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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray: July 4, 2017

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The new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of July 4th, 2017 include the Hungarian holocaust drama "The Zookeeper's Wife" starring Jessica Chastain, Terence Malick's new film "Song to Song", and the thriller "Drone" starring Sean Bean. Classic films released on Blu-ray this week include the animated features "Balto" and "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" and the Bob Hope films "Road to Bali", "The Lemon Drop Kid", "Road to Rio" and "My Favorite Brunette".

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





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MOVIES


THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE (2017)


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Product Description: In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband successfully run the Warsaw Zoo and raise their family in an idyllic existence. Their world is overturned, however, when the country is invaded by the Nazis and they are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed zoologist (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis risk everything by covertly working with the Resistance and using the zoo's hidden tunnels and cages to save families from Nazi brutality.

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

Director: Niki Caro

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Runtime: 127 min

Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of The Zookeeper's Wife
  • The Zabinski Family




SONG TO SONG (2017)


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Product Description: In this modern day love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples--struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress he ensnares--chase success through a rock 'n' roll landscape of seduction betrayal.

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

Director: Terrence Malick

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

Runtime: 129 min

Rating: R for some sexuality, nudity, drug use and language

Language: English

Studio: Broad Green Pictures

Special Features:
  • "The Music Behind the Movie" - Featurette




DRONE (2017)


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Product Description: Neil (Sean Bean) is a private drone contractor who spends his workdays flying covert missions then returns to a family life of suburban mediocrity without his wife or son knowing about his secret life, until a whistle-blowing site exposes him to a deadly threat. Believing he is responsible for the deaths of his wife and child, an enigmatic Pakistani businessman (Patrick Sabongui) tracks him down, leading to a harrowing confrontation.

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

Director: Jason Bourque

Starring: Sean Bean, Patrick Sabongui, Mary McCormack

Genre: Thriller

Runtime: 91 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Screen Media





ACCIDENTAL EXORCIST (2016)


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Product Description: Fate has dealt Richard Vanuck a very strange hand; he's a natural born exorcist. In fact, he's the best there's ever been, and with possessions on the rise across the city he's booked solid. Eventually he comes to realize that performing exorcisms is the only thing he's truly good at, even though his daily battles with Satanic forces are wearing him down. "Riveting, a master piece." - Awesome Mag "Epic in its scope and message." - Flatlands "Melancholy tale of possession that felt more Evil Dead than Shaun of the Dead." - Scream Horror Magazine

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

Director: Daniel Falicki

Starring: Daniel Falicki, Faye Sills, Sherryl Despres

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 105 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Cinedigm





BITCOINS HEIST (2016)


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Product Description: Hackers have become the bank robbers in the new world of crypto-currency. In order to catch the most wanted hacker, The Ghost , an Interpol special agent assembles a team of thieves to plan the ultimate heist. But as any good criminal knows, there is no honor among thieves.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video

Director: Ham Tran

Starring: Kate Nhung, Thanh Pham, Petey Majik Nguyen

Genre: Action

Runtime: 110 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: Vietnamese

Studio: Well Go USA





BLOODRUNNERS (2017)


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Product Description: An ancient vampire named Chesterfield (Ice-T, Law & Order: SVU) opens a speakeasy in a prohibition-era town.  It's 1933 and the lust for alcohol has proven very profitable for corrupt cops like Jack Malone (Michael McFadden, The Networker). His officers have shaken down every gin joint in their district and the new speakeasy is to be their next big score. When Jack and his corrupt cops poke around the gin joint, they discover the vampires have infiltrated the town and feast on unsuspecting victims. Now Chesterfield and his clan must hide their secret, forcing a clash with the crooked cops. The bloody result leaves several killed and others prisoner, awaiting a fate worse than death. With no where else to turn, Jack joins forces with a love-struck busboy and crazy preacher to save the innocent and make a final stand against Chesterfield and his vampires.

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

Director: Dan Lantz

Starring: Ice-T, Michael McFadden, Chris James Boylan

Genre: Action, Crime, Horror

Runtime: 95 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Special Features:
  • Feature-length commentary with director Dan Lantz
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Gag reel
  • Trailers




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CLASSIC FILMS


BALTO (1995)


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Product Description: Experience the journey of one of the most courageous canines of all time with Balto, inspired by an incredible true story. Part husky/part wolf, Balto doesn't know where he belongs. He's an outcast in Alaska, except to his true friends - Boris, the Russian snow goose; polar bear cubs Muk and Luk; and the beautiful husky, Jenna. Even though he's different, all of Balto's friends recognize what he still can't see himself: his noble spirit. One day, a serious epidemic spreads fast among the children of Nome. When a fierce blizzard closes off all routes of transport, there's no way to obtain lifesaving medicine...unless a team of sled dogs can race six-hundred miles through the blinding Arctic storm and bring back anti-toxin. When the dogs get lost in the frozen wilderness, only Balto can rescue the team and save the children.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Simon Wells

