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Sep 172018
 

From the Big Screen:

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

“My Man Godfrey” (1936): Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy, directed by Gregory La Cava — a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and Depression-era social critique. Irene (Lombard), an photo for My Man Godfreyeccentric Manhattan socialite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding one of the “items” on the list, a “lost man” (Powell), at a dump. She gives the man she believes to be a down-and-out drifter work as the family butler, and soon falls head over heels in love. Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the dysfunctional ways of the household make for an unbeatable series of madcap hijinks. La Cava’s deft film was the first to garner Oscar nominations in all four acting categories, and it is one of Hollywood’s greatest commentaries on class and the social unrest of its time. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … “The Hired Hand” (1971): Having been at the forefront of America’s here-and-now with “Easy Rider” and the counterculture movies of Roger Corman, Peter Fonda retreated to the past and the American West for his directorial debut. Fonda photo for The Hired Handplays Harry, a man who deserted his wife and child to explore the wide-open plains with his best friend Archie (Warren Oates). “Tired of the life,” he decides to finally return home in order to rekindle his marriage and reacquaint himself with his daughter. Scripted by Alan Sharp, shot by Vilmos Zsigmond and with a standout score by folk musician Bruce Langhorne, “The Hired Hand” is a beautiful, elegiac picture that ranks alongside “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” as one of the finest Westerns the seventies had to offer. Co-stars Verna Bloom. On Blu-ray from Arrow Academy … “Horrors of Malformed Men” (1968 — Japan): Cult director Teruo Ishii presents a nightmarish, hallucinogenic tale drawn from the feverish pen of Japan’s celebrated pioneer ofero-guro (“erotic grotesque”) literature, Edogawa Rampo. Medical student Hirosuke Hitomi slips out of the asylum in which he has been wrongfully confined and stealthily assumes the identity of a recently deceased nobleman with whom he bears an uncanny resemblance. Hirosuke eases his way into photo for Horrors of Malformed Men the nobleman’s household and his dead double’s marital bed. But as long-repressed memories begin to bubble to the surface, he soon finds himself drawn to a remote isle where he is confronted by a mad scientist and his malformed men, and discovers the key that will unlock some long-suppressed mysteries of his own. A dark labyrinth of the monstrous and perverse that fuses mystery and horror while incorporating motifs from a myriad of Rampo’s tales, “Horrors of Malformed Men” boasts astonishing carnivalesque art design and haunting performances. Withdrawn from cinemas by its own studio after its original scandalous release nearly 50 years ago, the film is among the very best screen interpretations of the author’s macabre brand of horror-fantasy fiction, and a unique oddity of Japanese cult cinema. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video … “The Pyjama Girl Case” (1977): Throughout the late 1960s and into the 70s, the Italian giallo movement transported viewers to the far corners of the globe, from swinging San Francisco to Soviet-occupied Prague. Only one, however, brought the genre’s unique brand of bloody mayhem as far as Australia: director Flavio Mogherini’s tragic and poetic “The Pyjama Girl Case.” The body of a young woman is found on the beach, shot in the head, burned to hide her identity and dressed in distinctive yellow pyjamas. With the Sydney police stumped, former Inspector Timpson (Ray Milland) comes out of retirement to crack the case. Treading where the “real” detectives can’t, Timpson doggedly pieces together the photo for The Pyjama Girl Case sad story of Dutch immigrant Glenda Blythe (Dalila Di Lazzaro) and the unhappy chain of events that led to her grisly demise. Inspired by the real-life case which baffled the Australian police and continues to spark controversy and unanswered questions to this day, “The Pyjama Girl Case” is a uniquely haunting latter-day giallo from the tail end of the genre’s boom period. Co-stars Michele Placido, Howard Ross. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video … “The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 3 (1968-69)” includes 22 Pink Panther cartoon from 1968 to 1969. By the end of the 1960s, The Pink Panther had achieved the status of iconic cartoon character, and the cosmopolitan cat left his big-city habitat and began crossing into more universal comedy settings: a military base (“G.I. Pink”), caveman times (“Prehistoric Pink” and “Extinct Pink”) and Olde England (“Pink Valiant” and “Pinkcome Tax”). But the panther never completely changed his stripes. In color-splashed urban landscapes (a hallmark of the DePatie-Freleng studios), the sublime feline continued to engage in duels of wits-with the establishment “Little Man” as well as the occasional inanimate object (a cuckoo clock in “In The Pink of the Night”). On DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

