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Black Adam Saves The Day on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray January 3

The DC Comics action-adventure starring Dwayne Johnson will be available for Premium Digital Ownership on November 22 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on January 3.  

Both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray will include several featurettes as well as Dolby Atmos. It is unclear if the 4K will include Dolby Vision.

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Black Adam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Black Adam - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Black Adam - Blu-ray
Black Adam - Blu-ray
 


Black Adam 4K Wal-Mart Exclusive
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Pre-orders are now live and the full press release is available below: 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"One of the Best DC Superhero Films to Date”

Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

 

Black Adam

COMES HOME FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 Premium Digital Ownership

debuts early on November 22

 

 4K, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on January 3

 

 

Burbank, CA, November 21 – Experience the first-ever feature film exploring the story of the DC Super Hero in the action adventure, when “Black Adam” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on November 22. The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC, and Black Adam created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck, starring the voice of Dwayne Johnson (“the “Jumanji” films, “Moana”). The film will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on January 3.

 

The film also stars the voices of Aldis Hodge (TV’s “City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami” film) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” film) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (TV’s “Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3” film) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy” films) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” film and TV’s “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (TV’s “A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate. The film was produced by Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon executive producing.

 

  • On November 22, “Black Adam” will be available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 and for 48-hour rental via PVOD for $19.99 SRP on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies.

 

  • On January 3, “Black Adam” will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD. “Black Adam” will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers.

“Black Adam” can be enjoyed at home with Filmmaker Mode TM.  Developed by studios, TV manufacturers and some of Hollywood’s leading directors, Filmmaker Mode disables all post processing (e.g. motion smoothing), preserves the correct aspect ratios, colors and frame rates, and enables your TV to display the film precisely as it was intended by the filmmaker.  Filmmaker Mode is available on televisions from select manufacturers.

“Black Adam” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

 

SYNOPSIS

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

 

DIGITAL, 4K, BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS

“Black Adam” Premium Digital Ownership contains the following special features:  

  • The History of Black Adam
  • Who is The Justice Society?
  • From Soul to Screen
  • Black Adam: A Flawed Hero
  • Black Adam: New Tech in an Old World
  • Black Adam: Taking Flight
  • Kahndaq: Designing a Nation
  • The Rock of Eternity
  • Costumes make the hero
  • Black Adam: A new type of action

 

“Black Adam” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features: 

  • The History of Black Adam
  • Who is The Justice Society?
  • From Soul to Screen
  • Black Adam: A Flawed Hero
  • Black Adam: New Tech in an Old World
  • Black Adam: Taking Flight
  • Kahndaq: Designing a Nation
  • The Rock of Eternity
  • Costumes make the hero
  • Black Adam: A new type of action

 ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE

 

Your Movies, Together at Last.TM MOVIES ANYWHERE lets you enjoy your favorite purchased or redeemed digital movies combined in one simplified, personal collection. MOVIES ANYWHERE brings together movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Twentieth Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Entertainment. MOVIES ANYWHERE offers a library of over 7,900 digital movies, including new releases, and old favorites, and the user experience will continue to grow as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the MOVIES ANYWHERE app and website, consumers can connect their MOVIES ANYWHERE account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies across multiple devices and platforms. Participating digital retailers include Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, Xfinity, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, FandangoNOW, Verizon Fios TV and DIRECTV. Consumers may also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray Discs™ and DVDs from participating studios: just look for the MOVIES ANYWHERE logo, redeem the code, then instantly enjoy your movie.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL

 

*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

 

BASICS

 

PRODUCT                                                                            SRP

                                    4K UHD Combo Pack                                                                        $49.98

Blu-ray                                                                                                $39.98 

DVD                                                                                                   $34.98

 

Digital Ownership: November 22, 2022

PVOD: November 22, 2022

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: January 3, 2022

 

DVD Languages: Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, English

BD Languages: Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, English

4K Languages: Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, English, German, Italian

DVD Subtitles: Cantonese, Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese (written), N/A, Canadian French, English SDH

BD Subtitles: Spanish, French, N/A, Canadian French, English SDH

4K Subtitles: Spanish, French, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Canadian French, English SDH, German SDH, Italian SDH

Running Time: 124 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, intense action, and some language

DVD: DLBY/DGTL

Blu-ray: ATMOS TrueHD

4K: ATMOS TrueHD

 

The Credits

 

About “Black Adam”

The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, screen story by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, based on characters from DC, and Black Adam created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck, produced by Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Chris Pan, Eric McLeod, Geoff Johns and Scott Sheldon executive producing.

 

The ensemble stars the voices of Dwayne Johnson (“the “Jumanji” films, “Moana”), Aldis Hodge (TV’s “City on a Hill,” “One Night in Miami” film) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” film) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (TV’s “Sex/Life,” “Rush Hour 3” film) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express,” “The Mummy” films) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (“Voyagers,” film and TV’s “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (TV’s “A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.

 

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a New Line Cinema Production, “Black Adam.”

 

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video and digital distribution businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees. 

 

 

Turbine Scares Up Peter Jacksons The Frighteners With A 6-Disc 4K Ultra HD Set

Spooks, Specters, and Ghosts better watch out, there's a new guy in town! Michael J. Fox stars in Peter Jackson's exciting horror/comedy 

The Frighteners

coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Turbine Medien December 2nd!

