Friday, July 31, 2020

SHE DIES TOMORROW | In Drive-In Theaters Today & On Demand August 7th


NEON 

Written and Directed by Amy Seimetz
Starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley, Katie Aselton, Chris Messina, Tunde Adebimpe, Jennifer Kim, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michelle Rodriguez, Josh Lucas, Adam Wingard

After waking up convinced that she is going to die tomorrow, Amy’s carefully mended life begins to unravel. As her delusions of certain death become contagious to those around her, Amy and her friends’ lives spiral out of control in a tantalizing descent into madness. 

84 Minutes | Rated R

#SheDiesTomorrow

Pitch Black and Flash Gordon 4K UHD from Arrow Video 8/18

New 4K UHD Discs and Blu-ray from 
Arrow Video US coming August 18th

FLASH GORDON

PITCH BLACK 
via MVD Entertainment Group in North America
    
   
This August, Arrow Video releases its first ever titles in 4K Ultra HD - two sci-fi classics, the superb space shocker Pitch Black, starring Vin Diesel, and the beloved and brilliantly timeless Flash Gordon, directed by Mike Hodges. These two definitive, and stunningly-presented editions, restored in 4K with Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), are just the start of Arrow Video's journey into a dazzling hi-definition world that offers viewers astonishing, pin-sharp resolution, bringing film favourites to life like never before.
 
"We are proud to announce that we have decided to launch our first 4K Ultra HD titles," says Francesco Simeoni, Arrow Video's Director of Acquisitions and Business Development. "At Arrow we have always sought to have the best standards in home video presentation so it seemed a logical step that we would embrace this new format, to present you with the best versions of the finest cult and classic films."
 
Arrow has an exciting slate of 4K releases, many completed in-house, but also in partnership with world leading labels.
 
"Whilst we are focused on new releases, we do have select releases we are planning to release from our catalogue in 4K with Dolby Vision," says Simeoni. "For this year this will be releasing all upcoming UHD titles in separate UHD and new Blu-ray editions. This development will not change our processes at Arrow and you can continue to expect the same variety of special and limited editions for our UHD releases as you have our Blu-rays. Whilst we would love to release certain titles on UHD, rights restrictions and materials will not make all releases possible. Any releases currently planned for Blu-ray will not have plans for subsequent UHD releases. All releases will strive for the best home entertainment presentation possible and we look forward to bringing you more great releases in 2020 and beyond."
 
 
PITCH BLACK

The sci-fi/horror sleeper hit that birthed a franchise and launched the career of a new action movie icon, Pitch Black is released in an illuminating, brand new and definitive Ultra HD 4K restoration, with hours of exclusive bonus content. The film - about the crew of a crashed spaceship fighting for survival - holds its own today as a nerve-shredding creature-feature in which the monsters outside finally meet their match against a monster within. Boasting crackerjack direction and a whip-smart script by David Twohy, as well as a star-making performance by Vin Diesel, this lavishly packaged edition includes director's cuts of the film, a host of behind-the-scenes featurettes and much much more.
 
PITCH BLACK ULTRA HD 4K BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:    
  • Brand new 4K restoration by Arrow Films of the Theatrical and Director's Cuts of the film, approved by director David Twohy
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround on both cuts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
  • Archive commentary with director David Twohy and stars Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser
  • Archive commentary with director David Twohy, producer Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
  • Nightfall: The Making of Pitch Black, a newly filmed interview with director/co-writer David Twohy
  • Black Box: Jackie's Journey, a newly filmed interview with actor Rhiana Griffith
  • Black Box: Shazza's Last Stand, a newly filmed interview with actor Claudia Black
  • Black Box: Bleach Bypassed, a newly filmed interview with cinematographer David Eggby
  • Black Box: Cryo-Locked, a newly filmed interview with visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
  • Black Box: Primal Sounds, a newly filmed interview with composer Graeme Revell
  • The Making of Pitch Black, a short behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Pitch Black Raw, a comparison between early CG tests and the final footage
  • Additional behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film
  • 2004 archive bonus features, including an introduction by Twohy, A View Into The Dark, and Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia
  • Johns' Chase Log, a short prequel narrated by Cole Hauser detailing the character's hunt for Riddick
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (in 16:9 widescreen with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio), an animated short film directed by Peter Chung that acts as a bridgepoint between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, featuring vocal performances by Vin Diesel, Keith David and Rhiana Griffith reprising their roles
  • Dark Fury bonus features including Bridging The Gap, Peter Chung: The Mind of an Animator, A View Into The Light, and a "pre-animation" version of the film
  • Slam City, a motion comic from the film's official website
  • Into Pitch Black, a TV special offering an alternative non-canon glimpse into what happened before and after the events of the film
  • Raveworld: Pitch Black Event, footage of a dance music event held to promote the film
  • Theatrical trailers, plus trailers for the two sequels and video game
  • Image galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned 'night' and 'day' artwork by Luke Preece 
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Simon Ward on the film's creature designs (including a new interview with creature designer Patrick Tatopolous), original production notes and information from the film's official website, and an archive interview with Vin Diesel from Starlog magazine.
 
