New Releases for March 16!

It’s New Release Tuesday! This week we’ve got a modern-day fable, a timely revenge drama, vintage Japanese sci-fi, two (count ’em) Marty Feldman movies, the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy in 4K, and much more.

ABANDONED: ANGELIQUE’S ISLE (2018)

A harrowing tale of perseverance and survival that unfolds during the great copper rush of 1845, when newlyweds Angelique, a young Ojibway and Charlie, her voyageur husband, are left stranded throughout a brutal winter on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale where Angelique is ultimately forced to face her inner demons and beliefs as the unbelievably beautiful, yet treacherous wilderness threatens to claim her. (DVD)

ATTACK ON TITAN: SEASON 3 PARTS 1 and 2 (2013)

The truth about the Titans begins to come to light. Political secrets, a false king, and the reality that will shake the foundation of the world—all falls on the shoulders of Eren and his friends, as they fight to survive. With Historia set to be the rightful Queen, the Levi Squad must act. But a figure from Levi’s past, the deadly Kenny, could turn this into a losing battle. Are Eren and his friends prepared to face the true monsters that lie within the walls? (DVD and BLU-RAY)

BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD (1983)

The last great film from Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy. Although he would go on making and planning films until his death in 2009, he never again attempted the epic sweep and grandeur of this 10th entry into the saga of Waldemar Daninsky, a man afflicted by the curse of lycanthropy.

In this film we get for the first time an origin story of how the Daninsky curse began back in the 10th century. We then move forward to 16th century Japan where Daninsky has travelled in search of a cure to his affliction. Co-starring Japanese stage and screen veteran Shigeru Amachi, and shot in the studios of Toshiro Mifune, THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD is a highly successful and colourful melding of European werewolf legends and dark Japanese fantasy. It features a fight between werewolf and tiger, an evil scarlet-cloaked witch who imprisons Daninsky, a sword fight with a troupe of ghost samurai, and many other unforgettable scenes. (BLU-RAY)

BROTHERS BY BLOOD (2020)

A tale of family, friendships and betrayal in the violent world of the Philadelphia mob. (DVD)

CASAGRANDES: SEASON 1 (2019) (2 DISKS)

Ronnie Anne is a free-spirited, independent 11 year-old who moves to the big city with her mom and brother to live with their extended family, the Casagrandes. When she’s not spending time with her bustling, multi-generational, Mexican-American family, Ronnie Anne and her new best friend Sid explore the city and make fun new friendships along the way. Join their adventures in all 20 episodes of The Casagrandes’ first season! (DVD)

CASTLE FREAK (2020)

After she’s permanently blinded in a tragic car accident, Rebecca’s receives some bizarre news: her long-lost-mother has recently passed away, leaving her their family’s ancestral castle. Traveling to the estate with a group of friends, Rebecca hopes it will be an opportunity for her to reconnect with a past she never knew—and a mother who seemingly left her behind. When strange and unexplained things start happening and her friends begin to die, Rebecca must unravel her family’s mysterious history before she too falls prey to the Castle Freak. (DVD)

CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (1974) (CRITERION/2 DISKS)

Whiling away a summer in Paris, director Jacques Rivette, working in close collaboration with his stars and coconspirators Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier, set out to rewrite the rules of cinema in the spirit of pure play—moviemaking as an anything-goes romp through the labyrinths of imagination. The result is one of the most exuberantly inventive and utterly enchanting films of the French New Wave, in which Julie (Labourier), a daydreaming librarian, meets Céline (Berto), an enigmatic magician, and together they become the heroines of a time-warping adventure involving a haunted house, psychotropic candy, and a murder-mystery melodrama. Incorporating allusions to everything from Lewis Carroll to Louis Feuillade, Céline and Julie Go Boating is both one of the all-time-great hangout comedies and a totally unique, enveloping cinematic dream space that delights in the endless pleasures and possibilities of stories. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

CODEBREAKER, THE (American Experience) (2021)

Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s EnemiesThe Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S. government would send infamous gangsters to prison in the 1930s and bring down a massive, near-invisible Nazi spy ring in WWII. Her remarkable contributions would come to light decades after her death, when secret government files were unsealed. But together with her husband, the legendary cryptologist William Friedman, Elizebeth helped develop the methods that led to the creation of the powerful new science of cryptology and laid the foundation for modern codebreaking today.
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COMING HOME AGAIN (2019)

