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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray: April 4, 2017

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The new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of April 4th 2017 include Disney's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", the R-rated comedy "Office Christmas Party", Jim Jarmusch's drama "Paterson" and the Hong Kong action film "Three" from director Johnnie To. Also out now on Blu-ray are "Finding Forrester" starring Sean Connery, "Punchline" starring Tom Hanks and Sally Field, and "Little Nikita" starring River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier.

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





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MOVIES


ROGUE ONE (2016)


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Product Description: From Lucasfilm comes the first of the STAR WARS stand-alone films -- ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, an epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the STAR WARS timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

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

Director: Gareth Edwards

Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Mad Mikkelsen

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 133 min

Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action

Language: English

Studio: Disney/Buena Vista

Special Features:
  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM's John Knoll came up with the movie's concept – and why it's the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One's defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk's performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of "Rogue One" – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of Star Wars: A New Hope – as well as one of her most memorable foes­ – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One's premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect Rogue One to the Star Wars universe.




OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY (2016)


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Product Description: In OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, when the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. The latest comedy from directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck (BLADES OF GLORY) co-stars Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Sam Richardson, Jamie Chung, and Courtney B. Vance in the funniest movie of the holiday season.

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

Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jillian Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Rob Corddry, Jamie Chung, Abbey Lee

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 105 min

Rating: R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and graphic nudity

Language: English

Studio: Paramount

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by directors Josh Gordon & Will Speck
  • Throwing an Office Christmas Party
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes




PATERSON (2016)


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Product Description: Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. Every day, he adheres to a simple routine of driving his daily route, where he observes the city as it drifts across his windshield, overhearing fragments of the conversations that swirl around him. He writes poetry into a notebook, walks his dog, and has exactly one beer at a local bar. By contrast, his loving wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), is a dreamer who is constantly inspired by new ideas and ambitious projects, all the while championing Paterson's gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. In this "wise, winning… and moving" (Vanity Fair) film from acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch, the quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry that's evident in its smallest details.

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

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 118 min

Rating: R for some language

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios

Special Features:
  • None




THE DREW: NO EXCUSE, JUST PRODUCE (2015)


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Product Description: 1973.

The predominantly African-American community of South Central Los Angeles carries the burdens of crime, poverty, an escalating gang population and dwindling opportunities for its youth. In response, a young man named Alvin Willis formed a six-team competitive basketball league at Charles Drew Junior High School. It was an outlet for himself and his friends. It became known as the Drew League.

Or, more affectionately, “The Drew.” Its motto, “No excuse, just produce."

More than just a place to play ball, the Drew League provided a safe haven for kids and young men seeking refuge from the negative influences around them. The Drew quickly became neutral ground. Whatever gang affiliations players arrived with were left at the gym doors. Whatever violence occurred outside its walls never penetrated. The residents of South Central nurtured this local treasure as a counterweight, helping balance the scales against darker paths more easily found.

In 1983, after more than a decade in charge, Willis stepped down as commissioner, passing the torch to his longtime protege, Dino Smiley. A resident of South Central himself, Smiley grew up around The Drew, starting by doing every odd job from waterboy to scorekeeping. Eventually he would run a team of his own. Over the next 30 years, The Drew persevered through social, logistical and financial instability, a testament to force of will and the power of family. Dino’s own, including his wife and children and the extended family that formed around the league. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, cousins -– whole families were woven into the tapestry of the league as players, fans, or volunteers.

Still, the pressures of running the league took their toll. Year after year, it became tougher to consistently find the funding and resources necessary to make the league work, and by 2010, Dino had to consider shutting it down. That was, until the NBA unintentionally provided The Drew its greatest opportunity. During the lockout of 2011, the Association’s best pros needed a place to stay sharp. Having long served as a talent incubator for local pros from Byron Scott to Baron Davis and James Harden, The Drew threw open its doors to the greatest basketball talent in the world, as Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant joined dozens of peers, hooping in South Central.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Baron Davis, Chad Gordon

Starring: Nick Perdue

Genre: Documentary, Biography, Sport

Runtime: 75 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: FilmRise

Special Features:
  • BD Talks Drew
  • Free Throw
  • Lebron Shows Up
  • Metta Shows Up
  • Swag Champ
  • Hey You
  • The Way Things Were
  • "The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce" trailer




THREE (2016)


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Product Description: When a police sting goes bad, a master criminal (Wallace Chung, Drug War) makes a desperate choice: he forces the cops to shoot him. Once there, he refuses treatment, instead waiting for his cohorts to break him out.

