Historical Blu-ray Release Dates

This page lists all available information for new and upcoming releases in the Blu-ray format.
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Moll is a troubled woman, still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her. When she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling madly in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal to start a new life. But when Pascal is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, Moll is left isolated and afraid and finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.

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"At once an invaluable photographic record of life in Weimer Berlin and a timeless demonstration of the cinema's ability to enthrall on a purely visceral level, Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Berlin, die Symphonie der Grosstadt) offers a kaleidoscopic view of a single day in the life of a bustling metropolis. Carl Mayer (The Last Laugh), influenced by the naturalistic Kammerspiel movement, envisioned "a melody of pictures" sprung from daily reality instead of the stylized artificiality of the studio-bound expressionist film. Following Mayer's rough outline, photographer Karl Freund deployed a team of cameramen to explore the avenues, alleyways, and factories of Berlin and secure hidden-camera glimpses of the people and machinery that provide the city with its constant motion. The many hours of footage were then edited into a series of five acts, like movements of a symphony, by Walther Ruttmann as a continuation of his experiments with abstract motion. Scanned in 2K resolution from 16mm elements and featuring a score by composer Timothy Brock as performed by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films® are proud to release this classic of documentary cinema in a high-definition Blu-ray edition for the first time ever. Berlin defined the formula of the "city symphony" film and according to John Grierson—the filmmaker/critic who coined the term "documentary"—"No film has been more influential, more imitated."

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Mix-ups, Mishaps, Madness and Mayhem… It’s all part of the service! In the wildly entertaining spirit of A Fish Called Wanda, Blame It on the Bellboy delivers crazy laughs. The hilarity kicks off when a daffy bellboy (Bronson Pinchot, Perfect Strangers) accidentally switches the itinerary envelopes for three guests. His actions cause a hilarious case of mistaken identities, sending the trio down the road of nonstop comic adventures. Check in today for a zany time with a stellar cast that includes Dudley Moore (Arthur), Bryan Brown (F/X), Richard Griffiths (Withnail and I), Andreas Katsulas (The Fugitive), Patsy Kensit (Lethal Weapon 2), Alison Steadman (Life Is Sweet) and Penelope Wilton (Shaun of the Dead). Written and directed by Mark Herman (Brassed Off, Hope Springs).

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Praised by Japanese film critics and much admired by his contemporaries Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirô Ozu, Tomu Uchida nonetheless remains a little-known in the west. His 1955 masterpiece Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji is an excellent entry point for the newcomer.

Set during the Edo period, Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji is a tragicomic road movie of sorts, following a samurai, his two servants including spear-carrier Genpachi (Chiezô Kataoka) and the various people they meet on their journey, including a policeman in pursuit of a thief, a young child and a woman who is to be sold into prostitution.

Winner of a prestigious Blue Ribbon Award for supporting actor and Kurosawa regular Daisuke Katô, Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji is a film deserving of much wider international recognition.

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Famous literary works of the east and west collide in Season Two of the supernatural mafia hit from studio BONES (Full Metal Alchemist, Noragami).

A darker chapter of Dazai’s past reveals his ties to the Port Mafia, where the intricate balance of power in the superhuman underground breeds mystery and betrayal. Now, four years later, the Port Mafia is in the throes of power once more, only this time their rival is a gifted group of Americans known as the Guild. To make matters worse, both parties have a bone to pick with the Agency! Atsushi has his work cut out for him while Akutagawa grows more resentful by the day. But when the Guild’s prowess becomes a threat to all of Yokohama, a united front between bitter enemies may be the only way to save the city.

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Three aspiring actresses set out to break into the cut-throat world of acting in Los Angeles. Naomi is on the verge of stardom, Joe struggles to keep her head above water and Elsa is a fresh face on the scene. As each young woman is forced to face her deepest fears and insecurities, they all discover the lengths to which they will go to fight against failure. The promise of Hollywood is tempting, but what will they do when that promise is broken? How will they cope when pushed to their breaking points? Butterfly Caught offers a peek into the darker side of Hollywood's bright facade, exposes the seduction of fame and captures the thirst for relevance in a competitive city that cycles through talent and destroys ambitions.

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Meet the Tampa Police Department's newest recruit: He's fearless. He's relentless. He's...eight years old! Director Henry Winkler serves up a hilarious action-packed treat the whole family will love, starring Burt Reynolds and introducing Norman D. Golden II. Young Devon Butler (Golden) is obsessed with being a cop. Whether he's memorizing lingo from Miami Vice or tailing "suspects" on the playground, this kid knows all the moves. And when Devon witnesses a murder, he's eager to share what he knows with the police - for a price. In exchange, Devon demands to be made a cop - complete with badge, handcuffs and cool shades. Saddled with a pint-sized squad car sidekick, hard-boiled detective Nick McKenna (Reynolds) is not happy. But when the crooks come gunning for the boy, Nick and Devon become real partners as they race against time to bring the bad guys to justice. This "arresting" comedy from Imagine Films promises to capture the imaginations and tickle the funny bones of parents and children alike...over and over again!

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A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria.

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Dark River Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she encounters her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley), a man she barely recognizes, worn down by years of struggling to keep the farm going while caring for their sick father. Joe is thrown by Alice’s sudden arrival, angered by her claim and finds her presence increasingly impossible to deal with. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories and family betrayals to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both are irrevocably lost. Blu-ray includes: Theatrical Trailer 5.1 Surround, Stereo English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired

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When two people die at the same time, they’re sent to a place that’s neither heaven nor hell—a lavish bar between worlds where the stakes are high and the rules are simple: if you win you live again, if you die… you’re gone for good.

Decim is the bartender charged with serving the souls who enter Quindecim. He may make a mean cocktail, but his true profession is to play the role of arbiter—a judge who determines whether or not a soul is worthy of reincarnation. To aid in his judgment, the bar’s patrons are forced to play simple games laced with sadistic twists designed to bring their true natures to light. To Decim, judgment has always been black and white—that is—until he meets a mysterious young woman whose fate seems impossible to decide. His indecision shakes the very foundation of the games and raises the biggest question of all: Who is fit to judge the dead?

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YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT!!!

 

From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some of the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red the ultimate giallo movie.

 

One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow-Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator... or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems...

 

Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento-collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.

 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Original Italian soundtrack in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0 and lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, and original English soundtrack in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0*

English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

Audio commentary by filmmaker and Argento expert Thomas Rostock

Introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin

Profondo Giallo, a new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, its themes and its legacy

Rosso Recollections: Dario Argento s Deep Genius the Deep Red director on the creation of a giallo masterpiece

The Lady in Red: Daria Nicolodi Remembers Profondo Rosso

Music to Murder For! Claudio Simonetti on Deep Red

Profondo Rosso: From Celluloid to Shop a tour of the Profondo Rosso shop in Rome with long time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi

Italian theatrical trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

* The English audio track has some portions of English audio missing. English audio for these sections was either never recorded or has been lost. As such, these sequences are presented with Italian audio, subtitled in English.

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In this off-kilter comedy, estranged siblings Marcus & Michelle Brinks reunite after the sudden death of their parents, a saintly pair of doctors-without-borders they barely knew and never liked. The homecoming goes haywire when Michelle decides to stir up trouble and seduce Marcus' new father-in-law. The resulting chaos is a fine distraction for a brother and sister who choose to revel in dysfunction rather than face the grief of losing a family they thought they didn’t need. A comedy about tragedy.

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When he's hired to document the behind-the-scenes action of the ultra-low-budget horror movie Spectre of Death ("the first 3D found-footage horror film"), an aspiring filmmaker packs up his camera and travels with the film's crew to a creepy cabin in the woods. But, when the fictional evil presence from their film begins appearing in his behind-the-scenes footage, he has to figure out how to stop it before it finds its way into the real world.

Retro 3D glasses included. No 3D TV necessary.

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Frame Arms Girl contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Keiichirou Kawaguchi.When Ao found the package on her doorstep, she thought it was a present from her father, but inside the box was something truly unexpected: Gourai! A Frame Arms Girl, Gourai is a walking, talking, miniature artificial person with the intelligence of a ten-year-old human and a selection of snap-on weapons and armor. And the reason Gourai needs armor quickly becomes clear as two more Frame Arms Girls, Stylet and Baselard, arrive intent on testing Gourai's combat capabilities! It seems that Ao has been chosen to help test a new toy line and the good news is that she'll get paid for hosting her diminutive charges' battles! Of course, since they're mainly interested in fighting and gathering information, things are going to get awkward when they follow her to school. Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing Animations.

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Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman, Black Death) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism is tested, however, when he receives a case file on three chilling and inexplicable incidents: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse, Corpse Bride) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Alex Lawther, Freak Show) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Martin Freeman, Sherlock, Black Panther) visited by the spirit of his unborn child. Even more disturbing is that each of these macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to Professor Goodman's own life. Will they make a believer of him yet?

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Glass Mask, created in 1984, contains episodes 1-22 of the anime directed by Gisaburou Sugii.It seems like a fairy tale story. Plucked from obscurity by the legendary actress Chigusa Tsukikage, 13-year-old Maya Kitajima is given the chance of a lifetime and the opportunity to study at a legendary acting school. She'll also find an archrival, however, and Ayumi Himekawa is as determined to be the greatest actress of her generation as Maya is. To succeed, each girl must conquer every acting challenge placed in front of her and then push even further as they aim for the same ultimate goal: the role of the Crimson Goddess in the play of the same name, a part created by Chigusa herself. All the world is the stage as the ultimate dramatic rivalry begins in the original anime classic.Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing Animations.

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Paris, 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the maker of "A bout de souffle", "Le Mépris" and "Pierrot le fou", idolized by critics and intellectuals, is shifting from revolutionizing cinema to becoming a revolutionary tout court. Isn't he shooting "La Chinoise", more a political tract in favor of Maoism than an actual movie? His female star is Anne Wiazemsky, writer François Mauriac's granddaughter, sixteen years his junior. Anne and Jean-Luc have been dating since 1966 and they marry this very year. She admires Jean-Luc's originality, intelligence, wit and boldness while he loves Anne's freshness and - admiration of him. But May 1968 puts their marriage to the test. Godard, who is more and more involved in the revolution, indeed becomes less and less available to his young wife, which does not prevent him from acting jealous. It also looks as if the genius is losing his sense of humor.

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When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

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Writer-director Ari Aster makes his feature-length directorial debut in Hereditary, an exceptionally masterful horror film demonstrating Aster as a highly promising talent. Starring Toni Collette in arguably the greatest performance of her career, the story of a family teetering on the brink of insanity after a tragic loss is ultimately a drama at heart immersed in a palpably-thick atmosphere of apprehension and dread that slowly unfolds to a spine-chilling conclusion. The nightmarish family tragedy haunts Blu-ray with a stunning video presentation and creepily immersive DTS-HD MA soundtrack. Although supplements are disappointingly lacking, the overall package is Recommended for passionately dedicated horror-hounds. We've also reviewed this movie on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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About half an hour into Hereditary, we arrive at the catalyst of the story, a dreadfully shocking and tragic incident inciting this exceptionally masterful horror film into action. And I was completely sold, immediately sucked into this terrifying world oozing in ambiguity and an unexplained chilling ambiance. Part of what makes this scene so immensely impressive is the rapid turn of events, how terrifyingly quick a seemingly normal high school party can spiral unexpectedly out of control and into disaster. The other, and most important, part is writer-director Ari Aster's talent behind the camera, keeping audiences glued to their chairs while still tightly gripping the armrest, appalled by what they've just witnessed. Immediately after the accident, Aster holds a close-up of 16-year-old Peter (a terrific Alex Wolff) in a long take, denying us the opportunity to see the ghastly tragedy. Wolff's reaction is remarkable and unbearably realistic, wanting to see but not see at the same time while in a stupor. And we're in a similar position, mouth agape in bated breath, dumbfounded by what just occurred. 

Herein is the heart of the entire production's success, what is at the very core of any good horror film, which we've seen only seldom in the recent mainstream resurgence of the genre. And that is genuine dramatic performances of believable people caught in frighteningly extraordinary circumstances where escape feels nearly impossible. Outside of Wolff's standout portrayal of a traumatized teen on the brink of a mental breakdown, the real highlight is Toni Collette as Peter's mother, Annie, a miniaturist artist wrestling with her own inner demons while grappling to retain her sanity. This is Collette's show, at the center of a family's unraveling after experiencing heartbreaking loss, and she is simply phenomenal, giving the performance of a lifetime. After the death of her secretive, estranged mother, Collette visits a local support group where she delivers a soliloquy detailing the history of her family, one fraught with deep, psychological scars. Granted, it's an ingenious bit of exposition, but more importantly, it's a scene that allows Collette to flex her acting chops before the real fright-fest commences. 

Of course, a case can be made that the horror starts at Annie's mother's funeral where 13-year-old Charlie (a fantastic Milly Shapiro) sees strangers disturbingly smiling at her or doing strange rituals to her grandmother's corpse. But again, this only brings us back to the performances. Making her film debut, Shapiro is far more subtle and reserved, and in that restraint, the young actress promptly gains our sympathies while simultaneously making us feel uneasy about her, especially after scissoring the head of a pigeon. Ceaselessly twiddling her fingers and making kneeling figurines from random junk, Charlie is a socially awkward kid who walks barefoot outside and prefers to sleep in her treehouse, which feels reminiscent of the Baba Yaga, a witch of Slavic folklore. The only person in this damaged family staying afloat is the kids' father Steve (a sadly underused Gabriel Byrne), but even he slowly shows signs of collapsing under the weight of having to deal with a wife who may or may not be going insane, a big chunk of the mystery that carries much of the story before revealing the gruesome reality. 

