March 8, 2022
March 8 sees the release of several notable titles to home entertainment formats, with The Matrix Resurrections, Coming 2 America, National Champions, A Journal for Jordan, and the latest seasons of “Yellowstone,” “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” and “Supergirl” landing on Blu-ray and DVD, while Nightmare Alley becomes available for digital purchase.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Matrix Resurrections on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release March 8. The fourth “Matrix” film follows up on the trilogy that ended in 2003, and features Keanu Reeves returning to the role of Neo as he learns about the aftermath of the war between humanity and the machines he thought he ended in the previous films, and whether his reality remains part of a computer simulation. His mission becomes to reconnect with his lost love, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). The cast also includes Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Jada Pinkett Smith. The film earned $37.7 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here. A four-movie collection also will be available on Blu-ray and 4K.
Coming 2 America, the follow-up to the classic 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America, makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut March 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the sequel, newly crowned King Akeem (Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) traverse the globe from their great African nation of Zamunda to the borough of Queens, N.Y., when Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States. In addition to Murphy and Hall, the comedy also stars James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louie Anderson, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan and Leslie Jones. The film originally streamed on Amazon Prime Video. Read a review here.
The sports drama National Champions will be released on Blu-ray and DVD March 8 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, three days before the college football national championship game, star quarterback LeMarcus James (Emmy nominee Stephan James; If Beale Street Could Talk, 21 Bridges) and teammate Emmett Sunday (Alexander Ludwig; “Vikings,” “The Hunger Games” franchise) ignite a player’s strike declaring they won’t compete until all student-athletes are fairly compensated. With billions of dollars at risk and legacies on the line, only hours until kickoff, the head coach (Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons; Whiplash, Being the Ricardos) and various power brokers — played by Emmy Winner Kristin Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”), Emmy Nominee Timothy Olyphant (“Fargo,” “Justified”), Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Free Guy), Tim Blake Nelson (“Watchmen”), Andrew Bachelor (Holidate), Jeffrey Donovan (Sicario) and David Koechner (Anchorman) — must race against the clock to protect or destroy the prevailing collegiate athletics system.
The Denzel Washington-directed drama A Journal for Jordan is being released on DVD and Blu-ray March 8 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases Yellowstone: Season 4 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the popular Paramount Network series stars Kevin Costner and follows the story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. In the fourth season, the fates of Kayce (Luke Grimes), Beth (Kelly Reilly) and John Dutton (Costner) are unknown as Rip (Cole Hauser) and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy. The cast also includes Wes Bentley, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham, Gil Birmingham and Will Patton. Jacki Weaver, Piper Perabo and Kathryn Kelly join the cast in guest starring roles.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment March 8 releases the final installment of the superhero TV series “Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist in the title role, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Supergirl: The Sixth and Final Season, in addition to all 20 episodes, includes an all-new featurette and deleted scenes. Warner Bros. is also releasing Supergirl: The Complete Series, with all 126 episodes from the series, which ran from 2015 to 2021. In the sixth and final season, Supergirl is thrust into the greatest challenge of her life — forced to confront her own mortality, and the prospect of losing all hope. As her friends rally to help her in this difficult fight, a new super villain arrives in National City and tests her resolve.
RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, releases The Walking Dead: World Beyond — Final Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8. The second and final season of the horror series aired on AMC Networks in October 2021. Set in the same universe as “The Walking Dead,” the second season of “World Beyond” concludes the story of Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu) and Silas (Hal Cumpston) — four friends who journeyed across the country on a mission that transformed everything they knew about themselves and the world. As they face off against the mysterious Civic Republic Military and fight for control of their own destiny, goals will shift, bonds will form and crumble, and innocence will be both lost and found. The cast also includes Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru and Julia Ormond.
Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Nightmare Alley will be available for digital purchase starting March 8. From director Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley is a psychological thriller about a down-on-his-luck grifter in the 1940s named Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), who endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet. Del Toro co-wrote the screenplay with Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. Nightmare Alley became available for streaming on Hulu and HBO Max Feb. 1. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 22.
The documentary The Invisible Father will be released on VOD and for digital purchase March 8 from Virgil Films. In the 1960s, beat poet and experimental filmmaker Piero Heliczer helped shape New American Cinema, and was enmeshed with iconic filmmaker Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground at the very start of their careers. Through interviews with family and friends, found photos, and archival footage, Piero’s daughter Thérèse explores the artistic legacy and life of a man she never knew. The intimate documentary explores the promise and perils of leading an authentic, creative life, and the impact that it can have on the people you leave behind in the process.
The music documentary 23rd Century Giants: The Story of Renaldo & the Loaf will be released on Blu-ray March 8 from MVD Entertainment Group and Well Dang! Productions. It follows a decades-long friendship that drives an architect and a bio-medical scientist to make the weirdest music you’ve ever heard. Not many bands can boast that one of their albums, Songs for Swinging Larvae, was voted 14th weirdest of all time by Mojo magazine. The documentary chronicles the musical careers of mild-mannered Brits Brian Poole and David Janssen, aka Renaldo & the Loaf, whose sonic experimentation with tape loops, household objects and repurposed musical instruments alike gave them a unique electronic sound that would inspire generations of adventurous music lovers for decades. From childhood friendship, to landing a deal with the record company of their wildest dreams (Ralph Records, home of the like-minded Residents), then not speaking for 20 years only to reunite to worldwide cult status, the duo persisted. This definitive history of the band features interviews with the avant-garde duo themselves, and virtually every key figure in their musical lives. The film also features unseen photos, unheard music and comedic cutout animations that visually represent the strangeness. The band made their long anticipated live debut in Vienna in 2018, footage of which is also included.
Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, the classic film restoration and streaming company, releases Kenneth G. Crane’s classic ‘B’-movie Monster From Green Hell (1957) on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD March 8. From the era of giant bugs and atomic testing comes this low-budget creature feature about mutant wasps. When scientists try to understand the effects of radiation on earth creatures, the result brings them to an area of Africa known as “Green Hell,” where wasps have mutated into monsters. Jim Davis, who later starred in the TV series “Dallas,” plays Dr. Quent Brady, the scientist who starts the whole mess. The film also stars Vladimir Sokoloff (The Life of Emile Zola, Mission to Moscow) as the skeptical Dr. Lorentz and Joel Fluellen (Raisin in the Sun) as Arobi, who warns Brady to beware of the African location. Monster From Green Hell was co-written by Louis Vittes, writer of the classic I Married a Monster From Outer Space. The special-edition release features a 4K transfer, including both widescreen and full frame versions of the film.