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Thursday, March 23, 2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray: March 21, 2017

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The new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of March 21st, 2017 include the video game adaptation "Assassin's Creed", the period crime drama "Live by Night" directed by and starring Ben Affleck, the musical animated film "Sing", the courtroom drama "Miss Sloane" starring Jessica Chastain, and Pedro Almodovar's new film "Julieta".

The new television shows getting a home video release this week are the animated series "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" (Season 3), HBO's "Insecure" (Season 1) and the British mystery drama "The Brokenwood Mysteries" (Season 3).

On the classics front, we have new Blu-ray releases for "RoboCop 2" and "RoboCop 3", "Cinema Paradiso", "A Great Wall" and "Being There", among many others.

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





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MOVIES


ASSASSIN'S CREED (2016)


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Product Description: Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Justin Kurzel

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Kenneth Williams

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Runtime: 115 min

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements and brief strong language

Language: English

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Special Features:
  • Take the Pledge: Behind the Scenes of Assassin's Creed – Join the Brotherhood as you go behind the scenes of Assassin's Creed in a five-part documentary
  • Deleted Scenes Conversation with Justin Kurzel & Christopher Tellefsen – Director Justin Kurzel and Editor Christopher Tellefsen look back on the scenes that didn't quite make the cut
  • Deleted Scenes Conversation with Justin Kurzel – Join Director Justin Kurzel and his key collaborators on Assassin's Creed as they look back on the process of crafting the film
  • Gallery & More! – Photos from the set, concept, costumes and weapons art




LIVE BY NIGHT (2016)


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Product Description: Oscar winner Ben Affleck ("Argo") directed and stars in the dramatic crime thriller "Live by Night." Affleck also wrote the screenplay based on the award-winning best-seller by Dennis Lehane, marking the second collaboration for the fellow Boston natives, following the acclaimed drama "Gone Baby Gone."

"Live by Night" is set in the roaring `20s when Prohibition hasn't stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. The fiery affair ends in tragedy, setting Joe on a path of revenge, ambition, romance and betrayal that propels him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa's steamy rum-running underworld.

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

Director: Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Miguel, Chris Messina

Genre: Crime, Drama

Runtime: 129 min

Rating: R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity

Language: English

Studio: Warner Bros.

Special Features:
  • Angels with Dirty Faces: The Women of Live By Night
  • The Men of Live By Night
  • Live By Night's Prolific Author
  • In Close Up: Creating a Classic Car Chase
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes Commentary
  • Director's Commentary




SING (2016)


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Product Description: From Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you The Secret Life of Pets comes an animated comedy about finding the music that lives inside all of us. Sing stars Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world's greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and underappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; and Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family's felonies. Sing is the musical comedy event of the year!

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Jennifer Hudson

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

Runtime: 108 min

Rating: PG for some rude humor and mild peril

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios

Special Features:
  • The Making of Sing
  • Finding the Rhythm: Editing Sing
  • Character Profiles
  • "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" Music Video
  • Making a Music Video with Tori Kelly
  • "Faith" Music Video
  • "Faith" Lyric Video
  • "Set It All Free" Lyric Video
  • Sing & Dance! - "Faith"
  • The Sing Network
  • The Best of Gunter
  • "Gunter Babysits" Mini-Movie
  • "Love At First Sight" Mini-Movie
  • "Eddie's Life Coach" Mini Movie
  • The Making of the Mini-Movies




MISS SLOANE (2016)


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Product Description: Jessica Chastain gives a Golden Globe®-nominated performance in this suspenseful story set in the high-stakes world of American politics. Brilliant, ruthless Elizabeth Sloane (Chastain) is Washington's most sought-after lobbyist. But when she faces her most formidable opponent yet, she risks everything – even her career – in this illuminating story about power and the desire to win at all costs.

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

Director: John Madden

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, John Lithgow

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 132 min

Rating: R for language and some sexuality

Language: English

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Special Features:
  • Lobbying: Winning By Any Means




JULIETA (2016)


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Product Description: In Julieta, critically acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar tells a story about a mother's struggle to survive uncertainty and come to grips with fate.

Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antia. They are both in pain over the loss of Xoan, Antia's father and Julieta's husband. But sometimes grief doesn't bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antia turns eighteen, she abandons her mother without a word of explanation. Julieta is haunted by the mystery of this loss and it pervades everything in her life. Her struggle and obsession lead to self discovery and surprising revelations.

Evoking such earlier Almodóvar films as High Heels and All About My Mother, Julieta reflects on the magic of chance encounters and the fragility of relationships in the face of long-buried secrets. Written and Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Julieta is based on the short stories "Chance," "Soon" and "Silence" by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Munro. Agustín Almodóvar and Esther García produced the film.

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

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Starring: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 99 min

Rating: R for some sexuality/nudity

Language: English

Studio: Sony

Special Features:
  • "Portrait of Julieta"
  • "Celebrating Director Pedro Almodóvar"




IN DUBIOUS BATTLE (2016)


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Product Description: Set in California apple country in the 1930s, nine hundred migratory workers rise up and join forces to protest unfair wages and working conditions. As the labor strike wears on and conflict grows between the apple pickers and the local growers' association, what begins as a fight for their rights turns into an all-out battle for survival in this star-studded re-telling of John Steinbeck's beloved novel.

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

Director: James Franco

Starring: Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D'Onofrio, Selena Gomez, Analeigh Tipton, Sam Shepard, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Josh Hutcherson

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 110 min

Rating: R for some violence and brief sexuality

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures

Special Features:
  • None




EVOLUTION (2015)


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Product Description: This eerily seductive mind-bender is a dark, dreamlike descent into the depths of the unknown. Ten-year-old Nicolas (Max Brebant) lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and adult women. But when he makes a disturbing discovery beneath the ocean waves (a dead boy with a red starfish on his stomach) Nicolas begins to question everything about his existence. What are the half-remembered images he recalls, as if from another life? If the woman he lives with is not his mother, then who is she? And what awaits the boys when they are all suddenly confined to a hospital? The long-awaited new film from the acclaimed director of Innocence is awash in the haunting, otherworldly images of a nightmare.

Purchasing Links: Bluray/DVD Combo, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Starring: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Runtime: 81 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None




A KIND OF MURDER (2016)


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Product Description: Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel star in this Hitchcockian noir based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol). It's 1960 in Manhattan and Walter Stackhouse (Wilson) seems to have it all: status, money and a "happy" marriage. But he has become obsessed with Marty Kimmel (Eddie Marsan), a man suspected of killing his wife. This brutal murder unlocks Walter's darkest fantasies his desire to be free from his own wife, the beautiful but damaged Clara (Biel). When she is found dead in suspicious circumstances the lines blur between innocence and intent. Who, in fact, is the real killer?

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

Director: Andy Goddard

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Haley Bennett, Eddie Marsan

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 95 min

Rating: R for language and some violence

Language: English

Studio: Magnolia

Special Features:
  • None




TOWER (2016)


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Product Description: August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened re, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. Based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes, and survivors, TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The lm highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

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

Director: Keith Maitland

Starring: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson

Genre: Documentary, Animation, Crime

Runtime: 96 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • After the Screening Q&A
  • Behind the Scenes Animation
  • Character Profiles
  • Memorial Dedication
  • Trailer




FIRE AT SEA (2016)


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Product Description: The first documentary to ever win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women, and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rose masterfully places these realities side by side, and in so doing creates a remarkable third narrative that jolts us into a new understanding of what is really happening in the Mediterranean today.

