoa, who had been manipulated by a corrupt priest into believing the travelers were communist revolutionaries. Intercutting footage from a fictional documentary about the village with gruesome scenes of the crime itself, director Felipe Cazals produced a daring commentary on the climate of violence and repression in Mexico during that era, including the military’s infamous massacre of demonstrating students in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. With its gritty newsreel style, Canoa is a visceral expression of horror as well as an important historical document.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Felipe Cazals

Starring: Enrique Lucero, Salvador Sánchez, Ernesto Gómez Cruz

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama

Runtime: 115 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Criterion

Special Features:
  • New introduction by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
  • New conversation between filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and Cazals
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Fernanda Solórzano



DRIVE IN MASSACRE (1976)


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Product Description: It was one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13th, and remains the closest you'll ever come to an actual seedy 70s drive-in experience: It's a hot summer night in Southern California and the local passion pit is packed with patrons. But when a sword-wielding psycho begins carving up customers, it'll unspool a grubby cavalcade of creepy carnies, peeping perverts, graphic decapitations and an ending you have to see/hear to believe. John F. Goff (THE FOG), Bruce Kimball (LOVE CAMP 7) and co-writer George Buck Flower (BACK TO THE FUTURE) star in this nasty slab of '70s sleaze directed by film & episodic television veteran Stu Segall (INSATIABLE), now packed with all-new Special Features and restored from the original camera negative recently discovered in the ruins of the Sky View Drive-In near Oxnard!

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, DVD

Director: Stu Segall

Starring: John F. Goff, Steve Vincent, Douglas Gudbye

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Runtime: 74 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Severin Films

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary With Director Stu Segall
  • Drive-In Days: Interview With Star / Co-Writer John F. Goff
  • Norm Sheridan Recalls Drive-In Massacre
  • Making the Massacre: Interview With Director Stu Segall
  • Theatrical Trailer




THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH (1959)


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Product Description: His Terrifying Secret… His Hideous Obsession… Made Him The Man Who Could Cheat Death! Dr. Georges Bonnet has figured out a way to live forever, all he needs are glands from some very unwilling donors! Anton Diffring (Where Eagles Dare, Circus of Horrors) stars as the mad doctor in this chilling Hammer Horror classic. As he struggles against the inevitable icy grip of death, the doctor begins a descent into madness that threatens to destroy the laws of nature and the lives of those he cares for the most; the only person who could stop his unholy quest is horror legend Christopher Lee (The Oblong Box). Great direction by Hammer legend Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula) with a screenplay by Jimmy Sangster (Dracula: Prince of Darkness) based on a play by Barré Lyndon (The Lodger). Co-starring the beautiful Hazel Court (Premature Burial).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Terence Fisher

Starring: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee

Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 83 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth
  • Interview with critic and novelist Kim Newman (17:09)
  • Interview with author and historian Jonathan Rigby (16:52)
  • Trailer Gallery




THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969)


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Product Description: Cowpokes head into a mysterious Mexican valley to head ’em up and move ’em out. But they’re not looking for little doggies. They’re looking for great big dinosaurs. James Franciscus stars in this thunderous adventure featuring amazing special effects by Ray Harryhausen [The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Clash of the Titans (1981)]. Franciscus plays a Wild West showman who leads his riding and roping crew into the title region, where prehistoric giants still roam. Thanks to Harryhausen wizardry, fantastic creatures lunge, fight and rampage in scene after dazzling scene (including an awesome sequence where the cowboys rope Gwangi, a razor-toothed allosaurus). Saddle up and join the excitement.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Jim O'Connolly

Starring: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson

Genre: Western, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Runtime: 96 min

Rating: G

Language: English

Studio: Warner Archive Collection

Special Features:
  • Return to the Valley featurette with SFX wizard Ray Harryhausen
  • Theatrical Trailer




THE SKULL (1965)


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Product Description: The Skull once again teams up horror legends Peter Cushing (Horror of Dracula) and Sir Christopher Lee (House of the Long Shadows) in a chilling, supernatural tale of murder from beyond the grave. Based on a short story by Robert Bloch (Psycho), The Skull introduces us to Dr. Christopher Maitland (Cushing), a collector of the occult. When he is given the opportunity to purchase the skull of the infamous Marquis de Sade, he leaps at the chance. What he doesn't know is that his friend, Matthew Phillips (Lee) is the former owner of the skull - and quite happy to be rid of it. Possession of The Skull leads to a terrifying series of nightmarish events for Dr. Maitland as he tries to keep control of his life and the of unspeakable evil bearing down upon him. Hammer horror great and Oscar-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis (The Creeping Flesh, The Innocents) directed this bone-chilling thriller with a script by Milton Subotsky (Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror). The stupendous cast includes Patrick Wymark (The Psychopath), Nigel Green (The Ipcress File), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange) and Michael Gough (The Crimson Cult).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Freddie Francis

Starring: Peter Cushing, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 83 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • Jonathan Rigby on The Skull featurette (24:14)
  • Kim Newman on The Skull featurette (27:18)
  • Trailers From Hell with Joe Dante
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art
  • Trailers




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