‘Bush: Live in Tampa’ Due April 24 in Blu-ray-DVD-CD Combo Pack From MVD

The concert film Bush: Live in Tampa will come out in a special edition package that includes a Blu-ray Disc, DVD and audio CD from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

Led by guitarist/vocalist Gavin Rossdale, alt rockers Bush were the first post-Nirvana British band to hit it big in America.

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Performing to a sold-out crowd of 10,000 diehard fans at the MidFlorida Amphitheater in Tampa during their 2019 Altimate Tour, Bush put on a 90-minute concert that was filmed in 4K UHD with 15 cameras to capture the show from every angle. Produced by award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media, the concert features the band’s biggest hits including “Machinehead,” “Glycerine,” “Comedown,” “Swallowed,” “Everything Zen” and their newest hit song “Bullet Holes” from the John Wick 3 soundtrack.

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Other tracks include “The Chemicals Between Us,” “This Is War,” “The Sound of Water,” “Body,” “The Disease of Dancing Cats” and “Little Things.”

Kristin Stewart Thriller ‘Underwater’ Surfacing on Disc and Digital April 14

The sci-fi thriller Underwater, starring Kristen Stewart, will come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital April 14 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The digital version will include an exclusive alternate ending with commentary.

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The film, which made $40.9 million at the global box office, follows the crew of the Kepler undersea mining rig. A devastating earthquake damages the rig, including its communication devices and escape vehicle. Although mechanical engineer Norah Price (Stewart) manages to temporarily stave off imminent disaster, the need to evacuate escalates quickly. Their only hope is to walk across the ocean floor to an abandoned vessel, on the chance that its communication equipment still works. On the journey, they begin to sense that they’re not alone in the murky ocean depths.

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The film also stars Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie and T.J. Miller.

Special features include a deleted scene with optional commentary, extended scenes with optional commentary, two featurettes, and feature commentary by William Eubank, Jared Purrington and Phil Gawthorne.

Thriller ‘Vivarium’ Available Now on Digital, on Disc May 12 From Lionsgate

The thriller Vivarium is available now on digital and on demand and on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD May 12 from Lionsgate.

The film, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, stars Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg (Best Actor, The Social Network, 2010) and Imogen Poots.

Tom and Gemma (Eisenberg and Poots) are looking for the perfect home. When a strange real-estate agent takes them to Yonder, a mysterious suburban neighborhood of identical houses, Tom and Gemma can’t wait to leave. But when they try to exit the labyrinth-like housing development, each road takes them back to where they started. Soon, they realize their search for a dream home has plunged them into a terrifying nightmare.

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Special features on disc include audio commentary with director Lorcan Finnegan and executive producer Brunella Cocchiglia and the featurette “Creating the Suburban Nightmare of Vivarium.”

Season Five of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Stalks to Disc May 19 From Lionsgate

Season five of “Fear the Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD May 19 from Lionsgate.

From executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” AliensTerminator 2), the spin-off series stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Maggie Grace, Garret Dillahunt, Rubén Blades, Lennie James and Austin Amelio.

Heading into season five of “Fear the Walking Dead,” the group’s mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what’s left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community, and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts. But trust won’t be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when the members of the group find themselves in uncharted territory, forced to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only by facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed.

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‘Gretel & Hansel’ Coming to Digital April 7, Disc May 5 From Warner

Gretel & Hansel arrives on digital April 7 and Blu-ray and DVD May 5 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Directed by Osgood Perkins, the film is a terrifying reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairytale for a new generation: a long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search for food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

The film stars Sophia Lillis (It) as Gretel, newcomer Samuel J. Leakey as Hansel and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) as the witch.

The film made $22 million at the global box office.

The Blu-ray and DVD include the “Storybook” special feature.

