Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Film Detective Announces Ten New Film Restorations For The DVD Market On Dec. 22

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The Film Detective announced ten new film restorations for delivery to the DVD format on Dec. 22 — just in time to serve as last minute stocking-stuffers for film fans and collectors.

There are a couple of real gems included in this mix, including director William Berke’s 1944 betrayal thriller, Dark Mountain.   

This major-studio, B-programmer stars Ellen Drew (Isle of the Dead, The Great Missouri Raid, etc.) as a gullible newlywed who soon discovers that her husband, played by Regis Toomey, is a black market thug (it’s World War II after all) who has implicated her in nefarious schemes and framed her for murder.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyTo her rescue comes her former boyfriend (Robert Lowery), a forest ranger, who spirits her away to the safety of the woods, but to no avail as her creepy husband tracks her down … a thrilling climax follows, with a four-legged hero playing a key role in bringing the villain to justice.

Another film treasure included in the Film Detective’s Dec. 22 release schedule is director Gordon Douglas’ 1941 comedy salute to all-things trains, Broadway Limited.   This United Artists theatrical release of a Hal Roach production stars Marjorie Woodworth, Victor McLaglen, Patsy Kelly, Zasu Pitts, Dennis O'Keefe and the famed New York to Chicago train, the Broadway Limited.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyRestored silent-film releases on Dec. 22 are Buster Keaton’s College (silent-1927) and Rudolph Valentino’s 1922 release of Blood and Sand.

For Western fans we have three from director Sam Newfield — all starring Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers film legend Buster Crabbe — the 1942 release of Billy the Kid Trapped (with Anne Jeffreys) and from the following year, Cattle Stampede (with Mary Dawson) and Devil Riders (with Patti McCarty) and lastly there is the Roger Rogers/Dale Evans 1944 classic, Cowboy and the Senorita.

Rounding out the Dec. 22 film restorations are director William A. Wellman’s 1943 mystery Lady of Burlesque, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Michael O'Shea and the Charles Coburn comedy, Colonel Effingham's Raid (1944, co-starring Joan Bennett).

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Mill Creek Entertainment To Release The Thorn: The Live Theatrical Experience On DVD On Mar. 27

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Mill Creek Entertainment has added several new DVD selections to its already busy March of 2016 release calendar.

For over 20 years audiences have flocked to see John and Sarah Bolin unique stage production of the Passion Play — the life, death and ultimate resurrection of Jesus.    

Mill Creek Entertainment announced this past week that The Thorn: The Live Theatrical Experience will make its DVD debut on Mar. 1 — timed perfectly for 2016’s Mar. 27 Easter celebration.

The Thorn is not your traditional Passion Play, but rather a mix of theatrical disciplines that include aerial acrobatics, ballet, martial arts and more … all performed by a mix of professionals and volunteers.    

Over the years over one million people have witness this live production — now, for the first time, it will be available on DVD.

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Also added to the Mar. 1 release calendar are DVD editions of director Kevin Connor’s 2000 film production of In the Beginning …, starring Martin Landau, Jacqueline Bisset, Bill Campbell and the late Christopher Lee as Rameses I, and My Big Fat Greek Life: The Complete Series, the short-lived sitcom spin-off of the wildly popular My Big Fat Greek Wedding, starring Nia Vardalos (of note, Mill Creek has timed this release perfectly as the long-awaited sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, will make its theatrical debut on Mar. 25).   

And lastly, added to the Mar. 15 release calendar is the three-disc DVD collection of Dinotopia: The Series.

Paramount Home Media's Animated Capture The Flag Makes Its DVD Bow On Mar. 1

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Paramount Home Media announced its first wave of March home entertainment product offerings this past week.

Leading the parade is the Mar. 1 DVD debut of Capture the Flag, the animated race-to-the-moon adventure film from Spanish filmmaker Enrique Gato (Tad, the Lost Explorer). 

The film, a major box office hit in Spain, had a light 20 screen domestic theatrical break right after Thanksgiving (qualifying it for Oscar consideration) and pulled in $6,690 in ticket sales.   For the record, the ARR is 86 days.

