Tuesday, February 4, 2020

For the period ending January 31, 2020 ... New DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD selections added to the DVD & Blu-ray Release Report's database


DVD New Additions


21 Songs LLC (MOD)
01/14/20 — Released 21 Easy Ukulele Songs for Christmas and 21 Songs in 6 Days

Alpha Video (MOD)
01/14/20 — Released Basin Street Review, Dog's Life (silent-1918), Farewell to Arms, Girl Who Stayed at Home (silent-1919), Golden Age of Trains, Volume 12, Michael Shayne, Volume 4, Out of the Inkwell (8 silent short animated films: The Tantalizing Fly (1919), The Ouija Board (1920), The Clown's Little Brother (1920), Perpetual Motion (1920), Modeling (1921), Bubbles (1922), Koko in Toyland (1925), In the Good Old Summer-Time (1926)), Reaching for the Moon (silent-1917), Stellar Quasar and the Scrolls of Dadelia, Studio One: Jane Eyre/The Taming of the Shrew, Western Double Feature (2 film set: The Deadly Companions, The Proud Rebel) and WWII Documentary Double Feature (2 film set: 6th Marine Division on Okinawa, The Last Bomb)

Bafima (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released Swahili Fighting Words (Swahili) and Tija: The Life and Trials of Community Health Workers (Swahili)

Bayview Entertainment
03/24/20 — Sets Fragmented, From Other Worlds, Rusty Boys (Luxembourgish), Sadie, Superchamp Returns (Luxembourgish), Wackersdorf (German), Witness (Mandarin), Zombinator and Zona Sur (Spanish)

CBS Home Entertainment (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released Code Black: Season Three (3 disc set), Made in Jersey: The Complete Series (2 disc set) and Survivor: Edge of Extinction (5 disc set)

CCC Entertainment Group (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released Outrider

Championship Productions
01/21/20 — Released Breakdown Drills for the Continuity On-Ball Screening High-Low Offense, Continuity On-Ball Screening Offense with High-Low Action, Creating and Installing a Data-Driven Hitting Philosophy, Feed the Cats: A Complete Hurdles Training Program, Feed the Cats: Prioritizing Speed, Feed the Cats: Sequencing & Programming, Feed the Cats: Unified Theory and Individualized Approaches with a Team Offensive Attack,
01/28/20 — Released Motion Offense Concepts That Can Be Applied to Any Offensive System, Open Practice: Man-to-Man Defense Drills & Concepts, Open Practice: Offense & Skill Development, Rick Majerus: Drills and Ideas for the Off-Season and Tips and Drills to Build a 5-Out 'Organized Chaos' Offense

Get Digital World (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released 30 Days to Content Marketing Mastery, Create Your Own Unique Product. Run A WSO. Make Thousands! No Experience Required, Discover How to Generate Highly-Targeted Social Media Traffic with Hashtags. No Experience Required, Discover How to Get Better Search Engine Rankings By Making Your WordPress Website More SEO,  Friendly!, Exposed! Build Shirt Busting Muscle In Mere Minutes!, Fiverr Brokering Simple, HIIT All in One Training Course for Maximum Impact, How To Build Limitless Energy To Achieve Virtually ANYTHING,  How To Create A Product In One Day That's Practically Guaranteed to Sell! No Experience Required,  How To Make Money Online As An Affiliate Marketer With ZERO Cost. No Experience Required, JVZoo for Dummies, Keyword Research Made Simple, Live Life on Your Own Terms, Product Creation & Run a WSO for Dummies, Rapid Hastag Traffic, Running To Become Fitter, Leaner, Healthier, Thinner, Firmer And More Confident!, Speed Past Your Competition Exponentially Using Viral Marketing. The Step By Step Blueprint No Experience Required!, Stress Management for Dummies, Swift Tutorials Made Simple. No Experience Required, Ultimate Guide to Boosting Energy and Improve Your Health With A Smoothie A Day, Want to Learn How to Turn Instagram Into a Long-Term Profit-Pulling Machine? No Experience Requiredand Youtube Ad Campaigns That Produce RESULTS! No Experience Required

Hope of the World (MOD)
01/21/20 — Released Secrets of the Mind, Part II

Mill Creek Entertainment
03/17/20 — Sets Biblical Double Feature (2 mini-series: In the Beginning, Noah's Ark) (2 disc set) (with Digital Copy)
04/07/20 — Sets Unlikely Angel (with Digital Copy)

