“Fifty Shades Freed” and “Batman Ninja” Lead This Week’s New Releases

From eroticism to superheroes, this week’s new releases have it all. Take a look at what DVDs and Blu-rays are now available! The question isn’t which of these you’ll want to watch, but how many of them. See for yourself!

Fifty Shades Freed

Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) was discovering that marriage with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) delivered all the opulence of a successful entrepreneur’s life…and diminished none of the erotic charge from their still-torrid physical relationship. However, between the calculating designs of Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger) and a desperate vengeance gambit from Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), a happy ending may not be in the cards. Final chapter of the E.L James trilogy also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora.

Batman Ninja

Batman and allies Nightwing, Robin, Red Hood, Red Robin, Alfred, and Catwoman are transported to ancient Japan thanks to Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine. Trapped in the past, they find themselves facing the usual crop of evil-doers, who’ve also made the trip back through time and taken on the roles of ruthless feudal lords, the Joker being the most powerful of the bunch. Action-packed animated adventure features the voices of Roger Craig Smith, Tony Hale, Grey Griffin, Tara Strong, Will Friedle.

Caged Fury

At Honeywell State Prison, the inmates are lingerie-clad beauties held captive to the whims of a lesbian warden and her sadistic guards. A beautiful, innocent woman (Roxanna Michaels) finds herself trapped in this hellhole where the only chance for survival is to mount a daring escape with the help of a martial arts master (Richie Barathy) and his motorcycle-riding pal (Erik Estrada). Ty Randolph, Michael Parks, James Hong, Paul L. Smith, and the great Jack Carter also star.

The House That Dripped Blood

Author Robert Bloch (“Psycho”) adapted three of his own short stories for this four-part Amicus chiller which detailed the horrific history of the title house and those who lived…and died…there. A writer’s imagination has deadly consequences, a wax figure holds a sinister secret, a young girl learns voodoo, and an actor starts “living” the role of a vampire. Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Denholm Elliott, Jon Pertwee, and Ingrid Pitt star.

La Belle Noiseuse

A compelling examination of the artist’s drive to create, director Jacques Rivette’s acclaimed drama stars Michel Piccoli as Edouard Frenhofer, a once-renowned painter worn down by years of inactivity, and the beautiful Emmanuelle Béart as Marianne, the young woman who becomes his model and muse, inspiring him to pick up palette and brush once again. Based on a short story by Honoré de Balzac, this modern French classic co-stars Jane Birkin, Marianne Denicourt.

Seven

A cabal of seven crimelords thought they had the numbers to bring Hawaii under their dominion. Stone-cold government agent Drew Sevano (William Smith) got the call to stop them by any means necessary…and his handpicked team of seven mercenaries set out to blow the ganglords’ schemes to Seventh Heaven. Cult actioner from Andy Sidaris co-stars Susan Kiger, Barbara Leigh, Ed Parker, Guich Koock, Art Metrano, Christopher Joy and Richard LePore as Sevano’s Seven.

Special Delivery

After a brazen Los Angeles bank robbery, Murdock (Bo Svenson)–the only member of the gang of thieves to escape the cops–stashes the stolen loot in a mailbox. When he learns that the box is locked until a midnight pick up, he must wait several hours until the mailman arrives to open it. It’s going to be a long day for Murdock as he discovers that several other people saw him hide the cash…and they all want to get their hands on it. Comedic crime caper also stars Cybill Shepherd, Tom Atkins, Sorrell Booke, and, in an early role, Jeff Goldblum.

Violence in a Women’s Prison

Sent to Santa Catarina Women’s Penitentiary for drugs and prostitution, reporter Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) is actually undercover for Amnesty International…and is quickly exposed to brutal conditions, sadistic guards, and worse in this violence- and nudity-filled sexploitation classic from director Bruno Mattei. Gabriele Tinti, Lorraine De Selle, Maria Romano, Ursula Flores also star. AKA: “Caged Women,” “Emanuelle in Hell,” “Emanuelle Reports from a Woman’s Prison.”

  • Movie Fan

    This list brings back memories of drive-in B-movie weekends: concession stand pizza, sultry summer breezes and the sound of car springs squeaking somewhere in the distance. I remember seeing The House That Dripped Blood because I loved anything featuring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Most of the biker/cop/caged women films were predictable, best watched with the speaker sound turned off, radio tuned to rock and roll. My sister and I would make up dialog to keep from falling asleep. The sad truth is, erotica gets boring eventually.