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New DVD, Blu-ray and digital release highlights for the week of June 22-28, 2020

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Photo: The Criterion Collection)

There aren't a lot of releases to highlight this week, but the quality easily surpasses the quantity.

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While it isn't nearly as sugary sweet as the original film, "Trolls World Tour" is a reasonably good sequel. It's a little too simplistic for adults, but its message, a celebration of diversity, is welcomed. The story sees the Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls trying to silence all the other troll music communities. This forces Queen Poppy to save the day one more time.


For the twenty-third season of "South Park," writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone packed the animated series with a variety of topics including ICE detention centers, censorship, the anti-vaccine movement and cable television in the new age of streaming.

Released in 1988, "Dream Demon" stars Jemma Redgrave as Diana, a wealthy young woman about to be married, who is haunted by visions and dreams of demons that somehow cross over into the real world.

"The Mad Fox (AKA Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow)" is a Japanese fantasy from director Tomu Uchida ("Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji") that finds a man who while longing for his dead wife meets her twin sister in the forest.


"And Then We Danced," a drama set in modern Tbilisi, explore the relationship that develops between two male dancers training at the National Georgian Ensemble. The set up feels rather pedestrian for Western audiences, but gay rights remain nonexistent in parts of Eastern Europe. In fact, when the film played in Georgia, police had to surrounded the theater to keep protesters from disrupting screenings and attacking the audience members who went to see it.

Polish drama "Corpus Christi" sees Daniel, a 20-year-old convict, experiencing a spiritual awaking. Wanting to join the ministry, Daniel is turned away due to his long list of past crimes. Released from prison, Daniel is given a job in a small town sawmill. There he convinces the local vicar that he's a priest.

One of the best films of 2019 (and quite possibly the only film that might have kept "Parasite" from winning all the Oscars) was"Portrait of a Lady on Fire." France submitted the most recent version of "Les Misérables" for consideration. The film sees Marianne, a young painter, is commissioned to do a portrait of Héloïse, a woman soon to be married. Héloïse has refused to sit for other artists. She doesn't want to be married. Marianne is instructed to to befriend Héloïse, never revealing her real purpose. Marianne and Héloïse are doomed to fall in love.

Kon Ichikawa's "Tokyo Olympiad" is a fantastic documentary about the 1964 Olympic Games. Whereas other films focused on the games, Ichikawa's film is more about the atmosphere and lives of those involved.




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