by Darcy Moynahan
It’s New Release Tuesday! This week we’ve got Billy Wilder on blu-ray, Labyrinth in 4K, Sondheim on Criterion, a hitma and his wife AND her bodyguard, and a ton of Nigerian titles straight from Nollywood that you can’t find anywhere else.
7 MINUTES (2015) (DVD)
7 Minutes follows Sam (Luke Mitchell), Mike (Jason Ritter) and Owen (Zane Holtz), three high school friends who are forced by circumstance to commit a brazen robbery that goes horribly wrong. As each minute of the event unfolds, the stakes are pushed higher and higher. What begins as a simple plan – ‘in and out in seven minutes’ – quickly becomes a dangerous game of life and death.
BORROWER (1991) (BLU-RAY)
An alien is banished from his planet and sentenced to live on Earth in human form. There’s one problem with his disguise, though — every so often, his human head explodes, revealing his true identity. This leaves the alien with no choice but to intermittently pop off the heads of arbitrary people and use them until it’s time for a replacement. Meanwhile, officers Diana (Rae Dawn Chong) and Charles (Don Gordon) begin to trace the trail of headless bodies back to their extraterrestrial source.
DEMENTIA PART II (2018) (DVD)
Wendell (Matt Mercer) receives a threatening phone call from his parole officer Reggie (Graham Skipper)… if he doesn’t find a job immediately, he will face serious legal repercussions. Wendell wrangles some home maintenance work for a seemingly benign older woman, Suzanne (Suzanne Voss), who persists in giving him increasingly absurd tasks to complete around the house. As the workday progresses, Wendell is thrown into an ever-escalating nightmare, and comes face to face with an unexpected evil. Suzanne hides a dark secret. And it’s up to Wendell and Suzanne’s daughter, Sheila (Najarra Townsend) to put an end to her madness.
DISCOVERY OF WITCHES SERIES 2 (2021) (DVD)
Based off of Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, this British fantasy series is sure to get you excited for the upcoming witching season. Diana—a witch (Teresa Palmer)—and vampire Matthew (Matthew Goode) team up to protect a bewitched manuscript which has thrust Diana into a magical world. Adventures, solving mysteries, and magic are abound in this series! The second season contains 10 episodes.
EMPEROR WALTZ (1948) (BLU-RAY)
From Billy Wilder, the brilliant director of Five Graves to Cairo, The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot and Witness for the Prosecution, comes this delightful musical comedy starring screen greats Bing Crosby (Road to Morocco, Going My Way) and Joan Fontaine (Kiss the Blood off My Hands, Suspicion). American gramophone salesman Virgil Smith (Crosby) wants to sell his wares in pre-WWI Austria. To get the ball rolling, he hits on the idea of going straight to the top and selling one to Emperor Franz Joseph (Richard Haydn, No Time for Love, The Sound of Music). First off, the palace guards think he’s carrying a bomb and he’s arrested. He subsequently meets Countess Johanna von Stolzenberg-Stolzenberg (Fontaine) and, after the usual misunderstandings, falls in love with her. She falls in love with his dog, Buttons. The relation is fraught with obstacles and the emperor thinks royal blood marrying a commoner is bad darts altogether—what is to become of Smith and his countess? Co-written by Wilder and his frequent collaborator Charles Brackett (A Foreign Affair, Arise, My Love), this charming farce garnered Oscar nominations for its wonderful score by Victor Young (The Paleface) and elegant costumes by Edith Head (Sabrina) and Gile Steele (The Heiress).
FITZWILLY (1967) (BLU-RAY)
This comic confection from director Delbert Mann (Marty, Separate Tables) stars the incomparable Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins, The Art of Love) as butler-turned-thief Claude R. Fitzwilliam, known to his friends as Fitzwilly. The once-sizable fortune of elderly philanthropist Miss Vicki (Edith Evans, The Chalk Garden, The Whisperers) has dried up, and in order to keep the daily charity checks from bouncing, her loyal servant Fitzwilly enlists the aid of the household staff to commit a series of robberies. It’s all working out quite nicely until the nosy Juliet (Barbara Feldon, TV’s Get Smart) comes to work as Miss Vicki’s personal secretary and senses something fishy about Fitzwilly. Alternately madcap and touching, this comedy classic features a score by the great John Williams (Star Wars) and co-stars John McGiver (Midnight Cowboy), John Fiedler (The Odd Couple), Anne Seymour (Mirage), Norman Fell (Charley Varrick) and Cecil Kellaway (Harvey).
