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Thursday, April 13, 2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray: April 11, 2017

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The new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of April 11, 2017 include the Oscar nominated biopics "Lion" and "Hidden Figures", the sci-fi adventure film "Monster Trucks", the crime comedy "War on Everyone", the horror film "The Bye Bye Man", the western "Brimstone" and the Foreign Film Oscar nominee "Toni Erdmann". James Franco fans might be interested in the Blu-ray release of the 2006 film "Tristan + Isolde".

We also have three new series released this week on home video, HBO's "Silicon Valley" (Season 3) and "Veep" (Season 5), and National Geographic's intriguing miniseries "Mars".

There are also a decent number of oldies-but-goldies, mostly released as remastered Blu-ray editions. Among them, the most notable are the Criterion Collection's "The Young Girls of Rochefort" and "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", the horror films "Dark Waters", "House: Two Stories", and the collections featuring films in the "Phantasm" series and the "Dead or Alive" trilogy.

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





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MOVIES


LION (2016)


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Product Description: Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

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

Director: Garth Davis

Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Priyanka Bose

Genre: Biography, Drama

Runtime: 118 min

Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality

Language: English

Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay

Special Features:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes Gallery of Featurettes
  • "Never Give Up" Official Lyric Video performed by Sia




HIDDEN FIGURES (2016)


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Product Description: The incredible untold true story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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

Director: Theodore Melfi

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Runtime: 127 min

Rating: PG for thematic elements and some language

Language: English

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Special Features:
  • It All Adds Up – The Making of Hidden Figures
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Hidden Figures: Filming in Georgia
  • Audio Commentary by Theodore Melfi and Taraji P. Henson
  • Gallery




MONSTER TRUCKS (2016)


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Product Description: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

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

Director: Chris Wedge

Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper, Rob Lowe, Amy Ryan

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Runtime: 105 min

Rating: PG for action, peril, brief scary images, and some rude humor

Language: English

Studio: Paramount

Special Features:
  • Who's Driving the Monster Trucks?
  • The Monster in the Truck
  • Creating the Monster Truck
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Production Diaries




WAR ON EVERYONE (2016)


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Product Description: Terry (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bob (Michael Peña) are two crooked cops who frame and blackmail criminals all over town. Looking for the ultimate pay-off, they try to extort a strip-club manager (Caleb Landry Jones) and his eccentric, junkie boss (Theo James), but get more than they bargained for when their hair-brained scheme uncovers a bigger, darker secret.

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

Director: John Michael McDonagh

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, Theo James, Caleb Landry Jones, Tessa Thompson, Stephanie Sigman

Genre: Action, Comedy

Runtime: 98 min

Rating: R for violence, sexuality/nudity, drug use and pervasive language

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Everyone Sounds Off: The Quirky Cast of War on Everyone




THE BYE BYE MAN (2017)


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Product Description: From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don't think it, don't say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control, making you see and do the most unspeakable acts committed by man. Is there a way to survive his possession? Starring Douglas Smith (Ouija) and Carrie Anne-Moss (The Matrix), see the chilling thriller that critics are calling "a paranormal thrill ride that will echo in your nightmares" (Elizabeth Rayne, Den Of Geek).

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

Director: Stacy Title

Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Faye Dunaway, Carrie-Anne Moss

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 96 min

Rating: PG-13 for terror, horror violence, bloody images, sexual content, thematic elements, partial nudity, some language and teen drinking

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios

Special Features:
  • None




BRIMSTONE (2016)


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Product Description: A triumphant epic of survival and a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Our heroine is Liz (Dakota Fanning), carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, hunted by a vengeful Preacher (Guy Pearce) - a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she's no victim - a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve. Fear not. Retribution is coming.