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings, Phil Collins

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama

Runtime: 1h 18min

Rating: G

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM (1990)


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Product Description: The loyal and hardworking executive Graham Marshall (screen legend Michael Caine) has paid his dues. He has suffered through mounting bills, the indignities of climbing the corporate ladder, and a nagging wife (Swoosie Kurtz, Sisters) with only an anxiously awaited promotion to keep him going. But that all changes when his promotion is instead given to a boorish associate (Peter Riegert, National Lampoon's Animal House). Annoyed and frustrated, Graham unleashes his rage … in the form of an accidental killing with which he gets away clean! Emboldened by his newfound talent for murder, Graham begins to rethink his business strategy – with deadly results.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Jan Egleson

Starring: Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, Peter Riegert

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Runtime: 88 min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Jan Egleson
  • Interview With Jan Egleson
  • Alternate Ending
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer




AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST (1991)


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Product Description: From filmmaker Steven Spielberg, An American Tail : Fievel Goes West is a delightful full-length animated feature that continues the adventures of the brave young mouse who captured audiences' hearts everywhere. Lured out west by the crafty Cat R. Waul, Fievel joins forces with famed lawdog Wylie Blurp to thwart a sinister plot to transform unsuspecting settlers into...mouseburgers! This heartwarming family film features the voices of James Stewart, Dom DeLuise, John Lovitz, Amy Irving and many more along with an original score including "Dreams to Dream" sung by Linda Ronstadt.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells

Starring: James Stewart, John Cleese, Amy Irving, Dom DeLuise, John Cleese, Jon Lovitz

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

Runtime: 75 min

Rating: G

Language: English

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Special Features:
  • None




WINDOWS (1980)


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Product Description: The withdrawn and recently divorced Emily (Talia Shire, Rocky) lives a lonely existence. But after enduring a bizarre assault at the hands of a stranger, Emily finds both comfort and friendship in her neighbor Andrea (Elizabeth Ashley, The Carpetbaggers.) As Emily contends with the fact that her attacker still stalks the streets, she slowly discovers that there is more to her new acquaintance, Andrea, beyond her helpful façade: something that becomes a window to the dark soul of depraved obsession.

Directed by acclaimed cinematographer Gordon Willis (The Godfather, Annie Hall) and featuring a score by the legendary Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, The Hateful Eight), Windows is a dark and controversial thriller of lust and psychological pain.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Gordon Willis

Starring: Talia Shire, Joe Cortese, Elizabeth Ashley

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 1h 36min

Rating: R

Language: English

Studio: Shout! Factory

Special Features:
  • NEW High-Definition transfer of the film taken from the inter-positive
  • NEW In Conversation interview with actress Talia Shire and producer Mike Lobell
  • NEW Interview with actress Elizabeth Ashley
  • Original TV spots & Trailer
  • Still Gallery




DOBERMAN COP (1977)


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Product Description: Released just as the popularity of yakuza movies was waning in Japan, and as the country's film industry was undergoing some fundamental shifts, Doberman Cop is a unique entry in the career of director Kinji Fukasaku (Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Cops vs Thugs), and reunited him with star Shinichi ''Sonny'' Chiba (The Street Fighter, Wolf Guy) in an American-style crime movie that mixes gunplay and pulp fiction with martial arts and lowbrow comedy to create one of their most entertaining films.

Based on a popular manga by ''Buronson'' (creator of Fist of the North Star), Doberman Cop follows the fish-out-of-water adventures of Joji Kano (Chiba), a tough-as-nails police officer from Okinawa who arrives in Tokyo's Kabuki-cho nightlife district to investigate the savage murder and mutilation of an island girl who had been working as a prostitute. Initially dismissed as a country bumpkin (complete with straw hat and live pig in tow!), Kano soon proves himself a more savvy detective than the local cops, and a tougher customer than anyone expected. As he probes deeper into the sleazy world of flesh-peddling, talent agency corruption and mob influence, Kano uncovers the shocking truth about the girl, her connection to a yakuza-turned-music manager (Hiroki Matsukata), and a savage serial killer who is burning women alive.

Made to appeal both to the youth market with its biker gangs and popular music, as well as to old-time yakuza movie fans, Doberman Cop is an surprising oddity in Fukasaku's career, his sole film adapted directly from a manga and never before released on video outside of Japan. Featuring Chiba at his charismatic best channeling a Japanese Dirty Harry while doing all his own stunts and Fukasaku at his most fun, deftly showcasing the combined talents of his ''Piranha Army'' stock company of actors and other regular players Doberman Cop is a classic action comedy and a missing link in 1970's Japanese cinema deserving of rediscovery.

