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Scream Factory Details ‘Vice Squad’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

The upcoming Scream Factory Collector's Edition Blu-ray of director Gary A. Sherman's Vice Squad has already been given an August 13th release.

Now we know all the bonus that will grant this release its Collector's Edition status.

The upgrade starts with a new 4K scan of the negative that will make Vice Squad look better at home than it ever has.

New bonus features include an audio commentary and host of interviews. Here's the complete list with new and legacy extras:

New Audio Commentary with director Gary Sherman and producer Brian Frankish

New Tracking the Beast – an interview with actor Gary Swanson

New Of Poltergeist and Neon Lights – an interview with director Gary Sherman

New Hollywood Magic – an interview with producer Brian Frankish

New The Roots of Reality – an interview with actress Beverly Todd

New Catching A Killer – an interview with actor Pepe Serna

New Princess Driver – an interview with
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The New Centurions

Joseph Wambaugh’s breakthrough novel went through a blender to fit George C. Scott into the narrative, but it’s still a great cop show with terrific work from Stacy Keach and Scott Wilson, not to mention Jane Alexander and Rosalind Cash. The pro-cop agenda has a definite tone of personal experience, and the grim finish is anything but feel-good puffery.

The New Centurions

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Twilight Time

1972 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date March 20, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander, Scott Wilson, Rosalind Cash, Erik Estrada, Clifton James, James Sikking, Isabel Sanford, Carol Speed, William Atherton, Ed Lauter, Dolph Sweet, Stefan Gierasch, Roger E. Mosley, Pepe Serna, Kitten Natividad.

Cinematography: Ralph Woolsey

Film Editor: Robert C. Jones

Production Design: Boris Leven

Original Music: Quincy Jones

Written by Stirling Silliphant, Robert Towne (uncredited) from the book by Joseph Wambaugh

Produced by Robert Chartoff,
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Epic Pictures adds sci-fi '5th Passenger' with Doug Jones to Efm slate (exclusive)

Jones stars in battle between space crew and alien.

Epic Pictures, fielding interest on its Toni Collette fishing trawler thriller Sea Fever, has added several sales titles to its Efm roster including sci-fi 5th Passenger starring Doug Jones from The Shape Of Water.

The team has launched talks here on Rajesh Golla’s English-Spanish drama Flavor Of Life, about a respectable Mexican restaurateur who reconnects with his estranged ex-con grandson and teaches him the ways of Mexican cuisine.

Erick Lopez, Pepe Serna, Roberto ‘Sanz’ Sanchez, Rene Moran, Lorena McGregor, Julia Vera and Eddie Martinez star.

Mark Brown’s comedy Sharon 1.2.3. from 10:10 Global Entertainment and JuntoBox Films centres on a tech star who must decide which women to settle down with. Matt Bush, Skyler Samuels, Erinn Hayes, Gina Rodriguez and Nadine Velazquez star.

Scotty Baker’s 5th Passenger takes place on board a spaceship where the crew race to find an alien that threatens to destroy them all. Tim Russ
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai at8d

The new branded line Shout Selects chooses Buckaroo for special-special edition treatment, with a long making-of docu just like the ones from the heyday of DVD. And this oddest of oddball sci-fi pictures has a backstory worth documenting. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Blu-ray Shout Select 1984 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / 34.93 Starring: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli, Dan Hedaya, Bill Henderson, Damon Hines, Billy Vera Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp Production Designer J. Michael Riva Art Direction Richard Carter, Stephen Dane Film Editor George Bowers, Richard Marks Original Music Michael Boddicker Written by Earl Mac Rauch Produced by Sidney Beckerman, Neil Canton, W.D. Richter Directed by W.D. Richter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Not content with its already well appointed special Blu-ray editions,
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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites
“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when,
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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites
“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when,
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Review: "Kill Or Be Killed" (2015), DVD Special Edition From Rlj Entertainment

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By John M. Whalen

Kill or Be Killed” (2015) aka “Red on Yella, Kill a Fella,” is a low budget horror-western released on DVD by Rlj Entertainment that also attempts to be a tribute to the spaghetti westerns of the 60s and 70s and Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch.” The plot is about a gang of outlaws in the year 1900 traveling 500 miles through Texas to get to a stash of gold that’s hidden at the bottom of a well in the sand dunes of Galveston Beach. The group is hounded on their journey by a mysterious being and one by one the gang members get picked off.