PITCH BLACK BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:    
  • Brand new 4K restoration by Arrow Films of the Theatrical and Director's Cuts of the film, approved by director David Twohy
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround on both cuts
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on both cuts
  • Archive commentary with director David Twohy and stars Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser
  • Archive commentary with director David Twohy, producer Tom Engelman and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
  • Nightfall: The Making of Pitch Black, a newly filmed interview with director/co-writer David Twohy
  • Black Box: Jackie's Journey, a newly filmed interview with actor Rhiana Griffith
  • Black Box: Shazza's Last Stand, a newly filmed interview with actor Claudia Black
  • Black Box: Bleach Bypassed, a newly filmed interview with cinematographer David Eggby
  • Black Box: Cryo-Locked, a newly filmed interview with visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang
  • Black Box: Primal Sounds, a newly filmed interview with composer Graeme Revell
  • The Making of Pitch Black, a short behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Pitch Black Raw, a comparison between early CG tests and the final footage
  • Additional behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film
  • 2004 archive bonus features, including an introduction by Twohy, A View Into The Dark, and Chronicles of Riddick Visual Encyclopedia
  • Johns' Chase Log, a short prequel narrated by Cole Hauser detailing the character's hunt for Riddick
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (in 16:9 widescreen with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio), an animated short film directed by Peter Chung that acts as a bridgepoint between Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, featuring vocal performances by Vin Diesel, Keith David and Rhiana Griffith reprising their roles
  • Dark Fury bonus features including Bridging The Gap, Peter Chung: The Mind of an Animator, A View Into The Light, and a "pre-animation" version of the film
  • Slam City, a motion comic from the film's official website
  • Into Pitch Black, a TV special offering an alternative non-canon glimpse into what happened before and after the events of the film
  • Raveworld: Pitch Black Event, footage of a dance music event held to promote the film
  • Theatrical trailers, plus trailers for the two sequels and video game
  • Image galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned 'night' and 'day' artwork by Luke Preece 
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Simon Ward on the film's creature designs (including a new interview with creature designer Patrick Tatopolous), original production notes and information from the film's official website, and an archive interview with Vin Diesel from Starlog magazine.


FLASH GORDON
 
 
Also in August, Arrow Video release the fabulous Flash Gordon, in sparkling 4K, in lavish packaging with a host of extras and goodies. Super producer Dino De Laurentiis (Dune, Barbarella) brought Alex Raymond's beloved cartoon strip and the long running movie serial to the big screen with celebrated director Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Black Rainbow) at the helm, in a delirious space opera, where Flash is King of the Impossible! With endlessly repeatable dialogue, inimitable camp style, the sonic stylings of Queen and a delightful band of characters and actors playing (including Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti and Brian Blessed) then it's no wonder Flash Gordon has become one of the most beloved sci-fi spectacles of its era.
 
