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Thursday, April 27, 2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray: April 25, 2017

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The new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of April 25th, 2017 include the Oscar-winning musical "La La Land", the nasty satire "Catfight", the fantasy action sequel "Underworld: Blood Wars", the music documentary "We Are X" and the interesting British entry in the zombie genre "The Girl With All the Gifts".

Also released this week is the first season of the TNT drama series "Animal Kingdom", which is based on the 2010 film of the same name written and directed by David Michôd.

We also have some new classic films released on Blu-ray this week, including the 1996 documentary "Microcosmos", Francis Ford Coppola's "Rumble Fish", "Tampopo", "Anatahan", "Man of La Mancha" and many more.

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





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MOVIES


LA LA LAND (2016)


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Product Description: Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Director for writer/director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe® Awards, LA LA LAND is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year - it's a cinematic treasure for the ages that you'll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams - and finding each other - in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

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

Director: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie Dewitt, Finn Wittrock

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Runtime: 128 min

Rating: PG-13 for some language

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
  • 10 Featurettes
  • Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos
  • Song Selection
  • Trailers




CATFIGHT (2016)


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Product Description: Veronica (Sandra Oh) and Ashley (Anne Heche) were good friends in college, but now find themselves in very different walks of life. Veronica has become the entitled, wine-loving wife of a rich businessman, while Ashley, along with her lover Lisa (Alicia Silverstone), struggles to make ends meet as an artist. When they bump into each other at a fancy cocktail party, what starts as a friendly conversation quickly turns caustic before erupting into a vicious, bloody fight that will change both of their lives forever. Featuring Dylan Baker, Tituss Burgess, Craig Bierko and Amy Hill, writer-director Onur Tukel s CATFIGHT is a brutally hilarious story of revenge, redemption, aggression and loss.

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

Director: Onur Tukel

Starring: Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 95 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Dark Sky Films

Special Features:
  • Commentary with Writer/Director Onur Tukel and Anne Heche
  • Violent Femmes: The Fight Choreography of Catfight
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Art Slideshow
  • Trailer




UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS (2017)


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Product Description: In the next installment of the blockbuster franchise, Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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

Director: Anna Foerster

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance

Genre: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies

Runtime: 91 min

Rating: R for strong bloody violence, and some sexuality

Language: English

Studio: Sony

Special Features:
  • Animated Graphic Novel
  • Featurettes
  • Trailers




UNDERWORLD: ULTIMATE COLLECTION (2003-2017)


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Product Description: Experience all five films in the iconic Underworld series on Blu-Ray in the ultimate Underworld collection!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Len Wiseman, Anna Foerster, Patrick Tatopoulos, Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein

Starring: Kate Beckinsale

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Runtime: 512 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment




WE ARE X (2016)


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Product Description: From the production team behind the Oscar® winning Searching for Sugar Man comes We Are X, a transcendent Rock 'n' Roll story about the world's biggest and most successful band you've never heard of...yet. Under the enigmatic direction of drummer, pianist, composer, and producer Yoshiki, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined captivating such a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor. An astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted but truly unstoppable virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world's most devoted fans.

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

Director: Stephen Kijak

Starring: Yoshiki, Toshi, Pata

Genre: Documentary, Music

Runtime: 93 min

Rating: R for some language

Language: English

Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • Extended Interviews
  • Director's Commentary




THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (2016)


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Product Description: Six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close stars in a post-apocalyptic story about a devastating disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating ''hungries.''

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

Director: Colm McCarthy

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 111 min

Rating: R for disturbing violence/bloody images, and for language

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Unwrap the Secret World of The Girl with All the Gifts - Featurette




THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (2016)


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Product Description: From the team behind 2015's wildly successful adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None comes "a dark, perfectly contemporary morality tale" (The Daily Telegraph, UK) set in 1920s London.

