Neo-Noir Thriller ‘After Dark, My Sweet’ Coming to Blu-ray Disc on Sept. 12

Kino Lorber Sept. 12 will release the neo-noir thriller After Dark, My Sweet, starring Jason Patric, Bruce Dern and Rachel Ward, on Blu-ray Disc.

The 1990 film, directed by James Foley and based on Jim Thompson’s 1955 pulp-fiction novel of the same name, was a commercial bomb but a critical favorite, with the late Roger Ebert opining in the Chicago Sun-Times, “After Dark, My Sweet is the movie that eluded audiences; it grossed less than $3 million, has been almost forgotten, and remains one of the purest and most uncompromising of modern film noir. It captures above all the lonely, exhausted lives of its characters.”

Patric stars as Collie, a former boxer hired by a sexy widow (Ward) and a cop-turned-con (Dern) to pull off the perfect kidnapping. What neither of the two realize is that Collie is an escapee from a mental institution. When he realizes the widow he’s fallen in love with has  been manipulating him, Collie turns the tables — with deadly results.

The film is being brought to Blu-ray disc from a new HD master made from a 2K scan of the interpositive. Special features include an audio commentary from director Foley, interviews with Patric and Dern, and the original theatrical trailer, also newly mastered in 2K.

Coppola’s Gothic Thriller ‘B’Twixt Now and Sunrise’ Due on Blu-ray Feb. 28

The 2011 gothic thriller B’Twixt Now and Sunrise, written, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) Feb. 28 from Lionsgate.

Featuring Coppola’s “Authentic Cut,” the film is available for the first time on Blu-ray. “The Authentic Cut of B’Twixt Now and Sunrise is a story more personal to me,” Coppola said in a statement.

The film stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern and Elle Fanning, with musician Tom Waits narrating.

In the film, when struggling supernatural fiction writer Hall Baltimore (Kilmer) arrives in an isolated small town as part of his book tour, he hears about the local lore of vampires and an infamous mass murder. Eager for inspiration, Baltimore is swept into a surreal fever dream of eccentric characters — from the oddball sheriff (Dern) to the ghost of a young girl (Fanning) to visions of Edgar Allan Poe (Chaplin) — that forces him to confront his own troubled past.

Bonus features include Twixt: A Documentary by Gia Coppola.

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‘The Most Dangerous Game’ Due in Theaters, on Digital Aug. 5 From Mill Creek

The Most Dangerous Game will be released on digital Aug. 5 from Mill Creek Entertainment, Koenig Pictures and Charach Productions. 

The film will debut theatrically in select markets. 

In this remake on the 90th anniversary of the 1932 classic, a father and son on a steamer ship bound for a great hunting expedition in the wilds of Alaska are shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Greeted warmly by the island’s only resident, the relieved men are wined and dined and talk of hunting ensues. When their host reveals the true nature of his trophy hunts, the stranded men are forced to run for their lives or fight to survive on a desolate island that is a human hunting ground. 

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The action adventure stars Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow), Chris “C T” Tamburello (MTV’s “The Challenge,” Habitual),  Tom Berenger (Inception, Platoon), Oscar-nominated Bruce Dern (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire). 

The film is written, directed and produced by Justin Lee (Final Kill).

 

Horror-Thriller ‘Mid-Century’ Headed to Digital June 17, Disc July 26

The  horror-thriller Mid-Century is being released in select theaters, on demand and for digital purchase June 17, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 26 from Lionsgate.

Mid-Century follows a husband and wife on a weekend in a mid-century modern vacation rental that turns deadly when the husband discovers the owner is a psychopath with a backyard of buried secrets and designs on his wife.

Directed by Sonja O’Hara (Best Director winner for Mid-Century at this year’s L.A. Film Festival), the film stars Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Stephen Lang (“Avatar” franchise) and Shane West (“Gotham”).

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Mill Creek Mounts First Feature Co-Production With ‘Most Dangerous Game’ Remake

Mill Creek Entertainment is mounting its first-ever co-production of a feature film with the remake of the 1930s classic The Most Dangerous Game.

