New Releases for November 16!

by Ben Redder and Malakie Peters

New Release Tuesday! So much stuff: The Rock in the jungle, Nic Cage in the Ghostland, the Bee Gees, a massive Criterion martial arts box set, LOTR and Mad Max and David Lynch all in 4K, and the final masterpiece from the director of HOUSE.

THE ACCUSED (1949, Blu-ray)

When college student Bill grows inappropriately fond of psychology professor Wilma and tries to commit sexual assault, she fights back. But as she defends herself, she accidentally kills her attacker. Wilma then moves Bill’s corpse to a nearby beach and makes his death look like the result of a cliff diving accident. But her guilt over the incident builds, and police Lt. Dorgan begins to suspect that Wilma knows more about the death than she’s letting on.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1991, Blu-ray)

When a man claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams , arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester’s life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford, Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester.


White teenager Jolie Jolson is trying to get on the high school basketball team, because Jolie thinks it will bring him one step closer to becoming the one thing that he is not: African-American.

AMONG THE LIVING (1941, Blu-ray)

Paul Raden is a hopeless maniac. Twenty-five years ago, he suffered permanent brain damage trying to defend his mother from his brutal father. Paul’s last memory, before descending into the shadows of insanity, was his mother’s agonized scream. Locked away in secrecy ever since, he escapes from his prison on the night of his father’s funeral and stalks among the living. It’s up to Paul’s identical twin John to put a stop to his brother’s vicious spree.


Redwood Forrest Hanson dreams that if he can beat Jack Nicklaus at the 1975 Masters of golf, he’ll reunite his parents forever.


Chronicling the triumphs and hurdles of brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb, the iconic trio otherwise known as the Bee Gees, who found early fame in the 1960s, went on to write over 1,000 songs and have 20 No. 1 hits throughout their career, transcending more than five decades of changing tastes and styles. The film features a wealth of never-before-seen archival footage of recording sessions, concert performances, TV appearances, and home videos, as well as interviews with musicians Eric Clapton, Noel Gallagher, Nick Jonas, Chris Martin, Justin Timberlake, music producer Mark Ronson, singer Lulu, and record company executive Bill Oakes, among others.


When a young boy’s dog is stolen, he and a roving band of cyclists end up stumbling upon a dognapping ring abducting canines for lab experiments.

CANDYMAN  (2021, 4K UHD / Blu-ray / DVD)

For decades, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green were terrorized by a ghost story about a supernatural, hook-handed killer. In the present day, an artist begins to explore the macabre history of Candyman, not knowing it would unravel his sanity and unleash a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

CAVEAT (2020, DVD)

When a lone drifter with partial memory loss, Isaac, accepts a job to look after his landlord’s niece, Olga, for a few days it all seems like easy money, but there is a caveat: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga’s uncle, Barrett, leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays continuingly worse psychological issues. With Isaac trapped and at the mercy of Olga, he begins to discover secrets in the house that coincide with the terrifying resurgence of his own memory.

CHINESE BOXER (1970 , Blu-ray)

From the golden age of Kung Fu movies, the legendary Shaw Brothers bring you an action-packed tale of revenge, mayhem and flying fists. When his martial arts school is viciously attacked by a rival gang of Japanese thugs, Lei Ming swears to bring them down with violent justice. An entertainingly savage story of resilience, skill and a battle against the odds, and one of the first true modern classics of the genre, focussing as it does on physical prowess and athletic proficiency over the more mythical elements of the wuxia era. An undoubted cult classic, this is a must for any serious collector of extreme Asian cinema and martial arts madness.

CRYPTOZOO (2021, Blu-ray)

Visionary comic book writer/artist/filmmaker Dash Shaw’s vibrant, fantastical animated feature follows cryptozookeepers through a richly-drawn hallucinatory world as they struggle to capture a baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) and begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a zoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown.

THE DECEIVERS (1988, Blu-ray)

India, 1825: the country is being ravaged by the Thugees, cult members also known as “the Deceivers”, who commit robbery and ritualistic murder. Appalled by their activities, English Captain William Savage undertakes a hazardous task: in disguise, he will himself become a ‘Deceiver’ and infiltrate their ranks. He is at constant risk of betrayal and vengeance and undergoes a disturbing psychological transformation as he experiences the cult’s bloodlust firsthand.

