The Lonely Ones Debuts Video For ‘Flash Gordon’/’The Hero’ Cover

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Independent rock band The Lonely Ones debuted the video for its cover of a classic Queen song this week.

The band debuted the video for its cover of Queen’s performance of the Flash Gordon theme song and its companion song ‘Hero’ Tuesday.  The video features the band performing its take on the song in a studio setting, complete with sound effects and audio from the original movie.

The band’s take on the song pays full tribute to Queen’s version of the classic work.  The Lonely Ones’ rendition is longer than that of Queen, with the original clocking in at just under three minutes and the cover coming in at five-and-a-half-minutes.  Even with that in mind, the band’s cover is still very much in line with Queen’s original work.

The band talked about its take on the song in a collective statement.

“We recorded Flash in 2019 – a pretty dark year for the four of us on all fronts,” the statement reads. Our original musical output reflected that darkness, so recording a cartoonishly triumphant, heroic cover song seemed like a good counter-balance. Fast forward to spring 2020 and the impending COVID-19 Stay at Home order. With limited time and help from some fans we got our friends together to film a music video while we were still able. It’s July now and, with the future more unclear than ever, it seems like the perfect time to release the most positive song we have.  I hope you enjoy it. “Flash/The Hero. A Queen Cover.”

The Lonely Ones’ cover of Queen’s classic song comes more than a month ahead of Arrow Video’s upcoming re-issue of Starling Films/Famous Films/Dino De Laurentiis Company’s 1980 movie Flash Gordon.  It should be noted that the band’s premiere of its new cover is not connected with the movie’s forthcoming re-issue.  It is merely coincidence.

Arrow Video is scheduled to re-issue the science fiction flick Aug. 18 on 4KUHD/BD combo pack and standalone Blu-ray.

The forthcoming re-issue will feature a companion booklet with new liner notes on the movie penned by a variety of film critics and historians; separate feature length audio commentaries by Mike Hodges and Brian Blessed; cast interviews; a behind-the-scenes making of featurette; archival interview with Mike Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. and comic book artist Alex Ross as well as much more.

More information on The Lonely Ones’ cover of ‘Flash Gordon’/’The Hero’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

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Jinjer, Judas Priest Added to Knotfest.com Live Streaming Concert Series

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Knotfest.com is continuing its live streaming concert series this month with two more concerts.

Up first in this month’s schedule of live shows is Jinjer’s March 5, 2020 show held at Max Watts in Melbourne, Australia.  Now audiences will get to see that performance through Knotfest.com at 5 p.m. ET July 9.

The second of this month’s live streaming shows through knotfest.com is Judas Priest’s full concert recording, Battle Cry, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray March 25, 2016 through Epic Records.  The concert featured in the recording was originally recorded on Aug. 1, 2015 at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival.

The set list that is featured in Battle Cry doesn’t just focus on the band’s then most recent album Redeemer of Souls.  Instead the band attempts to cover as much of its expansive body of work as possible over the course of its ninety minute run time.

Judas Priest’s performance is scheduled to stream 3 p.m ET on July 17 through knotfest.com.

Knotfest.com’s ongoing concert series has already featured performances from Slipknot, Lamb of God, Trivium, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Kreator, King Diamond, Carnifex, Suffocation, Suicide Silence, and In Flames.  The concerts have helped raise money to charities that help with COVID-19 relief efforts.

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INXS’ ‘Live Baby Live’ Re-Issue Builds On the Success Of Its Original Success

