September 6, 2022
Sept. 6 sees the arrival of Minions: The Rise of Gru on Blu-ray and DVD, and “Star Trek” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, while Where the Crawdads Sing becomes available through retail channels.
Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film explores the early life of the master of evil Gru, who is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends. The voice cast includes Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin. Minions: The Rise of Gru earned $360.25 million at the domestic box office.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases all six “Star Trek” movies featuring the original series cast on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 6, including the remastered Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director’s Edition. A continuation of the 1966-69 “Star Trek” TV series, 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture featured the return original cast members William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and James Doohan. They were joined by newcomers Stephen Collins and Persis Khambatta in an adventure that saw the Enterprise exploring a alien vessel called V’Ger that threatened the existence of humanity. In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects with CGI. His updated vision, coming in at 136 minutes, was released on DVD in standard-definition, but has never been available in high-definition until now, as the new visual effects had to be re-rendered in 4K. Restored by producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise (who died in 2005), the film was prepared for presentation in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) and an immersive Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Fein and Matessino assembled a team of special effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman, and utilized the resources in the Paramount Archives to re-create the effects not just in HD, but in Ultra HD. The remastered director’s cut was released on the Paramount+ streaming service in April and in select theaters in May. The Sept. 6 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray includes the film on a 4K disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, as well as Dolby Atmos, a bonus Blu-ray with new and legacy special features, and a code for a digital copy of the film. The 1979 movie is also being released in a limited-edition collector’s set called Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Edition: The Complete Adventure, which includes the new director’s edition, the theatrical cut, and the TV broadcast “Special Longer Version” all on 4K Ultra HD along with special features on Blu-ray. The TV cut is offered in widescreen for the first time. The Complete Adventure will be presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers and more. A review of the director’s cut on 4K disc can be found here.
The director’s edition and theatrical cuts of Star Trek: The Motion Picture will also be available as part of Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection, also arriving Sept. 6 from Paramount. The 15-disc boxed set contains 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions of all six big-screen adventures featuring the complete original series cast. The 1979 movie was followed by 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1989’s Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The 4K presentations all offer Dolby Vision and HDR-10, and the set includes bonus materials and digital copies for each film. In addition, Star Trek II and Star Trek VI also include the director’s cuts of those films. This also marks the 4K disc debuts of Star Trek V and VI. The theatrical cuts of the first four movies were released as a 4K boxed set in September 2021. A review of the 4K collection can be found here.
Paramount Sept. 6 is also releasing all six films individually on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray.
The comedy Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Written, directed and produced by Anthony Fabian (Skin, Good Hope) and based on the novel Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico, the film sports an ensemble cast that includes Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Let Him Go), Isabelle Huppert (Greta, Elle), Jason Isaacs (The “Harry Potter” Franchise), Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded) and Lucas Bravo (“Emily in Paris”). The film, set in the 1950s and featuring vintage pieces from the House of Dior, follows London housecleaner Ada Harris (Manville) who thinks her lonely life might turn around if she can become the owner of a Christian Dior gown. Saying goodbye to friends like Archie (Isaacs) isn’t easy, and neither is winning over elite people in Paris from Madame Colbert (Huppert) to idealistic accountant André (Bravo), but Ada’s irrepressible charm just might end up saving the whole House of Dior.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Young Sheldon: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD Sept. 6. A Blu-ray of the season will be made available through the Warner Archive Collection. The collection includes all 22 episodes from the season, including the CBS comedy series’ 100th episode. Set in the early 1990s, the show presents the childhood adventures of the Sheldon Cooper character from “The Big Bang Theory.” Jim Parsons reprises his role as Sheldon to narrate the series, while Iain Armitage plays the younger version. In the fifth season, as Sheldon adjusts to life in college, his parents (Zoe Perry and Lance Barber) encounter rough spots in their marriage, his twin sister (Raegan Revord) deals with turning into a young woman, while his older brother Georgie (Montana Jordan) and their grandmother (Annie Potts) open a gambling den in the back of a local laundromat. The fifth-season set also includes the featurette “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: Young Sheldon at 100.”
CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release NCIS: Hawai’i: Season One on DVD Sept. 6. “NCIS: Hawai’i” stars Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennet, the first female special agent in charge of of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at Pearl Harbor. Tennant has thrived and risen through the ranks by equal parts confidence and strategy in a system that has pushed back on her every step of the way. Together with her unwavering team of specialists, they balance duty to family and country while investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the sun-drenched island paradise itself. The season includes special guest appearances from Wilmer Valderrama and Katrina Law of the original “NCIS” series. The six-disc collection features all 22 episodes from the first season and exclusive bonus content.
Shout! Factory Sept. 6 releases Spitfire Over Berlin, a wartime action epic from director Callum Burn for digital purchase, on VOD, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Featuring aerial footage and an engaging tale of bravery, heroism, and suspense, Spitfire Over Berlin takes viewers back to August 1944 when the American Eighth Air Force is poised to strike Nazi Germany. British intelligence learns that they could be flying into a deadly trap, and with only hours to spare, Flight Lt. Edward Barnes must fly a life and death mission over Berlin in his unarmed Spitfire to obtain photographic evidence and save the lives of 1200 Airmen.
Lionsgate Sept. 6 releases Paradise Highway on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The thriller is about truckers in a human smuggling ring trying to outrun the FBI.
