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Friday, June 2, 2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray: May 30, 2017

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The new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of May 30th, 2017 include the action thriller "Collide" starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones, the comedy "Fist Fight" starring Charlie Day and Ice Cube, the supernatural drama "Before I Fall", the faith-based drama "The Shack" and the horror "The Blackcoat's Daughter". Also out now on home video is the second season of the BBC Two series "The Last Kingdom".

Among the classic films released on Blu-ray this week we have the Criterion Collection edition of "Ghost World", the 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of "Pelle The Conqueror", "The Son of the Sheik", "The Sheik", and many others.

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





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MOVIES


COLLIDE (2016)


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Product Description: Needing some fast cash to save the love of this life Juliette (Felicity Jones), Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) returns to his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) for one last job – which goes horribly wrong. Now on the run from ruthless mob boss Hagen (Anthony Hopkins), Casey sets out on an adrenaline-fueled car chase on the German highways to get to Juliette before it’s too late. Filled with twists and turns, Collide is a high-speed action-packed thrill ride from start to finish.

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

Director: Eran Creevy

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Aleksandar Jovanovic

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Runtime: 99 min

Rating: PG-13 for violence, frenetic action, some sexuality, language, and drug material

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




FIST FIGHT (2017)


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Product Description: Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way. On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.

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

Director: Richie Keen

Starring: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, Dean Norris

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 91 min

Rating: R for language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug material

Language: English

Studio: Warner Brothers

Special Features:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Georgia Film Commission




BEFORE I FALL (2017)


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Product Description: Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. But after one fateful night, Sam is trapped reliving the same day over and over, and starts to question just how perfect her life really was. As she untangles the mystery of a life derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of those closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference – before she runs out of time for good. Based on the best-selling novel, Before I Fall is a moving exploration courage, kindness, and second chances.

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

Director: Ry Russo-Young

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Cynthy Wu, Elena Kampouris

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Runtime: 98 min

Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language-all involving teens.

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




THE SHACK (2017)


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Product Description: Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, written for the screen by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and Andrew Lanham (The Glass Castle) & Destin Cretton (The Glass Castle), and directed by Stuart Hazeldine (Exam), The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on, until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Spencer). Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

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

Director: Stuart Hazeldine

Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell, Alice Braga

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Runtime: 132 min

Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including some violence

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Hazeldine
  • “Touched by God: A Writer’s Journey” Featurette
  • “God’s Heart for Humanity” Featurette
  • “”Heaven Knows”: The Power of Song with Hillsong United” Featurette
  • “Something Bigger than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack” Featurette
  • “Premiere Night: A Blessed Evening” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene




THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER (2017)


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Product Description: A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat's Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story—that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensfully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax.

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

Director: Oz Perkins

Starring: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly, James Remar

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 93 min

Rating: R for brutal bloody violence and brief strong language

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Osgood Perkins
  • "The Dead of Winter: Making The Blackcoat's Daughter" Featurette




FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD (2014)


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Product Description: Great Britain, end of the 70s: Thatcher is in power, the Yorkshire Ripper is on the loose, punk rock is on the rise and cruddy comics are widespread. But with the birth of indie upstart 2000AD, fans were introduced to visionary talent like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Mark Millar, and legendary characters that included Rogue Trooper, Halo Jones and Judge Dredd. Yet what happened next to this nihilistic, ultra-violent universe may be the biggest shocker of all. This is the "brilliant" (Flickfeast), "essential" (ScreenAnarchy.com) and "scurrilous" (Empire) story of the galaxy's greatest comic, featuring editors, writers, artists and fans including Gaiman, Pat Mills, Alan Grant, John Wagner, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, Geoff Barrow, Bryan Talbot, Emma Beeby, Kevin O Neill, Brian Bolland, Carlos Ezquerra, Gary Erskine, Andy Diggle, Scott Ian, Geoff Barrow, Alex Garland, Karen Berger and more.

