New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | May 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM | General

'Hill Street Blues' (Shout! Factory)

Hill Street Blues

The winner of 26 Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Drama Series four years running) and a mainstay on any roll call of the greatest television shows of all time, ‘Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series’ is now available for the first time ever on home entertainment shelves from Shout! Factory. This handsomely packaged 34-DVD collector’s box set contains all 144 acclaimed episodes, the original Hill Street Blues pilot, a commemorative 24-page book with a special essay written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Tom Shales, and retrospective bonus content, featuring new interviews with Steven Bochco, the cast and more. Created by award-winning writers/ producers Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll, the critically acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues became one of the most seminal drama series by virtue of its powerful writing, gritty realism, emotionally charged storylines and incredible ensemble cast, including Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Bruce Weitz and Betty Thomas, among other notables. Throughout its seven year run on network television (1981-1987), Hill Street Blues took viewers inside the heart of a racially torn, crime-ridden precinct of an urban metropolis.  Each episode charts a day in the life on “The Hill,” balancing the characters’ personal lives with their professional ones. “Let’s be careful out there,” advises Sgt. Esterhaus every morning at roll call, before sending out his officers and detectives to patrol their city’s streets, where the peace is kept thanks to a tenuous trust between the police and the people they protect. Yet as dangerous as their precinct is, the men and women of Hill Street often find that their biggest battles involve protecting themselves from the Public Defender’s office, self-serving bureaucrats … and each other. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

Star Trek Enterprise

Packed with hours of newly produced special features, relive the final adventures of Enterprise NX-01’s heroic crew in high definition with the release of ‘Star Trek: Enterprise,’ now available on Blu-ray debuts from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. A special highlight to the collection is “In Conversation: Writing Star Trek Enterprise,” an exclusive, 90-minute writing staff reunion special.  The compelling discussion includes series creator and executive producer Brannon Braga, along with Mike Sussman, André Bormanis, David Goodman, Chris Black, Phyllis Strong, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, all detailing some of the series’ most fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. Plus, fans will receive special insight on the creation of the final episodes of ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ with a newly produced, four-part documentary “Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise,” which includes more in-depth interviews with the cast and crew. Featuring all 22 episodes from the final season of the series, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ stars Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Linda Park, Anthony Montgomery and John Billingsley, and follows the thrilling adventures of the first Earth-built vessel capable of breaking the Warp 5 barrier. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

Father Brown

Fondly remembered from its run on PBS’s Mystery! in the mid 1970s, the acclaimed mystery series based on the well-loved stories of British writer G.K. Chesterton, ‘Father Brown: The Complete Collection’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Film legend Kenneth More (The Forsyte Saga, A Night to Remember) stars in this witty and playful series as a wily clergyman-detective whose calling as a priest brings him into contact with all levels of society. Streaming exclusively in February 2013 on Acorn TV, the premier British streaming service available to North American audiences at http://acorn.tv. Marking the first time the series has been available on DVD as a complete collection, this DVD 4-Disc set includes all 13 episodes of the series that conveys all the charm, cleverness, and suspense of Chesteron’s detective stories. The series also inspired BBC One’s 2013 adaptation starring Mark Williams in the title role that began airing January 2013. Heaven help the murderer who crosses paths with G.K. Chesterton’s cassocked crime-solver, Father Brown. Despite his absentminded air, the kindly priest always manages to confound criminals with his inescapable logic and keen understanding of the human condition. Often joined by his friend, thief-turned-private-investigator Hercule Flambeau (Dennis Burgess, Truman at Potsdam), Father Brown unravels devious schemes in 1920s England. Buy the complete collection DVD right here.

The Legend of Hercules

Witness the rise of a god in the thrilling tale of the celebrated mythical warrior, ‘The Legend Of Hercules, ‘ now available on 3D Blu-ray Disc (plus 2D Blu-ray and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View from Summit Entertainment. Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Deep Blue Sea) and written by Sean Hood (Conan the Barbarian) and Daniel Giat (TV’s Path to War), The Legend of Hercules stars Kellan Lutz (upcoming The Expendables 3), Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty, The Expendables 2), Liam McIntyre (Starz’s “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Liam Garrigan (Starz’s “The Pillars of the Earth”), Johnathon Schaech (Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” TV’s “The Client List”), Roxanne McKee (HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”) along with Gaia Weiss (Mary Queen of Scots) and Rade Serbedzija (TV’s “Red Widow,” Taken 2). ‘The Legend Of Hercules’ follows the mythical Greek hero Hercules, the son of Zeus, who is blessed with extraordinary strength as a half-god, half-man. Banished by his stepfather, the king, Hercules slowly becomes aware of his true origins as the son of Zeus. As he learns to harness his demi-god powers, Hercules gathers an army to fight his way back to his kingdom in this action-filled epic. Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.

