by Malakie Peters
It’s New Release Tuesday! This week we’ve got early Hitchcock, vintage Euro-horror, Rick and Morty, a ton of new 4K discs, and more.
DEPECHE MODE: 101 (1989) (BLU-RAY)
Eight fans tour with the four-man British rock band, seen in concert footage.
21 HOURS AT MUNICH (1976) (BLU-RAY)
Munich’s police chief negotiates with the leader of terrorists at the 1972 Olympics.
ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES (1938) (BLU-RAY)
Childhood friends, a gangster and a priest, meet as adults in their old New York neighborhood.
ATHENS, GA INSIDE OUT 2: RED TURNS INTO BLUE (2021) (DVD)
Led by the success of the B-52’s and R.E.M., Athens, Georgia was the most happening music scene in the country by the mid 80’s. Following several different bands from different genres, this film paints Athens as a magical artistic environment where bands are not in competition, but coexist in harmony. Musical performances by Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s, Drive By Truckers, Kishi Bashi, Mariah Parker AKA Linqua Franqa, Pylon Reenactment Society (with Vanessa Briscoe Hay), Oh-Ok, Elf Power, Nihilist Cheerleader, David Barbe with New Madrid, Happyness with Peter Fancher and more.
BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA (1996) (BLU-RAY)
Beavis and Butt-head are two juveniles whose life is watching MTV. When their TV is stolen, the two set out to find a replacement set. Neither are quick on the uptake and thus inadvertently get involved in a murder-for-hire case involving a man, Muddy, who wants to bump off his wife, Dallas. The boys, however, think they’ve been hired to have sex with the woman. When they finally encounter her, she hides a top-secret biological weapon, the X-5 virus unit, in Beavis’ pants and sends them to Washington where she says she’ll later meet them. Little do they know that the government is after the device and will do anything to get it back.
BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION (2021) (DVD)
While logging videotapes of decades-old TV broadcasts, college graduate James is propelled into a terrifying investigation when he comes across a surreal and disturbing video clip of what appears to be an imprisoned android. Evidently the product of a mysterious broadcast signal hacking, his discovery takes a sinister dread-filled turn when James tracks down similar, previously unseen broadcast intrusions that send him on a furious and obsessive pursuit across the country. Now James must confront two very real possibilities: that the video may be clues to a crime beyond all comprehension; and that whoever was behind them may be very aware that James is coming uncomfortably close to the truth.
BROKEN LULLABY (1932) (BLU-RAY)
Paul Renard (Phillips Holmes) has returned from World War I triumphant, but is haunted by the death of a German soldier at his hands. Determined to make amends, he travels to the dead man’s hometown and meets his former fiancee, Elsa (Nancy Carroll), and grieving father (Lionel Barrymore). Rather than reveal his true identity, Paul tells the two that he was a former friend of the deceased soldier. As Elsa and Paul draw closer and the family embraces him as one of their own, Paul’s conscience is torn between revealing his past guilt and embracing a future he never knew possible.
CAMILLE KEATON IN ITALY (1975, 1972, 1973) (BLU-RAY)
Before starring in the notorious exploitation classic, I Spit on Your Grave, Camille Keaton starred in a series of highly atmospheric early 70s Italian horror films, three of which are collected here on Blu-ray for the first time. In Madeleine: Anatomy of a Nightmare, Madeleine has just endured a traumatizing miscarriage. Finding herself increasingly lost in bizarre nightmares, she begins to question her life and happiness, taking refuge in extra marital affairs and unstoppable hedonism. But how long can she hide from reality before the brutal consequences of her actions catch up to her? In Tragic Ceremony, a foursome of young friends, enjoying themselves in the countryside, happen upon a secluded villa. Believing the place to be empty, they decide to investigate, only to stumble upon a grisly satanic rite in progress. Barely escaping with their lives, it’s not long before evil forces begin to torment them. In Sex of the Witch, the wealthy patriarch of the Hilton family has just died, and his heirs have gathered at the family castle to collect on their inheritances. However, it’s not long before a black-clad killer strikes, bumping off several members of the Hilton clan in gruesome fashion. As the police begin their investigation, long buried secrets are revealed, including curses and connections to black magic.
