‘Escape From Mogadishu’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 18 From Well Go

The Korean film Escape From Mogadishu will be available on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 18 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Based on a true story, the film takes place as civil war rages in Mogadishu, Somalia. Rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape.

The film won six awards (out of 10 nominations) at the 30th Buil Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Screenplay (Ryoo Seung-wan, Ki-cheol Lee). The film received the most nominations of any film this year. In addition, the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards named Ryoo Seung-wan Best Director, plus awarded the film trophies for Best Supporting Actor (Huh Joon-ho), Best Cinematography (Choi Young-hwan) and Best Music (Bang Jun-seok).

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Classic Jazz Biopic ‘The Fabulous Dorseys’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 14

The Fabulous Dorseys (1947), starring  jazz giants Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, will be released on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 14 from Cinedigm and The Film Detective (TFD), the classic film restoration and streaming company.

The Dorsey Brothers portray themselves in the musical biography, following Tommy and Jimmy from their upbringing in Pennsylvania to their great successes in the music business. Director Alfred E. Green (The Jolson Story) uses the film as a showcase for the tunes that charmed a generation, including “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” and “Tangerine.”

Janet Blair (My Sister Eileen) appears with the Dorseys, while jazz buffs will enjoy cameos by Paul Whiteman, Helen O’Connell and other stars of the day. The film’s highlight is a jam session featuring the Dorseys and piano legend Art Tatum.

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The Fabulous Dorseys special-edition release comes with a new restoration of the film, featuring a 4K transfer from archival film elements.

Special features include a full commentary track by author Jennifer Churchill; The Fabulous Forties: Big Bands on Screen, a new documentary from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; and “The Dorseys in Film,” an original insert essay by author Don Stradley. 

Thriller ‘The Card Counter’ Available Digitally Nov. 23, on Disc Dec. 14

The crime thriller The Card Counter was released through digital retailers Nov. 23, and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Paul Schrader, the film follows an ex-military interrogator turned gambler who is haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish and Tye Sheridan. 

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Bonus content on Blu-ray and DVD includes the featurette “A High-Stakes World,” in which Schrader discusses developing the characters and how the world of poker provided the perfect metaphor for William Tell’s predicament. The featurette also includes interviews with stars Oscar Isaac and Tiffany Haddish, as well as poker consultant Joe Stapleton.

Fellini Classic ‘La Dolce Vita’ Headed to Blu-ray With New Intro by Martin Scorsese

Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic La Dolce Vita will be released on Blu-ray Feb. 8 by Paramount Home Entertainment with a new introduction by director Martin Scorsese, who shares his thoughts on the film and its impact on cinema.

Both a critique of the culture of stardom and a look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome’s rich, La Dolce Vita follows a notorious celebrity journalist over one crazy week. It stars Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée and Yvonne Furneaux.

The film was restored in 2011 by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with The Film Foundation, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Mediaset-Medusa, Paramount Pictures and Cinecittà Luce.

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Cannes Award Winner ‘Titane’ Traveling to Blu-ray Jan. 18 From Distribution Solutions

The Cannes Film Festival award winner Titane will debut on Blu-ray Jan. 18 from Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment, along with Neon and Decal.

From director Julia Ducournau (Raw), the erotic French thriller follows car model Alexia, who has a titanium plate surgically fused to her skull following a car crash as a child. She embarks on a wild and ultimately unpredictable journey that questions assumptions about family, identity and love.

The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and stars Vincent Lindon (The Measure of a Man, My Cousin, Another World), Agathe Rousselle (Loving, 5 Vagues de L’avenir) and Garance Marillier (Raw, Warning, Ad Vitam).

Bonus features include the New York Film Festival Q&A with Julia Ducournau, Vincent Lindon and Agathe Rousselle.

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Animated ‘Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Due on Digital and Disc Dec. 14

The animated film The Mitchells vs. the Machines will be released digitally and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, an old-school father and his plugged-in, filmmaker daughter struggle to relate as their family embarks on a road trip to her new college. Their drive is interrupted by a machine apocalypse that threatens to tear these unlikely heroes apart unless they can find a way to join forces and save humanity.

