It’s another glorious New Release Tuesday. This week we’ve got some Criterion blu-ray remasters, a re-edited GODFATHER III, an under-seen martial arts classic, and tons more.
24TH, THE (2020)
The story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917.
BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984), BEVERLY HILLS COP 2 (1987), and BEVERLY HILLS COP 3 (1994)
The heat is on in this fast-paced collection of action-packed comedies starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, the street-smart cop from Detroit. Tracking down his best friend’s killer in Beverly Hills Cop, Axel smashes through the local barriers in a hilarious, high-speed pursuit of justice. In Beverly Hills Cop II, he’s deep undercover investigating a gang of international munitions smugglers. The third installment, Beverly Hills Cop III, finds Axel at the center of a roller coaster thrill ride at the Wonderworld amusement park! Watch all three and get hooked for the whole ride!
BOBBLEHEADS: THE MOVIE (2020)
Featuring an all-star cast of voices including Jennifer Coolidge, Karen Fukuhara, Khary Payton, Julian Sands, Brenda Song, Luke Wilson and Academy Award-winning Cher, this hilarious and heart-warming adventure is sure to become a family favorite and fulfill a bobblehead’s simple purpose: To bring joy. Get ready for a big shake-up when misfit bobbleheads take on trashy humans and a slobbery dog who crash their home with plans to swap a new baseball player bobblehead for a valuable one of them. With some guidance from Bobblehead Cher, they find the courage to bobble-up for an outrageous battle of wits and wobble.
DOCTOR DETROIT (1983) (SHOUT SELECT)
Clifford Skridlow’s newest profession is the oldest profession in Doctor Detroit, a chaotic comedy starring the one and only Dan Aykroyd. When fast-talking pimp Smooth Walker (Howard Hesseman, WKRP In Cincinnati) finds himself in hot water with Chicago crime boss Mom (Kate Murtagh), he claims that there’s a new player in the game: Doctor Detroit, a cat who’s badder than bad…and completely fictitious. In need of a patsy until the heat dies down, Smooth hits paydirt with mild-mannered professor Clifford Skridlow (Aykroyd): and promptly skips town, leaving his bevy of sexy “employees” in Clifford’s hapless hands. Charmed by the ladies and spurred by his dedication to chivalry, Clifford agrees to become their protector and ally, transforming himself from a power-walking professor to a heroic hustler … and throwing down the gauntlet to save his college from financial ruin and the four damsels from the wrath of Mom!
FAITH BASED (2020)
Faith Based is the story of two friends looking for a little direction in life who discover the Christian film industry might just be the get rich quick scheme of their dreams. But when they realize they don’t actually know much about Christianity, and even less about filmmaking, making “A Prayer in Space” (the story of the first prayer ever to be prayed… in space!) suddenly seems like a lot more work than they imagined. With new relationships and old misunderstandings driving them apart, can they finish the movie and save not only their friendship, but the church they convinced to fund their movie?
FLY LIKE A GIRL (2019)
Fly Like A Girl is more than just a film. It’s a movement of young girls and women relentlessly pursuing their passion for aviation. A field currently dominated by men. Hearing first-hand stories from girls and women who dared to aim higher. From a lego-loving young girl who includes female pilots in her toy airplanes, to a courageous woman who helped lead shuttle missions to space, Fly Like A Girl shows us that women are in charge of their own destiny.
GODFATHER CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE (1990)
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Godfather: Part III, director/screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola brings a definitive new edit and restoration of the final film in his epic Godfather trilogy—Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.
GREEK TYCOON (1978)
She was the most famous woman in the world. He was a peasant, a pirate, a shark. The Greek Tycoon is the story of their fiery romance. Anthony Quinn portrays Theo Tomasis – the world’s richest and most flamboyant shipping magnate, a man who seemingly has everything he could want – who reaches out and captures his final prize: lovely, expensive, legendary Liz Cassidy (Jacqueline Bisset), widow of a President of the United States. This lavishly mounted drama which focuses on the international jet set’s continual struggle for love and power was filmed in Corfu, Athens, London, New York and Washington, D.C. against backdrops and breathtaking beauty and luxury.
HARING, KEITH: STREET ART BOY (2020)
International art sensation Keith Haring blazed a trail through the legendary art scene of 1980s New York and revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art. Harings message targeted the underlying threat of violence, sexual exploitation and political oppression. His art was shown in over one hundred group and solo exhibitions during his lifetime and he continues to be celebrated today.
MOUCHETTE (1967) (CRITERION)
Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feeling with Mouchette, one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film. With a dying mother, an absent, alcoholic father, and a baby brother in need of care, the teenage Mouchette seeks solace and respite from her circumstances in the nature of the French countryside and daily routine. Bresson deploys his trademark minimalist style to heartbreaking effect in this essential work of French filmmaking, a hugely empathetic drama that elevates its trapped protagonist into one of the cinema’s most memorable tragic figures.
MY DOG STUPID (2019)
Henri is a middle-aged writer with fading inspiration. Feeling increasingly misunderstood by his family, he dreams of running away to start over again. Yet when he discovers a bad-mannered dog in his garden, he decides to adopt him, starting an unexpected friendship that inevitably upsets Henri’s family and neighbors. The bittersweet and moving comedy about love standing the test of time stars iconic real-life couple Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal.
