Volume 6 Issue 12 – The AV Dept rebranded as AVMOD Gallery

FilmRise Releases Star Wars Doc, FOX TV on DVD

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HOT NEW RELEASES: Just in time for today’s newsletter comes a smashing title from FilmRise, sure to be the top sellers for all retailers… “ELSTREE 1976”, the behind the scenes documentary of the making of STAR WARS featuring cast interviews on how this phenomenon affected their lives and rare footage of the fantastic sets and sites, available for preorder and on DVD & Blu-ray. Available ONLY to AV Retailers, be sure to ask me how you can feature this title on your site!

Also, don’t overlook FilmRise’s Julie Delpy’s “LOLO”, a charming film and available in DVD and Blu-ray and a new wave of FOX TV series, all new on DVD! 

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FilmRise Releases “Elstree 1976” Behind the Scenes of Star Wars

889290896155  Elstree 1976: Special Director’s Edition  2015  “In 1976, during the hottest summer on record, “”Star Wars”” was shot in suburban North London. Nobody involved had any idea how big the film would become and many couldn’t even remember the title. Yet, for the extras and actors in smaller roles, their faces hidden in masks and helmets, this seemingly insignificant job would go on to color their lives four decades later. “”Elstree 1976″” is a portrait of a cross-section of these people; from the man inside the most iconic villain in film history to the guy whose character was completely cut from the final film. It tells the stories of their lives and explores the eccentric community they have formed while traveling the world and signing autographs for fans.This Special Director’s Edition DVD comes with surround sound, trailer and exlusive bonus features including extended interviews, a tour of the “”Star Wars”” sound stage at Elstree Studios, and audio commentary by director Jon Spira. DVD also comes with English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.”  Jeremy Bulloch, Anthony Forrest, Garrick Hagon, Derek Lyons, Angus MacInnes, David Prowse
889290896162  Elstree 1976: Special Director’s Edition (BD) 2015   This Special Director’s Edition Blu-ray comes with surround sound, trailer and exlusive bonus features including extended interviews, a tour of the “”Star Wars”” sound stage at Elstree Studios, and audio commentary by director Jon Spira. Blu-ray also comes with English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.”

Also streeting from FilmRise:

889290926777  Lolo: Special Director’s Edition  2015   “Two-time Academy Award®-nominee Julie Delpy (“Before Sunrise”) wrote, directed and stars in this crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. Violette (Delpy), a 40-year-old workaholic with a career in the fashion industry, falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-René, while on a spa retreat with her best friend. But Jean-René faces a major challenge: he must win the trust and respect of Violette’s teenage son, Lolo, who is determined to wreak havoc on the couple’s fledgling relationship and remain his mother’s favorite.The cast also includes acclaimed comedy actor Dany Boon, star of French box-office phenomenon “Welcome to the Sticks,” and Vincent Lacoste, nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Young Actor in “The French Kissers.” This Special Director’s Edition DVD comes with surround sound, trailer and an exclusive bonus features including a Q & A session with director Julie Delpy. DVD is in French with English subtitles.Julie Delpy, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard
889290926760  Lolo: Special Director’s Edition (BD)  2015 This Special Director’s Edition Blu-ray comes with surround sound, trailer and an exclusive bonus features including a Q & A session with director Julie Delpy. Blu-ray is in French with English subtitles.”     


FOX Television Releases Top TV Series on DVD

024543310563  Graceland: The Complete Season 3   2016 In the gripping third season of Graceland, the team find themselves shaken after a deadly attack on one of their own. As Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) recovers, the other members of this beach house full of feds find it difficult to regain normalcy and increasingly find themselves facing new dangers. As Paul (Daniel Sunjata), Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito), Johnny (Manny Montana), Dale (Brandon Jay McLaren) and Paige (Serinda Swan) each embark on their next dangerous undercover mission, they find the bad guys continue to pursue and even more secrets must be kept under wraps. The FBI, DEA and ICE housemates must rebound, reunite and rebuild their lives in their sanctuary by the sea.Daniel Sunjata; Aaron Tveit; Vanessa Ferlito; Brandon Jay McLaren; Manny Montana; Serinda Swan