A box office bust when it came to theaters (I don't know where y'all were but I was there opening night), Peter Jackson's hilariously terrifying special effects extravaganza has grown into a modern cult classic. Without this film's pioneering visual effects, we wouldn't have gotten The Lord of the Rings - let that sink in a minute. Now after languishing on a decent enough Blu-ray, German label Turbine Medien is giving fans what they've long been hoping for - a true 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of both the Theatrical Cut and the longer and arguably better Director's Cut fully restored and approved by Jackson with Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos Audio! But that's not all, much like their recent Pitch Black 4K Ultra HD Ultimate Editon, Turbnine isn't stopping at just a couple of discs and fancy packaging. This set is stacked  with six discs including both cuts in 4K and 1080p Blu-ray, along with a new "Oppen Matte" edition as well as hours of new and archival bonus features PLUS a 196-page book AND a whole load of swag! Take a look

The Frighteners - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Ultimate Edition Cover A [Limited to 4,444 Units]

The Frighteners - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Ultimate Edition Cover B [Limited to 3,333 Units]

And if the screenshots below are accurate - we're in for a real treat!

Here's what you're getting for approximately $70 U.S. (it's a little less than that but exchange rates may fluctuate):

THE FRIGHTENERS - 6-Disc Ultimate Edition:
Director's Cut & Theatrical Cut Restored in 4K on UHD & Blu-ray - Approved by Peter Jackson
+ HDR and Dolby Vision + Sound in Dolby Atmos + Completed Dubbing + 2 Bonus Blu-rays + New bonus material and much more

Evil has awakened in the sleepy Californian town of Fairwater... and only one person can stop it: Frank Bannister earns his living as a ghost hunter - he frees haunted houses from their uninvited guests. In truth, however, he is in cahoots with the ghosts - a perfect deal! One day, however, when a truly evil spirit goes on a murderous rampage through Fairwater, suspicion falls on Frank. Now he urgently needs to prove his innocence and end the spook... without ending up in the afterlife himself!

In 1996, director Peter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and producer Robert Zemeckis (BACK TO THE FUTURE) created THE FRIGHTENERS, a crazy horror comedy with groundbreaking special effects, music by Danny Elfman and a brilliant cast.

In addition to 2 Ultra HD Blu-rays & 4 Blu-rays, this box set includes world exclusive interviews, the 196-page book Die Welt von Peter Jackson's THE FRIGHTENERS, posters, artcards and a replica business card by Frank Bannister.

Technical specifications:
Language / sound: DC: German & English Dolby Atmos, English - DTS-HD MA 5.1 & 2.0 (UHD), English - DTS 2.0 & 5.1 (BD) - KF German & English DTS-HD MA 5.1 & 2.0
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (2160p 4K Ultra HD) with HDR and Dolby Vision (UHD), 2.35:1 (1080p24) (Blu-ray)
Subtitles: German, German for the hard of hearing, English, English for the hard of hearing
Running time: DC: approx. 123 minutes, Theatrical version: approx. 110 minutes

Bonus material:
+ World premiere of the Director's Cut as open matte version - approved by Peter Jackson
+ 196-page book The World of Peter Jackson
+ World exclusive new artwork and poster by Ronan Wolf Chuat
+ Artcards and Replica Business Card
+ No Way to Make a Living* - New Bonus Featurette featuring 95 minutes of cast and crew interviews
+ The Making of THE FRIGHTENERS* (270 mins)
+ Audio Commentary by Peter Jackson*
+ Trailer

* The bonus material has optional German and English subtitles.

Both sets are up for pre-order right now! Follow the title links above to snag your copy, your pre-orders help keep HDD alive and well! Thank you! 

The Criterion Collection Announces Its February 2023 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Slate

Criterion isn't taking any time off in 2023 with five releases oncluding Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused and Krzysztof Kielowski's Three Colors trilogy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Two Films By Marguerit wth Duras, Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1967) and Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle. 

Starting things off on February 7, is a trio of films in Kieślowski's Three Colors  on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Three Colors - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss, from Krzysztof Kieślowski, was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films are named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution—liberty, equality, and fraternity—but that hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, Blue, White, and Red (Kieślowski’s final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Kieślowski’s Three Colors is a benchmark of contemporary cinema.

BLUE
In the devastating first film of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; it’s also a tale of liberation, as Julie attempts to free herself from the past while confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a composer. Shot in sapphire tones by Sławomir Idziak, and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is an overwhelming sensory experience.

1993 • 98 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In French with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

 

WHITE

The most playful and also the grittiest of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors films follows the adventures of Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a Polish immigrant living in France. The hapless hairdresser opts to leave Paris for his native Warsaw when his wife (Julie Delpy) sues him for divorce (her reason: their marriage was never consummated) and then frames him for arson after setting her own salon ablaze. White, which goes on to chronicle Karol’s elaborate revenge plot, manages to be both a ticklish dark comedy about the economic inequalities of Eastern and Western Europe and a sublime reverie on twisted love.

1994 • 91 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In French and Polish with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

RED

Krzysztof Kieślowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant. Meanwhile, just down the street, a seemingly unrelated story of jealousy and betrayal unfolds. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers.

