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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Terrifying New Thriller "THE SNOWMAN" -- Watch the Trailer Now



THE SNOWMAN                               October 20, 2017 
   
Genre:        Thriller   
Cast:        Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson,
        Charlotte Gainsbourg with Val Kilmer and J.K. Simmons


Michael Fassbender (X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. 

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again.  With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

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The Snowman is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables), as well as Piodor Gustafsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Robyn Slovo (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). 

A Working Title production—in association with Another Park Film—the thriller is executive produced by Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese, Alfredson, Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger. 

The film was shot entirely on location in Norway in the cities of Oslo and Bergen and the area of Rjukan. 

www.thesnowmanmovie.com

Directed by:        Tomas Alfredson
Screenplay by:        Hossein Amini and Peter Straughan       
Based on the Novel by:    Jo Nesbø
Produced by:        Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Piodor Gustafsson, Robyn Slovo
Executive Producers:    Jo Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese,
Tomas Alfredson, Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Following Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK, Don't Miss Another Gritty WWII Epic with "1944", Rumbling onto DVD/Digital HD on 8/1 from Film Movement



"Grand scale spectacle" -- The Hollywood Reporter

WAR TAKES NO PRISONERS IN THE GRITTY WWII EPIC
1944

Estonia's 2016 Official Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film Makes its North American debut on DVD and Digital August 1, 2017

DVD AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT WALMART



A little known chapter in World War II history pitted brother against brother in one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. From director Elmo Nüganen comes 1944, Estonia's biggest domestic box office success and the country's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards®. On August 1, this "gritty war epic" (Variety) debuts on DVD and Digital from Film Movement.

Revealing the tragic aftermath of the invasion and occupation of Estonia after the onset of WWII, 1944 recounts one of the most painful chapters of 20th century history for the beleaguered Baltic country. First seized by Soviet Russia, then by Nazi Germany, Estonia ended up with more than 50,000 men of combat age conscripted to fight for the Red Army and over 70,000 for the German military. The result was effectively a civil war, with former friends and neighbors forced to slaughter each other on the battlefield.

From July's battle of the Tannenberg Line to the Red Army's occupation of the Sorve peninsula at the end of November, 1944 is depicted through the eyes of Estonians fighting on opposing sides.  With the Russians on the offensive, the outnumbered SS dig in to repel the Soviet advance on the Third Reich. Yet, half of their infantry are local Estonian recruits, drafted from Siberian Labor camps and sent back to their homeland wearing enemy uniforms; now, they must find a way to survive one of the deadliest battles of World War II.


Humanizing the conflict, director Nüganen chooses to focus on two high ranking officers:  Karl (Kaspar Velberg), a country boy turned SS officer, also haunted by his inability to prevent his family's deportation to Siberia and Juri (Kristjan Ukskula), son of a communist collaborator, recruited from the Estonian Defense Forces by the Soviet Red Army. 

The Hollywood Reporter says that Nüganen, who made his feature-length debut with 2003's historic Names in Marble (which, until 1944 held the Estonian box office record) "stages battlefield action with an impressively kinetic in-your-face energy" and has "a flare for directing action with tense scenes of trench warfare." They go on to say that the script, penned by Leo Kunnas, a novelist and former high-ranking Estonian military officer, is "rich in historical detail."

The 1944 DVD features the original Estonian language version with English subtitles, as well as an English dubbed track. The DVD also includes the bonus animated short, Le Deux Vies de Nate Hill (The Two Lives of Nate Hill) from director Jeanne Joseph, examining the dualities of chance and fate.

1944 (100 minutes) Directed by Elmo Nüganen. Starring Kristjan Ukskula, Kaspar Velberg, Maiken Schmidt, Hendrik Kalmet, Karl-Andres Kalmet, Peeter Tammearu. A Film Movement release.

English Language Track; Original Estonian with English Subtitles |
5.1 Surround /2.0 Stereo | 2.39:1

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"PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN" - Watch The First Trailer Now!



PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN 

Release: October 27, 2017
Genre: Drama


In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940's. While Marston's feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her 'sexual perversity', he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him.

Marston's muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research -- while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.
 
