‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Arriving Dec. 1

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing the Ang Lee action-adventure fantasy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a limited-edition Steelbook Dec. 1.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction.

It follows two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) who are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy — and the inescapable, enduring power of love.

Set against 19th century China’s breathtaking landscape, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is directed by two-time Best Director Oscar winner Lee (Brokeback Mountain, 2005; Life of Pi, 2012) and features martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).

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The limited edition Steelbook includes the film on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The film was originally released on 4K Ultra HD in 2016.

Bonus materials include:

  • Sx deleted scenes: presented in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range;
  • in-depth retrospective interviews, in which director Ang Lee, producer James Schamus and editor Tim Squyres discuss the making of the groundbreaking film;
  • an introduction to the Film and the deleted scenes by Lee;
  • “A Love Before Time” Music Video in English and Mandarin;
  • “The Making of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”;
  • commentary with Lee and Schamus;
  • commentary with cinematographer Peter Pau;
  • “A Conversation with Michelle Yeoh”;
  • a photo gallery; and
  • the theatrical trailer.

Horror Films ‘Dead Pit’ and ‘The Last Victim’ Among Discs Available From MVD and Dark Force Aug. 25

Two horror films and a sci-fi-fantasy monster film are available Aug. 25 on Blu-ray and DVD from Dark Force Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

The sci-fi-fantasy film Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977) follows Professor Wassermann (John Stacy) who is asked by industry magnate Morgan Hunnicut (Eddie Faye) to lead an expedition to study the giant Yeti creature found frozen in a large ice block on Newfoundland’s coast. The professor does not know that Hunnicut intends to use the prehistoric creature as a trademark of its multinational industrial group — very big mistake. From Director Gianfranco Parolini (aka Frank Kramer), co-writer and director of the Lee Van Cleef/Yul Brenner “Sabata” spaghetti Western trilogy, the film also stars Antonella Interlenghi (Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead), Tony Kendall (Ossorio’s Return of the Evil Dead) and Mimmo Craig as the titular ice age titan. The release features a new high def master from the original existing Italian camera negative.

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Also available on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray is the horror film Dead Pit (1989). From director Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, The Lawnmower Man), it follows a renegade doctor who is shot dead and entombed with his fiendish experiments in the basement of an abandoned wing of a mental hospital. Twenty years later, a mysterious woman is admitted with amnesia. Her arrival is marked by an earthquake — which cracks the seal to the Dead Pit, freeing the evil doctor to continue his work. Extras include new interviews with Cheryl Lawson, Jeremy Slate, director Brett Leonard and writer/producer Gimel Everett. Fangoria included Dead Pit in its “101 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen.”

From cult movie director Jim Sotos (Sweet Sixteen, Hot Moves), the horror title The Last Victim (aka Forced Entry) (1976) is a suspense drama starring Tanya Roberts (A View to a Kill, “Charlie’s Angels”) as a beautiful woman forced into a life and death struggle against the demented obsessions of a psychopathic killer. The film also stars Nancy Allen (Carrie), Michael Tucci (Grease) and Glenn Scarpelli (“One Day at a Time”).The Blu-ray includes both the ‘R’-rated and ‘PG’-rated versions under the titles The Last Victim and Forced Entry. The title features a new 2k scan with restoration from the original film negative and missing scenes from a 35mm print, as well as a reversible cover art that features the original theatrical poster.

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Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘Max Reload and the Nether Blasters’ Available on Disc and Digital From MVD

The sci-fi fantasy film Max Reload and the Nether Blasters is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, the gaming fantasies of a small-town video game store clerk, Max Jenkins, collide with reality when a legendary “lost” installment of the 1980s “Nether Game” series appears on the store counter of his workplace. Unbeknownst to Max, the old game cartridge bears a curse and in playing it, he unlocks “The Nether,” an ancient malevolent force of evil upon his small hometown. Along with a mysterious masked man and his two best friends, Liz and Reggie, Max must figure out how to beat the Nether at its own game before it’s game over for humanity.

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The cast includes Tom Plumley (“Upright Citizens Brigade”), Hassie Harrison (“TacomaFD”), Joey Morgan (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse), Greg Grunberg (Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker), Lin Shaye (Insidious) and Martin Kove (“Cobra Kai”). It also stars Kevin Smith (Jay & Silent Bob Reboot), Joseph D. Reitman (Money Monster), Lukas Gage (HBO’s “Euphoria”), Charlie Talbert (The Big Short) and Wil Wheaton (“The Big Bang Theory”).

Extras include an art and animation featurette; the “NetherCragon” VFX featurette; the “Egypt” VFX featurette; “Reggie Gets Nethered,” an anatomy of a scene featurette; a “Speed Run” bonus featurette; and the original theatrical trailer.