Limited Edition ULTRA HD 4K:

DIRECTOR-APPROVED LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS: 
  • Brand new 4K restoration by Studiocanal from the original camera negative approved by director Mike Hodges
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Optional 5.1 and 2.0 stereo DTS-HD Master audio
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critics and film historians including Neil Snowdon, Dennis Cozzalio, John-Paul Checkett, A.K. Benedict, and Kat Ellinger illustrated with original stills
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions, alternative posters and promotional images
  • Limited Edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais
 
DISC 1 - FLASH GORDON & SPECIAL FEATURES (ULTRA HD 4K BLU-RAY): 
  • Archival audio commentary with Mike Hodges
  • Archival audio commentary with Brian Blessed
  • Interviews with actors Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Brian Blessed, Queen icon Brian May, composer Howard Blake, and poster designer Renato Casaro
  • Behind the Scenes of Flash Gordon - an archival documentary on the making of the film
  • Archival interviews with Mike Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr., comic book artist Alex Ross
  • Lost in Space: Nic Roeg's Flash Gordon - a new documentary program exploring the version Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth) had originally planned to make with producer Dino De Laurentiis
  • Gremlin's Finest Hour - an episode from the animated Flash Gordon TV show written by J. Michael Reaves from November 1982
  • Deleted scenes and original endings - prop collector Bob Lindenmayer discusses dropped sequences and sequel ideas
  • 35th Anniversary Greenroom featurette - Mike Hodges meets the cast for the first time since filming at the 35th anniversary reunion
  • 35th Anniversary Reunion featurette - the cast and crew discuss Flash Gordon
  • Entertainment Earth on Flash Gordon merchandise
  • Storyboards gallery
  • Stills gallery
  • Original Trailer
  • Easter Eggs
 
DISC 2 - LIFE AFTER FLASH & SPECIAL FEATURES [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE] (BLU-RAY): 
  • 2017 feature length documentary by filmmaker Lisa Downs on the rollercoaster life of Sam J. Jones since his role in Flash Gordon, featuring the main cast and crew as well as a host of fans including Stan Lee, Robert Rodriguez, Mark Millar and more!
  • Sam J. Jones - a variety of interviews and featurettes including coverage of a script read from the Chattanooga Film Festival, Sam discussing his career in Mexico, his "prayer walk", and more
  • Melody Paintings Extended - actress Melody Anderson talks about her love of painting and talks about various pieces displayed in her home
  • Topol - a variety of interviews with the actor on his collections, awards and charity work
  • Brian Blessed - the actor recounts amusing stories about Flash Gordon
  • Late, Great Wyngarde - actor Peter Wyngarde discusses his experiences filming Flash Gordon and his relationship with Mike Hodges
  • Deep Roy - the actor raps about ambition and recounts an amusing story about Eastbound & Down
  • Alex Ross Talks Early Art - the artist talks about Flash Gordon and the many pieces of art he created for it from childhood to modern day
  • Tell Me More About the This Man Houdini - actor Rich Fuller and Jason Lenzi, founder of toy brand Bif Bang Pow, discuss a scene from Flash Gordon
  • Comic Con early draft - A featurette looking at the phenomenon that is Comic Con, featuring interviews with attendees and a host of regular talent including Sam J. Jones, Rich Fulton, Jason Mewes, Michael Rooker, Claudia Wells, and more
  • Interview with Lisa Downs - the director of Life After Flash explores her motivation to make the film and experiences during the production
  • Life After Flash on the Road - a variety of featurettes on the film travelling to various festivals and production including Q&A excerpts with the Flash Gordon cast, behind-the-scenes footage, Kickstarter funding video
  • Trailer
 
ULTRA HD 4K:

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: 
  • Brand new 4K restoration by Studiocanal from the original camera negative approved by director Mike Hodges
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Optional 5.1 and 2.0 stereo DTS-HD Master audio
  • Archival audio commentary with Mike Hodges
  • Archival audio commentary with Brian Blessed
  • Interviews with actors Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Brian Blessed, Queen icon Brian May, composer Howard Blake, and poster designer Renato Casaro
  • Behind the Scenes of Flash Gordon - an archival documentary on the making of the film
  • Archival interviews with Mike Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr., comic book artist Alex Ross
  • Lost in Space: Nic Roeg's Flash Gordon - a new documentary program exploring the version Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth) had originally planned to make with producer Dino De Laurentiis
  • Gremlin's Finest Hour - an episode from the animated Flash Gordon TV show written by J. Michael Reaves from November 1982
  • Deleted scenes and original endings - prop collector Bob Lindenmayer discusses dropped sequences and sequel ideas
  • 35th Anniversary Greenroom featurette - Mike Hodges meets the cast for the first time since filming at the 35th anniversary reunion
  • 35th Anniversary Reunion featurette - the cast and crew discuss Flash Gordon
  • Entertainment Earth on Flash Gordon merchandise
  • Storyboards gallery
  • Stills gallery
  • Original Trailer
  • Easter Eggs
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

