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Oct 252020
 

This Week’s Best Bets

February, 1983. Detectives are called to a residential address in the London suburbs following reports that the drains have been clogged by human remains. One of the property’s residents, Dennis Nilsen – a mild-mannered and unassuming civil servant – is brought in for questioning, leading to the discovery of one of the most shocking and disturbing cases of serial murder photo for Cold Light Of Day [Limited Edition]ever to rock Britain. Offering a grim and gritty retelling of the story of “Des” Nilsen, often dubbed the “British Jeffery Dahmer,” 1989’s “Cold Light of Day” stars Bob Flag (the face of Big Brother in Michael Radford’s “1984”) as Nilsen-cipher Jorden March, delivering one of the most chilling and credible portrayals of a serial killer ever committed to screen. From writer-director Fhiona-Louise, the film – which picked up the UCCA Venticittà Award at the 1990 Venice International Film Festival – is a hugely underseen and underrated British effort that can stand proudly alongside the likes of “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” as one of the most unflinching true-crime films of all time. Brand new 2K restoration from the original 16mm camera negative approved by director Fhiona-Louise. Limited Edition of 2000 units. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video … “Mr. Topaze (aka I Like Money)” (1961), starring Peter Sellers, Nadia Gray, Herbert Lom, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw and Michael Gough, is Peter Sellers’ long lost 1961 directorial debut, newly-restored in 2k from the lone surviving 35mm print, available for the first time ever in North America. Albert Topaze (Sellers), a poor but proud French schoolmaster, loses his job after he refuses to alter the failing grades of one of his students. Seizing the opportunity to exploit his honesty, actress Suzy Courtois photo for Mr. Topaze (aka I Like Money)(Gray) convinces her lover, the corrupt city council member Castel Benac (Lom), to hire Topaze as a managing director for one of his shady businesses. On> DVD, Blu-ray, from Film Movement … “Waterloo Bridge” (1940) makes its Blu-ray debut this week. Myra and Roy meet and fall in love on Waterloo Bridge during an air raid. Their love will be one of the war’s unspoken casualties. Heartbroken after Roy is reportedly killed in action, Myra turns to prostitution to make her way. The report, however, is false. Roy later returns from a POW camp, eager to begin life anew with his beloved. But Myra’s shattered spirit may no longer hold any room for happiness. Vivien Leigh plays Myra, at once winning and breaking viewers’ hearts in this exquisite melodrama. In a compassionate performance that was his all-time favorite, Robert Taylor is gallant Roy. Under Mervyn LeRoy’s astute direction, they make “Waterloo Bridge” a meeting place for lovers. 1080p master from 4K scan of best surviving nitrate elements. From Warner Archive … photo for PARASITE A zeitgeist-defining sensation that distilled a global reckoning over class inequality into a tour de force of pop-cinema subversion, Bong Joon Ho’s genre-scrambling black-comic thriller “Parasite” (2019 — South Korea) confirms his status as one of the world’s foremost filmmakers. Two families in Seoul — one barely scraping by in a dank semibasement in a low-lying neighborhood, the other living in luxury in a modern architectural marvel overlooking the city — find themselves on a collision course that will lay bare the dark contradictions of capitalism with shocking ferocity. A bravura showcase for its director’s meticulously constructed set pieces, bolstered by a brilliant ensemble cast and stunning production design, “Parasite” cemented the New Korean Cinema as a full-fledged international force when it swept almost every major prize from Cannes to the Academy Awards, where it made history as the first non-English-language film to win the Oscar for best picture. On DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital master, approved by director Bong Joon Ho and director of photography Hong Kyung Pyo, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