CHECKERED FLAG OR CRASH (1977) (DVD)
Thrill-seekers make the most of a 1,000-mile jungle off-road race in the Philippines.
COLLATERAL (2004) (4K + BLU-RAY)
Hired to kill five witnesses before they can testify against a drug cartel, existential hit man Vincent (Tom Cruise) forces cabbie Max (Jamie Foxx) to drive him through Los Angeles as he embarks on his murderous mission. With the LAPD and FBI in hot pursuit, Max attempts to save himself and the life of one would-be victim.
COPSHOP (2021) (BD/DVD)
Screaming through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick: He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station. But jail can’t protect Murretto for long. Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job and escape the explosive situation.
CREEPSHOW: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (2019) (DVD)
The horror anthology series based on the 1982 classic continues in its second season with a horror-themed bed and breakfast gone wrong, a foray into space horror, and a virtual reality nightmare.
CRY MACHO (2021) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
Clint Eastwood stars as a onetime rodeo star and washed up horse breeder who, in 1978, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom. Crossing rural Mexico on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the worldweary horseman may find his own sense of redemption through teaching the boy what it means to be a good man.
DARK BLOOD (2021) (DVD)
Misael (John Leguizamo) is imprisoned, waiting to be sentenced for a revenge crime against the man who killed his child. His former life starts to become a distant memory as he is forgotten by his loved ones. Lonely and abandoned, he finds affection and tenderness in Sarna, the dog of the prison.
DEADLOCK (1970) (4K + BLU-RAY)
In a deserted mining town at the end of nowhere, three desperate men fight over a suitcase full of cash.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN (2021) (BLU-RAY & DVD)
The breathtaking Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky, Dear Evan Hansen features music and lyrics by the Oscar, Grammy, and Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), including two brand new songs and the iconic anthem “You Will Be Found.”
ELIZABETHTOWN (2005) (BLU-RAY)
Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) has been fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend, and just when things couldn’t seem to get worse, he receives word that his father has passed away. After being asked to travel to Elizabethtown, Kentucky to make sure his father’s dying wishes are fulfilled, a life-changing romantic-odyssey awaits when he meets an optimistic flight attendant named Claire (Kirsten Dunst).
ENDGAME (1983) (DVD)
An underground society of mutant rebels attempt to overthrow the tyrannical government by infiltrating the sport in which humans are hunted as prey.
EVOLUTION (2001) (BLU-RAY)
An asteroid crashes to the Earth and delivers a race of quick evolving aliens that threaten humanity. A crack team of “scientists” are brought together to come up with a strategy against the alien lifeforms.
RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD (1982) (4K + BLU-RAY)
A soft-spoken Vietnam vet drifts into a small town looking for no trouble, but finds it in the form of a psychotic local sheriff who finds pleasure in hating him for no reason. After being locked up in the local jail, he escapes into the nearby forest where he becomes a one-man army bent on revenge. When things get out of hand, the vet’s ex-Colonel comes in with the military to convince him to give up the stand-off.
GET CRAZY (1983) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
A promoter and his helper try to save their vintage Los Angeles theater with a wild New Year’s Eve concert.
GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989) (4K + BLU-RAY)
It’s a fine time for slime-time when Doctors Venkman (Bill Murray), Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Spengler (Harold Ramis) regroup to nuke the spooks in this high spirited comedy. Sidelined after their spectacular save of New York City five years ago, the heroes of the hereafter once again answer the call when an underground river of ghoulish goo threatens to rot the Big Apple to the core.
THE GRAVE (1996) (BLU-RAY)
In a prison work yard, two convicts hear the story of a millionaire buried with his fortune. They break out in pursuit through the gothic swamplands of the south where no one can be trusted and a mysterious woman encounters them at every turn.
HARD TARGET (1993) (4K + BLU-RAY)
Hired to find a missing person in New Orleans, a merchant seaman becomes the prey of men who hunt others for sport.
HAROLD AND MAUDE [PARAMOUNT PRESENTS LIMITED EDITION] (1971) (BLU-RAY)
Director Hal Ashby’s coming-of-age comedy, based on a screenplay by Colin Higgins, celebrates 50 years in this beautifully restored and remastered Blu-ray from Paramount Presents. In this essential cult-classic, Howard is a death-obsessed teen (Bud Cort) who falls for Maude (Oscar winner Ruth Gordon), a happy-go-lucky, eccentric 79-year-old. To a lilting Yusuf/Cat Stevens soundtrack, Maude teaches Harold a valuable lesson about making the most of his time on earth.
