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Tuesday Releases: Ava

AVA
Lionsgate Films | 2019 | 96 min | Rated R
Directed by Tate Taylor

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Recruited by a covert military operation, Ava (Jessica Chastain) works as a notorious assassin who embarks on several international missions to take out noteworthy targets. However, when one job suddenly goes awry, Ava must reassess her loyalties in her quest to protect her own life.

SPECIAL FEATURES
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BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON FIVE
Sony Pictures | 2020 | Season 5 | Rated TV-14

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

In Season Five of the critically acclaimed drama BETTER CALL SAUL, Jimmy McGill’s decision to practice law as “Saul Goodman” creates unexpected and profound waves of change throughout Albuquerque’s legal and illegal circles. Kim Wexler finds herself at a crossroads as her connection with Jimmy deepens. Wracked with guilt and regret, Mike Ehrmantraut hits rock bottom. Meanwhile, Nacho Varga tries to survive as Gus Fring’s covert war on the cartel becomes a life-and-death chess match with the mercurial and relentless Lalo Salamanca.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Tell Me Again” Featurette
  • “The Good, The Bags and The Ugly” Featurette
  • “Bagman” – The Ambush
  • “Bagman” – The Cannon Roll
  • “The Effects for This!”
  • Cast & Crew Commentaries on Every Episode
  • Gag Reel
  • Mesa Verde Bank and Trust TV spots
  • Ethics Training with Kim Wexler
  • “Crystal Balls” Featurette

ADDITIONAL TV BOX SETS

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride: The Complete Series (2017-2018)
  • Blindspot: Season Five
  • Franklin & Bash: The Complete Series
  • Mission: Impossible: The Original TV Series (1966-1973)
  • Mork and Mindy: Season One
  • NCIS: Season One
  • The New Pope: The Complete Series
  • Seis Manos: Season One (2019)
  • Tommy: The Complete Series

ESSENTIAL FELLINI
(Variety Lights / The White Sheik / I vitelloni / La Strada / Il Bidone / Nights of Cabiria / La Dolce Vita / 8 1/2 / Juliet of the Spirits / Fellini Satyricon / Roma / Amarcord / And the Ship Sails On / Intervista)
Criterion | 1950-1987 | 14 Movies | 1697 min | Rated R
Directed by Federico Fellini & Alberto Lattuada

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

One hundred years after his birth, Federico Fellini still stands apart as a giant of the cinema. The Italian maestro is defined by his dualities: the sacred and the profane, the masculine and the feminine, the provincial and the urbane. He began his career working in the slice-of-life poetry of neorealism, and though he soon spun off on his own freewheeling creative axis, he never lost that grounding, evoking his dreams, memories, and obsessions in increasingly grand productions teeming with carnivalesque imagery and flights of phantasmagoric surrealism while maintaining an earthy, embodied connection to humanity. Bringing together fourteen of the director’s greatest spectacles, all beautifully restored, this centenary box set is a monument to an artist who conjured a cinematic universe all his own: a vision of the world as a three-ring circus in which his innermost infatuations, fears, and fantasies take center stage.

Fifteen-Blu-ray Special Edition Collector’s Set Features
  • New 4K restorations of 11 theatrical features, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks for all films
  • New digital restorations of the short film Toby Dammit (1968) and the television film Fellini: A Director’s Notebook (1969), with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • Feature documentaries Fellini: I’m a Born Liar (2002) and Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997), the latter presented in its 193-minute version
  • Two-hour, four-part 1960 interview with director Federico Fellini by filmmaker André Delvaux for Belgian television
  • Four behind-the-scenes documentaries: Reporter’s Diary: “Zoom on Fellini” (1965), Ciao, Federico! (1969), The Secret Diary of “Amarcord” (1974), and Fellini racconta: On the Set of “And the Ship Sails On” (1983)
  • Fellini racconta: Passegiatte nella memoria, a 2000 documentary featuring interviews with a late-in-life Fellini
  • Giulietta Masina: The Power of a Smile, a 2004 documentary about Fellini’s wife and frequent collaborator
  • Once Upon a Time: “La dolce vita,” a French television documentary about the film
  • Audio commentaries on six of the films
  • Program from 2003 on Fellini’s 1980s television advertising work
  • Archival interviews with Fellini stars and collaborators, including Mastroianni, Sandra Milo, Anouk Aimée, and Magali Noël
  • Archival audio interviews by film critic Gideon Bachmann with Fellini, Mastroianni, and Fellini’s friends and family
  • Video essays, trailers, and more
  • PLUS: Deluxe packaging, including two lavishly illustrated books with hundreds of pages of content: notes on the films by scholar David Forgacs, essays by filmmakers Michael Almereyda, Kogonada, and Carol Morley; film critics Bilge Ebiri and Stephanie Zacharek; and novelist Colm Tóibín, and dozens of images spotlighting Don Young’s renowned collection of Fellini memorabilia