“Black Lightning: The Complete Second Season Blu-Ray Debut” (2018-19): Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man of many faces. A former Olympic athlete, respected educator and father of two, he’s also Black Lightning, superpowered protector of Freeland. But Jefferson is not alone. His oldest daughter, Anissa (Nafessa Williams), is a med student, part-time teacher and social activist. She is also the Super Hero known as Thunder, possessing invulnerability and super strength for as long as she can hold her breath. Jefferson’s youngest daughter, Jennifer (China Anne McClain), is a fiery teen who inherited her father’s athletic gifts but not his desire to be an athlete. Jennifer also inherited his powers. Her body generates pure electrical energy, and she possesses the potential to be more powerful than Anissa or Jefferson. Lynn (Christine Adams), Jefferson’s ex-wife, is fast becoming an expert in metahuman medicine. Together, the Pierce family fights the gang known as the One Hundred for the soul of Freeland. On Blu-ray from Warner … “Black Lightning: The Complete Third Season” (2019-20): In this season, Freeland has been plagued by government-sponsored experiments and drug trafficking, creating metahumans and addicts while making Freeland the target of a dangerous foreign power, Markovia. Fortunately, the family still has allies in their fight: former covert superspy Peter Gambi (James Remar) and Jefferson’s neighbor, the scrupulously honest deputy police chief Bill Henderson (Damon Gupton). On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … photo for Bonanza: The Official Eleventh Season, Volumes One and Two “Bonanza: The Official Eleventh Season, Volumes One and Two” (1965-66) Digitally remastered and restored from the original 35mm elements. One of the longest running and most popular classic Western series, “Bonanza” follows wise patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) and his three sons, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Little Joe (Michael Landon). Cartwright’s sons all come from different marriages, and they seek life counsel from their father throughout their lives. The Cartwright family runs and defends the Ponderosa, their thousand-square mile ranch above the shores of Lake Tahoe, during and after the Civil War, while helping the surrounding community. Volume 1: Four-disc set with 16 episodes. Volume 2: Three-disc set with 12 episodes. On DVD from CBS/Paramount … “The Comey Rule” (2020), starring Jeff Daniels, Brendan Gleeson, Holly Hunter, Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Jonathan Banks and Oona Chaplin, follows FBI director James Comey (Daniels) and his relationship with President Donald Trump (Gleeson). This two-part limited series is an immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation. The intense drama is not a biopic of one man, but is instead the story of two powerful figures, Comey and Trump, whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course. Based on former FBI director James Comey’s #1 New York Times bestselling book “A Higher Loyalty.” From Showtime/Paramount … “The Flintstones: The Complete Series” (1960-66) is a 10-disc set with all 166 episodes. “The Flintstones” first premiered on ABC in 1960 and became a hit. It was the first animated series to air in primetime on US television and was the first adult-targeted cartoon on TV. At one point, “The Flintstones” was the longest-running series of its genre and was the first animated series to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. On Blu-ray from Warner … “Head of the Class: The Complete Second Season” (1987-88) is a three-disc set with all 22 episodes. Howard Hesseman (“WKRP in Cincinnati”) returns as good-natured substitute teacher Charlie Moore for the sophomore season of this sitcom. Charlie is assigned to the Individualized Honors Program, a very different kind of class. The IHP students are so gifted that their teachers are expected to be glorified babysitters, but the unconventional Charlie upsets the applecart by deciding to actually teach! He guides his charges — classic nerd Arvid, overachiever Maria, debate dynamo Darlene, Indian immigrant Jawaharlal, child prodigy Janice, too-cool-for-school Eric, chemistry whiz Dennis, academic Renaissance woman Sarah, ultraserious Alan and ethereal bibliophile Simone – through academic challenges and real-life problems alike. From Warner.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Fatima” (2020), starring Joaquim de Almeida, Goran Višnjic, Stephanie Gil, Alejandra Howard, Jorge Lamelas, Lúcia Moniz, Marco D’Almeida, Joana Ribeiro, Sônia Braga and Harvey Keitel is an historical drama based on the captivating story of one of the Catholic Church’s most fabled places of pilgrimage. In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer and suffering will bring an end to WWI. Word of the sighting spreads across the country, inspiring religious pilgrims to flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle. From Universal … “Daughters of Darkness” (1971) gets a 50th Anniversary 4K restoration on a three-disc limited edition 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, soundtrack CD, collectable booklet, reversible sleeve, and 3D photo for Daughters of Darkness lenticular slipcover (first pressing). International screen icon Delphine Seyrig stars as Elizabeth Bathory, an ageless Countess with a beautiful young “companion” (Goth goddess Andrea Rau) and a legendary legacy of perversion. But when the two women seduce a troubled newlywed couple (Danielle Ouimet and John Karlen), they unleash a frenzy of sudden violence and depraved desire that shocked both art house audiences and grindhouse crowds worldwide. Co-written and directed by Harry Kümel, “Daughters of Darkness” remains one of the most exquisitely mesmerizing adult horror films ever made. This is the uncensored Director’s Cut of this classic psychosexual shocker in a gorgeous restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from its long-lost original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix. From Blue Underground … From Luigi Cozzi, the writer/director of “Starcrash,” “Contamination” and “Paganini Horror,” comes the over-the-top meta-shocker “The Black Cat” (1989 — Italy), about a production company filming a new sequel to one of the ‘70s Italian horror’s best-known classics and the resurrected supernatural demon that may destroy them all. Caroline Munro, Brett Halsey, Florence Guérin, and Urbano Barberini star in this long-unseen fan favorite, originally released in Italy as “Demons 6.” Transferred in 2k from pristine vault elements for the first time ever. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Severin Films … Shortly after the Ozploitation shocker “Patrick” (1978) became a worldwide hit, director Mario Landi (“Giallo in Venice”) went way beyond ‘unofficial sequel’ or ‘unauthorized remake’ to instead create “Patrick Still Lives” (1980 — Italy), starring Sacha Pitoëff, Gianni Dei and Mariangela Giordano, this “mind-boggling example of Italian exploitation that has to be seen to be believed.” When a young man becomes comatose after a freak accident, his father invites six strangers to a secluded villa for a weekend packed with relentless nudity, outrageous violence, and perhaps the most depraved sex/gore death in all of Italian horror. Scanned uncut from the original negative for the very first time in 40 years. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Severin Films … photo for The Last Starfighterxxxxxx Greetings Starfighter! You have been recruited by Arrow Video to experience the 1984 sci-fi classic as you’ve never experienced it before! Directed by Nick Castle, the man behind the Michael Myers mask in the original “Halloween,” “The Last Starfighter” (1984) tells the story Alex Rogan (Lance Guest), an arcade game whizz-kid whose wildest dreams comes true when he finds himself enlisted to fight in an interstellar war. Sadly, this featured the last big-screen appearance by the great Robert Preston. Now newly restored from a 4K scan of the original negative and featuring a 4.1 mix originally created for the film’s 70mm release – never included on previous home video formats – “The Last Starfighter” arrives loaded with brand new and archival bonus features. Strap yourself in: the Blu-ray adventure of a lifetime is about to begin! On Blu-ray from Arrow Video … French film legends Alain Delon and Annie Girardot star in “Shock Treatment” (1972 — France), a thriller from writer-director Alain Jessua that became a cause célèbre of international cinema. When a career woman (Girardot) checks into the exclusive seaside clinic of a doctor (Delon), famed for his unorthodox rejuvenation treatments, she discovers a nightmare of bourgeois depravities, medical atrocities, and the eye-popping full-frontal nudity that sparked worldwide headlines. Released in the UK as”Doctor in the Nude” and now scanned uncut in 2k from the original interpositive for its US debut.On DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray Limited Edition, from Severin Films … photo for Welcome to the Circle In “Welcome to the Circle” (2020), starring Matthew MacCaull, Taylor Dianne Robinson and Ben Cotton, a camping misadventure forces a young girl and her father into the realm of a madman worshiping cult known as The Circle. As the pair become trapped in The Circle’s increasingly frightening sphere of indoctrination, a case-hardened professional cult deprogrammer and his two clients attempt to kidnap/reclaim one of group’s members. Grizzly rituals are soon revealed to be part of a terrifying, surreal, alternate reality that has been constructed by the cult’s mysterious, isolated leader. From Artsploitation Films … In “Friendsgiving” (2020), starring Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Aisha Tyler, Chelsea Peretti, Wanda Sykes, Christine Taylor, Jane Seymou, Margaret Cho and Fortune Feimster, Abby (Dennings) is looking forward to a laid-back Thanksgiving with her best friend, Molly (Akerman). But the friends’ plans for a quiet turkey dinner go up in smoke when they’re joined by Molly’s new boyfriend and her flamboyant mother (Seymour). Throw in some party crashers including Molly’s old flame, a wannabe shaman, and a trio of Fairy Gay Mothers (Sykes, Cho, Feimster), and it’s a recipe for a chaotic holiday no one will ever forget. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … “I’ve waited a whole year to grow claws like these. Jungle Red!” One of film’s greatest lines belongs to a wronged wife who wins back her man with the aid of an aggressive shade of nail polish in “The Opposite Sex” (1956), making its Blu-ray debut this week. First a hit play, then an all-star 1939 (and later, 2008) movie, “The Women” resurfaces here as a musical, complete with an all-star cast, lines dipped in acid wit, big production numbers and fabulous ‘50s couture in scintillating CinemaScope. June Allyson portrays the betrayed woman. Joan Collins is the siren who steals her husband. And Dolores Gray, Ann Sheridan, Ann Miller, Agnes Moorehead, Charlotte Greenwood and Joan Blondell are assorted gal pals (true-blue and envy-green) who convince their demure friend to paint her claws – then use them. From Warner Archive.

