‘Lucky’ With Harry Dean Stanton Hits DVD In January

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Lucky, which features Harry Dean Stanton’s final (and, if not his best) performance, hits DVD January 2 via Magnolia Home Entertainment.

The feature centers on Lucky (Stanton), a 90-year-old atheist who’s living a seemingly mundane life in a desert town. Upon closer inspection, however, Lucky has enough friends at his local diner and bar to get him through the day. But Lucky understands his final days on this Earth may be just around the corner, and he’s having an understandably rough time facing his own mortality. Along with Stanton’s evocative work, the picture also features wonderful performances from David Lynch, Ron Livingston and Tom Skerritt.

Special features on the DVD include the segments “A Few Words from Harry Dean Stanton,” “Behind the Scenes: Harry Dean Stanton’s Final Film Take,” the theatrical trailer, and interviews with director John Carroll Lynch and writers/producers Logan Sparks and Dargo Sumonja.

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Sci-Fi Epic ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Hits Blu-Ray In January

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Blade Runner 2049, one of this year’s most acclaimed films and a more than worthy follow up to Blade Runner, hits Blu-ray and DVD January 16 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The sequel centers on LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a replicant who is on a mission to find former officer Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the notorious blade runner who has been missing for over 30 years. Robin Wright co-stars as K’s supervisor whose orders run counter to K’s ulterior motives.

Click on the media bar to hear why Harrison Ford decided to take on Blade Runner 2049:

Special features on the Blu-ray version include two featurettes (“Designing the World of Blade Runner 2049,” “To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049“), three prologues (“2036: Nexus Dawn,” “2048: Nowhere to Run,” “2022: Black Out”) and a Blade Runner 101 series (Blade Runners, “The Replicant Evolution,” The Rise of Wallace Corp.,” “Welcome to 2049,” “Joi,” and “Within The Skies”). The DVD comes with the Blade Runner 101 segments.



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Agatha Christie Mystery ‘Crooked House’ Hits Blu-ray In January

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Agatha Christie had a successful cinematic run this year thanks to the success of Murder on the Orient Express, and another of her works is also available as Crooked House hits Blu-ray and DVD January 16.

The tale centers on Charles Hayward (Max Irons), a former spy turned private detective who investigates the death of a wealthy patriarch. Family secrets abound during his investigation as Hayward digs deeper into the lives of a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the patriarch’s widow (Christina Hendricks) and the family’s matriarch (Glenn Close). Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the script was penned by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).

Blu-ray extras include three featurettes (Agatha Christie: A Timeless Fascination, Whodunnit? – The Characters of Crooked House, and Elegance & Innovation: The Design of Crooked House). The DVD comes with the two featurettes (the Agatha Christie segment is a Blu-ray exclusive).

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Jeanne Moreau Classic ‘Elevator To The Gallows’ Hits Blu-Ray In February

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It’s amazing to think that Louis Malle was just 24 when he made the classic film noir Elevator to the Gallows. The 92-minute feature, headlined by late actress Jeanne Moreau and featuring an iconic score from Miles Davis, hits Blu-ray and DVD February 6.

The feature centers on lovers (Moreau, Maurice Ronet) who plan to murder her husband. Their plan eventually goes south, and the walls gradually close in on their existence. Along with Davis’ score and Malle’s assured direction, the feature also features the rich, black and white visuals of cinematographer Henri Decaë.

Special features on both versions include a 2005 interview with Moreau, archival interviews with Malle and Ronet, and original session pianist René Urtege, Malle’s student movie Crazeology (which features the Charlie Parker song of the same name), trailers, and a booklet featuring an essay from critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Malle, and a tribute by producer Vincent Malle.

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Stephen King Horror Smash ‘It’ Hits Blu-ray In January

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One of this year’s biggest hits with a worldwide haul of over $683 million, It is headed to Blu-ray and DVD on January 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, It centers on a group of kids who face off against an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). The flick stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things). The sequel to It, which is set 27 years after the events of the original, is set for a January 6, 2019 release.

Click on the media bar to hear Stephen King talk about how he’s already watched It a second time (King was absolutely pleased with the theatrical version of It).

Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions come with three featurettes (“The Losers’ Club,” “Author of Fear,” “Pennywise Lives!”) and deleted scenes.

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Pugilist Drama ‘Jawbone’ With Johnny Harris Hits DVD In January

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Jawbone, a boxing drama starring Johnny Harris, Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Gods) and Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast, Edge of Darkness) hits DVD, Digital and On Demand January 23 via Lionsgate.

The narrative centers on Jimmy McCabe (Harris), a former prizefighter who reenters the ring in an unlicensed match that could have severe repercussions. Winstone plays Jimmy’s former trainer and gym owner with McShane co-starring as an acquaintance who helps the pugilist secure the fight. Jawbone comes from a personal place, as Harris, a former amateur boxer who struggled with alcoholism, penned the script. Before his starring role in Jawbone, Harris carved out a solid career as a character actor (he worked with McShane and Winstone in the 2012 flick Snow White and the Huntsman).

Special features on the disc include a making of featurette.

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