Friday, October 30, 2015

Carly Simon's New Memoir Gets "Songs from the Trees" Musical Companion CD Release

Just days before Carly Simon’s long-awaited memoir, Boys in the Trees, arrives, Rhino will release the book’s musical companion, SONGS FROM THE TREES (A MUSICAL MEMOIR COLLECTION).

In the two disc CD collection’s liner notes, the acclaimed singer/songwriter explains the music’s connection to her book: “This is a special album that serves as an additional way to look at my stories. Most of these songs are precursors to what eventually became the book...If you feel like playing this puzzle, there are clues of how to cross-reference the songs with the chapters, pages and words.”

With 31 tracks spread across two disc, the compilation spans a great deal of the award-winning artist’s stellar career, from her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to her meteoric solo career, which yielded 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song “You’re So Vain.”

MARCO POLO to Discover DVD & Blu-ray in December

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce the season one home entertainment release of the gripping Netflix drama, MARCO POLO. Featuring over an hour of never-before-seen special features including The Marco Polo Documentary, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Fight Scene Rehearsals and more, MARCO POLO will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay on December 15, 2015.

This epic adventure follows a young Marco Polo, who finds himself in the court of the great Kublai Khan and must navigate a world of greed, betrayal and sexual intrigue as the Mongol leader wages a bloody campaign to become Emperor of the World.

Re-creating the legendary explorer’s 13th century exploits in the Far East, this historical drama chronicles the intrigues, duplicity and greed running rampant in the court of the Mongolian ruler Khan.

The complete first season of MARCO POLO has a running time of 547 minutes, is not rated, and stars Lorenzo Richelmy (Sotto Una Buona, La Terra e Il Vento), Benedict Wong (The Martian, Prometheus), Zhu Zhu (Could Atlas, The Man with the Iron Fist), Remy Hii (Kiss, Treading Water) Olivia Cheng (Assault on Wall Street) and Joan Chen (Lust, Caution) from creator John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom, Hidalgo).

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

" Lady Antebellum : Wheels Up Tour " Set for DVD/BD Release

Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the November 13, 2015 release of the Lady Antebellum: Wheels Up Tour on DVD and Blu-ray  [MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD].  This concert film was shot this year at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California on June 27.  Their Wheels Up 2015 Tour concerts showcased songs from the band’s most recent album 747, along with hit singles and fan favorites from across their career, including “American Honey,” “Need You Now,” “Bartender,” “Our Kind Of Love,” “Just A Kiss,” “I Run To You,” “We Owned The Night,” “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” “Compass,” “Love n’t Live Here,” and many more!

The seven-time Grammy-winning act has amassed a multitude of hits and an incredibly loyal fanbase worldwide. Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up 2015 Tour started in Oslo, Norway at the end of February and traversed Europe, Australia, and North America before it concluded in Las Vegas, at the beginning of October. Scattered between the live songs, the film features behind-the-scenes snippets, highlighting the band meeting fans, the spectacular set design and intimate moments on the tour.

Make Sure to Pick Up "Trash", November 17

Three impoverished street kids stumble onto the key to a far-reaching conspiracy in Trash, a gripping adventure  coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 17, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and based on the critically acclaimed novel by Andy Mulligan, Trash breathes new life into a classic genre as it follows a trio of Brazilian teenagers on a mission to untangle a web of political corruption while staying one step ahead of the police.

When three trash-picking boys from the slums of Rio De Janeiro find a wallet at their local dump, they have no idea their lives are about to change forever. But when local police show up offering a handsome reward for its return, the friends realize they've found something important. Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Side Effects), Martin Sheen ("The West Wing," The Departed), Wagner Moura ("Narcos," Elysium) and Selton Mello (The Clown, My Hindu Friend) star in this thrilling adventure based on Andy Mulligan's best-selling novel and adapted for the screen by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, War Horse).

Sunday, October 25, 2015

David Bowie Plans "Blackstar" January 2016 Release

Classic rocker, and icon David Bowie is planning the release of a new album in January 2016, called “Blackstar,” according to reports.

Bowie put together the seven-tune collection at New York City’s Magic Shop studio with the assistance of several local jazz musicians, according to the Times.  It will be out on January 8, 2016 via ISO/Columbia.  The lead single, also called “Blackstar,” will release on November 19.  The song will be featured in “Lazarus,” a musical the Thin White Duke is co-writing with Enda Walsh.  The track is also used as the theme for UK crime series “The Last Panthers”.