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Twenty-nine years ago  this month, pop rock band INXS released its first-ever live recording Live Baby Live.  The recording, captured July 31, 1991 at London’s famed Wembley Stadium, a venue that at that point, had also hosted the likes of Queen, Michael Jackson and U2.  So for INXS to take the stage at the legendary venue meant also putting the band in very good company, considering the venue’s reputation as one of the world’s “elite” live venues.  When the recording was originally released, it was a hit, reaching No. 3 on the Aria (Australian Recording Industry Association) Charts and No. 8 on the UK Albums Chart.  The recording’s charting positions showed its popularity even with critics on both sides of the Atlantic and in the band’s home nation of Australia panning the presentation.  Now almost 30 years later, the recording has been re-issued through Eagle Rock Entertainment for a whole new generation of audiences along with the band’s established fan base.  Specifically speaking, it was released June 26 on Blu-ray/4K-HD, DVD and other formats.  The concert’s set list makes for its own share of interest for audiences.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list adds to that interest.  It will be discussed a little later.  The companion booklet featured with the recording’s new re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Eagle Rock Entertainment’s Live Baby Live a presentation that will Keep INXS’ legacy a-LIVE.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recent re-issue of INXS’ debut live recording Live Baby Live (The first “Live” is pronounced like it rhyme with the word “give.”  The second rhymes with the word “hive.”) is an interesting presentation from the legendary pop rock band.  That is due in part to the recording’s 19-song set list.  The set list pulls largely from the band’s hit 1987 album Kick and that record’s follow-up, 1990’s XThe Swing (1984) gets a couple of nods.  The band even presents its hit single ‘Devil Inside’ to close out the show, but by and large, the two noted albums – Kick and X – get the most attention in this concert.  Eight of the 12 songs featured in Kick’s original presentation are featured in this set list.  Eight of the songs from X’s 11 total songs are also featured here.  Needless to say the set list is not a career-defining presentation from the band even at that point.  Why the band opted to focus on the two noted albums is anyone’s guess.  Considering that the band was touring in support of X at the time, the emphasis on that album is understandable.  Add in that at the time of X’s release, three years had passed between its release and that of Kick and the emphasis makes more sense, especially considering the extended story behind the release of Kick, which involved two record labels.  That story will be left for audiences to learn for themselves.  Even with the limited focus of the concert’s set list, the band keeps the energy flowing from one song to the next throughout the show.  The concert’s energy falls all of maybe twice total.  In other words, the concert’s energy will keep audiences engaged and entertained thanks to the set list.  What’s more, the songs featured in the set list features arrangements that bear a distinct similarity to works from INXS’ British counterparts, The Rolling Stones.  This is worth its own future discussion, as the stylistic similarities between the band’s songs were intended.  Keeping all of this in mind, the set list featured in Live Baby Live does its own share to entertain and engage audiences, even with its limitations kept in mind.

While the set list featured in Live Baby Live has some limitations what with its set list, the songs themselves will keep audiences entertained and engaged.  On a related note, the band’s performance thereof builds on the presentation’s appeal.  One of the most notable aspects of the band’s performance is that of front man Michael Hutchence.  Hutchence struts around the stage with the same swagger of The Rolling Stones’ front man Mick Jagger, even sounding at times like Jagger in his vocal delivery.  Drummer Jon Fariss’ time keeping is solid throughout each song, his energy never letting up at any point.  Kirk Pengilly (sax, guitars) adds his own unique touch to each song with his own performances.  His saxophone solos oozes the sound of so much music from the 90s, which adds even more to each song’s appeal.  He, Hutchence and the rest of the band members’ performances feed the audience’s energy.  That energy is in turn reciprocated, giving the band even more of its own energy, enhancing the experience even more.  That engaging and entertaining performance by the band couples with the concert’s set list to give audiences even more reason to experience this concert whether for the first time or the first time in a long time.  Those elements are not the only notable aspects of Live Baby Live, either.  The companion booklet that comes with the recording rounds out its most important elements.

