‘Beyond Darkness,’ ‘Retribution’ Among Four Horror Films Due on Blu-ray Oct. 26 From Severin and MVD

Four horror films from Severin Films will be available Oct. 26 on Blu-ray from MVD Entertainment Group.

 Blood for Dracula (1974) will have its North American 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray premiere with new special features. Immediately after completing Flesh for Frankenstein, writer-director Paul Morrissey and star Udo Kier created this Euroshocker. Desperate for virgin blood, Count Dracula (Kier) journeys to an Italian villa only to discover the family’s three young daughters are also coveted by the estate’s Marxist stud (Joe Dallesandro). Stefania Casini (Suspiria) and Bicycle Thieves director Vittorio De Sica co-star with a cameo by Roman Polanski in this film scanned uncut in 4K from the original negative for the first time ever. Special features include “Trans-Human Flesh and Blood,” an interview with director Paul Morrissey; “Rubinia’s Homecoming,” an interview and location visit with actress Stefania Casini; “Blood for Udo,” an interview with Kier; “Little Big Joe,” an interview with actor Joe Dallesandro; “Conversation with a Vampire,” an audio interview with actress Milena Vukotic; “Bloodthirsty,” an interview with assistant director Paolo Pietrangeli; “Black Cherry,” an interview with art director Gianni Giovagnoni; “The Blood of These Whores,” an interview with Murderous Passions author Stephen Thrower; “Sad, Romantic Dracula,” an interview with soundtrack composer Claudio Gizzi; “The Roman Connection,” an interview with producer Andrew Braunsberg; trailers; and the original motion picture soundtrack composed, orchestrated and conducted by Claudio Gizzi.

An Angel for Satan (1966) is having its first-ever authorized American release. In the final film of her Italian gothic period, Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) stars in the erotic shocker. When a cursed statue is recovered from a villa’s lake, a young heiress (Steele) will inflict a torrent of depraved seduction and homicidal madness on the local village. Anthony Steffen (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), Claudio Gora (Danger: Diabolik) and Marina Berti (Night Train Murders) co-star in this film scanned in 2K from the original negative with both the Italian and thought-lost English tracks recently discovered in a Rome vault. Special features include audio commentary with Steele and horror film historian David Del Valle; audio commentary with Kat Ellinger, author of Daughters of Darkness; “The Devil Statue,” an interview with actor Vassili Karis; “Barbara & Her Furs,” a 1967 short film by Pierre Andro based on “Venus In Furs,” starring Steele with optional partial commentary by Steele; and trailers.

Shortly after completing Troll 2, writer/director Claudio Fragasso and co-writer Rossella Drudi (Shocking Dark) returned to America to combine elements of The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Beyond in Beyond Darkness (1990). When a Satanic child killer is executed, she transforms the new home of a young reverend and his family into a portal to Hell. Gene LeBrock (Metamorphosis), David Brandon (Caligula 2) and Michael Paul Stephenson (child star of Troll 2 and director of Best Worst Movie) star in this film shot by Joe D’Amato with costumes by Laura Gemser and a score by Carlo Maria Cordio (Night Killer). Released in Italy as Evil Dead 5, the release features new interviews produced exclusively for this edition, including “Beyond Possession,” an interview with Fragasso; “The Devil in Mrs. Drudi,” an interview with Drudi; and “Sign of the Cross,” an interview with actor David Brandon. It also includes the soundtrack CD and the trailer.

