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Sep 162019
 

From the Big Screen:

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

Fred Schepisi’s internationally acclaimed masterpiece, “The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith”
(1978 — Australia), based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, is the shocking tale of an indigenous man driven to madness and revenge. Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis) is a young Aboriginal half-caste raised in central New South Wales at the turn-of-the-century, a boy initiated by his tribe but also educated by a stern Methodist minister (Jack Thompson). Looking to gain respectability in white society, Jimmie finds a white bride while performing back-breaking work on local farms, but cannot escape his skin color, suffering ongoing racism and oppression. Discovering that he may not be the father of his wife’s child, and red without pay, Jimmie explodes in a fury of violent revenge and escapes into the bush with his brother Mort, cutting a bloody path of retribution upon the society that has forsaken him. In 1901, the year Australian democracy is born, Jimmie Blacksmith finally faces his fate, and with it the fate of his people. Co-stars Freddy Reynolds and Angela Punch McGregor. This two-disc set includes the 117-minute international version and the 122-minute Australian version. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber … photo for Cluny Brown “Cluny Brown” (1946), the final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, is a zany, zippy comedy of manners set in England on the cusp of World War II, and is one of the worldly-wise director’s most effervescent creations. Jennifer Jones shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down — with plenty of help from Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), an eccentric continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from. Sending up British class hierarchy with Lubitsch’s famously light touch, “Cluny Brown” is a topsy-turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … For his first studio picture, “Polyester” (1981). filth maestro John Waters took advantage of his biggest budget yet to allow his muse Divine to sink his teeth into a role unlike any he had played before: Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw, a heroine worthy of a Douglas Sirk melodrama. Blessed with a keen sense of smell and cursed with a philandering pornographer husband, a parasitic mother, and a pair of delinquent children, the long-suffering photo for POLYESTERFrancine turns to the bottle as her life falls apart — until deliverance appears in the form of a hunk named Todd Tomorrow (vintage heartthrob Tab Hunter). Enhanced with Odorama technology that enables you to scratch and sniff along with Francine, “Polyester” is one of Waters’ most hilarious inventions, replete with stomach-churning smells, sadistic nuns, AA meetings, and foot stomping galore. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … “Noir Archive Volume 3: 1957-1960” is a three-disc set with nine films. From out of the shadows comes this final collection of hard to find noir classics in high definition with original aspect ratios: “The Crimson Kimono” (1959) photo for Noir Archive Volume 3: 1957-1960 directed by Samuel Fuller with Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta; “The Lineup” (1958) directed by Don Siegel with Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Warner Anderson; “Man on a String” (1960) directed by Andre DeToth with Ernest Borgnine, Kerwins Mathews, Colleen Dewhurst, Alexander Scourby; “The Shadow in the Window” (1956) directed by William Asher with Phil Carey, Betty Garrett, John Barrymore, Jr.; “The Long Haul” (1957) directed by Ken Hughes, with Victor Mature, Diana Dors, Patrick Allen; “Pickup Alley” (1957) directed by John Gilling with Victor Mature, Anita Ekberg, Trevor Howard; “The Case Against Brooklyn” (1958) directed by Paul Wendkos with Darren McGavin, Maggie Hayes, Bobby Helms; “She Played With Fire” (1957) directed by Sidney Gilliat with Jack Hawkins, Arlene Dahl, Dennis Price, Bernard Miles, Ian Hunter; “The Tijuana Story” (1957) directed by László Kardos with Rodolfo Acosta, James Darren, Robert McQueeney. On Blu-ray from Kit Parker Films/MVD Entertainment.

From TV to Disc:

“The Good Fight: Season Three” (2019) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of CBS All Access’ first original scripted series — a spin-off and sequel to “The Good Wife.” A year after the series finale of “The Good Wife,” an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) and wipes out the savings of her mentor, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). The pair join Diane’s former employee, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), at Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad, a prestigious African photo for The Good Fight: Season ThreeAmerican–owned firm making waves by taking on Illinois police brutality cases. This season, Diane tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. From CBS/Paramount … “Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season” (2018-19) comes in a five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray with all 22 episodes. In Season Four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before — a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of? From Warner.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