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

Director: Martin Koolhoven

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Carice van Houten, Kit Harington

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Western

Runtime: 148 min

Rating: R for brutal bloody violence, strong sexual content including disturbing behavior, graphic nudity, and language

Language: English

Studio: Sony

Special Features:
  • None




BELIEVE (2016)


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Product Description: For years, the small town of Grundy, Virginia has relied on the Peyton family to provide the highlight of the year—the annual Christmas pageant. When Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn) inherits the family business, the responsibility of the Christmas pageant also falls on his shoulders. But as financial hardships fall on the town, Matthew finds himself overwhelmed. As his business profits plummet and his workers begin to strike, Matthew is forced to make a decision between selling the family business and canceling the beloved pageant or sticking out hardships despite his rapidly declining popularity in the community. Through chance events, Matthew meets Clarence (Isaac Ryan Brown), a boy who believes in miracles, and his mother Sharon (Danielle Nicolet). His newfound friends impact Matthew’s life in a way he never thought possible and teach him to believe and give faith a chance.

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

Director: Billy Dickson

Starring: Ryan O'Quinn, Shawnee Smith, Danielle Nicolet

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 119 min

Rating: PG for some violence, thematic elements and brief mild language

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures

Special Features:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Faith is Everywhere - The Making of Believe




TONI ERDMANN (2016)


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Product Description: Winfried rarely sees Ines since she left for a high-powered corporate job. So when he drops by to visit, the two quickly find themselves at odds as his quirky antics clash with her slick lifestyle. Determined to be part of her world, Winfried reappears as alter ego “Toni Erdmann,” an outrageous life coach who turns his daughter’s career plans upside-down. In the course of all the madness, the two discover that maybe they have more in common than they imagined.

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

Director: Maren Ade

Starring: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 162 min

Rating: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use

Language: English

Studio: Sony

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with actors Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller and producer Janine Jackowski
  • AFI Fest Q&A with actors Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller and Ingrid Bisu and producer Janine Jackowski




TO WALK INVISIBLE: THE BRONTE SISTERS (2017)


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Product Description: Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte face a bleak future, with their father half-blind, and troubled brother Branwell in decline. As their situation worsens, Charlotte sees that writing could offer a way out.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Sally Wainwright

Starring: Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy, Chloe Pirrie, Adam Nagaitis, Jonathan Pryce

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 120 min

Rating: PG-13

Language: English

Studio: PBS Distribution

Special Features:
  • None




ALBION: THE ENCHANTED STALLION (2016)


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Product Description: A twelve-year-old girl is transported by a magical black stallion to the mystical world of ALBION, where she discovers that she alone is the key to saving an entire race of people.

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

Director: Castille Landon

Starring: Jennifer Morrison, Debra Messing, Daniel Sharman, John Cleese

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Runtime: 120 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Special Features:
  • None




THE ADVENTURE CLUB (2017)


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Product Description: Ricky with his friends, Sandy and Bill, call themselves the Adventure Club. Story has it that Ricky’s grandfather once found an ancient puzzle box that when opened would grant the holder a series of wishes. One night Ricky, stumbles upon a hidden drawer in the attic and inside he finds a skeleton key and a map. Could this be the adventure Ricky and his club mates have been waiting for? The Adventure Club will soon find out!

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

Director: Geoff Anderson

Starring: Sam Ashe Arnold, Jakob Davies, Dalila Bela

Genre: Family

Runtime: 88 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Special Features:
  • None




SWORD MASTER (2016)


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Product Description: In this beautifully shot wuxia epic, a powerful swordsman is haunted by the destructive impact his deadly talents have on others. Weary of the bloodshed and violence from the martial arts world, he banishes himself to the humble life a vagrant, wandering the fringes of society. But his murderous past refuses to let him go quietly. The master swordsman must regain the ability to wield his sword and fight those disrupting the peace he so desperately craves. Director Derek Yee joins forces with producer Tsui Hark to bring this classic story of a master swordsman to life.

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

Director: Tung-Shing Yee

Starring: Kenny Lin, Peter Ho, Yiyan Jiang

Genre: Action, Drama

Runtime: 108 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Well Go USA

Special Features:
  • Mastering the Sword
  • Trailer




STAR RAIDERS: THE ADVENTURES OF SABER RAINE (2016)


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Product Description: Saber Raine (Casper Van Dien), an inter-galactic gun-for-hire, must rescue the Aresian Prince and Princess. He leads an elite team against alien outcasts & renegade mercenaries while an ancient danger awakens to threaten the Universe.

