From a boxed set celebrating an icon of the French New Wave to Hallmark Channel favorites, there’s Blu-rays and DVDs for every taste now available. Take a look!
The Complete Films of Agnès Varda
Fifteen-disc set of cinematic masterpieces from the famed French filmmaker includes “La Pointe Courte” (1955), “Ô Saisons, Ô Châteaux” (1958), “Du Côté De La Côte” (1958), “L’Opéra-Mouffe” (1958), “Cléo From 5 to 7” (1962), “Les Fiancés Du Pont Macdonald” (1962), “Salut Les Cubains” (1964), “Le Bonheur” (1965), “Les Créatures” (1966), “Elsa La Rose” (1966), “Uncle Yanco” (1968), “Lions Love (…And Lies)” (1969), “Black Panthers” (1970), “Daguerréotypes” (1975), “Réponse De Femmes” (1975), “One Sings, The Other Doesn’t” (1977), “Plaisir D’amour En Iran” (1977), “Mur Murs” (1981), “Documenteur” (1981), “Ulysse” (1982), “Les Dites Cariatides” (1984), “Vagabond” (1985), “7 P., Cuis., S. De B…. ” (1985), “T’as De Beaux Escaliers, Tu Sais” (1986), “Jane B. Par Agnès V.” (1988), “Kung-Fu Master!” (1988), “Jacquot De Nantes” (1991), “The Young Girls Turn 25” (1993), “The World of Jacques Demy” (1995), “One Hundred and One Nights” (1995), “The Gleaners and I” (2000), “The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later” (2002), “Le Lion Volatil” (2003), “Ydessa, Les Ours Et Etc….” (2004), “The Beaches of Agnès” (2008), “Agnès De Ci De Là Varda” (2011), “Les 3 Boutons” (2015), “Faces Places” (2017), and “Varda by Agnès” (2019).
The High Note (2020)
While working as personal assistant to famed singer Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), Maggie Sherwoode (Dakota Johnson) aspires to bigger and better things in the music biz. Her desire to become a record producer drives Maggie’s effort to push Grace’s career in a new direction, while also trying to help a young musician (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) get started. Has she bitten off more than she can chew? Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, and Ice Cube also star in this breezy musical drama.
The Phantom of the Opera (Collector’s Edition)(1962)
Hammer Films delivered another stylish take on an iconic horror film property with this impressive adaptation of the Gaston Leroux chiller. Here, it’s the London Opera House in 1900 that’s tormented by a baleful, masked predator (Herbert Lom) seeking to claim a lovely young soprano (Heather Sears) as his protégé and his prize. Michael Gough, Edward de Souza, Patrick Troughton also star; directed by Terence Fisher.
Cry Freedom (1987)
This stirring epic drama by Richard Attenborough (“Gandhi”) follows the evolving friendship between white South African journalist Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) and black activist Stephen Biko (Denzel Washington) through the violent struggle against their country’s racist regime. At first skeptical of the policies Biko advocates, Woods is eventually drawn to a change of heart once he bears witness to the realities of apartheid. With Penelope Wilton, Kevin McNally.
Date with an Angel (1987)
Jim Sanders (Michael E. Knight), a young man about to get married, finds a beautiful surprise in his swimming pool. It’s not a mermaid or a mannequin, but a grounded angel (Emmanuelle Béart)! What’s the sultry seraph really doing on Earth, and what will happen when Jim’s wealthy fiancée (Phoebe Cates) and the rest of his friends and family see them together? Heavenly romantic comedy co-stars David Dukes, Phil Brock.
American Masters: Mae West: Dirty Blonde (2020)
With her brassy sexual presence and trademark gift for edgy innuendo, she’d delight fans and appall prudes during her heyday on stage, screen, and radio, and her multi-hyphenate show business accomplishments made her a singular female entertainer for her–or any other–era. This “American Masters” entry takes an appreciative survey of the long life and career of Mae West, as fans and followers celebrate her envelope-pushing cultural impact.
Tender Mercies (1983)
Robert Duvall won an Academy Award for his brilliant performance as Mac Sledge, a down-and-out country singer who is weaned off the bottle and finds happiness while staying with widow Rosa Lee (Tess Harper) and her young son (Allan Hubbard). Mac and Rosa Lee marry, but he must come to terms with his relationships with his ex-wife (Betty Buckley) and the daughter (Ellen Barkin) he hasn’t seen in years. Wilford Brimley co-stars in director Bruce Beresford’s poignant character study.
NCIS: New Orleans: The Sixth Season (2019)
The third entry in the popular “NCIS” television franchise stars Scott Bakula as Dwayne Cassius “King” Pride, a seasoned NCIS agent who oversees a team that investigates cases from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle. In addition to fellow agents Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black) and Meredith Brody (Zoe McLellan), Pride is also assisted by local medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder) and forensic scientist Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich). All 20 episodes from the sixth season are included in this five-disc set.
The Blacklist: The Complete Seventh Season (2019)
In this addictive crime drama, fugitive ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) emerges from hiding and makes his FBI captors an offer they cannot refuse, by offering his expert help in helping them nab the most elusive terrorists on his “blacklist.” His single condition is that he be partnered with rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone)–for reasons the darkly enigmatic antihero might eventually reveal. With Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix. All 19 episodes from the seventh season are included in this five-disc set.
A car accident leaves U.S. Marshal Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) stranded in Eureka, a community in the Pacific Northwest with a strange secret. Discovering the town is a hub of clandestine scientific research and innovation, populated by geniuses recruited from around the globe, Carter finds himself caught up in the bizarre burg’s odd goings on. This 2006-2012 Syfy series co-starred Joe Morton, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra, and Neil Grayston. All 77 episodes of the series are included in this 12-disc set.
Mikey (Brian Bonsall) is a cute little tyke who’s looking for a new foster family. It seems the last few he stayed with all died in one mysterious accident after another, and now he’ll do anything to find parents who won’t make him angry. Will the unsuspecting Trentons (John Diehl and Mimi Craven) be the perfect parents he’s looking for or simply his latest victims? Shocking blend of “Halloween” and “Problem Child” co-stars Josie Bissett, Lyman Ward, Ashley Laurence.
Split Second (1992)
This action-packed sci-fi thriller stars Rutger Hauer as Harley Stone, a tough cop working in a futuristic (well, 2008) London that’s been flooded due to melting polar ice caps. Stone will have to bring out the big guns when he embarks on a personal mission to stop the deadly alien creature that killed his partner and kidnapped his girlfriend (Kim Cattrall). Alastair Duncan, Michael J. Pollard, Pete Postlethwaite also star.
Casper (25th Anniversary Edition)(1995)
The friendliest ghost you know stars in his first live-action/CGI feature, befriending teenager Kat Harvey (Christina Ricci) whose “spectre therapist” father (Bill Pullman) is hired to clear out the mansion inhabited by Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) and his rude, crude companions, the Ghostly Trio. Humor, drama, and tenderness all mix in this spirited family hit. Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, Amy Brenneman co-star.
Five Corners (1987)
Set during one Bronx night in 1964, this offbeat drama from director Tony Bill (“My Bodyguard”) and writer John Patrick Shanley (“Moonstruck”) stars Jodie Foster as Linda, a young woman who was nearly raped by the erratic Heinz (John Turturro) years earlier. Just released from prison, Heinz confronts Linda in a disturbing attempt to romance her while seeking revenge on the man (Tim Robbins) who had protected her. Todd Graff also stars.
How to Build a Girl (2019)
It was looking improbable that the serious literary aspirations of shy Wolverhampton 16-year-old Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein) would lift her out of her working-class existence. Having hit paydirt with her review submissions to a music paper, though, she proceeded to reinvent herself as glammed-up cultural rebel Dolly Wilde–and pen a different end to her story. Singular coming-of-ager co-stars Paddy Considine, Alfie Allen, Sarah Solemani; Caitlin Moran adapted her novel for the screen.
A wildly colorful and complex French thriller from director/co-scripter Jean-Jacques Beineix whose marvelously convoluted plot involves a young Paris mail carrier obsessed with an opera star who refuses to make records, a tape spelling out police corruption, Taiwanese mobsters, New Wave assassins, and a wild chase through the Paris Metro. Frederic Andrei, Richard Bohringer, Gerard Darmon, and Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez star.
Lucky Grandma (2019)
Apprised by an NYC Chinatown fortune teller that her luck was due to change, grouchy, chain-smoking new widow Grandma Wong (Tsai Chin) headed for Atlantic City. The payday only came after her seatmate on the casino bus return died…and she helped herself to his satchel of cash. Unfortunately, he was a triad accountant–but she’s got some surprising responses in store when the thugs come looking for the loot! Disarming dramedy also stars Corey Ha, Eddie Yu, Woody Fu, Michael Tow.
The Wretched (2019)
Rebellious teen Ben (John-Paul Howard) wasn’t happy to have been wrangled into a summer job helping his dad (Jamison Jones) run a lakeside marina. That misery would pale, however, after a malevolent, millennium-old forest spirit possessed the attractive next-door neighbor (Zarah Mahler)–and no one would believe Ben’s suspicions of unholy goings-on until it was far, far too late. Stylishly referential fear-fest also stars Piper Curda, Azie Tespai, Kevin Bigley.
Bridal Wave (2015)
Arriving at a lush island for a destination wedding to her dashing plastic surgeon boss (David Haydn-Jones), medical assistant Georgie Dwyer (Arielle Kebbel) couldn’t have been happier…or could she? The cold feet and second thoughts aren’t helped by the easy chemistry’s she’s finding with local, nonconformist carpenter Luke Griggs (Andrew Walker)… Will she have to reschedule that walk down the aisle? Engaging Hallmark Channel rom-com co-stars Jaclyn Smith, Colleen Wheeler.
The Irresistible Blueberry Farm (2016)
Successful but less-than-happy attorney Ellen Branford (Alison Sweeney) honored the dying wishes of her grandmother (Shirley Jones) and headed to her Maine hometown to hand-deliver a note to her girlhood beau Chet. Once there, she learned he had also passed away…and also found a fateful reprise of romance with Chet’s struggling farmer great-nephew Roy Cumberfield (Marc Blucas). Engaging Hallmark entry co-stars Kavan Smith, Rebecca Staab, Sarah-Jane Redmond.
All Summer Long (2019)
Disillusioned lawyer Tia (Autumn Reeser) once dreamed of captaining a boat on the open sea. She’s thrilled to get the chance to do just that when her uncle needs a skipper for his new floating restaurant. But Tia’s dream could quickly become a nightmare when she discovers that her ex, Jake (Brennan Elliott), has been hired as the chef…unless, of course, there’s still something cooking between them. Flavorful Hallmark romance co-stars Anne Marie DeLuise, Peter DeLuise.
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