‘Black Widow,’ ‘Batman: The Long Halloween — Part II,’ ‘The Misfits’ Lead List of Aug. 10 Digital and Disc Releases

Aug. 10 sees Marvel’s Black Widow become available for digital purchase, while new disc releases include the second half of Batman: The Long Halloween from Warner, and heist movie The Misfits, from Paramount.

Black Widow, from Disney-owned Marvel Studios, arrives early on all major digital platforms Aug. 10 following a concurrent run in theaters and as a Disney+ Premier Access PVOD add-on. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, in this action-packed spy thriller in which she confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Along with Johansson, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz is Melina. Black Widow, the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige. The film is the top-grossing U.S. earner with $174 million and counting, and has earned $360 million worldwide. But it has also courted legal controversy, as Johansson is suing Disney over the film’s profits, claiming the box office take was diminished by the simultaneous PVOD strategy, thus lowering her potential earnings from the movie.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 10. It is already available as a digital download. The film continues the storyline from Part One, released June 22. It is based on the 1996-97 comic book miniseries that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year. The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020. A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation of Batman: The Long Halloween will arrive in 2022 with both parts combined into a longer film.

The action film The Misfits comes out on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Directed by Renny Harlin, The Misfits stars Pierce Brosnan, Rami Jaber, Hermione Corfield, Jamie Chung, Mike Angelo, Tim Roth and Nick Cannon. The story follows a band of modern-day Robin Hoods known as “The Misfits,” who recruit renowned thief Richard Pace (Brosnan) to help them pull off the heist of the century to steal millions in gold bars stashed underneath one of the world’s most secure prisons.

The thriller Profile arrives on and Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Inspired by true events, Profile follows an undercover British journalist on her quest to bait and expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, while trying not to be sucked in by her recruiter and lured into becoming a militant extremist herself. The unconventional thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) plays out entirely on a computer screen in the screen life format.

Liosngate releases the Australian sci-fi actioner Occupation: Rainfall on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10. A sequel to the 2018 film Occupation, written and directed by Luke Sparke, the film chronicles humanity’s fight to survive two years into an intergalactic invasion of Earth. While casualties of the desperate ground war mount by the day, the resistance — along with some unexpected allies — uncovers a plot that could bring the war to a decisive end. The cast includes Daniel Gillies, Dan Ewing, Mark Coles Smith, Temuera Morrison and Ken Jeong.

The thriller Till Death, starring Megan Fox, will arrive on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10. It is already available for digital purchase from Screen Media. Fox plays a woman stuck in a stale marriage who is surprised when her whisks her away to their secluded lake house for a romantic evening on their 10th anniversary. But everything changes when she wakes up to discover herself handcuffed to his dead body. Trapped and isolated in the dead of winter, she must fight off hired killers to escape a twisted that gets more sinister at every turn. The cast also includes Callan Mulvey, Eoin Macken, Aml Ameen and Jack Roth.

Lionsgate releases the coming-of-age romantic drama Finding You on DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack Aug. 10. Based on the young-adult novel There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones, the film stars Rose Reid as aspiring violinist Finley Sinclair, who signs up for a semester abroad program in Ireland after her audition for an elite New York conservatory goes awry. Staying in a quaint Irish coastal village, she encounters charming heartthrob movie star Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”), who is there to film the next installment of his medieval fantasy-action franchise. As Beckett’s free-spiritedness helps Finley find the heart and passion that was missing from her music, Finley’s honesty inspires Beckett to pursue his true passion, and they discover that a change of scenery may be all they need to find themselves — and true love. The cast also includes Katherine McNamara, Vanessa Redgrave, Tom Everett Scott and Saoirse-Monica Jackson.

MPI Media Group Aug. 10 releases Scenes from an Empty Church on DVD. In a locked-down New York City, two priests open their church doors to those seeking salvation during the pandemic. From the commonplace to the truly metaphysical, their visitors reflect the full spectrum of personal crises of spirituality. Throughout their encounters with the city’s sweetest, wildest and weirdest, the two priests learn the importance of connection, empathy and open-mindedness.

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Two horror films, Lust and Through the Shadow, and the science-fiction fantasy I Am Toxic come out on DVD Aug. 10 from Jinga Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the Spanish-language Lust, a famous crime writer becomes a victim after a crazed fan brutally attacks her. Isolated in her apartment she tries to recover but continues to feel threatened after experiencing strange events. Her psychiatrist believes that it’s all in her mind, a result of post-traumatic stress, but she is convinced that her attacker is stalking her and resorts to extreme violence to protect herself. Extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes, stills and a trailer.

The Portuguese-language Through the Shadow follows prim and assuming Laura who moves to the countryside of 20th century Rio de Janeiro and is unprepared for life on an isolated plantation. Hired as a nanny for two young orphans who live on their uncle’s coffee farm, she soon notices that things are not all as they seem. Confronted with continual apparitions, and noting the children’s increasingly ambiguous behavior, Laura becomes convinced in the presence of hostile spirits whom she believes are intent on taking possession of her young charges. With growing concerns for their safety, she strives to unravel the mysteries of her new home without realizing that it may be herself who is in mortal danger. Based on Henry James classic novel The Turn Of The Screw.

