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From the Big Screen:

“The Equalizer 2,” “Peppermint,” “Smallfoot” and “Colette.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Highlights:

There’s a bevy of classic films due out this week, starting out with the fabulous collection, “De Palma & De Niro: The Early Films (Limited Edition).”
In 1963, Robert De Niro stepped in front of a movie camera for the first time. The resulting film, a low-budget black and white comedy called “The Wedding Party,” would take three years to complete, and another three years to be released, but it would also establish a hugely important working relationship for the aspiring actor. One of the filmmakers, long before he became synonymous with suspense photo for De Palma & De Niro: The Early Films (Limited Edition)thanks to “Carrie”, “Dressed to Kill” and other classics, was Brian De Palma. He and De Niro would team up again in the next few years for two more comedies, both with a countercultural bent. “Greetings”, the first to receive an X certificate in the United States, is a freewheeling satire focusing on a trio of twentysomething friends — a conspiracy theorist, a filmmaker, and a voyeur played by De Niro — as they try to avoid the Vietnam War draft. “Hi, Mom!”, originally named “Son of Greetings,” returns to De Niro’s voyeur, now an aspiring maker of adult films, for another humorous glimpse at late-sixties society, this time turning its attentions to experimental theater, cinéma vérité, the African American experience, and the white middle classes. Brought together for the first time — and each newly restored by Arrow Films especially for this release — these three films offer a fascinating insight into the early careers of two of American cinema’s major talents. New restoration from a 2K scan of “The Wedding Party” from the original film negative; new restoration from a 2K scan of “Greetings” and “Hi, Mom!” from original film materials. Original uncompressed mono soundtracks. On Blu-ray, from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … From Arrow Video’s US sister label, Arrow Academy, comes photo for The Apartment “The Apartment.” In 1960, following the success of their collaboration on “Some Like it Hot,” director Billy Wilder reteamed with actor Jack Lemmon for what many consider the pinnacle of their respective careers: “The Apartment.” C.C. Bud Baxter (Lemmon) is a lowly Manhattan office drone with a lucrative sideline in renting out his apartment to adulterous company bosses and their mistresses. When Bud enters into a similar arrangement with the firm s personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), his career prospects begin to look up … and up. But when he discovers that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the girl of his dreams, he finds himself forced to choose between his career and the woman he loves … . Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, “The Apartment” features a wealth of Hollywood’s finest talent on both sides of the camera at the top of their game. By turns cynical, heart-warming and hilarious, Wilder’s masterpiece now shines like never before in this all-new, 4K-restored edition from the original camera negative, with original uncompressed PCM mono audio. On Blu-ray … MVD Entertainment has on hand a new pressing of photo for Maniac “Maniac” (1980), in a three-disc limited edition (two Blu-rays, soundtrack CD) 4K restoration from the original camera negative, packaged with a 3D lenticular slipcover — only 10,000 available. Frank Zito (a career performance by writer-executive producer Joe Spinell of “Rocky” and “The Godfather” fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of “The Spy Who Loved Me”), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a Maniac. Directed by William Lustig and featuring landmark gore effects by Tom Savini, this relentlessly shocking and disturbing film was originally banned or censored all over the world due to its graphic violence. Now Blue Underground is thrilled to present MANIAC in a brand-new 4K Restoration from its recently discovered 16mm original camera negative, overflowing with hours of new and archival extras.

From The Criterion Collection there’s photo for A Dry White Season “A Dry White Season” (1989). With this bracing drama, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indictment of South Africa’s racist government — and made history in the process, becoming the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. White schoolteacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland) lives in Johannesburg and remains blissfully incurious about the lives of his black countrymen until a wave of brutal repression comes crashing down on his gardener (Winston Ntshona), bringing Du Toit face-to-face with harsh political realities. Based on a celebrated novel by André Brink and rooted in the first-hand research the Martinican Palcy did in South Africa into the way black people lived under apartheid, “A Dry White Season” is unflinching in its depiction of violence and its chronicling of injustice, making for a galvanizing tribute to those willing to sacrifice everything to fight oppression. On DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray … and photo for Forty Guns “Forty Guns” (1957). Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck saddled up with writer-director Samuel Fuller for the pulp maestro’s most audacious Western, a boldly feminist spin on the genre that pivots effortlessly between ribald humor, visceral action, and disarming tenderness. High-riding rancher Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) commands a 40-strong posse of cowboys, ruling Cochise County, Arizona, without challenge. When U.S. marshal Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers arrive in town with a warrant for one of her hired guns, Jessica begins to fall for the lawman even as he chips away at her authority. With astonishing black-and-white CinemaScope photography, hard-boiled dialogue laced with double entendres, and a fiery performance by Stanwyck at her most imperious, “Forty Guns” is a virtuoso display of Fuller’s sharpshooting talents. On DVD, Blu-ray, with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. .

From TV to Disc:

