Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cameron Carpenter's All You Need is Bach, Out June 3

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of Cameron Carpenter's new album All You Need is Bach available June 3, 2016. Bach's great keyboard masterpieces provide an ideal platform for
Carpenter's formidable creative gift and the seemingly limitless possibilities of his dream instrument;  his signature International Touring Organ (ITO).

Bach's complete organ music has been central to Carpenter's immense and multi-faceted repertoire. For his first all-Bach release, Carpenter has created a stimulating and wide-ranging program that reveals the scope of Bach's genius. Works included on the album are Contrapunctus IX from The Art of Fugue, Organ Sonatas in D minor and E-flat major, Prelude and Fugue in B minor, French Suite No. 1, Invention No. 8, the Chorale Prelude to "O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß" and, as a centerpiece, the great Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.

The album title All You Need Is Bach not only refers to the immense popularity of Bach, but also to The Beatles' classic 1967 recording All You Need Is Love, where Bach's Invention No. 8 in F major rises out of the coda's collage-like texture.  In creating the ITO, the organ building team of Marshall & Ogletree apply sophisticated computer technology to digitally reproduce the sounds of many diverse American pipe organs without any of their mechanisms. Carpenter can access these sounds with unprecedented immediacy and flexibility. The ITO also draws upon the scientific findings relating in the field of historically informed performance practice. For example, Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue uses the Werckmeister III in a transposition centering the Werckmeister "sweet key" on C and the Trio Sonatas are presented in Kirnberger and Kellner temperaments in D and D#. While O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß and the Prelude and Fugue in B minor both feature equal temperament.

Most importantly, Carpenter's virtuosity, the musical potential of the International Touring Organ, and their meeting through the lens of the unique relationship between an instrument and its designer, allow him to delve unusually deep into Bach's emotional world.

Hardcore Henry Arrives in July from Uni on DVD/BD

Brace yourself for one of the most unflinchingly original wild rides when the adrenaline-fueled action hit Hardcore Henry arrives on Digital HD on July 26, 2016 and on Blu-ray and DVD on July 26,
2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and STX Entertainment.

Filled with non-stop action and thrilling adventure, Hardcore Henry is the first film shot completely in first-person shooter perspective. The Blu-ray  and DVD feature even more explosive thrills with deleted scenes and commentary with the director and actor/producer. Be the first to offer Hardcore Henry, starring Sharlto Copley (Chappie, District 9, Elysium), and immerse yourself in an exciting new world as you become the title hero! 

You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife who tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. If you can survive the insanity and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Strap in for a wild ride that critics are calling "a revolutionary movie experience" (Jake Spencer, Indiewire). From the director of the viral first-person shooter music video, Biting Elbows' Bad Mother F***er (Ilya Naishuller), and the producer of Wanted (Timur Bekmanbetov), Hardcore Henry is a groundbreaking action hit that's unlike anything you've seen before!

American Girl : Lea to the Rescue Arrives in June

This summer, American Girl's 2016 Girl of the Year, Lea Clark stars as the company's first-ever
action hero in the all-new adventure film American Girl: Lea to the Rescue, debuting on Blu-ray Combo Pack (pictured at right) and DVD on June 14, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the thrilling sequel to the original book series, Lea must face her fears as she travels deep into the Brazilian rainforest to solve the mystery of her missing brother. In her quest to find him, she befriends Amazonian tribespeople, helps save endangered animals, and must outwit ruthless animal poachers. Starring Maggie Elizabeth Jones (We Bought a Zoo) and Hallie Todd ("Lizzie McGuire"), American Girl: Lea to the Rescue is the latest in a long line of fresh, modern and family-friendly films from American Girl, that also includes Grace Stirs Up Success, Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight, Saige Paints The Sky, and McKenna Shoots for the Stars.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Miss Sharon Jones! " Doc about Soul Singer Sharon Jones to Get July Theatrical, and 2016 Home Vid Release

 Rolling Stone reports a documentary film  about soul singer Sharon Jones' life, career and ongoing cancer battle is heading to movie theaters. The Barbara Kopple-directed Miss Sharon Jones!, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at SXSW Film last year, will open a theatrical run July 29th following by a home video release in the fall.

The film follows Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings during a tumultuous year as the singer, on the verge of releasing a new album and embarking on a tour, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Miss Sharon Jones! captures Jones' cancer battle and, ultimately, her return to the stage. The documentary also shows how the Dap-Kings were nearly torn apart during that tumultuous period.

