2014’s ‘Amira & Sam,’ ‘The Connection’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray From MVD and Drafthouse Aug. 9

The 2014 romantic drama Amira & Sam and the 2014 French crime thriller The Connection will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group and Drafthouse Films.

In Amira & Sam (2014), to help adjust to coming home from war, former Green Beret Sam Seneca takes a stab at a life-long dream: stand-up comedy. Meanwhile, Amira, who fled Iraq after her brother was killed by U.S. soldiers, has a run-in with the police, so Sam takes her under his wing. The more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to combat their feelings for one another. The film stars Martin Starr (“Silicon Valley,” Spider-Man: No Way Home), Dina Shihabi (Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan,” Netflix/Marvel’s “Daredevil”), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”), David Rasche (Men in Black 3) and Ross Marquand (“The Walking Dead'”). Amira & Sam won awards at the 2014 Port Townsend Film Festival, 2014 Savannah Film Festival, 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival, 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival, 2015 Irvine International Film Festival and 2015 Prescott Film Festival.

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The Connection (2014), set in Marseilles in 1975, is inspired by true events. It tells the story of real-life magistrate Pierre Michel (Academy Award Winner Jean Dujardin, The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: The French Connection. The film also stars Céline Sallette (Marie Antoinette) and Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher). The Rotten Tomatoes “Certified Fresh” film from producer Alain Goldman (Babylon A.D., La Vie en Rose) was a 2015 César Awards nominee for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

Drama ‘The Keeping Room’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray July 12 From MVD

The Civil War story The Keeping Room (2014) will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 12 from Drafthouse Films, Giant Pictures and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the reimagined Western set near the end of the Civil War, Augusta encounters two renegade soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. When the pair of soldiers track her down intent on revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to defend their home and themselves as the attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.

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From director Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) and writer Julia Hart (Miss Steven’s, Disney+’s “Stargirl”), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, The Edge of Seventeen), Sam Worthington (Avatar), Brit Marling (Another Earth), Ned Dennehy (“Peaky Blinders”) and Amy Nuttall (“Downton Abbey”).

Kino Cult, Giant Expand Library With Seven ‘Midnight Classics’

Kino Cult is again expanding its library with seven “midnight classics,” presented in cooperation with Drafthouse Films. These films join a growing list of hundreds of new and rare, theatrically released cult hits, all presented in high-definition.

Kino Cult is a free, ad-supported streaming platform for horror and cult films launched in October 2021 by indie film distributors Kino Lorber and Giant Pictures, both of which landed a slot on our Top 20 Indie Power Players list for 2022.

Kino Lorber and Giant also have launched a linear FAST Channel (Free Ad-Supported TV) for Kino Cult on kinocult.com and in all associated apps. It features a curated and scheduled program of back-to-back films drawn from the channel’s library of “unapologetically weird cinema,” according to a press release.

Additionally, Kino Cult is now offering an ad-free subscription plan for $4.99 per month.

The seven new “midnight classics” are:

  • Ms. 45 (1981), directed by Abel Ferrara:  This revenge thriller classic follows a mute garment-district seamstress who, after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman rampage against New York City’s entire male population.
  • Wake in Fright (1979), directed by Ted Kotcheff: Starring Donald Pleasence, Wake in Fright tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. 
  • Miami Connection (1987), directed by Richard Park and Y K Kim: This action comedy finds motorcycle ninjas tightening their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. 
  • The Visitor (1979), directed by Giulio Paradisi: An intergalactic warrior is in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.
  • Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013), directed by Sion Sono: 10 years ago, Yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison and The F Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death … on 35mm film.
  • Raiders! (2015), directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen: After Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a seven-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film — a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film.
  • Dangerous Men (2005), directed by Jahangir Salehi: This comic actioner by Salehi, under the pseudonym John S. Rad, took 21 years to make and release, and is filled with all sorts of sadistic debauchery. 

Tubi Inks AVOD Deal for 40 Drafthouse Films

AVOD platform Tubi has inked a distribution deal with Drafthouse Films and digital distribution label Giant Pictures for nearly 40 Drafthouse Films titles now streaming with ads for free on Tubi. The collaboration marks the first time nearly all of Drafthouse’s English and foreign-language movies will be available on a single streaming service.

“Alamo Drafthouse has an undeniable reputation of giving cinephiles across the country a one-of-a-kind experience, and we can’t wait for our movie-loving audience to explore these premium indie titles,” Adam Lewinson, chief content officer of Tubi, said in a statement.

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Through June 30, Tubi will be the exclusive streaming home to 20,000 Days on EarthAmbassadorThe Act of KillingA Band Called Death, Borgman, Bullhead, Cheap Thrills, The Congress, The Dog, A Field In England, The Final Member, The FPGracelandI Declare WarKlownKlown Forever, Men & ChickenMood IndigoNothing Bad Can HappenThe Overnighters, Pieta, R100Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, Wake In Fright, Why Don’t You Play In Hell? and Wrong.

Tubi will also be the exclusive free home to catalog titles Confetti of the Mind, Dangerous Men, Miami Connection, Ms. 45, Trailer War and The Visitor. Non-exclusive titles include Amira & Sam, The ConnectionThe Keeping Room, The Look of Silence, The Tribe and The World of Karako.

Nick Savva, GM of Giant Pictures, said the caliber of the Drafthouse catalog and the wide streaming distribution provided by Tubi is a “match made in cult movie heaven!”