by Malakie Peters
New Release Tuesday! This week we’ve got Romanian animated sci-fi, vintage Disney live action, shot-on-video horror, The Band on Criterion, and more.
THE AMERICAN SCREAM (1988) (BLU-RAY)
Meet the Benzigers! They’re the average American family – two unruly teenagers, a stressed out father, and a cloying mother. They’re taking the classic American Christmas vacation at the perfect mountain resort. But the strange residents of Wilson Creek have something else planned… something gruesome. This family trip will be a trip to hell, and no one will ever be the same again!
ANTARCTICA (2020) (BLU-RAY)
Lifelong friends Kat and Janet face a tidal wave of adult pressures and problems as they face down their last year of high school in small-town USA.
BALLAD OF BLOOD (2016) (BLU-RAY, DVD)
After a wild night of sex, drugs, and clubbing, a young woman, her boyfriend, and his dealer pal wake to find her straight-laced roommate brutally murdered. But what happens next will reveal the most horrific secrets of all.
BETRAYED (2020) (DVD)
The Braudes are a Jewish family living in Norway. As Hitler’s Nazi party takes control of Europe, they face the horrors of the war as they are deported to a concentration camp in Auschwitz.
BEWARE! CHILDREN AT PLAY (1989) (BLU-RAY)
Young Glenn and his father have gone into the woods for a fun-filled camping adventure. But when dad steps into a bear trap, the pair find themselves stranded miles from civilization, with limited supplies and nothing to eat. After his dad dies, Glenn is forced to consume his flesh. Years later, children from a nearby town begin to disappear into the woods, while adults are murdered in the most savage of fashions. Could not-so-young-anymore Glenn have something to do with all the mayhem?
BILITIS (1977) (BLU-RAY)
Spending the summer in the French countryside with elegant and beautiful family friend Barbara (Mona Kristensen), young Bilitis (Patti D’Arbanville) comes of age and learns valuable – if sometimes painful – lessons about intimacy, romance and love.
BLOOD ON HER NAME (2019) (BLU-RAY)
A woman’s panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spirals out of control when her conscience demands she return the dead man’s body to his family.
BRIGHTON 4TH (2021) (DVD)
A former wrestler travels from Georgia to a Russian-speaking neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., to visit his hapless son in a shabby boarding house. He soon does everything in his power to help him get out of a $14,000 gambling debt to a local mob boss.
CAIN AND ABEL (1982) (BLU-RAY)
Firstborn Lorenz toils the land by buffalo while Ellis, the apple of his mother’s eye, is given a university education in Manila. When the latter returns to the family’s hacienda with a metropolitan fiance in tow, the domineering Senora Pina immediately disapproves. Looking to reassert her influence, she asks her youngest to name his inheritance. Ellis claims the land which sparks a family feud that invites tragedy and boils over into all-out filial war.
CHARLI XCX: ALONE TOGETHER (2021) (DVD)
Charli XCX was riding high after an electric headlining global tour in 2019. However, everything changed when the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. Lost in the early days of quarantine, Charli turns to music and announces she will make an album at home in 40 days by enlisting the help of her fans online. This takes Charli on a unique creative and emotional journey as she confronts mental health issues, rekindles her relationship with her boyfriend, connects with her fans, and ultimately produces the music for “how i’m feeling now”.
CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1989) (BLU-RAY)
For the first time on Blu-ray, go nuts over Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, with all 65 episodes of sleuthing fun. Chip and Dale lead an eccentric group of animals solving mysteries in the human world and in their own. Tackling whodunits that fall through the cracks, these intrepid detectives are on the case!
DAMAGED LIVES (1933) / DAMAGED GOODS (1937) (BLU-RAY)
Both films, based on Eugene Brieux’s play, Les Avaries, deal with a young couple whose happiness becomes overshadowed by the specter of disease when the husband contracts syphilis and unwittingly passes it on to his wife.
