Magnolia to Release Romanian Comedy ‘Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn’ on DVD, Digital

Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced the Feb. 15 release of Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, a Romanian comedy-drama film written and directed by Radu Jude (Aferim!).

The film will be available on DVD and digitally on such platforms as Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and DirecTV.

Starring Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia and Olimpia Măla, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn follows the story of a Romanian high school teacher named Emi (Pascariu) who finds her career and reputation under threat when a private sex tape she filmed is leaked to the internet. Forced to confront the parents demanding her dismissal at an emergency community meeting, Emi refuses to give in to their pressure.

Outside the school and on the streets of Bucharest, she is met with judging eyes and encounters countless slice-of-life mini-dramas.

The film had its world premiere at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival in March 2021, where it won the Golden Bear award — the third Romanian film to do so in the last nine years.

Dutch War Drama ‘The East’ Heads to DVD, Blu-ray, On Demand Nov. 2

Magnolia Home Entertainment has set a Nov. 2 release date for The East, Dutch filmmaker Jim Taihuttu’s compelling story of a soldier coming home from the 1945-49 Indonesian National Revolution.

The East will be released on DVD ($26.98), Blu-ray Disc ($29.98) and on demand on such platforms as Vudu, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play.

The story centers on a young Dutch soldier who joins an elite unit led by a mysterious captain known only as “The Turk.” When the fighting intensifies, the young soldier finds himself questioning — and ultimately challenging — his commander’s brutal strategy to stop the resistance. The film grapples with the young man’s tumultuous relationship with himself, his honor and his loyalty to his country.

Revenge Film ‘Riders of Justice’ Coming Home Aug. 17

Magnolia Home Entertainment’s Magnet Label Aug. 17 will release the Danish thriller Riders of Justice on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally.

Riders of Justice follows recently-deployed soldier Markus (Mads Mikkelsen), who is forced to return home to care for his teenage daughter after his wife is killed in a tragic train accident. But, when a survivor of the wrecked train surfaces claiming foul play, Markus begins to suspect his wife was murdered and embarks on a mission to find those responsible.

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Magnolia Pictures Expands AVOD Presence

Magnolia Pictures, the indie theatrical/home entertainment distributor, along with its sister company Spotlight Cinema Networks, is expanding availability of CineLife, the upstart linear streaming channel in combination with its AVOD library.

Magnolia is working DistroTV, a free advertising-supported streaming TV (FAST) service with more than 150 channels. The platform will offer CineLife and its eclectic set of film and TV content. DistroTV is available across Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and on iOS and Android devices.

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With the addition of the CineLife content, DistroTV viewers have access to films such as BAFTA Award winning and Academy Award nominated I Am Not Your Negro; Academy Award winner I Am Love, starring Academy Award and BAFTA winner Tilda Swinton; the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated A Royal Affair, starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen; Two Lovers, starring Oscar winners Joaquin Phoenix and Gwenyth Paltrow; and Night Catches Us, starring Anthony Mackie. Additional titles streaming on CineLife include Deadfall, Hammer of the Gods, I Saw the Devil, and Melancholia and Mother, among others.

Magnolia’s ‘Collective’ on Disc and VOD Feb. 23

Magnolia Home Entertainment will release the documentary Collective on DVD and on demand Feb. 23.

Recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, Collective centers on the aftermath of the 2015 Colectiv Nightclub fire in Bucharest, Romania, as Catalin Tolontan, editor-in-chief of the Sports Gazette, and his small team of sports journalists investigate the rising death toll weeks after the fatal incident.

What at first seems to be a typical case of government incompetence quickly turns into something darker as Tolontan and his team uncover the horrifying secrets the Romanian government tried to keep quiet from its citizens. From corrupt politicians and crumbling hospitals to a pharmaceutical company diluting disinfectant, the Sports Gazette exposes layer upon layer of fraud and criminal activity throughout the country’s political and healthcare systems.

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Collective will be available on DVD on Amazon.com and in-stores at Barnes & Noble, and available on demand via Apple TV, Google Play, Prime Video, FandangoNow and more.

Thriller ‘Alone’ Heading to Disc Dec. 15 From Magnolia

Magnolia Home Entertainment Dec. 15 will release the thriller Alone on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and VOD under its Magnet label.

The film centers on a recently widowed woman (Jules Willcox) in the Pacific Northwest who leaves the city for the wilderness in an attempt to cope, but is kidnapped and locked away in the cabin of a mysterious man (Mark Menchaca).

Though she is able to escape, she must rely on her wits to survive as her captor hunts her through the woods.

Extras include a making-of featurette.

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‘Buffaloed,’ ‘Strike’ Due on Disc and Digital This Spring From Magnolia

The comedy Buffaloed and the animated film Strike are coming to disc and digital from Magnolia Home Entertainment this spring.