When his manager prevents comic book artist Fei Ying Xiong from getting the girl he loves, he summons help from four legendary Kung Fu masters to learn the highest level of martial arts to get what he wants most in “Kung Fu League” (2018 — China), starring Yu-Hang To, Wenzhuo photo for Kung Fu League Zhao, Jay Chou, Ashin. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Well Go USA … In “Dead Water” (2018), starring Casper Van Dien, Brianne Davis, Griff Furst and Judd Nelson, a relaxing getaway turns deadly when a former Marine must risk his life to save his wife and best friend from a modern-day pirate while facing the ghosts of the war he left behind. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … Tired of flying sharks? Then get ready for “Clownado” (2019), starring Linnea Quigley, Eileen Deitz, Rachel Lagen, John O’Hara and Joel D. Wynkoop. Cursed demonic circus clowns set out on a vengeful massacre using tornadoes. A stripper, Elvis impersonator, truck driver, teen runaway, and a dude get caught in the supernatural battle between femme fatal and the boss clown from hell. From WildEye Releasing … “Chicago Cab” (1997) boasts an amazing cast including Paul Dillon, Michael Ironside, Michael Shannon, Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf, John C. Reilly, Gillian Anderson, Kevin J. O’Connor John Cusack, Julianne Moore. It’s 6 a.m. and 20 degrees below zero on a December photo for Chicago Cabmorning in Chicago and a cab driver picks up his day’s first passengers. This sets into motion 14 hours in the life of a cab driver as he picks up fares from the good and bad parts of the city while emotionally connecting to many of them, including a depressed rape victim, stoners, randy lawyers, a drug runner and a pregnant womanr with whom he races to get to the hospital. The film was based on the play “Hellcab” by Will Kern and was misleadingly marketed as a horror film, which it’s not. “Chicago Cab” is interesting and well done and while we don’t learn anything too specific about the cab driver, the personalities of his various fares are revealing. Soundtrack features Chet Baker, Pearl Jam, Lena Horn and The Grifters. From Liberation Hall … In “Mock & Roll” (2017), starring Roger Earl, Michael Stanley, Alex Ortiz, Aditi Molly Bhanja, Chris Wolfe and Andrew Yackel, Ohio parody band Liberty Mean is tapped out, clueless and struggling to raise the needed money to get to the photo for Mock & RollSouth by Southwest Music Festival where their dreams can become reality. Unfortunately, bad decisions and absurd circumstances lead the band down a dark and stormy road in this frenetic caricature of rock and roll reverie. This is not a story of “has-beens” but of “never-beens,” where visions go screwy and time plays against the odds. Features the music of Foghat and Black Owls. From Soundview … Former Bond star George Lazenby (“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”) headlines the classic giallo “Who Saw Her Die?” (1972), directed by Aldo Lado — as compelling for its haunting atmosphere, twists and turns as for its parallels with another great Venetian horror/thriller – Nicolas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now.” Sculptor Franco Serpieri (Lazenby) welcomes Roberta (Nicoletta Elmi) photo for Who Saw Her Die? — his young daughter from a failed marriage — to Venice, unaware that a disturbed child-killer is stalking the city’s canals. When Roberta’s body is found floating face-down in the river, the lives of Franco and his estranged wife Elizabeth (Anita Strindberg) are ripped asunder. Desperate for vengeance, Franco turns detective in a bid to track down his daughter’s killer, and in the process unearths shocking evidence of depravity and corruption which implicates some of the most respected figures in Venetian society. Released at the height of the giallo boom, this mystery thriller boasts some of the most iconic names associated with the genre on both sides of the camera. Co-starring Dominique Boschero and Adolfo Celi, and featuring one of the all-time greatest scores from maestro Ennio Morricone. New 2K restoration of the full-length Italian version of the film from the original 35mm camera negative, with uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio. Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … In “Nightwish” (1989), starring Brian Thompson, Jack Starrett, Robert Tessier, Elizabeth Kaitan abd Alisha Das, a doctor of parapsychology provokes his students to examine photo for Nightwishtheir own deaths in evermore horrifying circumstances by using sensory deprivation techniques. Roles are exchanged and shuffled as reality and fantasy become indistinguishable and each new dreadful death proves more terrifying than the last. Their paranormal explorations lead them to an abandoned mansion in a desolate area that natives call the “Valley of Fear,” where years of drinking chemically tainted water have lead to a genetically damaged population and mutant wildlife. Local legends also tell stranger stories of extraterrestrials which the students attempt to explore. Reality, the supernatural and dreams weave into a tight tapestry of horror and sublimated desire from which there may be no escape. Video store era cult classic makes its HD debut in a new 4k Mastering with restored color correction from the original camera negative. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Unearthed Classics.

