Indie Favorites on Blu-ray Disc
This October, indie film fans can start their Blu-ray Disc collections at a great price as Lionsgate releases fan favorites with critically acclaimed casts in 1080P High Definition Widescreen for the first time. Starring Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Juno, 2007) in her breakout role, Hard Candy hits shelves on Blu-ray Disc, along with Bad Lieutenant, starring Academy Award® nominee Harvey Keitel (Best Supporting Actor, Bugsy, 1991); the dark comedy, Secretary with Academy Award® nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actress,Crazy Heart, 2009) and three-time Emmy® winner James Spader*; and Wonderland, featuring an all-star cast including Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth.
Hard Candy Synopsis:
This edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller is directed by David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and features Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page. Precocious 14-year-old Hayley probably shouldn't be going to a local coffee shop to meet Jeff, a 30-something fashion photographer she met on the Internet. But before she knows it, she's mixing drinks at Jeff's place and stripping for an impromptu photo shoot. It seems to be Jeff's lucky night. But Hayley isn't as innocent as she looks, and the night takes a turn when she begins to impose a hard-hitting investigation on Jeff in an attempt to reveal his possibly scandalous past. Special features include two separate audio commentaries with the filmmakers and the actors, deleted and extended scenes, a making-of documentary and the "Controversial Confection" mini-featurette.
Bad Lieutenant Synopsis:
Harvey Keitel is a nameless New York cop, hopelessly addicted to drugs, gambling and sex. As he makes his way to various crime scenes, he is concerned only with taking bets from his fellow cops on the outcome of the ongoing National League playoffs. As his bad decisions drive him deeper into debt, his life becomes a surreal hell, with a constant intake of crack, coke, heroin and booze eroding what remains of his sanity. An investigation into the rape of a nun leads to his spiritual breakdown at the church crime scene, where he sees Jesus and the road to his salvation. This gutsy, highly original tale is one of Ferrara's most perfectly realized films and a pinnacle in the career of Keitel, whose performance transcends the screen in its sheer bravery. Special features include a retrospective documentary with exclusive interviews with cast and crew and audio commentary with Director Abel Ferrara and Director of Photography Ken Kelsch.
James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in the dark comedy Secretary. Praised as "daring, funny and quirkily erotic!" (Glenn Kenny, Premiere) and "sexy and highly stylized" (Gear magazine), Secretary is the story of Lee Holloway (Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a few strikes against her after a brief stay in a mental hospital, who accepts a secretarial position working at the law office of E. Edward Grey (Spader). The work seems normal at first, but somewhere between the typing, filing and coffee-making, Lee and her new boss cross the line of their professional relationship and enter into a Human Resources nightmare! Special features include an audio commentary with Director Steven Shainbergand Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a photo gallery.
On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call at 8763 Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. Drug dealers Ron Launius, Billy Deverell, Barbara Richardson and the homeowner Joy Miller were found brutally murdered, bludgeoned to death with lead or steel pipes, and Launius's wife, Susan, was left in critical condition. The police investigation that followed -- led by detectives Sam Nico, Louis Cruz and Mike Peters -- would unearth a seedy world of drugs and violence, ultimately revealing a motley crew from L. A.'s underbelly including ex-con David Lind, nightclub impresario Eddie Nash, and porn legend John Holmes as well as Holmes's estranged wife Sharon and his teenage lover Dawn Schiller. Special features include deleted scenes, crime scene footage, audio commentary with Director/Co-writer James Cox and Co-writer Captain Mauzner and "Hollywood at Large" Court TV.
Pricing: Blu-ray Disc $19.99 each