Shout! Factory has set a Dec. 14 release date for 2021 World Series Collector’s Edition: The Atlanta Braves, an eight-disc Blu-ray Disc set that includes the official 2021 World Series highlight film, all six complete game broadcasts from the 2021 World Series and a bonus disc including the clinching NLCS Game 6 against the Dodgers. The package will retail for $74.98. Each game includes four audio options, allowing home audiences to watch the games while listening to the network television announcers, the Atlanta Braves Radio Network, or a Spanish-language version of the broadcasts.
Shout! Factory is also releasing a two-disc Blu-ray Disc + DVD set, with a runtime of 90 minutes, that includes just the World Series highlight film from Major League Baseball, narrated by Braves fan and multiple Grammy Award-winner Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. This set carries a suggested retail price of $19.98. The official World Series documentary will also be available for purchase on all major digital platforms two weeks ahead of the disc release, on Nov. 30.
When the Braves capped their championship run with a 7-0 victory over the Astros in Game 6, they completed one of the most spectacular late-season surges in baseball history. Halfway through the regular season, the team had a losing record and were dealt a season-ending injury to superstar and NL MVP candidate Ronald Acuna Jr. GM Alex Anthopoulos deftly traded for Joc Pederson, Jorge Soler, Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario, changing the course of the season in undeniable ways. Braves lifer and manager Brian Snitker now had his crew, and the Braves caught fire with a 36-19 (.655) finish to claim the NL East Division championship. They then beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS and dethroned the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS to set the matchup with the Astros, a franchise playing in the World Series for the third time in five years.
RLJE Films has set a Dec. 7 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date for the critically acclaimed horror-comedy whodunit Werewolves Within.
The film was released theatrically by IFC Films in June 2021 and became available through digital retailers and on VOD in July.
Directed by Josh Ruben from a script by Mishna Wolff, the films stars Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil, Sarah Burns and Michael Chernus, among others.
The DVD will carry a suggested retail price of $27.97, with the Blu-ray Disc retailing for $28.96.
The film is about a mysterious creature terrorizing the small town of Beaverton, where a proposed pipeline has created divisions among the townsfolk. When a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Richardson) and postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind the strange creature.
Magnolia Home Entertainment has set a Nov. 2 release date for The East, Dutch filmmaker Jim Taihuttu’s compelling story of a soldier coming home from the 1945-49 Indonesian National Revolution.
The East will be released on DVD ($26.98), Blu-ray Disc ($29.98) and on demand on such platforms as Vudu, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play.
The story centers on a young Dutch soldier who joins an elite unit led by a mysterious captain known only as “The Turk.” When the fighting intensifies, the young soldier finds himself questioning — and ultimately challenging — his commander’s brutal strategy to stop the resistance. The film grapples with the young man’s tumultuous relationship with himself, his honor and his loyalty to his country.
Capelight Pictures and the MPI Media Group have set a Nov. 9 DVD release date for the Korean film The Concubine, a 2012 erotic romantic historical drama.
Set during the early Joseon Dynasty in Korea, Hwa-yeon, a minister’s daughter, and Kwon-yoo, a commoner, are deeply in love. When Hwa-yeon is ordered to the royal palace to become the king’s concubine, she and Kwon-yoo attempt to flee. They are intercepted by Hwa-yeon’s father and his men, who threaten to kill Kwon-yoo. To save her one true love, Hwayeon agrees to go to the palace as instructed.
Five years later, the king is slowly dying and Hwa-yeon is the mother of the heir to the throne. After his death, the king’s stepmother uses her power to appoint her biological son Sung-won as the successor. Sung-won has been madly in love with the unobtainable Hwa-yeon for years. Now that he must procreate in order to produce an heir to the throne, he can have any woman he wants except Hwa-yeon … which pushes both of them into a dangerous chess game of lust, sex and power.
The Concubine was directed by Kim Dae-Seung and stars Cho Yeo-Jeong, Kim Dong-Wook, and Kim Min-Joon. The film was produced by Hwang Yun-Jeong and Park Sung-Il.
The DVD will be issued in special collector’s media book packaging, as a two-disc set. The set comes with a 24-page booklet featuring director and cast profiles and photos.
RLJE Films has set an Oct. 19 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date for the thriller No Man of God, about serial killer Ted Bundy.
Directed by Amber Sealey (No Light and No Land Anywhere), No Man of God stars Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Luke Kirby (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Aleksa Palladino (The Irishman) and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2). It was written by Kit Lesser.
