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“Back to the Future” in Blu, Uwe Boll’s in “Darfur” and More New DVDs

“Back to the Future” in Blu, Uwe Boll’s in “Darfur” and More New DVDs (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy”
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Released by Universal Home Entertainment

Yes, we’re finally getting the footage of the original Marty McFly, Eric Stoltz, for the first time, but for many simply having the hi-def version of Robert Zemeckis’ time-travel franchise will be good enough. Commentaries, deleted scenes, a full-length documentary and much, much more come on this new set of the trilogy.

“Alien Anthology”
Directed by Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Released by Fox Home Entertainment

While not as much of an upgrade over its previous DVD release as “Back to the Future,” the Blu-ray update of the four “Alien” films worth owning now boasts isolated scores for each film, all of Ridley Scott’s sketches for the first “Alien,” the uncut documentary of David Fincher’s ill-fated “Alien 3” as well as plenty of new interactive material.

“Altitude” (2010)
Directed by Kaare Andrews
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

“Friday the 13th” star Julianna Guill and Jessica Lowndes are part of a group of teenagers forced to fend off an unidentified creature away from their single-engine plane in this high-flying thriller.

“Attack on Darfur” (2010)
Directed by Uwe Boll
Released by Phase 4 Films

After leaving the video game adaptation well dry, Uwe Boll takes a stab at serious subject matter with this action flick starring Billy Zane, Edward Furlong and Kristanna Loken as journalists who must decide whether to stay the course or turn back when their village in Sudan comes under siege.

“Backyard” (2009)
Directed by Carlos Carrera
Released by Maya Home Entertainment

“East Bound and Down” star Ana de la Reguera stars as a policewoman in over her head in Ciudad Juarez where women keep disappearing with disturbing frequency, leading her to go against her bosses’ wishes to investigate. Jimmy Smits co-stars in this drama from “The Crime of Father Amaro” director Carlos Carrera.

“Bazaar Bizarre” (2004)
Directed by Benjamin Meade
Released by Troma

James Ellroy hosts this 2004 documentary about businessman by day/serial killer by night Bob Berdella.

10262010_CannibalGirls.jpg“Cannibal Girls” (1973)
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Released by Shout! Factory

One of Ivan Reitman’s earliest films has been restored and revived by Shout! Factory, bringing out the best in this $12,000 horror comedy starring “SCTV” stars Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin as a couple who unwittingly check into a bed and breakfast run by flesh eaters. The new disc comes complete with interviews with Reitman, Levy and producer Dan Goldberg and even the film’s alternate soundtrack with the William Castle-esque “Warning Bell” sound cues.

“Chaplin at Keystone”
Released by Flicker Alley

Flicker Alley is releaseing this four-disc set comprised of 35 films Charlie Chaplin starred in during his early career at the silent comedy factory Keystone where he began to develop his persona as the Little Tramp. The set includes everything from shorts like “A Busy Day” to the newly restored feature “Tillie’s Punctured Romance.”

“Chicago” (1927)
Directed by Frank Urston
Released by Flicker Alley

If you liked Rob Marshall’s Oscar-winning film about the infamous Roxie Hart murder trial, only without the music, you might want to check out the newly restored 1927 silent version taken from Maurine Watkins’ original play, produced by none other than Cecil B. DeMille.

“Chronic Town” (2008)
Directed by Tom Hines
Released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment

After premiering at Sundance in 2008, Tom Hines’ dramedy follows an Alaskan cabbie at a crossroads in his life. Familiar faces Paul Dooley, Stacy Edwards and Garry Marshall co-star.

“The Cursed”
Directed by Joel Bender
Released by Otter Creek Motion Pictures

It must be a special film to bring together buff brothers Louis and Costas Mandylor to play brothers onscreen who serve as the sheriff and deputy in a small town where the peace is disturbed by a mysterious stranger with potentially supernatural abilities.

“Dead Outside” (2008)
Directed by Kerry Anne Mullaney
Released by Vanguard Cinema

Although it sounds suspiciously similar to “28 Days Later,” Kerry Anne Mullaney spins her own zombie tale on the Scottish countryside as a father (Alton Milne) who lost his wife and daughter to an outbreak six weeks prior who forms a bond with a young girl (Sandra Louise Douglas) as they take shelter in a barn.

“Death Tube” (2010)
Directed by Youhei Fukuda
Released by Cinema Epoch

Japanese director Yohei Fukuda imagines a video sharing site devoted to murder in this horror film about a man who spends his time watching gruesome kills on a site called Death Tube, only to become involved as more than an audience member.

“Flick” (2008)
Directed by David Howard
Released by Peach Arch

Writer/director David Howard’s supernatural horror film stars Faye Dunaway as a cop brought back to investigate a series of murders that may have to do with the reappearance of a murder victim from the 1950s who is revived and looks for his girlfriend.

“Fools” (1970)
Directed by Tom Gries
Released by Olive Films

Jason Robards and Katharine Ross star as a pair of mismatched lovers in this 1970 drama.