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

Director: Gianfranco Rosi

Starring: Samuele Pucillo, Samuele Caruana, Giuseppe Fragapane

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 114 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Interviews
  • NYFF Q&A
  • Trailer
  • Booklet




BEN AFFLECK 4-FILM COLLECTION (2010-2016)


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Product Description: Director. Writer. Actor. Oscar Winner. Ben Affleck Stars in Four Action-Packed Thrillers. Live By Night - Rumrunner Joe Coughlin has a sense of justice, driven to right the wrongs committed against him, but while revenge may be sweet, he’ll learn that it comes at a price. The Accountant - A math savant runs numbers for the world’s most dangerous criminals. When a client discovers a discrepancy involving millions, it’s the body count that starts to rise. Argo - Truth is stranger than fi ction when a CIA agent creates a fake Hollywood movie to rescue six Americans trapped in Tehran, in a plan that’s as daring as it is desperate. The Town - A longtime thief plans a big score for his gang while looking for a way out of the life, but first he must dodge an FBI agent determined to bring him down.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Various

Starring: Ben Affleck

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Warner Brothers

Special Features:
  • Live By Night
    • The Men of Live By Night
    • Live By Night's Prolific Author.
    • Angels with Dirty Faces: The Women of Live By Night.
    • In Close Up: Creating a Classic Car Chase.
    • Director's Commentary.
    • Deleted Scenes with Commentary.
  • The Accountant
    • Inside the Man.
    • Behavioral Science.
    • The Accountant in Action.
  • Argo
    • Picture-in-Picture: Eyewitness Account.
    • Rescued from Tehran: We Were There.
    • Argo: Absolute Authenticity.
    • Argo: The CIA and Hollywood Connection.
    • Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option.
    • Director and Writer Commentary.
  • The Town
    • (Includes both Theatrical Version and Extended Cut.)
    • Ben's Boston -Ben Affleck Takes you through the Moviemaking Process in His Hometown in Six Featurettes.
    • Commentary on Both Versions.



FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS (2016)


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Product Description: A reanimated outlaw biker finds himself addicted to a diabolical substance and hunted by a grenade-tossing femme fatale, bounty hunters, law enforcement, a rival motorcycle gang, mutations and a topless stripper hit squad. Shot on Super 35mm film in over 10 cities, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS eviscerated the film festival circuit with over 25 awards in 6 countries. Filmmaker James Bickert has created another unpredictable smorgasbord of drive-in depravity guaranteed to splat your brains onto the honky tonk floor. Starring Jett Bryant (DEAR GOD NO!), Tristan Risk (AMERICAN MARY), Laurence Harvey (HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2), Ellie Church (HARVEST LAKE), Madeline Brumby (SPRING BREAK ZOMBIE MASSACRE), Allison Maier (SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE) and Penthouse model Gia Nova.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray + DVD

Director: James Bickert

Starring: Jett Bryant, Laurence R. Harvey, Tristan Risk, Ellie Church

Genre: Action, Crime, Horror

Runtime: 125 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Big World Pictures

Special Features:
  • "LET'S GO TO THE DRIVE-IN" special feature with snack bar ads, trailers and bonus feature film DEAR GOD NO! (Grindhouse Version)
  • Original Trailer
  • Original Concept Trailer
  • "Let's have a beer!" - Audio Commentary with director James Bickert and Star Jett Bryant
  • Deleted Scenes and Bloopers
  • Behind the Scenes Video
  • Investor Pitch
  • Hidden Easter Eggs with Stinger
  • Reversible Cover
  • 2 Collectible Trading Cards



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TELEVISION


BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD Season 3 (2011)


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Product Description: Join the Caped Crusader and a wealth of DC’s finest as they team up to battle injustice in the third and final season of this cutting-edge series! Evil never sleeps in these diabolical schemes plotted by the world’s most infamous criminals including the Joker, Lex Luthor, Equinox and Ra’s Al Ghul! Thankfully, Batman and his many allies, including Superman, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Wonder Woman, are always up for the challenge! Circle this globe and others, and even travel through time in these 13 action-packed, fun-filled episodes!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Starring: Diedrich Bader, John DiMaggio, James Arnold Taylor

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Runtime: 297 min

Rating: Warner Archive Collection

Language: English

Studio: Warner Archive

Special Features:
  • None



INSECURE: Season 1 (HBO)


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Product Description: Creator / writer / star Issa Rae brings her fresh voice to HBO with this painfully funny new comedy series, which follows best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles, while facing the challenges of being two black women who defy all stereotypes. Insecure explores the black female experience in a subtle, witty and authentic way, as Issa and Molly stumble their way towards pulling their lives together, while trying their hardest to never settle for less. Heralded by critics as "the year's best new comedy… engrossing, deeply relatable, hugely funny" (Buzzfeed), Insecure: The Complete First Season is not to be missed.