On the Indie Front:

Like a David Lynch thriller through a queer lens, Ryder Houston’s “Rapture In Blue” (2020), starring Bryce Lederer, Sarah Greenfield, Tanner Garmon and Ariana Kelly, follows a young man’s quest through flickering neon and hazy noir shadows to find his true self. After Jason tries to use his childhood home for a steamy rendezvous with his girlfriend Valerie, they discover it’s newly occupied by the smoldering Sebastian who eagerly warms up to anxious Jason. Wracked with desires he’s long tried to ignore while also being pressured by his girlfriend’s sensual advances, a growing sense of unease and dread permeates his life. After receiving an “impossible” photo of him embracing Sebastian, Jason realizes he needs to confront the madness consuming him from all sides. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Altered Innocence.

Foreign Films:

In “The President” (2013 — Georgia), director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s modern fable about power, reconciliation and the never-ending hope for freedom and democracy, a dictator of an imaginary country in the Caucasus is forced to escape following a coup d’état, and begins a journey to discover his country in the company of his five-year-old grandson. The two travel photo for The President across the lands that the president once governed. Now, disguised as a street musician to avoid being recognized, the former dictator comes into contact with his people, which he comes to know from a different point of view. From Corinth Films … Set in the fake news era of present-day St. Petersburg, “Three Comrades” (2020 — Russia) is a politically incorrect drama about three mid-level sales managers, twenty-somethings, socializing after hours. Friday night bar-hopping gives way to a range of contemporary topics, from the inhumanity of capitalism to sexism. Only one comrade will survive — the romantic, the cynic, or the indifferent? What was supposed to be an uneventful night out soon enough turns into an unexpected and, sometimes, violent adventure. From Indiepix Films.

For the Family:

In “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising” (2020), the number one hero anime is back for a battle beyond anything fans have ever seen. Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful that it’s more like a vacation … until they’re attacked by a villain with an unfathomable Quirk. His power is eerily familiar, and it looks like Shigaraki had a hand in the plan. But with All Might retired and citizens’ lives on the line, there’s no time for questions. Deku and his friends are the next generation of heroes, and they’re the island’s only hope. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Funimation … “Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Special Edition” (2007) is the story of Jerry Mouse, a devoted fan of “The Nutcracker,” who is magically transported into his own version of the classical photo for My Hero Academia: Heroes Risingballet one Christmas Eve. The animated film is inspired by classic Tom and Jerry cartoon shorts that were originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It is a new take on the world-famous holiday ballet about a little girl who goes to the Land of Sweets on Christmas Eve with her favorite gift, a toy nutcracker, which ultimately transforms into a handsome prince. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “Garfield: Garfield & Friends, Season 3” (1990) is a two-disc set with all 18 episodes of the animated series based on the beloved newspaper cartoon created by Jim Davis. These episodes all center around the world’s most lovable (and grumpy) feline Garfield, his owner Jon Arbuckle, and his canine pal Odie ss they get into trouble and learn valuable lessons. Garfield becomes a stowaway after Jon goes on a cruise in “Ship Shape,” Garfield hosts a televised debate on “why cats are better than dogs” in “The Great Debate,” and much more. The set also includes the episode shorts from U.S. Acres, based on another comic strip from Jim Davis, which stars a group of barnyard animals. From PBS Distribution … In “Ben 10 vs. The Universe: The Movie” (2020), Ben Tennyson is back on the alien-fighting scene, and expanding to take on the universe. The action-packed animated movie, which will air globally first on Cartoon Network, focuses around a blast from Ben’s past returning to do double the damage on Team Tennyson and planet Earth itself, forcing Ben to go interstellar to save the day. Meanwhile, Gwen and Grandpa Max team up to help protect the world in Ben’s absence. But when Ben is confused for the villain in space, he must figure out a way to get back to Earth to help save it. From Warner.

