by Malakie Peters
It’s New Release Tuesday, featuring Batman, Candyman, space vampires, Dave Grohl, the best sex scene of 2022, and, of course, Lunana the Yak.
AGENT GAME (2022) (BD/DVD)
A CIA officer becomes the target of a rendition operation after being the scapegoat for the death of an interrogation subject.
BLOODY ORANGES (2021) (DVD)
An elderly couple enters a dance competition to earn extra money for bills — but their seemingly innocent plan quickly goes off the rails.
THE BURNING SEA (2021) (DVD)
In 1969, the Norwegian government announces their discovery of one of the world’s largest oil fields in the neighboring North Sea, launching a prosperous period of offshore drilling. 50 years later, the environmental consequences begin to manifest: a crack has opened on the ocean floor, causing a rig to collapse. A team of researchers, including submarine operator Sofia, search for the missing and assess the cause of the damage, but what they discover is that this is just the start of a possible apocalyptic catastrophe. As rigs are evacuated, Sofia’s lover Stian becomes trapped in the depths of the sea, and Sofia must dive in to rescue him.
CANDYMAN (1992) (4K + BLU-RAY)
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptical grad student researching the monster’s myth.
THE EVENING HOUR (2020) (DVD)
Cole Freeman maintains an uneasy equilibrium in his Appalachian town, looking after the old and infirm while selling their excess painkillers to local addicts to make ends meet. But when an old friend returns with dangerous new plans that threaten the fragile balance Cole has crafted in his declining mountain town, his world and identity are thrown into deep disarray.
FEEDERS 3 (2021) (DVD)
23 years have passed since the last feeding. Now, they have returned to Earth for the final meal! A group of UFO researchers and some local townspeople must fight back before the aliens’ master plan for the planet is set into motion.
FLOWER DRUM SONG (1961) (BLU-RAY)
Residents of San Francisco’s Chinatown mix East with West in custom and culture, ending with a double wedding.
JUDE (1996) (BLU-RAY)
Based on Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, a young Briton bucks 19th-century social conventions in a common-law marriage with his cousin.
KICKING BLOOD: A VAMPIRE LOVE STORY (2021) (DVD)
Anna has been living in a haze of psychedelic blood bliss for as long as she can remember. Her hedonistic life is challenged when she falls for Robbie, an alcoholic. Anna sets her mind, and heart, on quitting blood and becoming human again.
KING OTTO (2021) (DVD)
In 2004, audiences looked on in disbelief as the Greek National Football Team, who had never won a match in a major tournament, became the unlikeliest of European Champions. The architect behind this unprecedented triumph was ‘King’ Otto Rehhagel.
LIFEFORCE (1985) (4K + BLU-RAY)
A space commander and a Scotland Yard inspector search for a naked space vampire loose in London.
LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM (2022) (DVD)
A disillusioned schoolteacher is transferred to the most remote school in the world, cut off from modern life deep in the Himalayan glaciers. In a classroom with no electricity or even a blackboard, he finds himself with only a yak and a song that echoes through the mountains.
MISSISSIPPI MASALA (1991) (BLU-RAY, DVD)
Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twentysomething Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spends her days cleaning rooms in an Indian-run motel in Mississippi. When she falls for the charming Black carpet cleaner Demetrius (Denzel Washington), their passionate romance challenges the prejudices of both of their families and exposes the rifts between the region’s Indian and African American communities. Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with bighearted humor and keen insight, director Mira Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, and deeply satisfying celebration of love’s power.
ONE ARMED BOXER (1971) (BLU-RAY)
Yu Tian Long (“Jimmy” Wang Yu) is the best fighter to come out of his local martial arts school, but when he crosses the ruthless leader of a local crime syndicate, the big boss’ brutal bevy of deadly killers make mincemeat out of the school and everyone inside. Now the only survivor of the massacre, and short of one appendage, Yu is gifted a powerful elixir that promises to give him the strength to take swift revenge on the army of assassins, each representing the most lethal forms of fighting from across the Eastern hemisphere.
RAY DONOVAN: THE MOVIE (2022) (DVD)
A showdown decades in the making brings the Donovan family legacy full circle. As the events that made Ray who he is today finally come to light, the Donovans find themselves drawn back to Boston to face the past. Each of them struggles to overcome their violent upbringing, but destiny dies hard, and only their fierce love for each other keeps them in the fight. Whether they stand together or they go down swinging, one thing is certain: Ray doesn’t do loose ends.
STUDIO 666 (2022) (BD/DVD)
Members of the rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock ‘n’ roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album. Once in the house, Dave Grohl finds himself grappling with supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band members.
TED K (2021) (DVD)
An exploration of Ted Kaczynski’s life in Lincoln, Montana in the years leading up to his arrest as The Unabomber.
TEEN TITANS GO & DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: MAYHEM IN THE MULTIVERSE (2022) (DVD)
The Super Hero Girls and the Teen Titans reluctantly band together to fight a new threat to the universe.
THE BATMAN (2022) (4K + BLU-RAY, BD/DVD)
Two years of stalking the streets as The Batman has led Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens. When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano).
TIMES SQUARE (1981) (BLU-RAY, DVD)
When a 13-year-old girl befriends a defiant antisocial child of the streets, the mismatched runaways set off to the Big Apple to find their own adventure. Sleaze Sisters rise up!!
TREKKIES (1997) (BLU-RAY)
In this documentary, former Star Trek actress Denise Crosby travels the country interviewing famous fans like Barbara Adams and exploring the reasons behind the show’s enduring appeal.
UMMA (2022) (BLU-RAY, DVD)
Umma, the Korean word for mother, follows Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) living a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother.
VIVA MAESTRO (2022) (BLU-RAY)
When conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s international tours are disrupted by deadly protests across his native Venezuela, one of the world’s greatest and most beloved musicians faces the challenge of a lifetime.
WILD THINGS (1998) [LIMITED EDITION] (4K UHD, BLU-RAY)
A spoiled rich kid, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks, a carefree playboy, and a dogged detective find themselves all caught up in the sex crime of the century. Popular and charming, student counselor Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon) is no stranger to being the focus of female attention within the moneyed cliques of Florida’s Blue Bay. His fortunes are about to change dramatically, however, when one of the wealthiest students at his high school, sultry siren Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards), accuses him of rape. The charge looks sure to stick when another girl from the other end of the social spectrum, Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell), steps forward with her own allegations, but Detective Duquette (Kevin Bacon) smells something fishy, and the truth is as murky and dangerous as the alligator-infested swamps in the hinterlands of this affluent beach community.
X (2022) (BD/DVD)
A group of actors set out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts – an elderly couple with a farm and boarding house for rent. But when the couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives in this tantalizing slasher from writer-director Ti West.
LUPIN THE 3RD: SERIES 2 COLLECTION 4 (1977) (DVD)
The gang’s back together! Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko travel around the globe in search of the world’s greatest treasures, always just one step ahead of the tireless Inspector Zenigata.
BEST SELLER (1987) (BLU-RAY)
Police detective and successful author Dennis Meechum has not been able to write since his wife’s death and owes an overdue manuscript to the publisher. When corporate hitman Cleve proposes his life story as a book, Meechum suspects he is a fraud. However, Cleve has proof of his hits for executive David Madlock. While this convinces Meechum, it also endangers his daughter, whom Madlock kidnaps to stop the story from coming out.
THE SENDER (1982) (BLU-RAY)
A suicidal amnesiac sends rats, flames, and other nightmares by telepathy to his psychiatrist.
KNIVES OF THE AVENGER (1965) (BLU-RAY)
A Viking warrior protects a young peasant woman and her son from an evil regent bent on claiming the woman and the kingdom.