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

Director: Paul Goodwin

Starring: Dan Abnett, Geoff Barrow, Emma Beeby

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 110 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Severin Films

Special Features:
  • Extended Sequence: 2000AD vs the USA
  • Extended Sequence: Dredd 2012 - True In Spirit
  • Judge Dredd Extended Sequence
  • Extended Sequence: Cheap Entertainment - The Appeal Of Comics
  • Behind The Strips: Bad Company - Peter Milligan
  • Behind The Strips: Future Shocks
  • Behind The Strips: Rogue Trooper - Dave Gibbons & Cam Kennedy
  • Behind The Strips: Slaine - Pat Mills
  • Behind The Strips: Strontium Dog - Carlos Ezquerra
  • Production Extra: Art Blast - Jock & Henry Flint
  • Production Extra: Blooper Reel
  • Production Extra: Pat Mills visits Kings Reach Tower
  • Soundtrack - Behind The Scenes
  • Festival Teaser Trailer & UK Release Trailer
  • Grant Morrison: Extended Interview
  • Karen Berger: Extended Interview
  • Pat Mills: Extended Interview
  • Neil Gaiman: Extended Interview
  • Dave Gibbons: Extended Interview




AKEELAH AND THE BEE (2006)


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Product Description: Now available for the first time on Blu-ray! AKEELAH AND THE BEE is the inspirational story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), an eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne); her principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong) and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah's aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and, in turn, unites her neighborhood who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Doug Atchison

Starring: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 112 min

Rating: PG for some language

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • None




COLE PORTER'S KISS ME, KATE (2003)


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Product Description: The Showmance Must Go On! Cole Porter's beloved classic receives "Another Op'nin, Another Show", in this masterful 1999 London revival of the Tony Award winning musical Kiss Me, Kate! When the egotistical Fred Graham mounts a musical adaptation of The Taming of The Shrew (with himself as director, producer, and star) he’s got the perfect leading lady in mind: his movie star ex-wife! The fireworks both onstage and off between the two seem destined to explode the entire production…or will a romantic flame that’s Too Darn Hot be rekindled? With backstage shenanigans, gangsters brushing up their Shakespeare, and a collection of Porter tunes that any Tom, Dick, or Harry will love, Kiss Me, Kate remains an all-time favorite of musical fans from Padua to Peoria.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Chris Hunt

Starring: Rachel York

Genre: Musical, Concert

Runtime: 177 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Shout Factory

Special Features:
  • None



RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S OKLAHOMA ! (1999)


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Product Description: Set in the early 20th century, Oklahoma centers on singing cowboy Curly McLain who tries to woo and win the heart of his childhood friend, Laurey Williams. The show debuted on Broadway in 1943 and was later adapted for the 1955 Academy Award-winning film. A Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, the musical features a slate of songs that have become part of the American songbook, like "Oklahoma!, ", "Surrey With A Fringe On Top, ", "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning, ", "People Will Say We re In Love", and others. The writers received a special Pulitzer Prize for this work in 1944.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Hugh Jackman

Genre: Musical, Concert

Runtime: 177 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • None



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TELEVISION


THE LAST KINGDOM Season 2 (BBC Two)


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Product Description: Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is still recovering from fighting a defining battle that saved Wessex for King Alfred (David Dawson) but which came at a huge personal price. Mourning for those he has lost, Uhtred begins a voyage north to reclaim his own fate: to avenge Earl Ragnar's death and recapture his ancestral lands. Alfred's conviction to create a united England is stronger than ever and he sets his sights on the wild lands of the north, which have fallen into chaos and rebellion. It is a dangerous time for Saxon and Dane alike but Alfred champions a new king – a Christian Dane – to unite the tribes. Uhtred is faced with questions of fate and duty as he continues to fight for the country of his birth, against the people of his upbringing. With a newfound love, it seems he may finally be on his chosen path but in times of rivalrous factions, bloodshed and shocking betrayal Uhtred is tested like never before.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Starring: Alexander Dreymon, Tobias Santelmann, Ian Hart, David Dawson

Genre: Action, History, Romance

Runtime: 487 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




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CLASSIC FILMS


GHOST WORLD (2001) - Criterion Collection


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Product Description: Terry Zwigoff’s first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that's at once bleakly comic and wholly endearing. Set during the malaise-filled months following high-school graduation, Ghost World follows the proud misfit Enid (Thora Birch), who confronts an uncertain future amid the cultural wasteland of consumerist suburbia. As her cynicism becomes too much to bear even for her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), Enid finds herself drawn to an unlikely kindred spirit: a sad-sack record collector many years her senior (Steve Buscemi). With its parade of oddball characters, quotable, Oscar-nominated script, and eclectic soundtrack of vintage obscurities, Ghost World is one of the twenty-first century’s most fiercely beloved comedies.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Starring: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 111 min