Professor Marston & The Wonder Women Official Channels:

WEBSITE: http://professorm.movie/
https://www.facebook.com/marstonmovie
https://twitter.com/marstonmovie
https://www.instagram.com/marstonmovie/
#MarstonMovie

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BAG BOY LOVER BOY -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle



Albert (Jon Wachter) is one of those dorky, withdrawn, borderline characters who seem to need just a little push to go off the deep end into the wonderful world of coo-coo.  And, in his case,  to transform into BAG BOY LOVER BOY (Severin Films, 2014).

He's a hot dog vendor in New York who's very lackadaisical about his job and basic sanitation in general (dropped hot dogs go right back on the grill) and dreams of being an artist or, better yet, a photographer, even though he knows nothing about art or photography. 

When a portly professional photog named Ivan (Theodore Bouloukos, AFTER.LIFE) is smitten with Albert's extreme ordinariness and offers to pay him to pose, Albert dully goes along with it thinking he'll get some photography training out of the deal. 


Instead, he's the co-subject of a series of perverse sex pictorials in which he is directed to put a plastic bag over a sexy model's head and mimic strangling her to death while Ivan eggs him on with sick exhortations and snaps away.

With such dreadfully unhealthy stimuli simmering in his overheated brain, Albert, left to his own devices when Ivan is suddenly called away to a big photo shoot in Italy, takes over the studio late at night and starts luring women there in order to satisy his raging new passions for (a) really bad photography, and (b) putting plastic bags over women's heads and strangling them to death.

Looking somewhat like something Abel Ferrara might've cooked up in his spare time, BAG BOY LOVER BOY has the muted, gritty-grimy aura of an 80s slice-of-urban-decay thriller like LIQUID SKY but without the neon veneer or quirky score. 


There's a bland, matter-of-fact quality to Albert's homicidal deeds that underscores how truly sociopathic, disturbed, and almost comically self-obsessed he is.  (We get several brief glimpses into his mind which are telling.) In fact, the ease with which he slips into his horrific new lifestyle tells us that he's been on a hair-trigger all along, just waiting for the right impetus to steer him toward his true calling.

With all of that, the film is rife with understated, tongue-in-cheek (and very dark) humor that begins with Albert's ridiculously disconnected nature itself and then really kicks in when the flamboyantly vain and profane chatterbox Ivan shows up (Theodore Bouloukos is both naturalistic and over-the-top in the role and is brilliant).  

I love it when Ivan glibly defends the terminally apathetic Albert against a couple who witness him retrieving a hot dog from the floor for their consumption--the dialogue seems improvised, it's so sharp and realistic.  Another particularly humorous scene involves woefully inept photographer Albert being schooled by a camera shop clerk as to why his Polaroids are turning out so blurry.


Humor and tragedy are nicely combined later on during Albert's seriocomic encounters with various victims, including Ivan's overbearing assistant Jackie (Kathy Biehl), who stumbles onto his nocturnal activities, and his friend/secret love Lexy (Adrienne Gori), who actually agrees to pose for his increasingly sick photos in exchange for a place to stay. There's even a foray into cannibalism that yields ghoulish giggles.

The Blu-ray from Severin Films is in 1080p full HD resolution with English 2.0 stereo and optional English subtitles.  Bonus features consist of a trailer, two brief, comical student films by star Jon Wachter, and a commentary featuring director Andres Torres, actor Theodore Bouloukos, and editor Charlie Williams.

After an abrupt climax, BAG BOY LOVER BOY ends unexpectedly--not with a bang (although there is one), but with some deliciously curdled character moments that send us off with a wry smile.  It's almost a feelgood flick in its own sick way, albeit one that might leave you feeling like you just got dropped on the floor and tossed back onto the grill.

Buy it at Severin Films


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Disney's "THE LION KING" Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital Aug 15 and Blu-ray Aug 29



Powerful … a Disney classic for every generation” - Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood

“THE LION KING” Roars to Its Rightful Place in the Walt Disney Signature Collection
 on Digital Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray™ Aug. 29

Two Ways to Experience the Movie! Plus New Bonus Including Never-Before-Seen Recording Sessions, Song Selections and More!


