Action Thriller ‘Night of the Sicario’ Coming to DVD June 22

The action thriller Night of the Sicario will come out on DVD June 22 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Saban Films.

It is available now in select theaters, on digital and on demand.

In the film, while transporting the family of a key witness in a federal trial against the cartel, DEA agents are ambushed in a fatal shootout. Now the survivors, including the young daughter of the witness, must take refuge in a nearby home as the ruthless sicarios hunt them down. With danger at every corner and a violent hurricane wiping out any chance of outside help, they must play a deadly game of cat and mouse with the cartel to live through the night.

Natasha Henstridge (Species) and Costas Mandylor (Saw franchise) star.

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‘The Day of the Beast,’ Rosie Perez Starrer ‘Perdita Durango’ Among Titles Coming to 4K and Blu-ray Disc March 30 From MVD and Severin

Coming to disc March 30 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films are Perdita Durango (1997), The Day of the Beast (1995), Nosferatu in Venice (1988) and A Scream in the Streets (1973).

Writer-director Álex de la Iglesia’s Perdita Durango and The Day of the Beast are restored on 4K Ultra HD (in combo pack with Blu-ray) and Blu-ray Disc for the first time in America.

For his English-language debut with Perdita Durango, de la Iglesia chose novelist Barry Gifford’s prequel to Wild at Heart featuring the titular sociopath priestess. But when the U.S. distributor saw the finished film, they slashed more than 10 minutes of gleefully profane sex and violence and dumped it under the title Dance With the Devil. Severin is now presenting the complete director’s cut starring Oscar nominee Rosie Perez and Academy Award winner Javier Bardem in a violent love story filled with human sacrifices, kidnapping, murder and fetus trafficking with the dogged DEA agent (James Gandolfini) on the trail of it all. Don Stroud (Django Unchained), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Alex Cox (Repo Man) and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins co-star in the film with music by Simon Boswell. Special features include “On the Border,” an interview with de la Iglesia; “Writing Perdita Durango,” an interview with writer Barry Gifford; an appraisal by film scholar Dr. Rebekah McKendry; “Narcosatanicos: Perdita Durango and the Matamoros Cult,” an interview with Abraham Castillo Flores and Cauldron of Blood author Jim Schutze; “Canciones de Amor Maldito: The Music of Perdita Durango,” an interview with composer Simon Boswell; “Shooting Perdita Durango,” an interview with director of photography Flavio Labiano; and trailers.

In between his cult hit debut Accion Mutante and Perdita Durango, de la Iglesia delivered the international horror comedy smash The Day of the Beast, which won six Goya Awards, including Best Director. In the film, when a rogue priest (Álex Angulo of Pan’s Labyrinth) discovers the exact date The Antichrist will be born, he enlists a Death Metal record store clerk (Santiago Segura of Killer Barbys) and a cheesy TV psychic (Armando De Razza) for an urban spree to prevent the Apocalypse by summoning Satan himself. Terele Pávez (800 Bullets) co-stars. Special features include “Heirs of the Beast,” a feature length documentary by Diego López and David Pizarro on the making and cultural impact of the film; “Antichrist Superstar,” an interview with director Alex de la Iglesia; “The Man Who Saved the World,” an interview with actor Armando De Razza; “Beauty and the Beast,” an interview with actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta; “Shooting the Beast,” an interview with director of photography Flavio Martínez Labiano; “Mirindas Asesinas,” a 1990 short film by Alex de la Iglesia; and trailers.

Nosferatu in Venice (1988) and A Scream in the Streets (1973) are coming out on Blu-ray for the first time ever March 30 scanned in 2K from the original negatives.

What was intended to be an unofficial sequel to Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu, Nosferatu in Venice instead became one of the most notoriously fascinating productions in EuroCult history. Klaus Kinski stars as the legendary vampire resurrected in modern-day Venice with an insatiable hunger for warm blood and rough sex. Donald Pleasence and Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer co-star in this shocker that features music by Oscar winner Vangelis (Chariots of Fire) and employed five different directors, including Mario Caiano (Nightmare Castle), Luigi Cozzi (Paganini Horror), writer-producer Augusto Caminito and reportedly Kinski himself. Special features include “Creation is Violent,” a new feature-length documentary on Kinski’s Final Years; “Creation is Violent Outtakes: – Nothing Bad Can Happen – Gypsies Should Be Played by Real Gypsies!”; and a trailer.

From producer Harry Novak — whose Box Office International Pictures brought the world such classics as Axe, Mantis in Lace and Wham Bam Thank You, Spaceman — comes A Scream in the Streets, about a pair of L.A.P.D. detectives hunting a transvestite psychopath through a polyester jungle of massage parlor perverts, suburban sex fiends and violence-crazed cops. Directed by Carl Monson (Please Don’t Eat My Mother), the film stars Joshua Bryant (Enter the Devil), Sandy Carey (Drive-in Massacre), Linda York (Chain Gang Women) and Sharon Kelly (aka ’80s adult film superstar Colleen Brennan). Special features include “The Peeper — Two Sexy Shorts Produced From A Scream in the Streets outtakes” and a trailer.