When glamorous Emily French (Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City) is brutally murdered in her home, all the evidence points to French's young lover, Leonard Vole (Billy Howle, On Chesil Beach), to whom the heiress left her fortune. Ms. French's devoted housekeeper (Monica Dolan, The Casual Vacancy) proclaims Leonard's guilt, but Leonard insists that his wife, enigmatic chorus girl Romaine (Andrea Riseborough, Bloodline, Birdman), can prove his innocence. As the scandalous crime goes to trial, solicitor John Mayhew (Toby Jones, Detectorists) finds that the case may be his undoing.

Played to perfection by an illustrious cast, this "brilliantly twisted" (Daily Express, UK) drama shows that "Christie still has the power to give us goosebumps" (Metro, UK).

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

Director: Julian Jarrold

Starring: Toby Jones, Kim Cattrall, Billy Howle, Monica Dolan, Andrea Riseborough

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Runtime: 122 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Acord Media

Special Features:
  • None




THE DAUGHTER (2015)


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Product Description: After a fifteen-year absence, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his father, Henry (Geoffrey Rush), the wealthy owner of the local mill that's been the economic bedrock of the community for generations. Christian gets reacquainted with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and finds himself drawn to Oliver's family, which includes wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young), and father-in-law Walter (Sam Neill). Unexpectedly, Christian discovers a secret that could tear Oliver s family apart; and when Henry announces the imminent closure of the mill, it sends a quake through the community. As Christian tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.

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

Director: Simon Stone

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill, Anna Torv, Miranda Otto

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 96 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • None




KAILI BLUES (2015)


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Product Description: A stunning, dreamlike debut, KAILI BLUES is about a country doctor's search for an abandoned child that takes him to a mysterious place where past, present and future become one.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Gan Bi

Starring: Yongzhong Chen, Yue Guo, Linyan Liu

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Runtime: 113 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: Chinese

Studio: Grasshopper Film

Special Features:
  • None




DETOUR (2016)


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Product Description: Harper (Tye Sheridan), a seemingly naive law student, obsesses over the idea that his shifty stepfather was involved in the devastating car crash that left his mother hospitalized and comatose. He drowns his suspicions in whiskey until he finds himself suddenly engrossed in conversation with volatile grifter Johnny (Emory Cohen) and his stripper companion, Cherry (Bel Powley). As daylight breaks and the haziness of promises made becomes clearer, how will Harper handle the repercussions (not to mention the violent duo—on his doorstep)?

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Christopher Smith

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley

Genre: Thriller

Runtime: 97 min

Rating: R for some strong violence, sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language throughout

Language: English

Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




THE MARINE 5: BATTLEGROUND (2017)


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Product Description: After returning stateside and now working as an EMT, Jake Carter (Mike "The Miz" Mizanin) finds himself trapped with an injured, marked man he's sworn to save. As a ruthless biker gang bent on revenge gains speed, Carter must use his killer Marine instincts to end the rampage . . . or die trying!

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

Director: James Nunn

Starring: Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin, Maryse Mizanin, Heath Miller

Genre: Action

Runtime: 91 min

Rating: R for strong violence, and for language

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • "Superstar Studded" featurette
  • "Evening the Odds" featurette




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TELEVISION


ANIMAL KINGDOM: Season 1 (TNT)


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Product Description: This bold family crime drama from John Wells Productions centers on 17-year-old "J" Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of an overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch "Smurf" Cody (Ellen Barkin) and her right-hand Baz (Scott Speedman), who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope (Shawn Hatosy), the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family. It isn't long before J is pulled into the family's life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Creator: Jonathan Lisco

Starring: Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Finn Cole, Shawn Hatosy

Genre: Crime, Drama

Runtime: 440 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Warner Bros.