Mill Creek joins Koenig Pictures, in association with Charach Productions, in the remake starring Tom Berenger (Inception, Platoon, Major League), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow, Tarzan in the Lost City), Chris “CT” Tamburello (MTV’s “The Challenge,” Habitual), Bruce Dern (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire).

Currently in production, the film is anticipated for a theatrical release in select cities in summer 2022.

Mill Creek will oversee the North American release of the film on all formats, theatrical, broadcast, digital and physical.

The story follows a father and son on a steamer ship bound for a great hunting expedition in the wilds of Alaska when they become shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Greeted with a warm invitation by the island’s only resident, Baron Von Wolf, the men are wined and dined and talk of hunting ensues. But soon, they learn what Baron’s trophy hunts truly are, and a game of cat and mouse begins as the group tries to stay alive on a desolate island that is a human hunting ground.

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The film is written, directed and produced by Justin Lee (Final Kill), with producers Michelle Ng, Ed Morroe, and executive producer Bill Sondheim, who originally brought the project to Mill Creek where he has several other film related projects.

Western ‘Last Shoot Out’ Due on Digital and Disc in December

The Western Last Shoot Out will be released in select theaters and for digital rental Dec. 3, as well as on Blu-ray, DVD and for digital purchase Dec. 7 from Lionsgate.

Starring Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight) and Michael Welch (Twilight franchise), the film is a saga of love, betrayal and revenge. In the Western, after newlywed Jocelyn learns that her husband Jody (Welch) had her father shot down, she flees from the Callahan ranch in fear. She’s rescued by gunman Billy Tyson, who safeguards her at a remote outpost as he staves off Jody’s attempts to reclaim his bride. As the angry Callahans keep Billy, Jocelyn, and others captive at the outpost, an explosive showdown is inevitable.

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The Gateway

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Lionsgate;
Thriller;
19.98 DVD, $21.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for strong violence, pervasive language, drug use, some sexual content and nudity.
Stars Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn, Taryn Manning, Mark Boone Junior, Taegen Burns, Frank Grillo, Bruce Dern.

The crime drama The Gateway offers a strong cast and the seeds of tackling a relevant social issue, but ends up muddling its focus by swerving into the realm of the action thriller.

The always welcome Shea Whigham — the go-to character actor for gruff, hard-edged personalities — stars as Parker, a heavy-drinking, drug-addicted social worker trying to maintain his sanity at work while keeping an eye on kids whose parents have crossed the law one too many times.

He takes a special interest in Ashley (Taegen Burns), whose father is in prison and whose mother (Olivia Munn) works at a local casino trying to make ends meet, often neglecting to remember to take her daughter to school.

Soon enough, though, Daddy’s out on parole, beating up his baby momma and involved in a drug ring led by a crime boss played by Frank Grillo. Parker is resolved to protect Ashley no matter the cost, even as he’s ordered to leave the family alone.

The movie tries to shed some light on the grim realities of the foster care system, with Parker trying atone for his own troubled upbringing and shady past by trying to find a kid to do right by who isn’t a hopeless cause. But the drug gang subplot that ends up taking over the movie is mostly generic crime thriller stuff.

Still, Whigham makes for a compelling screen presence, and Munn turns in some good work as the put-upon mother whose loyalties are twisted by circumstance.

The Blu-ray contains the film’s trailer and a single four-minute featurette called “Living Legends: The Cast of The Gateway” in which the filmmakers and cast discuss making the film.

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IFC Films to Issue ‘Last Call’ on DVD Sept. 21

IFC Films has set a Sept. 21 release date for Last Call, a comedy-drama starring Jeremy Piven, which will arrive on DVD at a suggested list price of $24.98.

IFC Films is a leading distributor of talent-driven independent films.

Piven portrays Mick, a local success story and real estate developer who returns home to his offbeat blue-collar Irish neighborhood in the shadows of Philadelphia for a funeral and is obligated to stay to ensure his parents’ ailing family business gets back on course.

Amid all of this, he grows closer to his childhood crush (Taryn Manning), who is also back in town, while enduring the constant ridicule of his old hometown crew. As Mick begins to reconnect with the neighborhood he grew up in, he finds himself at a crossroads when forced to either raze or resurrect the family bar.