The Times classifies the new LP as “an album of long, jazzy jams mixed with the kind of driving beat pioneered by Seventies German bands Can and Kraftwerk.”  The album is also said to include influences of “Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beats and bleeps and Bowie’s distinctive vocals,” making for a record that a quoted Bowie insider describes as “completely bonkers.”

Bowie’s last full-length album, “The Next Day,” released in 2013.  The timing of  “Blackstar” January 8 release coincides with Bowie’s 69th birthday, January 16, 2016.

Adele Announces Release of "25" Album, Reveals New Song!

Adele has confirmed the release of her third studio album, 25, likely the most anticipated music release of 2015.   25, the follow-up to her 2011 blockbuster 21, will be out on November 20, 2015 via Universal Music,  she revealed this week. 

It was a busy week for the secretive superstar, who previewed a new song during the UK X Factor on Sunday, then shared a note to fans about the new album this past Wednesday morning.  "25 is about getting to know who I've become without realising,” she wrote. “And I'm sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened."

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog" OST Out Now

The complete soundtrack recording of Laurie Anderson's newest piece, Heart of a Dog, is out now
on Nonesuch Records. Anderson was commissioned by the European TV network Arte to create a feature film—her first in 30 years. Her response was a personal essay entitled Heart of a Dog, a work encompassing joy and heartbreak, at the heart of which is a lament for her late beloved dog Lolabelle. Watch the film's trailer below. The Nonesuch album is the full audio recording of the film, including all music and spoken text.

Heart of a Dog has been shown at the Telluride, Venice, Toronto, London, and New York Film Festivals to critical praise and opened theatrically this week at New York's Film Forum. 

The film invites viewers to spend "75 enthralling minutes with the endlessly associative contents of Anderson's head and heart," says NPR film critic Ella Taylor. "Heart of a Dog is the ultimate realist narrative. It flows along, mimicking the continuous, fleeting, fragmentary flow of consciousness, the haze that lies between sleeping and waking, even between death and whatever lies behind it."

The New York Times' Manohla Dargis has made this "dreamy, drifty and altogether lovely movie" a Critics' Pick. "Heart of a Dog is about telling and remembering and forgetting, and how we put together the fragments that make up our lives," writes Dargis. "At times, it feels as if she too were haunting her movie even as, with every image and word, she fills it with life." New York called it "one of the most moving and provocative films you’ll see this year."

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Warm Up with Quadriga Consort's New CD, Winter's Delights

Early Christmas Music and Carols from the British Isles, France and Canada Performed on
Period Instruments

Packed full of engaging and appealing seasonal offerings, Winter's Delights is Quadriga Consort's new album and welcome addition to Yuletide.

English composer and poet Thomas Campion (1567–1620) famously wrote 'Summer hath his joys and Winter his delights,' and the consort has taken this memorable line as its starting point for this attractive collection of popular and lesser-known winter melodies.

The album includes traditional English carols such as "The First Nowell," "The Three Kings" and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," together with Scottish tunes such as "Gloomy Winter," "The Traveller Benighted in Snow" and "Leanabh an Aigh" (The Blessed Child), better known in recent years as the hit song "Morning has Broken." From Ireland comes the traditional jig "A Merry Christmas" as well as the medley consisting of "Early in the Morning" (trad. hornpipe) / "The Ivy Leaf" (trad. reel) / "Christmas Comes But Once A Year" (trad. jig). Nova Scotia beckons with "The Stormy Scenes of Winter" and France happily presents "Noel Nouvelet – Sing We Now of Christmas."

There is a charm and freshness to this unconventional edition and, most importantly, a sense of joy and delight in music-making that cannot fail to cheer and lift the spirits, even on the bleakest of winter nights.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Today

Library patrons and fans of Dragon Ball Z young and old need to wait no longer.  Today, the eagerly anticipated video release of the summer blockbuster "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.   "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" entered the history books as the first independent film to make the Top 10 list of highest grossing anime films of all time in the USA.  By the end of its limited theatrical run, the movie grossed more than $8.4 million – surpassing all industry expectations.

"FUNimation is pleased to bring the home video release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' to fans so soon after the highly successful theatrical release," said Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of FUNimation. "Demand has been just as high as during the theatrical release. The volume of pre-orders has been incredible."