“Four in a Jeep” (1951)
Directed by Leopold Lindtberg
Released by VCI Entertainment

A winner of the Golden Bear in Berlinale in 1951, Leopold Lindtberg’s thriller pits four sergeants from the U.S., France, England and the Soviet Union against their superiors when their mission to capture a Soviet prison escapee is reversed into a plot to set him free when they take sympathy on the prisoner and his wife.

“The Girl Who Played With Fire” (2010)
Directed by Daniel Alfredson
Released by Music Box Films

Daniel Alfredson, the brother of “Let the Right One In” helmer Tomas, takes over the reins from “Dragon Tattoo” director Niels Arden Oplev for this thriller that sees muckraker Mikael Blomkvist working on a story about a sex trafficking ring that will upset Swedish society, but when the story is set to run, a couple of fellow Stockholm journalists are murdered and Lisabeth Salander is the chief suspect.

“Hausu” (1977)
Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
Released by Criterion Collection

Although Matt Singer confessed during this year’s revival run of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s completely lunatic “Hausu” that the film was “ahead of its time in 1977, it’s ahead of its time now, and will continue to be ahead of its time until some point in the future when humans communicate telepathically and sleep in nutrient-rich fluid baths,” Criterion knows it’s been too long for American fans of this Japanese cult favorite to own the surreal adventures of a group of girls who venture into a haunted house unlike any other.

“Hush” (2010)
Directed by Mark Tonderai
Released by MPI Home Video

William Ash stars as a man who can’t believe his eyes in this thriller where his girlfriend disappears, leading him into a dangerous chase with a mysterious trucker.

10262010_TheInfidel.jpg“The Infidel” (2010)
Directed by Josh Appignanesi
Released by Tribeca Film

After years of bit parts in films like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Love Guru,” British-Iranian comic Omar Djalili gets a star turn in this comedy about a Muslim cabbie who discovers late in life that he’s actually Jewish, leading him to seek out lessons in Judaic ways from his fellow driver (Richard Schiff).

“King of the Avenue” (2010)
Directed by Ryan Combs
Released by First Look Studios

Simon Rex makes a pact with the devil (Ving Rhames) to rule Miami’s drug trade, but isn’t prepared for the consequences in this thriller. Esai Morales co-stars.

“Kisses” (2009)
Directed by Lance Daly
Released by Oscilloscope Laboratories

Kelly O’Neill and Shane Curry star as Kylie and Dylan, a pair of 10-year-olds who flee the suburbs for the streets of Dublin looking for Dylan’s older brother who left home two years earlier after a run-in with their alcoholic father. Shot in spurts over seven months in 2007, the film depicts the burgeoning relationship between Kylie and Dylan as danger grows when night falls. (Matt Singer’s review is here.)

“Lake Placid 3” (2010)
Directed by G.E. Furst
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

To think Bridget Fonda and Bill Pullman once starred in the start of this series years ago and the killer croc problem in Lake Placid still isn’t solved. Yancy Butler and Colin Ferguson are the latest duo to try and see what’s going on.

“Les Princes” (1983)
Directed by Tony Gatlif
Released by Pathfinder Home Entertainment

Tony Gatlif’s 1983 debut finally arrives in the States, telling the story of a family of gypsies living on the fringe of Paris.

“Lynch Mob” (2010)
Directed by Byron Erwin
Released by Virgil Films and Entertainment

While it probably wouldn’t be advised to go to a place named Lynchburg, Georgia for starters, that’s especially true in this horror film starring Tony Darrow as a recent charge of the witness relocation program who must go back to his criminal ways if he wants to survive in the town full of cannibals.

“Mafu Cage” (1977)
Directed by Karen Arthur
Released by Scorpion Releasing

Lee Grant and Carol Kane play sisters who live together in a dilapidated mansion who see their levels of sanity start to crumble in this psychological thriller from director Karen Arthur.

10262010_MakeOutWithViolence.jpg“Make Out With Violence” (2009)
Directed by the Deagol Brothers
Released by Factory 25

The Deagol brothers’ festival favorite that won best narrative feature prizes in Nashville and Oxford is an odd coming-of-age tale of twin brothers who spend the summer trying to revive their friend Wendy from the dead.

“Mentor” (2006)
Directed by David Langlitz
Released by MTI Home Video

MTI Home Video is dusting off David Langlitz’s directorial debut from 2006, starring Rutger Hauer as a college professor who becomes too intertwined in a love triangle involving a former and current student (Dagmara Dominczyk and Matthew Davis, respectively).

“Mutants” (2009)
Directed by David Morlet
Released by MPI Home Video

A pregnant woman (Helene De Fougerolles) trudges through a post-apocalyptic world looking for a refuge from the zombies in this psychological thriller from French helmer David Morlet.

“Nice Guy Johnny” (2010)
Directed by Edward Burns
Released by MPI Home Video

Appearing on VOD the same day, Edward Burns writes, directs and stars as a skuzzy uncle in his latest comedy about an aspiring talk radio host (Matt Bush) whose weekend in the Hamptons has potentially life-changing ramifications when he meets a woman (Kerry Bishe) who could sway him from his current fiancee.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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