Retribution (1987), the feature film debut of co-writer/director Guy Magar, comes in a three-disc collection. In the film, on the seedy side of Hollywood, an emotionally fragile painter miraculously survives a horrific suicide attempt. But when a series of grisly murders rocks the city, he discovers he may be possessed by the vengeful spirit of a murdered local hoodlum. Dennis Lipscomb (Eyes of Fire), Leslie Wing (The Frighteners), Suzanne Snyder (Weird Science) and Hoyt Axton (Gremlins) star in this film featuring a score by Alan Howarth (They Live, Prince of Darkness) and scanned in 2K from recently discovered pre-print elements. Special features include audio commentary with co-writer/director Guy Magar; “Writing Wrongs,” an interview with co-writer Lee Wasserman; “Shock Therapy,” an interview with actress Leslie Wing; “Angel’s Heart,” an interview with actress Suzanne Snyder; “Santa Maria, Mother of God, Help Me!,” an interview with actor Mike Muscat; “Settling the Score,” an interview with soundtrack composer Alan Howarth; “Visions of Vengeance,” an interview with special effects artist John Eggett; “The Art of Getting Even,” an interview with artist Barry Fahr; “Living In Oblivion,” an interview with production designer Robb Wilson King; “BINGO,” a student short by Guy Magar with optional director commentary; trailers; a stills and poster gallery; and the CD soundtrack.

Kurosawa’s ‘Ran’ Available on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Exclusively at Best Buy

Director Akira Kurosawa’s Ran will be released Nov. 16 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.

Kurosawa’s (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) samurai epic blends King Lear, 16th century feudal Japan, and his own notions of loyalty and honor to tell the story of aging Lord Hidetora, whose decision to bequeath his kingdom to his three sons sparks a power struggle that leads to chaos and madness.

Winner of the 1985 Oscar for costume design, Ran is being release with new artwork from artist Zi Xu as well as the special feature “Ran: The Restoration.”

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‘Evil Dead Groovy Collection’ Due Nov. 16 From Lionsgate

The original two “Evil Dead” films, as well as the three-season “Ash vs. Evil Dead” series will be released in The Evil Dead Groovy Collection, arriving Nov. 16 on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital from Lionsgate.

Wisecracking ladies’ man Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell, Army of Darkness, Bubba Ho-Tep, TV’s “The Last Kids on Earth”) is reborn as a slayer of Deadites in The Evil Dead (4K plus Blu-ray) after a vacation in the country is ruined by the reading of an ancient demon-summoning text. In Evil Dead II (4K plus Blu-ray), a chainsaw-armed Ash is pushed to the brink of madness by unhinged evil yet again, while the series “Ash vs. Evil Dead” (Blu-ray) follows an older, grayer Ash over three seasons as he reckons with his bloody past in the face of a Deadite plague.

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The release includes The Evil Dead bonus content DVD, with more than three hours of features revisiting the film’s cast, crew and legacy. The Evil Dead 4K Blu-ray includes audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, producer Robert G. Tapert and Campbell. Evil Dead II includes audio commentary with Raimi, Campbell, cowriter Scott Spiegel and special makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero, as well as numerous Blu-ray special features. “Ash vs Evil Dead” includes numerous extras for each season.

‘Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within’ Arriving on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16

The animated action adventure Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) is coming to 4K Ultra HD for its 20th anniversary Nov. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, the year is 2065, and a meteor has crashed onto Earth unleashing millions of alien creatures who roam around decimating field and city alike, threatening to extinguish life itself. The film features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Steve Buscemi.

Legacy bonus features on the Blu-ray include two feature-length commentaries, the interactive documentary “The Making of Final Fantasy,” the original opening, “Aki’s Dream Reconstruction,” “On the Set with Aki,” character profiles, vehicle scale comparisons, compositing builds, joke outtakes, “The Gray Project” and theatrical trailers.

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‘The Protégé’ Due on Digital Sept. 21, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19

The action thriller The Protégé will come out on digital Sept. 21 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Oct. 19 from Lionsgate.

The story of a deadly assassin out for vengeance stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick.

In the film, rescued as a child and raised by legendary assassin Moody (Jackson), Anna (Maggie Q) was trained to become the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Anna learns that Moody has been brutally killed, she vows revenge. On the murderer’s trail, Anna is entangled with an enigmatic hit man (Keaton) and, as their confrontation turns deadly, the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves ever tighter in this action-thriller from the director of Casino Royale.

