Monday, June 3, 2019

For the period ending May 31, 2019 ... New DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD selections added to the DVD & Blu-ray Release Report's database


DVD New Additions


Adult Source Media

05/28/19 — Released My Cousins Love My Big Tits 2

Arizona Public Media (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released Desert Speaks: Biodiversity, Desert Speaks: Desert Islands, Desert Speaks: Desert Riparian Areas, Desert Speaks: Environmental Education, Desert Speaks: King of the Cactus, Desert Speaks: Research in the Desert, Desert Speaks: Research in the Southwest, Desert Speaks: The Colorado River, Desert Speaks: The Gulf of California, Desert Speaks: The Origin of the Sonoran Desert, Desert Speaks: The People of the Baja, Desert Speaks: The Pinacate and Desert Speaks: What is a Desert?

Bayview Films
05/28/19 — Released Splatter Farm: Limited Edition (2 disc set) and Tuftland (Finnish)

Big World Pictures, LLC
05/28/19 — Released In the Last Days of the City (Arabic)

Championship Productions
05/28/19 — Released Encyclopedia of the Elevation Offense and Kentucky Basketball Coaches Association Presents: High School Basketball Drills & Essentials (2 disc set)

DreamScape Media, LLC
05/28/19 — Released Châteaux of the Loire: Royal Visit and Route 66: Kitsch and Mythical

05/28/19 — Released Life on the Rock, Women of Grace and World Over with Raymond Navarro: Raymond Cardinal Burke, George Weigel

Eagle Rock Entertainment
05/28/19 — Released Police: Everyone Stares - The Police Inside Out

Get Digital World (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released Advanced Website Traffic Blueprint for Dummies, Affiliate Bonus Booster, Affiliate Cash Monster, Affiliate Cash Sniper, Affiliate Cashout, Affiliate Marketing Blueprint, Affiliate Marketing Excellence, Affiliate Mastery, Become An Affiliate Marketing Expert And Make More Money!, Boosting Your Affiliate Commissions for Dummies, Flipping Websites Made Easy for Dummies, Making Money from Affiliate Marketing Revealed and Master Affiliate Marketing: Make Huge Cash Onine

Gravitas Ventures (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released Beyond Hoarding, Bros.: After The Screaming Stops, City That Sold America and Last Summer

Hope of the World (MOD)
05/14/19 — Released Three on Jericho Road
05/21/19 — Released Completing Your Mission
05/28/19 — Released First of All Controversies

iChess, LLC
03/12/19 — Released 1.B3 Bash: Your Secret Weapon - FM Levy Rozman, Attacking Chess: The System with IM Alex Ostrovskiy and IM Arthur Shen, Caro Kann: Secrets Revealed Part 1 & 2 - IM Alex Ostrovskiy (2 disc set), Complete Opening Repertoire for Black Part 1 & 2 - IM Arthur Shen (2 disc set),Deadly Opening Traps: GM Bryan Smith, Grandmaster Decision Making - GM Alex Lenderman, Grandmaster Secrets: Practical Play - GM Alex Lenderman and Openings Crash Course - GM Maxim Dlugy

Juno Films, Inc.
05/28/19 — Released Penny Points to Paradise

Kino Lorber
05/28/19 — Released Arabian Adventure, Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect, La Prisonnière: Woman in Chains (French) and Nun (French)

Lionsgate Home Entertainment
05/28/19 — Released General Commander and Vigilante

MHz Home Entertainment
05/28/19 — Released Captain Marleau, Volume 1 (3 disc set), Captain Marleau, Volume 2 (3 disc set), Miss Friman's War (4 disc set), Velvet: Season 1 (5 disc set), Velvet: Season 2 (4 disc set), Velvet: Season 3 (5 disc set) and Velvet: Season 4 (4 disc set)

MPI Home Media
05/28/19 — Released Skin

Monarch Home Video
04/23/19 — Released Living Dark: The Story of Ted the Carver
05/28/19 — Released Eleven

Movie Channel
05/28/19 — Released Allu Ramendran (Malayalam) and Ente Mezhuthiri Athazhangal (Malayalam)

Movie Detective (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released F comme Fairbanks (French), Fire in the Opera (German), Hoysommer (Norwegian), Jenny and the Soldier (Danish), Le Telephone Rose (French) and Mother (Japanese)

My Spotlight Independent (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released School of Magic

05/28/19 — Released Tango Intimo

Newt’s Classic Movie Store (MOD)
04/30/19 — Released Miss Polly
05/07/19 — Released Up Turned Glass

Oscilloscope Laboratories
07/02/19 — Released Camera Obscura

PBS Direct
05/28/19 — Released Trial of Ratko Mladic

PCN Productions (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released 2019 Sports Classics: Bishop Hannan vs. Sto-Rox and PA Books: Blue-Blooded Cavalryman