HOW TO DETER A ROBBER (2020) (DVD)
Following a series of unfortunate coincidences, recent high school graduate Madison and her boyfriend Jimmy find themselves tied up by two masked robbers. The traps they set around the house to frighten potential intruders are instead making the situation much worse. The robbers, unprepared for holding captives, grow frustrated with their increasingly hopeless position, and Madison and Jimmy slowly confront the realization they may not escape alive.
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS [20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION] (2001) (BLU-RAY)
Hot newcomers Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Melody (Tara Reid), and Val (Rosario Dawson) are three small-town musicians with big dreams but little future. Then fate gives the Pussycats the chance of a lifetime when manager Wyatt (Alan Cumming) of MegaRecords signs them overnight to an awesome recording contract. Suddenly, Josie and the Pussycats are living life in the fast lane with sold out concerts, a #1 single, and global stardom. But it’s not all limousines and private jets. The Pussycats soon discover they’re being played like pawns in an evil plot by the record label’s maniacal CEO Fiona (Parker Posey) to control the youth of America.
KRAMPUS: THE NAUGHTY CUT [COLLECTOR’S EDITION DIRECTOR’S CUT] (2015) (4K + BLU-RAY)
Krampus, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. The horror-comedy tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays.
LITTLE FISH (2021) (BLU-RAY & DVD)
Starring Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Soko (Her), and Ral Castillo (Looking), the film opens in the midst of a global epidemic from Neuroinflammatory Affliction, a severe and rapid Alzheimer’s-like condition in which people’s memories disappear. Couple Jude Williams and Emma Ryerson are grappling with the realities of NIA, interspersed with glimpses from the past as the two meet and their relationship blooms. But as NIA’s grip on society tightens, blurring the lines between the past and the present, it becomes more and more difficult to know what’s true and what’s false.
LOVE IT WAS NOT (2021) (DVD)
The tragic account of the relationship between Helena Citron, a young Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, and Austrian SS officer Franz Wunsch.
LOVE STORY (1970) (BLU-RAY)
Newly restored from a 4K film transfer for its 50th Anniversary, Love Story is still as impactful as ever. Harvard students Oliver (Ryan O’Neal) and Jennifer (Ali MacGraw) come from opposite backgrounds, but they share a chemistry they cannot deny and a love they can’t ignore. Despite Oliver’s wealthy father threatening to disown him, the young couple marries and begins to build their new life together. But fate has other plans, and soon Oliver and Jennifer face a crisis only the strongest of loves can endure.
THE MASTURBATING GUNMAN (2000) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
Featuring a cast of family, friends and livestock, director Mark Savage tells an epic tale – ‘based on a true story’ – of extreme violence, compulsive wanking, avenging nuns, and olfactory genius. Also known as Masked Avenger Versus Ultra-Villain in the Lair of the Naked Bikini, this “unclassifiable nugget of cult fodder” (Film Threat) is now remastered to HD and released under its original title for the first time ever.
THE MONKEY KING: REBORN (2021) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
After the short-tempered trickster Monkey King is insulted while visiting a temple with his master Tang Monk, he destroys a magical tree and accidentally releases the ancient King of Demons, who kidnaps Tang Monk as revenge for his long imprisonment. Now, Monkey King and his fellow disciples must rescue their master within three days, before the Demon King regains his full power and unleashes his armies to destroy the earth.
PAUL MOTIAN: MOTIAN IN MOTION (2020) (DVD)
Paul Motian: Motian In Motion documents the career of iconic jazz drummer Paul Motian.
MR. MAJESTYK (1974) (BLU-RAY)
A Colorado melon grower offends a mob hitman, starting a war that’s bad for business.
MY LIFE IS MURDER: SERIES 2 (2021) (DVD)
Private investigator Alexa Crow always fights the good fight, whether it be a baffling crime or just in her everyday life.
