|APRIL 17TH, 2018
Official Synopsis: Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in “The Post,” a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.
“The Post” was nominated for two Oscars at the 90th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Official Synopsis: National Geographic presents GENIUS, the network’s first-ever scripted series, based on the Walter Isaacson book Einstein: His Life and Universe and executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, with Howard also directing the first episode. The all-star cast includes Geoffrey Rush as Professor Einstein, Johnny Flynn as Albert in his youth and Emily Watson as the scientist’s second wife – and first cousin – Elsa Einstein.
Over 10 episodes, the series takes Einstein’s story beyond the halls of academia to explore his struggles to be a good husband and father, and a man of principle during a period of global unrest. His daringly creative mind often landed him in trouble with his loved ones and peers, but also helped him to usher in groundbreaking discoveries that reshaped modern science.
Official Synopsis: In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each other’s infidelities, resolve to file for divorce. But try as they might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can’t help meddling in Lucy’s ill-matched engagement to a corn-fed Oklahoma businessman (Ralph Bellamy), and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead. Directed by the versatile Leo McCarey, a master of improvisation and slapstick as well as a keen and sympathetic observer of human folly, The Awful Truth is a warm but unsparing comedy about two people whose flaws only make them more irresistible.
Disc features include:
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with critic Gary Giddins about director Leo McCarey
- New video essay by film critic David Cairns on Cary Grant’s performance
- Illustrated 1978 audio interview with actor Irene Dunne
- Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring Grant and Claudette Colbert
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Molly Haskell
Official Synopsis: A breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov’s masterwork overflows with unforgettable images and sounds. In a series of tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, The Color of Pomegranates revives the splendors of Armenian culture through the story of the eighteenth-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative. The film’s tapestry of folklore and metaphor departed from the realism that dominated the Soviet cinema of its era, leading authorities to block its distribution, with rare underground screenings presenting it in a restructured form. This edition features the cut closest to Parajanov’s original vision, in a restoration that brings new life to one of cinema’s most enigmatic meditations on art and beauty.
The Color of Pomegranates was restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the Cineteca di Bologna, in association with the National Cinema Centre of Armenia and Gosfilmofond of Russia, and funded by the Material World Charitable Foundation.
Disc features include:
- New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New audio commentary featuring critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns
- The Color of Armenian Land, a rarely seen 1969 documentary by Mikhail Vartanov featuring footage of director Sergei Parajanov at work
- New video essay on the film’s symbols and references, featuring scholar James Steffen
- New interview with Steffen on the production of the film
- Documentaries from 1977 and 2003 on Armenian poet Sayat-Nova and Parajanov
- The Last Film, a 2015 experimental short documentary by Martiros M. Vartanov
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ian Christie
|HIGHLIGHT RELEASES OF THE WEEK
Official Synopsis: In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.
Official Synopsis: Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate seeks the guidance of an eccentric neighbor as his life is upended by his father’s mistress.
TV BOX SETS
Official Synopsis: Killjoys follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multiplanetary class war. Starring Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch, and Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane as brothers John and D’avin, Season Three features the trio struggling to find the balance between politics, family and the good of the Quad. Out of the ashes of Khylen’s death, Aneela and her army are preparing for battle. With Johnny on the lamb, Dutch and D’avin are down one member as they prepare for the fight of their lives.
|12 Monkeys: Season Three|
|Claws: Season One
|Killjoys: Season Three|
|Maximilian & Marie De Bourgogne (2018)
|Mighty Orbots: The Complete Series|
|Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season Eleven|
|Perfect Strangers: Season Three|
SPECIAL EDITIONS / OTHER RELEASES
Official Synopsis: Van Etten, a pharmaceutical entrepreneur, tests drugs on bull sharks in hopes to extract their antibodies to cure human diseases. Before he can continue with his experiment, he tries to enlist Misty Calhoun, a shark conservationist, and other scientists to lead and endorse this project. The drug-enhanced sharks quickly begin to adapt and learn new hunting skills. The humans lose control over the laboratory and now they have to fight to survive.