BURBANK, Calif. (July 16 2017) — It was announced today at D23 Expo that in August, one of the biggest animated films in history—“The Lion King”—joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. The coming-of-age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award®–winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), arrives on Digital on Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 29.

Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive,  brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain, and join Nathan Lane (voice of Timon) and Matthew Broderick (voice of Adult Simba) for an extended conversation regarding the legacy of “The Lion King.”

“The Lion King” follows the adventures of Simba, a feisty lion cub who cannot wait to be king, as he searches for his destiny in the great “Circle of Life.” The film earned a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and inspired a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that is currently the third longest-running musical in Broadway history. In 2019, a reimagined live-action film, helmed by Jon Favreau, will delight audiences with the thrilling retelling of the original tale utilizing groundbreaking technological advances—as only Disney can do.

“The Lion King” is the fifth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. It takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio” and “Bambi.”

Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL*:

⦁    Brand New Sing-Along Version

⦁    Audio Commentary – View the film with commentary by producer Don Hahn and co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.

⦁    Visualizing a Villain – Against a backdrop of live dancers and the animated “Be Prepared” sequence, artist David Garibaldi paints a masterpiece of evil.

⦁    The Recording Sessions – Watch rare footage of the actors recording their roles, matched with the final animation. Intro by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.

⦁    Nathan and Matthew: The Extended Lion King Conversation – Nathan Lane (Timon) and Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba) offer candid and hilarious insights into their Lion King experiences.

⦁    Inside the Story Room – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff present archival footage of five original story pitches.
⦁    Circle of Life – See how color creates emotion and meaning in the film's iconic opening.
⦁    Simba & Nala – See how elements proposed in story meetings evolve into what appears onscreen.
⦁    Simba Takes Nala Out to Play – …And, sometimes what seems funny in story meetings never makes it into the film!
⦁    Hakuna Matata – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff sing, act and dance their hearts out as they pitch the "Hakuna Matata" sequence.
⦁    Rafiki and Reflecting Pool – Co-directors Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff pitch a sequence that became the emotional heart of The Lion King to Producer Don Hahn.
⦁    Music & More – Sing along to your favorite songs from the movie!
⦁    “Circle of Life”
⦁    “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
⦁    “Be Prepared”
⦁    “Hakuna Matata”
⦁    “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
⦁    Galleries 
⦁    Visual Development – Explore a gallery of striking artwork that inspired the movie's look and feel.
⦁    Character Design – Trace the development of the film's unforgettable characters through early concept art drawings.
⦁    Storyboards – Examine storyboards created in the development of “The Lion King.”
⦁    Layouts – Feast your eyes on layouts created in the development of “The Lion King.”
⦁    Backgrounds & Layouts – Journey through a gallery of landscape paintings that shaped the world of “The Lion King.”
⦁    Classic Bonus Features (Digital Only) – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as bloopers, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and in-depth journeys into the music, film, story, animals and stage show.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:
Product SKUs:    Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), Digital HD/SD, DVD
Feature Run Time:            Approximately 89 minutes
Rating:                        G in U.S. and Canada
Aspect Ratio:                Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 1.78:1
                            DVD Feature Film = 1.78:1
Audio:                                Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish, and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
Subtitles:                    English ESL, English SDH, French & Spanish

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook:                     Facebook.com/DisneyTheLionKing
Website:                     Movies.Disney.com/The-Lion-King

Check out moments from today's "The Lion King" D23 Expo panel here, including a surprise appearance by Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg:

"Whoopi's Surprise Entrance" YouTube: https://youtu.be/skg4F_EWQ4A
"Dance the Hula" YouTube: https://youtu.be/CRrAf9-kaqs
"Sentimental Moments" YouTube: https://youtu.be/Zlso6GZ_n1U

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY SIGNATURE COLLECTION:
The Walt Disney Signature Collection includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. Each release will offer special features for every member of your family plus a unique digital experience. To date, the collection includes “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio” and “Bambi.”

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!