And frankly, the astonishing beauty of Hereditary is how Aster keeps us engrossed in this thickly congested air of mystery and apprehension, which is the other critically important aspect of a good horror feature, aside from the performances. From the start, the young filmmaker, making his feature-length directorial debut, establishes an anxious-riddled and foreboding mood that steadily swells and expands as the story evolves into a larger, hair-raising puzzle. Even a friendly face like Ann Dowd's Joan, a support group member who tries to comfort Annie, comes with some doubt and suspicion — largely aided by Aster's very subtle clues, of course. But as the story lurches forward, the director turns the screw tighter on the grim and dreary atmosphere, feeling so palpable by the third act that the suspense suddenly shifts to a ghastly, nightmarish phantasmagoria, answering questions as much as leaving us in sickening dismay. The skill and talent behind this masterpiece of modern horror is very promising, leaving passionately dedicated aficionados, like myself, hopeful of the genre's future. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Lionsgate Home Entertainment and A24 bring Hereditary to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a flyer for a Digital HD Copy. The Region A locked, BD50 disc is joined by a DVD-9 copy of the movie and housed inside a blue, eco-elite case with a glossy slipcover. After several skippable trailers, viewers are taken to a static menu screen with music.

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A family's tragic mental breakdown seethes and boils into a nightmare-inducing vision on Blu-ray with a terrifyingly splendid 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode. Within the first opening moments of the miniatures and the slow transition to the Graham household, viewers will immediately note the tiniest detail, aspect and distinctive feature of the architecture and the materials used for constructing them. Shot entirely on the Arri Alexa digital camera system, the freshly-minted transfer is consistently sharp with outstanding definition in the threading and stitching of clothing and in the fabric of furniture. The blades of grass and leaves of trees distinctly move independently of each other, the thick, rough bark is apparent even from a distance, and we can clearly make out the grain of the wood in the treehouse. The dense, frizzed hair of the characters is strikingly discrete at all times, and facial complexions are highly revealing with incredibly lifelike textures, exposing every pore, wrinkle and negligible blemish in the cast.

Presented in its original and unusual 2.00:1 aspect ratio, the video shows a heavily stylized cinematography with an attractively restrained contrast, giving the movie a dreary, grayish and solemn appeal that suits the subject matter, making the presentation faithful to the filmmakers' creative intentions. Nevertheless, whites remain absolutely crisp and brilliant throughout, allowing for excellent visibility of the background information. Brightness levels appear to be somewhat affected by the photography, looking a tad lackluster, murky and somewhat flat in daylight sequences. However, at night, blacks are significantly stronger and inky with deep, stygian shadows that penetrate deep into the screen without sacrificing the finer details within the darkest corners. The overall palette is also understated and noticeably toned down as part of the film's gravely somber aesthetic, but primaries remain richly-saturated and accurately rendered while secondary hues provide a bit of life and energy to the story, especially the bright golden yellows that creepily bathe the Graham house. (Video Rating: 94/100)

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The creepiness of the unknown is made all the more terrifying thanks to a marvelously sinister DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, the same track shared with its Ultra HD Blu-ray counterpart. While an object-based audio option would have been a much-welcomed upgrade, this track nonetheless delivers a fantastic, tension-filled aural experience sure to creep out viewers. 

Filling the room with a forbidding, ominous air right from the start that never lets up, the design is skillfully inventive in its use of ambient effects discretely and flawlessly panning between the channels. Granted, the sides are mostly reserved for specific, hair-raising moments, such as the tongue-clucking noise or the pages of Charlie's notebook flipping by themselves, but they're employed effectively enough for creating a satisfyingly eerie soundfield. Meanwhile, other atmospherics, like the wind blowing through the trees, birds chirping in the distance and the chatter of school kids, do well in keeping the listener immersed in this macabre world. The lossless mix also lends itself splendidly well to the receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality, effortlessly spreading many of those atmospherics into the overheads.

Arguably, the best and most noteworthy aspect is Colin Stetson's disturbingly grim musical score bleeding into all the channels, exhibiting an extensive mid-range with sharp definition and fidelity in the instrumentation. Ironically filling the room with warmth and an impressive sense of presence, background activity smoothly moves across the three front channels effortlessly, generating a highly-engaging and spacious soundstage. At the same time, the dialogue is extraordinarily clear and precise with superb intonation in every dramatic line and sudden burst of hysterics. Most surprising is a robust and occasionally forceful low-end that energizes the room with a subtle ultra-low activity, providing certain visuals with an uneasy, menacing feeling. (Audio Rating: 92/100)

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  • Evil in Miniature (HD) - Photo Gallery of the models used throughout the film.
  • Deleted Scenes (HD, 16 min)
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Writer-director Ari Aster makes his feature-length directorial debut in Hereditary, an exceptionally masterful horror film demonstrating Aster as a highly promising talent. Starring Toni Collette in arguably the greatest performance of her career, the story of a family teetering on the brink of insanity after a tragic loss is ultimately a drama at heart immersed in a palpably-thick atmosphere of apprehension and dread that slowly unfolds to a spine-chilling conclusion. The nightmarish family tragedy haunts Blu-ray with a stunning video presentation and creepily immersive DTS-HD MA soundtrack. Although supplements are disappointingly lacking, the overall package is Recommended for passionately dedicated horror-hounds.

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Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.

The enchanting adventure returns with more badass babes then any high school male should ever have to drool over. 

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In Disney's HOCUS POCUS, Academy Award(R) nominee Bette Midler (Best Actress, 1991, FOR THE BOYS), stars with Sarah Jessica Parker (SEX AND THE CITY) and Kathy Najimy (THE WEDDING PLANNER) as three wild witches who return from seventeenth-century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. After they're conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters, the tricky trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth. But first they must outwit three feisty kids determined to foil their scheme! Filled with bewitching laughs and magic, this hilarious film is perfect for the whole family!|Producer David Kirschner came up with the idea for the movie one night while he and his young daughter were sitting outside and his neighbor's black cat strayed by. Kirschner began to unspool a narrative of how the cat was once a boy who was changed into a feline 300 years ago by three witches.|Actress Kathy Najimy described her character Mary as "Eddie Haskell as a witch," referring to the character on the classic TV series "Leave It To Beaver." "She sucks up to Winifred [Bette Midler's character] every chance she gets. She wants to be part of the power club and Winifred's got the power."|To create the costumes, designer Mary Vogt read many historical books about Salem, Massachusetts. "I even read diaries of women who were hanged as witches," she says.

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For its 25th anniversary, Disney brings the Sanderson Sisters back to Blu-ray. A family-friendly tale about three witches terrorizing a group of kids, Hocus Pocus remains a Halloween staple on TV and a nostalgic favorite for many who were kids when it first hit theaters in 1993. Though far from a classic, the flick still holds up fairly well for its intended audience. Serving as a very slight upgrade over the previous barebones Blu-ray release, this new disc basically features the same modest yet serviceable technical presentation while adding a PiP viewing option with vintage behind-the-scenes material. It's very unlikely that fans who already bought the original Blu-ray will find the need to double dip, but if you don't already own the last release, this is the version to pick up. Worth a Look.

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"It's just a bunch of hocus pocus," but what's wrong with that? Absolutely nothing, I say! A fondly remembered Halloween staple for many viewers who grew up in the 90s, Hocus Pocus actually holds up fairly well. Sure, the kid-targeted tale about three evil witches terrorizing children is a little rough around the edges, but the spooky spirit of the flick is strong, and it remains a decent example of family entertainment that doesn't completely talk down to its audience. The cast is very solid, and while pretty thin, the plot offers a fair assortment of thrills and laughs.

When cocky teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) takes his little sister out trick-or-treating -- she's dressed as a witch, and "for your information, he's a little leaguer!" -- the pair run into Allison (Vinessa Shaw), a classmate that Max has a crush on. Wanting to impress her, he does what any love-struck high-school kid would: accidentally resurrect a trio of three-hundred-year-old witches on Halloween night. Out to drain the city's children of their life force, the three witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) first target Max's sister, Dani (Thora Birch). After momentarily thwarting their spell, the kids all make a run for it and are soon joined by an immortal talking cat. Together they try to escape the witches' pursuit and find a way to stop them once and for all.

The script follows a predictable and thin path that sees the kids deal with various spooky obstacles and magic spells. Though very basic, to the writers' credit, they do a nice job of balancing family-friendly thrills with a silly, kid-centric sense of humor. Also, despite the intended audience, the movie doesn't shy away from some potentially scary content. Why, in the opening scene alone, a little girl is drained of her life force and three witches are hung. Of course, it's all done with a comparatively light tone, but the filmmakers resist the urge to tone down the content too much.

A lot of humor is derived from the witches' fish-out-of-water predicament, and watching the trio grow accustomed to modern life is entertaining. The three sisters have distinct personalities and the actresses appear to have a lot of fun on screen (the way they walk together is quite amusing). Their reactions to the modern world can be pretty funny (even a paved road freaks them out), and their terrified shock at the sight of a little girl dressed up like an angel is priceless. Midler, in particular, seems to relish every second she's on screen, vamping up her presence as Winifred with an appropriately villainous persona. 

The child actors are also pretty good in their roles. Katz is fairly one-note but appropriately confident, and does a decent job of carrying the forward momentum of the story. Vinessa Shaw is also good (though her part is underwritten), and Thora Birch is quite adorable as Max's little sister. Together, their relationship forms the heart of the flick, and the brother/sister dynamic is actually kind of sweet. 

Some of the film's special effects definitely show their age, but a lot of the makeup and even some of the CG work holds up well. I was expecting to be distracted by the talking cat, but for the most part, the feline character remains convincing enough. The witches' resurrection scene is particularly fun with some supernatural effects, and a sequence that involves a zombie pursuing the kids through a graveyard is also full of family-friendly scares and amusing headless stunt work.

As surprisingly well as the movie holds up, there are still some glaring issues with the script. It often feels like there are pieces missing from the plot, and a lot of the developments are very convenient (how did the kids know the witches would meet them at the school?). The characters could have been fleshed out more and the drama feels like it needs an extra beat or set piece here and there. Of course, it's kind of silly to hold a children's film under such scrutiny, but these issues do damper the movie's appeal to adults.

Hocus Pocus has oddly grown in popularity since its release, and remains a Halloween staple on TV every year. It's not exactly a children's movie classic, but I've always been quite fond of the film. Before reviewing this disc, I hadn't seen the movie since I was a kid, and while a lot of the script's shortcomings are much more apparent now, I actually still had some fun with the flick. Fellow viewers who grew up in the 90s might want to check this out for the sheer nostalgia factor, and parents looking for a silly, family-friendly "horror" movie to show their kids should definitely give it a shot.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Disney presents Hocus Pocus: 25th Anniversary Edition as a Blu-ray/Digital combo pack. A BD-50 disc and instructions for a Movies Anywhere digital copy are housed in a keepcase. With that said, the DVD copy featured in the previous release is no longer included. After a language selection screen and some skippable trailers, the disc transitions to a standard menu. The packaging indicates that the release is region A, B, and C compatible. A Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Target Exclusive Edition with a 40-page gallery book are available as well.

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Brightness and color may have been tweaked ever so slightly, but for all intents and purposes, this appears to be the same 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer found on the previously released Blu-ray. And though far from demo material, the modest video presentation gets the job done. You can read my in-depth thoughts on the video from my previous review HERE.

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Like the video, this appears to be the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 track found on the last release. And again, while unlikely to give your speaker setup a workout, the mix suits the material well enough. You can read my in-depth thoughts on the audio from my previous review HERE.

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Offering a welcomed but not revelatory upgrade over the previous barebones Blu-ray, Disney has actually included a few bonus features this time around. That said, since this is the flick's 25th Anniversary release, it would have been nice for the studio to offer some kind of retrospective piece with new cast & crew interviews. Instead, all we get is vintage material.  

  • We ♥ Hocus Pocus: Trivia and Treats Edition (HD) – This feature activates a PiP mode throughout the movie with vintage interview snippets from the cast & crew, concept art, storyboards, fun facts, and trivia. Likewise, a couple of brief deleted scenes are played as well, along with descriptions of a few more that are sadly not included.
  • Original 1993 Production Featurette (SD, 5 min) – This is a vintage featurette from 1993 with some short cast & crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage mostly focused on the special effects.    
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Hocus Pocus isn't exactly a family film classic, but it offers a fair amount of kid friendly thrills and laughs. The plot is very basic and thin, but Midler, Parker, and Najimy are memorable in their roles, and the child actors are very solid as well. For its 25th Anniversary, Disney essentially ports over the same modest yet serviceable video and audio from the last release, while adding a solid PiP viewing mode and a vintage featurette. Though far from the packed special edition some might have been hoping for, the bonus content does makes this a better buy over the old disc. With that said, only really big fans will find the need to double dip. Worth a Look

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In Disney's HOCUS POCUS, Academy Award(R) nominee Bette Midler (Best Actress, 1991, FOR THE BOYS), stars with Sarah Jessica Parker (SEX AND THE CITY) and Kathy Najimy (THE WEDDING PLANNER) as three wild witches who return from seventeenth-century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. After they're conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters, the tricky trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth. But first they must outwit three feisty kids determined to foil their scheme! Filled with bewitching laughs and magic, this hilarious film is perfect for the whole family!|Producer David Kirschner came up with the idea for the movie one night while he and his young daughter were sitting outside and his neighbor's black cat strayed by. Kirschner began to unspool a narrative of how the cat was once a boy who was changed into a feline 300 years ago by three witches.|Actress Kathy Najimy described her character Mary as "Eddie Haskell as a witch," referring to the character on the classic TV series "Leave It To Beaver." "She sucks up to Winifred [Bette Midler's character] every chance she gets. She wants to be part of the power club and Winifred's got the power."|To create the costumes, designer Mary Vogt read many historical books about Salem, Massachusetts. "I even read diaries of women who were hanged as witches," she says.

