May 11, 2021
May 11 sees Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releasing its new animated superhero movie Justice Society: World War II on Blu-ray, while The Marksman leads a slew of new DVD and Blu-ray titles from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The Marksman is an action-thriller starring Liam Neeson as an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher whose desire to be left alone is upended when he witnesses an 11-year-old migrant and his mother fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel. After being caught in a shoot-out, the boy’s mother begs him to take her son to the safety of their family in Chicago, so the pair hit the road and forge an unlikely friendship, while the cartel’s relentless assassins blaze a bloody trail after them. The film is available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD after earning $15.6 million at the domestic box office.
Warner’s direct-to-video Justice Society: World War II, based on the DC Comics characters, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 11, following an April 27 digital release. The 42nd entry in the DC Universe line of animated movies finds The Flash (voiced by Matt Bomer), prior to the formation of the Justice League, speeding back in time to find the Golden Age’s top superhero team, the Justice Society of America, locked in an epic battle against the Nazis. The disc release also includes the new DC Showcase animated short film Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth. Read a review here.
STX Films’ The Mauritanian arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Universal Pictures following a premium VOD run. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, The Mauritanian is based on the book Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. It’s the true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. Government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths.
The drama Land, starring and directed by Robin Wright, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, following an April 27 digital release. From acclaimed actress Wright (Wonder Woman, “House of Cards”) comes her feature film directorial debut, the story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew, and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demian Bichir, The Hateful Eight, “Weeds”) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.
The Saban Films feature Pixie comes out on DVD May 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film is already available on digital and on demand. Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) and Alec Baldwin (The Departed) star in this crime story set in Ireland. On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy (Cooke) attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small-town life behind. When the plan goes horribly wrong, she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads. On the run from an organized gang — criminal priests and nuns, led by Father McGrath (Baldwin) — the trio will scheme and swindle anyone they come across in this hilarious and thrilling adventure.
The Paraguayan horror film Morgue will comes out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the supernatural thriller, after a harrowing accident, a down-on-his-luck security guard accepts a promising new gig at the local morgue. He gets locked in and eerie occurrences (and a not-quite-lifeless body) leave him to wonder: how much otherworldly rage does it take to wake the dead? A huge breakout hit in its home country, the film is — according to first-time writer/director Hugo Cardozo — based on real events.
The documentary Her Name Is Chef arrives on DVD May 11 from Virgil Films. It was released for digital sale April 27. The feature documentary explores the changing of gender roles in restaurant kitchens built around the tragic story of “Top Chef” fan favorite Fatima Ali. Her Name is Chef showcases the stories of six talented, inspiring, females of the kitchen. Each shares their triumphs in cutting through the clichés of the restaurant industry and explores how they broke down the doors to earn the title of chef. Host Leia Gaccione sits down with Elizabeth Falkner, Fatima Ali, Hillary Sterling, Esther Choi, Juliet Masters and Caroline Schiff.
Screen Media May 11 releases the romantic comedy Senior Moment, which stars William Shatner as a retired NASA test pilot often seen speeding around Palm Springs in his vintage Porsche convertible with his best friend Sal (Christopher Lloyd) in tow. His life changes when his license is revoked for drag racing and his car impounded. Forced to take public transportation for the first time, he meets his polar opposite Caroline (Jean Smart) and learns to navigate love and life again as he goes up against the state’s new DA to get back his license and car.
Available for digital purchase starting May 11 is the comedic drama French Exit, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 15 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Pfeiffer plays a penniless Manhattan socialite who cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed apartment in Paris.
Among catalog releases, the first-ever Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, Shrek, celebrates its 20th anniversary with its debut in a 4K Ultra HD combo pack (including Blu-ray and digital) May 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film will also be available separately on Blu-ray and DVD.
Indie distributor Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, is releasing a collector’s edition of the 1976 King Kong remake for the first time in North America May 11. The updated ’70s version from producer Dino De Laurentiis and director John Guillermin features scheming oil company executive Fred Wilson (Charles Grodin) raiding an exotic island to harvest its resources despite the warnings of Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges), a scientist who sneaks aboard their ship. The expedition also encounters an aspiring actress named Dwan (Jessica Lange in her first film role), who escaped from a wrecked yacht. Upon reaching the island, they discover the giant ape Kong, and use his infatuating with Dwan to capture him with the intent of bringing him to America and cash in by putting him on display. When Kong escapes and rampages throughout New York City, Jack and Dwan devise a plan for the beauty to subdue the beast at the top of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Scream Factory’s two-disc Blu-ray set will include both the 134-minute theatrical cut with a DTS-HD 5.1 audio and a newly restored DTS-HD 2.0 theatrical stereo track; and the extended 182-minute TV broadcast version with a new 2K scan of the additional TV footage from the internegative. Among several new extras, the theatrical cut disc will include a new audio commentary with film historian Ray Morton, author of King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon.
The Criterion Collection May 11 releases a new collector’s edition of 1982 comedy classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The new edition features a 4K digital restoration supervised by director Amy Heckerling, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. The restoration includes the inclusion of full frontal male nudity that had to be trimmed from the original theatrical release for the film to avoid an ‘X’ rating. The disc also includes a new interview with Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe, plus the TV cut of the film, in addition to several legacy extras.