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Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Dreamland [AKA Bruce McDonald’s Dreamland] (2019): Read Giles Edwards’ Apocrypha Candidate review. We’re not sure if ‘s dreamy hitman/jazz musician fantasia is actually playing in many theaters—very few are open in the U.S., after all—but we are sure it will simultaneously debut on VOD. Dreamland distributor’s site.
Alamo on Demand: While art-house theater chain Alamo Drafthouse has been pushing new streaming releases, the section of their site devoted to deep catalog titles is well-hidden. And yet, this area houses a plethora of interesting and, yes, weird movies, including 366 Canon entries Death Laid an Egg, A Field in England, Forbidden Zone, Glen or Glenda, Godmonster of Indian Flats, The Greasy Strangler, I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse, Mood Indigo, and Why Don’t You Play in Hell? Although most of these can be found elsewhere (and often cheaper), there are a few titles (such as those distributed by Vinegar Syndrome) that are, to our knowledge, not streaming on other services. If you want to support Alamo in the face of a pandemic that may be an existential threat to their deep-cut-movies-as-social-phenomenon business model, you may not mind paying a few extra dollars for the privilege. Alamo on Demand.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019): Read Giles Edwards’ review. Crazy low-budget surreal satire involving virtual reality, CIA plots, superheroes, and the King of Ethopia. Available on the Arrow video channel and via Itunes only; we’ll let you know when availability expands. Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway on Itunes.
Valhalla Rising (2009): Read the List Candidate review. IFC releases Nicolas Winding Refn‘s hallucinatory Viking tale on Blu-ray for the first time (in North America); no special features are advertised. Buy Valhalla Rising.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: We’re going to shoot for a Netflix Party next week—June 13—and may go to a biweekly schedule from here on out. Look for details soon. Meanwhile, speaking of Netflix and parties, next week Giles Edwards will explain to all of you what you missed when you skipped our screening of Escape from the “Liberty” Cinema. And fresh off his review of the original “Boogiepop Phantom,” Gregory J. Smalley looks at Madhouse’s sorta-semi-sequel “Boogiepop and Others.” Quarantine season is cooling down (hopefully), but we’ll keep it weird as the summer heats up. Onward and weirdward!
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.