Mongrel Media
01/28/20 — Released I See You

New Dimension Media (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released Adaptive Animal Anatomy, Adaptive Function of Form: The Beauty of Ugly, America's Flags, America's Latino Soldiers, Billy Graham, Breeding Cattle: Domestication & Genetics, Chief Joseph & The Nez Perce Indians, Death Valley: Desert Biome Survival, Fractions, Functions & Relations, Journey Into Life: Human Reproduction, Ladybirds, Fire Bugs & Leaf Hoppers , Linear Functions, Equations & Graphs, Raptors: Adaptations For Predation, Sand & Spider Wasps, Scary Squid, Octopuses and Other Cephalopods, Scientific Methods & The Venom Cure, Secrets of Plant Genomes: Revealed!, USA: Chris In Louisiana, USA: Hilary in New York, USA: My House In Louisiana, USA: My Loft In New York, What Makes A Plant A Plant?, Where Do New Plants Come From?, World War I, World War II: Europe, Yellowstone Bears' Ecosystem, Yellowstone Wolves: Territoriality & Clan Behavior and Yellowstone: An Environment of Extremes

North Point Resources
01/28/20 — Released Andy Stanley: If Money Talked

PCN Productions (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released 2020 PIAA Competitive Spirit Championship and 2020 Sports Classics: 2017 PIAA 3A Individual Wrestling Championships
02/04/20 — Sets 2020 Groundhog Day and 2020 PCN Tours: Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center

Paramount Home Media
03/10/20 — Sets John Henry (with Digital Copy)

SM Productionz
01/21/20 — Released Magic Zee: Modern Mind Reading

Saina Video Vision
01/21/20 — Released Helen (Malayalam)

Shemaroo Entertainment
01/28/20 — Released SP Chauhan: A Struggling Man (Hindi)

The High School Sports Network (MOD)
01/21/20 — Released Battle of California Showcase Los Angeles vs. The Bay Area and CIF-San Diego Section Regular Season Basketball Mission Bay vs. Cathedral Catholic

The Teaching Company, LLC
01/28/20 — Released Everyday Guide to Beer (2 disc set), Experiencing Hubble: Exploring the Milky Way (2 disc set), Taking Control of Your Personal Data (2 disc set) and World War II: Battlefield Europe (2 disc set)

Ultra DVD
01/28/20 — Released Thadam (Tamil)

Zenchantment (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released Pure Nude Yoga: Earth Goddess

01/28/20 — Released Know What You're FOR: A Strategy for Living the Life God Wants You to Live (with bonus study guide)

Blu-ray New Additions


Aniplex of America
01/28/20 — Released Zoku Owarimonogatari

Dark Entity Music, LLC
01/28/20 — Released Purgatory

Eastern Star
01/28/20 — Released Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan: The Complete Series, BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo: The Complete Series (4 disc set), Galaxy Express 999 Eternal Fantasy and God Mazinger: The Complete Collection

01/28/20 — Released Boogiepop and Others: The Complete Series (3 disc set) (with Digital Copy), Concrete Revolutio (4 disc set), SSSS.Gridman (2 Blu-ray/2 DVD Combo Pack), SSSS.Gridman (2 disc set) (with Digital Copy), Saiyuki Reload Blast (2 disc set) and Tsugumomo: The Complete Series (2 disc set)

Gravitas Ventures (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released Above the Clouds, Appiness, Eleven Eleven, Make America Laugh Again and Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Films

MVD Entertainment Group
04/14/20 — Sets Eye See You

Meridian Releasing Group (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released MRG Collective: Drama, Volume 4 (7 short films: Acantilado, Blink of an Eye, House of Ill Compute, Mourning After, Mushtown; Stamm, Testing)

Mill Creek Entertainment
04/07/20 — Sets All the Pretty Horses, Eddie Macon's Run, Heroes and Trapped

PCN Productions (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released 2020 PIAA Competitive Spirit Championship and 2020 Sports Classics: 2017 PIAA 3A Individual Wrestling Championships
02/04/20 — Sets 2020 Groundhog Day and 2020 PCN Tours: Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center

Paramount Home Media
04/14/20 — Sets Police Squad: The Complete Series

Sentai FilmWorks
01/28/20 — Released Tsurune: Complete Collection (2 disc set)

