July 19, 2022
New DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases for July 19 include The Bob’s Burgers Movie, Dual and the first season of “Yellowjackets,” while Zack Snyder’s Justice League becomes available for digital sale.
The 20th Century Studios animated adventure The Bob’s Burgers Movie will be available on Blu-ray and DVD July 19 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. A 4K Ultra HD Steelbook featuring custom artwork is available only at Best Buy. The animated musical comedy-mystery-adventure is based on the long-running, Emmy award-winning series “Bob’s Burgers.” In the movie, after a ruptured water main creates a sinkhole in front of Bob’s Burgers and blocks the entrance, Bob and Linda Belcher struggle to keep the business afloat, and the kids try to solve a mystery that could save the restaurant.
RLJE Films releases the sci-fi film Dual on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 19. Karen Gillan stars as a woman who, upon receiving a terminal diagnosis, opts for a cloning procedure to ease her loss on her friends and family. When she makes a sudden and miraculous recovery, her attempts to have her clone decommissioned fail and lead to a court-mandated duel to the death. Now she has one year to train her body and mind for the fight of her life. The cast also includes Beulah Koale, Theo James and Aaron Paul. Dual is the third feature film by writer-director Riley Stearns, following The Art of Self-Defense and Faults.
Showtime, CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release Yellowjackets: Season One on DVD July 19. “Yellowjackets” tells the story of a team of talented high school girls soccer players who survive a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness, chronicling their descent from teammates to savage clans while also tracking their lives 25 years later. The cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis, Warren Kole, Ella Purnell, Samantha Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Sophie Nélisse, Steven Krueger and Jasmin Savoy Brown. The four-disc set includes all 10 episodes plus two exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Yellowjackets: The Female Lens,” with interviews from the cast and creators; and “Yellowjackets: Favorite Moments,” in with the cast and crew reflect on impactful scenes throughout the season.
The original cast of the Emmy-nominated Comedy Central series “Reno 911!” returns for hijinks in Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon on DVD July 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Mary Birdsong and Ian Roberts, Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon is the first “Reno 911!” movie since Reno 911! Miami in 2007. In the film, the deputies from the Reno Sheriff’s Department are on a mission to track down the one and only Q behind all QAnon conspiracies. Ordered to serve court papers to the mysterious Q, the team goes deep undercover on Q’s Booze Cruise (mostly just for the free cruise). They ultimately escape only to discover they’ve landed at Jeffrey Epstein’s old island.
Season 15 of the History Channel series “Ancient Aliens” arrives on DVD July 19 from Lionsgate. Featuring narrator Robert Clotworthy and producer Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, this season examines formerly secret government reports about unexplained events around the country and the world, along with ancient relics believed to be of extraterrestrial origin. From prehistoric stone monoliths and sacred temples to dragon gods and time travelers, the season explores ancient technology and timeless relics that span the globe and the galaxy. As the government shifts from denial of the existence of extraterrestrials’ presence on Earth to releasing their extensive — formerly secret — reports on unexplained phenomena, it explores the growing belief that aliens may not be visitors from other planets, but perhaps creatures from our own future.
GKIDS and Shout! Factory July 19 release Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, a Japanese anime film from acclaimed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO4°C (MFKZ, Mind Game), on a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. Based on a novel of the same name by Kanako Nishi, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko follows the story of a brash single mother named Nikuko who is well known for her bold spirit, and her pensive yet imaginative daughter Kikuko. In contrast to her mother, Kikuko wants nothing more than to fit in as she navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school. Their peaceful life in the harbor is threatened when a shocking revelation from the past begins to challenge the pair’s tender relationship. The film won the Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation at the Fantasia International Film Festival and was also nominated for Best Independent Feature at the 49th Annual Annie Awards.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment makes Zack Snyder’s Justice League available for digital purchase starting July 19. The four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 Justice League film was released as an HBO Max exclusive in 2021. It was later released on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD disc and DVD, but those copies did not include access to a digital edition of the film, and it remained a digital exclusive to HBO Max. A sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel and 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film tells the story of Batman and Wonder Woman’s attempts to recruit a team of heroes to defend Earth against an alien threat. During production, director Zack Snyder clashed with the studio over the creative direction of the film, particularly in the wake of lackluster box office results for BvS. He eventually left the project following the death of his daughter, and was replaced by Joss Whedon, who conducted extensive reshoots to reduce the film to a studio-mandated two-hour running time. A trilogy bundle also will be available starting July 19 that will contain Man of Steel, the Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition (the three-hour director’s cut of that film), and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Read a review here.
Mill Creek Entertainment releases SeaQuest DSV: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Disc July 19. The set includes all 57 episodes from show’s three seasons that ran from 1993 to 1996. Set in the mid 21st century, the show follows the adventures of Capt. Nathan Bridger (Roy Scheider) and his crew aboard the submarine SeaQuest DSV, a vessel commissioned by the United Earth Oceans Organization to keep the peace among underwater colonies while exploring the sea. In the third season, the ship returns to Earth in the year 2032, 10 years after being abducted by aliens, and gains a new captain, Oliver Hudson, played by Michael Ironside. The cast also includes Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin and Ted Raimi. The Blu-ray set includes deleted scenes and new interviews with series creator Rockne S. O’Bannon; directors Anson Williams, John T. Kretchmer and Bryan Spicer; CGI supervisor John Parenteau; and composer John Debney.
