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Fassbinder, Bergman & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in February 2019

In February, Charles Burnett will join the Criterion Collection with To Sleep with Anger, his 1990 masterpiece starring a magnetic Danny Glover, appearing on Blu-ray for the first time in a new 4K restoration. Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice, the Italian master’s lush adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella starring Dirk Bogarde in a devastating performance, will also make its Blu-ray debut. Brigitte Bardot stands trial in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Oscar-nominated courtroom thriller La vérité, appearing on home video for the first time. Criterion’s yearlong series of Ingmar Bergman releases will continue with a stand-alone edition of Shame, a wrenching study of life during wartime starring Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow. And that’s not all: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s monumental, fifteen-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on the novel by Alfred Döblin, will make its first appearance on Blu-ray.
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‘Yanks’ (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition – December 2018

A World War II epic both sweeping and intimate, Yanks is a triumph for director John Schlesinger ( Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Sunday), and a moving showcase for its splendid ensemble cast led by Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave. A war film without battle scenes, Schlesinger’s drama instead focuses on relationships far from the front, examining the romantic entanglements between the stationed U.S. soldiers and the locals in a small town in Northern England in the 1944 period before the Normandy landings. Three very different women find themselves attracted to the American G.I.s at a new military base in town. Gere is Sgt. Matt Dyson, initiating a tentative courtship with a young woman still pining for her fiancée overseas. Redgrave is wealthy socialite Helen, engaged in an affair with a captain (William Devane), while both of them long for their respective spouses far from home. And Sergeant Ruffelo’s fling with Mollie (Wendy Morgan) occurs just as the interactions between the Yanks and their British hosts begin to strain under the tension of the war, and uncertainty about what happens to their new romances.  Continue reading ‘‘Yanks’ (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition – December 2018′

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Stephen King, Tobe Hooper & Robert Englund Join Forces For THE MANGLER, On Blu-ray December 11th!

The masters of horror Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street Franchise) and Stephen King (Creepshow, Misery) join to bring you a shocking tale of terror. Available December 11th, 2018 from Scream Factory, The Mangler features a new 4K print of the original camera negative from the uncut version. The release also contains several new bonus features, including a new audio commentary with co-writer Stephen David Brooks, a new interview with actor Robert Englund, rare behind-the-scenes footage, and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com Continue reading ‘Stephen King, Tobe Hooper & Robert Englund Join Forces For THE MANGLER, On Blu-ray December 11th!’

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Own SMALLFOOT On Blu-ray December 11th!

Worlds will collide when “Smallfoot” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. The film stars Channing Tatum (“21 Jump Street,” “Magic Mike,” “The Hateful Eight”) as the yeti, Migo, and James Corden (“Trolls,” TV’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden”) as the smallfoot, Percy. “Smallfoot” was directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of “Over the Hedge” and Annie nominee for the “Chicken Run” and “James and the Giant Peach” screenplays. The film also stars Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman,” TV’s “K.C. Undercover”), Oscar winner Common (“Wanted,” “Selma”), LeBron James (“Trainwreck,” TV’s “The LeBrons”), Danny DeVito (“Matilda,” TV’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Gina Rodriguez (“Deepwater Horizon,” TV’s “Jane the Virgin”), Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish,” TV’s “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia”), Ely Henry (“Some Freaks”) and Jimmy Tatro (“22 Jump Street”). Continue reading ‘Own SMALLFOOT On Blu-ray December 11th!’

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Hell Yes! HELL FEST Comes To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray January 8th!

Experience a terrifying celebration of the horror genre when Hell Fest arrives on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate. From Gale Anne Hurd, an executive producer of TV’s “The Walking Dead,” executive producer Tucker Tooley (LimitlessDen of Thieves), and directed by Gregory Plotkin (editor of Get OutHappy Death Day, and director of  Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension), Hell Fest is one truly terrifying ride. The scary slasher film stars Amy Forsyth (TV’s “The Path,” “Rise,” “Defiance”), Reign Edwards (TV’s “Snowfall,” “MacGyver,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Bex Taylor-Klaus (TV’s “Scream: The TV Series,” “Arrow,” The Last Witch Hunter), and the legendary Tony Todd (CandymanNight of the Living DeadThe Crow). Story by William Penick & Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco, Screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper. Continue reading ‘Hell Yes! HELL FEST Comes To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray January 8th!’

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John Carpenter’s STARMAN Arrives On Scream Factory Collector’s Edition December 18th!