Foreign Films:

Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, 47-year-old Saul Armendariz — known in the Mexican wrestling ring as Cassandro — is a champion “exotico” wrestler, a luchador who performs in drag with generous doses of camp vamping between back-breaking suplexes. His trailblazing ascent as one the industry’s first photo for Cassandro the Exotico! openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century — the story of an underdog and a queer icon simultaneously fragile and mighty. The documentary “Cassandro the Exotico!” (2018 –France) (English and Spanish with English subtitles) captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure. Shot entirely on 16mm film, it follows the “Liberace of the Lucha Libre” in his final years of competition, struggling with opponents and the cruel passage of time, while melding tender encounters and larger-than-life fight scenes into a stylish whole that reflects the vivid textures and hues of a dazzling life in sport. From Film Movement … In “My Son” (2017 — France), starring Guillaume Canet and Mélanie Laurent, a 7-year-old boy has gone missing in the middle of the night. The crisis draws the child’s father Julien (Canet) back to a small, snowy town in eastern France in an effort to help. Julien has been abroad for work and has been essentially absent from his son’s life since splitting with his wife (Laurent) a few years earlier. Fueled by his sense of guilt about neglecting his family, Julien is determined to do whatever it takes to find his son. That includes using physical photo for In the Aisles force against anyone he thinks could be a suspect in the kidnapping –and stepping outside the law — as he begins to unfold the mystery of the boy’s disappearance. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Cohen Media Group … “In the Aisles” (2018 — Germany), starring Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth and Sandra Huller, is a warmly poignant glimpse into the shared connections of a motley group of workers who spend their nights working in a big box superstore. When the reclusive Christian takes a job working the night shift at a big box store, his new manager, Bruno from the Beverage Departmen, teaches him the lay of the land and the delicacy it takes to operate a forklift. Christian becomes enamored by his charming but mysterious co-worker “Sweets Marion,” with whom he begins to share flirtatious break room coffees and conversations. But Marion has secrets of her own and when she suddenly goes on sick leave, Christian is tempted to fall into the habits of his dark past. From Music Box Films.

For the Family:

In “The Case of Hana & Alice” (2015 — Japan), when Alice transfers to a new middle photo for The Case of Hana & Alice school, she hears an urban legend about a student who disappeared the previous year and is suspected to have been killed by his fellow students. Even worse, Alice discovers that she lives next door to his former house, a supposedly haunted home, now occupied by a reclusive classmate named Hana. Hana and Alice decide to investigate this “murder case” together, but soon find that their lack of detective skills may be an obstacle. This unusual and charming animated film from famed writer-director Shunji Iwai is a shaggy-dog mystery tale that ultimately gives way to a wonderfully nuanced story of young female friendship, and the fantasies and thrills of everyday teenage life. On Blu-ray from GKIDS/Shout! Factory.

Special Interest:

“Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns” (2019) coincides with the national broadcast on PBS. The eight-hour series focuses on the personal stories of the fascinating characters who created and shaped the genre – from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills, to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times and places in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people. “Country Music” digs deep to uncover the roots of the music, including ballads, minstrel music,hymns and the blues, and its early years in the 1920s, when it was first recorded and called “hillbilly music.” It then shows how the music sprouted many new branches during the twentieth century: Western swing and singing cowboys, bluegrass and honky tonk, rockabilly and the “outlaws,” the smooth Nashville Sound and harder-edged Bakersfield Sound, and many others––showing that country music never was just one style but a broad American mixture that became a major cultural force. On DVD, Blu-ray, from PBS Distribution … photo for Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (2019) is an artful and intimate meditation on the life of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in Lorain, Ohio to 70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her riverfront writing room. Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. Featuring interviews with Hilton AL’s, Angela Davis, Fran Leibowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film. From Magnolia Home Entertainment.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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Sep 092019
 