Thursday, July 30, 2020

DC SHOWCASE - BATMAN: DEATH IN THE FAMILY (2020), featuring Five fascinating tales from the iconic DC canon, including the first interactive film presentation in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) history arrives on Blu-ray and Digital October 13th


DC SHOWCASE
BATMAN: DEATH IN THE FAMILY

INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING ALLOWS VIEWERS
TO CHOOSE & CHANGE DIRECTIONS OF THE STORY IN RETELLING OF LANDMARK DC COMICS EVENT

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DC PRESENT COMPILATION OF 2019-2020 ANIMATED SHORTS
COMING OCTOBER 13th, 2020 TO
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL

NEW COLLECTION INCLUDES ACCLAIMED TITLES SGT. ROCK, ADAM STRANGE, DEATH AND THE PHANTOM STRANGER

Five fascinating tales from the iconic DC canon, including the first interactive film presentation in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) history, come to animated life in DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the anthology of 2019-2020 animated shorts arrives from WBHE on Blu-ray and Digital starting October 13th, 2020.


Anchoring the compilation of shorts is Batman: Death in the Family, WBHE’s first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by the viewer’s remote control. Central to the extended-length short is an adaptation of “Batman: A Death in the Family,” the 1988 landmark DC event where fans voted by telephone to determine the story’s ending.

Inspired by characters and stories from DC’s robust portfolio, the 2019-2020 series of shorts – which have been individually included on DC Universe Movies releases since Summer 2019 – include:

Sgt. Rock
Adam Strange
Death
The Phantom Stranger

DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family will be available on Blu-ray (USA $24.98 SRP) and Digital (19.99 SRP). The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with all of the shorts in hi-definition, including the fully-interactive, extended-length Batman: Death in the Family, plus a digital version of the four other 2019-2020 DC Showcase shorts. The Digital distribution features the Batman: Death in the Family extended-length short in a non-interactive format (pre-assembled version of the story, entitled Under the Red Hood: Reloaded), along with the other four 2019-2020 DC Showcase shorts, and three other non-interactive versions of the Batman: Death in the Family (entitled Jason Todd’s Rebellion, Robin’s Revenge and Red Hood’s Reckoning) as bonus features (Note: not all Digital retailers offer bonus features with purchase). The Blu-ray also offers approximately five minutes of additional content within the Batman: Death in the Family story that is not included in the Digital version.

Produced, directed and written by Brandon Vietti, Batman: Death in the Family offers an inventive take on the long-demanded story. In the new animated presentation, the infamous murder of Batman protégé Jason Todd will be undone, and the destinies of Batman, Robin and The Joker will play out in shocking new ways as viewers make multiple choices to control the story. And while Batman: Under the Red Hood provides a baseline, the story also branches in new directions and features several characters previously unseen in the original film. Bruce Greenwood (The Resident, Star Trek, iRobot), Vincent Martella (Phineas and Ferb) and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time) reprise their Batman: Under The Red Hood roles of Batman, young Jason Todd and The Joker, respectively. Other featured voices are Zehra Fazal (Young Justice) as Talia al Ghul and Gary Cole (Veep) as Two-Face and James Gordon.

“Batman: Death in the Family is essentially a comic book come to life,” says Vietti, whose DC Universe Movies directing credits include Batman: Under the Red Hood and Superman: Doomsday, and he is co-creator and co-executive producer of the popular Young Justice animated television series. “We’ve paid homage to the 1988 interactive experience of DC’s ‘A Death in the Family’ comics release by giving fans a unique opportunity to craft their own story through a branching tool that can lead in multiple directions. The viewer gets to choose these characters’ paths, and each choice paves an alternate future for all of the characters and, ultimately, the story.”