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

Director: Mark Steven Grove

Starring: Casper Van Dien, Cynthia Rothrock, James Lew

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 83 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Special Features:
  • None




IS GENESIS HISTORY ? (2017)


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Product Description: A fascinating new look at the biblical, historical, and scientific evidence for Creation and the Flood. Learn from more than a dozen scientists and scholars as they explore the world around us in light of Genesis. Dr. Del Tackett, creator of “The Truth Project,” hikes through canyons, climbs up mountains, and dives below the sea in an exploration of two competing views ... one compelling truth.

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

Director: Thomas Purifoy

Starring: Del Tackett, Kevin L. Anderson, Steve A. Austin

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 100 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Compass Cinema

Special Features:
  • Q&A with Del Tackett & Scientists - 13min
  • The Ice Age & Climate Change: Larry Vardiman, PhD - 15min
  • Engineering the Universe: Stuart Burgess, PhD - 18min
  • The Church and Creation - Douglas Kelly, PhD - 12min
  • Meet the Scientists, Del Tackett, Production Company - 15min




THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (2016)


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Product Description: The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts for conflict. Left unchecked, these threats and risks will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

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

Director: Jared P. Scott

Starring: Madeleine Albright, Michael Breen, Sharon Burke

Genre: Documentary, News, War

Runtime: 80 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Special Features:
  • None




TRISTAN + ISOLDE (2006)


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Product Description: Before Romeo & Juliet, there was Tristan & Isolde! From executive producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and director Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) comes a sweeping, action-packed saga of epic battles, political intrigue and forbidden passion, set in a time when the lines between heroism and savagery were etched in fire and carved out with broadswords. After the fall of Rome, visionary warlord Marke (Rufus Sewell, A Knight s Tale) seeks to unite the squabbling English tribes to form one strong nation and defeat the brutal Irish king Donnchadh (David O Hara, Braveheart). But when Lord Marke's greatest and most loyal knight, Tristan (James Franco, 127 Hours), falls in love with Isolde (Sophia Myles, Art School Confidential), a beautiful Irish woman, it threatens to destroy the fragile truce and ignite a war. Tristan + Isolde is a rousing tale of trust and treachery that will leave you breathless! The all-star cast also includes Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel).

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

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Starring: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 125 min

Rating: PG-13 for intense battle sequences and some sexuality

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Executive Producer Jim Lemley and Co-producer Anne Lai
  • Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Dean Georgaris
  • Love Conquers All: Making of Tristan & Isolde
  • Music Video: "We Belong Together" by Gavin DeGraw (2 Versions)
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots




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TELEVISION


SILICON VALLEY Season 3


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Product Description: From Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-Head) and Alec Berg (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) comes a new season of theEmmy®-nominated comedy that takes viewers inside Silicon Valley's high-tech gold rush: a land of big ideas and bigger egos. Afterlast season's shocking ending, which found Pied Piper celebrating legal victory just as Richard (Thomas Middleditch) was ousted asCEO, Season 3 picks up where we left off, with Richard offered the diminished role of CTO and the rest of his team – Erlich (T.J.Miller), Jared (Zach Woods), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) – facing the question of just how far theirloyalty extends. With a new no-nonsense CEO hell-bent on transforming everything from Pied Piper's offices to its business agenda,the guys must find a way to triumph in the war of Art vs. Commerce, maneuvering the many competing interests along the way.Meanwhile, as Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) works to rehabilitate Hooli's image following his blunders, Big Head (Josh Brener) findshimself in a new partnership, while at Raviga, Laurie (Suzanne Cryer) holds her cards close to the vest, as Monica (Amanda Crew)tries to look out for Pied Piper's best interests. With its patented brand of silly and satirical humor, this season of SiliconValley continues to probe the ripe-for-comedy world of tech, as our heroes grow bolder, if not always wiser.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Creators: John Altschuler, Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky

Starring: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Martin Starr

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 300 min

Rating: TV-MA

Language: English

Studio: HBO Studio

Special Features:
  • Deleted Scenes




VEEP Season 5 (HBO)


