The Cohen Film Collection is focuses on spotlighting and preserving some of cinema’s most seminal works (they did wonderful work with Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn), and on May 29 they are releasing The Two of Us on Blu-ray and DVD.
Director Claude Berri is primarily known stateside for his resonant epics Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, and The Two of Us marks Berri’s directing debut. Centering on an 8-year-old Jewish boy (Alain Cohen) who forms a bond with an anti-Semitic elderly man (Michel Simon), the picture was inspired by Berri’s upbringing in wartime France. Berri was also an accomplished producer, with Milos Forman’sValmont and Jean-Jacques Annaud’sThe Lover among his credits.
The feature is presented with a new 4K restoration, and both versions come with an audio commentary with film critic Wade Major, and the 2017 rerelease trailer.
Greaser’s Palace, considered one of director Robert Downey Sr.’s finest works, makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut June 4 via Music Box Films Home Entertainment. The picture, a surreal parable on the life of Christ, centers on a drifter named Jessy (Allan Arbus) whose dreams of singing and dancing are realized when he discovers a saloon called The Palace. Robert Downey Jr., who in past interviews has praised his father’s work, is also featured in the flick (he’s billed as “small boy in covered” wagon”).
The film was remastered with a high-definition transfer and extensive color correction was applied to the original negatives. Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include liner notes from late filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) and an interview with Downey Sr. conducted by Rudy Wurlitzer (screenwriter of the classics Two Lane Blacktop and Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid).
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Game Night, a hit comedy which made over $108 million worldwide, hits Blu-ray and DVD May 22 via Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The feature centers on Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) a couple who host a weekly game night that, though fun, gets extremely competitive. When Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) shows up out of the blue and decides to invite Max’s crew to a game night of his own, things get extremely dangerous. Jesse Plemons, who worked with Chandler on Friday Night Lights, co-stars in the comedy that’s directed by Vacationfilmmakers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Click on the media bar to hear Bateman talk about how he related to Max’s dorky behavior on Game Night:
Special features on the Blu-ray include the featurette “An Unforgettable Evening: Making Game Night” and a gag reel (the DVD does not come with the gag reel).
POV: Bill Nye: Science Guy, a documentary on one of television’s more affable and educational figures, hits Blu-ray and DVD April 24 via PBS Distribution. The project, a behind-the-scenes look at the “Science Guy,” features interviews with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, and other prominent voices in the field.
Along with his work on television (the second season of Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves The World premieres May 11), Nye is also the CEO of the Planetary Society (co-founded by late author Carl Sagan) and is leading a mission to launch Lightsail, a satellite propelled by sunlight.
“The Science Guy show is over, and I’ve go to move on to something bigger,” said Nye in the documentary. “We have this increasing anti-science movement in the United States. It’s worse than ever. The anti-science movement is more powerful than it’s ever been.”
Clint Eastwood’s latest film The 15:17 To Paris, the true story of the three men (Anthony Sadler, U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos), hits Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Digital on May 22.
Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone play themselves in the feature, which details their respective lives and eventual thwarting of a 2015 terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris. Over 500 passengers were on board during the incident, and the three men were hailed as heroes. Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, and Tony Hale co-star in the feature. Click on the media bar to hear Eastwood explain why the men didn’t need acting training for The 15:17 To Paris:
Special features on the Blu-ray include the featurettes “Making Every Second Count,” in which Stone, Skarlatos, and Sadler recount the attack, and “Portrait of Courage,” a look at why Eastwood and his creative team took on the project.
It’s amazing to think that with such a storied cinematic career it was his adapted screenplay for Call Me Be Your Name which netted James Ivory his first ever Oscar. A 2k digital restoration, courtesy of the Cohen Film Collection, has been made to one of the filmmaker’s earliest films Shakespeare Wallah, and that Merchant Ivory Productions project hits Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on April 3.
The narrative centers on Tony Buckingham (Geoffrey Kendal) and his wife Carla (Laura Liddell), actor/managers of a troupe who stage Shakespeare plays in 1960s India. The changing times of India, specifically the culture’s growing love for Bollywood films, leads to a precipitous dip in their demand for their formerly tried and true material. Felicity Kendal co-stars as their daughter Lizzie, with frequent Merchant Ivory collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala penning the script.
Supplemental features include the film’s original and release trailer, as well as interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and actors Felicity Kendal and Shashi Kapoor.