The top new DVD and Blu-ray releases of Aug. 30 include the “Yellowstone” prequel “1883,” plus the comedies The Phantom of the Open, Brian and Charles and American Carnage, while the animated film Rumble makes its way to digital retailers.
The origin story to TV’s “Yellowstone,” “1883” heads to Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The prequel to the Emmy-nominated series “Yellowstone,” “1883” follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey through the Great Plains. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in Montana. From executive producer Taylor Sheridan, the limited series, produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, stars Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett, Marc Rissmann, Audie Rick, Eric Nelsen and James Landry Hébert. The “1883” three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets include all 10 episodes, plus more than two hours of bonus content, including the never-before-seen featurettes “A Land of Peril & Wonder: The Journey of 1883” and “From Cast to Cowboys: Creating the Pioneer Spirit.” The sets also include additional behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew.
The dramatic comedy The Phantom of the Open will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 30 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film tells the true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. The humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to the British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. He shot the worst round in Open history and drew the ire of the golfing elite, but became a folk hero in the process and, more importantly, showed his family the importance of pursuing your dreams.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Aug. 30 releases the comedy Brian and Charles on Blu-ray. The film stars David Earl as Brian, a lonely inventor in rural Wales who spends his days building quirky, unconventional contraptions that seldom work. Undeterred by his lack of success, Brian attempts his biggest project yet — Charles (Chris Hayward), an artificially intelligent robot who learns English from a dictionary and has an obsession with cabbages. The film earned $430,635 at the U.S. box office.
The horror-comedy American Carnage arrives Aug. 30 on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate. The political satire features Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Night Teeth), Jenna Ortega (Scream, X, TV’s “You”) and Eric Dane (TV’s “Euphoria,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). In the film, after a governor issues an executive order to arrest the children of undocumented immigrants, the newly detained youth are offered an opportunity to have their charges dropped by volunteering to provide care to the elderly. Once inside the eldercare facility, the volunteers discover the governor and the facility’s supervisor have cooked up a horrifyingly depraved conspiracy that endangers the young and the old.
CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release Blue Bloods: The Twelfth Season on DVD Aug. 30. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Tom Selleck, and Emmy nominee Donnie Wahlberg, the five-disc collection includes all 20 episodes, as well as exclusive bonus content. “Blue Bloods” is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan (Selleck) is the New York Police Commissioner, and heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. In the latest season of the police procedural, the Reagan family is faced with new challenges and triumphs they must overcome not only as cops, but as a family.
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Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru Aug. 30 becomes available for its standard digital release Aug. 30 following availability via premium digital and VOD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film explores the early life of the master of evil Gru, who is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends. The film features the voices of Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The animated family comedy Rumble arrives for digital purchase Aug. 30, and from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on the popular graphic novel Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell, the film is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and superstar athletes are larger than life. Teenage Winnie (voice of Geraldine Viswanathan) teams up with a loveable underdog monster (voice of Will Arnett) in hopes of training him to be a champion. The duo learns the value paving your own unique path to success. Rumble also features the voice talents of Terry Crews, NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, and WWE professional wrestlers Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoai and Becky Lynch. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 18.
Aug. 30, Shout! Factory releases The Bionic Woman: The Complete Series on Blu-ray for the first time. The 18-disc set includes all 58 episodes of the “Six Million Dollar Man” spinoff starring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, who is given superhuman abilities via bionic technology following a skydiving accident. The set also includes bonus crossover episodes with “The Six Million Dollar Man” as well as three renunion TV Movies.
Kino Lorber on Aug. 30 releases the documentary Facing Nolan on Blu-ray, about legendary Major League Baseball player Nolan Ryan. Ryan enjoyed a 27-year playing career, pitching for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. After his retirement in 1993, Ryan was CEO of the Texas Rangers and an executive advisor to the Houston Astros. Considered one of the finest MLB pitchers ever, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Special features on the Blu-ray Disc release include a Q&A with Ryan.
