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Steele Justice

(1987)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 3, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95/DVD SRP: $19.95
Quote: You don't recruit John Steele... You unleash him! When the police needed someone to stop the Vietnamese Mafia, there was only one choice. The Vietnam War didn't end for John Steele... it just changed locations. Martin Kove stars as Steele, a battle-hardened, spirit-scarred vet unable to find his niche in mainstream America. But when Southern California's drug-running Vietnamese mafia murders his best friend, Steele finds a new war to fight - and unleashes an action-packed array of blazing firepower and deadly finesse known as Steele Justice. Written and directed by Robert Boris ( Electra Glide in Blue) and featuring a top-notch cast that includes Sela Ward, Ronny Cox, Bernie Casey, Soon-Tek Oh, Peter Kwong, Al Leong, Jan Gan Boyd, and Sarah Douglas.

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Assassination

(1987)  
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 3, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95/DVD SRP: $19.95
Quote: The Secret Service has never been this lethal! Hard-hitting action, cross-country adventure and a government conspiracy that goes all the way to the top! In this pulse-pounding political thriller, action superstar Charles Bronson is at his rugged best as a man on a mission to protect the First Lady from ruthless assassins. When veteran Secret Service Agent Jay Killian (Bronson) is assigned to protect the president's pampered and difficult wife (Jill Ireland), he knows she will be a handful. But what he doesn't know is that assassins are out to kill her! Not only must Killian use his lethal experience to shield the First Lady from danger... he must also do it while tracing her would-be murderer to the highest office in the land! From Peter Hunt, the director of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Shout at the Devil, and Death Hunt.

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A Kiss Before Dying

(1956) Blu-ray ONLY
Blu-ray Street Date: May 3, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95
Quote: He had looks, charm... and killer instinct! Beneath his clean-cut looks... was a cold-blooded killer. Robert Wagner gambled with his clean-cut image to play the ruthless, conniving killer in this unrelenting thriller co-starring Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, Robert Quarry, George Macready, and Mary Astor. Based on the novel by suspense master Ira Levin ( Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives), A Kiss Before Dying is riveting, sure-fire entertainment you can't miss. Wagner is Bud Corliss, a darkly handsome college boy so obsessed with wealth that he'd do anything to get it. When his rich girlfriend gets pregnant and is threatened with disinheritance, Bud stages her suicide, sending her plummeting from the roof of a high-rise. It's the perfect crime... until the dead girl's sister begins to unravel Bud's deadly scheme. Beautifully shot in Cinemascope by the great Lucien Ballard ( The Wild Bunch, The Killing) with top-notch direction by veteran Gerd Oswald ( Crime of Passion).

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Solarbabies

(1986)  
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 10, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95/DVD SRP: $19.95
Quote: Who will rule the future? Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas, James Le Gros, and Peter DeLuise  blast into action in this sci-fi stunner about a desolate world run with an iron fist! In this excitement-on-wheels futuristic thriller, a sinister corporation known as the E-Protectorate rules the desert wasteland of post-apocalyptic Earth. Beyond ruthless, the E-Protectorate hoards water and takes children from their families to train them to work for the corporation. But when a group of young rebels discovers an extraterrestrial sphere with healing powers, they set out to release the planet from the clutches of the oppressors. With its dazzling visual effects and mesmerizing score Solarbabies is pure entertainment from start to finish.

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Manhattan Project

(1986)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 10, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95/DVD SRP: $19.95
Quote: Can anyone stop this Armageddon? A high school science whiz kid builds an atomic bomb as a prank... only to trigger a horrifying race against time - The Manhattan Project is an intelligent, gripping and entertaining thriller with a satisfyingly suspenseful finale. Teenage genius Paul (Christopher Collet) realizes the lab of Dr. Mathewson (John Lithgow) his mother's (Jill Eikenberry) new boyfriend, isn't really developing lasers... it's building nuclear bombs. To expose the lab's secret mission, Paul and his girlfriend Jenny (Cynthia Nixon) steal some plutonium, build a bomb and enter it in a science fair. But the military learns of Paul's plans and pursues him with lethal intent. Now, as time is running out, only Dr. Mathewson can save Paul... and stop the unthinkable from occurring! Co-written and directed by Marshall Brickman, the co-writer of Woody Allen's all-time classics Sleeper, Manhattan, and Annie Hall.