The series, written, created, and executive produced by Issa Rea, one of the "23 Funniest People in America" (Rolling Stone), is also executive produced by show runner Prentice Penny, and Grammy-winning director Melina Matsoukas, who helms three episodes of Insecure, as well as Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry . Along with Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, series regulars include Jay Ellis (Lawrence) and Lisa Joyce (Frieda).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Creators: Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore

Starring: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Amanda Seales

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 250 min

Rating: PG-13

Language: English

Studio: HBO

Special Features:
  • Insecure: The Complete First Season will feature all eight Season 1 episodes and bonus content, including an exclusive and extended look at the Insecure characters' favorite reality show, "Conjugal Visits."




THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES Series 3 (Prime)


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Product Description: Despite relishing the leisurely ways and quaint charms of country life, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) knows all is not well in the picturesque but murder-ridden town of Brokenwood. Along with his methodical partner, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), and eager young DC Sam Breen (Nic Sampson), Shepherd must confront the violent impulses and roiling passions that can mar even the most serene locales. In these four feature-length mysteries, the detectives face down poisonous spiders, a real-life Clue board game gone wrong, the death of a classic-car enthusiast, and someone killing the Christmas spirit. Filmed on location in New Zealand’s beautiful North Island, The Brokenwood Mysteries is “engaging, full of twists, and will keep you guessing right till the end” (CheeseonToast.co.nz).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Starring: Neill Rea, Fern Sutherland, Pana Hema Taylor

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Runtime: 368 min

Rating: Not rated

Language: English

Studio: Acorn Media

Special Features:
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurette
  • Interview with writer Tim Balme
  • Behind-the-scenes Photo Gallery




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CLASSIC FILMS


ROBOCOP 3: Collector's Edition (1993)


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Product Description: He's Back… To Lay Down the Law! It's Megacop vs. Megacorp when Detroit's cyborg crime-fighter hits the streets to protect the innocent – this time from corporate greed! When the ruthless corporation that runs Motor City begins kicking families out of their homes to clear space for a profitable new real estate project, RoboCop (Robert John Burke, 2 Guns, Limitless) joins with a renegade band of freedom fighters to save them. But RoboCop must face some deadly foes, including a lethally efficient android and a dangerous gang of thugs. RoboCop's latest arsenal of high-tech weaponry only somewhat evens the battlefield, as this lone superhero takes on the entire army of corporate militia in an all-out war to control Detroit! This last film in the trilogy is directed by cult filmmaker Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad, Night of the Creeps). Starring Robert John Burke, Rip Torn, Mako, John Castle, and CCH Pounder.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Fred Dekker

Starring: Nancy Allen, Robert John Burke, Mario Machado

Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 104 min

Rating: PG-13 for violence

Language: English

Studio: Shout Factory

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with director Fred Dekker
  • Audio Commentary with the makers of “RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop” documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen
  • Delta City Shuffle: The Making of ROBOCOP 3 featuring director Fred Dekker, actors Nancy Allen, Bruce Locke, producer Patrick Crowley, cinematographer Gary Kibbe and production designer Hilda Stark (38 minutes)
  • Robo-Vision: The FX of ROBOCOP 3 featuring Peter Kuran, Phil Tippett, Craig Hayes, Kevin Kutchaver and Paul Gentry (12 minutes)
  • The Corporate Ladder – an interview with actor Felton Perry (11 minutes)
  • Training Otomo – an interview with actor Bruce Locke and martial arts trainer Bill Ryusaki (8 minutes)
  • War Machine – an interview with RoboCop gun fabricator James Belohovek (9 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery




ROBOCOP 2: Collector's Edition (1990)


