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SZA / GOOD DAYS - 12-INCH SINGLE - CONFIGURASHUN: 10" VINYL: 10" SINGLE, 1 Opaque Yellow Vinyl Disc, in standard 10" jacket, and white inner sleeve.
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Mute are excited to announce the release of José González’s fourth studio album Local Valley, out September 17th on limited edition indie exclusive green vinyl, black vinyl, CD and digital formats.

Local Valley is a natural continuation of the styles that José has developed over the years both solo and with his band Junip. The album strikes a balance between stripped back arrangements—just Jose’s intimate vocal and exquisite nylon string guitar work—and tracks driven by groovy drum machine loops and other percussive elements.

With songs sung in English, Spanish and Swedish, Local Valley invites us to look beyond our tribal instincts and join together in a more harmonic state. The album explores our shared humanity and the scientific-based existential questions we face together on our quest to understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos.

José González has tallied over 1 billion streams, 150+ licensed TV, film, and video game uses, and has a major presence at radio stations around the globe. This year, he has been selected by National Geographic to be an Earth Day Ambassador alongside Willie Nelson, My Morning Jacket, Yo Yo Ma, and more.

The album cover and physical packaging of Local Valley showcases the beautiful hand drawn artwork of Swedish designer Hannele Fernström.

José plans to tour with Rufus Wainwright in the Fall of 2021.

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The album cover you’re looking at might lead you to conclude Charley Crockett is on one hell of a roll. You wouldn’t be wrong. Ten records in six years is some kind of prolific. The latest, a double album, suggests the artist has some songs worth paying attention to. It’s clear that he’s invested as much time in the studio, recording storytelling songs, and making storytelling videos, as he has barnstorming around the United States and Europe playing live shows.

Not bad for a thirty-seven-year-old late bloomer.

Charley Crockett has been a fairly remarkable artist to follow. He’s got a sound. He’s got something to say. He has a look. And there’s a gauzy veil of mystery surrounding him suggesting he knows more than he’s letting on.

All those records in such a short amount of time have come with a “No Two Alike” guarantee, particularly the last three releases: the darkly prescient Welcome to Hard Times; the semi-autobiographical, hard-core country-roots The Valley; and 10 for Slim, his tribute of songs by the obscure and wholly authentic Texas honky-tonk maestro James Hand.

His voice is one-of-a-kind. His distinctive, plaintive vocals crack unapologetically with emotion, and he phrases his lines around the beat like a jazz singer, while he expounds upon personal relationships and the world beyond.

Now comes Charley’s tenth album in his six-year career. In the Crockett tradition, it is as ambitious and ground-breaking as each piece of recorded music he’s put out so far. And it’s not just an album. It’s a double album of Charley Crockett originals, each song going the distance to further define this singer-songwriter-performer-artist who came out of the proverbial nowhere.

Charley has endured the collapse of the recording industry, no money, petty crime, societal ennui, the Covid-19 pandemic, open heart surgery, one-night stands, long distance rides in a van, loud truck stops and diners serving stale lukewarm coffee to get to where he is now.

His reward – and yours – is this collection of Charley Crockett originals.

Sad, uplifting, hard, and sweet, complex and delicate all at once, his songs are like life its ownself, just like the songs’ creator: like nothing you’ve heard or seen before, a genuine Texas original.
JOE NICK PATOSKI 

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Mild High Club makes a long-awaited comeback with Going Going Gone, the band's first solo album since 2016"s cult favorite Skiptracing. An album that speaks directly to the times we live in, Going Going Gone sees Mild High Club blending the psychedelic pop of earlier albums Skiptracing and Timeline with influences from around the world, especially Brazilian avant-garde music from the '70s and '80s.

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Jordan Rakei’s most vulnerable and intimate album to date. While the heart of the record will be familiar to fans of his neo-soul and hip-hop-infused work, here Rakei dives deeper into his sound, merging electronic with acoustic, and rugged grooves with ambient atmospheres, to create something richer, more detailed, and more textural than before.