The companion booklet that accompanies Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new re-issue of Live Baby Live is important to note because of the background that it offers audiences before they even experience the concert.  it should be noted that all of the background offered through the booklet is itself newly collected by fa Jamie East, who was at the band’s 1991 concert.  The booklet opens with an introspective recollection on the concert by then guitarist/keyboardist Andrew Fariss.  He writes about the honor of performing at Wemblem as a headliner even though the band had previously played there as an opener for Queen.  Additionally, Fariss offers a funny anecdote about locking himself in a bathroom in order to mentally prepare for the band’s 1991 headliner show.  That in itself will put a smile on audiences’ faces.  Fariss’ band mate Garry Gary Beers expands on those comments, offering his own praise for Hutchence while also discussing the band members’ excitement at headlining Wembley.  As the discussions continue, Jon Fariss gives thanks to the audience for taking part in the concert, noting, “We could not only see the mesmerizing vibe from the audience right in front of us – but the electricity and energy radiating from the audience was insanely unforgettable…I humbly thank and salute all our audience who were there at this Wembley show and for every other 3 thousand plus INXS shows we performed – I thank each and every one of you.”  Hutchence and Gilly also share their own thoughts (Hutchence thoughts were obviously recorded prior to his untimely passing in 1997) in the booklet, enriching the experience even more.  Considering their comments and the whole of the comments from the other noted band members, the booklet helps to paint a rich, vivid picture of Live Baby Live before audiences even experience the concert.  That enriches the recording’s presentation even more.  Considered with the recording’s set list and the band’s performance, all three elements join to make this concert a memorable presentation from INXS that audiences of all ages will appreciate.  Live Baby Live is available now on a variety of platforms.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recent re-issue of INXS’ live recording Live Baby Live is an interesting updated presentation of the recording. that is due in part to the recording’s set list.  While limited in its overall picture of the band’s catalog it still offers its own share of entertainment for audiences.  The band’s performance of said set list makes the recording even more worth experiencing.  The companion booklet, which features newly culled notes from the band members about the concert, adds yet another layer to the recording’s presentation.  All the items noted here are important in their own way to the whole of Live Baby Live.  All things considered, they make Live Baby Live well worth the experience. More information on Live Baby Live is available along with all of INXS’ latest news at:

 

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‘NOVA: Look Who’s Driving’ Will “Drive” Plenty Of Discussion Among Audiences

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Just because we can, should we?  That is the basis of Look Who’s Driving, another new episode from PBS’ hit science-based series NOVA.  Having originally premiered on PBS last year, the episode was released on DVD in January.  The hour-long episode is an insightful look at the evolving technology of driverless vehicles and the divide that it has created among proponents and opponents.  That story and how the topic is examined serve as the foundation for this episode of NOVA and will be addressed shortly.  The program’s pacing plays its own part in its presentation, and will be addressed a little later.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves just as much a positive as the DVD’s other noted items.  It will also be discussed later.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make NOVA: Look Who’s Driving a presentation that paints a thorough picture of the future of transportation on America’s roads.

NOVA: Look Who’s Driving is a thorough and rich examination of the possible future of transportation on America’s roads as it relates to automated vehicles.  The story featured within this documentary opens with the story of a bicyclist who was killed when an automated car hit the cyclist, who was walking with her bicycle across the road while the car’s driver was busy looking at her cell phone.  From that point on, the discussion begins on the growing presence of automated vehicles on the nation’s roads and the issue of responsibility that drivers have as they ride in the vehicles.  Audiences will be interested to see just how many companies are working to this day, to create fully autonomous vehicles.  Additionally, brief comments are made through the story about not only safety concerns, but also concerns about the potential economic and ecological impacts of increasing numbers of automated vehicles on the planet.  Again, these notes are brief, so they make for a good starting point on deeper discussions on said topics, but the bigger discussion featured in the story is whether there is a place or even a need for autonomous vehicles.  Officials with many of the companies that are working to create said vehicles are interviewed throughout the course of the program.  While they allege that autonomous vehicles will make the nation’s (and world’s) roads safer and driving easier, none of those noted officials ever actually provide any solid proof to support their allegations.  Officials with two companies – Uber and Tessla – declined to take part in the investigatory program, as is noted in the documentary.  Ironically, those companies are the ones whose vehicles were shown to have been involved in at least a handful of fatal wrecks that involved automated vehicles.  The opponents to self-driving vehicles are also interviewed, so there is no bias featured in this documentary.  Their comments and the hard evidence shown throughout the program showing all of the complications that companies face in trying to make automated vehicles a full reality prevents anyone from trying to claim bias one way or the other here.  Keeping all of this in mind, the program’s central story in itself more than ensures audiences’ maintained engagement and entertainment.  It is just one part of what makes the program such an interesting presentation.  The program’s pacing adds to the episode’s strength.