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Product Description: RoboCop 2 pits two unstoppable cyborgs against each other in a battle to the death! When Detroit’s decent into chaos is further compounded by a police department strike and a new designer drug called "Nuke", only RoboCop can stop the mayhem. But in his way are an evil corporation that profits from Motor City crime and a bigger and tougher cyborg with a deadly directive: Take out RoboCop. Containing the latest gadgetry and weaponry as well as the mind of the madman who designed "Nuke", this new cyborg isn’t just more sophisticated than his predecessor... he’s psychotic and out of control! And it’s going to take everything RoboCop has (maybe even his life) to save Detroit from complete and utter anarchy.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Irvin Kershner

Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, John Glover

Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 117 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • NEW 2K scan of the inter-positive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with author/CG supervisor Paul M. Sammon
  • NEW Audio Commentary with the makers of “RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop” documentary – Gary Smart, Chris Griffiths and Eastwood Allen
  • NEW Corporate Wars: The Making of ROBOCOP 2 – featuring new and vintage interviews with director Irvin Kershner, producer Jon Davidson, cast members Tom Noonan, Nancy Allen, Galyn Görg, executive producer Patrick Crowley, associate producer Phil Tippett, cinematographer Mark Irwin and author/CG supervision Paul M. Sammon (32 minutes)
  • NEW Machine Parts: The FX of ROBOCOP 2 – featuring Phil Tippett, Peter Kuran, Craig Hayes, Jim Aupperle, Kirk Thatcher, Paul Gentry, Don Waller, Justin Kohn, Randal Dutra and Kevin Kutchaver (31 minutes)
  • NEW Robo-Fabricator – an interview with RoboCop armor fabricator James Belohovek (9 minutes)
  • NEW Adapting Frank Miller’s ROBOCOP 2 – an interview with comic book writer Steven Grant (6 minutes)
  • NEW OCP Declassified – a collection of rare archival production and behind-the-scenes videos
  • including interviews with director Irvin Kershner, actors Peter Weller, Dan O’Herlihy and a look at the filming of some deleted scene (46 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Deleted Scenes Still Gallery
  • Still Galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and lobby cards)




TEEN WITCH (1989)


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Product Description: Fall Under Her Spell! Romance is the most powerful spell of all...or so one teenager learns in this fun teen fantasy starring Robyn Lively (Chicago Hope), Zelda Rubinstein (the Poltergeist trilogy), Dan Gauthier (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Dick Sargent (Bewitched). Filled with sweet-natured comedy and supernatural appeal, Teen Witch will work its magic on you! Louise (Lively) is a shy misfit with a huge crush on - and no chance of dating - Brad (Gauthier), the hunky star of the high school football team. And when Louise discovers on her 16th birthday that she's descended from Salem witches, she uses her newfound powers to become the most popular girl on campus! But when sparks fly between her and Brad, how can she be sure it's true love-and that he's not simply spellbound?

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Dorian Walker

Starring: Robyn Lively, Dan Gauthier, Joshua John Miller, Dick Sargent, Zelda Rubinstein

Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Runtime: 90 min

Rating: PG-13

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio commentary with stars Robyn Lively, Joshua Miller, Dan Gauthier and Mandy Ingber
  • On camera interviews with stars Lively, Gauthier, Ingber, and Lisa Fuller.
  • On camera interview with the Weir Brothers.
  • Original Trailer




CINEMA PARADISO (1988)


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Product Description: A CELEBRATION OF YOUTH, FRIENDSHIP, AND THE EVERLASTING MAGIC OF THE MOVIES A winner of awards across the world including Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, five BAFTA Awards including Best Actor, Original Screenplay and Score, the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and many more. Giuseppe Tornatore s loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the high and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier. Presented in both the original award-winning cut and the expanded Director s Cut incorporating more of Salvatore s backstory, newly restored from original negative materials.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 95 min

