The Japanese action epic Crazy Samurai: 400 vs. 1 will debut exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! Feb. 12, before hitting digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 2 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
Director Yuji Shimomura (Death Trance, Re: Born) crafts action choreography around leading Japanese martial arts icon Tak Sakaguchi (Versus, Rise of the Machine Girl) who plays Japan’s most legendary swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), a warrior undefeated in at least 60 documented duels. When the master samurai arrives to duel the disgraced Yoshioka dojo, he walks into an ambush.
The film includes a 77-minute action sequence shot in one continuous take in which Musashi (Sakaguchi) fights for his life against 400 warriors, earning a place in history as the Crazy Samurai Musashi.
The action thriller Simmer will be released on digital and VOD Jan. 26 from Level 33 Entertainment.
Written and directed by Stefan van de Graaff and Nick Rush, the film stars Marsuvio Sanchez (“Better Call Saul”), Richard Keep, Travis Su’a, Chris Eguizabal, Monica Lopez, Eric Wood, Elvia Martinez, Eliana Su’a and Oscar Sanchez.
It follows a young man (Sanchez) who finds out his family will be deported if he doesn’t pay government-imposed fees. He turns to his boss who offers him an opportunity as a black-market driver to earn the money.
The Asian animated films Boboiboy: The Movie and Saving Sally are available on DVD From MVD Entertainment Group and Synergetic Distribution.
In Boboiboy: The Movie, alien treasure hunters named The Tengkotak have arrived on earth and kidnapped Ochobot in order to use him to locate an ancient and powerful Power Sphere. BoBoiBoy and his super friends must race against time to save Ochobot and uncover the secrets behind the Sfera Kuasa. The second film in the series, BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes, is slated for theatrical release in December 2020. The first film has been broadcast in more than 70 countries, but this is the first time it has been released in the United States.
In Saving Sally, Marty, an aspiring comic-book artist, secretly loves his gadget inventor best friend, Sally, and fantasizes about saving her from the big bad world. The film won the Audience Award at Lund Fantastic, the Jury Award at Fantasporto, Special Mention at Brussels Fantasy, Best Family Film at Bentonville and Children’s Choice at Metro Manila.
The sci-fi action-adventure Max Cloud will debut on digital Dec. 18 and Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
When teen gamer Sarah finds an “easter egg” and accidentally opens a portal into her favorite side-scroller, she becomes trapped in a notorious intergalactic prison, home to the galaxy’s most dangerous villains. To escape, she must finish the game with a little help from her not-so-savvy friend on the outside — or remain a 16-bit character forever.
Director Martin Owen (Killers Anonymous) teams up with star Scott Adkins (Ip Man 4, Triple Threat). The film also stars John Hannah (“Spartacus,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Tommy Flanagan (“Westworld,” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) and Franz Drameh (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”).
The Nicolas Cage actioner Jiu Jitsu will come out on DVD Dec. 22 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
The title is available now on VOD and digital and in select theaters.
The sci-fi actioner follows an ancient order of Jiu Jitsu fighters who face a vicious race of alien invaders in an epic battle for the survival of Earth. The film also stars Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, Rick Yune, Marie Avgeropoulos, Juju Chan and Tony Jaa.
The exploitation classic Vigilante is coming out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Dec. 15 from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.
In the film, New York City factory worker Eddie Marino (Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for Jackie Brown) is a solid citizen and regular guy, until the day a sadistic street gang brutally assaults his wife and murders his child. When a corrupt judge sets the thugs free, Eddie goes berserk and vows revenge.
Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn), Richard Bright (The Godfather), Rutanya Alda (Amityville II: The Possession), Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure), Woody Strode (Spartacus), Joe Spinell (Maniac) and Salsa legend Willie Colón co-star in this 1982 exploitation film from director William Lustig (Maniac Cop 2) that many critics consider to be better — and more shocking — than the original Death Wish.
Blue Underground is presenting the film in a new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.
Special features include audio commentary with co-producer/director Lustig and co-producer Andrew Garroni; audio commentary with Lustig and stars Robert Forster, Fred Williamson and Frank Pesce; a new audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson; a new featurette “Blue Collar Death Wish,” featuring interviews with writer Richard Vetere, star Rutanya Alda, associate producer/first A.D./actor Randy Jurgensen and others; a new interview with composer Jay Chattaway; theatrical trailers; TV spots; a radio spot; a promotional reel; poster and still galleries; and a collectible booklet with a new essay by Michael Gingold.
The action thriller Reversion will come out on digital and VOD Dec. 15 from Level 33.
The film follows an ex-Marine accused of assassinating the president of the United States. Hiding out in a secluded house, he tries to convince his hostage that he’s not the one who killed the president — it was a clone.
Directed by Christopher R. Miles, the film stars Isaac Stephen Montgomery, Marshal Glenn and Vic Stagliano.
The crime thriller Echo Boomers will come out on DVD Dec. 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Knives Out) stars in this story about a recent college graduate Lance Zutterland (Patrick Schwarzenegger) who leaves school in debt, realizing everything he had worked toward was built on a lie.
When he is pulled into a criminal operation, he finds his peers fighting the system by stealing from the rich and giving to themselves. With nothing to lose, they leave behind a trail of destruction.
The film is directed by Seth Savoy and written by Kevin Bernhardt, Jason Miller and Savoy.
Mill Creek Entertainment will bow the next release from the “Ultraman” superhero library — Ultraman Taro — on Blu-ray as both a special edition Steelbook and in standard packaging Jan. 12.
It’s the North American debut of the series, which has never been broadcast on TV or available on any home entertainment format.
Ultraman Taro is the sixth entry in the “Ultraman series,” premiering in Japan in April 1973. After being scouted to the Earth defense team ZAT (Zariba of All Territory), young boxer Kotaro Higashi is severely injured during a Kaiju attack. At the chasm between life and death, Mother of Ultra appeared and saved Kotaro by merging his life with a young Ultra Hero, thus giving birth to the sixth Ultra Brother — Ultraman Taro.
Ultraman Taro took a kid-friendly approach, introducing several new monsters and aliens inspired by folklore. Classic Ultra heroes, such as Ultraman, Ultraseven and Zoffy, also return to assist the powerful but inexperienced Taro as he learns the ropes of being an Ultra Brother.
The Steelbook and standard Blu-ray releases of Ultraman Taro will each contain high definition video for all 53 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles.
Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek’s streaming service, movieSpree.
Mill Creek has licensed the entire available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the team at Tsuburaya Productions.
The disaster film 2012 will come out on 4K Ultra HD Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
From Roland Emmerich, director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, comes the action-adventure movie about the end of the world, starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble.
Bonus features on the 4K disc include Dolby Atmos sound and Discovery Channel’s 2012 Apocalypse featurette. Bonus features on Blu-ray include an interactive Mayan calendar; five featurettes on bringing the epic to life; deleted scenes; an alternate ending; “Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision”; feature commentary; and an Adam Lambert music video.