New Releases for March 30!

It’s New Release Tuesday! This week there’s 20,000 silent leagues, drunk Mads Mikkelsen, Albert Brooks in the afterlife, two vintage De la Iglesia horror comedies, Wonder Woman in the 80’s, and more, more, more.

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1916) 

Stuart Paton’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916) is an epic retelling of Jules Verne’s classic novel, shot on location in the Bahaman Islands. Allen Holubar stars as the domineering Captain Nemo, who rescues the passengers of an American naval vessel after ramming them with his iron-clad, steampunk submarine, The Nautilus. Incorporating material from Verne’s Mysterious Island, the film also follows the adventures of a group of Civil War soldiers whose hot-air balloon crash lands on an exotic island, where they encounter the untamed “Child of Nature” (Jane Gail). Calling itself “The First Submarine Photoplay Ever Filmed,” the film is highlighted by stunning underwater photography (engineered by Ernest and George Williamson), including an underwater funeral and a deep sea diver’s battle with a giant cephalopod. In honor of the film’s extraordinary technical and artistic achievement, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. (BLU-RAY)

55 STEPS (2017) 

Based on the inspiring true story of an outrageous and smart Eleanor Riese played by Helena Bonham Carter, a patient in a psychiatric hospital where she has been mistreated, and her attorney, a patients rights lawyer, Colette Hughes played by Hilary Swank. (DVD)

ACKLEY BRIDGE: SERIES 2 (3 DISKS)

It’s the start of a new term at Ackley Bridge, and lives and cultures are still colliding at this high school that integrated a community of white and Pakistani residents. Smart student Nasreen (Amy-Leigh Hickman, EastEnders) tries to hide her sexuality behind a sham engagement, while her best friend, Missy (Poppy Lee Friar, Mr Selfridge), must shoulder the burdens of her drug-addict mother. Free-spirited English teacher Emma (Liz White, Life on Mars) embarks on an affair with a married staff member, and headmistress Mandy (Jo Joyner, EastEnders) introduces a strict academic regime that infuriates staff and students alike. (DVD)

ADIOS, SABATA (1971) 

Legendary spaghetti western producer Alberto Grimaldi (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) produced this rousing chapter of the Sabata series, which sees screen icon Yul Brynner (Taras Bulba, Invitation to a Gunfighter) stepping into the title character s boots. Under the brutal rule of local garrison leader Colonel Skimmel and European tyranny, a group of Mexican revolutionaries hire gunslinger Sabata (Brynner) to rob a transport of Austrian gold in order to buy weapons. But Colonel Skimmel has other plans, taking the gold for himself and blaming the revolutionaries, but no scheming colonel is going to keep Sabata from earning his pay. Gianfranco Parolini (Sabata, God s Gun) directed this rip-roaring, action-packed western filled with fabulous gadgets and wicked humor. (BLU-RAY)

ALL NIGHT LONG (1981) 

Screen legends Gene Hackman (The Package, Mississippi Burning) and Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl, The Way We Were) star as the oddest couple to beat the odds in this offbeat comedy that proves a man can lose everything and still live happily ever after. After successful executive George Dupler (Hackman) is demoted to managing a seedy all-night drugstore, he decides to totally change his life. Leaving his wife, he takes up with Cheryl (Streisand), a sexy but ditzy neighbor—who’s already had an affair with his son (Dennis Quaid, The Long Riders, The Big Easy)! Now his hands are full with his new wild woman by day and his weird and crazy customers by night in this screwball romantic comedy written by W.D. Richter (Big Trouble in Little China, Needful Things) and directed by Jean-Claude Tramont (Focal Point). The top-notch cast includes Diane Ladd (Wild at Heart), Kevin Dobson (TV’s Kojak), William Daniels (A Thousand Clowns) and Ann Doran (Rebel Without a Cause). (BLU-RAY)

AMERICANO, THE (1955)

A man from the US working on a ranch in the Amazon comes up against a gang of Brazilian bandits. (BLU-RAY)

ANDERSON, MARIAN: VOICE OF FREEDOM (2021) 

On Easter Sunday, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Inscribed on the walls of the monument behind her were the words “all men are created equal.” Barred from performing in Constitution Hall because of her race, Anderson would sing for the American people in the open air. Hailed as a voice that “comes around once in a hundred years” by maestros in Europe and widely celebrated by both white and black audiences at home, her fame hadn’t been enough to spare her from the indignities and outright violence of racism and segregation. Voice of Freedom interweaves Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy, and the American soul. (DVD)