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Target exclusive includes limited edition 40-page gallery book.

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Oscar is one of those movies that has never quite gotten the praise it deserves. Which is not to say it's a "great" movie by any means, but it's certainly deserving of more attention. Those who have ignored the film over the years get a new chance to finally check it out, with a solid A/V presentation and a nice new bonus segment featuring comments from Director John Landis. Loaded with wonderful character actors; a sharp, witty script; and a better-than-you've-heard performance by lead Sylvester Stallone, Oscar isn't for everyone, but if you think you might be interested, it's certainly Worth a Look.

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There are older movies that I have a fondness for and I often wonder if others feel the same way. One such film is 1991's Oscar, a screwball comedy of misunderstandings and misdirection set in the early 1930s, directed by John Landis and starring Sylvester Stallone and a cast of recognizable 90's character actors. The movie – where the comedy comes almost exclusively from the dialogue (which I love) and not from slapstick (which I've never been a big fan of) – didn't set the box office on fire, nor would I classify it as a "great" film. But it has enough memorable moments that it has stuck with me all these years later, and I'm glad to see it finally make its Blu-ray debut.

Stallone stars as "Snaps" Provolone, a gangster who promises his dying father (Kirk Douglas) that he'll go straight in the movie's pre-credits sequence. The story then picks up a handful of weeks later at Snaps' mansion (where 90 percent or more of this movie takes place), where he's about to meet with some local bankers to establish himself as a respectable member of the community. Unbeknownst to him, across the street, local cop Toomey (Kurtwood Smith) has set up a surveillance of Snaps' home, hoping to get some evidence against him by viewing all the comings and goings – of which there will be a lot over the film's roughly 109-minute running time.

The visitor to Snaps' home that will have the biggest impact on the plot that is about to unfold is his accountant, Anthony Rossano (Vincent Spano), who informs Snaps he's in love with his daughter and wants to marry her. He's come to ask for a raise, but in the process also informs Snaps that he's embezzled $50,000 from Provolone, which he's converted into jewels. Snaps hopes to reclaim the jewels by having Anthony give them to his daughter, Lisa (Marisa Tomei), as a wedding gift... but this is only the beginning of Snaps' problems.

It turns out that Anthony isn't in love with Lisa, but rather Theresa (Elizabeth Barondes), a woman who told Anthony she was Snaps' daughter. Meanwhile, Snaps' real daughter, Lisa, wants to get from out of her father's rule, so she hatches her own marriage plans – starting by telling her father she's pregnant (she's not) and that the baby belongs to the family chauffeur, Oscar – the person whom the film is named after but has very little to do with the plot (he has a cameo at the end of the movie and is played by one of the film's screenwriters, Jim Mulholland).

A large chunk of Oscar is devoted to Snaps trying to manage everything, including juggling his two "daughters", a continuing switcharoo involving a pair of bags – one of which contains the precious jewels and one of which contains his maid's (Joycelyn O'Brien) underwear (matters are made worse when a third bag containing $50,000 cash is thrown into the mix), and trying to make sure everything goes right for the pending meeting with the bankers.

I would be remiss though if I didn't mention my two favorite characters in the movie, the Finucci brothers, played with glee by Martin Ferrero and Harry Shearer. They're Snaps' tailors, but Provolone convinces Anthony that they're notorious mobsters, so when the Finuccis tell Anthony, "When we're done with you, ain't no one gonna recognize you!" it takes on an ominous (and hilarious) meaning. Had Oscar been a box office smash, the Finuccis might have gotten their own film. Now, only the most die hard of movie buffs get it when I yell "Finuccis, sit!" at someone.

A lot of times, you'll love a movie from your youth, only to revisit it years later and find it doesn't quite hold up anymore. Thanks to the film's period setting, its (mostly) lack of any modern-day humor, and its solid production value, I'm glad to say Oscar has a timeless quality to it that allows it to work just as well now as it did in 1991. If you've never seen it, give it a shot – you might be pleasantly surprised.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Oscar arrives on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber inside a standard blue keepcase with no inserts. There are no front-loaded trailers on the 25GB single-layer disc, whose main menu is the same promotional shot of Sylvester Stallone hanging from a clock that graces the keepcase's slick. Menu selections run horizontally across the bottom of the screen.

The Blu-ray in this release is Region A locked.

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Oscar was shot on 35mm film and is presented here in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Although the movie was shot primarily using an interior set and the backlots at both Universal Hollywood and (after a fire at the California backlot) Universal Orlando, the film has some wonderful, colorful costumes and production design which look good in 1080p. Grain isn't too heavy, but enough for the presentation to maintain a film-like quality. While the movie doesn't really "pop" in HD, at least it hasn't been overly DNR'd here, so details are still pretty good. In short, the movie looks roughly as good as it did when it hit theaters back in 1991 (for the couple of weeks it actually played) and that's a good thing if you're a fan of the film.

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The only audio option on this release is an English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track, that sounds pretty good, all things considered. It doesn't take long for viewers/listeners to know that the audio rendering is well done, as the opening credits features a claymation figure singing "Largo al Factotum" (if the name isn't familiar, the song certainly will be), followed by a scene of Stallone's character arriving at his home while it is raining outside that provides some nice separation between the two front speakers. The film is dialogue-heavy, so it is nice to report that the spoken word is crisp and understandable, with no obvious muddiness or instances of dropouts.

Subtitles are available in English only.

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  • Interview with Director John Landis (HD 15:24) – Although this is essentially the only bonus feature on this release, this "talking head" bit with Landis is worth the price of admission – as he tells some great stories about making the movie, including a tale about Sylvester Stallone and Kirk Douglas that will give one a whole new perspective on Douglas's participation in the film and the movie's opening scene. The only problem with this bonus feature is that it's far too short... it seems like Landis might be able to go on for another hour about the movie, but what we do get is great.
  • Trailers – In addition to the trailer for Oscar (SD 1:23), the Blu-ray also includes trailers for Once Upon a Crime (HD 2:20), Blame It on the Bellboy (SD, 1:30), Cabin Boy (SD 1:45), and F.I.S.T. (HD 2:29). Each of the trailers must be viewed individually, and there is no "Play All" option.
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Oscar is one of those movies I've held a cult-like enjoyment of over the past several decades and have always wondered if others felt the same. It's not the typical vehicle for star Sylvester Stallone, which probably explains its inability to set the box office on fire. Still, it's a quite competent screwball comedy from Director John Landis, and one of his better efforts. Loaded with a cast of recognizable character actors and a sharp wit, this Blu-ray release is absolutely Worth a Look.

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For all intents and purposes, this appears to be the same video transfer from the previous 2D Blu-ray releases. And thankfully, that's not a bad thing at all. You can read a more in-depth breakdown of the video presentation in Joshua Zyber's review of the original Blu-ray release HERE.

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Though now presented as a DTS-HD MA 7.1 track instead of a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track, this is essentially the same mix found on the previous Blu-ray releases, offering a lively and satisfying experience. You can read a more in-depth breakdown of the audio in Joshua Zyber's review of the original Blu-ray release HERE.

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For this 25th Anniversary disc, Disney has ported over virtually all of the supplements found on previous editions -- reviewed HERE -- while adding a new Sing-Along feature. With that said, it looks like the Tim Burton Introduction, What's This? Jack's Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour – On Track Version, and Halloween Town, Christmas Town, and Real World galleries have been dropped for this release.

Sing-Along Editon (HD) - When this feature is toggled, users can watch the movie with on-screen lyrics during the musical numbers. An image is also displayed next to the lyrics indicating which character is singing, along with some simple animations that go along with the song (tears drip down when tears are mentoned in the lyrics, etc.). In addition, users can also select specific musical numbers from the main menu rather than watching the entire film.   

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Target exclusive includes limited edition 40-page gallery book.

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Returning home after fighting in Africa during World War II, a soldier with PTSD finds reintegrating with family life increasingly difficult as he relives the battle of Kasserine Pass.

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Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Timothy Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son, Tommy, and fiancée, Vanessa (Thaila Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for big laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone s favorite woodpecker!

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Growing up won’t be easy for 9-year-old math and science genius Sheldon Cooper. While the gifted, naïve Sheldon must cope with East Texas, where church and sports rule, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. His football-coach dad, George Sr., struggles to connect with a son he doesn’t understand. Sheldon’s mother, Mary, protects and nurtures her “square peg.” How can Sheldon’s older brother, Georgie, possibly be cool with his little brother in all his high school classes? Sheldon’s twin sister, Missy, might resent all the attention he gets, but she’s the only person who tells him the truth. Join young Sheldon on his awkward and hopeful journey to becoming the iconic, eccentric, extraordinary physicist we know and love from The Big Bang Theory.

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Moll is a troubled woman, still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her. When she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling madly in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal to start a new life. But when Pascal is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, Moll is left isolated and afraid and finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.

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"At once an invaluable photographic record of life in Weimer Berlin and a timeless demonstration of the cinema's ability to enthrall on a purely visceral level, Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Berlin, die Symphonie der Grosstadt) offers a kaleidoscopic view of a single day in the life of a bustling metropolis. Carl Mayer (The Last Laugh), influenced by the naturalistic Kammerspiel movement, envisioned "a melody of pictures" sprung from daily reality instead of the stylized artificiality of the studio-bound expressionist film. Following Mayer's rough outline, photographer Karl Freund deployed a team of cameramen to explore the avenues, alleyways, and factories of Berlin and secure hidden-camera glimpses of the people and machinery that provide the city with its constant motion. The many hours of footage were then edited into a series of five acts, like movements of a symphony, by Walther Ruttmann as a continuation of his experiments with abstract motion. Scanned in 2K resolution from 16mm elements and featuring a score by composer Timothy Brock as performed by the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films® are proud to release this classic of documentary cinema in a high-definition Blu-ray edition for the first time ever. Berlin defined the formula of the "city symphony" film and according to John Grierson—the filmmaker/critic who coined the term "documentary"—"No film has been more influential, more imitated."

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Mix-ups, Mishaps, Madness and Mayhem… It’s all part of the service! In the wildly entertaining spirit of A Fish Called Wanda, Blame It on the Bellboy delivers crazy laughs. The hilarity kicks off when a daffy bellboy (Bronson Pinchot, Perfect Strangers) accidentally switches the itinerary envelopes for three guests. His actions cause a hilarious case of mistaken identities, sending the trio down the road of nonstop comic adventures. Check in today for a zany time with a stellar cast that includes Dudley Moore (Arthur), Bryan Brown (F/X), Richard Griffiths (Withnail and I), Andreas Katsulas (The Fugitive), Patsy Kensit (Lethal Weapon 2), Alison Steadman (Life Is Sweet) and Penelope Wilton (Shaun of the Dead). Written and directed by Mark Herman (Brassed Off, Hope Springs).

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Praised by Japanese film critics and much admired by his contemporaries Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirô Ozu, Tomu Uchida nonetheless remains a little-known in the west. His 1955 masterpiece Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji is an excellent entry point for the newcomer.

Set during the Edo period, Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji is a tragicomic road movie of sorts, following a samurai, his two servants including spear-carrier Genpachi (Chiezô Kataoka) and the various people they meet on their journey, including a policeman in pursuit of a thief, a young child and a woman who is to be sold into prostitution.

Winner of a prestigious Blue Ribbon Award for supporting actor and Kurosawa regular Daisuke Katô, Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji is a film deserving of much wider international recognition.

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Famous literary works of the east and west collide in Season Two of the supernatural mafia hit from studio BONES (Full Metal Alchemist, Noragami).

A darker chapter of Dazai’s past reveals his ties to the Port Mafia, where the intricate balance of power in the superhuman underground breeds mystery and betrayal. Now, four years later, the Port Mafia is in the throes of power once more, only this time their rival is a gifted group of Americans known as the Guild. To make matters worse, both parties have a bone to pick with the Agency! Atsushi has his work cut out for him while Akutagawa grows more resentful by the day. But when the Guild’s prowess becomes a threat to all of Yokohama, a united front between bitter enemies may be the only way to save the city.

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Three aspiring actresses set out to break into the cut-throat world of acting in Los Angeles. Naomi is on the verge of stardom, Joe struggles to keep her head above water and Elsa is a fresh face on the scene. As each young woman is forced to face her deepest fears and insecurities, they all discover the lengths to which they will go to fight against failure. The promise of Hollywood is tempting, but what will they do when that promise is broken? How will they cope when pushed to their breaking points? Butterfly Caught offers a peek into the darker side of Hollywood's bright facade, exposes the seduction of fame and captures the thirst for relevance in a competitive city that cycles through talent and destroys ambitions.

