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May 14 Home Entertainment New Releases Include ‘Dune: Part Two,’ ‘Imaginary’ on Disc, ‘Godzilla x Kong’ Digitally

May 14 Home Entertainment New Releases Include ‘Dune: Part Two,’ ‘Imaginary’ on Disc, ‘Godzilla x Kong’ Digitally

Among the new home entertainment releases of May 14 are Dune: Part Two, Imaginary, The American Society of Magical Negroes and Land of Bad on disc, while Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire becomes available via premium digital.

The science-fiction sequel Dune: Part Two arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and regular digital May 14 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. The film is the highest-grossing theatrical film of the year, with more than $710 million at the global box office. Dune: Part Two explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. Directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) from a screenplay he and Jon Spaihts wrote, based on the seminal bestselling novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert, the film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Wonka, Call Me by Your Name), Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, “Malcolm & Marie,” “Euphoria”), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Avengers: End Game, Milk), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (Elvis, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Little Women), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Thor: Love and Thunder), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, Hairspray), Léa Seydoux (the “James Bond” franchise and Crimes of the Future), Souheila Yacoub (The Braves, Climax), with Stellan Skarsgård (the “Mamma Mia!” films, Avengers: Age of Ultron), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, “Being the Ricardos”). Read a review here.

The Blumhouse horror flick Imaginary arrives on Blu-ray (plus DVD and digital) and DVD May 14 from Lionsgate. The film has earned $39 million at the global box office. In the film, when Jessica moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice, finds a stuffed bear named Chauncey. As Alice’s behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize that Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be. The film also stars DeWanda Wise (Jurassic World Dominion), Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”), Taegen Burns (“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”), Pyper Braun (Desperation Road), Betty Buckley (Carrie), Matthew Sato (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), and Veronica Falcón (“Ozark”).

Focus Features’ satire The American Society of Magical Negroes will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and regular digital (after premium release) May 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The comedy, which has earned $2.5 million at the global box office, is about a young man, Aren, who is recruited into a secret society of magical Black people who dedicate their lives to a cause of utmost importance: making white peoples’ lives easier. Directed, written and produced by Kobi Libii (“Madam Secretary,” “Alpha House”), the film stars Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomPokemon: Detective Pikachu), David Alan Grier (The Color Purple, “Joe Pickett”), An-Li Bogan (After Yang, “The Unsettling”), Drew Tarver (“The Other Two,” “Bless the Harts”), Michaela Watkins (You Hurt My Feelings, “Search Party”), Rupert Friend (Asteroid City, “Anatomy of a Scandal”) and Nicole Byer (“Grand Crew,” “Rugrats”).

Paramount Home Entertainment May 14 releases the actioner Land of Bad on DVD. In the film, a covert Special Forces operation in the South Philippines quickly spirals into a 48-hour battle for survival. When an elite extraction team is ambushed deep in enemy territory, rookie officer Kinney (Liam Hemsworth) is left outnumbered but determined to leave no man behind. With an air strike closing in, Kinney’s only hope hinges on the guidance of Air Force drone pilot Reaper (Russell Crowe). The film also stars Luke Hemsworth, Ricky Whittle and Milo Ventimiglia.

Warner Bros. Discovery will release Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, for premium digital purchase and rental May 14. The film, which has earned $558.5 million at the global box office, follows up the showdown of Godzilla versus Kong. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence — and our own.  The epic delves further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humanity forever. Directed by Adam Wingard, the film stars Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Godzilla vs. Kong, Bullet Train), Dan Stevens (“Gaslit,” Legion, Beauty and the Beast), Kaylee Hottle (Godzilla vs. Kong), Alex Ferns (The Batman, Wrath of Man, “Chernobyl”) and Fala Chen (Irma Vep, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings). It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and regular digital June 11.

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the animated film The Tiger’s Apprentice digitally May 14. Based on the popular children’s book series by Laurence Yep, the film is a coming-of-age tale with mystical characters and a voice cast including Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Bowen Yang, Greta Lee and Brandon Soo Hoo. The Tiger’s Apprentice follows Chinese-American teenager Tom Lee (Brandon Soo Hoo), whose life changes forever when he discovers he is part of a long lineage of magical protectors known as the Guardians.  With guidance from a mythical tiger named Hu (Henry Golding) and the other Zodiac animal warriors, Tom trains to take on an evil force (Michelle Yeoh) that threatens humanity. It arrives on DVD May 28.

Well Go USA will release the horror film Sting for digital purchase on May 14. In the Australian film, a 12-year-old girl watches her pet spider rapidly transform into a giant flesh-eating monster — and prompting her to fight for her live, and her family’s survival. Written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner, Sting stars Alyla Browne (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Sonic the Hedgehog 3), Penelope Mitchell (Hellboy), Ryan Corr (Holding the Man), and Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America)​​. The film will be available for digital rental on May 28, and DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 30. 

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Paramount Home Entertainment will release director Sergio Leone’s big-budget western Once Upon a Time in the West on 4K UHD Blu-ray and 4K digital May 14 for its 55th anniversary. Fresh off the success of his spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood, Leone attracted the attention of Paramount, which bankrolled the 1968 production (the movie was release in 1969), widely considered to be one of the greatest Westerns — and one of the greatest films — ever made. Set in the dying days of the Old West, the film follows a struggle to control water in a dusty desert town, which embroils three hard-bitten gunmen in an epic clash of greed, honor and revenge. The film, starring Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards and Charles Bronson, was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in the U.S. National Film Registry in 2009. For the 4K release, Paramount has restored the film from the original 35mm Techniscope (introduced by Technicolor Italia in 1960) camera negative by the studio’s archive team, L’Immagine Ritrovata, and the Film Foundation. The restoration honors the 2007 Film Foundation photochemical restoration overseen by director Martin Scorsese by matching its build and color palette. The home release features the 165-minute extended cut of the film.

American Sniper, the 2014 biographical war drama directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood and starring Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Disc and digital for the first time on May 14 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. American Sniper was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. The film stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter. The Navy SEAL is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. The film also stars Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell. Eastwood directed American Sniper from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.

A comprehensive 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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