Based on a personal essay by Chang-rae Lee that was published in THE NEW YORKER, Coming Home Again is an intimate family drama about a mother, a son, and the burden of family expectations. Chang-rae, a first generation Korean-American, has returned to his family home in San Francisco to care for his ailing mother. Wanting nothing more than to fulfill his role as the supportive son, Chang-Rae must come to terms with his own conflicted emotions toward his mother. The film takes place over the course of one full day. During this day, he attempts to prepare a traditional Korean New Year’s Eve dinner. The one she always cooked for the family. The care and precision that goes into preparing this meal gives him time to reflect on the intense relationship between them. Memories about their relationship become a doorway into a woman who was so much more than the mother he thought he knew. Chang-rae is now faced with the dilemma of living with the permanent scars of family sacrifice unresolved, or the risk of opening new wounds with his mother dying. (DVD)

DAMN YANKEES (1958) (WARNER ARCHIVE)

Step up to the plate for Damn Yankees, the rousing movie of the 1,019 performance Broadway grand slam that imports nearly all the original New York lineup, including Tony Award® winning stars Gwen Verdon as luscious vamp Lola and Ray Walston as her slyly Satanic boss Applegate. Hollywoods Tab Hunter suits up as potential lost soul and Washington Senators slugger Joe Hardy, revealing a freewheeling fun side unseen in previous roles. The Pajama Game duo of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross serve up an out of the park home run score, including Whatever Lola Wants and Heart. Choreographer Bob Fosse provides all the right moves, and he joins Verdon on screen in performing Who’s Got the Pain? No pain here, just pure pleasure. (BLU-RAY)

DES (2020)

David Tennant is “breathtaking” (Daily Mail) as one of the most infamous serial killers in UK history: Dennis Nilsen. Known as the “kindly killer,” Nilsen was an unassuming civil servant who became Britain’s most prolific serial killer of the time. Also starring Daniel Mays and Jason Watkins, this chilling true-crime series delves into Nilsen’s emotionally elusive psyche after his arrest in 1983. (DVD)

DOCTOR WHO: FURY FROM THE DEEP (2020) (3 DISKS)

Following the success of existing animations The Power of the Daleks, The Faceless Ones, Shada and The Macra Terror, Fury From The Deep fills another gap in missing Doctor Who content lost in the purge of the BBC’s archive in 1975. The three-disc release gives fans the opportunity to enjoy Fury From The Deep in high definition, either in full colour or in black & white. The release will include the surviving clips from the original 1968 production as well. (DVD)

DON’T TELL A SOUL (2020)

Two thieving teenage brothers, stealing money to help their sick mom, match wits with a troubled security guard stuck at the bottom of a forgotten well. (DVD)

GREAT CARUSO (1951) (WARNER ARCHIVE)

Bravo, Enrico! Bravo, Mario! Renowned tenor Mario Lanza portrays his longtime singing idol Enrico Caruso in the crowd pleasing musical that was 1951s #4 box office hit. Suggested by Dorothy Carusos biography of her husband, The Great Caruso rings out with aural pleasures (27 musical selections) and shines with the grandeur of a life lovingly refracted through the Hollywood biopic lens. The music (by Puccini, Donizetti, Verdi and more) emphasizes works most closely associated with Caruso. The story, spanning Carusos Naples boyhood to worldwide acclaim and tragedy stricken final performance, touches on the down-to-earth character traits that spread the singers fame beyond the black-tie society of Metropolitan Opera connoisseurs. Nominated for three 1951 Academy Awards®, the movie won for Best Sound Recording. (BLU-RAY)

HALF BROTHERS (2020)

Renato (Luis Gerardo Méndez), a successful Mexican aviation executive, is shocked to discover he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher (Connor Del Rio). The two very different half-brothers are forced on a road journey together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their father took as an immigrant from Mexico to the US. (DVD)

I NEED A RIDE TO CALIFORNIA (1968)

Follows a group of hippies in Greenwich Village during the 60’s revolution, centering on the story of a girl in the East Village neighborhood, exploring her various relationships with men, and her search for values of the time. (BLU-RAY)

IN GOD WE TRUST (1980)

