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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray: June 20, 2017

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The new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of June 20, 2017 include the sci-fi horror "Life" starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds, the comedy "Wilson" starring Woody Harrelson, and the Jackie Chan actioner "Railroad Tigers".

Among the classic/cult films released this week on Blu-ray we have "The Lawnmower Man" Collector's Edition, "Joe Versus the Volcano", 8 Million Ways to Die", an "Airplane" double feature edition and many more.

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





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MOVIES


LIFE (2017)


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Product Description: Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Runtime: 104 min

Rating: R for language throughout, some sci-fi violence and terror

Language: English

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers




WILSON (2017)


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Product Description: Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. Based on Daniel Clowes' iconic graphic novel of the same name, WILSON is a "riotously funny" (Noel Murray, ThePlaylist.net) look at life, love, family…and one man's wildly ambitious search for happiness.

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

Director: Craig Johnson

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Isabella Amara, Cheryl Hines, Sandy Oian-Thomas, Judy Greer, Shaun Brown

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 94 min

Rating: R for language throughout and some sexuality

Language: English

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Special Features:
  • 15 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
  • 3 Promotional Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Trailers




ALTITUDE (2017)


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Product Description: A headstrong FBI agent (Denise Richards) is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane. When she finds out that his ex-partners (Greer Grammer, Chuck Liddell, and Dolph Lundgren) are leading the deadly operation, she must choose sides and do whatever it takes to keep the plane from going down.

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

Director: Alex Merkin

Starring: Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Jonathan Lipnicki

Genre: Action, Thriller

Runtime: 88 min

Rating: R for language and some violence

Language: English

Studio: Lionsgate

Special Features:
  • None




A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (2014)


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Product Description: From the mind of award-winning director Julie Taymor (The Lion King on Broadway, Frida, Titus) comes a Shakespeare adaptation like none other, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Rich with Taymor's trademark creativity, this immersive and darkly poetic cinematic experience brings the play's iconic faries, spells, and hallucinatory lovers to life. Filmed at her sold-out stage production with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida) and music by Academy Award-winning composter Ellior Goldenthal (Frida, Heat), the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the center of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of Shakespeare's beloved tale.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Julie Taymor

Starring: Kathryn Hunter, David Harewood, Tina Benko

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 144 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Trailers




RAILROAD TIGERS (2016)


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Product Description: In this action-comedy caper harkening back to Jackie Chan s classic Hong Kong films, a railroad worker (Chan) and his ragtag group of freedom fighters find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed military train filled with desperately needed provisions. Unarmed and outnumbered, they must fight back against an entire army using only their wits, in a series of a dazzling set pieces and action scenes rivaling anything seen on the big screen.

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

Director: Ding Sheng

Starring: Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Zitao Huang

Genre: Action, Comedy, War

Runtime: 124 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Well Go USA

Special Features:
  • Five Featurettes
  • Original Trailers




ELIAN (2017)


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Product Description: It is a bold claim – that a five year old boy could change America; change the course of history. But when a Cuban boy named Elián Gonzalez was plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving day 1999, he set in motion a bitter custody battle and chain of events that did just that. With unprecedented access to Elián, his family and key players in the saga, THE BOY WHO CHANGED AMERICA uses one boy’s remarkable journey to plot the path to rapprochement between Cuba and the U.S.

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

Director: Tim Golden, Ross Mcdonnell

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 108 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English, Spanish

Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Special Features:
  • None




THE DUELIST (2016)


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Product Description: Returning to Saint Petersburg after a long exile, a dashing retired army officer makes a comfortable living by winning other people's duels. An enigmatic, focused, and extremely skilled professional, he leaves a trail of dead bodies behind him as he swirls through polite society, frequently called upon to wield a pistol as a surrogate in duels at dawn. But when he meets the naïve young Prince and his beautiful sister, Princess Martha, the normally cold-hearted mercenary is surprised by his undetected emotions. Now, his fate may change as a series of revelations is uncovered about his past and his present.

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

Director: Aleksey Mizgirev

Starring: Pyotr Fyodorov, Vladimir Mashkov, Yuliya Khlynina

Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 109 min

Rating: R for strong violence and some sexuality/nudity

Language: Russian

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




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CLASSIC FILMS


THE LAWNMOWER MAN: Collector's Edition (1992)


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Product Description: Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is a brilliant scientist obsessed with perfecting virtual reality software. When his experiments on animals fail, he finds the ideal substitute :Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey), a slow-witted gardener. Dr. Angelo’s goal is to benefit his human guinea pig and ultimately mankind itself, but evil lurks the guise of "the Shop, ", a shadowy group that seeks to use the technology to create an invincible war machine. When the experiments change the simple Jobe into a superhuman being, the stage is set for a Jekyll-and-Hyde struggle for the control of Jobe’s mind and the future of the world.