An exotic, gripping adventure yarn, reportedly based on a true story, that charts one man’s daring exploits to expose a murderous secret society.

DEPORTED (2020, Blu-ray)

Ross and Harper are a young couple living in the United States, but their short-lived romance is torn apart when Harper is deported back to her home in Canada. Unwilling to commit to marriage Ross decides to hire a fake husband so Harper can re-enter the country.

DOE (2018) (DVD)

A man wakes up with no memory of his past but the ability to speak dozens of languages fluently. After finding a clue about his former self, he will race against time to discover his true identity.


Only in L.A. could you make $1,000,000 at the laundromat. That’s what happens when Jay unknowingly stumbles into a drug deal at the local Laundromat and accidentally exits with a bag full of cash rather than his dirty laundry. When Macho Marty Benedictine finds out what has happened to his money, he puts out a contract on poor Jay, who still has no clean clothes. Enter F.B.I. Inspector Zimbalist, who sees this as an opportunity to catch his long-time nemesis Benedictine. Zimbalist sends his Miami Vice wannabe to follow Jay. Meanwhile Jay meets Trish, a reporter, at a rock concert. Benedictine and part of the goon squad are at the concert too, and when they catch a glimpse of Jay, Benedictine orders Maurice, one of his goons, to break into Jay’s apartment and find the cash. Instead Maurice discovers Larry, Jay’s girl-dripping surfer roommate. What Follows is a hair-raising, constantly hilarious chase, with everyone after Jay and Trish. Will Benedictine’s goons catch Jay? Will Jay ever get to rinse and dry in L.A. again? Will Trish get an engagement ring from Jay, or just ring around the collar? Whisk thus wet and wild, action-packed comedy home and find out!


The mostly-missing ninth and final serial of the fourth season of the British series Doctor Who, which originally aired in seven weekly parts from 20th May to 1st July 1967. Following the success of the existing animations, The Evil of the Daleks fills another gap in the missing Doctor Who content lost in the purge of the BBC archive soon after the programme’s original transmission. However, audio-only recordings of all seven episodes have survived and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated presentation of this lost classic, featuring the original surviving second episode.The Doctor stars alongside his travel companion Jamie in this recreation in which the TARDIS has been stolen. The story unfolds as the Doctor and Jamie set out to find the missing time machine, bringing them face to face with a very old enemy – the Daleks, who have a new masterplan to conquer the universe. The Daleks force the Doctor to help them on their quest to ‘humanise’ themselves into deadlier living weapons. This particular story is notable for introducing the Doctor’s new companion Victoria Waterfield, first seen in the surviving second episode, and also for presenting the Dalek Emperor.

EDMOND (2005, Blu-ray)

Seemingly mild-mannered businessman Edmond Burke visits a fortune teller and hears a remark that spurs him to leave his wife abruptly and seek what is missing from his life. He decides to flee his previous existence and pursue a new life. Edmond meets a man in a bar who gives his advice that launches a series of mishaps that ultimately guide him through the search for his humanity.

EXPERIMENT 53 (2021) (BD-R)

The unimaginable nightmare begins when three friends set out on a trip. They encounter a not so ordinary hitchhiker on a deserted back road of America. The grisly events that follow are bizarre, and deadly…


Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll — Iranian style! A personal journey through the history of Iranian popular cinema before the revolution and the world of “filmfarsi”, a term referring to the rowdy and melodramatic genre films made from the early 1950s to 1979. Four years in the making, featuring clips from more than 100 films, almost all banned in their country of production, this is a fascinating archaeology of “the biggest secret in cinema history”  — and a compelling window into a lost past. This documentary uncovers a cinema of titillation, action and big emotions, which presented a troubling mirror for the country, as Iran struggled to reconcile its religious traditions with the turbulence of modernity, and the influences of the West.


Gordon travels to Hollywood to become an actor, and his amiable personality inspires others.


This revealing series follows world-renowned climate change activist Greta Thunberg as she steps from behind the podium and onto the front lines. Over the course of the three episodes, Greta explores the science and struggles of a deteriorating planet as she travels to extraordinary locations across the globe, meeting leading climate scientists, witnessing first hand the consequences of climate change and confronting the complexity of what is required to make change happen.

GRINDIN’ (2007) (DVD)

Preferring fun over work, a struggling actor (Lawrence Adisa) and his nemesis (Sam Sarpong) audition for the same role.

