MVD Entertainment is releasing more titles from the Yari Film Group, an independent film company founded in 2002. New titles this month:
Making its debut on physical media on Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD and digital comes Yari’s feature directorial debut Mind Games. Maxwell Caulfield stars in this taut psychological thriller about a family’s battle for survival against a cruel, scheming stranger.
Trapped in an unhappy marriage, Dana Lund (played by Edward Albert) and his wife, Rita (Shawn Weatherly) try to breathe new life into their relationship by taking a trip through northern California with their 10-year-old son Kevin (Matt Norero).
Along the way they pick up Eric (Caufield) an amiable hitchhiker who’s a psychology student. But Eric’s charm masks the fact that he is psychotic. Sensing the Lund’s vulnerability, he decides to take control of the family, then destroy it through deceit and emotional manipulation. At first the Lunds are easy prey until they realize they’ve become victims of a bizarre reign of terror. They begin to fight back in a desperate attempt to save themselves from Eric’s madness and perverse, well, mind games.
The Special Edition Blu-ray of Mind Games includes great exclusive bonus material including a brand new feature length documentary The Making of Mind Games, featuring interviews with Mawell Caulfield, Norero and Weatherly, producer Mary Apick and director Yari.
Additional features include “Bob Yari: Portrait of a Producer“, a retrospective featurette on the career of the producer of the Academy Award Best Picture Winning Crash, The Illusionist and Find Me Guilty. Also included is the film’s original trailer, reversible artwork sleeve, mini-poster and a limited slipcover.
Guy Pearce, Piper Perabo and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons star in First Snow, an intriguing thriller about a man whose life spins out of control after psychic tells him his days are numbered. After his car breaks down in a desolate town, a slick salesman, Jimmy Starks (Pearce), visits a fortune teller (Simmons) to kill some time.
But the psychic’s ominous reading sends Jimmy’s life into a tailspin when he learns that his life will soon end, but he is safe at least, until the first snow of the season. Now, with his ultimate fate looming nearer, Jimmy becomes obsessed with revisiting his past in hopes of changing his destiny before it’s too late.
Sarah Michelle Gellar leads an all-star cast including Lee Pace and Michael Landes in the year’s most mesmerizing thriller, Possession. Newlyweds Jess (Gellar) and Ryan (Landes) seem to have it all until a car accident renders both Ryan and his brother Roman (Pace) comatose.
But things spin even more eerily out of control when Roman awakens and tries to convince Jess that he is her husband. Beside herself with fear and grief, Jess grapples with one question: Could the man before her actually be the man she lost….or does something far more sinister await her in his arms?
Academy Award winners Kim Basinger and Forest Whitaker join Danny Devito and an all-star cast in Even Money, a compelling thriller directed by Academy Award nominee Mark Rydell that follows the lives of nine individuals, as their fates become increasingly entwined in a web of addiction and gambling, culminating at one critical moment where their lives will be lost or reclaimed.
Struggling writer Kate (Basinger) loses her family’s savings at a casino; a washed-up magician ( Devito) tries to help Carol regain her money; Clyde (Whitaker) owes so much money to his dangerous bookie (Jay Mohr) that he asks his NBA-destined nephew (Nick Cannon) to throw the game.
Also starring Kelsey Grammer, Tim Roth, Ray Liotta and Carla Gugino, Even Money is a cautionary thriller about addiction and deception that hits a jackpot of suspense.