Monday, April 24, 2017

The Rockford Files: The Complete Series Leads Mill Creek Entertainment's June Hit Parade Of New DVD And Blu-ray Product Offerings

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Mill Creek Entertainment announced this past week that The Rockford Files: The Complete Series will be leading its June hit parade.

Both DVD and Blu-ray collections, featuring all 122 episodes of this classic James Garner PI series, will be available.   The Blu-ray set will be available on June 27, while the DVD edition arrives at retail two weeks earlier on June 13 (both are 22 disc sets).

The series ran from the September of 1974 — for six seasons — through January of 1980, co-starred Noah Berry, Jr. as Jim Rockford’s father (Rocky) and Joe Santos as L.A. Police Sergeant Dennis Becker … with Stuart Margolin as Jim’s shifty friend Angel.    The Rockford Files was nominated for 18 Emmys, winning five, including Outstanding Drama Series in 1978 and James Garner won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1977.    

You may tune-in for the cases.  You might even catch the series for James Garner as Rockford.   But for car buffs, the vintage ‘70s muscle cars on parade make this a must-have collection come this June.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAlso on the June calendar is the eight-film, double-disc DVD collection titled 8 Action Films: Head to Head - Seagal, Van Damme.   Streeting on June 6, this battle of action features the films of Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme, with savvy fans knowing full well that Van Damme will prevail as he was invited to appear in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables film series, while Seagal is conspicuously absent.

That little tussle aside, this collection from Mill Creek Entertainment features six Van Damme films — Universal Soldiers: The Return, Second in Command, Maximum Risk, The Hard Corps, Knock Off and Double Team — and two starring Steven Seagal … Attack Force and Into the Sun.

Also on the June 6 release calendar is the double-didc DVD collection titled Stan Lee & Kevin Smith Save the World, which features An Evening with Kevin Smith, An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder and Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels.

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The DVD release on June 6 of Highway to Heaven: Messages from Above showcase four specially selected episodes from the Emmy-nominated series.   These are: the Pilot Episode from season one, “Thoroughbreds” (also from season one), “A Special Love” (the kickoff episode from season three) and “Hello and Farewell” (from season five).

Rounding out this first of new priced-to-collection DVD and Blu-ray production selections from Mill Creek Entertainment during the month of June are Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?: The Complete Series (a four-disc set) and Archie's Weird Mysteries: The Complete Series (also a four-disc set).   Both collections will be available on June 6.

Film Chest Media Group Selects May 30 For The Delivery Of Beverly Garland: Decoy: The Complete Series On DVD

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On May 30 all 39 case files of NYPD’s Office Casey Jones will be available in the three-disc collection, Decoy: The Complete Series, from the Film Chest Media Group.

Screen legend Beverly Garland stars as Casey Jones, an undercover police office — a “decoy,” if you will — who puts her life on the line each week by inserting herself into some pretty sketchy situations.   

She was the star of two of Roger Corman’s early film productions, It Conquered the World (1956, opposite Peter Graves and Lee Van Cleef) and his 1957 sci-fi masterpiece, Not of This Earth (with Paul Birch) and prominently featured in director Charles Vidor’s 1957 film release of The Joker is Wild, starring Frank Sinatra.    

Then came the opportunity to star in this groundbreaking series, which ran for just one very long season (from October of 1957 until early July of the following year).   Decoy not only featured a female cop in the lead, but was filmed entirely on location in New York City.

A special bonus that Film Chest Media Group is including in this collection is a 16-page booklet that features historical notes on the production of the series, a trivia section and an overview of all 39 episodes (with a scene from each) that includes both the original broadcast date and a reference to key New York City landmarks featured in each episode.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Icarus Films Tabs June 6 For The DVD Debut Of Documentary Filmmaker Marie-Hélène Rebois’ In the Steps Of Trisha Brown

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Icarus Films has selected June 6 for the domestic DVD debut of French documentary filmmaker Marie-Hélène Rebois’ In the Steps of Trisha Brown, a loving tribute to the dance choreography of the late Trisha Brown. 