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The Protégé home entertainment release also includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentary from director Martin Campbell, and a previously unreleased deleted scene. Hosted by Campbell, “Scars of the Past: Making The Protégé” offers an inside look at the making of the film. “Anna vs. Rembrandt” focuses on the chemistry between Maggie Q’s and Keaton’s characters.

Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 14

Director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time Dec. 14  from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Scorsese), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter), the 2013 film earned more than $390 million worldwide.

DiCaprio plays a young, hungry and corrupt stockbroker in the story of Wall Street excess. In addition to Hill, the supporting cast also includes Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and Jean Dujardin.

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The 4K Ultra HD release features a new film transfer supervised by Scorsese. The disc includes access to a digital copy of the film and previously released bonus content, including “The Wolf Pack,” “Running Wild” and “The Wolf of Wall Street Round Table.”

The Wolf of Wall Street will also be available on 4K Ultra HD in a limited-edition Steelbook.

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ Due on Digital Oct. 5, 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s Old will be available to own on digital Oct. 5, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The thriller follows a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.

Directed and produced by Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Split), the film stars an international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale), Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Thomasin McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Jupiter Ascending), Ken Leung (“The Sopranos,” “Lost”), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Aaron Pierre (“Britannia”), Embeth Davidtz (Schindler’s List, Matilda) and Emun Elliott (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens).

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Bonus features include deleted scenes; “Shyamalan Family Business,” a look at what the director’s two daughters, Ishana and Saleka, contributed to the film and how collaborating with family made filming outside Philadelphia still feel like home; “All the Beach Is a Stage,” about the challenge of shooting a film in a wide-open space; “Nightmares in Paradise,” about the challenges of shooting in the Dominican Republic; and “A Family in the Moment,” in which Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Thomasin McKenzie and Alex Wolff recount an emotional night of filming.

‘Don’t Breathe 2’ Due on Digital Oct. 12, Disc Oct. 26

The horror thriller Don’t Breathe 2 will come out on digital Oct. 12 and on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Oct. 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her.

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Special features include a never-before-seen alternate ending; “Friends & Filmmakers” featurette; “Bad Man (Slang Is Back)” featurette; “Designing Deception” featurette; and audio commentaries with filmmakers.

‘Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16

The Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition, timed to the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, will come out on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The $249.99, 31-disc collection of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga contains new special features along with the theatrical and extended versions of the six films from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as well as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

It comes in “Puzzle Box” packaging and includes a 64-page booklet featuring costumes, photography and production notes from the film, and art cards featuring travel posters and images from iconic locations throughout Middle-Earth including The Shire, Lake-Town, Erebor, Anduin, Rohan, Minas Trith and Rivendell.

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Also included are the original Cannes Film Festival presentation reel, and footage from the recent Alamo Drafthouse cast reunion, featuring director Peter Jackson along with cast members Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellan, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortenson, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will feature Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. All six films also come on Blu-ray discs remastered from the 4K master. The 4K remastering process was overseen by Jackson.

Update (10/12/21): Release date changed from Oct. 26 to Nov. 16.

‘The Green Knight’ Due on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 12

The fantasy adventure The Green Knight arrives on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and digital Oct. 12 from Lionsgate.

The title is available in a 4K plus Blu-ray plus digital combo pack, and Blu-ray plus DVD plus digital combo pack, as well as a standalone Blu-ray.

A new take on the 14th century medieval story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” the film stars Academy Award nominee Dev Patel (2017, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Lion), Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (2016, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, The Danish Girl), Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton (2017, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Loving), Sarita Choudhury (TV’s “Blindspot,” “Jessica Jones,” “Little Fires Everywhere”), Sean Harris (The King, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Tresspass Against Us), Kate Dickie (Prometheus, The Witch, Filth) and Ralph Iverson (The Witch, Brahms: The Boy II, TV’s “The Accidental Medium”).

From acclaimed writer-director David Lowery (Petes’ Dragons, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story), The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom.

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Special features include “Boldest of Blood and Wildest of Heart: Making The Green Knight”; “Practitioners of Magic: Visual Effects”; “Illuminating Technique: Title Design”; and the theatrical trailer.