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Saturday, January 14, 2017
One of the joys of movie watching is discovering new (to me anyway) low-budget filmmakers with a knack for turning straw into gold. Or at least making the straw look better. 1985's serial killer thriller MURDERLUST (like its Intervision DVD companion PROJECT NIGHTMARE) is very good straw.
Here, two very independent filmmakers--writer/director Donald M. Jones and writer/producer James C. Lane--have joined their noteworthy talents together to concoct a viewing experience which, while not exactly something to write home about, is admirably well-rendered considering that the budget was around $30,000. That includes shooting on 35mm film, which in the pre-digital days ate up budgets like Homer Simpson going through a box of donuts.
In their script, which was begun by Jones and completed by Lane, Eli Rich (THE JIGSAW MURDERS) plays Steve Belmont, whose activities at the local church (he teaches Sunday School and counsels troubled kids) mask the fact that he's a vicious serial killer in his spare time.
Steve actually leads a triple life, since in addition to these two sides of his personality there's a third--that of a surly working stiff whose real jobs are marred by extremely disrespectful and irresponsible behavior. When he isn't planning his next kill or being Mr. Nice Guy at the church, he's telling off his boss, trying to cajole his landlord to extend his rent deadline, or soaking his straight-laced cousin Neil (Dennis Gannon) for loans and favors.
Interestingly, it's the non-serial-killer stuff that MURDERLUST spends the most time on. In fact, the film is more about how Steve struggles to maintain his everyday life and keep up his clean image at church than about his homicidal activities. So those looking for blood and gore or a series of graphic, cinematic murders for their own sake will likely find much of this story rather slow going. Maybe even boring.
But if you get caught up in Steve's story then that should be sufficiently involving. His standing at church is threatened when a disturbed young girl accuses him of inappropriate touching (of which, surprisingly, he's innocent) and a chance encounter with a fellow member who professes her secret love for him (Rochelle Taylor as "Cheryl") has Steve thinking that maybe he has a chance for a normal life after all.
"Normal", however, just isn't in Steve's makeup, and he keeps returning to what he does best, which is luring women into his apartment or his "creep" van, dispatching them, and then driving them out to the desert to dump the bodies. (He'll eventually be known by the press as the "Mohave Murderer.")
Jones stages the murder scenes pretty matter-of-factly, without lingering over any of the details or indulging in anything gratuitous. It's the drama and suspense that occur between these scenes in this leisurely-paced character study that he and co-writer Lane are concerned with. That, and delivering as good-looking a film as they can for their meager budget.
This is where Jones' knack for solid, economical staging comes to the fore, with the help of a highly capable cast led by the talented Rich as our anti-hero Steve. Producer Lane also adds his valuable expertise in various technical aspects (camerawork, lighting, sets, etc.) as well as pulling off some beautiful helicopter shots in the desert which he describes in detail in his informative commentary track.
As you can probably guess, Steve's veneer of normalcy comes crashing down around him in the film's climax, as his true nature is revealed to a horrified Cheryl. Even here, though, the main goal of MURDERLUST is to draw us into its story rather than shock us.
I found MURDERLUST to be involving, if perhaps a bit overly low-key, and was interested to see how it had been put together with such limited resources. (Watching it along with Lane's detailed commentary is especially enlightening.) Stalker-slasher fans in the mood to be thrilled and horrified, however, will likely deem it a yawner.
The second film on the disc is Jones and Lane's first feature effort, PROJECT NIGHTMARE, which finally found distribution in 1987 after some of their subsequent films had already been released.
With an even lower budget and a soundtrack in which all the dialogue was looped, the film manages to look better and, in my opinion, present a much more intriguing "Twilight Zone"-esque story.
The brash, outgoing Jon (Seth Foster) and the quiet, introspective Gus (Charles Miller) are two old friends whose camping trip in the mountains is interrupted when a strange, unknown force begins to chase them through the woods.
Seeking shelter in a secluded cabin, they meet Marcie (Elly Koslo), a strangely accomodating woman who not only trusts them implicitly on sight but quickly falls for Gus, whose feelings are guarded but mutual.
After a series of vain attempts to return to civilization, all three eventually find themselves fleeing the mysterious force and end up stranded in the desert. Several events bordering on the supernatural occur, but after Gus finds his way down into an underground bunker, he discovers the true origin of all the strange occurrences that have been plaguing them.
