Viva Pedro: The Almodovar Collection (Talk to Her/ Bad Education/ All about My Mother/ Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown/ Live Flesh/ Flower of My Secret / Matador / Law of Desire)
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Brand: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Pedro Almodovar broke into the art-house mainstream with this wild, manic comedy about a gaggle of women and their various problems with men, be they married lovers, cheating husbands, fiancÃ©s, or terrorists. Almodovar's long-time leading lady, Carmen Maura, stars as an actress (famed for her laundry detergent commercial as the mother of a sloppy serial killer) who's just been dumped by her married lover. In the midst of trying to track him down for a face-to-face confrontation, she crosses paths with her lover's son (Antonio Banderas), his unbalanced wife (Julieta Serrano), and his new girlfriend (Kiti Manver). Adding more fuel to the fire is the hapless friend (Maria Barranco) who got involved with a Shiite terrorist and is now being hunted by the police. Almodovar, a master of farcical screwball comedy, manages to keep all these balls in the air in dizzy, hilarious style without once losing his momentum. Chock full of the director's over-the-top stylization, in terms of both story and sets, the film is a hilarious yet heartfelt marriage of kitsch and drama, verging on parody but never going entirely over the top. Maura is absolutely breathtaking as the unhinged lover, dispensing wise advice to others while trying to keep a semblance of sanity, and the supporting cast is quintessential Almodovar, including a brief but memorable turn by Banderas in what could have been a bland, go-nowhere role. Nominated for the Best Foreign Lang...
The Hidden Fortress (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]
Manufacturer: The Criterion Collection
Two medieval misfits help a beaten Japanese warlord and his princess escape with the royal gold. Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Labyrinth of Lies [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Brand: Sony
Germany 1958. In those years, "Auschwitz" was a word that some people had never heard of, and others wanted to forget as quickly as possible. Against the will of his immediate superior, young prosecutor Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling) begins to examine the case of recently identified teacher who was a former Auschwitz gard. Radmann soon lands in a web of repression and denial, but also of idealization. He devotes himself with utmost commitment to his new task and is resolved to find out what really happened. He oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, colleagues and allies, and is sucked deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever.
In the Grayscale
Manufacturer: Wolfe Video Brand: Wolfe Video
When architect Bruno (Chilean TV star Francisco Celhay) finds himself passionately drawn to Santiago tour guide Fernando (Emilio Edwards), he faces challenging decisions about his identity and his relationship with his wife and young son. Offering no easy answers to Bruno's dilemma, this tenderly told tale of sexual discovery is a beautifully realized portrait of two men in love.
Manufacturer: First Run Features Brand: FIRST RUN FEATURES
A story of awakening humanity in the midst of violence, told with intimacy and elegance by writer/director Zaza Urushadze, Tangerines is the spare, yet haunting tale of an older Estonian man who cares for two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the 1990s-era war in Georgia. The film reveals compassion to be the ultimate response to centuries of political, cultural and ethnic conflict, a compelling and relevant message for contemporary audiences.
Manufacturer: Breaking Glass Pictures
Pulsion DVD Special Feature: -The Making Of Pulsion After completing the final installment of her best-selling Sex Stories trilogy in 2013, controversial French director Ovidie returns with her provocative new film, Pulsion. She explores the concept of sexual addiction, following the story of one woman's attempt to cure herself of this condition. As always, Ovidie combines a French arthouse sensibility with explicit sexual content, telling her story from a feminist perspective. Please be warned that the film contains nudity and explicit sex, and is intended for an adult audience. With Pulsion, Ovidie is back!
So I Can't Play H: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Section23 Films
Never make a deal with a wet goddess you've only just met. That's a lesson Ryosuke Kaga learns the hard way when he foolishly agrees to let Lisara Restole use some of his "essence" to stay in this world. Because despite her smoking hot appearance, Lisara's actually a Shinigami, a Goddess of Death. However, she doesn't steal years off his life like any decent Shinigami would do. Oh no, instead she sucks off his lecherous spirit, draining his ability to enjoyâ€¦ well, the things that teenage boys normally spend most of their time thinking about! And now the poor degenerate's only hope of getting his licentiousness renewed is to join the Lisara on her quest, since when she leaves our mortal plane he regains his normal immorality! But Shinigami can be really harsh mistresses and it's going to be anything but easy to go back to being sleazy in So I Can't Play H!
Manufacturer: Film Movement Brand: FILM MOVEMENT Model: 35374674
2016 OSCAR NOMINEE FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. Naji Abu Nowar's powerful and assured directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous 'Bedouin Western' about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him. Bonus features: Director Commentary; short film Waves '98.
Run Boy Run
Manufacturer: Menemsha Films, Inc. Brand: Menemsha Films, Inc.
A superlative saga of courage and compassion, RUN BOY RUN tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith. An unforgettable cinematic experience featuring exceptional performances, arresting cinematography and transcendent musical score, RUN BOY RUN is directed by Academy Award-winner Pepe Danquart and based on the bestselling novel by author Uri Orlev.
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