Rating: R for some sexuality

Language: English

Studio: Arrow Video

Special Features:
  • Audio commentary with director Giuseppe Tornatore and Italian cinema expert critic Millicent Marcus
  • A Dream of Sicily A 52-minute documentary profile of Giuseppe Tornatore featuring interviews with director and extracts from his early home movies as well as interviews with director Francesco Rosi and painter Peppino Ducato, set to music by the legendary Ennio Morricone
  • A Bear and a Mouse in Paradise A 27-minute documentary on the genesis of Cinema Paradiso, the characters of Toto and Alfredo, featuring interviews with the actors who play them, Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio as well as Tornatore
  • The Kissing Sequence Giuseppe Tornatore discusses the origins of the kissing scenes with full clips identifying each scene
  • Original Director's Cut Theatrical Trailer and 25th Anniversary Re-Release Trailer
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet by Pasquale Iannone illustrated with archive stills, behind-the-scenes images and posters




A GREAT WALL (1986)


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Product Description: The first American movie shot in China, A Great Wall is a delightful comedy that was a "cross-cultural hit" (Los Angeles Times) when released in 1986. When San Francisco computer programmer Leo Fang (co-writer and director Peter Wang) is passed over for a promotion, he calls it quits and moves his family to stay with his sister in Peking. Leo nostalgically searches for the traditional China he left behind, while his song Paul (Kelvin Han Yee) charms his cousins with his seemingly wild Western ways. The culture clash develops in unexpected, hilarious directions, which all come to a head in a climactic ping pong battle.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Peter Wang

Starring: Peter Wang, Sharon Iwai, Kelvin Han Yee

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 97 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Booklet with essays by producter Shirley Sun and critic Oliver Wang
  • Trailer




BEING THERE (1979)


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Product Description: In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther) plays the pure-hearted Chance, a gardener forced out of moneyed seclusion and into the urban wilds of Washington, D.C., after the death of his employer. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn’t respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles haplessly into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon (Oscar winner Melvyn Douglas), who mistakes his new protégé’s mumbling about horticulture for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife (The Apartment’s Shirley MacLaine) targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this hilarious, deeply melancholy satire marks the culmination a remarkable string of films by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude) in the 1970s, and serves as a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade.

Purchasing Links: Criterion Collection Blu-ray

Director: Hal Ashby

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 130 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Criterion

Special Features:
  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team
  • Excerpts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar with director Hal Ashby
  • Author Jerzy Kosinski in a 1979 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show
  • Appearances from 1980 by actor Peter Sellers on NBC’s Today and The Don Lane Show
  • Promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby
  • Trailer and TV spots
  • Deleted scene, outtakes, and an alternate ending
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris




WON TON TON: THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD (1976)


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Product Description: Set in Hollywood circa 1923, Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood is a light-hearted spoof that tells the tale of a multi-talented mutt who, in the tradition of Rin Tin Tin, wags his way out of the kennel and onto the silver screen thanks to Estie Del Ruth (Madeline Kahn, Paper Moon), a starlet in search of a break, and studio bus driver and would-be director, Grayson Potchuck (Bruce Dern, The Trip). In no time flat, Won Ton Ton becomes the toast of the town and the reigning star of New Era Studios under the watchful eye of studio head J.J. Fromberg (Art Carney, Harry & Tonto). It’s full-throttle comic hijinks when Rudy Montague (Ron Leibman, Zorro: The Gay Blade), the studio’s leading matinee idol, is dethroned by the canine star.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray, DVD

Director: Michael Winner

Starring: Dennis Morgan, Shecky Greene, Phil Leeds

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 92 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Olive Films

Special Features:
  • None




PROPERTY IS NO LONGER A THEFT (1973)


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Product Description: Having tackled the corrupting nature of power with Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and taken an angry, impassioned look at labour relations with The Working Class Goes to Heaven, Italian master Elio Petri next turned his attentions to capitalism for the darkly comic Property is No Longer a Theft. A young bank clerk (Flavio Bucci, the blind pianist in Dario Argento s Suspiria), denied a loan by his employer, decides to exact his revenge the local butcher (Ugo Tognazzi, La Grande bouffe) who is not only a nasty, violent, greedy piece of work but also one of the bank s star customers. Quitting his job, the clerk devotes all of his time tormenting the butcher, stealing his possessions one-by-one, including his mistress (Daria Nicolodi, Deep Red). Told in an off-kilter fashion by Petri, abetted by the woozy sound design and another outstanding score by Ennio Morricone, Property is No Longer a Theft presents a caustic, blackly comic look at a corrupt society.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray + DVD