The pacing of NOVA: Look Who’s Driving is important to note in its own right, as it is a counterpoint of sorts to the extensive discussion that takes place throughout the course of this episode of NOVA.  There is a lot of data presented throughout the episode that explains all of the concerns related to the matter of self-driving cars.  From the stories of people connected to the noted fatal, incidents to the clearly pointed concerns about cars not being fully intelligent – this in itself can lead to discussions on concerns about computers going from being AI to sentient, especially with the concept of “training” computers that run said vehicles – to the economic and ecological concerns, a lot of ground is covered here.  Add in the arguments made by the proponents of self-driving vehicles and even more ground is covered, even without any real substantive evidence supporting their allegations.  Considering all that is presented on both sides of the overall discussion, there is so much to follow.  Luckily, those behind the episode’s editing and general writing served to keep its pacing solid from start to end.  The result is a program that flows cleanly from one discussion point to another throughout the episode, and in turn ensures viewers’ engagement and entertainment that much more.  Keeping all of this in mind, the pacing works with the episode’s story and proves without doubt, the program’s overall success.  While the episode’s overall content leaves zero doubt as to its success, said content is not all that will appeal to audiences.  The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.

The DVD’s average price point is right at $19.  That price is obtained by averaging prices from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and PBS’ online store.  While some of the listings — $14.98 at Amazon and Target; $17.55 at Walmart; $17.99 at Best Buy – are below the noted average price, others — $19.99 at PBS’ store; $22.74 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and $24.99 at Books-a-Million – exceed that point.  Considering that PBS’ listing is just barely over the average price point, it is still relatively affordable, meaning once more, the listings at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million are once again the most expensive.  The other listings are all prices that audiences will not mind paying, considering again that noted average price point.  They are price listings that will not break any viewer’s budget.  What’s more, considering the fact that the overall program will remain timely for the foreseeable future, this means that it is a DVD that audiences will not find themselves selling away or even donating.  Keeping that in mind, this price point once again proves without doubt why, coupled with the program’s content, the DVD is well worth the purchase and the watch.  It will certainly “drive” plenty of people to start their own discussions on the topic, leading it to be one more of this year’s top new documentaries.

NOVA: Look Who’s Driving is a presentation that is well worth viewing.  It covers a very hot button issue without all of the typical talking head figures.  Yes, the proponents are there from the companies that are working to create autonomous vehicles, and so are their opponents.  It’s not one of those typical news style talking head programs.  Rather, it is a full-on investigative piece whose overall story will keep viewers watching through that presentation style.  The program’s pacing adds even more reason for audiences to watch.  The DVD’s relatively affordable price point rounds out its most important elements.  It is a point that will not break audiences’ budgets.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make NOVA: Look Who’s Driving one more of this year’s top new documentaries.  It is available now.

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PBS Kids’ Second ‘Wild Kratts’ Box Set Is One Of This Year’s Top New Family DVD/BD Box Sets

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School is still out for the summer, and right now many school districts’ officials remain uncertain when and how the new school year will look.  That is leaving many parents and students in limbo, too.  For parents, they are left in the dark as to how they are going to have to handle schedules.  For the students, their educational opportunities largely remain on hold until such time, especially since parents, in many cases, cannot be there to help their children learn.  Thankfully PBS Distribution offered a new resource for parents and students alike last month with the release of the new Wild Kratts DVD box set, Around The World Adventures.  The three-disc set is a presentation that the whole family will welcome.  That is due in part to its episode listing, which will be discussed shortly.  The set’s packaging also plays into its presentation, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Wild Kratts: Adventures Around The World.  All things considered, they make the set one of this year’s top new family DVD/BD box sets.