Special Interest:

The “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets” (2020) genre-bending docudrama focuses on a Las Vegas dive bar named “The Roaring 20s” as it prepares to close its doors forever. Its longtime bartenders and patrons come together for one last night of alcohol-charged camaraderie, commemoration and consolation as they contemplate their place in a fracturing and downcast late-2016 America. It’s a mosaic of disparate lives, teetering between dignity and debauchery, reckoning with the past as they face an uncertain future, and singing as their ship goes down. On Blu-ray, from Giant Pictures.

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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Oct 182020
 

This Week’s Best Bets

“Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy” (1985-1989-1990) honors “Back to the Future’s” 35th anniversary with a 4K Ultra HD collection. The set is loaded with bonus material including a bonus disc that comes with over an hour of brand-new content such as rare audition footage from Hollywood stars Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter photo for Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell, a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by co-writer/producer Bob Gale, a sneak peek at the new musical show, and a special episode of the popular YouTube Series “Could You Survive the Movies?” Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum. Includes all three movies in collectible discbook (4K Ultra + Blu-ray + Digital Code) packaging plus a bonus disc including all-new bonus content. Also available on Blu-ray and DVD. Read more. From Universal … photo for The Haunting “The Haunting” (1999) is director Jan de Bont’s reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” which was made into 1963’s “The Haunting,” directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn. This version stars Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, Owen Wilson and Bruce Dern. For over a century, the foreboding Hill House mansion has sat abandoned…or so it seemed. Intrigued by its past, Dr. Marrow lures three subjects to the site for an experiment. But, from the moment of their arrival, as night descends, the study goes horrifyingly awry, and Hill House unleashes its supernatural wrath on the unsuspecting subjects. The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. Newly remastered from a 4K film transfer supervised by Jan de Bont. On Blu-ray from Paramount Presents … (1950) A key forerunner of the new breed of dark, brooding westerns that would cast a shadow over America’s frontier folklore, the subversive psychological saga photo for THE GUNFIGHTER “The Gunfighter” (1950) sounds a death knell for the myth of the outlaw hero. In one of his most morally complex roles, Gregory Peck stars as Jimmy Ringo, an infamous gunslinger looking to hang up his holsters and start a new life, but whose reputation draws him inexorably into a cycle of violence and revenge from which he cannot escape. Directed with taut efficiency by the versatile studio-era craftsman Henry King, and shot in striking deep-focus style by master cinematographer Arthur C. Miller, “The Gunfighter” forgoes rough-and-tumble action in favor of an elegiac exploration of guilt and regret that speaks to the anxious soul of postwar America. On DVD, Blu-ray, from The Criterion Collection … In photo for THE HIT “The Hit” (1984), Terence Stamp is Willie, a gangster’s henchman turned “supergrass” (informer) trying to live in peaceful hiding in a remote Spanish village. Sun-dappled bliss turns to nerve-racking suspense, however, when two hit men — played by a soulless John Hurt and a youthful, loose-cannon Tim Roth — come calling to bring Willie back for execution. This stylish early gem from Stephen Frears boasts terrific hard-boiled performances from a roster of England’s best actors, music by Eric Clapton and virtuoso flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, and ravishing photography of its desolate Spanish locations — a splendid backdrop for a rather sordid story. In a Blu-ray debut from The Criterion Collection … In photo for Adaptation “Adaptation.” (2002), director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (Chris Cooper), journalist and author Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage), and his twin brother Donald (also Cage). As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean’s best-selling book “The Orchid Thief,” he writes himself into his own movie. The various stories crash into one another, exploding into a wildly imaginative film. In a Blu-ray debut from Shout! Factory Select.

From TV to Disc:

“COBRA: Season One” (2020) is a two-disc set with six episodes. Clever and action-packed political drama that follows the British Prime Minister and his emergency committee as they navigate a major crisis and its political and personal fallout. On the brink of a geomagnetic solar storm, a team comprised of Britain’s leading contingency planners and senior politicians assemble under the name COBRA (taken from its meeting place in Whitehall’s Cabinet Office Briefing Room A to guide the country through turbulent times. From PBS Distribution … “The Great: Season One” (2020)is a four-disc set with all 10 episodes. A satirical, comedic drama — and occasionally true story — about the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. An idealistic romantic young girl, she arrives from Prussia for an arranged marriage to the mercurial Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult) hoping for love and sunshine, and finds instead a dangerous, photo for NOS4A2 Season 2 depraved, backward world that she resolves to change. All she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court on her side. From Paramount … “MASTERPIECE: Flesh and Blood” (2020) is a two-disc set with four episodes. The lives of three siblings are disrupted when their recently widowed mother declares she’s in love with a new man. A tangled web of secrets, lies, rivalries and betrayals eventually leads to a murder. From PBS Distribution … “NOS4A2 Season 2” (2020) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Based on the highly acclaimed best-selling novel by Joe Hill, the horror thriller television series premiered the first season on AMC on June 6, 2019 as the second-best cable debut of the year. The second season returned to AMC on June 1, 2020 and was also simulcast on BBC America. A young Victoria “Vic” McQueen discovers she has the power to unlock portals that help her find lost objects. As she delves further into this hidden universe, she encounters many other “inscape travelers” – some benevolent, and some who have been corrupted by their power. When Vic encounters Charlie Manx, an immortal who stays that way by feeding off of the souls of children, she makes a sworn enemy of Manx. Season 2 picks up eight years after the events of Season 1. Vic remains more determined than ever to destroy Manx who, having faced his own mortality, emerges desperate for revenge against Vic. This time, he sets his sights on the person who means most to Vic – her eight-year-old son. Wayne. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “The Secrets We Keep” (2020), starring Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Messina and Amy Seimetz, a woman (Rapace) in post-WWII America, rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband (Messina), kidnaps her neighbor (Kinnaman) and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her. From Universal … In b>”Amulet” (2020), starring Imelda Staunton, Alec Secareanu and Carla Juri, a former soldier turned refugee, Tomaz (Secareanu), struggles to find shelter, until he meets Sister Claire (Staunton), a nun who offers him asylum in the decaying home of a lonely young woman named Magda (Juri). As Tomaz begins to grow closer to Magda, he soon notices that the home and its occupants are full of sinister secrets. From Magnet Label … photo for Tremors: Shrieker Island “Tremors: Shrieker Island” (2020), starring Michael Gross, Jon Heder, Caroline Langrishe, Cassie Clare, Matthew Douglas, Sahajak Boonthanakit, is the seventh outing in the franchise. When a group of wealthy trophy hunters genetically modify Graboid eggs to create the ultimate hunting experience, it isn’t long before their prey escapes the confines of their small island and begin terrorizing the inhabitants of a nearby island research facility. The head of the research facility and her second-in-command Jimmy (Heder) locate the one man who is an expert in killing Graboids: the one and only, and now reluctant, Burt Gummer (Gross). Once on board, Burt leads the group in an all-out war against the larger, faster, and terrifyingly intelligent Graboids and the swiftly multiplying Shriekers. Celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original “Tremors.” On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Universal … In “Expulsion” (2020), starring Colton Tapp, Lar Park Lincoln and Michael Harrelson, Scott and Vincent are top recruits at the prestigious Cicero Market Technologies Corporation where they are tasked with the development and implementation of cutting edge technologies. The pair begin to sneak their work home with them and they push the boundaries of particle collision science to undiscovered levels, stumbling upon a parallel universe complete with an alternate version of Scott. As their days and nights unfold they begin to discover that others seek their tech to advance their own agendas. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Colossal Content … photo for Alone
One morning, lonely surfer Aidan awakens to find that a global pandemic has turned most of humanity into bloodthirsty zombies in “Alone” (2020), starring Tyler Posey, Summer Spiro, Robert Ri’chard, John Posey and Donald Sutherland. Just as he’s ready to give up hope, Aidan spots his attractive neighbor Eva across his apartment complex’s courtyard, and soon the two become “socially distant” friends. Trying to find a way to rescue her, Aidan confronts an eccentric neighbor (Sutherland) who could be their salvation — or downfall. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … After their comic book dreams are crushed, a group of sci-fi cosplayers are granted superpowers and are transported into the multiverse to do real battle with evil alien forces bent on earth’s destruction in “Monster Force Zero” (2020), starring Garrett Wang, Aeon Cruz and Shale Le Page. From Wild Eye Releasing … “Redwood Massacre: Annihilation” (2020), starring Damien Puckler, Gary Kasper and Jon Campling, is the sequel to 2014’s “The Redwood Massacre.” A stranger obsessed with the unsolved Redwood murders convinces a group of bereaved family members to venture into the wilderness in hope of proving the existence of the infamous killer. Their quest for truth sees a sinister turn of events, as the hunters become the hunted. A blood-soaked fight for survival ensues when they find that the tales told of the axe-wielding manic is very real. From Uncork’d Entertainment … In “The Owners” (2020 — UK, Canada), starring Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny, Andrew Ellis and Rita Tushingham, a group of friends think they found the perfect easy score — an empty house with a safe full of cash. But when the elderly couple that lives there comes home early, the tables are suddenly turned. As a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, the would-be thieves are left to fight to save themselves from a nightmare they could never have imagined. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … photo for The Amityville Harvest In the intense horror tale“The Amityville Harvest” (2020), starring Sadie Katz, Kyle Lowder, Paul Logan and Julie Anne Prescott, a visit to a crumbling mansion becomes a journey into sheer terror. While staying at an aging manor to research its liquor-smuggling history, Christina and her documentary video team interview their spooky host Vincent — but no one can capture his image or voice on video! After shocking dreams and bloody encounters, the crew members fall under Victor’s hypnotic spell. Can Christina and her sister stave off Victor’s dark magic and survive Amityville’s deadly harvest? From Lionsgate … In “Spree” (2020), starring Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, David Arquette, Kyle Mooney, Mischa Barton, Frankie Grande and John DeLuca, a 23-year-old rideshare driver for Spree, Kurt (Keery), is so desperate for social media attention that he’ll stop at nothing to go viral. He comes up with an evil plan to livestream a rampage as a shortcut to infamy. Coining his evil scheme “#thelesson,” he installs a set of cameras in his car and begins streaming his deadly rides. Wildly miscalculating the popularity that would come from his lethal scheme, Kurt’s desperation grows as he tries to find a way to overcome the plan’s flaws. In the middle of all this madness, a stand-up comedian (Zamata) with her own viral agenda crosses Kurt’s path and becomes the only hope to put a stop to his misguided carnage. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … In “Haunt” (2019), starring Katie Stevens, Will Brittain and Lauryn Alisa McClain, making its Blu-ray debut this week, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are very real. Also available as photo for Cut Throat Citya two-disc Collector’s Edition with the original CD soundtrack by tomandandy, four 16” x 20” movie poster reproductions, a 16” x 20” reproduction of the haunt map, six enamel pins featuring the eerie costume masks worn by the villains in the film, four 2” x 3 ½” replica VHS box-style magnets. In a Blu-ray debut from Ronin Flix. Due October 22“Cut Throat City” (2019), starring Shameik Moore, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, Eiza Gonzalez and Ethan Hawke, is the story of four boyhood friends from New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to decimated homes, no jobs, and no help from FEMA. Out of options, they reluctantly turn to a local gangster, who offers them one shot at turning their situations around — by pulling off a dangerous heist in the heart of the city. When the job goes bad, the friends find themselves on the run, hunted by two relentless detectives and a neighborhood warlord who thinks they stole the heist money. On Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Well Go USA.