‘Teenage Hitchhikers,’ ‘Ator: The Fighting Eagle’ Among Titles on Disc in May From Dark Force and MVD

The cult film Teenage Hitchhikers and the sci-fi adventure Ator: the Fighting Eagle are among the titles available on disc in May from Dark Force Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

Available now on DVD and Blu-ray is the 1970s cult exploitation film Teenage Hitchhikers. In the film, Mouse (Kathie Christopher, The Taking of Christina) and Bird (Sandra Peabody, Last House on the Left) are a couple of sassy and sexy young hitchhikers who embark on a cross country trip in search of freedom, excitement and independence. The lovely ladies use their bodies as currency and encounter a diverse array of libidinous folks on their journey. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the release features a new HD master from the original uncut 35mm camera negative with extensive scene by scene color correction; audio commentary with director of photography Bill Lamond; and a new 2019 interview with writer/director Gerri Sedley. Featured in Quentin Tarantino’s “QT Fest,” the film also stars Claire Wilbur (Score) and Margaret Whitton (The Secret of My Success, Major League).

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Due on DVD and Blu-ray May 26 is the horror double feature of The Gates of Hell and Psycho From Texas (1980). In The Gates of Hell, a reporter and a psychic race to close the gates of hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves. It’s a new HD master created from a U.S. theatrical 35mm print. In Psycho from Texas, a drifter/hitman is hired by a local businessman to kidnap the local oil baron. The hitman had been reared in squalor, suffering the abuses of his whoring mama. When the baron escapes, his assistant must chase him while the hitman takes care of a few loose ends. The HD master is created from the only available source masters with extensive scene by scene color correction. The films are available in Dark Force Entertainment’s exclusive “Drive-In Mode” featuring cult director Damon Packard.

Also coming on DVD and Blu-ray May 26 is Breeders (a remake of the 1986 movie Breeders and also known as Deadly Instincts). When a meteorite crash lands onto a Boston college campus and an alien beast is released, only one man understands its mission to mate. From the depths of an all-girls college, the monster stalks his prey in a cat-and-mouse chase until the final conflict where only one species can survive. The 1997 cult classic DTV sci-fi horror entry stars Samantha Womack (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Todd Jensen (It’s Alive), Oliver Tobias (The Wicked Lady), Clifton Lloyd Bryan (The Fifth Element) and Melanie Walters (“Gavin and Stacey”).

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Finally, for fans of Conan: The Barbarian and “Hercules” comes the sci-fi fantasy Ator: The Fighting Eagle Collector’s Edition (1982) May 26 on DVD and Blu-ray. In the film’s lore, it is written that the son of Thorn will put an end to the tragic dynasty of the Spider. Thus, the Grand Priest of the Spider orders the slaughter of the newborn son. However, the old Griba hides the newborn safe from the slaughter, and he grows up strong and brave with his adoptive parents. Miles O’Keeffe (Tarzan The Ape Man) plays Ator, son of Thorn. He falls in love with Sunya (Ritza Brown), whom he believes to be his sister. When the truth is revealed that Ator was adopted, he gains the approval for the marriage. But on their wedding day, the Black Knights, guards of the Grand Priest, begin a massacre in Ator’s village as they search for old Griba and they kidnap Sunya, the bride. Ator must then begin his long, perilous journey toward the Temple of the Spider. On his way he learns the secrets of martial arts and befriends Roon (Sabrina Siani), a thief Amazon who joins Ator on the journey to the temple. Together they conquer danger after danger. The film is directed by Italian cult director Joe D’Amato (Death Smiles on a Murderer). The HD master was made from the only existing 35mm print with extensive restoration. Ator: The Fighting Eagle was featured in season 12 of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

‘Gretel & Hansel’ Coming to Digital April 7, Disc May 5 From Warner

Gretel & Hansel arrives on digital April 7 and Blu-ray and DVD May 5 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Directed by Osgood Perkins, the film is a terrifying reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairytale for a new generation: a long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search for food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

The film stars Sophia Lillis (It) as Gretel, newcomer Samuel J. Leakey as Hansel and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) as the witch.

The film made $22 million at the global box office.

The Blu-ray and DVD include the “Storybook” special feature.

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Fantasy Adventure ‘Abigail’ Coming Home on Digital and Disc March 17 From Well Go

The steampunk fantasy adventure Abigail will debut on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 17 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

When townspeople start dying from a mysterious illness, Abigail’s town closes itself off from the outside world and takes away everyone infected with the disease, including Abigail’s beloved father, to be executed. Ten years later, as she’s trying to escape the town’s security forces, Abby uncovers a shocking truth — her father may still be alive. In a journey filled with danger and discoveries, Abby sets out on a magical adventure that overturns everything she once knew about the world, her family and herself.

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The film is directed by Aleksandr Boguslavskiy (Beyond the Edge) in the vein of The Darkest Minds and Alita and stars Eddie Marsan (Atomic BlondeFast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, “Ray Donovan”), Tinatin Dalakishvili (Star) in the title role and Rinal Mukhametov (The Three Musketeers).

‘Lifeform,’ ‘Virus of the Dead’ Coming to DVD Dec. 17 From MVD

Two titles from Wild Eye Releasing, Lifeform and Virus of the Dead, are coming to DVD Dec. 17 from MVD Entertainment Group.

