May in underway, and with it comes another exciting month of new releases. This time around we’ve got classics spanning the history of Hollywood, included some films fresh off of their theatrical runs. Browse through this guide to new Blu-rays and DVDs, we think you’ll find some fantastic entertainment here!
It shouldn’t have been too difficult for drug couriers Kyle (Liam Hemsworth) and Swin (Clark Duke, who also directed) to keep their heads down and stay off the radar of their boss, Frog (Vince Vaughn), considering they’ve never even met him. Nevertheless, they soon become marked men when their staggering incompetence catches up with them and a botched job attracts Frog’s attention in the worst way possible. Vivica A. Fox and John Malkovich also star in this offbeat crime thriller.
Action-packed adaptation of the Valiant Comics character stars Vin Diesel as Ray Garrison, a U.S. Marine murdered along with his wife while vacationing in Italy. Ray is resurrected as a super-powered living weapon with no memory of his past. As he begins to recall details of his life, however, he sets out on a violent quest to avenge his wife’s death, uncovering the shocking truth behind the high-tech organization that brought him back to life. With Eiza González, Sam Heughan, and Guy Pearce.
The Jesus Rolls (2019)
Just out of prison with two strikes, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) still quickly finds himself heading for the gutter as he and fellow parolee Petey (Bobby Cannavale) find themselves on a road trip crime-and-sex spree with a shampoo girl (Audrey Tautou) in tow. Writer-director Turturro returns (with the Coens’ OK) to his “Big Lebowski” role for this unofficial spin-off, a remake of the 1974 French farce “Going Places”; Susan Sarandon, Jon Hamm, Christopher Walken, Pete Davidson co-star. AKA: “Going Places.”
To mark his big 6-O, billionaire fast fashion mogul Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan) threw an elaborate bacchanal-themed bash on Mykonos. As the host welcomed his dysfunctional brood and groveling retinue, hapless videographer Nick (David Mitchell) found his commissioned documentary turning into an unflattering portrait of Sir Richard as businessman and human being. Michael Winterbottom’s scathing satire co-stars Isla Fisher, Sophie Cookson, Asa Butterfield, Shirley Henderson.
Greta & Hansel (2020)
With her father gone and her mother slipping into dementia, country teenager Gretel (Sophia Lillis) knew she needed a safe home for herself and her younger brother Hansel (Samuel Leakey)…so she accepted lodging from the seemingly kindly crone Holda (Alice Krige). It develops that Holda is a witch in search of a protégé to pass her powers–but who’s demanding an unholy price in return. Oz Perkins’ unsettling take on the Brothers Grimm staple co-stars Jessica De Gouw, Charles Babalola.
A Thousand Clowns (1965)
Based on the play by Herb Gardner, this sensitive comedy concerns unconventional–and unemployed–ex-TV writer Murray Burns (Jason Robards, Jr.), who makes the most of his escape from the rat race in New York by enjoying his time with his nephew, Nick (Barry Gordon). When two social workers show up to investigate the boy’s living conditions, Murray has to turn on the charm–and get a job–in order to adopt Nick. Co-stars Barbara Harris, William Daniels, and Oscar-winner Martin Balsam.
I Still Believe (2020)
In the late ‘90s, Jeremy Camp (K.J. Apa) was a musically inclined theological school freshman when he met and fell deeply in love with classmate Melissa Henning (Britt Robertson). The promise of their relationship, however, was soon compromised by a devastating medical diagnosis…and it would take the healing properties of faith and song to pull him from a personal abyss. Moving account taken from the Christian music star’s life also stars Gary Sinise, Shania Twain, Melissa Roxburgh.
Ordinary Love (2019)
Long-married and loving Belfast retirees Joan (Lesley Manville) and Tom (Liam Neeson) faced the greatest of their union’s many challenges after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Their heartfelt response over the months that followed, as her matter-of-fact resolve pushes against his borderline denial, receives a compelling chronicle in this sensitive sunset-years opus; David Wilmot, Amit Shah also star.
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)
In a Drug War-ravaged corner of Mexico, young Estrella (Paola Lara) fled classroom violence to come home and find her mother missing. The pieces of chalk that her teacher said granted wishes might provide a supernatural safe harbor when she, and the young orphans she falls in with, run afoul of a ruthless human trafficking ring. Issa López’s haunting intersection of neorealism and mystical realism co-stars Tenoch Huerta, Juan Ramón López, Ianis Guerrero.
Pool of London (1951)
Having docked in the Thames, merchant seaman Dan MacDonald (Bonar Colleano) hit the streets to meet with the smuggling ring that supplemented his income. Unfortunately, their latest parcel contained the proceeds of a fatal jewel robbery…and he may well make an unwitting accomplice of Jamaican crewmate Johnny Lambert (Earl Cameron) in the scheme. Atmospheric crime tale, then-controversial for its interracial romance subplot, co-stars Susan Shaw, Renée Asherson, Moira Lister.