Rating: R for strong language and some sexual content

Language: English

Studio: Criterion Collection

Special Features:
  • Audio commentary featuring Zwigoff, comic-book creator and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, and producer Lianne Halfon
  • New interviews with and actors Thora Birch and Illeana Douglas
  • Extended excerpt from Gumnaam (1965) featuring the Bollywood musical number that appears in Ghost World’s opening title sequence
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton




THE BIG KAHUNA (1999)


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Product Description: Now available for the first time on Blu-ray! Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey and comedy legend Danny DeVito star in this hilarious story of two industrial lubricant salesmen trying to land the biggest client of their careers. Larry (Spacey) and Phil (DeVito) are jaded salesmen scheming to score some big business from a major client. But when they decide to throw a lavish cocktail party in a swank hotel's hospitality suite, it's a newbie sales associate (Peter Facinelli), who threatens to hook the Big Kahuna!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: John Swanbeck

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Peter Facinelli

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Runtime: 90 min

Rating: R for language

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • None




EVIL ED (1995)


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Product Description: A blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the 80s, video rental favourite Evil Ed returns in a brand-new Special EDition featuring an extended cut of the feature and hours of stomach-churning bonus features!

Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the Splatter and Gore department , where he s forced to edit hours upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatized by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality with ghastly (and bloody) consequences...

Owing a debt to films such as The Evil Dead, Re-animator and the early splatter classics of Peter Jackson, Evil Ed is a veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures!

Purchasing Links: 3-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD

Director: Anders Jacobsson

Starring: Johan Rudebeck, Per Löfberg, Olof Rhodin

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Runtime: 93 min

Rating: R for sadistic violence and gore, language and some sexuality in a horror comedy

Language: English, Swedish

Studio: Arrow

Special Features:
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector's booklet with new writing on the film by critic James Oliver
  • Keep Em Heads Rollin making-of documentary
  • Reconstructing Edward featurette on the creation of the Special EDition cut
  • Deleted scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Teasers and Trailers
  • Still Gallery
  • Lost in Brainland never-before-seen extended 3 hour version of the making-of documentary
  • PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!!!




PELLE THE CONQUEROR: 30th Anniversary Edition (1987)


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Product Description: Lasse, an elderly and widowed farmer, and his young son Pelle, join a boat-load of immigrants to escape from impoverished rural Sweden to Denmark's Baltic island of Bornholm. They are employed at a large farm in Denmark, where they are treated as the lowest of the low. It is ultimately their loving relationship which sustains them through a difficult year.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Bille August

Starring: Pelle Hvenegaard, Max von Sydow, Erik Paaske

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 157 min

Rating: PG-13

Language: Swedish

Studio: Film Movement Classics

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie.
  • Collector's Booklet with film essay by film historian and critic Terrence Rafferty, cast and crew credits, and original production stills.




TOUGH GUYS (1986)


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Product Description: Hollywood legends Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry) and Kirk Douglas (The Indian Fighter) star in this upbeat, action-packed comedy adventure. Set free after 30 years in prison, train robbers Harry Doyle (Lancaster) and Archie Long (Douglas) discover that they have a lot of catching up to do as they face the high-tech, new-wave, whirlwind lifestyle of the 1980s. And with crooked cop (Charles Durning, The Rosary Murders) and a myopic hitman (Eli Wallach, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) hot on their trail, Harry and Archie find the straight life a little too tough to handle. That s when these two old pros start doing what they do best... making plans for their boldest, most explosive train heist ever. Jeff Kanew (Revenge of the Nerds) directed this final teaming of the two screen giants. The wonderful cast also includes Alexis Smith (Night and Day), Dana Carvey (Wayne s World), Darlanne Fluegel (Freeway) and Billy Barty (Foul Play).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Jeff Kanew

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 104 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Director Jeff Kanew
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art (Alternate Poster)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer




THE HEARSE (1980)


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Product Description: Jane Hardy, a recently divorced teacher from San Francisco, decides to spend the summer at the large old country home willed to her by her aunt. However, upon arriving in the sleepy town where her aunt lived, she's met with hostility from the locals and slowly begins to discover her aunt's dark connections to witchcraft and the occult, all the while being menaced by a large black hearse that mysteriously drives near her house in the dead of night...