ALL WIFED OUT (2012) (DVD)
A guy spends a wild night in New York City as he tries to decide whether or not he should remain with his current girlfriend.
ANGEL BLISS/FAST LIFE (2003) (DVD)
This 2-in-1 feature from York Entertainment contains 2 urban dramas:
ANGEL BLISS: Angel an exotic dancer, enters into a lesbian affair with a doctor as a means to escape her past relationships with abusive men. But what begins as an exciting new erotic adventure quickly turns into something much more deadly.
THE FAST LIFE: Young Chris’ street debts result in the murder of his father by a dangerous thug, who is subsequently jailed. When the thug is released, Chris plans a bank heist to pay off his debts, but his plan quickly goes dangerously awry.
BORDERING ON BAD BEHAVIOR (2014) (DVD)
Three enemy soldiers — an Israeli, an American, and an Australian Arab — are accidentally locked in a Middle East military communications base.
DRUG LORDZ (2003) (DVD)
A released drug lord starts a turf war against a competitor to regain control of his territory.
FAT CITY NEW ORLEANS (2011) (DVD)
Teenagers in 1979 party in night-clubs in New Orleans when the drinking age was 18.
HUMANITY BUREAU (2017) (DVD, BLU-RAY)
In the near future, global warming turns parts of the American Midwest into a desert. In its attempt to take hold of the economic recession, a government agency called the Humanity Bureau exiles members of society deemed unproductive, and banishes them to a colony known as New Eden. An ambitious and impartial caseworker Noah Kross investigates a case appealed by a single mother and her son. Discovering the unjust fate of the innocent boy, Kross sets off to save the lives of the mother and child.
LAUGHING TO THE BANK (2011) (DVD)
A hard luck actor who’s been doing the rounds in Hollywood is tired of waiting for his shot at fame and fortune. When his idea for a TV show is shot down by studio executives, it’s up to him and his friends to raise the money and produce it themselves.
LITTLE FEET (2013) (BD-R)
Two children living in Los Angeles decide that they want to see the river. Setting out alone, the camera explores the city as if through the eyes of the youthful protagonists on a quest to set their pet goldfish free.
LOCKER 13 (2014) (DVD)
Archie teaches Skip the ropes of being a night janitor and conveys important philosophical messages through four stories.
MAFIA DOCTOR (2003) (DVD)
A gifted doctor must work for the crime boss who spared his father’s life when he was younger.
ROUGHNECK (2000) (DVD)
Late one night in a seedy motel in the Bronx, reluctant gangsta and aspiring Reggae singer Ruddy “Roughneck” Gale’s plan to escape a savage cycle of drugs and violence goes disastrously awry, ending in several deaths, including those of his fiance, Elizabeth, and his friend, Barry. Three years later, Ruddy focuses totally on the one thing he loves most: his music. He drives a cab by day and performs with his band by night. One day, however, an encounter with cronies from his old days – the ruthless and powerful drug lord, Joe-the-Boss, the deadly enforcer, RudeBoy, and the voluptuous but vicious Nitti – sets in motion a deadly chain of events as the dark forces from Ruddy’s past try to drag him back into the vortex of easy money, sex, drugs, and death.
VENICE UNDERGROUND (2005) (DVD)
Members of an undercover narcotics unit try to prevent two rival gangs from dealing drugs.
IDAHO: AN AERIAL TAPESTRY (2009) (DVD)
Follows the route of the mighty Snake and other rivers on a journey across the entire state. Fly above the river and the many other waterways that crisscross the state for amazing views of its lakes, forests, jagged mountains, and rolling prairies. Then, swoop down into Hells Canyon, the deepest in the United States, for scenery like no other! The diversity of Idaho’s landscapes makes the Gem State shine in the Pacific Northwest: from deserts to wind-swept plains to snow-capped peaks and lush valleys. ‘It is … a state that seems to have been parceled from many,’ wrote author and native Idahoan Vardis Fisher.