Liam Neeson Actioner ‘The Marksman’ Shooting to Digital April 27, Disc May 11

The Liam Neeson action thriller The Marksman will be available for digital purchase starting April 27 and will shoot to Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Lorenz (American SniperMystic River), the film’s supporting cast includes Katheryn Winnick (The Dark Tower, “Big Sky”), Juan Pablo Raba (Peppermint, “Narcos”), Teresa Ruiz (“Narcos: Mexico,” “Here on Earth”) and Jacob Perez (Papa BearWilly Goes Way Back).

Neeson plays Jim Hanson, an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher who simply wants to be left alone as he tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. But everything changes when he witnesses 11-year-old migrant Miguel (Perez) and his mother (Ruiz) fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel. After being caught in a shoot-out, Miguel’s mother begs Jim to take her son to the safety of their family in Chicago. Defying law-enforcement, Jim and Miguel hit the road and slowly begin to forge an unlikely friendship, while the cartel’s relentless assassins blaze a bloody trail, hot on their heels.

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Extras include a making-of featurette with interviews with filmmakers and cast.

Bruce Campbell Action Adventure ‘Running Time’ Coming to DVD and Blu-ray March 16 From MVD

The Bruce Campbell action adventure Running Time is coming to DVD and Blu-ray Disc March 16 from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the 1997 film, Campbell (The “Evil Dead” Series, TV’s “Burn Notice”) stars as Carl, a man who launches a full-scale heist to steal mob money from the prison that just released him. With the help of an old friend (Jeremy Roberts, The People Under the Stairs), a driver and a safe-cracker, Carl’s attempt to carry out the heist is fraught with incompetence and bad luck. As the clock ticks and the circumstances turn tragic, Carl is forced to make the most important decision of his life.

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Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and filmed over 20 years before Sam Mendes’ 1917, writer/director Josh Becker designed Running Time to play out using the one-continuous-shot technique with no computer-assisted trickery. Photographed and edited on film to take place over 70 minutes of real-time, this gritty crime drama was shot entirely on location in the streets of Los Angeles.

The film features an all-new 2K scan and restoration of the original camera negative and is presented for the first time on video with the original theatrical stereo mix. Special features include audio commentary with writer/director Becker and Campbell, the all-new interview/featurette “Run and Gun with Bruce Campbell,” a Q&A from the Freaky Film Festival Premiere at the University of Illinois, the original promotional trailer, and a dual-sided front cover featuring art from Wes Benscoter and Gerry Kissell.

Paramount to Bow ‘John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection’ on DVD May 11

Paramount Home Entertainment will unveil the John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection on DVD May 11.

Wayne had an epic, 50-year film career in which he played the lead in more than 140 films. He was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning Best Actor for his performance in True Grit.

Representing Paramount’s biggest Wayne collection ever, the 14-movie set spans nearly 25 years of Wayne’s career and includes his Oscar-winning performance in True Grit and his final lead role in The Shootist.

The films in the DVD collection are:

  • Hondo (1953)
  • Island in the Sky (1953)
  • The High and the Mighty (1954)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Hatari! (1962)
  • Donovan’s Reef (1963)
  • McLintock! (1963)
  • In Harm’s Way (1965)
  • The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
  • El Dorado (1966)
  • True Grit (1969)
  • Rio Lobo (1970)
  • Big Jake (1971)
  • The Shootist (1976)

Troma Titles ‘Honor Killing’ and ‘Nightbeast’ Hit Blu-ray in February From MVD

Two titles from ‘B’ movie house Troma, Honor Killing and Nightbeast, are hitting Blu-ray in February from MVD Entertainment Group.

Available now is the action adventure Honor Killing. It follows a young woman who is brutally attacked. She seeks the aid of her own flesh and blood, but her Father has other plans for her — a bullet to her head. Now she lives for vengeance. Having survived the attempted “honor killing,” she hires a rugged bounty hunter named Viktor to train her to inflict pain. Thus, she begins her journey to find her Father, and leaves a trail of savage men along the way. The film is written, directed and starring “Mercedes” (Evul Twins, My Night Job) and is the second team up of the actress and actor Jim Schumacher following the film Rose and Viktor: No Mercy.

Coming Feb. 23 is the 1982 horror flick Nightbeast, in which an alien with an appetite for blood and disembowelment is set loose on a small town when its spacecraft crashes. Sheriff Jack Cinder and local militia arrive on scene, and a violent battle ensues, leaving only Jack, his deputy and a wild-eyed redneck as survivors. With a corrupt mayor unwilling to stand up against the Nightbeast’s reign of carnage, it’s up to Jack to evacuate the townsfolk and save the day. Written and directed by Don Dohler (Blood Massacre, The Alien Factor), the film is the first movie credit ever for J.J. Abrams (Star Wars Episodes VII – IX, Star Trek, Super 8, “Lost”) for composing and sound effects.