Paramount Home Media
08/20/19 — Sets NCIS: New Orleans: The Fifth Season (6 disc set)

05/28/19 — Released Fraser Canyon Route (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released Die Festung (German), Grausige Nachte (silent-1919), High Command, Living Head (Spanish), So Liebt und Kusst Man in Tirol (German), Thunder Afloat, Trojan Women, Virgin of Nuremberg (Italian), Wedad (Arabic) and Wedding March (silent-1928)

05/28/19 — Released Thackeray (Hindi)

Rogue Video (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released Kill Baby Kill and Young and Innocent

Screen Media
05/28/19 — Released Out on Stage: The Movie

Serpent Films (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released Singing Cowgirl and They Made Me a Killer

Severin Films, LLC
05/28/19 — Released Uncanny

Shark Productions (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released Dragon: An Urban Fairy Tale and Frogdemona Sings

Smart Mark Video (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released AAW: Take No Prisoners 2019 - Chicago, IL, Absolute Intense Wrestling: Gauntlet for Gold 14 - Cleveland, OH, Absolute Intense Wrestling: Keep Their Heads Ringin' - Cleveland, OH, Game Changer Wrestling: The Last Ones Left - Summit, IL, H2O Wrestling: Subterranean Violence, Vol. 5 - Double Death Wars - Williamsport, NJ and Unholy Warfare: Unholy Trinity - Reidsville, NC

TLA Releasing
07/09/19 — Sets Love Blooms (French)

TLA Releasing – Dekkoo Films
05/28/19 — Released How to Get From Here to There
06/11/19 — Sets Testosterone: Volume Three

T.M. Books & Video
05/28/19 — Released 21st Century Great Train Layouts, Part 4

05/28/19 — Released Nawabzaade (Hindi)

The Film Collectors Society (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released 21 Days, Abraham Lincoln, Adventures of Don Quixote, Africa Speaks, Air Eagles, Alias Mary Smith , Arrow in the Dust, Bear Shooters, Beau Ideal, Behind Office Doors, Behind Stone Walls, Big Combo, Big Town, Blue Angel, Borrowed Wive , Chinatown After Dark, Clancy In Wall Street, Corsair, Cuckoo In The Nest, Dancing Feet, Danger Lights, Defenders of the Law, Dragnet Patrol, Drums of Jeopardy and Emil Und Die Detektiv

20th Century-Fox Home Ent.
07/16/19 — Sets Breakthrough (ARR of )

Unearthed Films
05/28/19 — Released Record of Sweet Murder (Japanese/Korean)

Uni Music – Gaither Music Group
05/28/19 — Released Russ Taff: I Still Believe

Virgil Films & Entertainment
05/28/19 — Released Cancer Rebellion

05/28/19 — Released WWE: John Cena - Hustle, Loyalty, Respect (2 disc set)

Warner Bros. Home Ent. (MOD)
06/11/19 — Sets Made on Broadway and Roadhouse Murder
06/18/19 — Sets Waxxstax

Wild Eye Releasing
05/28/19 — Released Exorcism of the Dead

WowNow Entertainment
05/14/19 — Released Jumbo
05/28/19 — Released Bugged and Kung Fu Dog

Blu-ray New Additions

Eagle Rock Entertainment
05/28/19 — Released Police: Everyone Stares - The Police Inside Out

Eastern Star
05/28/19 — Released Sonic X The Complete Series (2 disc set)

Full Moon
05/28/19 — Released Day Time Ended: 40th Anniversary Edition

05/28/19 — Released Chio's School Road: The Complete Series (2 disc set) (with Digital Copy), DARLING in the FRANXX, Part 2: (2 Blu-ray/2 DVD Combo Pack) (with Digital Copy), Eden of the East: The Complete Collection (2 disc set) (with Digital Copy), Junji Ito Collection (2 disc set) (with Digital Copy), Maken-ki! Season 2 (2 disc set) (with Digital Copy), Rage of Bahamut (2 disc set) and Tokyo Ghoul: Re, Part 1 (2 disc set) (with Digital Copy)

Gravitas Ventures (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released Beyond Hoarding, Bros.: After The Screaming Stops, City That Sold America and Last Summer

Image Entertainment
05/28/19 — Released Housewife, Prisoner X and Trench 11

Juno Films, Inc.
05/28/19 — Released Penny Points to Paradise

Kino Lorber
05/28/19 — Released Arabian Adventure, La Prisonnière: Woman in Chains (French), Madame X, Nun (French), Portrait in Black and Space Program