Up to this point PROJECT NIGHTMARE has been having a ball leading us through a maze of inexplicable twists and turns which it must now labor to explain. Thankfully, the ending isn't one of those copouts that leaves us hanging, and the resolution to all the mysteries consists of some pretty interesting science fiction for us to wrap our heads around.
Technically, the film is thoughtfully directed by Jones and is rife with great outdoor locations that are well-photographed in 35mm. The underground facility betrays its low budget at times but not really to the film's detriment.
A nightmare sequence early on is quite expertly conceived and edited, ending dramatically with a series of still shots timed to a pounding heartbeat.
With a combination of "Twilight Zone", "The Outer Limits", and, according to Lane in his commentary track, FORBIDDEN PLANET, the story manages to maintain our interest throughout. This is helped in no small measure by a very capable cast.
Despite playing second fiddle to MURDERLUST on this Intervision double-feature disc (whose bonus features consist of the two James Lane commentary tracks and a MURDERLUST trailer), I consider PROJECT NIGHTMARE the more interesting and rewarding of the two features. Together, they make for one very worthwhile DVD which I found richly entertaining.
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"THE ADVENTURE CLUB"
In theaters and VOD on February 10
Ricky with his friends, Sandy and Bill, call themselves The Adventure Club.
Local legend has it that Ricky’s grandfather once found an ancient puzzle box that when opened would grant the holder a series of wishes.
One night Ricky, stumbles upon a hidden drawer in the attic and inside he finds a skeleton key and a map. Could this be the adventure Ricky and his club mates have been waiting for?
The Adventure Club will soon find out!
SAM ASHE ARNOLD as RICKY
DALILA BELA as SANDY
JAKOB DAVIES as BILL
ROBIN DUNNE as MARTIN
GABRIELLE MILLER as JANE
LORNE CARDINAL as CURTIS
with KIM COATES as OZZIE
and BILLY ZANE as LANGLEY
WATCH THE TRAILER
Preorder from iTunes
Opening on February 10 on demand and in these theaters:
Atlanta - AMC Sugarloaf Mills
Chicago - AMC Woodridge
Dallas - AMC Stonebriar
Detroit - AMC Southfield
Kansas City - AMC Barrywoods
Orange County - AMC Orange 30
Philadelphia - AMC Cherry Hill
Phoenix - AMC Arizona Center
San Francisco - AMC Deer Valley
Tampa - AMC Veterans
Friday, January 13, 2017
Just in time for a nice wintry Friday the 13th here in January of 2017 (actually, I live in East Texas and the temperature's in the 70s) comes the raucous Austrian zombie comedy ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES (2016).
With global warming wrecking the ski industry, a corpulent inventor has created a machine that makes snow and is demonstrating it for a potential investor on a mountaintop in Austria. But the machine is powered by mysterious green goop, and we all know what mysterious green goop does--it mutates things and turns people into zombies. Naturally, Mr. Money Bags gets a faceful of it, and...
Meanwhile, brash young snowboarding champ Steve (Laurie Calvert) has just made a fool of himself during a publicity stunt, which puts him at odds with his manager and sometimes girlfriend Branka (Gabriela Marcinková). I won't describe what happens since the surprise is part of the funny and it's one of the funniest scenes in the movie, but it involves Steve being naked at a very inappropriate time.
What I liked best about ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES is that, for the most part, the characters play it straight instead of constantly trying to remind us of how funny and cute everything is. Not only does this add to its deadpan charm, but it also lends some scenes a degree of actual suspense and character empathy.
We begin to care whether or not too-frivolous Steve and too-serious Branka will ever meet halfway and go skiing merrily down the path to love, or if Rita and Steve's jovial friend Josh (Oscar Dyekjær Giese) will escape from being trapped in an attic by zombies even as the wounded Josh begins to turn into one himself. (Rita pours schnapps on the wound--it's her answer to everything.)
Eventually, of course, the whole thing turns into a zombie free-for-all, and that's where the film dives headlong into the kind of gleefully graphic blood and gore that Peter Jackson's early horror films were splattered with. It's a gorehound's delight, with disembowelings, beheadings, and dismemberments wherever you look, along with some sho-nuff meat-grinder action here and there.
In fact, this movie is brimming with impressive snowboarding stunts, if that's your thing. And because of it, I now know that snowboards are our best defense against zombies.
Probably the only really disappointing thing about ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES is the fact that none of the zombies are wearing lederhosen. But in light of its good points, which include terrific cinematography, superb gore and makeup effects, and an overall ambience of fun, I'm willing to let that slide.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
We all know what happens when we get caught in the middle of Homeless Hell after dark--all the homeless people who hate us because we're better off than they are go nuts and start coming after us! Anyway, that's what happens in PARASITES (2016) for about an hour and a half.
