By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Comedy)
The Romanian selection for the 2022 Academy Award for “Best International Feature Film” “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” arrives on DVD and On Demand next week Tuesday Feb. 15, from Magnolia Home Entertainment. (It did not make the list of five final nominees, though.)
The film was the winner of the Golden Bear award at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival.
Emi (Katia Pascariu, “Beyond the Hills”), a high school teacher, finds her career and reputation under threat after a personal sex tape she filmed with her husband is leaked on the internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal at an emergency community meeting, Emi refuses to surrender to their pressure. The Romanian pandemic-era satire widens its focus from the bustling streets of Bucharest, where Emi navigates countless slice-of-life mini-dramas and judging eyes, to a jarring essay-like montage recounting Romania’s complicated history.
Director Radu Jude (“Aferim!”) delivers an incendiary mix of unconventional form, irreverent humor, and scathing commentary on hypocrisy and prejudice in society.
“Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” will be available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $26.98.
Eternals (Action Fantasy)
Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” debuts on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Feb. 15.
“Eternals” follows a group of ancient heroes from beyond the stars who had protected Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again.
The ensemble cast includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie.
Marvel fans can enjoy never-before-seen bonus material including four deleted scenes and a gag reel.
“Eternals” also is available now on Digital platforms.
Looper (Sci-fi Thriller)
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the sci-fi favorite “Looper,” with the release of the 4K Ultra HD edition of the film from writer/director Rian Johnson, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented—but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a “looper”—a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “(500) Days of Summer”)—is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good … until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis, “Die Hard” movies) for assassination. The film also starring Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels.
Bonus features include a commentary with Johnson, Gordon-Levitt and Blunt, a making-of featurette, 22 deleted scenes with commentary, a “Science of Time Travel” featurette, and more.
“Looper” is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by the filmmakers, with an all-new director-approved Dolby Atmos audio, plus Original 5.1 audio.
Seobok: Project Clone (Sci-fi Thriller)
The highly anticipated South Korean sci-fi action thriller “Seobok: Project Clone” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Tuesday Feb. 15, from Well Go USA Entertainment.
A former intelligence agent is assigned to transport the first-ever human clone to a new safe location. Because the robotic clone holds the secret to immortality, evil organizations are bent on kidnapping it to extract the dark secret.
Directed by Lee Yong Zoo (“Possessed”), “Seobok: Project Clone” stars Gong Yoo (“Train to Busan,” “Squid Game”), Park Bo Gum (“Love in the Moonlight,” “Hello Monster”), and Jo Woo Jin (“Steel Rain,” “The Book of Fish”), plus popular television series stars Jang Young Nam (“It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,” “My Country: The New Age,” “Find Me in Your Memory”) and Park Byung Eun (“Arthdal Chronicles,” “Mystery Queen,” “Your Honor”).
“Seobok: Project Clone” on Blu-ray will be available for $29.98 (SRP) and the DVD for $19.99 (SRP). The bonus features include an English dub.
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, will release the sci-fi film “Settlers” on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday Feb. 15.
“Settlers,” which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, is written and directed by Wyatt Rockefeller (shorts “Groomed” and “Entropy”), and stars Sofia Boutella (“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Atomic Blonde”), Ismael Cruz Cordova (“Berlin Station,” “Mary Queen of Scots”), Brooklynn Prince (“Home Before Dark,” “The Florida Project”), Jonny Lee Miller (“Elementary,” “Mindhunters”), and Nell Tiger Free (“Game of Thrones,” “Servant”).
Mankind’s earliest settlers on the Martian frontier, llsa (Sofia Boutella) and Reza (Johnny Lee Miller) inhabit a desolate farmstead with their child Remmy (Brooklynn Prince and Nell Tiger Free). They work the land and shield their daughter from the dangers of the harsh surroundings. When hostile intruders threaten to expel them from the compound the family is forced to fight to survive in this science-fiction thrill ride.
The bonus feature is a behind-the-scenes look called “Becoming Settlers.”
RLJE Films will release “Settlers” on DVD for $27.97 (SRP) and on Blu-ray for $28.96 (SRP).
The French drama “Soumaya” arrives on DVD/Digital Tuesday Feb 15, from IndiePix Films.
This compelling drama, based on a true story, is directed by Ubaydah Abu-Usaydan and Waheed Khan.
Soumaya (Soraya Hachoumi), a practicing Muslim and mother of a young girl, has worked as a manager at a company in charge of security at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. But, following the deadly, coordinated terrorist attacks that took place in Paris in November 2015, killing at least 130 and injuring more than 350, life changed in an instant for her, as well as thousands of innocent citizens and immigrants whose lives and beliefs were caught in the crosshairs following the attacks.
The narrative unfolds as a series of portraits: the worried mother urging her daughter not to make waves, the luggage handler who has rediscovered his faith through his wife who has converted to Islam, the lawyer of immigrant descent, torn between his desire to fully integrate into French society and the injustices he sees around him, and the imam whose mosque is searched on the basis of slender evidence.
The film is in French with English, Arabic and Spanish subtitles and is available for $24.95 (SRP).
They Say Nothing Stays the Same (Drama)
“They Say Nothing Stays the Same” arrives on DVD/Digital Tuesday Feb 15, from Film Movement.
An aged Japanese ferryman’s livelihood is threated by progress in this stunning picturesque, transcendent drama, directed by first time filmmaker and iconic Japanese actor/musician Joe Odagiri.
The drama follows Toichi (Akira Emoto) who works as a ferryman in the remote Meiji-era community. His peaceful, cyclical existence is given meaning by the essential role he plays in transporting people, livestock and goods across the water.
When news arrives that a bridge is being build upstream, it’s clear that his services will no longer be need.
Meanwhile, his life will be equally transformed by the appearance of a mysterious young woman whom he saves from drowning.
Shot by legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle, “They Say Nothing Stays the Same” is an old-fashioned work of classical cinema, it’s formal qualities mirroring its thematic concern with those fondly remembered traditions sacrificed in the name of progress.
The film is in Japanese with English subtitles.
“The Say Nothing Stays the Sam” will be available on DVD/Digital for $24.95 (SRP)
Zombae (Horror Comedy)
The horror/comedy “Zombae” arrives on DVD and On Demand Tuesday Feb. 15, from Indican Pictures.
From director Greg Zekowski (“Ryan’s Mystery Playdate”), the film stars Ian Alda (“Dave”), Marieh Delfino (“The Invitation”), Gina Hecht (“Seinfeld”), Gabe Greenspan (“Wayward Guide”) and Clint Carmichael (“Why Women Kill”).
What is a woman to do in the current dating climate? When a suburban housewife discovers that her husband has become a zombie with an appetite for human flesh, she must decide whether to stay in the marriage or wade into the dating pool. As she dips her toe in, she soon finds that the men out there are even worse than her zombie husband! With a little help from her best friend, she decides to make it work—no matter what.
“Zombae” can be viewed on Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu/FandangoNOW, Google Play and DirecTV.
Front Row Features is giving away a Blu-ray copy of the South Korean sci-fi action thriller “Seobok: Project Clone” to three lucky readers. To enter the contest, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 21 for your chance to win. Good luck!