Director Brian De Palmais known as the one of the masters at the suspense thriller genre thanks to Dressed to Kill, Blow-Outand Body Double. His 1973 feature Sisters is just as scary as the aforementioned features, and it comes out as a Criterion Collection release on October 23 (on both Blu-ray and DVD versions). The feature also is a great showcase for Margot Kidder (Superman) who passed earlier this year.
Dominique (Margot Kidder) is a woman whose life is filled with trauma after being separated from her Siamese twin. This lack of a bond leads her on a darker path, and a reporter (Jennifer Salt) believes Dominique is actually a murderess.
Sisters was previously released on Criterion years ago, but this version comes with a 4K restoration approved by De Palma and a new interview with Salt (who went on to carve out an acclaimed career as a writer and producer). Salt, whose credits include co-writing the script for Eat Pray Loveand executive producing American Horror Story, is the daughter of late screenwriter Waldo Salt (Midnight Cowboy, Coming Home).
Previously released extras that are also featured in this edition include a 2004 interview with De Palma, producer Edward R. Pressman, and Sisters co-stars William Finley and Charles Durning (both have since passed) and a 1970 appearance by Margot Kidder on The Dick Cavett Show.
Chappquiddick features Jason Clarke as Senator Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne in a narrative that centers on the aftermath of Kopechne’s tragic drowning. John Curran, whose previous credits include Tracks and The Painted Veil, directs the feature.
“I think the message of the film is that polarization gets you nowhere,” said Clarke. “If you’re going to hate Ted Kennedy coming into this, you’re going to hate (Kennedy). If you want to be blinkered to what Ted did, then you’ll be blinkered. I think it’s hard to watch this and be blinkered because we don’t go into the salacious or the trivial. This film is about this man’s moral choices.”
Click on the media bar to hear Clarke reflect on the time he met Senator Kennedy:
Chappaquiddick hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 10. Extras include the special features “Bridge to the Past: Editing The Film” and “A Reckoning: Revisiting Chappaquiddick.”
Life of the Party, Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy, hits Blu-ray and DVD August 7 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The picture continues McCarthy’s collaboration with husband Ben Falcone, who also directed the actress in Tammy and The Boss.
The story centers on a newly divorced mom (McCarthy) who, deciding it’s never to late to get an education, enrolls in college. Gillian Jacobs and Maya Rudolph co-star in the flick which was written by Falcone and McCarthy. Life of the Party took in $51 million at the domestic box office.
The Blu-ray comes with a plethora of featurettes (“’80s Party,” “Mom Sandwich,” “Line-O-Rama,” “Bill Hate-O-Rama,” “Gag Reel) and deleted scenes. The DVD version comes with the “’80s Party” segment.
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Executive produced by director Martin Scorsese, A Ciambra hits Blu-ray and DVD July 10 via IFC Films. The narrative centers on Pio (Pio Amato), a 14-year-old who decides to explore the family business after his dad and brother are arrested. Directed by Mediterranea filmmaker Jonas Carpignano, the feature was honored at the Cannes Film Festival with the Europa Cinemas Label Award. It was also Italy’s official entry for the 2018 Academy Awards (Carpagnino also received an Independent Spirit Award nod for Best Director).
Along with its critical acclaim, another reason to check out A Ciambra is the director’s passion for shooting on film in an overwhelmingly dominant digital age (it was shot on Super 16mm). Special features on both versions include deleted scenes and the documentary A Ciambra: The Other Side of the Story.
Rampage, featuring Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris, hits Blu-ray and DVD July 17 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.The project marks Johnson’s third collaboration with filmmaker Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).
The narrative centers on primatologist Davis Okyoe (Johnson) who teams with a geneticist (Harris) to deliver an antidote that will keep mutated animals from destroying the Earth. Davis’ friend George, a rare albino silverback gorilla, is among the animals who have been altered from this genetic experience, and Davis get to George before he creates further destruction.
Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes, featurettes (“Not a Game Anymore,” “Trio of Destruction,” “Actors in Action,” “Attack on Chicago,” “Bringing George to Life”) and a gag reel. The DVD version comes with “Not A Game Anymore.”
Director Steven Spielberg’s latest hit Ready Player One hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 24. The project was released this year to much fanfare thanks to the monumental popularity of Ernest Cline’s book of the same name.
The narrative centers on Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a youth who escapes his downtrodden life by living in the virtual universe known as OASIS. When late OASIS creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) creates a contest to in which the winner will inherit the world, Wade joins several friends (including Bates Motel’sOlivia Cooke) in an attempt to grab the coveted prize.
Special features on the Blu-ray include “Game Changer: Cracking the Code,” “Effects for a Brave New World,” “Level Up: Sound for the Future,” “High Score: Endgame,” “Ernie & Tye’s Excellent Adventure,” and “The ’80’s: You’re The Inspiration.” The DVD version comes “The ’80’s: You’re The Inspiration.”