Collector’s set designed by Raphael Geroni, with new illustrations by Abigail Giuseppe

THE IRISHMAN
SPINE #1058
Criterion | 2019 | 208 min | Rated R
Directed by Martin Scorsese

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Martin Scorsese’s cinematic mastery is on full display in this sweeping crime saga, which serves as an elegiac summation of his six-decade career. Left behind by the world, former hit man and union truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert DeNiro) looks back from a nursing home on his life’s journey through the ranks of organized crime: from his involvement with Philadelphia mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) to his association with Teamsters union head Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) to the rift that forced him to choose between the two. An intimate story of loyalty and betrayal writ large across the epic canvas of mid-twentieth-century American history, The Irishman (based on the real-life Sheeran’s confessions, as told to writer Charles Brandt for the book I Heard You Paint Houses) is a uniquely reflective late-career triumph that balances its director’s virtuoso set pieces with a profoundly personal rumination on aging, mortality, and the decisions and regrets that shape a life.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Newly edited roundtable conversation among Scorsese and actors Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, originally recorded in 2019
  • Making “The Irishman,” a new program featuring Scorsese; the lead actors; producers Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Jane Rosenthal, and Irwin Winkler; director of photography Rodrigo Prieto; and others from the cast and crew
  • Gangsters’ Requiem, a new video essay by film critic Farran Smith Nehme about The Irishman’s synthesis of Scorsese’s singular formal style
  • Anatomy of a Scene: “The Irishman,” a 2020 program featuring Scorsese’s analysis of the Frank Sheeran Appreciation Night scene from the film
  • The Evolution of Digital De-aging, a 2019 program on the visual effects created for the film
  • Excerpted interviews with Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran and Teamsters trade-union leader Jimmy Hoffa from 1999 and 1963
  • Trailer and teaser
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

New cover by Gregory Manchess

BUDDY GAMES
Paramount Pictures | 2019 | 96 min | Rated R
Directed by Josh Duhamel

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

A group of friends reunite to play The Buddy Games, a wild assortment of absurd physical and mental challenges. In the process, they’ll heal old wounds, right past wrongs and figure out the true meaning of friendship…or die trying.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • The Great American Screenplay
  • The Buddy System
  • The Bobfather
  • Let The Games Begin

IRON MASK
Lionsgate Films | 2019 | 121 min | Rated PG-13
Directed by Oleg Stepchenko

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

The English traveler Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the king of all dragons – the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would be stronger this time – a staunch skepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands?

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • “In Service of Others: Reflections of the Cast” Featurette
  • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track
  • Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature

TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA
Well Go USA | 2020 | 116 min | Not Rated
Directed By Sang-ho Yeon

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in Train to Busan, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Original Korean and English audio tracks
  • Making of – Fetaurette
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Trailers

THE BEASTMASTER
Vinegar Syndrome | 1982 | 118 min | Rated PG
Directed By Don Coscarelli

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

When he was a baby, Dar (Marc Singer, TV’s ‘V’) was cursed by an all-powerful wizard named Maax (Rip Torn, Men in Black) to prevent him from rightfully ascending as the leader of his people. But the curse left him with a unique gift: the ability to telepathically communicate with all forms of animal life. But when Maax all but wipes out his tribe leaving Dar to fend for himself, he begins a quest of vengeance, accompanied by his animal friends, to Maax and end his reign of terror and violence. Directed by legendary genre filmmaker Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) and co-starring Tanya Roberts (Sheena), John Amos (Coming to America), and Rod Loomis (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), THE BEASTMASTER is a thrilling mix of fantasy, action, and adventure, with touches of horror. Photographed by Academy Award winning cinematographer John Alcott (Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange) and featuring incredible production design by Conrad Angone, Vinegar Syndrome Ultra brings THE BEASTMASTER to 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray in a brand new 4K restoration!