Director: Elio Petri

Starring: Ugo Tognazzi, Flavio Bucci, Daria Nicolodi

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 120 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Arrow Academy

Special Features:
  • Brand-new interview with actor Flavio Bucci
  • Brand-new interview with producer Claudio Mancini
  • Brand-new interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Camilla Zamboni



MULTIPLE MANIACS (1970)


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Product Description: The gloriously grotesque second feature directed by John Waters is replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Waters’ native Baltimore, with the filmmaker taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show mounted by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast the Dreamlanders (including David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, George Figgs, and Cookie Mueller), Multiple Maniacs is an anarchic masterwork from an artist who has doggedly tested the limits of good taste for decades.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: John Waters

Starring: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror

Runtime: 91 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Criterion

Special Features:
  • New audio commentary featuring Waters
  • New interviews with cast and crew members Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, and George Figgs
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Linda Yablonsky




BLAST OFF - Those Fantastic Flying Fools / Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon (1967)


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Product Description: Inspired by the writings of Jules Vern, Blast-Off (aka Those Fantastic Flying Fools) brings together a host of American and British entertainment icons in a comedy-adventure that pays homage to the inventive slapstick mashups The Great Race and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.

Burl Ives (The Big Country, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) stars as P. T. Barnum, the blustering showman who at first balks at, then embraces the idea of a projectile which could travel to the moon. And if anyone is going to make sure that America reaches the moon first, it’s Phineas T. Barnum! The eccentric cast of characters that populate Blast-Off include the nefarious Sir Harry Washington-Smythe (Terry-Thomas, How to Murder Your Wife), his equally devious brother-in-law Sir Charles Dillworthy (Lionel Jeffries, Camelot), the dashing young American Gaylord Sullivan (Troy Donahue, A Summer Place) and Madelaine (Daliah Lavi, Casino Royale), Gaylord’s voluptuous paramour.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Don Sharp

Starring: Burl Ives, Jimmy Clitheroe, Terry-Thomas

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Runtime: 119 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Olive Films

Special Features:
  • None




PHAEDRA (1962)


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Product Description: Loosely based on the writings of Euripides, Phaedra stars international screen sensation Melina Mercouri (Never on Sunday) in the title role of a woman, as the theatrical trailer announced, who “had everything … was queen … until destiny uprooted her world.”

Set against some of Europe’s most beautiful backdrops including Paris, London and Greece, Phaedra presents its classical mythological tropes in a modern setting, where the beautiful, moneyed and bored Phaedra will face the tragic results of a doomed love affair with her stepson, Alexis (Anthony Perkins, Psycho). Raf Vallone is cast as Thanos, Phaedra’s Greek shipping magnate husband.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Jules Dassin

Starring: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 115 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Olive Films

Special Features:
  • None




THE DELINQUENTS (1957)


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Product Description: The Delinquents, maverick filmmaker Robert Altman’s feature film debut, is the ultimate in the kids-gone-bad film genre. Pre-Billy Jack actor Tom Laughlin stars as Scotty, a young man drawn into a potentially deadly friendship when he inadvertently becomes involved with “the wrong crowd.” Naiveté will lead Scotty and his girlfriend, Janice (Rosemary Howard) into dangerous waters when adolescent fun escalates into robbery, assault and kidnapping.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Robert Altman

Starring: Tom Laughlin, Peter Miller, Richard Bakalyan

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 72 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Olive Films

Special Features:
  • None




A GAME OF DEATH (1945)


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Product Description: The great Robert Wise (Run Silent Run Deep, The Haunting) directed this suspense thriller based on the classic Richard Connell (Meet John Doe) story, The Most Dangerous Game. A shipwrecked Don Rainsford (John Loder, Sabotage) washes up on a homicidal big-game hunter s Caribbean island where the madman hunts human prey for his personal island habitat. A Game of Death is a thrilling adventure yarn, which was beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white by the great J. Roy Hunt (I Walked with a Zombie, Crossfire) and also featured wonderful performances by Audrey Long (Born to Kill, Desperate) and Robert Clarke (The Man From Planet X, The Hideous Sun Demon).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Robert Wise

