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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.

Watch the Trailer:

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.

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


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


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


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




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:


Watch The Trailer


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


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:


⦁    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

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


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:
"Dance the Hula" YouTube:
"Sentimental Moments" YouTube:

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.”


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!


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

Watch the Trailer:


"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 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 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


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

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
Mandarin (Complex)
French European

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


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.

Buy it at

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


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

"ROOM  104"



“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)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

“BROKEN MILE” -- Single-Take Thriller Begins North American Theatrical Run July 28th and VOD/Digital/DVD and Blu-Ray Release August 15th, 2017 Thru Indiecan and Gravitas Ventures

“Broken Mile” to cross North America theatrically and on VOD/Digital/DVD

Riveting thriller “Broken Mile” Begins North American theatrical run July 28th & VOD/Digital/DVD and Blu-Ray release August 15th, 2017

(Los Angeles, CA) Director Justin McConnell’s visceral single-take thriller “Broken Mile” will begin it’s international theatrical release in Toronto, Canada on July 28th, before expanding into USA cinemas August 4th in Portland, OR, followed by San Diego, CA, August 8th, among others throughout the summer. Indiecan Entertainment will release in director Justin McConnell’s native Canada and Gravitas Ventures will release it in the USA beginning August 15th on VOD/Digital/ DVD and Blu-Ray. “Broken Mile” world premiered at Whistler Film Festival, followed by Toronto’s Canadian Film Festival earlier this spring.

“Broken Mile,” told in pulse pounding real-time and presented as a single unbroken take, follows a drug-addict (Francesco Filice) who awakens to find the woman he is with dead, and must rush to escape the consequences. Along the way he enlists the help of his strong-willed ex-girlfriend (Caleigh Le Grand), and avoids confrontation with the gun-toting figure chasing him (Patrick McFadden). The film was produced by McConnell’s company Unstable Ground, in association with Pasha Patriki’s 9 Light Entertainment, and executive producer Andrew van den Houten’s (“Jug Face,” “The Ranger”) 79th & Broadway Entertainment. 

“We are excited to bring “Broken Mile” to theatrical audiences, as well as to homes across North America this summer. The audience is in for a character-driven ride” States McConnell.

Learn more about “Broken Mile” at or follow the movie on Twitter: & Facebook:

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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, and sign up for the e-newsletter, follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.

About 79th & Broadway Entertainment
Founded by Andrew van den Houten, 79th & Broadway Releasing is a New York-based finance, sales and distribution company. The company currently represents such titles as 13 Cameras and She’s Allergic to Cats. van den Houten has been involved in development, financing, production and distribution of more than 20 features. His producer credits include All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman, Jug Face and Funeral Kings. He also directed Headspace and Offspring through his production company Modernciné, and recently produced Camera Obscura through Hood River Entertainment.

About Unstable Ground
Based in Toronto, Canada, Unstable Ground is a full-service production and post company specializing in creating entertainment for the worldwide marketplace. Run by CEO Justin McConnell, past credits include Skull World, Minutes Past Midnight, The Collapsed, Cold Deck and more, plus multiple shorts and music videos. In 2017 they will release the feature films Galaxy of Horrors and Clapboard Jungle.

About 9 Light Entertainment

9 Light Entertainment was formed in 2015 by Pasha Patriki – as a vertically integrated film development, marketing, production and sales company, with head office operating out of Toronto, Canada. The intention of 9 Light Entertainment is to develop a sustainable and reputable content brand, while producing a continuous slate of independent feature films.


"GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2" on Digital Aug 8 & 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Aug 22

 “Nonstop fun and games
--Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  “One of the pleasures of Marvel’s treasure chest.”
--Pete Hammond, Deadline



Available Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Aug. 8 
and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray on Aug. 22

BURBANK, Calif., July 11, 2017 — This August, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the blockbuster sequel featuring the world’s favorite band of intergalactic misfits, blasts into homes digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Disney Movies Anywhere on Aug. 8 and physically on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 22.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” marks the Studios first in-home title to release in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, providing consumers with the ultimate home entertainment experience with next-generation high dynamic range visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. 4K Ultra HD provides four times sharper resolution of HD with exceptional HDR which produces brighter brights, deeper blacks and richer colors than ever before. The galaxy has never looked so good!

