New Releases for January 24!

New Release Tuesday! A ton of vintage Jackie Chan, a handful of Warner Archive titles, and more!

ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL (2009)

Documentary about the Canadian metal band Anvil. At 14, Toronto school friends Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the “demigods of Canadian metal,” releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s “Metal on Metal.” It went on to sell millions of records, but Anvil’s career didn’t flourish afterwards. Instead, they went straight to obscurity. (BLU-RAY)

BATTLE CREEK BRAWL (1980)

A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition. (BLU-RAY)

BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER (2022)

In this eye-opening documentary, celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design. Using clips from hundreds of movies we all know and love – from Metropolis to Vertigo to Phantom Thread – Menkes convincingly makes the argument that shot design is gendered. Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power illuminates the patriarchal narrative codes that hide within supposedly “classic” set-ups and camera angles, and demonstrates how women are frequently displayed as objects for the use, support, and pleasure of male subjects. Building on the essential work of Laura Mulvey and other feminist writers, Menkes shows how these not-so-subtle embedded messages affect and intersect with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse and assault, as well as employment discrimination against women, especially in the film industry. The film features interviews with an all-star cast of women and non-binary industry professionals including Julie Dash, Penelope Spheeris, Charlyne Yi, Joey Soloway, Catherine Hardwicke, Eliza Hittman, Maria Giese, and Rosanna Arquette. The result is an electrifying call-to-action that will fundamentally change the way you see, and watch, movies. (DVD)

CASANOVA (1927)

A flamboyant portrait of the famous seducer seen by a former baritone of the Moscow Opera who, after a vocal accident, leaves for Germany and then France to devote himself to cinema. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

DEATH KNOT (2021)

On word of his mother’s death by apparent suicide, Hari (Cornelio Sunny, who directed), his sister Eka (Widika Sidmore), and her fiancé Adi (Morgan Oey) left Jakarta for the isolated rural village where she lived. They were met with unaccustomed hostility from their uncle and the locals, and whispers of their parent’s dabbling in forbidden rituals… and Hari’s search for answers may be one he’ll regret undertaking, in this slow-burn folk-horror chiller. (DVD)

DENTIST 2 (1998)

Beverly Hills dentist Dr. Feinstone seems to have the perfect, ordered life — until the discovery of his wife’s affair with the pool boy sends him off the deep end, unlocking the killer inside. (BLU-RAY)

DENTIST, THE (1996)

Finds the evil doctor in a maximum-security mental hospital…but not for long, as he escapes to a small town and turns his attention to a new love interest and new victims. (BLU-RAY)

DON’T LOOK AT THE DEMON (2022)

Led by the troubled medium Jules (Fiona Dourif) an American team of paranormal TV investigators go to the home of a couple who claim to have experienced inexplicable, threatening disturbances. Delving into the mystery, they encounter possessions and apparitions more terrifying than any they’d witnessed before – actual contact with the other side. As the cameras roll and bodies are possessed, they’re inevitably overwhelmed by this violent supernatural force. Their only hope? Jules. She refuses to face what really happened when her first supernatural encounter left her sister dead. But her dark past, if she can unlock it, may be their only hope of stopping the demon before it’s too late. (DVD)

DRAGON FIST (1979)

A dishonored student of the Dragon Fist Sect seeks revenge for the death of his teacher. (BLU-RAY)

DRAGON LORD (1982)

The adventures of a restless martial arts student called Dragon, who, while constantly pursuing a girl, gets involved in the affairs of a gang of thieves. (BLU-RAY)

GOODBYE MR. CHIPS (1939) (WARNER ARCHIVE)

Young schoolteacher Charles Edward Chipping (Robert Donat) imposes strict discipline on his young charges at a Victorian-era English public school, becoming a fearsome presence on the campus grounds. But the love of spirited young suffragette Katherine Ellis (Greer Garson) brings the Latin instructor out of his shell and makes him a beloved campus institution into the 20th century and through the shattering violence of World War I. The film is based on the best-selling novel by James Hilton.(BLU-RAY)

ILLICIT DREAMS/INDECENT BEHAVIOR 4 (1997)

ILLICIT DREAMS: Moira Davis dreams extremely vividly of an affair with Nick Richardson, a man whom she doesn’t know, but who shares the same dream. When Moira visits a psychic to discuss the dream, she learns that there is a dark force determined to keep her and Nick apart. The two start spending time together, but Moira’s husband could turn their dream into a nightmare and ruin everything.