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM A 35MM INTERPOSITIVE
  • HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM (Blu-ray copy included)
  • Limited edition VSU magnet clasp hard case containing a Slipcover and a 40-page bound book
  • Newly produced multi-part feature length making-of documentary
  • Select extras ported over from previous DVD releases
  • Additional extras to be announced
  • Reversible Blu-ray sleeve cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles
  • REGION-FREE

EF: A TALE OF MEMORIES AND MELODIES
Sentai Filmworks | 2008 | 2 Seasons | 600 min | Rated TV-MA
Directed By Shin Onuma

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

ef – A Tale of Memories & Melodies complete collection contains episodes 1-12 of ef ~ A Tale of Memories and episodes 1-12 of ef ~ A Tale of Melodies directed by Shin Oonuma all housed in a Steelbook Case.

Four disparate groups of friends. Different places. Different times. Different lives. Yet, their destinies are inexplicably interwoven, and what happens to any one group will, in the end, affect them all. One Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono helps Miyako, the victim of a purse snatching, and discovers that she goes to the same school he does. To the dismay of his childhood friend, Kei, Hiro starts hanging out with Miyako.

When Renji Asou meets Chihiro Shindou at an abandoned train station, he doesn’t notice anything unusual at first. But he soon discovers that she suffers from a rare disease. Shuichi Kuze’s been spending time with Mizuki Hayama. As they’ve been getting to know each other, they’ve been growing closer. Yuu Himura meets a girl who seems to know him, but he doesn’t know her. Soon enough, however, he remembers a girl he met long ago, and begins to rediscover old, half-forgotten feelings.

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MAD MAX
Kino Lorber | 1979 | 93 min | Rated R
Directed By George Miller

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

In a not-too-distant dystopian future, when man’s most precious resource — oil — has been depleted and the world plunged into war, famine and financial chaos, the last vestiges of the law in Australia attempt to restrain a vicious biker gang. Max (Mel Gibson), an officer with the Main Force Patrol, launches a personal vendetta against the gang when his wife (Joanne Samuel) and son are hunted down and murdered, leaving him with nothing but the instincts for survival and retribution.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
  • Audio Commentary with Art Director Jon Dowding, Cinematographer David Eggby, Special Effects Artist Chris Murray, Moderated by Filmmaker Tim Ridge
  • Australian 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Mono
  • U.S. English Dubbed 2.0 Lossless Mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

BLU-RAY DISC:

  • EXCLUSIVE NEW video interview with director George Miller
  • Interviews with Stars Mel Gibson & Joanne Samuel and Cinematographer David Eggby
  • Audio Commentary with Art Director Jon Dowding, Cinematographer David Eggby, Special Effects Artist Chris Murray, Moderated by Filmmaker Tim Ridge
  • Mel Gibson: Birth of a Superstar
  • Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon
  • Two Theatrical Trailers
  • Three TV Spots
  • Three Radio Spots
  • TRAILERS FROM HELL with Josh Olson
  • Australian 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Lossless Mono
  • U.S. English Dubbed 2.0 Lossless Mono
  • Optional English Subtitles

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
(COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
Paramount Pictures | 2020 | 99 min | Rated PG
Directed By Jeff Fowler

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Bring home one the year’s biggest blockbusters, in this limited edition Blu-ray with exclusive new artwork and bonus movie-poster collectible cards. The world needed a hero, we got a hedgehog. Powered with incredible speed, Sonic The Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of super-uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Now it’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using Sonic’s unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the planet in this live-action adventure comedy that’s fun for the whole family.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Limited Edition Blu-ray
  • Exclusive New Artwork
  • Exclusive Movie Poster Collectible Cards
  • Includes DVD + Digital

He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection
(Sting of Death / Death Curse of Tartu / The Hooked Generation / The Psychedelic Priest / The Naked Zoo / Mako: Jaws of Death / Whiskey Mountain)
Arrow | 1966-1977 | 6 Movies | 736 min
Directed by William Grefé

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Killer sharks and human jellyfish and living mummies, oh my! Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by William “Wild Bill” Grefé, the maverick filmmaker who braved the deep, dark depths of the Florida everglades to deliver some of the most outrageous exploitation fare ever to go-go dance its way across drive-in screens.

