Welcome back for another batch of brand new releases! This week’s Blu-rays, DVDs and 4K Ultra HD releases present a broad range of titles that range from recent action hits to classic suspense tales, along with some cult favorites thrown in for good measure. Take a look at these great offerings, all of which are available now!
Exciting adventure tale, based on the video game series, follows bartender and pickpocket Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) as he joins treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) on a search for Nathan’s missing brother as well as 16th-century explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s long-lost fortune. But the intrepid pair will have to contend with sinister competitor Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who wants the loot all for himself. With Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle.
Still struggling with his physical and emotional battle scars, but desperate for reinstatement, ex-Army Ranger Jackson Briggs (Channing Tatum, who co-directed) would do anything to prove himself. So, he agreed to drive another troubled veteran–Belgian Malinois service dog Lulu–from Oregon to Arizona for the funeral of her handler. The mutual wariness gives way to a warm bond during this comically calamitous road trip. Ethan Suplee, Q’orianka Kilcher, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Bill Burr co-star.
Abraham Lincoln (2022)
The Great Emancipator is the focus of this anticipated three-part History docuseries, which utilizes interviews with esteemed historians, rare archival materials, and dramatizations to follow the life of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (Graham Sibley) from his dirt-poverty frontier upbringing to his stewardship of the nation through its greatest crisis during the Civil War years. Jenny Stead, Stefan Adegbola, Colin Moss, Andre Jacobs also star.
Having recently moved to a small rural town, single mom Chris Rhymer (Amber Wedding) entrusts seemingly sweet old lady Aunt Hildie (Carol Dines) with watching her son Jeremy (Aiden Shurr) while she works. But Aunt Hildie isn’t as nice as she appears, as it turns out she’s using Jeremy to breathe life into a murderous scarecrow and get it to do her evil bidding. Spooky sequel to the 1981 made-for-TV horror classic co-stars Adam Snyder, Tim Gooch.
Love Strikes Twice (2021)
While on the cusp of making partner, hard-charging attorney Maggie Turner (Katie Findlay) was having less success making marriage work with bitter history teacher Josh (Wyatt Nash). One coin toss in a fountain–and bump on the noggin–later, she wakes up to find herself 15 years in the past….but will this uncanny mulligan let her make the lives of all around her better, or worse? Distinctive Hallmark fantasy rom-com also stars Marshall Williams, Sharon Bajer, Alex Poch-Goldin.
The fellow residents of his sketchy NYC neighborhood only knew the garbage man called Clean (Adrien Brody) as a quiet but kindly Samaritan. However, the past he never spoke about was marked by tragedy–and violence–and he’ll bring vicious skills to bear when the machinations of the local drug lord (Glenn Fleshler) impact the teenage girl (Chandler DuPont) he’d taken under his wing. Intense crime drama co-scripted by Brody co-stars Richie Merritt, Michelle Wilson.
Sandition: Season Two (Masterpiece)(2022)
Sussex country girl Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) made the intrigued acquaintance of Mary and Tom Parker (Kate Ashfield, Kris Marshall)–entrepreneurs who wanted to transform their quiet fishing village into a vacation destination–and agreed to be their summer guest. Her dealings with the surprising attitudes of the locals fuel this ITV series spun from Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel. Theo James, Anne Reid, Crystal Clarke, Jack Fox, Charlotte Spencer, Lily Sacofsky also star.
The Cursed (2021)
In late 19th century France, land baron Seamus Laurent (Alistair Petrie) didn’t care for the Roma caravan on his property–or how brutal his means were for their removal, as an elder was slain. In short order, his young son Edward (Max Mackintosh) ran off, animalistic murders terrorized the community…and visiting pathologist John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) sought an explanation that might prove unholy. Old-school chiller also stars Kelly Reilly, Nigel Betts, Roxane Duran. AKA: “Eight for Silver.”
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1955)
Based on D. H. Lawrence’s 1928 novel of the same name, this controversial tale of adultery stars Danielle Darrieux, Leo Genn, and Erno Crisa. After her husband is paralyzed from fighting in WWI, Lady Chatterley feels a loss of intimacy between her husband and herself, and decides to have an affair with the gamekeeper, a man of a lower class. First banned in New York when released because of its subject matter, it took a Supreme Court ruling to allow the film to be seen in theaters.
All the Kind Strangers (1974)
Seven orphaned children living in a remote swamp decide to obtain a new “father” by abducting a photojournalist (Stacy Keach) and holding him against his will along with a woman (Samantha Eggar) they’re already forcing to be their “ma.” Can these unwilling parents escape with their lives? Unsettling made-for-TV drama also stars John Savage, Arlene Farber, and Robby Benson (who also performs the theme song). AKA: “Evil in the Swamp.”
Son of Sansom (1960)
Exciting Italian sword-and-sandal epic finds evil Queen Smedes (Chelo Alonso) controlling Persian-occupied Egypt while keeping her stepson–rightful ruler Kenamun (Angelo Zanolli)–under the influence of a mind-numbing drug. Now, it’s up to the mighty Maciste (Mark Forest) to lead a daring revolt in order to overthrow Smedes and restore Kenamun to the throne. Vira Silenti, Federica Ranchi, Carlo Tamberlani also star. AKA: “Maciste in the Valley of the Kings.”