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'Buena Vista Social Club' is both the name given to this extraordinary group of musicians and the album, recorded in just seven days in 1996 in Havana's 1950s vintage EGREM studios. It was clear from the atmosphere of the recording sessions that something very special was taking place. However, no one could have predicted that Buena Vista Social Club would become a worldwide phenomenon - awarded a Grammy in 1997 and, at 8 million copies, outselling any other record in the same genre. The acclaim of the original album has elevated the artists (including Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez & Omara Portuondo) to superstar status, inspired an award-winning film by Wim Wenders, and has contributed to popularising Cuba's rich musical heritage. Produced by Ry Cooder for World Circuit, the timeless quality of the music and the sheer verve of the veteran performers have ensured that this will go down as one of the landmark recordings of the 20th century.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the album's recording, producer Ry Cooder and World Circuit's Nick Gold have gone back to the original tapes and into the archive to produce this Deluxe Remaster package, featuring previously unheard tracks from the original 1996 recording sessions, previously unseen photos, and new liner notes.

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Lost Tapes is a monthly release of rare B-sides, exclusives - & even some previously unreleased tracks. Now the first 10 tracks from the series are released on limited vinyl and CD for the first time. 

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James Vincent McMorrow - Grapefruit Season EXPLICIT Config: LP VINYL: 1 BLACK Vinyl Disc, 180 Gram, in single pocket Gatefold jacket
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NCT 127’s 3rd full-length album ‘Sticker’ will be released worldwide on September 17 with 11 songs of various genres including the lead single ‘Sticker.’ The album highlights NCT 127’s unique musical sensibility and outstanding performances. In March 2020, NCT 127 became a million-seller with their 2nd album, NCT #127 Neo Zone, which reached #5 on the Billboard 200. The album includes 1 photo book, 1 folded poster, sticker, photo card, postcard (sticker, photo card, postcard: random 1 out of 9). Dimensions 144mm x 205mm x 8.5mm.

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Swan Song is the 5 th  studio album from Ohio based metalcore act The Plot In You. It is the follow up to the four piece’s 2018 Fearless Records debut Dispose and will be released on September 17.

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Ronnie Wood and the Ronnie Wood Band is back with the second installment of his live album trilogy, ‘Mr Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall’, to be released 3 September 2021. The Ronnie Wood Band with special guests Mick Taylor, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller. Live from the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013. A ‘Tayle’ of Two Sidemen ‘When self-taught guitarist Eddie Taylor imparted his skills onto his friend Jimmy Reed, he surely couldn’t have imagined the effect this was to have on the Chicago blues scene. Backing up such luminaries as John Lee Hooker, he is best remembered for his work with his former student. Sweet coincidence, then, that in 1974 another Taylor, Mick, would make way for Ronnie Wood in the Rolling Stones, paving the way for these two friends and celebrated guitarists to work on projects ever since. The culmination of this to date is surely Taylor’s place in The Ronnie Wood Band at the Royal Albert Hall for 2013’s Bluesfest, where they played the now-legendary set that would come to give birth to this recording.’

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Decades after releasing his first 45, Billy Idol still makes gliding, thumping, cinematic songs about sin, redemption and the love of rock’n’roll…and that’s what you will find on The Roadside EP, Billy Idol’s first release of original material in seven years. 

Produced by Butch Walker (Green Day, Weezer, amongst many others), The Roadside takes Billy Idol into new but familiar waters full of color, power, atmosphere, attitude, and mystery. On The Roadside Billy Idol is joined by his friend and collaborator since 1981, guitarist and co-songwriter Steve Stevens. For 40 years – 40 years! – Steve has been Billy Idol’s sonic assassin and master blender of tones and textures, the thinking man’s shredder and the shredding man’s Picasso. 

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"This record is about independence, ownership, trust, and family. We relied on our instincts, skills and musicianship. It is also about catharsis - rising from the ashes of a global pandemic with new skills, songs, and outlook on life." - Della Mae
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bLOW is Colin Linden’s fourteenth solo album, following the first, Colin Linden Live, by forty years. It is his first electric blues record.

bLOW will bring you to the dance floor, or up your highway speed by ten or fifteen mph, but it’s also worth listening to in a more contemplative way. Most classic blues songs were written by more than one person over more than a few decades, and that’s what gives them their gravity. Colin has steeped himself in this tradition, on advice he got, at age eleven, from Howling Wolf: if you want to play this music, listen to the people I listened to. On 78 records, you might think, but a lot of those old bluesmen were still around in the 1970s, so Colin got to know and learn from Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines,Blind John Davis, Son House, and Robert, and Sam Chatmon, who invited him to Mississippi and got him started on his first journey through the South.