Shout! Factory
01/28/20 — Released Body Parts, Let's Scare Jessica to Death, My Name is Myeisha (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack), Slumber Party Massacre: Limited Edition and Very Bad Things

Smart Mark Video (MOD)
01/21/20 — Released CCW: For Whom the Slay Bell Tolls - South Gate, CA
01/28/20 — Released Zone 23: King of the Backyard Tournament - Mexico City, MX and Zone 23: Whiplash - Mexico City, MX

Sony Pictures Home Ent. (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released American Outlaws, Angel Eyes, Bell, Book and Candle, Trial by Jury and Wild America
02/25/20 — Sets Frankie, High School High and Ugly Duckling

Uni Music - Deutsche
01/28/20 — Released Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos - Jan Lisiecki, Konzerthaus Berlin 2018

VIZ Media
01/28/20 — Released Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Season 5 (3 disc set)

Warner Bros. Home Ent. (MOD)
01/28/20 — Released Ballers: The Complete Fifth Season
02/11/20 — Sets Guys and Dolls and Sparkle
02/18/20 — Sets Tex Avery Screwball Classics, Volume 1 (19 cartoons)
02/25/20 — Sets It Started with a Kiss and Victory

Well Go U.S.A.
01/28/20 — Released Battle of Jangsari (Korean) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)

4K Ultra HD New Additions


Image Entertainment
02/25/20 — Sets Color Out of Space (4K/Blu-ray Combo Pack)  


Mill Creek Entertainment To Release Four First-Time-On-Blu-ray Release On Apr. 7 • Trapped, Eddie Macon's Run, All The Pretty Horses And Heroes

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Not one.   Not even two.   But four, count’em, four new— priced-to-collect — first-time-on-Blu-ray releases are on their way from Mill Creek Entertainment on Apr. 7.

That’s right four never-on-Blu-ray films … so let’s get to it.

Let’s start with director Luis Mandoki’s 2002 film adaptation of the Greg Iles’ best selling 2000 novel, “24 Hours,” which was released theatrically as Trapped (Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow’s 24 TV series starring Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer was a hit at the time, hence the title change to avoid confusion).   

The film stars Kevin Bacon as a Joe Hickey, a professional kidnapper, who specializes in quick grab-for-cash schemes that last no more than 24 hours.  It’s a family affair as his little gang includes his wife, Cheryl (Courtney Love — The People vs. Larry Flynt, Sid and Nancy) and Marvin (Pruitt Taylor Vince — Natural Born Killers, Identity), his cousin.

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Their latest target is the Jennings family, Will (Stuart Townsend — Queen of the Damned) and Karen (Charlize Theron), he a research scientist and his wife a former nurse, who now cares for their asthmatic daughter, Abby (Dakota Fanning).

It seems simple enough, grab Abby, extort some cash and then let her go, but we quickly learn that there’s more going on with Joe and Cheryl and this particular target.   Trapped devolves into an intense cat-and-mouse game that puts the life of the young Abby in jeopardy … it will not end well for some of those involved in this grab-for-cash kidnapping.

Also making a Blu-ray debut on Apr. 7 is writer/director Jeff Kanew’s 1983 film adaptation of the 1980 novel from James McLendon, Eddie Macon’s Run (which wasn’t even published when it was acquired by the film’s producers) … McLendon finished the book, but died before the film’s debut.
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Based on actually events — pattern after McLendon’s own family — we are introduced to Eddie Macon (John Schneider, who would gain stardom with The Dukes of Hazzard television series, in his first starring role) as he escapes from Huntsville in Texas.   Through a series of flashbacks we also learn how he came to be in prison.

Meanwhile, Marzack (Kirk Douglas), a former police office, who now works for the prison system, goes in pursuit of Eddie, it’s personal.   That’s the least of Eddie’s problems as he is captured by the Potts while making his run for the Mexican border.   They, Daryl (Tom Noonan) and Rudy (Jay O. Sanders), think that Eddie is a cattle rustler and after hauling him back to their place … they hang him!

Only a last minute change of heart allows Eddie to live … he will eventually escape the Potts, save a wild young woman from being raped (played by Lee Purcell) and continue his run for the border with Marzack in pursuit.   Does he catch Eddie … or will there be more twists and turns?  Apr. 7, Blu-ray, to find out how this dash for freedom ends!