Bringing together seven of Grefé’s most outlandish features, all new to Blu-ray, He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection packs in a macabre menagerie of demented jellyfish men (Sting of Death), zombified witch doctors (Death Curse of Tartu), homicidal hippies (The Hooked Generation) and seductive matrons (The Naked Zoo) – not to mention the ubiquitous go-go dancing college kids – to create one of the most wildly entertaining box-sets of all time!

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Seven William Grefé films, all newly restored from the best surviving film elements: Sting of Death (1966), Death Curse of Tartu (1966), The Hooked Generation (1968), The Psychedelic Priest (1971), The Naked Zoo (1971), Mako: Jaws of Death (1976) and Whiskey Mountain (1977)
  • Brand new, extended version of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures’ definitive documentary They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé
  • Original uncompressed mono audio for all films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring an extensive, never-before-published interview with William Grefé and a new foreword by the filmmaker
  • Reversible poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
  • Reversible sleeves featuring newly commissioned artwork for each of the films by The Twins of Evil

STING OF DEATH (1966) + DEATH CURSE OF TARTU (1966)

  • Brand new introductions to the films by director William Grefé
  • Archival audio commentaries for both films with William Grefé and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter
  • Sting of Death: Beyond the Movie – Monsters a-Go Go! – a look into the history of rock ‘n’ roll monster movies with author/historian C. Courtney Joyner
  • The Curious Case of Dr. Traboh: Spook Show Extraordinaire – a ghoulish look into the early spook show days with monster maker Doug Hobart
  • Original Trailers
  • Still and Promotion Gallery

THE HOOKED GENERATION (1968) + THE PSYCHEDELIC PRIEST (1971)

  • Archival audio commentaries for both films with director William Grefé and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter
  • Hooked Generation behind-the-scenes footage
  • Hooked Generation Original Trailer
  • Still and Promotion Gallery

THE NAKED ZOO (1971) + MAKO: JAWS OF DEATH (1976)

  • William Grefé’s original Director’s Cut of Naked Zoo
  • Alternate Barry Mahon re-release cut of Naked Zoo
  • Original Mako: Jaws of Death Trailer and Promo
  • Still and Promotion Gallery

WHISKEY MOUNTAIN (1977) + THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: EXTENDED CUT (2020)

