First Run Features has announced the upcoming release of Corporate Coup d’Etat (DVD: $24.95), slated for November 12. Filmmaker Fred Peabody’s investigative documentary examines the detrimental effects of greedy corporations on democracy in the United States, exposing how big businesses and billionaires have taken control of the American political process, and in doing so have brought economic hardship and ruin to vast swaths of the country. Combining insights from political thinkers and journalists with the experiences of citizens in the “sacrifice zones” of Camden, NJ and Youngstown, OH, where factory closures and outsourcing have created a grim landscape of desolation and human suffering, the provocative and revealing Corporate Coup d’Etat shows how our democracy first began selling its soul to big corporations, which opened the door for lobbyists and business-friendly politicians to take control in Washington and undermine the will of the people.
The Criterion Collection kicks off the New Year on January 7 with George Cukor’s effervescent 1938 romantic comedy Holiday (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in this second film adaptation of a hit 1928 play by Philip Barry. Slated for January 21 is Jean-Luc Godard’s long-unavailable sophomore feature Le petit soldat (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), the director’s first collaboration with his iconic muse Anna Karina for a thriller that tackles the use of torture in the Algerian War. Coming January 28 is director Pedro Almodóvar’s beloved 1999 drama All About My Mother (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), the Spanish auteur’s Oscar-winning ode to maternal love and female fortitude, starring Cecilia Roth as the head of a surrogate family that includes a pregnant and HIV-positive nun (Penélope Cruz), an illustrious star of the stage (Marisa Paredes), and a transgender sex worker (Antonia San Juan). Finally, looks for a celebration of filmmaker Sidney Lumet with a new 4K restoration of his arresting 1964 nuclear-war thriller Fail Safe (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95) on January 28, along with a January 14 release of a Blu-ray edition of his 1960 Tennessee Williams adaptation The Fugitive Kind (Blu-ray: $39.95), starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani.