Tuesday, January 11, 2022

New DVD • Blu-ray • 4K Ultra HD Activity For The Period Ending January 07, 2022


New DVD Additions



Asian Cult Cinema (MOD)

12/07/21 — Released Bitter Honey (Japanese), Frankenstein's Kung-Fu Monster (aka: Super Riders '75) (Taiwanese) and Iron Blood Guard: Alien Invasion (Cantonese)


Buck Cody (MOD)

12/14/21 — Released Spy Smasher (12 chapter serial)

12/21/21 — Released Masked Marvel (12-chapter serial)

01/04/22 — Released Alias John Preston and Spider


CMI Education/PESI Publishing

01/11/22 — Sets Motivational Interviewing: Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Client Engagement and Accelerate Behavioral Change (2 disc set) and Transgender & Gender Non-Binary: Advanced Practice Gender-Affirming Interventions to Help Clients Live an Authentic Life (2 disc set)


Code Red Entertainment

01/04/22 — Released Naked Ape


Decal Releasing, LLC

01/04/22 — Released Stop and Go


Decal Releasing, LLC (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Together (ARR of 130 days; box office: $213,425)


Elvis DVD Collector & Movie Store (MOD)

01/04/22 — Sets Diary of a High School Bride, Egypt by Three, Flame of Love, Going Steady, I Sell Anything, Massacre, Phantom Speaks and Silent Call


Exploration Films

01/04/22 — Released Divided Hearts of America


Hallmark Entertainment

01/04/22 — Released Her Pen Pal, If I Only had Christmas, Nashville Christmas Carol, Sand Dollar Cove, Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas and USS Christmas



01/04/22 — Released Bo Doi Cong Ly (10 disc set) and Quy Coc Tu (17 disc set)


ITN Distribution

01/04/22 — Released Amityville Scarecrow, My Bloody Birthday and Spider in the Attic


Image Entertainment

01/04/22 — Released Djinn (ARR of 235 days; box office: $124,644) and Superdeep (Russian)


Kino Lorber

01/04/22 — Released Rich and Strange and Shake Hands with the Devil


Liberation Hall

05/10/22 — Sets RoboCop: The Series (5 disc set)


Lionsgate Home Entertainment

01/04/22 — Released Zeros and Ones


Lost Maples Productions (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released His Stretch of Texas Ground


Nathan Hall (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released I, Portrait and Model Behavior


Onesmedia (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Bachelor Father, Common Law, Discarded Lovers, Extravagance, Free Soul, Frisco Jenny, Gold Diggers of 1933, Hatcher Man, I Sell Anything, Kept Husband, Lady Killer, Man of the World, Party Husband, Registered Nurse, Search for Beauty, Ten Cents a Dance, Wet Parade and Young America

12/21/21 — Released After Tomorrow, Age of Consent, Big City Blues, Employees' Entrance, Hot Saturday, I Married a Witch, Imitation of Life, Ladies in Love, Man Wanted, Secrets of the French Police, They Call it Sin, Unholy Love and When Ladies Meet


Paramount Home Ent.

03/22/22 — Sets Dexter: New Blood (4 disc set)


Paramount Home Ent. (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Accused and Escape from L.A.


Random Media (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Robert Scheer - Above the Fold


Rarefilmsandmore.com (MOD)

12/28/21 — Released Talvistota (Finnish), Third Part of the Night (Polish), True Nature of Bernadette (French), Valiant is the Word for Carrie and War Gods of the Deep


Screen Media

01/04/22 — Released Black Friday


Showtime Networks (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released L Word Generation Q Season 2 (4 disc set) and Work in Progress: Season 2 (2 disc set)


Smart Mark Video (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released F1rst Wrestling: Unleashed - Minneapolis, MN, F1rst Wrestling: Wrestlepalooza 18 - St. Paul, MN, H2O Wrestling: Merry F'n Christmas Night 1, 2021 - Williamstown, NJ, H2O Wrestling: Merry F'n Christmas Night 2, 2021 - Williamstown, NJ and IWA Mid-South: Guess Who's Back - New Albany, IN


Sportsvideos.com MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Sprints and Relays Tips and Techniques


Syndicado MOD)

01/04/22 — Released A.Rtificial I.Mmortality


Vermont Movie Store MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Scapegoat





New Blu-ray Additions


Acid Bath (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Hack Job: 10 Year Anniversary, James Balsmo Film Collection (2 film set: Catch of the Day, Catch of the Day 2) (2 disc set), James Balsmo Film Collection (2 film set: I Spill Your Guts, Killer Waves) (2 disc set), James Balsmo Film Collection (2 film set: Mind Melters, Mind Melters 2) (2 disc set)Killer Waves, Sexy Time and Trailers of James Balsamo