We follow the adventures of 12-year-old Mike, the grandson of Frank, who was bumped from the Apollo landing when his son, Scott, developed chicken pox.  It has now come full circle and Scott is an astronaut in training for the next moon mission.     

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyIn lickity-split fashion everything goes wrong, both Mike and his grandfather end up on their way to the moon with one of Mike’s friends, Amy, and to make things even more complicated, a multi-billionaire named Carson, has launched his own space mission to eradicate all evidence that the original moon landing ever took place.  It is indeed a “space race to capture the flag!”

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyCapture the Flag is top-of-the-line animation and the story elements all click to make this a fun-filled, out-of-this-world, adventure.   The DVD features both the Spanish-language version (with English subtitles) and the English-dubbed theatrical release.

Also on the March release calendar from Paramount Home Media are the TV-on-DVD selections of Drunk History: Season Three (a double-disc product offering on Mar. 1) and the massive 27-disc collection of Hogan's Heroes: The Complete Series (which will be retail-ready on Mar. 8).

On the Kidvid release front, look for Marshall, Chase, Skye and their canine cohorts in their latest DVD release, Paw Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues, on Mar. 1, and those “heroes in the half-shell” — Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael — will be back on Mar. 15 in the DVD debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Announces Feb. 2 As The Street Date For Sandra Bullock's Our Brand Is Crisis

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Sandra Bullock is one of the smartest actresses, as well as one of the saviest film producers in Hollywood these days, but even she can make mistakes.  Big mistakes.   Multi-million dollar whopper mistakes! 

Billy Bob Thornton is an actor’s actor and George Clooney, as a producer, won the Oscar for Argo in 2012 (shared that with Ben Affleck and Grant Heslov).  So when you have Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Billy Bob Thornton involved in a project you have to think: GOLD.   

Director David Gordon Green’s “dramedy” film adaptation of documentary filmmaker Rachel Boynton’s 2005 film, Our Brand is Crisis, was anything but “gold” … it bombed and bombed badly.   So there’s more to be done about that … with a meager $7 million in ticket sales it is time for Warner Bros. to move on.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAnd that’s just what Warner Bros. Home Entertainment did this week with Our Brand is Crisis and the announcement that Blu-ray and DVD SKUs will be available on Feb. 2.   The ARR for this Groundhog’s Day release is just 95 days.

The only bonus feature — common to both the DVD and Blu-ray — is the featurette titled “Sandra Bullock: A Role Like No Other.”

Of much more interest — film-wise — is the Jan. 5 DVD debut of the writing and director team of Dorrell and Stuart McGowan’s 1958 outdoor adventure, Snowfire.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyFilmed on location in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park and starring Molly McGowan (Dorrell’s daughter), Snowfire is one of those “little” films that hit all the right notes in its storytelling and launched Molly McGowan into the spotlight as a bright and upcoming child star.    Sadly, her promising career came to a tragic end shortly after her final film, The Bashful Elephant, when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma ... she died at just 18 years of age.

As sad as McGowan’s life played out, her performance in Snowfire is a real treasure — starring opposite a wild white stallion — and now the film has been freed from the film vaults for yearning fans to finally enjoy on DVD.

Wild Eye Releasing Picks Mar. 8 For The DVD Debut Of Writer/Director Daniel Benedict’s Bunni

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Not since Mrs. Voorhees went on a killing rampage in Friday the 13th has there been such a loving mother so devoted to hacking up teens as there is in writer/director Daniel Benedict’s Bunni.

Wild Eye Releasing announced this past week that this indie horror delight will be cutting its way to DVD this coming Mar. 8 courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing.

It’s Halloween, which is a terrific bit of timing for our story on two fronts.  First, the scream queens are not out of place being dolled up in alluring “costumes,” and second, well, it’s Halloween and you already know about all that goes with that particular holiday.   

As our story unfolds — after a brief backstory set-up — a group of these party revelers slip away from the festivities to take advantage of a nearby abandoned warehouse — this, of course, is the victim pool.  Soon the likes of Ashley (Sara Ammons) and Nikki (Sabrina Hulsman) are sliced and diced like you would expect from any good ‘80s slasher flick.     
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There’s a ringer in the mix (pay close attention to the set-up) and we end up having to choose between Bunni (Cat Geary) and the plucky Paige (Mercedez Varble) to root for — slashers like Bunni are every genre fan’s guilty pleasure, so it is a hard choice!!