Co-written, directed and starring Marty Feldman (The Last Remake of Beau Geste), In God We Trust is an audacious and comedic look at organized religion. Brother Ambrose (Feldman) is sent on a quest to come up with $5,000 to save his monastery. He travels to Los Angeles where he meets a con man (Peter Boyle, Young Frankenstein), a prostitute (Louise Lasser, Take the Money and Run) and a shady televangelist (Andy Kaufman, Heartbeeps) who sees Ambrose as a way to make even more money for his Church of Divine Profit. It’s a laughter-filled quest to see if Brother Ambrose will succeed or be led away by the temptations placed in his way. Co-starring Wilfrid Hyde-White (My Fair Lady) and comedy legend Richard Pryor (Bustin’ Loose) as G.O.D. (BLU-RAY)

INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS / INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY (1957)

In The Invisible Man Appears, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist successfully creates an invisibility serum, only to be kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula to rob a priceless jewel. In addition to being the earliest surviving Japanese science fiction film ever made, the film s entertaining special effects were an early credit for the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, five years before he first brought Godzilla to life.

Eight years later, Mitsuo Murayama s exciting The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly tells the story of a series of mysterious murders where the only clue is strange buzzing noise at the scene of the crime could this be linked to secret wartime experiments in shrinking humans to the size of insects? And can a scientist who s just invented an invisibility ray be the one to stop it? (BLU-RAY)

LAST REMAKE OF BEAU GESTE (1977)

It’s a spoof to end all spoofs as comedy legend Marty Feldman (Young Frankenstein) shatters the Gary Cooper/French Foreign Legion classic in The Last Remake of Beau Geste. Set in England and Morocco in 1906, Feldman’s “remake” mocks all the do-or-die extravaganzas we’ve known and loved as he portrays Digby, identical twin brother to Michael York’s (The Island of Dr. Moreau) stalwart Beau Geste. Joining in the desert lunacy are a vast array of stars including Peter Ustinov (Death on the Nile), Terry-Thomas (Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies), Ann-Margret (52 Pick-Up) as the boys’ seductive stepmother and James Earl Jones (Star Wars) as Sheik Abdul the Disgusting. Feldman co-wrote, stars and makes his outrageous directorial debut with this zany comedy which, as the title suggests, threatens to end the whole romance-adventure genre once and for all. The hilarious cast also includes Trevor Howard (Kidnapped), Henry Gibson (The Long Goodbye), Roy Kinnear (How I Won the War), Spike Milligan (The Bed Sitting Room), Avery Schreiber (Scavenger Hunt) and Hugh Griffith (Kind Hearts and Coronets). (BLU-RAY)

LITTLE FUGITIVE: THE COLLECTED FILMS OF MORRIS ENGEL AND RUTH ORKIN

Shooting on location in New York City and capturing intimate moments in the lives of the common person, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin have come to be recognized as pioneers of the American independent cinema. François Truffaut remarked, “Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn’t been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way to independent production.” Kino Lorber now presents the most comprehensive collection of Engel and Orkin’s work on three Blu-ray discs: all four feature films (including the home video premiere of the 1960s counter-culture film I Need a Ride to California, newly restored by the Museum of Modern Art), short films, commercials, and two documentaries by their daughter Mary Engel.

LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001) (2 VERSIONS) (3 DISKS)

LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (2003) (2 VERSIONS) (3 DISKS)

LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002) (2 VERSIONS) (3 DISKS)

Maybe you’ve heard of these quaint little fantasy films. We’ve got them now on  4K ULTRA HD.

LOVE SARAH (2020)

Starring Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn, Rupert Penry Jones and Bill Paterson. With a special appearance by Candice Brown. Determined to fulfil her late mother s dream of opening a bakery in charming Notting Hill, 19-year-old Clarissa enlists the help of her mother’s best friend Isabella and her eccentric estranged grandmother Mimi. Three generations of women will need to overcome grief, doubts and differences to honour the memory of their beloved Sarah while embarking on a journey to establish a London bakery filled with love, hope and colourful pastries from all over the world. A deliciously sweet movie in more ways than one. (DVD)

MOUTH OF THE WOLF / LOST AND BEAUTIFUL (2015)

Pietro Marcello’s hauntingly beautiful debut feature The Mouth of the Wolf interweaves two love stories: the 20-year romance between a Sicilian tough guy and a transsexual former junkie whom he met in prison, and a poetic reverie of the Italian port town of Genoa, depicted in all its mysterious, fading glory.