1994 • 99 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In French with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restorations, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
  • One 4K UHD disc of each film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray of each film with special features
  • Three cinema lessons with director Krzysztof Kieślowski
  • Interviews with cowriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz, composer Zbigniew Preisner, and actors Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Zbigniew Zamachowski
  • Selected-scene commentary featuring actor Juliette Binoche
  • Video essays by film critics Annette Insdorf, Tony Rayns, and Dennis Lim
  • Documentary from 1995 featuring Kieślowski
  • Three short films by Kieślowski—The Tram (1966), Seven Women of Different Ages (1978), and Talking Heads (1980)—plus the short film The Face (1966), starring Kieślowski
  • Interview programs on Kieślowski’s life and work, featuring Binoche, Insdorf, Jacob, film critic Geoff Andrew, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Sławomir Idziak, producer Marin Karmitz, and editor Jacques Witta
  • Behind-the-scenes programs for White and Red, and a short documentary on Red’s world premiere
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: Essays by film critics Colin MacCabe, Nick James, Stuart Klawans, and Georgina Evans; an excerpt from Kieślowski on Kieślowski; and reprinted interviews with cinematographers Idziak, Edward Kłosiński, and Piotr Sobociński 

Next hitting stores on the 14th is the 1968 adaptation of  Romeo and Juliet  from Franco Zeffirelli.

Romeo and Juliet - Criterion Collection 

One of the great Shakespeare adaptations, this sublime take on the Bard’s immortal romantic tragedy by Franco Zeffirelli breathed new life into the oft-told tale by casting actual teenagers in the title roles. As the young lovers whose affair threatens to inflame the tensions between their feuding families in Renaissance Verona, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting vividly capture the mix of adolescent ardor and turmoil that fuels their destiny-driven liaison. A sensory banquet thanks to Nino Rota’s delicate score and the exquisite, Oscar-winning costumes and cinematography, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare at its most deeply felt and passionately alive.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Excerpt from the 2018 documentary Franco Zeffirelli: Directing from Life
  • Interviews with actors Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting from 1967 and 2016
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Ramona Wray

 

1968 • 138 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


A week later on the 21st comes  Dazed and Confused  on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format.

Dazed and Confused - Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, the first studio effort by Richard Linklater also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about “the best years of our lives” than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting . . . for something to happen.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

  • New 4K digital restoration of the director’s cut, supervised and approved by director Richard Linklater and cinematographer Lee Daniel, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray of the film with special features
  • Audio commentary by Linklater
  • Making “Dazed,” a documentary by Kahane Cooperman
  • Rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Footage from the ten-year-anniversary celebration
  • Audition footage and deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Essays by critics Kent Jones, Jim DeRogatis, and Chuck Klosterman; reprinted recollections of the filming from cast and crew; and character profiles from the Dazed and Confused companion book; as well as the original film poster by Frank Kozik

 

1993 • 102 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


 Two Films By Marguerite Duras  will be available on Blu-ray on the 24th.

Two Films By Marguerite Duras - Criterion Collection 

Marguerite Duras had already established herself as one of the major figures of postwar French literature when she launched an equally fascinating and unclassifiable career in cinema, translating her elliptical, experimental style to the screen through an unprecedented fusion of hypnotic, highly stylized imagery and radically disjunctive sound. Boldly reimagining the possibilities of dialogue, music, silence, and architectural space, the tantalizing, sphinxlike evocations of soul-deep female malaise India Song and Baxter, Vera Baxter embody Duras’s singular multisensory approach, with each opening up new spaces for the expression of women’s interior worlds.

INDIA SONG
Marguerite Duras’s most celebrated work is a mesmerizing, almost incantatory experience with few stylistic precedents in the history of cinema. Within the insular walls of a lavish, decaying embassy in 1930s India, the French ambassador’s wife (Delphine Seyrig) staves off ennui through affairs with multiple men—with the overpowering torpor broken only by a startling eruption of madness. Setting her evocatively decadent visuals to a desynchronized chorus of disembodied voices that comment on and counterpoint the action, with India Song Duras creates a haunted-house movie unlike any other.

 

1975 • 119 minutes • Color • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

 

BAXTER, VERA BAXTER
Marguerite Duras reunited with India Song collaborators Delphine Seyrig and composer Carlos d’Alessio for Baxter, Vera Baxter, a hypnotically unsettling journey into one woman’s existential emptiness. Ensconced in a sprawling rental villa, the world-weary Vera Baxter (Claudine Gabay) receives visits from two women, including a mysterious stranger (Seyrig) to whom she recounts a shocking story about her marriage, the way she lives, and the reasons for her malaise. Setting her languid images to d’Alessio’s incongruously breezy, endlessly looping score, Duras fashions a quietly shattering portrait of marriage as a kind of prison.

1977 • 95 minutes • Color • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 2K digital restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
  • Marguerite as She Was, a 2003 portrait of director Marguerite Duras
  • Interview from 1977 with Duras
  • Excerpt from a 1977 documentary on actor Delphine Seyrig
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies

Finally and also on the 28th is the satire  Hollywood Shuffle  on Blu-ray.

Hollywood Shuffle - Criterion Collection 

This debut feature by Robert Townsend is an ingenious guerrilla satire that takes riotous aim at the typecasting of Black actors in 1980s Hollywood. The writer-director-star’s megawatt charisma propels Hollywood Shuffle, the hilarious tale of a struggling actor attempting to break into an industry where the only roles available to Black performers seem to be hustlers, butlers, slaves, and “Eddie Murphy types”—forcing him to choose between selling out and maintaining his self-respect. Lampooning everything from film noir to zombie flicks to Siskel and Ebert, Townsend and cowriter Keenen Ivory Wayans cannily turn the frustrations of the Black artist into a subversively funny pop-culture critique.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by writer-director-actor Robert Townsend, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New audio commentary featuring Townsend 
  • New interviews with actors Rusty Cundieff, Anne-Marie Johnson, and Bobby McGee
  • Radio program featuring Townsend in conversation with film critic Elvis Mitchell
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Aisha Harris

 

1987 • 81 minutes • Color/Black & White • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


We will update links on the site as soon as pre-orders become available or if there are any release date changes.

