‘Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970’ Coming to DVD June 7 From MVD

A previously unreleased benefit concert, Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970 is coming to DVD June 7 From MVD Entertainment Group.

Featuring Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Country Joe McDonald and other luminaries, the tribute concert celebrates the life and work of the legendary folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie, whose songs have become part of the bedrock of American life. Three years after Guthrie died of Huntington’s disease in 1967, the California chapter of the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, now known as the Hereditary Disease Foundation, helped stage this concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to raise funds for Huntington’s research.

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Although the concert took place one night only, four-time Emmy award winner Jim Brown filmed the historic event. Other featured artists include Odetta, Richie Havens, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Earl Robinson and The Band, along with narration by actors Will Geer and Peter Fonda.

Extras include three not previously recorded songs performed by Joan Baez, Odetta and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, as well as concert rehearsal footage and audio interviews with Arlo Guthrie and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

Spaghetti Western ‘The Grand Duel,’ Film Noir ‘The Big Clock’ Among May Blu-ray Releases From Arrow and MVD

A spaghetti Western, a film noir classic, a J-sploitation film and a gore actioner are among the new Blu-ray releases due in May from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

Coming May 7 is Giancarlo Santi’s spaghetti Western The Grand Duel, starring Lee Van Cleef as a sheriff seeking justice for a man accused of murder. Special features include new interviews with cast and crew, including director Santi, and a new commentary with film historian Stephen Prince.

On May 14, Arrow brings two new releases.

Yakuza Law  is from director Teruo Ishii, the godfather of J-sploitation. It’s a tale of a yakuza lynching during the Edo, Taisho and Showa periods. Special features include a new commentary with film critic Jasper Sharp and an archival interview with Ishii.

Also due May 14 is the 1948 film noir The Big Clock. The film follows a magazine tycoon who commits a murder and then attempts to frame an innocent man. At the same time, the innocent man attempts to solve the case. The film is directed by Oscar winner John Farrow and features an all-star cast, including Ray Milland, Maureen O’Sullivan and Charles Laughton.

Due May 21 is She-Devils on Wheels, from godfather of gore Herschell Gordon Lewis. In a small Florida town, an all-girl motorcycle gang known as The Man-Eaters squares off with an all-male rival gang. Included in the special features is another feature-length film from Lewis, 1968’s Just for the Hell of It, also set in Florida, about a gang of punks leading a small town’s youth down a path of destruction and mayhem.

Music Doc ‘Bachman: Special Edition’ Rolling to Blu-ray and DVD May 10 From MVD

The music documentary Bachman: Special Edition will come out on Blu-ray and DVD May 10 from MVD Entertainment Group and FilmRise.

As a member of The Guess Who, Randy Bachman was part of the first ever No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Canadian band with “American Woman/No Sugar Tonight,” and then topped the Hot 100 again in 1974 with another band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, with “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” Among the other hits Bachman has written or co-written are “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “New Mother Nature,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Let It Ride” and “Roll on Down The Highway.”

The documentary chronicles the life of the 74-year-old rocker, who is still regularly making music and performing. The film follows Bachman as he looks to the past for inspiration from rarely seen footage, pictures and documents that have been stored at the National Archives in Ottawa. It also incorporates present-day interviews with family, management and fellow musicians, touching on everything from Bachman’s childhood to his various rock bands — The Guess Who, Brave Belt, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bachman-Turner — and solo work.

“He was like my biggest influence when I was a kid,” says Neil Young in the film. “Watching him play guitar, he had an amazing sense about the way he played. And the feeling that you got when you listened to him. It was more than just chops.”

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The documentary made its world premiere in Toronto at Hot Docs 2018 before a festival run, and eventual airing in Canada on CBC’s Documentary Channel.

Bonus materials include “Neil Young on Winnipeg,” “Randy’s Crazy Horse,” “Building a Reprise ‘Here Comes the Sun,’” “On Chords,” “Songwriting ‘When No One Knows’” and the theatrical trailer.