“Instinct: Season One” (2018) is a four-disc set with all 13 episodes. Alan Cumming stars as Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. He is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when tenacious top NYPD detective photo for Lizzie Needham appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case and comes out of retirement. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts. On DVD from CBS/Paramount … “Nathan For You” (2013-17) is a nine-disc set with all 30 episodes of Comedy Central’s series. Comedian Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit. But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan’s genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for. On DVD from Paramount … photo for Our Cartoon President: Season One with World Class Amenities “Our Cartoon President: Season One with World Class Amenities” (2018) is a three-disc set with 18 episodes. From executive producer Stephen Colbert comes a caricature of a president without character in an animated series that goes straight for the heartless. Go inside the revolving door that is Trump’s inner circle for an unfiltered free-for-all even Canadian healthcare would be proud of. From the president’s attempt to “win” the State of the Union to the army of Trump impersonators employed to comfort disaster victims, it’s the kind of rampant absurdity that can only be matched by the day-to-day reality of Trump’s America. On DVD from CBS/Paramount.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Christmas Blood” (2017 — Norway), starring Stig Henrik Hoff, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen, Truls Svendsen and Marte Sæteren, a psychopath dressed in a Santa Claus suit has been terrorizing Norway for the past 13 years. For as soon as the caroling starts, this demented Kris Kringle dispenses bloody ax blows regardless of whether you’ve been bad or good. As the holiday approaches on one snow-covered town filled with revelers, a pair of detectives work against time to find and photo for Christmas Blood arrest the bearded serial killer. Will they manage to stop this demented St. Nick before he kills again? From Artsploitation Films … “Lizzie” (2018), starring Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw and Kim Dickens, is a chilling reimagining of the Lizzie Borden murder case that reveals the many layers of the strange and fragile Lizzie Borden, who stood accused of the infamous 1892 axe murder of her family in Fall River, Massachusetts. An unmarried woman of 32 and a social outcast, Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) lives a claustrophobic life under her father’s cold and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart), a young maid, comes to work for the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit — and a secret intimacy soon blossoms into a wicked plan. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In “Deadman Standing” (2018), starring Luke Arnold, C. Thomas Howell, Richard Riehle and M.C. Gainey, a sheriff, a madam, and a dying boy risk their lives to save a troubled town in a bloodcurdling true tale of the Wild West. On DVD from Lionsgate … In “Death House” (2018), starribng a coterie of horror photo for Death Houseveterans, including Cody Longo, Cortney Palm, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Berryman, Barbara Crampton, Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, Lloyd Kaufman, Bill Moseley, Tony Todd and Dee Wallace. a power breakdown during an exclusive tour inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors while being pursued by a ruthless army of roaming inmates. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings is their only chance for survival. On DVD from Cleopatra Entertainment … Bella Thorne stars in the spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller “I Still See You” (2018). Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with Kirk, a mysterious classmate, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of the living and the dead — and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer. Co-stars Richard Harmon and Dermot Mulroney. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … The fantasy epic that smashed box office records in Korea reaches its thrilling climax with “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds” (2017 — South Korea), starring Ha Jung-woo, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Hyang-gi and Lee Jung-jae. As the deceased soul Su-hong and his three afterlife guardians face the remaining trials to obtain their reincarnation, the guardians come face to face with the buried truth of their tragic time on earth a photo for River Runs Red thousand years ago, culminating in a final battle with a rogue god. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Well Go USA … In “River Runs Red” (2018), starring Taye Diggs, George Lopez, John Cusack, Luke Hemsworth and Gianni Capaldi, respected Judge Charles Coleman (Diggs) and his wife have devoted their lives to law enforcement. The two are thrilled when their son is accepted into the police academy, but everything changes when he is shot by two corrupt cops and the official investigation finds no wrongdoing. After his trusted friend detective Horace (Cusack) finds evidence to the contrary, Charles joins forces with an anguished mechanic (Lopez) whose son was killed by the same cops and together they take the law into their own hands.On DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, from Cinedigm … In “Await Further Instructions” (2018 — UK), starring Sam Gittins, Neerja Naik, Abigail Cruttenden and David Bradley, it’s Christmas Day and the Milgram family wake to find a mysterious black substance surrounding their house. Something monumental is clearly happening right outside their door, but what exactly — an industrial accident, a terrorist attack, nuclear war? Descending into terrified arguments, they turn on the television, desperate for any information. On screen a message glows ominously: “Stay Indoors and Await Further Instructions.” As the television exerts an ever more sinister grip, their paranoia escalates into bloody carnage. On DVD, Blu-ray from Dark Sky Films … In “Galveston” (2018), starrinbg Ben Foster, Elle Fanning, Beau Bridges, Lili Reinhart and Robert Aramayo, Roy (Foster) is a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After photo for Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 Collector’s Edition BLU-RAY DEBUTkilling his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky (Fanning), a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them while trying to outrun the demons from his and Rocky’s pasts. On DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, from RLJE Films … And now, three horror films released on Blu-ray for the first time, from Scream Factory: “Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 Collector’s Edition” (1984): Ricky is being released from a mental hospital, and he takes with him the terrifying memory of his brother Billy’s death and the memory of the Mother Superior who brought about his brother’s demise. For Ricky, starting a new life means avenging his brother’s death, which sets him on a blind journey of relentless photo for Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation BLU-RAY DEBUT revenge, leading ultimately to Mother Superior. And when he gets to her, not even her faith will be enough to stop Ricky as he follows in the family tradition of Christmas carnage. New 2K Scan of an archival theatrical print … “The Mangler” (1995): Directed by Tobe Hooper and starring Ted Levine and Robert Englund. New 4K print of the original camera negative from the uncut version. Based on Stephen King’s short story, this white-knuckle chiller follows a cop (Levine) as he investigates a series of grisly accidents — and uncovers a deadly town secret that has been hidden for years — a terrifying entity that threatens to destroy everything in its path — a laundry-folding machine has been possessed by a demon. With time running out and a young girl’s life in the balance, he races to destroy the beast before it’s too late … “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation” (1994), starring Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey and Robert Jacks. This collector’s edition features both the theatrical and director’s cuts of the fourth installment of the terrifying franchise. When a helpful family invites two lost couples in for a good ol’ down-home massacre, the prom night teens find themselves all dressed up … with no place to escape. To their dismay, the old farmhouse is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

On the Indie Front:

“The Sound and the Fury” (2014), starring James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze Scott Haze, Loretta Devine and Ahna O’Reilly, is a filmic look at the trials and tribulations, decline and fall, of the Comptons, a once proud, aristocratic family living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th photo for The Sound and the Fury century, revealing the secrets and betrayals that tarnished the family name and continues to haunt the Compton children. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner — considered among the 20th century’s greatest works — “The Sound and the Fury” encapsulates the universal themes of social injustice, forbidden love and the death of honor. On DVD from Monarch Home Entertainment … “In Searching” (2018) Jake Borelli, Evan Hall, Aley Underwood, Jacob Grodnik. Jon returns home on his first trip from college to visit his friends Michelle and Cole, but when he’s challenged to a dangerous bike race by his nemesis, Erik, Jon discovers a magical locket during a horrific crash. He then embarks on an auspicious journey, finding much more than love and friendship as he becomes a man.

Foreign Films:

“The Captain” (2017 — Germany), starring Max Hubacher, is based on the arresting true story of the Executioner of Emsland. The film is a World War II tale like no other — a searing historical drama with undertones of absurd black comedy that presents the evils of Nazism and fascism as a devastating kind of game to be played by those most gullible and unscrupulous. It follows a young German army deserter, Pvt. Willi Herold (Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and embarks on a brutal mission of torture and slaughter, all in the name of “justice.” Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, the enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader … whomever that may be. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Music Box Films … photo for Un Traductor In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Malin (Rodrigo Santoro), a Russian literature professor at the University of Havana, is sent to translate for the Soviet children who have been brought to Cuba for medical treatment in “Un Traductor” (2018 — Cuba). While adapting to this emotionally demanding job, the Berlin Wall falls and a deep economic crisis hits the island. But Malin is so entrenched in the lives of the Chernobyl Children that he fails to notice his own family suffering. On DVD, from Film Movement … Set in 18th century Vienna, “Mademoiselle Paradis” (2017 — Germany/France) is the true story of Maria Paradis, a gifted piano player and friend of Mozart, who lost her eyesight as a child. Desperate to cure their talented daughter, her parents entrust Maria to the famous Dr. Franz Mesmer, whose theory about animal magnetism had attracted a wide following. Using the doctor’s controversial technique, Maria recovers her sight. But this miracle comes at a price as Maria progressively starts to lose her gift for music. She will have to choose: an ordinary life in the light or an extraordinary life in darkness, as a virtuoso. On DVD from First Run Features.

For the Family:

In “SK8 Dawg” (2018), starring Joey Lawrence, Sara Fletcher and David Arquette (as the voice of Buddy), everyone in Tommy’s life — his sister, his dad, his neighbor, even his dog — is an awesome skateboarder. Everyone except Tommy himself! Sick of getting teased for being a klutz, Tommy accepts a skate-off photo for Sgt. Stubby: An American Herochallenge from the local bully, Frankie. Can his friend Alice and his pooch, Buddy, teach Tommy to flip, ollie, grab, and slide in time for the big showdown? Recipient of the Dove Seal of Approval for all ages. On DVD from Lionsgate … “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero” (2018) is based on an incredible true story and features an all-star voice cast including Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter and Gerard Depardieu. This computer-animated feature shares the unbreakable bond between a young soldier and a stray dog who, for his valorous feats in World War I, is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army, the most decorated dog in American history and is widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Stubby and Conroy toured the country leading victory parades and met three sitting U.S. presidents, among other honors. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Paramount.

