July 26, 2022
Among the titles arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 26 are Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Lost City, The Duke, season one of “The Gilded Age,” and a new “Green Lantern” animated movie.
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution releases Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 26. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, Marvel’s master of the mystic arts, fresh off helping Spider-Man deal with an incursion of alternate realities in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In Multiverse of Madness, he meets America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses. But she is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power, leading Doctor Strange to vow to protect her. However, when he turns to fellow magic user Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) for help, he discovers a danger he never expected, sending him on a journey through parallel realities to protect his charge. The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams, and was directed by Sam Raimi. It has earned $391 million at the domestic box office, and $954.4 million globally. Read a review here.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases the romantic adventure comedy The Lost City on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray, and DVD July 26. Sandra Bullock plays a writer named Loretta Sage, whose novels are filled with stories of ancient tombs and daring adventures. When she is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) to locate a legendary lost city, Loretta’s handsome cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum), sets off on a heroic but hapless rescue mission. Thrust into an epic thrill-ride through the jungle, the unlikely pair must work together to survive the elements, and survive each other, to find the city’s fabled treasure before it’s lost forever. The movie has earned $105.3 million at the domestic box office.
The comedic drama The Duke arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally July 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in 1961, the film follows Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year-old taxi driver who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge — a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and, in so doing, saved his son (Fionn Whitehead) and his marriage to Dorothy Bunton (Helen Mirren). The film was an official selection at the Telluride and Venice film festivals.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Green Lantern: Beware My Power on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and for digital purchase on July 26. The animated film based on DC Comics characters will focus on John Stewart (voiced by Aldis Hodge), a discharged Marine sniper who receives an alien ring that gives him the powers of the guardian of Earth. However, the ring doesn’t come with instructions, forcing Stewart to learn on the fly as an interplanetary horde is set on eliminating every Green Lantern in the universe. The voice cast also includes Jimmi Simpson as Green Arrow, Ike Amadi as Martian Manhunter, Brian Bloom as Adam Strange, Jamie Gray Hyder as Hawkgirl, Mara Junot as Lyssa Drak and Banth Dar, Jason J. Lewis as Ganthet and Captain Kantus, Keesha Sharp as Vixen, Simon Templeman as Sardath and Console Voice, Rick D. Wasserman as Sinestro, Sunil Malhotra as Power Ring and Rannian Commander, and Nolan North as various characters.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Gilded Age: The Complete First Season on DVD July 26. Created by Emmy and Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”), “The Gilded Age” chronicles life in New York in the late 1800s during a period of immense economic change. A wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family, Marian (Louisa Jacobson), embarks on a mission to infiltrate the wealthy neighboring clan of her aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon), dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell (Morgan Spector) and his ambitious wife, Bertha (Carrie Coon), meeting new people like aspiring writer Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), along the way. The cast also includes Jeanne Tripplehorn, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones and Harry Richardson. The series was recently renewed for a second season by HBO.
RLJE Films releases the Western series That Dirty Black Bag: Season 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 26. The modern take on spaghetti Westerns stars Dominic Cooper as Arthur McCoy, an incorruptible sheriff who’s trying to overcome his troubled past to bring law and order to a town full of bounty hunters, bandits and bloody vendettas. His main nemesis is Red Bill (Douglas Booth), an infamous solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a dirty black bag. When the paths of these two men collide, they both learn that in the Wild West, there are no heroes, nobody is invincible, and the predators may become the prey. The cast also includes Niv Sultan, Aidan Gillen and Travis Fimmel. The series premiered on AMC+ March 10.
The horror-thriller Mid-Century is being released on Blu-ray and DVD July 26 from Lionsgate. Mid-Century follows a husband and wife on a weekend in a mid-century modern vacation rental that turns deadly when the husband discovers the owner is a psychopath with a backyard of buried secrets and designs on his wife. Directed by Sonja O’Hara (Best Director winner for Mid-Century at this year’s L.A. Film Festival), the film stars Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Stephen Lang (“Avatar” franchise) and Shane West (“Gotham”).
