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Coming Soon to Blu-ray & DVD from Olive Films: Auschwitz, Erik the Viking, Ski School, Yellowbeard and More...

  • Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00
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Olive Films will release 10 films for home cinema entertainment on May 26, 2015. Olive Films is a Chicago-based boutique theatrical and home entertainment distribution label dedicated to bringing independent, foreign, documentary, and classic films to life.

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AUSCHWITZ: Filmmaker Uwe Boll’s Auschwitz is a daring docu-drama depicting the atrocities of the Holocaust set inside of the most notorious of concentration camps. Combining archival footage, dramatic reenactments and current on-camera interviews, the film attempts to provide the viewer with an understanding of the “how” and “why” of such genocide. Bookended with an introduction by the provocative director and interviews with a number of high school teens quizzed on their knowledge of Auschwitz and the Holocaust, Boll provides a sobering perspective on a powerful, compelling and tragic piece of world history.

BEYOND REMEDY: In a film that brings to mind classic chillers such as Then There Were None, Beyond Remedy director Gerhard Hross (who authored the haunting crime-thriller Possession) brings together an ensemble cast of young, attractive and talented actors to inhabit the lives of characters placed in jeopardy as they try to elude a crazed killer. When a group of medical students are invited to participate in an alternative therapy study dealing with phobias, each student must face their personal fears head on in order to be cured.

DRAWN IN BLOOD: Evoking classic suspense films such as Rear Window, The Tenant, and The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, Drawn In Blood becomes a showcase for director Péter Palátsik’s stylish take on the genre with stunning results.  

eMANcipation: In his approach to the taboo subject, director Philipp Muller-Dorn interviewed numerous victims and spent years researching the domestic abuse of males before committing himself to writing and directing the drama eMANcipation.

ERIK THE VIKING: Erik The Viking stars two Academy Award winners, Mickey Rooney (Best Supporting Actor for The Black Stallion) and Tim Robbins (Best Director for Dead Man Walking), and Tony Award and Grammy Award nominated chanteuse, the legendary Eartha Kitt.

HEART OF AMERICA: Michael Pare and Patrick Muldoon, Blackwoods co-stars, reunite in director Uwe Boll’s Heart of America.

PLANET USA: In the “on-the-verge-of-the-apocalypse” film genre, Planet USA offers thrills, chills and adventure with our planet on the brink of extinction.

SKI SCHOOL: Prior to his acting career, Ski School co-star Mark Thomas Miller performed in the band “Trash,” and worked as a bodyguard for Van Halen.

YELLOWBEARD: Yellowbeard features reunions of several comedy film collaborators including three of the Monty Python troup (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle), the cast of Young Frankenstein (Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Kenneth Mars and Marty Feldman) and the comic duo Cheech & Chong (Richard Anthony ‘Cheech’ Marin and Tommy Chong).

ZOMBIES FROM OUTER SPACE: In a nod to the "B" sci-fi films of the 1950's, Zombies From Outer Space offers thrills, chills, romance and laughs.

Auschwitz

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Editorial Review: Filmmaker Uwe Boll's Auschwitz is a daring docu-drama depicting the atrocities of the Holocaust set inside of the most notorious of concentration camps. Combining archival footage, dramatic reenactments and current on-camera interviews, the film attempts to provide the viewer with an understanding of the "how" and "why" of such genocide. Bookended with an introduction by the provocative director and interviews with a number of high school teens quizzed on their knowledge of Auschwitz and the Holocaust, Boll provides a sobering perspective on a powerful, compelling and tragic piece of world history.


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Beyond Remedy

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Editorial Review: Therapy is deadly serious in the thriller Beyond Remedy. When a group of medical students are invited to participate in an alternative therapy study dealing with phobias, each student must face their personal fears head on in order to be cured. Who would have imagined that death is lurking just around the corner? A killer, targeting the students, has tailored each of the killings to a specific phobia with spectacularly terrifying results in Beyond Remedy. Director Gerhard Hross' slasher-thriller brings together a group of talented actors that include Rick Yune, Daniel Krauss, and Marie Zielcke.