Long Live Physical Media! Vinegar Syndrome Opens The Archive in Aurora, Colorado

Long Live Physical Media!” was the rallying cry heard from The Archive's Instagram account when their second location opened in Aurora, Colorado on October 21st. This new store is for the collectors, cinephiles, and fans hoping to rekindle their love of the local video shop and experience the joy that only a few have experienced visiting the home store in Bridgeport, CT

For the unaware, The Archive is the brick-and-mortar retail location for the powerhouse home video label Vinegar Syndrome. Their original location opened in 2017 in Bridgeport adjacent to their film preservation facility where the celebrated label restores underground genre films and adult video titles. I had the amazing opportunity to visit the new location in Aurora and speak with manager James Neurath and video clerk Dave Britton about the store, their favorite titles, and what the shop will bring to the community. 

Entering The Archive you’re met with a skeleton of Charon with his boat for crossing the River Styx. It's a commanding art piece that marks your transition from reality to the underworld of film collecting.  A journey this reviewer made years ago. On the TV above the Vinyl section, Righting Wrongs is playing which caused me to pause for a moment to catch Cynthia Rothrock kicking some ass. 

The handmade wooden aisles display rows and rows of Blu-rays, DVDs, and Vinyl records. You’ll find new 4k UHDs from Vinegar Syndrome next to classic titles from Arrow Video, Blue Underground, and Shout! Factory. Used titles also fill in the sections offering customers something extra to accompany their stack of fresh releases. If you’ve got used media you want to part with, give them a shout to see if they’re interested in buying it. In the back you’ll find a t-shirt wall featuring horror classics new and old. Looking up you'll notice an Elvira cardboard stand-up looking down on you from the corner as you peruse the pre-owned VHS and DVD shelves. Looking for a Peekarama title? They got it. Need that new banger from Saturn’s Core? They've got it. It’s a one-stop shop for your genre film needs. 

Behind the no-frills front counter store manager James Neurath and video clerk Dave Britton greet the customers pouring into the store. They’re both genuinely nice guys who will talk your ear off about movies and recommend the good stuff. We spent about 20 minutes dissecting the Angel trilogy. Most customers were keeping tabs on the store’s opening through social media. I witnessed the first few people in the store approach the counter with an armload of titles. Wow! Some even jokingly admitted they’ll never tell their spouse that the store exists! 

James has been with the company for 8 years working on many titles released by Vinegar Syndrome while spearheading the new store’s development and opening. Dave has been with the company for 6 months but feels right at home helping customers and chatting about flicks. He walked me through the skeleton collection on display at the front counter which is yet another insane detail you’ll find browsing The Archive. 

I felt at home in the store. It reminded me of all those video shops now lost to time with the streaming wars winning over the masses. From the eclectic decor to the warming embrace of the staff as you explore the aisles - this place just feels right. “Vinegar Syndrome is always looking for new projects, but we’re still a small company,” says Neurath, “We hope this place allows us to grow and reach the fans of what we do.” 

The Archive is located at 1431 Dayton St, Aurora, CO 80010. The building is split between the retail store and a shipping and distribution warehouse space for Vinegar Syndrome. For those living out West, you may find your upcoming Black Friday orders shipping a bit quicker than expected!

As of the writing of this article, the store is open 11-6 on Fridays and Saturdays with plans to expand hours soon. Contact them directly for updated store hours and their used media buying policy. 

Long Live Physical Media! 

Smile Shines on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray December 13

Parker Finn's critically-acclaimed horror film starring Sosie Bacon will be available digitally on Paramount+ on November 15 with a 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray arriving in stores on December 13. Read the theatrical review here.   

Certified Fresh™ on Rotten Tomatoes®, critics called SMILE “haunting” (Erik Davis, Fandango) and “scary as hell” (Alyse Wax, Collider). The film stars Sosie Bacon as Dr. Rose Cotter who, after witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can't explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

Both the Blu-ray and the 4K UHD packages include some featurettes, an audio commentary and deleted scenes as well as a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

Smile - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Smile - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Smile - Blu-ray
Smile - Blu-ray
 

Preorder your copy now and the full press release is available below.


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SMILE arrives on digital November 15th and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 13th

 

 

Fans of the terrifying and mind-bending box office smash hit film SMILE can buy it on Digital to watch at home beginning November 15, 2022 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD December 13.
The Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases come packed with over an hour of heart-pounding bonus content, including the award-winning, chilling short film by writer/director Parker Finn that inspired SMILE.  Face your fears with deleted scares not seen in theatres, go behind the scenes with the cast and crew, then fully immerse yourself in the escalating nightmare with the director's commentary.  Bonus content is detailed below:

  • Commentary by director Parker Finn
  • Laura Hasn’t Slept—The original short film that inspired SMILE with introduction by director Parker Finn
  • Something’s Wrong with Rose: Making SMILE
  • Flies on the Wall: Inside the Score
  • Deleted Scenes—With optional commentary by director Parker Finn

Certified Fresh™ on Rotten Tomatoes®, critics called SMILE “haunting” (Erik Davis, Fandango) and “scary as hell” (Alyse Wax, Collider). The film stars Sosie Bacon as Dr. Rose Cotter who, after witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can't explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

Released in theaters on September 30, SMILE has earned over $200 million at the worldwide box office, making it the #1 original horror film of the year. 