Starring: John Loder, Audrey Long, Edgar Barrier

Genre: Adventure

Runtime: 72 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
  • Trailers



LIFEBOAT (1944)


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Product Description: Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (North by Northwest, Psycho, Rope) directed this suspenseful World War II thriller, a remarkable story of human survival. After their ship is sunk in the Atlantic by Germans, eight people are stranded in a lifeboat, among them a glamorous journalist, a tough seaman, a nurse and an injured sailor. Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger - the Nazi captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them. With its powerful interplay of suspense and emotion, this breathtaking classic is a microcosm of humanity, revealing the subtleties of man's strengths and frailties under extraordinary duress. The stellar cast features the great character actors Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, John Hodiak, Heather Angel, Hume Cronyn, Henry Hull and Canada Lee. Lifeboat received three Academy Award nominations for Director (Hitchcock), Best Writing - Original Story (John Steinbeck) and Cinematography, Black-and-White (Glen MacWilliams).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak

Genre: Drama, War

Runtime: 97 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • Audio Commentary by Film Professor Drew Casper
  • The Making of Lifeboat
  • Animated Montage of Images




INVISIBLE GHOST (1941)


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Product Description: The great Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy, My Name is Julia Ross) directed this classic Monogram horror film about a man who unknowingly carries out a series of grisly murders while under the power of his insane and domineering wife (Betty Compson, The Docks of New York). Horror legend Bela Lugosi (Dracula, Chandu the Magician) stars in this dark Jekyll & Hyde tale as a kindly doctor whose thought-to-be-dead wife hypnotizes him, turning him into an unwitting homicidal killer. This was the first and the best of nine Monogram Pictures made by producer Sam Katzman (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, It Came from Beneath the Sea) co-starring Polly Ann Young (The Man From Utah) and Clarence Muse (The Black Stallion).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Joseph H. Lewis

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, John McGuire

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 64 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Reverse Blu-ray Art
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver, Gary D. Rhodes and Dr. Robert J. Kiss
  • Trailers for White Zombie, The Black Sleep & others




CHAMBER OF HORRORS (1940)


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Product Description: Chamber of Horrors was based on the classic novel, The Door with Seven Locks by Edgar Wallace (King Kong, The Terror) - it was the second Wallace adaptation brought to the States by Monogram Pictures. Dr. Manetta (Leslie Banks, The Most Dangerous Game) holds one of the seven keys that will open the crypt of Lord Selford, who was entombed with a fortune in jewels. Before long, the other six key holders start turning up dead... is the doctor the killer or just the next victim? Chamber of Horrors drips with atmosphere, adding all the classic The Old Dark House trappings fog, chambers, corridors, rats, coffins and more. Norman Lee (The Monkey s Paw) directed this old-fashioned murder mystery co-starring the beautiful Lilli Palmer (The House That Screamed).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Norman Lee

Starring: Leslie Banks, Lilli Palmer, Romilly Lunge

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Runtime: 89 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • David Del Valle and Filmmaker Kenneth J. Hall
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art
  • Trailers




THE CARDINAL (1936)


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Product Description: Depicting the power struggles and political intrigue within the 16th century Italian court, The Cardinal stars Matheson Lang (Drake the Pirate) as Cardinal Giovanni de’ Medici, confessor and co-ruler of Florence.

When the Cardinal’s brother, Giuliano (Eric Portman, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing) is wrongfully accused of murder, the Cardinal is unable to use what has transpired during confession, information that would set his brother free. Faced with a crisis of conscience and an obligation to church doctrine, the Cardinal is torn between his faith and his family.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Sinclair Hill

Starring: Matheson Lang, Eric Portman, Robert Atkins

Genre: Drama, History

Runtime: 70 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Olive Films

Special Features:
  • None
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