A chilling blend of supernatural horror and romantic mystery, THE HEARSE stars Trish Van Devere (THE CHANGELING), Joseph Cotten (SHADOW OF A DOUBT), and David Geautreaux (STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE) and was one of the few directorial efforts from prolific editor, George Bowers. Taking strong influence from European gothic horror films of the 1960s, THE HEARSE is a haunting and suspenseful, classically minded horror film and is proudly presented by Vinegar Syndrome on Blu-ray, newly restored in 2k from its original 35mm negative.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Director: George Bowers

Starring: Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotten, David Gautreaux

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 99 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Vinegar Syndrome

Special Features:
  • "Satan Get Behind Thee" - video interview with lead actor, David Gautreaux
  • Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spot
  • Promotional still gallery
  • Reversible cover artwork by Chris Garofalo




MALIBU HIGH (1979)


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Product Description: Kim (Jill Lansing) is a smart-mouthed high school senior whose boyfriend dumps her for a snobbish rich girl. Her poor grades and working class background make matters even worse, until Kim realizes that she can use her beautiful body to achieve her goals. Sexually blackmailing her teachers improves her grades and moonlighting as a prostitute pays off handsomely. But an easy life of vice pulls her deeper into corruption and crime, and soon Kim finds herself lured into the risky and bloody role of a high school aged hit girl!

Hailed as a "seedy, sleazy little gem" by the LA Times, MALIBU HIGH is a fast-paced blend of neo-noir plotting and sexploitation styled antics. Directed by Irv Berwick (HITCH HIKE TO HELL) and produced by then 18-year-old wunderkind, Lawrence D. Foldes (DON'T GO NEAR THE PARK), Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring this one-of-a-kind exploitation classic to Blu-ray, newly restored from its original 35mm negative and loaded with bonus features.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Director: Irvin Berwick

Starring: Jill Lansing, Stuart Taylor, Katie Johnson

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 92 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Vinegar Syndrome

Special Features:
  • Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
  • Group commentary track with: Producer Lawrence Foldes and Actress Tammy Taylor
  • Video interviews with: Producer Lawrence Foldes, Actress Tammy Taylor and Actor Garth Pillsbury
  • Q&A from a screening at the New Beverly Cinema w/ Producer Lawrence Foldes, Actress Tammy Taylor & Actor Alex Mann
  • "Struggle for Israel" (1976) - a short film by Lawrence Foldes
  • "Grandpa & Marika" (1975) - a short film by Lawrence Foldes
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Production still gallery
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH Subtitles




BLACKENSTEIN (1973)


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Product Description: You may have heard of this infamous Blaxploitation/Horror hybrid, but the real story is even more bizarre: In 1973, criminal-lawyer-turned-wannabe-monster-movie-mogul Frank R. Saletri wrote and produced this grindhouse hit about a Black soldier mortally wounded in Vietnam transformed into a rampaging monster by an L.A. mad scientist. Almost a decade later, Seletri himself would be murdered gangland-style in a crime that remains debated and unsolved to this day. John Hart (TV's "The Lone Ranger"), 40s Hollywood starlet Andrea King (THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS) and even former mob moll/stripper Liz Renay (DESPERATE LIVING) star in this jaw-dropper directed by William A. Levey (THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON), now restored with all-new Special Features that spotlight the entire twisted saga!

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: William A. Levey

Starring: John Hart, Ivory Stone, Joe De Sue

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 87 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Severin Films

Special Features:
  • Monster Kid: Interview With Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri's Sister, June Kirk
  • Archive News Broadcast On The Murder Of Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
  • Producers / Directors / Actors Ken Osborne And Robert Dix Remember Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
  • Bill Created Blackenstein: Interview With Creature Designer Bill Munns
  • Theatrical Trailer




THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU / THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU (1968)


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Product Description: 'The Blood of Fu Manchu' - International super-villian Fu Manchu reveals his latest diabolical plot for world domination: ten beautiful women are infected with an ancient poison so deadly that one kiss from their lips will bring instant death and lead to a global plague. 'The Castle of Fu Manchu' - Christopher Lee returns as the diabolical super-villian who, along with his sadistic daughter Lin Tang, creates a fiendish new chemical weapon that will turn the seas into a giant block of ice.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Jess Franco

