SILENT RUNNING on Blu-ray from Arrow 11/17
The first movie that ever made us reach for a tissue! In the not-so-distant future, Earth is barren of all flora and fauna, with what remains of the planet's former ecosystems preserved aboard a fleet of greenhouses orbiting in space. When the crews are ordered to destroy the remaining specimens, one botanist, Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern, The 'Burbs), rebels and flees towards Saturn in a desperate bid to preserve his own little piece of Earth that was, accompanied only by the ship's three service robots. Featuring a captivating central performance by Dern, visual effects that rival anything in 2001 and a powerful ecological message, Silent Running is a haunting and prescient sci-fi classic that resonates even more strongly today than it did at the time of its original release. IN ADDITION TO A NEW 2K RESTORATION, THE DISC INCLUDES A VARIETY OF NEW AND VINTAGE BONUS FEATURES.
THE IRISHMAN on Blu-Ray from Criterion on 11/24
Martin Scorsese's cinematic mastery is on full display in this sweeping crime saga, which serves as an elegiac summation of his six-decade career. Left behind by the world, former hit man and union truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) looks back from a nursing home on his life's journey through the ranks of organized crime: from his involvement with Philadelphia mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) to his association with Teamsters union head Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) to the rift that forced him to choose between the two. An intimate story of loyalty and betrayal writ large across the epic canvas of mid-twentieth-century American history, The Irishman (based on the real-life Sheeran's confessions, as told to writer Charles Brandt for the book I Heard You Paint Houses) is a uniquely reflective late-career triumph that balances its director's virtuoso set pieces with a profoundly personal rumination on aging, mortality, and the decisions and regrets that shape a life. AS USUAL, THIS CRITERION DISC IS LOADED WITH BONUS FEATURES.
TRAIN TO BUSAN presents PENINSULA on 4K UHD/Blu-ray from Well Go USA on 11/24
The long-awaited sequel to, in our humble opinion, the greatest zombie movie of the 21st Century. Four years after South Korea's total decimation in Train to Busan, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.
THE HAUNTING (1999) on Blu-ray from Paramount on 10/20
Paramount Home Media Distribution has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray Jan de Bont's film The Haunting (1999), starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor, and Bruce Dern. The release, which will be part of the studio's recently launched series Paramount Presents, will be available for purchase on October 20. Synopsis: For over a century, the foreboding Hill House mansion has sat abandoned…or so it seemed. Intrigued by its past, Dr. Marrow lures three subjects to the site for an experiment. But, from the moment of their arrival, as night descends, the study goes horrifyingly awry, and Hill House unleashes its supernatural wrath on the unsuspecting subjects.
Robbed at the Oscars, CRUEL JAWS on Blu-ray from Severin Films on 9/29
He defied all laws of good taste and international copyright with SHOCKING DARK and ROBOWAR. He reset the bar for batsh*t crazy ItaloHorror with RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR and HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD. And in 1995, legendary director Bruno Mattei – here as 'William Snyder' – stunned the civilized world with this ultimate sharksploitation saga that liberally borrows characters, plot and footage from Joe D'Amato's DEEP BLOOD and Enzo G. Castellari's THE LAST SHARK (and that's just the tip of a very litigious fin). Filmed in South Florida with a cast of now-ashamed unknowns that includes a Hulk Hogan lookalike, experience "the epitome of outrageous thievery cinema" (All Movie) – actually released in some countries as JAWS 5 – now remastered uncut in HD for the first time ever.
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