Code Red Entertainment

01/04/22 — Released Naked Ape


Collector’s Heaven (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Hawkeye: Season One, Hot in Cleveland: The Complete Series (4 disc set), Siren: The Complete Series (3 disc set) and Ted Lasso: Seasons 1 & 2


Decal Releasing, LLC

01/04/22 — Released Together

01/11/22 — Sets Spencer

01/18/22 — Sets The Last Son


Elvis DVD Collector & Movie Store (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Devil's 8, Mean Johnny Barrows and Some Girls Do


Flicker Alley

01/04/22 — Released Cinema of Discovery: Julien Duvivier in the 1920s (9 silent film set: Red Head (1925), The Agony of Jerusalem (1927), The Wedding of Mademoiselle Beulsmans (1927), Mother Hummingbird (1930), The Whirlwind of Paris (1928), The Miraculous Life of Thérèse Martin (1929), The Mystery of the Eiffel Tower (1928), The Divine Voyage (1928), Ladies' Paradise (1930)) (5 disc set)

02/11/22 — Sets Repeat Performance (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)


Fred the Blu-ray Dog (MOD)

12/21/21 — Released Hawkeye: Season 1

01/04/22 — Released Cobra Kai: Season 4



01/04/22 — Released Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero: The Complete Series (2 disc set), Devil is a Part Timer: Season 1 (2 disc set) and One Piece: Season 11 Voyage 6 (4 disc set)


Image Entertainment

01/04/22 — Released Djinn and Superdeep (Russian)


Kino Lorber

01/04/22 — Released All My Sons, China, Crime of the Century, Double Door, Golden Earrings, Rich and Strange and Shake Hands with the Devil


Liberation Hall

05/10/22 — Sets RoboCop: The Series (5 disc set)


Lionsgate Home Entertainment

01/04/22 — Released Zeros and Ones (with Digital Copy)


Movies R U.S.A. (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Amazing Stories, Annette: The Complete Series,  Back to the Outback, Battle of the Stars, Bloodrayne Trilogy (3 film set: Bloodrayne, Bloodrayne 2: Deliverance, Bloodrayne 3: The Third Reich) (3 disc set), Brotherly Love: The Complete Series, Bruised, Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series,  Crossing Swords: Seasons 1 & 2, Degrassi Junior High School: Season 1, Dinosaurs: The Complete Series (4 disc set), Falling, Fantasy Island, Fargo: Season 4 (2 disc set), Girl from Tomorrow: The Complete Series (2 disc set), Glass, Hanna: Season 3 (2 disc set), I Can Only Imagine, Little Monsters, Lock and Key: Season 2, Only Murders in the Building: Season 1,  Pixar Short Films Collection 3 (11 animated short films: Bao, Lou, Piper, Sanjay's Super Team, Riley's First Date?, Lava, The Radiator Springs 500 1/2, Party Central, The Blue Umbrella, The Legend Of Mor'du, Partysaurus Rex, Mini-Movie: Marine Life Interviews, Mini-Movie: Miss Fritter's Racing Skoool), Saint Maude, Secret Agent Dingledorf and His Trusty Dog Splat, Seinfeld: The Complete Series (4 disc set), Sing 2, Sleeping with Danger, Spinning Out: Season 1, Transformers Unicron Trilogy (3 series set: Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon, Transfomers: Cybertron) (3 disc set), Wheel of Time: Season 1, Witcher: Season 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix

01/11/22 — Sets Eternals


Nathan Hall (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released I, Portrait, Model Behavior and Revenge of the Gweilo


Paramount Home Ent.

03/22/22 — Sets Dexter: New Blood (4 disc set)

03/29/22 — Sets Ordinary People


Paramount Home Ent. (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released Freedom Writers


Screen Media

01/04/22 — Released Black Friday


Sentai Filmworks

01/04/22 — Released Canaan (2 disc set) and My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom (2 disc set)


Shoreline Entertainment (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released 3 Weeks to Daytona, Arc, Art Ache, August (Farsi), Baby Doll, Bizzare: A Circus Story, Bodkin Ras, Body and Soul: An American Bridge, Crash Burn Love, Crooked and Narrow, Dreams Never Had, Perfect Pickup, Wackersdorf (German), Wedding in New York (Spanish), West of Brooklyn, When I Become a Butterfly (Farsi) and Zombie King


Smart Mark Video (MOD)

01/04/22 — Released F1rst Wrestling: Unleashed - Minneapolis, MN and F1rst Wrestling: Wrestlepalooza 18 - Minneapolis, MN


Sony Pictures Home Ent. (MOD)

01/25/22 — Sets Colombiana, Parker, Surf's Up, This is the End and Wild Things

02/08/22 — Sets Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (with Digital Copy)



New 4K Ultra HD Additions 

Shout! Factory

02/15/22 — Sets Howling (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack)

02/22/22 — Sets Alligator (4K Ultra HD/2 Blu-ray Combo Pack)


Sony Pictures Home Ent.