Piven is best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series “Entourage,” for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards.

Manning appeared in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” as well as the films Hustle & Flow and 8 Mile.

The film also stars Zack McGowan, Jamie Kennedy of Scream fame, and legendary actor Bruce Dern, who received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominations for Nebraska and Coming Home, respectively.

Strike Back Studios Sets Disc Dates for Actioner ‘Overrun’

Strike Back Studios has set a Nov. 16 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release date for the action movie Overrun. The film, which marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Josh Tessier, is currently available to buy or rent on select digital platforms.

Overrun, from Turbo Panda Productions, follows former military extraction specialist Marcus Lombardi (Omid Zader), whose only chance of saving his informant sister and their family is to track down a mysterious briefcase.

Overrun includes plenty of martial arts action work and epic gun fights. The film stars Omid Zader (3 Days to Kill, Vice, Star Trek: Into Darkness),  Johnny Messner (Tears of the Sun, Believers, The Whole Ten Yards), Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, Nebraska, The Peanut Butter Falcon), and William Katt (The Greatest American Hero, Carrie), among others.

‘Lake Michigan Monster,’ ‘Silent Running’ Among Titles Due on Blu-ray in November From MVD and Arrow

Lake Michigan Monster, Silent Running, Burst City and He Came From the Swamp: The William Grefe Collection are coming to Blu-ray in November from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

Lake Michigan Monster (2018), due Nov. 3, is an action-packed tale of nautical derring-do and monster mayhem. It was the winner of the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival. The low-budget film — shot with most of the cast also performing multiple roles behind the camera — is a love letter to the sci-fi creature features of the 1950s. This story about an eccentric ship captain determined to tame the beast that slew his father was shot on 16 mm black-and-white film and is the stuff of Saturday matinees. On the shores of Lake Michigan, the eccentric Captain Seafield (Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, who also writes and directs) enlists a colorful crew of misfits in a bid to slay the hellish sea monster that prowls the murky depths. But as Seafield’s obsession with exacting revenge on the creature that killed his father threatens to consume him, can weapons expert Sean Shaughnessy (Erick West), sonar whiz Nedge Pepsi (Beulah Peters) and former N.A.V.Y. — Nautical Athletes and Adventure Yunit — officer Dick Flynn (Daniel Long) hold the show together? Extras include two commentaries and multiple interviews.

Killer sharks, human jellyfish and living mummies appear in the first ever collection of works by William “Wild Bill” Grefé, the maverick filmmaker who braved the depths of the Florida everglades to deliver outrageous exploitation fare. Bringing together seven of Grefé’s most outlandish features, all new to Blu-ray, He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection, due Nov. 24, features demented jellyfish men (Sting of Death, 1966), zombified witch doctors (Death Curse of Tartu, 1966), homicidal hippies (The Hooked Generation, 1968) and seductive matrons (The Naked Zoo, 1971) — not to mention the ubiquitous go-go dancing college kids. Also in the collection are The Psychedelic Priest (1971), Mako: Jaws of Death (1976) and Whiskey Mountain (1977).

Burst City (1982), due Nov. 10, features dystopian sci-fi, Mad Max-style biker wars against yakuza gangsters and the police, and performances from members of the real-life Japanese punk bands The Stalin, The Roosters, The Rockers and INU. In a derelict industrial wasteland somewhere on the outskirts of Tokyo, two rival punk bands and their unruly mobs of fans gather for a Battle of the Bands-style protest against the construction of a nuclear powerplant, bringing them head to head with the yakuza industrialists behind the development of their turf. This extraordinary celebration of Japan’s punk music scene of the early 1980s thrust Sōgo Ishii (now known by the name of Gakuryū Ishii), the underground filmmaking wunderkind behind such works as Half Human: Einstürzende Neubauten (1986), Angel Dust (1994) and Electric Dragon 80,000V (2001), to the next level and is cited as an early landmark in Japanese cyberpunk cinema.

Due Nov. 17 is Silent Running (1972). Visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (The Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) contributed to the ground-breaking special photographic effects of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Four years later, he stamped his own indelible mark on the science fiction genre with his directorial debut — Silent Running. 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), 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.