The comedy Good Burger celebrates its 25th anniversary with a limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook July 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell reprised their roles from the sketch on Nickelodeon’s “All That” for this big screen romp directed by Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues). Following the antics of two teenagers trying to save the burger joint where they work, Good Burger was the first big screen adaptation based on characters from the Nickelodeon universe. In the film, when Mondo Burger’s high-tech hamburger haven opens across the street from the tiny Good Burger diner, Ed (Mitchell) and Dexter (Thompson) find themselves in a battle with big business. The film, originally released on July 25, 1997, also stars Abe Vigoda, Sinbad, Shar Jackson, Linda Cardellini and George Clinton. The Blu-ray Steelbook includes the original “Good Burger” sketch from “All That” and access to a digital copy of the film.
Kino Lorber is giving the 1955 classic Marty the special-edition treatment, celebrating the first film to win both a best picture Oscar and a Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm award. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc July 19 under Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics banner. Directed by Delbert Mann, Marty stars Ernest Borgnine as Marty Piletti, a 34-year-old Bronx butcher who has always been shy and uncomfortable around women. So when he meets Clara (Betsy Blair), a lonely schoolteacher who’s just as smitten with him as he is with her, Marty’s on top of the world. But not everyone around him shares Marty’s joy. And when his friends and family continually find fault with Clara, even Marty begins to question his newfound love — until he discovers, in an extraordinary way, the strength and courage to follow his heart. Marty was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four, including Best Actor for Borgnine, Best Director for Mann and Best Screenplay for Paddy Chayefsky. Marty arrives on disc from a brand-new 4K master. The Blu-ray Disc special edition includes a new audio commentary track by entertainment journalists and authors Bryan Reesman and Max Evry. The disc includes both the 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 versions of the film.
Kino Lorber July 19 releases the 1974 family film Where the Lilies Bloom on DVD and Blu-ray Disc under its Studio Classics banner. The Western was directed by William A. Graham and tells the story of Mary Call Luthor (Golden Globe nominee Julie Gholson), who lives happily with her father and three siblings in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Her idyllic childhood ends abruptly when her father dies. Though she is the second eldest, responsible and resourceful Mary Call emerges as the head of the family, determined to do what she must to fulfill her deathbed promise to her father to keep the orphans together. As they fight to earn their living, the children discover that the greatest treasure they possess is their love and devotion to each other. The film features music by country legend Earl Scruggs and costars veteran character actor Harry Dean Stanton, Jan Smithers (TV’s “WKRP in Cincinnati”) and Rance Howard (Huckleberry Finn). The film has been prepped for disc release from a new 2K master. The DVD and Blu-ray Disc include new audio commentary by film historian and filmmaker Daniel Kremer.
The horror film God Told Me To (1976) will be released on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray combo pack July 19 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group. A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: “God told me to.” In this cult classic, repressed Catholic NYPD detective (Tony Lo Bianco, The French Connection) must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind. Written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen (It’s Alive), the film also stars Deborah Raffin (Death Wish 3), Sandy Dennis (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Sylvia Sidney (Beetlejuice), Mike Kellin (Sleepaway Camp), Richard Lynch (Bad Dreams) and Andy Kaufman (“Taxi”). Presented in a new 4K restoration from the original uncensored negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, the release also includes such extras as audio commentary with Cohen; new audio commentary with film historians Steve Mitchell and Troy Howarth; an interview with star Tony Lo Bianco; an interview with special effects artist Steve Neill; and more.
The Troma Films horror title Zombie Island Massacre will be released on Blu-ray Disc July 19 from MVD Entertainment Group. A group of Americans, on what they assumed would be a relaxing and fun-filled vacation in the Caribbean, soon find themselves trapped in the island wilderness after their tour bus breaks down. Alone and stranded, the group begin to fall prey to an unknown, voodoo mask wearing assailant who bumps them off in various nasty ways, ranging from decapitation and evisceration, to impalement. As the surviving members of the group frantically search for help, they begin to suspect that not all of them might be who they claim they are. The film is the feature debut of movie editor John Carter (Lean on Me, Barbershop, Set It Off, Boomerang) and includes a score by composer Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th, Deepstar Six, House). The cast includes Tom Fitzsimmons (The Paper Chase), Rita Jenrette (HBO’s “Dream On”) and Ralph Monaco (Ghostbusters II).
The LGBT drama romance As Long as I’m Famous will be released on VOD July 19 from Ariztical Entertainment. It’s the story of private, often forbidden romances of legends from Montgomery Clift to Richard Rodgers, told through the perspective of 24-year-old Sidney Lumet. The film is inspired by true events and paying homage to the Golden Age of Broadway during the summer of 1948. It arrives on DVD Aug. 16.