SMILE will also be available on Digital in a two-movie collection with the terrifying thriller Spell starring Omari Hardwick.  SMILE will also be available to stream on Paramount+ November 15th.

Halloween Ends Haunts Digital Nov. 15 and on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 27

The conclusion to David Gordon Green's Halloween trilogy will be available on Digital platforms on November 15 and will be available on physical 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on December 27.  

The physical discs will include deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, featurettes, and an audio commentary and both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray are equipped with Dolby Atmos. Check out our theatrical review here.

The most acclaimed and revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying finale as Laurie Strode (Curtis) faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills. Laurie lives with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael unlike any ever captured on screen. Only one of them will survive.

Halloween Ends - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Halloween Ends - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Halloween Ends - Blu-ray
Halloween Ends - Blu-ray
 


Halloween Ends 4K - Best Buy SteelBook
Halloween Ends 4K- Best Buy SteelBook
 

Halloween Ends 4K Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook


 
re-orders are now live and the full press release is available below:


 

       

 

THE THRILLING CONCLUSION TO THE MODERN HALLOWEEN TRILOGY IS AVAILABLE TO OWN 
FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH BONUS EXTRAS 

FEATURING MORE CHILLS AND THRILLS


 

 

 

“A FITTING FAREWELL TO LAURIE STRODE” 
K. AUSTIN COLLINS, ROLLING STONE

ON DIGITAL NOVEMBER 15, 2022
 4K UHD, BLU-RAY
TM AND DVD DECEMBER 27, 2022 
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT 

 

 

 

 

 

Members l City, California, November 8, 2022 – The saga comes to an END. Golden Globe® and BAFTA winner Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween franchise, “Scream Queens,” Knives Out) is back as Laurie Strode, “a timeless scream queen” (K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone), fighting for her life in the thrilling conclusion against the infamous masked killer, Michael Myers. HALLOWEEN ENDS is available to own on Digital November 15, 2022, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 27, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Produced by Malek Akkad (Halloween), Bill Block (Halloween Kills), and Jason Blum (The Black Phone and The Invisible Man), and hailed as “a full-throttle showdown 44 years in the making” (Sara Michelle Fetters, Moviefreak.com), HALLOWEEN ENDS features over 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus captivating content that includes deleted and extended scenes, featurettes with Jamie Lee Curtis and the cast and crew, a special gag reel, and feature commentary with co-writer/director David Gordon Green (Halloween, Halloween Kills, “The Righteous Gemstones”), actors Andi Matichak (Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills, “Blue Bloods”) and Rohan Campbell (“Virgin River,” “The Hardy Boys”), and more.
 
The most acclaimed and revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying finale as Laurie Strode (Curtis) faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills. Laurie lives with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael unlike any ever captured on screen. Only one of them will survive.
 
With the purchase of HALLOWEEN ENDS on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points towards digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more!  For registration and details please visit
www.MyUniversalRewards.com.
 
BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL: 

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Michael Shakes Things Up
    • Joan's Bunny Slam
    • Corey Reflects Upon Himself
    • Ronald's Stuck at Work
    • Margo Gets the Boot
    • Joan's Recipe for Disaster
  • Ending HALLOWEEN - HALLOWEEN could never truly end without a decisive showdown between Laurie and Michael. Explore the creative team's approach to crafting the film's final sequence.
  • Final Girl - The iconic Jamie Lee Curtis discusses the legacy of Laurie Strode and what playing the character has meant to her.
  • No Place Like Haddonfield - Filmmakers and cast reveal some of the secret ingredients that make HALLOWEEN productions so special and their personal feelings on being a part of such a classic franchise.
  • Gag Reel
  • A Different Threat - As Haddonfield evolves to a new era, we examine how the evil within has also evolved.
  • The Visions of Terror - See how various production departments came together to achieve the film's unique visual style.
  • Twisted Deaths - An up-close look at some of the gruesome death scenes.
  • Feature Commentary with co-writer/director David Gordon Green, actors Andi Matichak and Rohan Campbell, co-producer/first assistant director Atilla Salih Yücer, and production assistant Hugo Garza

 

 


 

 

 

FILMMAKERS:  
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Rohan Campbell, Will Patton, Kyle Richards, James Jude Courtney
Casting By: Terri Taylor CSA, Sarah Domeier Lindo CSA 

Music By: John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel Davies 
Costume Designer: Emily Gunshor 
Editor: Tim Alverson ACE
Production Designer: Richard A. Wright 
Director of Photography: Michael Simmonds
Executive Producers: John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Ryan Freimann, Ryan Turek, Christopher H. Warner
Produced By: Malek Akkad pga, Jason Blum, Bill Block 
Based on Characters Created By: John Carpenter, Debra Hill 
Written By: Paul Brad Logan, Chris Bernier, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green 
Directed By: David Gordon Green 
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K ULTRA HD: 

Street Date: December 27, 2022
Selection Number: 1000822544 (US) 
Layers: BD-100 
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 
Rating: Rated R for bloody horror violence and gore, language throughout and some sexual references
Subtitles: English, Latin American Spanish and French Canadian  
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1) and French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Run Time: 01:50:41

 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM

Street Date: December 27, 2022
Selection Number: 1000822543 (US)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 
Rating: Rated R for bloody horror violence and gore, language throughout and some sexual references
Subtitles: English, Latin American Spanish and French Canadian  
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital Plus 7.1) and French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Run Time: 01:50:41

 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: 

Street Date: December 27, 2022
Selection Number: 1000822542 (US)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 
Rating: Rated R for bloody horror violence and gore, language throughout and some sexual references
Subtitles: English, Latin American Spanish and French Canadian  
Languages/Sound: English (Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), Latin American Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Run Time: 01:50:48

 

The Remains of the Day Arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 21, 2023

   James Ivory's 1993 drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson will be hitting the 4K UHD Blu-ray format on February 21.

