Digitally remastered for the first time on HD VOD, blaxploitation classics from the stable of Xenon Pictures - including "The Citizen Kane of kung-fu pimpin' movies" Dolemite!
With the Eddie Murphy-starring Rudy Ray Moore biopic in the works at Netflix, the time is ripe to rediscover Moore's great moments in film with Dolemite and its sequel The Human Tornado. The brand-new high-def VOD releases of the action-comedy classics hit VOD July 3!
Disco Godfather, also starring Rudy Ray Moore, releases on the same date on VOD - and it's never looked better!
Also starring Carol Speed and Julius Carry, the action-crime gem tells of Tucker Williams (Moore), the rapping owner and main attraction of the Blueberry Hill Disco. An ex-cop with a penchant for head-whacking martial arts, Tucker is called back into action when his nephew (Julius J. Carry III) get hooked on angel dust.
Also available, that classic mesh of humor and horror Petey Wheatstraw. Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore) was born during a tropical storm, and from the moment he took his first breath he could walk, talk and kick ass. He grows up to become a famous comedian- so famous that his rivals (Leroy and Skillet) can’t handle the competition and plan to do Petey in.
When Petey is killed in a drive-by, Lucifer ( G. Tito Shaw) offers Petey his life back, along with unearthly powers, if he will marry the Devil's daughter (Ebony Wright) and produce a son. Petey agrees to the deal but has other plans.
Also hitting HD VOD for the first time on 7/3, Melvin Van Peebles' original 1971 classic Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels in this very early - in fact, it's widely credited as starting the blackploitation film category - blaxploitation entry.
Also available on HD VOD this July from Xenon Pictures : the Penitentiary franchise, starring Leon Isaac Kennedy, the original black samurai film Death Force, music documentary Welcome to Death Row, action-drama The Muthers, 1973 horror-comedy favorite Blackenstein, and one of the original blaxploitation horror films, Lord Shango.
[22 Jun 2018 at 10:15]
A Very English Scandal on DVD
The best thing Russell T. Davies has written in ages
Out on DVD on July 2, A Very English Scandal is the shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy to murder. It's the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalized, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his vociferous ex-lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk, and eventually Thorpe can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed politics forever as the British public discovered the darkest secrets of the Establishment and the lengths they’d go to conceal them.
Adapted from John Preston's book A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment, written by Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who, Queer As Folk, Cucumber) and directed by Stephen Frears (Florence Foster Jenkins, The Queen, Philomena, Dangerous Liaisons), A Very English Scandal stars Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott.
[22 Jun 2018 at 10:10]
Criterion's UK Blu-rays in September
Take your pick of Olivier or Carole
The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are delighted to confirm the titles to be released on Blu-ray in September 2018.
On the 10 September comes the newly restored COLD WATER, an acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria).
Following on 17 September is MY MAN GODFREY. William Powell and Carole Lombard star in an outrageous screwball send-up of Depression-era America, which makes for a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and social critique.
Network Releasing have announced that the bittersweet drama Anchor and Hope will be arriving in UK cinemas on 28th September. Starring Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones/Harry Potter), David Verdaguer (10,000 Km) and Geraldine Chaplin the acclaimed and timely film has already played various festivals including the London Film Festival 2017, SXSW 2018, Gaudi Awards 2018, Sevilla European Film Festival (Best Film) and the Rotterdam Film Festival.
From director Carlos Marques-Marcet (10,000 Km), Anchor and Hope explores the themes of surrogacy, adoption, same-sex relationships and what it means to be a parent in a modern-day world.
In their mid-30s, Eva and Kat's humble, yet carefree, lifestyle in their London canal boat gets turned upside down when Eva presents Kat with an ultimatum: she wants a child. Kat resists, knowing that it will end the bohemian lifestyle she’s always envisaged with Eva. When Kat’s best friend, Roger, drops in from Barcelona to party with the ladies, however, the three of them toy around with the idea of creating a baby together.
Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's immensely powerful It Happened Here depicts an alternative history in which England has been invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany.
Coming to Blu-ray for the first time, on 23 July 2018, the film is presented in a new 2K remaster (from the original camera negative) by the BFI National Archive, supervised by Kevin Brownlow, to mark his 80th birthday.
A raft of exceptional extras include previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage, new interviews, news items, trailers and more.
"The German invasion of England took place in July 1940 after the British retreat from Dunkirk. Strongly resisted at first, the German army took months to restore order, but the resistance movement, lacking outside support, was finally crushed. Then, in 1944, it reappeared."
That is what happened when history was rewritten: Nazi Germany has won the Second World War and England is under occupation. Kevin Brownlow was only 18 when he and Andrew Mollo - just 16 - embarked on this ambitious neorealist-tinged drama, which took eight years to complete, helped along by financial support from Tony Richardson (Woodfall Films). Shot on both 16mm and 35mm, with a mainly amateur cast and with incredible attention to detail, the impressively polished result is a chilling and timely reminder of what might have been had Nazism not been defeated.
The newly remastered film will be premiered on the big screen at a special Blu-ray/DVD launch event at BFI Southbank on its release date. The original trailer is above.
[20 Jun 2018 at 23:45]
It Came from the Desert
Empire of the ants
An action-packed monster movie inspired by the cult classic 1980s video game.
When a group of teenage motocross contenders head to the New Mexico desert, they soon discover something strange coming from an underground military laboratory: mutated ants!
It's up to the survivors to uncover the secrets behind a crashed meteorite from the 1950s, fight off their giant attackers, and save the world from alien invasion.
UK DVD release 25th June 2018.
[20 Jun 2018 at 23:41]
The Lodgers on DVD
Ghosts of Eire
THE LODGERS is a classic ghost story about orphaned twins who live on a crumbling estate in 1920s rural Ireland.
Though Isolated, Rachel (VEGA) and Edward (MILNER) are not alone, for they share the house with sinister unseen entities that forbid them from leaving.
When the arrival of a troubled war veteran (SIMON) sparks a sexual awakening in Rachel, she realises that she will have to fight alone to escape the family curse that has long haunted them.
UK DVD release 25th June 2018.
[20 Jun 2018 at 23:39]
211 on DVD
Starring NICOLAS CAGE (Gone In 60 Seconds, Face/Off) and inspired by one of the longest and bloodiest real-life events in police history... 211 - which is police code for "robbery in progress" - is a high-octane action-thriller that chronicles what it means to be in the middle of an unfolding crisis situation.
Mike Chandler (Cage) is a life-long veteran police officer ready to finally enjoy his retirement and a well-deserved pension. With his partner and son-in-law, rookie Steve at his side, and Kenny, a 15-year-old court-appointed ride-along reluctantly in tow, they set out on a routine patrol of the city's streets.
The two officers and their young civilian passenger soon find themselves underprepared and outgunned when fate puts them squarely into the crosshairs of a daring bank heist in progress by a fearless team of highly trained and heavily armed men.
An exciting expose of police work at its most dangerous 211 also stars Dwayne Cameron (McLaren), Michael Rainey Jr. (TV's Orange is the New Black), and Sophie Skelton (TV's Outlander).