  • Whiskey Mountain Original Trailer
  • Still and Promotion Gallery
  • They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé – the definitive documentary presented for the first in High-Definition and in a brand new, extended cut
  • ABBA: Rock Case Studies
  • AC/DC: The Brian Johnson Years
  • After We Collided (2020)
  • Alien Armageddon (2020)
  • All I Can Say (2019)
  • All Roads to Pearla (2019)
  • Amarcord (1973)
  • American Trial: The Eric Garner Story (2019)
  • Assassins Pride: The Complete Collection (2019)
  • Azure Lane: The Complete Collection (2019)
  • Bad Company: Total Rock Review
  • Bad Decisions: The Joe Biden Story
  • Big Order (2016)
  • Blood Craft
  • Blood Games (1990)
  • Bob Dylan: The Best of Bob Dylan
  • Book Of Monsters (2019)
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
  • Buoyancy (2019)
  • The Cancer Documentary (2020)
  • Cemetery Of Terror (1985)
  • Creem: America’s Only Rock N Roll Magazine
  • Dark/Web (Special Edition)
  • Demons
  • The Doors: The Halcyon Years
  • Dragon Christmas
  • The Ealing Studios Comedy Collection (Whisky Galore / Passport Pimlico / The Titfield Thunderbolt / Maggie) (1949-1954)
  • Eric Clapton: Masterpieces
  • The Forgotten Battalion (2020)
  • Forgotten Gialli: Volume 2 (French Sex Murders / My Dear Killer / The Girl In Room 2A) (1972-1974) (Vinegar Syndrome)
  • For Me And My Gal (1942)
  • Foster Boy
  • Frontline: America’s Police Problem
  • Getting to Know You (2020)
  • The Gulf
  • Habermann (2010)
  • Hacking Your Mind
  • Haunting of Mary Celeste (2020)
  • Ice House (2017)
  • Il Bidone (1955)
  • In The Life of Music (2018)
  • Into The Labyrinth
  • I Start Counting (1969)
  • The Jewish Soul: Classics of Yiddish Cinema (1935-1949)
  • The Killing Floor (1985)
  • King Of The Mountain (1981)
  • Kiss Me Kate (1953)
  • The Last Blockbuster (2020)
  • Libeled Lady (1936)
  • Live On Earth: The Online Lockdown Concert
  • Locke the Superman (1984)
  • The Lost Weekend (1945)
  • Lupin III: The Secret of Twilight Gemini (1996)
  • Lycanimator (2018)
  • Mags and Julie Go On a Road Trip (2020)
  • Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
  • Metallica: Master of Puppets The Essential Albums Of All Time
  • Motorhead: Inside Motorhead
  • My Fire Place Girl: Yule Log Lover (2020)
  • My Life With Rosie
  • Ode To Billy Joe (1976)
  • The Other Side of Madness (1971)
  • The Pirate (1948)
  • Pretending I’m A Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story
  • Pup School: Arctic Adventure
  • QT8: Quentin Tarantino: The First Eight (Special Collectors Edition)
  • Rest In Pieces (1987) (Vinegar Syndrome)
  • Riders of Death Valley (1941)
  • Route One/USA (1989)
  • The Severed Arm (1983)
  • She Mob / The Girl from Pussycat (1968-1969)
  • Small Group (2018)
  • Sustenance (2020)
  • Target: St Louis / Target: Philadelphia
  • That’s Wild (2020)
  • A Thousand and One Nights (1969)
  • Tourist Trap: VHS Retro Big Box Collection (1979)
  • The Walrus and The Whistleblower (2020)
  • We’re No Angels (1955)
  • Whodunit? (1982)
  • Wonder Boys 2000)
  • Zenobia (1939)

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Friday Releases: Happiest Season

NOVEMBER 20, 2020

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HAPPIEST SEASON

Directed By: Clea Duvall
Studio: Hulu

A holiday romantic comedy that captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy, Holland, Victor Garber, and Mary Steenburgen
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Country: Canada | USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for some language)
Runtime: 102 minutes

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THE LAST VERMEER

Created By: Dan Friedkin
Studio: Sony Pictures

An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye.

Starring: Guy Pearce, Claes Bang, Vicky Krieps, and Roland Møller
Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for some language, violence and nudity)
Runtime: 117 minutes

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SOUND OF METAL

Directed By: Darius Marder
Studio: Amazon Studios

A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

Starring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff and Mathieu Amalric
Genre: Drama | Music
Country: Belgium | USA (English & French)
Rating: R (for language throughout and brief nude images)
Runtime: 120 minutes

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BUDDY GAMES

Directed By: Josh Duhamel
Studio: Saban Films

A group of friends reunite to play The Buddy Games, a wild assortment of absurd physical and mental challenges. In the process, they’ll heal old wounds, right past wrongs and figure out the true meaning of friendship…or die trying.

Starring: Josh Duhamel, Olivia Munn, Kevin Dillon, Dax Shepard and Neal McDonough
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: R (for strong crude sexual content and language throughout, some graphic nudity, drug use and brief violence)
Runtime: 90 minutes

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EMBATTLED

Directed By: Nick Sarkisov
Studio: IFC Films

A son aspires to follow in his famous MMA father’s footsteps, but along his journey must figure out how to break the abusive cycle, if possible, that his father has continued.

Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Stephen Dorff, Donald Faison, and Saïd Taghmaoui
Genre: Action | Drama | Sport
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for pervasive strong language and crude sexual references, violence and some nudity)
Runtime: 117 minutes

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COLLECTIVE

Directed By: Alexander Nanau
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.

Starring: Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag, Catalin Tolontan, Tedy Ursuleanu, and Vlad Voiculescu
Genre: Documentary | International
Country: Romania | Luxembourg (Romanian & English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 109 minutes

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GIRL

Directed By: Chad Faust
Studio: Screen Media Films

A young woman returns to her small hometown intent on killing her abusive father only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she uncovers a family legacy more dangerous than she’d imagined.