Labor Day

Labor Day‘ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand from Paramount Home Media Distribution. From writer/director Jason Reitman, the Academy Award-nominated director of Up In The Air and Juno, comes a love storybased on the New York Times best-selling novel by Joyce Maynard.  This film is the story of a mother and son who take in a mysterious stranger over a long Labor Day weekend, leading to a second chance at love. The ‘Labor Day’ Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital HD includes “End of Summer: Making Labor Day,” deleted scenes and commentary by director Jason Reitman, director of photography Eric Steelberg and first assistant director/co-producer Jason Blumenfeld.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes an offer for $10 off the purchase of flowers, making ‘Labor Day’ an ideal Mother’s Day gift. The ‘Labor Day’ Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Dynasty

The addictive, primetime soap that quickly became a 1980s hit returns to DVD with the ‘Dynasty’ Season 8 DVD. Featuring a legendary ensemble cast including John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins and Jack Coleman, the pop culture phenomenon centers on the conflicts, passions, drives and tensions of the Carringtons, a powerful, rich and greedy oil family as they struggled to maintain their positions of wealth and power in the world. Buy the Season 8 DVD right here.

Mr. Selfridge

‘Mr. Selfridge’ Season 2 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution. Three-time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) returns for a sumptuous new season of ‘Mr. Selfridge’ as the man who brought seductive shopping to early twentieth-century London. A Co-Production of ITV Studios and Masterpiece, Season 2 continues the drama surrounding the birth of Selfridge & Co., the pioneering London department store founded in 1909 by American capitalist buccaneer, Harry Gordon Selfridge – portrayed with passion, charm, and a generous dose of human flaws by Piven. The DVD and Blu-ray feature the original U.K. edition of Season 2. The returning cast includes Frances O’Connor (“Madame Bovary”) as Harry’s decent, down-to-earth wife, Rose; Aisling Loftus (“Page Eight”) as Agnes Towler, the gutsy sales clerk promoted to head of display; Amanda Abbington (“Sherlock” Season 3) as Miss Mardle, jilted in love last season but smiled on by fate in the new series; and Ron Cook (“Little Dorrit”) as Mr. Crabb, the store’s money man with the bunny-in-the-headlights stare. Also back are Katherine Kelly (“Coronation Street”) as showgirl-turned-socialite Lady Mae; Grégory Fitoussi (“World War Z”) as Henri LeClair, brilliant window designer, strangely evasive about his recent travels; Samuel West (“Any Human Heart”) as enterprising journalist Frank Edwards, whose scoops threaten disaster; Tom Goodman-Hill (“Case Histories”) as stern personnel director Mr. Grove, now a father many times over; and Trystan Gravelle (“Anonymous”) as Victor Colleano, the good-looking, ambitious manager of the store’s Palm Court Restaurant. Joining the cast are Polly Walker (“Miss Marple”) as Delphine Day, risqué novelist and proprietor of a brilliant new nightclub; Cal Macaninch (“Downton Abbey”) as Mr. Thackeray, the sharp-tongued new head of fashion; and Aidan McArdle (“Jane Eyre”) as Lord Loxley, Lady Mae’s absentee husband, who suddenly shows up to recoup the fortune he has gambled away, while tormenting his wife and her close friends – notably Harry. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

Bad Country

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment invites action and suspense fans to discover ‘Bad Country,’ the new crime thriller available on Blu-ray and DVD. This high-stakes drama tells the gripping tale of a Louisiana detective (Willem Dafoe) who teams up with a contract killer-turned-informant (Matt Dillon) to take down the most powerful criminal enterprise in the South. The cast starring alongside two-time Academy Award nominee Dafoe (Best Supporting Actor, Shadow of the Vampire, 2001; Best Supporting Actor, Platoon, 1986) and Academy Award nominee Dillon (Best Supporting Actor, Crash, 2006), includes Amy Smart (Crank), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Academy Award nominee Tom Berenger (Best Supporting Actor, Platoon, 1986). Directed by Chris Brinker, producer of The Boondock Saints and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the Blu-ray and DVD feature deleted scenes and “Taking Down an Empire: On the Set,” an in-depth featurette on the making of this modern, film-noir thrill ride. Co-starring in ‘Bad Country’ is Kevin Chapman (TV’s “Person of Interest”), Bill Duke (X Men: The Last Stand) and Chris Marquette (Alpha Dog). When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter (Dafoe) busts contract killer Jesse Weiland (Dillon), he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. So when the syndicate orders Carter’s death and Weiland’s ID’d as a snitch, the two team up to take down the mob and the crime boss (Berenger) who ordered the hit. Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough. Amy Smart, and Tom Berenger star in Bad Country, a gritty action thriller from director Chris Brinker, a producer of The Boondock Saints. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Sophie’s Choice

