Foreign films Internment, 16/03 and Love Is Cold as well as the U.K.’s Coffee in Winter and Moments of Darkness are among the titles coming from BayView Entertainment on DVD Aug. 11.
Internment (2018) is a drama set in Albania during communist rule. The Kulla family struggles as they are forced by government agents into internment. For Artur, the family’s son, things get more complicated when his girlfriend Frida is forced into an engagement with a high ranking operative. They continue to be subjected to cruel punishment when the arrival of a repatriated family friend complicates matters further.
In 16/03 (2017), haunted by the chemical attacks that claimed the lives of his family, Aryan, a Kurdish sniper, flees his homeland in search of a better life in the United Kingdom. Aryan begins to work in the film industry as a model of an asylum seeker but when an action scene goes horribly wrong and is attacked by terrorists, he is blamed as an insider. As the public outcry mounts against him, Aryan stands alone with only his English girlfriend believing his innocence. Detectives start to dig deeper into Aryan’s past and find evidence of his past military training, which adds more weight to the public’s desire for vengeance.
In Love Is Cold (2018), at the dawn of the 1999 handover of Macau to mainland China, two students (Endy Chow, Michael Tong) find themselves caught up in murder, pursued by mobsters and the police alike. When one of the student’s father tries to send her back to the Mainland, the true story is revealed.
Two other films from the United Kingdom are also coming to DVD Aug. 11, Coffee in Winter and Moments of Darkness.
In the dramatic romance Coffee in Winter (2020), Rod’s always lived life in accordance with his Indian culture and his family’s expectations: graduate, get a good job and get married. Hoping there’s more to life than this, he decides to quit his job as an I.T. professional and study a masters in photography. Hema, his sympathetic wife, encourages and supports him. When the semester begins, Rod meets a young and free-spirited German girl, Kim. Her passion for art and life inspire him to become more than the sum of his family’s expectations. They meet often, taking photographs, sharing ideas and discussing life over coffee. Caught up in the atmosphere of the city’s mellow nightlife, Rod finds himself moving further away from his traditional life.
In Moments of Darkness (2020), after his recent release from prison, AJ tries to get his life back on the right track. However, his efforts are met with equally frustrating results as he struggles to find work. With his family and friends reluctant to get too close, he finds himself isolated and defeated. Eventually finding work as a night watchman in an old 19th century town hall, AJ becomes relentlessly haunted by disturbing events of his past as he starts losing his grip on reality. With his immediate future seeming uncertain, he’s left to piece together what is left his fractured life.
BayView Entertainment is bringing two thrillers and an action film to disc in May.
The science-fiction thriller Dropa is dropping on DVD May 12. Set in an alternate future America, the film follows a government assassin who comes out of retirement to track down a killer extraterrestrial murdering the former members of his team.
Directed by Wayne Slaten, the film stars Jason Douglas, David Matranga, James Hong, Shayla Bagir, Jacob Reynolds and Michelle Ellen Jones.
The thriller Point Defiance is due on DVD May 19. In the film, a stockbroker’s world is turned upside down while under house arrest after his troubled brother returns from military duty in Afghanistan, forcing him to face a dark secret about his past.
Directed by Justin Foia, the film stars Derek Phillips, Josh Crotty, Lauren Elaine, Sarah Butler and Steven Swadling.
Finally, Highway 395 (2000) is traveling to Blu-ray May 26. In the actioner, Sheriff Wade confronts drug couriers on Highway 395, a criminal releasing from jail and a serial killer in the California desert.
The film stars Fred Dryer, Blake Adams and Greg Crooks.
BayView Entertainment and its Widowmaker Films division have partnered with Horrornews.net to create the new horror video distribution label “HNN Presents.”
“HNN Presents” leverages the insider knowledge of the horror field from Horrornews.net with the distribution experience of BayView Entertainment to offer the best films in the horror genre from around the globe, according to the press release.
“HNN Presents” titles will be available on both streaming and physical media platforms, and the first releases are tentatively scheduled for Summer 2020.
“Great things in business are never done randomly, they’re done with strategy and with unique partnerships,” said Widowmaker Films/Bayview Entertainment marketing manager Nisreen Damatti. “In this partnership, BayView and HNN are going to fill in the missing parts to accomplish new mutual benefits and success for both businesses.”
BayView Entertainment has a prescription for those stressed out by the pandemic.
The program Mindfulness Meditation for Anxiety: Seven Practices to Reduce Stress has been added to BayView Entertainment’s subscription VOD fitness service, collagevideo.tv, from longtime fitness content distributor Collage Video.
The video is designed to help raise consciousness and cultivate peace of mind. Host Ira Israel is a psychotherapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified yoga therapist, and registered yoga teacher. He has masters degrees in psychology, buddhism and Hinduism, and philosophy. His other titles include Yoga for Depressionand Anxiety and Mindfulness for Urban Depression.
Viewers can have free access to Mindfulness Meditation for Anxiety using the promo code STRESSAW30 here.
“In these stressful times, Israel’s instruction is especially welcome,” said BayView Entertainment marketing manager Nisreen Damatti. “With people stuck at home, perhaps suffering from anxiety and stress — or just feeling down — Mindfulness Meditation for Anxiety can offer some much-needed relief.”
The collagevideo.tv subscription service launched this year at $9.99 a month with a seven-day free trial. Content ranges from Pilates to yoga to step aerobics, offers everything from beginner to advanced workouts, and features such fitness stars as Denise Austin, Kathy Smith and Gilad. Collagevideo.tv currently includes more than 250 videos with more teed up. The service also offers exclusive workout videos, and new content is added every week, according to BayView.
Collagevideo.tv can be viewed on most devices, including iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Android, personal computers, laptops and many more.
Acquired by BayView in 2014, Collage Video has been in business for more than 30 years offering fitness content. Established in 1987, the company has garnered a reputation as the premier fitness exercise catalog worldwide, according to BayView.
BayView Entertainment, a supplier of independent special interest, fitness, and wellness video releases for more than 15 years, has acquired California-based Monterey Media, a distributor of independent films for all media platforms.
The Monterey library encompasses hundreds of feature films and documentaries and has been awarded numerous Multi-Platinum RIAA and ITA sales awards, according to a BayView press release. The Monterey catalog includes independent films starring such actors as James Franco, Kaley Cuoco, Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne, Dennis Hopper, Shirley Knight, Tom Skerritt, Thandie Newton, Anthony LaPaglia, John Ritter, Tommy Lee Jones, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, David Strathairn, Brian Dennehy, Robin Williams, Danny Glover, Nathan Lane and Jacqueline Bisset, among many others; sports programming including the Bruce Brown films On Any Sunday and The Endless Summer; an educational library of films adapted from literature’s renowned authors combined starring some of Hollywood’s greatest actors; and children’s programming.
“We are excited to welcome Monterey Media into the BayView Entertainment family,” said Peter Castro, VP of acquisitions at BayView, in a statement. “We share a common passion for the highest quality programming and this acquisition will drive exciting new growth for our wholesale customers as well as our producer partners by offering a complete portfolio of feature films and special interest titles from a single distributor.”
“As all good things must be nurtured to grow, we are so very pleased to have found a new chapter for our wonderful library and its deserving producers.” said Monterey Media’s Jere and Scott Mansfield in a statement. “We are confident as we transition that unique opportunities lie ahead for our carefully curated library.”
For more than 35 years, Monterey Media has been a leading supplier and distributor of independent feature film programming. Monterey’s films have been nominated or won Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Globe Awards and NAACP Image Awards.