Purchasing Links: Collector's Edition Blu-ray

Director: Brett Leonard

Starring: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Dean Norris

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 108 min

Rating: R for language, sensuality and a scene of violence

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Documentary
  • Featurettes
  • Still Gallery
  • Storyboard Comparison
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers




JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO (1990)


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Product Description: Laughs erupt when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan fall in love – and fall in lava – in Joe Versus the Volcano, a stylish comedy written and directed by Moonstruck Academy Award winner* John Patrick Shanley. This first teaming of the peerless stars of Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail follows the follies of a stressed-out guy (Hanks) in a dead-end job who is told he has a terminal “brain cloud.” A zany jillionaire (Lloyd Bridges) makes him an offer that gives him a fleeting taste of the good life. In exchange, he must journey to a Pacific island and leap into a volcano. Is Joe doomed to be the last of the red-hot lovers? Not if the forces of imagination, romance and the charm of Ryan in three roles as the women in Joe’s life have their way.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: John Patrick Shanley

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Runtime: 102 min

Language: English

Studio: Warner Archive Collection

Special Features:
  • Vintage Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Music Video - Sixteen Tons w/ Eric Burdon
  • Original Theatrical Trailer




8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE (1986)


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Product Description: Jeff Bridges (Blown Away), Rosanna Arquette (Desperately Seeking Susan) and Andy Garcia (Things to Do in Denver When You re Dead) send sparks flying in this electrifying journey into the world of high-priced call girls and million-dollar drug deals. Matt Scudder (Bridges) is an ex-cop with a drinking problem who free-lances on jobs other ex-cops won t touch. When he accepts a fat fee to help a hooker get free of her pimp, Scudder lands in the middle of a savage drug and prostitution ring and given his past failures, there s no guarantee he ll get out alive. 8 Million Ways to Die is a powerful story of personal crisis and riveting police thrillers that will hold you spellbound and leave you breathless. This was the final film credit for the great Hal Ashby (Coming Home, Shampoo) screenplay by Oliver Stone (Scarface) and R. Lance Hill (Road House) under pseudonym David Lee Henry and based on the book by Lawrence Block (A Walk Among the Tombstones). Co-starring Alexandra Paul (Christine) and Randy Brooks (Reservoir Dogs).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Hal Ashby

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Alexandra Paul, Randy Brooks, Andy García

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime

Runtime: 115 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Interviews
  • Audio commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Trailer Gallery
  • Reversible Cover Art




AIRPLANE: 2-MOVIE COLLECTION (1980-1982)


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Product Description: Includes 'Airplane!' and 'Airplane II: The Sequel.'

Purchasing Links: 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray

Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 88 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Paramount

Special Features:
  • None




CAR WASH (1976)


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Product Description: Everybody is cleaning up and getting down in this classic comedy from the decade that brought you the tube top, the polyester suit and lots of good times! It's just a typical day in the lives of the employees, customers and passersby of a Los Angeles car wash. There's a would-be robbery... an assembly line of the weirdest, baddest, shadiest characters you've ever met... and lots of '70s music to pass the hours till quitting time. Featuring outrageously hilarious performances by George Carlin, Professor Irwin Corey, the Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor as Daddy Rich – a flamboyant Reverend who preaches the goodness of the dollar – Car Wash is a timeless classic celebrating an era devoted to living life in the fast lane.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Michael Schultz

Starring: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Darrow Igus

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 97 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • NEW "Car Wash From Start To Finish" With Producer Gary Stromberg
  • NEW "Workin' At The Car Wash" With Otis Day
  • Audio Commentary With Director Michael Schultz
  • Radio Spot
  • Original Trailer




TEN LITTLE INDIANS (1974)


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Product Description: One of the most diabolical mysteries ever concocted comes to vivid life in this all-star version of the classic Agatha Christie thriller! Summoned to an isolated, elegant hotel in the middle of the desert, several strangers find themselves accused at dinner of heinous crimes that have escaped punishment... until now. Now they're being murdered off one by one in a pattern from a chilling nursery rhyme, and suspicion grows as they realize the killer may be one of their own. Oliver Reed (Burnt Offerings, The Hunting Party) and Elke Sommer (A Shot in the Dark, House of Exorcism) headline a dazzling cast of potential victims including Oscar winner Sir Richard Attenborough (Gandhi, Jurassic Park), Herbert Lom (The Dead Zone, the Pink Panther series), French pop sensation Charles Aznavour, Stephane Audran (Le Boucher, The Big Red One), Gert Frobe (Goldfinger, Bloodline), Adolfo Celi (Thunderball, Danger: Diabolik), Alberto De Mendoza (Horror Express, The People Who Own the Dark), Maria Rohm (Venus in Furs, 99 Women), and the voice of one and only Orson Welles. Directed by cult filmmaker Peter Collinson (The Italian Job, Open Season), this riveting and stylish whodunit is more baffling than ever in glorious HD!

