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Welles, Wilder, Bergman, Byrne & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in November 2018

This November, the Criterion Collection will present Orson Welles’s elegiac second feature, The Magnificent Ambersonsin its first-ever Blu-ray release, an edition packed with supplemental features. Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis star in Billy Wilder’s gender-bending Some Like It Hota pinnacle of Hollywood comedy, appearing in a new 4K restoration. David Byrne explores the wild, wild life of Texas in the musical odyssey True Storiesmaking its Blu-ray debut in a special edition that also includes a never-before-released CD of the film’s complete soundtrack. And Kenji Mizoguchi’s long-unavailable late-career classic A Story from Chikamatsu will appear in a new 4K restoration. Plus: the previously announced Blu-ray box set Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema celebrates the visionary Swedish director’s 100th birthday with the most comprehensive collection of his films ever released on home video.

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Super Troopers 2 (Blu-ray Review)

Recent years have given rise to many sequels and reboots to films and even TV series from years ago. Super Troopers 2 is something that’s been talked about plenty for years but never came to fruition. Much of that was due to the first film being more of a home video/cult favorite than a worthy cinematic endeavor. That said, thanks to crowdfunding and the never-ending spirit of the Broken Lizard comedy team, the sequel was made and even succeeded as far as box office was concerned. But how about the movie? Was it a long-awaited disappointment, or a new, fun chapter for this team of Vermont Highway Patrolmen?

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A Matter of Life and Death – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

I was happy to put together my first write-up about an Ingmar Bergman film, and now I’ve had the chance to write at some length about a terrific film from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A Matter of Life and Death is finally debuting on The Criterion Collection Blu-ray, and it does not disappoint. Heralded as one of the best British films ever made, the 1946 fantasy-romance has had a significant impact on cinematic storytelling, influencing so many filmmakers in the decades since its original release. Now, everyone can have access to this restored feature that looks and sounds extraordinary and features an excellent set of supplemental material.

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Princess Bride, Shampoo, Sisters & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in October 2018

This October, the beloved fairy-tale classic The Princess Bride will join the Criterion Collection in a clothbound storybook Blu-ray edition packed with special features-as you wish! Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s long-unavailable television series Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, a working-class soap opera suffused with affection and solidarity will appear in a new 2K restoration. Warren Beatty stars in Shampoo– a sly send-up of sex and politics in the 1960s directed by Hal Ashby- making its Blu-ray debut. Brian De Palma’s Sisters, the virtuoso director’s twisted and terrifying first foray into Hitchcock territory, will appear in a new 4K restoration. And there’s more: Cornel Wilde plumbs primal terror and colonialist violence in the stripped-down action film The Naked Prey, on Blu-ray for the first time.

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Isle of Dogs (Blu-ray Review)

Wes Anderson has built a filmography full of work that could never be mistaken for another filmmaker, and he’s managed to take ambitious chances as well. That said, Isle of Dogs feels like a notable departure from Anderson’s comfort zone. Beyond being another stop-motion animated effort, the use of Japanese culture and a healthy dose of political commentary provide the film with a larger scope. What could have been a simple animated delight focused on the story of a boy and his dog becomes much more layered. Now the film is available on Blu-ray for all to see.

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The Virgin Spring – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

As much a fan I may be of legendary director Ingmar Bergman, I’ve never actually written at length about one of his films. Thanks to this re-release of his Oscar-winning film, The Virgin Spring, from The Criterion Collection, I now have the chance. Numerous superlatives go with almost any of Bergman films, and this one is no different. In addition to being an odd inspiration for some films that came later on, this was the movie that brought Bergman a lot more international acclaim, having already delivered some of his signature work. All that success and he wasn’t even much of a fan of this entry in his oeuvre. All that and more in this assessment of another great Blu-ray upgrade for a terrific feature.

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DEADPOOL 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut Hitting Hard On Blu-ray This August and Comic-Con Plans Announced

Wade Wilson returned to theaters early this summer and now he’ll be hitting home theaters hard later this summer. Get ready for Deadpool 2 on Blu-ray and 4K UHD on August 7th, but there’s more! There’s an all-new cut of the film that’s 15 minutes longer, along with a bunch of bonus features to go with it. But why wait until then? Those attending San Diego Comic-Con will have the chance to see the super duper cut of Deadpool 2 on the big screen, along with witnessing plenty of other shenanigans from the Merc with the Mouth. Learn all the details about all of this craziness below.

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The Endless (Blu-ray Review)

For all the praise given to horror films such as A Quiet Place and It in recent months, there have been plenty of smaller voices staking a claim on the genre as well. This month just gave us Ari Aster’s brilliant debut horror film Hereditary, but we also had another very well-reviewed horror film come out the same day as John Krasinski’s horror blockbuster. That would be The Endless, the latest film from the directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. The two have been quietly directing some interesting underground genre features, and this is their most recent dive into trippy territory on a low budget, which is now available on a solid Blu-ray disc.

 

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It’s Grimes vs. Negan in THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 8 on Blu-ray & DVD 8/21

While Fear the Walking Dead has eclisped The Walking Dead in terms of quality this past year, there’s still something for audiences to look forward to in this most recent season’s upcoming Blu-ray release. Get ready for The Walking Dead Season 8 on Blu-ray August 21. Per the release: “Together with the Hilltop and the Kingdom, Rick and the Alexandrians bring “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better equipped, and ruthless, but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.” Learn more about this upcoming Blu-ray set below.