We're supposed to feel like these three spoiled college brats in their shiny new van--quarterback Marshal (Sean Samuels), pretty boy Josef (Jeffrey Decker), and portly ginger Scott (Sebastian Fernandez)--are sorta asking for it when they cruise through streets lined with makeshift tents and mock their denizens right before a blowout puts them at the mercy of hostile homeless honcho Wilco (Robert Miano) and his violence-prone toadies.
Wilco kills two of them in a fit of psycho-rage that shocks even his cohorts, but Marshal manages to get away. This sets off a prolonged chase sequence that's sort of like THE NAKED PREY meets THE WARRIORS (if the Warriors were only one guy and all the other gangs were just a few homicidal hobos) and another movie whose name I can't remember about some other priveleged people getting stranded in hostile hobo territory after dark.
Naturally, there's a lot of running in PARASITES, much of it taking place in either the Los Angeles river or various alleys and deserted warehouse districts. Several scenes are padded with shots of Marshal jogging down the street while songs like "House of the Rising Sun" play on the soundtrack for several minutes.
Occasionally our hapless hoofer will encounter one of Wilco's guys and they'll have a desperate fight that ends with a bloody impalement or shovel to the skull (although not that much graphic violence is actually shown).
He also meets some colorful characters such as Mona (Silvia Spross), a hooker with a heart of brass, and boisterous bum Wilde, played expansively by none other than George Romero regular Joe Pilato (DAY OF THE DEAD) with long, scraggly grey hair and full beard.
Needless to say there's not a working cell phone in sight, and Marshal might as well be on Mars for all the signs of civilized life he encounters while searching for help.
As Marshal, Sean Samuels makes a likable enough hero, and Pilato, of course, is a hoot and a howl as Wilde. Robert Miano as Wilco is the closest thing to a well-known actor in the bunch--you'll no doubt recognize his often-seen face from such films as DONNIE BRASCO as well as more obscure titles like CONFESSIONS OF A PIT FIGHTER and THE SYSTEM WITHIN. Here, he gets to ham it up to his heart's content and liven up even his duller scenes.
Whether or not PARASITES holds your interest for its entire running time depends entirely on what kind of mood you happen to be in at the time. It's pretty insubstantial despite a somewhat heavy ending (to tell what movie it calls to mind would be giving it away) and in no danger of being mistaken for a lost John Carpenter flick, but that shouldn't keep most people from enjoying it to a certain degree if they're slumming.
Debuts on VOD from 108 Media
Rent or Own on Digital HD January 24th
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Party On with Wayne and Garth for A Special Two-Night Screening Event to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of "Wayne's World"
Party On with Wayne and Garth for A Special Two-Night Screening Event to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Wayne's World
Birthday Bash Events on February 7th and 8th in Select Theaters Nationwide
January 12th, 2017 - Los Angeles, California - In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the iconic comedy classic Wayne's World, SpectiCast and Paramount Pictures are hosting excellent, two-night, theatrical events on February 7th and 8th, 2017. Fans across the U.S. will have the chance to party on with Wayne and Garth when the film returns to more than 400 theaters. The special events will include an exclusive introduction by Peter Travers (Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC-TV) and a videotaped chat with the director and cast members after the film. Wayne's World was originally released on February 14, 1992.
Based on the "Saturday Night Live" sketch of the same name, Wayne's World is a wacky, irreverent pop-culture comedy about the adventures of two amiably aimless metal-head friends, Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey). From Wayne's basement, the pair broadcast a talk-show called "Wayne's World" on local public access television. Wayne's World, directed by Penelope Spheeris, grossed $183 million in its theatrical run, placing it as the tenth highest-grossing film of 1992 and the highest-grossing of the 11 films based on "Saturday Night Live" skits. The movie features Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Lara Flynn Boyle, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robert Patrick, Chris Farley, Ed O'Neill, Ione Skye, Meat Loaf, and Alice Cooper.
Tickets for the February 7th and 8th events may be purchased at www.waynesworld25.com.
"Wayne's World transcends generations to pay tribute to an indelible place in American pop culture," says SpectiCast CEO Mark Rupp. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine adds, "Director Penelope Spheeris brings out the best in Mike Myers and Dana Carvey while converting a classic SNL sketch into an enduring, full bodied film for the ages."