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Eternal Blue - Spiritbox - After being named among Exclaim!'s New Faves last year, Spiritbox have detailed their debut album. The Victoria, BC-based metal outfit will share Eternal Blue from Rise Records.

The 12-track Eternal Blue includes previously shared singles "Holy Roller," "Constance" and "Circle with Me." "Yellowjacket" boasts a feature from Architects' Sam Carter, while the latest to arrive from the LP, "Secret Garden," can be heard alongside a music video below.

Vocalist Courtney LaPlante said of the song: "I think this is the most scared I've been to put out a song... I want to continue to showcase the fluidity that is inherent in heavy music, and even though this is just one part of a full body of work that may not sound exactly like this song, it is a song that we love and are obsessed with. I celebrate variation."

LaPlante added of Eternal Blue, "I must say that although we never intended to wait so long to do this record, I think it did help the songs become stronger... We have had enough time to release the exact music we would like to put out into the world, with no need to compromise. Every single note and every single syllable is the music that we have always dreamed of making and we are very proud of it."

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Carly Pearce expands her critically acclaimed 29 into the full-blown album/song cycle 29: Written In Stone. In classic Carly style, she captures the kind of true Country that's become the bellwether for the two-time ACM and CMA Awards winner, developing the straightforward emotions and classic sounds that have rapidly defined one of the genre's most important voices.

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Adia Victoria's forthcoming album, A Southern Gothic is out September 17 via Canvasback Records. The record was executive produced by T Bone Burnett, and features guest contributions from Jason Isbell, Margo Price, and Matt Berninger of The National. A Southern Gothic is Adia's 3rd album and marks the follow up to 2019's critically acclaimed Silences, produced by Aaron Dessner. Around it's release, The Songwriters Hall of Fame presented Adia with the Holly Prize which recognizes and supports a new "all-in songwriter." She toured the U.S. and Europe on the "Dope Queen Tour" which included a performance on Live From Here with Chris Thile and at Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the Newport Folk Festival, and a performance at Mass MOCA and Boston Calling. She has also appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
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On Halloween night, this pumpkin-shaped LP will rise from sincere vinyl collections the world over and bring audible presents to all the good girls and boys. Featuring the music of GRAMMY-winning composer/performer Vince Guaraldi, this limited run album includes insightful liner notes by Derrick Bang, Peanuts historian and author of Vince Guaraldi at the Piano. The album includes two of the most beloved tracks in the Guaraldi canon, “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” and “Linus and Lucy.”

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Walkman showcases Bad Bad Hats'. Kerry (guitar/vo­cals), Chris (bass), and Con (drums) let their collective hair down on Walkman, bringing raucous and explosive riffs alongside witty lyrics. Though you might not notice from their indie rock exterior, Bad Bad Hats draws a heavy influence from classic pop songwriting that shines through in their hooky choruses and strong me­lodic sensibilities. Walkman is the group's fourth time working with producer Brett Bullion, including their previous two LPs, Psychic Reader and lightning Round, and the Wide Right EP. Bullion and the band use the studio as an instrument, resulting in their most polished work to date. 

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Shake those chains, rattle those bones, and let the ghoul times roll. Andrew Gold's Halloween Howls: Fun & Scary Music makes its vinyl debut with new, reimagined artwork! The album includes "Spooky, Scary Skeletons," a cult favorite and modern-day viral sensation. The catchy "Undead Tombstone Remix" is also included. Pack fun into fright with this collection of 13 sweetly scary songs featuring guest appearances by Linda Ronstadt and David Cassidy.

