‘Beast’ on Disc, ‘Clerks III’ on Digital Week of Oct. 11

The week of Oct. 11 sees new disc releases for Beast, a new animated “Mortal Kombat” movie and a “Paranormal Activity” boxed set, while Clerks III becomes available for digital sale.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Oct. 11 releases Beast on Blu-ray and DVD. The thriller from director Baltasar Kormáku stars Idris Elba as a widowed father who returns to South Africa with his two daughters to visit an old friend on a game reserve, where a journey of healing turns into a fearsome fight for survival as the family is hunted by a massive, rogue lion. The film earned $31.8 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 11. It was released through digital retailers Oct. 9. Snow Blind is the third entry in the “Mortal Kombat Legends” franchise of direct-to-video movies based on the popular “Mortal Kombat” video games. In the new movie, a shattered hero must overcome battle-inflicted blindness and seemingly insurmountable odds to save his village and, ultimately, all of Earthrealm. Vicious, power-mad Kano determined to take over Earthrealm, one soul at a time. Assisted by a trio of cold Black Dragon mercenaries, he embarks on a brutal assault from town to defenseless town. When the talented but undisciplined Kenshi doesn’t take a knee, Kano and his clan destroy the young warrior, taking his eyesight and his confidence. Under the tutelage of reluctant, retired Kuai Liang, the only one powerful enough to challenge the malevolent Kano, Kenshi finds renewed hope and a clear path to redemption.

For the first time in one complete set, all seven “Paranormal Activity” movies come together in Paranormal Activity: The Ultimate Chills Collection on Blu-ray Oct. 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The limited-edition, collector’s set includes the latest chapter on Blu-ray for the first time, Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin, which debuted exclusively on Paramount+. The collection also features the 90-plus minute documentary Unknown Dimension: The Story of Paranormal Activity, which chronicles the complete story of “Paranormal Activity” from indie sensation to blockbuster franchise. Featuring interviews with cast and crew, newly revealed footage from the films, and insight from fans, it’s an exploration of the movies that reimagined the “found footage” genre for a whole new generation of viewers. The collection includes nine Blu-ray discs, including the out-of-print 3D Blu-ray of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, digital codes for each film, and an exclusive “home security sticker” — all housed in deluxe packaging containing reversible artwork for each title.

The documentary Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song will be released on digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. A definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn “Hallelujah,” the feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust, including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs; performance footage; and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.

The family adventure Guardians of Time will be released via on demand, digital and DVD Oct. 11 from Lionsgate. In the film, when Sybil, her kid sister Alex, and two cousins discover a magical book in the family manor, it opens a hidden door into the forest of Keoherus. As the powerful Warriors Four, the girls must now locate secret temples and solve intricate puzzles to gather crystals that will allow them to control time. When Alex is captured by an evil force, they must rescue her and find a way home — or stay trapped in Keoherus forever.

The family adventure Ghoster will be released Oct. 11 via on demand and for digital purchase from Lionsgate. A DVD will be available exclusively at Walmart. In the film, Elizabeth and her father inherit a nearby estate — but find it haunted by a kindly young phantom named Ghoster. He begs for Elizabeth’s help undoing an ancient dragon’s curse that has trapped him in the manor. Joined by the caretaker’s handsome son Mateo, they must enter a magical painting and solve dangerous puzzles to undo the hex and free the trapped souls of Ghoster’s ancestors.

The thriller Frost will be released on Blu-ray (plus CD) and DVD Oct. 11 from Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group. In the film from writer James Cullen Bressack (Hot Seat, Fortress) and director Brandon Slagle (Crossbreed), a young woman, Abby (Devanny Pinn, Ride Along 2), and her estranged father, Grant (Vernon Wells, Commando), fight to survive after being stranded on a remote mountainside during a winter storm. The Blu-ray includes a bonus CD soundtrack, slide show and bonus trailers from Cleopatra Entertainment. The soundtrack features contributions by Rick Wakeman (YES), Geoff Downes (YES/ASIA) and Terry Reid. The DVD includes the slide show and bonus trailers.