The critically acclaimed film ‘Sophie’s Choice‘ is now available on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. A new roundtable interview featuring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Donald Laventhall (director Alan Pakula’s assistant during the film), Hanna Pakula (director Alan Pakula’s widow), Rose Styron (the widow of the novel’s author, William Styron) and moderator Boaty Boatwright (who was the director Alan Pakula’s agent at the time of the film and is presently an agent at ICM), is included as a bonus feature. Starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Peter MacNicol, and adapted from William Styron’s best-selling novel, this passionate tale of a writer’s love for a holocaust survivor is an exhilarating and compelling revelation.  Screen favorite Meryl Streep received an Academy Award for her portrayal of Sophie Zawistowska in this penetrating drama set in post-World War II Brooklyn. Kevin Kline plays her all-consuming lover, Nathan. The story revolves around Sophie’s struggle as a Polish-Catholic immigrant in the United States who had survived a Nazi concentration camp. The lovers’ drama unfolds through the observations of a friend and would-be writer, Stingo (Peter MacNicol). As the trio grows closer, Stingo uncovers the hidden truths that they each harbor. Buy the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.

SpongeBob: You’re Fired

SpongeBob loves nothing more than being a fry cook at the beloved Krusty Krab (except his pet snail Gary, of course!), but in this new DVD collection – ‘SpongeBob, You’re Fired!’ – SpongeBob must learn to find a life outside of Mr. Krabs’ watchful eyes. Tune in for 14 hilarious work adventures as SpongeBob tries new jobs such as working at The Chum Bucket with Plankton (gasp!), picketing with Squidward and even modeling in a commercial! This one-of-a-kind collection, which is packed with over three hours of content, is a must-have for any SpongeBob SquarePants fan and is sure to be a blast for the whole family. Buy the DVD right here.

You, Me and Them

A lighthearted look at the merger of two complex, opinionated, and meddlesome families, the sharply written British sitcom ‘You, Me & Them’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin, Little Britain) and Eve Myles (Torchwood, Little Dorrit) deliver outstanding comic performances in this uproarious tale of love…and in-laws. The two face their share of challenges: he’s a wealthy and successful businessman, she’s a free spirit plagued by wanderlust; her family disapproves, his ex-wife (Lindsay Duncan, Sherlock, Rome, Traffik) is deranged. A brand new production that premiered on British television in 2013 and made its U.S. premiere in February 2013 via Acorn TV, the premier British TV streaming service at http://acorn.tv, the program makes its North American DVD debut with six episodes in this DVD 2-Disc set. True love. At first you have eyes only for each other…but before long, both your families are watching you, too. This sparkling British comedy follows a May-December romance between free spirit Lauren (Eve Myles) and young-at-heart divorced grandfather Ed (Anthony Head). The age gap isn’t Lauren and Ed’s only challenge. They face the disapproval of Lauren’s parents, who are practically Ed’s contemporaries, and her skeptical older sister, who’s got a chaotic family of her own. On the other side, they endure Ed’s down-on-his-luck, live-in brother; his irresponsible grandson; and most vexing of all, his narcissistic, delusional ex-wife (Lindsay Duncan), who has moved into the house next door and plots to win her “Eddie Bear” back. Buy the Series 1 DVD right here.

Escape From Tomorrow

Featured in IndieWire’s top 5 first features of 2013, and called “a cult classic in the making” (Salon), Escape From Tomorrow comes to DVD and Blu-Ray April 29 from Cinedigm. Unlike any film ever made, the most buzzed about debut at Sundance 2013 enraptured audiences with the fearless methods used by its writer/director Randy Moore, along with its compelling take on childhood fantasy gone awry. Secretly shot at two world-famous theme parks, Escape From Tomorrow uses covert techniques that take guerilla filming to another level, placing it amongst one of the most revolutionary films in history. Celebrated by ScreenCrush as one of the best movies of the year, and called a “sneakily subversive exercise in low-budget surrealism and anti-corporate satire” (Variety), Escape From Tomorrow takes place in a fantasyland of deliberately crafted childhood dreams. When family man Jim vacations with his wife and children, he is invaded by nightmares in the guise of princesses, happy theme park rides and fellow tourists. With a backdrop familiar to all audiences as a setting where fairy tales become real, his world suddenly comes crashing down as these enchanting figures eerily turn into horrific characters threatening his very life. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Civil War

