CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Blu-Ray Round-Up: ‘48 Hrs.,’ ‘Daughters of Darkness,’ ‘Ice Road Truckers,’ More
CHICAGO – It’s been dormant for awhile but the Blu-Ray Round-Up is back (and its brother, the DVD Round-Up, returns later this week) to inform you of a few titles that could otherwise slip through unnoticed if not for the public service of HollywoodChicago.com. Straight-to-video horror movies, a legendary musical, reality TV, softcore porn, and a genre-defining buddy comedy — everyone is welcome at the Round-Up.
Just a reminder, the Blu-Ray Round-Up is designed for information purposes, not for review. Having said that, there’s got to be something in here you consider worth your time. Pick your favorite.
“Stag Night” was released on Blu-ray on February 15th, 2011.
“48 Hrs.,” “Ice Road Truckers: The Complete Season Four,” “Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Concert,” and “Psych 9” will be released on Blu-ray on February 22nd, 2011.
“Daughters of Darkness” will be released on Blu-ray on March 1st, 2011.
48 Hrs. [Blu-ray]
Photo credit: Paramount Home Video
Synopsis: “Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte make one of the most unusual and entertaining teams ever in Walter Hill’s roller-coaster thriller, 48 Hrs.
Cates (Nolte) is a rough-edged cop after two vicious cop-killers. He can’t do it without the help of smooth and dapper Reggie (Murphy), who is serving time for a half-million dollar robbery. Cates uses his pull to get Reggie a 48-hour parole…and make him his temporary partner. As the boys race the clock, they discover they have only one thing in common: they’d both kill to find the bad guys…if they don’t kill each other first!”
“48 Hrs.” stars Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. It was written by Roger Spottiswoode and Walter Hill & Larry Gross and Steven E. de Souza and directed by Walter Hill. It is rated R and runs 96 minutes. The film is presented in widescreen and accompanied by an English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track.
o Trailer…that’s it…pathetic
“Daughters of Darkness”
Daughters of Darkness [Blu-ray]
Photo credit: Blue Underground
Synopsis: “International screen icon Delphine Seyrig (of Last Year At Marienbad fame) stars as Elizabeth Bathory, an ageless Countess with a beautiful young ‘companion’ (Goth goddess Andrea Rau) and a legendary legacy of perversion. But when the two women seduce a troubled newlywed couple (French beauty Danielle Ouimet and John Karlen of Dark Shadows and Cagney & Lacey), they unleash a frenzy of sudden violence and depraved desire that shocked both art house audiences and grindhouse crowds worldwide.
Co-written and directed by Harry Kümel, Daughters Of Darkness remains one of the most exquisitely mesmerizing adult horror films ever made. Blue Underground is proud to present the Director’s Cut of this classic psychosexual shocker newly remastered in High Definition and packed with Extras. Also included is The Blood Spattered Bride, a haunting shocker of reincarnation, lesbianism and violent murder from Vicente Aranda. ”
“Daughters of Darkness” stars Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet, and Andrea Rau. It is not rated and runs 100 minutes. The film is presented in widescreen with a 1.66:1 aspect ratio and accompanied by an English DTS-HD Mono track.
o Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Writer/Director Harry Kimmel
o Audio Commentary #2 with Star John Karlen and Journalist David Del Valle
o Locations of Darkness — Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Harry Kimmel and Co-Writer/Co-Producer Pierre Drouot
o Playing the Victim — Interview with Star Danielle Ouimet
o Daughter of Darkness — Interview with Star Andrea Rau
o Theatrical Trailer
o Radio Spots
o The Blood Spattered Bride
“Ice Road Truckers: The Complete Season Four”
Ice Road Truckers: The Complete Season Four [Blu-ray]
Photo credit: The History Channel
Synopsis: “The Ice Road Truckers return to Alaska, hauling their biggest loads ever across the most dangerous terrain they’ve faced. But this year, trucking critically needed cargo north to the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay is just the beginning.
In season four, the drivers will tackle frozen rivers and swamps out beyond the Dalton Highway, hauling supplies to some of the most remote towns of the great white north. Reigning king, Jack Jesse, looks to defend his title, and Lisa Kelly, one of the only woman truckers on the haul road, fights to prove herself in the male-dominated profession. Rookie Ray Veilleux, who recently lost his business in the lower 48, has come north to run the road and keep his struggling family afloat. And in a decades-long rivalry, veteran drivers Hugh Rowland and Alex Debogorski are back racing neck and neck. The stakes are high as the dash for cash continues.”
“Ice Road Truckers: The Complete Season Four” is not rated and runs 720 minutes.
o Additional Footage
“Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary in Concert”
Les Miserables: The 25th Anniversary Concert [Blu-ray]
Photo credit: Universal
Synopsis: “Experience the event of a lifetime with this spectacular 25th anniversary celebration of one of the most popular musicals ever written, Les Misérables. Honoring 25 years of this incredible show, this momentous film captures the excitement of two magnificent sold-out performances that were watched live around the world. With a phenomenal all-star cast, including pop star Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers), Tony® Award winner Lea Salonga (the voice of Disney’s Mulan and Princess Jasmine), and over 500 additional artists and musicians, revel in the songs of the unforgettable characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution.”
“Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary in Concert” stars Nick Jonas and Lea Salonga. “Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary in Concert” is presented in widescreen with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio with an English DTS-HD Master Audio track. It is not rated and runs 170 minutes.
Photo credit: Lionsgate
Synopsis: “A young woman (Sara Foster) with a troubled past takes a job at recently closed-down hospital. Working the night shift alone she begins to experience a series of unsettling events that lead her to believe that the hospital may be connected to a number of recent murders in the area. To uncover the truth, she will have to revisit the past behind the walls of Psych: 9.”
“Psych 9” stars Colleen Camp, Sara Foster, Winter Ave Zoli, Cary Elwes, Michael Biehn, and Gabriel Mann. “Psych 9” is presented in widescreen with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio with an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. It is rated R and runs 98 minutes.
o Deleted Scenes
o Fear and Desire: The Making of Psych 9
o Trailer Gallery
Stag Night [Blu-ray]
Photo credit: Lionsgate
Synopsis: “Four men out on a Stag Night in New York prematurely exit an underground train after the soon-to-be best man begins to hassle two women. Trapped at a deserted station, these six adults become the target of a gruesome manhunt when a secret gang of cannibal dwellers living in the tunnels discovers them. Tensions will rise as they fight to make it through the night with all their limbs attached. ”
“Stag Night” stars Kip Pardue, Vinessa Shaw, and Breckin Meyer. “Stag Night” is presented in widescreen with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio with an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. It is rated R and runs 83 minutes.
o The Making of Stag Night
o Trailer Gallery