The interactive Blu-ray presentation offers many different ways for viewers to tell the Batman: Death in the Family story, with numerous twists and turns in the middle, and several possible endings. The choices along the way put greater weight on the viewers’ decisions and result in even stronger stories. Viewers can also choose to allow the story to tell itself, as there is an option to let the Blu-ray decide its own path.

Packed with Easter Eggs, the centerpiece short’s story – with its foundation grounded in the original “Batman: A Death in the Family” comic run, and the acclaimed Batman: Under the Red Hood animated film – balances a number of integral themes within its entertainment, including fatherhood, mental health, death, rebirth, revenge and redemption. Along the route, viewers encounter new, surprising looks at some classic DC characters.

“From the very first navigation card, we wanted to give the audience an impression of what they’re getting into, but then also give them something unexpected – maybe even something they’ll regret, so they have to think twice about every future choice they make,” Vietti explains. “Branched storytelling has to be stronger than just the gimmick of the choices – it has to be rewarding and offer new and worthwhile insights into the characters. It needs to involve you, and keep you searching for the next twist. So we sought to subvert expectations and do something very different.

Beyond Batman: Death in the Family, the additional four shorts on Blu-ray & Digital are:

Originally attached to Batman: Hush, Sgt. Rock is executive produced and directed by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) from a script by award-winning comics writers Louise Simonson & Walter Simonson and Tim Sheridan (Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Reign of the Supermen). The original tale finds battle-weary Sgt. Rock thinking he has seen everything that World War II can dish out. But he is in for the surprise of his life when he is assigned to lead a company consisting of legendary monsters into battle against an unstoppable platoon of Nazi zombies. Karl Urban (Star Trek & Lord of the Rings film franchises) provides the voice of Sgt. Rock. Also voicing characters in Sgt. Rock are Keith Ferguson, William Salyers and Audrey Wasilewski.

Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” Death is produced & directed by Sam Liu (Superman: Red Son, The Death of Superman) and written by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood). In the story, Vincent, an artist with unresolved inner demons, meets a mysterious girl who helps him come to terms with his creative legacy … and eventual death. Leonard Nam (Westworld) provides the voice of Vincent, and Jamie Chung (The Gifted, Big Hero 6) is the voice of Death. The cast includes Darin De Paul, Keith Szarabajka and Kari Wahlgren. Death was originally included with Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.

Attached as a bonus feature on the release of Superman: Red Son, The Phantom Stranger has Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke) at the helm as executive producer & director, and the short is written by Ernie Altbacker (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Batman: Hush). Set in the 1970s, the short find the enigmatic DC mystery man simultaneously playing both omniscient narrator and active character in a story of supernatural comeuppance for evil doers. Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick) gives voice to The Phantom Stranger, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Impastor) provides the voice of Seth. The Phantom Stranger also features the voices of Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin and Roger Craig Smith.

Adam Strange is produced and directed by Butch Lukic (Superman: Man of Tomorrow), who also conceived the original story – which is written by J.M. DeMatteis (Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, Constantine: City of Demons). The short was initially attached to Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. On a rugged asteroid mining colony, few of the toiling workers are aware that their town drunk was ever anything but an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a fissure into the home of a horde of deadly alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber (How To Get Away with Murder) provides the voice of Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and Fred Tatasciore.

All five new DC Showcase shorts credits include Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) as co-producer and Amy McKenna (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines) as producer. Sam Register is executive producer.

Initially launched in 2010, DC Showcase was originally comprised of four animated shorts produced by Bruce Timm and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos: The Spectre (released on 2/23/2010), Jonah Hex (7/27/2010), Green Arrow (9/28/2010) and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (11/9/2010). An additional short, Catwoman (10/18/2011), was attached the following year to the release of Batman: Year One, and was directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) and executive produced by Bruce Timm. Screenwriters on the initial quintet were Steve Niles (The Spectre), Joe Lansdale (Jonah Hex), Greg Weisman (Green Arrow), Michael Jelenic (Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam) and Paul Dini (Catwoman).

“Interactive storytelling offers an entirely new dimension of entertainment for DC animated movie fans, and an exciting look into potential titles for the future,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. “Brandon Vietti has crafted a uniquely involving, multi-tiered approach to captivating the audience with both popular story devices and some very unexpected plot twists.”

DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family Special Features

Blu-ray
- Audio Commentaries – Commentary tracks on Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death and The Phantom Stranger, plus one of the linear “Death in the Family” shorts (Under the Red Hood: Reloaded), by DC Daily hosts Amy Dallen and Hector Navarro.
- DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family Special 

Features

Digital
- Three non-interactive versions of the Batman: Death in the Family – entitled Jason Todd’s Rebellion, Robin’s Revenge and Red Hood’s Reckoning. (Note: not all Digital retailers offer bonus features with purchase).

DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On October 13, 2020, DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On October 13, 2020, DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT MOVIES ANYWHERE
Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, Google Play, and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Chromecast; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.
ABOUT DIGITAL
Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.
BASICS
PRODUCT SRP

Blu-ray $24.98 USA
Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Running Time: 96 minutes (151 minutes for interactive storylines)
Rated R for strong bloody images, and some drug material

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Ghost in the Shell (1995) arrives on 4K and Digital 4K Ultra HD on 9/8 from lionsgate!


GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995) 

One of Anime’s Most Beloved Films Is Reborn on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Digital 4K Ultra HD September 8th from Lionsgate

4K Ultra HD to Include Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of one of the most critically acclaimed anime films of all time when Ghost in the Shell arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital 4K Ultra HD) and Digital 4K Ultra HD on September 8th from Lionsgate. Based on the beloved manga from Japanese writer and illustrator Shirow Masamune, the film’s voice cast includes Atsuko Tanaka (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, TV’s “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”, “Ghost in the Shell 2.0”), Akio Ôtsuka (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Paprika, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots), and Kôichi Yamadera (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Ninja Scroll). Remastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and featuring fan-favorite commemorative artwork from pop illustrator Martin Ansin – along with brand new bonus material – this will be the most definitive Ghost in the Shell package to date.

2029: A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together with her fellow agents from Section 9, Kusanagi embarks on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity. Director Mamoru Oshii’s award-winning cyber-tech thriller, based on the comic book by Shirow Masamune, is lauded as one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time.

The Ghost in the Shell special features include an audio commentary as well as two brand new bonus featurettes: “Accessing Section 9: 25 Years into the Future” and “Landscapes & Dreamscapes – The Art and Architecture of Ghost in the Shell.” Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.

The Ghost in the Shell 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

4K / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
- Full-length audio commentary of Ghost in the Shell with Mary Claypool (Animation Writer and English Language Scriptwriter), Eric Calderon (Animation Producer and Writer), Richard Epcar (Voice of “Batou”), and Charles Solomon (Animation Historian and Critic)
- “Accessing Section 9: 25 Years into the Future” Featurette
- “Landscapes & Dreamscapes: The Art and Architecture of Ghost in the Shell” Featurette

ADDITIONAL ARCHIVAL BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- Production Report & Digital Works Featuretes
- Theatrical Trailer 



PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 1995
Title Copyright: Ghost in the Shell © 1995 Masamune Shirow / Kodansha Ltd. / Bandai Visual Co. Ltd. / Manga Entertainment Ltd. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2020 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Anime, Action, Crime, Thriller
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 83 Minutes
4K Ultra HD™ Format: Dolby Vision, 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation
4K Audio Status: Japanese 2.0 LPCM Audio, Japanese Dolby Atmos, English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio
Blu-ray Audio Status: Japanese 2.0 PCM Audio, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Coming soon from Imprint Films - Mario Bava's DANGER DIABOLIK (1968) and THE DAY OF THE LOCUST (1975) - with new extras and limited to 1500 copies!


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dark Sky Films proudly brings critical darling, THE DEEPER YOU DIG (2019), to DVD on August 11th.

 
THE DEEPER YOU DIG (2019) 
Comes to DVD on August 11th

"Chilling and gorgeously shot, THE DEEPER YOU DIG is a unique and atmospheric supernatural thriller that unwinds slowly but keeps viewers entranced." - 
Morbidly Beautiful

14-year old Echo and mother, Ivy, a tarot card reader, live a quiet life in a rural area. When reclusive Kurt moves down the road to restore an abandoned farmhouse, an accident leads to Echo's murder, and suddenly three lives collide in mysterious and wicked ways. Kurt assumes he can hide his secret under the ground. But Echo burrows into his head until he can feel her in his bones. As she haunts his every move, trying to reach her mother from beyond, Ivy must dig deep to see the signs and prove that love won't stay buried. 