Providing new insights into the causes of the war, as told through the lens of the Western Campaign, the ground-breaking documentary ‘Civil War: The Untold Story’ is now available on DVD from Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Narrated by Emmy and Golden-Globe nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), the stunning 2013 production, set to air on PBS stations in Spring 2014, uses dramatic battle recreations, compelling archival imagery, 3-D maps, and insightful interviews with top Civil War scholars in this five-part series to show why the West played such a vital part in the outcome of the war. Focusing on the often overlooked battles of Vicksburg, Shiloh, Atlanta and more, the series also explores the issue of slavery and the surprising roles that African-Americans played in the conflict. The DVD 2-Disc set includes five episodes, plus rare archival footage from the 50-year anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg (14 min.), and 12-page viewer’s guide. In this revealing documentary from the award-winning producers of Life after Katrina, Homes of the Underground Railroad, How the West Was Lost, and many more, Elizabeth McGovern recounts how the struggle between North and South—long defined by battles like Gettysburg, Antietam, and Bull Run—was quite dependent on events in the lands then known as “the West.” Although often overlooked, the western theatre—between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River—saw some of the conflict’s bloodiest encounters, such as Shiloh, Vicksburg and Chickamauga. It featured iconic leaders like the Union’s Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman as well as the Confederacy’s Albert Sidney Johnston and John Bell Hood. This series also tells inspirational and untold stories of African Americans—from enslaved to emancipated, to fighting for their freedom. Buy the Untold Story DVD right here.

Locker 13

Skip, the nighttime janitor in an Old West theme park, delves into the mysteries surrounding an old locker in ‘Locker 13.’ His sage supervisor recounts chilling tales that underscore the importance of making the right choice. The recollection includes an aging boxer who is given an opportunity to become a real killing machine, a young man seeking membership in a secret society who experiences an initiation with deadly consequences, a would be suicide shaken to his core by a menacing member of a very special club, and a hit man for hire playing a devious cat and mouse game with three women who have a score to settle. The stories suddenly come into play when Skip makes an unsettling discovery and faces a life-or-death decision of his own. The cast includes Ricky Schroder (“NYPD Blue”, “Silver Spoons”, The Champ), Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite), Rick Hoffman (Suits, Battleship), Tatyana Ali (“The Young and the Restless”, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”), Krista Allen (“Days of Our Lives”), Jason Spisak (“The Vampire Diaries”), Bart Johnson (High School Musical), Jason Marsden (“Boy Meets World”, White Squall). Buy the DVD right here.

Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed

Jim Gaffigan keeps fans full of laughter as Stand-Up Month continues strong on Comedy Central with the world premiere of his new one-hour stand-up special, ‘Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed.’ In front of a live audience at The Wilbur Theater in Boston, Gaffigan’s obsession with all things food comes to fruition as he tackles a cornucopia of new food topics from fruit to seafood to donuts. Never without wry social commentary, Gaffigan digs deep into other obsessions as well, from underwear to weddings to not wanting to smell. Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, New York Times best selling author, top touring performer, and multiplatinum-selling father of five. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Gimme Shelter

Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers, High School Musical franchise) stars in the heart-wrenching, inspirational drama ‘Gimme Shelter,’ now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video On Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the true life stories of Several Sources Shelters founder Kathy DiFiore and some of the pregnant teen shelter residents, the gripping tale follows the courageous Agnes “Apple” Bailey who fights against all odds to find the father she’s never known and create the family she never had. The story of her incredible path to find love, acceptance and redemption also features spellbinding performances from Academy Award nominee James Earl Jones (Best Actor, The Great White Hope1970, Star Wars franchise), Rosario Dawson (upcoming Cesar Chavez, Sin City), nearly unrecognizable as Apple’s drug-addicted mother, and Brendan Fraser (The Mummy franchise, Crash). Written and directed by Ronald Krauss (Amexica), and starring Vanessa Hudgens in “the best performance of her career,” (NYC Movie Guru), the theatrical release ‘Gimme Shelter’ depicts the story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Hudgens) a tough, street-wise teen who flees life with her drug addicted mother to find the wealthy father she’s never known. But when her father’s new prim & proper family find out Apple is pregnant, she is pressured to conform to their expectations and runs away again. Apple must rely on her own survival skills on the streets, until she meets the kindly Father McCarthy who helps direct her to a shelter for pregnant teens. Apple’s unbreakable spirit enables her to fight against the odds to find redemption, and ultimately create a family to finally call her own. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Prince Killian and the Holy Grail