02/08/22 — Sets Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack) (with Digital Copy)


Warner Bros. Home Ent.

02/22/22 — Sets Green Mile (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack) (with Digital Copy)





Feb. 01 Will Be The DVD Release Date For Icarus Films' Prisms And Portraits: The Films Of Rosine Mbakam Collection

Icarus Films announced this past week that a four-disc, four-film (plus bonuses) collection of filmmaker Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam’s award-winning storytelling films.   Titled Prisms and Portraits: The Films of Rosine Mbakam, this DVD set will be available on Feb. 1.

Normally, one would refer to Mbakam as a director, but her introduction to the world of cinema in her native Cameroon was to be schooled in cinematography and film editing.   She knows and understands the craft, that’s the technical skill-set … the storytelling, the experiences, they all come from her intellect and from her heart.

Indeed, one of her latest films, Delphine’s Prayers, which is included in this magnificent collection from Icarus Films, opened on the film festival circuit in March of last year and has gained both awards (Cinéma du Réel, IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival, and more) and critical acclaim as well.

Part documentary, part heart-felt story about a life-shattered and the struggle to get to some sort of “normalcy.”   It is Mbakam at her best.   Storytelling, the use of camera … a cinematic conversation, if you will, that draws the viewer in and engages both the heart and the mind.

The subject here, Delphine, a Cameroon ex-pat now living in Belgium, is presented in conversation in her apartment in Belgium.   She simply recounts her life and Mbakam takes care of the rest.

We learn of Delphine’s birth (her mother died giving her life), about her often-absent father, her rape at the young age of 13 (the birth of her first child) and her long tenure as a prostitute on the streets of the port city of Douala.  

She married a man old enough to be her grandfather, they have children … Now living in Belgium, Delphine is attractive, engaging and intelligent, and with a normal childhood she might have received a formal education; a career.  Instead, when she needs a little “extra cash,” she returns to what she knows.   An ugly, yet lovely story of survival and over-coming the impossible.

Also included in the Prisms and Portraits: The Films of Rosine Mbakam collection is her latest film, Prisms, which had its debut at the New York Film Festival in September.

Here, Mbakam, teams with fellow filmmaker Eléonore Yameogo to explore the technology of cinematography as it relates to the black experience.   Skin color, white and black, and how they are perceived by the invention of photography … is it racist or nature?

It is an interesting discussion, with examples, and interviews that range from the nearly absurd professorial opinions to technical insights from the likes of cinematographer and make-up artist Diarra Sourank, who points out the obvious, white reflects light, black absorbs light, cameras, make-up, lighting, all the technical aspects of filmmaking must take this into account.

The other two films included are The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman (2016) and Chez Jolie Coiffure (2018), plus, as a bonus, two of Mbakam’s earlier short films, Doors of the Past (2011) and You Will be My Ally (2013).

This collection of films and shorts are presented in French, Cameroon Pidgin and English, with English subtitles available as needed.





Liberation Hall's Long-Lead Announcement For RoboCop: The Series On DVD And Blu-ray Looks To May 10 As The Release Date

Liberation Hall, with sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, is out with a long-lead announcement for Blu-ray and DVD collections of the follow-on television series that followed in the wake of the popular RoboCop film trilogy.  

This would be the RoboCop: The Series (1994), starring Richard Eden as Alex Murphy and Yvette Nipar as detective Lisa Madigan, which will be available as both five-disc DVD and five-disc Blu-ray sets on May 10.

Included here are all 23 episodes — although purists like to point out that the opening is a two-part feature-length pilot, with 21 episodes that followed.   And yes, Detroit is once the subject, but the film, as with the original RoboCop (Dallas), takes place elsewhere (Toronto).

Bonus goodies include 16:9 formatting (from the original source materials) for the Blu-ray collection, plus cast profiles for Richard Eden, Yvette Nipar, Andrea Roth (as Diana Powers), Sarah Campbell (as Gadget) and David Gardner (OCP chairman) and a half-dozen featurettes — “Behind the Scenes,” “From Cinema to the Small Screen,” “The Future of Law Enforcement: The History of RoboCop,” “Put Down Your Weapon: The Auto 9 Gun,” “The Car” and “The Suit.”





AGFA's Blu-ray Double Feature On Feb. 22 Teams Honeymoon Of Terror With Monsters Of Camp Sunshine


The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) has a double feature of jaw-dropping delights from the 1960s that are arriving for the first time on Blu-ray this coming Feb. 22.