Foreign Films:

In “The Audition” (2019 — Germany/France), Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Despite the opposition of all other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a student, Alexander, in whom she detects a remarkable talent. Committed, she prepares him for the intermediate exam and neglects her family – her son Jonas, whom she brings into competition with her new student, and her husband Philippe. Her colleague photo for Sword of God (aka The Mute)Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet, but when she fails during their joint concert, the pressure mounts and she focuses all her attention on Alexander. Come the day of the exam, events take a tragic turn. From Strand Releasing … In “Sword of God (aka The Mute)” (2018 — Poland), starring Krzysztof Pieczynski, Karol Bernacki and Wiktoria Gorodecka, in the early Middle Ages, a contingent of knights embarks on a dangerous journey to spread Christianity and baptize the pagan inhabitants of an isolated village hidden deep in the mountains of a faraway island. After being shipwrecked, two survivors set out to complete their mission, but as they attempt to convert the tribe, their diverging beliefs put them at odds with each other. Soon, love is confronted with hate, peace with violence, sanity with madness, and redemption with damnation. From Film Movement.

Special Interest:

“The Captains Collection” (2019) is a four-disc Blu-ray set with four acclaimed “Star Trek” documentaries directed by William Shatner that take an in-depth look at the creation, evolution and legacy of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: “The Captains” (2011), “William Shatner’s Get a Life!” (2012), “The Captains Close Up” five-episode miniseries (2013) and “Chaos on the Bridge: The Untold Story Behind Trek’s Next Generation” (2014). Includes photo for The Captains Collectionadditional interviews, featurettes, trailers, more. A Special Edition adds a fifth disc with the feature-length documentary “William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet” (2009); a Special Edition The Captains Collection + Has Been (Splatter Vinyl) Bundle includes the five-disc Special Edition Captains Collection Blu-ray alongside William Shatner’s “Has Been” vinyl variant, featuring a green, yellow, and black splatter design and limited to 1,000 units. From Shout! Factory … The HBO series “The Plot Against America” (2020), created by “The Wire’s” David Simon and Ed Burns and based on Philip Roth’s acclaimed novel, brilliantly imagines an alternate American history during World War II. Told through the eyes of the Levins, a working-class Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, the six-part limited series charts the political rise of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, a xenophobic populist who captures the presidency in 1940 and turns the nation toward fascism. Caught in the upheaval, the Levins learn that the violence threatening the lives of photo for Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine ordinary Americans is never more than a moment’s political provocation away. Winona Ryder, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Michael Kostroff, David Krumholtz, Azhy Robertson, Caleb Malis, Jacob Laval and John Turturro star in this powerful tale of intolerance and totalitarianism. From Warner … Featuring rock music icons Alice Cooper, Kirk Hammett, Wayne Kramer, Gene Simmons, Michael Stipe, Chad Smith, Paul Stanley, Joan Jett, and influential rock critic Lester Bangs, “Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” (2020) was an Official Selection at the 2019 SXSW film festival. Capturing the messy upheaval of the 70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the documentary explores the publication’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. Exclusive early DVD release as part of Record Store Day’s third RSD Drops date, October 24. From Greenwich Entertainment). Due October 24.

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The first Japanese science fiction film to be made in color, Koji Shima’s “Warning From Space” (1956) features eye-popping special effects from the same team at Daiei Studios that would bring Gamera to life a decade later. As Japan is rocked by mysterious sightings of photo for Warning From Space UFOs over Tokyo and large one-eyed aliens attempting contact, scientists collaborate to investigate the unexpected rise in extraterrestrial activity. Unbeknownst to them, one of the aliens has already assumed human form and is about to deliver a very important message … that could be humanity’s last hope for survival. With a witty script by Hideo Oguni (screenwriter of several Akira Kurosawa classics including “Seven Samurai”) and iconic starfish-like aliens designed by avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto, the original Japanese version of “Warning From Space” finally makes its official English-language video debut. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video … Following the smash success of his first feature, “Clerks,” Kevin Smith returned with “Mallrats” (1995). Spawning a raft of characters and photo for Mallrats in-jokes that Smith would carry throughout his career, the film continued the one-of-a-kind comedic world known as the View Askewniverse. Simultaneously dumped by their girlfriends, comic book obsessive Brodie (Jason Lee) and best friend TS (Jeremy London) plan to ease the pain of their losses by taking a trip to the local mall. Amongst shoppers, they discover the mall is being used as the venue for a dating show, in which TS’s girlfriend Brandi is the star. Hatching a plan to win back their significant others, Brodie and TS enlist the help of professional delinquents Jay and Silent Bob to hijack the gameshow in a bid to win back Brandi. Meanwhile, Brodie carries out his own mission to make good his relationship with Rene (Shannen Doherty), who has attracted the attentions of his nemesis Shannon. Featuring a cast including Joey Lauren Adams and Ben Affleck, who would go on to be recurring collaborators in Smith’s movies, Mallrats celebrates its 25th Anniversary in this limited edition set boasting a brand new restoration and hours of bonus content. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video … Diahann Carroll is radiant in an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance as “Claudine” (1974), a strong-willed single mother, raising six kids in Harlem, whose budding relationship with a gregarious garbage collector (an equally fantastic James Earl Jones) is stressed by the difficulty of getting by in an oppressive system. As directed by the formerly blacklisted leftist filmmaker John Berry, this romantic comedy with a social conscience deftly balances warm humor with a serious look at the myriad issues — from cycles of poverty to the photo for CLAUDINE indignities of the welfare system — that shape its characters’ realities. The result is an empathetic chronicle of both black working-class struggle and black joy, a bittersweet, bighearted celebration of family and community set to a sunny soul soundtrack composed by Curtis Mayfield and performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … The classic “Sergeant York” (1941) makes its Blu-ray debut this week. Torn between religious pacifism and patriotism, Alvin York of Tennessee went on to become World War I’s most acclaimed hero. As the simple backwoods farm boy who captured 132 German soldiers during the Battle of Argonne, Gary Cooper (handpicked by York) also won acclaim and his first Best Actor Academy Award. Released in 1941 when the United States was on the brink of another war, this stirring adventure inspired thousands of enlisting men. Nominated for a total of 11 Oscars including Best Picture, a winner for Best Film Editing and movingly directed by Howard Hawks, it tells of a religious man’s moral crisis, heroics and subsequent return to the rural life he loved while refusing to capitalize on the adulation heaped upon him. 1080p master from 4K scan of best surviving nitrate elements. From Warner Archive.