In addition to two-time Oscar winner Kopple's landmark 1976 documentary Harlan County, USA, the filmmaker has also crafted music-related films like Wild Man Blues, about Woody Allen's love of music, My Generation about the Woodstock festivals and the Dixie Chicks' Shut Up & Sing

Back in September 2015, Jones revealed that her cancer had returned, but the singer and her backing band continued to tour steadily even as she underwent chemotherapy. "I'm going to do what I have to do. I'm going to sing," the singer said at the premiere of Miss Sharon Jones! at TIFF, promising that her diagnosis won't prevent her from "giving the people what they want."

NOVA: Wild Ways Out in July on DVD from PBS

PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “NOVA: WILD WAYS” on DVD. Four-lane highways may be a necessity to our modern society, but they can be death traps for millions of animals that try to cross them. Wildlife the world over need to roam for breeding, foraging, and to carry out their traditional migrations; but they are often blocked by ranches, farms, roads, and other human-made obstacles. While national parks and preserves offer some protection to wildlife, even the magnificent Serengeti and Yellowstone parks are too small to sustain healthy populations over generations.
But now comes new hope for wildlife through an approach called “connectivity conservation.” The program reveals through stunning cinematography how some of the world’s most beloved species; lions, bears, antelope and elephants, can be preserved by linking the world’s wildlife refuges with tunnels, overpasses, and protected land corridors.
NOVA: WILD WAYS” will be available on DVD July 12, 2016. The run time of the DVD is approximately 60 minutes and its SRP is $24.99.


Public Media Distribution, LLC announced today it is releasing “PRINCE PHILIP: THE PLOT TO MAKE A KING” on DVD, produced by Blakeway Productions and internationally distributed by DRG. For the first time the inside story of the fierce dynastic tensions that were unleashed when the Queen fell in love with Prince Philip – tensions that would place huge strain on the royal marriage, and would shape the future of Elizabeth’s reign.

Young Philip, it was felt, was “rough, ill-mannered, uneducated and would probably not be faithful,” according to one courtier. The royal and political elite disliked his German roots – and they disliked his larger than life, ferociously ambitious uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten. Philips’s German links were a source of anxiety for Elizabeth’s parents. The present Queen’s mother is reported to have privately referred to Philip as ‘The Hun.’

“PRINCE PHILIP: THE PLOT TO MAKE A KING” will be available on DVD June 28, 2016. The run time of the series is approximately 60 minutes and the SRP is $24.99.

The film features an interview with Philip’s nephew, Prince Rainer von Hessen of Monaco, who shares the unpublished memoirs of his mother; Philip’s sister. In them she describes a private lunch with Hitler and her initial admiration for him. Her husband would become an SS colonel, and the head of one of the Nazi intelligence agencies; explaining much of the hostility Philip would suffer in Britain.

Disney Presents THE FINEST HOURS, Out Now on DVD/BD

THE FINEST HOURS,” a heroic action-thriller based on the true story of a 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue, stormed home on Blu-ray Combo Pack this week, on May 24, 2016.

The film stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films), Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Casey Affleck (“Interstellar”), Ben Foster (“3:10 to Yuma”) and Eric Bana (“Lone Survivor”), “THE FINEST HOURS” makes its in-home debut packaged with a host of bonus features about the making of the movie and the remarkable true-life events that inspired it.  Stock up now for your library. 

New "Sing" Trailer Released- WATCH!

Sing is an upcoming American computer-animated musical comedy film directed and written by Garth Jennings, and produced by Illumination Entertainment.  The film stars the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson. Universal Pictures will release in  theatres on December 21, 2016.

THE BOSS Arrives in August from Universal

 Academy Award-nominated Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat) takes charge in the outrageous, hilarious new comedy The Boss, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on August 23, 2016 for public libraries, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray and DVD feature even more fun and hilarity with deleted scenes, extended scenes, a gag reel, and alternate ending not seen in theaters! The Blu-ray features even more extras including an exclusive look at Melissa's original 2005 comedy performance as Michelle Darnell at the world famous Groundlings;  the act that brought The Boss to life!

 Melissa McCarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is forced to move in with former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell – Frozen, "House of Lies") and her young daughter, Rachel. Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire. Can she reclaim her status as the No. 1 screwer, or will the love of one family screw her for good?

McCarthy and Bell are joined by an all-star cast including Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"), Kathy Bates ("American Horror Story," Tammy) and Cecily Strong ("Saturday Night Live"). The Boss also features cameos from some of Groundlings' favorite graduates including Michael McDonald, Steve Mallory, Ben Falcone, Damon Jones and more!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bob Dylan's New "Fallen Angels" Album Receives Critical Raves

Bob Dylan's new album, Fallen Angels, is available now in CD and vinyl, released just a few
day's shy of his 75th birthday (May, 24).   Showcasing his singular interpretive artistry on twelve classic American songs,   Fallen Angels is the 37th studio album from Dylan and the first since last year's Shadows In The Night.  Produced by Jack Frost, Dylan's unique approach to recording the songs included refining complicated arrangements for 30-piece orchestras down to those uniquely tailored for his five-piece band.  The album can be found at Baker & Taylor's ordering platform for your library, school, store.