Bonus features include commentary from writer/director Daniel Benedict, a behind-the-scenes featurette and selected music videos from Bunni.

The Criterion Collection Announces It March 2016 Release Slate

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The Criterion Collection announced its March of 2016 Blu-ray and DVD selections this past week and leading the parade is a new 4K restoration of a film that near and dear to the heart of this writer.  That would be director John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film masterpiece, The Manchurian Candidate.

Back in the day, when I was the head of marketing for MGM/UA Home Video, word arrived that Frank Sinatra had given permission for this Cold War thriller to be released on VHS and laserdisc (remember those formats?).   As rumor had it, his daughter — Nancy Sinatra — asked the question “why isn’t The Manchurian Candidate available for home entertainment?”   

The JFK assassination, the movie Suddenly (also starring Sinatra) and The Manchurian Candidate were all loosely connected, so the latter was something of a no-no, but when Nancy asked the question, her father, by the late 1980s, couldn’t come up with a good reason to keep the film in the dark any longer.  So we released it (which was good for me in that I got to meet auteur filmmaker John Frankenheimer, screenwriter George Axelrod and the Chairman of Board).

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On Mar. 15, Criterion will release both newly restored DVD and Blu-ray editions of The Manchurian Candidate.   

Bonus goodies include a vintage commentary track featuring filmmaker John Frankenheimer, a newly-minted video session with actress Angela Lansbury and new video session with Errol Morris (Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker for The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara), a vintage interview session with George Axelrod and Frank Sinatra (from my MGM days, 1988) and another newly prepared video session featuring historian Susan Carruthers (Rutgers University).

Also on the March DVD and Blu-ray release calendar from the Criterion Collection is one of French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Rivette’s early works, Paris Belongs to Us (Mar. 8).  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyBonus features for this new 2K restoration include his 1956 short film, Le Coup du Berger (look closely for three familiar New Wave filmmakers who do brief cameo walk-ons) and a newly prepared video session with writer Richard Neupert (author of “A History of the French New Wave Cinema”).

The debut of Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang’s 1991 epic, A Brighter Summer Day, takes place on Mar. 22 and it includes, as a bonus feature, the feature-length documentary from director Hsiao Chu-chen, Our Time, Our Story (a 2002 look at the history of Taiwanese New Wave filmmakers).

And lastly, the month of March concludes with two releases on the 29th — director Les Blank’s A Poem is a Naked Person, his 1974 random documentary on the life and times of rocker Leon Russell (with performances by such legends as Willie Nelson and George Jones) and a new 4K restoration for Blu-ray of Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 film, Bicycle Thieves.

Director Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic Heads To DVD And Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack On Feb. 16

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced this past week that director Danny Boyle’s controversial biopic on the life and times of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs — which just happens to be titled Steve Jobs (starring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, with Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak) — will be available as both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) product offerings on Feb. 16.

The ARR is 130 days and domestic theatrical ticket sales currently stand at $17.8 million.

Bonus features include two commentary options — one with director Danny Boyle (Best Director for Slumdog Millionaire) and the second teaming writer Aaron Sorkin (Oscar-winner for The Social Network and Oscar-nominated for Moneyball ... plus four-time Emmy-winner for The West Wing) and editor Elliot Graham (Oscar-nominated for Milk) — and the featurette titled “Inside Jobs: The Making of Steve Jobs.”

Anchor Bay Entertainment Tabs Jan. 26 For DVD And Blu-ray Editions Of Burnt

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Director John Wells’ double-entendre titled Burnt — starring Bradley Cooper as one of the best chefs in Paris, perhaps the world, who lost it all to drugs and an incendiary temper — will be heading to the home entertainment market place from Anchor Bay Entertainment as Blu-ray and DVD editions on Jan. 26.

The ARR is a quick-to-market 88 days and the box office take was a disappointing $13.6 million.

