A STAR IS BORN (2018)


Official Synopsis: Director/co-writer Bradley Cooper’s plays a present-day country musician struggling with alcoholism in this remake of the 1937 film of the same name. As his star wanes, the music career of the insecure singer-songwriter who became his lover and stage partner (Lady Gaga) rises to stratospheric heights – a process that places a great strain on their relationship.

  • The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born
  • Jam Sessions and Rarities: “Baby What You Want Me to Do”
  • Jam Sessions and Rarities: “Midnight Special”
  • Jam Sessions and Rarities: “Is That Alright” by Lady Gaga
  • Music Videos: “Shallow” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
  • Music Videos: “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga
  • Music Videos: “Look What I Found” by Lady Gaga
  • Music Videos: “I’ll Never Love Again” by Lady Gaga


TV SPOTLIGHT


DOCTOR WHO: NEW YEAR’S DAY SPECIAL


Official Synopsis: As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring, from across the centuries of Earth s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?

  • Series 11 Look Back
  • Making of Resolution
  • The Monster
  • Closer Look


CRITERION CORNER


DEATH IN VENICE (1971)


Official Synopsis: Based on the classic novella by Thomas Mann, this late-career masterpiece from Luchino Visconti is a meditation on the nature of art, the allure of beauty, and the inescapability of death. A fastidious composer reeling from a disastrous concert, Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde, in an exquisitely nuanced performance) travels to Venice to recover. There, he is struck by a vision of pure beauty in the form of a young boy named Tadzio (Björn Andrésen), his infatuation developing into an obsession even as rumors of a plague spread through the city. Setting Mann’s story of queer desire and bodily decay against the sublime music of Gustav Mahler, Death in Venice is one of cinema’s most exalted literary adaptations, as sensually rich as it is allegorically resonant.

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Luchino Visconti: Life as in a Novel, a 2008 documentary about the director, featur­ing Visconti; actors Burt Lancaster, Silvana Mangano, and Marcello Mastroianni; filmmakers Francesco Rosi and Franco Zeffirelli; and others
  • Alla ricerca di Tadzio, a 1970 short film by Visconti about his efforts to cast the role of Tadzio
  • New program featuring literature and cinema scholar Stefano Albertini
  • Interview from 2006 with costume designer Piero Tosi
  • Excerpt from a 1990 program about the music in Visconti’s films, featuring Bogarde and actor Marisa Berenson
  • Interview with Visconti from 1971
  • Visconti’s Venice, a short 1970 behind-the-scenes documentary featuring Visconti and Bogarde
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Dennis Lim

New cover by Cliff Wright


HIGHLIGHT RELEASES OF THE WEEK


BACKTRACE (2018)


Official Synopsis: Director Brian A. Miller’s cop thriller features a violent robber battling chronic amnesia, an experimental drug designed to recuperate his memories of a bank heist executed seven years ago, a local detective, and a hardened FBI agent (Sylvester Stallone). He strives to survive the drug’s harmful side effects and rediscover the stolen loot while evading his pursuers.

  • “Making Backtrace” Featurette
  • Cast/Crew Interviews


CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (2018)


Official Synopsis: This true story begins with frumpy Manhattan celebrity biography Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) as her luck begins to change. Her cat is unwell, her job has just been lost and she’s received an eviction warning meaning that she needs to make some money, and fast. She turns her creative hand to forging letters from well-known writers to earn a living. It works, but after getting her best friend Jack (Richard E. Grant) to help her stave off the authorities, it seems this money-making deception is drawing glances from all the wrong places.

  • Deleted Scenes – with/without Commentary by Director Marielle Heller
    • Outtake
    • Vet’s Office
    • Cat Café
    • Lee and Jack Drink
    • Ms. Whitman Short
  • Promotional Featurettes
    • Elevator Pitch
    • Becoming Lee Israel
    • Likely Friends
    • A Literary World
  • Audio Commentary by Marielle Heller and Melissa McCarthy
  • Galleries
    • Lee Israel Letter Gallery
    • Unit Photography Gallery


OVERLORD (2018)


Official Synopsis: With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist.

  • The Horrors of War
  • Creation
  • Death Above
  • Death on the Ground
  • Death Below
  • Death No More
  • Brothers in Arms


ROBIN HOOD (2018)


Official Synopsis: Filled with thrilling battle sequences, mind-blowing fight choreography, and epic adventure, ROBIN HOOD is an action-packed retelling of the classic legend. Returning home from the Crusades, Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) finds his country oppressed by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn). With the help of Moorish warrior Little John (Jamie Foxx), Robin transforms into the heroic outlaw Robin Hood, taking up arms to fight the sheriff and win the heart of his love, Maid Marian (Eve Hewson).

