There’s mystery, excitement and comedy afoot in this week’s new releases! We’ve got fondly remembered Agatha Christie adaptations, TV comedy favorites, cult films, and so much more. September is upon us, and with it comes a brand new week of amazing releases!
Death on the Nile (1978)
Peter Ustinov is a delight as master detective Hercule Poirot in this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery. During an African cruise on board the tourist steamer the S.S. Karnak, the murder of a wealthy heiress puts the sleuth to work. Two more bodies are found as Poirot tries to solve the crime. Can he flush out the killer before anyone else turns up dead? The all-star cast includes Bette Davis, David Niven, Angela Lansbury, and Mia Farrow.
The adventures of Sheldon Cooper when he was a boy? That’s what you get with CBS’s hit “The Big Bang Theory” spinoff/prequel, which looks back at the socially inept physicist when he was a 9-year-old prodigy (Iain Armitage) attending high school in late-‘80s East Texas, and presenting upbringing challenges for his protective mom (Zoe Perry) and football coach dad (Lance Barber). Montana Jordan, Raegan Revord, and Annie Potts co-star, with narration from grown “Sheldon” Jim Parsons. All 21 episodes from the third season are featured in this two-disc set.
Desperate for a splashy win, Democratic political consultant Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell) was taken with a viral town hall video of plain-speaking Wisconsin farmer/veteran Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper). Gary successfully pitches Jack on a mayoral run in his deep-red community–a task that gets tougher when Zimmer’s old Republican nemesis, Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne), lends her savvy to the incumbent. Wheelhouse satire for writer/director Jon Stewart co-stars Mackenzie Davis, Brett Sexton.
A botched rescue mission leaves mercenary leader Samantha O’Hara (Megan Fox) and her team stranded in the middle of the harsh African wilderness. While braving the brutal landscape and battling dangerous rebel forces, the group will also be forced to defend itself against a pride of vicious lions looking to make them their next meal. Exciting woman vs. nature actioner also stars Calli Taylor, Philip Winchester, Jessica Sutton.
Evil Under the Sun (1982)
An investigation involving a phony diamond leads Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) to a luxury island resort in the Adriatic. The woman (Diana Rigg) he was traveling there to question is found strangled to death, leaving Poirot to make his way through a list of nine suspects–none of whom were particularly fond of the deceased. James Mason, Roddy McDowall, Maggie Smith also star in Agatha Christie’s whodunit.
The Mirror Crack’d (1980)
Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (Angela Lansbury) finds her normally quiet little village becoming abuzz with the exhilaration of Tinseltown due to a Hollywood movie being filmed there. But when a fan of one of the lead actresses is poisoned, it falls to Marple to investigate the murder and find the killer…as well as the true intended target. The marvelous supporting cast includes Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, Edward Fox, Geraldine Chaplin, and Tony Curtis.
Made the keynote speaker at a headmasters’ conference, comprehensive school chief Brian Stimpson (John Cleese) was ready–as ever–to credit his success to his obsessive punctuality. However, as he boards the wrong train on the day of, his frantic efforts to arrive on time find him dragging a truant student (Sharon Maiden) into his toils, and sparking pursuit by his appalled wife (Alison Steadman). Cockeyed comedy of errors co-stars Penelope Wilton, Geoffrey Palmer.
Stricken by a degenerative nerve disease, cocky working-class footballer Bruce Pritchard (Malcolm McDowell) bitterly accepted his fate and checked himself into a church-run charitable home. His resignation to an empty future would be challenged as he sparked a relationship with a fellow paralyzed resident, the wealthy and beautiful Jill Matthews (Nanette Newman). Bryan Forbes’ tender take on the Peter Marshall novel co-stars Georgia Brown, Barry Jackson, Bernard Lee, Gerald Sim. AKA: “Long Ago, Tomorrow.”
Black Gravel (1961)
In a small German village that now hosts an American military base, the still-smarting locals grudgingly but determinedly turn to the soldiers to sustain their economy. A black market trucker (Helmut Wildt) opts to rekindle things with an ex-lover (Ingmar Zeisberg) now married to a U.S. officer–but the dalliance will set up a tragedy he can’t escape. Gritty effort, long suppressed for its frank depiction of anti-Semitism, co-stars Hans Cossy.
Britannia Hospital (1982)
With the Queen Mother due to dedicate the new wing at Britannia Hospital, administrator Vincent Potter (Leonard Rossiter) has his share of challenges, from angry protesters to striking staff to determined journalist Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell), whose plans to expose the wing’s quack head surgeon (Graham Crowden) are about to go horribly awry. Lindsay Anderson’s Travis trilogy-ending tweaking of the NHS co-stars Joan Plowright, Alan Bates, Mark Hamill, Richard Griffiths.
Blood Quantum (2019)
The good news for the indigenous people of a northern Quebec reservation was that they appeared to possess genetic immunity from an erupting zombie plague. The bad news would become apparent months later, as the community would split on how to face this new world–from the disposition of the white survivors they took in to dealing with the shambling hordes without. Politically pointed genre entry stars Michael Greyeyes, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon, Olivia Scriven.
Long-anticipated revival for the quirky late-’90s Australian dramedy finds onetime Melbourne power lawyer Laura Gibson (Sigrid Thornton) returning to Pearl Bay, the oddball seaside village where she served as magistrate, after a generation away…and finding out that now-grown daughter Miranda (Brooke Satchwell) is dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Series veterans John Howard, Kerry Armstrong, Kevin Harrington return; Dan Wyllie, Darren McMullen also star. 8 episodes on 3 discs.
Toy Soldiers (1984)
A Central American vacation turns into a desperate fight for survival for a bunch of Caltech students when they’re taken hostage by revolutionaries. One woman (Terri Garber) manages to escape with the help of a grizzled ex-Marine (Jason Miller), and, with the U.S. government refusing to lift a finger to help them, they must assemble a ragtag group to attempt a rescue. Tim Robbins, Tracy Scoggins, and Cleavon Little also star.
Beetlejuice (1988)(4K Ultra HD)
Who do two newly deceased spirits (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) go to when their former house/current haunt is taken over by the obnoxious Deetz family of mortals? Why, the “bio-exorcist” known as “Beetlejuice,” of course, to run the humdrum humans out! Michael Keaton is frighteningly funny as the “ghost with the most” in the hit horror comedy from director Tim Burton. Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Robert Goulet, and Winona Ryder co-star.
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