BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (2018)


Official Synopsis: A chronicle of the rock band Queen, who rose to fame thanks to their revolutionary sound and the theatrics of their front man, the iconic Freddie Mercury, culminating in their reunion for the historic set they played at Live Aid in July 1985.

    null
  • The full Live Aid set.
  • More of Freddie Mercury when he was clubbing in NYC in the 80s.
  • How Freddie came up with Crazy Little Thing Called Love in the bathtub.
  • Longer scenes of Freddie and Mary in their apartment.
  • How Freddie came up with the Queen emblem for the band.
  • How John Deacon joined the band.
  • The band playing ’39 when on tour in Japan


TV SPOTLIGHT


NIGHTFLYERS: SEASON ONE


Official Synopsis: From the mind of George R.R. Martin, comes the psychological thriller Nightflyers. On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a crew of explorers depart on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept an alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. As the crew nears their destination, they discover the ship’s artificial intelligence and never-seen captain may be steering them into deadly and unspeakable horrors deep in the outer reaches of space.


CRITERION CORNER


BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (1980)


Official Synopsis: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s controversial, fifteen-hour Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age thirty-four, had already made over thirty films. Fassbinder’s immersive epic follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to “become an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time.

  • High-definition digital restoration by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and Bavaria Media, supervised and approved by director of photography Xaver Schwarzenberger, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Two documentaries by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation president Juliane Lorenz: one from 2007 featuring interviews with the cast and crew, the other from 2006 on the restoration
  • Hans-Dieter Hartl’s 1980 documentary Notes on the Making of “Berlin Alexanderplatz”
  • Phil Jutzi’s 1931 feature-length film of Alfred Döblin’s novel, from a screenplay cowritten by Döblin himself
  • Interview from 2007 with Peter Jelavich, author of “Berlin Alexanderplatz”: Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture
  • PLUS: A book featuring an essay by filmmaker Tom Tykwer, reflections on the novel by Fassbinder and author Thomas Steinfeld, and an interview with Schwarzenberger

Cover by Eric Skillman


LA VÉRITÉ (1960)


Official Synopsis: Beautiful, troubled Dominique Marceau (Brigitte Bardot) came to bohemian Paris to escape the suffocation of provincial life, only to wind up in a courtroom, accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her lover (Sami Frey). As the trial commences and the lawyers begin tangling over Dominique’s fate, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Oscar-nominated La vérité delves into her past, reconstructing her struggle to find a foothold in the city. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of an impulsive young woman misunderstood and mistreated by those around her, and of her ultimately tragic affair with an up-and-coming conductor. With an astonishing performance by Bardot, Clouzot’s affecting and intricately constructed film—a huge late-career success for the French master—renders a harsh verdict against a hypocritical and moralistic society.

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Le scandale Clouzot, a sixty-minute documentary from 2017 on director Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • Interview from 1960 with Clouzot
  • Interview with actor Brigitte Bardot from the 1982 documentary Brigitte Bardot telle qu’elle
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

New cover by F. Ron Miller


HIGHLIGHT RELEASES OF THE WEEK


AT ETERNITY’S GATE (2018)


Official Synopsis: During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) develops his unique, colorful style of painting. While grappling with religion, mental illness and a tumultuous friendship with French artist Paul Gauguin (Oscar Isaac), van Gogh begins to focus on his relationship with eternity rather than the pain his art causes him in the present. Directed by Julian Schnabel. Mads Mikkelsen and Rupert Friend co-star.

  • “Made by a Painter” Featurette
  • “Channeling Van Gogh” Featurette
  • “Vision of Van Gogh” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Director Julian Schnabel and Cowriter and Coeditor Louise Kugelberg


THE FRONT RUNNER (2018)


Official Synopsis: Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart in this thrilling drama following the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. But his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race leaving a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Alfred Molina.

  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Featurette – The Unmaking of a Candidate
  • Three Deleted Scenes


NOBODY’S FOOL (2018)


Official Synopsis: Trying to get back on her feet, wild child Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by-the-book sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) to help her get back on track. As these polar opposites collide — with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results — Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life — including her mysterious boyfriend — may not be what it seems.