The comedy Buffaloed, due May 19 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, follows Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch), a young girl obsessed with making enough cash to get out of her blue-collar existence. She’s betting on her sharp mind — and even sharper mouth — to get her into an Ivy League university. But when an acceptance letter to the school of her dreams arrives, she quickly realizes the impossibility of paying tuition. One scalping scheme, stint in prison and chance phone conversation with a debt collector changes everything. Directed by Tanya Wexler (Finding North, Hysteria) and also starring Judy Greer, Jai Courtney and Jermaine Fowler, the film is as much of an ode to the city of Buffalo, N.Y., as it is to the millions of Americans struggling with a seemingly dead-end economic existence.

Extras include the featurettes “Getting Buffaloed,” “Welcome Home” and “Friends & Relations.”

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Strike, coming April 7 on DVD and digital from Indican Pictures, is an animated coming-of-age story from one of the executive producers of “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.” It follows Mungo Morrison (voice of Lizzie Waterworth, “Bob the Builder”) as he struggles to save his family and community, while also trying to achieve his dream of representing his country in soccer during the Wild Cup in Russia. Mungo is a young mole who is due to begin work by his proud father’s side in their hometown’s legendary gold mine. While his best friends are excited to be in the mine, Mungo secretly dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. However, desperate not to upset his father and facing the challenge of being a small mole unable to play soccer in bright light, Mungo sadly resigns himself to life as a miner. But, when the mine is forced to shut down after a mysterious accident, an evil and gold-obsessed supervillain, known only as “The Boss” (voice of Ken Stott, “The Hobbit” franchise) attempts to bully the townsfolk into selling him the mine. Against all odds and with a little help from his crazy friends, Mungo begins an epic adventure of thrills, laughs, action and danger as he hurtles towards the Wild Cup finals in Russia and has a final showdown with “The Boss.”

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Special features include “Behind-the-Scenes of Strike.”

Magnolia Gerrymandering Doc ‘Slay the Dragon’ Launches Digitally April 3

Magnolia Pictures’ documentary Slay the Dragon, which tackles gerrymandering in the United States, will launch on demand digitally April 3.

The digital release moved up due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Barak Goodman and Emmy Award Nominee Chris Durrance and an official selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Slay the Dragon maintains there was a calculated campaign in 2010 to manipulate our electoral system to consolidate political power for the next decade. It alleges that after the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes, and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But in today’s hyperpartisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, the documentary contends.

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The film also looks at how redistricting affects the political system today, following a handful of citizens groups after the 2016 election.

‘Magnolia Selects’ SVOD Service Names January Release Slate

Magnolia Pictures’ upstart SVOD service, Magnolia Selects, announced its January slate of curated independent movies and documentaries available for $4.99 per month. The service launched last March.

Titles include Force Majuere, the Academy Award nominated film about the comedic dissolution of a marriage set against an avalanche; Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated I Am Love; and Serena, a sprawling tale of two newlyweds (Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and winner Jennifer Lawrence) who find that power and happiness are not always connected.

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Other titles available Jan. 7, include Crazy Love, How I Live Now, Force Majuere, Syrup, Take This Waltz and White Bird in a Blizzard.

Titles available Jan. 14 include Europa Report, In Order of Disappearance, Lo & Behold, The Oxford Murders, Results and White God.

Titles available Jan. 21: The Burning Plain, The Dead Lands, Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, Serena and Standby.

Available on Jan. 28: I Am Love, Iris, Last Shift, The Little Death and Whitey.

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sold Magnolia Pictures (and Magnolia Home Entertainment) in 2018 to Cohen Media Group.

Magnolia Pictures Bows Streaming Service, Branded Channels on Sling TV

Magnolia Pictures July 10 announced that its streaming service, Magnolia Selects, and three branded genre-specific channels have launched on Sling TV — Dish Networks’ online TV platform.

The home entertainment distributor launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s 2029 Entertainment, offers critically acclaimed libraries of indie movies.

Magnolia channels “Warriors & Gangsters,” “DOX” and “Monsters & Nightmares,” offer a curated collection of action, documentaries and horror cult films. They are available to Sling subscribers for an additional $3 monthly per channel.

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Magnolia Selects is available for a $5 monthly surcharge.

“By teaming up with Sling TV, Magnolia Selects can continue to be the go-to destination for fans of independent film and premium content,” Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures, said in a statement. “We’ve found a new innovative way to ensure our subscribers have accessibility to our curated library of critically-acclaimed films through Sling TV’s flexible platform and personalized streaming service.”

Magnolia Selects titles include Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire; Swedish horror film, Let the Right One In; Oscar-nominated documentary from Alex Gibney, Enron: The Smartest Guys in The Room and Andrew Jarecki’s true crime story, All Good Things.

Additional content include comedies Tucker & Dale vs Evil and Goon, starring Seann William Scott, alongside the martial arts masterpiece 13 Assassins from director Takashi Miike.

The “Warriors & Gangsters” channel features films such as Ong Bak, 13 Assassins, Kingdom of War and Troll Hunter.

“Monsters & Nightmares” channel titles include The Host, The ABC’s of Death and Survival of the Dead, while “DOX” documentaries and docuseries include Food Inc., The Wolfpack, Iris and Best of Enemies.