The video release of "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" is available in three versions from Baker & Taylor ;  two of which include 50 minutes of extra features.  Details on all three SKUs are as follows:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Lake Street Dive Signs to Nonesuch Records

Indie pop group Lake Street Dive this week signed to Nonesuch Records, which will release the band's label debut album in early 2016. The four musicians, who are currently on a USA tour, met as students at New England Conservatory. USA Today recently said of them, "The group is built around the powerhouse alto voice of Rachael Price, which sports traces of Amy Winehouse and Bonnie Raitt. That instrument is supported by the strong, smart songwriting and gorgeous harmony singing of band mates Bridget Kearney, Michael ("McDuck") Olson, and Michael Calabrese." Further details about the album and its release will be announced shortly, as will further tour dates.

The band was created in 2004 by Minneapolis native Olson and named after an actual neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown; all four members contribute equally to songwriting. A casually made video featuring the group performing a cover of Jackson 5's "I Want You Back,", previously a Graham Parker hit,  shot on a street corner, first brought the band wider attention; its YouTube views are well over three million. Shortly thereafter, T Bone Burnett invited Lake Street Dive to perform on the Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City's Town Hall. The New Yorker said of that night: "I can't imagine then, that Lake Street Dive; a quartet led by an amazing young singer, Rachael Price, won't be getting some air time soon," and Rolling Stone called the band "unexpected showstoppers."

photo: Danny Clinch

Bruce Springsteen ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ Box Set Announced

Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ on December 4th. A comprehensive look at ‘The River’ era, the set contains 52 tracks on 4 CDs with a wealth of unreleased material, and four hours of never-before-seen video on 3 DVDs. It is comprised of the original ‘The River’ double album; the first official release of 'The River: Single Album;' a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a two-DVD film of never-released, newly edited multi-camera footage from Springsteen’s famed 1980 show in Tempe, AZ, long rumored but never-before-seen; rare tour rehearsal footage; a brand new documentary “The Ties That Bind" about 'The River;' and a coffee table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.

The River,’ Springsteen’s fifth album, was released on October 17, 1980 as a double album and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. In his notes, Gilmore calls ‘The River’ Springsteen’s “pivotal album—[the] hinge between the ambitious commotions that had preceded it and the more succinct musical riots, and sometimes terrifying storytelling, that followed.” (Two CDs, recently re-mastered).

‘The River: Single Album’ is the 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978’s ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ but never released. “The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio,” he wrote in the lyrics/photo book “Songs.” The early sessions marked the beginning of a prolific 18-month long journey of writing and recording. Seven of the 10 titles on ‘The River: Single Album’ eventually appeared on ‘The River,’ some with alternate lyrics and arrangements, with outtakes like “Cindy" and a rockabilly version of "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" never released. Now for the first time ‘The River: Single Album’ will be officially available.

"No Escape" Escapes for a November DVD/Blu-ray Release

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce the home entertainment release of the intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE starring Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Zoolander, Night at the Museum series)), Lake Bell (HBO’s “How to Make it in America,” No Strings Attached) and Pierce Brosnan (The James Bond Franchise, Survivor, The Thomas Crown Affair). Directed by John Erick Dowdle (As Above So Below, Quarantine) and written together and produced with his brother Drew Dowdle (As Above So Below, Quarantine). NO ESCAPE will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 24, 2015.

NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city.

NO ESCAPE, “a taut thriller” (Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer) is rated R for strong violence throughout, and for language and has a running time of 103 minutes. DVD and Blu-ray special features include Feature Commentary with Writer/Director John Erick Dowdle and Writer/Producer Drew Dowdle, Deleted Scenes, and Behind-the-Scenes Gallery.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Nicole Kidman Starrer, GRACE of MONACO, from Anchor Bay in December

Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce the home entertainment release of the enthralling biographical drama GRACE OF MONACO. The 2015 Emmy Award nominated film (Best Television Movie) stars Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (Paddington, The Paperboy, The Hour), Tim Roth (Selma, Pulp Fiction), Frank Langella (“The Americans,” Frost/Nixon, Robot & Frank, Good Night, and Good Luck) and Paz Vega (Spanglish, Talk to Her). GRACE OF MONACO, directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose, Ghost River) and written by Arash Amel (Erased), opened the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and will be available on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment on December 1, 2015.

Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) is a huge movie star with the promise of a glittering career when she marries Prince Rainer (Tim Roth) of Monaco in 1956. Six years later, with her marriage in serious difficulty, Alfred Hitchcock offers her the chance to return to Hollywood to play the role of Marnie in his next film. But France is also threatening to annex Monaco, the tiny principality where she became the princess. Grace is torn and forced to choose between the creative flame that still burns within her and her role as Her Serene Highness, Princess of Monaco.

PBS to Release “MARY TYLER MOORE: A CELEBRATION” on DVD November 17.

She “turned the world on with her smile” on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and countless movie roles. This special features dozens of classic clips—plus comments from Betty White, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, John Amos, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore herself. Plus, Oprah Winfrey recounts Mary Tyler Moore’s critical role in inspiring Oprah—and millions of others—as TV’s first independent career woman.

MARY TYLER MOORE: A CELEBRATION” will be available on DVD November 17, 2015. The run time of the program is approximately 60 minutes on 1 disc and has an SRP of $19.99.

Mary Tyler Moore’s stage and screen career is paved with a slew of awards and nominations: Moore has earned seven Emmys (two for her role of the beloved Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and four for The Mary Tyler Moore Show), three Golden Globes (one for Ordinary People, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show respectively), a Tony Award (Whose Life Is It Anyway?), and an Academy Award Nomination (Ordinary People). Behind the scenes, Moore devoted her life to the American Diabetes Association. Professionally and personally, this comedienne has given us plenty of reason to celebrate her life.

"Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos”, premieres exclusively on DVD in all-new English version "Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure"

Get ready to crack up when the surprise summer theatrical animated hit, “Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos”, premieres exclusively on DVD in an all-new English version - Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure on DVD on December 1. Share in the laughter and fun as Zachary Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) brings Rolo, the heroic rooster, to life. Also featuring the voice talents of Amber Montana (TV’s “Haunted Hathaways”), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Jason Mewes (Clerks) and Alyson Stoner (Step Up), Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure is an egg-citing story for children of all ages!

Eggs-perience a fun-filled adventure that will crack up the entire family! Rolo is a teenage rooster who’s more than a little chicken. When an evil rancher threatens his home and family, Rolo is determined to rise to the occasion. Together with a dozen of his egg friends, Rolo hatches a plan to save the day—and the farm—in this smile-making, full-length animated feature.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

B&T Introduces New "Independents Days Music" Program

Our new Independents Days Music program is live, and the offering is very compelling! Our pledge is to offer you independent music releases to libraries, both new releases and backlist titles, at discounted prices. 

Our pledge to our valued library customers is to feature a curated selection of the “Best in Independent” music product each month at great prices!   Each month we will present a new set of independent new releases, and extended lists of backlist titles. 

At any time, you may find the current Independents Days titles on our industry leading GREEN ROOM  music buyer’s microsite.  New releases will be pictured and backlist titles will be available as downloadable lists. Independents Days will also be available from our and Titlesource 360 ordering platform.

When you look for opportunities to increase your AV circs, think of Baker & Taylor's SCENE & HEARD AV team, your AV partner, and think INDEPENDENTS!

"90 Minutes in Heaven" Brings Hope to DVD/BD in December

A powerful story of faith tested almost beyond human endurance, 90 Minutes in Heaven comes to Blu-ray and DVD for public libraries on December 29, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (delay due to Uni's rental holdback policy for most rental retailers and public libraries).  Based on the true story that inspired a New York Times best-selling book, 90 Minutes in Heaven is a thrilling and touching account of a struggle for life that is nothing short of miraculous. Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions are filled with inspiring bonus features that take audiences behind the scenes of "an intimate story of survival and faith" (Movieguide).

During the 90 minutes he is declared dead after a traffic accident, Don Piper experiences love, joy and life like he's never known. But when he finally wakes in the hospital, Heaven's bliss is replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support of his family and community, Don clings to his faith and fights to recover the life he's lost. Featuring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth, 90 Minutes in Heaven is an emotional and inspiring story of perseverance that will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it.

PBS Distribution Announces Release of “MASTERPIECE: INDIAN SUMMERS” on DVD & Blu-ray October 13

In 1932 the height of privilege was to be British in India, and the high point was the summer season at the hard-partying colonial retreat of Simla in the Himalayan foothills.   Rude reality intrudes on this spectacular paradise in “INDIAN SUMMERS”, starring Julie Walters (Oscar nominee for Billy Elliot and Educating Rita) as the wily hostess of Simla society.