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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Gary Oldman Is Winston Churchill in "DARKEST HOUR" In Select Cities on November 22, 2017



Focus Features will release Darkest Hour
in select cities on November 22, 2017


A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright's DARKEST HOUR, a Focus Features release. Credit: Jack English/ Focus Features

Director: Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Hanna,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Anna Karenina”)
Writer: Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”)
Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn

For more info, please follow the film on social:
Official Site
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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"THE MUMMY" Comes Home to 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD and DVD 9/12



THE MUMMY (2017)
Release Date: 9/12/2017

Universal Pictures


Synopsis: Tom Cruise stars in this spectacular version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sands of the Middle East through modern-day London, The Mummy balances wonder, thrills, and imagination.

4K UHD  (61188191) : Disc 1 (Side A): The Mummy (2017)
 Format:      4K UHD      UPC:      1-9132-90183-5-4
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      2
 Street Date:      9/12/2017      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      1 Hour 50 Minutes          
 Language:           Disc Type:      BD-66 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English Dolby Atmos
French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Latin Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French Canadian
Latin Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:     
 Version:      4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      PG-13      CARA Rating:      -
 Bonus Features:      • Digital Copy of The Mummy (2017) (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
• Features High Dynamic Range (HDR) for Brighter, Deeper, More Lifelike Color


4K UHD  (61188191) : Disc 2 (Side A): The Mummy (2017)
 Format:      4K UHD      UPC:      1-9132-90183-5-4
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      2
 Street Date:      9/12/2017      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      1 Hour 50 Minutes          
 Language:           Disc Type:      BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English Dolby Atmos
French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Latin Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French Canadian
Latin Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:     
 Version:      4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      PG-13      CARA Rating:      -
 Bonus Features:      • Deleted and Extended Scenes
• Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation
• Rooted in Reality
• Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash
• Meet Ahmanet
• Cruise in Action
• Becoming Jekyll and Hyde
• Choreographed Chaos
• Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul
• Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel
• Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Alex Kurtzman and Cast Members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson


BD Combo Pack Widescreen / Widescreen (61168754) : Disc 1 (Side A): The Mummy (2017)

 Format:      BD Combo Pack      UPC:      0-2519-22857-6-9
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      2
 Street Date:      9/12/2017      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      1 Hour 50 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      BD-50 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English Dolby Atmos
French Canadian DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Latin Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French Canadian
Latin Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Widescreen / Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      PG-13      CARA Rating:      -
 Bonus Features:      • Digital Copy of The Mummy (2017) (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
• Deleted and Extended Scenes
• Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation
• Rooted in Reality
• Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash
• Meet Ahmanet
• Cruise in Action
• Becoming Jekyll and Hyde
• Choreographed Chaos
• Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul
• Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel
• Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Alex Kurtzman and Cast Members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson


BD Combo Pack Widescreen / Widescreen (61168754) : Disc 2 (Side A): The Mummy (2017)
 Format:      BD Combo Pack      UPC:      0-2519-22857-6-9
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      2
 Street Date:      9/12/2017      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      1 Hour 50 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French Canadian Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Latin Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French Canadian
Latin Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Widescreen / Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      PG-13      CARA Rating:      -
 Bonus Features:      • Deleted and Extended Scenes
• Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation
• Rooted in Reality
• Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash
• Meet Ahmanet
• Cruise in Action
• Becoming Jekyll and Hyde
• Choreographed Chaos
• Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul
• Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel
• Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Alex Kurtzman and Cast Members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson


DVD Widescreen (61168755) : Disc 1 (Side A): The Mummy (2017)
 Format:      DVD      UPC:      0-2519-22857-7-6
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      1
 Street Date:      9/12/2017      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      1 Hour 50 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French Canadian Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Latin Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
       Subtitles:      English SDH
French Canadian
Latin Spanish

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      -      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      PG-13      CARA Rating:      -
 Bonus Features:      • Deleted and Extended Scenes
• Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation
• Rooted in Reality
• Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash
• Meet Ahmanet
• Cruise in Action
• Becoming Jekyll and Hyde
• Choreographed Chaos
• Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul
• Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel
• Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Alex Kurtzman and Cast Members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Jake Johnson


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"KILLING HASSELHOFF" With David Hasselhoff and Ken Jeong -- Coming to DVD 8/29



KILLING HASSELHOFF
Release Date: 8/29/2017


Synopsis: Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and David Hasselhoff (Baywatch) star in the most hilarious and outrageous comedy of the year.

