Electric Entertainment Acquires Rights to Drama ‘Year of the Fox’

Electric Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based production and distribution company, has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights to the 2023 Seattle International Film Festival Official Selection Year of the Fox. The deal gives Electric all media rights.

Directed by Megan Griffiths (“Sadie,” Amazon’s “The Summer I Turned Pretty”) and written by Eliza Flug, who also produced alongside Lacey Leavitt Gray and Jennifer Roth, Year of the Fox stars Sarah Jeffery, Jane Adams, Jake Weber and Balthazar Getty.

Inspired by true events, the searing depiction of a wealthy community in the ’90s providing cover for predatory behavior delves into the complexities of power, privilege and personal agency. In the film, a biracial teenager who was adopted into extreme wealth by white parents, 17-year-old Ivy (Sarah Jeffery), finds herself navigating the fallout of her parents’ bitter divorce. Set adrift in Aspen’s bacchanalian party scene in the ‘90s, Ivy’s previously idyllic world begins to unravel as she is plunged into a playground of toxicity where those with infinite wealth look to prey upon the young and innocent. In a society that allows men to dictate who she should be, Ivy must determine whether to follow the paths of her peers and the women before her or forge her way on her own terms. 

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“This film offers a beautiful and intimate portrayal of a young girl’s coming of age as she navigates through the complicated and difficult situations that life has given her,” Dean Devlin, CEO of Electric Entertainment, said in a statement. “We are happy to be providing audiences in the U.S. and Canada with the opportunity to experience this film.”

“We have been so gratified by the powerful dialogue the film has generated during our festival run, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Electric Entertainment to bring that conversation to wider audiences,” Griffiths said in a statement.

“Year of the Fox” won Best Directing and Best Feature at the Catalina Film Festival.

Drama ‘Freud’s Last Session’ Available for Premium Digital Rental and Sale

The drama Freud’s Last Session, starring Anthony Hopkins, is available for premium digital rental and sale from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film set in London on Sept. 3, 1939, as the world is on the brink of war, in his final days Sigmund Freud (Hopkins), a recent escapee with his daughter from the Nazi regime, receives a visit from the formidable Oxford Don, author C.S. Lewis (Matthew Goode).

On this day, two of the greatest minds of the 20th century engage in a monumental session over the belief in the future of mankind and the existence of God.

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Netflix Announces New Series ‘Death by Lightning’ About President James Garfield

Netflix Feb. 1 announced the new series “Death by Lightning,” a drama retelling the rise of U.S. President James Garfield and his subsequent assassination by Charles Guiteau.

From creator Mike Makowsky and executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, under their deal with Netflix, and Matt Ross, who will direct all episodes, the series is based on the novel Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard.

The series brings to life the epic and stranger-than-fiction true story of James Garfield, reluctant 20th president of the United States, and his greatest admirer Charles Guiteau — the man who would come to kill him.

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The series stars Matthew Macfadyen (“Succession,” Deadpool 3, “Stonehouse,” Operation Mincemeat) as Guiteau, and Michael Shannon (“George & Tammy,” “Waco,” Nocturnal Animals, Revolutionary Road) as Garfield.

Spanish Thriller ‘The Corpse of Anna Fritz’ Due on DVD Feb. 6 From MVD

The 2015 Spanish thriller The Corpse of Anna Fritz (El cadáver de Anna Fritz) will be released on DVD Feb. 6 by MVD Entertainment Group and Invincible.

In the film, Anna Fritz, a beautiful Spanish actress and one of the most desired women in the world, has suddenly died. Her body is transferred to a city morgue, where a withdrawn young orderly, Pau, becomes fascinated with her lifeless cadaver. When Pau sends a picture of the dead celebrity to his two friends, they show up at the morgue for a glimpse of the beautiful starlet. As the whiskey bottles and coke packets empty, the three friends decide this is an opportunity they can’t pass up to get up close and personal with the corpse of Anna Fritz. However, when they are alone with the body, they soon realize that things aren’t exactly what they seem.

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Co-written and directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, the film premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin. Star Alba Ribas Benaiges has also appeared in the Netflix series “Las Chicas Del Cable.”

Drama ‘The End We Start From’ Available on Digital Feb. 6

The  survival drama The End We Start From will be available to buy or rent on digital on Feb. 6 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Jodie Comer, Joel Fry, Katherine Waterston, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the portrayal of family survival. When London is submerged by catastrophic floods, a new mother (Comer) is separated from her partner and embarks on a dangerous, remarkable journey across the country in search of safety, all while protecting her baby from the surrounding chaos.

The film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Megan Hunter.

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Chinese Action Drama ‘Never Say Never’ Due on Blu-ray Dec. 26 From BayView

BayView Entertainment will release the Chinese action drama Never Say Never on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 26 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

In the film, when a down-on-his-luck former fighter is accosted by a gang of young bandits, he recruits them for his second shot of glory at his upstart training facility. But after his past shady dealings and get-rich-quick schemes come to life, he’s forced to figure out how to lead his students without passing along the stigma of his troubled past.