Exorcism at 60,000 Feet (2019)
Demons sure must like recycled cabin air, because the possessions are spreading amongst the passengers of a transatlantic flight…and, now, a priest (Robert Miano), a rabbi (Robert Rhine), and the remaining unaffected crew members are the only hope for the souls on board! Put up your tray tables for this satirical horror-disaster mash-up co-starring Lance Henriksen, Bai Ling, Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Moseley, Matthew Moy, Kevin J. O’Connor, Kelli Maroney.
The series stars Patricia Arquette as Allison DuBois, a medium employed as a consultant for the Phoenix, Arizona, district attorney’s office, in fictional “Mariposa County” (Phoenix is actually in Maricopa County). Allison and her husband Joe (Jake Weber) are the parents of three daughters (Sofia Vassilieva, Maria Lark, and Madison and Miranda Carabello), all of whom inherited Allison’s gift. The show was initially based on the experiences of medium Allison DuBois, who claims she has worked with law enforcement agencies across the country in criminal investigations. All 128 episodes are included in this 35-disc set.
The Lodge (2019)
Youngsters Aidan (Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) were already miserable that their journalist dad (Richard Armitage) ditched their mom (Alicia Silverstone) for one of his subjects: Grace Marshall (Riley Keough), sole survivor of a notorious suicide cult. When a blizzard hits the family winter cabin–and strands the kids alone with their prospective stepmom–fears beyond their worst might be realized in this chiller from directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy).
Home By Spring (2018)
After salvaging a party disaster, passed-over assistant event planner Loretta (Poppy Drayton) had no urgency to correct the impressed L.A. clients who mistook her for her boss. Now, though, the customers want her to orchestrate a rural getaway…to her Louisiana home town. Can she keep up the deception–or will Wayne (Steven R. McQueen), the ex she left behind, blow it with his “help”? Agreeable Hallmark entry co-stars Kix Brooks, Mary-Margaret Humes, Katrina Norman, Mia Matthews.
Me, Natalie (1969)
Tired of a lifetime’s hectoring from the folks on how she’d grow into her looks, very ordinary Brooklynite Natalie Miller (Patty Duke) ditched college to strike out on her own in Greenwich Village. The kind attentions of a bohemian painter neighbor (James Farentino) may bring her the affection she seeks–or set her up for further heartache. Cult favorite comedy-drama also stars Martin Balsam, Elsa Lanchester, Salome Jens, Nancy Marchand, and–in his big-screen debut–Al Pacino.
Erich Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales (Criterion Collection)
A man mourning the absence of a woman he admired from afar finds solace with “The Bakery Girl of Monceau” (1962). Barbet Schroeder, Claudine Soubrier star. “Suzanne’s Career” (1963) has two friends fighting over a beautiful girl. With Catherine Sée, Philippe Beuzen. “La Collectionneuse” (1966) tracks the gamesmanship between a woman who “collects” men and two pals who may become her newest conquests. Haydée Politoff, Patrick Bauchau star. Jean-Louis Trintignant has a crisis of faith during an overnight encounter with Marie-Christine Barrault in “My Night at Maud’s” (1969). An engaged diplomat on vacation is drawn to a teenage girl–well, to part of her–in “Claire’s Knee” (1971), with Jean-Claude Brialy and Aurora Cornu. Lastly, in “Love in the Afternoon” (1972), a happily married executive is tempted by an old flame. Bernard Verley, Zouzou, Françoise Verley star. AKA: “Chloe in the Afternoon.” This three-disc set also includes the bonus shorts “Presentation/Charlotte and Her Steak” (1951), “Nadja in Paris” (1964), “A Modern Co-ed” (1966), “The Curve” (1969), and “Véronique and Her Dunce” (1958).
An Inspector Calls (1954)
Yorkshire, 1912: The prosperous Birling family was enjoying an engagement celebration when a knock at the door came from Inspector Poole (Alistair Sim). As he pursues his inquiry, they learn that a despondent young woman (Jane Wenham) had committed suicide–and that five different members of the clan could have been the individual that drove her to the act. Guy Hamilton’s adaptation of the J.B. Priestley stage classic co-stars Bryan Forbes, Olga Lindo, Arthur Young, Eileen Moore.
Gunsmoke: The Final Season (1974)
It ran for 10 seasons on radio and 20 on TV, and throughout remained one of the most popular shows in entertainment history. Created by Norman Macdonnell and John Meston, the beloved series presented classic Western stories each week and featured James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon, maintaining order in Dodge City, Kansas. With Milburn Stone as Doc Adams, Amanda Blake as saloonkeeper Miss Kitty, and Dennis Weaver and Ken Curtis as deputies Chester Goode and Festus Haggen, respectively, plus a slew of guest stars. All 24 episodes from the final season are featured in this six-disc set.
Gunsmoke: The Complete Series (65th Anniversary Edition)
All 625 episodes from the long-running series are featured in this 143-disc set.
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