INDECENT BEHAVIOR 4: P.I. Dean Thomas was looking for a little fun when he attended an erotic pajama party for the contestants of a beauty contest. When the number one pick for the lucrative modeling contract was found floating face down in a swimming pool, it was deemed a suicide, but the model’s best friend and professional rival is willing to pay the detective anything she can if he can disprove this theory. (DVD)

INU-OH (2021)

Born to an esteemed family, Inu-oh is afflicted with an ancient curse that has left him on the margins of society. When he meets the blind musician Tomona, a young biwa priest haunted by his past, Inu-oh discovers a captivating ability to dance. The pair quickly become business partners and inseparable friends as crowds flock to their electric, larger-than-life concerts. But when those in power threaten to break up the band, Inu-oh and Tomona must dance and sing to uncover the truth behind their creative gifts. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING (2021)

Bunny King is a mother of two and a rough-cut diamond with a sketchy past. While battling the system to try and reunite with her children, a confrontation leads Bunny to take her niece Tonyah under her wing. With the world against them both, Bunny’s battle has just begun. (DVD)

KILLER METEORS (1976)

Mi Wey is a local hero named after “Killer Meteors”, his secret weapon which makes him invincible. However, when “Immortal” Wa Wu Bin, another powerful local character seeks his assistance, “Killer meteor” will face the greatest and the deadliest challenge of his life. (BLU-RAY)

LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (1982)

The cult-classic 1980’s teen comedy about close-knit group of high school friends, Gary (Lawrence Monoson, Mask), the shy guy; his friend Rick (Steve Antin, The Goonies), the ladies man; and David (Joe Rubbo, Hot Chili), the comic foil, and their exploits in pursuit of love… or at the very least… their first time! Also starring Diane Franklin (Better Off Dead), Louisa Moritz (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and Kimmy Robertson (“Twin Peaks”), this funny, dramatic and nostalgic time capsule chronicles the ups and downs of friendship, romance, and the bittersweet memories of youth, set to a classic ’80s soundtrack.
(BLU-RAY)

LONG, LONG TRAILER (1954) (WARNER ARCHIVE)

Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz) has to travel for his job as an engineer — so his fiancée, Tacy (Lucille Ball), suggests that rather than buy a house after their wedding, they invest in a motor home so they can see the country together. But the aggravations of life with nosy trailer park neighbors and the dangers of piloting an enormous trailer across narrow country roads soon take their toll on the happy couple, putting their young marriage in turmoil. (BLU-RAY)

MY IMAGINARY COUNTRY (2022)

One day, without warning, a revolution exploded. It was the event that master documentarian Patricio Guzmán had been waiting for and working toward all his life: a million and a half people in the streets of Santiago, the Chilean capital, demanding justice, education, health care, and a new constitution to replace the strident rules imposed on the country during the Pinochet military dictatorship. Urgent and topical, My Imaginary Country features harrowing front-line protest footage and interviews with the dynamic activist leaders who are bringing about a regime change. Guzmán powerfully connects Chile’s complex, bloody history to contemporary revolutionary social movements and the election of a popular new president. (DVD)

OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS (1928) (WARNER ARCHIVE)

In the midst of the Jazz Age, two friends wrestle with love and liberation. Diana (Joan Crawford) has a flamboyant personality that masks a sweet nature, while Ann (Anita Page) is outwardly reserved, but coldly manipulative on the inside. When Diana sets her sights on the rich, debonair Ben (Johnny Mack Brown), Ann gets competitive, and successfully steals Ben away from her. It’s only after they’ve married that Ben realizes what a cruel person Ann is, and that his heart really belongs to Diana. (BLU-RAY)

PETROV’S FLU (2021)

PETROV’S FLU directed by acclaimed Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov (LETO) is a deadpan, hallucinatory romp through post-Soviet Russia. With the city in the throes of a flu epidemic, the Petrov family struggles through yet another day in a country where the past is never past, the present is a booze-fueled, icy fever dream of violence and tenderness, and where, beneath the layers of the ordinary, things turn out to be quite extraordinary. Part science fiction, mystery and dark comedy, this Cannes Film Festival entry is a unique hybrid of genres. (DVD)

RANCHO NOTORIOUS (1952) (WARNER ARCHIVE)

In his third and final Western Fritz Lang unsaddles the genre to create a tempestuous cult favorite. Critics have likened the film and its theme of a man twisted by vengeance to a Lang film of a wholly different genre: film noir’s the Big Heat.

Vern Haskell (Arthur Kennedy) is pushed to revenge when his fiancée is killed during a general store robbery. Intent on punishing those responsible, Vern manages to find one of the thieves, who is mortally wounded. In his dying words, the man gives Vern a clue to finding the others. Continuing his quest, Vern travels to the hideout — a ranch operated by Altar Keane (Marlene Dietrich), a former saloon singer. By fooling an outlaw (Mel Ferrer), Vern makes his way into their inner circle. (BLU-RAY)

SCORPION WITH TWO TAILS (1982)

Originally shot as an 8-part horror miniseries for Italian television, maverick director Sergio (TORSO) Martino’s 1982 horror mystery THE SCORPION WITH TWO TAILS was later cut down to feature length and released theatrically in various European markets. But the movie hasn’t properly been available in North America on Blu-ray or DVD….until now! THE SCORPION WITH TWO TAILS film tells the story of a young woman (Elvire Audray, NOSFERATU IN VENICE) who is having gruesome dreams of ancient sacrificial rites. When her husband is murdered in the same ritualistic way, she begins to suspect that someone or something is targeting her, leading her deep into a nightmarish mystery involving death, smuggling and reincarnation.