Starring: Bella Thorne, Mickey Rourke, Chad Faust, and Lanette Ware
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes

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ALWAYS AND FOREVER

Directed By: Chris Stokes
Studio: RLJE Films

After a tragedy reunites Nicole with her childhood friends, they each find themselves in danger, targets of a deranged stalker. Nicole knows this can’t be a coincidence. The secrets of their past are coming back to haunt them.

Starring: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robbie Jones, Aundrea Smith, and Loretta Devine
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror, thematic elements, some sexual references and language)
Runtime: 98 minutes

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JIU JITSU

Directed By: Dimitri Logothetis
Studio: The Avenue Entertainment

Every six years, an ancient order of jiu-jitsu fighters joins forces to battle a vicious race of alien invaders. But when a celebrated war hero goes down in defeat, the fate of the planet and mankind hangs in the balance.

Starring: Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, Tony Jaa and Nicolas Cage
Genre: Action | Fantasy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for violence throughout)
Runtime: 102 minutes

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1 NIGHT IN SAN DIEGO

Directed By: Penelope Lawson
Studio: 1091 Pictures

Two life long friends, Hannah, a former reality starlet, and her conscious cuddling best friend, Brooklyn, road trip to San Diego to meet a high school crush and attend Comic Con. When things don’t go as planned, their trip turns into a night of chaos, debauchery, and ultimately tests the deepest bonds of their friendship.

Starring: Jenna Ushkowitz, Laura Ashley Samuels, Alexandra Daddario, and Eric Nelsen
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 85 minutes

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HEARTS AND BONES

Directed By: Ben Lawrence
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Daniel is preparing an exhibition of his work from the world’s war zones. When Sebastian learns that this exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in his village, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs.

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, and Bolude Watson
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Australia (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 111 minutes

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TEAM MARCO

Directed By: Julio Vincent Gambuto
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Marco, 12, is obsessed with his iPad and hardly leaves the house. However, when his grandmother dies and his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down.

Starring: Owen Vaccaro, Louis Cancelmi, Thomas Kopache, and Greg Rikaart
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Family
Country: USA (English & Italian)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes

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VANGUARD

Directed By: Stanley Tong
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Covert security company Vanguard is the last hope of survival for an accountant after he is targeted by the world’s deadliest mercenary organization.

Starring: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang and Miya Muqi
Genre: Action | International
Country: China (English & Mandarin)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 108 minutes

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THE BLACK BOOK OF FATHER DINIS

Directed By: Valéria Sarmiento
Studio: Music Box Films

A picaresque chronicle of Laura, a peasant maid, and Sebastian, the young orphan in her charge, against a backdrop of overflowing passion and revolutionary intrigue in Europe at the twilight of the 18th century

Starring: Lou de Laâge, Stanislas Merhar, Niels Schneider, and Jenna Thiam
Genre: Drama | History | International | Romance
Country: Portugal | France (French)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 113 minutes

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THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Directed By: Matthew Rankin
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Determined to become the leader of the Dominion of Canada, a young W.L. Mackenzie King rises to power.

Starring: Dan Beirne, Sarianne Cormier, Catherine St-Laurent, and Mikhaïl Ahooja
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama
Country: Canada (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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BORN TO BE

Directed By: Tania Cypriano
Studio: Kino Lorber

BORN TO BE follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting at the groundbreaking Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City-where, for the first time ever, all transgender and gender non-conforming people have access to quality transition-related health and surgical care. With extraordinary access, this feature-length documentary takes an intimate look at how one doctor’s work impacts the lives of his patients as well as how his journey from renowned plastic surgeon to pioneering gender-affirming surgeon has led to his own transformation.

Starring: Leiomy Maldonado, Garnet Rubio, Mahogany Phillips, and Jess Ting
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes

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THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS

Directed By: Christy Summerhays
Studio: Purdie Distribution

Uncle John recounts the story of Christ’s birth to Connie Lou through story and song. See Connie Lou discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately opening her heart to the joy of this special season.