When a struggling nightclub owner (Jeong) fails to pay back a loan shark, he decides the only way to get the money is to kill his pick in an annual "Who Will Die This Year" celebrity death pool: David Hasselhoff.

But the task is not so easy – especially when your target is The Hoff.

DVD Widescreen (61188259) : Disc 1 (Side A): Killing Hasselhoff
 Format:      DVD      UPC:      1-9132-90185-8-3
 Unit Type:      Standard      Number of Media:      1
 Street Date:      8/29/2017 10:37:00 AM      PreOrder Date:     
 Run Time (HH:MM):      1 Hour 21 Minutes          
 Language:      English      Disc Type:      DVD-9 (Single Sided)
 Packaging:      Snap Case      Layers:      Single
 Audio:     English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
       Subtitles:      English SDH
Cantonese
Mandarin (Complex)
French European
Thai

 Edition:      -      Picture:      Anamorphic Widescreen
 Version:      -      Color/B&W     COLOR
 Rating:      R      CARA Rating:
Bonus Feature: Deleted Scenes



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LA VIE DE JEAN-MARIE -- DVD Review by Porfle



One must practically achieve a zen state in order to watch LA VIE DE JEAN-MARIE (2015), lest either madness or a deep slumber overwhelm them.  It's a documentary which is very long, and very slow, and in which very little happens, which tends to make me nod off.  If, however, you manage that zen state, you'll likely find it worthwhile. 

How much so depends greatly on how interesting you find aging, sweet-natured French priest Jean-Marie, the subject of this in-depth profile. Filmmaker Peter van Houten found him fascinating enough to spend six years filming him going about his life and then lovingly editing the footage into a 166-minute portrait.

Although Jean Marie drives an SUV, he leads a rather spartan existence.  The villages in the French Pyrenees where he tends to the spiritual needs of the people are still infused with a warm sense of community.


Haste is uncommon here.  Life goes on with the same deliberate progression of seasons as the plants in Jean Marie's garden.  He tends both with the same beatific patience and wisdom.

In one scene he ministers to two members of his flock in a solemn, private ceremony that Van Houten films with handheld black-and-white so that it resembles a scene from a Frederick Wiseman documentary.

In another sequence that looks like something out of a colorful adaptation of "Heidi", he visits a woman who's had several abortions so that they can pray for the unborn children's souls to go to Heaven.


Nature, and Jean Marie's place in it, are contemplated at length by Van Houten's dispassionately unobtrusive camera, as are the simple lives of the villagers and their rustic surroundings. 

"This was the stable of the mule," Jean-Marie says while showing us around his secluded home place and its grounds.  "Now, there's no mule in it.  But this was it."  The film rambles often, while we content ourselves with gleaning what points of interest there are in it.

At times, however, such as when Jean-Marie wistfully recounts the various loves of his life or gives us a tour of the incomplete country church that he has grown too old to finish, his words are gently compelling.  "I took on too much," he says with a rueful laugh.  "I cannot finish it anymore."


This might refer to his priestly life as well.  The story is at its most interesting, in fact, when we discover what romantic aspirations he has sacrificed, especially when we meet the woman he's currently in love with and who shares with him a platonic companionship that has the local gossips buzzing.

During it all, director Van Houten switches from black-and-white to color at his artistic whim.  Both are eye-pleasing, although his shots are often meandering to the point of inducing drowsiness. 

The film ends with a sequence showing what happens when Jean-Marie makes a crucial decision about the remainder of his life, and the consequences of this choice for both himself and his flock.  It's here that LA VIE DE JEAN-MARIE is at its most rewarding, and worth the effort of staying with it to the end.