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Product Description: Onetime VP and now-President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her Emmy®-winning role) finds herself in the midst of a virtually unprecedented Electoral College tie – with her future as President coming down to only a few hundred votes--in Season 5 of the hit comedy series. With Amy and Dan on the ground in Nevada working on a recount, Selina finds herself spinning her wheels in D.C., as her staff continues their mission to make her seem presidential (even though she is the President) while fending off the ambitions of her charismatic Vice Presidential running mate Tom James, who in a twist of obscure constitutional procedure could end up becoming President. Over the course of this season, with the stakes for Selina higher than ever before, Veep continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects – with unexpected and often hilarious consequences.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Armando Iannucci

Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 285 min

Rating: TV-MA

Language: English

Studio: HBO

Special Features:
  • The 10-episode Veep: The Complete Fifth Season will include a free digital download copy of the full season, plus exclusive new bonus content containing more than 30 minutes of hilarious deleted scenes and entertaining audio commentaries from cast and crew including Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, David Mandel and more!




MARS (National Geographic)


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Product Description: MARS follows a crew of courageous international astronauts on its exhilarating maiden voyage to Mars and quest to colonize the fourth planet from the sun. In a unique blend of scripted drama intermixed with documentary sequences and feature-film-caliber visual effects, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling to Mars a reality, featuring Big Thinkers like Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Petranek. Experience MARS in breathtaking high-definition. The must-own National Geographic sci-fi docudrama is jam packed with two hours of extras, including prequel BEFORE MARS, Living on Mars, Cast & Crew Interviews and more.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Creators: André Bormanis, Mickey Fisher, Karen Janszen

Starring: Jihae, Alberto Ammann, Olivier Martinez, Clémentine Poidatz, Anamaria Marinca

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 331 min

Rating: Not rated

Language: English

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Special Features:
  • Making MARS
  • BEFORE MARS – A Prequel
  • BEFORE MARS Behind the Scenes
  • Getting to MARS Featurettes
  • Living on MARS Featurettes
  • More MARS Featurettes
  • Behind-the-scenes Featurettes
  • Cast & Crew Interviews




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CLASSIC FILMS


THE PHANTASM COLLECTION (1979-2016)


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Product Description: One of the world’s most popular franchises in the history of horror, the Phantasm film series has terrified fans for generations. The collection features all five frightening films in the series – PHANTASM: REMASTERED (1979), PHANTASM II (1988), PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD (1994), PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION (1998) and the most recent installment PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016). In all five films in Don Coscarelli’s iconic series, Mike (Michael Baldwin) faces off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and his lethal arsenal of terrible weapons.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Don Coscarelli

Starring: Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 454 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Well Go USA

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Interviews
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Trailers, TV Spots, and Radio Spots
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli, co-producer Paul Pepperman and visual consultant Roberto Quezada (New)
  • Additional home movie footage (New)
  • "Balls of Steel: Bob Ivy's Stunt for the Ages - The Phantasm III Car Stunt" – This featurette shows the planning and behind-the-scenes footage of the dangerous stunt performed in the film and includes recently rediscovered material. (New)
  • "It's Never Over: The Making of PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD" – This featurette includes interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, Gloria Lynn Henry, Stuntman Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects artist Kerry Prior, special makeup effects designer Dean Gates and Production Assistant Kristen Deem. (New)
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Don Coscarelli and editor Norman Buckley (New)
  • Behind the Scenes Compilation (New)
  • "Death is No Escape: The Making of PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION" – This featurette includes interviews with Don Coscarelli, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, special makeup effects artist Gigi Bannister, stunt co-ordinator/actor Bob Ivy, director of photography Christopher Chomyn, composer/sound designer Christopher L. Stone, sphere designer/mechanical effects designer Kerry Prior, cameraman Justin Zaharczuk and special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman. (New)
  • Behind the Scenes Compilation (New)
  • Phantasm sequels Conceptual Art Gallery by Justin Zaharczuk (New)
  • "The Making of PHANTASM V: RAVAGER" featurette (New)
  • Interview with actor A. Michael Baldwin (New)
  • Interview with actress Kat Lester (New)
  • Interview with actor Stephan Jutras (New)
  • Behind the Scenes Promo with Angus Scrimm Tribute (New)
  • Phantasm V Red Credit Sequence (New)
  • "Phantasm and You" – a comic recap of the first 4 films by PHANTASM V: RAVAGER director David Hartman (New)
  • Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Panel Discussion (2008) (New)
  • Flashback Weekend Chicago Convention Cast Panel (2014) (New)
  • Flashback Weekend concert performance by Kat Lester (New)
  • 2016 Fantastic Fest Premiere and Q&A (New)