Delivering the ultimate in-home experience is the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (which includes a collectible poster while supplies last) comes packaged to include a 4K Ultra HD version of the film, a Blu-ray, a Digital Copy and more than 80-minutes of exclusive, never-before-seen bonus materials. Bonus will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast of misfits and inspired team of filmmakers, debut an all-new original music video starring David Hasselhoff and special guests, hilarious outtakes, deleted scenes, audio commentary by director James Gunn, and more.

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the film’s storyline continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians (Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket) must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):


⦁    The Making of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – A four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.
⦁    Visionary Intro – Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
⦁    Guardians Inferno Music Video – Join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic retro dance party.
⦁    Gag Reel – Laugh out loud at all the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” featuring all your favorite Guardians.
⦁    Four Deleted Scenes – Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.
⦁    Audio Commentary – Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.

All the features listed above plus four extra exclusives:
⦁    Three Scene Breakdowns (Digital Exclusives) – We’ll reveal the anatomy of a few key scenes from the film. Discover the process in bringing these scenes to life. It starts with a doodle and the rest is film history. Audiences will be given the option to view 5-6 layers of specific scenes in the film. Scenes include “Eclector Escape,” “Gamora and Nebula,” and “Rocket and Ravagers.” 
⦁    Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (Digital Exclusive) – Get an exclusive sneak peek inside the most anticipated ride at Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. We’ll dig into the concepts and inspiration, and talk about what it took to bring the most epic ride at Disneyland to life.

Does not include any bonus materials.

SPECIFICATIONS (applies to film content only):
Product Offerings:    Digital = 4K UHD with HDR (HDR-10 or Dolby Vision), HD, SD
    Physical = Cinematic Universe 4K UHD Combo Pack (4K UHD with HDR, Blu-ray, Digital Copy), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), DVD and Exclusive Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack
    On Demand - August 22nd – check with your local provider
Feature Run Time:    Approximately 136 minutes
Rating:                        PG-13
Aspect Ratio:                2.39:1
Audio:     4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English/Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital
4K UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (platform dependent), English 5.1, English 2.0
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Subtitles:                    Physical: English SDH, French & Spanish
Closed Captions:            Digital & DVD = English



“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Dawn of the Dead”) and produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers.

The sequel stars Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Beyond”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax, Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula, Pom Klementieff (“Ingrid Goes West,” “Oldboy”) as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”) as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “This Is Us”) as Taserface,  Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin, Tommy Flanagan (“Gladiator,” “Sin City”) as Tullk,  Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Luther”) as Meredith Quill, with Sylvester Stallone (“Creed,” “The Expendables”) as Stakar, and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”) as Ego.

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!.

©2017 Disney


"THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE BEST OF HARVEY KORMAN", Arriving on 8/1 from Time Life, Features Episodes Not Seen in More Than 40 Years!




Street Date: August 1, 2017
DVD SRP: $12.95

During his 10-season run on The Carol Burnett Show, Harvey Korman was television's top second banana, with multiple Emmy® Awards and a Golden Globe to prove it.  He was fearless: he sang, he danced, he ad-libbed, he pranced, and he made TV audiences roar with laughter.  No sketch, drama or musical number was safe once Harvey entered the scene - either from his prodigious talents, or the probable cast crack-up to come!

Perfect for fans old or new, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE BEST OF HARVEY KORMAN is a brand-new single DVD featuring three (out of four) rare episodes, which haven't seen the light of day in more than 40 years.  Showcasing some of Korman's most memorable on-screen moments, home audiences will howl with delight as he slips into a Hugh Hefner-style fantasy to indulge his ego, goes way over the top as a conga player and singer supporting Carol's Carmen Miranda character, and outdoes himself donning a sequined dress and heels for an Andrews Sisters takeoff with Carol and Vicki Lawrence.