Oscar®-winners Anthony Hopkins (1991, Best Actor, The Silence of the Lambs) and Emma Thompson (1992, Best Actress, Howards End) reunite with the acclaimed Merchant Ivory filmmaking team for this extraordinary and moving story of blind devotion and repressed love. Hopkins stars as Stevens, the perfect English butler - an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths - as he serves his master, Lord Darlington, beautifully played by James Fox (The Servant). Darlington, like many other members of the British establishment in the 1930s, is duped by the Nazis into trying to establish a rapport between themselves and the British government. Thompson stars as the estate's housekeeper, a high-spirited, strong-minded young woman who watches the goings-on upstairs with horror. Despite her apprehensions, she and Stevens gradually fall in love, though neither will admit it, and only give vent to their charged feelings via fierce arguments.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray includes a Digital Copy and features Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, as well as a commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes, and theatrical trailer.

The Remains of the Day - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
The Remains of the Day - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Here is the full press release:


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THE ACCLAIMED MODERN CLASSIC
CELEBRATES ITS 30
TH ANNIVERSARY

 

 

 DEBUTING ON 4K ULTRA HD FEBRUARY 21ST

 

 


 

SYNOPSIS

Oscar®-winners Anthony Hopkins (1991, Best Actor, The Silence of the Lambs) and Emma Thompson (1992, Best Actress, Howards End) reunite with the acclaimed Merchant Ivory filmmaking team for this extraordinary and moving story of blind devotion and repressed love. Hopkins stars as Stevens, the perfect English butler - an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths - as he serves his master, Lord Darlington, beautifully played by James Fox (The Servant). Darlington, like many other members of the British establishment in the 1930s, is duped by the Nazis into trying to establish a rapport between themselves and the British government. Thompson stars as the estate's housekeeper, a high-spirited, strong-minded young woman who watches the goings-on upstairs with horror. Despite her apprehensions, she and Stevens gradually fall in love, though neither will admit it, and only give vent to their charged feelings via fierce arguments.
 
Academy Award® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 

DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

4K ULTRA HD DISC

  • Feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, approved by director James IvoryDolby Atmos audio + 5.1 + 2-Channel Surround
  • Special Features:
    • Audio Commentary with Director James Ivory, Producer Ismail Merchant, and Actress Emma Thompson
    • Love and Loyalty: The Making of The Remains of the Day Featurette
    • The Remains of the Day: The Filmmakers Journey Featurette
    • Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor: England's Fatal Flaw Featurette
    • 7 Deleted Scenes with Optional Director's Commentary
    • Theatrical Trailer

This 4K UHD release does not include a Blu-ray™
 

CAST AND CREW

Directed By: James Ivory
Produced By: Mike Nichols, John Calley, Ismail Merchant
Screenplay By: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Based on the Novel By: Kazuro Ishiguro
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox and Christopher Reeve
 

SPECS

Run Time: Approx. 134 minutes
Rating: PG for some themes
4K UHD Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.39:1
4K UHD Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 & 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD MA
  
        

Merry Christmas! David Gordon Green's Halloween Ends and Halloween Trilogy coming to 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray December 27th

Hopefully you've been good boys and girls this year. Santa will be bringing fans and franchise collectors Halloween Ends and the complete David Gordon Green-directed Halloween Trilogy to 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray December 27th 2022

David Gordon Green's tenure with the Halloween franchise certainly has been interesting. With Halloween (2018) there was the promise of a franchise retcon expunging from the timeline every past Halloween sequel and reboot save for John Carpenter's original classic. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as the iconic "final girl" Laurie Strode - a role we hadn't seen her occupy since she was stabbed in the back and dropped off a roof in 2002's Halloween Resurrection. While this outing certainly had some issues, by and large stalwart Michael Myers fans were excited to see this new direction take fold. And then Halloween Kills came along. While I didn't hate the film, I won't deny how messy it was. But that's okay, because it was the middle part of a planned trilogy, and everything would come together for Halloween Ends... we all know how well that turned out. To say the least, it sparked a passionate response. Now the trilogy capper Halloween Ends and a full trilogy of David Gordon Green's Halloween films is due to come out two days after Christmas as a last-minute stocking stuffer for eager fans... or a lump of coal depending on how you feel about the films. 

Now - we don't yet have full specs and outside of the SteelBooks, the cover art isn't official or finalized and that release date could change - it could come out even earlier than that considering the second-weekend box office for Halloween Ends, but these are all up for pre-order right now at various retailers. As soon as more details come in, we'll update our listings and this article. 