From TV to Disc:

“An American Murder Mystery Collection” (2016-17) is a three-disc set collection of murder mystery documentaries. Through riveting interviews and real-life footage, this collection reopens the files of seven sensational cases that captivated the nation. Explore the mysteries of Casey Anthony, Scott Peterson, JonBenét Ramsey, Jodi Arias, Chandra Levy, and Natalie Wood in this compelling set that delivers stunning revelations from beginning to end. From Lionsgate … “Fahrenheit 451” (2018) stars Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon in a TV remake of the famous 1966 François Truffaut classic (and Ray Bradbury novel). photo for Fahrenheit 451 Imagine a society where books are outlawed and “firemen” have been tasked to burn and destroy any remaining literature, erasing history right before our eyes. Based on Ray Bradbury’s classic sci-fi novel of the same name, the thought-provoking parable depicts a frighteningly plausible future where media is an opiate, history is purged and dissent is outlawed. The dystopian thriller centers on Montag (Jordan), a young fireman who forsakes his world and struggles to regain his humanity as he battles his mentor, fire captain Beatty (Shannon). On DVD, Blu-ray, from HBO … “The Looming Tower” (2018) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the Hulu series that chronicles the events that led to the deadliest terrorist attacks ever to take place on American soil. The series traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how at the time, the FBI and the CIA may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington D.C., the counter terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information. Adapted from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Lawrence Wright. Stars Jeff Daniels, Peter Sarsgaard, Tahar Rahim, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bill Camp, Wrenn Schmidt. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “Madam Secretary: Season Four” (2017-18) is a six-disc set with 22 episodes. It’s never politics as usual for Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni). In Season 4, McCord faces everything from international issues to personal upheavals. Whether she’s being accused of murdering a foreign diplomat, trying to contain a smallpox outbreak, or sending her daughter off to college, there s no crisis she can’t handle. Her husband, CIA Agent Henry (Tim Daly), stirs controversy by recruiting a former member of the Russian military to work for the Agency. She continues to advise President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine), even as she goes toe-to-toe with the White House Chief of Staff Russell Jackson (Zeljko Ivanek). photo for Madam Secretary: Season Four Navigating the complicated twists and turns of the D.C. machine gets even more challenging when loyal State Department insider Nadine Tolliver (Bebe Neuwirth) decides to retire. From CBS/Paramount … “Supergirl: The Complete Third Season” (2017-18) includes all 23 episodes. In Season Three, Kara Danvers grapples with the sacrifices she’s made personally while saving National City as Supergirl. She even considers covering up her human identity altogether. As Kara struggles with her path forward, she continues to work with Hank Henshaw and her sister, Alex, at the Department of Extranormal Operations to battle all threats to National City, including new villains Morgan Edge, and the “Worldkiller,” known as Reign. In five-disc DVD, four-disc Blu-ray sets, from Warner … “The X-Files Season 11” (2018): The next chapter of “The –X-Files” is a three-disc, 10-episode installment of the classic, mind-bending series. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, investigating unsolved cases rife with government conspiracies, unexplainable mysteries, and alien cover-ups. Mulder and Scully’s pursuit of the truth continues with a search for their long-lost son, William. But they aren’t the only ones looking for him; dark forces gather, and the very fate of the world could be at stake. One thing is certain: secrets will be revealed… and the truth may finally be within reach. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Fox.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Damsel” (2017), starring Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Forster, Samuel Alabaster (Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Wasikowska). As his group traverses the West, not everything goes quite as planned, and the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain, and photo for Siberia damsel. From Lionsgate … In “Siberia” (2018), starring Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Dmitry Chepovetsky, James Gracie and Eugene Lipinski, U.S. diamond merchant Lucas Hill (Reeves), in Russia to sell rare jewels to a businessman with underworld connections, falls into a torrid affair with Katya (Ularu), a local café owner. When the deal suddenly goes south, Lucas and Katya are caught in a deadly crossfire between the buyer and Russian agents, as Lucas takes up arms in a furious fight to save Katya and himself. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In the gospel-driven drama “Saving Faith” (2018), starring Donny Richmond, Jenn Gotzon, Jim Chandler, Henry Cho, Amy Grant, Vince Gill and Victoria Jackson, poor Faith is ready to give up hope. Her struggling small-town theater is about to get foreclosed by the bank — when her charming Uncle Donny convinces his famous friends to play live and save the business. But when a local developer decides to sabotage the concert, it’ll take a miracle to make the show go on. From Lionsgate … In “The ToyBox” (2018), starring Denise Richards, Mischa Barton, Jeff Denton and Brian Nagel, Jennifer (Richards) and her family go on a summer road trip in a used RV with her husband’s estranged father and brother. Along the way, they find Samantha (Barton) and her brother, broken down on the side of the highway. After driving into the middle of nowhere, the RV takes on a mind of its own, crashing and stranding them in the scorching and isolated desert. Little by little, the unsuspecting group of travelers is blindsided by the terrible secrets within the walls of the RV and find themselves fighting to survive. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Skyline Entertainment/Uncork’d Entertainment … photo for Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum Based on the local legends and stories of people who’ve visited the real-life abandoned hospital, the horror thriller “Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum” (2018 — South Korea) follows the crew of a horror web show who plan to stream live from inside the asylum. To attract more viewers, the show’s host arranges some scares for the team, but as they move further into the nightmarish old building, they begin to encounter much more than expected. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Well Go USA … In “Lost Child” (2018), starring Leven Rambin, Jim Parrack, Taylor John-Smith and Landon Edwards, Army veteran Fern, suffering from PTSD, returns home to the Ozarks to look for her estranged brother, only to discover an abandoned boy lurking in the woods behind her childhood home. After taking in the boy, she searches for clues to his identity, and discovers the local folklore about a malevolent, life-draining spirit that comes in the form of a child; the Tatterdemalion. From Breaking Glass Pictures … There’s three horror film Blu-ray debuts this week: In “Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead” (1994), starring A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm, The Tall Man is back with a vengeance. Fifteen years after the original horror classic, writer-director Don Coscarelli reunites brothers Mike and Jody to help their friend Reggie destroy The Tall Man (Scrimm) once and for all. Is the photo for Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead BLU-RAY DEBUT ultimate of evil any match for a bald, former ice cream vendor with a 70 Hemicuda and a four-barrel shotgun? An insane sequel packed with violence and gore galore that takes the Phantasm series to a whole new dimension. From Well Go USA … In “Phantasm IV: Oblivion” (1996), Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) has once again escaped from the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) who had begun to transform him. Leaving Reggie (Reggie Bannister) and his spherical brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), he travels through various dimensions and time in order to discover more about his nemesis and find out what really happened the night his brother died. Also from Well Go USA … Terror invades an upper-class New York community as 17-year old Christie Cromwell cleverly uncovers her stepfather’s horrifying plot to murder her wealthy mother in “Scream for Help” (1984), starring Rachael Kelly, Marie Masters and David Allen Brooks. She’s on to him, yet no one will believe her because she’s just a kid: smart, imaginative, maybe she’s just taken a crazy idea to the limit. Suspense builds when a series of shocking events confirms her worst fears. Alone, afraid and helpless, terrified Christie and her mother are held prisoner in their own home at the mercy of ruthless killers. New 2K scan from the original film elements, from Scream Factory.