In Lost and Beautiful, a humble shepherd, Tommaso, takes it upon himself to look after the abandoned Bourbon palace of Carditello, deep in the heart of the “Land of Fires.” One day, Tommaso is seized by a heart attack and dies; but not before making a final wish. He summons a masked character named Pulcinella to rescue a buffalo calf called Sarchiopone from the forsaken palace. Together, man and beast, embark on a long journey through a lost and beautiful Italy, searching for something which may no longer exist. (DVD)

PANIC BEATS (1983)

Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy wrote directed and stars in this dark and macabre tale of lust, betrayal and ghostly vengeance. Naschy plays a descendent of the Alaric de Marnac character first seen in his 1973 film Horror Rises from the Tomb. Desperate to salvage his crumbling financial empire, Paul Marnac (Naschy) decides to kill his heiress wife, Genevive, played by Julia Saly. He enlists the help of a sexy and ambitious younger woman, Julie, played by former Miss Spain, Frances Ondiviela. Unfortunately, one murder is not enough to satisfy Julie’s blood lust and greed. As the corpses pile up, she heads for a confrontation with an ancient and unstoppable evil. Remastered for the first time in HD, this fully restored Blu-ray is the complete uncut version of the film and contains all the notorious gore and violence. (BLU-RAY)

PARALLEL (2018)

A group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a “multiverse”, but soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences. (DVD)

PARISH, THE (2019)

A widow haunted by the gruesome death of her husband uproots her daughter and moves them to a peaceful rural town. Then the real nightmares begin when she and her daughter stumble upon a long-buried scandal. They team up with the town’s priest after encountering a creepy young boy, a hostile janitor and a blood thirsty nun who will stop at nothing to protect the deadly secrets of The Parish. (DVD)

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004)

From director Joel Schumacher (“Phone Booth,” “A Time to Kill”) comes this big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit stage musical! The Phantom, a disfigured musical genius, haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. He takes an interest in a young singer and, through tutelage and terror, helps her rise to stardom, only to see her fall in love with a handsome young man. The Phantom vows revenge and kidnaps her to be his eternal bride, but ultimately is transformed by the compassion of the young woman, and the love she feels for her young man, making the ultimate sacrifice in order that she may live and be happy. Starring Gerard Butler (“300,” “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”), Emmy Rossum (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “Mystic River”), Oscar-nominee Miranda Richardson (“The Hours,” “Sleepy Hollow”), Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Patrick Wilson (“Hard Candy,” TV’s “Angels in America”), Simon Callow (“Shakespeare in Love”) and Ciarán Hinds (“Road to Perdition,” “The Sum of All Fears”). Nominated for three Academy Awards! (BLU-RAY)

PINOCCHIO (2019)

When a magical piece of wood falls into his hands, Geppetto carves from it his greatest creation, Pinocchio, a puppet wondrously bestowed with life. Pinocchio’s dreams of becoming a real boy are complicated by his misadventures among a host of otherworldly creatures – a fox- and-cat bandit duo, an asthmatic dogfish, a talking cricket, and others – until he meets a kind blue-haired fairy, whose only wish is to make his dreams come true. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

POSITIVE I.D. (1987)

A chilling, offbeat thriller that takes a dark and macabre look into the mind of an obsessed woman. A year after she was raped, housewife Julie Kenner (Stephanie Rascoe) still can’t shake the horror of the attack. Her deteriorating mental state only worsens when she learns her attacker will soon be free on parole. Determined to get her revenge, the former model mother devises a unique and fascinating scheme. Using legal loopholes, she methodically creates a totally new identity: sultry barfly Bobbie King, who will be the perfect bait for her attacker. She soon discovers, however, that the thin line which separates her real life from her fantasy personality is slowly being erased. The result is a striking, unforgettable journey into the world of the strange and bizarre that reveals the shocking truth about one victim’s quest for revenge. Written and directed by Andy Anderson (Detention) and co-starring John S. Davies (RoboCop) and Lauren Lane (C.C. Babcock of TV’s The Nanny). (BLU-RAY)

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (2020)

From visionary director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman…until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story. (BLU-RAY)

PSYCHO GOREMAN (2021)

Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos, and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

RUSSIAN RAID (2020)