Special Features:
  • Inside Animal Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom: Stunts
  • Meet the Codys
  • Getting Into Character
  • Setting The Stage
  • Family Comes First
  • Deleted Scenes




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CLASSIC FILMS


MICROCOSMOS (1996)


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Product Description: Special Blu-ray Edition with Recycled and 100% Biodegradable packaging printed with Soy Ink. MICROCOSMOS captures the fun and adventure of a spectacular hidden universe revealed in a breathtaking, close-up view unlike anything you've ever seen! Your family will marvel at a pair of stag beetles dueling like titans. The kids will stare bug-eyed as a magnificent army of worker ants race to stock their larder ... while tyring to avoid becoming a feisty pheasant's dinner. And you'll have a front-row seat to witness an amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, the remarkable birth of a mosquito, and several other minute miracles of life. With its tiny cast of thousands, MICROCOSMOS leaves no doubt that "Mother Nature remains the greatest special effects wizard of all" (New York Times).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou

Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 80 min

Rating: G

Language: French

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Making of the documentary (88 minutes)
  • Video interview with directors Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou
  • Original Trailer




PSYCHO COP RETURNS (1993)


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Product Description: Officer Joe Vickers (Robert R. Shafer) is the meanest and deadliest cop in LA, leaving behind a never-ending stream of bloodied bodies, in the name of justice. The fact that he also happens to be a Satan worshiping member of the undead doesn't help much either. After overhearing some office workers discussing a secret drug and sex filled after-hours party they're planning to host that night, Vickers decides to take the law into his own hands, disposing of the rebel rousers in a series of gruesome ways. Will the hapless partiers be able to outsmart and survive his brutal tactics before the night is through?

Outrageously gory, nudity filled, and bitingly funny, director Adam Rifkin's (Detroit Rock City) no-holds-barred slasher/comedy classic, PSYCHO COP RETURNS, moves gleefully between blood drenched killings and sex comedy antics, resulting in a 90s exploitation gem unlike any other. Only briefly available in its uncut form, Vinegar Syndrome brings this gleefully absurd sleaze masterpiece to Blu-ray in a brand new and fully uncensored director approved 2k restoration!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Director: Adam Rifkin

Starring: Robert R. Shafer, Barbara Niven, Rod Sweitzer

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 80 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Vinegar Syndrome

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary track with Director Adam Rifkin
  • "Habeas Corpus" - a 43 minute documentary on the making of PSYCHO COP RETURNS, featuring brand new interviews with: Adam Rifkin (Director), Robert R. Shafer (Lead Actor), Dan Povenmire (Screenwriter), Peter Schink (Editor), Miles Dougal (Co-Star), Rod Sweitzer (Co-Star), Nick Vallelonga (Co-Star), Barbara Niven (Co-Star) and Melanie Good (Co-Star)
  • "The Victims of Vickers" - featurette with SFX Artist Mike Tristano
  • Cover artwork by Chris Garofalo
  • Reversible cover artwork




THE GIANFRANCO ROSSI COLLECTION (1993)


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Product Description: Gianfranco Rosi has emerged as one of the most awarded and provocative documentarians working today. His observational films artfully and sympathetically depict the lives of subcultures and displaced peoples the world over. The Gianfranco Rosi Collection includes four of his greatest films. Fire at Sea (2016), an Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, is a heartwrenching portrait of African refugees pouring into the Italian island of Lampedusa. Sacro GRA (2013), winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is an engaging tour of Rome s ring road, populated by a fascinating group of eccentrics. Rosi spent five years shooting Below Sea Level (2008), which documents the hand-to-mouth existence of California flatland squatters. And his first feature, Boatman (1993), captures life and death on the Ganges River in India.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Gianfranco Rosi

Starring: Samuele Pucillo, Maria Costa, Giuseppe Fragapane

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 319 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Booklet essay by Nicolas Rapold
  • Interview with Gianfranco Rosi (Disc 1)
  • Interview with Pietro Bartolo (Disc 1)
  • NYFF: Q&A with Gianfranco Rosi (Disc 1, courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center)
  • Trailers



TAMPOPO (1985) - Criterion Collection


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Product Description: The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges, our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Jûzô Itami

Starring: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 114 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: Japanese