ANOTHER ROUND (2020) 

Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. At first they each find a new- found zest, but as the gang pushes their experiment further, issues that have been simmering for years come to a head and the men are faced with a choice: reckon with their behavior or continue on the same course. Underscored by delicate and affecting camerawork, director Thomas Vinterberg’s spry script, co-written with regular collaborator Tobias Lindholm, uses this bold premise to explore the euphoria and pain of an unbridled life. Playing a once brilliant but now world-weary shell of a man, the ever surprising Mads Mikkelsen delivers a fierce and touching performance. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

ARMORED ATTACK! (1957) (2 VERSIONS)

Members of a Ukrainian farm collective turn guerrilla to fight the Nazis. Directed by Lewis Milestone. (BLU-RAY)

BAD NEWS BEARS (1976) 

The beloved movie that inspired two sequels, a television series, and a remake celebrates 45 years! Walter Matthau is at his absolute best as the grumbling beer-guzzling former minor-league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits. Even with this rag-tag-team in uniform, it’s nearly impossible for anyone to cheer them on. It’s a refreshingly outrageous, utterly believable, and quite cleverly funny tale of baseball dreams and underdog realities. (BLU-RAY)

BERMUDA DEPTHS (1978) 

What secret lurks 20,000 feet below the waves in the paranormal realm called the Bermuda Triangle? That is the question a scientist (Burl Ives), his student (Carl Weathers) and a young man (Leigh McCloskey) haunted by nightmarish memories of his Bermuda childhood ask themselves. The answer involves a beauty (Connie Sellecca) who has sold her soul for eternal youth and a giant sea turtle that leaves death in its wake. Eerie and hypnotic, The Bermuda Depths was produced by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass (The Year Without a Santa Claus), who meld their imaginative fantasy style with the live-action horror genre. (BLU-RAY)

CLIFFORD (1994)

A bratty 10-year-old boy is obsessed with visiting a dinosaur-themed amusement park; his uptight uncle takes the wily tyke in for a week and barely lives to regret it. (BLU-RAY)

COLD FEET-THE NEW YEARS: SEASON 2 (2 DISKS)

Adam, Pete, Jenny, Karen and David have returned all singing and dancing. Adam has won Tina’s heart, the question is, can he keep it? Pete’s come a long way since teetering on the edge and his new outlook on life has given Jenny the chance to embrace hers, but at what cost? On the surface Karen appears to have it all and the gang look on in envy as she hosts a lavish party to launch her new publishing house. It’s a bittersweet moment for David who’s reduced to going door-to-door selling insurance to unsuspecting pensioners. Surely there’s a better way to make ends meet? Laced with comedy and tragedy, the big stories and daily minutiae of life are observed and tackled in a way only Cold Feet can. (DVD-R)

DANIEL (1983)

A ’60s graduate student recalls his parents, executed in the ’50s for selling atomic secrets. Directed by Sidney Lumet. (BLU-RAY)

DARK WEB: CICADA 3301 (2021) 

Genius hacker Conner discovers Cicada 3301, an online treasure hunt that could be a recruiting tool for a secret society. Soon Conner, art-expert friend Avi, and secretive librarian Gwen are dashing from graffiti sites to ancient libraries to uncover real-world clues. But they must outrun aggressive NSA agents, also hot on the trail of Cicada, who want the glory for themselves. (DVD)

DAY OF THE BEAST (1995) 

In between his cult hit debut ACCIÓN MUTANTE and proudly depraved PERDITA DURANGO, writer/director Álex de la Iglesia delivered the international smash that remains one of the best horror comedies of our time: When a rogue priest (Álex Angulo of PAN’S LABYRINTH) discovers the exact date The Antichrist will be born, he’ll enlist a Death Metal record store clerk (Santiago Segura of KILLER BARBYS) and a cheesy TV psychic (Armando De Razza) for an urban spree of ”gore, sacrilege and twisted humor” (San Francisco Examiner) to prevent the Apocalypse by summoning Satan himself. Terele Pávez (800 BULLETS) co-stars in this ”classic of modern Spanish cinema” (Screen Anarchy) – winner of 6 Goya Awards including Best Director – now restored in 4k from the original negative and loaded with all-new Special Features. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER (2019) 

