‘Love and Monsters,’ ‘Yellow Rose’ Top Slate of New DVD, Blu-ray Disc Releases

Paramount Pictures’ post-apocalyptic adventure Love and Monsters and the Sony Pictures arthouse favorite Yellow Rose top the slate of new releases available for home viewing on Jan. 5.

Also out are Girl, from Screen Media, and several PBS Distribution releases, including Elizabeth Is Missing, the haunting BBC television drama that stars Glenda Jackson as Maud, an elderly woman living with dementia who struggles to piece together a double mystery.

Love and Monsters stars Dylan O’Brien as a man trying to reconnect with his high school girlfriend (Jessica Henwick) in a dystopian future where giant monsters have overtaken the Earth.

Paramount initially released the film via premium video-on-demand (PVOD) on Oct. 16, and it promptly debuted at or near the top of the digital charts, bowing at No. 1 on FandangoNow and No. 2 on Vudu. The price was lowered in early December and the film promptly shot to the top of the Redbox On Demand chart.

Now, Love and Monsters becomes available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Blu-ray special features include deleted scenes, “Bottom of the Food Chain: The Cast of Love and Monsters” and “It’s a Monster’s World: Creating a Post-Apocalyptic Landscape.”

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Sony Pictures’ Yellow Rose  makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Jan. 5. The film festival alum is centered around a Filipina teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has ever known.

The film, directed by Diane Paragas, was released through digital retailers on Dec. 22. Yellow Rose stars Grammy-winner Eva Noblezada in her feature film debut, award-winning country music artist Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga (MulanAladdin).

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Also available Jan. 5, on DVD only, is the thriller Girl, from Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company. The film from writer-director Chad Faust has been available digitally for sale and VOD since last month.

Girl stars Bella Thorne as a young woman who returns to her small hometown to exact revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff (Mickey Rourke) and uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she’d imagined.

Meanwhile, PBS Distribution is out with a number of releases that, in addition to Elizabeth Is Missing, include two “Nature” documentaries, Santa’s Wild Home and Pandas — Born to Be Wild; Nova: Nature’s Fear Factor, and Not Done: Women Remaking America. Most are available through digital retailers and on DVD.

‘Girl’ Arriving on DVD Jan. 5 From Screen Media

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, will release the thriller Girl on DVD Jan. 5, 2021. The film from writer-director Chad Faust is available now digitally for sale and VOD.

The film stars Bella Thorne as a young woman who returns to her small hometown to exact revenge on her abusive father, only to discover someone murdered him the day before. As the girl searches for answers, she soon finds herself prey to a sinister sheriff (Mickey Rourke) and uncovers a family legacy more disturbing than she’d imagined.

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Redbox Entertainment Acquires Rights to Two New Movies

Redbox Entertainment, the movie acquisition arm of the packaged-media kiosk vendor/AVOD provider, continues to aggressively seek independent titles for distribution in the U.S. and abroad.

The unit reportedly acquired rights to two films, Chick Fight, starring Bella Thorne, and Shadow in the Cloud, a Toronto Film Festival entrant screened to potential buyers last week at a makeshift movie drive-in in downtown Los Angeles.

Shadow in the Cloud, written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Roseanne Liang, stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson. Moretz plays a World War II pilot who joins the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Onboard, Moretz comes into contact with a supernatural force that is destroying the plane from within.

Shadow in the Cloud is a captivating film with mesmerizing visual effects. Roseanne Liang’s distinct vision and Chloë Grace Moretz’s knock-out performance are guaranteed to bring audiences to the edge of their seats,” Peter Jarowey, CEO of Vertical Entertainment and Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox, said in a joint statement. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the amazing female-led filmmaking team and Endeavor Content to bring this film to North American audiences next year.”

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Redbox also teamed with Quiver Distribution for Chick Fight, an action-comedy starring Malin Akerman (“Billions”), Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Bella Thorne (Midnight Sun) and Kevin Connolly (“Entourage”). The film, by director Paul Leyden, is slated for release on Nov. 13.

‘Assassination Nation’ Coming to Digital and Disc Dec. 18 From Universal

The horror-thriller Assassination Nation will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere), Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Dec. 18 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The action-satire stars Odessa Young (The Daughter), Hari Nef (“Transparent”), Suki Waterhouse (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and singer Abra as four best friends living in a suburban town where chaos simmers under a façade of lies. High school senior Lily (Young) and her friends live in a world controlled by social media, filled with selfies, emojis, snaps and sexts. When their small town of Salem experiences a massive data hack outing citizens’ private information, the community descends into anarchy. When Lily becomes the target after being falsely blamed for the hack, her squad bands together to save themselves and survive a blood-soaked night.

The supporting cast includes Bella Thorne (Midnight Sun), Bill Skarsgard (IT), Joel McHale (“Community”) and Maude Apatow (“Girls”).

Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD include deleted and extended scenes and a gag reel.