“Beast” and Criterion Collection Titles Highlight the Latest New Releases


It’s time for the latest rundown of Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD new releases. And what a great batch of titles we have got for you this time! From movies fresh out of the theaters to classic films getting the deluxe treatment, there’s so much great entertainment waiting for you! Here we go!

Beast (2022)

Recently widowed wildlife biologist Nate Samuels (Idris Elba) thought it would be restorative for himself and his teenage daughters (Iyana Halley, Leah Jeffries) if they journeyed to his wife’s South African homeland and visited the preserve run by his old colleague (Sharlto Copley). Unfortunately, the trip would bring them afoul of a nearly-poached lion ready to take out its rage on anything on two legs. Survival shocker co-stars Mel Jarnson, Billy Gallagher.

Arsenic and Old Lace (Criterion Collection)

In Frank Capra’s filming of the popular Broadway black comedy, Cary Grant plays Mortimer Brewster, a writer and former confirmed bachelor who takes his new bride (Priscilla Lane) to visit the Brooklyn home of the two sweet old aunts (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair) who raised him. While there they encounter Mortimer’s brother Teddy “Roosevelt,” his killer brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) and his drunk doctor friend (Peter Lorre)…and a murderously funny secret in the basement.

Lost Highway (Criterion Collection) (1997)

Director David Lynch chauffeurs you down a dark and twisted road of passion, madness, and murder. The seemingly unconnected stories of a musician (Bill Pullman) and his wife (Patricia Arquette), who learn someone is videotaping them inside their home, and a mechanic (Balthazar Getty), who has an affair with a mob boss’s (Robert Loggia) mistress (Arquette again), are brought together, thanks to the machinations of a white-faced mystery man (Robert Blake). With Gary Busey, Richard Pryor.

Goldengirl (1979)

With the Olympics imminent, sports agent Jack Dryden (James Coburn) was recruited to join the team of handlers for sprinter Goldine Serafin (Susan Anton), whose adoptive eugenicist father (Curd Jürgens) had placed her on a controversial nutrition and drug regimen from the cradle. Will the public crucible of competition, however, be one she can meet physically or mentally? Long-sought sci-fi sports story also stars Leslie Caron, Robert Culp, Harry Guardino, Michael Lerner.

The Harbinger (2022)

When a family moves their troubled daughter to a small town and their neighbors start dying mysteriously, they fear something evil has followed them. Madeleine McGraw, Irene Bedard, Vincent Duvall, Teal Redmann star.

The Humanoid (1979)

This exciting Italian sci-fi saga is set on a future Earth, now called Metropolis, where the planet’s benevolent leader (Massimo Serato) is in danger of being overthrown by his evil brother (Ivan Rassimov) and a crazed scientist (Arthur Kennedy). Their plot to create an army of mutated superhumans backfires, however, when their hulking test subject (Richard Kiel) betrays them to help the good guys. With Corinne Cléry, Leonard Mann, Barbara Bach.

Murder at the Vanities (1934)

The latest production of Earl Carroll’s legendary Broadway review has a particularly harsh critic, as death threats made to the leading lady (Kitty Carlisle) have been followed up by murders in the wings. It’s up to the stage manager (Jack Oakie) and a gruff cop (Victor McLaglen) to give the killer the hook in this pre-Code whodunit laden with production numbers and barely dressed chorines. Carl Brisson, Gertrude Michael, Gail Patrick, Toby Wing also star.

Wire Room (2022)

For Homeland Security operative Justin Rosa (Kevin Dillon) and trainer Shane Mueller (Bruce Willis), the day’s duty was cut and dried enough–maintain long-distance tabs on an invaluable asset, Irish gunrunner turned Baja cartel middleman Eddie Flynn (Oliver Trevena). That was until a local SWAT team showed up at Flynn’s door…and the desperate feds have to work a balance between keeping cover and keeping their prize alive. Texas Battle, Shelby Cobb also star.

Gone in the Night (aka The Cow) (2022)

Taking a weekend’s getaway cabin rental for their flagging relationship, Kath (Winona Ryder) and Max (John Gallagher, Jr.) arrived to find it double-booked to younger couple Greta (Brianne Tju) and Al (Owen Teague). The kids were amenable to sharing…but the next morning found Greta and Max seemingly having run off together. Kath’s hunt for answers–with the help of surprisingly solicitous cabin owner Barlow (Dermot Mulroney)–takes stunning turns in this impressive thriller.

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen: A Journey, A Song (2022)

In this compelling documentary portrait, the life and times of iconoclastic Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen get viewed through the prism of the mournful anthem that became his most-covered and best-known work. Unprecedented access to the artist’s personal notebooks, journals, and film and audio archives combine with the observations of collaborators and admirers including Judy Collins, Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, Regina Spektor, and many more for a must-see effort.

The Twin (2022)

Having lost one of their young twin sons in a car accident, Rachel and Anthony Doyle (Teresa Palmer, Steven Cree) felt that pulling up stakes for a Finnish farmhouse would let them start afresh. It seems that it wasn’t far enough, as surviving sib Elliot (Tristan Ruggeri) started manifesting bizarre behavior…and his trauma-spurred longing for his brother results in uncanny and unholy consequences. Moody stunner also stars Barbara Marten, Ergo Küppas.

Blind Fury (1989)

Blinded and left for dead in Vietnam, Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer) survives and learns to overcome his handicap. Now, he’s the deadliest martial arts master around, and some drug dealers who threaten Parker’s friends soon learn it doesn’t take two eyes to kill. Based on 1967’s “Zatoichi Challenged,” this samurai action-comedy featuring mind-blowing stunts co-stars Terry O’Quinn, Randall “Tex” Cobb, Lisa Blount.

Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini (2015)

If you’ve been a hardcore horror movie fan for any time since the ’80s, you know both the name and the handiwork–as his skill with prosthetic make-up has provided unforgettable nightmare fuel for George Romero and many other fright filmmakers. The life and craft of Tom Savini is spotlighted in this documentary portrait, with insights from collaborators and fans including Robert Rodriguez, Alice Cooper, Sid Haig, Doug Bradley, Bill Moseley, Debbie Rochon, Tony Todd, Greg Nicotero, many more.

Mark of the Vampire (1935)

After a Prague nobleman was found murdered and drained of blood, the family’s suspicions turned to the soon-arrived and creepy new neighbor Count Mora (Bela Lugosi). When the victim’s lovely daughter (Elizabeth Allan) is nearly assaulted, occult expert Prof. Zelen (Lionel Barrymore) is brought in for her protection–but does the crafty academic have another endgame to trap the killer? Tod Browning’s talkie remake of “London After Midnight” co-stars Jean Hersholt, Lionel Atwill, Carroll Borland.

Going Places (1974)

Fast-moving and darkly comic tale of two likable hoods (Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere) who go on a sex-and-violence filled excursion across the French countryside. Along the way, the pair encounters a variety of off-the-wall characters, including a nagging hairdresser (Miou-Miou) and a nymphomaniac ex-con (Jeanne Moreau). With Brigitte Fossey and Isabelle Huppert.

Sweet Tooth: The Complete First Season (2021)

A decade ago, a pandemic decimated the world’s populace–and spurred the birth of children with animal characteristics. For much of his life, the deer-featured Gus (Christian Convery) was sheltered by his dad (Will Forte) in the Nebraska wilderness…but with his passing, he sets out on a quest for his mother with the aid of survivalist ex-football star Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Alonzie). Netflix take on the Jeff Lemire DC/Vertigo comic co-stars Adeel Akhtar, Dania Ramirez, Stefania LaVie Owen, Aliza Vellani.

By Candlelight (1933)

It’s a double dose of mistaken identity in director James Whale’s engaging pre-Code romantic comedy. Josef (Paul Lukas) is a butler who is believed to be an English lord by Marie (Elissa Landi), a beautiful maid whom Josef thinks is a young woman of high standing. The two fall madly in love…but what will happen when they both learn the truth? Nils Asther, Dorothy Revier, and Lawrence Grant co-star.

A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love

Brought together by community service, Eric and Joy find new purpose at Christmas. As they help a family rebuild their home, coincidences and a medical miracle lead them to believe in destiny.

The Blue Iguana (1988)

What do a missing fortune, a sleazy Central American bar and a femme fatale have in common? They each play a key role in this stylish blend of suspense, action and comedy that follows a bounty hunter as he is blackmailed by two overzealous tax collectors into stealing a fortune in illegal bank notes in a dangerous foreign town. Dylan McDermott, Jessica Harper, James Russo star.

Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection

“The Mummy” (1932), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Phantom of the Opera” (1943) and “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) are included in this collection.

To Kill a Mockingbird (60th Anniversary Edition)(1962)

Three Oscars, including a Best Actor award for Gregory Peck, went to director Robert Mulligan’s dramatic look at life in racially segregated ’30s Alabama, as seen through the eyes of two children–“Scout” Finch (Mary Badham) and her older brother Jem (Philip Alford)–whose attorney father, Atticus (Peck), defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. With Brock Peters, Robert Duvall; based on Harper Lee’s award-winning novel.

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