Special Interest:

“Nana” (2016) is the story of an Auschwitz survivor who spent her life fighting intolerance. Born in Poland, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant survived Ravensbruck, Malchow and Auschwitz, where she was the forced translator for the “Angel of Death,” Josef Mengele. Maryla dedicated her life after the war to publicly speaking about her survival to younger generations. Directed by her 25-year-old granddaughter, “Nana” documents Serena’s journey with her mother Alice as they retrace her grandmother’s story. They explore how Maryla’s outspoken activism continues today, in a world where survivors are disappearing, and intolerance, racism and antisemitism are on the rise. From First Run Features … Available for the first time at retail on any format, the Four Hall of Fame Ceremonies featured (2010-2013) in “Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Concert: Encore” (2018), include 44 iconic performances from inductees such as Genesis, The Stooges, The Hollies, Tom photo for Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert: Encore Waits, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, Freddie King, Donovan, Small Faces/Faces, Heart, rare artist collaborations and more. Each year, the Rock & 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 singular 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. Highlights include Alice Cooper ripping into ferocious versions of “Eighteen” and “Under My Wheels” before closing the set with Rob Zombie on “School’s Out,” “The Hurdy Gurdy Man” Donovan is joined onstage by John Mellencamp for a chilling performance of “Season of the Witch,” complete HOF induction speeches including Don Henley inducting Randy Newman, Neil Young inducting Tom Waits and many more. Four-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray, Due Sept. 21, from Time Life … When Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs met at Columbia University in the 1940s, they spawned a movement, then called the Beats, that set precedents for the political, hippie and spiritual movements of the 1960s and 70s. “The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation” (1999), a comprehensive portrait of the Beat Generation, includes interviews with virtually every surviving figure from this period. Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper and John Turturro perform dramatized readings of works by Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg. The Source is the definitive film portrait of the Beat Generation and the countercultural movements that followed, directed with flair by Academy Award- winner Chuck Workman. From Kino Lorber.

