This week we’ve got box sets from the highbrow likes of Federico Fellini as well as the low-budget regional horror of William Grefé. There’s Buck Rogers and the latest from Martin Scorsese and MAD MAX in 4K and so much more.
By the year 2067, Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. A mysterious illness is slowly killing the worlds’ population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: Send Ethan Whyte. Suddenly Ethan, an underground tunnel worker, is sent to the future where he must face imminent and unknown dangers as well as the possibility of never returning home.
Adventurers of Modern Art
This elaborately produced documentary series made up of six episodes plunges us into Parisian life in the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism, and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and stunning original archival footage, the films trace the highs and lows, scandals and celebrations, tragedies and the triumphs that shaped the phenomenal period of Modern Art from the basement of the Bateaulavoir in 1900 to the last shudders of World War II.
All Roads to Pearla
Brandon Bell, a high school wrestler, wants to leave everything behind (including his abusive mother) but instead finds himself sinking down a deep rabbit hole.
Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.
Babylon Berlin: Season 3
The vaultingly ambitious, award-winning German series Babylon Berlin is a dizzyingly thrilling crime drama. Season 3 opens in the fall of 1929 in Berlin, during the tumultuous weeks before Black Friday’s stock market crash. Inspector Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) and Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries) are assigned to investigate the death of an actress, only to realize that the film industry is as rotten as the underworld. In the meantime, the fascist Black Reichswehr are regathering their forces for their next attempt to bring down democracy and provoke more clashes with the Communists.
Better Call Saul: Season Five
In Season Five of the critically acclaimed drama Better Call Saul, Jimmy McGill’s decision to practice law as “Saul Goodman” creates unexpected and profound waves of change throughout Albuquerque’s legal and illegal circles. Kim Wexler finds herself at a crossroads as her connection with Jimmy deepens. Wracked with guilt and regret, Mike Ehrmantraut hits rock bottom. Meanwhile, Nacho Varga tries to survive as Gus Fring’s covert war on the cartel becomes a life-and-death chess match with the mercurial and relentless Lalo Salamanca.
DVD and Blu-ray
Blinded: Season 1
Julia Ragnarsson (Midsommar) and Matias Varela (Narcos) star in this Swedish financial thriller based on true events. Young economics reporter Bea has a secret affair with Peder, a married bank CEO. Although she promised herself not to mix her job with her private life, Bea has fallen in love and can’t bring herself to break up with him. Then, Bea gets a tip that Peder’s bank is hiding something.
Buck Rogers In The 25th Century
In 1987, Captain William “Buck” Rogers pilots his space shuttle on a mission but a meteor storm freezes him into an orbit that returns him to Earth 500 years later. In the year 2491, his shuttle is found and captured by the Draconian flagship, under the command of Princess Ardala and her henchman Kane. Reviving him, they return him to Earth after planting a homing beacon aboard his shuttle to track a path through Earth’s defense barrier. Now, Buck Rogers must adjust to the 25th century, and convince the Terrans that the Draconians are planning to conquer Earth. Originally made as a television movie pilot, Universal Studios opted to release the film to theaters several months before the subsequent television series aired.
Josh Duhamel (Transformers) stars in this wild and hilarious, no-holds-barred comedy. After six lifelong friends have a five year falling out, Bob (Duhamel), aka “The Bobfather”, reunites his pals for the Buddy Games, an insane competition of absurd physical and mental challenges with the chance to win a $150,000 pot. Now all bets are off, as the determined dudes fight, claw, and party for the big bucks in this star-studded bro-fest featuring Dax Shepard (CHiPs), Olivia Munn (Office Christmas Party) and Kevin Dillon (“Entourage”).
Buoyancy is a harrowing and inspiring drama about the scourge of human trafficking. A 14-yearold Cambodian boy secretly leaves home in search of a better life, but is sold to a Thai broker and enslaved on a fishing trawler. As fellow slaves are tortured and murdered around him, he decides his only hope of freedom is to become as violent as his captors.
From acclaimed director Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle; So Long, My Son) comes a personal snapshot of contemporary China in all its diversity. Shot over the course of ten years on both film and video, the film consists of a series of carefully composed tableaus of people and environments, each one more extraordinary than the last. Pedestrians shuffle across a bustling Beijing street, steelworkers linger outside a deserted factory, tourists laugh and scamper across a crowded beach, worshipers kneel to pray in a remote village. With a painterly eye for composition, Wang captures China as he sees it, calling to a temporary halt a land in a constant state of change.
Creem: America’s Only Rock N Roll Magazine
Capturing the messy upheaval of the ’70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, Creem:
America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine explores the publication’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.
Everything you thought you knew about the donut begins with Ted Ngoy. The Donut King tells the rags to riches story of a Cambodian refugee arriving in America in 1975 and building a multi-million-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. His story is one of love, hard knocks, survival, and redemption. Ted sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979 he was living the American Dream, but a great rise can come with a great fall.