Shout! Factory Oct. 11 will release Iké Boys, an offbeat fantasy adventure that mixes live-action and animation, for digital sale and on demand on all major platforms. Iké Boys follows the story of best friends Shawn Gunderson and Vikram “Vik” Kapoor as they escape from the drudgery of high school life in Oklahoma through their obsession with all things Japanese. They think all their wildest fantasies have come true when a mysterious anime film transforms them into superhuman characters, but when ancient monsters threaten to unleash the apocalypse on New Year’s Eve of 1999, Shawn and Vik must look to each other to become the heroes they were always meant to be.

Lionsgate will release director Kevin Smith’s Clerks III for digital purchase Oct. 14. The film completes a trilogy that began with Smith’s 1994 directorial debut Clerks. and continued with 2006’s Clerks II. It is also the ninth entry in Smith’s View Askewniverse, his shared cinematic universe linked by Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Smith) and named for his production company, View Askew. Clerks III returns to the adventures of Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) about 15 years after they purchased the Quick Stop convenience store. After Randal suffers a massive heart attack (based on Smith’s own real-life heart attack), he decides to make a movie about his life in the retail service industry (as depicted in the first two “Clerks” movies). The cast also includes Trevor Fehrman, Austin Zajur, and Rosario Dawson. The film has made about $2.2 million during a limited Fathom Events theatrical run and a live roadshow tour presented by Smith himself. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and VOD Dec. 6.

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Kino Lorber Oct. 11 will release its ninth and latest collection of vintage black-and-white film noir movies as Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema IX. The Blu-ray Disc set includes three 1940s classics: Lady on a Train, Tangier and Take One False Step, and carries a suggested retail price of $49.95. The collection is being released under Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics banner. Lady on a Train (1945) stars Deanna Durbin (It Started with Eve) as a young woman on a New York-bound train who witnesses a murder outside her compartment window. With a penchant for reading mystery novels and the help of a mystery writer (David Bruce), she sets out to solve the case after police refuse to believe her story. The plot thickens when she’s caught at the victim’s estate and is mistaken for his showgirl fiancée. Adopting the ruse, she soon discovers that the deceased has willed her most of his vast fortune. Tangier (1946) stars Maria Montez as a cafe dancer determined to bring a Nazi collaborator to justice. Set in the North African city of Tangier, Montez catches the eye of a down-and-out war correspondent. With the help of a young, local entrepreneur, they battle a Nazi war criminal (Preston Foster) who’s working incognito as a military governor.  Take One False Step (1949) finds married college professor Andrew Gentling (William Powell, The Thin Man) inveigled by old flame Catherine Sykes (Shelley Winters) into a midnight drive. The very next day, Catherine vanishes. Andrew’s friend Martha (Marsha Hunt) convinces him that he’s a prime suspect and should investigate before he’s arrested. But this only puts Andrew in a deadlier kind of danger when the trail leads him to the crime-ridden streets of San Francisco. All three films are coming to disc from brand-new 2K and 4K masters. The set includes new audio commentaries for Tangier (film critic Felicia Feaster) and Take One False Step (film historian Eddy Von Mueller).

Kino Lorber on Oct. 11 releases The Blue Iguana, a 1988 crime film directed by John Lafia and starring Dylan McDermott, Dean Stockwell, Jessica Harper, Pamela Gidley and James Russo, on Blu-ray Disc only on Oct. 11. The film, about a bounty hunter who is blackmailed into stopping the transfer of $20 million from a Mexican tax paradise into the United States, carries a suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.95. McDermott stars as Vince Holloway, a bounty hunter with a problem — the people he tries to bring back alive keep winding up dead. Vince accepts a high-risk offer from the IRS to recover $20 million from a crooked bank in the sleepy little town of Diablo, Mexico. Once Vince hits Diablo, he discovers a notorious bar called The Blue Iguana. It’s loaded with thugs, killers, smugglers and evil women. Vince feels right at home. 

Kino Lorber will release 1993’s Indecent Proposal Oct. 11 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The film, which will be released under Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics banner, stars Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson as Diana and David Murphy, a financially strapped couple who are betting on a quick trip to Las Vegas to win big money. Then things take a twist: After losing at the tables, billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford) ups the ante— $1 million — if Diana has sex with him. From Adrian Lyne, the acclaimed director of Flashdance, 9½ Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Jacob’s Ladder and Unfaithful, Indecent Proposal examines a riveting morality game — one in which each player has a strategy, as well as a set of rules to play by. The cast also includes Seymour Cassel (Rushmore), Oliver Platt (The Ice Harvest), Billy Bob Thornton (Slingblade), Rip Taylor (Wayne’s World 2) and Billy Connelly (The Boondock Saints). The film has been remastered in HDR/Dolby Vision by Paramount Pictures, and the result has been personally approved by director Lyne. The 4K Ultra HD edition features 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Stereo sound and is presented on a triple-layer UHD100 disc. Also included in the package is a second disc with the film in standard Blu-ray Disc.

