New Releases for September 13!

New Release Tuesday! This week we’ve got a long lost Romero film, the original Buzz Lightyear, a ton of catalog 4K titles, and lots more!

ABANDONED (2022)

Three friends decide to play The Red Book game. What they don’t know is that in the house evil is waiting to be released. A long time ago a witch died as part of a satanic ritual. Every question they ask, they get closer and closer to her. (DVD)

AMUSEMENT PARK (1975)

An elderly gentleman goes for what he assumes will be an ordinary day at the amusement park, only to find himself in the middle of a hellish nightmare instead.

Shot by George A. Romero between Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, The Amusement Park is a bleak, haunting allegory where the attractions and distractions of an amusement park stand in for the many abuses that the elderly face in society. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

BANNED (1989)

A mellow jazz guitarist is possessed by the ghost of a wild punk rocker. (BLU-RAY)

BRIGHT VICTORY (1951)

Unable to see after he’s hurt on the battlefield, Sgt. Larry Nevins (Arthur Kennedy) lands in a military hospital with African-American soldier Joe Morgan (James Edwards) and attending nurse Judy Greene (Peggy Dow). Though he’s engaged to a girl in America, Larry finds himself falling for Judy. Meanwhile, his casual racism damages his friendship with Joe. But, when he heads back to the U.S., Larry realizes how much he cares for Judy — and how wrong he was to judge others by their race (BLU-RAY)

CANADIAN BACON (1995)

Faced with sagging approval ratings and disgruntled arms manufacturers, the U.S. President (Alda) decides to cook up a new Cold War with Canada! And after a flood of media propaganda, Americans waste no time in “patriotically” burning their ice skates and swearing off maple syrup. But when bumbling U.S. sheriff Boomer (Candy) and his hair-trigger deputy Honey (Perlman) decide to take matters into their own hands and lead a preemptive strike, they soon find themselves embroiled in a hilarious international incident that’s too close for comfort, eh! (BLU-RAY)

CAUGHT (1996)

Academy Award nominee Edward James Olmos (1988, Best Actor, Stand and Deliver) and Maria Conchita Alonso (Colors) star in this emotional drama about a couple trying to make their business work and the mysterious drifter who comes into their lives and changes them completely. Nick (Arie Verveen, The Thin Red Line) appears in Joe (Olmos) and Betty’s (Alonso) Jersey City fish store while running away from the cops. The couple takes Nick in, and he inspires Joe and ignites passions in Betty. Neither Nick nor Betty want to hurt Joe, but their sexual attraction may be too strong to deny. When Joe and Betty’s son, Danny (Steven Schub, The Thirteenth Floor), returns home after failing as a stand-up comedian, he sees what is going on and wants Nick out. Caught is a gripping drama filled with powerful performances. (BLU-RAY)

COOL WORLD (1995)

When ex-con cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) was behind bars, he found escape by creating “Cool World”, a cartoon series featuring a voluptuous vixen named Holli Wood. But the toonsmith becomes a prisoner of his own fantasies when Holli pulls Jack into ‘Cool World’ with a scheme to seduce him and bring herself to life. A hard-boiled detective (Brad Pitt)-the only other human in ‘Cool World’ cautions Jack with the law: Noids (humans) don’t have sex with doodles (cartoons). The flesh proves weaker than ink, however, as Holli takes human form (Kim Basinger) in Law Vegas, starting a trans-universal chase that threatens the destruction of both worlds. (BLU-RAY)

COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON (2021)

Costa Brava, Lebanon captures the joys and frustrations of a close-knit family with an intimacy that feels startlingly natural, and sets them against a sharply drawn backdrop of environmental crisis. In the not-so-distant future, the free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution and social unrest of Beirut by seeking refuge in an idyllic mountain home. Without warning, the government starts to build a garbage landfill right outside their fence, intruding on their domestic utopia and bringing the trash and corruption of a whole country to their doorstep. As the landfill rises, so does tension in the household, revealing a long-simmering division between those family members who wish to defend or abandon the mountain oasis they have built. (BLU-RAY)