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Meet the Tampa Police Department's newest recruit: He's fearless. He's relentless. He's...eight years old! Director Henry Winkler serves up a hilarious action-packed treat the whole family will love, starring Burt Reynolds and introducing Norman D. Golden II. Young Devon Butler (Golden) is obsessed with being a cop. Whether he's memorizing lingo from Miami Vice or tailing "suspects" on the playground, this kid knows all the moves. And when Devon witnesses a murder, he's eager to share what he knows with the police - for a price. In exchange, Devon demands to be made a cop - complete with badge, handcuffs and cool shades. Saddled with a pint-sized squad car sidekick, hard-boiled detective Nick McKenna (Reynolds) is not happy. But when the crooks come gunning for the boy, Nick and Devon become real partners as they race against time to bring the bad guys to justice. This "arresting" comedy from Imagine Films promises to capture the imaginations and tickle the funny bones of parents and children alike...over and over again!

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A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival during an undercover mission in Syria.

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Dark River Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she encounters her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley), a man she barely recognizes, worn down by years of struggling to keep the farm going while caring for their sick father. Joe is thrown by Alice’s sudden arrival, angered by her claim and finds her presence increasingly impossible to deal with. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories and family betrayals to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both are irrevocably lost. Blu-ray includes: Theatrical Trailer 5.1 Surround, Stereo English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired

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When two people die at the same time, they’re sent to a place that’s neither heaven nor hell—a lavish bar between worlds where the stakes are high and the rules are simple: if you win you live again, if you die… you’re gone for good.

Decim is the bartender charged with serving the souls who enter Quindecim. He may make a mean cocktail, but his true profession is to play the role of arbiter—a judge who determines whether or not a soul is worthy of reincarnation. To aid in his judgment, the bar’s patrons are forced to play simple games laced with sadistic twists designed to bring their true natures to light. To Decim, judgment has always been black and white—that is—until he meets a mysterious young woman whose fate seems impossible to decide. His indecision shakes the very foundation of the games and raises the biggest question of all: Who is fit to judge the dead?

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YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT!!!

 

From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some of the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red the ultimate giallo movie.

 

One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow-Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator... or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems...

 

Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento-collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.

 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Original Italian soundtrack in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0 and lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, and original English soundtrack in DTS-HD MA mono 1.0*

English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

Audio commentary by filmmaker and Argento expert Thomas Rostock

Introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin

Profondo Giallo, a new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, its themes and its legacy

Rosso Recollections: Dario Argento s Deep Genius the Deep Red director on the creation of a giallo masterpiece

The Lady in Red: Daria Nicolodi Remembers Profondo Rosso

Music to Murder For! Claudio Simonetti on Deep Red

Profondo Rosso: From Celluloid to Shop a tour of the Profondo Rosso shop in Rome with long time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi

Italian theatrical trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

* The English audio track has some portions of English audio missing. English audio for these sections was either never recorded or has been lost. As such, these sequences are presented with Italian audio, subtitled in English.

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In this off-kilter comedy, estranged siblings Marcus & Michelle Brinks reunite after the sudden death of their parents, a saintly pair of doctors-without-borders they barely knew and never liked. The homecoming goes haywire when Michelle decides to stir up trouble and seduce Marcus' new father-in-law. The resulting chaos is a fine distraction for a brother and sister who choose to revel in dysfunction rather than face the grief of losing a family they thought they didn’t need. A comedy about tragedy.

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When he's hired to document the behind-the-scenes action of the ultra-low-budget horror movie Spectre of Death ("the first 3D found-footage horror film"), an aspiring filmmaker packs up his camera and travels with the film's crew to a creepy cabin in the woods. But, when the fictional evil presence from their film begins appearing in his behind-the-scenes footage, he has to figure out how to stop it before it finds its way into the real world.

Retro 3D glasses included. No 3D TV necessary.

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Frame Arms Girl contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Keiichirou Kawaguchi.When Ao found the package on her doorstep, she thought it was a present from her father, but inside the box was something truly unexpected: Gourai! A Frame Arms Girl, Gourai is a walking, talking, miniature artificial person with the intelligence of a ten-year-old human and a selection of snap-on weapons and armor. And the reason Gourai needs armor quickly becomes clear as two more Frame Arms Girls, Stylet and Baselard, arrive intent on testing Gourai's combat capabilities! It seems that Ao has been chosen to help test a new toy line and the good news is that she'll get paid for hosting her diminutive charges' battles! Of course, since they're mainly interested in fighting and gathering information, things are going to get awkward when they follow her to school. Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing Animations.

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Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman, Black Death) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism is tested, however, when he receives a case file on three chilling and inexplicable incidents: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse, Corpse Bride) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Alex Lawther, Freak Show) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Martin Freeman, Sherlock, Black Panther) visited by the spirit of his unborn child. Even more disturbing is that each of these macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to Professor Goodman's own life. Will they make a believer of him yet?

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Glass Mask, created in 1984, contains episodes 1-22 of the anime directed by Gisaburou Sugii.It seems like a fairy tale story. Plucked from obscurity by the legendary actress Chigusa Tsukikage, 13-year-old Maya Kitajima is given the chance of a lifetime and the opportunity to study at a legendary acting school. She'll also find an archrival, however, and Ayumi Himekawa is as determined to be the greatest actress of her generation as Maya is. To succeed, each girl must conquer every acting challenge placed in front of her and then push even further as they aim for the same ultimate goal: the role of the Crimson Goddess in the play of the same name, a part created by Chigusa herself. All the world is the stage as the ultimate dramatic rivalry begins in the original anime classic.Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing Animations.

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Paris, 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the maker of "A bout de souffle", "Le Mépris" and "Pierrot le fou", idolized by critics and intellectuals, is shifting from revolutionizing cinema to becoming a revolutionary tout court. Isn't he shooting "La Chinoise", more a political tract in favor of Maoism than an actual movie? His female star is Anne Wiazemsky, writer François Mauriac's granddaughter, sixteen years his junior. Anne and Jean-Luc have been dating since 1966 and they marry this very year. She admires Jean-Luc's originality, intelligence, wit and boldness while he loves Anne's freshness and - admiration of him. But May 1968 puts their marriage to the test. Godard, who is more and more involved in the revolution, indeed becomes less and less available to his young wife, which does not prevent him from acting jealous. It also looks as if the genius is losing his sense of humor.

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When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

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Writer-director Ari Aster makes his feature-length directorial debut in Hereditary, an exceptionally masterful horror film demonstrating Aster as a highly promising talent. Starring Toni Collette in arguably the greatest performance of her career, the story of a family teetering on the brink of insanity after a tragic loss is ultimately a drama at heart immersed in a palpably-thick atmosphere of apprehension and dread that slowly unfolds to a spine-chilling conclusion. The nightmarish family tragedy haunts Blu-ray with a stunning video presentation and creepily immersive DTS-HD MA soundtrack. Although supplements are disappointingly lacking, the overall package is Recommended for passionately dedicated horror-hounds. We've also reviewed this movie on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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About half an hour into Hereditary, we arrive at the catalyst of the story, a dreadfully shocking and tragic incident inciting this exceptionally masterful horror film into action. And I was completely sold, immediately sucked into this terrifying world oozing in ambiguity and an unexplained chilling ambiance. Part of what makes this scene so immensely impressive is the rapid turn of events, how terrifyingly quick a seemingly normal high school party can spiral unexpectedly out of control and into disaster. The other, and most important, part is writer-director Ari Aster's talent behind the camera, keeping audiences glued to their chairs while still tightly gripping the armrest, appalled by what they've just witnessed. Immediately after the accident, Aster holds a close-up of 16-year-old Peter (a terrific Alex Wolff) in a long take, denying us the opportunity to see the ghastly tragedy. Wolff's reaction is remarkable and unbearably realistic, wanting to see but not see at the same time while in a stupor. And we're in a similar position, mouth agape in bated breath, dumbfounded by what just occurred. 

Herein is the heart of the entire production's success, what is at the very core of any good horror film, which we've seen only seldom in the recent mainstream resurgence of the genre. And that is genuine dramatic performances of believable people caught in frighteningly extraordinary circumstances where escape feels nearly impossible. Outside of Wolff's standout portrayal of a traumatized teen on the brink of a mental breakdown, the real highlight is Toni Collette as Peter's mother, Annie, a miniaturist artist wrestling with her own inner demons while grappling to retain her sanity. This is Collette's show, at the center of a family's unraveling after experiencing heartbreaking loss, and she is simply phenomenal, giving the performance of a lifetime. After the death of her secretive, estranged mother, Collette visits a local support group where she delivers a soliloquy detailing the history of her family, one fraught with deep, psychological scars. Granted, it's an ingenious bit of exposition, but more importantly, it's a scene that allows Collette to flex her acting chops before the real fright-fest commences. 

Of course, a case can be made that the horror starts at Annie's mother's funeral where 13-year-old Charlie (a fantastic Milly Shapiro) sees strangers disturbingly smiling at her or doing strange rituals to her grandmother's corpse. But again, this only brings us back to the performances. Making her film debut, Shapiro is far more subtle and reserved, and in that restraint, the young actress promptly gains our sympathies while simultaneously making us feel uneasy about her, especially after scissoring the head of a pigeon. Ceaselessly twiddling her fingers and making kneeling figurines from random junk, Charlie is a socially awkward kid who walks barefoot outside and prefers to sleep in her treehouse, which feels reminiscent of the Baba Yaga, a witch of Slavic folklore. The only person in this damaged family staying afloat is the kids' father Steve (a sadly underused Gabriel Byrne), but even he slowly shows signs of collapsing under the weight of having to deal with a wife who may or may not be going insane, a big chunk of the mystery that carries much of the story before revealing the gruesome reality. 

And frankly, the astonishing beauty of Hereditary is how Aster keeps us engrossed in this thickly congested air of mystery and apprehension, which is the other critically important aspect of a good horror feature, aside from the performances. From the start, the young filmmaker, making his feature-length directorial debut, establishes an anxious-riddled and foreboding mood that steadily swells and expands as the story evolves into a larger, hair-raising puzzle. Even a friendly face like Ann Dowd's Joan, a support group member who tries to comfort Annie, comes with some doubt and suspicion — largely aided by Aster's very subtle clues, of course. But as the story lurches forward, the director turns the screw tighter on the grim and dreary atmosphere, feeling so palpable by the third act that the suspense suddenly shifts to a ghastly, nightmarish phantasmagoria, answering questions as much as leaving us in sickening dismay. The skill and talent behind this masterpiece of modern horror is very promising, leaving passionately dedicated aficionados, like myself, hopeful of the genre's future. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Lionsgate Home Entertainment and A24 bring Hereditary to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a flyer for a Digital HD Copy. The Region A locked, BD50 disc is joined by a DVD-9 copy of the movie and housed inside a blue, eco-elite case with a glossy slipcover. After several skippable trailers, viewers are taken to a static menu screen with music.

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A family's tragic mental breakdown seethes and boils into a nightmare-inducing vision on Blu-ray with a terrifyingly splendid 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode. Within the first opening moments of the miniatures and the slow transition to the Graham household, viewers will immediately note the tiniest detail, aspect and distinctive feature of the architecture and the materials used for constructing them. Shot entirely on the Arri Alexa digital camera system, the freshly-minted transfer is consistently sharp with outstanding definition in the threading and stitching of clothing and in the fabric of furniture. The blades of grass and leaves of trees distinctly move independently of each other, the thick, rough bark is apparent even from a distance, and we can clearly make out the grain of the wood in the treehouse. The dense, frizzed hair of the characters is strikingly discrete at all times, and facial complexions are highly revealing with incredibly lifelike textures, exposing every pore, wrinkle and negligible blemish in the cast.

Presented in its original and unusual 2.00:1 aspect ratio, the video shows a heavily stylized cinematography with an attractively restrained contrast, giving the movie a dreary, grayish and solemn appeal that suits the subject matter, making the presentation faithful to the filmmakers' creative intentions. Nevertheless, whites remain absolutely crisp and brilliant throughout, allowing for excellent visibility of the background information. Brightness levels appear to be somewhat affected by the photography, looking a tad lackluster, murky and somewhat flat in daylight sequences. However, at night, blacks are significantly stronger and inky with deep, stygian shadows that penetrate deep into the screen without sacrificing the finer details within the darkest corners. The overall palette is also understated and noticeably toned down as part of the film's gravely somber aesthetic, but primaries remain richly-saturated and accurately rendered while secondary hues provide a bit of life and energy to the story, especially the bright golden yellows that creepily bathe the Graham house. (Video Rating: 94/100)

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The creepiness of the unknown is made all the more terrifying thanks to a marvelously sinister DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, the same track shared with its Ultra HD Blu-ray counterpart. While an object-based audio option would have been a much-welcomed upgrade, this track nonetheless delivers a fantastic, tension-filled aural experience sure to creep out viewers. 

Filling the room with a forbidding, ominous air right from the start that never lets up, the design is skillfully inventive in its use of ambient effects discretely and flawlessly panning between the channels. Granted, the sides are mostly reserved for specific, hair-raising moments, such as the tongue-clucking noise or the pages of Charlie's notebook flipping by themselves, but they're employed effectively enough for creating a satisfyingly eerie soundfield. Meanwhile, other atmospherics, like the wind blowing through the trees, birds chirping in the distance and the chatter of school kids, do well in keeping the listener immersed in this macabre world. The lossless mix also lends itself splendidly well to the receiver's Dolby Surround or DTS: Neural:X up-mixing functionality, effortlessly spreading many of those atmospherics into the overheads.