Lionsgate Home Entertainment
05/28/19 — Released Beatriz at Dinner, General Commander and Vigilante (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) (with Digital Copy)

MPI Home Media
05/28/19 — Released Skin

MVD Entertainment Group
09/17/19 — Sets Find Me Guilty

My Spotlight Independent (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released School of Magic

Oscilloscope Laboratories
07/02/19 — Released Camera Obscura

PCN Productions (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released PA Books: Blue-Blooded Cavalryman

Sentai FilmWorks
05/28/19 — Released Kampfer: Complete Collection (2 disc set)

Severin Films, LLC
05/28/19 — Released Uncanny

Shout! Factory
05/28/19 — Released Alligator People, Boom!, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar and When a Stranger Calls Back

Smart Mark Video (MOD)
05/28/19 — Released AAW: Take No Prisoners 2019 - Chicago, IL and Game Changer Wrestling: The Last Ones Left - Summit, IL

Team Marketing
05/28/19 — Released 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)

20th Century-Fox Home Ent.
07/16/19 — Sets Breakthrough (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) (with Digital Copy)

Unearthed Films
05/28/19 — Released Record of Sweet Murder (Japanese/Korean)

4K Ultra HD New Additions

20th Century-Fox Home Ent.
07/16/19 — Sets Breakthrough (4K Ultra HD/2 Blu-ray Combo Pack) (with Digital Copy)

Universal Pictures Home Ent.
07/09/19 — Sets Waterworld (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack) (with Digital Copy)

Oscilloscope Laboratories Targets July 2 For The Release Of DVD And Blu-ray Editions Of Director Miles Lagoze's Combat Obscura

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Afghanistan, the longest running war in American history.    Over 17 years and counting … and no end in sight.   The lessons learned from Vietnam and Korea, were either never really learned, or simply forgotten.   

Miles Lagoze, right out of high school, joined the U.S. Marines as a combat cameraman.   It was a “job” that he could actually sign up for … in interviews, he says that he wanted to see the war; experience it.  He did.   

Armed with a rifle, ammo, armor and a camera he went to war in Afghanistan, with the First Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, his mission was to film action for use by the Marine Corps and, by extension, the Pentagon for PR use.   He kept on filming and when his turn of duty was over he took home everything that wasn’t used by the Marine Corps.

Lagoze then went to school, film school, and began working on assembling the raw footage into a coherent narrative about combat — the unfiltered combat that doesn’t make the nightly news — and what emerged is one of the most-gripping combat documentaries ever filmed, Combat Obscura.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyOscilloscope Laboratories announced this past week that producer/filmmaker Miles Lagoze’s Combat Obscura will be available as both DVD and Blu-ray product offerings on July 2.

The film worked the festival circuit and Oscilloscope then picked it for theatrical distribution — art house play dates likely right up until the home entertainment release date.    For example, this past weekend it was screened at the Cinematheque in Daytona Beach, Florida and at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
This is a fairly typical release for independent films.   And we are talking independent … Lagoze shot the film footage with rifle at the ready, learned how to edit it, produce and then bring a completed film to market.

What separates Combat Obscura from documentaries made by imbedded journalists is that Lagoze — his nickname among the infantry Marines was “YouTube” — was that he was a member of the combat team.   He filmed what the men wanted, what they were comfortable with … nothing was sanitized.  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyThe result is a one-of-a-kind film.    Combat Obscura doesn’t explain the war, that’s probably not even possible after 17 years, but serves up a fragmented series of vignettes … pieces of time; moments of combat that put the viewer in the middle of the action.   It comes through loud and clear that the members of each platoon becomes one — a fraternity — for those moments and unless you are a member of that brotherhood, you would never be given access.

Bonus features include a view session with filmmaker Miles Lagoze and a collection of his actual Department of Defense videos.

MVD Entertainment Group Bestows Rewind Status On Writer/Director Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty For Blu-ray Release On Sept. 17

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
MVD Entertainment Group has come up with a gem for its next Rewind Collection inductee.   Heading to the home entertainment marketplace on Sept. 17 as a newly-minted Blu-ray release will be none other than writer/director Sidney Lumet’s 2006 courtroom tale, Find Me Guilty.

Lumet saw this bit of American history — the true story of the longest recorded criminal trial — just too good to pass up.   He was no stranger to court room drama, having been nominated for Best Director for his 1983 film, The Verdict (nominated Best Picture and Paul Newman for Best Actor), and having delivered 12 Angry Men (nominated for Best Picture and Best Director), how could he say no to a collection of Wise Guys on trail in a slam dunk case!

It gets even better, one of the defendants — all were members of the Lucchese crime family — was ordered “whacked” and shot five times by his own cousin.   He was serving a thirty-year jolt and was offered a deal … squeal and your sentence will be “looked at.”    He said no.