Also due Aug. 30 from Kino Lorber is the documentary Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece on DVD. Filmmaker Lauren Levine follows the challenging $25 million restoration of Wright’s first public commission and the painstaking efforts to bring the 100-year-old building back to its original beauty. Now part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, The 20th Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Unity Temple was wildly experimental for its time and in the words of Wright himself, it “makes an entirely new architecture — and is the first expression of it.” Unity Temple is widely considered a Wright masterwork and a vastly influential forebear of the modern architecture movement. Five years in the making, Levine’s film weaves interviews and Wright’s own philosophy with detailed footage of the restoration process. The film is narrated by Brad Pitt, himself a big admirer of Wright. Bonus features include a discussion panel, an alternate trailer and a photo gallery.
The documentary Explorer, a portrait of Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be available via digital and on demand Aug. 30 from Universal Pictures Content Group. The documentary peels back the layers of the explorer’s life to go beyond his record-breaking achievements and reveal the man behind the myth. Fiennes is credited with the sensational title of being the World’s Greatest Living Explorer. Among his extraordinary achievements, he was the first to circumnavigate the world from pole to pole, crossed the Antarctic on foot, broke countless world records and discovered a lost city in Arabia. He has traveled to the most dangerous places on the planet, lost half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity and was nearly cast as James Bond (He also happens to be a cousin to Ralph and Joseph.). The film also features appearances from HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, and fellow explorer Bear Grylls, as well as exclusive access to Fiennes, his film archive, preserved and cared for by the BFI National Archive, covering decades of expeditions and contributions from life-long friends and colleagues.
The music documentary Tony Succar — Live in Perú will be released via on demand Aug. 30 from Level 33 Entertainment. Tony Succar, known for Unity: A Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, which surged to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Tropical Charts, is the youngest Latin Grammy winner as Producer of the Year and Best Salsa Album. In the feature, he debuts his new project, recorded during a sold-out concert at Teatro Nacional in Lima. The concert is based on the album “Live in Peru,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2022.
The sports documentary The Jackie Stiles Story will be released via VOD and digital sellthrough Aug. 30 from Virgil Films. The documentary chronicles the career of Jackie Stiles, the greatest basketball player you’ve probably never heard of. It’s the story of a 5’8” girl from a small Kansas town, population 600, who became a basketball legend in the Midwest. Against all odds, Jackie became the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, a record she held for 16 years. This feat was accomplished through hard work and unwavering determination. Her coaches and teammates agree that Jackie’s work ethic will probably never be matched. The Jackie Stiles Story arrives on DVD Sept. 27.
The horror films All About Evil and Faceless and the action adventure The Female Executioner are being released on Blu-ray Aug. 30 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.
The 2010 cult classic All About Evil stars Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll,” “Orange Is the New Black”) as the mad projectionist, Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Kaboom), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Rob Zombie’s The Munsters), John Waters muse Mink Stole (Serial Mom, Hairspray) and Noah Segan (Knives Out, Looper). In the film, a mousy librarian inherits her father’s beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer — and a legion of rabid gore fans — when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don’t realize yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real. Special features include audio commentary with driter/director Joshua Grannell and actors Thomas Dekker, Ashley Fink, Jade Ramsey and Nikita Ramsey; a making of featurette with Grannell, producer Darren Stein, and actors Dekker, Fink, Cassandra Peterson, Jade Ramsey, Nikita Ramsey, Noah Segan, and Mink Stole; a roundtable discussion; “Evil Live: The Peaches Christ Experience In 4D” world premiere at The Castro Theatre in May 2010; “Grindhouse,” a 2003 short film by Grannell; “Children of the Popcorn — Behind The Scenes With Peaches Christ”; the 2010 making-of featurette; the trailer; a teaser; the soundtrack CD; and a bonus booklet by Michael Varrati.