Starring: Christy Summerhays, Michael McLean, Jeff McLean, and Adrien Swenson
Genre: Musical
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 130 minutes

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ONE WORLD

Directed By: Alexander Adrian & Lance Violette
Studio: Burton Snowboards

999 Ideas, 72 Days, 39 Riders, One World: A Film by Burton. We are snowboarders committed to the fundamental values of our sport. We are creative thinkers, colorful personalities, raw athletes, cultural icons and style masters. We are young, we are old, from all walks of life from all over the globe. We are innovators, influencers and explorers. We respect the power of our impact and are constantly striving to better this one world that we share. Whether you’ve been here all along or you’re dropping in for the first time, the bond of snowboarding spans the globe and connects us all. We are one world.

Starring: Anna Gasser, Ben Ferguson, Danny Davis, & Mark McMorris
Genre: Documentary | Sport
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 45 minutes

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New Trailer: One Night In Miami — Official Trailer #1

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

Theatrical Release Date: December 25, 2020
Digital Release Date: January 15, 2021
Directed by: Regina King
Studio: Amazon Studios

Synopsis: One Night in Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.

Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr.

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Tami Reiker

COMPOSER
Terence Blanchard

EDITOR
Tariq Anwar

PRODUCERS
Jess Wu Calder
Keith Calder
Jody Klein

BUDGET
$16.9 million

SCREENPLAY
Kemp Powers

BASED ON
“One Night In Miami…”
by Kemp Powers

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New Trailer: Chaos Walking — Official Trailer #1

CHAOS WALKING

Release Date: January 22, 2021
Directed by: Doug Liman
Studio: Lionsgate

Synopsis: In the not too distant future, Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers Viola (Daisy Ridley), a mysterious girl who crash lands on his planet, where all the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “the Noise” – a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened – and as Todd vows to protect her, he will have to discover his own inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, and David Oyelowo

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Ben Seresin

COMPOSER
Marco Beltrami
Brandon Roberts

EDITOR
Doc Crotzer

PRODUCERS
Doug Davison
Allison Shearmur
Erwin Stoff
Alison Winter

SCREENPLAY
Patrick Ness
Christopher Ford

BASED ON
“The Knife of Never Letting Go”
by Patrick Ness

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Tuesday Releases: The New Mutants & Unhinged

THE NEW MUTANTS
Disney / Buena Vista | 2020 | 94 min | Rated PG-13
Directed by Josh Boone

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

In this action-filled film, five young people who demonstrate special powers are forced to undergo treatment at a secret institution – allegedly to cure them of the dangers of their powers. But it’s soon clear that their containment is part of a much bigger battle between the forces of good and evil!

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • DOLBY ATMOS AUDIO TRACK
  • Origins & Influences – Legendary comics artist Bill Sienkiewicz and the filmmakers explore the origins and influences behind “The New Mutants.”
  • Meet the New Mutants – Cast members share their experiences while filming and reveal how they bonded as a family, much like the characters in the film.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Roberto Suns & Dani Climbs
    • “She’s a Demon”
    • “Everybody’s Type” & Chores
    • Dani’s Nightmare – Alt
    • “I Need to Cool Off”
    • “We’re on Lockdown”
    • Take out the Source
  • Optional English SDH, Spanish, French, and German subtitles for the main feature
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WESTWORLD: SEASON THREE
Warner Bros. | 2020 | Season 3 | 492 min | Not Rated

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Following the aftermath of last season’s Westworld massacre, “hosts” Dolores, Maeve, Bernard and Charlotte Hale begin a new chapter – outside of the park – exploring the “real world” and who they will become in the wake of their liberation. Over the course of eight hour-long episodes, Season Three finds Dolores prepared to wage war on humanity and Bernard trying desperately to stop her, while Maeve reunites with familiar faces in a new realm – and all discover that the world outside is as full of deception and predetermination as the one they’ve always known.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION OF THE SHOW
  • ENGLISH DOLBY ATMOS AUDIO TRACK
  • We Live in a Technocracy
  • Rico
  • A Vision for the Future
  • Westworld on Location – Home Entertainment Exclusive
  • Escape from Westworld
  • Exploring War World
  • Creating Westworld’s Reality – Featurettes:
    • Creating Westworld’s Reality: Parce Domine
    • Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Absence of Field
    • Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Mother of Exiles
    • Creating Westworld’s Reality: Genre
    • Creating Westworld’s Reality: Decoherence
    • Creating Westworld’s Reality: Passed Pawn
    • Creating Westworld’s Reality: Crisis Theory
  • Welcome to Westworld – Featrettes
    • Welcome to Westworld: Evan Rachel Wood & Aaron Paul – Analysis
    • Welcome to Westworld: Evan Rachel Wood & Aaron Paul – Who Said It?
    • Welcome to Westworld: Thandie Newton & Tessa Thompson – Analysis
    • Welcome to Westworld: Thandie Newton & Tessa Thompson – Who Said It?
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ADDITIONAL TV BOX SETS