In Lifeform, after his wife suffers a brain trauma, a man uses experimental stem cells to bring her back to life — with deadly results as she is transformed into a shape-shifting creature. From cult movie director Max Dementor (Demon Nun, The Shriven), the film stars Chad Ackerman (Daredevil, The Sinner), Joe Amato (“30 Rock”, “Ugly Betty”) and Tatyana Kot.

In Virus of the Dead, a global viral outbreak threatens the human race, turning many into walking dead maniacs. All is all caught on camera in this multi-tale experiment featuring more than 15 segments directed by both rising stars and veterans of the horror community. The series features a segment directed by Return of the Living Dead 3 scripter John Penney, as well as horror favorites James Cullen Bressack (Bethany, If Looks Could Kill), Shane Ryan (Samurai Cop 2, Jurassic City), Timo Rose (Game Over, Barricade) and Jarrett Furst (Verotika, The Last Sharknado). The series is created by producer Tony Newton (VHS Lives, Grindsploitation, 60 Seconds to Die, Halloween Hell Night).

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Well Go to Bow Chinese Horror Films ‘The Lingering’ and ‘Legend of the Demon Cat’ on Disc in October

The Chinese horror films The Lingering and The Legend of the Demon Cat are coming to disc from Well Go USA Entertainment in October.

In The Lingering, due Oct. 15 on Blu-ray and DVD, Dawa and his mother spend a terrifying night alone in the basement after being tormented by a strange and dangerous presence. Years after his mom’s death, Dawa is forced to return, again facing the presence that once tortured him as a child. The film comes from the writer of the martial arts franchise “IP Man.”

The Legend of the Demon Cat, coming on Blu-ray Oct. 29, is a horror fantasy about a poet and monk who join forces to investigate a demonic cat who has possessed a general’s wife and is wreaking havoc on the imperial court. The investigation takes an unexpected twist, leading the pair to unravel a mystery behind a decades-old death of a legendary and beautiful courtesan. The film is directed by Kaige Chen  (Farewell My Concubine) and written by Hui-Ling Wang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) with Kaige Chen based on the novel by Baku Yumemakura.

TV Time: Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’ Most Anticipated New Show, Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Most Anticipated Returning Show in August

Amazon Prime’s “Carnival Row” is the most anticipated new show and Netflix’s “Mindhunter” is the most anticipated returning show coming in August, according to TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” chart.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

“Carnival Row,” a fantasy series about mythical creatures starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, debuts Aug. 30. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” a series prequel to the Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, also debuting Aug. 30, is the No. 2 anticipated new series.

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Among returning shows, the second installment of “Mindhunter,” Netflix’s crime thriller series, debuts Aug. 16. TV Time users also anticipate three other Netflix returning series at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively: “Cable Girls,” hitting Aug. 9; “Dear White People,” debuting Aug. 2; and “GLOW,” coming Aug. 9. Starz’s drug kingpin drama “Power,” the sixth and final season of which hits Aug. 25, took the No. 5 spot among returning series.

Most Anticipated New Shows for August:

  1. “Carnival Row” (Amazon Prime) — Aug. 30
  2. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” (Netflix) — Aug. 30
  3. “Infinity Train” (Cartoon Network) — Aug. 5
  4. “Why Women Kill” (CBS) — Aug. 15
  5. “BH90210” (Fox) — Aug. 7

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for August:

  1. “Mindhunter” (Netflix) — Aug. 16
  2. “Cable Girls” (Netflix) — Aug. 9
  3. “Dear White People” (Netflix) — Aug. 2
  4. “GLOW” (Netflix) — Aug. 9
  5. “Power” (Starz) — Aug. 25

Fantasy Thriller ‘Shadowplay’ Coming to DVD and Digital Aug. 27 From Random Media

The fantasy mystery-thriller Shadowplay will come out on DVD, on demand and digital Aug. 27 from Random Media.

Starring Tony Eusoff, Juria Hartmans, Radhi Khalid and Stephen Rahman Hughes, it follows private eye Anton Shaw (Eusoff), who is hired to find a young woman Lamya (Hartmans) whose disappearance may be linked to a traumatic event in his own childhood. While investigating, his obsession with finding her awakens evil forces from his youth and he must overcome his own demons who have returned to prevent him from unlocking a dormant power to manifest his dreams into reality. As the truth of the case merges with the fiction of a 1980s game book Anton is reading, he’s drawn deeper into the story, unsure if he’s losing touch with the real world. In Anton’s search for answers, a mysterious man seems to either be guiding him, or luring him into a fatal trap but nonetheless is holding the key to Lamya’s disappearance.

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As Anton gets closer to the truth, he finds Lamya’s diary, and discovers it is a magical tome that enables its owner to rewrite their life into whatever they wish it to be. Did Lamya vanish into a realm of her own creation or has Anton inadvertently re-imagined his own life through these pages? With everyone involved either gunning for his life or roping him into deadly situations, Anton is certain that wherever the labyrinthine path leads him, he will find Lamya — if he can stay alive long enough.

Filmed in Kuala Lumpur, Shadowplay is executive produced by Ken Petrie of 27 Ten Productions and directed by Tony Pietra Arjuna.