MY SCIENCE PROJECT (1985)
His high school teacher issues an ultimatum: Turn in a science project or flunk. So Mike Harlan (John Stockwell) scavenges a military base’s junk pile for a suitable gizmo. He finds one … and unwittingly unleashes the awesome power and energy of the unknown. Twisted dimensions. Time warps. A fantastic realm where the past, present, and future collide in a whirling vortex of startling adventure and superlative special effects!
From the visionary mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi thriller about elite corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people s bodies to execute high-profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment, Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.
DVD and BLU-RAY
Eva Green stars as an astronaut preparing for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station.
PSYCHO APE! (2020)
A killer gorilla escapes from the Detroit Zoo and goes on a murdering spree.
RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN (1979)
During the Ming Dynasty, a Buddhist abbot charged with protecting the sacred scroll of Tripitaka prepares to name his successor. An aristocrat and a general arrive at his secluded mountaintop monastery promising to help in his search, but are in fact scheming to secure the scroll for themselves. As they set about recommending corrupt successors, rival bands of martial artists lie in wait to steal the precious artifact. Soon, the monastery is transformed into an epic battleground for the scroll, with each player caught in a web of betrayal. Called a ‘remarkably photographed caper heist featuring intriguing battles of wits and minds’ (Far East Film Festival), Raining In The Mountain is also the peak of legendary director King Hu’s (A Touch Of Zen) infusion of Buddhist spiritual principles into the legacy of martial arts cinema.
BLU-RAY and DVD
RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS (1989)
Director Richard Lester (Juggernaut) reassembled his original cast of swashbucklers from 1973’s The Three Musketeers and 1974’s The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge for 1989’s The Return of the Musketeers, a sumptuous, action-packed adventure. Twenty years ago, D’Artagnan (Michael York, The Island of Dr. Moreau), Athos (Oliver Reed, The Hunting Party), Porthos (Frank Finlay, Robbery) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain, The Thorn Birds) executed the beautiful but lethal seductress Milady de Winter. Now, Milady’s ravishing daughter Justine (Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City) has vowed revenge. Meanwhile, Athos’s adopted son Raoul (C. Thomas Howell, The Hitcher) has grown to manhood and when he and Justine meet, swords and sparks fly. Can the four musketeers stay one step ahead of Justine while they race to foil a cunning political plot? For dazzling swordplay, lavish costumes, dangerous romance, breathless excitement, and a generous dose of comedy, The Return of the Musketeers is all for fun and fun for all!
SECRETS SHE KEEPS (2020) (2 DISKS)
Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow) star in this “fresh spin on the thriller genre” (New Zealand Herald). Although they are both heavily pregnant and due at the same time, their lives could not be more different. Both women have secrets. And both will risk everything to conceal the truth. But their worlds are about to collide in one shocking act that cannot be undone.
SMILEY FACE KILLERS (2020)
A handsome young soccer player, Jake Graham, believes he is going insane, and is unable to shake the feeling he’s being stalked. His friends and everyone around him believe he’s just anxious and prone to paranoia, but Jake is actually being followed by a small group of serial killers led by a deformed and terrifying guru.
BLU-RAY and DVD
SOMMERDAHL MURDERS: SERIES 1 (2020) (2 DISKS)
DCI Dan Sommerdahl investigates murders in a lovely Danish coastal town with his best friend, Detective Flemming Torp, and his wife, Marianne, a criminal technician. But Dan’s years of devotion to the job have hurt his marriage, and with Marianne wanting a divorce, Dan discovers his rival for her affections is none other than his best friend. And they all must still work together to solve crimes.
SONG WITHOUT A NAME (2019)
Based on harrowing true events, Song Without A Name tells the story of Georgina, an indigenous Andean woman whose newborn baby is whisked away moments after its birth in a downtown Lima clinic – and never returned. Stonewalled by a byzantine and indifferent legal system, Georgina approaches journalist Pedro Campas, who uncovers a web of fake clinics and abductions – suggesting a rotting corruption deep within Peruvian society. Set in 1988, in a Peru wracked by political violence and turmoil, Melina León s heart-wrenching first feature renders Georgina’s story in gorgeous, shadowy black-and-white cinematography, “styled like the most beautiful of bad dreams” (Variety). Song Without A Name is a “Kafkaesque thriller” (The Hollywood Reporter) that unflinchingly depicts real-life, stranger-than fiction tragedies with poetic beauty.
SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM (1968) (CRITERION)
In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, the pioneering William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York’s Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they’re making. A couple enacts a breakup scenario over and over, a documentary crew films a crew filming the crew, locals wander casually into the frame: the project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative sixties counterculture landmark remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies, expanded thirty-five years later by its unconventional follow-up, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2½. The “sequel” sees Take One actors Audrey Henningham and Shannon Baker reunited in a more personal, metatheatrical exploration of the effects of the passage of time on technology, the artistic process, and relationships—real and fabricated.
TOTAL RECALL (1990) (2 DISKS)
One of the greatest and most violent sci-fi action spectacles of the 1990s. The Austrian Oak Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as ordinary joe Doug Quaid, who finds himself caught up in an interplanetary rebellion on Mars after triggering implanted memories.
BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD
YELLOWSTONE: SEASON 3 (2018) (4 DISKS)
In the most explosive season of Yellowstone yet, John Dutton (Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner), and his family must protect their land from new and old enemies, lead by Wall Street maverick Roarke (Josh Holloway). Threatened by betrayals, bad blood, and lucrative business deals, the Duttons form unexpected alliances and confront dangerous measures to safeguard their legacy.