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Drawn in Blood

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Editorial Review: When her brother's suicide brings Marian (Anna Fin) to Berlin, she is unaware of the terror that awaits her in the psychological thriller Drawn In Blood. The story kicks into high gear as a series of horrific murders take place that mirror the storyline of a popular comic book. Marion soon discovers that Eric (Tim Williams), the comic book artist, lives in the building adjacent her brother's apartment and that each of the victims have a close connection to the artist. Bizarre and haunting events soon unfold leading to a climatic finale evoking genre masters Hitchcock, Polanski and Argento in a film directed by Peter Palatsik (Push and Pull).


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Emancipation

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Editorial Review: An uncommon story of love and resilience, eMANcipation tackles its delicate subject (a singular group of men who inhabit a shelter for abused men) with both honesty and sensitivity. The men who share a common bond of domestic abuse include: Dominik (Urs Stapfli), a mathematician; Horst (Hans-Ulrich Laux), an unemployed truck driver; Gregor (Roland Avenard), a novelist; and Lukas (Peer Alexander Hauck), a piano teacher. The women they love (and may also fear) include Angela (Frances Heller), a 23-year-old pregnant housewife; and Belinda (Anna Gorgen), a lawyer. Director Philipp Muller-Dorn (director of the web-series Charlottenburg Cuisine and the feature film Between Your Legs) takes a daring and provocative look inside the world that very few men, out of embarrassment or retaliation, speak of: domestic abuse by their partner. In the dramatic film eMANcipation, Muller-Dorn has opened a door for a conversation that has been long overdue.


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Erik the Viking [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Review: Norse warrior Erik travels over the edge of the world, across the Rainbow Bridge to Asgard.


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Heart of America

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Editorial Review: Ripped from today headlines, Uwe Boll's provocative drama, Heart of America, is a searing indictment of a violent society and the pandemic of bullying. Mirroring the horrific Columbine High School shooting, the film reveals how a series of seemingly random events can escalate into a tragic denouement. Set at Riverton High School, in America's heartland, teachers and students enjoy their last day of the school year unaware of the tragedy that is about to unfold. Two Riverton students, Danny Lynn (Kett Turton) and Barry Schultz (Michael Belyea), who have been the brunt of bullying, will exact their revenge against their tormentors and anyone who may stand in their way. Weaving a multi-layered story where the lives of students, teachers, parents and friends all intersect on a fateful and fatal day, director Uwe Boll and his cast of talented young actors bring insightful observations to a tale of senseless tragedy.


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Planet Usa

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Editorial Review: Planet Earth. U.S.A. The natural oil resources are running out; the hatred between the East and West has spread like a plague all over the world and the planet is on the brink of World War III. Major George Conrad (David Hofer), an obsessive war veteran and a patriotic zealot, is on a top-secret mission to save the world. By order of the former President of the United States, Conrad will lead an elite commando unit into action. Their destination: The moon. Their orders: Drill for oil. Two filthy rich sheik brothers have formed an alliance with the Americans and are financing the mission. After all, a pipeline from the moon to Earth will cost a lot of money ...but none of the parties is who they seem to be and just as the mission is reaching completion, everything spins out of control in Planet USA.


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Ski School [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Review: Skiing is a high stakes game for Reid Janssens (Mark Thomas Miller), the preppy, pretentious and very serious skier who rules the slopes. And then there's Dave Marshak (Dean Cameron), a reckless party animal, but with equally impressive skills on white powder. Like oil & water, these two do not mix. So, it's a fight to the finish as they set out to win the title in the end-of-season downhill race, which tests their endurance as they battle one another on and off the slopes in the action-comedy Ski School.


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Yellowbeard [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Review: A crazed pirate sets sail for hidden treasure. Features Cheech and Chong, Madeline Kahn, John Cleese, James Mason.


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Zombies From Outer Space

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Editorial Review: Rural Bavaria. The late 1950?s. Something very strange is taking place. When Maria (Judith Gorgrass) happens upon the dead body of a woman little does she realize the terror that will be unleashed in Zombies From Outer Space. Noted scientist Dr. Robert Hoelzlein (Florian Kiml) and American Army Captain John Welles (Siegfried Foster), both brought into investigate the crime, soon butt heads over the case and their mutual attraction to Maria. Romance takes a back seat when more bodies are discovered. Who or what has caused these mysterious deaths?


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