HACKER (2016) (DVD)

With the help of his new friends, Alex Danyliuk turns to a life of crime and identity theft.


A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where brilliant but troubled DCI Tom Mathias solves murders while searching for redemption. On the run from his London past, Mathias isolates himself on the outskirts of a town filled with secrets as dark and destructive as his own. Partnered with the intelligent and complex DI Mared Rhys, they form an engaging relationship as they embark on solving cases that involve the ultimate anti-social crime, murder.


A plane carrying a frozen creature crashes into a ski resort, causing an avalanche and trapping the guests. It’s a fight for survival as the awakened creature goes on a bloody rampage through the lodge.


Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this film takes us back to the glory years of George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer: taskmaster, mad scientist, and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: what was the secret of his teaching? Can it be replicated?


Four rookie crooks make a mess of their first bank robbery.

JUNGLE CRUISE (2021, Blu-ray / DVD)

Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element. In the film, Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat. Together, they search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal — a discovery that will change the future of medicine.


Blues and folk singer Karen Dalton was a prominent figure in 1960s New York. Idolized contemporaries like Bob Dylan and younger musicians like Nick Cave, Karen discarded the traditional trappings of success and led an unconventional life until her early death. Since most images of Karen have been lost or destroyed, the film uses Karen’s dulcet melodies and interviews with loved ones to build a rich portrait of this singular woman and her hauntingly beautiful voice.


Parodying the “schlubby loser with a hot wife” genre of sitcom, this dark comedy series alternates between traditional multi-camera sitcom and single-camera drama. Set in Worcester, Mass., the series follows the journey of Allison McRoberts, a stereotypically smart and beautiful sitcom wife, who is married to Kevin, a husky, self-centered man-child who is clearly punching above his weight. After making a dark discovery, Allison teams up with neighbor Patty O’Connor as she attempts to escape the confines of her life and take control of her fate.


Filming in his hometown of Onomichi for the first time in 20 years, director Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s new film invites us into an intoxicating cinematic world. Against a backdrop that traces the history of Japan’s wars, Labyrinth of Cinema shapeshifts between styles and genres, drawing influences from silent films, talkies, action flicks, musicals, and more – and creates something triumphantly unique in the process.

Ôbayashi, with a boundless optimism, showcases the raw energy within the medium and the power for cinema to enact real change, as three youths are transported through time into the projected world, fated to cross paths with three heroines through disparate timelines and settings within the silver screen.


Allergies, obesity, asthma, diabetes, auto-immune and intestinal disorders are all on the rise, with the incidence of some diseases doubling every ten years. New research points to changes in the ecosystem of microbes that live on and inside every one of us — our microbiomes — as a major cause. But how could one’s gut microbes increase the odds of developing conditions as radically different as asthma and diabetes? Hosted by Good Morning America’s Becky Worley, and based on the book of the same name by B. Brett Finlay, PhD and Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD, this documentary features families, doctors, and researchers who are sleuthing out what’s harming our microbes — and what we can do to reverse this dangerous trend. Take this one with a grain of salt, not dirt.


Peter Jackson’s award-winning “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” – including The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King – in 4K in both theatrical and extended editions. This critically acclaimed epic trilogy follows the quest undertaken by the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, and his fellowship of companions to save Middle-earth by destroying the One Ring and defeating the evil forces of the Dark Lord Sauron.


The inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. From the moment the painting is bought for $1175 at a shady New Orleans auction house, and the restorer discovers masterful Renaissance brushstrokes under the heavy varnish of its cheap restoration, the Salvator Mundi’s fate is determined by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. As its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity: is this painting really by Leonardo da Vinci? Unravelling the hidden agendas of the richest men and most powerful art institutions in the world, the film reveals how vested interests in the Salvator Mundi are of such tremendous power that truth becomes secondary.

M. BUTTERFLY (1993, Blu-ray)

René Gallimard is a diplomat from France who has been sent to Beijing. While acclimating to life in China, Gallimard meets and becomes enamored of Song Liling, an opera singer who wears traditionally ornate dress and makeup. The two begin a relationship, but, unfortunately for Gallimard, there is much about Song that he doesn’t know. Among the revelations that Gallimard must contend with is the discovery that his lover is a man.

