October 12, 2021
Oct. 12 marks the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy and Lionsgate’s The Green Knight, while Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 and Universal’s Stillwater become available for digital purchase.
Free Guy arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 12. The action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds has generated $119.6 million at the domestic box office and $327.4 million worldwide. Reynolds plays a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game decides to become the hero of his own story — one he rewrites himself. Now, in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way, before it’s too late.
The fantasy adventure The Green Knight arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital Oct. 12 from Lionsgate. A new take on the 14th century medieval story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” the film stars Academy Award nominee Dev Patel, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Ralph Iverson. From writer-director David Lowery, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom.
The documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain arrives on DVD Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The documentary is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the film is unflinching look at Bourdain, who published several books, appeared on the Bravo series “Top Chef” and had his own series “No Reservations.” He also appeared in the film The Big Short. Bourdain died of an apparent suicide in 2018.
Lionsgate releases the action thriller Survive the Game on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The film stars Swen Temmel as Cal, a cop whose partner, David (Bruce Willis) is injured in a drug bust gone wrong. Cal pursues the two criminals who shot David to a remote farm owned by troubled vet Eric (Chad Michael Murray). As Cal and Eric plot their defense, more of the gang arrives — along with a wounded David — and, outnumbered, the three heroes must use stealth, smarts, and marksmanship to take down the drug-dealing mob.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The collection includes all 18 episodes from the 2021 season of the CW series that chronicles the adventures of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who uses his super-speed powers to become the superhero known as the Flash, and his friends as they protect Central City from a variety of threats. The cast also includes Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco, Tom Cavanagh as Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile, Kayle Compton as Allegra and Brandon McKnight as Chester.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases the gothic romance The Haunting of Bly Manor on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The nine-part Bly Manor is primarily based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and serves as the second installment in Netflix’s “Haunting” anthology, following 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House. Returning cast members from Hill House include Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Carla Gugino and Kate Siegal, playing different characters. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed.
Paramount Oct. 12 will also release The Haunting Collection on Blu-ray and DVD, containing both Hill House and Bly House.
Lionsgate releases the History channel miniseries The Titans That Built America on DVD Oct. 12. Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the three-part docudrama follows the rise and rivalries of five titans of industry — Pierre du Pont, Walter Chrysler, J.P. Morgan Jr., Henry Ford and William Boeing. Out of the ashes of World War I and the Great Depression, a new crop of bold innovators creates new industries — from automobiles and airplanes to buildings and munitions — and rebuilds the United States. After years of competing with each other, these industry titans must unite during World War II to help defeat the world’s greatest enemy. Narrated by Campbell Scott, the miniseries stars Gerald Kyd, Cillian O’Gairbhi, Peter O’Meara, Grant Masters and Ian Toner. It originally aired May 31 to June 2, 2021, on History.
The horror thriller Don’t Breathe 2 becomes available for digital purchase Oct. 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 26.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release the drama Stillwater for digital purchase Oct. 12. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 26.
The documentary Live at Mr. Kelly’s will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough Oct. 12 from Virgil Films. The iconic Mister Kelly’s illuminated legendary Chicago’s Rush Street, and the entire country, by launching talent such as Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bob Newhart, Bette Midler and Steve Martin. Its visionary owners George and Oscar Marienthal smashed color and gender barriers to put unknown, controversial voices on stage and transform entertainment as America knew it in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Now, with the club long gone, and its star talent reaching their golden years, George’s son David and director/screenwriter Theodore Bogosian go on a quest to collect the memories before they are lost. Celebrity interviews include Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers, Dick Gregory, Lainie Kazan, Herbie Hancock, Dick Cavett, Tim Reid, Fred Willard and Ramsey Lewis. The film portrays through interviews, live footage, photos, music and song the rise and fall of one of American entertainment’s great proving grounds. It arrives on DVD Oct. 19.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts six more classics on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever Oct. 12, exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 2. Films in the collection, only available on 4K as part of the set, include Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility and The Social Network. Each title includes special features. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film via six new essays from writers Julie Kirgo, John Kenrick, Glenn Kenny, Michael G. McDunnah, Kayti Burt and Nev Pierce. The set also includes an exclusive Blu-ray bonus disc featuring 20 short films from the Columbia Pictures library, all presented in high-definition. The shorts, curated from more than 80 years of the studio’s history, showcase a wide scope of creative output across both live-action and animation, from “The Three Stooges” to award-winning mid-century cartoons to titles from Sony Pictures Animation.
Kino Lorber Oct. 12 releases the complete “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” series, which aired on ABC during the 1974–75 season. Darren McGavin portrays wire service reporter Carl Kolchak, who investigates mysterious crimes with supernatural causes. The series only aired for a single season but became a cult favorite during syndication.
Two classic Westerns directed by Robert Aldrich also are coming out on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 12. Vera Cruz (1953) stars Burt Lancaster, Gary Cooper, Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine and Jack Elam. The film is set during the Franco-Mexican War, with Lancaster and Cooper teaming up on a dangerous journey to transport a countess — and a hidden cache of gold — to the city of Veracruz. The Last Sunset (1961) stars Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas and Dorothy Malone. Famed author Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay, about a fugitive named Brendan O’Malley (Douglas) who crosses the border into Mexico to escape justice for a murder, pursued by Sheriff Dana Stribling (Hudson). He arrives at the ranch of a former lover, Belle Breckenridge (Malone). Initially he aims to win her back, but winds up falling in love with her daughter (played by Carol Lynley). A terrible secret put a tragic end to their love affair.
Also from Kino Oct. 12 is a Blu-ray of 1978 British comedy The Hound of the Baskervilles, which spoofs the classic Sherlock Holmes novel of the same name. The film stars Peter Cook as Sherlock Holmes and Dudley Moore as Dr. Watson.
Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film starring Brad Pitt, as war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.