December 7, 2021
Titles new to Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 7 include Ron’s Gone Wrong, Dear Evan Hansen and Cry Macho, while No Time to Die becomes available for digital purchase.
Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ animated film Ron’s Gone Wrong will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7. Things go awry when Barney (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer), a socially awkward middle schooler, receives a malfunctioning, digitally connected device called a B*Bot that’s supposed to be his “best friend out of the box,” which he calls Ron (Zach Galifianakis). Unwilling to allow Ron to be fixed to eliminate its uniqueness, Barney runs away with it, embarking on crazy adventures and discovering self-acceptance and courage along the way. The cast also includes Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Marcus Scribner, Ricardo Hurtado and Thomas Barbusca. The film earned $22.9 million at the domestic box office. It becomes available for digital purchase Dec. 15.
The musical drama Dear Evan Hansen becomes available on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Ben Platt steps back into Evan Hansen’s shoes one last time with a final performance in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical. Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. The film features music and lyrics by the Oscar, Grammy and Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), including two new songs and the anthem “You Will Be Found.” The supporting cast includes Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Amy Adams (Enchanted), Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Nik Dodani (“Atypical”), Colton Ryan (“Little Voice”), Danny Pino (“Law & Order: SVU”) and DeMarius Copes (Broadway’s Mean Girls).
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Cry Macho on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7. Cry Macho is directed by and also stars Clint Eastwood as an aging former rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder in 1979 who takes a job from an ex-boss (Dwight Yoakam) to bring the man’s young son (Eduardo Minett) home from Mexico. Forced to take the backroads on their way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own sense of redemption. The cast also includes Natalia Traven, Fernanda Urrejola and Horacio Garcia Rojas. The screenplay was written by Nick Schenk and N. Richard Nash, based on the novel by Nash. It earned $10.3 million at the domestic box office during a theatrical run in which it was also available concurrently on the HBO Max streaming service for a month.
The action thriller Copshop arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, screaming through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo, The Grey, The Purge: Anarchy) hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler, Greenland, Angel Has Fallen). He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder, The Tomorrow War, Harriet) to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station. But jail can’t protect Murretto for long. Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin (Toby Huss, “Halt and Catch Fire,” Rescue Dawn) ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job.
MGM’s No Time to Die becomes available for digital purchase Dec. 7. 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.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Rick and Morty: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 7. The season is also available for digital purchase. The two-DVD and single-disc Blu-ray sets will include all 10 episodes of the 2021 season of the Adult Swim series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The animated half-hour comedy follows sociopathic genius scientist Rick Sanchez, who drags his inherently timid grandson Morty on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.
RLJE Films Dec. 7 releases season two of “Creepshow” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The horror anthology series from Shudder is based on the 1982 film of the same name. Shudder is AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. “Creepshow” was launched in 2019, with the second season debuting in April 2021 and season three last September. The five-episode season and bonus episodes “A Creepshow Animated Special” and “A Creepshow Holiday Special” from showrunner Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”) stars Kevin Dillon (“Entourage”), Ted Raimi (“Buddy Thunderstruck”) and Ali Larter (House On Haunted Hill). In season two, a comic book once gain comes to life in nine chilling tales told across five episodes.
The coming-of-age comedy classic Harold and Maude arrives on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 7 as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the 1971 film, directed by Hal Ashby and written by Colin Higgins, Harold (Bud Cort) is a death-obsessed teen who falls for Maude (Ruth Gordon), a happy-go-lucky, eccentric 79-year-old. To a lilting Yusuf/Cat Stevens soundtrack, Maude teaches Harold a valuable lesson about making the most of his time on Earth. Originally released on Dec. 20, 1971, the film celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has been restored and remastered for the limited-edition release. For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K and careful color correction and cleanup were undertaken to pay homage to director of photography John Alonzo’s work and honor the look of the film, according to Paramount. In addition, the soundtrack was completely remixed using recently discovered tracks to add clarity and depth.
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution releases Who Framed Roger Rabbit on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for the first time Dec. 7. The 1988 film from director Robert Zemeckis combines live-action and hand-drawn animation to tell a murder mystery in a Golden Age of Hollywood where cartoon characters exist in the real world. Set in 1947, the film stars Bob Hoskins as private detective Eddie Valiant, who is hired to prove that mogul Marvin Acme is fooling around with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of cartoon superstar Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). But when Acme is murdered, Roger becomes the prime suspect, and teams with Eddie to prove his innocence while being pursued by a the scheming Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd). The Roger Rabbit 4K disc will include HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. The set includes the movie on a 4K disc, a regular Blu-ray and a digital copy. Best Buy offers an exclusive Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc combo pack.