Halloween Ends - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Halloween Ends - Blu-ray 

Halloween Ends - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Best Buy SteelBook

Halloween Ends - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Zavvi Exclusive SteelBook

Halloween Trilogy - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Halloween Trilogy - Blu-ray


Once again, as soon as we have details for these releases we'll update our listings accordingly. Also - thank you for your pre-orders, they really do go a long way toward keeping our little show going. 

Adaptation. Announced and Detailed for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on December 6

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Spike Jonze's comedy starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper, newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative and with Dolby Vision on December 6.

Director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (Chris Cooper, in an Academy Award®-winning performance, 2002, Best Supporting Actor), New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage), and his twin brother, Donald (also Cage). As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean's best-selling book "The Orchid Thief," he writes himself into his own movie. The various stories crash into one another, exploding into a wildly imaginative film. ADAPTATION is at once a hilarious drama and a moving comedy, now celebrating its 20th anniversary.

As per the course with Sony as of late, the 4K UHD Blu-ray edition doesn't include a standard Blu-ray, but it does have a Digital Copy. The release features Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and a legacy featurette and theatrical trailer.

Adaptation. - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Adaptation. - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
 

Order your copy today and here is the full press release:


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FULLY REMASTERED IN 4K WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE
DEBUTING ON 4K ULTRA HD
DECEMBER 6TH

 

SYNOPSIS

Director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (Chris Cooper, in an Academy Award®-winning performance, 2002, Best Supporting Actor), New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage), and his twin brother, Donald (also Cage). As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean's best-selling book "The Orchid Thief," he writes himself into his own movie. The various stories crash into one another, exploding into a wildly imaginative film. ADAPTATION is at once a hilarious drama and a moving comedy, now celebrating its 20th anniversary.
 
Academy Award
® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS

4K ULTRA HD DISC

  • Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with Dolby Vision
  • All-new Dolby Atmos audio + original theatrical 5.1
  • Special Features:
    • Behind the Scenes in the Swamp Featurette
    • Theatrical Trailer

This 4K UHD release does not include a Blu-ray

CAST AND CREW
Directed By:
Spike Jonze
Screenplay By: Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman
Produced By: Edward Saxon, Vincent Landay, Jonathan Demme
Executive Producers: Charlie Kaufman, Peter Saraf
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper

SPECS
Run Time:
Approx. 115 minutes
Rating: R for language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images
Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 1.85:1
Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English, French (PAR) 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD MA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital 

Criterion Starts Off 2023 with Five Blu-ray Titles (with Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Getting Both a Blu-ray and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Besides Gilliam's comedy classic, this assortment of films include Bergman Island, This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection, Imitation of Life, and Lars von Trier's Europe Trilogy. 

Leading the charge on January 3 is The Adventures of Baron Munchausen  on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - Criterion Collection 

The boundless imagination of Terry Gilliam yields a dazzling fantasy of epic proportions. Inspired by the extravagant exploits of the fabled Baron Munchausen, this spectacle—born of a famously turbulent production—follows the whimsical eighteenth-century nobleman (John Neville) as he embarks on an outlandish quest that takes him from faraway lands to the moon to the belly of a sea monster and beyond, meanwhile waging battle against a vengeful sultan and the tyranny of logic. Packed frame to frame with special effects, mischievous wit, and colorful performances—including a young Sarah Polley as the Baron’s no-nonsense sidekick—the Oscar-nominated The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a lavish celebration of the triumph of make-believe over reality.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by writer-director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • For the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary featuring Gilliam and his coscreenwriter, Charles McKeown
  • Documentary on the making of the film
  • New video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns about the history of the Baron Munchausen character
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s special effects, narrated by Gilliam
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Gilliam
  • Storyboards for unfilmed scenes, narrated by Gilliam and McKeown
  • Original marketing materials including a trailer and electronic-press-kit featurettes, as well as preview cards and advertising proposals read by Gilliam
  • Miracle of Flight (1974), an animated short film by Gilliam
  • Episode of The South Bank Show from 1991 on Gilliam
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and author Michael Koresky

1988 • 126 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio


On the 10th comes the 1934 melodrama  Imitation of Life  from Director John M. Stahl.

Imitation of Life - Criterion Collection 

Melodrama master John M. Stahl brings his exquisite restraint and almost spiritually pure visual style to this devastating, enduringly relevant story of mothers and daughters. Imitation of Life explores the friendship between two struggling single mothers: one (Claudette Colbert) a working-class white woman who ascends to the top of the business world, the other (Louise Beavers) her Black housekeeper, whose life is shattered by the rejection of her rebellious, white-passing daughter (Fredi Washington). It is this latter relationship—attuned to America’s bitter racial realities and heartbreakingly enacted by trailblazing Black performers Beavers and Washington—that lends the film its transcendent emotional power. This first adaptation of Fannie Hurst’s best-selling novel boldly confronts the complexities and contradictions of racial identity, economic exploitation, and the limits of the American dream.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Miriam J. Petty, author of Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood, about the resonance of Louise Beavers’s and Fredi Washington’s performances
  • New interview with Imogen Sara Smith, contributor to The Call of the Heart: John M. Stahl and Hollywood Melodrama, about director John M. Stahl and his work with actor Claudette Colbert and others
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by Petty

1934 • 110 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio


A three-film set arrives on the 17th -  Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy .

Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy - Criterion Collection 

With his dazzling first three features, Lars von Trier sought nothing less than to map the soul of Europe—its troubled past, anxious present, and uncertain future. Linked by a fascination with hypnotic states and the mesmeric possibilities of cinema, the films that make up the Europe Trilogy—The Element of Crime, Epidemic, and Europa—filter the continent’s turbulent history, guilt, and traumas through the Danish provocateur’s audacious deconstructions of genres including film noir, melodrama, horror, and science fiction. Above all, they are bravura showcases for von Trier’s hallucinatory visuals, with each shot a tour de force of technical invention and dark imagination.

THREE-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

  • 4K digital restoration of Europa, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack, and 3K digital restorations of The Element of Crime and Epidemic, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • Audio commentaries featuring director Lars von Trier and others
  • Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier (1997), a documentary by Stig Björkman
  • Interview from 2005 with von Trier about the Europe Trilogy 
  • Making-of documentaries for all three films
  • Programs on the films featuring interviews with many of von Trier’s collaborators
  • Two short student films by von Trier: Nocturne (1980) and Images of Liberation (1982)
  • Danish television interview with von Trier from 1994
  • Trailers 
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton

THE ELEMENT OF CRIME

1984 • 103 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.89:1 aspect ratio

 

Lars von Trier’s stunning debut feature is a grungily expressionistic hallucination—a trancelike trawl through fractured memories, a murder mystery, and the psychic limbo of cultural displacement. From his exile in Cairo, a former police investigator (Michael Elphick) undergoes hypnosis in order to relive his memories of Europe and his last case, for which he went to dangerous lengths to enter into the mind of and catch a serial killer targeting children. Bathed in a sulfurous yellow glow pierced only by startling flashes of electric blue and red, The Element of Crime combines hard-boiled noir, dystopian science fiction, and dazzling operatic flourishes to yield a celluloid nightmare of terrifying beauty.

 

EPIDEMIC

1987 • 106 minutes • Color/Black & White • Monaural • In English and Danish with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

 

A jet-black comedy of contagion, a subversive medical-horror freak-out, and a sly metacinematic prank, Lars von Trier’s sophomore feature—born from a bet that he couldn’t make a film for less than $150,000—finds the director channeling his singular thematic obsessions into an evocatively lo-fi, perversely self-reflexive provocation. The filmmaker himself stars as a harried screenwriter whose efforts to complete a script about the outbreak of a deadly disease coincide with a grisly real-life plague. A twisted reflection on Europe’s haunted past—from the Black Death to World War II—and its scarred present, Epidemic is von Trier at his most idiosyncratic and audaciously experimental.

EUROPA

1991 • 112 minutes • Color/Black & White • Stereo • In English and German with English subtitles • 2.39:1 aspect ratio

 

“You will now listen to my voice . . . On the count of ten you will be in Europa.” The ominous, hypnotic induction by Max von Sydow inaugurates the entrancing final installment of Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy. An idealistic American (Jean-Marc Barr) travels to postwar Germany to take a job as a sleeping-car conductor for the Zentropa railways—and finds himself plunged into a murky, Kafkaesque world of intrigue and betrayal where the shadow of Nazism hovers menacingly over everything. With its ravishing cinematography (in black and white, color, and at times a stunning mix of both), dreamlike use of rear projections, and lush fusion of melodrama and noir conventions, Europa is a sublimely stylized cinematic fugue.  


 This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection  will be available on the 24th.

This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection - Criterion Collection 

With a poet’s eye for place, light, and the spiritual dimensions of everyday existence, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese crafts a meditation on the concept of homeland and a transcendent elegy for what is lost in the name of progress. Grieving and alone following the deaths of her husband and children, elderly Mantoa (Mary Twala Mhlongo, in a soul-shaking end-of-life performance) prepares for her own death and to be buried alongside her ancestors. When plans for a new dam near her village in the landlocked kingdom of Lesotho threaten to literally wash away all she holds dear, Mantoa takes a last stand, mobilizing her neighbors to fight for their land and their way of life. The experience of watching Mosese’s visionary, much-lauded This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection is as timeless and elemental as the land itself.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 

  • 2K digital master, approved by director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Mosese and producer Cait Pansegrouw
  • Mosese’s short films Mosonngoa (2014) and Behemoth: Or the Game of God (2016), along with his 2019 essay film Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You., with a new introduction by Mosese
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist and playwright Zakes Mda

2019 • 122 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • In Sesotho with English subtitles • 1.40:1 aspect ratio


And finally on the 31st arrives  Bergman Island  on Blu-ray.

Bergman Island - Criterion Collection 

Writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve embarks on a luminous summertime odyssey to the home of Ingmar Bergman for her seventh feature, a graceful, shape-shifting tale about the interplay of life and art and the ways in which stories are born. In search of inspiration for their current filmmaking projects, Chris (Vicky Krieps) and her partner (Tim Roth) travel to the remote island of Fårö, Sweden, where Bergman lived and worked for decades. There, the spirit of the cinema master looms as Chris confronts her complicated relationships to work, men, motherhood, and her artistic influences. Also featuring radiant performances from Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie, Bergman Island is a rich deconstruction of the mysteries of the creative process and the journey that every film takes from thought to page to screen.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL FEATURES 

  • 2K digital master, approved by director Mia Hansen-Løve, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Hansen-Løve
  • New interview with actor Vicky Krieps
  • Bergman’s Ghosts (2021), a short film made during the filming of Bergman Island by actor Gabe Klinger
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Devika Girish

 2021 • 113 minutes • Color • 5.1 surround • 2.35:1 aspect ratio


As soon as pre-orders become available we'll be sure to update the links on the site.

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