by Malakie Peters
It’s New Release Tuesday! This week we’ve got Steve McQueen in 4K, Michael Myers, Dune, and tons more!
THE 7TH DAWN (AKA THE SEVENTH DAWN) (1964) (BLU-RAY)
William Holden fights Communist terrorists hell-bent on winning Malayan “independence” in this action-packed, edge-of-your-seat adventure that also stars Susannah York.
ALIEN PREDATORS (1987) (BLU-RAY)
When NASA’s Skylab fell to Earth the threat was over… but five years later the horror is just beginning! Three American teens on a European holiday are about to experience their worst nightmare when they find themselves trapped in a quaint Spanish town infested with a parasitic alien virus that drives the local townspeople insane and turns them into horrible mutants. The three teens must run for their lives… but is there really anywhere to hide?
AMITYVILLE SCARECROW (2021) (DVD)
Evil still reigns in Amityville! Something sinister is lurking on the grounds of a summer camp, putting the unwitting guests’ lives in danger.
THE ARGUMENT (2020) (DVD)
Lisa and Jack get into an argument at their cocktail party that escalates until it brings an abrupt end to the festivities. In an effort to determine who was right, Lisa, Jack, and their guests decide to recreate the entire night again and again.
BABYSPLITTERS (2019) (DVD)
When two couples with mixed feelings about having kids hatch a plan to share one baby, it seems like the perfect compromise – until things spiral out of control.
BILLIONS: SEASON FIVE (2021) (DVD)
Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney. Taylor Mason is forced back to Axe Capital, where Taylor must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe.
BITCHIN’: THE SOUND AND FURY OF RICK JAMES (2021) (DVD)
A raw look at the wildly colorful life of legendary funk artist Rick James.
BLACK SUNDAY (1977) (BLU-RAY)
Director John Frankenheimer’s thrilling adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel follows a group of terrorists planning to strike the U.S. where it will hurt the most: halftime at the Super Bowl! A deranged Vietnam veteran (Bruce Dern) plots with a terrorist (Marthe Keller) to launch a suicide attack on the stadium with a bomb-laden blimp. Robert Shaw and Fritz Weaver co-star as the agents racing against time to avert disaster.
BREAKING IN (1989) (BLU-RAY)
Reaching retirement age, professional burglar Ernie Mullins (Burt Reynolds) is ready to call it quits, but only after he pulls one last job. When he breaks into what should be his final home, he comes across the young and directionless intruder Mike (Casey Siemaszko). Identifying some latent, untapped talent in the kid, Mullins decides to put retirement on hold and take the precocious housebreaker under his wing, teaching the inexperienced criminal the tricks of the trade.
THE CELEBRATION (1998) (BLU-RAY)
On a wealthy man’s sixtieth birthday, a sprawling group of family and friends convenes at his country estate for a celebration that soon spirals into bedlam, as bombshell revelations threaten to tear away the veneer of bourgeois respectability and expose the traumas roiling beneath.
COBRA KAI: SEASON THREE (2021) (DVD)
After the fallout from the school brawl, Daniel and Johnny team up to mend the tension between their students. Daniel travels to Japan to promote his failing dealership business and reunites with old friends, while Johnny helps Miguel recover after he wakes from his coma. With Daniel and Johnny otherwise occupied, the students of Cobra Kai grow stronger and more violent under their sensei John Kreese.
DOUBLE WALKER (2020) (BLU-RAY)
A young ghost haunts her cold Midwestern hometown, trying to piece together the horrific flashes of memories from her past. One by one she kills the men she believes were responsible for her death, though her plan is derailed when she meets Jack, a kind movie theater usher who inadvertently intercedes as she’s stalking her next victim. While Jack takes her in and offers her a glimpse of a normal life, her desire to avenge her own murder lingers on.
DUNE (2021) (4K + BLU-RAY) (BD/DVD) (DVD)
Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive.
THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK (1941) (BLU-RAY)
Kind and hopeful Hungarian watchmaker Janos Szabo (Peter Lorre) sets his sights on finding a new home and career when he first arrives in America. But when a fiery accident leaves his face horribly scarred, Szabo is turned away by prospective employers and has no recourse but to drift towards a life of crime… one he finds himself more than proficient in.
