January 5, 2021
Paramount Pictures’ post-apocalyptic adventure Love and Monsters and the Sony Pictures arthouse favorite Yellow Rose top the slate of new releases available for home viewing on Jan. 5.
Also out are Girl, from Screen Media, and several PBS Distribution releases, including Elizabeth Is Missing, the haunting BBC television drama that stars Glenda Jackson as Maud, an elderly woman living with dementia who struggles to piece together a double mystery.
Love and Monsters stars Dylan O’Brien as a man trying to reconnect with his high school girlfriend (Jessica Henwick) in a dystopian future where giant monsters have overtaken the Earth.
Paramount initially released the film via premium video-on-demand (PVOD) on Oct. 16, and it promptly debuted at or near the top of the digital charts, bowing at No. 1 on FandangoNow and No. 2 on Vudu. The price was lowered in early December and the film promptly shot to the top of the Redbox On Demand chart.
Now, Love and Monsters becomes available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Blu-ray special features include deleted scenes, “Bottom of the Food Chain: The Cast of Love and Monsters” and “It’s a Monster’s World: Creating a Post-Apocalyptic Landscape.”
Sony Pictures’ Yellow Rose makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Jan. 5. The film festival alum is centered around a Filipina teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has ever known.
The film, directed by Diane Paragas, was released through digital retailers on Dec. 22. Yellow Rose stars Grammy-winner Eva Noblezada in her feature film debut, award-winning country music artist Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga (Mulan, Aladdin).
Also available Jan. 5, on DVD only, is the thriller Girl, from Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company. The film from writer-director Chad Faust has been available digitally for sale and VOD since last month.
Girl stars Bella Thorne as a young woman who returns to her small hometown to exact revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff (Mickey Rourke) and uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she’d imagined.
Meanwhile, PBS Distribution is out with a number of releases that, in addition to Elizabeth Is Missing, include two “Nature” documentaries, Santa’s Wild Home and Pandas — Born to Be Wild; Nova: Nature’s Fear Factor, and Not Done: Women Remaking America. Most are available through digital retailers and on DVD.