PBS Distribution’s new Wild Kratts box set Around The World Adventures is a presentation that the whole family will appreciate regardless of whether school is in session.  It is a resource that will educate and entertain audiences of all ages.  That is due in large part to its featured episodes.  The set is composed of 21 episodes spread across three discs.  That totals a run time of approximately 10 hours.  Parents especially will appreciate (for cost reasons, which will be discussed later), that the majority of the episodes featured in this set are previously unreleased.  In comparison to PBS Distribution’s only other Wild Kratts box set Wildest Animal Adventures, only two episodes from that set – ‘A Huge Orange Problem’ and ‘Mimic’ – are carried over from to this presentation.  What’s more, in looking at the roughly 21 (yes, 21) total single disc Wild Kratts collections that are available, only six episodes from those collections – ‘The Food Chain Game,’ ‘Cheetah Racer,’ ‘Rainforest Stew,’ ‘Shadow: The Black Jaguar,’ ‘Mimic’ and ‘A Huge Orange Problem’ – are carried over to this collection.  In other words, the majority of the episodes featured in this collection are previously unreleased, including the Wild Kratts “movies” ‘Amazin’ Amazon Adventure’ and ‘Back In Creature Time.’  Adding to the importance of the set’s episode list is that by comparison, Wildest Animal Adventures culls the episodes from four of the series’ standalone compilations, Creature Adventures, Jungle Animals, Lost At Sea and Predator Power.  The total episode count there is 20.  So in other words, odds are this collection likely would cull episodes from as many DVDs as no standalone DVDs featuring the majority of the noted episodes have been released.  This leads into another of the set’s most important elements, its packaging.

Adventures Around The World takes up half the space of the Wildest Animal Adventures set on racks because of the packaging.  The packaging in question places two of the new set’s three discs on either side of an insert inside the box.  The set’s third disc sits on its own spot on the inside back of the set’s case.  By comparison, the Wildest Animal Adventures places each of its four discs in its own standalone slipcase inside a larger box.  This means more material is used for packaging with the “older” set, and in turn more space taken up on racks.  So the saved space that results from the “newer” packaging model is to that extent, its own positive.  Half the space of another set might not seem like much, but like pennies, it adds up.

On another note, the discussed saved space that results from the packaging and the previously unaired episodes featured in this set mean that families will not have to worry about buying potential future standalone DVDs, which will save space in its own right.  It will also save families money.

Speaking of money saved, the average price point for this three disc set is another positive worth noting.  The average price point for Around The World Adventures is $15.99.  That’s for three discs of episodes that again, have largely been previously unreleased.  It’s well under the $20 mark, and considering the amount of entertainment and education offered through that span, that is not a budget breaker.  The price in question was obtained by averaging prices at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Barne & Noble Booksellers, and PBS’ online store.  It was not listed through Target and Books-A-Million at the time of this posting.  PBS’ price of $19.99 and Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ price of $17.99 both exceeded that average while the other three listings each were noted at $13.99, well under the average.

By comparison, Wildest Animal Adventures is almost impossible to find through any major retailers.  It is not even listed through PBS’ store or that of the official Wild Kratts website.  An extensive search for the set did locate it at Walmart at a price of $25.85, but it was listed as being out of stock.  Amazon also listed the set.  Its least expensive price listing was $69.99 while it reached as high as $249.98.  In other words, odds are that set is now out of print.  This means that audiences who don’t already own said set will have to spend $10-$15 on each of the four DVDs culled for said collection if they do not own those DVDs either.  Meanwhile the set’s initial average price listing was about the same as that for Around The World Adventures.  So audiences would have spent about the same price for each box set.  Keeping this in mind, the relatively affordable price point for PBS Distribution’s latest Wild Kratts DVD box set proves just as positive to Around The World Adventures’ presentation as its content and packaging.  All things considered, they make this latest Wild Kratts box set one of this year’s top new family DVD/BD box sets.

Around The World Adventures is another welcome addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Wild Kratts presentations.  That is due in no small part to its episode listing, which offers audiences a grouping of episodes largely unavailable on the series’ previous DVD episodes.  Only six of the set’s episodes are available on the series’ other DVDs.  That leans 15 episodes unavailable on said DVDs.  The set’s packaging takes up half the space of its predecessor, the previously released box set Wildest Animal Adventures.  The set’s average price point of less than $20 dollars is affordable especially considering the amount of content featured across its three discs.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of Adventures Around The World.  All things considered, they make the set one of this year’s top new family DVD/BC box sets.