DEAD OR ALIVE Trilogy (1999-2002)


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Product Description: Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight, Takashi Miike's unforgettable Dead or Alive Trilogy features many of the director's most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the Dead or Alive films cemented Miike's reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers. In Dead or Alive, tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by massacring the competition.
But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa), who will do everything to stop them. Dead or Alive 2: Birds casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters, a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause. And in Dead or Alive: Final, Takeuchi and Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-packed and cyberpunk-tinged finale to the trilogy. Each of them unique in theme and tone, the Dead or Alive films showcase Miike at the peak of his strengths, creating three very distinct movies connected only by their two popular main actors, each film a separate yet superb example of crime drama, character study, and action filmmaking.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Takashi Miike

Starring: Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Runtime: 291 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Arrow Video

Special Features:
  • New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi
  • New interview with actor Sho Aikawa
  • New interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura
  • New audio commentary for Dead or Alive by Miike biographer Tom Mes
  • Archive interviews with cast and crew
  • Archive making-of featurettes for DOA2: Birds and DOA: Final
  • Original theatrical trailers for all three films
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Orlando Arocena
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Kat Ellinger




DARK WATERS (1993)


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Product Description: It has been acclaimed as "visually amazing" (Videoscope), "deeply disturbing" (BBC Radio One), "a must see for serious horror buffs" (Film Review), and compared to the works of Bergman, Bava and Argento. Now experience the modern Nunsploitation masterpiece from co-writer/director Mariano Baino as you've never seen or heard it before: When a young Englishwoman attempts to discover her mysterious connection to a remote island convent, she will unlock an unholy communion of torment, blasphemy and graphic demonic depravity. Louise Salter (INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE) stars in this "stunning and horrifying debut" (Digitally Obsessed) filmed on location along the grim Ukraine coast now transferred in HD from the original 35mm negative and featuring over 4 hours of startling Special Features.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Mariano Baino

Starring: Louise Salter, Venera Simmons, Mariya Kapnist

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 94 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Severin Films

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary With Writer / Director Mariano Baino
  • Lovecraft Made Me Do It Featurette
  • Let There Be Water Featurette
  • Controlling The Uncontrollable Featurette
  • Deep Into The Dark Waters Featurette
  • Director Intro
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Silent Blooper Reel With Audio Commentary by Director Mariano Baino
  • Short Films Of Mariano Baino: Dream Car, Caruncula, Never Ever After
  • Making Of Never Ever After




LURKING FEAR (1994)


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Product Description: Infinite Evil....The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there is only a few people left, including the local priest and a woman traumatised by the death of her sister. But when John Martense turns up to claim his illicit family fortune, with bad guys in pursuit, the last stand had become a lot more complicated....What everyone is not aware of are the humanoid creatures lurking underneath the holy grounds! Based on the writings of H P Lovecraft.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: C. Courtney Joyner

Starring: Jon Finch, Blake Adams, Ashley Laurence

Genre: Action, Horror

Runtime: 76 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Full Moon Features

Special Features:
  • Full Moon Trailers
  • Original Full Moon Features
  • Making-of Lurking Fear Videozone segment
  • Deleted Scenes Reel
  • Audio Commentary with director C. Courtney Joyner




DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991)


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Product Description: At the dawn of the 20th century, a multigenerational family in the Gullah community in the Sea Islands off of South Carolina -- former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors' Yoruba traditions -- suffers a generational split. An older group of sisters return after migrating north to New York with intentions of bringing the rest of their family back across the water to the mainland with them. But, tensions arrive when the newly Americanized sisters view their homeland's way of living as backwards, all while Nana, the family elder who embodies the traditions and folklore of their African roots, is struggling to keep the family together and to pass on the knowledge of their ancestors.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Julie Dash

