New Releases for August 16!

New Release Tuesday! Scary phones, killer dolls, dinos on the loose, and way more!


Finney Shaw is a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who’s being held in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer. When a disconnected phone on the wall starts to ring, he soon discovers that he can hear the voices of the murderer’s previous victims — and they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney. (BLU-RAY and DVD)


Fourteen-year-old Mouse desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders who rule the summertime streets. (DVD)


The “chills come thick and fast” (Los Angeles Times) in this riveting, jolt-a-minute thriller about an innocent-looking doll inhabited by the soul of a serial killer who refuses to die. From the director of Fright Night, Child’s Play comes complete with “excellent special effects” (Leonard Maltin) and a slew of special features that make this 3-disc set your “friend to the end!” (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990)

The notorious killer doll with the satanic smile comes back to life in this new chapter depicting the terrifying struggle between young Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) and the demonic doll attempting to possess his soul. Despite being roasted to a crisp in his last escapade, Chucky rises from the ashes after being reconstructed by a toy factory to dispel the negative publicity surrounding the doll. Back in one piece, Chucky tracks his prey to a foster home where the chase begins again in this fiendishly clever sequel to the enormously popular original. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

CHILD’S PLAY 3 (1991)

Eight years after seemingly destroying the killer doll, Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin), turns 16 and is placed in a military school. Meanwhile, the greedy president of Play Pals Toy Company decides to resurrect the popular Good Guys doll line, confident that the bad publicity is forgotten. As the assembly line recreates the first doll from a mass of melted plastic, the spirit of Chucky returns to renew his quest and seek revenge on Andy. Once again, it’s up to Andy to stop the unrelenting killer in this fast-paced and frightening thriller. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)


Stranded on Earth, light-years away from their home planet of Remulak, the Coneheads have arrived with comedy antics heads above the rest. Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin reprise their roles from the classic Saturday Night Live characters Beldar and Prymaat.  (BLU-RAY)


Cordelia (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), a young woman living in London, meets her mysterious and alluring neighbor Frank (Johnny Flynn) for the first time but quickly becomes suspicious of his motives. With her twin sister away for the weekend, Cordelia is left alone and overcome with paranoia. She begins to unravel and sink back into past traumas the more that Frank tries to charm his way into her life, becoming a danger to herself and others.  (DVD)


Mining the emotional sense memories of their own fractured childhoods, Josh and Benny Safdie craft a by turns empathetic and disquieting portrait of parental dysfunction poised between fierce love and terrifying irresponsibility. Manic Manhattan movie theater projectionist Lenny (cowriter and longtime Safdie collaborator Ronald Bronstein) is perhaps the last person who should be raising kids, yet here he is, trying (and failing) to keep it together as his life unravels over the two whirlwind weeks in which he has custody of his young boys (real-life brothers Sage and Frey Ranaldo), with an impromptu road trip, a sleeping-pill mishap, and a night in jail all part of the chaos. Vérité New York naturalism gives way to flights of surreal lyricism in Daddy Longlegs, a blearily impressionistic anti–fairy tale that finds unexpected humanity in the seemingly most irredeemable of fathers. (BLU-RAY)


When the Vampire King arrives to the last colonial stronghold in a remote Australian mining town, it’s up to two Aboriginal renegades, Tyson and Shanika, to stop and end the bloody 230-year war for land and power. (DVD)


Frank is on a road to nowhere when he stumbles into a run-down strip club where he sees Penelope dancing on a wobbly brass pole. This chance encounter ignites a love story that burns hotter than the West Texas blacktop.

Leaving their broken lives in the rearview mirror, Frank and Penelope head West with no destination in mind but each other. But a chance meeting leads them to the “Table of Truth” with a seductive, charismatic cult leader who has a penchant for travelers’ darkest secrets – and his own ideas on sins of the flesh. Two soulmates who had nothing to live for now find themselves in a bloody battle for life and love in a world where EVERYTHING is worth dying for. (DVD)


A nightmare transmission from the grungiest depths of the New York indie underground, the visceral, darkly funny, and totally sui generis debut feature from Ronald Bronstein is a dread-inducing vision of misfit alienation at its unhinged extreme. In a maniacal performance of almost frightening commitment, Dore Mann plays Keith, a disturbingly maladjusted social outcast and self-described “troll” whose neuroses plunge him into an unstoppable spiral of self-obliteration as his crummy coupon-selling job, pitiful living situation (featuring the roommate from hipster Brooklyn hell), and last remaining human relationships disintegrate around him. As captured in the grimy expressionist grain of Sean Price Williams’s claustrophobic camera work, Frownland is DIY cinema at its most fearless, uncompromising, and unforgettable. (BLU-RAY)


In 2019, eight opera singers and 30 dancers from a wide variety of artistic and demographic backgrounds convened at Paris’s Opéra Bastille to begin work on an ambitious new production of Les Indes galantes. The baroque composition by Jean-Philippe Rameau is a cornerstone of French musical history, but its beautiful melodies come alongside a host of outdated conceptions of “exotic” locations and peoples. Philippe Béziat’s documentary captures the work of this multifaceted troupe under the direction of artist and filmmaker Clément Cogitore; together, they work to deliver Rameau’s opera into the 21st century and the everyday diversity of contemporary France, integrating questions of racism, classism, and colonialism into a radical new staging that both honors and transforms the original text. (DVD)