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  • “Outlaws and Auteurs: Reshaping Robin Hood” (7-Part Documentary)
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes


TV BOX SET


DAMAGES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Official Synopsis: Season 1 of this dense and time-tangled Glenn Close legal thriller begins with a flash-forward: %Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), a brilliant and, at that moment, very bedraggled Manhattan lawyer, has just discovered the bludgeoned body of her fiancé, medical resident David Connor (Noah Bean). An attempt on Ellen’s life is made as well, and both attacks stem from her association with Patty Hewes (Close), a power litigator who uses devilish tactics to fight on the side of angels. Six months prior to David’s death, Ellen joins Hewes & Associates to work on a class-action suit brought by former employees of Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), a corporate shark whom they accuse of selling his company—and their pensions—out from under them. As it happens, David’s sister Katie (Anastasia Griffith), a talented young chef, catered a Frobisher event in Florida the night before he dumped his company’s stock. Katie also had a fling that night with waiter Gregory Malina (Peter Facinelli), who is later befriended by Frobisher’s lawyer, Ray Fiske (Zeljko Ivanek), whose folksy Southern charm masks demons. As the Frobisher case plays out over the season, Ellen is arrested for David’s murder; Patty’s loyal No. 2 at the firm, Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan), struggles to emerge from under her shadow; and a number of characters emerge from the shadows, notably “Uncle Pete” McKee (Tom Aldredge), Patty’s avuncular Mr. Fix-it (and her actual uncle), George Moore (Peter Riegert), a former SEC official with ties to Frobisher, and freelancing NYPD detective Rick Messer (David Costabile).


  • Dagashi Kashi: Season One
  • Damages: The Complete Series
  • Prince of Stride: Alternative – The Complete Series
  • Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru – Season Two

SPECIAL EDITIONS / OTHER RELEASES


  • The 10th Kingdom (2000)
  • The Admirable Crichton
  • Admission (2013)
  • Almost Almost Famous (2019)
  • American Masters: Sammy Davis Jr. – I’ve Gotta Be Me
  • Antidote
  • As Above, So Below (2014)
  • Babylon 5: The Gathering/In The Beginning
  • Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (2007)
  • Backbeat
  • Barb Wire (1996)
  • Bedazzled (1967)
  • Bible Bees
  • Blackhat (2015)
  • The Boy Next Door (2015)
  • The Brawler
  • Breaking Barbi
  • Broadway Bound (1992)
  • Buck Privates (1941)
  • Candles On Bay Street
  • Canine Soldiers
  • Captain Morten and the Spider Queen
  • The Change-Up (2011)
  • Chef (2014)
  • Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)
  • Cleopatra
  • Color Me Blood Red (1964)
  • Cop Car (2014)
  • Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness
  • Cry-Baby
  • Dracula’s Fiancee/Lost in New York
  • Dream House (2011)
  • Duke (2018)
  • End Of Watch (2012)
  • Firestarter (1984)
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)
  • The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
  • The Flintstones (1994)
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
  • Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask
  • Hard Target (1993)
  • Harvest Of Fire
  • A Haunted House (2013)
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Honey Glue
  • Iceman: The Time Traveler (2018)
  • Identity Thief (2013)
  • The Intruder (1975)
  • K-ON!: The Complete Collection (Premium Box Set)
  • Lassie (2005)
  • The Last Race (2018)
  • The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) (VHS Retro Cover)
  • Lonesome Dove (1989)
  • Mad Dog and Glory
  • The Maestro (2019)
  • Man In Red Bandana (2016)
  • The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
  • The Man with the Iron Fists 2 (2015)
  • Mazinger Z: Infinity
  • Memphis Majic (2018)
  • Moby Dick
  • My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)
  • National Geographic: Into the Okavango
  • Neighbors (1981)
  • The Odyssey (1997)
  • Parasyte – The Maxim: The Complete Collection
  • The Real McCoy (1993)
  • The Return (2006)
  • The Return of the Vampire
  • The Rundown (2003)
  • Scarlett
  • Scarred
  • Scooby-Doo! Spring Break Triple Feature
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
  • Sgt. Will Gardner
  • Sheena (1984) (VHS Retro Cover)
  • The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996)
  • Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)
  • Skinner (1993)
  • So Dark the Night (1946)
  • Songwriter (1984)
  • The Street Fighter Collection
  • The Take (2016)
  • Talk Radio
  • The Titanic (1996)
  • To The Edge Of The Sky
  • Trainwreck (2015)
  • Wanderlust (2012)
  • The Watcher (2000)
  • White Noise (2005)
  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
  • Year of the Dragon (1985)
  • Youngblood (1986) (Special Edition)

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