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Loaded Oct. 18 New-Release Slate Includes ‘Bullet Train,’ ‘Paws of Fury’ on Disc, ‘Invitation,’ ‘Good House’ on Digital

Oct. 18 finds a crowded line-up of notable movies headed to DVD and Blu-ray, including Bullet Train, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, Orphan: First Kill, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons, Fall, Easter Sunday and Mack & Rita, while new digital releases include The Invitation and The Good House.

The actioner Bullet Train will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug’s latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe — all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives — on the world’s fastest train. The thrill-ride through modern-day Japan comes from David Leitch, the director of Deadpool 2. The film also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A Martínez Ocasio and Sandra Bullock. Bullet Train earned $103.1 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

The animated family film Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank will be available on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon. In the film, hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (voice of Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s (voice of 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. The film earned $17.8 million at U.S. theaters.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases Orphan: First Kill on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 18. The film is a prequel to the 2009 horror film Orphan, about a serial killer named posing as a child. First Kill features Isabelle Fuhrman reprising her role as Leena Klammer, the killer from the original film. After escaping from an Estonian psychiatric facility, she travels to America by impersonating Esther Albright, the missing daughter of a wealthy family. However, an unexpected twist arises that pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost. The cast also includes Rossif Sutherland and Julia Stiles. The film earned $5.4 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the animated movie Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and for digital purchase Oct. 18. Warner Bros. Animation’s first all-CG animated feature-length film finds the children of Batman and Superman tasked with saving their famous fathers — and the world. The ‘PG-13’-rated film based on DC Comics characters begins with Superman’s 11-year-old half-Kryptonian son Jonathan Kent (Jack Dylan Glazer) discovering he has superpowers and being introduced to the complicated world of superheroes and supervillains. When the world is attacked by the malevolent mind-controlling alien force known as Starro, Jonathan must join forces with Batman’s son Damian Wayne (Jack Griffo), the former assassin now serving as Robin. The voice cast also includes Troy Baker as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Superman/Clark Kent, Laura Bailey as Lois Lane, Darin De Paul as Lex Luthor and Starro, Tom Kenny as Green Arrow and Penguin, Zeno Robinson as Jimmy Olsen and Melvin Masters, Nolan North as Jor-El, and Myrna Velasco as Wonder Girl and Lara.

The thriller Fall arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Oct. 18 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Scott Mann (Heist, The Tournament), the height-induced nightmare follows two best friends as they ascend a 2,000 foot tower and end up stranded. In the film, for best friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey, Shazam, Annabelle: Creation) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner, Marvel’s “Runaways,” Project Almanac, Halloween), life is all about conquering fears and pushing limits. But after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now Becky and Hunter’s expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights in this thriller from the producers of 47 Meters Down. The film co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Rampage, “The Walking Dead”).

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the comedy Easter Sunday on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 18. Stand-up comedian Jo Koy stars as a man who returns home for an Easter celebration with his loving and uproariously unpredictable Filipino-American family. The cast also includes Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada, Lydia Gaston, Asif Ali, Rodney To, Eugene Cordero, Jay Chandrasekhar, Tiffany Haddish and Lou Diamond Phillips. The film earned $13 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate will release the romantic comedy Mack & Rita on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 18. When 30-year-old self-proclaimed homebody Mack Martin (Elizabeth Lail) reluctantly joins a Palm Springs bachelorette trip for her best friend Carla (Taylour Paige), her inner 70-year-old is released — literally. The frustrated writer and influencer magically transforms into her future self: “Aunt Rita” (Diane Keaton). Freed from the constraints of other people’s expectations, Rita comes into her own, becoming an unlikely social media sensation and sparking a tentative romance with Mack’s adorable dog-sitter, Jack (Dustin Milligan).

Lionsgate will release the horror comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 18. A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack will be available exclusively at Best Buy. When a group of 20-somethings get stuck at a remote family mansion during a hurricane, a party game ends with a dead body on the ground and fingers pointed everywhere. As they try to find the killer among them, fake friends and real enemies have to learn who to trust — and how to survive. The cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, Lee Pace and Pete Davidson.

The family comedy 8-Bit Christmas will be released on DVD Oct. 18 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. A humorous look back at the adventures of childhood, the film stars Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Matrix Resurrections, “The Smurfs” films). Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on 10-year-old Jake Doyle’s herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas. It will be available for digital purchase Nov. 1. The Max Original is also available via streaming on HBO Max.