Adapted from the graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, Days of the Bagnold Summer is a tender, funny coming-of-age story about single parenting and heavy metal. Sue works in a library. Daniel eats chips and listens to Metallica. This was the summer Daniel was due to spend with his dad and his dad’s new wife in Florida. But when they cancel his trip at the last minute, Sue and Daniel suddenly face the prospect of six long weeks together. An epic war of wills ensues in the unassuming battleground of their suburban home as they each reckon with private tragedies – and pursue their personal passions. Featuring original songs by Belle and Sebastian. (DVD)

DEFENDING YOUR LIFE (1991) (CRITERION)

Is there love after death? Acerbic everyman Albert Brooks finds a perfect balance between satirical bite and romantic-comedy charm as the writer, director, and star of this wonderfully warm and imaginative existential fantasy. After he dies suddenly, the hapless advertising executive Daniel Miller (Brooks) finds himself in Judgment City, a gleaming way station where the newly deceased must prove they lived a life of sufficient courage to advance in their journey through the universe. As the self-doubting Daniel struggles to make his case, a budding relationship with the uninhibited Julia (Meryl Streep) offers him a chance to finally feel alive. Buoyed by a pitch-perfect supporting cast that includes Rip Torn, Lee Grant, and Buck Henry, Defending Your Life is a rare feat of personal, philosophical filmmaking that happens to also be divinely entertaining. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

DELINQUENTS, THE (1957)

Being scorned by his father’s girlfriend, Scotty befriends street thug Eddy and quickly transforms from being a good kid to a member of a ruthless gang of teens. (BLU-RAY)

DREAMLAND (2019) 

Margot Robbie (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) stars (Indiewire) in this love story set amidst America’s struggle during the Great Depression. Eugene Evans (Finn Cole, “Peaky Blinders”) dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber Allison Wells (Robbie) hiding closer than he could ever imagine. Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, nothing is as it seems, and Eugene must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of everyone he’s ever loved. (DVD)

FAREWELL TO ARMS (1957) 

Based on the classic novel by Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls). This gripping version of the legendary writer’s World War I masterpiece stars Rock Hudson (Giant, Seconds) as an ambulance driver and Jennifer Jones (Portrait of Jennie, Duel in the Sun) as the nurse he falls in love with. Initially strangers, the two find they must suddenly grapple with difficult decisions about their life together until fate steps in and their future becomes uncertain. Featuring a stellar cast that includes Vittorio De Sica (The Earrings of Madame de…), Mercedes McCambridge (All the King s Men) and Oskar Homolka (Sabotage). A Farewell to Arms is one of the cinema’s more poignant portraits of war and survival, beautifully directed by the great Charles Vidor. (BLU-RAY)

FINDING JOY: SERIES 1

Amy Huberman (Striking Out, The Clinic) created, wrote, and stars in this quirky, life-affirming Irish comedy with a “satisfyingly filthy sense of humor” (The Irish Times). Routine-loving Joy is having a tough time after a messy breakup with her live-in boyfriend, Aidan (Lochlann O’Mearáin, Love and Friendship). Then a promotion forces her to step out of her comfort zone as she replaces her network’s star vlogger, the Happy Hunter. (DVD)

GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1969)

Mobsters and the CIA force a nightclub owner to fight a communist conspiracy. (BLU-RAY)

GOOD SAM (1948)

A do-gooder frustrates his wife by lending their car, their money and their time to anyone who asks. (BLU-RAY)

GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952) 

Newly restored from a 4K film transfer of the original negative, Cecil B. DeMille’s grand spectacle THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH makes its Blu-ray debut. This two-time Academy Award winner, including BEST PICTURE, captures the thrills, chills and exhilaration of the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus with an all-star cast that includes Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame, James Stewart and Lyle Bettger. This essential movie of the Golden Age of Hollywood packs action, romance, laughs and treachery into an epic only DeMille could create, resulting in one of 1952’s biggest hits. (BLU-RAY)

HEART GUY: SERIES 3 (3 DISKS)

This hit Australian dramedy stars Rodger Corser (Glitch, Rush) as Hugh Knight, a brilliant but arrogant heart surgeon forced to give up his high-flying job in Sydney to work as a GP in his rural hometown of Whyhope. In Series 3, Hugh’s probation for his misdeeds is coming to a close, but he has mixed feelings about leaving his budding relationship with hospital boss Penny (Hayley McElhinney, The Babadook). (DVD)

