Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ Available for Premium Digital Ownership Aug. 9, on Disc Sept. 13

Director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis arrives for premium digital ownership at home Aug. 9 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 13 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film, which stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, tells the story of Elvis (Butler) through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning more than 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

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Special features on digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray include “Bigger Than Life: The Making of Elvis”; “Rock ‘n Roll Royalty: The Music & Artists Behind Elvis”; “Fit for a King: The Style of Elvis”; “Viva Australia: Recreating Iconic Locations for Elvis”; and the “Trouble” lyric video.

Elvis has so far grossed nearly $130 million at the domestic box office, according to Box Office Mojo. The film earned $106 million internationally for a worldwide gross of more than $235 million. 

Biopic Series ‘Pam & Tommy’ Available on DVD Aug. 9

The biopic series “Pam & Tommy” arrives Aug. 9 on DVD from Lionsgate.

The series is streaming on Hulu.

Following the scandalous drama that set the internet down a new path, “Pam & Tommy” is based on the incredible true story of the Pamela Anderson (Lily James, Cinderella, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan, Captain America: The Winter Solider) sex tape. Stolen from the couple’s home by a disgruntled contractor (Seth Rogen, This Is the End, Superbad, Pineapple Express), the video went from underground bootleg/VHS curiosity to full-blown cultural obsession when it hit the Web in 1997. A love story, crime caper, and cautionary tale rolled into one, the eight-part original limited series explores the intersection of privacy, technology and celebrity, tracing the origins of our current reality-TV era to a stolen tape seen by millions but meant to have an audience of just two.

The series also stars Nick Offerman (“The Great North,” “Parks and Recreation”) and Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One, “Orange Is the New Black”).

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Crime Thriller ‘Ted K’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD May 24 From Distribution Solutions

The crime thriller biopic Ted K will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 24 from Distribution Solutions, Super and Decal.

A journey into the tortured mind of America’s most notorious and enigmatic terrorist, the film follows the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, who becomes radicalized with rage as the outside world encroaches on his mountain sanctuary deep in the Rocky Mountains. What begins with small acts of sabotage culminates in deadly bomb attacks, national media attention, and the largest manhunt in American history. 

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The film stars Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team), Drew Powell (Ray Donovan, “Gotham,” “The Mentalist”) and Wayne Pyle (“The Blacklist,” “Succession,” What We Found).

 

Shout! Bowing Doc ‘How Did We Get Here?’ on YouTube Star

Shout! Studios, in collaboration with Real Good Touring, will release How Did We Get Here?, a feature on YouTube star Sean McLoughlin (a.k.a. Jacksepticeye), on VOD and digital platforms in North America March 15.

Directed by Tucker Prescott, the film follows the story of Sean McLoughlin, who was just a kid in rural Ireland who became Jacksepticeye, one of the world’s top influencers. His visibility expands beyond YouTube and gaming and into pop culture at large. Embarking on his first world tour, McLoughlin contemplates his journey, his upbringing, and the nature of modern online celebrity and fandom as he meets the people across the world who changed his life and whose lives he’s changed with his videos and the community they’ve built. 

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An intimate reflection on life in the digital age, the film follows McLoughlin’s journey through the highest highs — chanting crowds, sold-out shows and marriage proposals — and lowest lows — grappling with loneliness in the harsh Irish winter.

 

‘The Temptations’ Available on DVD From Distribution Solutions

The biographical miniseries The Temptations is available on DVD from Cinedigm and Distribution Solutions.

The 1998 drama is based on the true story behind the legendary Motown musical sensation the Temptations, the soul vocal group of the 1960s, as seen from the viewpoint of the last surviving member Otis Williams.

The story begins from their humble origins in the late 1950s and continues through the 1990s and the deaths of the other four members.

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Apple TV+ Orders Limited Series Starring Michael Douglas as Ben Franklin

Apple TV+ has ordered a new limited event series with Academy, Emmy and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michael Douglas set to star in the lead role as Benjamin Franklin.

Michael Douglas will star as Ben Franklin.

From Emmy and WGA Award-winning writer Kirk Ellis (“John Adams”) and Emmy and DGA Award-winning director Tim Van Patten, the series is based on the book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff. It is a co-production between ITV Studios America and Apple Studios.