The DVD and Blu-ray Disc include a making-of documentary, “The Making of No Man of God.”
In 1980, Ted Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution. In the years that followed, he agreed to disclose the details of his crimes, but only to one man. During the early days of the agency’s criminal profiling unit, FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier met with the incarcerated Bundy in the hopes of understanding the psychology of the serial killer and providing closure for the victim’s families.
As Hagmaier delves into Bundy’s dark and twisted mind, a strange and complicated relationship develops that neither man expected. Based on actual transcripts of interviews between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and the incarcerated Ted Bundy, No Man of God, according to the Reel News Daily, is “nothing short of riveting. It is a must-see.”
The Cohen Media Group has set October release dates for The Awakening and Casanova Last Love, which are coming to Blu-ray. The Awakening will release Oct. 5 and Casanova Last Love, Oct. 12
The Awakening is a 2011 mystery about the death of a child at a boarding school. When the death is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. Starring Rebecca Hall (The Town), Dominic West (The Wire) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter films), The Awakening is filled with haunting twists.
Casanova, Last Love is the latest romantic period piece from director Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen). Set in 18th century London, the film is centered on Casanova (Vincent Lindon), famous for his taste of pleasure and gambling. Exiled from Paris, Casanova in this city he knows nothing about meets on several occasions a young prostitute, Marianne de Charpillon (Stacy Martin). She attracts him to the point he starts disregarding all other women. The legendary seducer is ready to do anything to get her, but Charpillon always escapes under various excuses. She challenges Casanova: “You will only have me if you stop desiring me!”
Dark Pictures has set an Oct. 5 release date for The Old Ways, a horror film that will be available through digital retailers as well as on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
The film, from Christopher Alender, follows Cristina, a journalist of Mexican origin, as she travels to her ancestral home in Veracruz to investigate a story of sorcery and healing. There, she is kidnapped by a group of locals who claim she’s the devil. The cast includes Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortés and Julia Vera.
Film Threat called The Old Ways “the greatest exorcism movie since The Exorcist.”
Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray include a behind-the-scenes documentary called “The Old Ways: A Look Beyond” (Blu-ray exclusive), director and writer commentary tracks, storyboard comparisons and deleted scenes.
Disney+ has set a 2022 production date for season two of “Big Shot,” a basketball dramedy centered on Marvyn Korn (John Stamos) after he is ousted from his position as head coach for an NCAA basketball team.
He is given a chance at redemption with a coaching position at Westbrook, an elite private high school for girls, and soon learns that the teenage players require empathy and vulnerability — foreign concepts for the stoic Coach Korn. By learning to connect with his players and his daughter, Marvyn starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. The girls learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and off the court.
“This show represents everything Disney is to me — family, inclusion, and unity,” Stamos said in a statement. “But at its core, ‘Big Shot’ is about guts and heart, and that is what Disney + demonstrated by giving us a second season. I am sending lots of love to the critics and fans that got up on their feet and cheered for us from the sidelines. I’m so grateful to continue to play Coach Korn, a man who learns to let go of pre-conceived judgments and learns from an incredible group of women, helping him to evolve and grow. And yet, he still has so much more to learn. Thankfully he’ll get that chance in season two.”
The series was created by David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”), Dean Lorey (“My Wife and Kids”) and Brad Garrett (“Single Parents”) and executive-produced by Kelley, Lorey, Garrett and Bill D’Elia (“Chicago Hope”). Dean Lorey will return as showrunner. The Disney Branded Television series is produced by ABC Signature.
Shout! Factory will release the animated adventure film Little Vampire on digital platforms Sept. 21, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Oct 5.
Directed by popular French cartoonist and filmmaker Joann Sfar (“Little Vampire” TV series, The Rabbi’s Cat), Little Vampire is the movie adaptation of Sfar’s popular series of graphic novels, “Petit Vampire.”
A fantastical adventure story that celebrates the importance of friendship and family, the film was nominated for a César Award for Best Animated Feature and a Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Little Vampire will screen at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival in August ahead of its home entertainment release.
The physical media release will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, as well as a standalone DVD from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Studio Canal.
Amazon Studios has announced theatrical and home release dates for My Name Is Pauli Murray, a film about social justice crusader Pauli Murray, a non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet who influenced both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.
The film will be released in theaters Sept. 17 and on the Prime Video streaming service on Oct. 1.
By the time the Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South, Murray understood what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Murray’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time.