April 26, 2022
Titles new to DVD and Blu-ray April 26 include Moonfall and The Great: Season Two, while new digital releases include Uncharted and Turning Red.
Action-adventure director Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and VOD April 26 from Lionsgate. Emmerich (Midway, “Independence Day” franchise) and writers Emmerich, Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen, the film stars Halle Berry (Monsters Ball, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum), Patrick Wilson (Midway, “The Conjuring” franchise), John Bradley (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” Marry Me), Michael Peña (TV’s “Narcos,” Fantasy Island), Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete, Spontaneous), Kelly Yu (TV’s “Lost Promise”), Eme Ikwuakor (TV’s “On My Block,” “Inhumans”), Carolina Bartczak (TV’s upcoming “Painkiller”), and Donald Sutherland (“The Hunger Games” franchise, TV’s “The Undoing”). In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving the world, but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Wilson), and conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (Bradley) believe her. They mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space. Read a review here.
Season two of the comedic series “The Great” arrives on DVD April 26 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Created and executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Tony McNamara (The Favourite), the satirical comedy is loosely based on the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. With Fanning and Nicholas Hoult reprising their Golden Globe-nominated roles, season two finds Catherine finally taking the Russian throne for her own. But if she thought coup-ing her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of liberating a country that doesn’t want to be. She must battle her court, her team, even her own mother (played by two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson) in a bid to bring the Enlightenment to Russia. The four-disc DVD set features all 10 episodes from season two, plus deleted scenes and a blooper reel.
The action adventure Uncharted arrives for digital purchase April 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. Uncharted arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 10.
Disney and Pixar’s animated Turning Red will be available for digital purchase April 26. In the film, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei (voice of Rosalie Chiang) must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom (voice of Sandra Oh) is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release the classic 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time April 26 to mark the film’s 70th anniversary. The musical romantic comedy was directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, and stars Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchel and Cyd Charisse. The film was written by Adolph Green and Betty Comden and produced by Arthur Freed. The music is by Nacio Herb Brown and the lyrics are by Arthur Freed. The 4K edition of Singin’ in the Rain will also be available for digital purchase starting April 26.
The Indian feature Writing With Fire, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, will be available on DVD April 26 from Music Box Films. In the film, reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India’s only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya (“Waves of News”), all from the Dalit (“untouchables”) caste, prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don’t have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, chief reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India’s biggest issues — exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system. The film chronicles the astonishing determination of these local reporters as they empower each other and hold those responsible for injustice to account.
Vertical Entertainment’s Alica Silverstone thriller Last Survivors will be released on DVD April 26 from Distribution Solutions. In the science-fiction thriller, a father and son, who have been living off grid for 20 years, encounter an outsider who threatens to destroy the utopia they’ve built. Directed by Drew Mylrea and written by Josh Janowicz, the film also stars Drew Van Acker and Stephen Moyer.
The erotic features Caligula & Messalina and Caligula: The Untold Story, as well as the Australian biker actioner Stone, will be available on Blu-ray Disc April 26 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.
In Caligula & Messalina (1981), one of the earliest entries in the subgenre, ItaloFilth veteran Bruno Mattei (The Other Hell, Women’s Prison Massacre) set the Caligsploitation standard for informative history and jaw-dropping depictions of ancient Roman depravity. When the deranged emperor (Vladimir Brajovic of The Story of O) falls for an insatiable gladiatrix (Betty Roland of Mattei’s Caligula Reincarnated as Nero), their reign will launch a mind-bending bacchanal of torture, sodomy, incest, castration, borrowed footage and aroused livestock. Françoise Blanchard (The Living Dead Girl), Florence Guérin (Cozzi’s The Black Cat) and Sal Boris (The Beast in Heat) co-star in this saga of saturnalian obscenity, presented in both the explicit Italian version and the unrated U.S. Release scanned in 2K from the original negatives. Special Features include “Caligula: The Life Behind the Legend,” an interview with Anthony A. Barrett, author of Caligula: The Corruption Of Power; a trailer; and the CD soundtrack.
Also due is Caligula: The Untold Story (1982). Directed by Joe D’Amato (Emanuelle in America, Absurd), the erotic exploitation film stars David Brandon (Beyond Darkness, Stagefright) as the insane young emperor whose love of brutality and degradation is surpassed only by his hunger for enslaved virgins, cruel vengeance, extreme acts of “horseplay” and beyond. Laura Gemser (Black Emanuelle), Gabriele Tinti (Endgame), Charles Borromel (Absurd) and future director Michele Soavi (Cemetery Man) star in this epic of orgiastic excess written by D’Amato and Luigi Montefiori/George Eastman with a score by Carlo Maria Cordio, presented in both the explicit Italian version and the U.S. release scanned in 2K from the original negatives. Special features include “The Orgy Of Power,” an interview with actor David Brandon; “A False True Story,” an interview with screenwriter Luigi Montefiori; “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy,” an interview with actor Mark Shannon; deleted scenes; the U.K. video trailer; and the CD soundtrack.
Stone (1974), released five years before Mad Max, comes from producer/director/co-writer/star Sandy Harbutt. In his first and only feature film, he ignited Australia’s exploitation explosion, launching a global censorship battle with this biker movie. In the film, an undercover cop (Ken Shorter of Sunday Too Far Away) infiltrates an outlaw motorcycle gang (led by Harbutt). Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road), Helen Morse (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Roger Ward, Vincent Gil, Reg Evans of Mad Max fame, and members of the Sydney Hells Angels co-star in the film, which features an uncut 4K scan from original vault elements supervised by Harbutt himself shortly before his death. Special features include “The Making of Stone“; deleted and extended scenes; “Stone Forever”; “Not Quite Hollywood,” extended interviews: make-up tests; a slideshow with commentary by Harbutt; the trailer; and the CD soundtrack.