May 18, 2021
Disney’s animated fantasy Raya and the Last Dragon leads the list of titles heading to Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 18, a week that also sees the disc releases of Warner’s Tom & Jerry, as well as Oscar winners The Father from Sony Pictures, and Minari from Lionsgate.
The computer-animated adventure fantasy Raya and the Last Dragon will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. It was previously released for digital purchase. In the film, long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world — it’s going to take trust as well. The film features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as the lead character Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu, the last dragon. It earned more than $46 million at the domestic box office. Home video extras include a new Disney animated short called Us Again.
The live-action/animation hybrid family comedy Tom & Jerry is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It was previously released for digital purchase and was available on HBO Max simultaneously as its $45.2 million domestic theatrical run. In the film, the iconic mouse Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner (Chloë Grace Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.
The drama The Father, which earned Anthony Hopkins a Best Actor Oscar, becomes available on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, also earned an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was previously released for digital purchase. In The Father, a man (Hopkins) refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
Minari debuts on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (plus digital) from Lionsgate. The film won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Yuh-jung Youn, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Film. Minari, which stars Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho and Will Patton, follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother.
Lionsgate releases the crime thriller Above Suspicion Blu-ray Disc and DVD release May 18. Directed by Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger) and written by Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning), the film is based on the true story of one of the most notorious crimes in FBI history. Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) stars as Susan Smith, a young woman desperate to escape a seedy life of crime and drugs in a Kentucky coal mining town. When a newly minted FBI agent named Mark Putnam (Jack Huston, “Boardwalk Empire”) recruits Susan as his informant for a high-profile case, she believes her bad luck may finally be changing. But as Susan and Putnam’s relationship deepens, so does the danger, setting them both on a collision course with deadly consequences. Read a review here.
The Bruce Willis starrer Cosmic Sin will come out on DVD May 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Willis and Frank Grillo star in the sci-fi adventure set in the year 2524, four hundred years after humans started colonizing the outer planets. Retired military general James Ford (Willis) is called back into service after soldiers on a remote planet are attacked by a hostile alien fleet. The threat against the human race escalates into an inevitable interstellar war. Gen. Ford teams up with Gen. Eron Ryle (Grillo) and a team of elite soldiers in a race to stop the imminent attack before it is too late.
Shout! Factory in conjunction with IFC Films releases The Nest, an atmospheric drama from director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) about how obsession with social status can lead to disaster. The film follows the story of an ambitious British entrepreneur and former commodities broker named Rory (Jude Law, Sherlock Holmes) who persuades his American wife Allison (Carrie Coon, The Leftovers) and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his England. Sensing opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, where he plans to build a stable for Allison’s horses. Soon the promise of lucrative new beginnings begins to unravel, and the couple must face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage. It is available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Shout! Studios on May 18 will debut The Prince’s Voyage, from venerable French animator Jean-François Laguionie (The Painting, Cannes Palme d’Or winner Rowing Across the Atlantic) and Xavier Picard (“King Arthur and the Knights of Justice”). Available for the first time on North American home entertainment shelves, the film will be issued in a two-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray and DVD) with bonus content including an interview with Laguionie and Picard as well as a study of the ice flow sequence. The film will also be available digitally.
Independent distributor Wolfe Video May 18 presents Supernova, a British drama written and directed by Harry Macqueen, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Supernova follows Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of 20 years, as they travel across England in their old camper van, visiting friends, family and places from their past. Tusker is diagnosed with early onset dementia, prompting the pair to spend as much time together as they can.
TV programs newly arrived on disc include Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season One, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment. A limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook also is available. The animated comedy series, which debuted on CBS All Access last year and will continue on Paramount+, chronicles the adventures of the U.S.S. Cerritos in the year 2380, with a focus on the crew members who usually do the dirty work.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Alienist: Angel of Darkness on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 18. The eight-episode limited series, which aired on TNT in July and August of 2020, is the second season of “The Alienist,” the first having aired in 2018. The second season picks up in June 1897, a year after Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends — high-living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore (Luke Evans); indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning); the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson (Douglas Smith and Matthew Shear); powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose (Robert Ray Wisdom); and Stevie Taggert (Dominic Herman-Day), the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime — have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case. But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war.
Among catalog releases, Paramount Home Entertainment offers a newly remastered 25th anniversary collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc of Mission: Impossible that comes with an IMF sticker.
Four movies starring the Peanuts gang arrive together on Blu-ray for the first time on May 18 in the Snoopy 4-Movie Collection from Paramount Home Entertainment. The collection includes the debut classic A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the on-screen debut of Woodstock in Snoopy Come Home, the outdoor adventure Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, and the globe-trotting Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!). A Boy Named Charlie Brown follows Charlie Brown to the Spelling Bee finals. In Snoopy Come Home, when Snoopy gets a letter from a girl in the hospital, he leaves with Woodstock to see her. Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown follows the Peanuts gang to summer camp, where they participate in a river race. In Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, the gang travels to Europe as exchange students. The collection also includes access to digital copies of each of the films, all of which were written by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.
Titles newly released via digital sellthrough May 18 include the coming-of-age drama Boogie, from writer, producer and restaurateur Eddie Huang. The New York story about basketball, young love, fractious families, and pursuing big dreams against all odds showcases first-time actor Taylor Takahashi, who was Huang’s personal assistant at the time he was cast, and a supporting cast that includes Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Pamelyn Chee (Princess of Nebraska), Domenick Lombardozzi (The Irishman), and the late rapper Pop Smoke, in his first screen performance. It will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand June 1 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.