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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Across 110th Street

14 hours ago

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014

Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Kino Lorber

Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto (r.) head uptown in Across 110th Street.

The gritty, action-filled 1972 crime drama Across 110th Street stars Anthony Quinn (The Secret of Santa Vittoria) and Yaphet Kotto (Live and Let Die) as two hard-hitting New York City police detectives.

When a crew of gun-totin’ gangstas knocks over a mafia racket in Harlem, their plan gets blown to hell and the crib gets blown to bits! But as the bullets start flyin’ and cops start dyin’, a pair of New York’s finest, Mattelli and Pope, are forced to work together to bring justice to the streets before the Mafia brings the ghetto to its knees! Now, wanted by the Man and hunted by the Mob, there ain’t no way these homicidal homeboys are getting across 110th Street except in a body bag!

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DVD Release: The Reckoning (2014)

28 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

DVD Release Date: Oct. 28, 2014

Price: DVD $19.98

Studio: Anchor Bay

Jonathan Lapaglia is a detective investigating the murder of his partner in The Reckoning.

Jonathan Lapaglia (TV’s Underbelly), Viva Bianca (TV’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand) and Luke Hemsworth (TV’s Neighbours) star in the Aussie crime thriller The Reckoning.

Investigating the roadside execution-style murder of his partner Jason (Hemsworth), troubled detective Robbie Green (Lapaglia) discovers a memory card from a video camera. Shot by two teenagers, the mysterious footage contained on the card reveals murky details behind the death of a sibling in an unsolved hit and run case. The teens have since gone missing, and as the detective retraces their journey to find them, he quickly uncovers a bloody trail of murder…that leads all the way back to him!

Written and directed by John V. Soto, the R-rated film received a release to theaters in its native »

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Blu-ray Release: La Bamba

27 August 2014 7:22 AM, PDT

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Lou Diamond Phillips is Ritchie Valens in La Bamba

The 1987 music-filled biographical drama La Bamba tells the brief, ultimately tragic, but uplifting story of pioneering rock star Ritchie Valens, born Ricardo Valenzuela in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley.

Portrayed in the movie by Lou Diamond Phillips, Valens would have three hit songs before dying at the shockingly young age of 17 in the infamous plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson. Valens’ short life—particularly with family and friends in a vibrant Mexican-American community—and obsessive love of music are the focus in La Bamba, directed with warmth by Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit). Valens’ music is performed with crackling energy by the sensational Los Lobos.

Twilight Time’s edition of the film, its Blu-ray debut, contains the following features:

Special Features:

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Sex Tape

25 August 2014 4:17 PM, PDT

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Oct. 21, 2014

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel record their interpretation of "The Joy of Sex" in Sex Tape.

Cameron Diaz (The Counselor) and Jason Segel (The Five Year Engagement) and director Jake Kasdan, who teamed up for the well-liked 2011 movie Bad Teacher, reunite in the undeniably salacious–and inferior–comedy Sex Tape.

Jay (Segel) and Annie (Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one three-hour marathon session. It seems like a great idea until they discover that their most private video has been accidentally uploaded to “the cloud” and gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure – tracking down leads, »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Les Blank: Always for Pleasure

25 August 2014 8:13 AM, PDT

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 25, 2014

Price: DVD $124.95, Blu-ray $124.95

Studio: Criterion

An uncompromisingly independent filmmaker, Les Blank (Burden of Dreams) made documentaries for nearly fifty years, elegantly disappearing with his camera into cultural spots rarely seen on-screen—mostly on the peripheries of the United States, but also occasionally abroad.

The collector’s set Les Blank: Always for Pleasure provides a diverse survey of Blank’s vast output.

Gap Toothed Women, a 1987 film by Les Blank

The collection provides a diverse survey of the late filmmaker’s vast output, including the warmly funny The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins, about the legendary Texas musician; Always for Pleasure, which captures the vivacious spirit of New Orleans; Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers, a hilarious celebration of the pungent, flavorful “stinking rose” of the title; and eleven other unexpected features, plus eight of Blank’s short films.

Seemingly off-the-cuff yet poetically constructed, »

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