Someday Santa will make one of our Bucket List dreams possible: To meet the brains behind Cohen Film Collection and thank the geniuses for their output of great films on Blu-ray.
The latest gem: The Buster Keaton Collection: Go West & College. Both flicks have been restored to their luster and laughter.
Heeding the expansionist call of Horace Greeley, an idealistic young man (though aptly named “Friendless”) hops a freight train westward to meet his destiny, first in a teeming metropolis—where he is roundly trampled by rush-hour foot traffic—then into the ranch lands of Arizona. His attempts at bronco busting, cattle wrangling, and even dairy farming all end in hilarious failure, but when a trainload of steer are unleashed on the streets of Los Angeles, “Friendless” decides to undertake an unorthodox, single-handed round-up.
Keaton’s ode to varsity life demonstrates the performer’s trademark brand of visual comedy as well as his remarkable agility. He stars as Ronald, a small-town, academically-inclined freshman who applies his wiry physique to a series of sports, in order to impress a fellow student (played by Anne Cornwall). He seems destined for failure, but when Mary is accosted by an overzealous rival (Harold Goodwin), Ronald discovers within himself an untapped wellspring of athleticism.
The first time I watched Jack Palance torment Joan Crawford, I was hit with a case of Sudden Fear. I wanted to join Joan in the closet and watch the wind-up toy getting closer . . .
On January 12, Cohen Film Collection released this rediscovered masterpiece of film noir on DVD. Crawford plays a successful playwright who marries a less than stellar actor (Palance) with a troubling secret.
She soon discovers that he not only married her for her money but that he plans to murder her with the help of his lover (played by Gloria Grahame) in a performance The New York Times hailed as “hard, brash and sexy”. This taut thriller, featuring a score by Elmer Bernstein, that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
For the first time, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan face off against each other in the epic fantasy-adventure Iron Mask, premiering everywhere on Digital and On Demand November 20 and on Blu-ray and DVD November 24 from Lionsgate.
In order to save his homeland from certain doom, a kung fu master (Chan) must escape from the maniacal James Hook (Schwarzenegger) in order to send his daughter a secret talisman that will allow her to control a massive and mythical dragon. This larger-than-life, globe-trotting tale–ranging from the impenetrable Tower of London to the fabled Silk Road and China’s Great Wall–also stars Rutger Hauer in one of the screen icon’s final performances.
And thought this was a holly jolly Christmas. A lethal creature hides in the woods that surround a suburban neighborhood and kills anyone who comes near it in Dragon Soldiers, arriving on DVD, Digital and On Demand December 15 from Lionsgate.
When locals start vanishing from a small Colorado town, the mayor hires a squad of elite mercenaries to fight off the menace—whoever or whatever it may be. Leader Cameron (played by Ruben Pla) and his team suspect a ruthless gang of mercenary survivalists . . . until they come face to face with a massive, airborne, fire-breathing reptile. Now, stopping the creature and surviving the attacks will take weapons, explosives, and gunfire, along with every ounce of courage they have left.
There’s nothing quite like an outrageous, raunchy comedy. Hard-partying and out-of-control situations run amok in Guest House, a star-studded, who’s who of comedic actors and social-media influencers. Pauly Shore and Steve-O kick this flick, moving in on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD on November 10 from Lionsgate.
When engaged couple Sarah (Aimee Teegarden) and Blake (Mike Castle) buy their dream home, there’s a catch: A party animal named Randy (Shore) in the guest house who refuses to leave. When Randy throws a wild, sexy pool party, the cops show up, and Blake gets arrested. Can he and Sarah get through their backyard wedding without a certain loser crashing the party—and ruining their marriage?
Is it an American Dreamor a nightmare?
Michiel Huisman, Luke Bracey and Nick Stahl star in the flick, arriving on DVD, Digital and On Demand January 12 from Lionsgate. Steven Spielberg’s longtime cinematographer, Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, directs the intense crime-thriller about the brutal struggle for success.
Desperate for cash, entrepreneurs Scott (Bracey) and Nicky (Huisman) turn to Russian mobster Yuri (Stahl). After they refuse the funding he offers, Yuri gets revenge by trying to take over their construction project. The partners are terrified, until Nicky’s tough Russian girlfriend, Ana, decides to take action herself.
No, we’re not dreaming.
Is there anything scarier than Heir Adolf Frump, aka The Worm, aka Trumpty Dumpty?
But the Dark Sky Films DVD Hostscomes pretty close.
On Christmas Eve, an innocent couple become hosts to a malicious entity. Throughout the night they proceed to terrorize a family of five in unimaginably violent and disturbing ways. But these demonic possessions won’t end with this unfortunate family; they mark just the beginning of a horrific worldwide epidemic.
Beneath its nerve-jangling suspense, the film offers a dark and bloody insight into how lying to your loved ones can not only alienate them, it can completely destroy your bonds with them forever.
The film, written by Adam Leader and directed by Adam Leader and Richard Oakes, follows in the footsteps of classic successes such as The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Inglorious Basterds. Hosts was written to keep viewers on the edge of their seats and leave a lasting impression.
If you’ve ever had to privilege to see Rudolf Nureyev perform, the memories of his movements and motions will stay with you until your last breath.
Relive the magic again with I am a Dancer, the intimate 1972 documentary portrait, which offers an unprecedented look at the training and dedication behind his electrifying art.
Providing a unique glimpse into Nureyev’s personality, preparation and technique, the documentary includes excerpts from his performances in the classical ballets La Sylphide with Carla Fracci, and The Sleeping Beauty with Lynn Seymour; in addition to sequences from the modern ballet Field Figures with Deanne Bergsma, and Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand with his long-time partner Margot Fonteyn.
Film Movement has taken a most welcome leap by releasing this Golden Globe Nominee for Best Documentary Film Features on Blu-ray for the first time in North America.
Terese Capucilli on Nureyev and Fonteyn
Skylar Brandt on I Am a Dancer
16-page booklet with new essay by arts critic Kenji Fujishima
Remember Bret Easton Ellis’s scary novel American Psycho?
Get ready for more thrills and chills.
From director Tim Hunter comes the terrifying thriller Smiley Face Killers, slashing its way onto Digital and On Demand, and Blu-ray and DVD December 8 from Lionsgate. Inspired by true events and the twisted “smiley face killers” conspiracy theory that has gripped the American imagination for decades, this pulse-pounding serial killer tale reunites Hunter with his River’s Edge star Crispin Glover, and also stars Ronen Rubinstein and Mia Serafino.
We refuse to give away any more details. Why ruin the shocking surprises?
It’s never too early to start making that list you always put off until it’s (almost) too late.
Just in time for the holidays comes a feel-good family film starring a loveable dog: Charlie’s Christmas Wish. Awarded the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages, the flick unwraps on DVD, Digital and On Demand November 10 from Lionsgate. Aiden Turner, Lindsey McKeon, Jay M. Brooks and Diane Ladd star in this heartwarming tale.
A troubled war vet’s family finds new hope from a scrappy little rescue dog. Discharged and sent home for the holidays, John (portrayed by Turner) tries hard to adapt to civilian life—and to son Jimmy’s new pet, a feisty terrier named Charlie. As the family meets other struggling local veterans, they know it’ll take a miracle to bring peace to them and to John. Good thing Charlie has a direct line to the Man Upstairs . . .
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