First up is writer/director Peter Perry’s January of 1961 horror indie, Honeymoon of Terror, a film so obscure that even Brian Albright’s insightful 2012 encyclopedia of indie horror and sci-fi productions, “Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990,” failed to capture it (and there are some really lost and obscure films covered in that tome).

Frank (Doug Leith) and Marion (Dwan Marlow) are on their honeymoon, but Las Vegas proves to be a downer, too commercial, so they find the nearby deserted Thunder Island (Lake Mead? … only Peter Perry knows, but it is doubtful with that scenery) and decide to set up camp there instead.  There’s just one little problem, Frank neglected to bring any supplies, so he leaves his lovely bride behind to enjoy some nude bathing and soak in some sun.

When he arrives at civilization to stock up on the necessities, the locals tell him of the legend of the Ridge Runner, a deformed maniac who rapes and kills women.   Good grief, Frank has left his trophy bride on a deserted island that is home to this serial killer … hurry Frank, hurry!!


You are worried, will Marion be the next victim?   Not to fear, she is handy with a knife!!

Teamed with Honeymoon of Terror is an even more obscure film, this would be writer/director Ferenc Leroget’s 1964 film release of Monster of Camp Sunshine, a tale of chain-smoking naked beauties — who loath sunscreen while basking in the sun — at Camp Sunshine, a clothing-optional “camp” devoted to a healthy and natural lifestyle (sure).

We are pretty convinced that none of the names used in making this homage to the nudist lifestyle are real, but what does it matter.   The basic story is that roommates Claire (Deborah Spray) and Marta (Sally Parfait), when not working as a “fashion” model and research assistant respectively, like to head over to Camp Sunshine to soak in the sun.


Eventually, a monster in the form of Hugo (Harrison Pebbles) — the camp’s caretaker and mentally-challenged “half-brother” of the owner, Susanna (Natalie Drest) — begins lurking around the place after being exposed to some chemicals from Marta’s research lab (don’t ask).

Bonus features included with this Blu-ray treasure from AGFA include a collection of “nudie-horror” trailers and a bonus feature film, director Joseph P. Mawra’s 1965 film release of All Men are Apes, a “social commentary” about Diane (Stephanie De Passe) who is exploited by men and ends up in jail. 



Paramount Home Entertainment Bestows "Paramount Presents" Status On The Blu-ray Debut Of Ordinary People On Mar. 29


Paramount Home Entertainment announced its latest “Paramount Presents” film restoration this past week.   A new 4K restoration of Robert Redford’s Oscar-winning debut as a director in 1980, Ordinary People, will be arriving on Blu-ray this coming Mar. 29.

Between 1973 and 1976 Redford had a string of hits that established him as a major Hollywood force, The Sting, The Great Gatsby, Three Days of the Condor and All of the President’s Men.   It was about this point that he decided to expand his horizons and bought an unpublished novel by an unpublished author by the name of Judith Guest and started a three-year odyssey to bring it to the screen, not as a member of the cast, but as the director.

The first step was to find a screenwriter to bring Guest’s work to the screen.  As soon as Redford had acquired the soon-to-be-published novel he hooked up with Alvin Sargent, who had crossed paths with Redford on the 1973 film, The Way We Were.   He ended up being one of a dozen or so uncredited writers who were brought in to work and re-work the original script for this Barbra Streisand vanity piece.


Sargent then spent the next two-and-half to three years working with Guest on getting the script right.   For his efforts, Sargent would win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (he also won for Julia in 1978 and was nominated for his Paper Moon script in 1973).

The late Ronald L. Schwary would be the producer (Oscar-winner for Best Picture for his efforts) and newcomer, in his theatrical debut, Timothy Hutton, would win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.  


Unknown writer, first-time director and an actor known for a half-dozen television movies, it doesn’t seem like the combination that would strike Oscar gold.   Ordinary People was pitted against Raging Bull, Coal Miner’s Daughter, The Elephant Man and Tess … it won, and now Paramount is adding this 1980 Best Picture-winner to its popular “Paramount Presents” line of Blu-ray product offerings.

Bonus features include the newly-prepared featurette titled “Swimming in the Rose Garden” (featuring Tim Hutton) and the featurette showcasing author Judith Guest titled “Feeling is Not Selective.”

In other release news from Paramount Home Entertainment this past week, they will be teaming up with CBS Home Entertainment on Mar. 22 for the four-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray launch of the Dexter: New Blood mini-series.

All ten episodes are featured, plus four featurettes as a bonus — “Why Now?” “Dexter: New Blood – Deb is Back,” ‘Dexter: New Blood – The Kill Room” and “All Out on the Table.”