by Darcy Moynahan and Malakie Peters
New Release Tuesday! This week we’ve got Arthurian knights, rogue video game NPCs, a house full of vampires, Tarantino and De Palma in 4K, and more!
99.9 (1997) (BLU-RAY)
In this chilling horror film, Lara (Mario Barranco) is the host of a “psychic phenomena” radio show, whose ex-lover has been found dead in a small Spanish village. When she travels to the location, she discovers that he had been performing experiments to connect with tormented spirits, trapped between worlds. Upon arrival at the abandoned building where he conducted the experiments, she finds something she never expected.
99.9 is the third feature film directed by Agustí Villaronga (IN A GLASS CAGE, MOON CHILD) that was made during the 90s wave of Spanish supernatural thrillers – with camerawork by Javier Aguirresarobe (TWILIGHT, THE OTHERS) and music by Javier Navarrete (PAN’S LABYRINTH, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE). Cult Epics presents 99.9 in a brand-new 2K transfer with new bonus features that include recent and vintage interviews with Agustí Villaronga and the cast (for the first time with English subtitles), plus an isolated score of the unreleased soundtrack by Javier Navarrete.
BEDLAM/GHOST SHIP DOUBLE FEATURE (1946/1943) (BLU-RAY)
Bedlam: After getting a glimpse of the conditions at the St. Mary’s of Bethlehem Asylum, known as “Bedlam,” Nell Bowen (Anna Lee) is concerned that the patients are being mistreated. When she seeks to better the situation, the head of St. Mary’s, George Sims (Boris Karloff), uses his political savvy to have Nell committed. Being within St. Mary’s does not deter Nell, however, and she starts to turn the patients against Sims in a bid to violently oust him from power.
The Ghost Ship: Tom Merriam (Russell Wade) boards the freighter Altair in San Pedro, where he meets Capt. Will Stone (Richard Dix). During that first voyage, Tom begins to suspect that Stone is crazy, but he also learns that the crew is fiercely protective of him. When fellow sailor Louie (Lawrence Tierney) is killed in a freak accident, Merriam suspects Stone. However, he has no proof. As the killings continue, Tom decides to leave the ship, but the captain has other plans.
BIG SCARY S WORD (2020) (DVD)
Featuring interviews with Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cornel West, and Naomi Klein, The Big Scary “S” Word explores the rich history of the American socialist movement. Weaving together hidden episodes of history and verité footage, the film shows that, contrary to popular belief, socialism is in fact deeply American and led to popular government programs such as public schools and Medicare. Activists and journalists explain how the 2008 financial crisis, the Wall Street bailout, the Occupy Movement, and the ascension of politicians like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have pushed a new generation to embrace the language of socialism.
CARLITOS WAY (1993) (4K-UHD) (BLU-RAY)
From Brian DePalma, the director of Scarface, comes the critically acclaimed crime thriller Carlito’s Way. Oscar winner Al Pacino gives an electrifying performance as former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante, who is sprung from prison by his high-powered attorney (Academy Award winner Sean Penn). He stuns the New York underworld by vowing to go straight from a history of violence, but his plans are undermined by misguided loyalties and an outmoded code of honor. In a life-or-death battle, Carlito takes on the relentless forces that refuse to let him go. Co-starring John Leguizamo and Luis Guzmn, Carlito’s Way is a powerful, action-packed ride all the way to its explosive conclusion.
CASANOVA LAST LOVE (2019) (DVD)
Casanova, Last Love is the latest romantic ravishment from director Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen). London, 18th century. Casanova (Vincent Lindon), famous for his taste of pleasure and gambling, arrives from Paris, forced into exile. In this city he knows nothing about, the libertine meets on several occasions a young prostitute, Marianne de Charpillon (Stacy Martin). She attracts him to the point he starts disregarding all other women. The legendary seducer is ready to do anything to get her, but La Charpillon always escapes under various excuses. She challenges Casanova: “You will only have me if you stop desiring me!”
