December 14, 2020
Shout! Factory and IFC will release four notable independent and foreign films on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in February 2021.
Due Feb. 2 is Tesla, starring Ethan Hawke as famed inventor Nikola Tesla, who fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, then faces even thornier challenges with his new system for worldwide wireless energy. Tesla’s uneasy interactions with his fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan) and his patron George Westinghouse (Jim Gaffigan) are in sharp contrast to his sidewinding appeal to financial titan J.P. Morgan (Donnie Keshawarz). The disc will include a making-of featurette.
Arriving Feb. 9 is the Russian sci-fi horror film Sputnik. When her controversial methods threaten her career, young doctor Tatiana (Oksana Akinshina), is recruited by the military to assess a very special case, that of a cosmonaut who survived a mysterious space accident and has returned to Earth with an organism living inside him that only shows itself late at night.
Feb. 16 sees the release of A Call to Spy, based on the true story of the female spies who fought against the Nazi occupation of France. As Great Britain’s forces were stretched thin during World War II, Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive began to enlist women as spies to conduct sabotage and build a resistance. Spymistress Vera Atkins, later the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise, was the chief recruiter for this secret army. Atkins selected two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall, an American journalist from Baltimore with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan, a wireless officer of Indian descent and an avowed pacifist. The disc includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Centigrade, which arrives Feb. 23, is also inspired by true events and follows a young American couple, Matt and Naomi, as they travel through the Arctic mountains of Norway. After pulling over during a snowstorm, they wake up trapped in their SUV, buried underneath layers of snow and ice. As if the stakes aren’t high enough for the pair, Naomi is eight months pregnant as they contemplate how to escape their frozen prison.