Studio: Criterion Collection

Special Features:
  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • The Making of “Tampopo,” a ninety-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by director Juzo Itami
  • New interview with actor Nobuko Miyamoto
  • New interviews with ramen scholar Hiroshi Osaki; food stylist Seiko Ogawa; and American chefs Sam White, Rayneil De Guzman, Jerry Jaksich, and Anthony Bourdain
  • Rubber Band Pistol, Itami’s 1962 debut short film
  • New video essay by Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film’s themes of self-improvement and mastery of a craft
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by food and culture writer Willy Blackmore




EXTERMINATOR 2 (1984)


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Product Description: John Eastland (Robert Ginty) is back! The torch-wielding outlaw vigilante is cleaning up the urban jungle again. Drug lord X and his army of thugs have declared war on New York City, but they have yet to meet someone like The Exterminator. This fiery sequel also stars Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City), Frankie Faison (Banshee) and Deborah Geffner (All That Jazz).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Mark Buntzman

Starring: Robert Ginty, Mario Van Peebles, Deborah Geffner

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Runtime: 89 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None




RUMBLE FISH (1983) - Criterion Collection


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Product Description: In this deeply personal tale of estrangement and reconciliation between two rebellious brothers, set in a dreamlike and timeless Tulsa, Francis Ford Coppola gives mythic dimensions to intimate, painful emotions. After releasing the classically styled The Outsiders earlier the same year, the director returned to the work of S. E. Hinton, this time with a self-described “art film for teenagers.” Graced with a remarkable cast headed by Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, and Diane Lane; haunting black-and-white visuals that hark back to German expressionism and forward to Coppola’s own Tetro; and a powerful, percussive score by Stewart Copeland that underscores the movie’s romantic fatalism, Rumble Fish pulsates throughout with genuine love and dread.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 94 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Criterion Collection

Special Features:
  • Audio commentary featuring Coppola
  • New interviews with Coppola, author and coscreenwriter S. E. Hinton, and associate producer Roman Coppola
  • New conversation between Burum and production designer Dean Tavoularis
  • Pieces from 2005 about the film’s score and production
  • Interviews from 1983 with actors Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, and Vincent Spano and producer Doug Claybourne
  • French television interview from 1984 with actor Mickey Rourke
  • Locations: Looking for Rusty James, a 2013 documentary by Alberto Fuguet about the impact of Rumble Fish
  • New piece about the film’s existentialist elements
  • "Don't Box Me In" music video
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Glenn Kenny




THREE BROTHERS (1981)


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Product Description: ''A wonderful film that moves on waves of feeling. Francesco Rosi, who has one of the greatest compositional senses in the history of movies, keeps you in a state of emotional exaltation. A simple image has the kind of resonance that most directors never achieve.'' (Pauline Kael, New Yorker). Francesco Rosi established himself as one of the greatest chroniclers of Italy's stormy postwar history with such riveting classics as Salvatore Giuliano, The Mattei Affair and Illustrious Corpses. Three Brothers (Tre fratelli) explores similarly knotty social and political territory through the seemingly straightforward story of three siblings returning to their native southern Italy to pay homage to their late mother. However, their various professions a judge in Rome (Philippe Noiret), a spiritual counsellor in Naples (Vittorio Mezzogiorno), a factory worker in Turin (Michele Placido) have a profound effect on their response to this reunion.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray + DVD

Director: Francesco Rosi

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Michele Placido, Simonetta Stefanelli

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 113 min

Rating: PG

Language: Italian

Studio: Arrow Academy

Special Features:
  • 2K restoration from original film materials
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional newly translated English subtitles
  • Archival interview with Francesco Rosi
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring an essay by Professor Millicent Marcus, a 1981 interview with Rosi and a selection of contemporary reviews (first printing only)




THE OPTIMISTS (1973)


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Product Description: The Optimists tells the story of a street performer named Sam, who with a unique outlook on life befriends two children and teaches them to look at life from a new perspective. The novelty of having a song and dance man as a friend soon turns into something much deeper, as Sam realizes that the children have just as much to teach him about life as he does them. Set amongst a wonderful London backdrop, comedy legend Peter Sellers (The Party, After the Fox) stars in one of his most charming, tender and rare dramatic roles. Based on a novel by Anthony Simmons (Little Sweetheart) who also directed this heart-warming classic with a screenplay by Tudor Gates (Barbarella, Danger: Diabolik) and music by legendary Beatles producer George Martin.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Anthony Simmons

