Pierce Brosnan Film ‘The King’s Daughter’ Due in Theaters Jan. 21 From Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures is releasing the Pierce Brosnan adventure The King’s Daughter in theaters Jan. 21.

In addition to Brosnan, the film stars Kaya Scodelario, Bingbing Fan, Benjamin Walker and Rachel Griffiths, and is narrated by Julie Andrews.

In the film, King Louis XIV’s (Brosnan) quest for immortality leads him to capture a mermaid’s (Fan) life force, but his immovable will is challenged when his long-hidden illegitimate daughter (Scodelario) forms a bond with the magical creature.

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1970s Actioners ‘Young Cycle Girls’ and ‘Stingray’ Hitting Blu-ray Nov. 23 From Dark Force and MVD

Two 1978 action adventures, The Young Cycle Girls and Stingray: Director’s Cut, are due on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 23 from Dark Force Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

The Young Cycle Girls (aka Cycle Vixens) comes from cult director Peter Perry (Hollywood High). The story revolves around three sexy young Colorado girls who decide to ride their motorcycles to California. Along the way they face getting drugged, raped and attacked by outlaw bikers. The film, for the first time ever on Blu-ray, features cinematography by Ronald Víctor García (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, The Good Fight) and a new 2K transfer from original 35mm camera negative with scene by scene color restoration.

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Stingray, released in a director’s cut and on Blu-ray for the first time, follows Lonigan and his partner Tony, two drug dealers who shoot two cops who attempt to set them up and run away with a million bucks and the drugs, which they stash in a red Corvette Stingray in a used car lot. When they attempt to recover their stash with their leader Abigail, they find out that two happy-go-lucky dudes, Elmo and Al, have bought the car. They quickly pursue the two along with the police who think that the car’s new owners are the criminals. The film, from writer-director Richard Taylor (Fright Show), stars Christopher Mitchum (Rio Lobo), Les Lannom (Southern Comfort), William Watson (In the Heat of the Night) and Sherry Jackson (“Star Trek” original series). Extras include audio commentary with Taylor; interviews with Taylor, actor Bert Hinchman, actor Les Lannom and actress Sherry Jackson; the “Hi-Gear” music video by Jerry Riopelle; the 40th anniversary Q&A with cast members and the director from the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, Ill., where the film was shot; and the original theatrical trailer.

Chinese Anime Fantasy ‘The Monkey King: Reborn’ Due Digitally and on Disc Dec. 7 From Well Go

The Chinese anime action-adventure fantasy The Monkey King: Reborn will be released digitally, and on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 7 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Playing off the three “Monkey King” live-action films, The Monkey King: Reborn follows the short-tempered trickster after he is insulted while visiting a temple with his master Tang Monk. Outraged, he destroys a magical tree and accidentally releases the ancient King of Demons, who kidnaps Tang Monk as revenge for his long imprisonment. Now, Monkey King and his fellow disciples must rescue their master within three days, before the demon king regains his full power and unleashes his armies to destroy the Earth.

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Directed by Wang Yun Fei (four-film “Yugo & Lala” franchise), The Monkey King: Reborn features an all-new English dub for this release.

Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Street Fighter’ Due Dec. 7 in Limited-Edition Blu-ray Steelbook From Mill Creek

The Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner Street Fighter will be released on limited-edition Steelbook Blu-ray Dec. 7 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Based on the popular video game franchise, the 1994 film stars martial arts superstar Van Damme (Double Impact, Kickboxer) as Col. Guile, who leads an international strike force against the mad Gen. M. Bison (Raul Julia). Bison, who has hatched an evil plan for world domination, takes dozens of relief workers hostage and gives the world only 72 hours to respond to his twisted demands. In that time, Guile must find the captives and confront Bison in a battle for the fate of the free world. Along the way Guile recruits intelligence officer Cammy, reporter and martial arts expert Chun-Li, two young con men Ken and Ryu, and a sumo wrestler E. Honda.

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The film also stars Ming-Na Wen (“The Mandalorian,” Mulan, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Damian Chapa (Under Siege, Blood In, Blood Out), Grammy award-winning artist Kylie Minogue (Moulin Rouge!, San Andreas), Byron Mann (The Big Short, Skyscraper) and Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, Avatar).

Licensed from Universal Home Entertainment, the title includes new bonus content including new interviews with writer-director Steven E. De Souza, producer Edward R. Pressman, composer Graeme Revell, actress Ming-Na Wen and actor Damian Chapa plus multiple archival bonus features. Mill Creek is also including a collectible Bison Dollar inside.

‘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.

Bruce Willis Film ‘Cosmic Sin’ Coming to DVD May 18 From Paramount

The Bruce Willis starrer Cosmic Sin will come out on DVD May 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is already available in select theaters, on digital and on demand.

Willis and Frank Grillo star in the sci-fi adventure set in the year 2524, four hundred years after humans started colonizing the outer planets. Retired military general James Ford (Willis) is called back into service after soldiers on a remote planet are attacked by a hostile alien fleet. The threat against the human race escalates into an inevitable interstellar war. Gen. Ford teams up with Gen. Eron Ryle (Grillo) and a team of elite soldiers in a race to stop the imminent attack before it is too late.

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The film also stars Brandon Thomas Lee, Corey Large, Perrey Reeves, C.J. Perry, Lochlyn Munro and Costas Mandylor.

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.

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.

‘Pinocchio’ Coming to Digital Feb. 23 From Lionsgate

The Italian film adaptation Pinocchio arrives on digital Feb. 23 from Lionsgate.

The film stars Academy Award winner Roberto Benigni (1998, Best Actor, Life Is Beautiful), Federico lelapi (Que vado?), Rocco Papaleo (Basilicata Coast to Coast, A small southern enterprise, Cecchi Gori Cecchi Gori?), Massimo Ceccherini (Tale of Tales, La mia vita a stelle e strisce), with the participation of Marine Vacth, and with Gigi Proietti.

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In the story, when a magical piece of wood falls into his hands, Geppetto (Benigni) carves from it his greatest creation, Pinocchio, a puppet wondrously bestowed with life. Pinocchio’s dreams of becoming a real boy are complicated by his misadventures among a host of otherworldly creatures — a fox-and-cat bandit duo, an asthmatic dogfish, a talking cricket, and others — until he meets a kind blue-haired fairy, whose only wish is to make his dreams come true.