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

Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Starring: Shin'ichi Chiba, Janet Hatta, Eiko Matsuda

Genre: Action, Crime

Runtime: 90 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: Japanese

Studio: Arrow Video

Special Features:
  • Beyond the Film: Doberman Cop, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
  • New video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba
  • New video interview with screenwriter Koji Takada
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector's book featuring new writing on the films by Patrick Macias




ROAD TO BALI (1952)


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Product Description: In this sixth of seven Road to movies, Bob Hope (Son of Paleface), Bing Crosby (Road to Rio) and Dorothy Lamour (My Favorite Brunette) team up in their only color film in the series. Hope and Crosby star as two out-of-work vaudeville performers who are on the lam. The two are hired by a South Seas prince as deep-sea divers in order to recover a buried treasure. They meet beautiful Princess Lala (Lamour) and vie for her affections. Of course, the boys run into the usual perils such as cannibals, a giant squid and numerous cameos from some of Hollywood's biggest stars like Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Jane Russell and Humphrey Bogart. Director Hal Walker (At War with the Army) was no stranger to the three actors, having directed the trio in Road to Utopia. The seventh and final "Road to" picture, Road to Hong Kong, would be released 10 years later for another studio and co-starred Joan Collins with Hope and Crosby, with Lamour only making a brief cameo appearance.

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Hal Walker

Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Runtime: 1h 31min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historians Michael Schlesinger and Mark Evanier




THE LEMON DROP KID (1951)


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Product Description: Comedy legend Bob Hope (My Favorite Brunette) stars as Sidney Milburn (A.K.A. The Lemon Drop Kid, named so after his love of the simple candy), a con man who offers a friendly "sure thing" horse tip to the girlfriend of mobster Moose Moran (Fred Clark, Visit to a Small Planet) at the race track. When the horse loses and Moose's original pick wins, Moose gives Sidney until Christmas to pay back the money he lost or his thug, Sam the Surgeon (Harry Bellaver, Naked City), will "open up" Sidney after Christmas. To pay back the money he owes Moose, Sidney enlists some pals to hit the street corners of New York dressed as Santa Claus accepting donations for a bogus elderly ladies' home, but soon after, gangster Oxford Charlie (Lloyd Nolan, The House on 92nd Street) tries to move in on Sidney's scam. What follows is vintage Hope shenanigans, highlighted by a heart-warming rendition of the Christmas classic "Silver Bells" sung by Hope and Marilyn Maxwell (Lost in a Harem). Also starring William Frawley (I Love Lucy) and Tor Johnson (The Black Sleep).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Sidney Lanfield

Starring: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan

Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance

Runtime: 1h 31min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • None




ROAD TO RIO (1947)


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Product Description: In this fifth of seven Road to movies, Hot Lips Barton (Bob Hope, Son of Paleface) and Scat Sweeney (Bing Crosby, Road to Bali) stow away on an ocean bound ship to avoid being charged with arson after burning down a circus. Aboard the vessel, the duo fall for the beautiful Lucia Maria de Andrade (Dorothy Lamour, My Favorite Brunette). Lucia is under the spell of her evil aunt (Gale Sondergaard, The Life of Emile Zola), who has arranged a marriage for the young beauty to take over her inheritance. Just like its predecessors, Road to Rio is full of hilarious Hope and Crosby gags and wonderful musical sequences, featuring musical guests The Wiere Brothers and The Andrew Sisters. Beautifully shot by Oscar-winner Ernest Laszlo (Judgment at Nuremberg) with wonderful direction by Norman Z. McLeod (Topper) who went on to direct Hope in four more features and a screenplay by Edmund Beloin (The Lemon Drop Kid) and Jack Rose (Papa s Delicate Condition).

Purchasing Links: DVD, Blu-ray

Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Musical

Runtime: 1h 40min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • None




MY FAVORITE BRUNETTE (1947)


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Product Description: Comedy legend Bob Hope (The Lemon Drop Kid) plays a baby photographer who gets mixed up with gangsters in this bubbly slapstick comedy-noir. Ronnie Jackson (Hope) wants nothing more than to step into the gumshoes of office mate Sam McCloud (Alan Ladd, This Gun for Hire), a private investigator who runs his own detective agency. Jackson gets his big break when a mysterious femme fatale (Dorothy Lamour, Road to Rio, The Hurricane) strolls into McCloud s office and asks him to find her kidnapped uncle. Jackson plays along with the detective role but is soon in way over his head as he becomes embroiled in a dangerous plot involving professional killers. This spoof of the hardboiled detective genre also features horror legends Peter Lorre (Tales of Terror) and Lon Chaney Jr. (The Black Sleep) as two of Hope's villainous foils. Top-notch direction by Elliott Nugent (The Cat and the Canary, Nothing But the Truth) and beautiful black-and-white cinematography by Oscar-winner Lionel Lindon (The Manchurian Candidate, I Want to Live!).

Purchasing Links: Blu-ray

Director: Elliott Nugent

Starring: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Runtime: 87 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Kino Lorber

Special Features:
  • None




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