FORTUNE COOKIE (1966) (BLU-RAY)
Powered by an Oscar-winning performance by Walter Matthau (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Charley Varrick) as the quintessential all-American chiseler, The Fortune Cookie is a hysterically funny comedy that showcases legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, The Lost Weekend) at his uproarious best. Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon, Irma La Douce, Avanti!) is one lucky guy! When he’s accidentally clobbered by a 220-pound halfback, all Harry suffers is a slight concussion. All, that is, until Whiplash Willie (Matthau)—a legal scoundrel of the first order—arrives on the scene! For if Harry follows shyster Willie’s advice and feigns a crippling injury, the two charlatans can split a cool million in phony insurance claims. But can Willie’s world-class finagling dispel those ominous words that lie within the fortune cookie on Harry’s hospital plate: You can’t fool all of the people all of the time? The first film to feature the dynamic duo of Matthau and Lemmon (The Odd Couple, The Front Page, Grumpy Old Men) was co-written by Wilder and his brilliant collaborator I.A.L. Diamond (One, Two, Three) and boasts beautiful black-and-white cinematography by Joseph LaShelle (Laura).
GUTTERBUG (2019) (DVD)
A crust punk named Bug grapples with the realities of homelessness, mental health, drug use and toxic friendships. On his 21st birthday he resolves to find his way home, a decision that leads him and his misfit crew down a dangerous path.
HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD (2021) (BLU-RAY and DVD)
The world’s most lethal odd couple bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Dariuss’ even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman (Antonio Banderas). Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as…well, you’ll have to see.
LABYRINTH 35TH ANNIVERSARY (4K ULTRA HD and BLU-RAY)
A film that awakened the mystical and magnificent for many young and old, Labyrinth is getting a 4K release—which means you can finally see David Bowie’s codpiece in glorious high-def! Sarah (Jennifer Connelly, whose eyebrows are unforgettable) must make her way through a giant and fantastical maze to rescue her baby brother, Toby, who has been stolen by the Goblin King, Jareth (David Bowie). Sarah is both aided and hindered by creatures in this world, who are played by puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. This edition includes auditions for the role of Sarah and deleted/alternate scenes.
MIDNIGHT DINER (2019) (BLU-RAY)
A small, counter-only restaurant, open daily from midnight to 7, is lovingly helmed by its mysterious owner and chef, a quiet enigma who provides no menu yet can make any dish the customer desires. Year after year, people flock from far and wide to the mysterious Midnight Diner to share their stories, savor delicious home cooking, and finally, to leave refreshed, feeling equally full and ready for their next adventure.
ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM: “COMPANY” (1970) (BLU-RAY and DVD)
This legendary, long-unavailable documentary from Direct Cinema pioneer D. A. Pennebaker captures the behind-the-scenes drama that went into the making of a classic Broadway recording in a new 4K transfer with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack. When Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking concept musical “Company” opened on Broadway in 1970, it was an immediate triumph. Shortly thereafter, the actors, musicians, and Sondheim assembled to record the original cast album in a grueling, nearly nineteen-hour session that tested the talents of all involved including Elaine Stritch, who pushed herself to the limit to record what would become her iconic version of “The Ladies Who Lunch.” With raw immediacy, Pennebaker and his crew document the explosive energy and creative intensity that go into capturing the lightning-in-a-bottle magic of live performance.