Starring: Peter Sellers, Donna Mullane, John Chaffey

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 110 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Trailers



MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972)


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Product Description: An Impossible Dream come true! Screen legends Peter O’ Toole (Lawrence Of Arabia) and Sophia Loren (Two Women) light up the screen in the classic musical Man Of La Mancha. Imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition, author Miguel de Cervantes and his servant must perform his most celebrated story for his fellow inmates: the tale of Alonso Quijana, a man who has lost his mind…and found his purpose. Renaming himself "Don Quixote de La Mancha, ", he sets out for a musical adventure unlike any other.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Arthur Hiller

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical

Runtime: 132 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None




THE PIED PIPER (1972)


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Product Description: The great Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) directed this masterful retelling of the classic children's tale. Set in the Middle Ages, the divided town of Hamelin tries in vain to rid itself of the Black Plague. Music legend Donovan plays a mysterious musician who arrives in town promising to rid the town of their rat infestation by playing his magical flute, but the townspeople cannot put aside their personal agendas and ask the piper to help them with other deeds, as the town s petty and greedy leader, the sublimely creepy Donald Pleasence (Halloween) attempts to take advantage of their new savior. With great music and spectacular costumes and sets, The Pied Piper is a fascinating take on a familiar legend. Wonderfully shot by Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back) and featuring a splendid cast that includes John Hurt (Alien), Jack Wild (Oliver!), Peter Vaughan (Straw Dogs), Roy Kinnear (How I Won the War), Michael Hordern (The Bed Sitting Room), Cathryn Harrison (Black Moon) and Diana Dors (A Kid for Two Farthings).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Jacques Demy

Starring: Keith Buckley, Patsy Puttnam, Arthur Hewlett

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical

Runtime: 86 min

Rating: G

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Trailers



BLANCHE (1971)


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Product Description: Set in medieval France, an elderly noble baron (Michel Simon, L’Atalante) and his much younger bride, the beautiful Blanche (Ligia Branice, Goto, Isle of Love) welcome a visiting King (George Wilson, Les destinées) and his handsome page, Bartolomeo (Jacques Perrin, Cinema Paradiso) to their castle, and sets in motion accusations of disloyalty and marital infidelity, turning what should be a fairytale into a nightmare. Walerian Borowczyk (The Beast), whose stylized vision of a bygone world, is key to the overall look and feel of Blanche, which despite its period surroundings, embraces very modern sensibilities. Blanche, written and directed by Walerian Borowczyk (based on the poem Mazepa by Juliusz Slowacki), features performances by Jacques Perrin (Cinema Paradiso), Denise Péronne (Forbidden Games) and Lawrence Trimble (Meetings in the Forest).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Walerian Borowczyk

Starring: Michel Simon, Georges Wilson, Jacques Perrin

Genre: Drama, History

Runtime: 92 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: French

Studio: Olive Films

Special Features:
  • Introduction by director Leslie Megahey
  • Ballad of Imprisonment: Blanche – Interview program featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte



THOSE DARING YOUNG MEN IN THEIR JAUNTY JALOPIES (1969)


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Product Description: Hollywood icon Tony Curtis (The Vikings) stars in this hilarious, romantic and action-packed romp! Set in glorious Monte Carlo, this hugely entertaining follow-up to Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines follows the dashing Schofield (Curtis) as he teams up with the scheming Count (Terry-Thomas, I m All Right Jack) in a zany, winner-take-all car rally beset with scheming competitors, treacherous cliffs and a very beguiling blonde. The all-star international cast includes Peter Cook (Bedazzled), Dudley Moore (Arthur), Bourvil (Le Cercle Rouge), Jack Hawkins (Ben-Hur), Mireille Darc (Weekend), Walter Chiari (Bellissima), Lando Buzzanca (After the Fox), Marie Dubois (Shoot the Piano Player), Gert Frobe (Goldfinger), Nicoletta Machiavelli (Navajo Joe) and Derren Nesbitt (Where Eagles Dare). Directed by Ken Annakin (Battle of the Bulge).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Ken Annakin, Sam Itzkovitch

