‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ Headed to Premium Digital May 10

Based on the true story of the first special forces mission in history, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare arrives for premium digital rental (PVOD) and premium digital sale (PEST) on May 10 from Lionsgate.

The film has earned $19.3 million at the global box office.

From director Guy Ritchie (The Gentlemen) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun: Maverick), the story inspired author Ian Fleming to write the postwar James Bond spy novels. The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare stars Henry Cavill (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Alan Ritchson (Fast X), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Hero Fiennes Tiffin (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), with Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).
 
The action-comedy, co-written by Ritchie, tells the incredible true story of the first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a small group of military officials including author Ian Fleming. The top secret combat unit, composed of a motley crew of rogues and mavericks led by Gus March-Phillipps (Cavill), goes on a daring mission against the Nazis using entirely unconventional and utterly “ungentlemanly” fighting techniques. Ultimately, the task force’s audacious approach changed the course of the war and laid the foundation for the British SAS and modern black ops warfare. 

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The film is based on the book The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops by Damien Lewis.

‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ Due Via Premium Digital May 14, on Disc June 11

Warner Bros. Discovery will release Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, for premium digital purchase and rental May 14, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and regular digital June 11.

The film, which has earned $547.2 million at the global box office, follows up the showdown of Godzilla versus Kong. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence — and our own.  The epic delves further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humanity forever.

Directed by Adam Wingard, the film stars Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Godzilla vs. Kong, Bullet Train), Dan Stevens (“Gaslit,” Legion, Beauty and the Beast), Kaylee Hottle (Godzilla vs. Kong), Alex Ferns (The Batman, Wrath of Man, “Chernobyl”) and Fala Chen (Irma Vep, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and premium digital releases include director’s commentary and several featurettes.

Additionally, a five-film collection celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Monsterverse will be available on 4K UHD disc this summer. The six-disc collector’s edition will include Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024), along with a disc of special features including the new “Directors of the Monsterverse” featurette with Monsterverse directors Gareth Edwards, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Michael Doughtery and Adam Wingard.

‘The Talisman’ Among Westerns, Adventure on Tap May 7 on DVD From VCI and MVD

The Western The Talisman (1966), the Western compilation When Cowboys Were King Collection 2 (1930s) and the adventure Trail of the Royal Mounted (1931) are due on DVD May 7 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

In The Talisman, upon the aftermath of a wagon train massacre, two people are awakened by a raging thunderstorm, only to find they are the sole survivors of the mayhem. One is a Cheyenne warrior, the other a young white girl, both arch enemies in the present wars over territory and land. Upon discovering the girl is still alive, the warrior raises his knife to finish her off, but stops when he sees a Thunderbird appear in the sky above them. Feeling this is a sign he is to keep her alive and be her protector, the warrior takes on the task. The grateful girl accepts his help, but is still determined to reach her intended destination, which is to be united with her fiancée. When they cross paths with a group of white mountain men who promise to take her to her people, the warrior reluctantly lets her go with them, giving her his amulet, a Talisman, to protect her. But once she is out of the watchful eye of her Cheyenne protector, the poor girl soon finds that her newly found champions have nefarious intentions. Luckily, her protector is still nearby and senses something has gone awry. Written, produced and directed by John Carr (Fugitive Lovers, Death Wish Club), the film stars Ned Romero (“Star Trek”), Richard Thies (“Route 66”), Ray Browne (“The Avengers,” 1961), Jerald Cormier (Terror Circus) and Linda Hawkins.

In Trail of the Royal Mounted, a 10-chapter serial making its DVD debut, Jack Logan is the heir to half of a map to a hidden Indian mine. The trader and villain Jean Gregg sends his chief henchman Mack to make life difficult for Jack. Jack is aided in his quest by the heirs to the other half of the map: Helen Holt and her younger brother Billy, and by a uniformed mystery man known as “The Mystery Trooper.” The serial stars Robert Frazer (The Vampire Bat), Blanche Mehaffey (The Battling Orioles) and Al Ferguson (The Three Musketeers).

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In When Cowboys Were King Collection 2, VCI has put together a second offering of four films, starring some of the most popular cowboy stars of the 1930s, when cowboys were the kings of the Saturday matinee. Titles in this collection include: Rogue of the Range (1936) starring Johnny Mack Brown, Silver Spurs (1936), Stranger From Arizona (1938) and Spirit of the West (1932) starring Hoot Gibson. Special features include “Carrying the mail — Wally Wales”; the “Cisco Kid” color TV episode “Railroad Land Rush”; and “The Winning of the West —Battle of Adobe Walls.”

