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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Safe (1995)

16 September 2014 4:52 PM, PDT

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

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion Collection

Julianne Moore in Safe

In the 1995 drama Safe, Julianne Moore (Don Jon) gives a breakthrough performance as Carol White, a Los Angeles housewife in the late 1980s who comes down with a debilitating illness. After the doctors she sees can give her no clear diagnosis, she comes to believe that she has frighteningly extreme environmental allergies.

A profoundly unsettling work from the great American director Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine), Safe functions on multiple levels: as a prescient commentary on self-help culture, as a metaphor for the AIDS crisis, as a drama about class and social estrangement, and as a horror film about what you cannot see. This revelatory drama was named the best film of the 1990s in a Village Voice poll of more than fifty critics.

The Blu-ray and DVD of Safe contain the following features:

• New 4K digital restoration, »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Flesh + Blood

16 September 2014 3:56 PM, PDT

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014

Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Kino Lorber

Rutger Hauer (ctr.) goes medieval in Flesh + Blood

The 1985 film Flesh + Blood is a dark and brutal action-filled medieval adventure drama from filmmaker  Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls).

The movie follows Martin, a mercenary leader (Rutger Hauer, The Rite) as he and his gaggle of marauders plot revenge against the tyrannical lord who refuses to pay him the reward he’s owed. Along the way, Martin abducts a beautiful woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who’s betrothed to the nobleman’s son, but quickly discovers that his comely and conniving young captive is hardly a damsel in distress.

Also starring Brion James (Blade Runner) and Bruno Kirby (Good Morning Vietnam), the DVD and Blu-ray of Flesh + Blood contain the following bonus features:

- Audio Commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven

-Composing Flesh + Blood featurette

-Original theatrical trailer

 

Buy or Rent Flesh + Blood

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DVD Release: After (2014)

15 September 2014 1:42 PM, PDT

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014

Price: DVD $19.99

Studio: Virgil

Kathleen Quinlan in After

The always-game Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13, The Doors, Breakdown) stars in After, a 2014 mystery drama about a family that’s being held together by a deeply buried secret.

Set in the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, After tells the story of a middle-class family struggling with the financial consequences of a failing business and a series of inter-generational conflicts and rivalries. Quinlan stars as Nora Valentino, a woman whose husband, Mitch (John Doman, Blue Valentine), loves her more than anything in the world. So much so that he, along with his four children and sister-in-law, have gone to extreme lengths to hide a horror too painful for Nora to bear. And if this intricately buried secret is revealed, it could alter everyone’s lives irrevocably.

Directed by Pieter Gaspersz and written by Sabrina Gennarino and »

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Blu-ray Release: The Believers

15 September 2014 12:55 PM, PDT

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Martin Sheen (l.) and Hayley Cross in The Believers.

The creepy 1987 horror-thriller film The Believers stars Martin Sheen (Badlands), Robert Loggia (Scarface) and Helen Shaver (The Color of Money) and is directed by John Schlesinger (Sunday Bloody Sunday).

The movie follows a psychologist Cal Jamison (Sheen) and his young son (Hayley Cross) who move to New York City following the electrocution of Cal’s wife. Cal begins to treat a police officer who has worked undercover in infiltrating a Hispanic cult and now lives in fear of the cultists, who have been known to engage in a series of brutal, ritualistic child murders. In time, Cal begins to suspect that there is a larger conspiracy at work—one involving affluent New Yorkers and the police—and that Cal, his son, and his new girlfriend (Shaver) are the next targets on the cultists list. »

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