Critical response to Fallen Angels has been enthusiastic, with rave reviews coming in from around the globe;  Randy Lewis wrote in The Los Angeles Times, "[Dylan] immediately liberates songs from the big band/big orchestra world from which they emerged, and in which they are most frequently revisited…. [He] reaches to the blues at the core of many of these songs. Thus, they elicit the ache of romantic yearning and loss that often gets subsumed by swelling orchestral forces, background choirs or by singers who are more focused on crafting elegant vocals than finding emotional resonance.   And, Entertainment Weekly's Jim Farber opined, "Dylan alights on these words with a wry delicacy…Tellingly, he delivers these songs of love lost and cherished not with a burning passion but with the wistfulness of experience. They're memory songs now, intoned with a present sense of commitment….Standards likes these and Dylan's own songs now stand as equal American totems."

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Iconic STRAWBS Revisit the USA

Strawbs have sold more records in the USA and Canada than anywhere.  In the USA the band had seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200.  Their album, Hero & Heroine, was listed last year by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the 50 greatest prog rock albums of all time". 

And, founding member Dave Cousins has been described by All Music Guide as: “the most talented Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of England”. He previously released, in December of 2014,  his long awaited, and critically acclaimed, autobiography  Exorcising Ghosts: Strawbs and Other Lives (out via Omnibus Pr & Schirmer Trade Books).   It was listed by influential critic Richie Unterberger in his “Top 10 of 2014 rock books”.

Strawbs are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, and The Moody Blues. It is well known that keyboardist Rick Wakeman left Strawbs for Yes. Rick was followed by Blue Weaver; who left Strawbs to join the Bee Gees, John Hawken; from the original
Renaissance, Don Airey; now with Deep Purple, Adam Wakeman, and Oliver Wakeman, who, like their dad, left Strawbs to join Yes!

The Strawbs emerged out of the British Folk Movement of the mid-1960s, starting their musical life as the Strawberry Hill Boys, playing bluegrass. They moved into the mainstream in 1967 by making the first Strawbs album, All

Thursday, May 19, 2016


PBS Distribution has announced it is releasing “NOVA: CAN ALZHEIMER’S BE STOPPED?” on DVD. In a new one-hour documentary, NOVA has partnered with Tangled Bank Studios and Holt Productions to transport viewers to the front lines of this fast-paced, life-and-death detective story.

Alzheimer’s disease strikes at the core of what makes us human: our capacity to think, to love and to remember. The cause of Alzheimer’s­ and whether it can be stopped is one of the greatest medical mysteries of our time. Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide, stripping them of their memories and often their dignity on a poignant march that can lead to death. Join investigators as they gather clues and attempt to reconstruct the molecular chain of events that ultimately leads to dementia, and follow key researchers in the field who have helped to develop the leading theories of the disease.

Along the way, meet individuals from all walks of life who will reveal what it’s like to struggle with Alzheimer’s. Among them, members of a unique Colombian family who have learned that their genetic predisposition all but guarantees early onset Alzheimer’s— but there may be hope. Join these courageous patients participating in clinical trials, and then go behind the scenes of the major drug trials to see how researchers target and test therapies that may slow and even prevent Alzheimer’s.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MEG Gets March '18 Release Date from Warner Bros

Warner Bros. Pictures has set a March 2, 2018 U.S. theatrical release date for the new science fiction action thriller based on Steve Alten’s book, ”Meg.”

The film will be co-financed by Flagship Entertainment; Gravity Pictures, a division of China Media Capital (CMC); and Warner Bros. Pictures. Gravity Pictures will distribute the film in China and Warner Bros. will distribute the film throughout the rest of the world.

Jon Turtletaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”) will direct the film. The film stars Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (“Buddha Mountain,” “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”).

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson are producing the film, with Wei Wayne Jiang, Barrie M. Osborne, Randy Greenberg and Gerald R. Molen serving as executive producers.

Lou Reed- The RCA & Arista Album Collection Arrives October 7

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the much-anticipated release of Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection on Friday, October 7.  The definitive box set library of music recorded by the iconic American rock musician from 1972 to 1986, one of the richest and most protean periods of the artist's career, Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection is available now for pre-order.

Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection brings together--for the first time in one comprehensive anthology—the 16 groundbreaking studio and live album titles written, recorded (and often produced) by Reed as a solo artist following the 1970 dissolution of the Velvet Underground, the profoundly influential avant-rock ensemble he'd founded in 1965.

"Our first date was a trip to the AES (Audio Engineering Society) convention. As wireheads Lou and I loved beautiful recordings and spent years making our studios, instruments and gear the best they could possibly be," said Laurie Anderson, American musician/composer/performance artist and Lou Reed's wife and partner for twenty-one years. "Lou put his heart into remastering these records. They are not smoothed out. Sometimes remastering revealed their details and roughness in the most exciting ways. They leap out at you with their original energy.

"I also love the rare images and the great selection of Lou's words about his music in this collection. Lou was a superb analyst and sharp critic and the interview excerpts bring back his crazy sense of humor, his generosity and his big view of the world and the meaning of music. Anyone who has loved Lou's music will be so happy to have this. I'm really grateful to Sony for putting this one out."

Each of the 16 albums (Lou Reed Live Take No Prisoners, from November 1978, fills 2CDs) in the 17CD library was newly remastered under Lou's direct personal supervision, a long-term project completed shortly before the artist's passing, at 71, on October 27, 2013.

OKKERVIL RIVER's Will Sheff Talks of "Away"

 To announce the new Okkervil River album, and tour, a statement from  the band's Will Sheff:

The new Okkervil River album is called 'Away'. I didn't plan to make it and initially wasn't sure if it was going to be an Okkervil River album or if I'd ever put it out. I wrote the songs during a confusing time of transition in my personal and professional life and recorded them quickly with a brand new group of musicians. I got together the best New York players I could think of, people whose playing and personalities I was fans of and who came more out of a jazz or avant garde background, and we cut the songs live in one or two takes - trying to keep things as natural and immediate as possible - over three days in a studio on Long Island that hosts the Neve 8068 console which recorded Steely Dan's Aja and John Lennon's Double Fantasy. I asked Marissa Nadler to sing on it and got the composer Nathan Thatcher to write some beautiful orchestral arrangements, we recorded them with the classical ensemble and then I mixed the record with Jonathan Wilson out in Los Angeles.

2013-2015 had been a strange time for me. I lost some connections in a music industry that was visibly falling apart. Some members of the Okkervil River backing band left, moving on to family life or to their own projects. I spent a good deal of time sitting in hospice with my grandfather, who was my idol, while he died. I felt like I didn't know where I belonged. When there was trouble at home, a friend offered me her empty house in the Catskills where I could go and clear my head. New songs were coming fast up there, so I set myself the challenge of trying to write as many as possible as quickly as possible. I wasn't think about any kind of end product; the idea was just to write through what I was feeling, quickly and directly. Eventually, I realized I was writing a death story for a part of my life that had, buried inside of it, a path I could follow that might let me go somewhere new.

The Bangles's "Ladies And Gentlemen… The Bangles!" Out June 24

Hand-selected by the band members from their personal music, archives, Ladies and Gentlemen… The Bangles! is a 16-track collection of re-mastered ’80s-era rarities, demos, live recordings and more, including their debut single and all of the tracks from their self-titled EP ; produced by legendary Ramones/Blondie producer Craig Leon, unavailable since its initial release on vinyl in 1982.  The set will be out on Omnivore Recordings on June 24, 2016.

Encompassing the very first years of the band’s development, from their earliest days as The Bangs to their incarnation as The Bangles, this is the original line-up of Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, and their first bass player, Annette Zilinskas. (Annette’s replacement, long time Bangles bassist Michael Steele appears on a couple of live tracks.)

“We’re so pleased to give our fans and music lovers alike the chance to enjoy the early fruits of our labor. Some of these tracks have never seen the light of day,” states drummer/singer Debbi Peterson.

“We’ve wanted to make these songs available to a new audience for a long time,” adds singer/guitarist Vicki Peterson. “We’ve thrown in a couple of live tracks, and even some of the first demos, all lovingly collected and re-mastered, so you no longer have to dig out a cassette player to hear them.”   Singer/guitarist Hoffs continues, “I feel a very special connection to our early recordings. The garage of my parents’ house was our musical laboratory, and we took all the flavors of our favorite bands and mixed up a concoction of jangly guitars, McCartney-inspired bass parts, grooves powered by punk energy, and harmonies galore! These songs and recordings were our musical manifesto — all that mattered and inspired us, fueled by youthful energy, hope and blind ambition.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Studio Ghibli's ONLY YESTERDAY, Out on DVD/BD July 5

From Japan's acclaimed Studio Ghibli comes Only Yesterday, a moving visual masterpiece on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on July 5, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in partnership with GKIDS.  Debuting at 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Only Yesterday will wow fans on Blu-ray and DVD with insightful bonus features including stunning storyboards and several in-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes with cast and crew.

