Redbox Adds Oscilloscope Content to AVOD Service

Redbox has partnered with film production and distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories to bring hundreds of hours of content to its ad-supported VOD streaming service.

Films that will be offered include We Need to Talk About KevinThe Messenger and Howl. They can be viewed for free via the Redbox app via Roku, Vizio, Samsung, Apple TV, Android TV, LG, Xbox, iOS, Android and Web.

Many of Oscilloscope’s films have won or have been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards.

In We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), Kevin’s mother (Tilda Swinton) struggles to love her strange child (Jasper Newell), despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. Directed by Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin also stars John C. Reilly.

The Messenger

Academy and Golden Globe Award nominated The Messenger (2009) stars Woody Harrelson as an American soldier who struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a fallen officer’s widow. Directed by Oren Moverman, The Messenger also stars Ben Foster, Samantha Morton and Jena Malone.

Howl (2010), starring James Franco, explores the 1957 obscenity trial of the 20th-century American poet Allen Ginsberg’s noted poem of the same name. Written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the film also stars Aaron Tveit, Jon Hamm and David Strathairn. Additional titles include the  documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, the sci-fi psychological thriller Coherence and the drama Wendy and Lucy.

“Oscilloscope has created some of the most innovative content in Hollywood,” Chris Yates, GM of Redbox On Demand, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to bring hundreds of hours of their movies to our Redbox customers completely free.”

Once-Lost Film ‘Cane River’ Available on Disc From Oscilloscope

The once-lost film Cane River is available now on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Written, produced, and directed by Emmy Award-winning documentarian Horace B. Jenkins, and crafted by an entirely African American cast and crew, the 1982 film is a racially-charged love story in Natchitoches Parish, a “free community of color” in Lousiana. A budding, forbidden romance lays bare the tensions between two black communities, both descended from slaves but of disparate opportunity — the light-skinned, property-owning Creoles and the darker-skinned, more disenfranchised families of the area.

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The film — an official selection at Ebertfest, the New Orleans Film Festival, and To Save and Project/MOMA — disappeared for decades after Jenkins died suddenly following the film’s completion. It’s available now for the first time in nearly 40 years in a new, restored, digital transfer.  Special features include an archival TV interview with Jenkins; a new video interview with stars Richard Romain and Tommye Myrick; a new audio essay by Sacha Jenkins, son of the director; a post-screening discussion at Ebertfest (2019); and the theaterical trailer.

Comic Drama ‘Saint Frances’ Coming to Disc June 16 From Oscilloscope

The comic drama Saint Frances will come out on Blu-ray and DVD June 16 from Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The film follows flailing 34-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan), who finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying 6-year-old Frances (Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and pitfalls of becoming a part of someone else’s family.

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The film won the SXSW Film Festival Special Jury Recognition Audience Award, the L.A. Outfest Audience Award, the American Film Festival Audience Award and the Chicago Critics Film Festival Audience Award.

Special features include feature-length commentary by director Alex Thompson, screenwriter/star O’Sullivan and cinematographer Nate Hurtsellers; extended and deleted scenes; a blooper reel; and the theatrical trailer.

Comedy ‘VHYES’ Due on Disc July 14 From Oscilloscope

The comedy VHYES is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD July 14 from Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Shot entirely on VHS video, VHYES takes viewers back to a simpler time, when 12-year-old Ralph mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late-night shows over his parents’ wedding tape. The result is a nostalgic wave of home shopping clips, censored pornography, and nefarious true-crime tales that threaten to unkindly rewind Ralph’s reality.

The film was an official selection at Fantastic Fest, the Denver Film Festival, the Cine-World Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

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Special features include Sundance Film Festival shorts “Hot Winter” and “Painting With Joan”; an extended scene, “Sexy Swedish Aliens”; and the theatrical trailer.

Doc ‘When Lambs Become Lions’ Due on Disc April 28 From Oscilloscope

The documentary When Lambs Become Lions will come out on Blu-ray and DVD April 28 from Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The documentary follows a small-time ivory dealer in the Kenyan bush who fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he propositions his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn’t been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline. The plummeting elephant population in Africa has captured the attention of the world, and as the government cracks down, both poachers and rangers face their own existential crises — what is the value of elephant life relative to human life? Can we understand these hunters who will risk death, arrest, and the moral outrage of the world to provide for their families?

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Director Jon Kasbe followed the compelling subjects of the documentary over a three-year period for a visually arresting look at the perspectives and motives of the people at the epicenter of this conservation crisis.

The film won Best Editing, Documentary, at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival and was an official selection at the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival, Camerimage International Film Festival and San Diego International Film Festival.

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Special features include an interview with Kasbe, the Zurick Film Festival trip and the theatrical trailer.