Starring: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 112 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • Interview with director Julie Dash and Dr. Stephane Dunn, director of Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media Studies at Morehouse College
  • Q&A session with director Julie Dash and actress Cheryl Bruce at the Chicago International Film Festival, moderated by actress Regina Taylor
  • Interview with cinematographer Arthur Jafa
  • Audio commentary by director Julie Dash and Michelle Materre
  • Re-release trailer for the 2K restoration of the film




NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE (1986)


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Product Description: Listen up, my little turdballs! A once-in-a-lifetime cast rocks the silver screen in director Gil Bettman’s masterpiece of cult cinema, Never Too Young To Die. When a top secret agent (George Lazenby, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) is murdered, his estranged gymnast son Lance Stargrove (John Stamos, Full House) teams up with his dad’s seductive and deadly associate, Danja Deering (Vanity, The Last Dragon) to face his father’s killer… the fiendish mastermind Velvet Von Ragner (Gene Simmons, the fiendish mastermind behind Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee KISS.) The hermaphroditic heel is hell-bent on a scheme to poison the city’s water supply: and it’s up to Stargrove to crush Velvet once and for all! Never Too Young To Die also features Peter Kwong (Big Trouble In Little China), Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street, duh), and enough leather-clad, mohawked henchmen to fill a dozen Road Warrior knock-offs. You think you’ve seen it all? It’s never too late to see Never Too Young To Die!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray + DVD Combo

Director: Gil Bettman

Starring: John Stamos, Vanity, Gene Simmons

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 97 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None




HOUSE: TWO STORIES (1986)


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Product Description: Step inside, we ve been expecting you! At long-last, Arrow Video is proud to present the first two installments of hit horror franchise House on Blu-ray for the first time! In the original House, William Katt (Carrie, The Man From Earth) stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller. When he inherits his aunt s creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he s found the ideal place in which to get some writing done. Unfortunately, the house s monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas... Meanwhile, House II: The Second Story sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse s mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it!

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Steve Miner, Ethan Wiley

Starring: William Katt, Arye Gross, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Richard Moll

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Runtime: 191 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Arrow Video

Special Features:
  • The House Companion limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire House franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material HOUSE
  • Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley (House)
  • Ding Dong, You re Dead! The Making of House brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder (House)
  • Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham (House II)
  • It s Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder (House II)




DEMENTED (1980)


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Product Description: She has lost everything. Hope…control…and her mind. After surviving a brutal and devastating assault, Linda Rodgers is institutionalized in order to deal with her intense trauma. By the time she is finally released, her attackers have been brought to justice and imprisoned…but the psychological scars remain. Tormented by visions of her attackers, and mistreated by her philandering husband, Linda is pushed over the edge when she encounters four young men whom she confuses with the men who assaulted her. Consumed with madness, Linda attempts to enact a bloody retribution for the disgusting crimes committed upon her… and no one is safe in this shocking 1980 exploitation film in the tradition of I Spit On Your Grave.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Arthur Jeffreys

Starring: Sallee Young, Harry Reems, Deborah Alter

Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance

Runtime: 87 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None




CATHY'S CURSE (1977)


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Product Description: Forget what you've seen in blurry bootlegs and cruddy budget packs. This first-ever restoration of the depraved Canadian shocker is being hailed as the genre re-discovery of the year: In 1947, a young girl is roasted alive in a car accident. Thirty years later, her grown brother returns to their childhood home with his mentally unstable wife and sweet daughter Cathy. But when the dead aunt's vengeful spirit possesses the child, it will unleash an unnerving nightmare of creepy mediums, demonic dolls, and plenty of sick 70s foul-mouthed moppet mayhem. Experience one of the strangest EXORCIST/OMEN/CARRIE-inspired grindhouse hits like never before, now transferred in 2k from recently-found film elements and featuring revealing new Extras with long-lost star Randi Allen and producer/director/co-writer Eddy Matalon.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Eddy Matalon