From TV to Disc:

“Bad Mothers” (2019) is a two-disc set with all eight episodes of the alluring Aussie murder mystery that explores the underbelly of modern motherhood through the prism of four very different women as they juggle life’s big issues: love, family, careers, infidelity … and murder. Sarah’s seemingly perfect life as a local GP, loving wife and doting mother comes crashing down the moment she discovers her husband Anton is having an affair with her best friend Charlotte. Suddenly, Charlotte turns up dead, and Anton is arrested for her murder. As Sarah’s life spirals out of control, she finds unlikely support from a ragtag group of mums called “The Bad Mothers Club.” Sarah finds herself drawn into the chaotic worlds of her new friends: Danielle, the outgoing mum who needs more in her life; Bindy, the wild child party mum; and Maddie, the fierce mum battling with a difficult child and an acrimonious custody battle. There’s just one thing stopping Sarah from leaving the mess of her old life behind her: Anton swears he’s innocent. Now Sarah will have to add “detective” to her already lengthy list of jobs if she is to clear her husband’s name. From Sundance Now … photo for MASTERPIECE Mystery!: Van der Valk “MASTERPIECE Mystery!: Van der Valk” (2020) is a two-disc set with three episodes. Piet Van der Valk is an engaging, unapologetic, and street-smart detective who he leads a dynamic team in solving a raft of mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection. Brilliant, but cynical Van der Valk solves these baffling crimes in and around 21st-century Amsterdam, which is more prosperous, cosmopolitan, and crime-prone than ever. At least, that’s the way steely-eyed cop Van der Valk sees his murder-infested beat. Van der Valk and his team tackle high profile cases in the worlds of art, politics, addiction, mysticism, and fashion. From PBS Distribution … “Vikings: Season 6 Vol. 1” (2019-20) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes. Season six returns following the battle between brothers, which has left Bjorn victorious and a hero to the people who have been under the tyrannical rule of Ivar for so long. As the new leader of Kattegat, Bjorn struggles to fill his late father’s shoes as king, while facing several dilemmas and wrestling with the idea that power overshadows morals. Meanwhile, Ivar, searching for a new path to separate him from his past, is seen traveling along The Silk Road, eventually leading him to Russia. He meets his match in Prince Oleg , a ruthless and unpredictable Russian ruler, who shocks even Ivar with his merciless actions. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Night Terror” (1989), starring Guy Ecker, Monique Swanson and Jeff Keel, is an anthology of bad dreams making its debut on DVD for the first time worldwide, newly transferred from its original video master. A confused and frightened young man struggles to discern dream from reality as he stumbles between the confines of a mental institution and a trilogy of menacing visions. A Lothario’s luck runs out when he catfishes a co-worker’s date. A greedy investor reaps the whirlwind when he attempts to turn a beloved amusement park into a shopping mall. A trio of delinquent drug dealers enrages the unlikely guardians of a mom and pop toy shop. From Massacre Video … In “The Doorman” (2020), starring Ruby Rose, Jean Reno and Rupert Evans, a former Marine turned doorman (Rose) at a luxury New York City high-rise must outsmart and battle a group of art thieves and their ruthless leader (Reno) — while struggling to protect her sister’s family. As the thieves become increasingly desperate and violent, the doorman calls upon her deadly fighting skills to end the showdown. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … photo for Broil In “Broil” (2020), starring Jonathan Lipnicki, Avery Konrad, Lochlyn Munro and Timothy V. Murphy, after a violent incident with a school nemesis, 17-year-old Chance Sinclair (Konrad) is sent to live with her draconian grandfather (Timothy V. Murphy) at his lavish estate, where she soon uncovers a dangerous ancient family secret. Suddenly caught between warring factions of the family, her only hope for survival may well come from a killer-for-hire (Lipnicki) with a fortuitous stroke of culinary genius. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Well Go USA … In “Death Laid an Egg – Special Edition” (1968 — Italy), starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ewa Aulin and Gina Lollobrigida, a love triangle develops between three people who run a high tech chicken farm. It involves Anna (who owns the farm), her husband Marco (who kills prostitutes in his spare time) and Gabriella (the very beautiful secretary). Marco continues to kill as jealousy becomes more prevalent on the farm. Trintignant stars as a married man and suspected serial killer,Lollobrigida as is his delectable yet overly domineering careerist wife, and Swedish blonde bombshell Ewa Aulin is his murderous double-crossing mistress in this mystery thriller. This Special Edition includes the Director’s Cut, alongside the alternate International giallo “Plucked” version, both in fully restored 2K HD transfers. On Blu-ray from Cult Epics … After every priest trained in exorcisms die in a terrorist attack, Joan Campbell (Rachele Brooke Smith) must battle a demon from her past that, this time, possesses her sister in “The Last Exorcist” (2020), also starring Terri Ivens, Danny Trejo, and Cate Jones. From Uncork’d Entertainment … photo for EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” (2019) is a sequel and epilogue to the television series “Breaking Bad,” which followed chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) partnering with a former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to become kingpins in the production of crystal meth in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. This thriller was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad.” In a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Steelbook from Sony … Hiding out with his son Taylor on the Mexican coast, Nero (Adkins) hopes to put his violent Special Forces career behind him in “Seized” (2020), starring Scott Adkins, Mario Van Peebles and Steven Elder. But after Nero’s home is attacked and Taylor is abducted, the mysterious Mzamo (Van Peebles) orders Nero to slaughter the members of three rival crime syndicates. If he fails, Taylor will die. With bullets flying and bodies dropping, Nero must now complete his mission — and find Mzamo’s hideout, to exact his revenge. From Lionsgate … Did European aristocrat Claus von Bulow (Jeremy Irons) try to murder his wife, Sunny (Glenn Close), at their luxurious Newport mansion in 1980? Tabloids of the day had their opinions. “You have one thing in your favor,” defense attorney Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) told von Bulow. “Everybody hates you.” Directed by Barbet Schroeder (“Single White Female”) and based on Dershowitz’s book, “Reversal Of Fortune” (1990), making its Blu-ray debut this week, is the acclaimed filmization of events that had all of America talking. From Warner Archive … photo for Friday The 13th Collection (Deluxe Edition) Blu-ray “Friday the 13th Collection (Deluxe Edition) Blu-ray” is the definitive Blu-ray collection released in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original and groundbreaking 1980 film “Friday the 13th.” The 16-disc set includes all 12 original films from Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema. It also includes new extras, a new collectible rigid slipcover with newly-commissioned art, a new 40-page collectible essay booklet with archival still photography, and new 4K film transfers for Parts 1-4, with Part 3 in its original 3D presentation. Additionally, each film comes with a dedicated Blu-ray case featuring original theatrical artwork. The 12 films included: “Friday the 13th” (1980) (theatrical and uncut versions on two discs), “Friday the 13th Part 2” (1981), “Friday the 13th Part 3” (1982), “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” (1984), “Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning” (1985), “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives” (1986), “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood” (1988), “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan” (1989), “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday” (theatrical and unrated versions on two discs)(1993), “Jason X” (2001), “Freddy vs. Jason” (2003) and “Friday the 13th” (Remake) (2009). Plus two discs of new and vintage bonus features. From Scream Factory.