Caught between an obsessed cop (Louis Koo, Triad Election) and the troubled surgeon assigned to save his life (Zhao Wei, Red Cliff), the hospital is now a taught-and-tense situation that could turn into a bloody battleground at any moment.

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

Director: Johnnie To

Starring: Louis Koo, Wei Zhao, Wallace Chung, Yuanyuan Gao, Suet Lam, Lo Hoi Pang

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Runtime: 85 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Well Go USA

Special Features:
  • "Master Director Johnnie To" featurette
  • "Three Complex Characters" featurette




WE GO ON (2016)


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Product Description: Paralyzed by his fear of dying, Miles Grissom (Clark Freeman) offers a cash reward to the first person who can show him a ghost, an angel, a demon - anything to prove that we go on after our deaths. He narrows the responses down to three viable candidates - a scientist, a medium, and a worldly entrepreneur. And along with his fiercely protective mother (Annette O'Toole), he embarks on an adventure that will spiral into an unthinkable nightmare.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton

Starring: Annette O'Toole, Clark Freeman, John Glover

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 89 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures

Special Features:
  • Director's Commentary




TANK 432 (2016)


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Product Description: From executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High-Rise) comes a mind-bending plunge into hallucinatory terror. Under siege by a mysterious enemy in an apocalyptic, war-torn landscape, a band of mercenary soldiers, hooded hostages in tow, seek refuge inside an abandoned military tank. But their sanctuary soon reveals itself to be a steel-walled prison. As the group succumbs to claustrophobia, paranoia, and increasingly disturbing delusions, it becomes clear that the real threat may lie not outside, but within. The directorial debut from longtime Wheatley collaborator Nick Gillespie unfolds like a delirious, pulse-pounding puzzle.

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

Director: Nick Gillespie

Starring: Rupert Evans, Steve Garry, Deirdre Mullins

Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 88 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None




DON'T KILL IT (2016)


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Product Description: When an ancient demon is accidentally unleashed in a sparsely populated Mississippi town of Chickory Creek, their only hope of survival lies in the hands of a grizzled old demon hunter Jebediah Woodley (Dolph Hunter) and his reluctant partner FBI agent Evelyn Pierce (Kristina Klebe)

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

Director: Mike Mendez

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klebe, Elissa Dowling

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Runtime: 83 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




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CLASSIC FILMS


FINDING FORRESTER (2000)


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Product Description: Because of scoring exceptionally high on a statewide standardized exam and being an exceptionally good basketball player Jamal Wallace is sent to a prestigious prep school in Manhattan. He soon befriends the reclusive writer, William Forrester. The friendship leads William to overcome his reclusiveness and for Jamal to overcome the racial prejudices and pursue his true dream - writing.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Gus Van Sant

Starring: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin, Michael Pitt

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 136 min

Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures

Special Features:
  • None




PUNCHLINE (1988)


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Product Description: Comedy is no laughing matter for Oscar® winners Sally Field and Tom Hanks, who take center stage in the smash hit Punchline. Field (Forrest Gump, Mrs. Doubtfire) stars as Lilah Krytsick, a New Jersey housewife and mother of three who desperately wants to make it big as a comedian. All her life people have been telling her she's funny, and now her home life has been catapulted into chaos as she spends her nights onstage at the New York comedy club, the Gas Station. Hanks (Cast Away, Saving Private Ryan) plays Steven Gold, a self-centered Lenny Bruce-type who's been stealing the spotlight at the Station with his irrepressible, natural comedic talent. Drawn to one another, Steven helps the stumbling Lilah turn her routine from flat to funny,

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: David Seltzer

Starring: Sally Field, Tom Hanks, John Goodman

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 128 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




LITTLE NIKITA (1988)


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Product Description: Jeff is an American student applying to the Air Force Academy. Roy is an FBI agent doing his background check when he discovers Grant's parents are undercover Russian spies disguised as Americans. When Roy confronts Grant about his parents, he is forced to make a decision that could save his entire country!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Richard Benjamin

Starring: Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Richard Jenkins

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 98 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973)


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Product Description: "Invasion of the Bee Girls is the best schlock soft-core science fiction movie since The Vengeance of She, ", claimed film critic Roger Ebert. And who wouldn’t be terrified by the very thought of watching these lovely bee-hived beauties love their chosen mates to death? A government inspector, that’s who. And now he alone must stop their lust for killing, before he becomes one of the Queen Bee’s honeys! This bee-witching tale stars a pair of bee-uties: Anitra Ford (The Big Bird Cage) and Victoria Vetri (When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Denis Sanders