 Featuring an all-star voice cast including Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) this classic, exquisitely hand-drawn coming-of-age story has been called "magical" by Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times and "A rare and powerful film…truly timeless" by Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly. Certified

Having lived her whole life in the city, 27-year-old Taeko (Ridley) decides to visit her relatives in the countryside. As she travels, memories of her youth resurface and after meeting young farmer Toshio (Patel), she wonders if she's been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Deftly switching between past and present, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by Studio Ghibli, one of the world's most revered animation studios. From Academy Award-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) and Producer Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), this critically acclaimed film has never before been released in North America until now - in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

U2 – iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE – Live In Paris, On DVD/BD

“The Paris show that concluded U2’s Innocence and Experience tour… was concert as personal memoir, archetypal story, prayer, exorcism and vow of unity.”—THE NEW YORK TIMES

U2 – iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE – Live In Paris will be released worldwide on Blu-ray and  DVD  on Friday 10th June on Interscope/Island.  The concert film captures the Irish band’s groundbreaking tour as it returned to the French capital for two very special shows in December last year—one of which was The New York Times’ Jon Pareles’ #1 concert of 2015—despite the fact that he was not in attendance, marking quite possibly the first time a TV broadcast topped the Times’ live shows of the year list.

In addition to the guest spots from Eagles of Death Metal and Patti Smith, U2 – iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE – Live In Paris puts viewers inside the AccorHotels Arena with Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr.: the deluxe versions of the release also include a behind-the-scenes interview with live broadcast director Hamish Hamilton; exclusive tour visuals narrated by the band’s lifelong friend Gavin Friday; music videos; additional live tracks filmed during the tour; and much more.

“Directing iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE was scary,” says live broadcast director Hamish Hamilton who previously worked with U2 on their 2001 Elevation Tour. “A technical nightmare married with a creative rollercoaster. It challenged everything I knew on so many levels…what blew my mind were the multiple narrative arcs combined with the number of emotional arcs you are taken through as you journey through the show. There’s a lot of good shows out there – but very few great shows.”

U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour kicked off in Vancouver in May 2015 and, to date, has played to over 1.2 million fans in 22 cities across Europe and North America. Staged in the round, the tour features multiple performance areas plus a state of the art 100 foot LED screen suspended above a 118 foot walkway running the length of the arena floor. Combined with an innovative suspended sound system, the tour has delivered mindblowing sound and visuals from every seat in every venue, as every night has seen “U2 reinvent the arena show”  wrote Rolling Stone.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"The Witch" Blooper Reel is Unearthed by Lionsgate

The acclaimed low-budget horror film The Witch became one of the true sleeper success stories of the year when it brought in over $32M at the worldwide box office.  And now, Lionsgate is bringing it home on Blu-ray and DVD on May 17 and they have provided a blooper reel of  The Witch that reveals the lighter side of making the intense terror tale! Check it out below, and be sure to pre-order your copy of The Witch DVD &  BD from B&T.

The Witch, is one of the most original horror films in a decade to unleash its unholy curse. A Puritan family banished to the edge of the wilderness suspects an unseen, unspeakable evil that is at work after the disappearance of one of their five children.  Drawing from actual accounts of witchcraft and possession in New England, the critically acclaimed film features authentic settings and a creepy atmosphere.

The Witch is from debut writer-director Robert Eggers and was theatrically released by A24 Films, The Witch stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Viking Quest), Ralph Ineson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Katie Dickie (“Game of Thrones”).

10 Cloverfield Lane Set for June 15 DVD/BD Release

Acclaimed producer J.J. Abrams and up-and-coming director Dan Trachtenberg deliver a new masterpiece that critics are calling "riveting, gripping and loaded with tension" (Scott Mantz, "Access Hollywood") when10 CLOVERFIELD LANE debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on June 14, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Certified Fresh by critics with a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE delivers "heart-pounding fun" (Patrick Stinson, "Made in Hollywood") that will "shock you senseless" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) wakes up in a survivalist's (John Goodman, Argo) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. His theories are supported by a mysterious stranger who is in the bunker with them (John Gallagher, Jr., "The Newsroom"), but as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she'll have to escape in order to discover the truth.