NUMBER SEVENTEEN AKA NUMBER 17 (1932) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
Crooks, a couple, and passers-by cross paths over a stolen necklace. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… (2020) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
Adapted by Kemp Powers from his acclaimed play, the feature directorial debut of Academy Award–winning actor Regina King puts viewers in a room with four icons at the forefront of Black American culture as they carouse, clash, bare their souls, and grapple with their places within the sweeping change of the civil rights movement.
ONE SHOT (2021) (DVD)
In this intense, non-stop action-thriller, relentlessly filmed in a single continuous take, an elite squad of Navy SEALs on a covert mission to transport a prisoner off a CIA black site island prison is trapped when insurgents attack, trying to rescue the same prisoner. Led by Lieutenant Blake Harris (Scott Adkins), the team, including Deputy Site Manager Tom Shields (Ryan Phillippe), must trust the secret intel of Junior Analyst Zoe Anderson (Ashley Greene) in order to deliver the prisoner and thwart a pending terrorist attack on Washington D.C.
THE ORACLE (1985) (BLU-RAY)
Newly restored and remastered from a 4K scan! Moving into a creepy apartment formerly occupied by an old psychic, Jennifer and her husband discover ‘the oracle’ – a mysterious occult device that enables one to communicate with the dead. Jennifer enters the spirit realm when she is contacted by the ghost of a murdered man who seeks her help to enact revenge on his murderers. As the tormented spirit terrorizes and manipulates Jennifer, she finds herself in the dangerous and direct path of dark, violent forces!
THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (2020) (PAL / REGION 2 DVD)
A chronicle of the life of David Copperfield (Dev Patel), from his youth into adulthood, featuring his adventures and the web of friends and enemies he makes along the way.
RAGING FIRE (2021) (DVD)
Bong is a highly respected cop with a long history of success on dangerous cases. However, his past soon comes back to haunt him when his former protégé seeks revenge against all those who have wronged him.
RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS (1983) (DVD)
When a pair of Miami mercenaries rescue a team of scientists investigating the lost city of Atlantis, they’ll instead discover a post-apocalypse nightmare of punk-rock marauders, exploding stuntmen, and synth-disco carnage.
RICK AND MORTY: THE COMPLETE 5TH SEASON (2021) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
Grandpa Rick and grandson Morty continue their antics and adventures in season 5.
RON’S GONE WRONG (2021) (BLU-RAY & DVD)
The story of Barney, an awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device. Ron’s malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age launch them on a journey to learn about true friendship.
STAR TREK (2009) (4K + BLU-RAY)
The greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew’s maiden voyage aboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk (Chris Pine), is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before.
STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS (2013) (4K + BLU-RAY)
When a ruthless mastermind known as Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) declares a one-man war on the Federation, Captain Kirk, Spock, and the darling crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will embark on the greatest manhunt in history. It will take all of their skills and teamwork to defend Earth and eliminate Khan’s threat!
SURGE (2020) (DVD)
Joseph (Ben Whishaw) is trapped in a soulless job, living a life devoid of emotion and meaning. After an impulsive act of rebellion, Joseph unleashes a wilder version of himself. He is propelled on a reckless journey through London, ultimately experiencing what it feels like to be alive.
WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005) (4K + BLU-RAY)
Steven Spielberg’s masterful take on the H.G. Wells classic stars Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier, a divorced New Jersey father whose weekend with his kids (Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin) is shattered by an alien invasion. As the decidedly unfriendly E.T.s and their menacing tripods devastate the planet, Ferrier bravely attempts to reach his ex-wife (Miranda Otto) in Boston, encountering the best and worst of humanity along the way. Tim Robbins also stars!
WARRIORS OF THE YEAR 2072 (1984) (DVD)
In a future dominated by ultra-violent TV entertainment, the top-rated global sport Kill-Bike drafts two condemned gladiators for a ‘Battle Of The Damned’ in the Roman Coliseum.
WEREWOLVES WITHIN (2021) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
When a killer terrorizes the snowed-in residents of a small town, it falls to the new forest ranger to find out who – or what – lurks among them in this hilarious horror whodunnit.
WHATEVER IT TAKES (1998) (BLU-RAY)
Two Los Angeles cops go undercover to investigate the distribution of steroids to wrestlers and bodybuilders.
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988) (4K + BLU-RAY)
A 1940s Los Angeles private eye helps a cartoon rabbit beat a murder rap.