CRIME STORY (2021) (DVD)
Starring Academy Award® winners Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl) and Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite). When ex-mob boss Ben Myers (Dreyfuss) is targeted in a home robbery, he goes on a deadly rampage of vengeance. But with his family caught in the crosshairs, Myers must finally face the consequences of his dark past in this action-packed crime thriller.
FILIBUS (1915) (DVD)
Directed by Mario Roncoroni and scripted by sci-fi author Giovanni Bertinetti, FILIBUS is the most exciting, witty, feminist, steampunk, cross-dressing aviatrix thriller you will ever see! Flying high above the clouds in her dirigible, the titular sky pirate steals from the rich before mysteriously vanishing into the clouds. With the famed Detective Hendy on her trail, Filibus must up her game by posing as the Baroness Troixmond, volunteering to help with her own case! A cat-and-mouse adventure unlike any other, newly remastered by the Eye Filmmuseum, restoring the film’s marvelous range of Desmet tinting and toning to new visual delights.
FLASH-COMPLETE SEASON 7 (2021) (DVD)
After last season’s cliffhanger which saw the Mirror Master victorious and still-at-large in Central City, Barry Allen/The Flash must regroup in order to stop her and find his missing wife. With help from the rest of Team Flash, Barry will ultimately defeat Mirror Master. But in doing so, hell unleash an even more devastating threat: one that threatens to tear his team and his marriage apart.
FREE GUY (2021) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
A bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late.
GREEN KNIGHT (2021) (4K-UHD) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.
HALLOWEEN 5-REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1989) (4K-UHD) (BLU-RAY)
After lying in a coma for a year, Michael Myers (Donald L. Shanks) awakens and stalks his way back to his small hometown in Illinois, intent on killing his niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris), who has been confined to a mental institution since Michael’s last attempt to slay her. Suspecting a psychic link between Michael and Jamie, psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) joins forces with Sheriff Ben Meeker (Beau Starr) and attempts to stop Michael’s latest rampage.
HIGH SIERRA (1941) (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
Marking the moment when the gritty gangster sagas of the 1930s began giving way to the romantic fatalism of ’40s film noir, High Sierra also contains the star-making performance of Humphrey Bogart, who, alongside top-billed Ida Lupino, proved his leading-man mettle with his tough yet tender turn as Roy Earle. A career criminal plagued by his checkered past, Roy longs for a simpler life, but after getting sprung on parole, he falls in with a band of thieves for one last heist in the Sierra Nevada. Directed with characteristic punch by Raoul Walsh—who makes the most of the vertiginous mountain location—this gripping thriller sends Roy and Lupino’s Marie, a fellow outcast also desperate to escape her past, hurtling inexorably toward an unforgettable cliffside climax and a rendezvous with destiny.
This Criterion 4K transfer includes: Colorado Territory, director Raoul Walsh’s 1949 western remake of High Sierra; a new conversation on Walsh between film programmer Dave Kehr and critic Farran Smith Nehme; The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh, a 2019 documentary by Marilyn Ann Moss; Curtains for Roy Earle, a 2003 featurette on the making of High Sierra; Bogart: Here’s Looking at You, Kid, a 1997 documentary aired on The South Bank Show; a new interview with film and media historian Miriam J. Petty about actor Willie Best; a new video essay featuring excerpts from a 1976 American Film Institute interview with novelist and screenwriter W. R. Burnett; the radio adaptation of High Sierra from 1944; trailers; and an essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith
HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1978) (BLU-RAY)
Comedy legends Peter Cook (Bedazzled, The Bed Sitting Room) and Dudley Moore (Arthur, Blame It on the Bellboy) star in this wonderfully irreverent slant on Sherlock Holmes that keeps the wickedly witty gags coming, from satirical start to fantastic finish! Exhausted by a recent case, Sherlock (Cook) dispatches Watson (Moore) to Baskerville Hall to face a legendary demonic dog. But while Watson scours the scary moors, Holmes is busy visiting his mum (who calls him “Sherl”), interviewing the sole applicant for a “runner of errands” (a one-legged man), and dropping in at a Victorian massage parlor. Will the case be solved? Will the masseuse use salve? Only one thing’s certain: This rabidly funny comedy is a howling good time! Cult filmmaker Paul Morrissey (Flesh for Frankenstein, Blood for Dracula) co-wrote (with Cook and Moore) and directed this outrageous spoof. The hilarious cast includes Denholm Elliott (Percy), Joan Greenwood (The Man in the White Suit), Hugh Griffith (Kind Hearts and Coronets), Irene Handl (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes), Terry-Thomas (The Green Man), Max Wall (Jabberwocky), Kenneth Williams (the Carry On films), Roy Kinnear (How I Won the War) and Spike Milligan (The Last Remake of Beau Geste).