One hundred years after his birth, Federico Fellini still stands apart as a giant of the cinema. The Italian maestro is defined by his dualities: the sacred and the profane, the masculine and the feminine, the provincial and the urbane. He began his career working in the slice-of-life poetry of neorealism, and though he soon spun off on his own freewheeling creative axis, he never lost that grounding, evoking his dreams, memories, and obsessions in increasingly grand productions teeming with carnivalesque imagery and flights of phantasmagoric surrealism while maintaining an earthy, embodied connection to humanity. Bringing together fourteen of the director’s greatest spectacles, all beautifully restored, this centenary box set is a monument to an artist who conjured a cinematic universe all his own: a vision of the world as a three-ring circus in which his innermost infatuations, fears, and fantasies take center stage.
Each title is available individually on Blu-ray
Goddess of Fortune
Arturo (Stefano Accorsi) and Alessandro (Edoardo Leo) have been a couple for over fifteen years. Even though their passion and love have formed a close and important affection, their relationship has been in crisis for a long time. The sudden arrival of two children, left in their care for a few days by Annamaria (Jasmine Trinca), Alessandro’s best friend, could give an unexpected turn to their tired routine. The solution will be a crazy departure for them both. But on the other hand, love is a state of pleasant madness. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES include a making-of featurette.
The Gulf: Season 1
In this gripping psychological mystery from New Zealand, a detective investigates a cold case but notices troubling lapses in her memory that point to a darker truth.
Habermann is a stimulating film that raises awareness of a post World War II event that must never be forgotten the brutal and horrific expulsion of ethnic Germans from the Sudetenland and other parts of Eastern Europe. A result of the resentment against Germans as Nazi sympathizers that are responsible for the war, millions of Germans that had been peacefully co-existing alongside Czechs were stripped of their land and possessions and forced in mass exodus back to German soil. Most of them were tortured, many were murdered; whether they had anything to do with the Nazis or not. Based on the true story of August Habermann, a wealthy mill owner interested in neither politics nor ideology, the film portrays a brave man in his attempt to hold together his family and community as he is manipulated by malicious forces beyond his comprehension.
He Came From The Swamp: The William Grefé Collection
Killer sharks and human jellyfish and living mummies, oh my! Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by William Wild Bill Grefé, the maverick filmmaker who braved the deep, dark depths of the Florida everglades to deliver some of the most outrageous exploitation fare ever to go-go dance its way across drive-in screens.
Bringing together seven of Grefé s most outlandish features, all new to Blu-ray, He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection packs in a macabre menagerie of demented jellyfish men (Sting of Death), zombified witch doctors (Death Curse of Tartu), homicidal hippies (The Hooked Generation) and seductive matrons (The Naked Zoo) not to mention the ubiquitous go-go dancing college kids to create one of the most wildly entertaining box-sets of all time!
The discs in this set each contain two features on blu-ray and rent individually
Death Curse of Tartu/Sting of Death
Hooked Generation/Psychedelic Priest
Mako: The Jaws of Death/The Naked Zoo
Whiskey Mountain/They Came from the Swam
Into The Labyrinth
When a kidnapping victim turns up alive after fifteen years, a profiler (Dustin Hoffman) and a private investigator try to piece together the mystery.
The Irishman (Criterion Collection)
Martin Scorsese’s cinematic mastery is on full display in this sweeping crime saga, which serves as an elegiac summation of his six-decade career. Left behind by the world, former hit man and union truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) looks back from a nursing home on his life’s journey through the ranks of organized crime: from his involvement with Philadelphia mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) to his association with Teamsters union head Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) to the rift that forced him to choose between the two.
DVD and Blu-ray
The English traveler Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the king of all dragons – the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would be stronger this time – a staunch skepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands?
Horror novel agent David Lamont (Marc Blucas) moves into a lavish penthouse apartment to celebrate his new-found success. But as he settles in, mysterious events occur; violent and bloody crime scene photos taken in his apartment show up at the front door, videotapes of him sleeping arrive in his mail and the strange sensation that he is being followed haunt his every step. No longer able to work or sleep, paranoia distorts his mind and takes over his life, yet he refuses to move out. Obsessed with tracking down his stalker, David unravels, falling prey to a deadly game. The only question that remains is: How far will he go to end this real life horror story?
King Of The Mountain
Steve (Harry Hamlin) works at a Porsche repair garage by day, and by night reigns as the “King of The Mountain”, the most successful of a group that participate in races along Mulholland Drive on the hills over Los Angeles. In his highly tuned 356 Speedster, Steve races against both newcomers and veterans alike.
Bill Chandler (William Powell) is one of Americas great anglers, a sport fisherman without peer, doom in waders to the wiliest trout. And that isnt the only fish story Chandler tells. Four of Hollywoods greatest stars Powell, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy reel in this whopper of a screwball romantic-comedy classic nominated for a Best Picture Oscar®. It all starts when society diva Loy slaps newsman Tracy with a libel suit. Tracy enlists fiancée Harlow and down-on-his-luck Powell in a counter maneuver involving a rigged marriage, a phony seduction, a fabulously funny fishing scene, fisticuffs, broken promises and hearts, and eventually, true love for all. This Lady is one fine catch.