Shout! Factory has released the epic adventure ‘Prince Killian and The Holy Grail’ on DVD. An action-packed tale of swords and sorcery set in the 12th century, Prince Killian and The Holy Grail is riveting entertainment that brings one of Spain’s most popular comic book heroes to life. During the Third Crusade in Palestine, the heroic knight-errant Prince Killian is entrusted with a sacred mission: to retrieve the Holy Grail from the clutches of an evil wizard. Killian, with the assistance of his loyal sidekicks – clever young Crispin, portly Goliath, and the beautiful Viking Princess Sigrid of Thule – must leap into action in order to reclaim the Grail, and possibly turn the tide of the Crusades. Buy the DVD right here.

Gloria

Proving that passion and personal empowerment can strike at any age, Paulina García turns in an impassioned performance in ‘Gloria,’ now available on DVD (plus Ultraviolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Official Selection of Chile for the 86th Academy Awards, ‘Gloria’ is an uplifting story of an older woman rediscovering life, love and heartbreak. The film was nominated for the “Best International Film” at the 29th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, “Best Foreign Film” by the National Board of Review, and is Winner of the Silver Berlin Bear “Best Actress” Award (Paulina García) at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. Rated 98% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the inspirational drama stars Paulina García (Cachimba, Casa de Remolienda), Sergio Hernández  (No, Sal) and Diego Fontecilla. Gloria is a “woman of a certain age” but still feels young inside. Divorced with no children living at home, she feels lonely and makes the best of her situation by filling her nights at social dance clubs for singles. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets the quiet, yet virile Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her overjoyed and hopeful about life once again…until she finds out he might be hiding something from her. It is then that Gloria rediscovers her true inner strength…and realizes that in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. Buy the DVD right here.

Dead Shadows

Brace yourself for more high octane sci-fi terror and apocalyptic alien & zombie mayhem. Scream Factory has unleashed ‘Dead Shadows‘ on Blu-ray and DVD. Boasting a large cult following in France, Japan and U.K and a festival favorite at the 2012 STIGES International Fantastic Film Festival, ‘Dead Shadows’ is a wildly entertaining thriller that combines heart-racing suspense, sci-fi action and alien terror with plenty of jaw-dropping surprises. This highly anticipated Scream Factory release marks the North American debut of this movie. Packed with insightful bonus content, ‘Dead Shadows’ is a must have for movie collectors and sci-fi action enthusiasts. Produced and directed by French Filmmaker David Cholewa, ‘Dead Shadows’ starring Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, John Fallon and Rurik Sallé, tells the terrifying story about a young man, Chris, whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that Halley’s Comet could be seen from earth. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Selfish Giant

One of the most acclaimed films of 2013, ‘The Selfish Giant‘ is the moving story of 13-year-old best friends for whom the joys of boyhood are almost nonexistent. Diminutive, hyperactive Arbor (Conner Chapman) and shy, ungainly Swifty (Shaun Thomas) stick together to battle bullies at school and poverty at home. One fateful night, the boys witness men trying to steal power cables – and manage to make off with the valuable wires themselves. They sell them to a shady scrap dealer, Kitten (Sean Gilder, Shameless), beginning a steady criminal arrangement. But when the vindictive Kitten learns that Arbor has stolen from him, he orders the boys to undertake a dangerous mission, leading to a shattering climax. Echoing the unfettered depiction of British working-class life in the films of Ken Loach and Lynne Ramsay, ‘The Selfish Giant’ is the stunning debut feature from director Clio Barnard (The Arbor). Winner of the Label Europa Cinemas prize at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for seven British Independent Film Awards (including Best Film), the film achieved universal acclaim upon its release through IFC Films (its approval rating at the Rotten Tomatoes review website stands at a remarkable 97%). Buy the DVD right here.

Approved for Adoption

The remarkable animated documentary ‘Approved for Adoption’ traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Sepia-toned animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – track Jung from the day he first meets his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents. The filmmaker tells his story using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is an animated memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous and wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart.Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Lady Peacock

Breaking Glass Pictures and QC Cinema are proud to announce the VOD and DVD release of AJ Mattioli’s ‘Lady Peacock.’ When Conner first meets Devin, he feels an instant attraction to him. However, Conner’s nemesis, the Puerto Rican drag queen Adora, wants Devin all to herself. Conner soon realizes the only way to compete with a drag queen is to become a drag queen. With the help of his club friends, Conner must make it his mission to destroy Adora if he wants to win back Devin. Buy the DVD right here.