Shorts 2: A second collection of MST3K film shorts. Catalina Caper: The Mads kick off the invention exchange with "tank tops", actually tank turrets worn around the mid-section while Joel introduces the Tickle Bazooka. Then Joel and the ‘bots are forced to watch a swingin’ 60s caper comedy called "Catalina Caper", all about a group of beach party teens who foil a plot by a group of international crooks looking to steal a valuable scroll. Skydivers: Tom Servo puts on a planetarium show, but Crow ruins it with jokes about Uranus. Continuing the theme of adolescent behavior, Dr. Forrester and TV’s Frank challenge Mike and the ‘bots to a swing choir contest. Guess which side cheats? Next, the villains of Deep 13 force Mike and company to watch the educational short film Why Study Industrial Arts? (1956) which uses wooden young actors to answer the title question in the most tedious and unpersuasive manner possible. The feature film is The Skydivers (1963), a Coleman Francis opus with a barely detectable plot about adultery, sabotage and long-delayed coffee drinking at a skydiving establishment. The trio suffers through bad continuity, incompetent editing, endless shots of falling skydivers, unappetizing louts in close ups, and the leading lady’s helmet-like hairdo. Meanwhile, Crow discovers what a double jock-lock is, cuts himself in half and finds his car at the mercy of Tom Servo’s fighter plane.
In celebration of the life and career of French maestro Claude Chabrol, who recently passed away at the age of 80, First Run Features is pleased to present two of the legendary director’s classic thrillers in this two-disc Special Edition. Hailed as the French master of the Hitchcockian thriller, Chabrol directed more than 60 films in a career spanning over half a century. Two of his most delightfully macabre are included here. La Demoiselle d’Honneur (The Bridesmaid) It’s love at first sight when bridesmaid Senta falls into the life of handsome young Philippe at the wedding of his younger sister. As their passion for one another intensifies, Philippe slowly discovers that Senta is shrouded in mystery. When one day she asks Philippe to perform a terrible deed as proof of his love for her, Philippe must come to terms with who his lover might really be. Based on the novel by Ruth Rendell, "the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world" (Time Magazine) and starring Benoit Magimel (The Piano Teacher) and Laura Smet (daughter of actress Nathalie Baye and French rock idol Johnny Hallyday). Merci Pour le Chocolat (Thank You for the Chocolate) This is vintage Chabrol: intricate plots wend their way through the elegant homes of several well-heeled French-Swiss, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Isabelle Huppert stars as Mika, the oh-so-perfect head of a company that manufactures Swiss chocolate; Jacques Dutronc is Andre, her suave, concert pianist husband whose first wife died years ago in a mysterious car accident. How is it that Andre’s teenage son has no musical talent, while the stunning Jeanne, who shares his birthday, is already a world-class pianist? And why does Huppert insist that everyone sip the hot chocolate she prepares so faithfully each evening? Chabrol has fashioned a delectable mystery, dipped in darkest Swiss chocolate. Bonus Features: Director Interviews; Biographies; Photo Galleries; Trailers; Documentary: Chabrol Directs The Bridesmaid
A lifetime of police work has left Kurt Wallander with the look of a man who’s seen too much. In a spare and compelling performance, Krister Henriksson does justice to the detective beloved by fans of the crime novels by Henning Mankell. The series depicts a police team in the city of Ystad, Sweden, confronting the darkness of the human heart. Wallander works with his daughter Linda, who shares his instinct for crime solving and Stefan Lindman, a young detective eager to prove himself.
MARIE & ALEXIA ARE CLASSMATES & BEST FRIENDS. TO PREPARE FOR COLLEGE EXAMS IN PEACE & QUIET, THEY DECIDE TO SPEND A WEEKEND AT ALEXIA’S PARENTS’ SECLUDED FARMHOUSE. IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT, A STRANGER KNOCKS ON THE DOOR. WITH THE 1ST SWING OF HIS KNIFE, THE GIRLS’ IDYLLIC WEEKEND TURNS INTO AN ENDLESS NIGHT OF HORROR