February 23, 2021
DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, distributed by Universal Pictures, the Paramount Pictures action thriller Redemption Day, and the World War II drama The Last Vermeer, from Sony Pictures, top the slate of new releases available for home viewing beginning Feb. 23.
Also newly available for home audiences are the documentary 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story, from Virgil Films; the remake of the horror classic Wrong Turn, from Lionsgate; and the 1972 biopic The Lady Sings the Blues, which Paramount is releasing for the first time on Blu-ray Disc.
The Croods: A New Age arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Feb. 23 while it continues to top the domestic box office. The animated film was made available for digital sellthrough Feb. 9. It was released Nov. 25 in U.S. theaters and topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks before becoming available through premium VOD Dec. 18, then returned to the top of the box office charts earlier this month.
A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, A New Age features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans.
Redemption Day arrives on DVD Feb. 23 after showing in select theaters and an earlier release through digital retailers and on demand. In the film, having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton (Gary Dourdan) finds his wife Katie kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the women he loves. The film also stars Serinda Swan, Martin Donovan, Ernie Hudson, Sami Naceri and Andy Garcia.
The Last Vermeer becomes available Feb. 23 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and through digital retailers. Based on the book The Man Who Made Vermeers by Jonathan Lopez, the film follows a Dutch Jew fighting in the Resistance who after the war winds up identifying and redistributing stolen art — and fighting to save the life of a flamboyant art dealer.
Lionsgate’s Wrong Turn also arrives Feb. 23 on Blu-ray Disc (plus digital) and DVD. The reboot of the franchise is executive produced by Martin Moszkowicz (Resident Evil franchise), Bill Bromiley (3 From Hell, We Summon the Darkness) and Jonathan Saba (The Vanished, Hangman), and stars Matthew Modine, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head and Bill Sage.
The documentary 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story will come out on DVD and digital Feb. 23 from Virgil Films. 7 Yards is a feature-length film that explores the resilience and perspective of Chris Norton, a promising college football star who in 2010, at the age of 18, suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury. Doctors gave him just a 3% chance to ever move again, but he defied that diagnosis. After years of physical therapy and training, Norton and his story went viral in 2015 when he successfully walked across the college graduation stage with the help of his fiancée Emily. Video of Norton walking to get his diploma touched the world, and it received more than 300 million views. Soon after, Chris and Emily set an ambitious new goal: walk seven yards side-by-side down the wedding aisle.
Lady Sings the Blues stars Diana Ross as singer Billie Holiday. The drama was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ross. The late comedian Richard Pryor also stars as the unforgettable Piano Man.