‘Jungle Cruise,’ ‘In the Heights’ Lead Aug. 31 Digital and Disc Releases

Aug. 31 sees Disney’s Jungle Cruise become available for digital purchase, while Warner’s In the Heights arrives on disc.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution makes Jungle Cruise available for early digital ownership Aug. 31. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 16.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business will be available for digital purchase Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14.

The musical In the Heights is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Aug. 31 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film is directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Broadway’s Hamilton) music and lyrics. It stars Anthony Ramos (A Star Is Born, Broadway’s Hamilton) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, BlacKkKlansman). The film also stars singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s In the Heights), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s Rent), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s Matilda the Musical), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films). In the film set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

The animated family film Spirit Untamed arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation. Spirit Untamed follows free-spirited Lucky Prescott, who moves to Miradero to join her estranged father. She is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy town until she discovers a unique tie to her late mother who was a fearless horse-riding stunt performer. She quickly forms a bond with a wild mustang named Spirit and makes two new pals who love horses as much as she does. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her friends set off on an epic journey to rescue the horse who has given her an unbreakable connection to her mother’s legacy.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Aug. 31 releases the direct-to-video animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms on Blu-ray Disc, as a 4K Ultra HD combo pack and through digital retailers. A sequel to 2020’s Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge and based on the “Mortal Kombat” video game franchise, Battle of the Realms finds the team of heroes besieged by the enemy forces of Shao Kahn — forcing Raiden and his group of warriors into a deal to compete in a final Mortal Kombat that will determine the fate of the realms. As the travel to Outworld in order to defend Earthrealm, Scorpion must find the ancient Kamidogu before it’s used to resurrect the One Being — which would mean certain destruction of all things in the universe.

Season six of “Fear The Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 31 from Lionsgate. In season six, after being torn apart by the Pioneers, Morgan’s (James) group is now dispersed across their far-reaching settlements, with life behind the Pioneers’ walls testing each of the group’s members in different ways — and forcing them to define who they really are in this new world. As Morgan’s bid to free the remaining members of the group grows bolder, Virginia’s (Minifie) desperation to find her sister accelerates, as does her need to protect the settlements from the enemy forces outside — and within. With new alliances forming, relationships dissolving, loyalties switching, and everyone forced to take sides, “The End Is the Beginning” reveals its deepest meaning.

The historical sports film 12 Mighty Orphans will come out on digital, DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. An official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film stars Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, with Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen. It tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth, Texas, orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes — or even a football — to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty’s secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.

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CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment releases Blue Bloods: The Tenth Season on DVD Aug. 31. “Blue Bloods” is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Tom Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, the New York police commissioner, who heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry, during his stint as chief. The cast also includes Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Marisa Ramirez, Vanessa Ray and Len Cariou. The 11th season consists of 16 episodes and finds Frank clashing with the City Council Speaker (Whoopi Goldberg) over protests against police brutality.

NCIS: New Orleans: The Final Season will be released on DVD Aug. 31 by CBS and Paramount. Starring Scott Bakula, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder, “NCIS: New Orleans” deals with the local field office that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, a.k.a. “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.

Also due on DVD Aug. 31 is NCIS: New Orleans: The Complete Series, containing all seven seasons.

Breaking Glass Pictures Aug. 31 releases A Wake, an LGBTQ family drama from director Scott Boswell (The Stranger in Us). The film will be available on iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu, as well as through local cable and satellite providers and on DVD.

Cohen Film Collection Aug. 31 releases Blu-ray Disc and DVDs of “Three Men to Kill,” a double feature of two classic French crime dramas starring Alain Delon, the French actor and screen sex symbol of the 1960s and ’70s. The collection will consist of  the movies The Gang (1977) and Three Men to Kill (1980), and will retail at $19.95 (DVD) and $29.95 (Blu-ray). 

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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