HIGH VOLTAGE (2018) 

When a band’s shy lead singer Rachel (Allie Gonino) is struck by lightning everything changes. Her ravenous mother’s spirit takes control of her body and is ready to bring the band to the top. The only catch-she must murder a man before every show in order to deliver electrifying performances. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

I’LL TAKE SWEDEN (1965)

Widower and single dad, oil company executive Bob Holcomb (Bob Hope, The Road to Hong Kong) accepts a transfer to Sweden in hopes of keeping his daughter JoJo (Tuesday Weld, Pretty Poison) far away from her carefree, guitar-playing, marriage-minded boyfriend Kenny (Frankie Avalon, Beach Blanket Bingo). Little does Bob know that Sweden provides a more liberal view of all things romantic. So, it s out of the frying pan and into the fire. But JoJo isn t the only one with romance on her mind when Bob meets attractive interior designer Karin (Dina Merrill, Operation Petticoat). Plans for a romantic mountain resort weekend will turn into a slapstick roundelay when Kenny turns up with former girlfriend Marti (Rosemarie Frankland, A Hard Day’s Night) and Bob s assistant Erik (Jeremy Slate, Girls! Girls! Girls!), a wolf in sheep s clothing, sets his sights on JoJo. (BLU-RAY)

ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945) (WARNER ARCHIVE)

Once you visit the Isle of the Dead, there is no hope of returning to the land of the living. A small island off the coast of Greece holds a secret so dreadful that once you step onto its soil you must remain there forever. General Pherides (master of horror Boris Karloff) is one such a visitor. Going to the island to honor the grave of his late wife, Pherides discovers that it is held in the grip of a terrifying plague, a sickness that enters the victims mind and drives them insane! Pherides leads the fight against the plague, but then falls prey to it himself. In his delirium, he believes that a woman named Thea (Ellen Drew) is a vrykolaka, a vampire responsible for the deaths. Insanity runs rampant, and grave robbery, premature burial and ghastly vampires are the unspeakable horrors that await on the Isle of the Dead. (BLU-RAY)

ISN’T SHE GREAT (2000) 

From Andrew Bergman, the acclaimed director of So Fine, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas, It Could Happen to You and Striptease, comes this outrageous comedy based on the life of Jacqueline Susann, starring screen legend Bette Midler (Big Business, Ruthless People). The hilarious Midler stars as the ambitious woman of dubious talent who writes Valley of the Dolls, the sexy, best-selling novel that takes the world by storm. Jacqueline’s irrepressible sense of humor, indomitable spirit and adoring husband Irving Mansfield (Nathan Lane, The Birdcage) eventually rocket her from struggling starlet to international celebrity.  (BLU-RAY)

JOURNEYS THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA (2017) (2 DISKS)

My Journey Through French Cinema (2017), Bertrand Tavernier’s César-nominated three-and-a-half-hour tour through French film history, was too short to introduce audiences to all that he wanted to share. In this new eight-part series, the acclaimed director of such films as Coup de Torchon and ‘Round Midnight guides us through a roster of filmmakers both influential and forgotten, explores how his country’s cinema was shaped by the German occupation and changed again through the New Wave, spotlights little-known female filmmakers, and more. Subjects include: René Clément, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Julien Duvivier, Henri Decoin, Claude Autant-Lara, as well as composers who made movie music an art in and of itself, far from the Hollywood spotlight. (BLU-RAY)

LANDLORD, THE (1970) 

Legendary filmmaker Hal Ashby (Coming Home, 8 Million Ways to Die) makes his directing debut with this acclaimed social satire starring Beau Bridges (The Hotel New Hampshire) as a wealthy young man who leaves his family’s estate in Long Island to pursue love and happiness in a Brooklyn ghetto. When Elgar Enders (Bridges) buys a Park Slope tenement, he fully intends to evict the occupants and transform the building into a chic bachelor pad. But after meeting the tenants, Elgar adopts a “love thy neighbor” policy instead: first he falls head-over-heels for a sexy young go-go dancer… then he begins an affair with the sultry, married “Miss Sepia 1957.” Featuring brilliant performances by Lee Grant (The Balcony) in an Oscar®-nominated role, Pearl Bailey (Porgy and Bess), Louis Gossett Jr. (The Laughing Policeman), Robert Klein (Hooper), Trish Van Devere (Where’s Poppa?), Hector Elizondo (The Flamingo Kid), Gloria Hendry (Black Belt Jones) and Susan Anspach (The Big Fix), and with a potent script by Bill Gunn (Ganja & Hess) based on the novel by Kristin Hunter (Boss Cat), The Landlord is one of the most original and provocative screen comedies to deal with race relations in urban America. Produced by Norman Jewison (The Thomas Crown Affair) and shot by Gordon Willis (The Godfather). (BLU-RAY)