Special Interest:

“The Advocates” (2018): Over half a million people are homeless in the United States — 25 percent of whom are in California. Amid public outcry over the ballooning homeless population in Los Angeles — nearly 54,000 people on any given night — three advocates with three different organizations show what the lost ideal of care in photo for The Advocatesthe community looks like amid a changing policy landscape. Intensely human and humanizing, this documentary provides a sweeping look at the historic and current causes of LA’s unprecedented crisis, largely due to defunded affordable housing. It goes behind the headlines with pragmatic stories of the transformative work that is possible when the right resources, funding, and compassion are applied. On DVD from Cinema Libre … “Perry Como’s Olde English Christmas”: The best friend a Christmas song ever had, the legendary and beloved Perry Como celebrated the yuletide season on television, radio and records for 50 years, delighting millions worldwide. In 1977, Mr. C traveled to England for his annual holiday TV special with much of the music and merriment taking place in an historic, festively decorated castle. British singing star Petula Clark joins Como along with recording artist Leo Sayer, Olympic figure skater John Curry and Irish actress Gemma Craven for a jolly song-filled excursion featuring traditional favorites such as “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Ave Maria,” and more. On DVD from MPI Media.

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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From the Big Screen:

“Mission: Impossible-Fallout,” “The Nun” and “Operation Finale.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Highlight:

“The Serpent’s Egg”: In 1977, legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman teamed up with the equally legendary Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis for what photo for The Serpent's Egg would be the director’s one and only Hollywood feature. Berlin, 1923. Out-of-work circus performer Abel Rosenberg (David Carradine) is living in poverty. When his brother commits suicide, he moves into the apartment of his cabaret singer sister-in-law (Liv Ullmann), but the pair soon attract the attentions of both the police and a professor with a terrifying area of research when they start to make inquiries about his mysterious death. One of Bergman’s darkest — and most unlikely — films, “The Serpent’s Egg” is a hypnotic, Kafkaesque tale of paranoia in a poisoned city. On Blu-ray from Arrow Academy.

From TV to Disc:

“Bronx SIU” (2018) is a single disc with all eight episodes from Season 1 of the Urban Movie Channel Original Series that follows the pursuits of homicide detective Jimmy Blue (Brian White). Jimmy suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and after a string of appalling homicides cause outrage in the city, he’s commissioned to head up an elite unit of investigators tasked with solving the most heinous crimes. From RLJ Entertainment … “Family Guy Season Sixteen” (2017-18) is a three-disc set with 20 episodes. In its 16th season, “Family Guy” photo for Westworld Season 2: The Door continues to entertain its die-hard fans with razor-sharp humor, spot-on parodies, awesome animation and orchestra-backed original music. Guest voices this season include Ian McKellen, Ryan Reynolds, Amanda Seyfried, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Danny Trejo. The season also includes the long-running series’ 300th episode and an Emmy-winning performance from Alex Borstein* for the episode “Nanny Goats.” From Fox … “Westworld Season 2: The Door” (2018) is a three-disc with all 10 episodes. In Season Two, viewers are welcomed back to Westworld, where the puppet show is over and the newly liberated “hosts” are coming for humankind. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) takes charge, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is on a mission and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is back. Chaos takes control in this dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness, the birth of a new form of life and the evolution of sin. On DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo, from Warner … “Yellowstone Season One” (2018) is a three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD with all 10 hour-long episodes. Kevin Costner’s family drama about a ranching family in Montana that faces off against others encroaching on their land. From Paramount.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

“The Happytime Murders” (2018), starring Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks, is a raunchy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared photo for The Happytime Murders secret, one human (McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show. A hilarious buddy cop murder mystery comedy at heart, the film is unapologetically bold and keeps audiences entertained from start to finish. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Universal … “God Bless the Broken Road” (2018) tells the inspirational story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence. The film focuses on the importance of faith, friends, and family, while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States military. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, from Lionsgate … In “Ride” (2017), starring Bella Thorne, Jessie T. Usher and Will Brill, a struggling-actor-by-day James pays his bills by driving people around Los Angeles for a ride sharing service. His night starts out like any other, but he can’t believe his luck when he picks up the beautiful Jessica, and they immediately hit it off. His next fare, the fast-talking Bruno, convinces James to go back and invite her to join them for a wild night out. But things take a shocking turn when Bruno, armed with a gun and a twisted idea of fun, forces them on a terrifying, white-knuckle ride that quickly spirals out of control. On DVD, Blu-ray, from RLJE Films … photo for Attraction In “Attraction” (2017 — Russia), starring Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov and Rinal Mukhametov, a sinister unidentified flying object plummeting to Earth changes our view of humanity and life beyond our planet in this sci-fi spectacular. Moscow finds itself on the brink of destruction after a mysterious spaceship crash-lands in the center of the city. While the government seeks to find out what the ship’s passengers want and how to protect the local population, the rest of the city’s residents break into conflicting factions. Some view the aliens as a threat that should be extinguished, while others hope that the visitors are peaceful and offer an opportunity to learn more about the world beyond. When a young woman finds herself torn between her seemingly normal life and the alluring promise offered by one of the all-too-human extraterrestrials, the fate of the entire world is left hanging in the balance. From Fedor Bondarchuk, the director of “Stalingrad.” From Dark Sky Films … In “Viking Destiny” (2017), starring Ian Beattie, Will Mellor, Terence Stamp and Anna Demetrio, a Viking princess is forced to flee her kingdom after being framed for the murder of her father, the king. Under the guidance of the god Odin, she travels the world gaining wisdom and building the army she needs to win back her throne. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In “Death Kiss” (2018), starring Robert Kovacs, Daniel Baldwin, Richard Tyson, Eva Hamilton, Stormi Maya, Leia Perez, Reese Austyn and Sam Story, a vigilante with a mysterious past moves to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands, at the same time protecting a young mother and her child. From Uncorked Entertainment … photo for Elizabeth Harvest In “Elizabeth Harvest” (2018), starring Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds and Carla Gugino, a beautiful young newlywed (Abbey Lee) arrives at the palatial estate of her brilliant scientist husband Henry (Hinds). Ensconced in modernist luxury with an obedient — if slightly unsettling — house staff (Gugino), she has seemingly everything she could want. But one mystery tantalizes her: What is behind the locked door to Henry’s laboratory that he has forbidden her to enter? When an inquisitive Elizabeth dares to find out, everything she thought she knew about her husband — and about herself — will change. On DVD, Blu-ray, from IFC Midnight/Scream Factory … In “Snowflake” (2018 — Germany), starring Erkan Acar, Xenia Assenza, David Masterson and Alexander Schubert, while hunting down the murderer of their families in an anarchic near-future Berlin, two outlaws find themselves trapped in the wicked fairy tale of a mysterious screenplay that entangles them in a vicious circle of revenge — apparently all written by a clueless dentist. In their quest for vengeance, they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairy tale assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Artsploitation Films … In “The Cabin” (2018 — Sweden), starring Caitlin Crommett, Christopher Lee Page and Erik Kammerland, a young American couple, Rose photo for All the Creatures Were Stirring and Harry, are on their way to visit Harry’s family cabin — both as a nostalgic vacation and as a way to rekindle their relationship. But they’re not the only one that decided to visit the cabin this weekend … The vacation is quickly turned into a living nightmare for Rose and Harry as they meet a vicious sociopath who invites them into a involuntary cat and mouse game. From High Octane Pictures … Ho, ho, no! In “All the Creatures Were Stirring” (2018), starring Constance Wu, Amanda Fuller, Jonathan Kite, Jocelin Donahueand Graham Skipper, the joyful spirit of the holidays is about to take one dark turn after another. From sadistic office parties and last-minute shopping nightmares, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to keep you from getting out of bed to see what’s under the tree this holiday season. Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and Jonathan Kite (“2 Broke Girls”) headline a ensemble cast in this devilish stocking stuffer of a movie. From RLJE Films … In “The House That Never Dies: Reawakening” (2017 — China), starring Joan Chen, Julian Cheung, Mei Ting and Gillian Chun, a hundred years after the mysterious murders of the entire Zhisheng household, a cultural relic restorer Song Teng experiences strange events at the ancient mansion. After discovering baby skeletons and weird spells, the intricate weaving of the past and present begin to emerge and reveals a haunting tale of the wrongly deceased still seeking justice from the living world. From Well Go USA.