The drama Where the Crawdads Sing becomes available through digital retailers Sept. 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. From the best-selling mystery thriller novel, Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lie within the marsh. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 13.
Disney-owned Marvel Studios Sept. 8 will release Thor: Love and Thunder via digital retailers and for streaming on Disney+. Thor: Love and Thunder finds the Asgardian superhero Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who now wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27.
The horror thriller Margaux will be released through digital retailers Sept. 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the film, as a group of seniors celebrate their final college days at a smart house, the house’s highly advanced AI system Margaux begins to take on a deadly presence of her own. A carefree weekend of partying turns into a dystopian nightmare as they realize Margaux’s plans to eliminate her tenants one way or another. Time begins to run out as the group desperately tries to survive and outsmart the smart home. The film stars Madison Pettis, Vanessa Morgan, Richard Harmon, Lochlyn Munro, Jedidiah Goodacre, Phoebe Miu, Jordan Buhat, Brittany Mitchell and Louis Lay.
The Vietnamese family friendly adventure Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy will debut on digital Sept. 6 with a new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, after losing his mother to illness and his best friend to an unexpected move, a grieving 8-year-old boy investigates a mysterious falling star, discovers a crashed spaceship and makes a new friend, an alien girl named Maika with awesome powers (although she does need a little help with her earthly social skills). Together, they embark on a zany, fun-filled adventure while taking on the bad guys and helping Maika find her way home. From award-winning writer and director Ham Tran (Journey from the Fall), the film stars Phu Truong Lai, Diep Anh Chu, Tin Tin, Ngoc Tuong and Kim Nha. The film, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in the kids section, is Vietnam’s first children’s sci-fi feature and the country’s second-ever entry to the sci-fi genre. The family-friendly adventure is based on a 1970s Czechoslovakian television series that became a cultural sensation in Vietnam throughout the 1980s and ’90s, to the extent that the titular character has been cited as influencing consumer behaviors ranging from children’s haircuts to baby name choices. During its theatrical window, Maika: The Girl From Another Galaxy was selected as an official Common Sense Selection for Families from Common Sense Media. The film also has been named a final nominee for Shine Global’s inaugural Children’s Resilience in Film Award, an accolade that honors filmmakers who highlight and celebrate the power of children globally.
The action adventure Kingdom of the Dinosaurs is being released on DVD Sept. 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. In the film set in 2030 during World War III, a small group of survivors make it into a bunker. Two years later they have to exit to find new supplies, but they are greeted by dinosaur predators. Directed by Scott Jeffrey, the film stars Mark Haldor, Darcie Rose, Chelsea Greenwood, Chrissie Wunna, Stephen Staley and Clint Gordon.
Shout! Factory is prepping the complete anime series “Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman” for Sept. 6 release in a seven-disc DVD set, as part of Shout! Factory’s new partnership with Hasbro. Available for the first time in North America, the series is part of the Super Sentai franchise, which spans 46 different series and concepts. Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman: The Complete Series is being released in collaboration with eOne, which Hasbro acquired in 2019 for $4 billion. It contains all 48 episodes presented in Japanese with English subtitles. “Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman” premiered in Japan in 1990 and is the 14th installment in the Super Sentai franchise. The series takes place 20 years after the five Hoshikawa children’s planet was attacked by the brutal Zone Empire. The kids, who escaped and were raised on Earth, must prepare for a brand-new war. This time, though, they’re ready … having developed the powerful Fiveman technology that will help them defend Earth from the same empire that conquered their home world.
Kino Lorber Sept. 6 releases a Blu-ray of He Who Must Die, the 1958 French-Italian drama from acclaimed director Jules Dassin, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay — Written Directly for the Screen for his film Never on Sunday. The Blu-ray Disc edition of He Who Must Die carries a suggested retail price of $29.95 and includes new audio commentary by film historian and filmmaker Daniel Kremer, the original theatrical trailer, and optional English subtitles. He Who Must Die, which was released two years before Never on Sunday, is set in a Turkish-occupied Greek village shortly after World War I. The film tells the story of the townspeople’s efforts to stage their Passion Play, an event that occurs once every seven years. The leading citizens choose who will play the parts: a stuttering young shepherd is chosen as Jesus; the town butcher as Judas; the town prostitute as Mary Magdalene. But as the movie unfolds, the Passion becomes a reality, and the villagers actualize their biblical roles against the tragic backdrop of a country uprooted by war and poverty. Adapted by Dassin from Nikos Kazantzakis’s Christ Recrucified (the author also wrote Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ), the film asks the question, what would happen if Jesus came down to Earth a second time? The international cast includes Melina Mercouri, Pierre Vaneck, Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Grégoire Aslan, Gert Fröbe, René Lefèvre, Roger Hanin, Nicole Berger, Maurice Ronet and Fernand Ledoux.
Lionsgate Sept. 6 is releasing a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of director James Mangold’s 2007 remake of classic Western 3:10 to Yuma in limited-edition Steelbook packaging exclusively at Best Buy. The combo pack also includes a digital copy. Produced by Cathy Konrad, 3:10 to Yuma stars Russell Crowe (Les Misérables, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, American Psycho). In the film, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale) volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma,” a train that will take the killer to trial. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail — and dangers at every turn — the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man’s destiny.