ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN â€“ Releasing on Cable VOD, Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on February 14. From acclaimed director JosÃ© Padilha (Elite Squad, Robocop) and the Academy AwardÂ®-nominated writer of City of God comes Brazil’s box-office sensation and the country’s official submission for Best Foreign Picture in the 2012 Academy AwardsÂ®. The sprawling slum that surrounds Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dangerous places on earth, so as the head of Rio’s Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE), Captain Nascimento has seen his share of intense situations. When a BOPE mission to stop a jail riot ends in the violent death of a gang leader, Nascimento finds himself accused of a massacre…but the citizens of Rio, tired of the crime and drugs that plague their city, embrace him as a national hero. (Flatiron Film Company).
â€œThe pace is quick, the violence is rough, and the visual style is documentary as Padilha hammers home his point: Someone is forever in the pocket of someone else as The System constantly adapts to protect itself. In South America, The Enemy Within is the most popular movie of all time. For good reason, this bombshell is Brazilâ€™s foreign-language Oscar entry.â€ â€“ Entertainment Weekly
URBANIZED â€“ Now available on iTunes and other digital platforms, releasing on Cable VOD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 14. Gary Hustwitâ€™s URBANIZED is the third documentary in his â€œdesign trilogyâ€ that also includes Helvetica and Objectified. Over half the worldâ€™s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The film looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the worldâ€™s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. (Plexifilm).
â€œA fascinating, idea-packed new documentary. Even viewers with deep knowledge of modern urban planning are likely to learn something from the carefully selected images and thoughtful interviews.â€ â€“ The New York Times
WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY â€“ Now available on iTunes and other digital platforms, the full 2-disc DVD set with exclusive bonus material releases on February 14. In 2010, iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, EmmyÂ®-winning, OscarÂ®-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm) followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create this ultimate film biography. (Docurama Films).
â€œIn sum, you will see this legendarily private filmmaker up close and personal, charming and candid, and, yes, funnyâ€¦a feast for all Woody fans and anyone else who is interested in a prolific, persistent artistâ€™s creative worldâ€ â€“ San Francisco Chronicle
UNDER THE BOARDWALK: THE MONOPOLY STORY â€“ Releasing on Digital and DVD on February 14. The classic board game MonopolyÂ® has been played by over a billion people in the last 75 years. UNDER THE BOARDWALK: THE MONOPOLY STORY presents the captivating stories about the game and those who play it, culminating with the high-stakes MONOPOLYÂ® world championships held every four years. From helping WWII POWs escape to cropping up in movies and television since its inception, MONOPOLYÂ®â€™s rich history is revealed in this fascinating documentary, narrated by Zachary Levi (Chuck). (Docurama Films).
â€œ(A) perky, quirky documentary…the film bounces around enjoyably, givinga history of the game, talking to people who love it and chronicling the 2009 Monopoly World Championship.â€ â€“ The New York Times
ELEVATE â€“ Releasing on Digital and DVD on February 14. At SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal, the best and tallest young basketball players from across West Africa are hand-picked to take part in a strenuous program of academics and athletic training for a chance of a full scholarship to a top U.S. prep school. ELEVATE follows the high-stakes journey of four young men across two continents, documenting the daunting challenges that come with being a stranger in a very foreign place. From mastering English, dating and driversâ€™ ed to navigating the vagaries that come with being a seven-foot-tall Muslim at a Christian high school, ELEVATE challenges the conventional conceptions of Africa, America and athletes while documenting the extraordinary personal journeys of four teens with big hearts, open minds and very tall dreams. (Docurama Films).
â€œAmazingly involving…itâ€™s a strongly told story with a powerful narrative motor…in basketball terms, itâ€™s a â€˜swoosh.â€™” â€“ indieWire
HOW TO DIE IN OREGON â€“ Releasing on DVD on February 14. In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have ended their life using the law, known as the Death with Dignity Act. Director Peter Richardsonâ€™s film presents an emotional yet life-affirming look at death and dying through the eyes of the terminally ill as they consider whether to end their lives by lethal overdose. With the support and trust of the subjects and their families, Richardson is given unprecedented access to some of their most private and vulnerable moments as they share intimate stories and experiences with illness and their struggle in deciding whether to end their life. (Docurama Films).
â€œWill likely be viewed as one of the most historically significant documentaries of this still-young decade.â€â€“Chicago Sun Times
MY KINGDOM â€“ Releasing on Digital and DVD on February 14. A story of honor, love and revenge set against the backdrop of the Chinese opera during its heyday in 1920s Shanghai, MY KINGDOM centers on two sworn brothers and their quest to regain their masterâ€™s honor. After years spent training in martial arts, Guan Yilong (Wu Chun, 14 Blades) and Meng Erkui (Han Geng, Beginning of the Great Revival) pursue revenge and quickly succeed, establishing themselves as the newest sensations of the Shanghai opera scene. They experience fame and love with a beautiful actress, Xi Mulan (Barbie Hsu, Future X-Cops), but soon their collective pasts catch up with them and all three are tangled in a complex web of love, lust, deceit and betrayal. (China Lion).
â€œSplendidly shot and styledâ€¦ duels choreographed with balletic graceâ€¦ solid fighting.â€ â€“ Hollywood Reporter