On the Indie Front:

In “Christmas at Rosemont” (2015), starring Brad Dourif, Lochlyn Munro and Michael Gros, pregnant 23-year-old Lisa and her friend Brad, a professional snowboarder, get caught in a blizzard five days before Christmas and take shelter at The Rosemont. A once-great winter resort, The Rosemont has seen better days. photo for Christmas at Rosemont After losing her daughter and granddaughter, the cantankerous owner Josephine has let it fall into disrepair. But now, stranded by the blizzard and with Lisa giving birth, everyone comes together to provide what they all need most — a family. From Strand Releasing … In “Support the Girls” (2018), starring Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson and Dylan Gelula, Lisa (Hall) is the last person you’d expect to find in a highway-side “sports bar with curves,” but as general manager at Double Whammies, she’s come to love the place and its customers. An instinctive den mother, she nurtures and protects her “girls” on the staff fiercely — but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction. Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Magnolia Home Entertainment.

Foreign Films:

“Winter brothers” (2017 — Denmark) is set in a rural chalk-mining community during a cold winter. The film follows two brothers working in this harsh environment focusing on the younger one, Emil, who distills moonshine made from stolen chemicals from the factory. He is an outsider, an oddball, who made a conscious choice for loneliness and is only accepted by the mining community due to his older brother Johan. Emil longs for passion, for being wanted and loved. When a fellow worker becomes sick, the moonshine and Emil are prime suspects. Gradually a violent feud erupts between him and the tightly-knit mining community. Emil feels betrayed by his brother when he finds out that the neighbor girl Anna, the subject of his unfulfilled desires, chooses his older brother instead of him. Revenge, loneliness, and lack of love pervade this modern brother odyssey. From Icarus Films.

Special Interest:

“New Wave: Dare to Be Different” (2017) is the story of the most influential radio station in America. In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries at WLIR Long Island, knew they couldn’t compete with the mega radio stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of radio forever. Program director Denis McNamara, the crew at the station and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, mega-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America — including bands like U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode and Blondie. Features Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, Nick Rhodes, Denis McNamara, Jim Kerr, Vince Clarke, Curt Smith, Fred Schneider, Thomas Dolby, Midge Ure, Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’ Abate, Seymour Stein, Paul McGuinness, Dave Wakeling, Annabella Lwin, Miles Copeland, Joel Peresman, Larry Dunn, Donna Donna, Max Leinwand, “Malibu Sue” McCann, Michael Pagnotta and Steve Thompson. photo for International Sweethearts of Rhythm From MVD Visual Due December 7“International Sweethearts of Rhythm” (1986): From the Piney Woods School in the Mississippi Delta to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, this toe-tapping music film tells the story of the swinging, multi-racial all-women jazz band of the 1940s. A 16 piece band with a strong brass section, heavy percussion, and a deep rhythmic sense, the Sweethearts were not just a novelty but featured many of the best female musicians of the day. Starring Anna Mae Winburn, Ernestine “Tiny” Davis, Vi Burnside, Roz Cron, Evelyn McGee Stone, Helen Jones, Helen Saine, and Pauline Brady, of whom drummer Panama Francis says, “She played drums like a man!” From Kino Lorber … “I Am Paul Walker” (2018) is a feature-length documentary that explores the life and legacy of actor Paul Walker. Features interviews with those who knew Paul best — the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster “Fast and Furious” movie franchise — both professionally and personally, along with an extensive personal archive of never-before-seen candid video and still photographs provided by family and friends of the late actor. From Virgil Films … “Becoming Iconic: Jonathan Baker” (2018) is a fascinating Hollywood documentary that explores the process of directing a big-budget feature, from the ground up, through the eyes of top directors as they tell their own stories in talking with filmmaker Jonathan Baker. Then, after listening to their words of wisdom, Baker distills the lessons learned from his experience making his first feature film, “Inconceivable,” with Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Faye Dunaway. Features some of the industry’s most iconic directors, including Jodie Foster, Taylor Hackford, Adrian Lyne, Nicolas Cage, John Badham and Warren Beatty. From Random Media.

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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Nov 272018
 

From the Big Screen:

“Searching.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Highlights:

Two very important titles arrive this week from The Criterion Collection, headed up by the long-out-of-print “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942): Orson Welles’s beautiful, nostalgia-suffused second feature — the subject of one of cinema’s greatest missing-footage tragedies — harks back to turn-of-the-20th-century Indianapolis, chronicling the inexorable decline of the fortunes of an affluent family. Adapted from an acclaimed Booth Tarkington novel and photo for The Magnificent Ambersons characterized by restlessly inventive camera work and powerful performances from a cast including Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt, and Agnes Moorehead, the film traces the rifts deepening within the Amberson clan — at the same time as the forces of progress begin to transform the city they once ruled. Though RKO excised over 40 minutes of footage, now lost to history, and added an incongruously upbeat ending, “The Magnificent Ambersons” is an emotionally rich family saga and a masterful elegy for a bygone chapter of American life. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray … In “True Stories” (1986), music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make this sole foray into feature film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary photo for True Stories American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. Byrne plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings. In “True Stories,” Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show-all in the service of uncovering the rich mysteries that lurk under the surface of everyday experience. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Byrne and cinematographer Ed Lachman, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, supervised by Byrne, on the Blu-ray.

From TV to Disc:

“Jack Irish, Season 2” (2018) is a three-disc set with all six episodes. Guy Pearce reprises his iconic role as Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer and part-time debt collector with a penchant for getting dragged into unsavory situations. In Season 2, Jack’s life has hit a rough patch: the horse-racing world is in turmoil; Jack’s beloved local pub may be sold; and his journalist girlfriend, Linda (Marta Dusseldorp), has left him. Then the suspicious death of an international student at a dubious Australian college plunges Jack into a high-stakes investigation. To crack the case, Jack will need Linda’s help, along with assistance from a beautiful, enigmatic psychiatrist, Dr. Rory Finch (Danielle photo for Jack Irish, Season 2 Cormack). On DVD, Blu-ray, from Acorn Media … “Picnic at Hanging Rock” (2018) is a two-disc set with six episodes. This penetrating re-imagining of the iconic and timeless Australian novel, depicts the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day, 1900. The complex, interwoven narrative charts the subsequent investigation and the event’s far-reaching impact on the students, families, and staff of Appleyard College and on the nearby township. Theories abound, long-held secrets are exposed, and paranoia and hysteria set in, as in vastly differing ways their lives are changed forever. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Acorn Media … “Sharp Objects” (2018) stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Matt Craven and Henry Czerny in HBO’s eight-episode limited series, based on Gillian Flynn’s (“Gone Girl”) bestselling novel of the same name. Set in a small town in southern Missouri, “Sharp Objects” follows troubled journalist Camille Preaker (Adams) as she returns home to investigate the murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. On DVD, Blu-ray from HBO.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

This week highlights two new titles and a plethora of flashback features:

In “Agony” (2016 — Germany), starring Samuel Schneider, Alexander Srtschin and Alexandra Schmidt, a young woman is murdered, her body dismembered, its parts dumped across Vienna and two suspects emerge without a clear motive: Christian, a law student who sells concessions part-time at a movie theater, and Alex, an photo for Agonyimage-obsessed rapper/boxer. Each young man is trapped in his expectations, set against the abstraction of a violent post-moderns news-scape. And one of them goes berserk and becomes a violent killer. This directorial debut from David Clay Diaz — and Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival and Fantast Fest — is a split-narrative character study comparing two distinct millennials whose stories don’t necessarily overlap, save for the fact that they both live in Vienna — if not two very distinct Viennas. Poignant questions of sexual identity are deftly brought to light in this dark thriller based on the true story of a shocking and inexplicable murder. From IndiePix Films … “Outrage Coda” (2017 — Japan) stars Takeshi Kitano, Toshiyuki Nishida and Ren Osugi, and all the betrayal, double-crossing, and action-filled gun battles of “Outrage” are here in the final chapter of Takeshi Kitano’s acclaimed underworld film series. Five years after surviving the all-out war between the Sanno and Hanabishi crime families, former yakuza boss Otomo (Beat Takeshi) now works in South Korea for Mr. Chang, a renowned fixer whose influence extends internationally. But when a relatively minor incident causes tensions to escalate out of control between Chang Enterprises and the Hanabishi, Otomo must return to Japan to settle the score once and for all. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Film Movement … Billy Crystal and Alan King star in “Memories of Me” (1988), directed by Henry Winkler, a heartwarming comedy about a feuding father and son who discover that love is a family trait. They say, “like father, like son,” but for Abe (King) and Abbie (Crystal) Polin, nothing could be further from the truth. Abe is king of the Hollywood extras. As an actor he’s an expert at being a face in the crowd. His photo for Memories of Meson Abbie is a respected New York heart surgeon who’s always felt like a bit player in his father’s life. When Abbie suffers a mild heart attack, he decides it’s time to mend family ties … or break them altogether. So he heads out to Hollywood, where his efforts at reconciliation lead to hilarious consequences. Co-stars Jobeth Williams, Robert Pastorellui, Sean Connery. on Blu-ray from MVD Visual … “Zombie 40th Anniversary Limited Edition” (1979 — Italy) stars Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Al Clive and Richard Johnson in a new 4K Restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative. In Italy, it was considered the “unofficial sequel” to “Dawn of the Dead.” In England, it was known as “Zombie Flesh Eaters” and banned as obscene. In America, it was called “Zombie” and advertised with the depraved tag line “We Are Going To Eat You!” It remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time. Strangers searching for a young woman’s missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. In a two-disc Blu-ray from Blue Underground … photo for Gosford Park “Tea at Four. Dinner at Eight. Murder at Midnight.” In 2001, Robert Altman took the unexpected step into Agatha Christie territory with “Gosford Park,” a murder-mystery whodunit set in an English country house starring a host of British acting greats and with an Oscar-winning screenplay by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes. It would become a huge success with audiences and critics alike. Set in 1932, the action unfolds during a weekend shooting party hosted by Sir William McArdle (Alan Bates), and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) at his estate, Gosford Park. Among the guests are friends, relatives, the actor and composer Ivor Novello (Jeremy Northam), and an American film producer (Bob Balaban). When Sir William is found murdered in the library, everyone — and their servants — becomes a suspect. Also starring Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson and many more, Altman produced another masterpiece deserving to be ranked alongside “Nashville” and “Short Cuts” as one his finest forays into ensemble drama. Brand new 2K restoration from a 4K scan, carried out by Arrow films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director of photography Andrew Dunn. On Blu-ray … photo for The Critters Collection “The Critters Collection” is a four-disc Blu-ray set with “Critters,” “Critters 2: The Main Course,” “Critters 3” and “Critters 4.” New 2K scan from the original film elements for “Critters” and “Critters 2.” In “Critters” (1986), the terrified Brown family are trapped in a deadly nightmare and must fight for their lives against a litter of extraterrestrial, bloodthirsty monsters. But it’s a losing battle until two intergalactic bounty hunters arrive, determined to blow the creatures off the planet! In “Critters 2: The Main Course” (1988), some eggs have survived and are popping open, bringing another horde of the little creatures! Brad Brown (Scott Grimes) returns to fight them along with three bounty hunters. “Critters 3” (1991)stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Josh, a beleaguered Angelino who must lead the fight against the little monsters as they invade an L.A. apartment building. In the final film, “Critters 4” (1992), a super strain of genetically engineered monsters are designed to take over the universe. This time, Brad Dourif and Angela Bassett must battle the little bloodthirsty hairballs. On Blu-ray from Scream Factory … “The Original Christmas Specials Collection: Deluxe Edition” features five unforgettable stories. Produced by Rankin/Bass, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “The Little photo for The Original Christmas Specials Collection: Deluxe Edition Drummer Boy” feature iconic “Animagic” stop-motion animation and “Frosty the Snowman” and “Cricket on the Hearth” are beautifully animated. Starring the voice talents of Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Danny Thomas, Burl Ives and many more, these favorites also feature some of the most beloved songs of the season and are sure to entertain audiences of all ages. On DVD, Blu-ray from Universal … And last, but not least, there’s the “Elf 15th Anniversary Buddy’s Sing & Cheer Along Edition” (2003), directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Faizon Love, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris, Andy Richter and Edward Asner, in both a sing-along and original theatrical versions. Sing Along version interactive content: Follow Buddy’s elf cap as it bounces over the lyrics when one of the glorious and goofy songs comes on; “Buddy’s Best Lines”; “Buddy’s Big Book of Elf Culture”; “Sweet Treats”: throughout the movie you will be treated to Buddy’s recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth; “The Clausometer”: tracks Buddy’s holiday spirit every time you see the Clausometer in the corner of the screen; “Buddy’s Buddies”: During special moments in the movie, one of Buddy’s North Pole playmates will animate on screen; fun facts and trivia. Also includes such original special features as commentaries by Will Ferrell and Jon Favreau; deleted/alternate scenes; nine featurettes including “Tag Along with Will Ferrell,” “Film School for Kids,” “How They Made the North Pole,” “Kids on Christmas,” “Santa Mania,” and more. From Warner.

On the Indie Front:

In “Sex Weather” (2018), starring Al’Jaleel McGhee, Amber Stonebraker, Alan Burrell and Martin Bannon Beaudet, a sleepy-eyed Darrel (McGhee) wakes to find himself in bed with his crew member Sydney (Stonebraker) on the morning after the premiere of his new film. As they begin to discuss the previous evening and tepid reviews of the film, emotions give rise to a passionate and thoughtful relationship that once could have been if either had taken the chance. From Breaking Glass 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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Nov 202018
 

From the Big Screen:

“Crazy Rich Asians,” “Blindspotting” and “Kin.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Highlights:

One of the most beloved films of all time, the sizzling masterpiece “Some Like It Hot” (1959) by Billy Wilder set a new standard for Hollywood comedy. After witnessing a mob hit, Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, in landmark performances) skip town by donning drag and joining an all-female band en route to Miami. The charm of the group’s singer, Sugar Kane photo for Some Like It Hot(Marilyn Monroe, at the height of her bombshell powers) leads them ever further into extravagant lies, as Joe assumes the persona of a millionaire to woo her and Jerry’s female alter ego winds up engaged to a tycoon. With a whip-smart script by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond, and sparking chemistry among its finely tuned cast, “Some Like It Hot” is as deliriously funny and fresh today as if it had just been made. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc with new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray, from The Criterion Collection … In honor of Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday, the Criterion Collection presents “Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema,” the most comprehensive collection of his films ever released on home video. One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. The struggles of faith and morality, the nature of dreams, and the agonies and ecstasies of human photo for Ingmar Bergman's Cinemarelationships — Bergman explored these subjects in films ranging from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family life. Arranged as a film festival with opening and closing nights bookending double features and centerpieces, this selection spans six decades and 39 films — including such celebrated classics as “The Seventh Seal,” “Persona,” and “Fanny and Alexander” alongside previously unavailable works like “Dreams,” “The Rite,” and “Brink of Life.” Accompanied by a 248-page book with essays on each program, as well as by more than 30 hours of supplemental features, “Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema” traces themes and images across Bergman’s career, blazing trails through the master’s unequaled body of work for longtime fans and newcomers alike. Thirty-nine films, including 18 never before released by Criterion. Digital restorations of the films, including a new 4K restoration of “The Seventh Seal” and new 2K restorations of “Crisis,” “Persona,” Fanny and Alexander, and many others, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks. On Blu-ray Disc only, with a $299.00 price tag … “Clouzot: The Early Works”: Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot (“The Wages of Fear,” “Diabolique”) spent 10 years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge photo for Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, one has to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects: six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set includes his directorial debut — the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come. Two-disc set on DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Classics … “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers”: In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through this six-disc presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores. DVD, Blu-ray, from Kino Classics.