Starring: Tony Curtis, Bourvil, Lando Buzzanca, Walter Chiari

Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance

Runtime: 125 min

Rating: G

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle, moderated by Filmmaker Elijah Drenner




DJANGO, PREPARE A COFFIN (1968)


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Product Description: Django the drifter returns in this classic sixties Spaghetti Western from Ferdinando Baldi (Texas Addio, Comin At Ya!), starring Terence Hill (They Call Me Trinity) as the wandering gunslinger, hired as executioner to a corrupt local politician who is framing innocent men, sending them to hang in an evil scheme to take hold of their land.

But Django has other ideas and, cleverly faking the deaths of the condemned men, he assembles them into a loyal gang who ll help him take down the boss, a man who had a hand in the death of Django s wife years before.

Thrill as Django gets his bloody revenge with a hail of bullets in this classic from a series of B-movie western that helped to define a genre. Prepare your coffin now!

Purchasing Links: 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD

Director: Ferdinando Baldi

Starring: Terence Hill, Horst Frank, George Eastman

Genre: Western, Action

Runtime: 92 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: Italian

Studio: Arrow Video

Special Features:
  • Django Explained A new interview with Spaghetti Western expert and author Kevin Grant
  • Original Trailer
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet by critic and Spaghetti Western expert Howard Hughes




GOTO, ISLE OF LOVE (1968)


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Product Description: With Goto, Isle of Love, director Walerian Borowczyk (Blanche) would cement his status as a visual stylist, weaver of erotic tales, and a filmmaker whose work would both confront and celebrate society’s taboos. Goto, Isle of Love is a tale of infidelity, revenge, and repressed love, both chaste and illicit, starring Pierre Brasseur (Port of Shadows) as Goto III, an unstable and jealous dictator married to the beautiful Glossia (Ligia Branice, Blanche). Unbeknownst to Goto III, Glossia is carrying on an affair with one of his guards, the handsome Lieutenant Gono (Jean-Pierre Andreani, The Story of O). Also lusting after the dictator’s wife is Grozo (Guy Saint-Jean, The Killing Game), a petty thief who, by winning the confidence of Goto III, plans to win Glossia for himself. Simmering passions will boil over on the isle, leading to a surprising denouement. Shot in haunting shades of black & white and color by cinematographer Guy Durban (Immoral Tales), Goto, Isle of Love is written for the screen by director Borowczyk with additional dialogue by Dominique Duvergé.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Walerian Borowczyk

Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Ligia Branice, Jean-Pierre Andréani

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 93 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: French

Studio: Olive Films

Special Features:
  • Introduction by artist and Turner Prize nominee Craigie Horsfield
  • The Concentration Universe: Goto, Isle of Love – Interview program featuring actor Jean-Pierre Andréani, co-writer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, cameraman Noël Véry and camera assistant Jean-Pierre Platel




THE WHEELER DEALERS (1963)


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Product Description: Henry Tyroon likes what wealth can bring, but that isn’t why he spends so much time pursuing it. “You do it for fun,” he explains. “Money’s just the way you keep score.” James Garner scores big as Henry, a flimflammer who lands in New York City after his Texas oil well comes up a duster. He needs a million or so in pocket money to pay his debts. Soon, he also hopes to land a blue-eyed blue chip: a stock analyst (Lee Remick) pressured by her firm to unload a worthless stock. Can Henry come up with a plan to turn what’s worthless into the hottest thing on Wall Street? The market for wit and charm is a sure thing in this mix of romantic comedy and business-world satire. Thirty years later, Garner would play a wheeler-dealer of another era to award-winning effect as the CEO in Barbarians at the Gate.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Arthur Hiller

Starring: Lee Remick, James Garner, Phil Harris

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 107 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Warner Archive Collection

Special Features:
  • Original Trailer




CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER (1959)


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Product Description: Arrow Video presents a collaboration between two giants of Italian cult cinema Riccardo Freda (The Vampires, The Horrible Dr Hichcock) and Mario Bava (5 Dolls for an August Moon, Blood and Black Lace)!