Rounding out the quartet of new Blu-ray releases from Mill Creek Entertainment on Apr. 7 are director Jeremy Paul Kagan’s 1977 film release of Heroes, starring Henry Winkler, Sally Field and Harrison Ford (in his first film role after the fame gained from Star Wars earlier in the year) and actor-turned-director Billy Bob Thornton’s film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 1992 novel, All the Pretty Horses, starring Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz. 

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MVD Entertainment Group To Release A Blu-ray Edition Of Director Jim Gillespie's Eye See You Starring Sylvester Stallone On Apr. 14

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The big-budget Sylvester Stallone film that virtually no one saw is finally on Blu-ray!  That was the word this past week from MVD Entertainment Group. 

Director Jim Gillespie’s 2002 film adaptation of the Howard Swindle novel, “Jitter Joint,” which was originally titled D-Tox — but reached the domestic theatrical arena as Eye See You — will be making its Blu-ray debut as a Marquee Collection entry on Apr. 14.

A serial killer, a victim’s pool (an all-star cast at that) and an isolated, snowbound, location … all the makings of a genre-fan delight.   And it is exactly that, but after the initial cut of the film, Universal Pictures put it out for test screenings in, get this, 1999 and didn’t like the responses.   

Perhaps they were thinking that it was another Copland or The Specialist or Cobra, or something.   Maybe they didn’t see director Jim Gillespie’s 1997 hit, I Know What You Did Last Summer, which is about a serial killer knocking off high school kids who did something stupid one night.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyIn any case, Universal ordered some re-shoots and a new ending … and then shelved it.   They gave up.  After Labor Day in 2002 DEJ Productions somehow got the rights to it and took it out theatrically on a whopping 78 screens with no promotional budget … and then Sony Pictures Home Entertainment picked it for release on DVD and, get this, released in on New Year’s Eve of 2002 (do you think they buried it, or what).   Tell me if anyone actually saw this film based on this wacky distribution scheme!!

MVD Entertainment Group steps to the table with a long-lead (plenty of time to beat the promotional drums), a new Blu-ray presentation and some nice extras, making this Marquee Collection edition the first time that director Jim Gillespie’s Eye See You is actually going to get a proper release.

Jake Malloy (Stallone) is an FBI agent investigating a series of murders involving law enforcement officers (nine in all).   The investigation hits close to home when his former partner becomes the next victim … and while looking for clues at his residence, the phone rings and it is the killer!  He is calling from Malloy’s own home and taunts him with his next murder victim, Malloy’s fiancée, Mary (played by Dina Meyer — Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Nemesis … and as Kerry in the Saw films)!!   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyHer murder drives Malloy over the edge and after months of heavy drinking he tries to kill himself.   Doc Mitchell (played by Kris Kristofferson) comes to his aid and has him brought to his clinic in the wilds of Wyoming … a place reserved for cops who have seen too much, lived through too much and need time to recover.

Among the recovering law enforcement clients are a diverse group (genre fans will recognize this as the pool of potential victims), including a former SWAT officer named Peter (Robert Patrick — Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Cop Land, The Faculty … and who was on X-Files at this point in time playing John Doggett), Lopez (Angela Alvarado-Rosa — Judgment Night, Freedom Writers), a Brit by name of Slater (Christopher Fulford), “Reverend” Jones (Courtney B. Vance … perhaps best known as Carver on Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery … as Indiana Jones in the TV series, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones), Jaworski (Jeffrey Wright — as Bernard on Westworld) and more.  

Plus the staff includes Jenny (Polly Walker), Doc’s assistant, Hank (Tom Berenger), the cook, Manny (Hrothgar Mathews) and more.   And last, but not least, we have Agent Chuck Hendricks (Charles S. Dutton), who made the arrangements for Malloy to be admitted to Doc’s clinic, and who sticks around to make sure that his friend is doing well in the new environment.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyOK, now we have a remote location and a victim’s pool, but these guys and gals are experienced, some are even packing, so it doesn’t look like the right place to start a killing spree, which is what serial killers do.   But when a snow storm hits, all bets are off at the body count quickly mounts.

Your job is to figure out who the killer is and how the hell he got into the clinic.  Is it a cop?   Is it Hendricks (how convenient that he decided to stay)?   One of the staff (a ringer)?   Eye See You is a nifty blend between stalker/serial killer tales and mystery thrillers … and it has a terrific cast.