From TV to Disc:

“Longmire: The Sixth and Final Season” (2017) is a two-disc set with all 10 episodes. Season Six of Longmire finds Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), his deputies Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and The Ferg (Adam Bartley), his best friend Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips), and daughter Cady (Cassidy Freeman) facing the biggest personal and professional crises of their lives. Walt’s job and home are under threat by a powerful, unscrupulous lawyer. Vic must decide what to do about her secret pregnancy. Ferg struggles to balance a new relationship with his commitment to his job. Cady is torn between her photo for Longmire: The Sixth and Final Seasonloyalties to her father and Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez). Henry’s life is in danger with an old nemesis bent on revenge. With their world in turmoil, Walt and everyone he cares about must ultimately face the most difficult decision of their lives: Is it time to pack it in? Or will they fight to the end? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Warner … “No Offence, Series 2” (2017) is a two-disc set with seven episodes of the female-driven police procedural that follows an unorthodox team of cops in Manchester, England. In Series 2, vivacious DI Vivienne Deering (Joanna Scanlan) returns to work from bereavement leave after her husband’s death, but only Viv’s impulsive subordinate, DC Dinah Kowalska (Elaine Cassidy), knows the brutal truth of what really happened to him. Then in her first week back, a bomb blast at a funeral plunges Deering and her team headfirst into a gang war inflamed by a crime family matriarch (Rakie Ayola) who is just as ferocious as Deering herself. From Acorn Media.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Fireworks” (2017 — Japan), producer Genki Kawamura follows up his animated mega-hit “Your Name” with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist. Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke are both enraptured by the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-colored ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world — until they risk losing sight of reality altogether. On DVD, Blu-ray from GKIDS/Shout! Factory … photo for High Voltage In “High Voltage” (2018), starring David Arquette, Allie Gonino, Perrey Reeves and Luke Wilson, a struggling rock band, led by washed-out rock star Jimmy Kleen (Arquette), strikes a deal with cynical record executive Rick (Wilson). Things take a sinister turn when the band’s lead singer, Rachel (Gonino), and her controlling stage mother, Barb (Reeves) both get struck by lightning and killed. Rachel is brought back to life, but she is different than before: confident, sexy, with an irresistible stage presence. Lightning courses through her veins and she uses her new supernatural electrical powers to drain the life from men and turn it into electrifying stage performances. Her bandmates discover her dark secret and have to decide just how far they are willing to succeed. A mashup combining horror, thriller, musical, and noir into a bloody rock ‘n’ roll fantasy. On DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo from SP Releasing … In “Little Italy” (2018), starring Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen, Alyssa Milano, Danny Aiello and Jane Seymour, former childhood pals Nikki (Roberts) and Leo (Christensen) are attracted to each other as adults — but will their feuding parents’ rival pizzerias put a chill on their sizzling romance? On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In “Luciferina” (2018),Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. Instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and perhaps, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Artsploitation Films … photo for Orgies of Edo In “Orgies of Edo” (1969 — Japan), legendary Toei director Teruo Ishii tells three stories of moral sickness set during Japan’s prosperous Genroku era in this bloody follow-up to his sexploitation classic “Shogun’s Joy of Torture,” and the fourth entry in Toei’s “abnormal love” film series. Ishii’s politically incorrect moral lessons paint a trio of tales of tragic heroines caught up in violence, sadomasochism, incest and torture. Told in anthology style by an impassive physician (Teruo Yoshida), the first story follows Oito (Masumi Tachibana), an innocent young girl deceived by a handsome yakuza and sold into prostitution who finds herself in a doomed love affair with the man who brought her to ruin. The tale of Ochise (Mitsuko Aoi) is about the daughter of a rich merchant whose insatiable appetite for filth and perversion draws her deeper into violence, darkness and betrayal. Finally, the story of Omitsu (Miki Obana) follows a sadistic lord (Asao Koike) whose eye is caught one day by a beautiful member of his harem who shares his strange taste for pain and blood, but who holds a secret of her own that will destroy his entire household. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

There’s five new restored cult films this week from the folks at Scream Factory/Shout Factory: “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (Limited Edition Steelbook)” (1991), starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. In this sequel, the titular time travelers aren’t making history — they are history. When an evil doer from the future sends eviler robot twins of Bill & Ted to assassinate and replace good, non-robot Bill & Ted, the guys wind up face to face with the Grim Reaper (William Sadler) Can the now-dead duo escape, defeat their evil doppelgangers, and win their Battle of the Bands contest? On Blu-ray … “Streets of Fire (35th Anniversary Edition Steelbook)” (1984). Amid a brooding rock & roll landscape, the Bombers motorcycle gang, led by the vicious Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe), kidnap diva Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Her hope for rescue lies with unlikely heroes: soldier of fortune Tom Cody (Michael Paré) and his sidekick, the two-photo for Streets of Fire (35th Anniversary Edition Steelbook)fisted beer-guzzling McCoy (Amy Madigan). Joined by Ellen’s manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), the trio plunges headfirst into a world of rain-splattered streets, hot cars, and deadly assassins in this cult favorite. Original songs written by Jim Steinman, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and Ry Cooder and performed by The Blasters and The Fixx. Directed by cult filmmaker Walter Hill. 2K scan of the interpositive with a new DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1 created from the 70mm six-track magnetic audio. On Blu-ray … “Candyman Collector’s Edition” (1992), starring Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley and Kasi Lemmon. This gut-wrenching thriller follows a graduate student whose research summons the spirit of the dead. When Helen Lyle hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt a notorious housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for her thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can’t really exist … until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, grisly slayings. Two-disc set with theatrical and unrated cuts. 2K restoration from a new 4K scan of the original negative, supervised and approve by writer-director Bernard Rose and director of photography Anthony B. Richmond. On Blu-ray … “Urban Legend Collector’s Edition” (1998), starring Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Joshua Jackson, Loretta Devine, Tara Reid, Michael Rosenbaum and Robert Englund. When New England college student Natalie (Witt) finds herself at the center of a series of sadistic murders seemingly inspired by urban legends, she resolves to find the truth about her school’s own legend: a 25-year-old story of a student massacre at the hands of an abnormal Psych professor. On Blu-ray … “Urban Legends: Final Cut” (2000), starring Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Hart Bochner, Joseph Lawrence, Anthony Anderson and Loretta Devine. At Alpine University, someone is determined to win the best film award at any cost — even if it means eliminating the competition. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. On Blu-ray

On the Indie Front:

In “To Dream” (2016), starring Adam Deacon, Diana Vickers, Ed Hayter and Freddie Thorp, two self-destructive teenagers in London won’t let anything come between their friendship and their ultimate plan, but when dysfunctional family life becomes intolerable, loyalty leads one to make a choice that will change their lives forever. From Random Media … In the “Skate Kitchen” (2018), the first narrative feature from “The Wolfpack” director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen. She falls in with the in-crowd, has a falling-out with her mother, and falls for a mysterious skateboarder guy (Jaden Smith), but a relationship with him proves to be trickier to navigate than a kickflip. The film precisely captures the experience of women in male-dominated spaces and tells a story of a girl who learns the importance of camaraderie and self-discovery. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Magnolia Home Entertainment.