Bonus features include commentary from John Wells and chef consultant Marcus Wareing, deleted scenes and six featurettes.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Film Detective Restores Director Phil Karlson's Film Noir Gem Kansas City Confidential For Blu-ray On Jan. 26

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Director Phil Karlson worked his way up the ranks at Universal Pictures during 1930s and early 40s before striking out on his own with a string of B-movie entries for Poverty Row studio Monogram Pictures.  

Included in the mix were a pair of Charlie Chan films — The Shanghai Cobra and Dark Alibi — and a Bowery Boys comedy (Bowery Bombshell).  Then came a quick parade of post-war programmers that included The Big Cat (1949), The Iroquois Trail (1950, with Brenda Marshall and George Montgomery) and The Texas Rangers (1951, also with Montgomery and co-starring Gale Storm).

Then came 1952 and two film noir gems, Scandal Sheet (teaming Broderick Crawford with the likes of Donna Reed, John Derek, Rosemary DeCamp and Henry Morgan, who sadly passed away this past weekend at 96 years of age) and Kansas City Confidential, starring John Payne as an ex-con patsy framed by “Mister Big” (Preston Foster) as part of an elaborate heist.
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Word arrived this week from the Film Detective that one of these 1952 film noir classics from filmmaker Phil Karlson has been newly restored from original 35mm source material (with a restored audio track as well) and will be released as newly-minted Blu-ray product offering on Jan. 26.

Drum roll … rat-a-tat, tat, tat, tat, tat … and the winner is Kansas City Confidential!!!

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Paramount Home Media To Release DVD And Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Editions Of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension On Jan. 12

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Paramount Home Media announced this past week that the latest installment in the studio’s popular Paranormal Activity film franchise, director Gregory Plotkin’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, will be ready for fans to enjoy on Jan. 12.

The ARR is a swift-to-market 81 days and domestic ticket sales currently stand at $18.2 million.

Being served-up that day will be a three-SKU selection that includes a stand-alone DVD edition, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) and a 3D/2D Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (also featuring UltraViolet).

The series comes to an end with this addition to the franchise — which under-performed at the box office, but is nevertheless a nice thrill ride.   The script is tight and coherent and there are plenty of gotcha moments.

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Bonus features (all exclusive to the Blu-ray SKUs) include an unrated cut of the film, an alternate ending and the featurette titled “Lost Footage.”

Also getting both DVD and Blu-ray product offerings one week earlier — Jan. 5 — is the hoot and a half horror comedy from writer/director Christopher Landon, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

The ARR is a zippy 67 days and ticket sales were $3.6 million.

The film got a limited theatrical break during the Halloween weekend this year and more or less got lost in the shuffle.   That’s too bad as this is one fun ride.   

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Basically we have three scouts (high school outcasts) — Augie (Joey Morgan), Ben (Tye Sheridan — as Cyclops in the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse) and Carter (Logan Miller — The Stanford Prison Experiment) — who team with a stripper (oops, “cocktail waitress”) named Denise (Sarah Dumont) to fight their way to the hot party (they were given the wrong address, on purpose) and save the hot chicks from a zombie plague.   How cool is that?

Mill Creek Entertainment's DVD And Blu-ray Release Bonanza Announced For March Of 2016

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It’s a March priced-to-won DVD and Blu-ray release bonanza from Mill Creek Entertainment on the 15th of the month … a “baker’s dozen” in all.

But first, Mill Creek Entertainment also has the Mar. 1 double-disc DVD collection of the short-lived 1970’s series Future Cop on its release calendar.   This series teamed Ernest Borgnine with John Amos and featured Michael Shannon as a rookie (with special “programming”) in a Los Angeles-based cop series … included are the feature-length pilot, all six of the episodes from the series and the follow-on MOW titled “Cops and Robin.”

Also heading to the DVD market place on Mar. 1 are director Kevin Connor’s epic tele-drama, In the Beginning … (2000, featuring an all star cast that includes Martin Landau, Jacqueline Bisset, Christopher Lee, Geraldine Chaplin, Alan Bates and Billy Campbell as Moses).