Starring: Alan Scarfe, Beverly Murray, Randi Allen

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 88 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Severin Films

Special Features:
  • Tricks And Treats – An Interview with Director Eddy Matalon
  • Cathy & Mum – Interview with Actress Randi Allen and Costume Designer Joyce Allen
  • Audio Commentary on U.S. Cut by BirthMoviesDeath critic Brian Collins and Filmmaker Simon Barrett
  • Introduction to Cinematic Void Screening At American Cinematheque by BirthMoviesDeath Critic Brian Collins
  • Theatrical Trailer




LUDWIG (1972)


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Product Description: Ludwig. He loved women. He loved men. He lived as controversially as he ruled. But he did not care what the world thought. He was the world. A string of masterpieces behind him including Ossessione, Senso, The Leopard and Death in Venice the great Italian director Luchino Visconti turned his attentions to the life and death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1972, resulting in an epic of 19th century decadence. Dominated by Helmut Berger (The Damned, The Bloodstained Butterfly) in the title role, Ludwig nevertheless manages to find room for an impressive cast list: Romy Schneider (reprising her Elisabeth of Austria characterisation from the Sissi trilogy), Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice), Gert Fröbe (Goldfinger), John Moulder-Brown (Deep End) and Trevor Howard (Brief Encounter) as Richard Wagner. As opulent as any of Visconti s epics Piero Tosi s costume design was nominated for an Academy Award Ludwig is presented here in its complete form in accordance with the director s wishes and features the English-language soundtrack for the first ever on home video.

Purchasing Links: 4-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD

Director: Luchino Visconti

Starring: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Runtime: 257 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Arrow Academy

Special Features:
  • Two viewing options: the full-length theatrical cut or as five individual parts
  • Brand-new interview with actor Helmut Berger
  • Luchino Visconti, an hour-long documentary portrait of the director by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, Requiescant) containing interviews with Burt Lancaster, Vittorio Gassman, Francesco Rosi, Claudia Cardinale and others
  • Speaking with Suso Cecchi d'Amico, an interview with the screenwriter Silvana Mangano: The Scent Of A Primrose, a half-hour portrait of the actress
  • Theatrical trailer
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing by Peter Cowie




THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT - Criterion Collection (1967)


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Product Description: Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), dream of big-city life; when a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of escape. With its jazzy Michel Legrand score, pastel paradise of costumes, and divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), The Young Girls of Rochefort is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema’s preeminent dreamer.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Jacques Demy

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Françoise Dorléac

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Runtime: 120 min

Rating: G

Language: English

Studio: Criterion Collection

Special Features:
  • French television interview from 1966 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the music for the film
  • Conversation from 2014 between Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau
  • Episode from Behind the Screen, a 1966 series about the making of the film
  • Agnès Varda’s 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25 (in the DVD box set, appears on the Une chambre en ville disc)
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum




36 HOURS (1965)


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Product Description: It’s 1950. Maj. Jefferson Pike is in an Allied military hospital, under the care of an American doctor. Pike is an amnesiac, and if he could recount the details of D-Day, his last memory, perhaps it would unlock his mind. Only it’s really 1944, and Pike is deep in German territory in a faux hospital built just for him. James Garner does a heroic star turn as increasingly suspicious Pike, and Rod Taylor makes a canny opponent as the duplicitous Doktor in a tense cat-and-mouse, twist-filled wartime thriller. The Nazis have only 36 Hours to pull off their elaborate ruse and get the D-Day plans out of Pike. But if that doesn’t work, they will use any means necessary.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: George Seaton

Starring: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor

Genre: Thriller, War

Runtime: 115 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Warner Archive Collection

Special Features:
  • Original Trailer




THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG - Criterion Collection (1964)


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Product Description: An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched into stardom by this glorious musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Jacques Demy

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon

Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance

Runtime: 91 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Criterion Collection

Special Features:
  • Once Upon a Time . . . “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a 2008 documentary
  • Interview from 2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill
  • French television interview from 1964 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the film
  • Audio recordings of interviews with actor Catherine Deneuve (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London
  • Restoration demonstration
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jim Ridley




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