Long after the murder of his father a secret agent killed in a missile factory raid former special forces operative Nikita (played by renowned stuntman Ivan Kotik) returns to Russia as a mercenary. He leads an elite team on a top-dollar heist targeting the same facility, but no one else knows his true objective is revenge. (DVD)

SOL (2020)

Sol, a famous Argentine Tango performer, has lived in Buenos Aires for many years. Behind her excessive temper and her glowing smile, the Diva hides an injury from which she never really recovered: the loss of her only son, Raphaël. (DVD)

SONGBIRD (2020)

In this terrifying thriller, a devastating pandemic ravages the world and the United States is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones, from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression. Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico (KJ Apa), who’s immune to the deadly pathogen, finds hope and love with Sara (Sofia Carson), though her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment … or worse. (DVD)

TAFFIN (1988)

They Needed a Hero… They Got a One-Man Army! Screen great Pierce Brosnan (The World Is Not Enough) is dashing and deadly in this powerhouse of passion, revenge and nonstop action. When a small Irish town is terrorized by a corrupt business syndicate, a lone hero wages an all-out war. Mark Taffin (Brosnan) is a tough-as-nails debt collector who’s as quick with his wits as he is with his lightning-fast martial arts moves. So, when powerful Sprawley Enterprises resorts to brutal tactics to silence townspeople who oppose the company’s hazardous chemical plant, Taffin leaps to the citizens’ aid. Battling savage assassins and ruthless executives, he takes on the enemy in one blistering confrontation after another. But as he prepares for the final showdown, Taffin uncovers a terrifying plot—a deadly conspiracy that may reach the highest echelons of political power. Co-starring the stunningly beautiful Alison Doody (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) with Patrick Bergin (Patriot Games), Gerald McSorley (Veronica Guerin), Jeremy Child (A Fish Call Wanda) and Ronan Wilmot (Rawhead Rex). Directed by Francis Megahy (Freelance). (BLU-RAY)

THAT CLICK (2019)

A man at the cutting edge of fashion, photojournalism and portraiture, photographer to the stars Douglas Kirkland has, with his camera, portrayed over sixty years of pop culture. Famed for his legendary shoots with Hollywood favourites including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie and the stars of over 150 motion pictures – The Sound of Music, Moulin Rouge, Titanic and The Great Gatsby to name a few – Kirkland s unique style and approach have resulted in hundreds of beautiful, immortal images that still influence the world today, decades after that first fateful click of the camera. This fascinating feature takes a closer look into the astonishing career of one the most important photographers of the last century, from his very first assignments at Look magazine in the 50’s to Vanity Fair in the present, with contributing cast including Sharon Stone, Nicole Kidman, Michelle Williams, Baz Luhrmann and Andy Garcia amongst many others. (DVD)

THIRD STRIKE (2021)

Follows The Decarceration Collective — a small but mighty team of women fighting to free people banished to life in prison for nonviolent drug crimes. (DVD-R)

WE HUNT TOGETHER (2020) (2 DISKS)

When Freddy, a troubled young woman, is nearly assaulted outside a nightclub, the toilet attendant steps in to help. Baba, a former child soldier, acts with swift, unstoppable brutality. She’s entranced. The pair form an instant intoxicating connection. Something dark within both of them quickly emerges. Soon they set about exacting revenge on people from Freddy’s past – Baba’s skill for violence and Freddy’s tinge of psychopathy prove a lethal combination. But they’re not the only ones on the hunt. Can dysfunctional detectives DI Mendy and DS Franks set aside their opposing views long enough to catch the deadly duo? (DVD)

YIDDISH (2020)

An expressive hybrid with roots in German, Hebrew, and Slavic languages, Yiddish has been shamed, banned, and nearly wiped out, but in fact, it s a vernacular with rich political, historical, religious, socio-economic, and literary import. In Nurith Aviv s unexpected, original documentary, seven young interviewees some Jews and some not share their love for the Yiddish language. And they each tell of their connection to a particular poet they love, from the period between the two World Wars, a time which saw a great flowering of Yiddish culture and creativity, including of modernist, avant-garde poetry. The poets discussed in the film are Celia Dropkin, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, Anna Margolin, Peretz Markish, Avrom Sutzkever, Debora Vogel, and Yehoyesh. Filmed in France, Germany, Israel, Lithuania and Poland, YIDDISH brings the language, through their words, to life. (DVD)

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