HUNTERS ARE FOR KILLING (1969) (DVD)
L.G. Floran (Burt Reynolds) is an ex-convict drifter. He goes home to claim an inheritance left by his deceased mother only to find that his estranged stepfather, Keller Floran (Melvyn Douglas) holds L.G. responsible for Keller’s own son’s death. Keller will stop at nothing to fight L.G. for everything.
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009) (4K-UHD) (BLU-RAY)
Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino’s high-octane WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Includes: Extended & Alternate Scenes; Roundtable Discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt And Elvis Mitchell; The New York Times Talks; Nation’s Pride – Full Feature; The Making of Nation’s Pride; The Original Inglorious Bastards; A Conversation with Rod Taylor; Rod Taylor On Victoria Bitter; Quentin Tarantino’s Camera Angel; Hi Sallys; Film Poster Gallery Tour with Elvis Mitchell; Inglourious Basterds Poster Gallery; and Killin’ Nazis Trivia Challenge
KOLCHAK-NIGHT STALKER-COMPLETE SERIES (1974) (BLU-RAY)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker, the uniquely eerie mystery series that paved the way for The X-Files, finally comes to Blu-ray with all 20 episodes digitally restored to capture every shiver, every scream and every bump in the night. Emmy nominee Darren McGavin reprises his role from the popular television movies The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973) as Carl Kolchak, a headstrong investigative reporter on the trail of the paranormal: zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, succubi and even aliens. No matter how unnatural or unbelievable, Kolchak is there to uncover the truth… one supernatural threat at a time. Join the hunt in the dark alleys and creepy hidden lairs of Chicago with such sensational guest stars as Scatman Crothers, Antonio Fargas, Tom Skerritt, Dick Van Patten, Jamie Farr, Phil Silvers, Jim Backus, William Smith, Julie Adams, Cathy Lee Crosby, Carolyn Jones, Tom Bosley and many more. Kolchak: The Night Stalker co-starred Simon Oakland (Bullitt) and Ruth McDevitt (The Birds).
LAST SUNSET (1961) (BLU-RAY)
Western justice takes a dark turn in The Last Sunset, a gripping adventure starring Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone and Joseph Cotten. American lawman Dana Stribling (Hudson) enters Mexico with one mission: to hunt down the infamous Brendan O’Malley (Douglas), who killed his brother-in-law. He finds his culprit working for a wealthy cattleman (Cotten) and arranging a herd to cross the border. Unable to serve his warrant, Stribling signs on as a trail boss, warning O’Malley of his intentions once they reach Texas. The two slowly develop respect for one another along the journey, but a shocking revelation will change their plans forever.
LEGEND [LIMITED EDITION] (1985) (BLU-RAY)
After changing the face of science fiction cinema forever with Alien and Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott turned his visionary eye to the fantasy genre, teaming with writer William Hjortsberg (Angel Heart) to create a breathtaking cinematic fairytale with one of the screen’s most astonishingly rendered depictions of Evil. In an idyllic, sun-dappled forest, the pure-hearted Jack (Tom Cruise) takes his true love Princess Lili (Mia Sara) to see a pair of unicorns frolicking at the forest’s edge. Little do they know, however, that the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry, in a remarkable make-up designed by The Thing’s Rob Bottin) has dispatched his minions to capture the unicorns and sever their horns so that he may plunge the world into everlasting night. After Lili and the unicorns are taken prisoner, Jack must team with a group of forest creatures and descend into Darkness’ subterranean lair to face off against the devilish creature before it is too late. Despite a troubled production in which the elaborate full-size forest set was accidentally incinerated and a lengthy post-production that resulted in multiple versions of the film (with competing music scores by Jerry Goldsmith and Tangerine Dream), Legend has since been restored to Scott’s original cut and embraced by generations of film fans eager to see a master director’s unique vision of a world beyond our imagination. Includes TONS of special features!