GAMBIT (1966) (BLU-RAY)
This fast-paced caper takes off in Hong Kong where a dapper English cat burglar (Michael Caine) enlists the aid of a Eurasian dancer (Shirley MacLaine), to help him in an elaborate scheme to grab an age-old artifact from the heavily secured palace of a powerful Middle Eastern tycoon. Unfortunately, the foolproof scheme begins to backfire shortly after it starts and the duo must pull out all the stops if they hope to come out on top.
THE GAMBLER (1974) (BLU-RAY)
New York City English professor Axel Freed (James Caan) seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him. When his debts become more than he can handle, the loan sharks begin to circle.
THE GOOD LORD BIRD (2020) (DVD)
Ethan Hawke stars as abolitionist John Brown in this Limited Event Showtime Series based on the award-winning novel. The story is told from the point of view of “Onion,” a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers battling slavery in Kansas, and eventually finds himself in the famous 1859 Army depot raid at Harpers Ferry, an inciting incident of the Civil War.
THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963) (4K + BLU-RAY)
Screen legend Steve McQueen slams his motorcycle into high gear and leads the way in this action-packed classic about a group of Allied POWs who attempt one of the largest and most daring breakouts in history.
HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021) (4K + BLU-RAY) (BD/DVD)
Evil dies tonight! The Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn’t over yet. Michael manages to free himself from Laurie Strode’s (Jamie Lee Curtis) trap to resume his ritual bloodbath. As Laurie fights for her life from injuries from her last encounter with Michael, she inspires her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), and all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster.
HEART OF CHAMPIONS (2021) (DVD)
During their last year at an Ivy League college in 1999, a group of friends and teammates’ lives are changed forever when an army vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional rowing team.
I’M YOUR MAN (2021) (BLU-RAY)
A scientist at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin is persuaded to participate in a study to get funding for her research. For three weeks, she must live with a humanoid robot designed to be the perfect life partner for her.
IMPASSE (1969) (BLU-RAY)
Burt Reynolds plays an American who seeks the aid of four vets to find $3 million in gold hidden by the Japanese in the Philippines.
JOURNEY TO SHILOH (1968) (DVD)
A group of Texas cowboys leave home to help the Confederate army fight in Tennessee. Along the way, they learn tough lessons about the realities of war.
JOY WOMACK: THE WHITE SWAN (2021) (DVD)
The story of Joy Womack’s journey from a Texas girl who dreamed of becoming a Bolshoi ballet dancer to being a top ballerina with the Kremlin Ballet.
LAUGHING HEIRS (1933) (BLU-RAY)
In this delightful romantic comedy set in the heart of Rhine River wine country, boyish Heinz Rühmann stars as a bachelor who stands to inherit the vineyards of Bockelmann Champagne. But the inheritance comes with a caveat: he must abstain from any alcohol consumption for a full month – not an easy task when surrounded by some of Europe’s finest wineries.
THE MAN WITH THE ANSWERS (2020) (DVD)
A former Greek diving champion and an eccentric German student take an adventurous road-trip of rediscovery from Bari to Bavaria.
MAYDAY (2021) (DVD)
Ana is transported to a dreamlike land where she joins an army of girls engaged in a never-ending war along a rugged coast. Under the leadership of Martha, Ana trains as a sharpshooter and discovers newfound freedom and courage in this unbridled and exhilarating sisterhood. Though she finds strength in this thrilling new world, she comes to realize that she’s not the killer they want her to be.
MINYAN (2020) (DVD)
A young Russian Jewish immigrant in Brighton Beach, caught up in the tight constraints of his community, develops a close friendship with his grandfather’s new neighbors, two elderly closeted gay men who open his imagination to the possibilities of love and the realities of loss, as he explores the East Village where he finds a world teeming with the energy of youth, desire, and risk.
MLK/FBI (2020) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard’s resonant documentary explores the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.
MULTIVERSE (2021) (BLU-RAY)
Parallel universes collide when four young scientists conducting experiments in quantum entanglement discover messing with the spacetime continuum is not without consequences. As seemingly exact replicas of themselves begin to appear, a violent chain reaction is set in motion that threatens their very existence and the balance of the universe.
THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY (2021) (DVD)
Feature-length documentary examining activist, pop-culture icon and thought leader Dick Gregory, whose work as a self-described ‘agitator’ shaped a generation demanding justice. As a renowned Black comedian, Gregory had a platform to take on the most incendiary battles of hunger, gender equity, and civil rights — stirring trouble and making headlines in the service of social justice.