A woman lies dead in an Antwerp apartment; nearby, a suicide bomber detonates his device at a fashion show. In Ireland, Detective Emer Berry (Angeline Ball, Acceptable Risk) of the Criminal Assets Bureau finds rough diamonds in a raid on a small-time drug dealer, along with the deed to that luxury Antwerp flat. When she heads to Belgium to investigate, Emer is confronted by Chief Inspector Christian de Jong (Wouter Hendrickx, Blackout) of the anti-terrorism squad. Reluctantly banding together, they begin to untangle an international conspiracy involving drugs, terrorism, and corrupt corporate and political leaders. Caught up in this web of greed are the dead woman’s employer, heiress Bibi Melnick (Simone Kirby, His Dark Materials), and the Brannigans, a wealthy Irish business dynasty. Drawn into a battle of wits with the family, Emer, Christian, and the CAB team must follow the money to stop another terrorist attack—before it’s too late. (DVD)


In a dystopian 2021, Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data trafficker who has an implant that allows him to securely store data too sensitive for regular computer networks. On one delivery run, he accepts a package that not only exceeds the implant’s safety limits – and will kill him if the data is not removed in time – but also contains information far more important and valuable than he had ever imagined. On a race against time, he must avoid the assassins sent to kill him and remove the data before it, too, ends his life. (BLU-RAY)


Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.  (DVD, BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)


When a dangerous load of TNT lands on a beach near Hong Kong, the islanders claim it as their own. The owner wants it back and threatens to blow up the island. To the rescue: Jack Palance and a group of martial arts experts! (BLU-RAY)


A romantic comedy with a sci‐fi twist; Two very different college students wind up joining forces and sneak onboard a space shuttle in order to be united with their significant others. (DVD)


Multidisciplinary artists Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman bring their unique dynamism to the Afrofuturist vision of Neptune Frost. It is a sci-fi-punk-musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that they have been exploring in their work, including on Williams’ 2016 album MartyrLoserKing. Neptune Frost takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region’s natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry. Set between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience – Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends. (DVD)


A bridge. A body. A twisted New Zealand town. When Detective Ariki Davis saves the life of his boss, DSS Stephen Tremaine, he inadvertently triggers a cataclysmic chain of events that uncovers long-buried secrets and threatens those closest to him. Burdened by premonitions from his second sight, Ariki navigates a murder investigation rife with ulterior motives and conflicting loyalties. (DVD)


Four young people fall in and out of love (and sex) with each other while figuring out their lives in Paris. From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard, based on stories by Adrian Tomine. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

RED DAWN (1984) (2 DISKS)

From legendary director and screenwriter John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Conan The Barbarian) comes the tale of what-could-have-been, had the Cold War gone another way. When Communist paratroopers descend on a Colorado high school football field, a group of the school’s students wages an all-out guerilla war to save their town — and their country. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)


Featuring chariot-charging action, fearless tiger-wrestling stunts and an earthshaking climax, Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World is a sword-and-sandal spectacular from the maestro Riccardo Freda (The Horrible Dr. Hichcock, Murder Obsession). Hordes of sadistic Mongol warriors descend upon China, enslaving its people and plotting to assassinate the beautiful young princess (Yôko Tani, The Savage Innocents)—until a musclebound hero (Gordon Scott, Tarzan the Magnificent) rises up and rouses the people to drive the Mongols from their nation’s majestic mountainscapes. A legendary warrior fulfills his destiny and becomes a miracle of a man in this classic peplum adventure film, also known as Maciste at the Court of the Great Khan. This special edition includes both the original cut and the American International Pictures US cut! (DVD)


Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman. (DVD)


When a Tango dancer (Karina Smirnoff) asks Rabbi Yehuda (Jos Laniado) to enter a dance competition with her, there’s one big problem—due to his Orthodox beliefs, he’s not allowed to touch her! But since the prize money would save his school from bankruptcy and help her sick daughter, together they develop a plan to enter the competition without sacrificing his faith. Rabbi Yehuda enlists the support of a Catholic priest (Joe Bologna) and leaders of various other faiths who understand the burden the modern world can place on traditional religious beliefs. While also juggling the upcoming marriage of his brother (Claudio Laniado), dueling mothers-in-law (Renée Taylor, Lainie Kazan), and his questioning wife (Judi Beecher), the bonds of family and community are tested one dazzling dance step at a time in this lighthearted and comedic fable. (DVD)


Dewey and Wallace are small-town lawmen who are ordered by the governor to go undercover as prison inmates to find out where a gang of thieves have hidden their loot. While they’re undercover, however, the governor dies, and because no one else knows about the ruse Dewey and Wallace are stranded in prison. (BLU-RAY)


Nick Marshall, a Chicago advertising executive, gets a whole new outlook on life when a fluke accident gives him the ability to read women’s minds. At first, this “gift” provides Nick with way too much information, but he begins to realize that he can use it to good effect, especially when it comes to outwitting his new boss, Darcy Maguire. In spite of his best efforts to finesse Darcy, he soon finds himself falling in love and truly understanding what women want.


Leonardo DiCaprio gives a star-making performance in this classic coming-of-age story from director Lasse Hallström (CHOCOLAT) featuring Johnny Depp and Juliette Lewis. Set in the small town of Endora, Iowa, where living is “like dancing to no music,” grocery store clerk Gilbert Grape is challenged by the day-to-day responsibility of caring for his mother and younger brother. When it seems nothing will ever break the repeating monotony, a beautiful stranger captures his heart and inspires him to think of life beyond Endora. (BLU-RAY)

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