Foreign Films:

“Time Regained” (1999 — France), starring Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez, Marcello Mozzarella and Chiara Mastroianni, is Raúl Ruiz’s most ambitious literary adaptation and considered his greatest cinematic achievement. Ruiz’s “Time Regained” distills all of Marcel Proust’s iconic “In Search of Lost Time” into a single epic feature. The film photo for Time Regained opens in 1922, as Proust is on his deathbed pouring through old photographs that summon the events of his life. Gradually, we watch as his own experiences merge with his own literary creations. Idyllic memories of youth alternate with rich recollections of 19th century Parisian society where the drama of the Great War and the anxieties of the emerging modern era are skewered in the spectacular staged soirees and lush grand parties. In Ruiz’s deft cinematic hands the film becomes a phantasmagorical comedy of manners as well as a powerful reflection on cinema’s ability to seize and preserve moments of time. The result is a montage of moving snapshots and feverish dreams that makes the film the ultimate in Proustian cinema. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Icarus Films … “Heavy Trip” (2018 — Finland), is a rock mockumentary. Turo (Johannes Holopainen) is stuck in a small village in the Finnish countryside where his greatest passion is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem is that he and his fellow headbangers have practiced for 12 years without playing a single gig. But that’s all about to change when the guys meet the promoter of a huge heavy metal music festival in Norway and decide it’s now or never. Hitting the road in a stolen van with a corpse, a coffin, and a new drummer from a local mental hospital in tow, Impaled Rektum travels across Scandinavia to make their dreams a reality. From Blood Disgusting/Doppelgänger Releasing.

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.

 Posted by on November 20, 2018 No Responses »
Nov 132018
 

From the Big Screen:

“The Meg,” “Mile 22” and “Alpha.” For more information on other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.

This Week’s Highlights:

“Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Edition:” Celebrate the 100th birthday of television’s original genius and his groundbreaking, rule-breaking, surreal and charmingly silly comedy. Across nine discs and 22 Hours, home audiences will find a cornucopia of Ernie Kovacs’ greatest and most memorable “hits,” showcasing an utterly unique sensibility that has influenced such comedy institutions as Monty Python and “Saturday Night Live” including episodes from his local and national morning shows, episodes from his NBC prime-time show, his five ABC-TV specials, photo for Ernie Kovacs: The Centennial Editionthe rare color version of his legendary silent show, “Eugene”, three complete episodes of his offbeat game show “Take a Good Look”, “A Pony for Chris”, Kovacs’ rarely-seen pilot for “Medicine Man” co-starring Buster Keaton, the only existing filmed solo interview with Kovacs himself, his award-winning commercials for Dutch Masters Cigars, a collection of short films, tributes rarities and much more. While best known as “Television’s Original Genius”, Kovacs’ groundbreaking work in the early days of television has been his legacy, though he also starred in movies, recorded LPs, hosted radio shows, wrote novels, and worked as a columnist for his hometown paper, “The Trentonian”. Many of his fans, however, may not know that the creative giant was also an artist, never without a pen and paper — and the chronic insomniac often worked well into the night. Early in his career, one of Kovacs’ favorite TV segments was his “Illustrated Profuselies.” And during this “visual improv” set to music, the viewing audience got to watch his fertile mind at work, as he quickly sketched doodles. Frequently drawn in pencil and sometimes using colors, these abstract, sometimes surrealistic images soon took shape and were eventually revealed on camera. From Shout! Factory … “Gas Food Lodging:” (1992), starring Brooke Adams, Ione Skye and Fairuza Balk. Adapted from the novel photo for Gas Food Lodging “Don’t Look and It Won’t Hurt” by Richard Peck, Allison Anders whipped up a storm at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival with her masterfully crafted tale of a young woman trying to find love while struggling to bring up her two daughters. Abandoned by her husband, Nora (Adams) waitresses to keep her head above water while raising two teenagers in a small New Mexico town trailer park. Beautiful and rebellious, Trudi (Skye) quits school to work alongside her mother, while her sister Shade (Balk) whittles away her time watching old movie matinees. Their life is turned on its head when Trudi finds that she has fallen pregnant after a string of promiscuous relationships and the girls’ absent father returns with hopes of mending the relationships he broke when he left. A wonderfully engaging story of the woes of teenagers reaching adulthood, “Gas Food Lodging” is a distinctly American portrayal of a mother trying to raise two wayward teens with growing pains, who are learning about love, life and each other. This director-approved restoration finally affords this 90s modern classic the home video treatment it rightly deserves. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment … “The Last Movie” (1971): Directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Hopper, Stella Garcia, Don Gordon, Tomas Milian, Daniel Ades, Julie Adams, Samuel Fuller and Peter Fonda. New 4K restoration. Dennis Hopper’s radical, much-mythologized lost masterpiece — widely unseen for nearly 50 years. Consciously self-reflexive and co-written by Hopper and “Rebel Without a Cause” screenwriter Stewart Stern, T”The Last Movie” follows a Hollywood movie crew in the midst of making a western in a remote Peruvian village. When production wraps, Hopper, as the baleful stuntman Kansas, remains, attempting to find redemption in the isolation of Peru and the arms of a former prostitute. Meanwhile, the local Indians have taken over the abandoned set and begun to stage a ritualistic re-enactment of the production — with Kansas as their sacrificial lamb. Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood Era, Hopper was given carte blanche by Universal for his next directorial feature after the tremendous commercial success of “Easy Rider”, and writer-director-star took the money and ran – literally – staging “The Last Movie” in Peru at farthest remove from the Hollywood machine, with an on-screen entourage in tow that included Kris Kristofferson, Julie Adams, Stella Garcia, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Toni Basil, Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips and director Samuel Fuller. Although it won a special award at the Venice Film Festival, the film would effectively end Hopper’s career for many years — the Hollywood establishment gleefully writing him off as a self-indulgent madman. Yet the movie remains thrillingly innovative and remarkably contemporary – influenced greatly by the work of Bruce Conner and the French New Wave, as well as the Pop and Abstract artists Hopper revered. On DVD, Blu-ray from Arbelos Films … photo for The Wizard of Gore “The Wizard of Gore:” (1970), starring Ray Sager, Judy Cler and Wayne Ratay. From the crazed madman of the macabre, late splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis (“Blood Feast,” “Two Thousand Maniacs!”), comes his most fiendish feat of terrifying onscreen trickery yet — behold, The Wizard of Gore! You’ve all seen the trick in which the magician saws his glamorous assistant in half — but what about the spike through the brain gag? Or the good old smashing punch-press? Montag the Magnificent’s blood-curdling onstage performances shock and dazzle his audiences in equal measure. But when his participants start winding up dead, local TV talk show hostess Sherry Carson suspects his gruesome “act” may be more sinister than it first seems. Featuring some of the most notorious gory setpieces in all of director H.G. Lewis’ blood-soaked career, this is a stomach-churning, Grand Guignol production that’s less sleight of hand and more slice of hand. On Blu-ray from Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment.

