February 1, 2022
Feb. 1 sees the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Clifford the Big Red Dog on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, while House of Gucci becomes available for digital purchase.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife Feb. 1 becomes available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The next chapter in the original “Ghostbusters” universe, from director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, it follows a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather, an original Ghostbuster, left behind. (Read a review here.)
Also due Feb. 1 is the “Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection 4K Ultra HD Set,” with Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II and Ghostbusters: Afterlife on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, plus two discs of special features. The set includes more than 20 hours of behind-the-scenes and archival footage, including the full preview cut of the original movie. Presented in collectible “ghost trap” packaging with lights, it includes a 220-page reprint of the 1985 “Making Ghostbusters” book. Digital copies of the three films and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call are also included (see controversy).
The family film Clifford the Big Red Dog becomes available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the film based on the book series, when Emily discovers her little red puppy named Clifford has grown to 10-foot-tall overnight, she turns to her eccentric Uncle Casey for help. But when a mad scientist tries to capture the larger-than-life pup, it takes the entire neighborhood to hide Clifford as they race across the city. (Read a review here.)
MGM releases House of Gucci for digital purchase Feb. 1. From director Ridley Scott, the film is inspired by the true story of the family behind the Italian Gucci fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge and, ultimately, murder. The cast also includes Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino. It earned $52.9 million at the domestic box office. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 22.
RLJE Films and Shudder Feb. 1 release the animated horror film The Spine of Night on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook that includes a DVD and standard Blu-ray. The film premiered in theaters, on demand and through digital retailers in October. Both RLJE Films and Shudder are owned by AMC Networks. The Spine of Night stars Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Betty Gabriel (Get Out) and Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”). The film was co-written and co-directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King. The film is an epic fantasy about the history of a land that never was. It begins when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant. He falls to its darker temptations and, in so doing, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, it falls to people of different ilk and culture to attempt to stop him. Among those who stand against him are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian.
RLJE Films Feb. 1 releases the Shudder horror film Superhost through digital platforms and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Directed and written by Brandon Christensen, Superhost stars Sara Canning (“9-1-1”, “Nancy Drew”), Osric Chau (“The Flash”, “Nancy Drew”), Gracie Gillam (“Z Nation,” “Scream Queens”) and Barbara Crampton (Jakob’s Wife). In the film, Teddy and Claire are travel vloggers who run a channel called “SUPERHOST,” where they travel and share their experiences in and around vacation homes. Their initial success, however, has begun to ebb, and with a dwindling subscriber count they decide to create viral content around a fascinating woman named Rebecca, their most recent host. Bad choice.
The Bruce Willis action thriller Deadlock will be released on DVD Feb. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film is already available for digital purchase and on demand. In Deadlock, Willis stars as Ron Whitlock, a wanted criminal leading a team of mercenaries on a mission of vengeance. Convinced that the government is working against them, the merciless group brutally seizes an energy plant and holds everyone inside hostage. With a nearby town on the brink of massive flooding and destruction, it’s up to retired elite army ranger Mack Karr (Patrick Muldoon) to save thousands of innocent lives before it’s too late.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World in a limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook on Feb. 1 for the film’s 30th anniversary. Originally released on Feb. 14, 1992, the film marked the feature debut of Wayne and Garth, characters originated by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey on “Saturday Night Live.” A send-up of pop culture, the film also features Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere and Alice Cooper. Directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Myers and Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, Wayne’s World follows Wayne and Garth as they try to promote their public-access cable show. The film ultimately earned more than $183 million at the worldwide box office and spawned the sequel Wayne’s World 2. A double feature of the two films also will be available on Blu-ray. The Wayne’s World Blu-rays include access to digital copies of the films.
Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop Feb. 1 release Sesame Street — Elmo’s World: All Around the Neighborhood on DVD and for digital purchase. The film features two hours of “Elmo’s World” shorts, teaching preschoolers about doctors, newspapers, machines, factories, ramps, sports, getting dressed, bowling, veterinarians, nighttime, maps, blocks, transportation, measuring and photographers.
Kino Lorber Feb. 1 releases a Blu-ray Disc collection of 1986’s F/X and its 1991 sequel, F/X2. In the original F/X, Bryan Brown stars as Rollie Tyler, the best special effects artist in showbiz, who is recruited by the Justice Department to stage the assassination of an important underworld witness. After he pulls the illusion off, he is dumbfounded to learn that he’s being pinned for the murder and is soon hunted by those who hired him, with just is knowledge of visual trickery. Brian Dennehy plays Leo, a detective who stumbles upon the plot as he investigates the collateral damage from the efforts to kill Rollie. The cast also includes Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach and Tom Noonan. In F/X2, Rollie has left the special effects business and now designs sophisticated electronic toys for a living. But when his girlfriend’s ex-husband, a police detective, persuades him to devise an illusion to capture a serial killer, Rollie is once again lured into the lethal world of make-believe. And soon, he finds himself trapped in a murderous maze of deceit and treachery in which he must depend on his ingenious tricks and his friendship Leo to expose an underworld conspiracy. The cast includes Rachel Ticotin, Joanna Gleason, Philip Bosco and Kevin J. O’Connor.
The documentary Julia, about cookbook author and television star Julia Child, becomes available through digital retailers Feb. 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives and cutting-edge food cinematography, the documentary traces Child’s 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961), which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose — and her fame — at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey. The film was an official selection at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, AFI Fest, among other film festivals. It was nominated at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards for Best Historical or Biographical Documentary and Best Score. It arrives on DVD Feb. 15.
The documentary 100 Years From Mississippi will be released on VOD and for digital purchase Feb. 1 from Virgil Films. The film chronicles the experiences of Mamie Lang Kirkland, who was 7 years old when she fled Ellisville, Miss., in 1915 with her mother and siblings as her father and his friend John Hartfield escaped an approaching lynch mob. Hartfield returned to Mississippi in 1919 and was killed in one of the most horrific lynchings of the era.