A team of archaeologists led by Dr John Fielding (John Merivale, Circus of Horrors) descends on the ruins of an ancient Mayan city to investigate the mysterious disappearance of its inhabitants. However, the luckless explorers get more than they bargained for when their investigation of a sacrificial pool awakens the monster that dwells beneath its waters the fearsome and malevolent god Caltiki.

Though Riccardo Freda received sole directing credit, a significant portion of the film was in fact the work of Mario Bava, who also served as its cinematographer and was responsible its striking special effects. Drawing on a diverse array of influences, from The Quatermass Experiment to the works of HP Lovecraft, Caltiki the Immortal Monster is a unique and unforgettable sci-fi chiller which showcases these two legendary filmmakers at their most inventive. Presented here for the first time in a newly restored high definition transfer, Caltiki shines and terrifies! like never before.

Purchasing Links: 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD

Director: Riccardo Freda

Starring: John Merivale, Didi Sullivan, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Genre: Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 76 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Arrow Video

Special Features:
  • New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and So Deadly, So
  • Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • From Quatermass to Caltiki, a new discussion with author and critic Kim Newman on the influence of classic monster movies on Caltiki
  • Riccardo Freda, Forgotten Master, an archival interview with critic Stefano Della Casa
  • The Genesis of Caltiki, an archival interview with filmmaker Luigi Cozzi
  • Archival introduction to the film by Stefano Della Casa
  • Alternate opening titles for the US version
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by Kat Ellinger and Roberto Curti




WALERIAN BOROWCZYK: SHORT FILMS COLLECTION (1959)


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Product Description: Featuring fifteen of Walerian Borowczyk’s (Theatre de Monsieur & Madame Kabal) short films and animated treasures, the Short Films Collection includes: The Concert (1962) aka Le Concert de M. et Mme. Kabal The Astronauts (1959) aka Les Astronautes Angels’ Games (1964) aka Les Jeux des Anges Renaissance (1963) Joachim’s Dictionary (1965) aka Le Dictionnaire de Joachim The Greatest Love of All Time (1978) aka L’Amour Monstre de tous les temps Diptyque (1967) Grandma’s Encyclopedia (1963) aka L’encyclopedie de Grand-Maman Venus on the Half-Shell (1975) aka Escargot de Venus Gavotte (1967) The Phonograph (1969) aka Le Phonograph Rosalie (1966) Scherzo Infernal (1984) A Private Collection Uncensored aka Une Collection Particulière – Uncensored (1973) A Private Collection Short Version aka Une Collection Particulière – Short Version (1973)

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Walerian Borowczyk

Runtime: 152 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: French

Studio: Olive Films

Special Features:
  • Introduction by filmmaker Terry Gilliam
  • Film is not a Sausage: Borowczyk’s Short Films – Interview program featuring Borowczyk, producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant André Heinrich and composer Bernard Parmegiani



THE SCREAMING SKULL (1958)


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Product Description: When widower Eric (John Hudson) bring his mentally fragile new bride Jenni home to the palatial estate of his first wife, strange things begin to happen. Jenni is certain she is being tormented by Eric’s former wife who died under mysterious circumstances. But no one else seems to hear the ominous screams or see the rolling skull that comes knocking at the front door. Much like master showman William Castle, the producers of the film promised a free burial service for anyone who died while watching the film. Of course, this never happened. Or did it?