MCDONALD & DODDS YEAR ONE (2020) (DVD)
Transferred to Bath from London and looking to make good, ambitious DCI Lauren McDonald (Tala Gouveia) found the first task handed her was to see if she couldn’t gently nudge her new assistant–aging, colorless desk jockey DS Dodds (Jason Watkins)–into retirement. The mismatched pair would prove surprisingly able in cracking the hardest cases, in this clever ITV offering; James Murray, Jack Riddiford, Pearl Chanda also starred.
MISERY (1990) (4K-UHD) (BLU-RAY)
From the mind of Stephen King, the master of horror behind Carrie, The Shining, The Stand and It, comes the terrifying psychological thriller for which Kathy Bates (Dolores Claiborne) won the Academy Award for her iconic, bone-shattering performance. After his car crashes in the mountains during a blinding snowstorm, famous novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan, Thief) is “rescued” from a car crash by Annie Wilkes (Bates), a fan obsessed with the main character in his series of novels. But when Wilkes reads his latest book—and learns he has killed her favorite character—she teaches Sheldon the real meaning of Misery. Injured and isolated far from help, Sheldon engages in a desperate battle of wits with Wilkes as she becomes ever more deranged and violent. Director Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, A Few Good Men) and screenwriter William Goldman (Marathon Man, All the President’s Men) deliver a white-knuckle suspense tale that features Frances Sternhagen (The Mist), Richard Farnsworth (The Grey Fox) and the great Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep).
ROADRUNNER-ANTHONY BOURDAIN (2021) (DVD)
It’s not where you go. It’s what you leave behind Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.
SWEET THING (2020) (DVD)
The story revolves around the two siblings and their struggle to find solid ground in the homes of Adam, their alcoholic father, and Eve, their negligent mother. The children ultimately run away and find a temporary life for themselves around the town of New Bedford, MA. What begins as a disturbing family drama becomes a rousing childhood adventure that, though tragic, is a deeply moving and hopeful testament to the poetry of adventure and the imagination of childhood.
VERA CRUZ (1953) (BLU-RAY)
Legendary screen icons Gary Cooper (High Noon, Beau Geste) and Burt Lancaster (The Train, Elmer Gantry) team up for a magnificent, action-packed western from director Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen, The Last Sunset). With sweeping vistas and larger-than-life heroics, it’s a tale as bold and rugged as the characters it so brilliantly depicts. Cooper and Lancaster portray Benjamin Trane and Joe Erin, two daredevil mercenaries who journey to Mexico in search of adventure—and cold hard cash—during the 1866 revolution. But they get more than they bargained for when the wealthy and beautiful Countess Duvarre (Denise Darcel, Westward the Women) hires them to escort her (and a fortune in gold!) to Emperor Maximilian’s fighting forces in Vera Cruz. The trail is fraught with danger, betrayal and murder… and when Ben is swept up in the revolutionaries’ fervor, he and Joe find themselves at odds with the Mexican Army—and each other! Adapted by Roland Kibbee (Valdez Is Coming) and James R. Webb (The Big Country) from a story by Borden Chase (Red River), Vera Cruz features supporting turns from Cesar Romero (TV’s Batman), George Macready (Gilda), Jack Elam (Rawhide), Ernest Borgnine (Marty) and Charles Bronson (Breakheart Pass).
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS SEASON 2 (2020) (DVD)
What We Do in the Shadows, based on the feature film by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, returns for its second season, documenting the nightly exploits of vampire roommates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry), and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) as they navigate the modern world of Staten Island with the help of their human familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillen). Over the course of the season, the vampires will try to find their way in a world of human Super Bowl parties, internet trolls, an energy vampire who gets a promotion and becomes drunk on power and of course, all the ghosts, witches, necromancers, zombies and shadowy cloaked assassins who roam freely in the Tri-State area. Is Guillermo destined to be a vampire or a vampire hunter? Or maybe just a familiar for the rest of his life?