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PBS Distribution To Release Fujita Documentary on DVD This Month

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PBS is presenting a biography of the man who created the Fujita measurement scale in a new episode of its hit biography series American Experience.

American ExperienceMrTornado is scheduled for release July 21.  The hour-long documentary features the story of Tetsuya Theodore “Ted” Fujita, the man who developed the system that measures the strength of tornadoes.

The story starts in the Super Outbreak of 1974, which was the most extensive tornado outbreak in American history.  It spread a path of destruction across 13 states, generating 148 tornadoes from Alabama to Ontario, Canada.  More than 300 people died as a result of the storm outbreak, and thousands were left homeless.

Fujita spent months examining the result of the outbreak, using an aerial study, and mapped the path of destruction in the process.  His extensive study led to the discovery of microbursts — winds strong enough to knock planes out of the air — and to advance warning systems that have since saved thousands of lives as well as the Fujita scale, which is used to measure the intensity of tornadoes.

American ExperienceMrTornado will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available at:

 

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Film Movement To Release New Drama Tuesday

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Film Movement is bringing a new existential drama to American audiences Tuesday.

The independent film studio is scheduled to release the Polish import Corpus Christi June 23 separately on DVD, Blu-ray and digital.  The movie focuses on an ex-con who masquerades as a priest in a small village after serving a 20-year sentence in prison for committing a violent crime.

The convict, Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia — Ondine, The High Frontier, I Am Lying Now) pretends to be a priest after having found Christ during his time behind bars.  That change in life led him to aspire to serve in the clergy, which is why he pretends to be a priest.  The problem is that as an ex-conv, Daniel’s chances of becoming an ordained priest are next to zero.

As time passes, Daniel’s behavior leads some of the people in the town where he serves as a priest to become suspicious of him.  Now it is up to Daniel to come to a decision that could change his life all over again.  The movie’s trailer is streaming here.

Corpus Christi made its international debut Sept. 2, 2018 at the Venice Film Festival and U.S. premiere Oct. 23, 2019 at the Chicago International Film Festival.  The movie received various accolades, including a nomination for Best International Film at the 2020 Oscars ceremony and named an official selection of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.  It also received a Tomato Meter score of 97% through rottentomatoes.com.

The movie’s full list of accolades is noted below.

Nominated – Best International Feature Film – Academy Awards
Winner – Young Cineastes Award – Palm Springs Int’l. Film Festival
Winner – FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor in an Int’l. Feature Film – Palm Springs Int’l. Film Festival
Winner – Edipo Re Award – Best Film – Venice Film Festival
Winner – Label Europa Cinemas – Best Film – Venice Film Festival
Winner – Eleven Awards including Best Film – Polish Film Festival
Winner – Best Actor – Chicago Int’l. FIlm Festival
Winner – Best Actor – Stockholm Film Festival
Nominated – Fedeora Award – Best Film – Venice Film Festival
Official Selection – Toronto Int’l. Film Festival
Official Selection – Busan Film Festival
Official Selection – AFI Fest —

The forthcoming domestic home release of Corpus Christi features a bonus making of featurette and bonus short film, titled Nice To See You as extras.  The short film, directed by Corpus Christi director Jan Komasa, focuses on the relationship between a college student and her father when he unexpectedly shows up asking his daughter to move back home with him.

Corpus Chrsti will retail for MSRP of $34.95 on Blu-ray and $24.95 on DVD.

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Sci-Fi Sequel Import ‘Attraction 2’ Coming To American Audiences Next Month

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The aliens are coming again.

Columbia Pictures and Sony are teaming with Dark Sky Studios and Capelight Pictures to bring the new sci-fi import sequel Attraction 2Invasion to American audiences.  Scheduled for release July 21 on digital/DVD/Blu-ray, the movie is the follow-up from the 2017 movie Attraction.