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Chinese Youth Drama ‘Better Days’ Due May 5 on Blu-ray and Digital From Well Go

The Chinese drama Better Days will come out on Blu-ray Disc and digital May 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The film follows Nian, who finds her life at a standstill when faced by relentless bullying from her peers as she prepares for her college entrance exam. Fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei, but before they can retreat into a world of their own, both are dragged into the middle of a murder investigation that will change their lives forever. In this dramatic thriller, director Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang paints a bleak picture of an oppressive society, in the guise of a gripping fairy-tale love story, exposing the dark world of bullying and societal pressures of achievement facing today’s youth.

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The film stars Zhou Dongyu and Jackson Yee.

Special features include trailers and a making-of featurette.

‘The Cat and the Moon’ and ‘Unintended’ Coming to Disc and Digital April 14 From FilmRise and MVD

The Cat and the Moon and Unintended will come out on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats April 14 from FilmRise and MVD Entertainment Group.

From executive producers Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Mile 22) and Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, The New Mutants), The Cat and the Moon features a cast that includes Alex Wolff (Hereditary, Patriots Day), Skyler Gisondo (Booksmart, Vacation), Stefania LaVie Owen (The Lovely Bones, Krampus), Mike Epps (Dolemite Is My Name, The Last Black Man in San Francisco) and Camrus Johnson (“Batwoman”). While his mother seeks treatment in rehab, teenager Nick (Wolff) comes to New York to stay with Cal, a jazz musician and friend of his late father’s. During his stay, he makes friends who show him what the city has to offer. The film won awards at the 2019 San Antonio Film Festival and the Ischia Global Film Festival. It was also an official selection of New Filmmakers Los Angeles, Sidewalk Film Festival and Woodstock Film Festival.

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From producer Sabine Schenk (A Cure for Wellness, The Reader), Unintended features a cast that includes Elizabeth Lail (Netflix’s “You”), Hannah Westerfield (Logan), Nathan Keyes (The Kings of Summer), Sean Cullen (“Mindhunter”) and Amy Hargreaves (“Homeland”). In the film, a young woman has repressed the memory of having killed someone when she was 12 years old. Thirteen years later, that memory comes back. Unintended was an official selection of the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival.

‘Buffaloed,’ ‘Strike’ Due on Disc and Digital This Spring From Magnolia

The comedy Buffaloed and the animated film Strike are coming to disc and digital from Magnolia Home Entertainment this spring.

The comedy Buffaloed, due May 19 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, follows Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch), a young girl obsessed with making enough cash to get out of her blue-collar existence. She’s betting on her sharp mind — and even sharper mouth — to get her into an Ivy League university. But when an acceptance letter to the school of her dreams arrives, she quickly realizes the impossibility of paying tuition. One scalping scheme, stint in prison and chance phone conversation with a debt collector changes everything. Directed by Tanya Wexler (Finding North, Hysteria) and also starring Judy Greer, Jai Courtney and Jermaine Fowler, the film is as much of an ode to the city of Buffalo, N.Y., as it is to the millions of Americans struggling with a seemingly dead-end economic existence.

Extras include the featurettes “Getting Buffaloed,” “Welcome Home” and “Friends & Relations.”

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Strike, coming April 7 on DVD and digital from Indican Pictures, is an animated coming-of-age story from one of the executive producers of “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.” It follows Mungo Morrison (voice of Lizzie Waterworth, “Bob the Builder”) as he struggles to save his family and community, while also trying to achieve his dream of representing his country in soccer during the Wild Cup in Russia. Mungo is a young mole who is due to begin work by his proud father’s side in their hometown’s legendary gold mine. While his best friends are excited to be in the mine, Mungo secretly dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. However, desperate not to upset his father and facing the challenge of being a small mole unable to play soccer in bright light, Mungo sadly resigns himself to life as a miner. But, when the mine is forced to shut down after a mysterious accident, an evil and gold-obsessed supervillain, known only as “The Boss” (voice of Ken Stott, “The Hobbit” franchise) attempts to bully the townsfolk into selling him the mine. Against all odds and with a little help from his crazy friends, Mungo begins an epic adventure of thrills, laughs, action and danger as he hurtles towards the Wild Cup finals in Russia and has a final showdown with “The Boss.”