Trisha Brown, who sadly left us in March of this year, was one of the leading members of the postmodern dance movement (a rejection of constrictive movements and dictated dance regiments) and one of the founders of New York City’s famed Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s.

The focus of Marie-Hélène Rebois documentary is the introduction of Brown’s 1979 production of Glacial Decoy to contemporary dancers in Paris.   It is a fascinating look at the world of dance, especially Brown’s contributions … there are several sequences where her choreography has the illusion of the dancers defying gravity (a very clever visual).   

Mixed with this contemporary rehearsal footage is archival footage of Trisha Brown in rehearsal of her own productions.

In the Steps of Trisha Brown had a brief arthouse run and arrives on DVD with an ARR of 123.   This FIFA Montreal Festival of Films Jury Prize-winner is presented in English and French (with English subtitles for the French-language sequences).

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Paramount Home Media Selects May 2 For The Release Of DVD And Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Editions Of Rings

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Paramount Home Media has picked May 2 as the street date for both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of director F. Javier Gutiérrez’s Rings, the third installment in the American-produced adaptation of the Kôji Suzuki-inspired The Ring horror series.   The Ring (2002) and The Ring 2 (2005) set the narrative for the “cursed” videocassette and the malevolent entity (ghost) of Samara … it is now 15 years later and she’s back!!!

The ARR for Rings comes in at 88 days and domestic ticket sales currently stand at $27.8 million.

Bonus features, which are exclusive to the Blu-ray SKU, included deleted, extended and alternate scenes, plus a trio of production featurettes — “Terror Comes Full Circle,” “Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing Samara Back” and “Scary Scenes.”

Shifting to June, Paramount Home Media made a slew of announcements this past week for DVD product offerings that will be retail-ready on June 13.  

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There are five on that date and — yes, depending on one’s taste — you could argue that the Stephen King Triple Feature (a five-disc collection) is certainly one collection that is both well-timed (The Dark Tower opens nationwide on Aug. 4 and It arrives one month later on Sept. 8) and the price is certainly right at $19.99 (SRP).

Included in the collection are three mini-series adaptations of his writings: The Stand (first published in 1978 … the mini-series adaptation was aired during May of 1994 and starred Rob Lowe, Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald); The Langoliers (from “Four Past Midnight,” first published in 1990 … the mini-series aired in May of 1995 and teamed Dean Stockwell with David Morse and Patricia Wettig) and Golden Years (created for television by Stephen King … it aired during the summer of 1991 as a seven-week mini-series).

Stan, Kyle, Eric and Kenny return on June 13 with double-disc DVD and Blu-ray selections of South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season.   All ten episodes are included here along with episode commentaries.

Other bonus goodies include the featurettes “South Park: By the Numbers” and “South Park: We’ve Been There,” plus the Comic Con 2016 panel with Trey Parker and Matt Stone and deleted scenes.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyNext up in the Paramount June 13 DVD product onslaught is The Wild, Wild West Double Feature, which features director Burt Kennedy’s 1979 made-for-TV reunion adventure, The Wild, Wild West Revisited, which has both Jim West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) coming out of retirement to take on Dr. Michelito Loveless, Jr. (played by Paul Williams) and his evil plan to replace world leaders.    

Teamed with it is Kennedy’s 1980 follow-up, More Wild, Wild West, which reteams West and Gordon in a battle against Albert Paradine II (Jonathan Winters) and his diabolical invisibility invention.

Also on the MOW release front is director Bob Sweeney’s 1986 reunion feature film, Return to Mayberry, which brings cast members Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Jim Nabors and Ron Howard back to Mayberry that involves the election of a new sheriff and the birth of Opie’s son.

Rounding out the June 13 release calendar is the nine-disc collection of Borgias: The Complete Series.

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Arrow Video's Restoration On Madhouse Heads Home On June 13 As A Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Edition

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Arrow Video, with domestic distribution and sales support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has selected June 13 as the street date for a Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack edition of director Ovidio Assonitis’ (aka: Oliver Hellman) 1983 horror tale, Madhouse.
This new 2K restoration is sourced from the original camera negative.