Arguably, the best and most noteworthy aspect is Colin Stetson's disturbingly grim musical score bleeding into all the channels, exhibiting an extensive mid-range with sharp definition and fidelity in the instrumentation. Ironically filling the room with warmth and an impressive sense of presence, background activity smoothly moves across the three front channels effortlessly, generating a highly-engaging and spacious soundstage. At the same time, the dialogue is extraordinarily clear and precise with superb intonation in every dramatic line and sudden burst of hysterics. Most surprising is a robust and occasionally forceful low-end that energizes the room with a subtle ultra-low activity, providing certain visuals with an uneasy, menacing feeling. (Audio Rating: 92/100)

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  • Evil in Miniature (HD) - Photo Gallery of the models used throughout the film.
  • Deleted Scenes (HD, 16 min)
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Writer-director Ari Aster makes his feature-length directorial debut in Hereditary, an exceptionally masterful horror film demonstrating Aster as a highly promising talent. Starring Toni Collette in arguably the greatest performance of her career, the story of a family teetering on the brink of insanity after a tragic loss is ultimately a drama at heart immersed in a palpably-thick atmosphere of apprehension and dread that slowly unfolds to a spine-chilling conclusion. The nightmarish family tragedy haunts Blu-ray with a stunning video presentation and creepily immersive DTS-HD MA soundtrack. Although supplements are disappointingly lacking, the overall package is Recommended for passionately dedicated horror-hounds.

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Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.

The enchanting adventure returns with more badass babes then any high school male should ever have to drool over. 

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In Disney's HOCUS POCUS, Academy Award(R) nominee Bette Midler (Best Actress, 1991, FOR THE BOYS), stars with Sarah Jessica Parker (SEX AND THE CITY) and Kathy Najimy (THE WEDDING PLANNER) as three wild witches who return from seventeenth-century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. After they're conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters, the tricky trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth. But first they must outwit three feisty kids determined to foil their scheme! Filled with bewitching laughs and magic, this hilarious film is perfect for the whole family!|Producer David Kirschner came up with the idea for the movie one night while he and his young daughter were sitting outside and his neighbor's black cat strayed by. Kirschner began to unspool a narrative of how the cat was once a boy who was changed into a feline 300 years ago by three witches.|Actress Kathy Najimy described her character Mary as "Eddie Haskell as a witch," referring to the character on the classic TV series "Leave It To Beaver." "She sucks up to Winifred [Bette Midler's character] every chance she gets. She wants to be part of the power club and Winifred's got the power."|To create the costumes, designer Mary Vogt read many historical books about Salem, Massachusetts. "I even read diaries of women who were hanged as witches," she says.

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For its 25th anniversary, Disney brings the Sanderson Sisters back to Blu-ray. A family-friendly tale about three witches terrorizing a group of kids, Hocus Pocus remains a Halloween staple on TV and a nostalgic favorite for many who were kids when it first hit theaters in 1993. Though far from a classic, the flick still holds up fairly well for its intended audience. Serving as a very slight upgrade over the previous barebones Blu-ray release, this new disc basically features the same modest yet serviceable technical presentation while adding a PiP viewing option with vintage behind-the-scenes material. It's very unlikely that fans who already bought the original Blu-ray will find the need to double dip, but if you don't already own the last release, this is the version to pick up. Worth a Look.

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"It's just a bunch of hocus pocus," but what's wrong with that? Absolutely nothing, I say! A fondly remembered Halloween staple for many viewers who grew up in the 90s, Hocus Pocus actually holds up fairly well. Sure, the kid-targeted tale about three evil witches terrorizing children is a little rough around the edges, but the spooky spirit of the flick is strong, and it remains a decent example of family entertainment that doesn't completely talk down to its audience. The cast is very solid, and while pretty thin, the plot offers a fair assortment of thrills and laughs.

When cocky teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) takes his little sister out trick-or-treating -- she's dressed as a witch, and "for your information, he's a little leaguer!" -- the pair run into Allison (Vinessa Shaw), a classmate that Max has a crush on. Wanting to impress her, he does what any love-struck high-school kid would: accidentally resurrect a trio of three-hundred-year-old witches on Halloween night. Out to drain the city's children of their life force, the three witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) first target Max's sister, Dani (Thora Birch). After momentarily thwarting their spell, the kids all make a run for it and are soon joined by an immortal talking cat. Together they try to escape the witches' pursuit and find a way to stop them once and for all.

The script follows a predictable and thin path that sees the kids deal with various spooky obstacles and magic spells. Though very basic, to the writers' credit, they do a nice job of balancing family-friendly thrills with a silly, kid-centric sense of humor. Also, despite the intended audience, the movie doesn't shy away from some potentially scary content. Why, in the opening scene alone, a little girl is drained of her life force and three witches are hung. Of course, it's all done with a comparatively light tone, but the filmmakers resist the urge to tone down the content too much.

A lot of humor is derived from the witches' fish-out-of-water predicament, and watching the trio grow accustomed to modern life is entertaining. The three sisters have distinct personalities and the actresses appear to have a lot of fun on screen (the way they walk together is quite amusing). Their reactions to the modern world can be pretty funny (even a paved road freaks them out), and their terrified shock at the sight of a little girl dressed up like an angel is priceless. Midler, in particular, seems to relish every second she's on screen, vamping up her presence as Winifred with an appropriately villainous persona. 

The child actors are also pretty good in their roles. Katz is fairly one-note but appropriately confident, and does a decent job of carrying the forward momentum of the story. Vinessa Shaw is also good (though her part is underwritten), and Thora Birch is quite adorable as Max's little sister. Together, their relationship forms the heart of the flick, and the brother/sister dynamic is actually kind of sweet. 

Some of the film's special effects definitely show their age, but a lot of the makeup and even some of the CG work holds up well. I was expecting to be distracted by the talking cat, but for the most part, the feline character remains convincing enough. The witches' resurrection scene is particularly fun with some supernatural effects, and a sequence that involves a zombie pursuing the kids through a graveyard is also full of family-friendly scares and amusing headless stunt work.

As surprisingly well as the movie holds up, there are still some glaring issues with the script. It often feels like there are pieces missing from the plot, and a lot of the developments are very convenient (how did the kids know the witches would meet them at the school?). The characters could have been fleshed out more and the drama feels like it needs an extra beat or set piece here and there. Of course, it's kind of silly to hold a children's film under such scrutiny, but these issues do damper the movie's appeal to adults.

Hocus Pocus has oddly grown in popularity since its release, and remains a Halloween staple on TV every year. It's not exactly a children's movie classic, but I've always been quite fond of the film. Before reviewing this disc, I hadn't seen the movie since I was a kid, and while a lot of the script's shortcomings are much more apparent now, I actually still had some fun with the flick. Fellow viewers who grew up in the 90s might want to check this out for the sheer nostalgia factor, and parents looking for a silly, family-friendly "horror" movie to show their kids should definitely give it a shot.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Disney presents Hocus Pocus: 25th Anniversary Edition as a Blu-ray/Digital combo pack. A BD-50 disc and instructions for a Movies Anywhere digital copy are housed in a keepcase. With that said, the DVD copy featured in the previous release is no longer included. After a language selection screen and some skippable trailers, the disc transitions to a standard menu. The packaging indicates that the release is region A, B, and C compatible. A Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Target Exclusive Edition with a 40-page gallery book are available as well.

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Brightness and color may have been tweaked ever so slightly, but for all intents and purposes, this appears to be the same 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer found on the previously released Blu-ray. And though far from demo material, the modest video presentation gets the job done. You can read my in-depth thoughts on the video from my previous review HERE.

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Like the video, this appears to be the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 track found on the last release. And again, while unlikely to give your speaker setup a workout, the mix suits the material well enough. You can read my in-depth thoughts on the audio from my previous review HERE.

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Offering a welcomed but not revelatory upgrade over the previous barebones Blu-ray, Disney has actually included a few bonus features this time around. That said, since this is the flick's 25th Anniversary release, it would have been nice for the studio to offer some kind of retrospective piece with new cast & crew interviews. Instead, all we get is vintage material.  

  • We ♥ Hocus Pocus: Trivia and Treats Edition (HD) – This feature activates a PiP mode throughout the movie with vintage interview snippets from the cast & crew, concept art, storyboards, fun facts, and trivia. Likewise, a couple of brief deleted scenes are played as well, along with descriptions of a few more that are sadly not included.
  • Original 1993 Production Featurette (SD, 5 min) – This is a vintage featurette from 1993 with some short cast & crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage mostly focused on the special effects.    
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Hocus Pocus isn't exactly a family film classic, but it offers a fair amount of kid friendly thrills and laughs. The plot is very basic and thin, but Midler, Parker, and Najimy are memorable in their roles, and the child actors are very solid as well. For its 25th Anniversary, Disney essentially ports over the same modest yet serviceable video and audio from the last release, while adding a solid PiP viewing mode and a vintage featurette. Though far from the packed special edition some might have been hoping for, the bonus content does makes this a better buy over the old disc. With that said, only really big fans will find the need to double dip. Worth a Look

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In Disney's HOCUS POCUS, Academy Award(R) nominee Bette Midler (Best Actress, 1991, FOR THE BOYS), stars with Sarah Jessica Parker (SEX AND THE CITY) and Kathy Najimy (THE WEDDING PLANNER) as three wild witches who return from seventeenth-century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. After they're conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters, the tricky trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth. But first they must outwit three feisty kids determined to foil their scheme! Filled with bewitching laughs and magic, this hilarious film is perfect for the whole family!|Producer David Kirschner came up with the idea for the movie one night while he and his young daughter were sitting outside and his neighbor's black cat strayed by. Kirschner began to unspool a narrative of how the cat was once a boy who was changed into a feline 300 years ago by three witches.|Actress Kathy Najimy described her character Mary as "Eddie Haskell as a witch," referring to the character on the classic TV series "Leave It To Beaver." "She sucks up to Winifred [Bette Midler's character] every chance she gets. She wants to be part of the power club and Winifred's got the power."|To create the costumes, designer Mary Vogt read many historical books about Salem, Massachusetts. "I even read diaries of women who were hanged as witches," she says.

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Target exclusive includes limited edition 40-page gallery book.

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Oscar is one of those movies that has never quite gotten the praise it deserves. Which is not to say it's a "great" movie by any means, but it's certainly deserving of more attention. Those who have ignored the film over the years get a new chance to finally check it out, with a solid A/V presentation and a nice new bonus segment featuring comments from Director John Landis. Loaded with wonderful character actors; a sharp, witty script; and a better-than-you've-heard performance by lead Sylvester Stallone, Oscar isn't for everyone, but if you think you might be interested, it's certainly Worth a Look.

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There are older movies that I have a fondness for and I often wonder if others feel the same way. One such film is 1991's Oscar, a screwball comedy of misunderstandings and misdirection set in the early 1930s, directed by John Landis and starring Sylvester Stallone and a cast of recognizable 90's character actors. The movie – where the comedy comes almost exclusively from the dialogue (which I love) and not from slapstick (which I've never been a big fan of) – didn't set the box office on fire, nor would I classify it as a "great" film. But it has enough memorable moments that it has stuck with me all these years later, and I'm glad to see it finally make its Blu-ray debut.

Stallone stars as "Snaps" Provolone, a gangster who promises his dying father (Kirk Douglas) that he'll go straight in the movie's pre-credits sequence. The story then picks up a handful of weeks later at Snaps' mansion (where 90 percent or more of this movie takes place), where he's about to meet with some local bankers to establish himself as a respectable member of the community. Unbeknownst to him, across the street, local cop Toomey (Kurtwood Smith) has set up a surveillance of Snaps' home, hoping to get some evidence against him by viewing all the comings and goings – of which there will be a lot over the film's roughly 109-minute running time.

The visitor to Snaps' home that will have the biggest impact on the plot that is about to unfold is his accountant, Anthony Rossano (Vincent Spano), who informs Snaps he's in love with his daughter and wants to marry her. He's come to ask for a raise, but in the process also informs Snaps that he's embezzled $50,000 from Provolone, which he's converted into jewels. Snaps hopes to reclaim the jewels by having Anthony give them to his daughter, Lisa (Marisa Tomei), as a wedding gift... but this is only the beginning of Snaps' problems.

It turns out that Anthony isn't in love with Lisa, but rather Theresa (Elizabeth Barondes), a woman who told Anthony she was Snaps' daughter. Meanwhile, Snaps' real daughter, Lisa, wants to get from out of her father's rule, so she hatches her own marriage plans – starting by telling her father she's pregnant (she's not) and that the baby belongs to the family chauffeur, Oscar – the person whom the film is named after but has very little to do with the plot (he has a cameo at the end of the movie and is played by one of the film's screenwriters, Jim Mulholland).

A large chunk of Oscar is devoted to Snaps trying to manage everything, including juggling his two "daughters", a continuing switcharoo involving a pair of bags – one of which contains the precious jewels and one of which contains his maid's (Joycelyn O'Brien) underwear (matters are made worse when a third bag containing $50,000 cash is thrown into the mix), and trying to make sure everything goes right for the pending meeting with the bankers.

