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Roma, Teorema, Paris Is Burning & More Coming to The Criterion Collection February 2020

Next February, the Criterion Collection is proud to present Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning masterpiece Roma, making its home-video debut in a director-approved edition packed with special features. Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman collects a trio of the renowned special-effects fabulist’s most enchanting films- Journey to the Beginning of TimeInvention for Destruction, and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen– newly restored and in a limited-edition deluxe Blu-ray set featuring gorgeous pop-up art. Jennie Livingston’s wildly influential Paris Is Burning, an extraordinary celebration of 1980s Harlem’s vibrant drag-ball culture, will make its Blu-ray debut in an edition featuring more than an hour of never-before-seen outtakes. Teorema, a provocative and poetic treatise on sexuality, faith, and the bourgeois family from enfant terrible Pier Paolo Pasolini, will appear in a new, restored 4K digital transfer. And that’s not all: Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Antonio Gaudí, a hypnotic tribute to the visionary Catalan architect, will make its first appearance on Blu-ray.

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Brad Pitt’s Action-Packed Sci-Fi Thriller AD ASTRA on 4K and Blu-ray 12/17

Brad Pitt gives a powerful performance in this “absolutely enthralling” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), sci-fi thriller set in space. When a mysterious life-threatening event strikes Earth, astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) goes on a dangerous mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have hailed AD ASTRA as “a thrilling interstellar epic” (Rodrigo Perez, Playlist). Add AD ASTRA to your digital collection on Movies Anywhere December 3 and buy it on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD December 17.

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Batman Beyond: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)

Last year finally saw the release of Batman: The Animated Series – The Complete Series on Blu-ray. Completely remastered and featuring a few extra features to go along with some collectible Funko Pop! Toys in its deluxe packaging, this was a real treat for fans. It also meant Batman Beyond would inevitably receive similar treatment as well. Well, it’s been a year, and here we are. The acclaimed animated series from BTAS creators Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, representing a cyberpunk take on the Dark Knight has now arrived in full-on Blu-ray, complete with deluxe packaging, some next special features, and almost all 52 episodes remastered, along with the uncut version of Batman Beyond: Return of Joker. So, it’s now time to step back into Neo-Gotham.

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Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Comes to 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray 12/10

Check out the news for the upcoming home media release for what is sure to be the Why So Blu film of the year! Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio and Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt give “explosively funny and emotionally complex performances” as actor Rick Dalton and his longtime friend and stuntman Cliff Booth, alongside Academy Award nominee  Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in the blockbuster ninth film from writer and director Quentin Tarantino, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD, coming to digital on November 26 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD December 10. Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features “one of the greatest casts of all time”—including Robbie, Julia Butters, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern and Al Pacino—and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. Read on to learn about the upcoming deluxe release for the film.

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Almodóvar, Lumet, Cukor & More Coming to The Criterion Collection January 2020

In January, the Criterion Collection will kick off the New Year with one of Pedro Almodóvar’s most beloved films: All About My Mother, the Spanish auteur’s Oscar-winning ode to maternal love and female fortitude. George Cukor’s effervescent romantic comedy Holiday, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in one of their most memorable pairings, will appear on Blu-ray for the first time in a new 4K restoration. Jean-Luc Godard’s long-unavailable sophomore feature Le petit soldat, the director’s first collaboration with his iconic muse Anna Karina, represents a major rediscovery from a legendary career. And that’s not all: we’ll celebrate Sidney Lumet with a new 4K restoration of his arresting nuclear-war thriller Fail Safe and a Blu-ray edition of his Tennessee Williams adaptation The Fugitive Kind, starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani.

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The Addams Family / Addams Family Values (Blu-ray Review)

Looking at the many decades of movies based on TV shows, you can see a real mixed bag of results. While Mission: Impossible has become the best ongoing action movie franchise and The Fugitive was a Best Picture nominee, you also have pure junk such as The Dukes of Hazzard or The Mod Squad. The Addams Family films, fortunately, side with the former. The first film established the solid cast, and became a huge blockbuster hit, while the sequel is one of the best comedy sequels of all time. Now the movies have arrived in a Blu-ray two-pack (the Blu debut of Addams Family Values, no less), bringing back the macabre laughs and very exciting direction from Barry Sonnenfeld.