With a shocking finale that "will completely blow you away" (Eric Eisenberg, Cinemablend), 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE looks phenomenal on Blu-ray. The Combo Pack includes Digital HD, commentary with director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams, and over 30 minutes of special features. Take an extensive look behind-the-scenes with Abrams and the cast as they revisit the legacy of 2008's CLOVERFIELD, and discuss how 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE went from script to production. Continue with a tour of the ominous bunker, see how the costume designer was challenged to create a homemade Hazmat suit, follow the production team and sound designers as they work on the movie's epic finale, and hear the unique scores composed for each character. Plus, for a limited time only, get a bonus Digital HD copy of the original CLOVERFIELD with the Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Masterworks Broadway to Release "Paint Your Wagon" OCR

Masterworks Broadway will release the New York City Center Encores! cast recording of Lerner & Loewe's Paint Your Wagon starring Keith Carradine, Justin Guarini and Alexandra Socha, on May 27, 2016. Filled with gorgeous standards such as "They Call the Wind Maria," "I Talk to the Trees," and "Wand'rin' Star," Paint Your Wagon is Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's sweepingly ambitious and surprisingly realistic take on freedom, family, and racism in the Gold Rush-happy America of 1853.

The outstanding March 2015 production by Encores! brought the almost-forgotten show back to New York's mainstream stage for the first time since the original Broadway production closed in 1952. And because the original cast album; an early limited capacity monaural LP,  had omitted so much of the music, the score was ripe for rediscovery and a brand new recording. Helping to capture the spirit of the original Broadway production were the full handwritten scores used in 1951 by Franz Allers (Loewe's favorite musical director) and discovered accidentally by Rodgers & Hammerstein musicologist Bruce Pomahac at the bottom of a musty Warner Chappell trunk stored, curiously, at the R&H offices in New York.

Album co-producer and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman leads the thirty member cast and thirty-one piece Encores! Orchestra, in the 2015 stereo cast album that celebrates the scope and riches of Lerner & Loewe's exceptional score. Much of the original dance music orchestrated by Trude Rittmann, created in close collaboration with both Loewe and choreographer Agnes de Mille, appears on this recording for the first time. Also recorded for the first time on this album is the bonus track "What Do Other Folks Do?" which was dropped from the original production before the show reached New York and whose historical importance is clear: Lerner and Loewe would later recycle the concept for Camelot's "What Do the Simple Folk Do?"

Gospel Music Legend Shirley Caesar Returns With "Fill This House"

The Reigning Queen of Gospel, pioneering music legend Shirley Caesar reveals a bold new album
with FILL THIS HOUSE, available for pre-order now .  Unveiling the album cover and track listing, FILL THIS HOUSE is scheduled to be released on Friday June 3, 2016, and continues a thrilling 2016 in store for Caesar.

 Launching her new album, out via eOne Music,  with the lead single “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (feat. Anthony Hamilton), the 11-time GRAMMY-winning icon kicked off the top of 2016 delivering a live performance on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” joined by Hamilton, with the hit single continuing to rise at Gospel radio. Executive produced by Caesar, Stanley Brown, and Phil Thornton, Caesar’s rich powerhouse voice fills the album’s 11 tracks, inspiring spiritual rejuvenation and strength to survive through tough times on songs such as title track “Fill This House,” “Mother Emanuel,” “Survive This” (feat. Hezekiah Walker), “He Won’t Fail You,” and more.

 The Gospel sensation remains an enduring musical influence, beloved by artists, world leaders and fans everywhere in her far-reaching ministry, and 2016 shows no signs of slowing down as she celebrates her 50th anniversary as a solo artist this year and hits the road performing worldwide. Pastor Caesar’s upcoming performances include the McDonald’s Gospelfest 2016 “Honor Thy Mother” Mother’s Day Weekend in Newark, NJ on Saturday May 7th, and the 2016 Allstate Gospel Superfest in Baltimore, MD on Saturday May 14th, among other dates.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle Ready "Colvin & Earle" Release

Acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning artists Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have released the second song from their self titled, collaborative debut COLVIN & EARLE (Fantasy). Titled “Happy & Free,” the song is what impressed Colvin about Earle when they first met ; his ability to make the simple profound. Relix premiered the song earlier in the week. COLVIN & EARLE arrives everywhere on June 10th.

Colvin & Earle will celebrate the album’s release with a worldwide tour that kicks off June 10th at New York’s famed City Winery and continues through the summer and fall. Highlights include a two-night stand at London’s historic Union Chapel, Islington (June 13th and 15th) and an eagerly awaited performance at Bruce Hornsby’s inaugural Funhouse Festival, taking place June 25th on the Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle first met nearly three decades ago as Colvin opened a solo acoustic performance by Earle at Northampton, MA’s beloved Iron Horse. The two proved fast friends, collaborating occasionally over the years until finally teaming up for 2014’s “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage” tour, a sold-out run that saw the duo uniting for one-of-a-kind evenings of song-swapping, duets and storytelling. The Albany Times Union hailed the show as “a near perfect pairing,” while The Morning Call praised Colvin & Earle for “(spurring) each other to greater heights.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer summed it up best, declaring it “a joy to be able to witness two of the greatest at their craft.”