The crime thriller Bitcon will be released on digital and DVD Oct. 18 from Mill Creek Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment. The cryptocurrency heist story stars Jeremy Davies (Twister, TV’s “Lost,” Saving Private Ryan), Tom Cavanagh (TV’s “Scrubs,” “Ed,” “The Flash”), Noah Anderson (Realm of Shadows, Broken Cross), Ella Ma (Bridge and Tunnel), and Frank Whaley (Field of Dreams, Pulp Fiction), and is directed by Matt Osterman (400 Days, Hover). In the film, Lew Harbour (Emmy Award winner Davies) has a good problem for a bad person. He just received the biggest score of his life and needs to hide the money ASAP. Enter reformed criminal and current Bitcoin miner Ty Adams (Anderson). Ty initially refuses his offer to launder the money, but Lew’s guarded girlfriend Jess (Ma) engineers the situation to get him on board. When the hard drive containing the keys to the $800,000 in Bitcoin goes missing, Lew and his deadly partner (Bohne) suspect Ty of double-crossing them. As the value of Bitcoin skyrockets, the pressure is on, forcing Ty to turn to a network of thieves and dirty cops (Whaley) in order to get out alive. 

The animated family comedy Rumble arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on the popular graphic novel Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell, the film is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and superstar athletes are larger than life. Teenage Winnie (voice of Geraldine Viswanathan) teams up with a loveable underdog monster (voice of Will Arnett) in hopes of training him to be a champion. The duo learns the value paving your own unique path to success. Rumble also features the voice talents of Terry Crews, NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, and WWE professional wrestlers Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoai and Becky Lynch. 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the theatrical thriller The Invitation through digital retailers on Oct. 18. The film opened on the big screen in late August and went on to earn a domestic gross of $25 million. The Invitation stars Nathalie Emmanuel as a young woman who, after the death of her mother, her only known relative, takes a DNA test and discovers a long-lost cousin. Invited by her newly discovered family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she is at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host, but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family’s history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 25.

The romantic drama The Good House arrives for premium VOD and digital purchase Oct. 18 from Lionsgate. Based on the novel by Ann Leary, the film stars Sigourney Weaver as Hildy Good, a realtor in an idyllic New England town, whose wickedly funny tongue and seeming success mask her life’s one dark truth — that she enjoys her wine a bit too much. But Hildy’s good at keeping it together — until, that is, a rekindled romance with high school flame Frank Getchell (Kevin Kline) sets in motion a chain of events that forces a decades-in-the-making confrontation with Hildy’s buried past. The cast also includes Morena Baccarin. The film arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Nov. 22.

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Shout! Factory Oct. 18 releases Shout! Studios’ Three Wishes for Cinderella, a new version of the classic fairy tale starring international pop sensation Astrid S, on DVD, in a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack, as a digital download, and VOD. The new epic fantasy movie is being released by Shout! Studios in collaboration with Sola Media and Storm Films. The film is set in the arctic winter of Norway. Cinderella emerges from this modern interpretation of the classic story as kind and beautiful while being strong, independent, and active in forging her own path. Since her father’s death, Cinderella has been living with her cruel stepmother and spoiled stepsister, Dora, who treat her like a servant in her own house. During one of her escapes to the forest, Cinderella prevents a couple of men from hunting. Among them: the handsome prince of the kingdom. They immediately feel attracted to each other, but he is expected to find a suitable bride at the next royal ball, which Cinderella is now allowed to attend. Equipped with a great deal of courage and empowered by her three magical acorns, she decides to stand up for herself and determine her own fate.

Also from Shout! Factory Oct. 18 comes Shout! Studios and Kaleidoscope’s Kingslayer for digital sellthrough and VOD, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. A medieval action-adventure film written and directed by BAFTA Award winner Stuart Brennan, Kingslayer follows the story of Richard the Lionheart, who, with his kingdom on the brink of chaos, must decide whether to fight for his crown or his love for a commoner. Days away from his coronation, a secret meeting with the woman he loves turns into a life-or-death fight for survival. Ambushed by hired mercenaries, and without a clue who ordered his murder, Richard is left with no allies he can trust. As civil war looms, the young prince is forced to face both his enemies and the harsh responsibilities of leadership. Kingslayer stars Stuart Brennan as Richard, with additional cast members Carolina Carlsson (The Young Pope), Ryan Gage (Hobbit), David Hayman (Macbeth), newcomer Ellie-Rose Mackinlay and John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings).

Another Oct. 18 Shout! Factory release is GKIDS’s The Deer King in a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack. The Deer King is based on the award-winning fantasy novel series by author Nahoko Uehashi, which has sold over 2 million copies and won major literary awards. Animated by the Production I.G studio, the film marks the directorial debut of animator Ando, who previously worked as a character designer, animation director, and key animator with the famed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke), and with directors Satoshi Kon and Makoto Shinkai. Co-director Masayuki Miyaji is best known for directing the 2009 series “Xam’d: Lost Memories” and work on Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbors the Yamadas. Notable works from  Production I.G include Ghost in the Shell and the series “FLCL,” “Haikyu!!” and “Psycho Pass.” The Deer King is a story of survival. Following a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom — and its possible cure.

Director Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and 4K digital purchase Oct. 18 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for its 40th anniversary. The release of the four-time Academy Award winner, including an award for Best Original Score from legendary composer John Williams, includes more than 45 minutes of new bonus features, including a retrospective of the film and its lasting legacy and a featurette with Spielberg reflecting on his career and the making of E.T. 40 years later.  The release also includes all the original bonus features, including deleted scenes, a cast and filmmaker reunion, a discussion with John Williams about the iconic music from the film, and more. The family friendly story follows the journey of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy he befriends, Elliot (Henry Thomas). The film also stars a young Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton as his siblings who come together with Elliot to help E.T. find his way back home. 