Mike’s Picks: ‘Wanda’ and ‘Phantom Lady’

Wanda

Criterion, Drama, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, ‘PG.’
Stars Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins.
1971. What stands out about Wanda, aside from the fact that scouting its locations could well have been the most depressing gig in the business, is the degree to which its narrative is still such a downbeat grabber despite all of its raggedness.
Extras: Amy Taubin penned the Criterion essay, and there’s an hour-long audio interview that was done at the AFI in which star Barbara Loden talks a lot about simply getting this labor of love on the screen. We also get the actress/director in a half-hour educational film about a pioneer woman, yet the transcendent standout here is an hour-long documentary on Loden filmed just three months before she died in 1980 at age 48 from cancer.
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Phantom Lady

MVD/Arrow, Drama, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Thomas Gomez.
1944.
After an extended build-up that makes one wonder if the movie will break out into something more, Phantom Lady is ultimately put over by three extended sequences that easily carry the story beyond what turns out to be a resourcefully versatile lead actress (Ella Raines) is already doing.
Extras: Includes an Alan Rode essay and a vintage noir doc that runs just under an hour.
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Heavy Metal Story ‘Lords of Chaos’ Coming to Blu-ray and DVD in May From Unobstructed View and MVD

Lords of Chaos, a story about a heavy metal band starring Rory Culkin, will come out on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and DVD May 28 in the United States and May 21 in Canada from Unobstructed View and MVD Entertainment Group.

The coming of age horror-drama, from Swedish director Jonas Akerlund (Polar), weaves together a story of rock ‘n’ roll, youth, love and death. Inspired by a true story, Lords of Chaos, which debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is set in Oslo in 1987 as 17-year-old Euronymous (Culkin) is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create “true Norwegian black metal” with his band Mayhem. He’s joined by equally fanatical youths Dead (Jack Kilmer) and Varg (Emory Cohen). Believing that they’re on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker, driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil. They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he’s earned for the group’s violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack contains the unrated version of the film and bonus features. The DVD includes the rated version and no bonus features.

‘The New York Ripper’ Due on Disc June 25 From Blue Underground and MVD

The 1982 horror film The New York Ripper is coming in a Blu-ray combo pack (with DVD and CD soundtrack) from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

The film, co-written and directed by horror maestro Lucio Fulci (ZombieCity Of the Living Dead), follows a blade-wielding psychopath on the loose in the Big Apple killing beautiful young women.

As NYPD detective Fred Williams (Jack Hedley) follows the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt.

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The New York Ripper is presented in a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, uncut and uncensored. Extras include audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films; “The Art of Killing,” an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti; “Three Fingers of Violence,” an interview with star Howard Ross; “The Second Victim,” an interview with co-star Cinzia de Ponti; “The Broken Bottle Murder,” an interview with co-star Zora Kerova; “I’m an Actress!,” a 2009 interview with Kerova; “The Beauty Killer,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci; “Paint Me Blood Red,” an interview with poster artist Enzo Sciotti; NYC locations then and now; the theatrical trailer; a poster and still gallery; and a collectable booklet with a new essay by Travis Crawford.

Documentary ‘At the Drive-In’ Due on DVD April 9 From MVD

The documentary At the Drive-In will travel to DVD April 9 from MVD Entertainment Group.

From sleeping in the concession stand to working entirely for free, the quirky film fanatics at the struggling Mahoning Drive-in face uncertainty when Hollywood announces it will switch to digital projection for all new movies. Unable to purchase an expensive digital projector, the Mahoning gang pin their hopes of survival on showing only vintage 35mm film prints on their original 1940s projectors.

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“Technology moves so fast today, faster than ever before. As technology distracts us from one another and segments us further into smaller audiences, it was just magical to see a bunch of people gather together in rural Pennsylvania to watch film flicker through a projector from 1948,” said director Alexander Monelli. “That’s ultimately what this documentary is about.”

At The Drive-In won Best Local Feature at the 26th annual Philadelphia Film Festival. It has also screened at multiple Alamo Drafthouses and at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as an official selection of Dances With Films.

Bonus features include deleted scenes; three feature-length commentary tracks (two with cast members and one with the director); a 30-minute Q&A from an Alamo Drafthouse screening; and the trailer.