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2021 release from the iconic musician In the 2010s, Herb Alpert released a prolific run of eight new studio albums. This year, the iconic leader of the Tijuana Brass shows no signs of slowing down with his latest effort, Catch The Wind. This new collection features nine original compositions, covers of beloved Beatles hits "Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday", and American classics "Smile", "America The Beautiful", and "Summertime". So, charge up your iPhone, dust off your Hi-Fi, put batteries in your boombox, plug the headphones into your Walkman, and get ready to listen to Herb Alpert's Catch The Wind.
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Carcass's ability to intricately dissect the innards of death metal, and display them for us to sonically understand has been their point of excellence for over three decades. Most will find that the only real struggle when indulging in TORN ARTERIES is fighting the desire to start it over the second it finishes. It covers substantial new ground for a band with such a reputation, while still retaining that addictive, time honored Carcass sound that has come to represent the face of true death metal.
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As if refracting feeling from a mirror image, Hurtwave bounces bright sonic transmissions off dark emotions. The Orange County duo - Rory Rodriguez and Mike Karle, also of Dayseeker - integrate alternative energy and pop ambition into synthwave-spiked soundscapes perfect for a midnight drive. Night Therapy, Vol. 1, is their debut album on Spinefarm Records. Produced by Daniel Braunstein (Spiritbox, Dayseeker, Silent Planet.) Clear Pink LP.

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In 2005, Straylight Run (which features John Nolan and Shaun Cooper of Taking Back Sunday) recorded Live at The Patchogue theater but it was never released and the band would go on indefinite hiatus. Now, 15 years later, this album is available for the first time. These are the band's only live recordings and the set features all of the fan favorites including "Existentialism on Prom Night," "The Tension and The Terror" and "Hands In The Sky."

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Double vinyl LP pressing. Amerikinda: 20 Years of Dualtone is truly a one-of-a-kind compilation album celebrating the life, legacy, and future of our musical family. As a testament to the community of artists we've been honored to work with, and the mutual admiration between them, this album features Dualtone artists past and present covering fellow Dualtone artists.
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From Dreams To Dust, the latest studio album by The Felice Brothers was recorded in the fall of 2020 in an old one room church in Harlemville, NY. Produced by The Felice Brothers and mixed by Mike Mogis. The record ranges over a variety of topics and themes, including isolation, the world of dreams and delusions, environmental collapse, and the inward and outward chaos of modern life.

Movie Releases for Tuesday 9/21

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Rather than come clean about her husband's abrupt death, a gold digger (Luana Anders) heads to his Irish ancestral family castle to make sure that her spot in the will of his eccentric noblewoman mother (Eithne Dunne) is secure. As she becomes steeped in the strange obsessions of her dysfunctional in-laws, the homestead finds itself stalked by an ax-wielding killer. Moody early career effort from Francis Ford Coppola co-stars William Campbell, Patrick Magee, Mary Mitchel. Director's cut; 68 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
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With rousing martial-arts action and wild comedy, Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To's most personal film is a thrilling love letter to both the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and the art of judo.

One of the most personal films by the prolific Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To is a thrilling love letter to both the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and the art and philosophy of judo. Amid the neon-drenched nightclubs and gambling dens of Hong Kong's nocturnal underworld, the fates of three wandering souls-a former judo champion now barely scraping by as an alcoholic bar owner (Louis Koo), a young fighter (Aaron Kwok) intent on challenging him, and a singer (Cherrie Ying) chasing dreams of stardom-collide in an operatic explosion of human pain, ambition, perseverance, and redemption. Paying offbeat homage to Kurosawa's debut feature, Sanshiro Sugata, To scrambles wild comedy, flights of lyrical surrealism, and rousing martial-arts action into what is ultimately a disarmingly touching ode to the healing power of friendship.

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  • Short making-of documentary from 2004 featuring To and actors Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying, and Tony Leung Ka-fai
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  • New English subtitle translation