Starring: Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin, Richard Greene, Maria Rohm, Maria Perschy

Genre: Adventure, Crime, Horror

Runtime: 188 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Blue Underground

Special Features:
  • The Rise of Fu Manchu - Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, and Stars Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin, & Shirley Eaton
  • The Fall of Fu Manchu - Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, and Stars Christopher Lee & Tsai Chin
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Poster & Still Galleries




SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDER (1961)


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Product Description: When the terminally ill Count Herve de Kerloquen (Pierre Brasseur, Goto, Isle of Love) vanishes without trace, his heirs are told that they have to wait five years before he can be declared legally dead, forcing them to devise ways of paying for the upkeep of the vast family chateau in the meantime. While they set about transforming the place into an elaborate son et lumiere tourist attraction, they are beset by a series of tragic accidents if that s really what they are... The little-known third feature by the great French maverick Georges Franju (Eyes Without a Face, Judex) is a delightfully playful romp through Agatha Christie territory, whose script (written by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac of Les Diaboliques and Vertigo fame) is mischievously aware of the hoariest old murder-mystery clichés and gleefully exploits as many of them as possible. They're equally aware of the detective story's antecedents in the Gothic novel, a connection that Franju is only too happy to emphasise visually at every opportunity thanks to his magnificent main location. A young Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, Amour) is amongst the Kerloquen heirs.

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

Director: Georges Franju

Starring: Pierre Brasseur, Pascale Audret, Marianne Koch

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Runtime: 95 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: French

Studio: Arrow Academy

Special Features:
  • Vintage production featurette from 1960, shot on location and including interviews with Georges Franju and actors Pascale Audret, Pierre Brasseur, Marianne Koch, Dany Saval and Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Spotlight on a Filmmaker, a look at Franju s wayward career presented by Michael Brooke, author of the Midnight Movie Monograph on Eyes Without a Face. (TBC)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain



ONE, TWO, THREE (1961)


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Product Description: Hollywood great James Cagney (The Gallant Hours) gives one of the richest, funniest, most breathlessly paced performances of his career in this comedy that defrosts the Cold War with gales of laughter. C.R. Mac MacNamara (Cagney) is a top-ranking soda executive stationed in West Berlin who s responsible for his boss daughter (Pamela Tiffin, Come Fly with Me) while he s away on business. But when he learns that she's gone and married a fierce young communist (Horst Buchholz, The Magnificent Seven) and that his boss will be arriving in town in 24 hours, Mac must transform the unwilling beatnik into a suitable son-in-law or risk losing his chance for advancement! Before you can say "one, two, three," his plans have spun out of control and into an international incident that could infuriate the Russians, the Germans and, worst of all, his own suspicious wife. Legendary director Billy Wilder (Irma La Douce) directed and co-wrote this hilarious, fast-paced and lighthearted comedy with his twelve-time writing partner I.A.L. Diamond (Avanti!).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Billy Wilder

Starring: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 115 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Michael Schlesinger
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Billy Wilder on Politics and One, Two, Three
  • Billy Wilder and Volker Schlöndorff discussing One, Two, Three
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art




THE PARADINE CASE (1947)


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Product Description: From master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock (Lifeboat, Notorious) comes this nail-biting thriller that packs a punch. Hollywood legend Gregory Peck (Night People) headlines a brilliant cast in this masterful story of a murder trial that will keep you guessing until the final frame. When arrestingly attractive Maddalena Anna Paradine (Alida Valli, The Third Man) is charged with poisoning her husband, she hires famous London barrister Anthony Keane (Peck) to defend her. But as Keane unravels Maddalena's exotic past, the young attorney becomes hopelessly infatuated with his captivating client. Now, allowing his heart to rule his head, Keane's blind obsession could cost him the case and his marriage as the shocking truth is revealed in a sensational courtroom climax! The stellar cast includes Charles Laughton (Witness for the Prosecution), Charles Coburn (The More the Merrier), Ethel Barrymore (Deadline U.S.A.), Leo G. Carroll (North by Northwest) and Louis Jourdan (Gigi).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton

Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 125 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio commentary with Hitchcock authors Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut - Icon interviews Icon (Audio)
  • 1949 radio play starring Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli & Louis Jourdan
  • Peter Bogdanovich interviews Hitchcock (Audio)
  • Restoration comparison
  • Reversible Blu-ray Art
  • Original Theatrical Trailer




MARTIN SCORSESE'S WORLD CINEMA PROJECT NO. 2


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Product Description: Established by Martin Scorsese in 2007, the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has maintained a passionate commitment to preserving and presenting masterpieces from around the globe, with a growing roster of more than two dozen restorations that have introduced moviegoers to often-overlooked areas of cinema history. This collector’s set gathers six important works, from the Philippines (Insiang), Thailand (Mysterious Object at Noon), Soviet Kazakhstan (Revenge), Brazil (Limite), Turkey (Law of the Border), and Taiwan (Taipei Story). Each title is an essential contribution to the art form and a window onto a filmmaking tradition that international audiences previously had limited opportunities to experience.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray + DVD

Director: Lutfi O. Akad, Lino Brocka, Mario Peixoto, Ermek Shinarbaev, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Starring: Tsai Chin, Mona Lisa

Runtime: 588 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: Cantonese, Russian

Studio: Criterion Collection

Special Features:
  • Remastered digital soundtrack of Limite created almost entirely from archival recordings of the same musical performances director Mário Peixote and his musical arranger Brutus Pedreira originally selected to accompany the film, presented in uncompressed monaural sound on the Blu-ray
  • New introductions to the films by World Cinema Project founder Martin Scorsese
  • New interview programs featuring film historian Pierre Rissient (on Insiang), director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (on Mysterious Object at Noon), director Ermek Shinarbaev (on Revenge), filmmaker Walter Salles (on Limite), producer Mevlüt Akkaya (on Law of the Border), and actor and cowriter Hou Hsiao-hsien with filmmaker Edmond Wong (on Taipei Story)
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Phillip Lopate, Dennis Lim, Kent Jones, Fábio Andrade, Bilge Ebiri, and Andrew Chan



THE SON OF THE SHEIK (1926)


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Product Description: In this visually intoxicating sequel to Valentino's career-defining film The Sheik, the silent screen's greatest lover portrays a cultured yet untamed young man who is lured into a thieve's trap by a beautiful dancer, Yasmin (Vilma Banky). After escaping, he kidnaps the damsel and holds her captive in his desert lair, dressing her in Arabian finery and threatening to unleash his violent passion upon her. Exotic romance saturates every frame of this Orientalist epic; its sadomoasochistic fantasies are acted out against the lavish set design of William Cameron Menzies (The Thief of Bagdad) and lushly photographed by George Barnes (Sadie Thompson). The Son of the Sheik proved to be Valentino's final film. He died suddenly on August 23rd, 1926 at the age of 31, just before the picture's release. This edition is mastered from the best surviving 35mm elements and features a dazzling score by Alloy Orchestra.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: George Fitzmaurice

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 68 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Filmed introduction by Orson Welles
  • "Valentino: His Life and Times," a vintage documentary short
  • "Valentino at the Beach" (aka "The Sheik's Physique"), a rare short subject
  • Original theatrical trailer of The Young Rajah (1922)
  • A sampling of newspaper headlines announcing Valentino's illness and death




THE SHEIK (1921)


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Product Description: Hollywood's first male sex symbol, Rudolph Valentino, appears in his most iconic roles in The Sheik (1921). Agnes Ayres stars as Lady Diana Mayo, a headstrong Western woman who infiltrates the private party of the handsome Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (Valentino). When the Sheik later encounters Diana in the desert, he abducts her and takes her to his sumptuous lair. Unable to resist the Sheik's cruel magnetism, Diana's defiant nature crumbles and she begins to develop affectionate feelings for her captor. The Sheik plays upon a long tradition of Orientalism in Western art, which romanticized the sands of Northern Africa as a hotbed or seduction and captivity. Theatrical organ score by Ben Model.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: George Melford

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Ruth Miller

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 86 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Gaylyn Studlar, author of This Mad Masquerade: Stardom and Masculinity in the Jazz Age and co-editor of Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film
  • Archival footage taken at Valentino's funeral
  • Original theatrical trailer of Valentino's Blood and Sand (1922)




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