The Divergent Series: Allegiant Arrives on July 12

Tris and Four risk everything to save their world in the third installment of the worldwide hit franchise when  The Divergent Series: Allegiant arrives on  Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) on July 12 from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label.

Directed by Robert Schwentke (The Divergent Series: Insurgent), written for the screen by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) and Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods and Kings) & Bill Collage (Exodus: Gods and Kings), and based on the novel by Veronica Roth, The Divergent Series: Allegiant stars Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) and Theo James (Underworld: Awakening) as Tris and Four, alongside Jeff Daniels (The Martian), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road), Maggie Q (TV’s “Nikita”), Ray Stevenson (The Book of Eli), Bill Skarsgård (TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) with Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress, The Help, 2011) and two-time Best Actress Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts (21 Grams, 2003; The Impossible, 2012).

In this third exciting film in The Divergent Series, Tris and Four lead a team of rebels in a daring escape over the city wall—into a strange new world where they face a threat more dangerous than they ever imagined. Together, Tris and Four wage a furious battle for survival, fighting not only for their factions and loved ones, but for the future of an entire city in this dynamic, action-packed adventure.

Enter the "Green Room" on July 12 on DVD & BD

Spike your hair, throw on your combat boots, and get ready to dive into the mosh pit when the brilliantly crafted thriller Green Room hits Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 12 from Lionsgate.

Theatrically released by A24, and written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (who achieved critical success with Blue Ruin), Green Room is a film that critics are calling “the best screw-tightening siege movie of the year” (Rolling Stone). Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the award-winning film stars Golden Globe nominee Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past) in a role ”that’s as cool as it is evil” (Bloody Disgusting) and will haunt audiences well past the closing credits. The “delightfully nasty horror chiller” (Chicago Sun-Times) also stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Beyond), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Alia Shawkat (The Final Girls), Joe Cole (Secret in Their Eyes), and Callum Turner (Queen & Country).

After witnessing a shocking crime, a young rock band is unexpectedly thrust into a life-or-death battle to escape the clutches of a diabolical club owner (Stewart) and his ruthless henchmen in this white-knuckle thriller.

Monday, May 9, 2016

ELSTREE 1976, Star Wars Doc In Theatres Now!

ELSTREE 1976 explores the lives of the actors and extras behind one of the most celebrated franchises in cinematic history, which spans from George Lucas' original A NEW HOPE to J.J. Abrams' recent record-breaking blockbuster THE FORCE AWAKENS.

From the man behind film's most iconic villain, to the actor whose character was completely cut from the final film, the documentary delves into the eccentric community these individuals have formed and how the Star Wars franchise continues to impact their lives decades later.  Coming soon to DVD & BD.

"An affectionate tribute to the individuals who played minor, supporting and background parts in the original STAR WARS movie, ELSTREE 1976 entertainingly explores the world of the character actor and bit-part player... A slice of enjoyable nostalgia, capturing a sense of life as silly, surprising, regretful and all too fleeting." - Screen Daily

"Entertaining... This is a genial, humane project with obvious fan appeal." The Hollywood Reporter

Friday, May 6, 2016

Love & Friendship OST Releasing May 13

Sony Classical has announced the release of LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on CD, May 13. LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, writer-director Whit Stillman's adaptation of Jane Austen's Lady Susan, was the comedy hit of this year's Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals. The film arrives in theatres nationwide on May 13th 2016.

Set in the 1790s, earlier than most Austen tales, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP concerns beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her daughter, Frederica, played by Morfydd Clark.

Chloë Sevigny, who starred with Beckinsale in Stillman's The Last Days of Disco (1998), plays Lady Susan's friend and confidante Alicia Johnson, with Stephen Fry as her husband, the "very Respectable" Mr. Johnson. The waters are troubled by the arrival at Churchill of the handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and silly but cheerful -- and very rich -- Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett).

Radiohead Releases "Daydreaming" - CD Coming June 17 on "Moon Shaped Pool"



The State of Marriage, on DVD June 28

The State of Marriage film, (releasing June 28 from Passion Rive) is the epic story of how legal legend Mary Bonauto partnered with small-town Vermont lawyers Beth Robinson and Susan Murray in a 2-decade struggle that built the foundation for the entire marriage equality movement.

