‘Sliding Doors’ Collector’s Edition Hits Blu-ray In January Via Shout! Select

Sliding Doors (Collector’s Edition), which marks the 100th release from Shout! Select, hits Blu-ray on January 21.

Directed by Peter Howitt (Johnny English), the narrative centers on a publicist named Helen whose life changes during a morning train back to her apartment. The film follows Helen’s life when she catches the train as well as when she misses it. This parallel storytelling earned its share of raves from critics, and in that same year (1998) Paltrow was also seen in Hush, A Perfect Murder, Great Expectations, and Shakespeare in Love.

Special features include a new audio commentary with writer/director Peter Howitt, trailers, and the featurette “A Stroll Through Sliding Doors London With Peter Howitt.” Also included is the documentary “The Sliding Doors Moments” which features new interviews with Howitt, Paltrow, and Hannah.

 

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Richard Gere Treats ‘Three Christs’ In Fact Based Psychological Drama

Richard Gere reteams with director Jon Avnet (Red Corner) in Three Christs, the true story of a psychiatrist who wanted to make a difference by having empathy serve as a foundation.

Set in 1959, the narrative centers on Dr. Alan Stone’s visit to a mental hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Stone believes schizophrenic patients should not be confined and be subjected to a healthy dose of electroshock therapy, Instead he believes he can break through to three men (Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, Bradley Whitford) who each believe they are Jesus Christ. The story is based on Milton Rokeach’s book The Three Christs of Ypsilanti.

The trailer looks intriguing enough, and the actors playing the patients are highly talented. This is Gere’s first film since the 2017 flick The Dinner. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Three Christs opens in theaters, On Demand and Digital on January 10.

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Gary Oldman Action Thriller ‘The Courier’ Races To Blu-Ray In January

The Courier, an action thriller which stars Oscar winning actor Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Olga Kurylenko (The November Man), hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on January 21 via Lionsgate. The title is now available On Demand.

The plot centers on a crime boss named Ezekiel (Oldman) who plans to kill a witness (Amit Shah) who can put him behind bars. When he hires a motorcycle courier (Kurylenko) to unknowingly deliver a poison gas bomb, things seem to be going swimmingly until the courier saves the witness. The feature co-stars Dermot Mulroney as an agent who is determined to bring Ezekiel to justice.

Oldman has been in his share of prestige productions, so it’s fun to see him partake in pure popcorn entertainment (he was seen earlier this year in Killers Anonymous, playing a therapist to killers!). Watching Kurylenko headline an action movie should also make for a fun watch. The picture is directed and penned by Zackary Adler, whose film credits include I’m Reed Fish and Casual Encounters.

Are you going to give The Courier a shot? Feel free to comment below!

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Cate Blanchett On The “Tumultuous” Journey Behind ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’

Based on Maria Semple’s bestselling novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette centers on Bernadette Fox (Oscar winner Cate Blanchett), a former architect who decides to reconnect with her artistic ambitious after years mainly focusing on her family. Directed by Richard Linklater, the feature co-stars Billy Crudup as her husband and Emma Nelson as her teen daughter.

For Blanchett, the themes behind Where’d You Go, Bernadette are relatable. “She’s experienced profound, deep, public, artistic failure,” said Blanchett. “And I think that’s (something) that everyone can relate (to). Doesn’t have to be an artistic failure. We sort of expect as adults that we will accept our failures and move forward and she has not been able to move forward.”

Click on the media bar to hear the changing family dynamics of Where’d You Go, Bernadette:

Special features on the disc include a photo gallery and two featurettes (“Who is Bernadette” and “Bringing Bernadette to Life”). Co-starring Kristen Wiig as Bernadette’s neighbor, Where’d You Go Bernadette hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 26.

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‘Fritz Lang Indian Epic’ Heads To Blu-Ray In December With 4K Restoration

Revered filmmaker Fritz Lang is best known for his work in Germany (M, Metropolis), and ultimately the U.S. (The Big Heat, The Woman in the Window). What is often overlooked is Lang’s return to Germany to direct The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb. Both films, which underwent a 4K Restoration, hits Blu-ray on December 10 as Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic.

The Tiger of Eschnapur centers on Harold Berger (Paul Hubschmid), an architect who falls in love with a temple dancer named Seetha (Debra Paget) during his journey to India. Their romance leads to the wrath by Chandra (who originally commissioned Berger to India). In The Indian Tomb, the lovers are rescued by villagers in the desert, but ultimately they are given up for ransom and must find a way to survive the social and political turmoil of their environment.

Special features include audio commentaries by film historian David Kalat, The Indian Epic documentary, filmmaker Mark Rappaport’s video essay “Debra Paget, For Example,” and a 20 page booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Tom Gunning.

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Director Frank Sabatella Explores Deeper Horror Layers Inside ‘The Shed’

Directed and penned by Frank Sabetella, The Shed centers on Stan (Jay Jay Warren) a teenager who discovers a vampire (Frank Whaley) who’s living in the backyard of his grandfather’s (Timothy Bottoms). Having a creature trapped inside the shed becomes a nightmare experience for Stan, but his bullied best friend Dommer (Cody Kostro) sees the vampire as an opportunity to exact vengeance on his abusive colleagues.

Sabatella could have turned The Shed into a blood fest filled with a soaring body count, but instead The Shed is a refreshingly nuanced tale of revenge and the toxic effects of bullying.

“It actually took quite a while,” said Sabatella on writing the final draft of his script. “The core of the story, the vampire trapped inside the shed, was an idea that my film school friend Jason Rice had come up with in a short story. I took his short concept and I expanded it to this present story that we have about the abuse and neglected teenagers and the revenge aspect and all that . . . tt really took time and rewriting of the elements to really bring all that forward and get those striking story elements out.

Click on the media bar to hear Sabatella talk about the advantages of adding such first rate veteran actors like Bottoms, Whaley, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan (she plays a deputy) in his feature:

The Shed is now playing in theaters and is available on Digital HD and VOD.

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