CRIMINAL LIFE OF ARCHIBALDO DE LA CRUZ (1955)

The wealthy Archibaldo (Ernesto Alonso) is a potential serial killer. This might be the result of a childhood incident: his governess (Leonor Llausás) caught him trying on some of his mother’s clothes and scolded him. He wished the governess dead, and she was immediately killed by a stray bullet from a revolution raging outside the window. Conflating violent death with sexual desire, the adult Archibaldo plots to murder numerous women, but his elaborate schemes are constantly thwarted (BLU-RAY)

ELVIS (2022) DVD, BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

Explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

EXTREME ADVENTURES OF SUPER DAVE (2000)

Super Dave Osborne, our accident-prone stuntman hero, comes out of a self-imposed retirement to raise money for his new girlfriend’s son’s heart operation. (BLU-RAY)

FATAL ATTRACTION (1987) (2 DISKS)

Stylish and sexy, Fatal Attraction took audiences to terrifying new heights with its thrilling story of a casual encounter gone terribly awry. This box-office smash was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Adrian Lyne – Indecent Proposal, Flashdance). Michael Douglas plays Dan Gallagher, a New York attorney who has a tryst with seductive Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) while his wife (Anne Archer) is away. Dan later shrugs off the affair as a mistake and considers it over. But Alex won’t be ignored. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever… even if it means destroying Dan’s family to keep him. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

FINAL JUDGEMENT/STRIPPED TO KILL (1992)

In STRIPPED TO KILL, a series of brutal slayings connected to a Los Angeles gentleman’s club finds Detective Cody Sheehan (Kay Lenz, HOUSE, MIDNIGHT CALLER) going undercover — and uncovered — to solve the case and bring the maniac behind it to justice. This seductive thriller also stars Greg Evigan (B.J. AND THE BEAR) and Norman Fell (THREE’S COMPANY).

The dance of death continues with FINAL JUDGEMENT. Father Daniel Tyrone (Brad Dourif), a former gang member who became a maverick priest, carries a big gun and a bad attitude as he works his inner-city parish. But when a beautiful stripper is murdered, Father Tyrone’s colorful past makes him the prime suspect. Determined to avenge her death and exonerate himself, Tyrone takes to Hollywood’s seedy underbelly to solve the murder. Isaac Hayes (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) and Karen Black (BURNT OFFERINGS) co-star. (BLU-RAY)

FOG, THE (1980) (2 DISKS)

The sleepy seaside village of Antonio Bay is about to learn the true meaning of the word “vengeance.” This seemingly perfect town masks a guilty secret … a past steeped in greed and murder. Exactly 100 years ago, a ship was horribly wrecked under mysterious circumstances in a thick, eerie fog. Now, shrouded in darkness, the long-dead mariners have returned from their watery grave to exact a bloody revenge. (BLU-RAY)+ 4KULTRAHD)

FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)

RIP into the chilling UNCUT EDITION of Friday the 13th. With the addition of unrated footage, and insightful special features, plunge deeper into the film that spawned eleven sequels and the genre’s unstoppable bad guy, Jason Voorhees. A new owner and several young counselors gather to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, where a young boy drowned and several vicious murders occurred years earlier. They’ve ignored locals’ warnings that the place has a death curse… and one by one they find out how unlucky Friday the 13th can be as they are stalked by a violent killer.(4K ULTRA HD)

FUTURA (2021)

Following in the footsteps of a long line of documentarians, a collective of three Italian filmmakers known for their politically acute cinema-Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden), Francesco Munzi (Black Souls), and Alice Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro)-set out to interview a cross-section of their nation’s youth about their hopes, dreams, and fears for the future. With today’s political divisions, socioeconomic unease, overreliance on technology, and global weather crisis, the conversations they foster feel particularly urgent-these 15- to 20-year-olds together ask the implicit question: is there a future at all? At the same time, the intelligence, expressiveness, and foresight evinced by these teenagers in this moving and masterful film kindles a form of hope in itself. (DVD)

GREAT MUSLIM AMERICAN ROAD TRIP (2022)