Starring: William Smith, Anitra Ford, Victoria Vetri

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 85 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None




PSYCHO CIRCUS - 3 Rings of Terror Triple Feature (1967)


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Product Description: 'The Creeping Flesh' - A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones unleashing a malevolent being on the scientist's family and friends. 'Brotherhood of Satan' - A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan. 'Torture Garden' - An anthology of four short horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Various

Starring: Strother Martin, Jack Palance, Christopher Lee, L.Q. Jones, Burgess Meredith

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 277 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None



MISS ANNIE ROONEY (1942)


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Product Description: It’s spring in the Rooney household, and starry-eyed Annie dreams of blossoming love. Her father dreams of something more tangible -- to be parked on easy street. But in their working-class Irish neighborhood, the odds are against them both.

Shirley Temple stars in the title role of Miss Annie Rooney and displays all the endearing charms that made her America’s little sweetheart. Along the way, Annie jitterbugs a path straight into the heart of Marty (Our Gang alum Dickie Moore) who may fulfill the hopes of both Annie and her father.

Co-starring William Gargan and Shirley’s Captain January co-star Guy Kibbee, and featuring Peggy Ryan, Roland Dupree and June Lockhart, Miss Annie Rooney is a fun, heart-warming treat that all Shirley Temple fans will enjoy!

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Edwin L. Marin

Starring: Shirley Temple, William Gargan, Guy Kibbee

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 82 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Classicflix

Special Features:
  • None




MR DEEDS GOES TO TOWN: 80th Anniversary Edition (1936)


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Product Description: When small-town innocent Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) heads to New York to collect a $20 million inheritance, he ends up a target of ridicule thanks to Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur), a cynical reporter whose demeaning stories have made him the joke of the city. So when he discovers his sweet and unassuming new girlfriend is actually the hardboiled Bennett in disguise, a disillusioned Deeds decides to give his fortune away, an act of charity his crooked lawyer will stop at nothing to prevent.

Winner of the 1936 Academy Award for Best Director and now fully restored in 4K, Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is the quintessential screwball comedy, an irresistible blend of laughter, wit and romance.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Frank Capra

Starring: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 115 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Frank Capra Jr.
  • "Frank Capra Jr. Remembers... 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town'" Featurette
  • Vintage Advertising Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Teaser




BEHIND THE DOOR (1919)


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Product Description: Legendary producer Thomas H. Ince and director Irvin V. Willat made this - "the most outspoken of all the vengeance films" according to film historian Kevin Brownlow - during the period of World War I-inspired American patriotism.

Hobart Bosworth stars as Oscar Krug, a working-class American, who is persecuted for his German ancestry after war is declared. Driven by patriotism, Krug enlists and goes to sea. However, tragedy strikes when his wife (Jane Novak) sneaks aboard his ship and is captured following a German U-boat attack. Krug's single-minded quest for vengeance against the sadistic German submarine commander (played with villainous fervor by Wallace Beery) leads to the film's shocking and brutal climax.

This newly restored edition represents the most complete version of the film available since 1919, thanks to the collaboration of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Gosfilmofond of Russia.

Sourced from the only two known remaining prints and referencing a copy of Willat's original continuity script, this edition recreates the original color tinting scheme and features a new score composed and performed by Stephen Horne. Flicker Alley is honored to present Behind the Door on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray/DVD Dual-Format Edition

Director: Irvin Willat

Starring: Hobart Bosworth, Jane Novak, Wallace Beery

Genre: Drama, War

Runtime: 70 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Flicker Alley, LLC

Special Features:
  • Russian version of Behind the Door: The re-edited and re-titled version of the film that was distributed in Russia, with musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
  • Outtakes from Behind the Door: Featuring music composed and performed by Stephen Horne
  • Restoring Irvin Willat s Behind the Door : A behind-the-scenes look at the restoration
  • Kevin Brownlow Spotlights Irvin Willat : Film historian and Honorary Academy Award® winner Kevin Brownlow spotlights director Irvin Willat
  • Slideshow gallery of stills and promotional material from Behind the Door
  • Souvenir Booklet: Featuring rare photographs and essays by film historian Jay Weissburg, film restorer Robert Byrne, and composer Stephen Horne




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