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Mary Pickford Classic ‘Stella Maris’ Among VCI Titles Due on Disc Dec. 12 From MVD

Three classic films — the 1918 Mary Pickford drama Stella Maris, the 1941 Ernst Lubitsch comedy That Uncertain Feeling and the 1959 horror flick Horrors of the Black Museum — are due on disc Dec. 12 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

Stella Maris, newly mastered in HD for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release with an original score by the Graves Brothers, was a major advancement in filmmaking. Mary Pickford plays dual roles in a film that was very different from anything she had ever done before. It tells the story of two, very different young women; a beautiful, rich, but crippled Stella Maris and Unity Blake, a deformed and abused orphan. Director Marshall Neilan and cinematographer Walter Stradling created some trick photography for Mary to play both roles, using double exposure photography and complex editing which made it possible to present both characters on screen simultaneously. The Mary Pickford Foundation and the Paramount Film Archive partnered to access all elements available in the Pickford collections both at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and at the Library of Congress. Even though the archives were shut down during the pandemic, all parties cooperated to send the film elements to Paramount so they could be scanned in 4K resolution and commence work on the restoration. The two primary elements used in this restoration were a 1967 35mm black and white dupe negative and an incomplete 1925 35mm tinted print. Scans from the dupe negative were used for the majority of the feature, and all surviving material from the print was inserted where possible. New inter-titles were digitally recreated for the dupe negative to match the feel and length of the print, as the cards in the negative were static and much longer than originally intended. The tinting scheme of the print was used for all evening sequences: amber for night interiors and blue for night exteriors, with the rest of the feature black and white for all daytime sequences. Lastly, all the most egregious damage was digitally repaired, the film’s printed-in jitter was stabilized, and the film’s frame-rate was digitally varisped to 19fps, mirroring a more natural, hand-cranked projection speed suitable for 1918, the year of the film’s release. Bonus features on Stella Maris include a commentary track by author and film historian Marc Wanamaker; a liner notes pictorial booklet by the Mary Pickford Foundation; a photo gallery; and “The Mountaineer’s Honor,” an American Biograph short film released on Nov. 25, 1909. 

The light comedy That Uncertain Feeling, due on Blu-ray, stars Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas and Burgess Meredith. Director Ernst Lubitsch capitalizes on the husband-versus-wife theme. The film follows Jill and Larry Baker, who have been living in marital bliss for six years — until Jill develops a nasty bout with the hiccups. Exhausting all remedies to no avail and believing her problem to be psychosomatic, Jill takes the advice of friends and seeks the help of a psychiatrist. This leads to disenchantment with her husband Larry, causing marital mayhem when she becomes romantically involved with an eccentric pianist named Alexander Sebastian. Sebastian fancies himself “the greatest pianist in the world,” but he is terrified of performing in front of large audiences. Hilarity abounds as Larry strives to win back his estranged wife and Jill comes to the realization she still loves Larry. Bonus features include a commentary track by film historian Mick LaSalle.

Horrors of the Black Museum is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. In the film, London is fear-struck and Scotland Yard is baffled by a series of strange murders that have plagued the city. Stories of the atrocities by crime journalist Edmond Bancroft (Michael Gough, the same loveable Alfred Pennyworth from the new “Batman” movies) come to their own conclusions missed by the Yard. This is because of the fact that Edmond is committing these horrible crimes himself in order to create material for his writing. He does so with the help of his assistant Rick (Graham Curnow), who assists him in running a private “Black Museum” filled with murder and torture devices. The release also includes the original American International introduction called Hypno-Vista, featuring Emile Franchel, “Registered Psychologist,” that greeted all American theatergoers on its initial release. The film features the classic eyeball-gouging binoculars scene. Bonus features include the original U.S. theatrical trailer; the original European theatrical trailer; a photo gallery; archival commentary by writer/producer Herman Cohen; a 2023 commentary by film historian and artist Robert Kelly; a two-sided cover wrap that features original theatrical art and a flip side with a new graphic design by Robert Kelly; a video tribute to producer Herman Cohen; and an archival phone interview/video featurette with Herman Cohen.

Comedy ‘Dumb Money’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 12

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the comedy Dumb Money: The Gamestop Story on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 12.

It has been available on digital since Nov. 7.

Based on the Book The Antisocial Network by Ben Mezrich, the film explores the true story of the people who manipulated the stock market by turning GameStop into the world’s hottest company in 2021. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich — until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down. 

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Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film stars Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley and Seth Rogen. It earned $13.9 million at the domestic box office.

Extras include filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, and the featurettes “Fat Cats vs. The Roaring Kitty,” “Diamond Hand Ensemble” and “Join the Cast & Discover the Insane True Story!”

Faith-Based Drama ‘I Can’ Due on DVD and Digital Dec. 12 From Mill Creek

The faith-based drama I Can will be released on DVD and digital Dec. 12 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Based on a true story, the film chronicles a couple’s adulterous affair, which leads to an unexpected pregnancy. They leave their spouses to begin a new life together, but their daughter Katelyn is born with a birth defect. While her dad believes Katelyn’s condition is God’s punishment for the affair, Katelyn, with only one fully developed arm, defies all odds with an incredible gift for softball. I Can is a story about Katelyn overcoming adversity and her dad eventually finding genuine forgiveness.

The film stars Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination, U.S. Marshals, The Fugitive), Vernon Wells (Weird Science, Commando, The Road Warrior), Cameron Arnett (Saved by Grace, Being, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Sarah Cleveland (A Father’s Fight, My Husband’s Worst Mistake, End of the Road).

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The film won Best Feature Film at the International Christian Film Festival.

 

Erotic Drama ‘Full Body Massage’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 14 From MVD and Unearthed

The erotic drama Full Body Massage will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 14 from MVD Entertainment Group and Unearthed Classics.

Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers, “Bosch”) and Bryan Brown (Cocktail, F/X) star in the provocative film from acclaimed director Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, The Man Who Fell to Earth).

In the film, Nina (Rogers), a successful but world-weary art dealer, is surprised to find that her regular masseur has sent a substitute, Fitch (Brown), to continue her weekly massage sessions. Fitch’s therapeutic caresses, while charged with sexual tension, gain emotional significance as the opinionated pair first clash, and then bond while relaying thoughtful meditations on intimacy and human relationships. Free to discuss her life, hopes and failures, Nina is liberated from her confused world, indulging in a strange, erotic mysticism with her handy muse.

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