November 9, 2021
Nov. 9 sees the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Warner’s Reminiscence and Universal’s Respect, while films such as No Time to Die become available via premium VOD.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Nov. 9 releases the sci-fi noir Reminiscence on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Set in the near future, the film stars Hugh Jackman as Nick, a merchant of nostalgia who navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories. Living on the fringes of the sunken Miami coast, his life is forever changed when he falls in love with Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). When she vanishes without a trace, his obsession to find her uncovers a dangerous conspiracy. The cast also includes Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis, Marina de Tavira, Daniel Wu, Mojean Aria, Brett Cullen, Natalie Martinez, Angela Sarafyan and Nico Parker. Reminiscence is the feature directorial debut of Lisa Joy, who also wrote the screenplay and produced the film alongside her husband, Jonathan Nolan. The pair previously developed HBO’s “Westworld.” The film earned $3.9 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.
Arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 9 is Universal Pictures’ Respect, a biopic of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, played by Jennifer Hudson. The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Titus Burgess and Mary J. Blige. It earned $24.3 million at the domestic box office.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Nov. 9 releases DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray and DVD. The release includes all 15 one-hour episodes from the sixth season of the CW series, plus extra content including several featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. In season six, having spent last season trying to track down the Loom of Fate, the Legends must now save history from a foe like none they’ve encountered in the past or future. The timeship Waverider’s crew have dealt with monsters, time anomalies, and most recently, villains from Hell, but this season they will face something even more challenging and bizarre — space aliens.
Snowpiercer: The Complete Second Season travels to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9 from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. At the end of season one, the survivors of the revolution were trying to pick up the pieces and maintain a fragile peace among the now merged classes, with Layton (Daveed Diggs) emerging as the train’s leader. Discovering Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean) is alive and headed their way on a rival train, Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) risks going outside to prevent him from invading Snowpiercer. While she’s out there, it’s revealed that Alexandra (Rowan Blanchard), Melanie’s daughter, who she thought had died, is alive and has become Wilford’s dedicated protegee. In season two, an entirely new power struggle emerges, causing a dangerous rift as people are divided between their loyalty to Layton and to Mr. Wilford, who has a new train, new technology and a game plan that keeps everyone guessing. While Layton battles Wilford for the soul of Snowpiercer, Melanie leads the charge on a shocking new discovery that could change the fate of humanity. Season three of “Snowpiercer” will premiere on TNT early next year, and the show has already been picked up for a fourth.
Season one of “Emily in Paris” arrives on DVD Nov. 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Lily Collins stars as the title character, Chicago marketing executive Emily Cooper, in this comedy from Darren Star, the creator of “Sex and the City” and “Younger.” In the series, after suddenly landing a dream job in Paris, Emily embraces her adventurous new life as she juggles work, friendships and romance while navigating a whole new culture. The DVD includes all 10 episodes from the inaugural season, and more than 30 minutes of deleted scenes and exclusive featurettes that delve into the casting process, the show’s fashion, and what it’s like to film in Paris.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases all seven seasons of the TV series “Younger” on DVD for the first time Nov. 9. Younger: The Complete Series will include all seven seasons of the series, with 84 episodes spread across 10 discs, plus more than an hour of bonus content. The series from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star ran for six seasons on TV Land starting in 2015, while episodes from the seventh and final season premiered first on the Paramount+ streaming service earlier in 2021 before being shown on the cable network. The show stars two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Liza Miller, a 40-year-old mom passing herself off as a 20-something assistant. Though her ruse lands her a dream job in publishing, a hot young boyfriend, and a fun new millennial squad, cracks began to form in her plan as she realizes that her secret was hurting those closest to her. “Younger” follows Liza’s journey through professional and personal ups and downs, on her way to discovering that the truth can be so much better than fiction. The cast also includes Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard and Charles Michael Davis.
Shout! Factory releases the Western Old Henry on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 9. The film from Shout! Studios and Hideout Pictures stars Tim Blake Nelson as a widowed farmer who along with his son (Gavin Lewis) warily take in an injured man (Scott Haze) with a satchel of cash. When a posse of men claiming to be the law come for the money, the farmer must decide who to trust. Defending against a siege of his homestead, he reveals a talent for gunslinging that surprises everyone, calling his true identity into question. The cast also includes Trace Adkins and Stephen Dorff. The film was written and directed by Potsy Ponciroli.
The holiday title A Gift From Bob will be released via on demand, digital sellthrough and DVD Nov. 9 from Lionsgate and Saban Films. In the film from the director of A Dog’s Way Home and Dolphin Tale, for James (Luke Treadaway), a struggling street musician, a very special gift arrives in the form of Bob, a strong-willed stray cat who wanders into James’s tiny flat. Bob enriches James’s life, giving him companionship, purpose, and a large, new audience. When Animal Welfare officers threaten to take Bob, the local community rallies to help James and Bob — sparking a journey that takes the pair to places they never imagined.