“INDIAN SUMMERS” releases on DVD and Blu-ray October 13, 2015. The run time of this program is approximately 600 minutes on 4 discs for the DVD and 3 discs for the Blu-ray. The DVD SRP is $49.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $59.99. Special features include a 65-minute behind-the-scenes featurette.

Joining the cast are a galaxy of British, Indian, and Pakistani stars, including Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Madame Bovary), Nikesh Patel (Bedlam), Jemima West (The Borgias), Roshan Seth (Gandhi), Patrick Malahide (The Paradise), and Bollywood legends Lillete Dubey (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Alyy Khan (Sharpe's Challenge).  Also appearing are Alexander Cobb (Mr. Selfridge), Aysha Kala (Shameless), Olivia Grant (Endeavour), Edward Hogg (The Borgias), Fiona Glascott (Anton Chekhov's The Duel), Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty), and Richard McCabe (Wallander).

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Phil Collins Plans 2016 Autobiography Release

Phil Collins, former Genesis drummer and 1980s music icon one of pop music’s best-selling artists, with hits including “In the Air Tonight” and “Against All Odds” announced in a statement on Monday that he had been asked several times to write a memoir “but never felt that the time was right; until now.”

So, the seven-time Grammy Award winner, currently recuperating from emergency back surgery, has agreed to tell his life story “warts and all” while the release of remastered versions of his first two solo albums is delayed due to health issues.

The as-yet-untitled book will be published in October 2016 by Penguin Random House owned Crown Archetype in the USA.

Crown Archetype editorial director Tricia Boczkowski said that the “unflinchingly honest” memoir would reveal “a Phil Collins that not many people know.”

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The Staples Singers Box Set Announced by Stax

Stax/Concord Music Group will release the first-ever comprehensive, career-spanning overview of the Staple Singers, one of the most important American musical acts of the 20th century.  Due out November 13, this limited edition 4-CD box set—titled Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976—also includes a very special bonus: the earliest known recording of the gospel, soul and R&B group, housed on a 7" vinyl record, marking the first time that this track has been available in any format since the Staples' self-released edition of 500.

Housed in a deluxe, old-school "45-folio" package, the accompanying book features new liner notes by Mavis Staples, James Miller, Opal Louis Nations and compilation producer Joe McEwen, as well as rarely seen photos of the family band taken over the course of their career.

The long-lost recordings embodied on the 7" record, "Faith and Grace" and "These Are They," are the earliest known recordings of the Staple Singers and were made in a friend of Pops Staples' basement in Chicago in 1953. These have never before been commercially available in any format except the 500 or so copies the Staples pressed themselves on 78-RPM records. The box set also contains the live recording "Medley: Too Close/I'm On My Way Home/I'm Coming Home/He's Alright [Live]." This live performance from 1960 Clarksdale, Mississippi has never before been available in its entirety.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

MINIONS Arriving on DVD & Blu-ray

The breakout stars the world fell in love with in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me global film franchise headline their own movie for the first time in Minions, available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and  DVD on January 5, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Delayed due to their rental holdback policy that applies to public libraries.   A much anticipated prequel to the unprecedented worldwide blockbusters Despicable Me and the beloved sequel Despicable Me 2, Minions is an immensely entertaining film for all audiences called "inventive and hilarious" by Julian Roman, The Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with three all-new mini-movies and even more Minions everyone will want to watch again and again especially during the busy holiday travel season.

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embark upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award®-winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in 'mod' London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.

Mr Dynamite : The Rise of James Brown Arrives Nov 6

Directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney and co-produced by Mick Jagger, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown digs into the career of one of music and culture's towering figures. On November 6, 2015, the Peabody Award-winning documentary film will be released worldwide by UMe on DVD and Blu-ray with exclusive bonus features, including feature-length roundtable commentary, extended interviews with original James Brown Revue members and others, the acclaimed music video for "It's A Man's Man's Man's World," and two classic James Brown Soul Train television performances, one of which is an unrehearsed blues romp with Brown's idols B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland, which has not been seen since its original 1975 airing.

Using fresh interviews with James Brown band members and contemporaries, extraordinary historical interview footage, and rare archival performances of such Brown classics as "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "Out Of Sight," "Please Please Please," "Soul Power," "Sex Machine," "It's A Man's Man's Man's World," "Cold Sweat," and more, Mr Dynamite, a feature-length documentary was made with the cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first time. 

