December 21, 2021
The James Bond movie No Time to Die makes its way to Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Dec. 21, as does the “Sopranos” prequel The Many Saints of Newark.
MGM’s No Time to Die arrives on disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The 25th installment of EON Productions’ James Bond film series stars Daniel Craig in his fifth and final performance as Agent 007. The story involves British superspy Bond being pulled out of retirement by an old CIA buddy for a mission to track down a scientist responsible for a new bioweapon. The cast includes Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Magnussen, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas and Christoph Waltz.
Best Buy will release the 4K edition of No Time to Die in Steelbook packaging, while Target will release the Blu-ray with a making-of booklet, and Walmart will release the Blu-ray with a keychain.
The Many Saints of Newark arrives on disc from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, about the origins of Tony Soprano of the series “The Sopranos,” is directed by Alan Taylor (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” TV’s “Mad Men”) from a screenplay by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, based on characters created by Chase. It stars Alessandro Nivola (Disobedience, American Hustle), Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Murder on the Orient Express), Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, The Wolf of Wall Street), Corey Stoll (First Man, Ant-Man), Michael Gandolfini (TV’s “The Deuce”), Billy Magnussen (Game Night, The Big Short), Michela De Rossi (Boys Cry, TV’s “The Rats”), John Magaro (The Finest Hours, Not Fade Away), Ray Liotta (TV’s “Shades of Blue,” Goodfellas) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, “The Conjuring” films). In the film, young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola), who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities — and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.
The thriller Hell Hath No Fury will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Inspired by true stories of courageous acts by women during World War II, the film stars actress, singer/songwriter and model Nina Bergman (Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game, Assassin X, The Wayshower) as a French national branded a traitor by her countrymen. She is rescued by American soldiers on one condition: to survive, she must lead them to a cache of gold hunted by the Nazis, the French resistance and the Americans alike.
Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train arrives on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 21 from Universal Pictures more than a year after the beginning of its theatrical run in Japan. Based on the popular Japanese “Demon Slayer” manga, Mugen Train was a bit of a theatrical sensation during the pandemic, earning $47.7 million domestically and, according to some reports, $503 million worldwide, where it was the top-grossing film of 2020, the first non-Hollywood production to achieve the feat of topping the yearly earnings list.
Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, releases The Vampire Lovers: Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 21. The 1970 cult classic, adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla, stars Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith and Peter Cushing in the tale of a diabolical female vampire that ravages the young girls and other townsfolk of a peaceful hamlet in 18th century Europe as revenge for the killing of her fellow vampires years earlier. A rousing hunt for the vampiress ensues as a group of men follow her bloody trail of terror through the countryside. The Blu-ray boasts a new 4K scan from the original camera negative and several newly produced and legacy bonus materials.
The Film Detective, a division of indie distributor Cinedigm, Dec. 21 releases Blu-ray Disc and DVD sets of The Sherlock Holmes Vault Collection, featuring four newly restored films about the legendary detective and a slew of bonus materials. Films in the Vault include The Fatal Hour (1931); The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935); Silver Blaze (1937), starring Arthur Wontner; and A Study in Scarlet (1933), starring Reginald Owen. Special features a host of newly restored Sherlockian shorts, including Slick Sleuths (1926), Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900), A Black Sherlock Holmes (1918), Sure Luck Holmes (1928), Cousins of Sherlocko (1913), The Copper Beeches (1912) and “The Case of the Blind Man’s Bluff (1954), a Sherlock Holmes bonus TV-episode starring Ronald Howard. Other extras include Elementary Cinema: The First Cinematic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, an original documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle, a radio broadcast re-creation from Redfield Arts Audio; and exclusive introductions with filmmaker and film history icon Samuel M. Sherman. Each of the four discs includes its own audio commentary from esteemed film experts and enthusiasts, including author Jennifer Churchill; author and film historian Jason A. Ney; writers/producers Phoef Sutton and Mark Jordan Legan; and authors/screenwriters, Peter Atkins and David Breckman. Also included are original film posters replicated as postcards, and booklet inserts with original essays from author Don Stradley and author/screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner.
The Searchlight Pictures horror thriller Antlers will be released digitally Dec. 21 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. Directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film explores the myth of the dreaded “wendigo” as a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, seek to help a troubled young boy who possesses a strange secret. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 4.
The 60th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Encanto, arrives on Disney+ and digital starting Dec. 24. With songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in a magical house in the mountains of Colombia. But when Mirabel, the only ordinary Madrigal, discovers the magic surrounding their home is in danger, she may be her family’s last hope. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD of the film arrive Feb. 8.