August 16, 2022
Aug. 16 sees the release of Jurassic World Dominion, The Black Phone and South Park: Season 24 on disc, while Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank becomes available from digital retailers.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Aug. 16 releases an extended edition of Jurassic World Dominion. The extended edition, featuring 14 additional minutes of the film and an alternate opening, is available digitally as well as on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc. The theatrical cut arrives on DVD. The blockbuster dinosaur epic, the sixth in the “Jurassic Park” franchise and third in the “Jurassic World” trilogy, earned nearly $373 million in North American movie theaters, with a worldwide gross of over $974 million. The movie, which co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with original Jurassic Park cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, was directed by Colin Trevorrow and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, the director of the first two “Jurassic Park” films. Jurassic World Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar’s destruction, when dinosaurs roam the Earth again.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Aug. 16 also releases the psychological thriller The Black Phone on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. In The Black Phone, from Blumhouse and director Scott Derrickson, a 13-year-old boy is abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, where he starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims. The Black Phone, which stars Ethan Hawke, is based on the short story of the same name by Joe Hill. Other cast members include Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw. The film earned more than $87 million in North American movie theaters.
Season 24 of “South Park” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment. South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fourth Season includes the Pandemic episode, which was the highest rated and most-watched cable comedy telecast of 2020, followed by the Vaccination episode, which was the highest rated original cable comedy telecast of 2021. In the latest season, Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the ongoing pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school, but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman.
CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release NCIS: The Nineteenth Season on DVD Aug. 16. The five-disc collection offers all 21 episodes from the show about military investigators, including the final episodes of Mark Harmon as special agent Gibbs. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties. The DVD set also includes exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.
The animated family film Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank becomes available for digital purchase or rent Aug. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon. In the film, hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (voiced by Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s (voiced by Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) to train him, the underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. Other voice talent includes Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou and Michelle Yeoh. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18.
The dramatic comedy The Phantom of the Open becomes available for digital purchase Aug. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film tells the true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. The humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to the British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. He shot the worst round in Open history and drew the ire of the golfing elite, but became a folk hero in the process and, more importantly, showed his family the importance of pursuing your dreams. It arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 30.
The action thriller Sniper: Rogue Mission arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase Aug. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the latest installment in the “Sniper” franchise, when a crooked federal agent is involved in a human sex trafficking ring, Sniper and CIA Rookie Brandon Beckett (Chad Michael Collins) goes rogue, teaming up with his former allies Homeland Security Agent Zero (Ryan Robbins of TV’s “Riverdale”) and assassin Lady Death (Sayaka Akimoto) to uncover the corrupt agent and take down the criminal organization. Josh Brener (TV’s “Silicon Valley”) and Dennis Haysbert (TV’s “24”) co-star.
The Japanese action-comedy Baby Assassins becomes available on Blu-ray, DVD and for digital purchase Aug. 16 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Director Hugo Sakamoto (A Janitor, Hangman’s Knot) and action director Kensuke Sonomura (John Woo’s Manhunt, Nowhere Man, Hydra, Bushido Man) combine their talents for the martial arts film. Akari Takaishi (Distant Thunder, A Janitor) as “Chisato” and Saori Izawa (A Janitor) as “Mahiro” play highly trained teenage assassins. Upon graduation, they are informed by upper management that they will need to hold down “normal” jobs as a cover, and — even worse — they’ll be forced to share an apartment. However, after an unfortunate run-in with a Yakuza member, the two must band together to survive an epic fight for their lives. The cast also includes Masanori Mimoto (Enter the Fat Dragon, Hydra, First Love, Yakuza Apocalypse, God of War). A Jury’s Special Award Winner at the 2022 Fantasporto Film Festival, Baby Assassins premiered at the 2021 Fantastic Fest, and played at the 2022 Glasgow Film Festival and New York Asian Film Festival. It is also available for streaming on Hi-Yah!.
The LGBT drama romance As Long as I’m Famous will be released on DVD Aug. 16 from Ariztical Entertainment. It’s the story of private, often forbidden romances of legends from Montgomery Clift to Richard Rodgers, told through the perspective of 24-year-old Sidney Lumet. The film is inspired by true events and paying homage to the Golden Age of Broadway during the summer of 1948. Directed by Bruce Reisman, the film stars Aaron Fors, Gavin Adams, David Chokachi (Baywatch TV Series), Camille Montgomery, Nicholas Luna, Eric Lutes, Chelsea Jordan, Tracy Nelson and Michael Paré.
Aug. 19, Lionsgate will release the action film Bullet Proof in select theaters and via on demand and digital purchase Aug. 19. In the film directed by James C. Clayton, Vinnie Jones (Snatch) plays Temple, a sadistic mob boss. After stealing millions in cash from Temple’s drug-dealing hideout, the thief finds a stowaway in his getaway car — Temple’s pregnant wife Mia. Desperate to reclaim his cash — and his unborn son — Temple sends out a squad of hit men and bounty hunters to bring in Mia and the thief. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27.