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 112018
 

From the Big Screen:

“Ocean’s Eight” and “SuperFly.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Best Bets:

Long unavailable, Olivier Assayas’s deeply felt coming-of-age drama “Cold Water” (1994) has until now been a missing link in one of contemporary cinema’s richest bodies of work. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of photo for Cold Water teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose rebellions against family and society threaten to tear them apart. The visceral realism of the movie’s narrative and the near experimentalism of its camera work come together effortlessly thanks to a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period. With one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film as a centerpiece, “Cold Water” is a heartbreaking immersion in the emotional tumult of being young. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. From The Criterion Collection … Four decades into an already legendary career, Terrence Malick realized his most photo for The Tree of Life rapturous vision to date, “The Tree of Life” (2011), tracing a story of childhood, wonder, and grief to the outer limits of time and space. Reaching back to the dawn of creation, Malick sets a story of boyhood memories on a universal scale, charting the coming of age of an awestruck child (newcomer Hunter McCracken) in Texas in the 1950s, as he learns to navigate the extremes of nature and grace represented by his bitter, often tyrannical father (Brad Pitt) and his ethereal, nurturing mother (Jessica Chastain, in her breakout role). Shot with nimble attention to life’s most fleeting moments by Emmanuel Lubezki, the Palme d’Or-winning “The Tree of Life” marks the intimately personal, cosmically ambitious culmination of Malick’s singular approach to filmmaking. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. New extended version of the film featuring an additional 50 minutes of footage. From The Criterion Collection.

From TV to Disc:

“The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season” (2017-18) is a two-disc set with all 24 episodes. Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists – geniuses in the laboratory but socially challenged everywhere else. Insert beautiful, street-smart neighbor Penny, who endeavors to teach them a thing or two about the “real” world. Despite their on-again, off-again relationship history, Leonard and Penny have tied the knot. Even Sheldon has entered into a “Relationship Agreement” with neurobiologist Amy, and he recently took their relationship to the next level by proposing marriage. Will the possibility of domestic bliss alter the chemistry between these two extreme achievers? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “The Watcher in the Woods” (2017), starring Anjelica Huston, Tallulah Evans, Nicholas Galitzine, Dixie Egerickx and Rufus Wright, is Lifetime’s reimagining of the ’80s cult classic film. When Jan Carstairs and her family rent a manor in the idyllic British countryside, the owner, Mrs. Aylwood, notices that Jan bears a striking resemblance to her daughter, Karen, who disappeared over 20 years ago. Mrs. Aylwood warns Jan to stay out of the surrounding woods, and when strange occurrences unnerve the family, Jan suspects they are linked to what happened to Karen. As Jan begins to unravel the truth, she and her little sister, Ellie, may not be able to escape The Watcher in the Woods. From Lionsgate.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“Goldstone” (2016 — Australia), starring Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, photo for GoldstoneJacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil and Cheng Pei-Pei, is a noir thriller set in the Outback. Indigenous Detective Jay Swan (Pedersen) arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons inquiry. What seems like a simple investigation opens a web of crime, corruption, trampling of indigenous people’s land rights, and human trafficking. Jay must pull his life together and bury his differences with young local cop Josh (Russell), so together they can bring justice to Goldstone. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lightyear Entertainment.

Foreign Films:

“The Guardians” (2017 — France), starring Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin and Nicolas Giraud, is the story of the Paridier family and their farm in the French countryside, where life revolves around everyday chores that service the farm’s seasonal cycle of planting and harvesting. With the breakout of World War I in 1915, the women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of family matriarch Hortense (Nathalie Baye), must grapple with the workload while the men, including Hortense’s two sons, are at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter, Solange (Laura Smet, Baye’s real-life daughter). New tools and technology allow the women to triumph over the land and newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred, especially when the men return on short leaves. Regardless, it is the Paridier women who are the “guardians” of their land and its traditions. Adapted from Ernest Pérochon’s 1924 novel. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Music Box Films.