Paramount Home Media Distribution also will celebrate the anniversary with a Wayne's World Double Feature on DVD and Digital HD, arriving February 14, 2017. Plus, Wayne's World will be available on iTunes with new-to-digital extras, including a Director's Commentary and Making-Of featurette.
SpectiCast is one of the fastest growing producers, financiers, distributors and marketers of Event Cinema worldwide. We have distributed over 400 event cinema releases to screens around the globe and have brought original world class programming to audiences on over four thousand screens in 65 countries. We have distributed programs from some of the world's most prestigious cultural arts organizations and leading entertainment companies including the Opera de Paris, The Vatican Museums, The Royal Albert Hall, The Salzburg Festival, The Paris Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre, the British Museum, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Universal Music, Sony Music, Paramount, Warner Bros., Trancas International, and EagleRock Entertainment - featuring works by Shakespeare and Shaw, Beethoven and Bach, da Vinci and Dalì, Sondheim and Satriani - with performances by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Renée Fleming, Christopher Plummer, Paul McCartney, Drake, Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones just to name a few.
SpectiCast provides content rights holders with turnkey access to worldwide theatrical distribution as well as all downstream digital distribution platforms including DVD, VOD and TV. We also provide a wide range of logistical and digital media services including feature and short mastering, trafficking and logistical support, Encryption/KDM management and quality control service.
SpectiCast is a privately owned and operated firm based in Philadelphia, PA. We also maintain offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Mexico City, MX and London UK.
About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories. The PHMD division oversees PPC's home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Matt D. Lord's WOLF HOUSE Sinks Its Teeth into DVD
Now Available as a Walmart Exclusive
Available Everywhere January 17th from Wild Eye Releasing
"Tons of fun, and most importantly, has lots and lots of monsters"
--Found Footage Critic
New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has announced the January 17th nationwide DVD release of Wolf House. Directed by Matt D. Lord, Wolf House was scripted by Ken Cosentino and Elizabeth Houlihans and stars Cosentino along with Jessica Bell and Marcus Ganci-Rotella. A daring mashup of found footage and monster movies, Wolf House is currently an exclusive on Walmart shelves.
Six friends on a camping trip think they have discovered, captured and killed a Sasquatch. But what they have actually unleashed is something more evil, more ancient and more deadly than they could ever imagine - an army of supernatural terrors that will hunt them until none of them remain.
Wolf House (Official Trailer)
Order Wolf House on Amazon
The DVD release of Wolf House (SRP $19.95) exclusively includes a feature-length commentary with director Matt D. Lord, a behind the scenes documentary, a featurette on "Making the Monster" and trailers.
GRAVITAS VENTURES SECURES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS
FOR ICONIC FILM COMPOSER DOCUMENTARY ‘SCORE’
Los Angeles, CA (January 11, 2017) — Gravitas Ventures has acquired first-of-its-kind documentary “SCORE: A Film Music Documentary” for North American rights. The film takes an unprecedented look at the creative process of film score composition with some of the best-known artists in the field including Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, the late James Horner, and more.
Additionally, viewers will get to hear from iconic filmmakers like James Cameron and the late Garry Marshall. Among the many diverse and treasured film themes included in the film are the James Bond theme, “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Titanic,” “The Social Network” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
“SCORE” debuted at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and premieres in theaters this May.
“SCORE” not only explores the power of film music to give us goose bumps; it breaks down the anatomy of major motion picture scores and shines a spotlight on the creative struggles and musical challenges faced by the world’s top soundsmiths. Plunging into the tricks composers use to make a powerful moment stick in our hearts, “SCORE” details how moving melodies and unconventional sounds can commemorate and elevate the most dramatic moments of our favorite films and real life, including historic moments like the election-night acceptance speech of President-Elect Barack Obama. “SCORE” explores how music can turn heroes into villains and tension into triumph.
In tracking the progress of modern-day film score development, “SCORE” uncovers the intricate detail, passion and raw talent that goes into writing a score that echoes in moviegoers' heads for decades.
“We wanted to create something that hadn’t been done before — the definitive look at the craft of film composing,” said Director Matt Schrader, who left a job with CBS News to begin nearly two years of in-depth interviews with more than 50 composers in the film. “SCORE is an ode to these modern maestros and the ever-evolving art form.”
“Film scores resonate in our lives in a timeless quality,” said Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures. “Bringing the stories behind this special art form to the big screen is a privilege.”