Visionary filmmaker John Carpenter presents a romantic science fiction odyssey starring Jeff Bridges as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to be a man in love. On December 18, 2018, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present 80’s cult film classic STARMAN Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by John Carpenter (Escape from New York, The Fog), produced by Larry J. Franco (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Independence Day: Resurgence), and written by Bruce A. Evans (Stand by Me, Mr. Brooks) and Raynold Gideon (Stand by Me, Made in Heaven), STARMAN stars Jeff Bridges (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Karen Allen (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull), Charles Martin Smith (American Graffiti), and Richard Jaeckel (Baywatch). A must-have for movie collectors and loyal fans, this definitive collector’s edition contains special bonus content including new featurette They Came from Hollywood: Re-visiting STARMAN, audio commentary, vintage featurette, and much more! Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com Continue reading ‘John Carpenter’s STARMAN Arrives On Scream Factory Collector’s Edition December 18th!’

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‘Khartoum’ (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition – December 2018

The kind of lavish, rousing historical adventure spectacle that doesn’t seem to exist anymore, Khartoum is a majestic, star-studded, BAFTA and Oscar-nominated epic that finds director Basil Deardon ( Victim) delivering a feast for the eyes, as well as a pointed study of English colonialism, religious fanaticism, and the nature of heroism and sacrifice. In 1880s Sudan, thousands of British-led Egyptian troops are massacred by the forces of Arab fanatic Muhammad Ahmad (Sir Laurence Olivier), who believes he is the Mahdi, and nothing less than Mohammed’s chosen warrior in battling against Anglo-Egyptian rule. Legendary Major General Charles George Gordon (Charlton Heston) is sent by Prime Minister William Gladstone (Ralph Richardson) to save the city of Khartoum from the Mahdi, but given only one aide (Richard Johnson), limited support from the British government that sent him there, and a fearless opponent determined to create a new empire, Gordon sees that further bloodshed is imminent.  Continue reading ‘‘Khartoum’ (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition – December 2018′

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TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION Completes Your Leatherface On Blu-Ray Collection December 11th!

If looks could kill, he wouldn’t need a chainsaw. “Leatherface” is BACK! Scream Factory proudly presents the fourth installment of the terrifying franchise Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation makes its Blu-ray debut in North America on December 11, 2018. The film is presented here in an ultimate collector’s edition featuring both the theatrical and director’s cuts, with loads of new extras including new audio commentary and interviews with cast and crew.  Continue reading ‘TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION Completes Your Leatherface On Blu-Ray Collection December 11th!’

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‘Laura’ (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray edition – January 2019

The only question about Laura is whether it’s simply one of the greatest film noir releases ever made, or if it’s indeed the quintessential film noir. Decide for yourself. This 1944 murder mystery classic from director Otto Preminger (replacing a fired Rouben Mamoulian) has only grown in stature over the years, with its hypnotic mixture of doomed romantic obsession, dizzying intrigue, and fatalistic cynicism marking it as essential noir.  Police detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is drawn into Manhattan high society as he investigates the death of stunning ad exec Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), apparently shotgunned in her own apartment. The slithery suspects are numerous, led by effete, snobbish columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), and Laura’s philandering fiancé Shelby (Vincent Price), who’s also been cavorting with Laura’s wealthy aunt (Judith Anderson). McPherson begins to fall in love with Laura through a portrait in her home and the memories relayed by those who knew her…just as it becomes apparent that even the basic facts of the case might not be what they seemed.  Continue reading ‘‘Laura’ (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray edition – January 2019′

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Get SCROOGED With Bill Murray For Its 30th Anniversary This Holiday Season

I was late to the party when it came to Richard Donner’s 1988 holiday film, Scrooged, starring Bill Murray. This modern-set fantastical take on the Charles Dickens tale has a lot going for it, including wild makeup effects and a level of classic Murray-style comedy that really works. That’s without mentioning the ending of this movie, which hits harder on an emotional level than anyone may expect, thanks to what kind of warmth Murray can bring when turning around elements of his grumpy Scrooge persona. All that is a great way of saying I’m looking forward to the upcoming 30th-anniversary release of Scrooged, which is now available on Blu-ray.

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‘Under the Tree’ [Montage Pictures] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition – January 2019

This dark suburban satire tells the story of a man who is accused of adultery by his ex-fiancée and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a bitter dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old and beautiful tree that casts a shadow on the neighbours’ deck. As the dispute intensifies – property is damaged, pets mysteriously go missing, security cameras are being installed and there is a rumour that the neighbour was seen with a chainsaw.  Continue reading ‘‘Under the Tree’ [Montage Pictures] Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition – January 2019′

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‘Christmas Blood’ on DVD December 4, 2018!