LAST DANCE (COMPLETE MINISERIES) (3 DISKS)

Chronicles the untold story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty. Never before seen footage and sound from the 1997-98 Championship season, plus, over 100 interviews with basketball’s biggest names and other famous figures. (BLU-RAY)

LAUREL & HARDY: THE DEFINITIVE RESTORATIONS 

Stan and Ollie look and sound better than ever. New 2K and 4K digital restorations from original 35mm nitrate, Laurel and Hardy’s classic comedies are here in the best quality since their first release! Two features and 17 shorts, including the legendary pie-fight silent film “The Battle of the Century,” making its video debut and nearly complete for the first time in over 90 years! (BLU-RAY)

LUST, CAUTION (2007) 

From two-time Oscar-winner Ang Lee, the acclaimed director of Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, comes this romantic drama starring the great Tony Leung (In the Mood for Love) with Wei Tang (Blackhat) and Joan Chen (The Last Emperor). Set against the backdrop of a transforming country, Lust, Caution tells the provocative story of a young woman (Tang) who finds herself swept up in a radical plot to assassinate a ruthless and secretive intelligence agent. As she immerses herself in her role as a cosmopolitan seductress, she becomes entangled in a dangerous game that will ultimately determine her fate. (BLU-RAY)

LUTHER (1974) 

In his magnificent performance as the notorious religious firebrand, Stacy Keach delivers a brilliant performance that spans two decades of Martin Luther’s life, capturing both his colossal strengths and emotional frailties. Based on the play by John Osborne (Look Back in Anger), Luther co-stars Kubrick stalwarts Leonard Rossiter and Patrick Magee, as well as Dame Judi Dench as the nun Luther takes for his wife. Injecting religious history with invigorating drama, Luther presents the social revolutionary’s condemnation of the Catholic Church as the desperate acts of a brilliant but deeply troubled man of conscience who has run out of options. (BLU-RAY)

MAIDS, THE (1974) 

Glenda Jackson (Sunday Bloody Sunday) and Susannah York (The Killing of Sister George) provide a volatile mixture of class confrontation, Freudian passion, and criminal mischief in this unbridled, expertly cinematic rendering of the play by Jean Genet, one of the most creative and provocative minds of the 20th Century. Solange and Claire are Paris maids who tend to the domestic needs of a cruel socialite (Vivien Merchant). Whenever Madame is away, the bonnes obsessively act out complex psychodramas of domination and control that fuel a lust for revenge upon the haughty woman they serve. (BLU-RAY)

MALLORCA FILES: SERIES 1 (3 DISKS)

A British and German detective clash over how to police the Spanish island of Mallorca. (DVD)

MY SON JOHN (1952)

A mother and father learn their Washington-based son is a Communist with an FBI agent on his trail. (BLU-RAY)

NIGHT MY NUMBER CAME UP 

The Chinese theory that life is pre-ordained and that dreams are a glimpse into the future prompts Commander Lindsay (Michael Hordern, Where Eagles Dare) to relate a dream he has experienced to his fellow dinner guests, including Air Marshal Sir John Hardie (Michael Redgrave, The Captive Heart). The dream involves a Dakota aircraft carrying thirteen people, one of whom is Hardie. The plane is lost over the sea, the radio fails, and fuel is running short when, through a break in the clouds, a rock-strewn beach appears and the plane crashes horrifically. Lindsay then starts to live out his nightmare as different pieces from his dream start to fall into place. Are these similarities just coincidences or did his dream foretell the disaster? Ealing Studios veteran Leslie Norman (Dunkirk, X the Unknown) directed this thrilling and mysterious adventure yarn co-starring Alexander Knox (The Psychopath) and Denholm Elliott (The Sound Barrier). (BLU-RAY)

NOSFERATU IN VENICE (1988) 