Mr. Klein (Criterion Collection)(1976)
Alain Delon is Robert Klein, an art dealer in occupied France who purchases valuable works from Jews trying to flee the country for a song. But when Nazi officials mistake him for a second Mr. Klein–this one a Jewish resistance leader–Delon becomes obsessed with finding his “other self.” Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon also star in director Joseph Losey’s atmospheric thriller.
Let the Wrong One In (2021)
When young Dublin supermarket worker Matt (Karl Rice) heard the knock at the door from his shiftless big brother Deco (Eoin Duffy), he knew that his sib would just be dragging the latest raft of problems along. Matt wasn’t wrong–as Eoin’s been bitten by a vampire–and he now has to weigh his options for handling it, including leaving his ravenous relative to the mercy of a local cabbie turned vampire hunter (Anthony Head). Distinctive horror-farce co-stars Hilda Fay, Louise McCann.
Treasure of the Four Crowns (1983)
Daredevil soldier of fortune J.T. Striker (Tony Anthony) was determined to collect a series of fabled–and cursed gem-encrusted–crowns. With the final prizes locked in the mountaintop stronghold of a death cult, he assembles a team of adventurers–including a strongman, a demolitions expert, and a sexy trapeze artist–for the perilous quest. Screen-bursting 3D action opus from the makers of “Comin’ at Ya!” co-stars Ana Obregón, Gene Quintano, Francisco Rabal, Emiliano Redondo.
Julietta (Dany Robin) is about to enter into a marriage of convenience. When her train stops in Poitiers station, the young girl gets off and the train leaves without her. She audaciously accepts the hospitality of Landrecourt (Jean Marais), a handsome young lawyer. She moves into his house and gets involved in his life…to the great displeasure of Rosie, his fiancée (Jeanne Moreau).
TV scriptwriter Soo-jung (Lee Eun-ju) tagged along as her colleague Young-soo (Mun Seong-kun) went to wheedle financial backing from his buddy, wealthy gallery owner Jae-hoon (Jeong Bo-seok). Jae-hoon’s obvious interest in her ratcheted up when he learned of her sexual inexperience–but from there, the path to their liaison would play out in varied and surprising ways, in this early and telling romantic dramedy from filmmaker Hong Sang-soo.
The Alpha Incident (1978)
A train station is quarantined thanks to the discovery of a dangerous organism from Mars that was brought back to Earth by a space probe. Once infected by it, a person’s brain will expand until it bursts right through their skull–but only if they fall asleep. Can everyone stuck at the station (not to mention the audience) stay awake until a cure is found? Ralph Meeker, Stafford Morgan, John F. Goff, and George “Buck” Flower star in this sci-fi shocker.
New York hood kid Nick Martin (Joey Travolta) didn’t have much going for him past his place as alpha among his block’s toughs. However, when the alliance he strikes with a far more vicious street gang leader (Andrew Rubin) to teach some defiant carnies a lesson gets fatally out of hand, he’s got to make some rough choices about his future. Uncovered troubled-youth tale co-stars Michael Tucci, Chris Mulkey, Talia Balsam, Joan Darling, Jon Gries.
The Brave One (1956)
This simple and charming drama about a Mexican boy’s efforts to save his beloved pet bull from a certain death in the arena against a top matador was marked by controversy (blacklisted scripter Dalton Trumbo, writing under a pseudonym, won an Academy Award), but remains a warm story for the entire family. Michel Ray, Rodolfo Hoyos star.
The Beta Test (2021)
Cutthroat but happily affianced Hollywood agent Jordan (Jim Cummings) thought it was a put-on when he got a bespoke invitation to a posh hotel suite for an anonymous, no-strings and blindfolded sexual liaison. He wound up taking the offer–and it was more than he’d imagined, and then some–but his mounting guilt and paranoia over the encounter will bring destructive consequences. Darkly satirical thriller from co-writer/co-director Cummings co-stars Virginia Newcomb, PJ McCabe.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)(4K Ultra HD)
A looming volcanic event threatens the dinos who remain on the island where the now-abandoned Jurassic World theme park sits. When Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the facility’s former operations manager who now works as an activist for dinosaur rights, and ex-velociraptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) undertake a dangerous mission to save the creatures from certain doom, they discover a conspiracy that could have global repercussions. Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, and Jeff Goldblum also star.
The Yellow Wallpaper (2021)
In the late 19th Century, young writer Jane (Alexandra Loreth, who co-wrote) was unable to shake her postpartum depression…and her physician husband John (Joe Mullins) prescribed inactive isolation at a country home. Confined to the house’s nursery, her growing fixation with the room’s peculiarly patterned decor may undo her tenuous grip on sanity. Unnerving take on the oft-told Charlotte Perkins Gilman short story co-stars Jeanne O’Connor, Clara Harte.
The Carey Treatment (1972)
Based on the novel “A Case of Need” by Michael Crichton (under the pseudonym Jeffery Hudson), this medical mystery stars James Coburn as Boston pathologist Dr. Peter Carey. When a trusted colleague (James Hong) is accused of performing an illegal abortion that led to the death of the hospital chief of staff’s (Dan O’Herlihy) daughter, Carey launches his own investigation to prove his friend’s innocence. With Jennifer O’Neill, Pat Hingle; directed by Blake Edwards.
The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection (4K Ultra HD)
Ten-disc set includes Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), The Trouble with Harry (1955), Marnie (1964), and Family Plot (1976).
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