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Sparks fly both on and off the court in this groundbreaking feature debut by writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard), which elevated the coming-of-age romance by giving honest expression to the challenges female athletes face in a world that doesn't see them as equal. Sanaa Lathan (Alien vs. Predator) and Omar Epps (Higher Learning) make for one of the most iconic screen couples of the 2000s as the basketball-obsessed next-door neighbors who find love over flirtatious pickup games, fall apart under the strain of high-pressure college hoops and families, and drift in and out of each other's lives as they pursue their twin aspirations of playing professionally. Aided by stellar supporting performances and an eclectic R&B soundtrack, Love & Basketball captures the intoxicating passions, heartbreaking setbacks, and sky-high ambitions that mark a young woman's journey to the top of her game and to lasting love.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Gina Prince-Bythewood, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2000 featuring Prince-Bythewood and actor Sanaa Lathan
  • Playing for Your Heart, a new making-of documentary featuring Prince-Bythewood, Lathan, actors Omar Epps and Alfre Woodard, Reggie
  • Rock Bythewood, and basketball adviser Colleen Matsuhara
  • Editing "Love & Basketball," a new program featuring Bythewood and editor Terilyn A. Shropshire
  • New conversation on the film's impact among Prince-Bythewood, founding WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes, and writer-producer-actor Lena Waithe
  • Audition tape excerpts and six deleted scenes
  • Two short films by Prince-Bythewood: Stitches (1991) and Progress (1997), with a new introduction by Prince-Bythewood
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by author Roxane Gay"

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While Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew might have had their eyes on anonymous retirement, he hadn't counted on the determination that thwarted terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) had for vengeance, or the stunning alliance she'd strike to get it-with Toretto's long-embittered assassin kid brother Jakob (John Cena). Ninth installment in the high-endurance action franchise co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, and Helen Mirren. 145 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English. Two-disc set.
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The origins of the fashionista fatale from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" receive an expectedly stylish recounting in this live-action Disney opus, as orphaned London street criminal Estella Miller (Emma Stone) won a coveted position with the design house of the ruthless Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson)-and upon discovering how her new mentor had ruined her life, vowed to destroy her under the nom du guerre "Cruella de Vil." Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Mark Strong co-star. 134 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English. Two-disc set.
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From the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to international super-stardom – Dolly Parton has spent the last 50 years singing and laughing her way into our hearts. We know her name, we know her songs, and we’ll always love her. And now, for the first time ever, all the greatest video highlights from Dolly’s dazzling career are together in one incredible collection. In this 6-DVD set you’ll see footage from her own spectacular variety show in the ‘80s, sold-out concerts, interviews, television appearances, blockbuster collaborations with her closest friends, and so much more.
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Newly released from jail, career criminal Max Dembo (Dustin Hoffman) earnestly sets out to make a life for himself outside the slammer. Max's struggle for a normal existence is complicated by a woman who's attracted to him, an abusive parole officer, and fellow ex-cons wanting to drag him into their "can't miss" schemes. Gritty take on Edward Bunker's "No Beast So Fierce" co-stars Theresa Russell, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, M. Emmet Walsh. 114 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD mono Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH).
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As the city of Yokohama prepares to host the 1963 Olympics, students Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) become friends. When a local clubhouse is threatened with demolition to make room for the games, and past secrets cause conflict for Umi and Shun, their relationship looks like it might also be wrecked. Charming Studio Ghibli animated film also stars the voices of Masami Nagasawa and Jun'ichi Okada in the original Japanese version. 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Japanese DTS HD 5.0, Dolby Digital 5.0, English DTS HD 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.0; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; storyboards; featurettes; interview; music video; theatrical trailers; more. In Japanese with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.
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In the danger-filled skies over 1930s Italy, there was no more daring-or unusual-pilot than Porco Rosso, a heroic flier who, thanks to a magical spell, was given the head of a pig. Follow him as he battles air pirates, rescues people in need, and searches to regain his human face in this fanciful animated tale from Hayao Miyazaki. Michael Keaton, Brad Garrett, Kimberly Williams are among the voice talents. AKA: "The Crimson Pig." 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Japanese DTS HD stereo, Dolby Digital stereo, English DTS HD stereo, Dolby Digital stereo, French DTS HD stereo, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; storyboards; featurette; interview; theatrical trailers; more. In Japanese with English subtitles/Dubbed in English. Two-disc set.
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With his back against the wall, Raymond Reddington (James Spader) faces his most formidable enemy yet: Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). Aligned with her mother, infamous Russian spy Katarina Rostova, Liz must decide how far she is willing to go to find out why Reddington has entered her life and what his endgame really is. The fallout between Reddington and Keen will have devastating consequences for all that lie in their wake, including the Task Force they helped to create.

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