Includes: audio commentary by composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim; audio commentary from 2001 featuring director D. A. Pennebaker, actor Elaine Stritch, and Broadway producer and director Harold Prince; new conversation among Sondheim, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, and critic and television producer Frank Rich; new interview with Tunick on the art of orchestrating, conducted by author Ted Chapin; never-before-heard audio excerpts from interviews with Stritch and Prince, conducted by D. A. Pennebaker and Hegedus in 2001; “Original Cast Album: ‘Co-Op,’” a 2019 episode of the TV series Documentary Now! that parodies the film; reunion of the cast and crew of “Original Cast Album: ‘Co-Op’” recorded in 2020, featuring director Alexander Buono; writer-actor John Mulaney; actors Rénee Elise Goldsberry, Richard Kind, Alex Brightman, and Paula Pell; and composer Eli Bolin.
OVERWHELM THE SKY (2019) (DVD)
Daniel Kremers Overwhelm the Sky is an epic odyssey of a spiritually shell-shocked man searching for answers in a world of loners, mourners, kooks, seducers, deceivers, and sleepwalkers. The San Francisco Chronicle aptly describes it as part noir, part epic journey from inner mind to outer expanses. Loosely adapted from the 1799 gothic novel Edgar Huntly, or Memoirs of a Sleepwalker by Charles Brockden Brown, the film follows Eddie Huntly (Alexander Hero), an east coast radio personality who moves to San Francisco to marry Thea, the sister of his best friend Neil. Shortly before Eddies arrival, however, Neil is found murdered in Golden Gate Park, in what the police surmise was a simple mugging gone awry. As the sullen Eddie steps in as interim host of his old friend Deans late-night talk-radio show, he obsessively makes regular visits to the forested spot where Neils corpse was discovered. One such visit unleashes a chain of unpredictable events that sends Eddie snooping into the life of a sleepwalking drifter with a mysterious past. These mysteries and others can only be sorted out in the Arizona desert, where Eddie has a series of surreal, frightening encounters that forever alter his reality. Featuring evocative San Francisco location shooting, strikingly gorgeous monochrome cinematography, and an extraordinary original music score that blends full orchestra with experimental instrumentation, Overwhelm the Sky is a widely acclaimed American original that goes daringly big on a low budget.
PERCY (1971) (BLU-RAY and DVD)
The Story of a very successful transplant! After a freak accident dismembers Edwin Anthonys (Hywel Bennett, Endless Night, Twisted Nerve) member, master surgeon Sir Emmanuel Whitbread (Denholm Elliott, Raiders of the Lost Art, Trading Places) successfully performs the world’s first penis transplant which Edwin names Percy. But when Edwin begins to experience identity problems, he decides to investigate the life and loves of “Percy’s” former owner. Can a sincere young man find love among the world’s most beautiful women when guided by an organ with a mind of its own? Screen goddesses Britt Ekland (The Wicker Man, The Man with the Golden Gun) and Elke Sommer (A Shot in the Dark, The Oscar) co-star in this 1971 British cult comedy directed by Ralph Thomas (The High Commissioner, Deadlier Than the Male), that also features a rocking soundtrack of original songs written by Ray Davies and performed by The Kinks, including the hit “God’s Children.”
RAD (1986) (DVD)
Stunting small-town paperboy Cru Jones (Bill Allen) knew he had what it took to excel at BMX, and he wanted to prove it by qualifying for the grueling pro event known as “Helltrack.” Can he prevail against the surly factory riding champ (Bart Conner) cutting him off at every turn? Freewheeling “‘Karate Kid’ with pedals” that’s become a cult favorite since it’s moment also stars Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Ray Walston, Jack Weston; Hal Needham directs.
RIDERS OF JUSTICE (2020) (BLU-RAY and DVD)
RIDERS OF JUSTICE follows recently-deployed Markus, who is forced to return home to care for his teenage daughter after his wife is killed in a tragic train accident. But when a survivor of the wrecked train surfaces claiming foul play, Markus begins to suspect his wife was murdered and embarks on a mission to find those responsible.
RIFLEMAN SEASON 5, V.1 (1963) (DVD)
Value Edition DVD set of The Rifleman containing Volume 1: Episodes (143-155) of Season Five in the order of their original television broadcast. Digitally re-mastered with Special Features, this authorized DVD set has been produced for the dedicated fans of this classic family western.
RIFLEMAN SEASON 5, V.2 (1963) (DVD)
Value Edition DVD set of The Rifleman containing Volume 2: Episodes (156-168) of Season Five in the order of their original television broadcast. Digitally re-mastered with Special Features, this authorized DVD set has been produced for the dedicated fans of this classic family western.
ROGUE HOSTAGE (AKA RED 48) (2021) (DVD)
Child services worker and ex-Marine Kyle Snowden (Tyrese Gibson) didn’t think there’d be any problem dropping off his little girl with his entrepreneur congressman stepfather Sam Nelson (John Malkovich) at Sam’s retail superstore. His timing stunk, as the place was invaded by a disgruntled militia looking for Nelson–and Kyle might be the customers’ only chance at getting out alive.
STAY OUT OF THE ATTIC (2020) (DVD)
A diverse group of ex-cons-turned-movers are convinced by their creepy client, Vern Muller, to pull an all-nighter for a generous pay bump. As the night progresses and rooms are cleared, they slowly uncover the horrors that exist inside his old Victorian mansion, which include boobytraps, human experimentation, Nazi monsters and more. Will they survive the night?
SUNDOWN:VAMPIRE IN RETREAT (1989) (BLU-RAY)
Count Margulak, the leader of the vampires, has ended their tradition of human bloodletting and has placed his followers on a diet of synthetic, bottled blood. But when a new family moves into the town, the natives start to crave “the real thing.” Rebel leader Shane and his army plan to overthrow the count – but it won’t happen without a fight! The battle for the “right to bite” – begins at Sundown!
TRUMAN & TENNESSEE-AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION (2020) (DVD)
The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in this innovative dual-portrait documentary. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Love, Cecil and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel) masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with David Frost and Dick Cavett, with clips from some of the duo’s most memorable movie adaptations: A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Breakfast at Tiffanys, and In Cold Blood. Featuring vibrant voiceover work by award-winning actors Jim Parsons (Capote) and Zachary Quinto (Williams), the film is dripping with wit and wisdom. It is a celebration of both mens’ fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants, and most significantly each other.
TU ME MANQUES (2019) (DVD)
A powerful LGBTQ drama about being one’s true self and acceptance. Following the death of his son, Jorge travels from conservative Bolivia to NYC to confront Sebastian – his son’s boyfriend. While Jorge struggles to accept the life of his son, Sebastian channels his grief into a bold play honoring his lost love.
WATCHER/SKELETON KEY (2000/2005) (BLU-RAY)
The Watcher stars James Spader as ex-FBI agent Joel Campbell who just wants to retire in peace after a traumatic case involving the serial killer David Griffen (played by Keanu Reeves). Campbell ends up being stalked by Griffin so he seeks the aid of FBI agent Ibby (Marisa Tomei) to help him. I have yet to see this, but I can’t really imagine Keanu playing a serial killer in the year 2000, so that alone should be enough of a draw for you to rent this!
Skeleton Key is a film I remember my family renting when it came out and I only half-watched it because I was too young and scared at the time. But now that I’m older and braver and this double feature is at Scarecrow, maybe it’s time to give it the full attention it deserves? Skeleton Key is a southern gothic starring Kate Hudson as a hospice nurse in a plantation home near New Orleans. Somehow she is whisked into the terror of a supernatural house whose former residents practiced hoodoo rituals.
WATER MAN (2021) (DVD)
Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, the Water Man. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, Jo (Amiah Miller), they journey together into the remote Wild Horse forest — but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Their only hope for rescue is Gunners father (David Oyelowo), who will stop at nothing to find them.