MAD MAX 2 – THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981, 4K UHD / Blu-ray)

After avenging the death of his wife and young son at the hands of a vicious gang leader, Max drives the post-apocalyptic highways of the Australian outback, fending off attacks from nomadic tribes that prey on outsiders. Falling into an encampment led by the relatively peaceful Pappagallo, Max at first schemes to steal their oil, but soon becomes the group’s reluctant defender against the hulking Humungus and his ruthless marauders.


In the third of the “Mad Max” movies, Max drifts into an evil town ruled by Auntie Entity. There he becomes a gladiator and gets dumped in the desert where he is rescued by a band of feral orphans who have been looking for help for years. When several of them take his appearance as a sign and go off into the desert, he follows them back to the town.


A malevolent religious cult stalks a French village, kidnapping prostitutes and subjecting them to unimaginable torments under the guise of saving their souls. When a young man’s girlfriend is taken by the sect, he teams up with a mob of angry pimps to track down the maniacal, holy rolling killers and put an end to their bloody mission, once and for all.


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MULHOLLAND DR (2001, 4K UHD / Blu-ray)

The Criterion Collection enters the realm of 4K UHD with David Lynch’s love story set in the city of dreams, their first release in the format. Blonde Betty Elms has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia. Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other.


Popular music performers from the late 1950s and early 1960s reunite in concert at the historic Benedum Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA for a PBS fund-raising special in the My Music series.

NATIONAL VELVET (1944, Blu-ray)

When Velvet Brown, an equine-loving 12-year-old living in rural Sussex, becomes the owner of a rambunctious horse, she decides to train it for England’s Grand National race. Aided by former jockey Mi Taylor and encouraged by her family, the determined Velvet gets her steed, affectionately called “The Pie,” ready for the big day. However, a last-minute problem arises with the jockey and an unexpected rider must step in as a replacement.


Each night in Paris, hundreds of men and women anonymously use telephone lines that date from the German Occupation and are no longer listed to talk to each other, to love each other. These people, shipwrecked lovers, are dying to love, to escape the abyss of solitude.


When an amateur fighter is unwilling to throw a fight, his sister Anya must travel to Rome and fight for an elite audience to help pay back her brother’s debt to crime boss Julian. When she arrives, she’s taken by the merciless Janek and quickly realizes she is among many women who have been abducted and forced to fight for a deadly trafficking syndicate. Anya’s options are to surrender to Janek’s demands or band together with other women and take down their captors.


When heiress Jean Courtland attempts suicide, her fiancé Elliott Carson probes her relationship to stage mentalist John Triton. In flashback, we see how Triton starts having terrifying flashes of true precognition. His partner, Whitney Courtland, uses Triton’s talent to make money; but Triton’s inability to prevent what he foresees causes him to break up the act and become a hermit. Years later, Triton has new visions and desperately tries to prevent tragedies in the Courtland family. Can his warnings succeed against suspicion, unbelief and inexorable fate?

OLD HENRY (2021, Blu-ray)

An action-Western about a widowed farmer and his son who warily take in a mysterious injured man with a satchel of cash. When a posse of men claiming to be the law come for the money, the farmer must decide whom to trust. Defending against a siege of his homestead, he reveals a talent for gunslinging that surprises everyone, calling his true identity into question.


One of the pinnacles of Hong Kong cinema’s 1990s golden age, the Once Upon a Time in China series set a new standard for martial-arts spectacle and launched action star Jet Li to international fame. It brings to vivid life the colorful world of China in the late nineteenth century, an era of immense cultural and technological change, as Western imperialism clashed with tradition and public order was upended by the threats of foreign espionage and rising nationalism. Against this turbulent backdrop, one man—the real-life martial-arts master, physician, and folk hero Wong Fei-hung—emerges as a noble protector of Chinese values as the country hurtles toward modernity. Conceived by Hong Kong New Wave leader Tsui Hark, this epic cycle is not only a dazzling showcase for some of the most astonishing action set pieces ever committed to film but also a rousing celebration of Chinese identity, history, and culture.


In 1990s Scotland, a group of Catholic school girls get an opportunity to go to Edinburgh for a choir competition, but once they arrive, these small-town teens discover they’re more interested in drinking and partying than winning a competition.


In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber gets sprung from jail by a wealthy warlord whose adopted granddaughter has gone missing. He offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for retrieving the runaway. Strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct in five days, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman — and his own path to redemption.