Madhouse is an Italian slasher film, that is quasi-Giallo, with an American cast and shot on location in the Deep South and that makes for one hell of a combination!    As the story goes, Julia (played by Trish Everly in her only recorded film role) has a demented twin sister by the name of Mary (Allison Biggers — Six Pack), who is confined to an insane asylum.   And to get things rolling, Julia’s kindly uncle James (Dennis Robertson) — a Catholic Priest to boot — insists that Julia pay her sister a visit, which does not go well!

Once this is established, Julia settles back into her creepy gothic mansion (shot on location at the Kehoe House in Savannah, Georgia … a real haunted house), where her friends begin to meet horrible deaths — there’s a hell hound involved — and she begins to suspect that someone (possibly her sister) or something is lurking within the many rooms and hidden passages of her home.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyWithout giving away the ending, let’s just say that her sister, who is certifiably nuts, might not be the biggest threat in her life.   Could it be her boyfriend Sam (Michael MacRae), who never seems to be around when things go bump in the night … and what of that mysterious “meeting out of town” that he suddenly called away for?   A red herring perhaps!  

Bonus nuggets include a newly-prepared commentary track hosted by The Hysteria Continues, newly-minted video sessions with the cast and crew and alternative opening titles.

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CJ Entertainment's International Box Office Hit — Director Kim Jee Woon’s The Age Of Shadows — Arrives In Domestic Waters As DVD And Blu-ray Editions On May 2

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CJ Entertainment will be bringing both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of Korean filmmaker Kim Jee Woon’s The Age of Shadows to the domestic marketplace on May 2.

The ARR is 221 days and domestic ticket sales were $541,226 — worldwide the box office take for The Age of Shadows is now over $55 million.   This was the official South Korean entry into the Best Foreign Language Oscar derby last year.

The Japanese are in firm control of all of Korea during the 1920s and 1930s and it is during this period that filmmaker Kim Jee Woon has selected to tell his tale of political intrigue.   At the heart of it is whether resistance fighters can turn Lee Jung-Chool (Kang-ho Song — Snowpiercer, The Host, etc.), the Korean-born police captain of Seoul, to their cause.   He’s ruthless and totally loyal to his Japanese masters, but kinks in his steadfast resolve are beginning to show.

It falls to Jung Chae-San (Byung-hun Lee — The Magnificent Seven, Terminator Genisys, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), the leader of resistance forces — who is working diligently to smuggle explosives into the city from Shanghai — to play the cat and mouse game with Lee Jung-Chool, knowing full well that one false move, one miss-read of the situation and he is dead.   

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A sort of go-between is developed in the form of an antique shopkeeper by the name of Kim Woo-jin (Yoo Gong — Train to Busan, Silenced) and you are kept guessing as whether the police captain is making attempts to infiltrate the opposition or looking for an opportunity to come over to their side.   Talk about tense!   

Bonus features include a video session with writer/director Kim Jee Woon and cast interviews.   The Age of Shadows can be viewed with the original Korean language track (with English subtitles) or as an English-dubbed edition.

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Cinema Libre Picks May 9 For The DVD Debut Of Documentary Filmmaker Marie-Ange Poyet’s Injecting Aluminum

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Cinema Libre has tabbed May 9 as the DVD release date for documentary filmmaker Marie-Ange Poyet’s Injecting Aluminum, an examination of the connection between Macrophagic Myofasciitis and aluminum hydroxide, which is often used as a vaccine adjuvant.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), “Small amounts of aluminum are added to help the body build stronger immunity against the germ in the vaccine.”  

However, French researchers have discovered a possible connection between aluminum and MMF (Macrophagic Myofasciitis) that occurs in certain patients when the aluminum hydroxide becomes embedded in the surrounding muscle tissue.   The result is chronic muscle and joint pain, general fatigue and fever.

Since the compound has been in common usage since the 1930s, an effort now is underway to find a less invasive adjuvant to accomplish the same goal.  Injecting Aluminum details both the problem and the effort to find alternatives.

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