Buster Keaton’s landmark career gets further exploration from Cohen Film Collection with the July 9 release of Sherlock Jr.and The Navigatoron Blu-ray, DVD, and digital.
The two films, featured in The Buster Keaton Collection Volume 2, underwent a 4K restoration and contain modern orchestra scores by Timothy Brock and Robert Israel. Cohen Film Collection’s Volume 1 release, which featured The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr., came out in May.
Both Sherlock Jr. and The Navigator were selected for preservation in the National Film Registry due to their cultural, historical, and “aesthetically significant” contributions to cinema.
The Blu-ray and DVD versions of the disc include the featurettes “Buster Keaton: The Great Stone Face,” “Buster Keaton: The Comedian,” and trailers for both movies.
In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Gremlins will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 1 via Warner Bros. Entertainment. This will be the first time Gremlins will be released in 4K resolution with high dynamic range (HDR).
Helmed by Innerspace filmmaker Joe Dante and penned by Home Alone’sChris Columbus, the tale centers on a youth named Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) whose new pet Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel) multiplies into more mischievous iterations after Billy makes some fateful mistakes. The ensemble includes Phoebe Cates and Hoyt Axton.
Special features on the Blu-ray (these extras were available on a previous Gremlins release) include two commentaries, a behind the scenes along with several more featurettes, photo gallery, theatrical trailers, additional scenes,
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Late actress Anne Bancroft had a stellar career in cinema, and some of her best known films include The Miracle Worker(for which she won an Oscar) and The Graduate. Her work with husband Mel Brooks included the films To Be Or Not To Be (a remake of the Ernst Lubitsch classic) and Silent Movie. That being said, her work as a filmmaker has been overlooked, and Shout Select will release her sole feature directing venture Fatsoon Blu-ray.
The tale, which was also penned by Bancroft, centers on Dominic DiNapoli (Dom DeLuise), an overweight man who tries to his best to lose weight and avoid an all too early demise. Bancroft co-stars as his sister Antoinette, and she’s one of the family members who help Dominic realize that love is one aspect that will help him on his weight loss journey. The feature was developed by Brooksfilms, the studio founded by Mel Brooks.
Special features on the disc include new interviews with producers Mel Brooks and Stuart Cornfield, as well as film historian Maya Montañez Smukler (author of Liberating Hollywood – Women Directors and the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema).
As witnessed with In Dreams and The Crying Game, director Neil Jordan knows how to craft an intricate thriller. Jordan’s latest feature Greta, which he also co-wrote with Ray Wright, centers on a young girl named Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) who befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert) in the titular role). Frances is in need of a mother figure, but unfortunately Greta may be not as nurturing as she seems.
“It’s a really wild movie and a wild roller coaster ride,” said Moretz. “And I hope that people also really find tangible performances in it. I think each woman’s performance is very important and it’s not cheesy. It’s not heightened – it’s very realistic and it’s very naturalistic. You really get taken on a ride which you don’t expect to happen.”
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Greta is now out on Blu-ray and DVD. Special features included deleted scenes and the featurette “Great: Enemies and Friends.”
Shazam!, which made over $360 million worldwide, hits 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD come July 16 and digital users can catch it July 2.
Featuring Zachary Levi (Chuck,Tangled) as the titular superhero and Mark Strong (The Imitation Game) as the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Shazam! also has an excellent Rotten Tomatoes score of 90%. The flick is directed by David F. Sandberg, whose previous credits include Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation. The supporting cast includes Djimon Hounsou, Meagan Good, and Adam Brody.
Special features on the collection include deleted scenes, gag reel, a Shazam! exclusive motion comic and a plethora of featurettes (“The Magical World of Shazam!,” “Super Fun Zac,” “Carnival Scene Study,” “Shazamily Values,” and “Who Is Shazam?”).
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Between The Lines, the second film from filmmaker Joan Micklin Silver (Hester Street), hits Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on June 18 via Cohen Film Collection.
Released in 1977, Between The Lines underwent a 2K restoration, is a romantic comedy about a Boston alternative newspaper which may be purchased by a major publishing company. Between the Lines also spotlighted early performances from budding actors Jeff Goldblum (The Fly), John Heard (Cutter’s Way), and Lindsay Crouse (House of Games). Silver’s body of work, along with the acclaimed Hester Streetand Between The Lines, include Crossing Delanceyand Head Over Heels(previously titled Chilly Scenes of Winter).
Special features on Between The LinesBlu-ray and DVD include a new interview with Silver, the original trailer, and the 2018 re-release trailer. Expect more Silver films to add to your home video collection, as five of her films (which includes Between The Lines) were acquires last fall by Cohen Film Collection for distribution in theaters and home video.