‘Halloween Ends,’ ‘Terrifier 2’ Headline New Releases of Dec. 27

Dec. 27 sees a modest slate of new releases on Blu-ray and DVD that includes Halloween Ends, Terrifier 2 and a Father of the Bride remake.

Halloween Ends, said to be the final film in the “Halloween” horror/slasher franchise, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film series’ finale, Laurie Strode (Curtis) faces off for the last time against fabled killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills. Laurie lives with her granddaughter, Allyson (Matichak), and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael. Only one of them will survive. The film earned $64 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the latest remake of Father of the Bride on DVD Dec. 27. In the comic romance, Billy (Andy Garcia) and Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) are surprised when their eldest daughter Sofia (Adria Arjona) announces a new fiancé, Adan (Diego Boneta), and plans for a quick wedding. The news keeps Billy and Ingrid from announcing that they’re planning to divorce — but they hold off for the benefit of the family. Billy’s initial opposition to wedding cools, so long as his opinions carry the most weight. Soon, Adan’s headstrong father (Pedro Damián) arrives with his own traditions and family pride in tow. With the fathers vying to control the festivities, it becomes a game of one-upmanship — cultures clash, generations take sides and competing traditions collide. All relationships are tested as the roller coaster ride of wedding planning races toward the altar.

Cinedigm Dec. 27 releases Terrifier 2 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to Miles County where he targets a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night. It earned $10.6 million at the domestic box office.

The animated family adventure Big Trip 2: Special Delivery will be released via on demand, digital sellthrough and DVD Dec. 27 from Lionsgate. In the film, after a big trip, Mic Mic the bear just wants to relax. Unfortunately, another stork mishap means he must care for an adorable babv grizzly — and bring it all the way to America. As Mic Mic and his zany friends travel by airship, devious vulture Billy tries to sabotage the mission. The brave crew must survive a lightning storm, crash-landing, ice flood, snowy avalanche — and Billy’s traps — to bring the cute cub to America. The film features the voice talents of Pauly Shore (Biodome) and Jesse McCartney (Alvin and the Chipmunks).

GKIDS and Shout! Factory release Goodbye, Don Glees! as a Blu-ray/DVD combo Dec. 27. The coming-of-age anime film from writer and director Atsuko Ishizuka follows the story of teen misfits Roma, Toto and Drop, who call themselves the “Don Glees,” an informal name for their backyard adventure. One day, when the trio gets blamed for a nearby forest fire, they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. As disaster strikes, tensions flare between the friends as they realize that growing up has taken them on wildly different paths in life. The film screened at various major film festivals, including the Annecy International Film Festival, the Tokyo International Film Festival, and Fantasia Fest.

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The eight-episode HBO Max Original limited series “The Staircase,” created by Antonio Campos (“The Devil All the Time”) and starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette, arrives on DVD Dec. 27 from Warner. Based on a true story, “The Staircase” explores the life of Michael Peterson (Firth), his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife Kathleen Peterson (Collette). Also starring are Michael Stuhlbarg, Juliette Binoche, Dane DeHaan, Olivia DeJonge, Rosemarie DeWitt, Tim Guinee, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sophie Turner, Vincent Vermignon, Odessa Young and Parker Posey. Created by Campos, the series is co-produced by Annapurna Television.

Kino Lorber Dec. 27 will release Nobody’s Fool, the late Jessica Tandy’s final film, on both 4K Ultra HD and standard Blu-ray Disc. The 1994 movie, which also stars Paul Newman, is the latest major-studio release to get the 4K HD treatment from Kino Lorber. Nobody’s Fool was the final film released by Paramount Pictures prior to its sale to Viacom. The film was praised by critics and earned nearly $40 million at the domestic box office. In Nobody’s Fool, Newman portrays Sully, an out-of-work, hard-headed and hard-working construction worker with bad knees and a worse attitude. When the son he walked out on, Dylan Wash, shows up with his grandson, Sully is forced to deal with emotions he’d prefer to forget. Sully’s overbearing landlord, Jessica Tandy, and his ex-boss’ wife, Melanie Griffith, are the women in his life who get to see a bit of his softer side. But it’s the new relationship with his grandson that really gets to him. Nobody’s Fool received Academy Award nominations for Newman and writer-director Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer). The cast also includes Bruce Willis, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gene Saks, Josef Sommer, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Philip Bosco. The 4K Ultra HD version of the film comes from a 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative, with 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio. Bonus features include an audio commentary from filmmaker and film historian Jim Hemphill. It also includes a Blu-ray version. The Blu-ray Disc edition also includes an audio commentary with Hemphill as well as interviews with writer Richard Russo and actress Catherine Dent.

Glass House Distribution’s Vietnamese action thriller Head Rush will be released on digital Dec. 27 by Distribution Solutions. The adventure follows a man dying of a terminal illness who receives an experimental medical treatment and soon discovers he has superhuman powers. But the origins of the treatment are intertwined in a dark history that begins to unravel his life. Written and directed by Vietnamese director Victor Vu, the Official Selection for the Fantasia International Film Festival stars Cuong Seven (The Immortal, The Talent), Tran Thi Nha Phuong (Kiss & Tell, 1990) and Ngoc Anh Vu (Of Us & June, Berlin Wall). Action scenes were choreographed by Vincent Wang, a Hollywood fight and action scene choreographer whose worked on Marvel films Doctor Strange, Thor and Captain America.

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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