Featuring a score by the great Fabio Frizzi (in part using cues from Lucio Fulci’s CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) this stylish and bizarre chiller stars the iconic John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) in a key role, features a supporting turn by Italian exploitation regular Franco Garofalo (HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) and is filmed on location in eerie Italian catacombs, caves and cemeteries. Full Moon is excited to be bringing this eerie chiller back from the dead in a handsome presentation remastered from the best available materials. (DVD)

SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN (1976)

Jackie witnesses his father’s death by the skilled hands of a martial arts master with an unknown killing technique. Jackie vows to become a Shaolin monk and avenge his death (not very Buddhist of him…), but soon finds that he’s the chump of the class. After befriending a variety of shaolin masters, each of whom teach Jackie a particular style of kung fu (drunken, killing, slippery snake, etc.), Jackie suddenly finds himself good enough to go give the beats to the 100 “wooden men” whom all shaolin (in this flick anyways) have to beat to get the funky haircut. Jackie then proceeds to go around laying the beats on everyone, but shows his humility and compassion at the end. (BLU-RAY)

SNAKE & CRANE ARTS OF SHAOLIN (1978)

Hsu has been entrusted with the book of the “Art of the Snake and Crane,” after the mysterious disappearance of the eight Shaolin Masters who had written it. He must fight off numerous clans who are all attempting to steal the book from him, to find out the true reason for the disappearance of the Shaolin Masters. (BLU-RAY)

SPACE IS THE PLACE (1974)

Shamanic avant-jazz bandleader Sun Ra stars in this showcase for both his music and philosophical concerns. He arrives from Outer Space in Oakland to take a group of black youths back to his planet, where he intends to convert them to his own unique brand of Black Power politics. Whilst earthbound, he manages to find time to perform some of his most famous songs with his band, the Intergalactic Arkestra. (BLU-RAY and PAL DVD)

STAY TUNED (1992)

A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish TV and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of TV shows they find themselves in. (BLU-RAY)

TAURUS (2022)

A rising,troubled musician (Colson Baker, AKA Marchine Gun Kelly) spends his days & nights searching for inspiration to record his next song. His assistant wants to save him, his collaborators want him in the studio, while his dealer & his ex push him deeper into the void. (DVD)

THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION (2021) (CRITERION)

With a poet’s eye for place, light, and the spiritual dimensions of everyday existence, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese crafts a meditation on the concept of homeland and a transcendent elegy for what is lost in the name of progress. Grieving and alone following the deaths of her husband and children, elderly Mantoa (Mary Twala Mhlongo, in a soul-shaking end-of-life performance) prepares for her own death and to be buried alongside her ancestors. When plans for a new dam near her village in the landlocked kingdom of Lesotho threaten to literally wash away all she holds dear, Mantoa takes a last stand, mobilizing her neighbors to fight for their land and their way of life. The experience of watching Mosese’s visionary, much-lauded This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection is as timeless and elemental as the land itself. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

TO KILL WITH INTRIGUE (1977)

Young master Cao Le chases his pregnant girlfriend away from the family castle. He does it in order to save her from vicious bandits who are going to murder his family. (BLU-RAY)

VIOLENT NIGHT (2022)

From the producers of Nobody and John Wick comes a bare-knuckle, coal-dark holiday action-comedy that says you should always bet on red. When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound taking everyone inside hostage, they are not prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus. David Harbour (Stranger Things) stars as St. Nick, delivering some serious season’s beatings to save the family and the spirit of Christmas. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

WHY? (1973)

In this 1970’s, very dramatic indie film, our story centers around a psychiatrist (Herb Goldberg, a real-life psycho analyst) and a hand full of his patients, whom he is having in depth group therapy sessions with over a period of several months. The group consists of a Pro athlete (O.J. Simpson) who has issues with his conservative father, a spoiled, pregnant little rich girl (Linda Gillen) who is also a heroin addict, a repressed and suicidal gay man (Danny Goldman), an unwed mother of a biracial child (Jeannie Berlin – the daughter of Elaine May) angry over her mother’s attitude toward her and her child, a depressed drummer (Tim Buckley) in an identity crisis after the breakup of his band, and a pathological liar masquerading as a teacher (Cathy Bleich). In their sessions, the patients share the raw details of their deepest hurts, fears, and flaws, while getting to the root causes of why they are there seeking help. Over time, each person learns to face their true self and to come to terms with the things they don’t like about themselves, their lives and each other. (DVD)

WIFE VERSUS SECRETARY (1936) (WARNER ARCHIVE)

Though magazine publisher Van Stanhope (Clark Gable) and his wife, Linda (Myrna Loy), are contentedly married, Van’s meddling mother (May Robson) doesn’t trust his attractive young secretary, Helen “Whitey” Wilson (Jean Harlow). When Whitey helps Van undertake a top-secret plan to purchase a potentially profitable magazine from under the nose of a rival publisher, causing the pair to work long hours alone together, Linda’s sudden jealousy almost scuttles both the deal and their marriage. (BLU-RAY)

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