The Lost Weekend
From Billy Wilder comes this uncompromising look at the devastating effects of alcoholism, The Lost Weekend was almost never released because of the poor reaction by preview audiences unaccustomed to such stark realism from Hollywood. It has since gone on to be regarded as one of the all-time great dramas in movie history, featuring Ray Milland’s haunting portrayal of a would-be writer’s dissatisfaction with life that leads to a self-destructive three-day binge.
In the ravaged near-future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max. And when the bikers brutalize Max’s best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for—revenge!
4K UHD and Blu-ray
A plague has taken over and fear runs rampant in the streets. When rumors of a vicious monster roaming Mount Inwangsan begin to spread, fear turns into panic. In order to quell the rising hysteria, the King brings his most trusted general out of retirement. Joined by his daughter, his right-hand man, and a royal court officer, the general sets out to find and defeat the mysterious creature.
Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Sophie Rundle (Bodyguard) star in this suspenseful Scottish drama about a wealthy couple who would do anything to have a baby. After a chance encounter, they recruit a down-on-her-luck 18-year-old (Mirren Mack, Sex Education) to be a surrogate, but secrets emerge about the girl’s past that could make them regret their deal.
Our Time Machine
When artist Maleonn realizes that his father suffers from Alzheimers disease, he creates Papas Time Machine, a magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets. Through the production of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever.
In this sequel to TRAIN TO BUSAN, a zombie virus has in the last 4 years spread to all South Korea. Four Koreans in Hong Kong sail through the blockade to Incheon for $20,000,000 hidden somewhere on a truck.
Blu-ray and DVD
After finding an old photograph of her recently deceased mother, Mae (Issa Rae) goes on a journey to help understand her distant mother and herself. Mae meets Michael (LaKeith Stanfield), falls hard, and is forced to deal with the issues of abandonment that have held her back since childhood.
Newly remastered from the original Technicolor® negatives! A treasure trove of fun awaits when a Caribbean beauty (Judy Garland) with a mad crush on a legendary pirate meets a vagabond actor (Gene Kelly) who poses as the scoundrel. Vincente Minnelli directs, bringing his uncanny skill with color and design to this joyous romp set to Cole Porter tunes. Mixing tremulous girlishness with hellcat hilarity, Garland was never better as a comedienne. Parodying the rakish style of Fairbanks and Barrymore, Kelly duels, dupes and dances with buccaneer bravado. All by itself, his Be a Clown (danced with the Nicholas Brothers and reprised with Garland) is enough to convince all to be a fan of The Pirate.
QT8 – Quentin Tarantino: The First 8
Quentin Tarantino is the most influential filmmaker of the past 30 years. His bloody, talky, nonlinear films pull together dozens of influences to form bracingly original cinematic events. From Reservoir Dogs through The Hateful Eight, from the video store to the fall of Harvey Weinstein, QT8 digs deep into the story of this important and controversial filmmaker.
An ambitious genetic experiment takes a wrong turn when two twins—who look nothing alike—are born and then separated. Years later, the unlikely siblings meet: Julius (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a highly educated but sheltered giant with a big heart, and Vincent (Danny DeVito), a diminutive hustler with an insatiable lust for women and money. With girlfriends in tow and a hitman on their trail, the newfound brothers set off on a wild, cross-country misadventure to find their mother—but end up finding out more about themselves.
Walrus and The Whistleblower
Phil Demers is a part-time mailman who lives in a bungalow across the creek from Marineland, the iconic amusement park in Niagara Falls, where he had his dream job as an animal trainer for over a decade. He swam with killer whales and ran the show, until he quit and blew the whistle, claiming animal abuse and calling for an end to the 60-year-old practice of keeping marine mammals in pools. Known as the ‘Walrus Whisperer’ on Twitter, with over 27,000 followers, Phil has appeared four times on the Joe Rogan show and is being sued for $1.5 million for plotting to steal Smooshi, the walrus. Playing out in the swell of a paradigm shift in our relationship with animals, the film pierces the veneer of a media story and goes behind the battle lines of a stranger-than-fiction custody fight to #SaveSmooshi. At its heart are questions of compassion for others – humans and animals alike – the nuances of all our stories, and the hills we are willing to die on.
Pittsburgh college professor Grady Tripp is currently single following his divorce from his third wife. After publishing an acclaimed first novel, he’s sidelined by a severe case of writer’s block. On top of everything else, his affair with one of the (married) chancellors at the university, has resulted in her pregnancy. This often humorous tale of hopes and dreams is based on the bestselling novel by Michael Chabon and features an all-star cast with wondrous chemistry.
Medicine man J. Thorndyke McCrackle (Harry Langdon) has a problem, a BIG problem: his main attraction, an elephant named ‘Zenobia’, is sick. Wasting no time, he enlists the help of local doctor Henry Tibbett (Oliver Hardy) who cures his patient… but all too well as she refuses to leave his side!