Now to Mar. 15 and the six new Blu-ray selections being offered up by Mill Creek on that date … leading the way is the five-film, double-disc collection titled Jean-Claude Van Damme 5 Movie Collection (the SRP is $14.98).  Included in the mix are: The Hard Corps (2006 with Vivica A. Fox), Knock Off (1998, Rob Schneider, Paul Sorvino and Lela Rochon co-star), Maximum Risk (1996, with Natasha Henstridge), Second in Command (2006, co-starring Julie Cox) and Universal Soldier: The Return.
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Also on the Blu-ray front on Mar. 15 is the four-film collection titled Sun, Sand and Sweat.   This fun-filled set, also priced at just $14.98, includes Private Resort (1985, starring Johnny Depp), Hardbodies (1984, with Teal Roberts), Spring Break (1983) and John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis starring in director James Bridges’ 1985 film release of Perfect.   Priced at just $9.98 is the SKU titled Spring Break Double Feature … it features the aforementioned Private Resort and Hardbodies films.

Single Blu-ray film offerings — priced at just $9.98 each — on Mar. 15 are the comedies Swing Vote (2008, Kevin Costner), Just Visiting (2001, Christina Applegate teams with Jean Reno) and Traci Lind stars in 1993 film release of My Boyfriend’s Back.

Shifting to the DVD format on Mar. 15, Mill Creek Entertainment has eight price-to-collection selections planned.   The aforementioned Jean-Claude Van Damme 5 Movie Collection is also counted among the list (the DVD SKU is just $9.98).

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There are two four-film, double-disc collections, also priced at $9.98 … these are Romance: 4 in 1 Collection, which includes The Scarlet Letter (1995, Gary Oldman, Demi Moore and Robert Duvall), Feast of July, Jefferson in Paris (1995, Nick Nolte and Gwyneth Paltrow) and Washington Square (1997, with Maggie Smith, Albert Finney and Jennifer Jason Leigh), and Thriller: 4 in 1 Collection, which showcases director Joel Schumacher’s 2003 film release of Veronica Guerin, starring Cate Blanchett in the title role, Before and After (1996, teaming Meryl Streep with Liam Neeson), Playing God (1997, Angelina Jolie joins Timothy Hutton and David Duchovny) and The Rich Man's Wife (1996, starring Halle Berry).

And finally, Mill Creek Entertainment has a total of four triple-feature DVD SKUs — all priced at just $9.98 each — planned for release on Mar. 15.  These are: Political Comedies Triple Feature (Swing Vote, Blaze and Wrong is Right), Political Dramas Triple Feature (Nixon, All the King's Men and Storyville are included here), Pretty Dumb Criminals (Mafia! is teamed with Big Trouble and High Heels and Low Lifes) and Rainy Day Romance 3 Movie Collection (Duets, Hope Springs and Mad Love).

Indican Pictures To Release Deadly Famous And Hot Water On DVD In January

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The directing/producing team of Jim Lane and Eric Troop will be celebrating the New Year with news this week that Indican Pictures has targeted Jan. 12 as the DVD debut date for their Hollywood horror tale, Deadly Famous.

The movie business in SoCal has its social structure.   Stars, would-be stars, up-and-coming stars, has-been stars, never-been stars … oh yes, all the technical people (those CGI artists, sound, editing, etc.) are in the mix as well.   Pamela (played by the dreamy blonde Jackie Moore — The Opposite Sex, Sensory Perception, etc.) is one of those “would-be stars” who is just starting out in her career … a bright future in front of her.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyIf she is going to succeed in her career (and move up that ladder) our lovely Pamela has to deal with the survival part, food (work) and shelter (a place to live).   The shelter part comes in the form an answer to a classified ad offering a “guest room for rent,” the landlord — as luck would have it — is none other than Alan Miller (Daniel O'Meara — Tony 5, Castle Made of Sand, etc.), a peripheral player (who, by the way hangs out with Eric Roberts — playing himself here).  He must have had some success, he’s got a nice place and guest house to rent.
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Before the end credits our lovely heroine will learn all about surviving in Hollywood … the debonair Alan is a real lady killer!    Seriously, Alan’s a serial killer, urbane, social — geeze, he hangs out with Eric Roberts — and he’d very much like to make his latest tenant the star of his next film!!!   Creepy!