024543310570    The Bastard Executioner: The Complete First Season    2016    From Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter comes this compelling medieval epic set in 14th century Wales. Warrior Wilkin Brattle’s life changes forever when he lays down his sword to lead the life of another man: a journeyman executioner. On his quest, Wilkin is guided by a mystic healer (Katey Segal), manipulated by a devious chamberlain, and driven by his connection with a seductive baroness. To understand and serve his mysterious destiny, Wilkin must overcome political, emotional and supernatural forces    Lee Jones; Katey Sagal; Flora Spencer-Longhurst; Sam Spruell; Sarah Sweeney; Stephen Moyer; Danny Sapani; Kurt Sutter

024543310594    Tyrant: The Complete Season 2    2016    In the second season of this gripping drama, Barry Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) – who has returned with his family to his Middle Eastern homeland after 20 years in the U.S.  – realizes that his brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), now president of Abuddin, lacks any sense of justice or morality. Covertly working with the U.S. government to overthrow his brother, Barry is eventually found out and arrested to face charges of treason. While Barry’s wife Molly (Jennifer Finnigan) waits terrified and alone in the U.S. embassy for news of her husband’s fate, her only comfort is that their teenaged children were able to escape back to the U.S. Meanwhile, Molly’s mother-in-law Amira (Alice Krige) pleads with her eldest to be lenient, while Jamal’s wife Leila (Moran Atias) revels in her new role as First Lady.    Adam Rayner; Jennifer Finnigan; Ashraf Barhom; Morian Atias; Noah Silver; Alice Krige; Alexander Karim

024543310587    Complications: The Complete Season 1    2016    COMPLICATIONS centers on John Ellison (Jason O’Mara, Vegas), a disillusioned suburban doctor who, while still dealing with the emotional effects of his daughter’s death, unexpectedly becomes a vigilante hero when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a boy’s life. When John learns the boy is still marked for death, he’s compelled to save him at any cost, even if it means compromising his morals, and sometimes doing the wrong thing for all the right reasons. The series also starts Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl) as Gretchen, a reckless but capable nurse, Beth Riesgraf (Leverage) as John’s wife, and Lauren Stamile (Burn  Notice) as John’s by-the-book coworker, Dr. Bridget O’Neil, who finds herself dealing with the aftermatch of his actions.    Jessica Szohr; Jason O’Mara; Beth Riesgraf; Lauren Stamile; Albert C. Bates; Chris Chalk

024543310631    Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: The Complete First Season    2016    Denis Leary delivers an outrageous funny performance as Johnny Rock, the leader of a hard-partying and wildly dysfunctional ’90s rock band called The Heathens. Now, decades later, Johnny’s out of work, money and options… until he meets Gigi, a sexy, supremely talented young singer who wants to reunite his band and lead them back to the top. There’s just one catch– Gigi is the daughter Johnny never knew he had. To make it work, Gigi will push Johnny to give up the spotlight and his wild ways and become a rockstar father.    Denis Leary; John Corbett; Elizabeth Gillies; Elaine Hendrix; Robert Kelly; John Ales; Josh Pais


Sony Choice New Releases


043396480155  Commandos Strike at Dawn    1942     Oscar® – winner Paul Muni (1936 Best Actor, The Story of Louis Pasteur) gives a dynamic performance in this dramatic World War II story that also stars Academy Award® – winner Lillian Gish (1971 Honorary Award), Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Anna Lee. Muni plays Erik Toresen, a simple Norwegian fisherman who finds his quiet coastal village shattered by the Nazi invasion. Untrained in the ways of war, the villagers use only their cold, sullen hatred as defense. But when an elder member of the village community is maimed and tortured, Muni mobilizes the villagers and trains them to fight. Eventually discovered by the Germans, Muni and four others escape to England to lead British troops against the Germans, who intend to attack the Arctic supply lines. Robert Coote; Lillian Gish; Anna Lee; Ray Collins; Sir Cedric Hardwicke; Paul Muni