“SCORE” is executive-produced by Emmy® Award winner Matt Schrader who also directed. Jonathan Willbanks also served as Executive Producer; Robert Kraft, Trevor Thompson, Kenny Holmes and Nate Gold are the Producers.
The deal was negotiated by Nolan Gallagher for Gravitas Ventures and by Linzee Troubh from Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT GRAVITAS VENTURES
Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over 100 million homes. Recent releases include Katie Holmes’ feature directorial debut, “All We Had,” Jonathan Hock’s “Fastball,” Colin Hanks’ “All Things Must Pass,” “Being Evel” from Academy Award® winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville, “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of,” and “For The Love of Spock” from Director Adam Nimoy.
For more information, please visit gravitasventures.com, follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.
Monday, January 9, 2017
A powerful action thriller, ARSENAL tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers, Mikey (Johnathon Schaech) and JP (Adrian Grenier), who had only each other to rely on growing up. As adults, JP found success as the owner of a construction company, while Mikey became a small-time mobster, mired in a life of petty crime.
When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by ruthless crime boss Eddie King (Nicolas Cage), JP turns to the brothers’ old pal Sal (John Cusack), a plain clothes detective for help. In order to rescue his brother, JP must risk everything and unleash his vengeance against King’s relentless army of gangsters.
Lionsgate Premiere, Grindstone Entertainment Group, and Emmett Furla Oasis Films present, an Emmett Furla Oasis Films production, in association with River Bay Films, in association with Tinker Productions Limited. Starring Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Nicolas Cage, Lydia Hull, Christopher Coppola, Megan Leonard, Christopher Rob Bowen, Tyler Jon Olson, Shea Buckner, and John Cusack, ARSENAL is directed by Steven C. Miller, written by Jason Mosberg, and produced by Emmett Furla Oasis Films’ Randall Emmett, p.g.a. and George Furla, p.g.a.
Watch the Trailer
Executive Producers are Marc Goldberg, Mark Stewart, Wayne Marc Godfrey & Robert Jones of The Fyzz Facility, Grindstone’s Barry Brooker & Stan Wertlieb, Ted Fox, Steven Saxton, and Vance Owen. The Co-Executive Producer is Ryan Black. Co-Producers are Tim Sullivan and Anthony Callie. Line Producer is Eileen Fields. Director of Photography is Brandon Cox. Production Designer is Niko Vilaivongs. Editor is Vincent Tabaillon. Costume Designer is Rachel Stringfellow. Special Effects Coordinator is Ken Gorrell and Stunt Coordinator is Steve Griffin. Music Supervisor is Mike Burns. Music is composed by Ryan Franks and Scott Nickoley.
Lionsgate Premiere distributes ARSENAL as part of its 10-picture deal with Emmett Furla Oasis Films.
Rating: R for brutal bloody violence, language throughout, and drug use
Run time: 92 minutes U.S.
Release Date: January 6, 2017
THE ONLY WAY OUT, IS BACK IN
ONE OF THE MOST CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES ON TELEVISION
"HOMELAND" SEASON FIVE ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY & DVD JANUARY 10
"The Most Unpredictable Season" - Ken Tucker, Yahoo! TV
"Claire Danes's performance remains a TV marvel" (Price Peterson, Vulture) in the fifth enthralling season of the Emmy®-winning series "HOMELAND."
Now working at a private security firm in Berlin, Carrie is trying to start a new life, but she soon discovers she can't escape her past. Blindsided by stunning betrayals, and without Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Quinn (Rupert Friend) to rely on, Carrie must uncover a deadly conspiracy that puts thousands of lives at risk, including her own.
Blu-ray and DVD Special Features
* The Evolution of Carrie Mathison - Take a look back at the key events in Carrie's journey throughout the past five seasons, her relationships and the often time tragic moments she's experienced have changed her, hardened her and helped her grow
* "Homeland" In Berlin: Beyond the Wall - "Homeland" Season Five tackles controversial topics. Get an inside look at why the writers took on these themes, what stance the characters are taking, and the role of the City of Berlin
Blu-ray Disc Specifications:
Street Date: January 10, 2017
Prebook Date: December 7, 2016
Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English / Spanish / French
Total Run Time: Approximately 631 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes
Street Date: January 10, 2017
Prebook Date: December 7, 2016
Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
Audio: English DD 5.1
Subtitles: English / Spanish / French
Total Run Time: Approximately 631 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes
About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film. TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions as well as all third party distribution partners on DVD, Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD, Digital HD, and VOD (video-on-demand). Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets and digital stores throughout the world.