Slated for release on March 12 is Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (DVD: $24.99), available from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Directed by Alexis Bloom, the documentary fuses the personal, the political, and the just plain surreal as it charts the rise and fall of Fox News Chairman, Roger Ailes (1940-2017), a key media consultant to Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, who powerfully shaped American political history over the last five decades. After creating a ratings powerhouse at Fox, with more viewers than all of its direct competitors combined, in 2016 Ailes was forced out amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Divide and Conquer tells the origin story of one of the most powerful and divisive figures in American media.
GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced the release of the documentary feature Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, available in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo on April 30. Offering a new look at the rarely-interviewed filmmaker as he faces the challenges of working with unfamiliar CGI technology to create a new short film, Never-Ending Man focuses on Academy Award-winning film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki’s sudden 2013 announcement of his retirement at the age of 72. But he can’t shake his burning desire to create, and after an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarks on a new project to utilize CGI for the first time ever. Yet the artist, who has been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronts many challenges that threaten to cancel the film. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? Filmed over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film Boro the Caterpillar, this release includes both the full-length 70-minute documentary in Japanese with English subtitles as well as a 48-minute broadcast version with English narration and alternate footage.
Criterion’s March slate opens March 12 with another entry in the year-long series of Ingmar Bergman releases: the standalone edition of 1975’s The Magic Flute (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), the director’s effervescent take on Mozart’s beloved opera, featuring soloists Josef Köstlinger, Ulrik Cold, Håkan Hagegård, and Birgit Nordin. Also coming March 12 is the Blu-ray debut of silent screen icon Harold Lloyd’s delightful 1927 comedy The Kid Brother (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), featuring Lloyd as the gentle everyman son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. Arriving March 19 is Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 film noir thriller Detour (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), a pitch-dark Poverty Row film following a nightclub pianist hitchhiker (Tom Neal) on his way from New York to Los Angeles who encounters a dead body and a vicious femme fatale (Ann Savage). Also slated for March 19 is writer-director-actor Barbara Loden’s 1970 lone feature Wanda (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), a wrenching character study set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape about an outcast woman who finds herself falling prey to a series of callous men—including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. On March 26, Robert Zemeckis revisits the frenzy of Beatlemania with a 4K digital restoration of his raucous 1978 first feature I Wanna Hold Your Hand (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), which spotlights the Beatles 1964 live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show through the eyes of six teenagers (including stars Nancy Allen, Wendie Jo Sperber, and Marc McClure) who want to see the Fab Four. Also coming on March 26 is Carlos Reygadas’s 2002 Spanish language debut Japón (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), an existential journey through the Mexican countryside following a man (Alejandro Ferretis) who travels to an isolated village to commit suicide but meets a pious elderly woman (Magdalena Flores) whose quiet humanity incites a reawakening of his desires.