DANGER 5: THE COMPLETE SERIES (2011) (BLU-RAY)
Your mission is to kill Adolf Hitler! Set in a bizarre, 1960’s inspired version of World War II, the action comedy series follows a team of five spies on a mission to kill Adolf Hitler. In Series 1, Danger 5 unravels another of Hitler’s diabolical schemes as they travel across a myriad of exotic locations. In Series 2, the Allied super-team Danger 5 reunite after years of far-flung obscurity to stop Hitler’s ultimate quest for world domination in a 1980s excess-soaked universe of neon, ninjas, discos, dinosaurs, pizza, and prom-queens!
DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE (1959) (BLU-RAY)
Take a wee bit of ancient folklore, mix in some spectacular special effects and a magical cast, and you’ve got one of the most enchanting fantasies of all time! A frisky old storyteller named Darby O’Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There’s just one tiny thing standing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian. In order to get the gold, Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster — which proves no small task, indeed!
DELTA SPACE MISSION (1984) (BLU-RAY)
In the year 3084, a Modigliani-esque alien journalist with blue-green skin, Alma, boards a state-of-the-art spacecraft named Delta whose highly advanced computer brain develops a mad teenage crush on her with disastrous results. An incredibly strange and strangely beautiful work of galactic eye candy, the film defies all rules of perspective and logic, like M.C. Escher and Moebius teaming up on a Romanian Saturday morning cartoon. Fueled by an addictive Perry-Kingsley-like electronic synth score by Calin Ioachimescu, Delta Space Mission grooves along folding space and time, an early Eighties Euro disco perched on the edge of a black hole.
THE DEVIL STRIKES AT NIGHT (1957) (BLU-RAY)
A serial killer strikes again during WWII in Germany. The wrong man is arrested and a detective hunts down the real killer. But justice in Nazi Germany is not so easily administered.
DIRTY O’NEIL (1979) (BLU-RAY)
Morgan Paull is Dirty O’Neil, a small-town policeman with a big-time libido. On the rare occasions when his pants are on, he patrols the neighborhood and coaches the girls’ basketball team. But when three nasty hoodlums appear in his peaceful California town, Dirty wastes no time dispensing justice.
ECHO PEOPLE (2021) (BLU-RAY)
In this spin-off of Trent Harris’ cult classic Rubin and Ed, two heroic misfits venture out on a dangerous top-secret mission armed only with a lug nut and rubber ants. Their goal is to uncover the connection between the fourteenth vertebra of an Allosaurus tailbone, the Mars Society, Andy Warhol, the green arm in the outhouse, and Abraham Lincoln. There is also a hubcap, flying platform shoes, and a frog named El-Croako.
FAREWELL (1930) (BLU-RAY)
Hella (Brigitte Horney) lives in a boarding house and has romantic liaisons with various men before settling down with a vacuum cleaner salesman.
THE FORBIDDEN DOOR (2009) (BLU-RAY)
As a successful young sculptor increasingly loses his grip on sanity, he imagines his wife, friends, and family are all conspiring against him, begins filling his best-selling works with unspeakable human matter, becomes obsessed with brutal hidden-camera abuse videos, and inches inescapably closer towards the most horrific final act of all.
THE GNOME-MOBILE (1967) (BLU-RAY)
Northern California’s majestic Redwood Forest is the scene for a chance encounter between two young children and Jasper, a two-foot-high gnome. Jasper has been desperately searching for a suitable bride to please Knobby, his 900-year-old grandfather. Surprised and delighted with their find, the children agree to help Jasper with his predicament — a problem that develops into a wild chase when an enterprising showman discovers the gnomes and quickly masterminds a kidnapping plot!
THE GODFATHER [2022 REMASTER] (1972) (BLU-RAY)
No movie changed Hollywood more than The Godfather. From the bestselling novel by Mario Puzo to box-office blockbuster, its influential legacy endures to this day. Starring Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning performance as the patriarch of the Corleone family, this first installment in the three-movie saga paints a dramatic portrait of the Sicilian clans rise and near fall from power in America.
THE GODFATHER PART II [2022 REMASTER] (1974) (BLU-RAY)
Widely considered the greatest sequel ever made, this visionary Oscar winner for Best Picture is both a continuation of the saga and companion piece expanding the legacy of the Corleone family. Director Francis Ford Coppola brings to Part II a two-part tale – the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don.
THE GRIZZLIES (2018) (DVD)
In this inspiring true story, a group of Inuit students in a small, struggling Arctic community are changed forever through the transformative power of sport.
HAM ON RYE (2019) (BLU-RAY)
Ham on Rye, a coming-of-age comedy centered on the nervous excitement of youth and the strange horror of entering adulthood, uses an expansive ensemble of over one hundred performers, including non-actors, musicians, 90’s Nickelodeon child stars, and more to explore a suburban community’s relationship with a prom-like ritual and the decay of the human spirit. It begins with the crowd-pleasing spirit of a John Hughes movie and fades slowly into an off-kilter dystopia with the energy of Dazed and Confused.
HYPNOSIS (2020) (BLU-RAY)
In a snow drenched Moscow, Misha wakes up each night and sleepwalks right out of his apartment. Running out of options to cure him, his parents decide to try hypnosis with the renowned psychotherapist Doctor Volkov. Over a number of sessions, the unhypnotizable Misha meets other patients of Volkov, including the beautiful Polina, and starts to wonder if Volkov is manipulating them beyond his ethical limits. When Polina suddenly goes missing, Misha begins an investigation, but what if the one being manipulated is Misha himself?
I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS (2018) (BLU-RAY)
A young artist reconstructs a historical event from 1941, in which the Romanian Army carried out ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front. This internationally acclaimed dark satire is a timely statement about the consequences of selective and willful amnesia on a society fueled by populist sentiments.
LADRON DE CADAVERES (THE BODY SNATCHER) (1957) / EL ESCAPULARIO (THE SCAPULAR) (1968) (BLU-RAY)
In Ladron De Cadaveres, a wrestler and a detective try to stop a mad scientist who is replacing athletes’ brains with animals’ brains to make them stronger and live longer. In El Escapulario, a dying woman calls on the priest of the town to confess that she has a scapular with the power to protect the life of whoever owns it, leaving him impressed, while she on her deathbed begins to tell him some of the stories where the scapular has been present.
THE LAST WALTZ (1978) (4K + BLU-RAY)
More than just one of the greatest concert films ever made, The Last Waltz is an at once ecstatic and elegiac summation of a vital era in American rock music. Invited to document the farewell performance of the legendary group The Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving, 1976, Martin Scorsese conceived a new kind of music documentary. New 4K digital restoration with the original 1978 2.0 surround mix and an uncompressed stereo mix from 2001. Contains a new interview with Scorsese and critic David Fear, two commentaries featuring Scorsese, the Band, Dr. John, Ronnie Hawkins, Mavis Staples and the crew. Also a documentary about the making of the film, and more!
LOVE JONES (1997) (BLU-RAY)
Steeped in the bohemian cool of Chicago’s 1990s Black creative scene, Love Jones—the smart, sexy, and stylish debut feature of writer-director Theodore Witcher—is a love story for anyone who has ever wondered: How do I know when I’ve found the one? Larenz Tate and Nia Long have magnetism and chemistry to burn as the striving, artistically talented twentysomethings—he’s a poet, she’s a photographer—who spark over their love of literature and jazz, but whose mutual reluctance to commit to a relationship leaves them both navigating an emotional minefield of confusion, jealousy, and regrets.
MAD DOG MORGAN (1976) (BLU-RAY)
Based on the true story of Dan Morgan – the infamous Australian outlaw once described as ‘the most bloodthirsty ruffian that ever took to the bush’ – Mad Dog Morgan provides the perfect showcase for the unique star quality of Dennis Hopper. After witnessing a bloody massacre of Chinese workers on Australia’s goldfields, Morgan turns to a life of crime, becoming a bushranger and the scourge of the vicious authorities – and, ultimately, a local legend – leaving a bloody legacy in his wake. Nominated for two Australian Film Institute Awards, including one for director Philippe Mora (The Beast Within), Mad Dog Morgan is a brutal and uncompromising slice of Ozploitation.
MAN’S FAVORITE SPORT? (1964) (BLU-RAY)
From legendary Hollywood director Howard Hawks, Man’s Favorite Sport? is a hilarious fish-out-of-water tale in the screwball style of Hawks’ classic Bringing Up Baby. Rock Hudson is Roger Willoughby, happily employed as one of the world’s great angling experts. Unfortunately, even his own boss doesn’t know that Roger has never been fishing in his life. So when press agent Abigail Page (Paula Prentiss) arranges for Roger to participate in her resort’s upcoming fishing tournament, he’s thrown into a panic. At the resort, he and Abby commence a crash course to turn him into a genuine outdoorsman—only to have their plan riotously upset by a surprise visit from Roger’s fiancée. With a sparkling score by composer Henry Mancini, Man’s Favorite Sport? is a comedy classic you’ll fall for hook, line and sinker!
MARRY ME (2022) (BLU-RAY, DVD)
Pop superstar Kat Valdez is about to get married before an audience of her loyal fans. However, seconds before the ceremony, she learns about her fiance’s cheating ways and has a meltdown on stage. In a moment of inspired insanity, Kat locks eyes with a total stranger in the crowd and marries him on the spot. As forces conspire to separate the unlikely newlyweds, they must soon decide if two people from such different worlds can find true love together.
THE NAKED JUNGLE (1954) (BLU-RAY)
Charlton Heston is the powerful, brooding owner of a plantation in the wild and treacherous South American jungle. Eleanor Parker is his charming American mail-order bride. But Heston is wary of the beautiful and talented Parker and wonders why she would leave America for the rigors of jungle life. They’re both threatened by the advance of billions of relentless killer ants who are making their way across the jungle-cutting a path of creeping horror which is 20 miles long and two miles wide.
HENRY PLAYHOUSE: COMPLETE SERIES V.2 (1957) (DVD)
Dramatizations based on the stories of William Sidney Porter, who wrote under the pen name O. Henry.
ON THE 3RD DAY (2021) (BLU-RAY, DVD)
While on a trip with her young son, Cecilia has a car accident. Three days later, she finds herself wandering a lonely road with no sign of her child—and no memory of what happened since the crash. Cecilia’s desperate search for her son leads her on a wrenching and tumultuous journey to face off against a religious fanatic who holds the shocking key to it all.
ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980) (BLU-RAY)
Tormented by guilt following the death of his older brother, alienated teenager Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton) attempts suicide. Returning home following an extended stay in a psychiatric hospital, Conrad tries to deal with his mental anguish and also reconnect with his mother, Beth (Mary Tyler Moore), who has grown cold and angry, and his emotionally wounded father, Calvin (Donald Sutherland), with the help of his psychiatrist, Dr. Berger (Judd Hirsch).
QUIET CITY / DANCE PARTY USA (2007) (BLU-RAY)
In Quiet City, a gentle masterpiece of naturalistic performances and poetic cinematography, Jamie arrives in New York to visit a friend, but the friend is nowhere to be found. Charlie has just quit his job and isn’t sure what’s next in life. Their paths cross late at night on an empty subway platform. From this chance encounter, an unlikely connection is formed. They spend twenty-four hours together drifting to and from diners, parks, art galleries, and parties.
Inflected with melancholy and hopefulness, Dance Party, USA finds apathetic teens Jessica and Gus connecting for a fleeting moment at a 4th of July party. Their relationship grows more complex when Gus reveals a disturbing secret. The film works as a raw, honest portrayal of teens struggling to confront questions of looming adulthood and sexual violence.
RAPUNZEL’S TANGLED ADVENTURE: THE COMPLETE SERIES (2017) (BLU-RAY)
Finding it hard to adapt to the royal lifestyle, Rapunzel escapes from the palace and, together with her friends, sets off on a quest to find her true self.
RED SPIRIT LAKE (1993) / WE AWAIT (1996) (BLU-RAY)
In Red Spirit Lake, after a vengeful sorceress is tortured and killed by a corrupt industrialist looking to harnass the spectral powers of Red Spirit Lake, her niece arrives in snow covered Angel Falls to settle her aunt’s estate. A meditation on The Old Dark House replete with UFO abductions, castration, frank nudity, witchcraft, fatal fistings, and slaughterous saunas, the film features music by Cop Shoot Cop, Lydia Lunch, Clint Ruin, and The Lunachicks!
In We Await, a con artist is held captive by an unhinged cannibal family that ingests copious quantities of hallucinogenic, green fungal goo covertly harnessed from an otherworldly, sentient crystal housed in their third floor apartment of horrors. Featuring a man who willfully chooses to be a dog, sexual stimulation via blowtorch, and a corpulent, nude and blood soaked Godzilla-sized Jesus. Featuring music by Crash Worship, Neurosis, and Unsane.
THE REQUIN (2022) (DVD)
A couple on a romantic getaway find themselves stranded at sea when a tropical storm sweeps away their villa. In order to survive, they are forced to fight the elements, while sharks circle below.
ROCK HUDSON’S HOME MOVIES (1992) (DVD)
Rock Hudson’s Home Movies is a provocatively entertaining and hugely influential film essay from Mark Rappaport. It uses a collage of film clips from throughout Hudson’s career, and a winking performance by Eric Farr as a Hudson stand-in, to highlight the homosexual subtext in his work.
SHAKEDOWN (1950) (BLU-RAY)
His camera was more deadly than a gangster’s gun! Two-bit press photographer Jack Early is sent to snap a shot of notorious racketeer Nick Palmer, who takes the unscrupulous shutterbug under his wing. Jack decides to bite the hand that feeds him and sets Nick and another crime boss against one another. All the while, he seduces—and manipulates—newspaperwoman Ellen Bennett and Nick’s moll Nita. Eventually, Jack must pay for his wicked ways, in this hard-hitting, double-crossing film noir with shadowy black-and-white photography by Irving Glassberg.
SING 2 (2021) (BLU-RAY, DVD)
Can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch a dazzling stage extravaganza in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch — he has to find and persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star to join them. What begins as Buster’s dream of big-time success soon becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.
SISTER SISTER (1987) (BLU-RAY)
Protective and aloof Charlotte, along with her child-like and innocent sister Lucy, operate their secluded country mansion as a bed and breakfast. On a cold and rainy night, Matt, a mysterious and handsome man from the city, arrives unexpectedly to rent a room, soon after taking a fancy to Lucy. As their romance grows, mysterious acts of violence begin to plague the quiet home, threatening to unearth dark and murderous secrets buried deep in the past…
SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (1948) (BLU-RAY)
Classic suspense thriller stars Barbara Stanwyck in her Oscar-nominated role as Leona Stevenson, a bedridden woman who accidentally hears a murder being planned over the telephone. And as she slowly begins to realize that she is the intended victim, Leona must try and stop the plot before she’s disconnected… permanently.
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS (1965) (BLU-RAY)
Carter Harrison (Rock Hudson) is a high-powered company exec who needs to polish up his public image. When a P.R. expert tells him the answer lies in patching up his shaky marriage, Carter jets off to London to rekindle the affections of his fiery Italian wife Toni —who is already planning her second marriage. But even as she begins to repeat the outrageously eccentric behaviors that split them up in the first place, Carter finds himself falling in love with the irresistible Toni all over again. Strange Bedfellows is a rollicking cinematic treat filled with slapstick antics and hilarious sight gags!