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Back Roads

(1981) Blu-ray ONLY
Blu-ray Street Date: May 10, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95
Quote: Running from the past and backing into love! Sally Field reunites with her Norma Rae director Martin Ritt for this engaging road comedy that also stars Tommy Lee Jones and David Keith. Field plays Amy Post, a hooker with a heart of gold who winds up on the road to California with Elmore Pratt (Jones), a crooked former prizefighter with maybe one good fight left in him. Sharing a turbulent relationship, the pair heads west from the Deep South - each banking on the new beginnings that beckon the dreams that may come true once they reach the Golden State. M. Emmet Walsh and Nell Carter add touches of flavor to this gritty, absorbing story of two people living on the fringe, and their intriguing journey. Featuring gorgeous widescreen cinematography by the great John A. Alonzo ( Chinatown, Scarface) and a rousing score by the legendary Henry Mancini ( The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's).

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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

(1976) Blu-ray ONLY
Blu-ray Street Date: May 10, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95
Extras:
  • On-Camera Interview with star Martin Sheen
  • Audio Commentary with director Nicolas Gessner
  • Conversation with Martin Sheen and Nicolas Gessner
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible Artwork

Quote: Growing up can be murder! Unusually bright thirteen-year-old Rynn (Jodie Foster) lives in a big old house with her reclusive father... all alone. Or does she? When Rynn's nosy landlady (Alexis Smith) and a lecherous neighbor (Martin Sheen) begin to suspect that this little girl is hiding a dark and dangerous secret, Rynn is determined to preserve her isolated existence at any cost - especially if anyone dares to go down in the cellar.

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Candy

(1968)  
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 17, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95/DVD SRP: $19.95
Extras:
  • Interview with Screenwriter Buck Henry
  • Interview with Film Critic and Historian Kim Morgan
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots

Quote: Brand New 2K HD Restoration! Candy Christian (Ewa Aulin) is an innocent yet luscious high school student and when fate sends her on a far-out journey of sexual discovery - Candy on her trippy travels, encounters lust and lunacy at the hands of a drunken poet (Richard Burton), a Mexican gardener (Ringo Starr), a patriotic general (Walter Matthau), a mad surgeon (James Coburn), and a mystic guru (Marlon Brando). Can the world's most stalwart members get their own sweet piece of Candy? Or will a final freaky twist swallow her whole forever? John Astin, Charles Aznavour, John Huston, Elsa Martinelli, Florinda Bolkan, Anita Pallenberg, Enrico Maria Salerno and boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson co-star in this notoriously sexy '60s satire, featuring music by The Byrds and Steppenwolf and based on the novel by Terry Southern ( Easy Rider) and Mason Hoffenberg that scandalized the decade! Screenplay by the great Buck Henry ( The Graduate) and directed by actor Christian Marquand ( Of Flesh and Blood).

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Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

(1971) Blu-ray ONLY
Blu-ray Street Date: May 17, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95
Quote: This cerebral, quirky comedy explores midlife crisis through a rock-music composer's perspective. Screen legend Dustin Hoffman plays a neurotic songwriter at the peak of his career, can't seem to love anybody - least of all himself. He becomes increasingly depressed as his delusional paranoia - fueled by a mysterious stranger who has been bad-mouthing him. Even his therapist (Jack Warden) can't seem to help. However, when he meets the eccentric, aspiring actress (Barbara Harris), he realizes it's his last chance for true love. For his role as the prolific singer-songwriter, Hoffman performed live (in character) with Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show at the iconic rock palace, Fillmore East, in New York City. Comedy great Dom DeLuise co-stars in this cult classic directed by Ulu Grosbard ( True Confessions). Barbara Harris was nominated for a 1972 Best Supporting Academy Award for her wonderful performance.