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Bergman, Tarkovsky, Assayas & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in September 2018

Coming this September, Olivier Assayas’s long-unavailable coming-of-age masterpiece Cold Water, recently released theatrically for the first time in the U.S., will join the Criterion Collection in a new 4K restoration supervised by the director. Andrei Tarkovsky’s monumental epic Andrei Rublev will make its Blu-ray debut in an edition that includes both the director’s preferred 185-minute cut and the extended cut that was suppressed by Soviet censors. A Raisin in the Sun, the classic film version of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play about a Chicago family’s struggle against racism and class barriers, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, will appear in a new 4K restoration. American inequality gets lampooned from the top down in My Man Godfrey, the uproarious Depression-era screwball comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard, now on Blu-ray. And that’s not all: Ingmar Bergman plumbs the emotional depths of a couple’s life together and apart in Scenes from a Marriage, on Blu-ray for the first time.

 

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Coming To America – 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Along with the 35th anniversary of Trading Places, Paramount has also released a 30th-anniversary edition of Coming to America, another massive hit for Eddie Murphy. Unfortunately, much like the new Trading Places release, there’s nothing new to be found in this release, including everything on the technical side of the release. That’s a shame, as Coming to America is often looked at as one of Murphy’s best films for a good reason. It has plenty of classic hysterical moments, in addition to an ultimately sweet story that plays up a romantic angle, amid the fish out of water concept.

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Trading Places – 35th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

For better or worse, Paramount is delivering two Eddie Murphy classics this month, in honor of their anniversaries. The first is his two-hander with co-lead Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places, the modern take on The Prince and the Pauper, which features Murphy’s hustler taking over the life of Aykroyd’s spoiled yuppie. Trading Places is a beloved comedy from the 80s and while some may be pleased with a new Blu-ray release, just know that there’s almost no difference beyond the inclusion of a digital copy and new-ish box art. Still, there’s a great comedy to take in here.

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Mustache Meets Mountie as SUPER TROOPERS 2 Arrives on Blu-ray July 17

You have the right to remain laughing as the Broken Lizard comedy team returns in the long-awaited sequel to the hilarious cult hit SUPER TROOPERS arriving on Digital and Movies Anywhere July 3 and Blu-ray™ and DVD July 17. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the fun-loving Vermont Highway Patrolmen – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to resolve the situationThe Broken Lizard comedy team of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Solhanske and Paul Soter return to star alongside Brian Cox, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Lynda Carter. Featuring hilarious bonus material on the making of the film along with extended and deleted scenes and a Kevin Heffernan featurette, the time is “meow” for SUPER TROOPERS 2.

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Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs Arrives on Blu-ray July 17th

Wes Anderson is a director that just doesn’t seem to know how to disappoint me. His second stop-motion animated feature once again proved to be a delight. Movie fans can add ISLE OF DOGS to their digital collection on Movies Anywhere beginning June 26th and purchase the Blu-ray and DVD starting July 17th. The film features an all-star cast voicing the dog and human characters including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, and Frances McDormand.
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Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season – A Dark Knight For The Series On Blu-ray This August

The latest season of Gotham, the hit FOX drama, shows the first signs of the emergence of Gotham City’s iconic Super Hero along with other DC characters that fans have come to know today. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is set to release Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season on August 21, 2018 featuring every episode with brand-new extras exploring the DC characters that fans have come to know, love and love to loathe. Horror fills the streets as season four of Gotham witnesses the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known while Bruce Wayne begins the path to vigilantism, showing signs of the caped crusader to come. Gotham City Police Department Captain Jim Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock remain at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains from Penguin to The Riddler and numerous others in between. Detective Gordon also finds himself fighting personal demons like never before. Continue on to learn more about this release.

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Annihilation (Blu-ray Review)

It can’t be simple to follow-up a directorial debut as successful as the Oscar-winning Ex Machina. For Alex Garland, however, things seem to be falling into place. Annihilation is his sophomore effort as a director, but Garland’s previous screenplays for films such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd have established him as one willing to explore science fiction in a variety of ways.  Given all his experience, it’s only right to see him take on a project such as this, which provides a balance between hard sci-fi concepts and the horror found in a beautiful, yet dangerous wonderland. Unfortunately, Paramount didn’t quite know what to do with the well-reviewed film, so following a controversial theatrical release, this solid Blu-ray release now exists to give audiences enough special features and a fantastic technical presentation to supplement a terrific film.

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Supernatural Thriller, THE ENDLESS Debuts on Blu-ray June 26

With a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, THE ENDLESS is one of the best-reviewed films of the year. Acclaimed filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson return with this mind-bending supernatural thriller about two brothers who revisit the UFO death cult they escaped as teens, only to find there may have been truth to the cult’s otherworldly beliefs all along. Benson and Moorhead also star in the film as the brothers, along with Callie Hernandez (Alien: CovenantLa La Land), Emily Montague (Fright Night), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects), Tate Ellington (Straight Outta Compton) and James Jordan (Wind River). THE ENDLESS debuts on digital, Blu-rayand DVD June 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

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The Tree of Life, Heaven Can Wait & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in August 2018

This August, The Tree of Life, visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick’s magnum opus starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, will join the Criterion Collection in an edition featuring a new cut that includes nearly fifty minutes of additional footage. And fifty years after its initial release put Cuban cinema on the map, Memories of Underdevelopment, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s long-unavailable masterpiece set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Cuban Revolution, will appear in a new 4K restoration. Director Robert M. Young brings his keen eye for socially engaged drama to The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, a passion project for producer-star Edward James Olmos and a landmark of Chicano cinema, appearing on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time. Susan Seidelman will join the collection with her trailblazing independent debut, Smithereens, a punk-rock portrait of down-and-out scenesters in 1980s New York, in a new, director-approved 2K restoration. And that’s not all: Ernst Lubitsch’s sly Technicolor comedy Heaven Can Wait will makes its first appearance on Blu-ray in a new 4K restoration.

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