I would be remiss though if I didn't mention my two favorite characters in the movie, the Finucci brothers, played with glee by Martin Ferrero and Harry Shearer. They're Snaps' tailors, but Provolone convinces Anthony that they're notorious mobsters, so when the Finuccis tell Anthony, "When we're done with you, ain't no one gonna recognize you!" it takes on an ominous (and hilarious) meaning. Had Oscar been a box office smash, the Finuccis might have gotten their own film. Now, only the most die hard of movie buffs get it when I yell "Finuccis, sit!" at someone.

A lot of times, you'll love a movie from your youth, only to revisit it years later and find it doesn't quite hold up anymore. Thanks to the film's period setting, its (mostly) lack of any modern-day humor, and its solid production value, I'm glad to say Oscar has a timeless quality to it that allows it to work just as well now as it did in 1991. If you've never seen it, give it a shot – you might be pleasantly surprised.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Oscar arrives on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber inside a standard blue keepcase with no inserts. There are no front-loaded trailers on the 25GB single-layer disc, whose main menu is the same promotional shot of Sylvester Stallone hanging from a clock that graces the keepcase's slick. Menu selections run horizontally across the bottom of the screen.

The Blu-ray in this release is Region A locked.

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Oscar was shot on 35mm film and is presented here in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Although the movie was shot primarily using an interior set and the backlots at both Universal Hollywood and (after a fire at the California backlot) Universal Orlando, the film has some wonderful, colorful costumes and production design which look good in 1080p. Grain isn't too heavy, but enough for the presentation to maintain a film-like quality. While the movie doesn't really "pop" in HD, at least it hasn't been overly DNR'd here, so details are still pretty good. In short, the movie looks roughly as good as it did when it hit theaters back in 1991 (for the couple of weeks it actually played) and that's a good thing if you're a fan of the film.

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The only audio option on this release is an English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track, that sounds pretty good, all things considered. It doesn't take long for viewers/listeners to know that the audio rendering is well done, as the opening credits features a claymation figure singing "Largo al Factotum" (if the name isn't familiar, the song certainly will be), followed by a scene of Stallone's character arriving at his home while it is raining outside that provides some nice separation between the two front speakers. The film is dialogue-heavy, so it is nice to report that the spoken word is crisp and understandable, with no obvious muddiness or instances of dropouts.

Subtitles are available in English only.

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  • Interview with Director John Landis (HD 15:24) – Although this is essentially the only bonus feature on this release, this "talking head" bit with Landis is worth the price of admission – as he tells some great stories about making the movie, including a tale about Sylvester Stallone and Kirk Douglas that will give one a whole new perspective on Douglas's participation in the film and the movie's opening scene. The only problem with this bonus feature is that it's far too short... it seems like Landis might be able to go on for another hour about the movie, but what we do get is great.
  • Trailers – In addition to the trailer for Oscar (SD 1:23), the Blu-ray also includes trailers for Once Upon a Crime (HD 2:20), Blame It on the Bellboy (SD, 1:30), Cabin Boy (SD 1:45), and F.I.S.T. (HD 2:29). Each of the trailers must be viewed individually, and there is no "Play All" option.
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Oscar is one of those movies I've held a cult-like enjoyment of over the past several decades and have always wondered if others felt the same. It's not the typical vehicle for star Sylvester Stallone, which probably explains its inability to set the box office on fire. Still, it's a quite competent screwball comedy from Director John Landis, and one of his better efforts. Loaded with a cast of recognizable character actors and a sharp wit, this Blu-ray release is absolutely Worth a Look.

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For all intents and purposes, this appears to be the same video transfer from the previous 2D Blu-ray releases. And thankfully, that's not a bad thing at all. You can read a more in-depth breakdown of the video presentation in Joshua Zyber's review of the original Blu-ray release HERE.

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Though now presented as a DTS-HD MA 7.1 track instead of a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track, this is essentially the same mix found on the previous Blu-ray releases, offering a lively and satisfying experience. You can read a more in-depth breakdown of the audio in Joshua Zyber's review of the original Blu-ray release HERE.

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For this 25th Anniversary disc, Disney has ported over virtually all of the supplements found on previous editions -- reviewed HERE -- while adding a new Sing-Along feature. With that said, it looks like the Tim Burton Introduction, What's This? Jack's Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour – On Track Version, and Halloween Town, Christmas Town, and Real World galleries have been dropped for this release.

Sing-Along Editon (HD) - When this feature is toggled, users can watch the movie with on-screen lyrics during the musical numbers. An image is also displayed next to the lyrics indicating which character is singing, along with some simple animations that go along with the song (tears drip down when tears are mentoned in the lyrics, etc.). In addition, users can also select specific musical numbers from the main menu rather than watching the entire film.   

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Target exclusive includes limited edition 40-page gallery book.

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Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Timothy Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son, Tommy, and fiancée, Vanessa (Thaila Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for big laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone s favorite woodpecker!

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Growing up won’t be easy for 9-year-old math and science genius Sheldon Cooper. While the gifted, naïve Sheldon must cope with East Texas, where church and sports rule, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. His football-coach dad, George Sr., struggles to connect with a son he doesn’t understand. Sheldon’s mother, Mary, protects and nurtures her “square peg.” How can Sheldon’s older brother, Georgie, possibly be cool with his little brother in all his high school classes? Sheldon’s twin sister, Missy, might resent all the attention he gets, but she’s the only person who tells him the truth. Join young Sheldon on his awkward and hopeful journey to becoming the iconic, eccentric, extraordinary physicist we know and love from The Big Bang Theory.

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18if contains anime episodes 1-13. Haruto awakens in a dream world of a witch’s design. As he wanders the dreamscape, he meets professor, Katsumi Kanzaki, who studies witches in the real world. He says they’re the consciousnesses of young women afflicted with “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome” and are trapped in their own minds. Haruto and Katsumi must work together to uncover why various witches’ actions are physically affecting reality. Special Features: Episode 10 Commentary, 18if Episodes Explained in 18 Seconds, Commercial, , Textless Opening Song, and Trailers

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Over the past five years, all of us at Vinegar Syndrome have worked to find, restore, and re-issue some of the most eclectic, unique, and unjustly forgotten genre films from the greatest era for independent cinema, the 1960s through 80s.

To celebrate our fifth anniversary, we’ve assembled this limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray collection of five previously DVD only rarities, spanning the wide reaches of our archive. This set is limited to 2,500 units.

DRACULA SUCKS: At an exclusive sanitarium, strange things are happening: patients are acting differently and are being found with mysterious bite marks in their necks...
starring: Annette Haven, Kay Parker, Seka, Serena

CORPORATE ASSETS: Enter the sinister world of corporate greed, where wealthy men use and abuse beautiful women for their sadistic and perverse pleasures.
starring: Tish Ambrose, Amber Lynn

VIXENS OF KUNG-FU: After being brutally assaulted by a group of men, a young prostitute is taken in by a secret sect of beautiful female kung-fu masters...
starring: Bree Anthony, C.J. Laing

TROPIC OF DESIRE: Georgina Spelvin stars as a madam at a tropical island-bound brothel, serving weary sailors at the close of WWII.
starring: Jesie St. James, Georgina Spelvin, Dorothy LeMay

BABY ROSEMARY: After the death of her father, a beautiful, though sexually traumatized, young woman enters an erotic nightmare while awaiting his funeral...
starring: Sharon Thorpe, Leslie Bovee, Candida Royalle

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Over the past five years, all of us at Vinegar Syndrome have worked to find, restore, and re-issue some of the most eclectic, unique, and unjustly forgotten genre films from the greatest era for independent cinema, the 1960s through 80s. While our focus is always on preservation (and ALL of our restorations are archived in either 2k or 4k, depending on how the film was scanned), on some titles we couldn't justify the expense of Blu-ray and as such, only DVD editions were issued.

However, to celebrate our fifth anniversary, we've assembled another limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray collection of five previously DVD only Exploitation and Horror titles, spanning the wide reaches of our archive. This set is limited to 2,500 units.


Cry Wilderness (1986): A young boy befriends Bigfoot, who instructs the boy to venture into the wilderness in order to save his father from impending danger. Directed by: Jay Schlossberg-Cohen. Starring: Maurice Grandmaison, Eric Foster.

Vampire Hookers (1978): After their commanding officer goes missing, two American sailors discover a group of female vampires who pose as prostitutes to lure men into their secret lair. Directed by: Cirio H. Santiago. Starring: John Carradine, Vic Diaz, Bruce Fairbairn.

Evil Come, Evil Go (1972): Traveling Evangelist preacher, Sister Sarah Jane (Cleo O'Hara), is hellbent on ridding the world of evil, sex-obsessed men. Taking to the streets of Los Angeles, she quickly befriends a gullible young woman and the two embark on a mad, sex-filled killing spree. Directed by: Walt Davis. Starring: Cleo O'Hara, Sandra Henderson, Jane Tsentas.

The Cut-Throats (1969): At the close of WWII, an elite squad of American soldiers infiltrates a remote Nazi outpost with the intention of stealing battle plans and ending the war early. Directed by John Hayes (Baby Rosemary, Grave of the Vampire), THE CUT-THROATS is an early hybrid of Nazisploitation and Sexploitation! Directed by: John Hayes Starring: Inga Maria, Uschi Digard, E.J. Walsh, Jay Scott.

Teenage Seductress (1975) Sondra Currie stars as Terry, a young woman determined to find her estranged father, who abandoned her as a child. After arriving in the small New Mexico town where he lives, Terry sets about planning her revenge: seducing her loving father. Directed by: Chris Warfield. Starring: Sondra Currie, Chris Warfield, Gwen Van Dam.

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Brooklyn parents Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg (Jim Parsons) are lucky to have a kid like Jake. Their four-year-old is bright, precocious, creative — and just happens to prefer Disney princesses to toy cars, and skirts to jeans. Jake's "gender expansive" behavior — as local preschool director Judy (Octavia Spencer) dubs it — is no big deal to Alex and Greg. Or so it seems, until the process of navigating New York City's hyper-competitive private school system opens up a parental quagmire: could Jake's gender nonconformity be just the thing that gives their child an edge in the admissions game? How young is too young to put a label on a child's identity? Is this just a phase, or is Jake truly transgender? Split in their opinions on how to handle the situation, Alex and Greg find themselves navigating an emotional and ethical minefield with one patch of common ground between them: their fierce desire to do what's right for Jake. Transparent director Silas Howard helms this timely, honest, emotionally rich look at 21st-century parenting.

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Old habits die fast in this "brutal, violent [and] intensely realistic" (Boxoffice) western about a desperate gunslinger who's hunted by the law... and haunted by the past! Starring Alex Cord, Arthur Kennedy and Nicoletta Machiavelli, A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die is heavily armed with "great atmosphere" (Leonard Maltin) and "shoot-'em-up action" (Variety) - from breathtaking beginning... to "explosive climax" (Boxoffice)!

When Clay McCord (Cord), the fastest draw in the West, gets the shakes in his shooting arm, he decides to hang up his guns for good. But riding the straight and narrow may be more dangerous than he ever imagined - especially when his only hope for survival lies in the hands of a shady sheriff whose offer of amnesty hides something far more deadly!

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King Lear set on a farm in Iowa! Screen legends Jessica Lange (Country) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Married to the Mob) join Jennifer Jason Leigh (Rush) and the great Jason Robards (A Thousand Clowns) in this widely acclaimed motion picture about silence and betrayal… rivalry and revenge. When an aging father retires, he passes the thriving family farm on to his three daughters. But this generous gift ignites an explosive series of events that threaten to tear the family apart. Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker, How to Make an American Quilt) directed this powerful story of shocking secrets and hidden desires. Also starring Colin Firth (Hope Springs), Keith Carradine (The Tie That Binds), Kevin Anderson (Sleeping with the Enemy), Pat Hingle (Hang ‘Em High), Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), Elisabeth Moss (TV’s The Handmaid’s Tale) and John Carroll Lynch (Fargo). 

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Comedy legends Bud Abbott and Lou Costello encounter one of Universal's most unforgettable monsters in Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man. Recent detective school graduates Bud and Lou are minding their new business when accused killer Tommy Nelson (Arthur Franz) bursts into their office. Proclaiming his innocence, he convinces the two to get him to his beautiful fiancée Helen (Nancy Guild). Just as the police arrive to investigate, Tommy injects himself with invisibility serum being developed by Helen's uncle. Tommy convinces Lou to go undercover as a boxer to help expose the real killer. With Tommy's unseen assistance, Lou reluctantly goes into the ring as "Lou the Looper" for one of the most hilarious fight sequences ever filmed.

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Akio Jissoji created a rich and diverse body of work during his five decades in Japan's film and television industries. For some, he is best-known for his science-fiction: the 1960s TV series Ultraman and 1998's box-office success Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis. For others, it is his 1990s adaptations of horror and mystery novelist Edogawa Rampo, such as Watcher in the Attic and Murder on D Street. And then there are his New Wave films for the Art Theatre Guild, three of which This Transient Life, Mandara and Poem, forming The Buddhist Trilogy are collected here.

Winner of the Golden Leopard award at the 1970 Locarno Film Festival, This Transient Life is among the Art Theatre Guild's most successful and most controversial productions. The film concerns a brother and sister from a rich family who defy the expectations placed on them: he has little interest in further education or his father's business, instead obsessing over Buddhist statues; she continually refuses a string of suitors and the prospect of marriage. Their closeness, and isolation, gives way to an incestuous relationship which, in turn, breeds disaster.