GETAWAY IN STOCKHOLM (2005) (DVD)
Mr. X, the world’s most famous traffic violator, is back in town! This time in a car well known from The Fast and the Furious, a super-tuned Mazda RX-7 pushed to the limit. Mr. X and his friends show that another life begins after sunset in Stockholm where they own the streets, sometimes at speeds up to 300 km/h. Watch this great documentary of awesome fast cars, street racing, car stunts, and babes – with your seatbelt on!
KEL VIDEOS LIVE: THIS FACE BELONGS ON THE TUBE (2004) (DVD)
You know him as the hilarious, hyperactive half on the Nickelodeon television series Kenan & Kel and enjoyed his memorable film debut as Ed in the popular Good Burger. Now you’ll bust a gut as Cable Ace Award-winning Kel Mitchell tackles the world of popular music in Kel Videos Live: This Face Belongs on the Tube. With his unique comic abilities, Kel parodies popular musical artists starring in outrageously funny music videos and interviews. You’ve never seen anything quite like it!
FRAT HOUSE (2013) (DVD)
Scam artist Price Brown was living the good life on someone else’s dime. But every crime comes with a price and the repercussions are starting to catch up. After receiving a tip from a fellow con man, the young criminal begins to panic at the thought of jail time. With detectives hot on his trail, his cousin’s frat house seems like the perfect hideout. Little does he know, his cousin has a secret of his own… and he just may be safer on the streets!
PLANET BROOKLYN (2004) (DVD)
For Ish and Oz, roommates with big dreams of creating their own hip-hop group, a 9-5 job is out of the question. This laugh-out-loud urban comedy follows these two slackers who think talent and heart are all you need in life.
FILMS OF JODIE MACK (2003) (DVD-R)
Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, Jodie Mack’s handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning.
YOU’RE OK, I’M OK (1987) (VCD)
Raymond Fung directs Kwok-Keung Cheung, May Mei-Mei Lo, and Ken Tong in this 1987 film. Mandarin/Cantonese with English or Chinese subtitles.
THE NOBLES (1989) (VCD)
Interior designer Dodo and lawyer Michael have been in love for years with no plan of marriage. After an intervention by her colleagues, Dodo resigns in anger and leaves for New York with Michael, but is heartbroken to catch him cheating. Starting her own company with few resources, she’s forced to ask Jacky, a former co-worker at her old firm, for help.
COUPLES, COUPLES, COUPLES (1988) (VCD)
Broad comedy about the vagaries of romance and babymaking.
ABRACADABRA (1986) (VCD)
Cousins Cecil and Lily own a boutique in a shopping centre. They find out that the site of the centre used to be a theater which burned down 30 years ago. Tao, one of the spirits, is seeking revenge on the person who caused the accident, which may be Cecil’s ancestor.
BELATED BY VALENTINES LOVER (2009) (DVD-R)
From the heartbeat of this independent film descends a visual story of longing for the perfect love. The maddening obsession of that one dream is portrayed with the most colorful darkness and fast paced deviancy, you are sure to find yourself stowed in the middle of this infectious cinema for days to come. It’s stunning, startling, thought-provoking, and heart-wrenching. It’s minutes of your life you will never get back, and it’s well worth the cost.
THE SUPER (2010) (DVD)
The Super is a psychological thriller centering on an unstable Vietnam veteran turned apartment house superintendent. Taking place in a Queens apartment building during the Christmas season, the film follows George as he desperately tries to hold onto his sanity in the face of mounting home and workplace pressure.
HALLOWEEN HAVOC: BEST OF WCW/NWO (1998) (VHS)
Witness the best in bone-chilling footage from the world’s most hair-raising wrestling event, Halloween Havoc! Wrestling’s greatest superstars collide in the most terrifying highlights from Halloween Havoc’s nine year history. Tricks and treats featuring Hollywood Hogan, Sting, The Giant, Macho Man Randy Savage, and others. Get ready for unbelievable spine-tingling action!