Charming “Land Ho!” Travels To Blu-ray in November

Land Ho! is one of my favorite films this year, as it’s bolstered by two wonderful performances by Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson as two retired ex-brothers-in-law who take a spontaneous trip to Iceland.

The film, which hits Blu-ray and Digital HD via Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on November 4, has received its share of critical acclaim. Although it didn’t do great business when it hit theaters, this cinematic charmer should reach a much wider audience in the coming months.

Special features included audio commentary from Eenhoorn, Lynn Nelson, and co-directors Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, deleted scenes, and a Q&A from the LA Film Festival.

Land Ho! (Sony PIctures Classics)
Land Ho! (Sony PIctures Classics, Photo by: Andrew Reed)

Along with its inspired and charming performances, Land Ho! is also a visual feast, as Katz and Stephens made the best of their scenic surroundings. I interviewed the filmmakers several months ago, and they talked about collaborating with cinematographer Andrew Reed on the project.

Clocking in at 95 minutes, Land Ho! is worth a look if you love “road trip” driven films that’s filled with wonderful dialogue and sumptuous backdrops. The score, composed by Keegan Dewitt, is catchy as can be:

If my video interview & the wonderful score doesn’t pull you in, try the trailer:

 

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“The Kinks” Anthology Set Targets November 18 Release

It was September 10, 1964 when The Kinks took the world by storm with their #1 hit “You Really Got Me,” and to celebrate its 50th anniversary, BMG/InGrooves is releasing a 5-disc, remastered box set. The Anthology 1964-71 contains over 100 songs from the band, which include the tracks “Stop Your Sobbing”, “All Day and All of the Night”, “Till The End of The Day”, “A Well Respected Man”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Dead End Street”, “Waterlook Sunset”, “Picture Book” and “The Village Green Preservation Society”.

The collection also includes rare demos, session outtakes, alternate mixes, liner notes, interviews, and over two dozen unreleased recordings. The Anthology 1964-71 comes out November 18, and fans can pre-order the set on Amazon via this link: http://bit.ly/kinksanthology.

Anthology 1964-1971 (BMG/InGrooves)
Anthology 1964-1971 (BMG/InGrooves)

The Anthology 1964-71 is part of a series of reissues and collections spotlighting the seminal band. Last month featured the release of a 2-disc version of The Kinks’ 1970 effort Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One and the 1971 soundtrack album Percy. More releases are expect to continue through 2015.