On DVD the week ending October 31
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
James Ellroy hosts this 2004 documentary about businessman by day/serial killer by night Bob Berdella.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Robards and Katharine Ross star as a pair of mismatched lovers in this 1970 drama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tony Gatlif’s 1983 debut finally arrives in the States, telling the story of a family of gypsies living on the fringe of Paris.
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.
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.
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.
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).
A pregnant woman (Hélène De Fougerolles) trudges through a post-apocalyptic world looking for a refuge from the zombies in this psychological thriller from French helmer David Morlet.
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 Bishé) who could sway him from his current fiancée.
Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette play estranged brothers in this comedy that sees the two traversing Los Angeles in a ramshackle BMW in search of mind-altering drugs and meaning.
Joining “Spartacus” as Stanley Kubrick’s only other film in the Criterion Collection, the Kirk Douglas World War I drama arrives on the label with a host of new special features including a 1966 audio interview with Kubrick, new video interviews with Kubrick family members Jan Harlan and Christiane Kubrick and producer James P. Harris, a vintage interview with Douglas and commentary from Gary Giddins.
Argentine director Marco Berger’s romantic comedy takes the unique tact of having a recently discarded ex-boyfriend take revenge on his former girlfriend by attempting to seduce her new boyfriend.
A detective discovers his popular teenage daughter isn’t all she appeared to be in this murder mystery starring Tiffany Bowyer and James Duval.
Along with “King of the Avenue,” it’s apparently “deal with the devil” week on DVD shelves with this 1971 British horror film about the leader of a biker gang (Nicky Henson) who encourages his peers to commit suicide to come back as zombies and create havoc amongst the locals.
Catherine McCormack and Jordi Mollà play adoptive parents who get more than they bargained for when they receive a six-year-old daughter to take care of, who brings along with her an imaginary friend named Stevie in Bryan Goeres’ drama.
If comedy is tragedy, Aaron has plenty of it as the star of this film about an undergrad who drops out of school when his loan dries up and discovers his family’s house will soon enter foreclosure, leaving him to try to reunite all his relatives in an effort to save what precious few assets they have left.
Olive Films continues to mine the melodramas from the Paramount catalog with this adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play about a doctor (Laurence Harvey) who largely ignores the advances of Geraldine Page’s minister’s daughter in favor of the less buttoned down pleasures of Rita Moreno’s free spirit.
A one-time media adviser to Bill Clinton and John Kerry, Jim Loftus’ directorial debut centers on a Bulgarian election heavily influenced by the presence of three CIA operatives in this 2007 selection of the Chicago Film Festival. William Hope and Marina Sirtis star.
Joseph Strick’s adaptation of Henry Miller’s incendiary book about his time in France, starring Rip Torn as the libertine author, took only a slightly shorter amount of time to reach DVD than the Miller’s banned original text did in reaching America, but it is finally here in its NC-17 glory.
Facets is releasing Efim Gribov’s 1992 immigration tale of an 11-year-old Russian boy’s travels to America, educated by his various flights of fancy.
Other indies that played theaters, but you might have missed:
“The Girl Who Played With Fire,” the cross-cultural comedy “The Infidel,” the rough-hewn Irish romance “Kisses” (Matt Singer’s review is here), Oliver Stone’s doc “South of the Border” (Aaron Hillis’ interview is here), Alain Renais’ “Wild Grass,” “Winter’s Bone” (James Rocchi’s review is here), “Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?”, the Norah Jones-Sean Bones musically-charged comedy “Wah Do Dem”
New to Blu-ray:
“Alien Anthology,” “Elf: Collector’s Edition,” “Sex and the City 2” (Matt Zoller Seitz’s review is here), “Santa Claus: The Movie,” Radley Metzger’s “Score”