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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.


Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.


Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:


The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.


They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!


Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.


Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.