TALONS OF THE EAGLE (1991) (BLU-RAY)
DEA agent and martial arts expert Tyler Wilson (Billy Blanks) is sent on assignment to Toronto where he is tasked with trying to stop an influx of narcotics into the states. Once in Toronto, Wilson is partnered with Detective Michael Reed (Jalal Merhi) and the two undergo rigorous martial arts training in the hopes of entering a local fighting tournament and getting closer to a well-known drug dealer named Mr. Li (James Hong). After saving Li’s life, Wilson and Reed go undercover in Li’s gang in order to find the evidence they need to put Li away. However, their martial arts training will be put to the test when Wilson and Reed try to take down Li’s syndicate and the two are forced to fight for their lives.
TRAGEDY GIRLS (2017) (BLU-RAY)
Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?
TWO LOTTERY TICKETS (2016) / A MONTH IN THAILAND (2012) (BLU-RAY)
In Two Lottery Tickets, three small town ne’er-do-wells hit the jackpot when they discover they hold the winning ticket to a €6 million lottery prize, only to discover the winning ticket is… nowhere to be found. This begins a madcap hunt for the two petty criminals who stole the fanny-pack containing the lucky scrap of paper. Paranoid potheads, would-be singers, exotic sex workers, enterprising clairvoyants, and even a colorblind policeman cross their paths, generating one hilarious set piece after another.
Perfectly capturing the feeling of post-holiday year end ennui, A Month In Thailand orbits around its sad-sack hero’s misadventures on New Year’s Eve, as we follow him on a twilight odyssey through buffet-style restaurants with bad karaoke and clubs pumping out dance remixes of “The Power of Love.” Perpetually falling in and out of love, caught between paying cursory attention to his current girlfriend, with whom he’s about to take the titular trip in the new year, and longing for his former one, who seems to shadow him at every party, A Month In Thailand is a bittersweet story of longing, regret, and indecisiveness.
WELCOME TO THE RUBBER ROOM (2017) (BLU-RAY)
The Rubber Room is more than a hangout for malcontents. It is a state of mind where one still believes that art is more powerful than money. This is a dangerous idea when our society is under attack by filthy rich screw bums who buy up everything and turn it into slop. Someone must stand up to these greedy buggers and Alexis Thrill, the world’s worst writer, steps forward to lead the charge. His call to action, “What good is art if it doesn’t start a riot!”
WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA (2021) (DVD)
Interweaving personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations, in Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, criminal defense/civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America.
WOLFPACK (1987) (BLU-RAY)
High school student Sam Adams has just moved to a new house in a sleepy, all-American town. His new school seems perfect at first and he is quickly accepted onto the football team. But something about his fellow players seems a bit off, particularly the brutish and arrogant Jack “Boot” Butkowski. As Sam soon discovers, the team have appointed themselves as dictatorial leaders of the school, openly modeling their behaviors after the SS and terrorizing anyone who doesn’t fall in line, while rewarding those who pledge blind allegiance. When Sam’s unwillingness to submit results in a violent attack on an elderly family friend, he decides to take matters into his own hands…
YOUNG ROCK: SEASON ONE (2021) (DVD)
As Dwayne Johnson runs for president in 2032, he takes a comedic look back at his extraordinary life through the outrageous stories of his family and youth that shaped him into the man he is today. He explores his childhood years living amid influential wrestling icons while his dad rose to fame in the business, his rebellious teenage years attending high school in Pennsylvania, and his football years teamed up with powerhouse players at the University of Miami. In his telling, Johnson explains that while his experiences have been larger than life, he remains a down-to-earth guy who still relates to the American people.
ZEIRAM (1991) (BLU-RAY)
First time on blu-ray! Two happy-go-lucky electricians go out on a job expecting it will be just like any other work day, only to find themselves suddenly zapped into a violent virtual reality war zone! The Zone is an alternate dimension created by Iria, a cute but badass bounty hunter, and Bob, her super-brainy computer side-kick, to capture and destroy Zeiram, an evil alien creature! Soon, the bumbling electricians join forces with Iria to battle Zeiram in this epic sci-fi adventure created and directed by renowned character and weapon designer Keita Amemiya and starring Yuko Moriyama.