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NEW TRAILER – GODZILLA: THE SHŌWA ERA FILMS from The Criterion Collection

Godzilla is on the way and I cannot wait. As detailed previously, all 15 films from the original Showa Era of the Godzilla franchise are heading to Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. The 1000th spine from The Criterion Collection will arrive in stores October 29th, but for now, enjoy this all-new trailer to keep you psyched for this monster release. You get a good look at the many foes Godzilla has taken on, along with a reminder of who the king of the monsters really is. Enjoy!

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Wenders, Reichardt & More Coming to The Criterion Collection December 2019

This December, the 287-minute director’s cut of Wim Wenders’ magnum opus Until the End of the World, a globe-trotting sci-fi epic featuring a dizzyingly eclectic soundtrack, will appear on home video for the first time in a new 4K restoration. Kelly Reichardt’s breakout feature Old Joy, a revelatory microbudget indie, will make its Blu-ray debut in a new 2K restoration. Never before available on Blu-ray or DVD, the riveting pre-Code melodrama The Story of Temple Drake stars Miriam Hopkins in an astonishing adaptation of William Faulkner’s most controversial novel. And that’s not all: Ronald Neame’s classic military drama Tunes of Glory, starring Alec Guinness and John Mills at their finest, will appear on Blu-ray in a new 4K restoration.

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The Dead Don’t Die (Blu-ray Review)

For all the talk of Jim Jarmusch as a pioneer of independent cinema, there’s a lot of fun to be had in speaking about the acclaimed director as a more than capable genre filmmaker. The Dead Don’t Die finds Jarmusch in a humorous mood, while bringing audiences a star-studded zombie movie. This follows other genre forays including a vampire film (Only Lovers Left Alive), a samurai flick (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai), a western (Dead Man), and the story of an assassin (The Limits of Control). Placing a distinct stamp on all of these indeed maintains the proto-hipster persona he’s had a hold on, but these films also show how much of a movie geek he is, and what levels he’ll go to for the sake of casting a bunch of talented folks in his brand of monster movie or what have you.

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Booksmart (Blu-ray Review)

While strong internet buzz may not have translated into a massive hit, here’s a coming-of-age comedy that stands out. I’m not sure if there’s a constant search for a new favorite high school movie for each generation, but Booksmart could comfortably sit on the same tier as Lady Bird and The Edge of Seventeen. This directorial debut from Olivia Wilde has the right combination of things to stand strong among the many films like it. Booksmart is funny, fast-paced, well-made, full of heart, and an excellent place to find solid performances, as well as breakout stars. It will work well for the high school crowd it relates to, and anyone looking for R-rated laughs.

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Do The Right Thing – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

This year, Academy Award-winning writer-director Spike Lee’s 1989 modern classic, Do the Right Thing celebrated its 30th anniversary. With all the acclaim received by the prolific filmmaker just recently for his Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman, it’s incredible to look back at one of his earliest films and not only see how far Lee has come but to what degree things have changed. Having previously been released by the Criterion Collection on LaserDisc and DVD, the film has finally received its Blu-ray upgrade. This fantastic package features both a stunning technical presentation, as well as a great film diving into racial tension on a hot summer day.

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All About Eve, Cold War & More Coming to The Criterion Collection November 2019

This November, the Criterion Collection will celebrate the incomparable Bette Davis, one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, with two releases that demonstrate her extraordinary range. The swoon-inducing melodrama Now, Voyager, appearing on Blu-ray for the first time, finds her at the height of her reign as the queen of the women’s picture. Then All About Eve, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s beloved theater-world satire, features Davis in an acid-tongued comeback performance, a turn that now defines her legacy. Also coming in November: Paweł Pawlikowski’s sweeping, Oscar-nominated Cold War, a tumultuous, passionate love story that traverses the Iron Curtain, debuts on home video. Béatrice Dalle stars in Betty Blue, Jean-Jacques Beineix’s intoxicating tale of amour fou, appearing in its three-hour director’s cut. And Greg Mottola’s irresistible comedy The Daytrippers – starring Hope Davis, Parker Posey, Anne Meara, Liev Schreiber, and Stanley Tucci – will appear in a new 4K restoration.