And four Blu-ray debuts this week: “Dances With Wolves” (1990): Kevin Costner stars in and directs the triumphant cinematic masterpiece. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture, this modern classic tells the story of Lt. Dunbar (Costner), a Civil War hero who befriends a tribe of Native Americans while stationed at a desolate outpost on the frontier. What follows is a series of unforgettable moments — from Dunbar’s tender scenes with Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), to the thrilling, action-packed buffalo hunt. Based on the novel by Michael Blake. The three-disc Steelbook Collector’s Edition includes the original theatrical cut for the first time on Blu-ray, an extended cut of the film (both with commentary) and an entire disc of bonus features. From Shout! Factory … “School Daze” (1988): Directed by Spike Lee and starring Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kadeem Hardison and Jasmine Guy. Celebrate 30 years of iconic filmmaker Spike Lee’s music-filled, offbeat comedy that takes an unforgettable look at black college life. Amidst gala coronations, football, fraternities, parades and parties, the students of Mission College find themselves caught up in romance and relationships, rituals and rivalries during one outrageous homecoming weekend. With dynamic music, including EU’s hit “Da Butt,” and dance numbers choreographed by Otis Sallid (“Fame”), Lee successfully challenges viewpoints about self-identity and self-esteem in this original and unforgettable musical comedy. From Sony … photo for Single White Female BLU-RAY DEBUT “Single White Female” (1992): Directed by Barbet Schroeder and starring Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber and Peter Friedman. The perfect roommate or a perfect nightmare? An innocent wanted ad –- “SWF seeks female to share apt in West 70s; Non-smkr, professional preferred” — opens the door to murderous, psychotic terror. After an unfaithful fiancé leaves her suddenly single, Allison Jones (Fonda) advertises for a roommate to share her spacious apartment. But when the introverted Hedra (Leigh) moves in, she doesn’t just take over Allie’s spare bedroom. She takes over her clothes, her boyfriend … and her identity. From Scream Factory … and “Topper Returns” (1941): The third and final entry in Hal Roach’s famed “Topper” trilogy may very well be the best of the lot. Returning for their third portrayal of Mr. and Mrs. Cosmo Topper, Roland Young and Billie Burke are consistently upstaged by a sparkling new addition to the “Topper” troupe, Jack Benny’s famed manservant, the loveable and irascible Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. This time around there is a “new” ghostly presence in the shapely form of Joan Blondell, who is unceremoniously dispatched by a cloaked knife murderer in a case of mistaken identity. Naturally, Joan floats over to the Topper’s quiet abode and nags Cosmo into investigating her death. From VCI Entertainment/MVD Visual.

From TV to Disc:

“The Crown: Season Two” (2017) is a four-disc set with all 10 episodes. Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Victoria Hamilton, Matthew Goode. Season Two sees an end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s, following Queen Elizabeth II from 1956 to 1964 as she continues to navigate her changing role on the global stage, from the Suez Canal crisis to the resignation of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan under scandal, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.On DVD, Blu-ray, from Sony …“Hidden” (2018) is a three-disc set with all eight episodes. A compelling blend of police procedural, serial-killer thriller, and dark mystery set in the beautiful but foreboding mountains of northern Wales. After years away from her isolated hometown, DI Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams) returns to help her sisters care for their ailing father. Paired with the capable but overloaded DS Owen Vaughan, she soon begins investigating a young woman’s suspicious drowning. With bruises on the victim indicating that she was shackled before her death, Cadi realizes that someone is abducting women and holding them captive. When another girl goes missing, the detectives rush to apprehend the culprit before she becomes his next casualty.From Acorn Media … “Star Trek: Discovery: Season One” (2018) is a four-disc set with all 15 episodes. Follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. On DVD, Blu-ray, from CBS/Paramount.

Buzzin’ the ‘B’s:

In “Puzzle” (2018), starring Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan and David Denman, after years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband and sons, Agnes has found something that she wants to do: puzzling. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world, takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and an assertiveness that finds her pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family. From Sony … In “The Children Act” (2017), starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead, a British High Court judge (Thompson) who, in the midst of a crisis with her husband (Tucci), must rule on a photo for Puzzlecase concerning a teenage boy whose religious convictions prevent him from accepting the blood transfusion that would save his life. Directed by Richard Eyre (“Iris”) and based on the novel by Ian McEwan. From Lionsgate … “Dating Game Killer” (2018), starring Guillermo Diaz, Carrie Preston and Alma Martinez, is a scripted film based on the true crime story following the investigation and eventual capture of serial killer Rodney Alcala, who appeared on “The Dating Game” amid a string of grisly murders in the 1970s. From Lionsgate … In “Juliet, Naked” (2018), starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd, Annie (Byrne), the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan (O’Dowd), develops an unlikely transatlantic romance with the once-admired, now washed-up singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan’s musical obsession. Based on the novel by best-selling author Nick Hornby. On DVD, Blu-photo for Splitray/DVD Combo, from Lionsgate … “Split” (1989), starring Timothy Dwight, Joan Bechtel and John Flynn, is a Sci-fi story about a man in a society of complacent people who can see the stifling control exerted on humankind by beings from another dimension. Living on garbage and in ever-changing disguise, Starker bounces from one person to another, trying to wake the world from its slavery. But as his ideas start to gain traction, he becomes the singular target of the Agency Director, a formidable dictator. Starker must race against advanced surveillance technology and evade countless agents to get his message out to the masses before he is neutralized by the forces of order. New 2K restoration from the original negatives. On Blu-ray from Verboden Video … After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction in “Final Score” (2017). Co-stars Ray Stevenson, Pierce Brosnan and Amit Shah. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Lionsgate … In “The Marine 6: Close Quarters” (2018), starring WWE Superstars Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Shawn Michaels and Becky Lynch, Jack Carter (Mizanin) and another former Marine, Luke Trapper (Michaels), join forces to rescue a kidnapped girl (Louisa Connolly-Burnham) from a gang of international criminals headed up by Maddy Hayes (Lynch). On DVD, Blu-ray, from Sony.

Foreign Films:

In the compelling, slow-burning thriller “The Third Murder” (2017 — Japan), high-powered attorney Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama) takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi (Koji Yakusho), though he does so with reluctance, knowing that the man already provided a full confession and had been previously convicted of murder 30 years earlier. But as Shigemori digs deeper into the evidence and hears Misumi’s own conflicting testimony, the once-confident lawyer begins to doubt whether his client could be the murderer after all. A gripping and morally complex crime procedural that incisively explores the meaning of truth and innocence. On DVD, Blu-ray, from Film Movement.

Special Interest:

“The Owl’s Legacy” (1989): Long unavailable, Chris Marker’s “The Owl’s Legacy” has been recently restored by the Cinematheque Francaise. Each episode of the 13-part series takes as its starting point a different word that originated in ancient Greece — including “symposium,” “democracy” and “nostalgia” -— inspiring a wide-ranging exploration of that concept in contemporary culture. Interviewees include Elia Kazan, Theo Angelopoulos, Laurence Braunberger, Cornelius Castoriadis, Arielle Dombasle, Angelique Ionatos, Michel Jobert, Michel Serres, Guilia Sissa, and George Steiner among others, while the free play of ideas and the marvelous, mercurial motion of the work is totally, unmistakably Marker. “The Owl’s Legacy” was shot in Paris, Athens, Berkeley, Tbilisi and Tokyo. Includes a 24-page booklet, with essay by film historian Jean-Michel Frodon. From Icarus Films.

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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