In this 3-part travelogue, a young Muslim American couple discover America’s Muslim roots on Route 66. From Chicago to St. Louis to Amarillo Texas, on across the Southwest, Rap-star Mona Haydar and husband Sebastian Robins enjoy the iconic highway’s well-known roadside attractions, and along the way discover its overlooked Muslim American story. (DVD)

GUILT: SEASON 2 (2019)

In the cellar of an Edinburgh house, two gunshots ring out. Across town, disgraced lawyer Max McCall (Mark Bonnar, Catastrophe) is released from prison. For the Leith area of Edinburgh, a bright new future is being promised. These events will entwine characters old and new, as they battle the consequences of their actions amidst shocking new developments. (DVD)

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: YOUTH MENTAL ILLNESS (2022)

Mental illness may be the most pernicious health crisis besetting the globe-since it’s one for which stigma and discrimination will drive the afflicted to suffer in silence. This chronicle offers the first-person testimony of over 20 young Americans of all social strata, as they open up about their struggles with their thoughts and feelings, the hurdles faced in confronting them, and their grounds for hope, in order to provide a much-needed public dialogue. (DVD)

HOLD YOUR FIRE (2021)

When Shu’aib Raheem tried to steal guns for self-defense, it sparked the longest hostage siege in NYPD history. NYPD psychologist Harvey Schlossberg fought to reform police policy to save lives by using words, not guns. (DVD)

INVISIBLE IMPRINTS (2022)

This powerful documentary feature follows a troupe of twelve Boston-based spoken-word poets and modern dancers as they travel the Great Migration Trail from Jackson, Mississippi to Chicago, performing an original piece called Invisible: Imprints of Racism. After each performance, a talk-back with the audience gives space to the communal exploration of racial issues and the sharing of firsthand experiences with and reflections on racism, also yielding reactions to the performance itself. As these dramatic moments unfold on the tour, the performers’ own struggles with race and identity, off-stage, are also explored, lending a deeper context. A refreshingly humanizing, critical conversation emerges on the emotional challenges of overcoming racism in America. (DVD)

LIGHTYEAR (2022)

From Disney and Pixar comes an animated sci-fi action-adventure — the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy. “Lightyear” follows the legendary space ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits, Izzy, Mo and Darby, and his robot companion Sox. As this motley crew embark on their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army who are never far behind. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

LONDON KILLS: SERIES 3 (2019)

“One of Britain’s most thrilling series” (Entertainment Weekly) returns as the elite squad of detectives begin investigating a string of murders with links to the police force. Could the killer be a fellow officer? The case has deeply personal ramifications for the team led by DI David Bradford (Hugo Speer, Father Brown), involving DS Vivienne Cole’s (Sharon Small, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) ex-husband and threats to DC Rob Brady’s (Bailey Patrick, Bridgerton) family. As they try to discover if a murderer lurks among their ranks, the detectives also investigate the death of a schoolboy that could be connected to a girl’s suicide, a widow who somewhat suspiciously refuses to grieve, and the fatal attack on a locksmith that harks back to the manslaughter of Trainee DC Billie Fitzgerald’s (Tori Allen-Martin, Unforgotten) father a decade earlier. (DVD)

MASTER OF NONE: SEASON 2 (2015)

Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None became an immediate global hit on Netflix, was named “the year’s best comedy” by the New York Times and has won a Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. Ansari has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Dev Shah, a 30-year-old trying to jump-start his acting career and elevate his dating game with help from his eclectic group of friends. (DVD)

MIRACLE (2021)

Divided into two chapters, director Bogdan George Apetri’s MIRACLE begins with the young, beautiful Cristina Tofan (Ioana Bugarin) sneaking away from an isolated convent. Working in the style of the Romanian New Wave, Apetri withholds key information about her motives as we follow her enigmatic journey, allowing tension to steadily build to a wavering precipice. The film’s second part follows Marius Preda (Emanuel Pârvu), a determined inspector retracing Cristina’s steps days after her departure. Here, the narrative opens into both gripping police thriller and devastating social commentary, as Marius gradually uncovers clues and revelations leading not only to the unfathomable truth behind Cristina’s mysterious actions, but possibly, to an actual miracle as well. (DVD)

MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE (1983) 

Those six pandemonium-mad Pythons are back with their craziest adventure ever! Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin have returned to explain The Meaning of Life. These naughty Brits offer the usual tasteful sketches involving favorite body parts and bodily functions, the wonders of war, the miracle of birth and a special preview of what’s waiting for us in Heaven.  (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

PLATOON (1986) 

Inspired by his own experiences, Oliver Stone’s anti-war epic tells the tale of PFC Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen, Wall Street), a young Army recruit sent to Vietnam, who witnesses the atrocities of war –many of which are carried out by those Chris calls “comrades.” Heralded by critics as the best film of 1986, Platoon won four of the nine Academy Awards for which it was nominated including Best Picture and Best Director for Oliver Stone, and earned Best Supporting Actor nominations for co-stars Tom Berenger (Inception) and Willem Dafoe (Shadow of the Vampire). (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

PLAYLIST (2021)

Sophie (Forestier) is a graphic artist trying to make ends meet in Paris. She just missed out on art school, so she has decided to try to create her own career. To pay her way, she takes a job as a waitress and shares a flat with a student. She hangs out regularly with Julia (Laetitia Dosch, Jeunne Femme), her fun-loving friend. And she drifts between a number of lovers. But Sophie is looking for something else – a balance between life and love. And work. In her first film, artist and comic book author Antico gives us a very modern portrait of twentysomething life, which may or may not be loosely inspired by her own. It’s a witty examination of starting out in the world, defining who you are and, most importantly, what you want to be. (DVD)

PURSUIT OF LOVE (2021) (MINI SERIES)

Full of wicked humor, this romantic comedy-drama is a sharp and bold exploration of love and friendship. Growing up in the roaring 1920s, young cousins Linda Radlett and Fanny Logan defy all expectations by diving headlong into every experience that life (DVD)

REAL GENIUS (1985)

When a group of crazy college geniuses put their heads together, almost anything can happen. Hold on for a freewheeling, uproarious look at just how much mischief a bunch of high-IQers can concoct. Chris (Val Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch (Gabe Jarret) is the 16-year-old whiz kid, and Lazlo (Jonathan Gries), America’s number one brain, literally lives in a world of his own … Chris’ closet. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project, they still find time to turn the dorm into an ice-skating rink, and throw a beach party in the auditorium complete with a lagoon and bikini-clad beauties. When the geniuses discover that their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) has had them working on a secret weapon for the military, they plot an elaborate revenge. (BLU-RAY + 4KULTRAHD)

ROLLERBALL (1975)

In the future, there are no wars. There is no crime. There is only … the Game. In a world where ruthless corporations reign supreme, this vicious and barbaric “sport” is the only outlet for the pent-up anger and frustrations of the masses.

Tuned to their televisions, the people watch “Rollerball”: a brutal mutation of football, motocross, and hockey. Jonathan E. (the great James Caan, The Godfather, Thief) is the champion player – a man too talented for his own good. The Corporation has taken away the woman, Ella (Maud Adams, Octopussy) Jonathon loves, but they can’t take away his soul – even if the diabolical corporate head (John Houseman, The Fog) tells him he better retire … or suffer the old-fashioned way. With its surrealistic imagery and tense action sequences, Rollerball grips you by the heart – and never lets you go. (BLU-RAY)

SEED, THE (2021)

The Seed follows three young social media influencers who head out to the California wilderness to party, and film a once in a lifetime meteor shower for their social media channels. What starts out as weekend away in remote luxury villa turns into a tale of horror, death and alien invasion. (DVD)

SISTER BONIFACE MYSTERIES: SEASON 1 (2022)

Before she took her vows and entered St. Vincent’s Convent, Sister Boniface (Lorna Watson) was a Bletchley Circle codebreaker with a Ph.D. in forensic science… and as such, her input was gladly welcomed by the constabulary of Great Slaughter. (DVD)

SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN (2022)

