By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Angel Heart (Horror Thriller)
Writer-director Alan Parker’s haunting and psychological horror-thriller masterpiece, “Angel Heart,” arrives Tuesday July 12 for the first time ever on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital SteelBook from Lionsgate, which will be exclusively available at Best Buy.
Written and directed by the Academy Award nominee, who also directed “Mississippi Burning,” “Angel Heart” features two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro (“The Godfather: Part II,” “Raging Bull”), Primetime Emmy nominee Lisa Bonet (“The Cosby Show,” “Enemy of the State”), Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler,” “Sin City”) and Oscar and Primetime Emmy nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Swimming Pool”).
Rourke stars as Harry Angel, a down-and-out Brooklyn detective who is hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre (De Niro) to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite on an odyssey that will take Angel through the desperate streets of Harlem, the smoke-filled jazz clubs of New Orleans, and the swamps of Louisiana and its seedy underworld of voodoo in this cult thriller that is at once eerily thrilling, darkly sensual, and completely unforgettable.
Special features on the 4K + Blu-ray + Digital SteelBook include an introduction to “Angel Heart” by Parker as well as an audio commentary with him. Additionally, there is an interview excerpt with Parker from “Cineastes Des Annees,” news features, personality profiles, additional interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, a teaser trailer and more
“Angel Heart” will be available on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital SteelBook for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $27.99.
“Cordelia” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday July 12, from Screen Media.
Cordelia (Antonia Campbell-Hughes, “3096 Days”), a young woman living in London, meets her mysterious and alluring neighbor Frank (Johnny Flynn, “Emma,” “Clouds of Sils Maria”) for the first time but quickly becomes suspicious of his motives. With her twin sister away for the weekend, Cordelia is left alone and overcome with paranoia. She begins to unravel and sink back into past traumas the more that Frank tries to charm his way into her life, becoming a danger to herself and to others.
The film is directed by Adrian Shergold (“Mad Dogs,” “Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman”) which she wrote along with Campbell-Hughes.
“Cordelia” will be available on Blu-ray for $29.98 (SRP) and on DVD for $24.98 (SRP).
Death Hunt (Thriller)
The female-tilted revenge thriller “Death Hunt,” hits DVD, Digital and On Demand Tuesday July 12, from Uncork’d Entertainment.
In the film directed by Phil Mackay, a developer and his mistress, travelling to their weekend retreat are taken hostage by a group of men and brought to a remote island. Here they fight for survival as the men release them into the wild and hunt them for sport.
Omar Tucci, Rick Amsbury, Michael Coughlan, Marlene Malcolm, Greg Johnston, Frank Ieraci, Terry McDonald, Peter Lewis, Sam Slessor and Mason Cromwell star in the film.
Pompo The Cinephile (Animation)
An exuberant ode to the power of the movies, the critically acclaimed animated feature “Pompo The Cinephile” will make its home entertainment debut as a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Tuesday July 12, from GKIDS, with distribution from Shout! Factory.
An entertaining and heartfelt story about the joys and heartbreak of the creative process, “Pompo The Cinephile” comes with numerous bonus features including audio commentary by director Takayuki Hirao and various crewmembers, feature-length storyboards, a character design gallery and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com or GKIDS.com.
Based on the popular manga series by Shogo Sugitani, “Pompo The Cinephile” made its North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival (where it was nominated for the Satoshi Kon Award) and screened at Sitges Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, and Animation Is Film before being nominated for Best Independent Feature at the 49th Annual Annie Awards.
Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for B-movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script: a delicate drama about an aging and tormented creative genius, starring the legendary and Brando-esque actor Martin Braddock, and a young actress seeking her first break. But when the production heads towards chaos, can Gene rise to Pompo’s challenge, and succeed as a first-time director?
“Pompo The Cinephile” also is available now on Digital.
The Criterion edition of David Lean’s radiant “Summertime” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday July 12.
With this sublimely bittersweet tale of romantic longing, Lean left behind the British soundstage to capture in Technicolor the sun-splashed glory of Venice at the height of summer. The film originally was released theatrically in 1955.
In a tour de force of fearless vulnerability, Katharine Hepburn embodies the conflicting emotions that stir the heart of a lonely, middle-aged American tourist who is forced to confront her deep-seated insecurities when she is drawn into a seemingly impossible affair with a charming Italian shopkeeper (Rossano Brazzi) amid the ancient city’s canals and piazzas. Lean’s personal favorite among his own films, “Summertime” is an exquisitely tender evocation of the magic and melancholy of a fleeting, not-quite-fairy-tale romance.
Special edition features include a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray, an interview with Lean from 1963, audio excerpts of a 1988 interview with cinematographer Jack Hildyard, a new interview with film historian Melanie Williams, and more.
The Blu-ray edition of “Summertime” will be available for $39.95 (SRP) and the DVD will be available for $29.95 (SRP).
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Baffler Meal Complete Collection (Animated Comedy)
The “Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Baffler Meal Complete Collection” arrives on DVD Tuesday July 12, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Everyone’s favorite fast-food trio from Adult Swim creators Dave Willis (“Squidbillies,” “Space Ghost Coast to Coast”) and Matt Maiellaro (“Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” “12 oz. Mouse”) come together for the first time on DVD, as well as the first theatrical film titled “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.”
The Collection includes all 140 episodes of the epic animated series, the first theatrical film and all the enhanced content in a 20-disc DVD set. Additionally, fans will enjoy hours of bonus content.
Three unique detectives, the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” share a rental house in New Jersey. This mystery-solving trio is comprised of human-sized food products: Master Shake, the big-mouthed, self-appointed team leader with a short attention span and no work ethic; Frylock, the only reasonable member of the group, who happens to be a box of French-fried potatoes—spuds with power; and Meatwad, a talented round mound of meat who can take the shape of a hot dog or an igloo. Together, this triple threat tackles unusual cases from the luxury of a neighbor’s swimming pool—unless they’re confronted by danger. Then, of course, the three run like hell.
With more than 30 hours of content to binge on, “Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Baffler Meal Complete Collection” will be available for $112.99 (SRP) for the DVD ($129.99 in Canada). “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” is also available on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
The Beatles: Get Back (Docuseries)
Travel back in time and witness the creative process of the Fab Four when “The Beatles: Get Back” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday July 12.
Acclaimed director Peter Jackson’s stunning docuseries “The Beatles: Get Back” will now be available to own on a Blu-ray Collector’s Set and DVD. The series offers unprecedented access to the world’s most iconic band as they prepare to record the “Let It Be” album.
The three-part documentary series takes audiences back in time to the band’s intimate recording sessions. The documentary showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and is compiled from 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969 (under the supervision of Michael Lindsay-Hogg and his director of photography Tony Richmond) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored. Also featured —for the first time in its entirety—is The Beatles’ last live performance as a group: the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be.”
In Part One, the band gathers at Twickenham Film Studios to rehearse for a planned concert. Part Two features the intensive recording sessions at Apple Studios, while the rehearsals continue and the mood lifts. The final part showcases The Beatles as they perform on the rooftop of their Apple offices on a cold London day to surprised onlookers on the sidewalk and in nearby buildings.
The remarkably in-depth series was a winner at both the Producers Guild of America and American Cinema Editors Awards. Travel back in time and witness the creative process of the Fab Four with “The Beatles: Get Back” on Blu-ray and DVD July 12.