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Insights from home entertainment industry experts. Home Media blogs give you the inside scoop on entertainment news, DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases, and the happenings at key studios and entertainment retailers. “TK's Take” analyzes and comments on home entertainment news and trends, “Agent DVD Insider” talks fanboy entertainment, “IndieFile” delivers independent film news, “Steph Sums It Up” offers pithy opinions on the state of the industry, and “Mike’s Picks” offers bite-sized recommendations of the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases.

September 07, 2010
New Indie Titles: 'Sex and Lucia,' 'Human Centipede'

human centipede

Title: Sex and Lucia
Genre: Foreign/Drama
Studio: Palm Pictures
Street Date: 10/12
Price/Format: $29.98 Blu-ray
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This highly erotic film won Paz Vega a Goya and international acclaim. I haven’t seen Sex and Lucia yet, but its description has always reminded me of that “Seinfeld” episode with the sexy foreign film Rochelle, Rochelle — “A young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk.” The Blu-ray includes behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews, a photo gallery, a soundtrack excerpt and more.

Title: The Human Centipede
Genre: Horror
Studio: MPI/IFC
Street date: 10/5
Prebook: 8/30
Price/Format: $24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
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Possibly the grossest movie ever is coming to DVD and Blu-ray — a mad surgeon creates a creature of sorts by attaching people to one another via their gastric systems. It’s nominated for a Reaper Award (check out the nominations here). Bonus features include deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage, an interview with Tom Six, a documentary with Six, a casting featurette and more.

By: Billy Gil

August 23, 2010
‘Troll 2’ Comes to Blu-ray

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Oh no they didn’t: Troll 2 is coming to Blu-ray Oct. 5 (prebook Sept. 8) from Fox/MGM (BD/DVD combo pack $19.99, DVD $14.99).

Generally considered one of the worst movies ever made (No. 64 on IMDb’s bottom 100 movies), generating its own documentary (Best Worst Movie, directed by its own star, Michael Stephenson), it is nonetheless beloved for such lines as “they’re eating her…then they’re gonna eat me…oh my god!” (see below). The plot follows some nonsense about a family vacation to the land of Nilbog (which spells “goblin” backwards) where young Joshua (Stephenson) must save his family from man-eating goblins (don’t ask what happened to the trolls; also, this movie has nothing to do with, and is unconnected to, the original Troll).

More fun facts, courtesy of Wikipedia: The movie’s bad goblin costumes were designed by cult erotic actress Laura Gemser, and after a screening of Troll 2 in Morgan, Utah, where the movie was filmed, the director was presented with a key to the city. Celebrate 20 years of this trash classic and preorder it today, along with Best Worst Movie, which streets Nov. 16 from New Video ($19.95).


By: Billy Gil

August 19, 2010
Factory 25 Slates ‘Wah Do Dem’

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Title: Wah Do Dem
Genre: Drama
Studio: Factory 25
Street Date: 10/26
Price/Format: $24.95 DVD
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This Los Angeles Film Festival winner follows Brooklyn musician Max (Sean Bones) as his girlfriend (Norah Jones) dumps him just before they are to embark upon on a Caribbean cruise. Max instead sets upon a philosophical journey alone, in Jamaica. The reggae-tinged film features appearances by music artists MGMT, Santigold, Sean Bones, The Congos and Yeasayer.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.vimeo.com/4500571

By: Billy Gil

July 12, 2010
Lynch, Herzog Collaboration ‘My Son’ Heading to DVD

My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done Chloe Sevigny
My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done

In what is surely a brilliant mind-bender from two of the best filmic minds of the past, well, ever, a collaboration between Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and David Lynch (Inland Empire) is coming to DVD.

First Look Studios is releasing My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done on DVD Sept. 14 (prebook Aug. 10) at $24.98. The psychological thriller was co-written and directed by Herzog, produced by Lynch, and stars Academy Award nominees Michael Shannon, Chloë Sevigny, and Willem Dafoe, alongside cult favorites Grace Zabriskie, Udo Kier and Brad Dourif. The plot is apparently based on a true crime and details a young theater actor obsessed with a Greek tragedy he’s rehearsing who slays his actual mother with a sword.
Special features include commentaries by Herzog, co-writer Herb Golder and producer Eric Bassett; interviews with Golder and Herzog; behind-the-scenes footage; and “Plastic Bag,” a short film by director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) that follows the journey of a plastic bag, voiced by Herzog.

By: Billy Gil

July 06, 2010
Lionsgate Slates ‘Third Man,’ ‘Delicatessen’ on Blu-ray


Lionsgate will release from the StudioCanal Collection two acclaimed films on Blu-ray Disc: Academy Award-winner The Third Man and Delicatessen. Each film will be available Sept. 14 at $39.99.

The Third Man
, which won the best black-and-white cinematography Oscar in 1950, stars Orson Welles in a tale of a man who travels to Vienna and aims to discover what has really happened to his recently deceased friend. The film is widely considered one of the top 100 films of all time. The Blu-ray Disc includes a new commentary with assistant director Guy Hamilton, actor Simon Callow and crew member Angela Allen; a new interactive tour of Vienna; the featurette “The Third Man on the Radio”; audio interviews with actor Joseph Cotten and writer Graham Greene; and alternative opening (with voiceover by Cotten); an interview with and zither performance by Cornelia Mayer; a stills gallery; original trailers; and a 20-page collectible booklet.

Delicatessen features a post-apocalyptic society in which food is scarce and is used as currency. The Blu-ray comes with a documentary on the film; a commentary with co-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet; a making-of featurette; the featurette “The Archives of Jean-Pierre Jeunet”; and a 20-page collectible booklet.

Previously released Blu-ray Discs in the collection include Ran, The Ladykillers and Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt.

By: Billy Gil


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