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Hitchcock, Kiarostami & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in January 2019

In January, Elaine May will join the Criterion Collection with Mikey and Nicky, an unsung masterpiece of 1970s cinema, starring John Cassavetes and Peter Falk as small-time gangsters in a barbed study of friendship and betrayal. Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant enact an anguished romance in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller Notorious, appearing in a stunning new 4K restoration. Cristian Mungiu’s riveting 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the Palme d’Or-winning breakout film of the New Romanian Cinema, will appear on Blu-ray for the first time. The indomitable Sidney Poitier faces off against Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night, an Academy Award-winning landmark in Hollywood’s treatment of racism, appearing in a new 4K restoration. And there’s more: Abbas Kiarostami’s final film, the contemplative 24 Frames, breathes motion into still images in a poignant coda to a life dedicated to cinema.

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SCHOOL DAZE Arrives for the First Time on Blu-ray 11/13 — Includes an All-New Q&A with Spike Lee

Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee’s (BlacKkKlansman) contemporary comedy with music SCHOOL DAZE celebrates its 30th Anniversary by debuting on  Blu-ray November 13 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on Lee’s experiences while a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, SCHOOL DAZE follows a group of fraternity and sorority members clashing with other students at a historically black college during homecoming weekend. The all-star cast includes Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne, Emmy Award® nominee Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy, and two-time Academy Award nominee and Honorary Oscar®winner Spike Lee. The Blu-ray release of SCHOOL DAZE includes an all-new special feature: a 2018 Q&A with Spike Lee and select cast and crew, along with some special guests. Continue on to learn more about this upcoming release.
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Stanwyck, Sutherland & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in December 2018

This December, Euzhan Palcy will join the Criterion Collection with A Dry White Season, a courageous chronicle of injustice and resistance in apartheid South Africa that made history as the first Hollywood studio film directed by a black woman. Barbara Stanwyck leads the charge in Samuel Fuller’s unconventional western Forty Guns, a thrilling exemplar of the director’s no-holds-barred approach to genre filmmaking, appearing on Blu-ray for the first time. Julien Duvivier’s long-unavailable Panique, an atmospheric thriller shot through with postwar paranoia, will appear in a new 2K restoration. And there’s more: Ingmar Bergman’s piercing psychological drama Sawdust and Tinsel, an early breakthrough for the legendary Swedish filmmaker, will appear in a stand-alone Blu-ray edition.

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Expect the Unexpected in SORRY TO BOTHER YOU Coming Blu-ray and DVD 10/23

Earlier this year, Sorry To Bother You arrived in theaters as one of my most anticipated films thanks to its wild trailer and build-up as a film that would throw everyone through a loop. It certainly delivered and now it’s coming to Bluray on October 23, with plenty of special features. Check it out – Expect the unexpected in hip-hop artist Boots Riley’s directorial and screenwriting debut, Sorry to Bother You – an outrageously surreal look at capitalism, corporate greed, and fractured workplace dynamics. In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, California, struggling telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe.

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The Tree of Life – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

While acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick is no stranger to The Criterion Collection, one could see The Tree of Life as one of the best examples of a film made with the eventual intention of being released in this manner. While the movie received plenty of plaudits and accolades in 2011, its regard as one of the defining films of this decade by many is not at all surprising. At the same time, the ethereal mystery that is this film makes it the perfect example of cinema bound to be explored by many, let alone given new perspective by those who appear on this new released to speak on its behalf. There’s also the matter of the entirely new cut of the film, which is just one of the many things to go over for this impressive release.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blu-ray Review)

Something I’ve kept in mind with the Jurassic Park sequels is how to gauge my expectations. When Steven Spielberg is only able to make a barely-average follow-up to his 90s blockbuster classic, I don’t have much issue lowering the bar for more dinosaur adventures. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continues the tradition of being a merely decent entry in the ongoing franchise. It has enough elements to work as passable entertainment but misses out on delving even further into some of the rich ideas the film seems to have on its mind. Director J.A. Bayona is at least able to lend an artful touch from a visual standpoint but only so much can be accomplished when a film settles for easy thrills in an admittedly unique location. However, that didn’t stop the film from becoming another huge hit for Universal Studios, and it now comes to Blu-ray with an excellent presentation and plenty of extras.

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Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Review)

As everyone gears up for the final season of Gotham, it’s time to go over the fourth and surprisingly best season of the series. I’ve been clear in my thoughts about the Batman show not featuring Batman in the past. The first season was a disappointment, the second season improved upon things, and the third season found the series embracing its craziness. The fourth season continues that trend, working more as a supervillain ensemble series, that happens to be in favor of the good guys somewhat succeeding, in the long run, to keep things going. Regardless of how compelling the storytelling is, this show works best as a wild and colorful series, happy to throw viewers through a loop by way of costume and production design, and the over-the-top acting that comes with it. Now fans can take in this fourth season, boasting some extras, and more.

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Deadpool 2 (Blu-ray Review)

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe currently paving the way for mainstream superhero cinema, it stands to reason that audiences could use Deadpool 2 as a reminder that stakes, budget, and even heroic sensibilities don’t need to be all that high. However, the sort of subversive desire that I could get from a 4th-wall breaking anti-hero continues to be held at somewhat of a distance. While this sequel improves upon 2016’s Deadpool in terms of style, scale, and direction, it’s the writing of the character and the universe in which he occupies that still feels like we’re scraping the surface of real satire. That didn’t stop the film from hitting big, again, at the box office, though, and now the packed Blu-ray is here to continue to entertain.

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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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