Special features on DVD, Blu-ray and digital include:

  • “Katie’s Cabinet of Forgotten Wonders,” a  look inside Katie Mitchell’s filmmaking process as she gives you an exclusive look into how the movie was made;
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines: Or How a Group of Passionate Weirdos Made a Big Animated Movie”;
  • “How to Make Sock Puppets,” in which Katie Mitchell opens the door to her film school; and
  • “How to Make Katie Face Cupcakes.”

 

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Exclusive bonus materials on Blu-ray include:

  • “Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter,” a new mini-movie;
  • “Katie’s Extended Cinematic Bonanza Cut!,” an extended version of the original film with over 40 minutes of deleted scenes;
  • eight bonus scenes; and
  • filmmakers commentary.

‘Dune’ Due Via Premium Digital Purchase and Rental Dec. 3, on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 11

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune will arrive for premium digital ownership ($29.99) and VOD ($24.99) on Dec. 3. The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD  Jan. 11.

Dune, which has garnered more than $350 million at the global box office, was directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert.

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The film stars Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Little Women), Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible — Fallout), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise), Josh Brolin (Milk, Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgård (TV’s “Chernobyl,” Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Avengers: Endgame), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences, Lady Bird), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, TV’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (Mr. Long, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), David Dastmalchian (Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, TV’s “Sex Education”), with Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), with Jason Momoa (Aquaman, “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall).

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

 

The Blu-ray, DVD and 4K discs will include the featurette “The Royal Houses.”

Extras on the Blu-ray and 4K editions will also include:

  • Filmbooks: House Atreides
  • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
  • Filmbooks: The Fremen
  • Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
  • Inside Dune: The Training Room
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
  • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
  • Building the Ancient Future
  • My Desert, My Dune
  • Constructing the Ornithopters
  • Designing the Sandworm
  • Beware the Baron
  • Wardrobe from Another World
  • A New Soundscape

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Due on Digital Nov. 23, 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 14

The Marvel Comics superhero film Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be released on digital Nov. 23 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned $442 million at the global box office.

Tom Hardy returns as the lethal protector Venom. In search of his next big story, journalist Eddie Brock (Hardy) lands an exclusive interview with convicted murderer and death row inmate Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who discovers Eddie’s secret and becomes the host for Carnage, a menacing and terrifying symbiote. Eddie and Venom must get past their contentious relationship to defeat him.

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Directed by Andy Serkis (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) with a story by Tom Hardy and Kelly Marcel and screenplay by Kelly Marcel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage also stars Michelle Williams and Naomie Harris as Shriek.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and digital include bloopers and outtakes, deleted scenes, and several making of featurettes. The DVD includes one featurette.

Action Thriller ‘Copshop’ Due on Digital Nov. 23, DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 7

The action thriller Copshop will be available for digital purchase Nov. 23, and on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, screaming through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo, The Grey, The Purge: Anarchy) hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler, Greenland, Angel Has Fallen). He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder, The Tomorrow War, Harriet) to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station.

But jail can’t protect Murretto for long. Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin (Toby Huss, “Halt and Catch Fire,” Rescue Dawn) ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job. 

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Mill Creek Mounts First Feature Co-Production With ‘Most Dangerous Game’ Remake

Mill Creek Entertainment is mounting its first-ever co-production of a feature film with the remake of the 1930s classic The Most Dangerous Game.

Mill Creek joins Koenig Pictures, in association with Charach Productions, in the remake starring Tom Berenger (Inception, Platoon, Major League), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow, Tarzan in the Lost City), Chris “CT” Tamburello (MTV’s “The Challenge,” Habitual), Bruce Dern (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire).

Currently in production, the film is anticipated for a theatrical release in select cities in summer 2022.

Mill Creek will oversee the North American release of the film on all formats, theatrical, broadcast, digital and physical.

The story follows a father and son on a steamer ship bound for a great hunting expedition in the wilds of Alaska when they become shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Greeted with a warm invitation by the island’s only resident, Baron Von Wolf, the men are wined and dined and talk of hunting ensues. But soon, they learn what Baron’s trophy hunts truly are, and a game of cat and mouse begins as the group tries to stay alive on a desolate island that is a human hunting ground.

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The film is written, directed and produced by Justin Lee (Final Kill), with producers Michelle Ng, Ed Morroe, and executive producer Bill Sondheim, who originally brought the project to Mill Creek where he has several other film related projects.