“AT THE DRIVE-IN” teaser trailer from Alexander Monelli on Vimeo.

 

BAFTA Nominee ‘The Prisoner,’ Noir ‘Phantom Lady’ Among Titles Coming to Blu-ray in March From Arrow and MVD

British Academy Film Awards nominee The Prisoner, the Sister Street Fighter Collection, the noir Phantom Lady and a slate of horror films are due on Blu-ray in March from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

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March 5 comes the two-disc Sister Street Fighter Collection, which includes all three films in the Japanese exploitation film trilogy. In the first film, Li (Etsuko Shihomi) travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother. Li returns in Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread, this time in search of a woman that has been kidnapped by a group of diamond smugglers. The series comes to a close with Return of the Sister Street Fighter, with Li once again hoping to locate a missing person, this time a kingpin’s mistress.

Also coming March 5 is Robert Siodmak’s 1944 noir Phantom Lady. Ella Raines stars as a secretary willing to put her life on the line in an effort to prove her boss did not murder his wife. Special features include the archival documentary Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir, featuring the contributions of Robert Wise, Dennis Hopper and more; a 1944 hour-long radio dramatization with Ella Raines and Alan Curtis; and a gallery of stills and promotional materials.

Due March 12 is the late 1990s booby-trap slasher Kolobos about a group of strangers trapped in a deadly house. They arrive at a snow-covered house under the guise of participating in an experimental film. With the entire property fitted with cameras, their every move will be recorded. But when the house locks down, trapping them within, it soon becomes clear that something sinister is afoot. The new 2K restoration that includes an audio commentary, interviews and more.

Also due March 12 is Peter Glenville’s The Prisoner (1955), which was nominated for five BAFTAs, including best film. The tense drama puts Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins in a room and has them square off in mental battle that tests the human spirit. Special features include a new video appreciation on the Oscar winning Guinness from author and academic Neil Sinyard.

Coming March 19 is a new 2K restoration of Strip Nude for Your Killer, an Italian giallo about a series of vicious murders in a Milanese fashion house that leave Edwige Fenech and Nino Castelnuovo to solve the case. Special features include a new audio commentary by horrorpedia.com’s Adrian J. Smith and David Flint, video essays, interviews, two versions of the opening scene, and an image gallery.

Finally, on March 26 comes the boxed set Blood Hunger: The Films of Jose Larraz, which contains three films — Whirlpool, Vampyres and The Coming of Sin — from the early part of director Jose Ramon Larraz’s career. All films come newly restored in 2K with new bonus features.

Six FilmRise Titles, Including Nicolas Cage Starrer ‘Vengeance: A Love Story,’ Coming to Blu-ray in March From MVD

A Nicolas Cage drama, a James Franco genre mash-up and film festival winners are among six FilmRise titles coming to Blu-ray Disc in March from MVD Entertainment Group.

The lineup begins with five titles streeting March 12th.

The Nicolas Cage action-drama Vengeance: A Love Story, a film in the vein of Death Wish, stars Cage as a detective seeking justice for a single mother that is brutally assaulted in front of her 12-year-old daughter.

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth. The story follows Cameron as she’s sent to a gay conversion therapy center where she forms a bond with a group of fellow teenagers, and together they fight for survival. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Bonus features include an audio commentary with director-co-writer Desiree Akhavan and producer-co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele; a behind the scenes photo gallery; the theatrical trailer; and an accolades trailer.

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Clio Barnard’s Dark River, winner of the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, is the story of a woman that returns home to her family farm after the death of her father. Having been gone for more than 15 years, she is forced to face dark memories from her past while attempting to rekindle the relationship with her brother.

Life in the Doghouse is a documentary that showcases the work done by Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta at Danny & Ron’s Rescue. In their 10-plus years of working together, the duo has saved more than 10,000 dogs. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a trailer and a photo gallery.

The final March 12 release is the modern cult classic The Greasy Strangler. Bonus features include audio commentary with director Jim Hosking, Michael St. Michaels and Sky Elobar; exclusive cast and crew Interviews; the original theatrical trailer; the red band trailer; and a teaser trailer.