THE EPITAPH VOL. 27 -: SWALLOW (2020) - SCOOB! (2020) - DEAD DICKS (2019) - SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (2007)


THE EPITAPH VOL. 27 
Brief Remembrances of the Recently Released 


SWALLOW (2020) - SCOOB! (2020) 
- DEAD DICKS (2019) - SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (2007)  

This week we have bite-sized reviews of a quietly explosive psychological thriller, a goofy Hannah-Barbara bit of digital nostalgia, some maple-blooded lo-fi sci-fi and a tasty Ramen-Western full of stylized operatic violence. 


SWALLOW (2020)
Label: IFC Films/Shout! Factory
Region Code: A
Rating: R
Duration: 95 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 & 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.39:1)
Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Cast: Haley Bennett, Justin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, Luna Lauren Velez, Zabryna Guevara, Laith Nakli, Babak Tafti, Nicole Kang


In the magnetic indie Swallow (2020) have a newly pregnant housewife named Hunter (Haley Bennett,The Girl On The Train) who on the surface seems have it made. She's married into a wealthy family having come from nothing, and her husband Richie (Austin Stowell, Whiplash) is a good-looking guy working his way to the top of a family business, but as Hunter settles into her new life the newfound time alone as a bored housewife begins to expose cracks in the young woman's psyche. It turns out it all stems from a traumatic origin story that is doused in sexual violence, issues now compounded by her struggle to find approval with not only her  new hubby but her in-laws, with the patriarch of the family being played by David Rasche from 80's TV show Sledgehammer! (1986-1988), which was a favorite of mine! She develops a strange coping mechanism, swallowing small foreign objects like marbles, safety pins and jacks, but as she further begins to unravel under the weight of her anxiety and escalating inner-struggle she starts swallowing larger objects with alarming frequency. Eventually a trip to the emergency room reveals the issue to her husband and his family, and they seem not so much concerned about her well-being as they are embarrassed that the illusion of perfection has been cracked. The film is deftly directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis and Haley Bennett's portrayal of a young woman struggling to take control of her own life is quietly explosive, leading her to an awkward and potent confrontation with her biological father, a scene that had me in tears. While it's not a horror film there elements, body horror among them, that are horrific on several levels, making for a powerful slow burning psychological drama, that I thought was fantastic. The Blu-ray from IFC Films looks and sounds great but there are no extras aside from a trailer. I would have loved a commentary from the director and Bennet, to accompany such a fascinating film. 


SCOOB! (2020) 
Label: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Region Code: Region-Free, A
Rating: PG
Duration: 94 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 2160p UltraHD & 1080p HD Widescreen
Director: Tony Cervone
Cast: Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell

Scoob and the Mystery Inc. crew are back in feature-length digitally animated adventure, which kicks off with the origin story of the how Scooby met Shaggy (voiced by Will Forte, Last Man on Earth) as well as the rest of the Mystery Inc. crew. As an added bonus superhero Blue Falcon and his side-kick Dynomutt arrive on the scene and join forces with Mystery Inc. to battle baddie Dick Dastardly and his army of robot minions. I grew up watching vintage Scooby-Doo toons so I always have an interest in any new toons and live-action adventures that come along, and this digitally animated feature was plenty entertaining, if a bit choked with Hannah-Barbara cartoon character cameos. It's super kiddie but as I am still a big kid with much nostalgia at heart I had a ton of fun with it, but this might not have the same mileage for "grown-ups".  I loved that we get both Blue Falcon (voiced by Mark Wahlberg) and Dynomutt in it, I was a big fan of the series as a kid. Less exciting was an overwrought appearance from Captain Caveman (voiced annoyingly by Tracy Morgan), I could have done without that. I also thought it was a bit charming that villain Dick Dastardly's diabolical plan was to open the gates of Hell to free his beloved sidekick Muttley (voiced by the legend Billy West) who has been trapped in Hell. I usually love Will Forte but I thought his Shaggy voice was crap, they should have brought back Mathew Lillard! Another nugget I loved was that they recreated the original Scooby-Doo intro with digital animation, that was awesome. The 4K Ultra HD presentation is gorgeous, though there's no Atmos audio, and we do get a handful of extras including bloopers, deleted scenes, and some featurettes. 
DEAD DICKS (2019) 
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 83 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 & 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080P HD Widescreen (2.39:1)
Director: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer
Cast: Heston Horwin, Jillian Harris, Matt Keyes, Kristina Sandev, Leyda Aleyli, Dave Campbell