Mandara, Jissoji s first colour feature, maintained the controversial subject matter, focussing on a cult who recruit through rape and hope to achieve true ecstasy through sexual release. Shot, as with all of Jissoji s Art Theatre Guild works, in a radically stylised manner, the film sits somewhere between the pinku genre and the fiercely experimental approach of his Japanese New Wave contemporaries.

The final entry in the trilogy, Poem, returns to black and white and is centred on the austere existence of a young houseboy who becomes helplessly embroiled in the schemes of two brothers. Written by Toshiro Ishido (screenwriter of Nagisa Oshima's The Sun's Burial and Shphei Imamura's Black Rain), who also penned This Transient Life and Mandala, Poem continues the trilogy's exploration of faith in a post-industrial world.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of This Transient Life, Mandara and Poem

Original uncompressed LPCM mono 1.0 audio on all three films

Newly translated optional English subtitles

Introductions to all three films by David Desser, author of Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave

Scene-select commentaries on all three films by Desser

Theatrical trailer for Mandara

Theatrical trailer for Poem

Limited edition packaging, fully illustrated by maarko phntm

Illustrated 80-page perfect-bound collector s book featuring new writings on the film by Anton Bitel and Tom Mes

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It's every boy's dream come true: a robot cat girl friend! Meet Nuku Nuku-she's the purr-fect bodyguard for a young boy caught between a crazy inventor dad and a villainous mom!

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American Animals is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. Determined to escape their predictable suburban lives, Spencer and Warren decide to do something extraordinary: steal some of the world's most valuable books from a college library. Enlisting two other friends, Spencer and Warren meticulously plot the theft — but their caper takes on a wild life of its own in this thrilling film from writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter).

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A groundbreaking work of LGBTQ cinema, Bound stars Gina Gershon (Showgirls) as Corky, a tough-as-nails ex-con, and Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway) as her lover Violet. A chance encounter in an elevator ignites a torrid affair between the two women, who soon plot to steal $2 million in laundered mob money and pin the blame on Violet's mafioso boyfriend, Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano, The Sopranos). A stylish neo-noir, fusing classic tropes with hyper-stylized camera work and color design, Bound is a crackling retro-thriller that never strays too far from its noir roots and would become the first in a line of visually dazzling films from The Wachowskis, the writing and directing team behind the Matrix trilogy.

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The Wachowskis' seminal entry into neo-noir filmmaking Bound is not only one of the best thrillers to come out of the 90s but proved to be an indicative representation of the filmmaking siblings - in more ways than one. 22 years later the film remains a tight and tense rollercoaster thriller about two women and their scheme to rip off a mobster of two million dollars in cold hard cash. Olive Films adds Bound to their illustrious Signature Collection including both the R-Rated and 14-second longer Unrated cuts of the film, a new but still limited video transfer, a terrific audio mix, and plenty of great bonus features. Bound is an easy one to call Highly Recommended. 

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"You know what the difference is between you and me, Violet?"

"No."

"Me neither."

22 years is a long time for a film. As Hollywood cranks out hundreds of new films every year, the fact that a small low-budget indie film like Bound has managed to hold on as a tightly executed thriller while also maintaining a sense of cultural relevancy is damned impressive. As the Wachowskis first film, it's a showcase of their inventive stylings and capabilities to craft well-drawn intricate characters while giving their actors Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, and Joe Pantoliano the range to make these characters distinct individuals. As you'll see when you watch the film, Bound isn't just a footnote in their fame with The Matrix

After five years inside, Corky (Gina Gershon) is out. She's taken a job fixing up an apartment in an upscale building and all she wants to do is avoid trouble. But she finds trouble on the first day of the job when she meets Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and her mobster boyfriend Caesar (Joe Pantoliano) in the elevator. The connection between Corky and Violet is immediate. When they start an affair together, Corky and Violet are in a precarious place of angering the mob and being torn apart by Caesar. When the chance to relieve Caesar of a two million dollar cash payment comes up, Corky and Violet concoct a scheme that will test their commitment to each other.

Bound

Bound is just damn good filmmaking. Period. Taking elements of a classic Film Noir thriller, the Wachowskis smartly give their story a unique spin that gives it a notable sense of urgency. The film takes the classic everyman who falls for the wrong woman and into a life of crime an interesting twist by bending the gender of the main character. Corky could easily have been a man, but making her a woman adds just one extra layer of intrigue to her life as well as Violet's. Violet isn't just some bimbo ready to jump to the next person who pays enough attention, she's hiding her true self out of necessity. She has to survive somehow. Both women are tired of merely surviving and ready to live and two million dollars offers the chance for a whole lot of living.

Watching Bound again after so many years, it's impressive to see where the Wachowskis got their start. From their visual styling to their brand of action editing to their characters, it's pretty easy to chart a course from this film to everything else they've done since. Coupled with the impressive turns from Gershon and Tilly, the film quickly finds its emotional core. The two leading ladies play their parts full out holding nothing back. You feel for one just as much as the other. When the plan starts to go south you can feel each character's fear about the other's commitment to the plan as well as the life they hope to live. Then you have Joe Pantoliano as Caesar. Pantoliano's Caesar is smart but also dim enough that he can't see the obvious right in front of his face making him comical. But when he's wise to the plan he becomes fearsome and lethal and a genuine threat right to the bitter end.

Leaving nothing short of itself, Bound is also a bit of a watershed moment for LGBTQ filmmaking. Setting aside the fact that in the 22 years since this film's release the sibling filmmakers have fully transitioned, the film also stands as one of the very few films where a lesbian or gay relationship doesn't ultimately end up depicted as a tragedy. I dislike giving away any kind of spoilers but I feel it's an important aspect to keep in mind when you see this film. Think about the numerous prestige Oscar-bait dramas that have been released over the years that fall for that trope where the love inevitably ends in tragedy. If one of the two isn't flat out murdered, suicide, or drive over a cliff, they end up in loveless sham "straight" marriages cursed to remembering that one summer long ago when they knew genuine love. Thankfully that doesn't happen here. You get a feeling that Corky and Violet get to move forward with their lives together. How that relationship turns out is entirely up to them.  

I hadn't seen Bound all the way through in a number of years. I'd forgotten just how tightly knit the film was and how well scripted and paced each scene was. There is a constant sense of escalation that makes it a true rollercoaster thriller. Given recent output, I do wish the Wachowskis would turn back to making this sort of low budget hyper-creative genre-bending picture again. They're both originative and stylish filmmakers, I'd like to see what they could do with something on a smaller local scale rather than trying to blow minds with big expensive visual effects. Bound is such a great indicator of what the pair can do without a massive budget, and just with a smart script, a good cast, and a whole lot of creativity.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Bound arrives on Blu-ray for a second time courtesy of Olive Films, this time as part of their Signature Collection. Pressed on a Region A BD-50 disc, The disc is housed in a stylish clear plastic case with identical slipcover artwork and is limited to a run of 3500 copies. The disc loads to menu option allowing you to choose which cut of the film you want to look at before arriving at a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. Also included is a booklet featuring a terrific essay by Guinevere Turner.

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Bound

Bound unfortunately has had a rather mediocre life on home video. Previously released in 2012 from Olive, that release had all the hallmarks of an HD release culled from an older scan. The artwork for this release indicates a "New HD digital restoration" and while that may be true, once again it does appear that this transfer was sourced from the same dated scan for this 1080p 1.85:1 Transfer. I only briefly looked at the 2012 release from Olive when I checked it out from the local library and I wouldn't call it too impressive. It looked soft, with rough black levels, but did offer an appreciable sense of detail and decent colors. Based on that memory, this new restoration enjoys a slight uptick in each of those departments.

Details in clothing, facial features, the apartment Corky is fixing up - all enjoy some slight improvements. Some softness remains and the image still doesn't quite pop to life as one might expect from a more recent 4K scan. Colors are decent, flesh tones are on point and primaries do get some moments to shine. Black levels leave a bit to be desired as they never quite reach true black and remain a bit hazy or can even outright crush in several scenes. As a result image depth can fluctuate. Film grain is apparent but not very well defined. Overall this transfer is decent enough, but the film itself is in need of a fresh from the ground up new scan if it's really going to shine on Blu-ray - or any format for that matter. 

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Bound

Bound really comes to life with this excellent DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio mix. With clean crisp dialogue, terrific scoring, and fantastic smart use of sound effects, this audio mix really captures the claustrophobia of the film. While a full lossless 5.1 mix might be interesting, I'd say it wouldn't necessarily benefit from it. The film plays things so close and tight keeping action localized to what is directly in front of you that you don't need that much more spacial awareness in the mix. There's still plenty of imaging and atmosphere on display. One of the best sequences is when Corky is trying to follow what is happening in the other apartment through the thin walls. It's a smart and restrained use of sound effects and just adds another thick layer of tension to the moment. All around this is a great mix free of any artifacts or age-related issues of any kind.

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In addition to some great new bonus features, it's nice to see that Olive dipped back into the well to secure the audio commentary. It's a great listen. There is a lot of great stuff to pick through and all of it worth your time. I would have loved to see some new interviews with the Wachowskis, but the commentary will have to do.

  • Audio Commentary featuring the Wachowskis, Joe Panteliano, Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Zach Staenberg, and Susie Bright.
  • Part and Parcel (HD 7:10)
  • THe Difference Between You and Me (HD 17:45)
  • Here's Johnny! (HD 10:03)
  • Femme Fatales (HD 26:53)
  • Modern Noir: The Sights and Sounds of Bound (HD 29.25)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD 2:06)
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Bound

Bound is an impressive piece of early filmmaking for the Wachowski siblings. Everything from their script to directing and editing was pitch perfect as they took a classic noir-style thriller and updated it for contemporary times. And in the 22 years since the film's release, it has remained culturally relevant and still packs an entertaining punch. Olive Films offers Bound a significant upgrade by adding it to their Signature Collection. Both cuts of the film are presented here with a slightly improved video transfer that could still use a little more TLC but is pretty decent, a great audio mix, and hours worth of informative bonus features. If you've yet to pick up Bound on Blu-ray - consider this release Highly Recommended

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When Michael, a lonely teenager (Edward Furlong, Terminator 2: Judgment Day), orders the latest interactive video game, the new high-tech wizardry penetrates his subconscious, where his darkest impulses lead him through a deadly maze of murder, deception and desire. Pursued by homicide detective (Frank Langella, Dracula) and prodded by "The Trickster" (T. Ryder Smith) who materializes into his room, Michael is torn between the worlds of good and evil, of reality and fantasy and, ultimately, life and death.

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A demon is summoned to take the soul of a young boy, who has the potential to become a saint. If the demon succeeds, it will open a doorway to Hell, blazing a terrifying trail of destruction, possession and mayhem — and the end of humanity. Now the fate of the world hinges on the final outcome of a renegade priest's battle with the soul-eating Shadowbuilder.

From the mind of the master Bram Stoker, the creator of "Dracula," comes the epic struggle between good and evil in Shadowbuilder, featuring an all-star cast that includes Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Leslie Hope (Crimson Peak), Kevin Zegers (Dawn of the Dead) and Tony Todd (Candyman). 

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Former high school friends run into each other years later and drunkenly decide to make good on their promise to marry each other if they're both still single by 30 - Only to discover too late all the things they liked about each other when they were younger have changed.

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For ten years, the tortured soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray has been imprisoned inside a child's doll. "Chucky" is reborn when his old flame, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), rescues his battered doll parts from a police impound. But Chucky wants his new playmate cut down to size, so he transforms his blushing bride into a stunning little terror. Chucky and Tiffany can't wait to start their own homicidal honeymoon. When this demonic duo hits the road and hooks up with a pair of unsuspecting newlyweds, they leave a trail of murder and mayhem behind them. Chucky's back!

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The notorious killer doll with the satanic smile comes back to life in this new chapter depicting the terrifying struggle between young Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) and the demonic doll attempting to possess his soul. Despite being roasted to a crisp in his last escapade, Chucky rises from the ashes after being reconstructed by a toy factory to dispel the negative publicity surrounding the doll. Back in one piece, Chucky tracks his prey to a foster home where the chase begins again in this fiendishly clever sequel to the enormously popular original.

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One of filmdom's most notorious killers is back to wreak more mayhem as Chucky continues his quest to possess the body of a human child. Eight years after seemingly destroying the killer doll, Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin) turns 16 and is placed in a military school. Meanwhile, the greedy president of Play Pals Toy Company decides to resurrect the popular Good Guys doll line, confident that all the bad publicity is forgotten. As the assembly line recreates the first doll from a mass of melted plastic, the spirit of Chucky returns to renew his quest and seek revenge on Andy. Once again it's up to Andy to stop the unrelenting killer in this fast-paced thriller.

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Code Geass the Complete Series contains anime episodes 1-25 of Season 1 Lelouch of the Rebellion and episodes 1-25 of Lelouch of the Rebellion R2. The year is 2017 of the Imperial calendar and parts of the world are uner the control of the Holy Britannian Empire. Lelouch Lamperouge, an exiled Britannian prince, encounters a strange girl known as C.C., who gifts him with a great and terrible power. The Geass. With this powerful ability, Lelouch can get anyone to do as he wills. But the power of Geass: is it a blessing…or a curse?