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride: The Complete Series (2017-2018)
  • Blindspot: Season Five
  • Franklin & Bash: The Complete Series
  • Mission: Impossible: The Original TV Series (1966-1973)
  • Mork and Mindy: Season One
  • NCIS: Season One
  • The New Pope: The Complete Series
  • Seis Manos: Season One (2019)
  • Tommy: The Complete Series

GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI
SPINE #1057
Criterion | 1999 | 116 min | Not Rated
Directed by Jim Jarmusch

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Jim Jarmusch combined his love for the ice-cool crime dramas of Jean-Pierre Melville and Seijun Suzuki with the philosophical dimensions of samurai mythology for an eccentrically postmodern take on the hit-man thriller. In one of his defining roles, Forest Whitaker brings a commanding serenity to his portrayal of a Zen contract killer working for a bumbling mob outfit, a modern man who adheres steadfastly to the ideals of the Japanese warrior code even as chaos and violence spiral around him. Featuring moody cinematography by the great Robby Müller, a sublime score by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, and a host of colorful character actors (including a memorably stone-faced Henry Silva), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai plays like a pop-culture-sampling cinematic mixtape built around a one-of-a-kind tragic hero.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate isolated stereo music track
  • New Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
  • New conversation between actors Forest Whitaker and Isaach De Bankolé, moderated by film scholar Michael B. Gillespie
  • New interview with casting director Ellen Lewis
  • New interview with Shifu Shi Yan Ming, founder of the USA Shaolin Temple
  • Flying Birds: The Music of “Ghost Dog,” a new video essay on RZA’s score by filmmaker Daniel Raim
  • The Odyssey: A Journey into the Life of a Samurai, a 2000 program on the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes
  • Archival interviews
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Essays by critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Greg Tate, a 2000 interview with Jarmusch, and quotations from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, by the early-eighteenth-century monk Yamamoto Tsunetomo

New cover by Eric Skillman

MOONSTRUCK
SPINE #1056
Criterion | 1987 | 104 min | Rated PG
Directed by Norman Jewison

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

A full moon, a New York City night, and love and music in the air . . . One of the most enchanting romantic comedies of all time assembles a flawless ensemble cast for a tender and boisterously funny look at a multigenerational Italian American family in Brooklyn, wrestling with the complexities of love and marriage at every stage of life. At the center of it all is a radiant Cher as Loretta, an unlucky-in-love bookkeeper whose feelings about her engagement to the staid Johnny (Danny Aiello) are thrown into question after she meets his hot-blooded brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage), and one night at the opera changes everything. Winner of the Academy Awards for best actress (Cher), supporting actress (Olympia Dukakis), and original screenplay (by playwright John Patrick Shanley), this modern-day fairy tale is swept along on passionate Puccini melodies, and directed by master storyteller Norman Jewison with the heightened emotion to match.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with screenwriter John Patrick Shanley
  • New interview with scholar Stefano Albertini about the use of opera in the film
  • Introduction from 2013 featuring Cher
  • Interviews from 1987 with director Norman Jewison and actors Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia Dukakis
  • Interview from 2002 with actor Danny Aiello
  • Audio interview from 1989 with Shanley about screenwriting and the development of Moonstruck
  • At the Heart of an Italian Family, a 2006 program about the making of the film
  • The Music of “Moonstruck,” a 2006 program featuring interviews with Jewison and composer Dick Hyman
  • Audio commentary from 1998 with Cher, Jewison, and Shanley
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Emily VanDerWerff

THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY
Sony Pictures | 2020 | 108 min | Rated PG-13
Directed by Natalie Krinsky

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Gag Reel
  • Behind-the-Scenes Vignettes

RELIC
Shout Factory | 2020 | 89 min | Not Rated
Directed by Natalie Erika James

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

When elderly mother Edna inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam rush to the family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her.

SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Original trailer
  • Audio descriptive track