Due March 26th is Dan Bush’s The Vault, a genre mash-up that opens like a pretty standard heist film about a bank robbery, but the tables take a turn when it’s revealed that the bank is haunted. The Vault Stars James Franco, Taryn Manning and Clifton Collins Jr.

‘Waterworld,’ Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’ on Tap in January from Arrow and MVD

The Kevin Costner dystopian tale Waterworld, Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and the blacksploitation classic Willie Dynamite are among the films coming to Blu-ray in January from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

Willie Dynamite debuts Jan. 8. Director Gilbert Moses balances action and social commentary in this story of Willie Dynamite (Roscoe Orman), the flashiest pimp in New York, who sports a personalized purple-and-gold Cadillac and eye-catching clothes. Dynamite wants to be No. 1, but he has the police, the D.A., fellow pimps and a tough-talking social worker on his tail. The score by J.J. Johnson features Motown legend Martha Reeves. Special features include “Kiss My Baad Asss,” a guide to blaxploitation hosted by actor and musician Ice-T and featuring interviews with Richard Roundtree, Melvin van Peebles, Isaac Hayes and others; the theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips; and for the first pressing only, a fully illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Cullen Gallagher.

Jan. 15 comes Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro’s (The Shape of Water) gothic romance Crimson PeakMia Wasikowska stars as an aspiring author struck by family tragedy. The film also features Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston. Special features include audio commentary by co-writer and director Del Toro; “The House is Alive: Constructing Crimson Peak,” a newly edited, feature-length documentary with cast and crew interviews and extensive behind-the-scenes footage; a previously unseen Spanish-language interview with Del Toro; “A Primer on Gothic Romance,” in which the director and stars talk about the key traits of gothic romance; “The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak,” in which the cast and crew talk about the film’s use of color; “Hand Tailored Gothic,” a featurette on the film’s costumes; “A Living Thing,” a look at the design, modelling and construction of the Allerdale Hall sets; “Beware of Crimson Peak,” a walking tour around Allerdale Hall with Hiddleston; “Crimson Phantoms,” a featurette on the film’s ghosts; a newly filmed interview with author and critic Kim Newman on Crimson Peak and the tradition of gothic romance; “Violence and Beauty in Guillermo Del Toro’s Gothic Fairy Tale Films,” a new video essay by the writer Kat Ellinger; deleted scenes; original trailers and TV spots; a double-sided, fold-out poster; four double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions; limited edition packaging newly designed by Crimson Peak concept artist Guy Davis; and a limited edition 80-page, hard-bound book featuring new writing by David Jenkins and Simon Abrams, an archival interview with del Toro, and original conceptual design illustrations by artists Guy Davis and Oscar Chichoni.

Also due Jan. 15 is the horror film The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, from Italian director Luciano Ercoli. The twisting tale takes viewers through a triangle of friendship, sex and murder. Special features include new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine; “Private Pictures,” a newly-edited documentary featuring archival interviews with actress Nieves Navarro and director Luciano Ercoli, and new interview material with writer Ernesto Gastaldi; “The Forbidden Soundtrack of the Big Three,” a new appreciation of the music of Forbidden Photos and 1970s Italian cult cinema by musician and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon; “The Forbidden Lady,” a Q&A with actress Dagmar Lassander at the 2016 Festival of Fantastic Films; original Italian and English theatrical trailers; an image gallery; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil; and for the first pressing only, an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Michael Mackenzie.

Jan. 22 comes the Costner actioner notorious for its expensive budget, Waterworld, a dystopian tale about Earth being completely submerged in water. The new release features a 4K restoration and three cuts of the film, including the extended U.S. TV cut that runs 40 minutes longer than the theatrical release. Other special features include six collector’s postcards; a double-sided fold-out poster; a limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the film by David J. Moore and Daniel Griffith, archival articles and original reviews; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper; “Maelstrom: The Odyssey of Waterworld,” a new, feature-length, making-of documentary including cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage; an original archival featurette capturing the film’s production; “Global Warnings,” in which film critic Glenn Kenny explores the subgenre of ecologically aware Hollywood blockbusters; a production and promotional stills gallery; a visual effects stills gallery; and original trailers and TV spots.