‘Nomadland,’ ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Top New Disc, Digital Releases April 27

Oscar Best Picture winner Nomadland, from Disney’s Searchlight Pictures, tops the list of new disc releases April 27, while Warner’s Judas and the Black Messiah leads the list of new digital releases.

The critically acclaimed Nomadland, an exploration of modern-day van life on the road starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand, is available on Blu-ray Disc two days after winning three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for Chloé Zhao, and Best Actress for McDormand. Due to the pandemic limiting its theatrical run, it is also the lowest-grossing Best Picture winner ever, with just over $5.45 million worldwide. It was made available on Hulu concurrently with its theatrical run and released for digital sellthrough April 13. Read a review here.

Also arriving April 27 on DVD and Blu-ray is the crime thriller Vanquish, from Lionsgate. The film stars Morgan Freeman as a retired cop who forces a former drug courier (Ruby Rose) to do his bidding by kidnapping her daughter.

Oscar winner Judas and the Black Messiah becomes available for digital purchase April 27 before its Blu-ray Disc and DVD release May 4 from Warner. The story follows FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), who infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their chairman, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). O’Neal soon finds his loyalties divided between Hampton’s message and the FBI’s orders to take him down. Kaluuya won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and the film also won the Oscar for Best Original Song (“Fight For You”).

The Liam Neeson action thriller The Marksman is available for digital purchase starting April 27 before shooting to Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Universal Pictures. Neeson plays Jim Hanson, an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher who simply wants to be left alone as he tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. But everything changes when he witnesses migrants fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the DC Comics-based animated superhero movie Justice Society: World War II for digital sellthrough April 27. The 42nd entry in the DC Universe line of animated movies finds The Flash (voiced by Matt Bomer), prior to the formation of the Justice League, speeding back in time to find the Golden Age’s top superhero team, the Justice Society of America, locked in an epic battle against the Nazis. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 11.

Robin Wright’s directorial debut Land, in which she also stars, arrives on digital April 27 from Universal Pictures. The drama tells the story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD May 11.

A complete 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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