As to bonus goodies, MVD Entertainment Group is giving you two movies for the price of one.   You get the original D-Tox movie (never-before-seen, except at Universal test screenings) and Eye See You, the re-cut version that DEJ released theatrically.

You also get eight deleted scenes and video sessions with actors Robert Patrick, Kris Kristofferson, Charles Dutton, Polly Draper, Robert Prosky, Christopher Fulford. 

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Paramount Home Media To Release The Police Squad: The Complete Series On Blu-ray On Apr. 14

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Paramount Home Media announced this past week that a Blu-ray edition of The Police Squad: The Complete Series (all six insane episodes) will be available for fans to enjoy on Apr. 14.

It was before its time, even with two Emmy nominations, ABC canceled this comedy series after just four episode were broadcast.   Executives at the time thought that audiences were simply too stupid to follow the humor.

After four episodes of Police Squad — starring Leslie Nielsen as the legendary Detective Frank Drebin — aired in March of 1982, the network pulled it.   The remaining two episodes that were in the can were dumped into empty spots on the broadcast schedule during the summer of that year.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyOff course, history proved that there was indeed a monster audience for the shenanigans of Detective Frank Drebin.   The character (Leslie Nielsen, of course) resurfaced six years later in the theatrical smash hit, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, pulling in close to $80 million at the box office … and spawning two sequels (The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear in 1991 and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult followed 1994).

As to bonus goodies for this hi-def Blu-ray presentation, there is a gag reel, the video session with Leslie Nielsen, the featurette titled “Behind the Freeze Frames,” two casting tests featuring Alan North (as Capt. Ed Hocken) and Ed Williams (as Mr. Olson), plus “Producers' Photo Gallery of Scenery, Sets & Props,” “List Of Celebrity Death Shots” and “Production Memo Highlights.”

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Arrow Video's 4K Film Restoration Of Writer/Director John Hughes' Sixteen Candles Arrives On Blu-ray On Apr. 14

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Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has a new 4K film restoration of writer/director John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles ready for Blu-ray release on Apr. 14.

What irony, Sixteen Candles is joined at the hip with The Breakfast Club and it was a wonder that Hughes ever got through the maze of pre-production to direct either one of these teen-angst comedy gems.   

The story is very well known that Hughes got an offer to make The Breakfast Club, but only if he could hit the required production budget.   That went on for a while and the film kind of went into limbo.   

And then magic happened, he had to make a living so he delivered the script for National Lampoon’s Vacation (released theatrically in July of 1983) and then another script for Mr. Mom (released in August of the same year) … the former did $61 million at the box office and the latter pulled in $67 million.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeySuddenly John Hughes is the hottest guy in Hollywood.  So Universal Pictures comes knocking on his door and takes The Breakfast Club under its wing, agreeing to absorb the production costs if he delivers Sixteen Candles first.  Deal!

Sixteen Candles arrives in theatres in May of 1984, but not before getting into a ratings battle with the MPAA.   They wanted it rated R, but finally gave it a PG rating.   

It pulled in less than $24 million and the critical reviews weren’t all that hot, but the film is now considered one of the iconic coming-of-age comedies of the 1980s … it certainly made Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall stars, and yes that is John Cusack in one of his early roles.

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But get this, the film that everyone was worried about, The Breakfast Club, made its theatrical debut in Mid-February of the following year and pulled in twice what Sixteen Candles did … it also created “The Brat Pack” (for better or worse) — the entire cast of The Breakfast Club, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy, with Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and Andrew McCarthy joining the group after the success of St. Elmo’s Fire in June of 1985.

As to the bonus goodies for
Sixteen Candles, there are two viewing options for fans to choose between.   The original theatrical version (clocking in at 92 minutes) and an extended cut featuring the famous “Cafeteria” scene, which didn’t make the final cut (94 minues).

There is also the 2008 retrospective documentary titled Celebrating Sixteen Candles and seven newly-minted featurettes — “Casting Sixteen Candles,” “When Gedde Met Deborah,” “Rudy the Bohunk,” “The In-Between,” “The New Wave Nerd,” “Music for Geeks” and “A Very Eighties Fairytale” — plus both soundtracks are included here (the original theatrical soundtrack and the pre-2003 substitute home soundtrack).   Lastly, there a downloadable pdf file of the shooting script.

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