YEAR OF MY JAPANESE COUSIN (1995) (DVD)
Maria Gargiulo directs this Seattle gem about a young woman, Stevie (Selene Vigil) who is in an up-and-coming band. When Stevie’s Japanese cousin (Yukari, played by Janis Tanaka) comes to Seattle, Stevie becomes jealous of Yukari’s musical talent and the attention that is showered upon her. The film is an ode to the 90s Seattle music scene, and the grungy soundtrack is sure to leave you boppin’. Two songs were recorded for the film, but 7 Year Bitch, the Deflowers, the
Picketts, and Catfood contributed as well. This film vibes! It’s a fun snapshot of the Seattle that locals fondly remember, and the soundtrack is catchy and cool.
ANOTHER STAKEOUT (1993) (BLU-RAY)
Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club) are back as the hilarious hard-charging Seattle detectives from Stakeout (1987) — this time forced to go undercover with an inexperienced Assistant D.A. (Rosie O’Donnell, A League of Their Own). With Dreyfuss and O’Donnell posing as husband and wife, and Estevez pretending to be their grown son, chaos and calamity prevail as they spy on neighbors suspected of hiding an escaped Mafia witness who is on the run from the feds and a mob hitman. Another Stakeout is a crowd-pleasing favorite that delivers edge-of-your-seat excitement and nonstop laughs. Directed by John Badham (Saturday Night Fever).
CANADIAN PACIFIC (1949) (BLU-RAY)
Newly restored in HD! Western legend Randolph Scott (Western Union, The Caribou Trail) is Tom Andrews, a man desperately trying to save the railroad with the help of demolitions expert, Dynamite Dawson (J. Carrol Naish, Sahara). Opposing them is a band of trappers headed by Dirk Rourke (Victor Jory, The Miracle Worker) who sabotages the railroad construction and incites the local Indians to rebel against the project. Jane Wyatt (House by the River) and Nancy Olson (Sunset Boulevard) co-star in this action-packed western featuring wonderful direction by Edward L. Marin (Colt .45) and rousing score from legendary composer Dimitri Tiomkin (Rio Bravo). Includes a restoration documentary: Recombining and restoring a 66 year-old Cinecolor puzzle of more than 400,000 pieces in HD; Canadian Pacific on 16mm: Excerpts from a very rare original 16mm CineColor print elements (reel 1A+B) (18 min. in HD); Canadian Pacific on 8mm: Rare short feature for home screening of the film on 8mm (B/W print) (8 min. in HD).
THE CARIBOO TRAIL (1950) (BLU-RAY)
Newly restored in HD! Western icon Randolph Scott (Western Union, Canadian Pacific) co-stars with Bill Williams (TV’s The Adventures of Kit Carson) as cowboys leading a small herd of cattle from Montana to the Northwest Territories, one looking for rangeland the other for gold. While driving their cattle along The Caribou Trail, the two men encounter a toll bridge run by the local cattle king (Victor Jory, The Miracle Worker) and his henchmen. But when the men refuse to pay the toll, their cattle is stampeded and all hell breaks loose in this action-packed western that has it all. George ‘Gabby’ Hayes (Tall in the Saddle) leads the supporting cast that includes Karin Booth (Tobor the Great), Douglas Kennedy (The Amazing Transparent Man), Jim Davis (TV’s Dallas) and Dale Robertson (TV’s Tales of Wells Fargo). Directed by Hollywood veteran Edwin L. Marin (A Christmas Carol). Includes a restoration documentary.