What was intended to be an unofficial sequel to Werner Herzog’s NOSFERATU instead became one of the most notoriously fascinating productions in EuroCult history: Klaus Kinski – ”now fully in the grip of the ‘bats**t crazy’ phase of his career” (Rock! Shock! Pop!) – gives his penultimate performance as the legendary vampire resurrected in modern-day Venice with an insatiable hunger for warm blood and rough sex. Donald Pleasence and Academy Award® winner Christopher Plummer co-star in this sumptuously insane shocker that features music by Oscar® winner Vangelis (CHARIOTS OF FIRE), employed five different directors – including Mario Caiano (NIGHTMARE CASTLE), Luigi Cozzi (PAGANINI HORROR), writer/producer Augusto Caminito and reportedly Kinski himself – and still delivers ”one eye-popping scene after another” (Cinema Retro), now scanned in 2k from the original negative. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

NOVA: EAGLE POWER

Eagles dominate the skies. But what makes these predators so special? Researchers put one eagle to the test and stunning up close footage reveals her incredible strength, eyesight, and flying skills. (DVD)

NATURE: THE MIGHTY WEASEL

In Yorkshire, a unique English garden rigged with over 50 cameras givesa rare insight into the dramatic life of a mother weasel as she tries to raise her first family. And new science uncovers the problem solving abilities of the honey badger, the secrets behind the ferrets legendary flexibility and the wolverines remarkable sense of smell. Discover the world of the mighty weasel. (DVD)

ONE AND ONLY (1978)

1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips, he manages to win fellow student Mary’s heart, although she’s already otherwise engaged. But getting a job after college turns out much harder than he expected. Most directors take offense at his free interpretation of his roles. Desperate, he tries in wrestling. To avoid getting beaten up he stages the fights – and incidentally invents show-wrestling. (BLU-RAY)

OUR FRIEND (2019) 

Tells the inspiring and extraordinary true story of the Teague family—journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his vibrant wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and their two young daughters—and how their lives are upended by Nicole’s heartbreaking diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt’s responsibilities as a caretaker and parent become increasingly overwhelming, the couple’s best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) offers to come and help out. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life-altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined. (DVD)

PAIN IN THE ASS (1973) 

From director Édouard Molinaro (La Cage aux Folles, La Cage aux Folles II) and writer Francis Veber (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, La Chevre) comes this action-comedy starring screen great Lino Ventura (Illustrious Corpses, The Sicilian Clan) with Jacques Brel (Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris) and Caroline Cellier (This Man Must Die). When a hired killer crosses paths with a suicidal shirt salesman, the resulting calamity makes for one of the funniest, most original films you’ll ever see. Ralf Milan (Ventura) has come to Montpellier to fulfill a “contract” that a powerful crime organization has placed on a man about to testify against the mob at an upcoming trial. As Ralf waits for the man in his hotel room with gun in hand, he notices something very strange in the attaching room next door: François Pignon (Brel), a cuckolded, unhappy man who is trying to hang himself, but is failing—ridiculously. Ralf finds himself compelled to protect François from his hapless attempts at self-destruction to avoid attracting attention. What develops is one odd friendship you’ll never forget. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

PERDITA DURANGO (1998) 

For his English-language debut, writer/director Álex de la Iglesia (DAY OF THE BEAST) chose novelist Barry Gifford’s prequel to WILD AT HEART featuring sociopath priestess Perdita Durango. But when the U.S. distributor saw the finished film, they slashed 10+ minutes of gleefully profane sex & violence and dumped it under the title DANCE WITH THE DEVIL. Severin is proud to present the complete Director’s Cut starring Oscar® nominee Rosie Perez and Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem in the ”amoral love story” (DVD Talk) filled with human sacrifices, kidnapping, murder, fetus trafficking and the dogged DEA agent (James Gandolfini, THE SOPRANOS) on the trail of it all. Don Stroud (DJANGO UNCHAINED), Demián Bichir (THE HATEFUL EIGHT), Alex Cox (REPO MAN) and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins co-star in this ”splendidly irresponsible” (Moria) joyride to the dark side, now restored in 4k with all-new Special Features. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

PERFECT FRIDAY (1970) 

Directed by Sir Peter Hall and featuring cool tunes by Johnny Dankworth, this sexy, mischievous early ’70s crime caper stars the always-watchable Stanley Baker as a bank manager who teams up with a glamorous, aristocratic couple (David Warner and Ursula Andress) to pull off the ultimate inside job. (BLU-RAY)

PERFECT PLANET (2021) (2 DISKS)