For the Family:

“Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost” (2018) is an all-new original animated film featuring celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurnetiis and Marcus Samuelsson. Scooby-Doo and the gang of teen sleuths go on an adventure to New England, where they investigate the haunting of a historic colonial inn that’s been turned into a state-of-the-art, culinary resort. From Warner.

Special Interest:

Experience a year in the life of a surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean in “Between Land and Sea” (2016 — Ireland). Set against the backdrop of Ireland’s stunning west coast, this documentary — at times intimate, at times epic — embeds itself within Irish surf town Lahinch’s passionate surfing photo for Between Land and Sea community. Following this dedicated group of diehards who want their local waves to be known around the world, this observational documentary combines exhilarating footage with insightful, moving and often humorous portraits of the ocean-going natives of County Clare. Features some of the best surfers on the Emerald Isle, with a cameo by Hawaiian legend Shane Dorian. From Film Movement … Welcome to Grey Gardens … as you’ve never seen it before. Three years before Albert and David Maysles’ landmark documentary introduced the world to Edith and Edie Beale — the unforgettable mother and daughter (and Jackie O. relatives) living in a decaying dream world on Long Island — renowned photographer Peter Beard chronicled life at their crumbling estate during the summer of 1972 in “That Summer” (2017). For the first time, director Göran Olsson assembles this long-lost footage — featuring glimpses of luminaries like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Truman Capote — into a one-of-a-kind family portrait bursting with the loving squabbles, quotable bon mots and impromptu musical numbers that would make Big and Little Edie beloved cultural icons. From IFC Films… Leon Vitali was a rising British television actor when Stanley Kubrick picked him for the role of Lord Bullingdon in “Barry Lyndon.” That first encounter with the famed auteur proved decisive — he swiftly resolved to devote the rest of his life working for the director, this time behind the scenes, and took on just about every job available: casting director, acting coach, location scout, sound engineer, color corrector, A.D., promoter, and photo for Filmworker eventually restorer of Kubrick’s films. Tony Zierra’s affecting documentary “Filmworker” (2017) enthusiastically recounts Vitali’s days with the notoriously meticulous, volatile and obsessive director. The experiences brought both tremendous sacrifice and glowing pride. “Filmworker” celebrates the invisible hands that shape masterpieces, reminding us that behind every great director, there is a Leon Vitali. From Kino Lorber … What do you get when you cross a dispossessed drug dealer, his derelict companions, a “warrior” who talks to spirits, a virgin prostitute and the gritty underbelly of Medellín? You get “Mambo Cool” (2013 — Columbia), the debut feature documentary from anthropologist-cum-filmmaker Chris Gude. Confronting displacement, sickness, and cultural decay in the back alleys of a claustrophobic city — Medellin — filled with hustle and bustle, these down-and-out denizens struggle to survive on their own terms in this experimental documentary blending fine-art cinematography by Jose Ignacio Pardo and Felipe Loaiza with melancholic street music by David Oquendo. With hypnotically naturalistic performances, meandering storylines infused with impromptu salsa music and addictive cinematography, Gude — who fixed his gaze on the indigents in Medellín where he lived and worked for several years — illuminates this gritty world by matchlight. From IndiePix … “Revolution: New Art for a New World” (2016 — UK/Russia) is a feature-length documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde movement. Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers, as well as personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, this compelling documentary tells the stories of iconic artists such as Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich — pioneers who flourished in response to the Utopian challenge of photo for Revolution: New Art for a New Worldbuilding a “New Art for a New World,” only to be broken after 15 short years by Stalin’s rise to power. Yet their inventive paintings, sculptures and posters miraculously survived and continue to exert a lasting influence to this day. Features paintings previously banned and unseen for decades. From Film Movement … Directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney and Emmy-winner Blair Foster and narrated by Jeff Daniels, “Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge” (2016 chronicles the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture. This six-part HBO Documentary special offers the unique perspective of a celebrated magazine that always understood that rock ‘n’ roll was more than just music — it was a cultural force that helped shape America and defined generations. An exhilarating visual and musical experience of the magazine’s history, the series features performances by a dazzling array of artists, including The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Ice-T, and music from some of the cultural icons it heralded, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac and Chance the Rapper. In the process, it also showcases the superb, groundbreaking work of its writers, spotlighting Rolling Stone’s impact on society and providing an engrossing inside look at how the magazine helped shape the zeitgeist and has endured for a half-century. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Shout! Factory.

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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