The story featured in this movie picks up two years after the events of its predecessor.  Julia (Irina Starshenbaum — LetoT-34Kesa) has become a person of great interest to the Ministry of Defense after the events of Attraction.  As study on Julia takes place, she discovers that she is developing seemingly superhuman powers.  As a result of this development, it turns out that the humans are not the only ones who are pursuing her.  Beings from another world are also looking for her, but not for the same reason as those who are studying her here on Earth.

The movie’s trailer is streaming here.

Attraction 2 premiered early this year in its home nation of Russia.  It is presented in its new domestic presentation with English dubbing and in Russian with optional English subtitles.

The movie’s run time is two hours, 13 minutes.

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Corinth Films Bringing Its 2016 Dramedy ‘The Carer’ To American Audiences

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Corinth Films’ dramedy The Carer will make it domestic debut next month on DVD and digital.

The studio is bringing its movie The Carer to American audiences July 14.  The British import dramedy premiered in the United Kingdom in 2016.  It stars .Golden Globe Award winning actor Brian Cox (X2XMen UnitedAdaptationSuper Troopers) in the lead role as ailing theatrical legend Sir Michael Gifford.  Gifford is suffering from a a rare form of Parkinson’s Disease.

As a result of his condition, Gifford is in need of someone to help him on a daily basis.  Enter Dorottya (Coco Konig — Assassin’s CreedTo The BoatsDie Rauber) an aspiring Hungarian stage actress, as Gifford’s carer.  She hopes that in caring for Gifford, her career can get a boost.  Things between the pair start off rough, but their friendship eventually grows.

While the duo’s friendship grows, the around the pair become dubious of Dorottya’s real intentions.  This ultimately leads to a confrontation between Gifford and his scheming daughter Sophia (Emilia Fox — The PianistDorian GrayCashback), who is trying to keep her father from what could be his last on-stage appearance, a ceremony held by the Critics Guild of Great Britain.  The organization is set to present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The sense of purpose and life that Dorottya has instilled in Gifford comes even more into play as this confrontation builds, leading to the story’s finale.

The Carer also stars Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a FuneralPennywothTrust) and Karl Johnson (Hot FuzzThe IllusionistThe Death of Stalin).  Sir Roger Moore (MoonrakerThe Spy Who Loved MeThe Man With The Golden Gun) also makes an appearance in the movie.

Cox was nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Awards) prize for Best Actor in 2016 when the movie originally premiered in the United Kingdom for his role in the movie, which was directed by Janos Edelenyi (Prima PrimaveraThe Long ShadowKasztner’s Ark).

The Carer‘s run time is 89 minutes.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.95.  More information on this and other titles from Corinth Films is available at:

 

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Forget Dinosaurs, ‘NOVA: Rise Of The Mammals’ Tells A Much Needed Post Dino Pre-History Story

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Everybody loves dinosaurs, right?  Okay, well if not everybody then lots of people.  From movies to television, people of all ages love dinosaurs.  The reason for that popularity is anyone’s guess.  They are so popular that Discovery Channel is even launching a new paleontology –based reality TV series Friday titled Dino Hunters. For all of the popularity of dinosaurs, it seems that few if any movie and television companies have ever actually focused on what happened after the age of dinosaurs.  That is until recently.  Late last year, PBS became one of the rare companies to examine the aftermath of the extinction of dinosaurs in a new episode of its hit science-based series NOVA titled Rise of the Mammals.  The episode was subsequently released on DVD in January.  The program is an interesting starting point on the discussion of what happened after dinosaurs died off.  It serves as the primary element to examine in this episode and will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content featured with the episode.  It will be discussed a little later.  Considering the overall content featured in this DVD, its average price point is a cost that audiences will find acceptable to pay.  This will also be addressed later.  All three items noted here are key in their own way to the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make NOVA: Rise of the Mammals a presentation that while brief, is a welcome continuation of the story of the dinosaurs’ extinction.