  • Introduction by Tyler Perry & Tiffany Haddish
  • Deleted, Extended & Alternate Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Tale of Two Sisters
  • The Legend and the Star
  • Mocha Latte Extra Laughs
  • I’m Just Trusting Tyler Perry
  • She Ready or Not: Here Comes the Wedding Crasher
  • Bring the Funny
  • Breakfast with Tiffany
  • Something New from Tyler Perry” Perfume
  • “Catfished” Perfume with Outtakes


SHOPLIFTERS (2018)


Official Synopsis: The Shibata’s, are an unconventional Japanese family of five who regularly steal, lie and con. The mother Nobuyo (Ando Sakura), father Osamu (Franky Lily), granny (Kirin Kiki), son Shota (Jyo Kairi) and daughter Aki (Matsuoka Mayu) all live in one cramped apartment. They find a young girl on the streets and take her in, only to discover she is being searched for by the police, meaning more lies must be cast to keep up their facade. Written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.


TV BOX SET


AMERICAN VANDALS: SEASON ONE

Official Synopsis: A high school is rocked by an act of vandalism, but the top suspect pleads innocence and finds an ally in a filmmaker. A satirical true crime mystery.


  • Ace Attorney: Season One
  • Ackley Bridge: Series Two
  • American Vandal: Season One
  • Bang: Series One
  • Channel Zero: The Complete Collection
  • Dragons: Race to the Edge – Seasons One & Two
  • Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions: The Complete Series
  • Haruchika: The Complete Series
  • Rick And Morty: Seasons One-Three
  • Step By Step: Season Four

SPECIAL EDITIONS / OTHER RELEASES


  • All That Heavens Allow (1955)
  • American Experience: The Swamp
  • American Illuminati 2 (2019)
  • American Nightmares (2018)
  • Amish and the Reformation (2017)
  • Among Wolves (2016)
  • Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco
  • The Appearance (2018)
  • Audition (Collector’s Edition) (1999)
  • Band Vs. Brand
  • Bayou Caviar (2018)
  • Beyond The Night
  • Blood Mania (1970)
  • Bloody Scum
  • Blue Movie (1971)
  • Bogalusa Charm (2017)
  • The Bouncer (2018)
  • California Paranormal (2019)
  • A Caribbean Dream (2017)
  • Come Before Winter
  • The Conjuring Universe Collection
  • Cut: Exposed FGM Worldwide
  • Desert Fury (1947)
  • A Different Sun
  • Down By Love (2015)
  • Engine Trouble
  • The Fantasy Makers
  • Ferahfeza (2013)
  • Fish School (2019)
  • Fleshpot on 42nd Street
  • Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket (2015)
  • Forever Emmanuelle (1975)
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (25th Anniversary Edition)
  • Fright Night (1985)
  • Frontline: Documenting Hate
  • The Great Unwashed (2017)
  • The Group (1966)
  • Happy Hour (2015)
  • The Happy Prince (2018)
  • Haunted Hospital
  • Hero With A Thousand Faces
  • Horror Express (1972)
  • Hummus: The Movie
  • Iceman: The Time Traveller
  • The Key To Rebecca (1985)
  • Killer Campout (2017)
  • Leprechaun Tales (2019)
  • The Line: Poverty In America (2014)
  • Malevolent Shadows (2017)
  • Maria By Callas (2018)
  • The Meg/Deep Blue Sea/Deep Blue Sea 2 (3 Film Collection)
  • Moko Jumble
  • Ms. Bear
  • My Girlfriend is Shobitch
  • Narcissister Organ Player (2018)
  • Nearly Married (2017)
  • None Shall Escape (1944)
  • Norm Of The North: Keys To The Kingdom (2018)
  • Nothing is Truer Than Truth
  • Nude Area
  • Once Upon A Prince
  • Parkland: Inside Building 12 (2018)
  • Peppermint Soda (1977)
  • Pondemonium Collection
  • Popcorn (Collector’s Edition) (1991)
  • The Poison Ivy Collection
  • Possum (2018)
  • Pull
  • Purgatory Road (2017)
  • The Real McCoy (1993)
  • Robot Planet (2019)
  • Royal Matchmaker
  • Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie (1995)
  • The Savior
  • Scientology: The Science of Truth or the Art of Deception? (2009)
  • Scream and Scream Again
  • Starsky & Hutch (2004)
  • State Like Sleep (2018)
  • Storm and Luther’s Forbidden Letter (2017)
  • Summer Lovers (1982)
  • Tejano (2018)
  • Tooth Fairy
  • The Truth
  • Under The Eiffel Tower (2018)
  • Valentine (2001) (Collector’s Edition)
  • VHS Lives 2: Undead Format (2017)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s