Action-Adventure ‘Sabotage’ Due on Blu-ray May 7 From MVD

The action adventure Sabotage will be released on Blu-ray Disc May 7 from MVD Entertainment Group in its MVD Rewind collection.

In the 1996 film, Colonel Michael Bishop’s (Mark Dacascos, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum) last mission went horribly wrong — destroyed from within, sabotaged. His was the only body dragged from the ashes of a black operation that never happened. After years of recovery, Bishop thought he had escaped the Black Ops and he began a successful new life as a bodyguard to the rich and famous. He was the best, with skills most men died learning. But his past caught up with him. His clients began to die violently, at the same shadowy hand that conspired against his Black Op unit. Now he must go own one last mission to destroy the faceless men that run an army that doesn’t exist. From director Tibor Takács (The Gate), the film also stars Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Tony Todd (Candyman) and Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves).

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Special features include a new interview with actor Mark Dacascos; a new interview with actor Tony Todd; a Mark Dacascos trailer reel; double-sided artwork; and a collectible mini-poster.

Imperial’s 1997 Crime Thriller ‘Mean Guns’ Available on Blu-ray Disc April 9 From MVD

The Imperial 1997 crime thriller Mean Guns, starring Ice-T and Christopher Lambert, is available April 9 on special edition Blu-ray Disc as part of the MVD Rewind collection from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, the world’s most dangerous criminals are summoned to a new prison on the eve before its grand opening by Moon (Ice-T, New Jack City), the ruthless leader of the world’s most powerful crime syndicate. Chaos ensues when weapons and ammunition are passed around and the group, including Lou (Christopher Lambert, Highlander) begin their fight to survive. The last three men standing by midnight have been promised $10 million in cash by Moon, who watches from his surveillance camera as gunfire and bodies fly. Rivalries develop between friends and the lines of loyalty are crossed as each criminal attempts to outwit, outrun and outlive the other in the action packed game of elimination.

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Directed by Albert Pyun (Cyborg, Nemesis), the film also stars Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Streets of Fire), Thom Mathews (The Return of the Living Dead) and Yuji Okumoto (“Cobra Kai”).

Special features include:

  • audio commentary from director Albert Pyun
  • an introduction by director Albert Pyun
  • a new interview with producer Gary Schmoeller
  • a new interview with executive producer Paul Rosenblum
  • a new interview with composer Anthony Riparetti
  • original theatrical trailer
  • reversible artwork
  • collectible mini-poster
  • a limited-edition slipcover (first pressing only)

‘Inspector Wears Skirts 2’ Due on Blu-ray Disc March 26 From 88 Films and MVD

The Hong Kong action comedy The Inspector Wears Skirts 2 will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 26 from 88 Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the sequel produced by Jackie Chan, Hong Kong’s toughest team of fearless lady cops are back on the beat, forced to take on both their male counterparts in a battle of the sexes and a team of foreign mercenaries. Action legend Jackie Chan’s lethal ladies include Shaw Brothers icon Wai Yin-hung (My Young Auntie), Sibelle Hu (Fong Sai Yuk) and Amy Yip (Robotrix). The film’s action scenes are again delivered by the Jackie Chan stunt team, who also co-star in the film.

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Special features include audio commentary with Asian cinema expert Frank Djeng; an interview with actor Anthony Carpio; “Leading the Top Squad,” an interview with director Wellson Chin; and the Hong Kong trailer.

Argentinian Actioner ‘Punto Rojo’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD March 12 From MVD

The Argentinian action film Punto Rojo will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 12 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The film follows Diego (Demian Salomon, Terrified, When Evil Lurks), who is a crook and a hooligan for “Racing Club,” one of Argentina’s greatest soccer teams. While sitting in his car in the middle of nowhere and participating in a quiz show about his beloved football team, a man suddenly falls from the sky and into his windshield. When a tough as nails female secret agent (Moro Anghileri, On the Third Day) arrives to confront Diego and asks about the dangerous con man keeping a dark secret who happens to be kidnapped in the trunk of his car, all hell is about to break loose.