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Alex Nicol

Starring: John Hudson, Peggy Webber, Russ Conway

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 68 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None




I BURY THE LIVING (1958)


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Product Description: Through a series of chilling coincidences, the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Richard Boone) begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery. This chilling tale is co-produced and director by cult filmmaker, and father to Empire/Full Moon founder Charles, Albert Band (Dracula’s Dog, Ghoulies II).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Albert Band

Starring: Richard Boone, Theodore Bikel, Peggy Maurer

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 76 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None




FROM HELL IT CAME (1957)


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Product Description: Beware Tabonga! On a remote South Seas island, no one is safe from this hideous...and unique...monster. Tabonga is part man, part tree, all doom. Formerly an island prince, he was unjustly put to death by a witch doctor. Now he’s returned to life with roots, branches and a vengeance. Against natives. Against visiting American scientists who investigate the tree’s radioactive green sap. Against anyone unwise enough to expect a tree to stay put. A macabre medley of creature feature, Polynesian kitsch and Atomic Age cautionary tale, From Hell It Came is the killer-tree movie you woodn’t want to miss!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Dan Milner

Starring: Tod Andrews, Tina Carver, Linda Watkins

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 71 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Warner Archive Collection

Special Features:
  • None




DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP (1959)


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Product Description: Newly Mastered in HD from a 4K scan! Comedy legend Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor) stars as a newlywed naval officer whisked away from his honeymoon by a senate investigating committee who would like to know what happened to WWII battleship had commanded the crew arrived home safely, but the battleship has completely disappeared. They don t know that he suffers from a mental block concerning the mission, so they assign a beautiful psychiatrist (Dina Merrill, Butterfield 8) to probe his subconscious. Oscar® winner*, Norman Taurog (Visit to a Small Planet) directed this hilarious comedy based on a true incident, Don t Give Up the Ship is now considered to be one of Jerry Lewis best films.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Norman Taurog

Starring: Jerry Lewis, Dina Merrill, Diana Spencer

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 89 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Trailers




ANATAHAN (1953)


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Product Description: Inspired by actual events, ANATAHAN explores the conflicting personalities of a dozen Japanese sailors stranded on a remote island in the Pacific during the waning days of World War II. For a time, they maintain their military discipline, but when they discover a young woman (Akemi Negishi) living on the island, the paradisal island becomes a nest of jealousy, violence, and desire. Filmed in Japan on elaborately constructed sets, with non-English-speaking actors, ANATAHAN was a deeply personal project for director Josef von Sternberg (The Blue Angel, Morocco, The Scarlet Empress), and provided a thoroughly unique capstone to his extraordinary career.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Josef von Sternberg

Starring: Akemi Negishi, Tadashi Suganuma, Kisaburo Sawamura

Genre: Drama, War

Runtime: 92 min

Rating: PG

Language: English, Japanese

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • New 2K restoration of the uncensored 1958 version (Sternberg's preferred cut of the film), with restored audio
  • The complete 1953 version of Anatahan
  • Visual essay by Tag Gallagher
  • Interview with Nicholas von Sternberg
  • U.S. Navy footage of the actual survivors of Anatahan, immediately after their surrender
  • Original theatrical trailer




DAREDEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE (1939)


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Product Description: Considered by most to be one of the best, if not the best serials of all time. Three circus stuntmen track down a ruthless madman known as 39-0-13 (Charles Middleton, Emperor Ming of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe), bent on destroying the wealth and integrity of his former employer, multi-millionaire Horace Granville (Miles Mander, Murder, My Sweet). 39-0-13 kidnaps and imprisons Granville, impersonating him in order to facilitate his deeds of destruction. Cy Feur s (Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc.) pulse-pounding score sharply accentuates the crisp direction of William Witney (Sunset in the West) and John English (Adventures of Captain Marvel). Chapter One s cliffhanger an underground tunnel flooded by a massive mountain of torrential water is a classic! Starring serial star Charles Quigley (The Crimson Ghost), Bruce Bennett (Dark Passage) and the beautiful Carole Landis (I Wake Up Screaming).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: John English, William Witney

Starring: Charles Quigley, Carole Landis, Bruce Bennett, David Sharpe, Charles Middleton

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime

Runtime: 211 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Selected Episode Commentary by Film Historian Michael Schlesinger
  • Original Trailers



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