The concert films Atlantic Rhythm Section: Sound and Vision Anthology and Grounded With the Goo Goo Dolls and the horror film A.K. Tolstoy’s A Taste of Blood are being released on disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment in May.
Southern Rock group Atlanta Rhythm Section presents a multimedia package featuring studio and live recordings in Atlantic Rhythm Section: Sound and Vision Anthology on DVD plus CD May 6. The disc includes new versions of the band’s biggest hits “Imaginary Lover,” “So Into You” and “Spooky” plus cover versions of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bachman Turner Overdrive, ZZ Top and more. The DVD features video and audio of a full concert performance. Additional bonus content on the DVD includes an interview with key band members, a band biography, discography and more.
Available May 20 is the concert film Grounded With the Goo Goo Dolls on Blu-ray plus CD and DVD. In the midst of the pandemic, the Goo Goo Dolls put on a rock show of their most popular songs on an Augmented Reality FanTracks Stage. From the heartfelt “Indestructible” to other hits such as “Iris,” the band played a twenty-plus song back catalog for a career-spanning set live from Thunder Studios in Long Beach, Calif. Viewers can enjoy the full slick, multi-camera angled show.
Based on Aleksey Tolstoy’s 1839 short story “The Family of the Vourdalak,” A.K. Tolstoy’s A Taste of Blood, due on Blu-ray and DVD May 10, tells the story of a man, who after going off to kill a vampire, returns home at the magic hour, between night and day. His family has doubts about whether he’s still human or whether he’s been bitten by the undead. His teenage daughter is determined to defend him, but doubts and fears grow as the darkness of the night approaches. The Blu-ray includes a bonus CD soundtrack.
The concert film Delta Rae — Coming Home to Carolina will come out as a Blu-ray combo pack (with DVD and bonus CD soundtrack) Nov. 20 from Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.
Earthy, familial alt-pop outfit Delta Rae juggles gospel-tinged country-rock, sensual-soul and harmony-laden Americana. Formed in 2009 as a four-piece around the talents of siblings Ian, Eric and Brittany Hölljes, along with Elizabeth Hopkins, the North Carolina-based band expanded to a sextet the following year with the additions of Mike McKee and Grant Emerson. In 2011 the group inked a deal with Sire/Warner Bros. The resulting Carry the Fire, their major-label debut, arrived in 2012. Carry the Fire reached No. 11 on the U.S. Heatseekers chart and No. 13 on the folk chart. Delta Rae released their second album, After It All, in the spring of 2015. Following a relocation to Nashville, the band signed with Big Machine in 2017 and issued a pair of EPs — “A Long and Happy Life” and “The Blackbird Sessions” — in quick succession. The front part of 2019 saw a spate of new singles, though in July of that year, Delta Rae announced their departure from Big Machine following a massive company buyout. Choosing to go independent, they quickly launched a crowd-funding campaign for their next release, a two-part double album called The Light & the Dark. The first volume, The Light, appeared in March 2020.
The concert film Coming Home to Carolina was filmed with 14 4K Ultra HD cameras, before hometown fans in Raleigh, N.C., during their final shows one week before Christmas, from their highly successful 2019 sold out “Take Me There” tour, that features some of the bands biggest hits including “Take Me There,” “Down by the River” and “Dance in the Graveyard” interspersed with scenic performance scenes at Raleigh River, interview segments at the band’s home where they recorded most of their first album of songs, ending in a bonfire jam at the Local Watering Hole.
Two films from Cleopatra Entertainment are coming on DVD in September from MVD Entertainment Group: the concert film Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld and the horror film Daddy’s Girl.
Due Sept. 11 is Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld. In the concert film, Judy Collins — along with Norwegian folk artist Jonas Fjeld and Americana band Chatham County Line — perform at the Oslo Opera House. Filmed in February 2020 on the heels of the newly formed groups’ studio release Winter Stories, the DVD and companion CD is a collection of classics, new tunes and a few surprises. Tracks include “Mountain Girl,” “City of New Orleans,” “Winter Stories,” “Sweet Refrain,” “Northwest Package,” “Wildwood,” “When Morning Comes to America,” “Hun Kom Som En Engel,” “River,” “Angels in the Snow,” “Highwayman,” “Frozen North,” “Bury Me With My Guitar On,” “Both Sides Now” and “Amazing Grace.”
Coming Sept. 29 is Daddy’s Girl. In the horror film, Zoe is a young woman held captive by her stepfather after the suicide of her mother. A former Abu Ghraib prison guard and now prolific serial killer, her stepfather trawls local bars using Zoe as bait to attract new, young female victims. A string of missing persons soon captures the attention of a rookie cop and a vigilante who both attempt to catch the evasive and sadistic killer. Bonus features a slide show and trailer. The film’s director won Best Director at the 2019 International Fantasy Film Awards, and the film was nominated for Best Independent Feature Film by the National Film & Television Awards.
The horror film Skin Walker is out on DVD from Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.
In the film, Regine is a fragile young woman trying to build a new life — safer and happier than the one she had as a child. Escaping her trauma is not so easy however, and when her grandmother is brutally murdered, Regine must return to the village she once left and revisit the gruesome horrors of her past to protect herself and her family. The film stars Udo Kier (Dragged Across Concrete, Blade), Jefferson Hall (Halloween (2018), Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Amber Anderson (Emma (2020), Your Highness) and Sophie Mousel (Blood Craft).