THE BEST OF HARVEY KORMAN is a time capsule history of comedic genius, and home audiences will enjoy:

    Classic long-running sketches "V.I.P.," "Carol and Sis," and "The Old Folks"
    Carol cracking up at Harvey falling on his rear in a Carmen Miranda takeoff, and Tim Conway's "Oldest Man" safecracker cracking up Harvey during a jewelry heist
    Harvey as the President in a casual, spontaneous "Fireside Chat" with the First Family
    A very vocal Harvey Korman Fan Club who track him to his dressing room
    And Harvey in full drag, lip-syncing to the Andrews Sisters all to benefit the PTA!
    Plus guest stars Sid Caesar, Diahann Carroll, Tim Conway, Ella Fitzgerald, Bernadette Peters, and Nancy Wilson


Format: DVD/Single
Running Time: 178 minutes
Genre:  TV DVD/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo


Monday, July 10, 2017

"KUSO": A Nightmarishly Surreal Film by Hip-Hop Artist Flying Lotus -- Watch the Trailer Now

Shudder Presents

A Film By Steve (aka Flying Lotus)

Coming To Theaters in Los Angeles & on SHUDDER Nationwide July 21st
 *Sundance 2017 - Official Selection*

"It’s a film worthy of engagement; just don’t say that we didn’t warn you." - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

"If you came for the blood, sweat, tears, semen, and amniotic fluid, then Flying Lotus will give you your money’s worth...that would make Matthew Barney cringe." - THE FILM STAGE

Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, KUSO depicts the aftermath of Los Angeles's worst earthquake nightmare.  Viewers travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived, experiencing a hallucination that is half-Cronenberg, half-Ren & Stimpy.

The debut film from acclaimed producer and rapper Flying Lotus, KUSO is a blistering, fever dream of filmmaking that uses music, special effects and animation to take a unique look at the dark history of America. 

KUSO marks the feature directorial debut from Steve, the filmmaking alter-ego of Steve Ellison, better known as music producer, DJ and rapper Flying Lotus.  Ellison's name has become synonymous with creative innovation, having released five seminal studio albums, a slew of audio-visual marvels and, in the process, gaining two Grammy nominations including one for his work on Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly".

Produced by Eddie Alcazar, and featuring Hannibal Buress (NEIGHBORS, Broad City), Anders Holm (Workaholics, The Mindy Project), Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Eastbound and Down), and iconic Funk musician George Clinton, the film also includes an original score and musical collaborations with Aphex Twin and Akira Yamaoka.

Shudder is AMC Networks’ premium streaming video service, super-serving fans of thrillers, suspense, and horror. Shudder has a growing and dynamic selection of thrilling premieres, originals, and exclusives, which complement its impressive library of international and independent films, gripping TV series, and Hollywood blockbuster favourites. Shudder streams ad-free in the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland on the web, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Roku for $4.99/month or $49.99 with an annual membership. To try Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit

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Check Out The New KUSO Trailer 


"ROBOTS" -- Arclight Films' Big Budget Russia-China Co-Production Enters Preproduction

Arclight Films and Sarik Andreasyan Embark on New Big Budget Sci-Fi Action Feature Film


LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2017) – Arclight Films and director Sarik Andreasyan are thrilled to announce their newest feature film, ROBOTS, an exhilarating sci-fi adventure that has just moved into the preproduction process.

The English language Russia-China co-production has just begun the casting process and will be directed by Sarik Andreasyan (GUDARIANS, EARTHQUAKE, AMERICAN HEIST).  This film highlights a new and innovative trend to bring high quality bigger budget coproductions to the global marketplace, which will be filmed in both Russia and China.

Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films (CRASH, LORD OF WAR, THE BANK JOB, PREDESTINATION), Ying Ye (BAIT, RECLAIM, GUARDIANS OF THE TOMB), and Mike Gabrawy (JUNGLE, TRIPLE THREAT) will produce the film alongside Andreasyan.  Arclight Films’ Ruzanna Kegeyan will serve as Executive Producer.  “We are excited to work with Sarik, one of the most gifted directors from Russia who has a keen ability to successfully translate his work onto the big screen.” Said Hamilton. “ROBOTS is a highly, commercially viable film that will resonate with audiences all over the world and keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats throughout the cinematic experience.”

The sci-fi adventure centers on a post-apocalyptic Earth destroyed by humans. Chaos ensues when an explosion allows deadly creatures known as “Wretches” to enter the city.  But, a group of men, led by Cassius sets out to save what is left of humanity from these Wretches.  They discover for the first time giant Mechs, with advanced looking weapons that look like they are specifically designed to survive the outside world.  They decide to take the Mechs and attempt to reach the mythological “Station 88” to try and bring back help to save their friends and families.