Perfect Planet analyzes, in five episodes, how the forces of nature, including the power of the Sun or even humans, drive and shape life on Earth. (DVD)

PROJECTIONIST, THE (2019) 

This documentary portrait of theater operator Nicolas “Nick” Nicolaou moves from 1970s Times Square adult film houses through decades of city regulation, chain takeovers, and cultural shifts, charting a charming odyssey through the history of film exhibition and New York City. Abel Ferrara traces the life and work of friend and fellow cinephile Nicolaou, a Cypriot immigrant who began working as a teenager in small neighborhood movie theaters around Manhattan, defying gentrification, changing viewing habits and corporate dominance in the 1980s, only to emerge decades later as one of New York City’s last independent theater owners. A moving tribute to friendship, tenacity and the love of cinema, The Projectionist is also a timely paean to what going to the movies is all about. (DVD)

ROSEBUD (1975) 

From Otto Preminger, the legendary director of Laura, Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, Advise & Consent and Bunny Lake Is Missing, comes this thrilling adventure yarn starring screen greats Sir Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter) and Sir Richard Attenborough (The Great Escape, Brighton Rock). Larry Martin (O’Toole) is a reporter secretly working for the CIA as he travels around the globe tasked, along with Israeli intelligence, to work for the release of five wealthy girls kidnapped by the anti-Israel Palestinian Liberation Army from the yacht Rosebud. Edward Sloat (Attenborough), the extremist head of Black September, is connected with the kidnappings, and is subsequently hunted down after his plans for a centralized global terrorist network are uncovered. The stellar cast includes Cliff Gorman (The Boys in the Band), Peter Lawford (Salt and Pepper), Raf Vallone (Cannon for Cordoba), Adrienne Corri (The File of the Golden Goose), Isabelle Huppert (The Bedroom Window) and Kim Cattrall (The Return of the Musketeers). (DVD and BLU-RAY)

SCREAM IN THE STREETS (1973) 

From infamous producer Harry Novak – whose Box Office International Pictures brought the world such classics as AXE, MANTIS IN LACE and WHAM BAM THANK YOU, SPACEMAN – comes the still-startling sickie about a pair of L.A.P.D. detectives hunting a transvestite psychopath through a polyester jungle of massage parlor perverts, suburban sex fiends, violence-crazed cops and one of the worst examples of cross-dressing ever filmed (Digitally Obsessed). Joshua Bryant (ENTER THE DEVIL), Sandy Carey (DRIVE-IN MASSACRE), Linda York (CHAIN GANG WOMEN) and Sharon Kelly (aka ’80s adult film superstar Colleen Brennan) star in this garish display of rampant depravity (Pulp International) directed by Carl Monson (PLEASE DON’T EAT MY MOTHER!), now scanned uncut in 2K from the original negative and throbbing with Special Features. (BLU-RAY)

SECRETS & LIES (1996) (CRITERION)

An expert observer of unembellished humanity, writer-director Mike Leigh reached new levels of expressive power and intricacy with this exploration of the deceptions, small and large, that shape our relationships. When Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a Black optometrist who was adopted as a child, begins the search for her birth mother, she doesn’t expect that it will lead her to Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s best actress award), a lonely white factory worker whose tentative embrace of her long-lost daughter sends shock waves through the rest of her already fragile family. Born from a painstaking process of rehearsal and improvisation with a powerhouse ensemble cast, Secrets & Lies is a Palme d’Or–winning tour de force of sustained tension and catharsis that lays bare the emotional fault lines running beneath everyday lives. (DVD and BLU-RAY)

SHAKEDOWN, THE (1929) 

A heartwarming boxing drama directed by Hollywood legend William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives, The Big Country), presented in a new 4K restoration from Universal Pictures. Dave Roberts (James Murray, The Crowd) is a fighter better known for taking falls in fixed fights than for taking home the prize money. He is part of a traveling team of scammers that fleece gamblers across the country. But then he falls head-over-heels for a fiery waitress (Barbara Kent) and a rough-and-tumble orphan (Jack Hanlon), and he begins to dramatically alter his life inside and outside of the ring. (BLU-RAY)

SINGING DETECTIVE (2003)

A hospitalized writer immerses himself in the fictional life of his alter ego, a singing detective. (BLU-RAY)

SLASHER, THE (1953) 