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2012

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Sony Pictures;
Sci-Fi;
$30.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense disaster sequences and some language.
Stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson
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There’s nothing like a Roland Emmerich disaster film to brighten your day during a pandemic, making our current situation look rosy by comparison.

The director (The Day After TomorrowIndependence Day) has given us many an epic about the end of the world, but none perhaps so gloriously catastrophic as 2012, in which we watch cities collapse and continents crumble as John Cusack mugs his way through the chaos famously predicted by the ancient Mayans. Basically, it’s something about planets aligning, solar flares, the center of the Earth heating up and the world ending in 2012 (Transpose the last two numbers and you get 2021. Hmmm…). But honestly Emmerich fans don’t really dwell too much on the whys and hows of it all. They’re too busy waiting for the next earthquake, volcano explosion and tsunami to wipe out America and the world. Iconic shots include Los Angeles sliding into the ocean, St. Peter’s Basilica rolling over worshippers, and the John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier toppling onto the White House — all of which look disastrously wonderful in 4K with HDR.

Woody Harrelson offers some scene-chewing dark humor as a conspiracy theorist waiting at Yellowstone National Park for the explosion of the super volcano. The president (Danny Glover) and his daughter, a scientist who predicts it all, a Russian oligarch and his mistress, and a plane-flying stepdad all make appearances, but at the core of the film is Jackson Curtis (Cusack), a struggling writer and limo driver who is trying to save his ex-wife and children from pending doom. The actors add to the fun with performances that are, as always in an Emmerich film, bordering on the cartoonish, but just convincing enough to keep audiences relishing the action and going with the premise.

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The 4K disc features Dolby Atmos sound and the Discovery Channel’s 2012 Apocalypse featurette, which speculates on the likelihood of the disastrous events in the film using footage from the movie. Actually, the featurette is interesting because it answers some of the scientific questions one might have about how probable this all is. (Basically, it’s not. Whew!)

Bonus features on the Blu-ray in the combo pack 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.

2012 is one of those 4K discs that enthusiasts are going to want pop into their player to show off their home theater.

DeMille Classic ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ Coming to Blu-ray March 30 in Paramount Presents Line

Director Cecil B. DeMille’s grand 1952 spectacle The Greatest Show on Earth arrives for the first time on Blu-ray March 30 as part of the Paramount Presents line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

A two-time Academy Award-winner — including Best Picture and Best Writing, Motion Picture Story — the film captures the thrills, chills and exhilaration of the circus. Featuring three intertwining plot lines filled with romance and rivalry, DeMille’s epic includes spectacular action sequences, including a train wreck. Stars include Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame and James Stewart.

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The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc includes the film — newly restored from a 4K scan of the original negative — in collectible packaging with a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The release also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin, exploring the making of the film and its reception, as well as access to a digital copy of the film.

Jackie Chan Actioner ‘Vanguard’ Arriving on Digital March 2, Disc March 9

The Jackie Chan actioner Vanguard arrives on digital March 2 and on DVD and Blu-ray (plus digital) March 9 from Lionsgate.

The film, released in the United States Nov. 25 in 1,000-plus theaters, stars Jackie Chan (Rush HourThe ForeignerPolice Story), Yang Yang (Once Upon a Time, TV’s “The King’s Avatar,” “The Whirlwind Girl”) and Miya Muqi (Tomb RobberKung Fu Yoga, The Pluto Moment).

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In the film, Jackie Chan plays Tang, CEO of the covert security company Vanguard. After wealthy businessman Qin rats out his corrupt partner in an arms deal gone fatally wrong, he and his family become targets of the world’s deadliest mercenary organization — and the fighting power of Tang’s team is their only hope to survive.

Extras include a making-of featurette.

MMA Action Thriller ‘Russian Raid’ Due on Digital and Disc March 9 From Well Go

The Russian MMA action thriller Russian Raid will come out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, long after the murder of his father — a secret agent killed in a missile factory raid — an ex-soldier returns to Russia as a mercenary. He leads an elite team on a top-dollar heist targeting the same facility, but no one else knows his true objective is revenge.

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Inspired by Gareth Evans’ 2011 martial-arts hit The Raid, first-time director Denis Kryuchkov brought together some of the best MMA talent in Russia for the film, including Ivan Kotik (Dragonblade, Outcast, Legendary), Alexander Krasovsky (winner of the Moscow Championship and Russian Cup in hand-to-hand combat), Elias Antonenko (PsychosThe Legend of KolovratBattle), Vladimir Mineev (world heavyweight kickboxing champion), Nikita Kologrivy, Sophya Ozerova, and Kirill Sarychev (President of the World Raw Powerlifting Federation and world record holder in the raw bench press).