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The drama will explore the story of one of the greatest gambles of Benjamin Franklin’s career. At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced France — an absolute monarchy — to underwrite America’s experiment in democracy. By virtue of his fame, charisma and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers and hostile colleagues, all while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace treaty with England of 1783. 

Music Biopic ‘Creation Stories’ Available On Demand and Digital Feb. 25 From RLJ

The music biopic Creation Stories, about Creation Records label founder Alan McGee who became the figurehead of Britpop and indie music worldwide, will be available on demand and digital Feb. 25.

It will also stream on AMC+.

The film follows the true story of McGee, a man from a relatively impoverished upbringing, who against all odds built a record label from nothing, a record label that built the biggest band in the world during the 1990s and created an empire that competed against the huge entertainment corporations in the world. Along the way there was bankruptcy, heartache, mental breakdowns, dinners with Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, treachery, treason, drugs, sex and anarchy,

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Creation Stories tells his story in depth for the first time, from leaving school at 16 to setting up the Living Room club in London, which showcased many emerging indie bands, from managing the Jesus and Mary Chain to co-founding Creation Records when he was only 23. His label had acts such as My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and Primal Scream. Embracing acid house, Alan decamped to Manchester and hung out at the Hacienda and took Creation into the big time with Screamadelica. After a drug-induced breakdown, he climbed back to sobriety, he discovered the generation-defining band Oasis and oversaw their rise to become one of the biggest bands in the world.

‘American Underdog’ Available on Digital Feb. 4, Disc Feb. 22 From Lionsgate

The sports biopic American Underdog arrives on digital Feb. 4 and on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand Feb. 22 from Lionsgate.

Based on the true story of two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, the film comes from the Erwin Brothers (I Still Believe, I Can Only Imagine) and screenwriters Jon Erwin (I Still Believe, I Can Only Imagine), David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights) and Jon Gunn (I Still Believe).

It stars Zachary Levi (Shazam!, Thor: The Dark World, Tangled), Academy Award winner Anna Paquin (Best Supporting Actress, The Piano, 1993; “X-Men” franchise; The Irishman), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level, “Charmed”), and Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, Far From Heaven, In Good Company).

Based on the book All Things Possible by Warner and Michael Silver, American Underdog tells the true story of a football player who went from a stockboy at a grocery store to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback. The film centers on Warner’s unique story and years of challenges and setbacks that could have derailed his aspirations to become an NFL player. With the support of his wife Brenda (Anna Paquin) and the encouragement of his family, coaches, and teammates, Warner perseveres.

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Special features include audio commentary with directors Andrew and Jon Erwin and producer Kevin Downes; the “Inspired” featurette; the “Making the Cut” featurette; the “A Coach’s Faith” featurette (on 4K and Blu-ray only); a “New to the Scene: Hayden Zaller” featurette; a “Meet the Champion” featurette; a “Behind the Game” featurette; an “American Underdog: Behind the Story” featurette; deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by Andrew Erwin; and the theatrical trailer (on 4K and Blu-ray only).

 

‘King Richard’ Available for Premium Digital Purchase and Rental Jan. 4, on Disc Feb. 8

The biopic King Richard, starring Will Smith, will arrive for premium digital purchase and rental Jan. 4, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 8 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Based on the true story, the film follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately delivers two of the world’s greatest sports legends. Armed with a clear vision and a 78-page plan, Richard Williams (Smith) is determined to write his daughters, Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton), into history. Training in Compton, Calif., on abandoned tennis courts — rain or shine — the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s (Aunjanue Ellis) balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them.

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The DVD, Blu-ray and 4K combo pack and Blu-ray include a “Following the Plan — The Making of King Richard” featurette. The Blu-ray and 4K versions also include deleted scenes and the featurettes “Becoming Richard” and “Champions on Screen.”

‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ Available Digitally Nov. 2, on Disc Nov. 16

Searchlight Pictures’ biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye will be available on digital Nov. 2 and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate look at the rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain). In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) built a burgeoning religious broadcasting network and theme park — until rivals, financial wrongdoing and scandal toppled their empire.

Bonus features include the making-of featurette “A Look Inside The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

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