The 1999 crime-drama The Limey arrives on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital Steelbook combo pack Oct. 11 from Lionsgate as a Best Buy exclusive. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film stars Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren and Peter Fonda. The Limey follows British ex-con Wilson (Stamp), who arrives in Los Angeles to investigate the mystery of his daughter’s “accidental” death. His prime suspect, the wealthy, heavily guarded music promoter Terry Valentine (Fonda), is no easy target. Propelled into an increasingly brutal search for truth, Wilson, with single-mindedness and terrifying precision, moves unstoppably toward revenge.

Martin Campbell’s sci-fi actioner No Escape will be released on DVD Oct. 11 in the Unearthed Classics line from Unearthed and MVD Entertainment Group. Released in 1994, No Escape is set in the futuristic world of 2022, when the prison system is run by corporations and prisoners are highly valuable assets. John Robbins (Ray Liotta) is a marine convicted for the murder of his commanding officer after being ordered to kill innocent civilians in Benghazi. After his conviction, Robbins is dropped on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts who are out to kill him. Robbins’ only hope for survival is escape. No Escape co-stars Lance Henriksen, Kevin Dillon, Ernie Hudson and Michael Lerner. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 18

Four horror and thriller titles — Cold Heaven, Curse III: Blood Sacrifice, Night Visitor and Shredder — are being released on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 11 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group.

From director Nicolas Roeg, Cold Heaven (1991) is a psychological thriller starring Theresa Russell (Black Widow, Straight Time, Bad Timing) and Mark Harmon (The Presidio, Stealing Home, TV’s “NCIS” and “St. Elsewhere”). In the film, seduction, deception and death all lead to the ultimate test of an unfaithful woman’s love and fate when her deceased husband inexplicably comes back to life. The cast also includes James Russo (Extremities, Donnie Brasco, Freeway), Will Patton (No Way Out, The Rapture, The Punisher), Julie Carmen (In the Mouth of Madness, Night of the Juggler, Last Plane Out), Talia Shire (Rocky, Windows, Prophecy) and Seymour Cassel (Minnie and Moskowitz, California Dreaming).

The legendary Christopher Lee (Nothing but the Night, Dracula: Prince of Darkness) stars in the chilling thriller Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991). In the film, an African witch doctor summons a demon-like creature to torture an American (Jenilee Harrison, “Three’s Company”) who interrupted a tribal ceremony in an attempt to keep them from sacrificing a goat. As a result, a witch doctor puts a curse on her and her family. It isn’t long before a demon from the sea is stalking the family and anyone else they know. Henry Cele (Shaka Zulu) co-stars.

Night Visitor (1989) is terrifying tale about a young man named Billy (Derek Rydall, Phantom of the Mall), who claims that a respected member of his community, his history teacher (Allen Garfield, Mother, Jugs and Speed, Skateboard, Busting), is behind a series of horrific occult murders. Elliott Gould (The Long Goodbye) and Richard Roundtree (Shaft, Opposing Force, Earthquake) help sleuth out the satanic killer. The film also stars Shannon Tweed (Night Eyes, Of Unknown Origin), Michael J. Pollard (Bonnie and Clyde) and Henry Gibson (Nashville, The Incredible Shrinking Woman). From a brand-new 2019 HD master, the release includes on-camera interviews with writer Randal Viscovich, director Rupert Hitzig and editor Glenn Erickson.

Horror hits the slopes in the slasher cult classic Shredder, about a gang of snowboarders on a one-way chair lift to terror. Lindsey McKeon (“Saved By The Bell: The New Class”), Scott Weinger (“Fuller House,” Aladdin) and Brad Hawkins (Boyhood) star in the scare-filled, laugh-packed weekend of horror as a homicidal maniac with a grudge against snowboarders turns a snowy getaway into a body count nightmare when seven hot-blooded coeds break into an abandoned ski lodge. Extras include audio commentary with director Greg Huson, an on camera interview with star Lindsey McKeon and outtakes.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

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