RAGTIME (1981, Blu-ray)

A kaleidoscope of tales from E.L. Doctorow’s eponymous novel evokes life in pre-World War I New York City. A white family finds a black baby in their yard and takes on the mother as a maid. A black pianist, Coalhouse Walker Jr., returns for his partner and child after finding success in a Harlem jazz band. Firefighters, dismayed to see a black man own a Model-T Ford, deface it, and Walker demands retribution. The white family becomes involved in Evelyn Nesbit’s trial.


Set in the fictional college campus “Miskatonic University” in Arkham, Massachusetts where all sorts of fantastic and unworldly events have been known to unfold in Lovecraft lore, this film follows six gifted students as they navigate life after one of them, Crawford Tillinghast, builds a machine known as the “Resonator”. The machine allows one to experience multiple dimensions while navigating the unsavory beasts that dwell within them. But things get complicated when Tillinghast realizes that the prototype of his creation has not only released murderous and deadly creatures into his world, but also has affected his own reality.


Presented in both its Original Theatrical and longer Complete versions, and the first time one of Somai’s films has been released on home video in the West, this landmark work from his early career was responsible for launching teen talent Hiroko Yakushimaru as the iconic face of a generation, with the catchy theme song she performs indelibly etched into the zeitgeist of early-1980s Japan.


This four-part docu-series focuses on creative conversation and the emotional side of music-making, using legendary music producer Rick Rubin’s iconic Malibu, CA studio as the backdrop. Rubin’s mark on the music scene has been indelible since he co-founded Def Jam Records while enrolled at New York University in the ’80s, helping to launch the careers of some of the most important groups in rap history, including Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC, among many others.


Shane has been suspended for a year by the boxing commission because of his bad temper. They decide to give him a second chance, but if he gets into trouble, he will be out of his boxing career forever. Shane and his buddy/manager Dogan set out on the road to Las Vegas, where Shane is scheduled to fight against Super Welter World Champion “The Baby Faced Assassin,” who he has no chance of beating. Along the way, Shane has a run-in with a drug dealer in the Quickie Mart, meets a beautiful girl at a strip club, and gets sucked into an ever-growing morass of schemes, deals, crimes, and danger. Will they ever get to Las Vegas? Does Shane have a chance of beating the champ? Can he trust the girl? Will they survive to find out?

SOME CAME RUNNING (1958, Blu-ray)

Hard-drinking novelist Dave Hirsh returns home after being gone for years. His brother wants Dave to settle down, and introduces him to English teacher Gwen French. Moody Dave resents his brother, and spends his days hanging out with Bama Dillert, a professional gambler who parties late into the night. Torn between the admiring Gwen and Ginny Morehead, an easy woman who loves him, Dave grows increasingly angry.


Follow Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales and their adventures as the young heroes team up with Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Black Panther to defeat foes like Rhino, Doc Ock and Green Goblin and learn that teamwork is the best way to save the day.


Cardio Circuit 2 takes your circuit training up a notch with this heart-pumping, body-sculpting workout. You will simultaneously improve strength and fitness while getting an overall body-shaping and muscle-sculpting workout. You will burn tons of calories as Billy takes you through 2 upper body, 2 lower body, and 2 ab circuits. Plus, for the ultimate challenge, Billy has created the Complete Total-Body Circuit, which will take your fitness results to a whole new level!


When Alexis gets accepted to college on a four year scholarship, she is determined to rush AAK (Alpha Kappa Kappa) and become a sorority girl like her mother. She soon discovers the frightening process of what it means to be a pledge.


Claire works at her late father’s hotel that has since been managed by her evil stepmother, Maud. One day, Claire unwittingly sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Maud, whose young lover has fallen in love with her. Maud then decides to get rid of Claire, who finds shelter in a farm where she’s allowed to break free from her strict upbringing through encounters with seven “princes.”

WIFE OF A SPY (2020, Blu-ray / DVD)

It’s 1940, and the population of Japan is divided over its entry into World War II. Satoko, the wife of a fabric merchant, is devoted to her husband, but is beginning to suspect he’s up to something. Soon she allows herself to be drawn into a game in which she enigmatically conceals her intentions.

YAKUZA PRINCESS (2021, 4K UHD / Blu-ray / DVD)

The heiress to half of the Yakuza crime syndicate forges an uneasy alliance with an amnesiac stranger who believes an ancient sword binds their two fates. She must unleash war against the other half of the syndicate who wants her dead.

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