NOVA: Rise of the Mammals is an engaging new episode of PBS’ hit science-based series that audiences of all ages will *ahem* dig.  Yes, that terrible pun was intended.  The program’s success is due in part to the episode’s central story.  The story in question is that of the effort by paleontologists to find out what happened after the extinction of the dinosaurs.  The story centers on one young paleontologist in particular who started his career before he was even an adult.  It tells of his efforts to do what few have ever done, find proof of the time when dinosaurs went extinct and of the flora and fauna that survived.  Audiences will be interested to learn of how difficult that task was until a chance discovery was made at a museum.  That underlying story will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  From there, the story, ensures viewers’ engagement and entertainment as the young paleontologist goes on his quest to find said evidence.  It goes without saying that he makes the hoped for discoveries, which has gone on to lead to other important scientific knowledge about what happened as Earth finally started recovering from its literal and figurative darkest time.  The story may not have the bombast of its Hollywood counterparts, but is still just as engaging and entertaining as those movies and TV shows.  To that end, it gives audiences more than enough reason to watch this episode.  The story is just one of the elements that makes NOVA: Rise of the Mammals such a worthwhile watch.  The bonus content that accompanies the story adds more interest to the program’s presentation.

The bonus content that is featured with the home release of NOVA: Rise of the Mammals is noteworthy because it isolates specific aspects of the program that can be used as educational points for perhaps high school and college level courses.  The high school level discussions are noted because as the episode shows, there are students within that age range who are interested in paleontology.  One of the three topics addressed in the bonus content is that of concretions.  Audiences learn through the isolated segment, which is also featured in the program’s story, what concretions are and how they are formed.  Viewers learn that they are made in a manner similar to that of general fossils, just with some variation.  The even more brief discussion on finding flora in the concretions adds its own tiny touch to the presentation while also serving as another starting point for another discussion makes for its own share of interest.  The examination of the work done on the bluff where the extinction line was discovered is worth its own note, too.  All things considered, the noted bonus content is not necessarily unique from its source material, since it is all included in the story itself, but having specific topics isolated for more direct discussion points in classrooms is noteworthy in its own right.  Together with the DVD’s central story, the overall content gives audiences plenty of reason to watch.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be its own positive.

The average price point of NOVA: Rise of the Mammals is $18.69.  That price os obtained by averaging prices from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and PBS’ online store.  Once again, audiences get a DVD here from PBS that stays below the $20 mark.  In other words, audiences will not break their budget in purchasing the DVD for the most part.  Unlike other previously released NOVA DVDs, there are fewer listings that exceed that average.  The lowest price — $15.29 – comes from Amazon and Target.  Walmart, for once, does not have the lowest price, listing the DVD at $17.27.  Even despite this, the store’s listing is still below the average, so that is notable in its own right.  Best Buy’s listing of $17.99 is just below the noted average price while Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS’ listing of $19.99 are just over said price.  Books-a-Million once again far exceeds the average price at $24.99.  Simply put, for the most part, audiences can purchase this DVD at a relatively affordable price, save for that one listing at Books-A-Million, that will not break budgets.  Any copies not directly sold by PBS, but through other retailers, will still see a portion of said sales go to PBS.  To that end, audiences will still be supporting PBS no matter what they do.  That is the most important aspect to note.  Keeping the DVD’s relative affordability in mind along with the presentation’s content, each element does its own part to make the DVD appealing.  All things considered, they make NOVA: Rise of the Mammals another interesting addition to PBS’ ongoing “Rise of…” series of NOVA episodes.

PBS’ latest addition to its ongoing “Rise of…” NOVA episodes (the series includes titles, such as Rise of the Rockets, Rise of the Drones and Rise of the Robots) is another engaging addition to said series of episodes.  That is proven in part through the episode’s central story, which finds its main figure on a journey to find out what happened following the extinction of the dinosaurs, rather than just doing what everybody else does, looking for dino skeletons.  The bonus content featured with the story adds its own interest because of its ability to serve as starting points for so many classroom discussions on the noted topics.  The overall content featured in the DVD makes the DVD’s average price point notable in its own right.  The price in question once again stays below the $20 mark, meaning it will not break any viewer’s budget.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make NOVA: Rise of the Mammals another enjoyable addition to NOVA’s “Rise of…” episodes and another equally engaging episode of NOVA.  It is available now.

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