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Home Entertainment News October 21, 2013: SAVING GENERAL YANG, HAUNTER

Saving General Yang

Well Go USA has officially announced its plans to distribute director Ronnie Yu’s Saving General Yang (2013) on Blu-ray and DVD beginning December 10, 2013. Yu’s project retells the popular Song Dynasty Chinese legend about seven brothers who unite to defend their father from a foreign enemy. The film stars Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Huang Xiao-Ming, Wu Chun, Mark Chao, Deng Chao, Voc Chou, Jerry Li, Yu Bo, Raymond Lam, and Fu Xinbo. In addition to the film, the disc will contain behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews with cast and crew.

Arrow Films plans to distribute Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son (2013) to home theaters on February 24, 2014; the film won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It stars Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, and Yoko Maki. The drama examines society’s versus an individual’s attitudes towards what constitutes a family; in the film, a happily married salaryman father has a difficult decision to make when he learns the son he loves dearly was switched at birth. Does he choose the boy he sees as an extension of himself or the son he’s never known?

Edgar Marie’s directorial debut Paris Countdown (Le Jour Attendra) (2013) will receive distribution by French label TF1 Video on January 8, 2014. Old friends Milan and Victor turn to the underworld of crime and drugs in an attempt to save their failing nightclub. They travel to Mexico where they find themselves arrested in the desert with a dangerous criminal, Serki. They quickly cut a deal with Mexican police to testify against Serki in exchange for leniency, but the experience tears apart their friendship. When Seri is released from prison six years later, they are forced to reunite against the psychopath in a desperate attempt to save their own lives. Paris Countdown stars Jacques Gamblin, Olivier Marchal, and Carlo Brandt.

Magnolia Pictures has detailed the release of the critically acclaimed music documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012). The documentary directed by pair Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori will hit the shelves November 26, 2013. It follows the 70’s rock band Big Star which is cited as an influence on such pop and alternative rock greats as Beck, The Flaming Lips,  R.E.M. and The Replacements. The disc will contain deleted scenes, a trailer, and a Big Star in the Studio featurette.

Two horror offerings have joined the release queue.  The first, Haunter (2013), will be released by MPI Home Video and IFC Films on February 25, 2014. Lisa and her family are doomed to repeat until eternity the fateful last day before her sixteenth birthday when she and her family were murdered; she somehow “awakens” and experiences the feeling she is being haunted. Her supposed haunter turns out to be a girl now living in the house with her own family. With the girl’s help, Lisa learns her family’s home used to be the home of a serial killer of teen girls. When he died, he became a Haunter, a spirit capable of possessing others.

The other horror film is Todd Lincoln’s The Apparition (2012). Acting on the premise the paranormal is a result of human belief, a group of students set out on a doomed experiment to create a supernatural being. Many years later, when a young couple begins to suspect their house is haunted, they enlist the help of an expert. After examining the house, he comes to the conclusion the house is not the issue, they are. How will they escape the haunting if their own beliefs have brought it about? StudioCanal will release The Apparition December 23, 2013.

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