“I’m delighted to be working with Gary Hamilton and the Arclight Films team, who have a global reputation of bringing films like ROBOTS to audiences in virtually every country around the world.” Said Andreasyan. “The film is very personal to me and I’ve been working on it for quite some time. Watching it begin to come together is absolutely thrilling. It’s not just that we have the capability to create a high-budget sci-fi film, it’s a true passion coming to life.”

Arclight Films is handling worldwide rights on ROBOTS.

About Arclight Films
Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home entertainment. Arclight Films has sold over 300 motion pictures including the Best Picture Oscar® winner CRASH, and Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee BOBBY and LORD OF WAR starring Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hits WOLF CREEK, WOLF CREEK 2 and action thriller BAIT 3D (the highest grossing Australian film in the history of Chinese cinema), and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster FORBIDDEN KINGDOM starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 BLADES starring Donnie Yen, and legendary auteur Chen Kaige's SACRIFICE.

The latest additions to Easternlight include SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL starring Li Bingbing, WOLF WARRIOR starring Wu Jing (which opened #1 at the Chinese Box Office, earning more than $32.5M in one weekend), OUTCAST starring Nicolas Cage, SPECIAL ID starring Donnie Yen, BADGES OF FURY starring Jet Li and TRIPLE THREAT starring Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Michael Jai White.

Some of the latest additions to the Arclight Films’ slate include 2016 Official Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection DOG EAT DOG starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, directed and written by Paul Schrader, HOTEL MUMBAI starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, FIRST REFORMED starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, directed and written by Paul Schrader, THE CONFIRMATION starring Clive Owen and Maria Bello, directed by Academy Award-winner Bob Nelson (NEBRASKA), 2016 Sundance Official Selection FRANK & LOLA starring Imogen Poots and Michael Shannon, PREDESTINATION starring Ethan Hawke now in release through Sony Pictures, LAST KNIGHTS starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, RECLAIM starring John Cusack, now in release through Lions Gate, PAPER PLANES starring Sam Worthington, and SHANGRI-LA SUITE starring Emily Browning and Luke Grimes to be released through a major studio and JUNGLE starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing and Toronto. For more information on Arclight Films please visit

Sunday, July 9, 2017

NOT MY DAY -- Movie Review by Porfle

I thought I was ready for NOT MY DAY, aka "Nicht mein Tag" (2014), but this fast and furious German comedy-action-thriller totally warped all my expectations all to hell and knocked me for a loop.

Bland but likable office drone Till (Alex Stein) is finding his bank job a bit stale, especially when the dreary retirement party of a 40-year veteran fills him with a creeping dread that he's wasting his life. 

His personal life isn't all that bad--he's well-off, with an okay wife who's a fashion designer (Anna Maria Mühe) and a cute kid.  He's just on the verge of having one of those middle-age-crazy phases that men in movies have been having ever since the movie MIDDLE AGE CRAZY came out.

Enter Nappo (Moritz Bleibtreu), a dangerous, unscrupulous bounder who, while robbing the bank and taking Till hostage, gives him a taste of adventure that proves irresistible.

Bliebtreu is even more unkempt, criminally impulsive, and funny here than when he played Manni in RUN, LOLA, RUN in 1998.  During their getaway, ample comedy mileage is gained from his frustrated reactions to Till's child-proofed car and Till's extreme nervousness in getting them through a police roadblock and high-speed escape. 

They end up at Nappo's hideout in the woods, where, upon getting to know each other better, they turn out to be quite the odd couple.  (Oscar and Felix were never like this.)

Initial personality clashes, due mainly to Nappo's amusingly manic and overbearing nature, gradually give way to a mutual tolerance and even fondness, accented throughout by some keenly funny dialogue and performances. 

We pretty much know that they'll end up being good for each other--Nappo will teach Till how to loosen up and get more out of life, while Till's positive example will plant a modicum of decency and humanity in the slightly sociopathic Nappo.  And after the whole harrowing experience, Till will learn to be content with the life he has, etc., etc.

Or not.  First, they have to survive the day, and that's where NOT MY DAY begins to spin wildly out of control, with Till getting sucked deeper into Nappo's perilous existence until he finds himself dodging bullets and running for his life from cops, Albanian gangsters, and whoever else he manages to piss off as he gets back in touch with his long-suppressed wild side.