AN EYE FOR AN EYE (1981) (BLU-RAY)
International superstar Chuck Norris (Hero and the Terror) stars in this pulse-pounding revenge thriller that pulls out all the stops for explosive edge-of-your-seat excitement. Crackling with unbridled energy and suspense, it’s an electrifying adventure that’s as fast and hard-hitting as its unstoppable hero. Police detective Sean Kane (Norris) is any criminal’s worst nightmare: a cop who’s just as lethal with his lightning-quick martial arts moves as he is with his service revolver. But when his partner is brutally murdered, Kane quits the force and goes beyond the law to seek vengeance against the ruthless Morgan Canfield (Christopher Lee, The Crimson Cult), a powerful and well-connected drug lord who destroys any man who stands in his way. But Kane has never been more ready for a fight. He’s bold, ferocious and has an ace up his sleeve: his mentor, Chan (Mako, Conan the Barbarian), a martial arts wizard who will join him in a thrilling no-holds-barred final assault against Canfield and his criminal empire. Action veteran Steve Carver (River of Death) directs a top-notch supporting cast that includes Richard Roundtree, Matt Clark, Stuart Pankin, Rosalind Chao, Terry Kiser and Professor Toru Tanaka. Includes commentary by director Steve Carver
F/X2 (1991) (BLU-RAY)
The Deadly Art of Illusion! Bryan Brown (Far East) and Brian Dennehy (Gorky Park) are back as Rollie and Leo in an all-new action-thriller that continues the F/X saga with stylish wit, unrelenting suspense and amazing high-tech action. Five years after his first deadly adventure, Rollie Tyler (Brown) has left the special effects business and now designs sophisticated electronic toys for a living. But when his girlfriend’s ex-husband, a police detective, persuades him to devise an illusion to capture a serial killer, Rollie is once again lured into the lethal world of make-believe. And soon, he finds himself trapped in a murderous maze of deceit and treachery in which he must depend on his ingenious tricks and his friendship with detective Leo McCarthy (Dennehy) to expose a terrifying underworld conspiracy… but only if he can stay alive! Cult filmmaker Richard Franklin (Psycho II, Road Games) directed this top-notch sequel that features a strong cast including Rachel Ticotin (Total Recall), Joanna Gleason (Boogie Nights), Philip Bosco (The Dream Team) and Kevin J. O’Connor (Color of Night).
THE GARDEN OF ALLAH (1936) (BLU-RAY)
No Man Can Resist Her! Screen legends Marlene Dietrich (The Blue Angel) and Charles Boyer (Gaslight) achieve the finest performances of their careers, as they taste forbidden fruit under the seductive, blazing skies of the Sahara. Featuring a sumptuous score by composer Max Steiner (Gone with the Wind), this sweeping epic of passionate romance is one of the most beautiful and atmospherically compelling pictures ever made. After the death of her father, convent-educated Domini Enfilden (Deitrich) heads for the desert seeking peace. But instead of tranquility, the sultry beauty finds passion in the arms of Boris Androvsky (Boyer) – secretly a Trappist monk who has broken his vows and lost his faith. Will Domini discover Boris’ secret, and will his hidden past destroy their future happiness? Richard Boleslawski (Theodora Goes Wild) directed this David O. Selznick (Duel in the Sun) classic co-starring Basil Rathbone (The Mark of Zorro) and C. Aubrey Smith (The Hurricane).
THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO… (1973) (BLU-RAY)
Brand New 2K Master! Stockard Channing (Grease) is Miriam Knight, an “ugly duckling” college girl who is mistreated by everyone, including her bubble-headed roommate and the callous campus jock. But after an accident causes her to undergo reconstructive surgery, Miriam emerges from behind the bandages a ravishing beauty. It’s payback time when she uses her new attractiveness to exact revenge on all those who wronged her. Ed Asner (TV’s Lou Grant) plays the police inspector who’s hot on the trail of the femme fatale. A dark comedy written by comedy legend Joan Rivers (Rabbit Test) and directed by TV veteran Lee Philips (On the Right Track), The Girl Most Likely to… will leave you in stitches. The strong supporting cast includes Jim Backus (TV’s Gilligan’s Island), Joe Flynn (The Strongest Man in the World), Chuck McCann (C.H.O.M.P.S.), Fred Grandy (TV’s The Love Boat), Larry Wilcox (TV’s CHiPs) and Reb Brown (Uncommon Valor). Includes Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Author Amanda Reyes and Film Historian/Author Kier-La Janisse.
HEARTBREAK HOTEL (1988) (BLU-RAY)
From Chris Columbus, the director of Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone comes this rock-and-roll fantasy! It’s 1972 — Teenager Johnny Wolfe (Charlie Schlatter, 18 Again) borrows his mom’s (Tuesday Weld, Lord Love a Duck) pink Cadillac only to get swept up in a series of outrageous events. After successfully kidnapping Elvis Presley (David Keith, The Lords of Discipline), Johnny’s family and sleepy hometown will never be the same. Heartbreak Hotel is another critically acclaimed and lively hit from writer/director Columbus. Includes audio Commentary by Entertainment Journalist and Author Bryan Reesman.
THE HUNTING PARTY (1971) (BLU-RAY)
Nobody steals from Brandt Ruger… and lives! With a stellar cast led by screen icons Gene Hackman (Prime Cut), Candice Bergen (Carnal Knowledge) and Oliver Reed (Burnt Offerings), this searing western fires round after round of emotional heat with a torrid frontier love triangle that can only lead to vengeance. To cattle baron Brandt Ruger (Hackman), his beautiful wife Melissa (Bergen) is just one of his possessions. So when notorious bandit Frank Calder (Reed) kidnaps Melissa, Ruger isn’t concerned about her – he’s enraged that someone stole from him. Melissa finds her captor quite kind, but Ruger is organizing a posse to hunt down the pair and recover his property dead or alive. Television veteran Don Medford (The Organization) directed this violent and suspenseful western featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Simon Oakland (Bullitt), Ronald Howard (The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb), L.Q. Jones (The Wild Bunch), Mitchell Ryan (Monte Walsh) and G.D. Spradlin (North Dallas Forty). Includes an interview with Actor Mitchell Ryan and audio commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson.
IMPULSE (1984) (BLU-RAY)
Brand New HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative! From raw desire… to rampant destruction! Tim Matheson (Up the Creek), Meg Tilly (Psycho II), Bill Paxton (Aliens) and Hume Cronyn (Cocoon) come face to face with mankind’s deepest — and darkest — primal urges in this disturbing and suspenseful psychological thriller. Directed with flair by Graham Baker (Alien Nation) and packed with pulse-quickening twists that spring from its terrific premise, Impulse generates enough electricity to make your hair stand on end. When Jennifer (Tilly) and her boyfriend Stuart (Matheson) return to her idyllic hometown, they discover that all boundaries of civility seem to have eroded. Mystified by the actions of normally kind townspeople who are suddenly driven to extremes of irrational—and violent—behavior, Jennifer and Stuart attempt to get to the bottom of the increasingly life-threatening chaos… before it destroys them. Includes audio commentary by director Graham Baker.
JENNY (1970) (BLU-RAY)
Brand New 4K Master! Jenny (Marlo Thomas, TV’s That Girl and Friends) is unmarried, pregnant and alone in New York City. Delano (Alan Alda, Sweet Liberty, TV’s M*A*S*H) is a young filmmaker trying to avoid the Vietnam War draft. A chance meeting in Central Park leads to their friendship and mutual concern for each other, and they soon agree that the perfect solution to their problems is a “marriage of convenience.” Jenny will have a father for her baby and Delano will escape the draft. But the plan goes awry when Jenny begins to fall in love with her new husband, who’s in a relationship with someone else. Film and television veteran George Bloomfield (To Kill a Clown, Nothing Personal) directed this touching romantic drama co-starring Elizabeth Wilson (The Day of the Dolphin) and Vincent Gardenia (Lucky Luciano) as Jenny’s parents, with Charlotte Rae (TV’s The Facts of Life) and Estelle Winwood (The Producers). Includes NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Lee Gambin and Jarret Gahan.
BEASTIE BOYS: FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED (2011) (BLU-RAY and DVD)
Following the conclusion of the storyline in the “Fight For Your Right” music video, the Beasties break into a liquor store, drop acid with groupies, and get into a breakdance competition with time-traveling future versions of themselves. Directed by Adam Yauch and starring Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride.
CAT SITTER VOL. II: 70 EXOTIC BIRDS! (2007) (DVD)
The Cat Sitter Volume II Platinum Edition is the follow up to the amazing Blockbuster Cat Sitter Video VOL I. This incredible production is produced from the cat’s point of view and features over 70 beautiful song birds, 50 that are from HAWAII. Birds flitter amongst the branches, bushes and exotic fauna and flowers. Loaded with extras, the DVD features 6 one hour soundtracks. The first is filled with the sounds of nature including each bird’s own song. The other five one hour sound options are award winning music to watch the birds by. There is even a subtitle option showing the names of the birds as they come up. To top it all off, Cat Sitter VOL II introduces the “Laser Bug”. This continuous loop feature is like “DIGITAL CATNIP” for your feline friend! All in 5.1 surround sound, the Cat Sitter also has another fun 30 minute feature “Cats on Parade.” The Cat Sitter Volume II is the CAT’S MEOW!
HIGH OCTANE: 10 ACTION MOVIES (2013) (DVD)
Includes Universal Squadrons (2011), Hellbinders (2009), Fast Track: No Limits (2008), Treasure Raiders (2007), Distortion (2006), Payback (2007), Good Girl, Bad Girl (2006), Mad Bad (2007), Recon 2020: The Caprini Massacre (2004), (aka: Power Corps), This Thing of Ours (2003).
NO DEPOSIT (2015) (BLU-RAY)
A story about a family man’s fall from grace through a series of downward spiraling events beyond his control. With his life turned upside down, he hooks up with the wrong people and things take a turn for the worst with almost no way out.
TRUE2FORM: URBAN HEAT HIP HOP WORKOUT (2003) (DVD)
If you love to dance and enjoy working out to hot fresh music, Urban Heat is for you! With just the right combination of attitude street style and easy to follow dance steps you won’t even realize that you’ve just spent the past half hour getting a total body workout!Tru2Form is series of dance inspired cardio routines that will have all your friends wanting to know where you learned them and how come you look so good!
This video includes: 7 Minute Warm-Up 20 Minute Total Body Workout 7 Minute Cool Down All Original Hip Hop Music Instructed by Gloria Araya-Quinlin
TWEENIES: ANIMAL FRIENDS (1999) (PAL) (DVD)
Bella, Milo, Fizz and Jake are back, and they want to find out all about animals. Included are a trip to the farm to see a cow being milked, a song about a starfish, a finger puppet show, a story about lions and mice, and an encounter with a dragon who can’t breathe fire.
ADORA ONE & TWO (2011)
AMAZING GRACE 1&2 (2011)
AMERICAN VILLAGER 3 (2010)
AREA SCATTER 1-2 (2009)
ASSEMBLY MAN 1-2-3 (2011)
AT 3:30 AM PART 1&2 (2011)
AT THE ALTAR 1&2 (2011)
AT THE ALTAR 3&4 (2011)
BAFANA BAFANA (2007)
BE NOT AFRAID PART 1&2 (2008)
BE YOURSELF PART 1-2 (2009)
BEAUTIFUL SOUL PART 1&2 (2010)
BEST HONEYMOON PART 1&2 (2010)
BOMB BLAST 1&2 (2012)
BOYS COT (2009)
BREAKING THE RULES PART 1, 2, 3 (2011)
BROKEN TEARS PART ONE & TWO (2008)
CAUGHT IN THE ACT PART 1-2 (2009)
COTONOU VISA PART ONE AND TWO (2009)
CROSS OF AGONY PART 1&2 (2006)
CROSS OF AGONY PART 3 (2006)
DANGEROUS ANGELS 1-2-3 (2010)
DANGEROUS GROUND PART 1&2 (2010)
END OF BOMB BLAST (2012)
LEGACY 1&2 (2010)
LIFE INCIDENCE PART 1 – 2 (2009)
LIQUID BLACK GOLD (2010)
LOCAL SENSE PART 1 AND 2 (2009)
ROYALTY APART 1&2 (2010)
SACRED LIES 3&4 (2011)
SISTER’S ON FIRE 1&2 (2011)
SMACK DOWN PART 1 & 2 (2010)
SMOOTH OPERATOR (2010)
STOLEN WILL PART ONE & TWO (2010)