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.

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.

Vanessa Hudgens Plugs New Netflix Holiday Movie on Black Friday

Move over Hallmark and Lifetime. Netflix, which is streaming original winter holiday-themed romantic comedy The Princess Switch, starring Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers), upped public awareness of the title Nov. 23 by releasing a YouTube video featuring the High School Musical star sharing her holiday traditions and behind-the-scenes moments.

The movie, which finds a duchess switching places with an ordinary woman (both played by Hudgens) from Chicago and they each fall in love with each other’s beaus — co-stars British actor/musician Sam Palladio (“Nashville”). It was filmed in Romania.