Special features include director’s commentary; the trailer; and the short film “Pinball.”

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The film won the Apima Award (Best Film) and the Jury Prize for Best Actor (Demian Salomon) and Best Screenplay at the 2021 Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre, Best Actor (Salomon) at the 2021 Mar Del Plata Film Festival, Best Actor (Salomon) at the 2022 Fantaspoa Film Festival, and the Jury Prize at the 2021 Biarritz Film Festival.

‘Expendables 4-Film Collection’ Due in Blu-ray Combo Pack March 5

The Expendables 4-Film Collection arrives on Blu-ray (plus DVD plus digital) March 5 from Lionsgate.

The action franchise has earned more than $780 million at the box office.

This bundle, which features four art cards, includes all four films in “The Expendables” franchise. In The Expendables, the elite mercenaries (Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham) are caught in a web of betrayal and deceit when they’re hired by a shady operative (Bruce Willis) to overthrow a South American dictator. In The Expendables 2, a deranged arms dealer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) turns the team’s (Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren) easy paycheck into a tragedy, while The Expendables 3 pits old school vs. new blood when Barney Ross and his team (Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford) square off against a longtime foe (Mel Gibson). In Expend4bles, a new group of mercenaries (50 Cent, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa) joins the “old guard” to help fight an arms dealer with his own private army.

Each title includes myriad special features.

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Actioner ‘One More Shot’ Headed to Digital Jan. 16 From Sony

The action film One More Shot will be released on digital Jan. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, following the black site attack in Poland, Navy SEAL Jake Harris (Scott Adkins) must use all his battle-honed skills to survive an airport siege from mercenaries attempting to capture high-profile terrorist suspect Amin Mansur. With a bomb threatening the State of the Union Address, Mansur is the only person who may know its location. Still reeling from the loss of his team, Harris must protect the man he brought in for justice at any cost. Edited to appear as one continuous take, One More Shot also stars Michael Jai White, Alexis Knapp, and Tom Berenger.

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1976 Action Film ‘The Swiss Conspiracy’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 20

The 1976 action film The Swiss Conspiracy will be released Feb. 20 in a special collector’s edition on Blu-ray and DVD from Film Masters.

In the film, international intrigue ensues when a Swiss bank president hires an American investigator to ferret out a group of blackmailers who have been terrorizing his clients.

The film has been scanned in 4K from the original 35mm archival elements. Film Masters has enlisted colorist and restoration expert Marc Wielage to bring back vibrant and original colors that have not been seen since this film made its debut.

Shot entirely in and around Zurich, The Swiss Conspiracy, based on the novel by Michael Stanley, was directed by Jack Arnold, best known for ‘B’ horror/cult movie classics such as The Incredible Shrinking Man, Tarantula, Creature From the Black Lagoon, It Came From Outer Space and The Tattered Dress. Arnold was also known for directing multiple hit television series such as “Gilligan’s Island,” “Mod Squad,” “Wonder Woman” and “The Love Boat.”

In the film, a Swiss bank president hires a former U.S. Justice Department official to ferret out a group of blackmailers who have learned the identity of five anonymous numbered account holders, including a Chicago mob figure who is also being pursued by American gangsters. Investigator David Christopher (David Janssen, best known as Dr. Richard Kimble in the 1960s series “The Fugitive”) identifies four potential suspects, including the bank vice president’s mistress Rita (Elke Sommer). Adding to the intrigue are the suspicions of the Swiss Federal Police which complicates the investigation. When the bank pays the chief blackmailer in uncut diamonds, the ransom rendezvous results in a dramatic showdown in the snow-covered Alps and a shocking revelation. The film also stars John Saxon, John Ireland, Senta Berger, David Hess and Ray Milland.

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Special features include Ballyhoo Motion Pictures presents “Jack Arnold: The Lost Years,” focusing on the late career years of the filmmaker; Ryan Verrill and Will Dodson from Someone’s Favorite Productions presenting the visual essay “Jack Arnold: A Three-Dimensional Filmmaker”; a commentary track by author/podcaster Daniel Budnik and film historian Rob Kelly; liner notes from Lee Pfeiffer, editor-in-chief of Cinema Retro magazine; the original 35mm theatrical trailer; and the recut, newly restored trailer.

The Swiss Conspiracy is presented with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Discs are region free and include English SDH. Audio is DTS-HD/Dolby AC3s.