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GALAXY QUEST Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook Arriving 9/17

Personally, this is my favorite “Star Trek” movie, and now it has something special for all. As it states: By Grabthar’s hammer, the intrepid crew of the NSEA Protector is back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the uproarious classic GALAXY QUEST, arriving in our solar system September 17, 2019, in a Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Steelbook exclusively at Best Buy from Paramount Home Entertainment. Featuring an out-of-this-world all-star cast including Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Daryl Mitchell and Justin Long, this rollicking send-up of sci-fi fanaticism is as funny today as it was when it premiered in theaters 20 years ago.

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All Hail the King – GODZILLA: THE SHŌWA ERA FILMS, 1954-1975, Criterion Edition #1000, Available October 29, 2019

This October, Criterion celebrates the arrival of spine number 1000, a Blu-ray collector’s set fit for the granddaddy of all movie monsters. This landmark edition gathers for the first time all the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era: fifteen kaiju rampages, presented in high-definition digital transfers and accompanied by a slew of supplemental material, including a giant deluxe hardcover book with notes on each film and new illustrations from sixteen artists, new and archival interviews with cast and crew members, and much, much more! It’s a colossal set, and Criterion would have it no other way for their 1000th release.

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Jim Jarmusch’s THE DEAD DON’T DIE Rises on Digital 9/3 and on Blu-ray 9/10

A quiet town finds itself under attack from the undead with the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled in the comedy, THE DEAD DON’T DIE, arriving on Digital on September 3, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on September 10, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Showcasing exclusive bonus features not seen in theaters including insight from the cast and filmmakers, as well as a closer look at the making of the film that takes fans deeper into this “giddy apocalypse with no way out” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker). Starring Academy Award®† winner Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters), Adam Driver (Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, BlacKkKlansman) and Chloë Sevigny (“The Act,” Boys Don’t Cry), THE DEAD DON’T DIE is a “hilariously fun” (Adam Patterson, Film Pulse) and irreverent film unlike any you’ve seen before.

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Olivia Wilde Makes Her Directorial Debut in the Fresh Comedy BOOKSMART on Blu-ray 9/3

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents BOOKSMART, arriving on Digital August 20 and Blu-ray and DVD September 3. In this fresh, unfiltered modern comedy, best friends and academic overachievers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) realize they’ve missed out on pretty much all fun during high school. So, on the eve of graduation, they decide to make up for lost time with one wild adventure in this hilarious coming-of-age story about the meaningful bonds we create, also starring Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis. The film was a huge hit with critics and the audiences who saw it. Time to see it for yourself.

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Missing Link (Blu-ray Review)

At the time of this writing, a CG remake of The Lion King is on its way to becoming one of the biggest films of the year, while another acclaimed, original Laika feature came and went in theaters. It’s a real shame, as Laika is great with combining dry humor and visual wonder. The stop-motion animation studio has produced films about alternate dimensions, zombies, underground creatures, and Japanese mysticism, which all build fantastical worlds around relatable characters who accept and move along with these wild developments. Missing Link is not too different, as it even opens with a well-dressed explorer passively taking on the Loch Ness Monster. Moreover, once the film gets in gear, it becomes a road trip movie about unlikely friends taking on adventures as they come. There’s silliness to be found, but the attitude feels so distinct for the studio. And yet, audiences just aren’t getting the push needed to see these movies in theaters. Well, now Missing Link is on Blu-ray.

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Alita: Battle Angel (Blu-ray Review)

Before Avatar, I had heard plenty about producer James Cameron’s plan to direct Alita: Battle Angel. After two decades, the film finally arrived in theaters, but in the hands of another. Robert Rodriguez, a filmmaker with plenty in common with Cameron, stepped into big-budget territory for his first time, delivering spectacle deserving of a big-screen viewing experience. Even when the film came up lacking in the narrative department, enough work was on display to show how Alita plays as manga come to life in bold and ambitious ways. The film was a modest hit at the box office, and whether or not a sequel ever comes to fruition, this Blu-ray release comes packed with extras in support of the excellent technical presentation.

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