Like Peckinpah’s Wild Bunch these outlaws are a motley crew. Their leader, Claude “Sweet Tooth” Barbee, played by co-writer/director Justin Meeks, is very loosely based on real-life outlaw Sam Bass. As Meeks portrays him, Barbee is a man obsessed with
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Exclusive: 'Tenshin' Paints a Vision of Greatness In New Poster

Exclusive: 'Tenshin' Paints a Vision of Greatness In New Poster
First Pond Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to "Tenshin," a biopic on the life of Japanese artist Okakura "Tenshin" Kakuzo. Also following the announcement is the release of the first exclusive poster for the film, featuring a painterly vision of the legendary artist.  Read More: Meet the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers #15: Junya Sakino Explores Social Issues Through Comedy in Sake-Bomb  "Tenshin" follows Kakuzo as he works to establish himself as a revolutionary voice in the Japanese art world. Starring Shido Nakamura and Naoto Takenaka, the film promises a close consideration of the life of a great artist whose modern artistic flourishes continue to inform Japanese art.  First Pond Entertainment recently released "Man From Reno," "Sake-Bomb" and "Patang." They will release "Tenshin" this winter. See the elegant poster above.  Read More: Laff Review: Pepe Serna is a...
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‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, William Traylor, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli | Written by Earl Mac Rauch | Directed by W.D. Richter

Arrow Video know their cult movies, you just have to look at the ones they’ve released to see that. If you were to ask the question, how crazy can a cult movie be? I think you just have to look at their latest release for that. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is probably one of the strangest (yet still good) Eighties movies you’ll ever see.

When Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), the brilliant physicist-neurosurgeon-martial arts master-secret-rock star manages to use the Oscillation Overthruster to travel to the 8th dimension he draws the attention of the Red Lectroids (an alien race obviously.) Working with Banzai’s
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Man from Reno Is a Casual Noir Delight

Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) is a successful mystery author from Japan who has decided to call it quits on her current book tour. She tells no one and instead simply absconds to San Francisco to hide out and catch her breath, but it’s a handsome stranger named Akira (Kazuki Kitamura) who catches her eye instead. They spend the night together, and he disappears the next day. His abrupt exit combined with the suitcase he left behind triggers her nose for mystery, but as a trio of curious strangers begins circling she realizes too late that this is one mystery with an ending out of her hands. Running parallel to Aki’s amateur sleuthing is a slightly more official investigation by nearby Sheriff Paul Del Moral (Pepe Serna) that begins when he accidentally hits a man with his car after the Bay area’s infamous fog rolls inland. The victim survives but disappears from the hospital without
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Man From Reno Review

Visually, Man From Reno looks like the year’s best mystery thriller. Much of it is set in San Francisco, that twisty, foggy city by the sea that has housed the works of Raymond Chandler and Alfred Hitchcock. Several sequences within Dave Boyle’s film have the olive green tinted lighting of a David Fincher flick, and that director’s fascination with laying out the details of a dense investigation is also replicated here.

Boyle’s screenplay, which he co-wrote with Joel Clark and Michael Lerman, pays tribute to the wit and panache of classic sleuths. Both of the film’s detective protagonists are conventional in the classical way: one is a sly, intelligent woman trying to flee her past, the other an old time sheriff of a small town with a creased face and fatigued voice.

Unfortunately, Boyle’s beautifully lensed pastiche is less the sum of its parts,
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Exclusive: Moody Clip From Neo-Noir Tale 'Man From Reno'

While everyone knows the ingredients of film noir, putting them together and adding just the right twist on top, is an art few can achieve. It seems Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” manages the feat. Our critic called the neo-noir "stellar pulp storytelling," and today we have an exclusive clip from the picture. Starring Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna and Kazuki Kitamura, the story is set just outside of San Francisco, and follows the colliding fates of a Sheriff, the Japanese pedestrian he accidentally hits with his car, a Japanese mystery writer, and her lover who suddenly disappears. As you'll see in this moody scene, nothing is quite as it seems, with an eeriness that hangs over an otherwise passionate moment. "Man From Reno" is now playing in limited release. Watch below.
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Man From Reno Review

There’s a light touch to much of Dave Boyle’s modern-noir Man from Reno, eschewing the usual aesthetic trappings of the genre, lulling the viewer into a false sense of comfort before inevitably pulling the rug out from under. The movie opens in the fog and climaxes on a sunny dock, rendering the so-called ambience of film-noir moot. The notion here that a noir doesn’t have to be set in run down alleys and shadowy high-contrast rooms and smoky bars to suggest something corrupt and malicious; a sunny dock and a warmly-lit hotel-room hold just as much, if not more, sinister intent. There’s something downright transgressive about using San Francisco in such a manner, the city that gave birth to the quintessential noirs The Lady From Shanghai & The Maltese Falcon now repurposed as their aesthetic counterpart. Two entwining storylines compete for attention. In the first, a successful
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Review: 'Man From Reno' Is Stellar Pulp Storytelling With A Twist

Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno” is the type of film where alleyways are home offices, every bar matchbox has an unknown number inside, and if a character enters a bookshop, you better believe old issues of “True Detective” are hanging visibly in frame. Boyle, who previously made festival favorite “White on Rice," plunges his first genre entry into the annals of film noir. This is stellar pulp storytelling with a twist, blending fine performances from Ayako Fujitani (“Tokyo!”) and Pepe Serna (“Scarface”) with an evocative view of California’s Bay Area. Placed somewhere between “The Big Sleep” and “Chan is Missing” — Wayne Wang’s 1982 independent neo-noir about two Chinese taxi drivers scouring San Francisco for stolen money — the film shares aspects of Wang’s take on the genre. Both films explore the coastal city from a little-seen perspective, here delving into its Japanese-American community with a unique eye. 'Reno'
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Man From Reno | Review

Reno 911: Boyle’s Indie Neo-Noir an Enjoyable Pulpy Exercise

For his fifth feature, indie filmmaker Dave Boyle pays homage to film noir tropes with his twisty, engaging Man From Reno. Along the lines of the light, comically inclined indie sleuthing of Aaron Katz’s Portland set Cold Weather (2010), Boyle gives noir a fresh face in the culturally ambiguous city of San Francisco. Though not all of its tangential elements feel quite successful, Boyle’s screenplay, co-written with his regular collaborators Michael Lerman and Joel Clark, features an unpredictably dark third act that more resolutely recalls the films it’s inspired by than most of its modern counterparts.

Recently escaping from a book tour back home in Japan, famed pulpy mystery author Aki (Ayako Fujitano) finds herself alone in San Francisco while her disappearance causes a dramatic furor. She runs into a sexy stranger who calls himself Akira (Kazuki Kitamura
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Exclusive Clip: Patience with Lost Patients in Dave Boyle’s “Man From Reno”

In this exclusive clip from Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno, (Eleven Arts, March 27th) Pepe Serna’s character of Sheriff Paul Del Moral is to say the least, implicated and deeply submerged in a swerving tale of romance and mystery. Nominated for the Indie Spirits’ John Cassavetes Award, Boyle’s fifth feature also stars Ayako Fujitani and Kazuki Kitamura. Here are the screening dates, and clip below.
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Film Review: Man From Reno (2014): A Unique Take On Neo-Noir

  Man From Reno (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Dave Boyle, and starring Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura,Yasuyo Shiba, Hiroshi Watanabe, Tetsuo KuramochiYuki Matsuzaki, Shiori Ideta, Elisha Skorman, Masami Kosaka, Rome Kanda, Ross Turner, Thomas Cokenias, Geo Epsilanty and Ron Eliot The dim light of a [...]

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Independent Spirit Nominee 'Man From Reno' Acquired by Gravitas

Independent Spirit Nominee 'Man From Reno' Acquired by Gravitas
Gravitas Ventures has taken North American rights to Dave Boyle's thriller "Man From Reno," nominated for the John Cassavates Award at this year's Independent Spirit Awards. Here's the synopsis: "The wonderfully evocative film unfolds like a deliciously prepared riddle with a story that involves the intersection of three unlikely characters: an aging but still dogged sheriff of a small farming town on the outskirts of San Francisco, a reclusive yet popular writer who harbors a deep secret that would shock her fans and a mysterious drifter -- the eponymous Man from Reno. " The cast includes Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Hiroshi Watanabe and Kazuki Kitamura. "Man From Reno" won the La Film Festival's Best Dramatic Feature prize, the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Narrative Feature prize and more. Screen Daily calls it "A stylishly made genre film that revels in its old-fashioned sense of mystery and suspense" and THR reports,
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Watch: Mysteries Abound in Neo-Noir 'Man From Reno' Trailer

Watch: Mysteries Abound in Neo-Noir 'Man From Reno' Trailer
A Japanese crime novelist and a small town sheriff collide in the new trailer for Dave Boyle's "Man From Reno." A murder mystery told through a neo-noir lens, the film centers on author Aki Akahori, who begins a romantic affair with a mysterious Japanese traveller from Reno who is staying in the same San Francisco hotel. Her new lover is charismatic and charming but abruptly disappears from the hotel, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions that lead directly to a sheriff with a similar ambiguous mystery. Starring Ayako Fujitani ("Tokyo!") Pepe Serna ("Scarface") and Kazuki Kitamura ("The Raid 2"), "Man From Reno" won the Best Narrative Feature prize at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and is currently a John Cassavetes Award nominee at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Film hits New York and Los Angeles theaters on March 27 before expanding to additional markets on April 10.  Watch.
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'Man From Reno' wins top prize at L.A. Film Festival

'Man From Reno' wins top prize at L.A. Film Festival
Man From Reno, a Kickstarter-backed movie about a Japanese crime novelist investigating a murder mystery in San Francisco, won the Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival. “Its exploration of barriers of age, language and success set against a noir plot line infuses a pop energy into the well observed portrayal of its unique characters,” the jury stated, awarding director Dave Boyle the $5,000 prize. The film stars Ayako Fujitani as the novelist as well as Pepe Serna (Scarface) and Kazuki Kitamura (The Raid 2).

Stray Dog, Debra Granik’s first film since Winter’s Bone, won the festival prize for Best Documentary Feature.
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