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Special features include “Behind-the-Scenes of Strike.”

Honoring Eddie — and Hollywood

Eddie Cunningham, in the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt, speaks softly and carries a big stick.

Honored with Media Play News’ third annual Fast Toward Award, Cunningham is the consummate gentleman, both inside and outside of the workplace. Without exception, his employees say he’s a remarkable boss, even-tempered and empowering, encouraging them to do their best and making them want to do their best.

He’s instilled in them a belief that what they do each day in the office truly matters, that they are an essential cog in the wheel, so to speak. Leading by example, you get the feeling that Eddie Cunningham truly loves our industry as well as his company, and that loyalty and reliability are two of his most important traits.

The last time we met for lunch, at the Grill on the Universal Studios lot, he brought a bag of toys for my year-old granddaughter.

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A while back, at CES, we happened to share an elevator. Eddie Cunningham was the last person out, holding the door for nearly a dozen other people.

Now that he’s been tapped to lead a joint venture between Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. that, pending regulatory approval, will market and distribute Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and 4K Ultra HD discs in the United States and Canada from both studios, beginning in early 2021, Cunningham also is leading the charge to ensure the continued viability, and profitability, of the physical disc.

It’s a big opportunity, and a big challenge, as well. Disc sales have been declining, and with the whole world so enamored with streaming, we as an industry need to do what we can to prop up the transactional business – which despite impressive growth rates on the digital side remains tethered to physical media.

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As Cunningham says in this month’s feature, “Discs, alongside electronic sellthrough, are usually the first opportunity to own a film after its run in theaters, with the movie often not being available on SVOD for years. [And] if you want the highest quality picture and sound, disc is still the best way to get that in the home.”

The physical disc is not only the primary into-the-home distribution mechanism for new movies fresh off their theatrical runs. It also remains the best way to preserve, honor and capitalize on Hollywood’s rich cinematic history.

The proliferating streaming services are so focused on original content that older films are hard to find. The theatrical catalog titles we used to enjoy, and which formed the basis for DVD collecting two decades ago, are pretty much out of everyone’s consciousness.

I know from my own experience that whereas in the past I would regularly watch an old classic or two each week, for the last few years I have been so consumed by Netflix series such as “Ozark,” “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” that I didn’t have time for much more than the latest theatrical hit.

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Only since my holiday from streaming began last December have I been watching old movies again on Blu-ray Disc.

That’s why I applaud Paramount Home Entertainment’s launch of a new “Paramount Presents” label to recognize and celebrate films from the studio’s library. As division president Bob Buchi said, “Paramount’s library represents over a century of filmmaking and includes some of the greatest films in cinematic history. We look forward to opening the vault and sharing some of our most treasured films with fans.”

 

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Racing to Digital Early March 31, Debuting on Disc May 19

Sonic the Hedgehog will debut early for digital purchase March 31 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film, which made $306.8 million at the global box office, will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc May 19.

The family film based on the video game character follows the incredibly speedy Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, who embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). It’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the plane.

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Bonus features on digital, 4K Ultra HD combo pack and Blu-ray combo pack include commentary by director Jeff Fowler and Schwartz; “Around the World in 80 Seconds,” Sonic’s next adventure; deleted scenes; bloopers; the “Speed Me Up” music video; “For the Love of Sonic,” in which Carrey and the cast discuss what Sonic the Hedgehog means to them; “Building Robotnik with Jim Carrey”; “The Blue Blur: Origins of Sonic”; and “Sonic On Set,” a set visit with Schwartz.

The 4K Ultra HD Digital and 4K Ultra HD disc releases present the film in Dolby Vision with a Dolby Atmos sound.