From the Big Screen:

“Aladdin (2019),” “The Dead Don’t Die,” “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” and “Echo in the Canyon.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

“Mirage (Special Edition)” (1965), directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy, George Kennedy, Jack Weston, Leif Erickson, Walter Abel and Anne Seymour, is a psychological thriller where danger, deception and even murder lurk around every corner. Bewildered accountant David Stillwell (Peck) believes he must be suffering from some form of amnesia and enlists the help of a private detective (Matthau) to help photo for Aladdin (1992) determine his identity. Experiencing flashbacks of a disturbing past and perplexed by the woman (Baker) in his life, Stillwell struggles to make sense of his perilous situation before a murder plot ensnares him. Filmed on location in New York City, “Mirage” is an edge-of-your-seat suspense film that remains one of the genre’s timeless classics. On Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classic … “Aladdin (1992)” (1992) comes out of the Disney vault timed for the release of the live-action version. Disney’s tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin, self determined Princess Jasmine and the all-powerful Genie has remained a family favorite for over a quarter of a century. With the voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, with new an classic bonus features. From Disney … “The Mad Adventures of “Rabbi” Jacob” (1973 — France) is a cult classic riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities. Victor Pivert (Louis de Funès), a blustering, photo for The Mad Adventures of bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Mohammed Larbi Slimane (Claude Giraud), an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assassins from Slimane’s country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who’s returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert’s dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who’s about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dario). Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1974 Golden Globe Awards, the Blu-ray features a stunning 4K restoration. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Film Movement … photo for The Cloud-Capped Star Directed by the visionary Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, “The Cloud-Capped Star” (1960 — India) tells the story of a family that has been uprooted by the Partition of India and come to depend on its eldest daughter, the self-sacrificing Neeta (Supriya Choudhury). She watches helplessly as her own hopes and desires are pushed aside time and again by those of her siblings and parents, until all her chances for happiness evaporate, leaving her crushed and ailing. Experimenting with off-balance compositions, discontinuous editing, and a densely layered soundtrack, Ghatak devised an intellectually ambitious and emotionally devastating new shape for the melodrama, lamenting the tragedies of Indian history and the inequities of traditional gender roles while blazing a formal trail for the generations of Indian filmmakers who have followed him. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc, with new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

“The Alienist “ (2018) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes. Chilling crimes of 19th century New York City set the stage for this Emmy Award-winning thriller. Starring Daniel Brühl (“Rush”), Dakota Fanning (“American Pastoral”) and Luke Evans (“The Girl on the Train”). Based on the award-winning novel by Caleb Carr, the series follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a photo for The Alienist brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. Murder mystery like none other: the story of emergence of the world’s most powerful city that will stop at nothing to bury its darkest secrets. From TNT/Warner … “Hawaii Five-0: The Ninth Season” (2018-19) is a six-disc set with all 25 episodes. The island’s best task force returns to stop trouble in paradise in this contemporary take on the classic series about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands’ beaches. The series revolves around Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu after Hawaii’s former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt-down the biggest “game” in town. In this season, McGarrett must endure sensory deprivation torture to
photo for Hawaii Five-0: The Ninth Season hunt a friend’s killer, track down a dirty CIA agent, and open a bro-mantic restaurant, while wiping out crime and protecting the shores of the 50th state. The latest season also includes guest appearances by Joey Lawrence (“Melissa & Joey”), Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett Jr., Duane “Dog” Chapman (“Dog the Bounty Hunter”) and Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight and more. From CBS/Paramount … “Seal Team: Season Two” (2018-19) is a six-disc set with all 22 episodes. The series follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the photo for Seal Team: Season Two most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. This season picks up after the team has returned home from deployment. Meanwhile, Bravo Team heads to the Gulf of Guinea to rescue American hostages after an oil platform has been over taken by armed militants. From CBS/Paramount … “Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season” (2018-19) includes all 20 episodes. The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. This season the boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones. From Warner.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Shed of the Dead” (2019), starring Spencer Brown, Ewen MacIntosh, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman and Brian Blessed, is a Zombie comedy thriller that follows two slackers, who whittle their days away playing Dungeons & Dragons and painting figurines. As life pressures build up for Trevor (Brown) and Graham (MacIntosh), events take an unexpected turn when the undead turn up in their little gardening spot. From Indican Pictures … “HELLmington” (2018) stars Michael Ironside and Nicola Correia-Damude. On June 6, 1985 Hellmington Asylum closed their doors for good. On June 6, 2009 it was re-opened as the very first Psychological Extreme Haunted House, where people could live out their own personal horror fantasies. Willing participants would be pushed to their limits, blurring the lines between what’s real and what’s in your head. Katie Owens, a true horror fanatic and online blogger was invited as one of the first people to partake in the Hellmington experience. Only Katie never left. From Uncork’d Entertainment … Incorporating traditional narrative story-telling, as well as numerous forms of pioneering technology, including found footage, hand-held cameras, surveillance cameras, and smart glasses, the new-age fright-fest “Investigation 13” (2019) chronicles the tale of a group of college science students investigating the photo for Scars of Dracula urban legend of The Mole Man, an ex-patient said to still be residing within the walls of the Black Grove Asylum. When members of the group turn up missing, they soon learn that this myth is more real than they thought. Stars Meg Foster, Stephanie Hernandez, Patrick Flanagan, Robert Paget and William Alexander. From Uncork’d Entertainment … 1970’s “Scars of Dracula” makes its Blu-ray debut this week, and Christopher Lee is back as Dracula, bringing unspeakable horrors upon a local village that defies his evil reign. But when a young man and his luscious girlfriend unwittingly visit the Count’s castle, they find themselves trapped in a face-to-face frenzy of bloodthirsty vixens, religious blasphemy and sadistic henchmen. The prince of darkness has returned like never before, but will his horrific mark remain forever? The Hammer horror cult classic was injected with bloody bravado by Hammer veteran Roy Ward Baker (“Quatermass and the Pit,” “Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde”). Presented in two aspect ratios – 1.66:1 and 1.85:1. From Shout! Factory/Scream Factory.