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Running Time: 166 Minutes
Genre: Documentary
Aspect Ratio: 16 x 9
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Language: French/Flemish w/English subtitles
Extras: Trailer






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The Duplass Brothers' Anthology Series "ROOM 104" Exclusively on HBO July 28



ANTHOLOGY SERIES
"ROOM  104"

FROM BROTHERS MARK AND JAY DUPLASS

DEBUTS JULY 28, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO


“The banal” can be a most interesting place – if you stop and take a look. Telling tales of the characters who pass through a single room of a typical American chain motel, the Duplass Brothers-produced anthology series ROOM 104 begins its 12-episode season FRIDAY, JULY 28 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. From Mark and Jay Duplass, the show tells a different story each week, with the tone, the characters and the era changing every time. Ranging from comedy to drama to horror, each episode plays like a mini-movie, offering a new discovery from one week to the next, telling tales of everyday people striving for connection and meaning.

Actors featured in the 12 episodes of ROOM 104 include: Hugo Armstrong, Davie-Blue, Melonie Diaz, Jay Duplass, Veronica Falcon, Adam Foster, Ellen Geer, Keir Gilchrist, Philip Baker Hall, Sarah Hay, Poorna Jagannathan, Orlando Jones, Ethan & Gavin Kent, Amy Landecker, Konstantin Lavysh, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Keta Meggett, Natalie Morgan, Ross Partridge, Karan Soni, Dendrie Taylor, Tony Todd, Will Tranfo, James Van Der Beek, Mae Whitman and Nat Wolff.

Directors of the 12 episodes of ROOM 104  include: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, Patrick Brice, Marta Cunningham, Doug Emmett, Megan Griffiths, Dayna Hanson, Chad Hartigan, Ross Partridge, Sarah Adina Smith and So Yong Kim.

Writers of the 12 episodes of ROOM 104 include: Xan Aranda & Ross Partridge, Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, Mark Duplass, Dayna Hanson, Carson Mell and Ross Partridge.

Filmmaking brothers Jay and Mark Duplass (along with Steve Zissis) were creators of the HBO comedy series “Togetherness.” They are also executive producers of HBO’s adult animated comedy series “Animals,” which returns for its third season in 2018.

Jay and Mark Duplass have written, directed and/or produced more than 20 films, including “Cyrus,” “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” “Baghead” and their 2005 Sundance Film Festival breakout hit, “The Puffy Chair.” Other films produced by the Duplass Brothers include the Independent Spirit Award-winning “Safety Not Guaranteed” and “Tangerine.”

Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass are the creators and executive producers of ROOM 104; executive producer, Xan Aranda; co-executive producer, Ross Partridge; producer, Sydney Fleischmann.

Episodes include:

            Episode #1: “Ralphie”
            Starring: Melonie Diaz, Ethan Kent, Ross Partridge
            Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.
            Debut: FRIDAY, JULY 28 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT)

            Episode #2: “Pizza Boy”
            Starring: James Van Der Beek, Davie-Blue
            Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Patrick Brice.
            Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 4 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #3: “The Knockadoo”
            Starring: Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Orlando Jones
            Written by Carson Mell; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.
            Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 11 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #4: “I Knew You Weren't Dead”
            Starring: Jay Duplass, Will Tranfo, Frank Ashmore
            Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 18 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #5: “The Internet”
            Starring: Karan Soni, Poorna Jagannathan
            Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Doug Emmett.
            Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 25 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #6: “Voyeurs”
            Starring: Dendrie Taylor, Sarah Hay
            Written by Dayna Hanson; directed by Dayna Hanson.
            Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 1 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #7: “The Missionaries”
            Starring: Adam Foster, Nat Wolff
            Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.
            Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 8 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #8: “Phoenix”
            Starring: Amy Landecker, Mae Whitman
            Story by Xan Aranda and Ross Partridge; teleplay by Ross Partridge; directed by Ross             Partridge. 
            Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 15 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #9: “Boris”
            Starring: Konstantin Lavysh, Veronica Falcon, Biff Wiff
            Written by Ross Partridge; directed by Chad Hartigan.
            Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #10: “Red Tent”
            Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Brian Hostenske, Hugo Armstrong
            Written by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
            Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #11: “The Fight”
            Starring: Natalie Morgan, Keta Meggett, Stephen Rannazzisi
            Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.
            Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 6 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

            Episode #12: “My Love”
            Starring: Philip Baker Hall, Ellen Geer, Jacqueline Wright
            Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Marta Cunningham.
            Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 13 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)



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