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DVDS: 1944 looks at a forgotten chapter of World War II

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:17 am




By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has been one of the big movies of the summer, but for another take on World War II, 1944 is definitely worth a look.

Based on a little known chapter from the war, and also one of the bloodiest, 1944 centers on the tragic invasion and aftermath of Estonia by the Nazis.

First seized by Soviet Russia, then by Nazi Germany, Estonia ended up with more than 50,000 men of combat age conscripted to fight for the Red Army and over 70,000 for the German military. The result was effectively a civil war, with former friends and neighbors forced to slaughter each other on the battlefield.

From director Elmo Nüganen was Estonia’s Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. The film is now available on DVD and digital from Film Movement.

The 1944 DVD features the original Estonian language version with English subtitles, as well as an English dubbed track. The DVD also includes the bonus animated short, Le Deux Vies de Nate Hill (The Two Lives of Nate Hill) from director Jeanne Joseph, examining the dualities of chance and fate.

Coming soon

Patton Oswalt’s Emmy and Grammy Award winning comedy special “Talking for Clapping” is set for digital album release on Friday, August 25 via aspecialthing Records. From the release: Brilliantly conceived and masterful in its execution, Patton returned to his adopted home of San Francisco to tape his triumphant sixth comedy special. From politics to parenting to pills, Oswalt brings surgical precision to the proceedings, balancing personal stories with the acidic pop analysis that has become his signature and it proved to be Patton Oswalt at his finest when it took home an Emmy as well as a Grammy Award.

Aspecialthing Records released the vinyl-only pressing of “Talking for Clapping” on limited-edition blue splatter vinyl last fall and a short time later, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The label is releasing the album digitally on August 25. Pre-orders available now.

Pre-order “Talking For Clapping” digital album here:

Also coming on DVD, is Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland.

Based on the best-selling book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, this Lifetime Original Movie is told through the eyes of the King of Pop’s trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. Navi, the world’s #1 Michael Jackson tribute artist, stars in his acting debut alongside Chad L. Coleman as Bill Whitfield and Sam Adegoke as Javon Beard. The movie reveals firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.

In a related item, Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking Thriller video, will make
its 3D world premiere at
the 74th Venice Film Festival 2017.

The original iconic short film was directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Michael Jackson.was not reedited or recut in any way. announced the Estate of Michael Jackson today.