Delving into politics, race relations during the explosive civil rights movement and the raw power behind several of his most famous tunes, Mr. Dynamite was honored with a 2014 Peabody Award, for what the Peabody panel called "its admiring but clear-eyed appraisal of a truly revolutionary musical figure and his legacies, his relationship to America and American culture, to funk, to hip hop, to racial politics, to American history and music history… It's a documentary you could almost dance to, so sure and steady is its pulse."

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sony Music To Release "HE NAMED ME MALALA" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Sony Music proudly announces the release of HE NAMED ME MALALA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). The original score for the film was written by multiple Grammy® winner and Academy Award nominee, Thomas Newman. The soundtrack will be available on CD October 30. HE NAMED ME MALALA opens in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 2 and nationwide October 9.
Academy Award  winning director, Davis Guggenheim says of Thomas Newman's score:
"Watching Tom in his studio was pure artistry. His music brought the film to life pulling the characters' emotional inner lives to the surface, threading and bonding the story together and allowing it to be fully realized."
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley.  The then 15-year-old (she turned 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls' education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls' education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

AMERICAN ULTRA Announced for November DVD & BD Release

Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) star as two slackers-turned-secret weapons in the action-comedy American Ultra arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) November 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The knockout adventure from the director of the hit comedy Project X also stars Topher Grace (TV’s “That 70’s Show”), Connie Britton (TV’s “Nashville”), Walton Goggins (TV’s “Justified”), John Leguizamo (John Wick), Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Tony Hale (HBO’s “VEEP”).

American Ultra is a dynamic thrill ride that mixes explosive action with edgy humor. Mike (Eisenberg) shares a small-town life with his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart). But Mike’s sleepy world goes wild after he discovers that he’s actually a CIA sleeper agent with lethal fighting skills—and the target of government hitmen. Mike, the ultimate slacker, transforms into an ultra-attacker as he and Phoebe fight to survive in this exhilarating adventure.

Armed with a stockpile of extras, the American Ultra home entertainment release includes a behind-the-scenes documentary, a look at the unique weapons used in the film, gag reel, and audio commentary with the director. In addition, the American Ultra Blu-ray features DTS:X immersive audio technology. DTS:X replicates and conveys the fluid movement of sound by accurately matching sounds to what is visually occurring on - and off - the screen to create a richer soundscape than has previously been possible. The American Ultra Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $21.98, respectively.

Roger Waters The Wall Out on December 1

Roger Waters, one of the creative geniuses behind musical pioneers and prog rockers  Pink Floyd, announced that the groundbreaking masterpiece ROGER WATERS THE WALL is set for release on DVD, 2- disc Blu-ray on December 1, 2015 and is available to order now from B&T.

Gaining global critical acclaim as "a monumental achievement" that is "nothing short of breathtaking," ROGER WATERS THE WALL is the brand new feature film written and directed by Roger Waters and Sean Evans. The film unfolds on many levels – an immersive and undeniably epic concert experience of the classic Pink Floyd album, a road movie of Waters' reckoning with the past and an anti-war protest film, highlighting the human cost of conflict. The film received a 'one night only' global cinema release in September, where hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide witnessed the impact of The Wall in a special cinematic event.

Roger Waters said, "I'm glad that we have an opportunity to share the film with people on a wider scale. It has had a deep effect on my life; and I'm not the only one. This release provides an opportunity to remember all of our fallen loved ones." 
ROGER WATERS THE WALL was shot during 'The Wall Live' sold out 2010-13 world tour.   Seen by over 4 million fans at 219 shows over a period of three years, the show was the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history.  The film, shot in 4K and mixed in Dolby Atmos, features never-before-seen concert footage from this breathtaking tour and includes the hits 'Another Brick in the Wall Part 2', 'Comfortably Numb' and 'Run Like Hell.'

Now That's What I Call Music! Joings with Walt Disney Records

NOW That's What I Call Music! and Walt Disney Records have once again teamed up for a special NOW album collection showcasing beloved Disney music classics. NOW That's What I Call Disney Princess will be released on CD on October 30.

Building on the success of three previously released NOW That's What I Call Disney volumes, NOW That's What I Call Disney Princess features 20 favorite musical moments that have been enchanting and entertaining audiences for generations, including "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid, "A Whole New World" from Aladdin, "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas, "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast, "Reflection" from Mulan, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella, "Waiting for My Prince" from Disney Princess Tea Party, and many more.