In early 2010s Ukraine, pacifistic physics professor Mykola Voronin (Aldoshyn Pavlo) thought the Donbas region would be a good place for a sustainable farmhouse and his coming family. Invading Russian forces would rob him of all of it-and the embittered academic gave himself wholly over to military sniper training as a means of taking his vengeance. (DVD)

SO PROUDLY WE HAIL (1943)

Screen greats Claudette Colbert (The Sign of the Cross), Paulette Goddard (The Cat and the Canary) and Veronica Lake (Sullivan’s Travels) star in this passionate film based on a true story about American Army nurses during World War II. Colbert shines as Lt. Janet Davidson, in charge of nine nurses serving in the Pacific. From the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the time they are shipped home, these extraordinary women tirelessly treat the wounded despite constant reminders of danger, romance and heartbreak. (BLU-RAY)

SOME GIRLS (1988)

While on Christmas break, college student Michael (Patrick Dempsey) journeys to Quebec City to spend time with his attractive girlfriend, Gabriella (Jennifer Connelly). Not long after he arrives, Gabriella breaks up with him, but her two equally gorgeous sisters waste no time showing romantic interest. In the meantime, Michael is left to deal with Gabriella’s eccentric grandmother (Lila Kedrova) and offbeat father (Andre Gregory), an academic who spends most of his time naked. (BLU-RAY)

SPACE TRUCKERS (1996)

It is the year 2196. The fiercely independent cargo hauler John Canyon (Hopper) faces a rough road as he attempts to stay in business transporting shipments throughout the galaxy. When John teams up with Mike Pucci (Stephen Dorff) to deliver a mysterious cargo for an astronomical payday, the grizzled trucker takes to the stars for a big score — only to find that he’s in for a load of trouble. Along with stowaway Cindy (Debi Mazar), John and Mike undertake an out-of-this-world adventure with nothing less than the fate of the universe at stake. (BLU-RAY)

TAKE OUT (2004) (CRITERION)

The American dream has rarely seemed so far away as in Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s raw, vérité Take Out, an immersion in the life of an undocumented Chinese immigrant struggling to get by on the margins of post-9/11 New York City. Facing violent retaliation from a loan shark, restaurant deliveryman Ming Ding has until nightfall to pay back the money he owes, and he encounters both crushing setbacks and moments of unexpected humanity as he races against time to earn enough in tips over the course of a frantic day. From this simple setup, Baker and Tsou fashion a kind of neorealist survival thriller of the everyday, shedding compassionate light on the too often overlooked lives and labor that keep New York running. (BLU-RAY)

TIN CAN (2020)

As the world faces a deadly plague, humanity’s hope for a cure lies with a scientist who awakens imprisoned in a metal chamber. She desperately works to escape her confined cell to save the last of humanity. (BLU-RAY)

TSUGUA DIARIES (2021)

The rigorous process of moviemaking meets the torpor of pandemic life in this beguiling new film co-directed by Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes. Three close friends Crista Carloto and João – along with the entire film crew – become the protagonists of a cinematic experiment shot during lockdown. Delve into the colorful world of one of the most playful films of the pandemic for which personal restrictions provided a source of inspiration and pure joy in the creative process. (DVD)

VOYAGE INTO SPACE (1970)

Pulled together using several episodes of Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot, Voyage Into Space has young Johnny and Giant Robot (who can only be controlled by Johnny) taking on Emperor Guillotine and his army of silly but fun kaiju henchmen. (BLU-RAY)

WEAPON, THE HOUR, THE MOTIVE (1972)

A sexually-promiscuous priest is stabbed to death inside a church. (BLU-RAY)

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (2022)

From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh. (BLU-RAY and DVD)

WHITE LOTUS: SEASON 1 (2021)

A social satire set at an exclusive tropical resort, this limited series follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of one highly transformative week. Checking into the luxurious White Lotus are a group of vacationers who run roughshod over the resort manager and head of spa services. As darker dynamics emerge with each passing day, this biting six-episode limited series gradually reveals the complex truths of the seemingly picture-perfect travelers, cheerful hotel employees, and idyllic locale itself.​ (DVD)

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