043396480162  Slaves of Babylon 1953  The Jews are taken from Jerusalem and made slaves by King Nebuchadnezzar. In the meantime Cyrus, king of the Persians, who has been living as a shepherd, is proclaimed king and defeats Nebuchadnezzar. Leslie Bradley; Linda Christian; Terrance Kimburn; Michael Ansara; Richard Conte; Maurice Schwartz
043396480179  Teenage Caveman   2002     When mankind is reduced to a handful of scared cave dwellers, a rebellious group of teenagers are cast out of their tribe and search the land for a new paradise reminiscent of their lost civilization. During their travels, the teens encounter two immortal super-humans, Judith and Neil, who appear at first to be the answer to their prayers. However the couple’s true motives soon become clear when they cleverly seduce each teenager in an attempt to pass on a super-human virus. When one of the youths resists, a series of ugly deaths are set into motion, culminating in a vicious battle to the death. Tiffany Limos; Rob Hill; Paul Hipp; Andrew Keegan
043396480186  Hero  1992   Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis and Andy Garcia star in this captivating comedy from Stephen Frears, the director of Dangerous Liaisons and The Grifters. Davis is ace reporter Gale Gayley, who literally falls into the story of a lifetime when she’s a passenger on an airplane that crashes into a Chicagobridge. In the smoke and darkness, she’s saved by a rude, foul-mouthed “hero,” who promptly disappears into the night leaving only one shoe behind. When Gale’s TV station offers a million dollars to the mystery hero, a gentle Vietnam vet (Garcia) appears to claim the prize and share it with the city’s homeless. But this screwball Cinderella story is complicated by the fact that the real hero is asmall-time crook (Hoffman) whom nobody believes. Both men have something heroic inside, as well as something to hide, and it’s up to Gale to discover the true meaning of courage.  Andy Garcia; Joan Cusack; Maury Chaykin; Geena Davis; Dustin Hoffman
043396480193  Not One Less   1999     In the crushing poverty of rural China, a young woman is ordered to a remote village to be their substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won’t be paid. Faced with overwhelming family debt, her biggest little troublemaker disappears into the city to find work. The stubborn teacher, however, is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the local television station sympathizes does her search bear fruit.  Zhenda Tian; Huike Zhang; Wei Minzhi

HBO Releases Togetherness Season 2

888574409500  Togetherness: The Complete Second Season (MOD) 2016  From executive producers/writers/directors Jay and Mark Duplass comes a new season of Togetherness, the comedy that follows the highs and lows of four adults trying to balance their relationships and individual dreams. After nearly reaching their breaking points last season, Brett and Michelle (Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey) struggle to make sense of where their marriage might be heading; Michelle tries to handle her guilt over a night with another man while pushing ahead with her charter-school plans, while an out-of-work Brett looks for artistic inspiration. Following his big acting break, Alex (Steve Zissis) returns from New Orleans reinvigorated – and with a new girlfriend in tow – but his newfound success threatens to disrupt his relationships back home. Meanwhile, Michelle’s sister Tina (Amanda Peet) has a hard time coming to terms with what should be her “happily ever after” life with her movie-producer boyfriend, and is thrown for a loop when she realizes her biological clock is ticking. Through it all, this makeshift family continues to face the hilarity and anxieties of everyday life, while proving that they’re truly at their best when they’re together.Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet


National Geographic Releases Big Fish, Big Fix
024543310549  Big Fish, Texas Season 1    2016     Meet Galveston’s Guindon clan as they try to keep Katie’s Seafood Market growing and thriving. They battle against a sea of predators, Mother Nature’s whims, surpluses and shortages while processing a quarter of the Gulf’s deepwater fish and spearheading initiatives to preserve their fishery. But at the end of the day, they never miss an opportunity to get together for a laugh and a home-cooked meal. Andrea Guindon; Buddy Guindon; Christopher Guindon; Greg Guindon; Hans Guindon; Katie Guindon; Kenny Guindon; Nick Guindon; Nick Gutierrez
024543310556  Big Fix Alaska Season 1 2016     Big Fix Alaska chronicles the wild adventures of a full-service master mechanic shop that takes on high-risk jobs across the frozen tundra. Risking life and limb on every job, this charismatic 10+ man team of Alaska roughnecks brave the elements and work around the clock repairing super machines under the harshest conditions and in the most remote places in the world. Danger, risk and incredible skill are some of the attributes these premier master mechanics put to the test repairing anything and everything with an engine. They are specialists of a different breed and can fix things from a stranded crab boat in the middle of the Bering Sea to multi-million-dollar cranes frozen to the earth near the North Pole. With a constant work schedule, high stakes and 24-hour service there is never a dull moment.   

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