PBS Distribution Nov. 9 releases Muhammad Ali: A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon on DVD and Blu-ray. The docuseries follows the life of the three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, as well as his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it. At the height of his fame, Ali challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases and notions about what roles celebrities and athletes play in our society, and inspired people all over the world with his message of pride and self-affirmation.
Also due Nov. 9 from PBS Distribution is Frontline: America After 9/11 on DVD. The documentary chronicles the history of the United States after the terrorist attacks.
The Chinese action film The Emperor’s Sword debuts digitally, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, during a time of peace, a deadly sword that bestows great power upon its wielder was divided and hidden. After the emperor dies, a deranged rebel seizes power and stages a massacre during his search for the blade, leaving only one survivor. The young daughter of a great general is all that stands between a tyrant and his quest for domination.
Capelight Pictures and the MPI Media Group Nov. 9 release the 2012 Korean erotic romantic historical drama The Concubine on DVD. Set during the early Joseon Dynasty in Korea, Hwa-yeon, a minister’s daughter, and Kwon-yoo, a commoner, are deeply in love. When Hwa-yeon is ordered to the royal palace to become the king’s concubine, she and Kwon-yoo attempt to flee. They are intercepted by Hwa-yeon’s father and his men, who threaten to kill Kwon-yoo. To save her one true love, Hwayeon agrees to go to the palace as instructed.
The horror films The Resonator: Miskatonic U and Mania Killer arrive on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 9 from Full Moon Features and MVD Entertainment Group.
In horror fantasy The Resonator: Miskatonic U (2021), genre stars Michael Pare (Streets of Fire, Eddie and the Cruisers), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) and Empire Pictures alumni Jeffrey Byron (The Dungeonmaster, Metalstorm) join a cast of newcomers in a tale of visionary Miskatonic University student Crawford Tillinghast, who follows in his late father’s footsteps and becomes obsessed with completing work on The Resonator, an inter-dimensional device that opens doorways to other worlds. With the aid of his closest friends, they manage to get the machine running — with terrifying results.
In Mania Killer (1987), a malevolent religious cult stalks a French village, kidnapping prostitutes and subjecting them to unimaginable torments under the guise of saving their souls. When a young man’s girlfriend is taken by the sect, he teams up with a mob of angry pimps to track down the maniacal, holy rolling killers and put an end to their bloody mission, once and for all. The film stars Bo Svenson (Walking Tall Part 2), Robert Ginty (The Exterminator) and Chuck Connors (Tourist Trap). Full Moon is presenting this obscure shocker totally uncut and remastered from the best available materials found in the Eurocine vaults.
The drama Two Yellow Lines arrives on 4K digital Nov. 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, veteran smokejumper Jack Elliot fells trees on a steep mountain slope high in the Montana wilderness when his phone rings. His estranged ex-wife can’t pick up their teenage daughter from camp in Wyoming. Jack hasn’t seen her in four years, ever since he lost his entire unit to a rogue wildfire. Over the next five days, Jack and his daughter battle as they ride across the wild Montana landscape and sleep beneath a bounty of stars. Watching his baby grow into a woman, and seeing her hero shrink to a man, a battle that starts off face-to-face, slowly turns back-to-back.
Virgil Films Nov. 9 makes available for digital purchase The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life, a new documentary on the real town that inspired the fictitious Bedford Falls in the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The 30-minute doc was directed by Stu Lisson and Francis DiClemente. The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life explores the connections between Seneca Falls, New York, and Bedford Falls, the iconic small town featured in Frank Capra’s 1946 feel-good film about George Bailey (James Stewart), a man who has given up his personal dreams in order to help others in his community, and whose suicide attempt on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George how he, George, has touched the lives of others and how different life would be for his wife Mary and his community of Bedford Falls if he had not been born. The documentary examines small-town life in Seneca Falls, spotlights the annual It’s a Wonderful Life Festival, and features interviews with Karolyn Grimes (who played Zuzu Bailey), Jimmy Hawkins (who played Tommy Bailey), Monica Capra Hodges, granddaughter of Frank Capra, and film critic Leonard Maltin.
