January 19, 2021
Paramount Home Entertainment’s Dreamland and Wander, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Kid Detective and The Climb, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Let Him Go top the slate of new disc and digital releases available Jan. 19.
Also new in stores are the horror films Toys of Terror from Warner Bros. and The Cleansing Hour from RLJE, the Criterion Collection’s Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story, and Lionsgate’s Miss Juneteenth.
Dreamland, available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Paramount, stars Finn Cole as a young man growing up during the Great Depression who dreams of leaving his family’s farm when he discovers a famous bank robber played by Margot Robbie hiding in his barn after getting shot during a heist. Nursing her back to health, he falls in love with her, and the pair make plans to run away together to Mexico, even as his stepfather leads the posse trying to track her down. Read a review of the Blu-ray here.
The dark comedy The Kid Detective is available on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony Pictures, and stars Adam Brody as a once-celebrated kid detective who, at age 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity, until a naïve client (Sophie Nélisse) brings him his first adult case.
The buddy comedy The Climb, also on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony, takes a humorous look at the toxic lifelong friendship of Mike and Kyle. While Kyle is kind and a bit of a pushover, Mike is a train wreck, who, despite his affection for Kyle, always seems to sabotage Kyle’s relationships. Told through a series of vignettes, Kyle struggles to deal with the fact that his best friend might just be the worst person for him.
The thriller Wander arrives on DVD only from Paramount. Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones and Heather Graham star in the film, which follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. The film also stars Katheryn Winnick.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has Toys of Terror slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray, though the retail availability of the Blu-ray is spotty (it’s listed as sold out at some sites, while others, such as Amazon and Target, aren’t listing the Blu-ray at all). In a movie that re-creates the nostalgia of stop-motion holiday specials, a family vacation at a creepy mansion turns awry when the kids find a stash of haunted toys.
RLJE Films’ The Cleansing Hour, which debuted on the Shudder streaming service, arrives on DVD, VOD and for digital sellthrough. The film stars Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner and Alix Angelis in the story of a popular webcast that streams live exorcisms watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But the podcasters’ fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage.
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is a documentary about the 1975-76 Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour featuring Dylan and numerous other musicians. The film was originally released on Netflix and in select theaters in 2019, and arrives on DVD and Blu-ray as part of the Criterion Collection.
Miss Juneteenth, which arrives on DVD from Lionsgate after a summer VOD release, follows a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant.
Warner’s DVD release of Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? The Complete First Season offers 26 episodes from the latest animated series featuring the Mystery Inc. gang. The series airs on the Boomerang network.
JSA: Joint Security Area, a thriller from Park Chan-wook released in 2000, follows a Swiss-Korean major as she leads an investigation into a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border that results in two Korean soldiers’ death. The Arrow Video Blu-ray distributed by MVD Entertainment Group features several new featurettes.
Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, releases Bartender: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition digitally and Blu-ray Disc, the first time the cult favorite anime series “Bartender” has been released on Blu-ray in North America. It collects all 11 episodes in a two-disc set, with deluxe packaging that includes nine cocktail recipe cards and four collectible coasters. Bonus content includes clean opening and closing credits, and bumpers. The episodes are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama Let Him Go for digital sellthrough Jan. 19, with the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release slated for Feb. 2. Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, the film stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner (who previously co-starred together as Superman’s human parents in Man of Steel) as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family.
The documentary 21 Miles is a digital-only release from Virgil Films. The film is the story of a father’s incredible journey to reach his son in England. Kais, a 30-year-old Tunisian, arrives in the French shantytown with nothing more than the shirt on his back and 21 miles of sea between him and his 8-year-old boy Marcel.
Catalog movies debuting on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Jan. 19 include two classics from director John Carpenter, 1987’s Prince of Darkness and 1988’s They Live, both from Shout! Factory, and the disaster movie 2012 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.