Foreign Films:

An unsung talent in her lifetime, director, professor and Fulbright scholar Nietzchka Keene’s stark, stunning debut feature “The Juniper Tree” (1990 — Iceland), starring Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir and Valdimar Örn Flygenring, is loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name and stars Björk in her first on-screen performance. The film premiered to glowing reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991 and led Keene to further direct “Heroine of Hell” (1996) starring Catherine Keener and “Barefoot to Jerusalem” (2008), the latter completed after her tragically early death in 2004. Set in medieval Iceland, “The Juniper Tree” follows Margit (Björk) and her older sister Katla (Bryndis Petra Bragadottir) as they flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. Finding shelter and protection with Johan (Valdimar Orn Fygenring), and his resentful young son, Jonas (Geirlaug Sunna Pormar), the sisters help form an impromptu family unit that’s soon photo for The Third Wife strained by Katla’s burgeoning sorcery. Photographed entirely on location in the stunning landscapes of Iceland in spectacular black-and-white by Randy Sellars, the film is a deeply atmospheric film, evocative of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Day of Wrath” and Ingmar Bergman’s “The Virgin Spring,” and filled with indelible waking dream sequences (courtesy of legendary experimental filmmaker Pat O’Neill). A potent allegory for misogyny and its attendant tragedies, “The Juniper Tree” is a major rediscovery for art house audiences. New 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative by the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by The George Lucas Family Foundation. From Arbelos Films … In “The Third Wife” (2018 — Vietnam), set in 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May’s hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. However, her path is fraught with danger when May starts to develop an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. As she observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice: to either carry on in silence and safety, or forge a way towards personal freedom. From Film Movement.

For the Family:

“Curious George: Royal Monkey” (2019) is a new animated feature with everyone’s favorite monkey. After disrupting a meeting with a stuffy royal family, George accidentally trades places with the king’s snooty monkey, Philippe. While Philippe puzzles Ted with his flawless photo for Curious George: Royal Monkey manners, George travels to the castle where his fun-loving antics raise eyebrows and bring shy Princess Isabel out of her shell. Featuring all-new music from Andy Grammer. From Universal … “Adventures of Dally & Spanky” (2019), starring Brenna D’Amico and Reylynn Caster, was inspired by the true animal friendship of a Jack Russell Terrier and a rescued miniature horse. The story of Dally & Spanky’s bond has generated photo for Adventures of Dally & Spanky millions of video views and is now the inspiration for this feature film. Addy and Ella are teenaged half-sisters with little in common. When 17-year-old Addy loses her father, she retreats from her family and struggles to deal with his loss. Ella, with her dog Dally, reaches out to create a bond with Addy and Spanky, the miniature horse she’s just inherited from her father. Not only do the animals get along, but they quickly become a dynamic duo, their act quickly goes viral and they win their high school talent show, bringing the girls closer. From Sony.