The Hollywood Reporter said, “The State of Marriage is an indispensable addition to the history of the marriage equality movement and a suspenseful nail-biter right up to the feel good ending.” From groundbreaking LGBT legal recognition for same sex couples in 2000, to becoming the first state to enact same sex marriage through a dramatic legislative vote in 2009, the film shows in a very personal way how, as HRC national field director Marty Rouse says, “Beth, Susan and Mary really changed the course of American history.”

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Paul Simon's New "Wristband" Tune- LISTEN

Full of thrilling, imaginative textures, Paul Simon's new Stranger to Stranger album(out June 3) conjures a vivid and vital new context to Simon’s well-established virtuosity as a singer and songwriter.  The record; his first since 2011’s acclaimed So Beautiful or So What—ushers the listener into a brave new musical world where expectations are defied and exceeded, as they were thirty years ago with another masterwork, Graceland.

Produced by Simon and his longtime musical partner Roy Halee, Stranger to Stranger’s adventurous sonic spirit is abundantly clear right from the darkly humorous first two songs, "The Werewolf” and "Wristband.”

The Perfect Match Set for Home Entertainment on July 19

Learn to believe in love again with the hilarious romantic comedy The Perfect Match arriving on
Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on July 19 from Lionsgate. From director Bille Woodruff (Addicted) comes a film that will have audiences seeing their relationships in a whole new light. The delightfully entertaining film stars Terrence J (TV’s “106 & Park”), Cassie Ventura (Step Up 2: The Streets), Donald Faison (TV’s “Scrubs”), Dascha Polanco (Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black”), Robert Christopher Riley (TV’s “Hit the Floor”), Lauren London (TV’s “The Game”), with Joe Pantoliano (The Fugitive), and Paula Patton (About Last Night).

Charlie (Terrence J) is a bachelor who’s convinced that relationships are dead despite attempts by his therapist sister (Paula Patton) and his friends to tell him otherwise. On a bet, he decides to stay with one woman for one month to prove that he is immune to love. Soon, he meets the beautiful and mysterious Eva (Cassie Ventura) and coaxes her into a casual affair. But as Charlie spends more time with Eva, he begins to question whether he may actually want more than just a one-night-stand.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Record Breaking ZOOTOPIA Arrives on DVD/BD June 7

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ (WDAS) comedy-adventure, “Zootopia” has broken records
worldwide earning more than $900 million at the global box office so far. The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and movie goers around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedy chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).

When the runaway hit arrives home on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7, 2016, viewers will not only be able to enjoy the vibrant world of Zootopia and reunite with their favorite characters, but also discover more about the evolution of this extraordinary tale through in-depth bonus offerings.
Features include candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia, an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.

Grantchester Season 2 on DVD/BD in June

PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: GRANTCHESTER: SEASON 2” on DVD and Blu-ray June 14, 2016. James Norton (War and Peace) dons his priestly collar and Robson Green (Reckless) his rumpled raincoat for a new season as the improbable crime-fighting team, Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating, bringing justice and spiritual nourishment to early 1950s England.

“GRANTCHESTER: SEASON 2” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray June 14, 2016. The run time of this program is approximately 360 minutes on 2 discs. The DVD SRP is $39.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $49.99.

Based on the popular Sidney Chambers mystery novels by James Runcie, Grantchester was praised by critics far and wide during its premiere season. The Wall Street Journal judged it “glorious”; The Orlando Sentinel, “compelling”; USA Today, “charming”; The Los Angeles Times, “guilelessly entertaining”; and The New York Daily News, “visually engaging...romantic”— not to mention the kudos from the British press.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mudcrutch Returns With " 2 "

Mudcrutch's second album entitled “2″ is being released by Reprise Records on May 20th. The album is the follow up to the band’s 2008 eponymous debut which Rolling Stone called “a country-rock instant classic” in a rave four star review.  The band has also announced their first national tour, starting at Denver’s Ogden Theater on May 26th.

Los Angeles-based rock band The Shelters, who will release their debut album on Warner Bros. Records this summer, will support all tour dates.

Mudcrutch was initially formed in 1970 in Gainesville, Florida and is the precursor to the legendary Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Tom Petty (bass/vocals), Tom Leadon (guitar/vocals), Benmont Tench (keyboards/vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar/vocals), and Randall Marsh (drums/vocals) make up the band’s current line up. In 1974, Mudcrutch was signed to Shelter Records and moved to Los Angeles where they released one single, “Depot Street,” to very little fanfare. The band broke up in 1975 and could have settled for being a legend, but instead Mudcrutch rose from the ashes in 2008 to remind us that the golden age of rock and roll bands still had a few treasures to unearth. Their debut, made some thirty-three years later, was an unexpected hit.