Special Features: Stage 01 Audio Commentary, Stage 04 Audio Commentary, Stage 05 Audio Commentary, Stage 08 Audio Commentary, Stage 11 Audio Commentary, Stage 14 Audio Commentary, Stage 19 Audio Commentary, Stage 21 Audio Commentary, Turn 01 Audio Commentary, Turn 04 Audio Commentary, Turn 06 Audio Commentary, Turn 08 Audio Commentary, Turn 12 Audio Commentary, Turn 15 Audio Commentary, Turn 19 Audio Commentary, Turn 21 Audio Commentary, Final Turn Audio Commentary (Cast Side), Final Turn Audio Commentary (Staff Side), Picture Dramas, U.S. Voice Actor Interviews, Extra Flash: Baba Theater Redux, Broadcast Version of Next Turn (1-24) Textless Opening & Closings Songs, U.S. Trailer, and Trailers

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Convenience Store Boy Friends the Complete Series contains anime episodes 1-12. Haruki has had a crush on his classmate Miharu for a while. But wracked with nerves, he’s never had the courage to act on his feelings. His best friend Towa has the opposite problem—he’s too forward and risks scaring away his crush. Now, they’ll both get a chance to show they care. All they needed was a chance meeting on some common ground. All they needed was a convenience store. Special Features: Textless Opening & Closings Songs, Trailers

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In this gritty, gut-wrenching account of rural America, Jessica Lange (A Thousand Acres) and Sam Shepard (Thunderheart) are Jewell and Gil Ivy. They work the land in America’s heartland, on a farm that has bound their family together for generations. For Jewel and Gil, the land has always been their life, so when government bureaucrats decide to take it all away, the Ivy’s decide to stay on their land and fight the greedy land grabbers. The great character actors Wilford Brimley (Cocoon) and Matt Clark (White Lightning) co-star in this classic drama written by William D. Wittliff (Raggedy Man) and directed by Richard Pearce (Heartland). Academy Award® Nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Lange).

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The Eastern Bloc has fallen and Communism is dead. In its place has come new opportunity but not without a deadly price. Powerful Mafia families have emerged from the anarchy to vie for control of the lucrative underground weapons and technology trade. ''Crazy Six'' (Rob Lowe, The West Wing) and Dirty Mao (Mario Van Peebles, New Jack City) are the leaders of two rivaling mob families, who agree to form an uneasy alliance in order to overthrow Raul (Ice-T, ''Law and Order: SVU''), the head of one of the largest crime cartels in Europe. But when the mission goes awry, the place turns into a deadly battleground with three world class gangsters fighting each other to death.

From Executive Producer Tom Karnowski (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and legendary cult movie director Albert Pyun (Cyborg), CRAZY SIX also stars Academy Award Nominee Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights, Smokey and the Bandit), Ivana Milicevic (Just Like Heaven, What's Your Number) and Thom Matthews (Return of the Living Dead, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI) in the movie that proves the sixth one in the family is just a little bit crazy!

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The original Creature from the Black Lagoon is one of the silver screen's most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Creature from the Black Lagoon: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 3 films from the original legacy including the gripping classic and the sequels that followed. These landmark motion pictures perfectly blended Universal's classic monster heritage with the science fiction explosion of the 1950s and continue to inspire remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of the Creature from the Black Lagoon to this day.

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Join Kibit and his friends as they dance to kids’ favorite sing-a-longs like Old MacDonald, She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain, and Twinkle Twinkle. Kids of all ages will love to dance along and have fun as they watch Beavers, Frogs, Bees, Bunnies and other amazing creatures show off their dance skills.

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Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.

Back in 1943, Luddy viciously murdered her mother with an axe. 30 years later and freshly released from the state mental hospital, deemed 'cured' of her violent impulses, Luddy's luck seems to be turning around, thanks to a chance encounter with the family of Delilah (Agnes Moorehead), the miserly matriarch of a large plantation estate. She quickly finds herself hired as Delilah's housekeeper, but no sooner than her arrival at the cavernous and secluded mansion, grisly murders begin to take place. And worse, each time a new corpse is discovered, Luddy finds she is unable to recall her whereabouts at the time of the bloodshed. Could her old self be coming out, or is someone else trying to set her up for more sinister motives?

A cheerfully grim blending of Southern Gothic stylings, murder mystery structure, and proto-slasher gore, acclaimed horror novelist John Farris' (THE FURY) sole feature film directorial effort, DEAR DEAD DELILAH, was an ubiquitous drive-in crowd pleaser throughout the 70s. Produced by Nashville country legend "Cowboy" Jack Clement, co-starring a who's who of TV actors including Roger Gentry (ALL MY CHILDREN), Will Geer (THE WALTONS), and Dennis Patrick (DALLAS), plus featuring an unforgettably strange performance from one-timer Patricia Carmichael as Luddy, Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings this lurid helping of Southern Fried sleaze to Blu-ray, newly restored from recently discovered 35mm vault elements!

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All his life, Ray Terrill has fought injustice, dreaming of making a real difference like his older brother, a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan. One day, he stumbles upon a dying Super Hero from another Earth and is stunned to find that this Super Hero looks just like him—because it is! The dying Ray Terrill of Earth-X transfers photokinetic energy to this Earth’s Ray, making him a Super Hero – The Ray. However, Ray quickly learns being a Super Hero isn’t all hanging muggers from streetlamps and fighting giant robots. As the evil Nazi New Reichsman of Earth-X, led by Overgirl, close in, The Ray must learn to harness his powers by coming to terms with his true self, even if that means also finally coming out of the closet to his parents. The fate of Earth-X depends on it!

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Girl Lost tackles the very real issue of underage prostitution as told through the eyes of a wayward teen. Groomed by her own mother to work in the underbelly of Los Angeles, the young girl struggles to survive in this dark world.

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Knight's & Magic: The Complete Series contains anime episodes 1-13. Mecha otaku Tsubasa Kurata had a pretty good life until he died in a car crash. Now, he’s living the life of his dreams. Reincarnated as a young boy, he finds himself in an alternate world where magic is real and humans pilot giant robots called Silhouette Knights. It’s this mecha fanboy’s chance to shine, and he knows it. Nothing will stop him from building and piloting his very own mecha. Special Featuers: Chapter 4 Video Commentary, Promo Videos, Textless Opening & Closing Songs, and Trailers

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This film by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea is the most widely renowned work in the history of Cuban cinema. After his wife and family flee in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the bourgeois intellectual Sergio (Sergio Corrieri) passes his days wandering Havana in idle reflection, his amorous entanglements and political ambivalence gradually giving way to a mounting sense of alienation. With this adaptation of an innovative novel by Edmundo Desnoes, Gutiérrez Alea developed a cinematic style as radical as the times he was chronicling, creating a collage of vivid impressions through the use of experimental editing techniques, archival material, and spontaneously shot street scenes. Intimate and densely layered, Memories of Underdevelopment provides a biting indictment of its protagonist’s disengagement and an extraordinary glimpse of life in postrevolutionary Cuba.

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Tomás Guitiérrez Alea's Memories of Underdevelopment is a startling look at the tumultuous cultural shift within Cuba after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Seen through the lonely eyes of star Sergio Corrieri, we follow one man's quest for personal identity as well as his country's as he struggles to figure out his place in a changing landscape. The Criterion Collection brings Memories of Underdevelopment to Blu-ray with a beautifully restored transfer, a terrific audio mix, as well as their usual assortment of quality bonus features. Recommended. 

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Memories of Underdevelopment from Cuban filmmaker Tomás Guitiérrez Alea offers a fascinating look at a dramatic cultural shift. Set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, one man played by Sergio Corrieri must find his place in a country that doesn't know what it is yet. It's like watching a societal adolescence as a new culture develops adapting to new principals and ideals. Alea's fearless and honest approach to the subject allows you to see a part of a country rarely documented from within while also gaining an understanding of the political and economic shifts the undeveloped island nation experienced. 

Sergio (Sergio Corrieri) was a part of the rich and glamorous upper class. A writer and intellectual, he, his family, and his friends were the embodiment of the bourgeois. After the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and Castro's rule has cemented, Sergio finds himself at odds. Does he follow his friends, his brother, and wife to America and continue with the decadent life similar to the one he once enjoyed before Batista was overthrown. As Sergio wanders the streets of Havana, he examines his own life while observing the changes in his friends, culture, and the uncertain prospects of love with Elena (Daisy Granados), someone who may feel differently about the world than he does.

Memories of Underdevelopment

I'd come across Memories of Underdevelopment several years ago as part of a Foreign Cinema class I took in school. It was on the suggested viewing list, but I only gave it a passing glance not really taking the time to fully appreciate it. It didn't help things any that the only copy available was a rather disastrous dupe burned on a DVD-R that was barely watchable in places. To that end, I'm glad I was finally afforded this chance to sit down and fully appreciate this film because it's fascinating. I've long had a mild obsession with late 60s and early 70s politics and Cuba is a prominent piece of the puzzle during that time so it's really cool to see Cuba from within. Added to that is Alea's unflinching voice as he is openly critiquing not only the way Cuba used to be but the direction it was heading at that time. 

One of the most interesting aspects of the film for me was how Cuba came to appreciate art through censorship. There is a telling moment in the film where all of a sudden the film cuts to assorted film clips of women in various stages of undress or depicted in salacious scenarios. These scenes play on repeat for a few moments before the explanation is given that they were trims cut from foreign films under the Batista regime. Sergio watches these scenes in a theater with one of his political revolutionary friends as he expounds on how they're now free to experience art - dismissing the fact that Sergio himself was an intellectual writer who is effectively being censored out of a career. 

Thematically speaking, Memories of Underdevelopment is practically the perfect cinematic expression of adolescence. That chaotic time where you don't know what you're doing, what you believe, or where you want to end up. Sergio is experiencing this internally and externally. As his old world dissolves away and the new one rises, he's unsure of his place. He hates what led to where things are, but at the same time, he hates where they're going. He wants to be with his wife and brother who have fled to America, but he doesn't want to conform to a culture and an identity that isn't his. So the only thing left to him is to try and carve out a version of his old life within the confines and constipated expression of the new Cuba. 

At just over an hour and a half, the film covers a lot of ground and will require you to take a little time to absorb it. Memories of Underdevelopment is one of those where I feel like each viewer will take away something different from it based on their own personal proclivities. I'd love to say that it is the perfect film to show someone entering that tender phase of life where you're almost out of high school and just about to enter the real world. But at the same time, looking at my younger self I doubt I would have fully appreciated this film in my teens. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Memories of Underdevelopment arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of The Criterion Collection with spine number 943. Pressed onto a Region A BD-50 disc, the disc is housed in a standard sturdy case. Also included is a poster/booklet containing a very good essay from author Joshua Jell-Schapiro that provides an interesting history of Cuban cinema during the Batista regime and under Castro. The disc loads directly to a static image main menu featuring traditional navigation options. 

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As detailed in the opening of the film, the 1.66:1 1080p transfer had to undergo an extensive restoration process. Rescued from severe vinegar syndrome, the image is often immaculate with stunning clarity, natural grain, and terrific black levels and greyscale. However, periodically the irreparable damage does crop up and the image can become a bit hazier and exhibit any number of anomalies from scratches to noticeable fading. However, overall I would say this is a terrific looking film. Shot in an almost documentary style using handheld cameras, there is an authentic unscripted feel to many of the open street scenes of Havana. Details are strong, Sergio's small dour apartment is a stark contrast to the cutaway scenes of his former lavish lifestyle. Black levels are deep and inky with great shadow separation and a steady greyscale. Like I said, there are a few spots where the film just couldn't be cleaned up any better, but the image displays a terrific sense of dimension. It's lightyears beyond the terrible dark and nearly unwatchable dupe copy I briefly looked at years ago. 

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Memories of Underdevlopment

The film is given a terrific Spanish LPCM mono track with English Subtitles. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout. Sound effects and the scoring provided are well defined with decent spacing. At times the film can sound a bit thick, but it isn't too distracting. There are a few moments of hiss and a couple pops and cracks left over, but they're minuscule moments and don't pull away from the film or cause you to miss any piece of important dialogue. Like the video transfer, considering the state it was restored from, this is a very good audio mix that lends itself well to the film.

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Memories of Underdevelopment

As with any great Criterion Collection release, there is a solid assortment of informative bonus features accompanying Memories of Underdevelopment. It's nice to get material that isn't only relevant to the film itself but also the era and culture it was made. Again, do give that essay from Joshua Jell-Schapiro a read, it helps give the film and bonus materials some context. 

  • Interviews with Critics B. Ruby Rich and José Antonio Évora (HD 18:54)
  • Interview with Edmundo Desnoes (HD 15:56)
  • Documentary Titón: From Havana to "Guantanamera" (SD 01:36:34)
  • Audio Interview with Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (11:30)
  • Interview with Daisy Granados (HD 9:37)
  • Interview with Nelson Rodriguez (HD 16:25)
  • Trailer (SD 2:49)
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Memories of Underdevelopment

Memories of Underdevelopment is a hell of a film. It not only captures the angst and turmoil of a changing political and cultural landscape, but it also serves as a cinematic time capsule. It's a peek into the lives of a people you more often hear about in the news that you encounter in everyday life. The Criterion Collection has done a terrific job restoring the image and audio for this Blu-ray release and giving it a great assort of meaningful and interesting bonus features. Recommended

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