Warner Bros., StudioCanal and American Zoetrope have restored Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 American coming-of-age drama The Outsiders in 4K and Nov. 9 release it in an extended edition, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel, theatrically and on 4K Ultra HD disc. Created to give fans more of the action that took place in S.E. Hinton’s celebrated book, Coppola’s latest, definitive version includes new music, as well as several scenes cut from the theatrical version which were reconstructed from original camera negatives, according to the studio. Based on the 1967 best-selling young-adult novel by S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders starred then-unknown young actors in many of their first break-through roles, including C. Thomas Howell (E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial), Rob Lowe (“The West Wing,” “Parks and Recreation”), Emilio Estevez (St. Elmo’s Fire, The Breakfast Club, Young Guns), Matt Dillon (Crash, There’s Something About Mary), Tom Cruise (Top Gun, “Mission: Impossible” series, Jerry Maguire), Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Ghost), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, “Cobra Kai”) and Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Under the Tuscan Sun).
The Steve Martin comedy L.A. Story arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) Nov. 9 from Lionsgate. In the 1991 film, Martin stars as TV weatherman Harris Telemacher, who decides to follow his heart — and digital messages on freeway signs — on a quest for true love in the City of Angels. He leaves his longtime girlfriend (Marilu Henner) and embarks on a frivolous romance with a vapid, young model (Sarah Jessica Parker), which ultimately leads him to true love with the woman of his dreams (Victoria Tennant).
Warner Archive Nov. 9 releases 1936’s Fury on Blu-ray with a new 4K scan. The film stars Spencer Tracy as Joe Wilson, a wrongly jailed man thought to have died in a blaze started by a bloodthirsty lynch mob. Having survived the fire, Joe aims to ensure his would-be executioners meet the fate he miraculously escaped. Sylvia Sidney plays his bride-to-be. In his first American film, German director Fritz Lang (Metropolis) combines a passion for justice and a sharp visual style into a landmark of social-conscience filmmaking with its searing indictment of mob justice and lynching. The Blu-ray includes mono audio, commentary by Peter Bogdanovich with archival interview comments from Lang, and a theatrical trailer.
Another Warner Archive Nov. 9 Blu-ray release is 1973’s The Last of Sheila, starring James Coburn, Raquel Welch, Richard Benjamin, Joan Hackett, James Mason, Dyan Cannon and Ian McShane. Composer Stephen Sondheim and actor Anthony Perkins wrote this witty, complex thriller directed by Herbert Ross. A movie kingpin (Coburn), whose wife, Sheila, was killed by a hit-and-run driver a year before, hosts a cruise aboard his sleek yacht. His guests are all friends (and some lovers) who may know more about Sheila’s death than they’re letting on. An elaborate murder game with Mediterranean ports of call is the itinerary. The Blu-ray includes a new 4K scan from the original negative, a widescreen presentation, mono audio, the theatrical trailer, and commentary by Benjamin, Cannon and Welch.
Warner Archive Nov. 9 also releases the Blu-ray of 1933’s Ladies They Talk About, featuring a new 1080p master from a 4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative. A prime example of the raw and racy films made before the enforcement of Hollywood’s repressive “production code,” this Warner Bros. title previously released in the “Forbidden Hollywood” series stars Barbara Stanwyck as Nan Taylor, a bank robber serving a prison sentence whose partners are killed in a jailbreak attempt. David Slade (Preston S. Foster) is the reformer who has fallen in love with her. Nan thinks David is the one responsible for tipping off the authorities, but she soon learns to trust in his love for her, eventually reciprocating and leaving her unsavory past behind. Co-directed by William Keighley and Howard Bretherton, and based on the play by Dorothy Mackaye and Carlton Miles, Ladies They Talk About also stars Lyle Talbot, Lillian Roth and Allen Jenkins. The Blu-ray includes mono audio, a theatrical trailer, the vintage 1933 WB cartoon I Like Mountain Music and the vintage 1933 WB short Pure Feud.
MGM/United Artists Releasing’s latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die, hits premium video-on-demand channels on Nov. 9 — one month after the movie’s North American release.
The noir crime thriller Hard Luck Love Song arrives on premium VOD Nov. 9. Based on the song “Just Like Old Times” by singer-songwriter Todd Snider, the film stars Michael Dorman (“For All Mankind,” “Patriot,” The Invisible Man), Sophia Bush (John Tucker Must Die, “One Tree Hill,” “Love, Victor”), Dermot Mulroney (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Arrested Development,” My Best Friend’s Wedding), Primetime Emmy Award nominee RZA (2020, Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, TV’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga”), Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (1985, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Runaway Train), and Melora Walters (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Dead Poets Society)
Nov. 12 sees the digital sellthrough release of Disney-owned Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the 25th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nov. 12 is also the date the film becomes available for streaming on the Disney+ SVOD service for no additional cost to subscribers. Shang-Chi stars Simu Liu in the title role, who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father, Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu and Michelle Yeoh.
MGM makes Sylvester Stallone’s new director’s cut of the 1985 boxing movie Rocky IV available on demand Nov. 12, the day after it plays in theaters for one night only Nov. 11. Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago — The Ultimate Director’s Cut includes 40 minutes of additional footage edited back into the film.