Three premium limited editions will be available at select retailers for a limited time only:

  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set (4K UHD plus Blu-ray plus digital), which includes the movie, collectible tin tote, thermos, booklet and certificate of authenticity (Amazon exclusive);
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (4K UHD plus Blu-ray plus digital), which includes movie and collectible BendyFigs figurine (Walmart.com exclusive); and
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook (4K UHD plus Blu-ray plus digital), which includes a newly designed cover (Target exclusive).

 

Lionsgate’s 2008 action thriller Punisher: War Zone arrives on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray and digital) Steelbook Oct. 18 exclusively at Best Buy. Starring Ray Stevenson (Thor), Dominic West (TV’s “The Wire”), and Julie Benz (TV’s “Dexter”), Punisher: War Zone follows ex-Special Forces officer Frank Castle (Stevenson) as The Punisher, who this time is waging a one-man war on two fronts. While targeting the vicious mob boss Billy Russoti, Castle horribly disfigures the gangster in a firefight that also claims the life of an undercover FBI agent. Seeking vengeance, Russoti takes the name “Jigsaw” and begins recruiting the underworld’s most notorious criminals while the Feds form an anti-vigilante Strike Force. The Punisher must find a way to elude the law and decimate Jigsaw’s deadly crime army.

Martin Campbell’s sci-fi actioner No Escape will be released on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 18 in the Unearthed Classics line from Unearthed and MVD Entertainment Group. Released in 1994, No Escape is set in the futuristic world of 2022, when the prison system is run by corporations and prisoners are highly valuable assets. John Robbins (Ray Liotta) is a marine convicted for the murder of his commanding officer after being ordered to kill innocent civilians in Benghazi. After his conviction, Robbins is dropped on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts who are out to kill him. Robbins’ only hope for survival is escape. No Escape co-stars Lance Henriksen, Kevin Dillon, Ernie Hudson and Michael Lerner.

Three action films written by Taylor Sheridan (the writer behind TV’s “Yellowstone”) will be available in one collection in the American Frontier Trilogy, which arrives on Blu-ray plus digital Oct. 18 from Lionsgate. In this trilogy of films written by Sheridan, an idealistic FBI agent teams up with a shady consultant to bust a drug lord (Sicario), a rookie FBI agent and a game tracker work to solve a girl’s murder on a remote reservation (Wind River), and a desperate father decides to rob the bank that’s trying to take his family’s land (Hell or High Water).

Kino Lorber Oct. 18 releases the 2010 documentary Oka! on Blu-ray Disc. The film is about Louis Sarno, an American ethno-musicologist who lived in Central Africa with the Bayaka Pygmies for 25 years. Directed by Lavinia Currier, the film follows Sarno as he traveled from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies. He fell in love with the people and their music — and a Bayaka girl. Despite his failing health and a difficult life in the village, he followws the Bayaka into the heart of the forest. Bonus features include “Listen to the Forest,” a making-of documentary by Currier and James Bruce. 

MVD Entertainment Group Oct. 18 released two horror movies from Arrow Films on Blu-ray Disc.

First up is Two Witches, the debut feature film from Paris-born director Pierre Tsigaridis. Released in 2021, this throwback to classic European horror is split into two terrifying tales of witchery. The first focuses on a young mother-to-be who is convinced she has received the “evil eye” from an old hag she comes across while out at dinner. In a misguided attempt to counteract the evil eye, she consults a Ouija board with the help of some friends, resulting in the release of dark forces. In the second, a grad student and her new roommate grapple with rising tensions after a violent incident involving a man one of them brought home. Two Witches premiered at the 2021 Grimfest to positive reviews. The Arrow Blu-ray release includes as bonus content multiple commentary tracks, interviews, test footage, and more.

Also being released on Oct. 18 is Gothic Fantastico: Four Italian Tales Of Terror. This boxed set brings four horror films from Italy’s Golden Decade to Blu-ray for the first time. This limited-edition set comes packed with special features, including an 80-page book featuring new writing by Roberto Curti, Rob Talbot, Jerome Reuter, Rod Barnett and Kimberly Lindbergs. The four films in the set are 1965’s Lady Morgan’s Vengeance, in which a murdered woman returns as a ghost hellbent on getting revenge on the treacherous husband who killed her; Alberto De Martino’s The Blancheville Monster (1963), which borrows elements from a variety of Edgar Allen Poe short stories; Mino Guerrini’s The Third Eye (1966), which stars a young Franco Nero as a wealthy count who lives with his overbearing and extremely jealous mother; and Damiano Damiani’s The Witch (also 1966), based on a novel by Carlos Fuentes about an historian who encounters what he believes to be supernatural forces at work while attempting to translate ancient erotic literature. 

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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