The film was an official selection at the 2019 Cairo International Film Festival and 2020 Luxembourg City Film Festival.
Performing to a sold-out crowd of 10,000 diehard fans at the MidFlorida Amphitheater in Tampa during their 2019 Altimate Tour, Bush put on a 90-minute concert that was filmed in 4K UHD with 15 cameras to capture the show from every angle. Produced by award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media, the concert features the band’s biggest hits including “Machinehead,” “Glycerine,” “Comedown,” “Swallowed,” “Everything Zen” and their newest hit song “Bullet Holes” from the John Wick 3 soundtrack.
The thriller Ladyworld, the horror title Verotika and the rock concert title Christian Death are coming on disc in March from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.
Due March 13 on DVD plus CD is Christian Death, a rare live concert film of the band from 1990, featuring original band founder Rozz Williams on lead vocals with Eva O on vocals, Rikk Agnew on guitars, Casey Chaos on bass guitar and Vic (Cujo) on drums. Tracks include “Cavity-First Communion,” “Figurative Theater,” “Burnt Offerings,” “Do Do,” “Mysterium Iniquitis” and “Dream for Mother,” among others. The release includes a 12-page booklet.
In the mystery-thriller Ladyworld, coming on Blu-ray March 17, eight teenage girls become trapped in an endless birthday party after a massive (imaginary?) earthquake. The girls’ sanity and psyches dissolve as they run out of food and water. Eventually, they regress to their baser instincts, exploiting each other’s fears and insecurities.
Verotika, coming March 17 on in a package with Blu-ray, DVD and a bonus CD soundtrack, is a surreal and bloody horror anthology told in three tales culled from rock legend Glenn Danzig’s long-running comic imprint of the same name. The first segment tells the story of a woman with eyeballs for nipples who conjures a giant, murderous albino man-spider every time she falls asleep. In the second story, a disfigured dancer collects other women’s faces. The third and final segment is a take on the Elizabeth Bathory legend, about a countess who bathes in the blood of virgins in order to remain youthful. The trilogy is presented by a mysterious woman named Morella (Kayden Kross). The CD Soundtrack includes Danzig’s “Eyes Ripping Fire,” Ministry’s “Dancing Madly Backwards on a Sea of Air” and Jyrki 69’s “Close Your Eyes,” among others.
The horror film Get Gone is out on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.
Starring horror icon Lin Shaye, the film follows Hoax Busters, an internet fake video-busting group that takes a weekend retreat after unveiling another online lie to do some team building. They travel to Whiskey Flats, Ore., and meet with Craig Eubanks, a shifty, bossy know-it-all outdoor guide who promises them his company, Rocks and Roots, will build their team confidence. At the same time, an invasive drilling company with the rights handed over by the Federal government is moving onto the land of a family that has lived on the property (illegally as “squatters”) for more than 30 years. When the drillers attack the family and the Hoax-busters get caught in the middle, things quickly go awry.
In addition to Shaye (Insidious, Ouija, The Grudge), the film stars Weston Cage Coppola (Lord of War, Rage), Bradley Stryker (Cold Pursuit), Robert Miano (Fast & Furious) and Caitlin Stryker (CW’s “The Flash”).
Mill Creek Entertainment’s transactional streaming service movieSpree is offering eight classic TV miniseries at a discounted price of $4.99 each or $29.99 for the entire collection, for a limited time.
The available miniseries include:
Lonesome Dove: Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Larry McMurtry, this sprawling epic of the Old West won seven Emmys and stars Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston and Danny Glover.
The 10th Kingdom: A star-studded fantasy adventure filled with action, romance and magic in which a fantastic land of fairy tale characters is brought to life and reinvented.
Cleopatra: Leonor Varela stars as the young queen of the Nile.
Scarlett: Based on Alexandra’s Ripley’s bestselling sequel to Gone With the Wind, the turbulent romance between Scarlett (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer) and Rhett Butler (Timothy Dalton) continues.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven: The adaptation of Mitch Albom’s bestseller explores the unexpected mysteries of the afterlife by reminding us what really matters here on Earth.
Moby Dick: Patrick Stewart plays Capt. Ahab in this adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic whaling tale.
The Titanic: This 1996 retelling of the story of the doomed ocean liner stars Peter Gallagher, George C. Scott and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The Odyssey: Armand Assante plays Odysseus in the adventure filled with exciting confrontations, dangerous monsters, angry gods and deadly sirens.
A free 10-minute preview for each series is available at the recently launched service, which can be accessed at www.moviespree.com or via apps for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android devices. Viewers can access the preview here.
Universal, Drama, $19.99 Blu-ray, NR. Stars Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut, C. Aubrey Smith. 1934. Universal’s new Blu-ray of the Cecil B. DeMille’s take on the legend, with Claudette Colbert in the title role, is one of the most immaculate presentations of a vintage black-and-white movie that I’ve ever seen. Extras: Includes a good commentary by writer/historian/F.X. Sweeney. Read the Full Review
A Lady Takes a Chance
Kino Lorber, Comedy, $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR. Stars Jean Arthur, John Wayne, Charles Winninger. 1943. A Lady Takes a Chance is almost all actor charm taking us from the leads’ dramatic meet-up to he point where it’s easy enough to figure out where Jean Arthur and John Wayne are predestined to land. Read the Full Review