A gang of teenage delinquents, led by Roy (James Kenney, Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.), is earning money by mugging women on the streets of London. The boys are making substantial profits, until the police catch up with them. At their hearing, the magistrate passes a fairly lenient sentence with the suggestion that they join a youth club and reform their ways. But while there, the delinquents use the building as a base for their growing operation, intimidating other members of the club, increasing their numbers and slowly getting in over their heads. Co-starring screen and television legend Joan Collins (The Bitch and TV’s Dynasty) and directed by James Bond veteran Lewis Gilbert (You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me). (BLU-RAY)

SON OF THE SHEIK (1926) 

In this visually intoxicating sequel to Valentino’s career-defining film The Sheik, the silent screen’s greatest lover portrays a cultured yet untamed young man who is lured into a thieve’s trap by a beautiful dancer, Yasmin (Vilma Banky). After escaping, he kidnaps the damsel and holds her captive in his desert lair, dressing her in Arabian finery and threatening to unleash his violent passion upon her. Exotic romance saturates every frame of this Orientalist epic; its sadomoasochistic fantasies are acted out against the lavish set design of William Cameron Menzies (The Thief of Bagdad) and lushly photographed by George Barnes (Sadie Thompson). The Son of the Sheik proved to be Valentino’s final film. He died suddenly on August 23rd, 1926 at the age of 31, just before the picture’s release. This edition is mastered from the best surviving 35mm elements and features a dazzling score by Alloy Orchestra. (BLU-RAY)

STILETTO (1969) 

Alex Cord (Chosen Survivors), Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man), Patrick O’Neal (The Kremlin Letter) and Roy Scheider (Jaws) co-star in this ultimate spellbinding thriller from Harold Robbins, the creator of The Betsy and The Carpetbaggers. Count Cesare Cardinali (Cord) is a rich jet-setting playboy with a secret life as a professional hitman for the mob. He becomes a human target when he tries to retire, and gets embroiled in an investigation of New York’s mafia kingpin, who had once saved his life. The stellar cast includes Joseph Wiseman (Dr. No), Barbara McNair (The Organization), John Dehner (The Day of the Dolphin), Eduardo Ciannelli (Gunga Din), Lincoln Kilpatrick (The Omega Man), James Tolkan (Back to the Future), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck), Charles Durning (True Confessions), Raul Julia (The Addams Family) and M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple). Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski (Macho Callahan, Krakatoa: East of Java). (DVD and BLU-RAY)

THREE SISTERS (1970) 

In this faithful and compelling adaptation of Anton Chekhov s timeless classic, director Laurence Olivier demonstrates the same facility for cinematic expression that made his filmed versions of Hamlet and Richard III so definitive. In Olivier s assuredly brisk, graceful, meticulous, and witty rendering of Chekhov s masterpiece, the sisters (Joan Plowright, Louise Pernell, Jeannie Watts) are doomed to remain in their provincial purgatory, nearly a thousand miles away from their beloved Moscow. Intoxicated by yesterday s triumphs and heedless of tomorrow s disasters, the three sisters are left to sift through the debris of their shattered dreams on the eve of the social and political upheaval that will transform Russia forever. (BLU-RAY)

TIERRA (1996)

Angel, an exterminator recently released from a mental hospital, comes to rid a small Spanish town of tiny grubs in the soil. The local wine-making industry has found these pests responsible for giving their product an “earthy” taste that has divided local opinion. (BLU-RAY)

TOLL, THE (2020) 

A socially awkward driver and a weary passenger try to make it to their destination while being haunted by a supernatural threat. (DVD)

VACAS (1992)

A film set in the Basque region, beginning in the Carlist war of 1875 and ending during the Spanish Civil war of 1936. The film portrays how one single act of cowardice shapes the life of the next three generations of two families and fuels the intense rivalry which will span the next sixty-one years. (BLU-RAY)

WEAPON, THE (1956)

A boy finds a gun in the rubble of a destroyed building that turns out to be a clue in a ten-year-old murder case. (BLU-RAY)

WIDOW, THE (2020) 

In a densely forested area north of St. Petersburg, people have been going missing for three decades. Very few corpses were ever found, and the few that were recovered were naked. On October 14, 2017, a team of volunteers went out into the woods in search of a missing teenager. Soon, all communication with them was lost. Locals believe they were taken by the same dark spirit that took the others…they call it the Limping Widow. Based on true accounts from the region. (DVD)

WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020) 

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah. (DVD, BLU-RAY and 4K UHD)

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