Due on both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is Faceless. For his 1987 big-budget EuroSleaze classic inspired by Eyes Without a Face, director Jess Franco brought together an international all-star cast, including Helmut Berger (The Damned), Brigitte Lahaie (The Female Executioner), Chris Mitchum (Summertime Killer), Stéphane Audran (Coup de Torchon), Caroline Munro (Maniac) and Telly Savalas, for a glossily depraved tale of disfigurement, dismemberment, libidinous brutes, Nazi surgeons, Parisian discos, face-ripping, throat-stabbing, eyeball-piercing and a rewardingly ambiguous ending. Anton Diffring (Circus of Horrors) and Florence Guérin (Caligula & Messalina) co-star, with appearances by Howard Vernon (The Awful Dr. Orloff) and Lina Romay. The film, scanned for the first time in 4K from the original negative, include the following special features: audio commentary with director Jess Franco and actress Lina Romay; “The Female Predator,” an interview with actress Brigitte Lahaie; “Facial Recognition,” an interview with Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies; “Parisian Encounters — Face-To-Face With Actress Caroline Munro”; “Predators of the Night,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco; EPK interviews with actors Helmut Berger, Chris Mitchum and Telly Savalas; an archival interview with Franco; an archival interview with actor Chris Mitchum; selected scene commentary with Chris Mitchum; Therese II: The Mission (1987), a parody short starring Brigitte Lahaie; the French trailer; and the English trailer.
The 1986 French action adventure The Female Executioner stars legendary adult film performer Brigitte Lahaie, who launched her mainstream acting career — and subsequently became a French cultural icon — with this exploitation hit. Lahaie is Detective Martine Savignac, a tough vice cop who specializes in busting the most extreme pornographers. When a porno queenpin snatches her kid sister for revenge, Martine takes on a city full of pimps, pushers, human traffickers, the Chinese mob and every man she can. Michel Modo (“Highlander: The Series”), Pierre Oudry (Dirty War) and Dominique Erlanger (The House of the Missing Girls) co-star in this vigilante thriller written and directed by Euro-smut veteran Michel Caputo and produced by Lahaie’s then-lover René Chateau (Faceless). Scanned in 2K from the original negative, the film features new interviews with Caputo and Lahaie. Special features include “The Cop In Nylon Stockings,” an interview with Caputo and Lahaie; “Hold On Tight, Girly!,” a location visit with Caputo and Lahaie; The Blue Shutters, a 1987 short film starring Lahaie; and the trailer.
Kino Lorber Aug. 30 releases Olga, a story of resilience and identity from first-time writer and director Elie Grappe, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film was awarded the SACD Prize at the 2021 Cannes Critics’ Week and stars former Ukrainian National Team gymnast Anastasiia Budiashkina in her first film role. Olga is a talented teenage Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, dreaming of Olympic gold and trying to fit in with her new team in her new home. As she prepares for the European Championships, the Ukrainian people back home in Kyiv rise up in what has become known as the Maidan Revolution. Olga is left a powerless, distant bystander as her mother, an investigative journalist, faces danger as she challenges the brutal Yanukovich regime. Olga incorporates documentary footage from the 2013 uprising, the resulting blend is a story that faithfully documents the clash between the personal and the political in a young woman’s search for identity.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc combo pack of Lionsgate’s 2011 MMA-centered family drama Warrior is being re-released Aug. 30 in Steelbook packaging exclusively at Best Buy. The film follows Tommy Riordan, an ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past. He returns home and enlists his father, a recovering alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for a mixed martial arts tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. Tommy’s estranged brother Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to provide for his family as a public school teacher, also enters the competition. Set on a collision course with each other, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart. The film stars Joel Edgerton (The Gift, The Great Gatsby), Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Jennifer Morrison (TV’s “House,” TV’s “Once Upon a Time”), Frank Grillo (The Grey, The Purge: Anarchy) and Nick Nolte (Affliction, The Prince of Tides). Special features include audio commentary with writer-director Gavin O’Connor, cowriter Anthony Tambakis, editor John Gilroy and actor Joel Edgerton; making-of documentaries; a gag reel; and a deleted scene with optional commentary.
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