The rest of the film is uneven in spots but still loads of fun as things start taking unexpected turns in every direction.  It's funny--Moritz Bleibtreu's performance alone is worth the price of admission, especially after he's joined by Jasmin Gerat as Nappo's freaky girlfriend Nadine--but along the way it turns into a combination crime drama, action flick, and road movie that's one of the most nail-biting and offbeat things I've seen in a long time.  There's even a kickass car chase or two.

Before it's over, Till has to risk everything to make things right in his life again as things draw to a genuinely suspenseful climax.  The adventures of Till and Nappo are full of delightful surprises, and, as is only proper in a movie such as NOT MY DAY, they bond over a Black Ford Mustang GT Fastback with yellow racing stripes.  It's a wild ride, and so is this movie. 

Opening on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, July 11 on all major platforms including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators

110mins / Comedy /Germany /Color / Distributor: Under The Milky Way

In German with English Subtitles


Saturday, July 8, 2017


Focusing not just on the title subject but on the entire life thus far of its uber-geek creator Sandy Collora, BEHIND THE MASK -- THE BATMAN: DEAD END STORY (Candy Factory Films, 2015) is the sort of documentary that offers fanboys both interesting information and a sort of vicarious wish-fulfillment fantasy.

I myself certainly would like to have lived Collora's life, or at least certain aspects of it. Turning on to comics at a very early age, and then movies with the release of such films as STAR WARS, Sandy Collora followed his dream into a job at Stan Winston's studio and, later, work on such films as JURASSIC PARK and MEN IN BLACK. 

As the brashly forthcoming Collora admits, his ego often worked against him even as it acted as a driving force in his ambitions.  He comes off, to me anyway, as an interesting and likable guy with a strong personality.

And he's incredibly creative, as the documentary never fails to demonstrate with plenty of visuals to augment the talking-head stuff.  The entire film, for that matter, is an easy watch--clean but unobtrusive graphics, well-presented interview and clip segments, and lots of interesting comments from genre notables such as Neal Adams as well as friends, coworkers, and family members (Collora's mother died tragically of cancer during the making of the Batman film).

Collora himself is an easygoing interview subject, coming to life when talking of Batman comics, genre films, or his favorite director, James Cameron.  He waxes excitedly about past and present film projects, modest productions over which he retains maximum creative control--a control for which he has sacrificed jobs on much higher prestige pictures. 

But what most viewers will be interested in, including myself, is that 2003 indy "Batman" short that Sandy Collora decided to put together one day in order to both show his stuff to Hollywood and to pay homage to his favorite incarnation (the Neal Adams period) of his favorite comics character.

Collora's drive and attention to detail are fascinating, as is his imagination in concocting one of the best Batman films ever made, one which captures the flavor of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns", "Batman: Year One", "Batman: The Animated Adventures", the Neal Adams comics (which reinstated Batman's serious side after the frivolity of the 60s TV series), and several other influences.

The short itself is a dark, rainy, and wonderfully gritty tale in which a beefy Batman encounters the Joker (the late Andrew Koenig in a stunningly good portrayal) in an alley shortly after his escape from Arkham Asylum.  But that's just the beginning, because the Caped Crusader soon tangles with Aliens (yes, those Aliens) and Predators in a mash-up that had packed comics convention audiences on their feet in furious applause.  

Clark Bartram's Batman is a solid take on the character, eschewing body armor for an old-fashioned Batsuit that he fills out well, and a surly attitude that bodes ill for wrongdoers.  (Collora initially interested Sylvester Stallone in the role and does a great impression of him.)  Technically, the film is exquisite and captures the spirit of the classic comics while often being dazzlingly cinematic.

While the story of this celebrated film serves as the main course, BEHIND THE MASK -- THE BATMAN: DEAD END STORY helps us better appreciate it by giving us a full perspective on the creator's life before and since, in about as compelling a manner as such a documentary can manage.  All that's missing is the eight-minute Batman film itself, which, although it's available to view online, seems a curious omission. 


Type: DVD//Digital HD (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play) 
Running Time: 99 mins.
Rating:  N/A
Genre: Documentary
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: Stereo

Street Date: July 18, 2017

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