On the Indie Front:

In “Carmilla” (2019 — UK), isolated from the outside world, 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) lives in seclusion on a vast country estate with her father and strict governess Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). Late one evening, a mysterious carriage crash brings a young girl into their home to recuperate. Lara immediately becomes enchanted by this strange visitor who arouses her curiosity and awakens her burgeoning desires. This atmospheric, eerie coming-of-age tale is inspired by the 1872 Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, who crafted the story of “Carmilla” 25 years before Bram Stoker put the supernatural story of Count Dracula on the page. From Film Movement.

For the Family:

“DC Showcase — Batman: Death in the Family” (2020) features five fascinating tales from the iconic DC canon, anchored by an extended version of 1988’s “Batman: Death in the Family.” This version is Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by the viewer’s remote control — offering many different ways for viewers to tell the story, with numerous twists and turns in the middle, and several possible endings. In the new animated presentation, the infamous murder of Batman protégé Jason Todd will be undone, and the destinies of Batman, Robin and The Joker will play out in shocking new ways as viewers make multiple choices to control the story. Inspired by characters and stories from DC’s portfolio, the 2019-2020 series of shorts – which have been individually included on DC Universe Movies releases since Summer 2019 – include: “Sgt. Rock,” “Adam Strange,” “Death” and “The Phantom Stranger.” Read more here. On Blu-ray from Warner … “Space Ghost & Dino Boy: The Complete Series” (1966-67) is a two-disc set showcasing the episodes in the three-segment form as they originally aired. First, intergalactic policeman Space Ghost navigates the cosmos in his tricked-out spaceship The Phantom Cruiser, battling villains like Brak and Zorak with his legendary suit and powerful wristbands. Then, Dino Boy teams with caveman Ugh and dinosaur Bronty to go primeval on the ancient menaces of their primitive home. And finally, Space Ghost flies again with more extraterrestrial adventures and thrilling takedowns. This dynamite compilation also features the dynamic six-part Space Ghost episode The Council of Doom. On Blu-ray from Warner.

Special Interest:

The documentary “Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World” (2018) follows the rise of the collective known as Bellingcat, a group of online researchers – all private citizens – dedicated to exposing the truth behind controversial news stories from around the world. From the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine to the poisoning of a Russian spy in England, the Bellingcat team’s quest for truth brings clarity and accountability to our era of fake news and alternative facts. Bellingcat uses cutting-edge digital techniques and crowdsourcing to create a faster, more innovative approach than traditional journalism. For the first time, the group gave exclusive access to filmmakers – allowing us to see the inner workings as they demonstrate the power of open source investigation and put networks, newspapers and governments to the test. From First Run Features … photo for House of Cardin “House of Cardin” (2019): Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature but few know the man behind the larger than life label. This documentary is a rare peek into the mind of a genius, an authorized feature documentary chronicling the life and design of legendary French designer Pierre Cardin. Originally renowned in the 50s and 60s for pioneering outrageously trendy ready-to-wear fashions, this documentary traces his origins as an apprentice all the way through to his current position atop a fashion empire. Features interviews with Cardin and with associates, models, and customers including Sharon Stone, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alice Cooper, Naomi Campbell, Phillipe Starck and Dionne Warwick. This Collector’s Edition features nearly two hours of bonus material including rarities from Cardin’s archives and extra interview footage along with a CD of the soundtrack and 16-page booklet. From Altered Innocence.

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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