Christmas is a time of peace, love and family. But not for Norway as a psychopath dressed in a Santa Claus suit has been terrorizing them for the past 13 years. For as soon as the caroling starts, this demented Kris Kringle dispenses bloody ax blows regardless of whether you’ve been bad or good. As the holiday approaches on one snow-covered town filled with revelers, a pair of detectives work against time to find and arrest this bearded serial killer. Will they manage to stop this demented St. Nick before he kills again? Director Reinert Kiil (The House, Whore) delivers a dark, disturbing and bloody holiday thriller. Continue reading ‘‘Christmas Blood’ on DVD December 4, 2018!’

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Acclaimed Grim Fairy Tale ‘SNOWFLAKE’ Falls on Blu-ray and VOD December 4th!

Following an acclaimed run on the international film festival circuit, Artsploitation has announced the U.S. release of Adolfo Kolmerer’s SnowflakeSnowflake world premiered at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, where Kolmerer took home the Méliès d’Argent Award for Best Film.  The film continued to screen around the globe, picking up Best Director and Best Film awards at Negative Fest and Horrible Imaginings, as well as Best Achievement in Directing and an Audience Award at Cinepocalypse.  Cryptic Rock hailed Kolmerer’s debut feature as “an extraordinary genre mix”, comparing the surreal crime action film to Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. Snowflake will be available nationwide December 4th on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.

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A HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Arrives On 4K Ultra-HD December 18th!

Enjoy the delightfully thrilling tale of a mysterious house where things, including the inhabitants, are not what they seem to be. The House With a Clock in its Walls arrives on Digital and via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on November 27, 2018, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on December 18, 2018. Based on the classic children’s book and praised as “creaky, freaky haunted-mansion fun” (LA Times), The House With a Clock in its Wallsfeatures over 60 minutes of bonus content including an alternate beginning and ending, stunning featurettes, deleted scenes, a hilarious gag reel, and feature commentary. Enchanting from start to finish, it’s the perfect adventure for families during the holidays. Continue reading ‘A HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Arrives On 4K Ultra-HD December 18th!’

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Shane Black’s The Predator Arrives on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD December 18th!

Woohoo!  I’m looking forward to checking Olivia Munn and this one out again!  The hunt for the perfect holiday gift is over. The universe’s greatest hunter returns in The Predator on Digital and Movies Anywhere November 27 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD December 18.  Fans can bring home a special edition Predator 4-Movie Collection, which includes Predator, Predator 2, Predators and The Predator on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘Shane Black’s The Predator Arrives on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD December 18th!’
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Open Sign Entertainment’s AMERICAN SCUMBAGS Launches Indiegogo Campaign!

Fresh off the first season of their series, Disconnected, Indie filmmaking company Open Sign Entertainment is continuing in the foray of television with American Scumbags. This show is looking to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer by way of American Pie, but keeping it cool like The Faculty if I’m right. Basically its going to play in the 90s genre sandbox. And this looks like something many people would be eager to see. If you are, you should help support the project as they’ll need your assistance with it. Something with grand ambitions like this need the help from fans who share the filmmakers’ passions like yourself. Personally, I’d LOVE to see them pull this off. It would be quite impressive to see. Keep on reading and I’ll supply you the details of how you can not be a scumbag and help these Americans out. Continue reading ‘Open Sign Entertainment’s AMERICAN SCUMBAGS Launches Indiegogo Campaign!’

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Q&A Exclusive – ‘The Collector’ Himself Juan Fernández Helps Dissect His Man Of Mayhem For Halloween

Welcome fright fans!  Halloween is almost upon us and seemingly out of tricks it felt like time for a little tasty treat.  For both the genre geeks and my own beloved boss and cool critic Brian White I’m presenting something truly special this year to celebrate the dark magic of All Hallows’ Eve.  I, much like Brian, am a massive admirer of the 2009 Marcus Dunstan helmed five-star original outing The Collector, a terrifying tale of two professional gents – one a master thief and the other a cunning killer – who find themselves trapped in a house together and both use their own ‘specific set of skills’ to fight and survive the night.  From the suspenseful staging to the eclectic array of brutal booby traps, The Collector is a true hidden horror gem that ups the ante on traditional thriller themes.  But besides the earnest work by lead man Josh Stewart as relatable robber Arkin, there’s a singular tasty turn that truly gives the flick its damn fine film flavor.

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‘Luciferina’ on Blu-ray & DVD November 20, 2018!

Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. Instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and perhaps, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.  Continue reading ‘‘Luciferina’ on Blu-ray & DVD November 20, 2018!’

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