In the Spanish-language I Am Toxic, a man wakes in a world ravaged by biological warfare with no memory of his previous life. Taken prisoner by scavengers he meets a young woman who helps him escape. As the scavengers pursue them through barren wastelands he discovers that he must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her.

Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? — Curse of the Shadows, a follow-up to 2019’s reimagined limited series horror anthology, comes out on DVD Aug. 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment. Based on the ‘90s kids’ cult classic and featuring a  new story, the second season includes six hour-long episodes that follow an all-new group of kids as they tell the tale of a curse that has been cast over their small seaside town, haunted by a villain named the Shadowman. After their leader goes missing, it’s up to the remaining members of the Midnight Society to break the curse and free the Shadowman’s victims, before they too disappear into the shadows.

The Friday the 13th 8-Movie Collection arrives on Blu-ray Aug. 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Set for release before the only Friday the 13th of the year on Aug. 13, the horror series following psychotic killer Jason Voorhees includes newly remastered versions of the first four films and hours of previously released special features including deleted scenes, making of featurettes and commentaries. The set also includes access to digital copies of all eight movies, including the “uncut” edition of the original Friday the 13th.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘A Quiet Place Part II,’ ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Among Top Titles New to Disc and Digital July 27

Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II and a slew of titles from Lionsgate top the list of titles new to DVD and Blu-ray July 27, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 and a new animated Batman movie become available through digital retailers.

The horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II debuts on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment. The second installment, written and directed by John Krasinski, picks up where the first left off, as the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. It earned $157.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate July 27 releases the thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass on Blu-ray and DVD. Bruce Willis and Megan Fox star as FBI agents who cross paths with a state cop (Emile Hirsch) during the investigation of a string of murders.

Also arriving on DVD July 27 from Lionsgate is the family comedy Joey & Ella. When a baby kangaroo gets accidentally swept up in a jewelry heist, she becomes separated from her mother for the first time in her young life. The story begins when two bumbling jewel thieves lose a mysterious diamond when it is pocketed by a baby circus kangaroo that escapes to a nearby barn and is found by Ella (Jennifer Michele), a lonely teen who names the critter Joey. But the magical gem causes Joey to grow quickly and gain the power of speech.

American Gods: Season Three hits Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27 from Lionsgate. Based on the popular novel by Neil Gaiman, the Starz fantasy series stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, and Crispin Glover as Mr. World. In the 10 episodes of the third season, dangerous secrets intensify the inevitable war building between the Old Gods of mythology and the New Gods of technology. When Shadow Moon discovers that his boss, Mr. Wednesday, is not only one of the Old Gods but is also his father, Shadow attempts to break away and find his own path. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow puts down roots in the idyllic, snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin — but this small town holds dark and bloody secrets that force him to accept his destiny. Rather than facing a choice between divinity or humanity, Shadow must now decide just what kind of god he wants to be.

Lionsgate also releases a DVD of V.C. Andrews’ Landry Family 4-Movie Series. Based on the best-selling novels from V.C. Andrews, the collection includes the Lifetime movies Ruby, Pearl in the Mist, All That Glitters and Hidden Jewel. The series follows the story of Ruby Landry (Raechelle Banno) as she digs deeper into the roots of her mysterious family tree. Raised by her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, Ruby gets caught up in a web of dark secrets and betrayal. All four movies aired in March 2021 on Lifetime.

Screen Media releases the crime drama The Birthday Cake on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27. In the film, Gio (Shiloh Fernandez) continues a family tradition by bringing a cake to a memorial celebration of the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, hosted by his uncle (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. Gio’s life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father. The cast also includes David Mazouz, Ewan McGregor, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, Aldis Hodge, Penn Badgley, Emory Cohen, Vincent Pastore and Jeremy Allen White.

The 2001 cult favorite horror fantasy Brotherhood of the Wolf makes its Blu-ray Disc debut July 27 from Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory. In a rural province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside, savagely killing scores of women and children. Unseen, possessed of enormous strength and a human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. King Louis sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may bring the beast down. But the true nature of the beast is not what anyone could have anticipated.

Scream Factory also releases a new collector’s edition of the 1983 Stephen King Adaptation The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken and directed by David Cronenberg. The Blu-ray features a new 4K scan of the film and a slew of new bonus materials, including four audio commentaries.

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On the digital side of things, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Peter Rabbit 2 through digital retailers. In the sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit, Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be. The cast includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and James Corden. The film earned $39.6 million at the domestic box office after being delayed more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will arrive on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 24.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 27 releases Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two for digital purchase. The film continues the storyline from Part One, due June 22, which is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year. The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020. A Blu-ray of Part Two arrives Aug. 10, while a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of both parts edited into a single film will arrive in 2022.

The thriller Profile comes out on digital July 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Inspired by true events, Profile follows an undercover British journalist on her quest to bait and expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, while trying not to be sucked in by her recruiter and lured into becoming a militant extremist herself. The unconventional thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) plays out entirely on a computer screen in the screen life format. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10.