Artsploitation continue to scour the world for strange, offbeat and visceral world cinema, and this time they've brought us a suicidal sci-fi thriller coming from our neighbors to the North, Canada.  In it a troubled young guy name Richie just cannot seem to kill himself in any sort of permanent way, each time he dies, in a myriad of creatively fatal ways, he reemerges from a strange Cronenbergian-looking vaginal opening that has mysteriously appeared on the wall of his dingy apartment. Each time he offs himself he leaves behind a corpse of himself that must be disposed of, but a kink in the process prevents him from leaving the apartment, so the bodies are piling up. Eventually his younger, more responsible sister, shows up and is shocked to find multiple dead versions of her demented brother! The bickering siblings set their minds to figuring out what's happening, why it's happening, and what can be done about it, if anything. All the while they having to contend with a irate neighbor and unresolved sibling issues that go back years. The slice of oddball sci-fi is not only inventive and fun but it's got a lot of heart. Artsploitation do not release a ton of sci-fi films, but when they do it's usually something with a spark to it, I am thinking of their release of time travelling sci-fi film Counter Clockwise (2016), and this is of the same cloth. If you're a fan of lo-fi indie sci-fi cinema definitely check it out. The Blu-ray includes a director's commentary, video diaries, FX featurette and Artsploitation trailer.


SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (2007)
Label: MVD Marquee Collection
Region Code: Region-FREE
Rating: R
Duration: 98 Minutes, 120 Minutes
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 & 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.35:1)
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Hideaki Ito, Kôichi Satô, Yûsuke Iseya, Masanobu Ando, Takaaki Ishibashi, Quentin Tarantino

Back in 2007 prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition) brought us a bloody spectacle with his genre mash-up Sukiyaki Western Django (2007). The film was his homage to the epic spaghetti westerns of the 60's and 70's with a madcap infusion of samurai swordplay alongside the lever-rifles and six-shooters. Highly stylized and dripping with operatic violence the film opens with a cool prologue starring director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) in a scene strikingly shot on a sound stage, with Tarantino's gunslinger shooting an Eagle with a rattlesnake in it's talons right out the sky, with a neat little pay-off. It's a totally bad-ass scene, but as cool as that is there's just no getting around Tarantino's shit acting  that somewhat diffuse he introductory scene, his cowboy accent is comically bad, and then he inexplicably slips into a travesty of a Japanese accent that's damn near unforgivable. That flub aside Tarantino is only in it for a bit and then the story gets underway proper, with Hideaki Ito starring as a nameless gunslinger who wanders into a gold mining town, and right into the middle of a turf war between two warring gangs seeking a hidden treasure of gold. We have the red-clothed Heike and the white-clad Genji, both of whom attempt to recruit the dead-eye gunslinger, both promising to split the gold with him, but he chooses to go his own way while playing both sides against each other. The story gets a bit convoluted after a bit, I always lose my way about half way through it, so the plot and narrative are not the strongest attributes of this film, but the it still packs in a bullet-drenched wallop with it's high-contrast, gritty visuals and operatic and bloody violence, so much so that it borders on the cartoonish, but in the best possible way. The Collectors Edition Blu-ray from MVD includes both the theatrical cut and the longer running director's cut in HD, a 52-min making of doc, 6-min of deleted scenes, a 3-min sizzle reel, 3-min of promotional clips, trailers, TV spots and a reversible sleeve of artwork with a slipcover.

If I have to give one of these the higher recommend over the others I would say go for Swallow. It's such a fascinating and truly unsettling watch, while it's not gonna be for all tastes it's a gem of a film that got under my skin.