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: George Pollock

Starring: Oliver Reed, Stéphane Audran, Elke Sommer, Richard Attenborough, Herbert Lom, Charles Aznavour, Maria Rohm, Adolfo Celi

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Runtime: 105 min

Rating: PG

Language: English

Studio: Scorpion Releasing

Special Features:
  • Trailer Gallery




THE PAUL NASCHY COLLECTION (1973)


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Product Description: Paul Naschy (born Jacinto Molina Álvarez) was Spain's answer to Lon Chaney. He has portrayed many classic monsters – the Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula, the Mummy and more. He was not only a terrific actor, but an accomplished writer, producer and director. This Blu-ray box set includes five stellar films from his long and distinguished career. Set includes: 'Vengeance of the Zombies,' 'Horror Rises from the Tomb,' 'Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll,' 'Night of the Werewolf,' and 'Human Beasts'.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Paul Naschy

Starring: Paul Naschy

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 446 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailers
  • Spanish Credit Sequences
  • Alternate Clothed Sequences
  • Deleted Scenes (Night of the Werewolf)
  • Spanish Theatrical Trailer










THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970)


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Product Description: In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom.

Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)...

A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this new, 4K-restored limited edition from Arrow Video!

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

Director: Dario Argento

Starring: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Runtime: 96 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: Italian

Studio: Arrow Video

Special Features:
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil's Advocates:
  • Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study
  • New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger
  • New interview with writer/director Dario Argento
  • New interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
  • Double-sided fold-out poster featuring
  • 6 Lobby Card reproductions
  • Limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook




ISLAND OF TERROR (1966)


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Product Description: On a tiny island off the coast of Ireland, a new breed of terror is unleashed. In his quest to find a cure for cancer, a research scientist conducts an experiment involving mutated cells. But this attempt to benefit humanity becomes a nightmare that threatens the entire human race.

The tranquil island is suddenly rocked by the mysterious death of a local farmer. When he is found in a cave, not a trace of bone left in his body, he has been reduced to a horrible, shapeless mass. Enter eminent pathologist Dr. Brian Stanley (horror icon Peter Cushing, Brides of Dracula, The Gorgon ) and Dr. David West (Edward Judd, First Men in the Moon), a brilliant bone specialist. Working together in a desperate race against time, they must find a way to destroy the seemingly indestructible, ever multiplying horde of bone-eating creatures before the mutant monsters kill everyone on the island and spread like a deadly plague across the entire planet! This chilling horror film is directed by the talented Hammer Films veteran director Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Terence Fisher

Starring: Peter Cushing, Edward Judd, Carole Gray

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 89 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Film Historian Dr. Robert J. Kiss and Blogger/Actor Rick Pruitt
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery




THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO / THUNDERBIRD 6 (1965-1966)


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Product Description: THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO: Blast off into interplanetary adventure with the first feature-length film starring the International Rescue team: millionaire ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy, his five stalwart sons, the fabulous secret agent Lady Penelope and, of course, their incredibly futuristic fleet of Thunderbird rescue ships! THUNDERBIRD 6: The Tracy team is back in action in another riveting adventure! This time it will take all of their combined effort - and the cunning wit of their colleague Lady Penelope - to defeat an international ring of terrorists, who've targeted International Rescue for destruction! (Brilliant! Decades Ahead of Its Time) Entertainment Weekly

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: David Lane

Starring: Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Alexander Davion

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 182 min

Rating: G

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentaries with Producer Sylvia Andersion and Director David Lane
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historians Jeff Bond and Nick Redman
  • Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Greg Ford and Cartoon Writer William Hohauser
  • "History and Appeal" Featurette
  • "Factory of Dolls and Rockets" Featurette
  • "Epics in Miniature" Featurette
  • "Lady Penelope" Featurette
  • "Building Better Puppets" Featurette
  • "Tiger Moth" Featurette
  • And More!




THE MARSEILLE TRILOGY (1931) - Criterion Collection


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Product Description: In the 1930s, Marcel Pagnol, a leading light of the Paris theater, set out for new horizons as a filmmaker in his native Provence. His early masterpieces Marius, Fanny, and César mix theatrical stagecraft with realistic location photography to create an epic love story from the fabric of everyday life. Gruff, sentimental César (music-hall star Raimu) owns a waterfront bar in the old port of Marseille, where his son, Marius (Pierre Fresnay), wipes down tables and dreams of a life at sea. The prosperous, middle-aged sailmaker Panisse (Fernand Charpin), wanting to wed Marius s sweetheart, Fanny (Orane Demazis), sets up a generation-spanning romantic triangle, the story of which unfolds in a series of fateful twists in the films of The Marseille Trilogy, which first earned Pagnol his place in cinema history. If Pagnol is not the greatest auteur of the sound film, critic André Bazin wrote, he is in any case something akin to its genius.

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Marc Allégret, Alexander Korda, Marcel Pagnol

Starring: Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay, Raimu

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Runtime: 395 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: French

Studio: Criterion Collection

Special Features:
  • New introduction by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
  • New interview with Nicolas Pagnol, writer-director Marcel Pagnol’s grandson
  • Segments of Marcel Pagnol: Morceaux de choisis, a 1973 documentary series on Pagnol’s life and work
  • Short documentary on the Marseille harbor by Pagnol
  • Archival interviews with actors Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay, and Robert Vattier
  • Pagnol’s Poetic Realism, a new video essay by scholar Brett Bowles
  • French television clip about the restoration of the trilogy
  • Theatrical rerelease trailer
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and excerpts from Pagnol’s memoirs




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