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New On DVD, Blu-ray, VOD: ‘Blade Anime,’ ‘Le Havre,’ ‘Falling Overnight,’ ‘We The Party’

New On DVD, Blu-ray, VOD: 'Blade Anime,' 'Le Havre,' 'Falling Overnight,' 'We The Party'

Harold Perrineau provided the voice of the titular character, the supernatural Daywalker known as Blade, in Marvel’s Blade anime series, which premiere on the G4 channel in January, running for successive half-hour episodes every week after its debut.

It’s been available on VOD, but if you still haven’t seen it, and would like to visit (or revisit) it, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Marvel have released the Blade Anime series on DVD today, July 31st, in a 2-disc set that includes all 12 episodes and 6 all-new featurettes.

Next, Aki Kaurismäki’s crowd-pleasing immigration dramedy Le Havre, a film we’ve been following since its Cannes 2011 debut, and which opened theatrically in the USA on October 21st.

The official synopsis reads: “An elderly working-class couple living in the famous Norman port city find themselves harbouring a young African illegal immigrant from the authorities as he tries to make his way to England. The local police inspector suspects that they are protecting illegals, and a cat-and-mouse game ensues.

The dramedy represented Finland in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race.

Kaurismäki has said that, with the film, he wanted to address what he feels is a lack of European films that deal with the worsening global financial, political and moral crises that have collectively led to increasing numbers of African refugees trying to make their way into the EU, and the often inhumane treatment they experience when they arrive.

Andre WilmsKati Outinen, and Blondin Miguel (as the child) star.

Next is Conrad Jackson’s feature film debut, Falling Overnight, which opened in theaters this past weekend. 

The $250,000 film “tells the story of twenty-two year old Elliot on the day before he has surgery to remove a brain tumor. Facing what could be his last night, Elliot’s path intersects with Chloe, a young photographer who invites him to her art show. Elliot welcomes the distraction and as the night descends, Chloe takes him on an intimate and exhilarating journey through the city.

I interviewed writer/director Conrad Jackson last week, and plan to post a summary of that conversation sooner than later; it just needs to be transcribe; and I want to watch the film first.

And finally, Mario Van Peebles‘ We The Party, which was actually released on VOD on July 19, and is now getting a DVD and Blu-ray release today.

As a recap… Shot summer 2010, and described as a cutting edge hip-hop-infused dramedy about the first generation of high schoolers to come of age during the Obama years, We The Party (not to be confused with We The Peeples) was directed by Mr Van Peebles (who also co-stars in it), with an ensemble cast that includes Michael Jai WhiteSalli Richardson-WhitfieldSnoop DoggMelvin Van PeeblesTiny Lister and several other actors and musicians.

The film follows five friends as they deal with romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, fitting and and finding themselves; it also features some of the latest teenage bands and dance crews.

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