The horror title Slapface will be released on DVD, for digital purchase and on VOD July 26 from RLJE Films and Shudder. In the film, after the death of his mother, Lucas — a loner who lives in a rundown home with his brother Tom — regularly seeks solace in the nearby woods. With his only “friends” being a group of female bullies, he keeps to himself most of the time. But, after a strange encounter with an inhuman monster, Lucas begins to withdraw from others. When the two reach a tentative trust, a bizarre friendship is born, and Lucas is swept up in a series of primal adventures.
The Korean crime thriller Paid in Blood debuts becomes available for digital purchase July 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, when a powerful crime ring starts construction on the largest casino in all of Asia, the group is challenged by a young, vicious gangster (Jang Hyuk) from Seoul who will stop at nothing to gain power. In a desperate attempt to stop the newcomer’s plot to kill his way to the top, the gang’s leader declares all-out war on the man and his followers. Written and directed by Yoon Youngbin, the actioner stars Yoo O-Seong (Beat, Champion, Spy), Jang Hyuk (The Swordsman), Park Seong-geun (Stranger, Into the Ring), Oh Dae-hwan (Deliver Us From Evil, Veteran, The Great Battle), Lee Hyun-kyun (“To All the Guys Who Loved Me”) and Shin Seung-hwan (Vagabond, The Battleship Island, Veteran).
RLJE Films will release Shudder’s Hellbender on DVD, VOD and for digital sellthrough July 26. The film stars Zelda Adams as Izzy, who leads an isolated life, locked away from the world by her protective mother who has convinced her she has a “chronic illness.” After sneaking into town, Izzy plays a cruel drinking game with a new friend that unleashes a deep-rooted taste for blood. Confused and scared, Izzy questions her mom, whose secrets are as old and dark as their family bloodline’s ties to witchcraft. But Izzy’s true nature can only sleep for so long.
The music documentary Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story will be released for digital purchase July 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is a celebration of 50 years of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as New Orleans’ unique culture, featuring Jimmy Buffett; Bruce Springsteen; Katy Perry; Pitbull; Al Green; Herbie Hancock; Aaron Neville; Earth, Wind & Fire; and many others. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9.
Another collection of European Christopher Lee films, Lee in The Return of Captain Invincible, and Dennis Hopper in Out of the Blue arrive on disc July 26 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.
The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Collection 2, available on Blu-ray Disc, presents five films from the iconic actor’s European career. Immediately following Horror of Dracula, Lee reprised the role in the quirky 1959 Italian comedy Uncle Was a Vampire. Lee speaks fluent German opposite Klaus Kinski for the crazed 1962 crime thriller The Secret of the Red Orchid. In the 1974 U.K. psycho-thriller Dark Place, Lee leads a cast that includes Joan Collins, Herbert Lom and Jane Birkin. Lee’s final performance as The Count in the 1976 French comedy Dracula and Son can at last be seen in its superior director’s cut, while the ultra-rare 1989 Dutch drama Murder Story brings Lee into the sex shops of Amsterdam. Each film has been remastered from original negative materials with more than 15 total hours of trailers, commentaries, alternate cuts, vintage interviews and new featurettes, plus the Dracula and Son soundtrack and a new 100-page book by Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby.
The Return of Captain Invincible, featuring Alan Arkin and Lee, is available on Blu-ray. The two star in the long-unseen 1982 action-comedy from the director of The Beast Within and Howling II, with songs by Richard O’Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and co-written by the screenwriter of Die Hard and 48 Hours. In the film, when archcriminal Mr. Midnight (Lee) plots to take over the world, humanity’s only hope is World War II’s formerly indestructible “Legend In Leotards” (Arkin) who is now a burnt-out drunk. The released includes three discs, the theatrical version, the director’s cut and the soundtrack CD, with two-plus hours of special features.
The drama Out of the Blue (1980), directed by and starring Dennis Hopper, is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. Virtually unseen for more than 40 years, the film stars Linda Manz as a 15-year-old who idolizes Elvis, punk rock, and her ex-con father (Hopper). Surrounded by junkies and predators, she follows them all down a one-way road to oblivion. Sharon Farrell (The Stunt Man), Don Gordon (The Last Movie) and Raymond Burr co-star. Special features include audio commentaries from Hopper, executive producer Paul Lewis and distributor John Alan Simon, the writer, and film scholar Kate Rennenbohm; cast interviews; and “Gone But Not Forgotten — Remembering Linda Manz.”