This particular Wise Guy was named Giacomo "Jackie" DiNorscio and action star Vin Diesel was given the role.   Already the star of The Fast and the Furious, Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, Diesel got to play against type and was given a real “make-over” (makeup wise) to play the wisecracking, nothing-to-lose mobster.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyThe trial itself turned into something of a farce as the Feds thought that it would go quickly and piled 20 defendants into one case.   Once it became clear that it was not going smoothly, the judge refused to separate the individuals into separate trials for fear of the whole thing ending up as a mistrial.   And then, DiNorscio elected to represent himself, which made his co-defendants actually very nervous, but as Lumet’s film unfolds we soon learn two things — there were no good guys or bad guys in this mess (the Feds were playing fast and loose) and DiNorscio had a natural way about how he presented himself (Vin Diesel has a ball with this) ...  a real “wise guy,” if you will.

In the end, the jury liked him … and acquitted the entire group of defendants.   18 months wasted.

Bonus features include the featurette titled “A Conversation with Director Sidney Lumet.”

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Paramount Home Media Tabs Aug. 20 For The DVD Debut Of NCIS: New Orleans: The Fifth Season On Aug. 20

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NCIS: New Orleans wrapped with the broadcast of episode 24 on May 14 and about the same time CBS announced that Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team will be back for a new season in September.

To celebrate, and of course, to take full advantage of the timing of the arrival of the new season, Paramount Home Media announced this past week that NCIS: New Orleans: The Fifth Season (a six-disc collection) will be available for fans to own on DVD this coming Aug. 20.

Number one in its time slot, with roughly 11 million fans tuning in each week, there is no doubt that retailers will be stocking up for the case action featuring Pride and Special Agents Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black) and Meredith “Merri” Brody (Zoe McLellan), plus CCH (Carol Christine Hilaria) Pounder as coroner Dr. Loretta Wade.        

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Arrow Video's 4K Scan Of Writer/Director William Friedkin's Cruising Available On Blu-ray On Aug. 20

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has announced a new 4K scan from the original camera negative (approved and supervised by the filmmaker himself) of writer/director William Friedkin’s 1980 film adaptation of New York Times report Gerald Walker’s 1970 novel, Cruising.

The Blu-ray presentation will be available on Aug. 20.

Interest in the book as a film adaptation — a story about an undercover cop investigating a serial killer of gay men in the Greenwich Village area of New York City — begin as early as 1971, with industry trade reports surfacing in 1972 indicating that Paul Morrissey, fresh from the underground success of Trash (1970) and Women in Revolt (1971), had signed on as the director of the project.

Production was to begin in early 1973, with both Timothy Bottoms and Jeff Bridges (who had both come to prominence after their 1971 performances in The Last Picture Show) being considered for the role of the undercover detective.   However, the project blew up and Morrissey turned his attention to what would become his cult masterpieces, Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) and Blood for Dracula (1974).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyIt wasn’t until 1979, when producer Jerry Weintraub (who had been chalking up annual Emmy Awards nominations for his TV music specials featuring the likes of John Denver and Neil Diamond) entered the picture and William Friedkin came onboard as the director, that Cruising was back in the limelight.

A backstory appeared in the New York Times indicating that Weintraub had been in contact with the filmmaker over a number of years to direct the project, but Friedkin was concerned that he didn’t fully understand the culture.   Although he had adapted Mart Crowley’s gay “cat-fight” play, The Boys in the Band, back in 1970 (prior to the success of both The French Connection and The Exorcist), Cruising was a very different world.   After some research, Friedkin decided to adapt the book himself … he took the barebones of Walker’s novel and freely adapted, which he kept secret during the film’s production.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Filming begin in July of 1979 — with a ten-week New York City shooting schedule — with Al Pacino in the role of Steve Burns/John Forbes, the undercover cop assigned to investigate the series of murders.   All hell broke loose among the gay community in New York City (familiar with the book), who did everything possible to disrupt the filming.

Even after the film was “in the can,” the controversy continued as the MPAA kept slapping the X-rating on it, which was cut, cut and re-cut to finally achieve the coveted R-rating.   This didn’t satisfy exhibitors who, despite the R-rating, treated the film, because of its subject matter, as an X-rated release.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyFriedkin’s adaptation of Cruising turns out to be part detective-thriller — who is stalking and killing gay men in Greenwich Village — mixed with the changes that Pacino’s character undergoes (i.e. “messed up”) while undercover.   The ending, although ambivalent, suggests that while undercover Pacino’s character may have committed one of the murders.

Bonus features include an archival commentary from filmmaker William Friedkin and two previously released production featurettes — “The History of Cruising” and “Exorcizing Cruising.” 

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey