January 7, 2020

THE POOP SCOOP: War ISN'T Hell Edition

MIDWAY on Digital 2/4 and 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand 2/18
Midway centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude, and bravery to overcome the odds. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Take home Midway and immerse yourself in history with multiple featurettes, including “We Met at Midway: Two Survivors Remember” and “Joe Rochefort: Breaking the Japanese Code,” which focus on real-life Midway decorated flyers sharing their story of survival and the enigmatic genius Joseph Rochefort, whose team broke the Japanese naval code essential to winning the battle.

THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER Collector's Edition Steelbook Coming 2/25  
On March 2, 1990, moviegoers were first introduced to Tom Clancy's legendary CIA analyst Jack Ryan when the thrilling and suspense-filled The Hunt for the Red October debuted in theaters. Now fans can relive every tension-laden moment with a special 30th anniversary Limited Collector's Edition 4K Blu-ray/Blu-ray Combo Steelbook, from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard), and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for the Red October seethes with high-tech excitement and sweats with the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst named Jack Ryan (Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on!

THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN on Blu-ray 2/28
From Mike Nichols, the legendary director of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge and Silkwood, comes this nostalgic favorite of those who grew up in the '70s. The Day of the Dolphin stars George C. Scott (They Might Be Giants) as a scientist who trains dolphins to speak, only to find them enmeshed in a government assassination plot. Acclaimed screenwriter Buck Henry (What's Up, Doc?, Candy, The Owl and the Pussycat) adapted this fantasy-adventure from the popular novel by Robert Merle (Weekend at Dunkirk). Two of the film's best features are the terrific cinematography by the great William A. Fraker (Bullitt, Rosemary's Baby) and the Oscar-nominated score by Georges Delerue (Platoon, True Confessions). Bonus Features: Brand New 4K Restoration | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson | Interviews with Screenwriter Buck Henry and Actors Leslie Charleson and Edward Hermann | Radio Spot | Optional English Subtitles | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Theatrical Trailer
The Original FAIL SAFE (1964) on Blu-ray 1/28 from Criterion Collection
This unnerving procedural thriller painstakingly details an all-too-plausible nightmare scenario in which a mechanical failure jams the United States military’s chain of command and sends the country hurtling toward nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Working from a contemporary best seller, screenwriter Walter Bernstein and director Sidney Lumet wrench harrowing suspense from the doomsday fears of the Cold War era, making the most of a modest budget and limited sets to create an atmosphere of clammy claustrophobia and astronomically high stakes. Starring Henry Fonda as a coolheaded U.S. president and Walter Matthau as a trigger-happy political theorist, Fail Safe is a long-underappreciated alarm bell of a film, sounding an urgent warning about the deadly logic of mutually assured destruction.

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