THE PINK JUNGLE (1968) (DVD)
A South American fashion photo shoot turns into a diamond mine seeking adventure for an American photographer and his model.
THE PRESIDENT’S ANALYST (1967) (BLU-RAY)
James Coburn stars as Dr. Sidney Schaefer, a psychiatrist recruited to serve as the personal analyst to the President of the United States. But the doc may need some therapy himself as his top secret sessions with the Leader of the Free World lead to overwhelming paranoia – which turns out to be justified when he becomes the target of various assassins and kidnappers!
RAPPIN’ (1985) (BLU-RAY)
This fast-paced rap musical stars Mario Van Peebles as John “Rappin'” Hood, an ex-con who returns home to find his girlfriend Dixie (Tasia Valenza) has been stolen by friend-turned-rival Duane (Charles Grant), and his old stomping grounds about to be demolished by a greedy developer. Can John get Dixie back and save his neighborhood via the power of hip-hop music?
THE SPACE BETWEEN (2021) (DVD)
Golden Globe Winner Kelsey Grammer stars in the inspiring coming of age story, set during the iconic 90s LA music scene. Micky Adams (Grammer), an eccentric has-been rock musician, loses his grip on reality all while his record label is looking to drop him and his newly created “unique” albums. In hopes of breaking out of the record-label mailroom, a young Charlie Porter is tasked with traveling to the musician’s bizarre home and forcing Micky Adams out of his contract. Micky realizes Charlie could be the key to an artistic breakthrough, and the pair’s unlikely friendship grows.
SUZANNA ANDLER (2021) (DVD)
Based on the Marguerite Duras play of the same name, Suzanna Andler is the portrait of a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) trapped in her marriage to a wealthy, unfaithful businessman in the 1960s. She must choose between her conventional destiny as a wife and mother or her freedom, embodied by her young lover (Niels Schneider).
SYLVIA KRISTEL: 1970S COLLECTION (DVD)
Cult Epics proudly presents four of the legendary Dutch icon’s most diverse films in new 2K transfers and entirely uncut, for the first time on home video in the United States! This 4-disc set includes:
PLAYING WITH FIRE (1975)
Grossly affluent banker Georges de Saxe has his daughter, Carolina, hidden in a mysterious house of perversion after a kidnapping attempt snags a young woman who resembles her. Carolina soon finds herself trapped in a deliberately confused existence in the house of exploitation and imprisonment. At the heart of it all seems to be an enigmatic man named Franz, who will either be Carolina’s killer or savior.
PASTORALE 1943 (1978)
It’s World War II, and Germany has occupied the Netherlands. A seemingly insignificant group of resisters from a small occupied Dutch village plan an assassination attempt on a town’s traitorous resident. Family and friendships are torn apart as distrust and misunderstanding envelop the once tight-knit community while the war rages.
A small seaside community in the late 1800s is shaken by the suicide of one of its young residents. This loss of life coincides with the arrival of a mysterious and wealthy individual named Johan, who befriends several townsfolk while romancing two of its residents. The town soon becomes concerned when Johan begins exhibiting increasingly bizarre behavior. Tragedy eventually strikes, affecting some of the town members’ lives permanently.
On vacation from his private boarding school, teenager Pauli discovers that his hormones aren’t the only ones running rampant when he spends an adventurous retreat with his family and their friends.
THE TEMP (1993) (BLU-RAY)
Don’t get mad… get promoted! A junior executive’s temporary assistant works her way up the ladder with her own deadly agenda.
WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE (2017) (DVD)
Through the the eyes of chef-heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY (2021) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
Propelled by coincidence and imagination, and guided by love’s gentle current, acclaimed director Ryusuke Hamaguchi returns with an enchanting triptych that spins mundane encounters into a world of infinite possibilities. In Episode 1: Magic (or Something Less Assuring), a young woman is startled when she realizes that her best friend’s new flame might just be her ex; in Episode 2: Door Wide Open, a disgruntled student plots to trick his college professor, using his friend-with-benefits as bait; and in Episode 3: Once Again, a girl’s college reunion leads to an unanticipated run-in with an old friend, and awakens feelings long since forgotten.
WHISPERS IN THE DARK (1992) (BLU-RAY)
A New York psychiatrist falls for the kinky sex partner of her patient who’s soon found slain.