|MAY 15TH, 2018
Official Synopsis: “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Official Synopsis: Season 3 of the animated comedy picks up where the second-season finale left off, as the show continues to follow the adventures of the members of the Smith household. When Jerry asks Beth to choose between him and Rick, the strength of their marriage is tested. Jerry is confronted with the loss of his family, while Beth begins to discover her independence again. Morty and Summer deal with their parents’ separation by seeking more control over their lives. Rick’s nihilistic way of life continues to prevent him from bonding with his family, as he remains unable to change his self-destructive behavior.
Official Synopsis: This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a displaced Syrian, lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged Finnish salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife and his job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable restaurant. Khaled is denied asylum but decides not to return to Aleppo—and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director’s work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki’s loyal stock company), The Other Side of Hope is a bittersweet celebration of pockets of human kindness in an unwelcoming world.
Disc features include:
- New 2K digital transfer, approved by director Aki Kaurismäki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with actor Sherwan Haji
- Footage from the press conference for the film’s premiere at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, featuring Kaurismäki, Haji, and actor Sakari Kuosmanen
- Aki and Peter, a new video essay by filmmaker Daniel Raim, based on a 1997 essay by critic Peter von Bagh, to whom The Other Side of Hope is dedicated
- Music videos
- PLUS: An essay by critic Girish Shambu
|HIGHLIGHT RELEASES OF THE WEEK
Official Synopsis: When a drug bust goes wrong, ex-cop Danny Gallagher’s (Karl Urban, Lord of the Rings) quest for justice leads him to the car-bomb murder of a government official’s wife. As Gallagher learns the woman’s secret lover was a seductive federal agent (Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”), he finds himself under fire. But from who–his own cops, a vengeful drug lord, the CIA, or someone even more ruthless? This pulse-pounding thriller also stars Grace Byers (“Empire”) and Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven).
Official Synopsis: Academy Award (R) winner Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana deliver riveting performances in this tense thriller based on real events. When Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Whitaker) is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, he’s summoned to a maximum-security prison by a notorious murderer seeking clemency (Bana). Inside the brutal prison walls, Tutu is drawn into a dangerous, life-changing battle with the cunning criminal in this captivating film from Oscar (R) nominated director Roland Joffé.
Official Synopsis: SAMSON is based on the powerful, biblical epic of a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel. His supernatural strength and impulsive decisions quickly pit him against the oppressive Philistine empire. After being betrayed by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress, Samson is captured and blinded by his enemies. Samson calls upon his God once more for supernatural strength and turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory.
Official Synopsis: James (James McAvoy) is a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, while Danny (Alicia Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. On a chance encounter in a remote resort in Normandy where they both prepare for their respective missions, they fall rapidly, and unexpectedly, into each other’s arms and a deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them. Danny sets off on a perilous quest to dive to the bottom of the ocean. James’s assignment takes him to Somalia, where he is sucked into a geopolitical vortex that puts him in grave danger. Both characters are subject to different kinds of isolation as they pine for each other; their determination to reconnect becomes as much an existential journey as a love story.
TV BOX SETS
Official Synopsis: Season two picks up a year after the events of the finale from the first outing. The Four Lands are in chaos and magic has returned once more, leaving the people terrified. Now a sinister group known as The Crimson is hunting down those with magic.
SPECIAL EDITIONS / OTHER RELEASES
- Audio Commentary with director John McTiernan and production designer Jackson DeGovia
- Scene Specific Audio Commentary by visual effects producer Richard Edlund
- Subtitle Text Commentary by Cast and Crew
The package also includes the previous Blu-ray edition (not remastered from the new scan), which offers the film in 1080p HD along with the same three commentary options and the following additional special features (all in the original SD):
- Newscast Footage (7:59 – with bloopers and outtakes)
- Interactive Still Gallery (9:27 – with Easter egg content)
- Trailer Gallery (3 trailers and 7 TV spots – 4:42 in all)
- D-Box Motion Code (for use with D-Box motion control systems)