Later this week, on Friday, July 30, the musical In the Heights will be available for  premium digital sale from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 31.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Merchandising: ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ Exclusives Hit Retail

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Batman: The Long Halloween — Part One arrived June 22 with a couple of exclusive editions offered by retailers.

Best Buy’s ‘Batman: The Long Halloween — Part One’ Blu-ray Steelbook

For the wide release, only a Blu-ray version with digital copy was available on disc, and the film was also released for digital purchase. Best Buy offered a Steelbook edition of the Blu-ray with digital copy for $24.99.

Walmart’s ‘Batman: The Long Halloween — Part One’ DVD

Walmart offered a DVD-only version for $14.96. Many Southern California Walmart locations, however, didn’t have copies on street date, and a clerk at a store in Tustin, Calif., said they hadn’t even received their shipment of that week’s new releases.

The week’s new releases were readily available across the street at Target, which didn’t have any big exclusives.

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June 22 Disc Releases Include ‘Nobody,’ ‘The Unholy,’ New Batman Animation

Actioner Nobody from Universal Pictures, horror film The Unholy from Sony Pictures, and a new animated Batman movie from Warner Bros. lead the slate of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray June 22.

The suspense actioner Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk, is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It was previously released for digital sellthrough. From the writer of John Wick, it’s the story of an ordinary family man (Odenkirk, “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”) who will stop at nothing to defend what is his. Hutch is a suburban husband who takes life’s indignities on the chin and never rocks the boat. But when his daughter loses her beloved kitty-cat bracelet in a robbery, he hits a boiling point no one knew he had, and he flips from regular dad to fearless fighter on a wild ride of explosive revenge. Read a review here.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment June 22 releases Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One on Blu-ray Disc and via digital purchase. The newest entry in the DC Universe animated movie franchise is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year. Part Two arrives for digital purchase July 27 and on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 10. A 4K of both parts combined into a single film will be released next year.

The horror film The Unholy arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand June 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It is already available for digital purchase. Based on James Herbert’s best-selling book Shrine, the film follows a young hearing-impaired girl who is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. As people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits a small New England town to investigate. As terrifying events begin to happen all around him, he starts questioning if these miracles are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister. The film is produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead).

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the crime thriller Georgetown on DVD. The film marks the directorial debut of Christoph Waltz, who also stars alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Annette Bening. In the true crime story, Waltz stars as Ulrich Mott, an eccentric and smooth-talking social climber who seems to have everyone in Washington, D.C. wrapped around his finger. But when his wealthy, well-connected and much older wife (Redgrave) turns up dead in their home, her daughter Amanda (Bening) suspects Ulrich may not be all that he seems as the police investigation begins to uncover a larger deception that goes far deeper than anyone ever imagined.

Also new from Paramount is the action thriller Night of the Sicario from Saban Films. It is already available digitally. 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.

The martial arts action comedy The Paper Tigers comes out on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film is currently available in theaters and for digital purchase. An homage to feel-good martial arts films such as The Karate Kid, the film follows three dedicated kung fu disciples who grow up into washed-up, middle-aged men. When their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties and old grudges to avenge his death.

The Willem Dafoe thriller Siberia will come out on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital June 22 from Lionsgate. In the film written and directed by Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant), the keeper of a snowbound bar is pursued by sinister phantasms. Dafoe plays Clint, who tends bar at a snowbound roadhouse whose patrons speak a language he doesn’t understand, and things may not be what they seem. Desperate for answers, he drives a sled team to a nearby cave, but finds no peace. Are the spirits that confront him mere figments of his imagination — or will they slowly tear his body and soul to pieces?

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After breaking global theatrical box office records, anime hit Demon Slayer: Mugen Train will stream exclusively on Funimation in the United States and Canada, starting June 22, and in Australia and New Zealand starting June 23. The film will be dubbed in English and subtitled.

The drama  Life in a Year, starring Jaden Smith and Cara Delevingne, will come out on digital and on demand June 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The story follows Daryn (Smith), a high school track star, scholar and aspiring rapper, who learns that his girlfriend Isabelle (Delevingne) is sick. He then plans to gift her a life’s worth of experiences in the last year she has left.

Also this week, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution will make Cruella available through digital retailers June 25, with a release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD to follow on Sept. 21. The film, a prequel to 101 Dalmatians, follows the early years of the villainous Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone), when she was a young grifter named Estella during the punk rock revolution in 1970s London. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), setting off a chain of events that leads Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two’ Set for Digital Release July 27, Blu-ray Aug. 10

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two for digital purchase July 27 and on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 10.

The film continues the storyline from Part One, due June 22, which is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year.

The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020.

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A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation of Batman: The Long Halloween will arrive in 2022 with both parts combined into a longer film.

The Part Two Blu-ray and digital edition (through participating retailers) will also include the DC Showcase animated short film Blue Beetle, a 1960s cartoon throwback with the Silver Age Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, teaming with fellow superheroes Captain Atom, The Question and Nightshade to battle Doctor Spectro.

Other extras include a preview of the next DC Animated movie, Injustice, and the “Two-Face” two-parter from “Batman: The Animated Series.”

The film is rated ‘R’ for some violence and bloody images.

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