Special Interest:

“Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes” (2018) is a documentary that explores the vision behind the iconic American jazz record label (celebrating its 80th anniversary). Since its inception in 1939, Blue Note created an environment for creativity to flourish, encouraging artists to push creative boundaries in search of uncompromising expressions. The result was music with heart, originality and social conscience. The perhaps unlikely originators of Blue photo for Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes Note were two jazz-loving German immigrants, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, escaping Nazism for a new life in the US. Their principle of respect for freedom both underpinned the label and won them the friendship and trust of the jazz community. The original Blue Note team was completed by a New Jersey optometrist moonlighting as a recording engineer (Rudy Van Gelder), a classical music-loving commercial designer (Reid Miles), and of course the most incredible musicians that have ever walked the Earth. Through current recording sessions, rare archives, and conversations with iconic Blue Note artists as well as current label president Don Was, the film reveals an intimate perspective of a label legacy that continues to be vital in today’s political climate. Legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter come together with today’s generation of ground-breaking Blue Note artists such as Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire. These reflections lead us back to the highly influential figures of the past on which the legacy of Blue Note is built: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Miles Davis. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Eagle Vision … A transformative artist and one of the most insightful chroniclers of American life, legendary Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank continues to fascinate generations of casual observers and aspiring photographers alike. The documentary “Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank” (2004) is the definitive account of Frank’s life and the unique ways his biography and art intersect to produce powerful, richly textured images. Shot in cinema-verité style between New York and Nova Scotia, where Frank (94) now lives, the film captures Frank reflecting on a lifetime of image making that most famously produced “The Americans,” probably the most influential photographic book of the last 60 years. From the Lower East Side to Coney Island, Frank revisits places where he lived and photographed, unsentimentally yet humorously noting the erosion of the New York he once knew. He recalls his collaborations with the Beat generation, including his film “Pull My Daisy,” narrated by photo for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert Jack Kerouac, as well as his infamous “Cocksucker Blues” with The Rolling Stones. Unembellished and unflinching, this portrait captures the life and art of one of the most significant and uncompromising artists of the 20th century. From Kino Lorber … Each year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music’s pioneering figures during a prestigious, black-tie ceremony. As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it’s these extraordinary induction ceremonies — featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s – that have become nearly as epic as the artists they celebrate. The 11-disc set “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert” (2019) gives home audiences front row seats to the unforgettable ceremonies from 2010-2017, and feature nearly 30 hours of mind-blowing performances and collaborative jam sessions that have made Rock Hall concerts legendary, covering eight memorable induction ceremonies and 160 live performances from such rock giants as Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Electric Light Orchestra,, Heart, James Taylor, Journey, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Simon and Garfunkel, Sting, U2, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Metallica, and many more. The set is comprised of three separate collections: “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert – Encore (2010-2013),” “Rock and Roll Hall photo for Echo in the Canyon of Fame In Concert (2014-2017)” and the complete “25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts” from 2009, which has been called “the Big Mother of Rock Concerts,” and features Crosby, Stills & Nash; Paul Simon; Simon & Garfunkel; U2; Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, plus special guests including Jackson Browne, B.B. King, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger, and more. Additionally, the set includes collectible booklets, as well as the 26-page collector’s edition of Rolling Stone with behind-the-scenes stories of the 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame concerts. From Time Life … “Echo in the Canyon” (2019) is a look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas. Contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last filmed interview). On DVD, Blu-ray, from Greenwich Entertainment.

All DVDs and Blu-rays are screened on a reference system consisting of an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio, a Rotel RSX-972 Surround Sound Receiver, and Phase Technology 1.1 (front), 33.1 (center), and 50 (rear) speakers, and Power 10 subwoofer.

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