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Killer Force

(1975)  
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 17, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95/DVD SRP: $19.95
Quote: In this edge-of-the-seat action thriller, Telly Savalas plays Harry Webb a ruthless security mastermind for an international diamond syndicate trying to stop the disappearance of millions of dollars worth of gems from a South African mine. Peter Fonda is Webb's deputy, Mike Bradley, who has begun to realize how bloodthirsty his boss really is. With his girlfriend, Clare, Bradley joins up with some ex-mercenaries, Major Chilton (Christopher Lee), John Lewis (Hugh O'Brian) and 'Bopper' Alexander (O.J. Simpson) to plan a million-to-one-odds diamond heist. But Webb is keeping heavy surveillance on all happenings and nothing will stop him from destroying everyone involved. Top-notch direction by the great Val Guest ( The Quatermass Xperiment, The Day the Earth Caught Fire).

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The People That Time Forgot

(1977) Blu-ray ONLY
Blu-ray Street Date: May 24, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95
Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with director Kevin Connor, moderated by Brian Trenchard-Smith
  • On-Camera Interviews with stars Sarah Douglas and Dana Gillespie
  • Trailer

Quote: Prehistoric monsters and and high adventure await in this spectacular companion film to the cult favorite The Land That Time Forgot. When the search for a lost colleague leads through the frozen Arctic, a team of explorers discover a hidden tropical oasis within the ice -- and soon they're confronted with a menagerie of dinosaurs and long-lost cave dwellers hunting for fresh meat. It's a rousing battle for survival in this '70s matinee favorite starring Patrick Wayne, Doug McClure, and Sarah Douglas, with special appearances by David Prowse and Milton Reid. It's a journey you'll never forget!

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The Chase

(1946)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 24, 2016
BD SRP: $29.95/DVD SRP: $19.95
Features:
  • Mastered in HD from 35mm elements preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Audio commentary by filmmaker Guy Maddin ( The Forbidden Room)
  • Two radio adaptations of Cornell Woolrich's source novel, The Black Path of Fear, starring Brian Donlevy and Cary Grant
  • A selection of film noir trailers

Quote: The noir genre is known for its labyrinthine plots, but Arthur Ripley's The Chase (1946) takes the "wrong man" premise to unexpected extremes. Robert Cummings stars as Chuck Scott, a down-on-his-luck veteran who lands a job as a chauffeur to a sadistic millionaire (Steve Cochran) and his reptilian bodyguard (Peter Lorre). Scott plays white knight to his boss's suffering wife, stealing her away to Havana. But when she is fatally stabbed in a crowded nightclub, Scott is accused of murder, and must flee the shadowy streets of Cuba in a reckless attempt to prove his innocence. Adapting a novel by Cornell Woolrich (author of Rear Window and The Bride Wore Black), screenwriter Philip Yordan ( The Big Combo) introduced a number of twists to the original story, including a third-act surprise that transforms what might have been a conventional story of an ill-fated love into something truly mind-bending and surreal - making it one of the most unique entries in the hardboiled genre.

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Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema


Blu-ray Street Date: May 24, 2016
BD SRP: $59.95/DVD SRP: $39.95
All 5 films were newly re-mastered in HD!
  • Big House, U.S.A. (1955) Blu-ray EXCLUSIVE – Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, Charles Bronson, Lon Chaney and William Talman star in this tough and realistic crime drama about a gang of ruthless convicts who execute a successful prison break to secure a $200,000 loot hidden in Colorado's Royal Gorge National Park.
  • A Bullet for Joey (1955) – When a Canadian police inspector (Edward G. Robinson) investigates a murder, he is hurtled into an adventure involving foreign spies, American gangsters and an explosive high-tech secret that could change the world - co-starring George Raft.
  • He Ran All the Way (1951) – John Garfield plays a dim-witted thug who survives a shootout with the police after a payroll robbery. Seeking cover, he meets Peggy a lonely young girl (Shelley Winters) who takes him to her family's apartment, while there the paranoid thief decides to takes the family hostage until he can escape.
  • Storm of Fear (1955) – Cornel Wilde plays a wounded bank robber, on the run from the law, he and his gang decide hide out at his brother (Dan Duryea) and sister-in-law's (Jean Wallace) farmhouse during a snowstorm.
  • Witness to Murder (1954) – A woman (Barbara Stanwyck) fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder. Co-starring George Sanders and Gary Merrill.


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