Also opening the New Year, with a Jan. 5 DVD debut date, is the documentary filmmaking team of Kevin Flint and Lizabeth Rogers’ Hot Water, a chilling look at our nation’s problems with nuclear waste — from mining to fuel to, well, waste; toxic waste.

Our drinking water, even the earth we walk on and the air we breath are all in the line of fire from the accumulation of heavy metals that are the residue of this “clean energy” source.    There are tons of it; mountains of waste with no plan for making it safe (landfills, is that a plan?) … and more everyday!

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Wild Eye Releasing Tabs Feb. 23 For The DVD Debut Of Writer/Director Anthony Winson's House of Afflictions

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyThings that go bump in the night (or go bump in broad daylight for that matter) is what writer/director Anthony Winson serves-up in House of Afflictions.  It’s a good, old fashion haunted house thriller and it is heading to DVD in the New Year courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing.

Word arrived this week that Feb. 23 will be the domestic release date for Brit filmmaker Anthony Winson’s latest horror thriller — he’s building quite the reputation for films of this ilk, which include The Witching Hour, Unholy and The Haunting of Baylock Residence.

Set in the 1970s, we meet Kate (Michelle Darkin Price — The Haunting of Baylock Residence, Zombie Hood), who is a mystery writer with writer’s block … and for good reason, her young daughter, Julia (Evie Mason), suddenly vanished and there is no trace of her.   

For Kate that is not a good thing on at least two levels. A s a mother, the pain is near unbearable.  As a writer prone to writing about such things, her thoughts of what happened to her daughter become something of a nightmare.

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The solution is to retreat to a remote country house (the film was shot on location in The Midlands of England) with her husband John (Stefan Boehm).   Time to grieve; time to heal … perhaps a time to write once again.   

Welcome to the new “hell house” …  as here begins our haunted house thriller!  Kate slowly becomes unhinged with the thought — and then the visions — that she is not alone in this lovely, but now very creepy house.    Are those little bumps in the night real?   Or, is Kate losing her mind?   Perhaps there is something more sinister at play?

Sorry, but you will have to wait until Feb. 23 and Wild Eye Releasing’s DVD debut of House of Afflictions to solve this haunted house mystery.

Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season On DVD And Blu-ray From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment On Feb. 2

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has picked Feb. 2 as the retail-ready date for both DVD and Blu-ray (with UltraViolet) collections of the final season of the alien-invasion saga, Falling Skies.

Prepped for landing on that date are three-disc DVD editions and double-disc Blu-ray selections of Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season (complete collection buying options for both home entertainment formats will also be available on that date).

Bonus goodies include farewell video sessions, the featurette “A Look Back” and selections from the Los Angeles 2015 Wondercon Panel.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment Targets Feb. 9 For DVD And Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Editions Of Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak

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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s turn-of-the-Century (20th Century that is) ghost story, Crimson Peak, will be getting both a DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (with UltraViolet) push from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on Feb. 9.

The ARR works out to an industry average of 116 days and domestic ticket sales currently stand at $31.1 million.

Edith (Mia Wasikowska — Madame Bovary, Albert Nobbs, Alice in Wonderland, etc.) is an up-and-coming author with both a penchant for penning gothic tales and periodic visitations from the ghost of her dead mother, who warns her cryptically about “Crimson Peak.”   

Such visions are not heeded — if they were we wouldn’t have much of a story — as the lovely Edith soon finds herself trapped in a creepy — and very haunted — English manor by incestuous siblings Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston — best known to American audiences as Loki from Thor and Thor: The Dark World) and Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain — back-to-back Best Supporting Actress nominations for The Help (2011) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012)).  

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Can Edith’s suspicious father (played by Deadwood’s Jim Beaver) and her would-be lover, Alan (Charlie Hunnam — Pacific Rim and as “Jax” from the Sons of Anarchy television series), discover her plight before she too falls victim to their evil ways?!

Crimson Peak is a visual feast, perhaps not as scary as genre fans would have hoped for, but nevertheless well worth a look-see for those who missed its theatrical run.

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Bonus nuggets include commentary from filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, who is joined by co-writer Matthew Robbins (Mimic, The Sugarland Express, Dragonslayer, etc.), deleted scenes and a pair of production featurettes — “The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak” and “Beware Of Crimson Peak.”