The 1992 film Juice, starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur, will be released on 4K Ultra HD for the first time on Jan. 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment, marking its 30th anniversary.
The gritty film, which continues to be celebrated for its realistic portrayal of Harlem life and the early New York hip hop scene, follows Q, Raheem, Bishop and Steel, who spend their days hanging out and looking for a way to get the power and respect they call Juice. Q hopes to earn respect by becoming a scratch ‘n’ mix DJ. Bishop has a deadlier plan — take it through an armed robbery with his crew.
Juice is the feature directorial debut of cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson, whose collaborations with Spike Lee include Do the Right Thing and Malcom X. It features a soundtrack that includes Eric B. & Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane and Salt N’ Pepa.
The disc includes access to a digital copy of the film and legacy bonus content, including interviews with Dickerson, producer David Heyman (“Harry Potter” franchise), Epps, and fellow actors Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins. The cast and crew look back on making the film, share stories of working with Shakur, and reveal the influence that Juice had on them both personally and professionally. The featurettes also include footage of the cast on set and vintage interviews with Shakur, Queen Latifah, Cindy Herron of En Vogue, the Shocklee brothers, Eric B, EPMD, Cypress Hill and more. Other extras include the original ending and commentary by the director.
For its 25th anniversary, Beavis and Butt-head Do America arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever Dec. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Based on the animated series, the film follows the brainless pair as they set off on a nacho-fueled road trip to find their stolen TV and score with some hot chicks. Along the way, the metal-head morons become entangled with one nefarious character after another, eventually ending up stranded in the desert and hallucinating in a mind-altering sequence based on and including artwork by musician and artist Rob Zombie.
Creator Mike Judge unleashed Beavis and Butt-Head on the big screen on Dec. 20, 1996. The film earned more than $60 million.
The Blu-ray includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the following legacy bonus content: commentary by Mike Judge and Yvette Kaplan; “The Big Picture,” a retrospective making-of segment that features the journey to the big screen including story, voice casting and more, including a look at the hallucination scene — drastically different from the animation in the rest of the film — and an extended version of the scene; “We’re Gonna Score! Scoring Beavis and Butt-Head Do America,” in which composer John Frizzell and Mike Judge detail the use of music in the film; “The Smackdown,” a montage of all the characters in the movie getting slapped or fighting; MTV News “Celebrity Shorts” with Jennifer Tilly, Snoop Dogg and more; trailers; and TV Spots.
Capelight Pictures will release the documentary The Hidden Life of Trees on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2.
In Jörg Adolph’s documentary adaptation of Peter Wohlleben’s
best-selling book, Wohlleben guides viewers through his ideas and understanding of how trees work. Presenting ecological, biological and academic expertise with matter of fact candor, he inspires viewers to really see the forest for the trees. Traveling through Germany, Poland, Sweden and Vancouver, Peter discusses, debates and explains the amazing process of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland, and the amazing scientific mechanisms behind these wonders.
Film Movement will release the classic blues documentary Deep Blues on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from a new 4K restoration Nov. 23.
In 1990, commissioned by award-winning musician, songwriter, producer, innovator and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, veteran music film director Robert Mugge and renowned music scholar Robert Palmer ventured deep into the heart of the North Mississippi Hill Country and Mississippi Delta to seek out the best rural blues acts currently working. Starting on Beale Street in Memphis, they headed south to the juke joints, lounges, front porches, and parlors of Holly Springs, Greenville, Clarksdale, Bentonia and Lexington. Along the way, they visited celebrated landmarks and documented talented artists cut off from the mainstream of the recording industry. The resulting film expresses reverence for the rich musical history of the region, spotlighting local performers, soon to be world-renowned, thanks in large part to the film, and demonstrating how the blues continues to thrive in new generations of gifted musicians.
“Ever since hearing my first blues albums at 14 years old I was transfixed, hypnotized by the sound and pure honesty coming off that old recording and I stared at the vinyl slowly turning, dreaming I could be there in that room witnessing the pure magic coming from these Blues artists,” said Stewart in a statement. “Well, sometimes dreams do come true and I was lucky enough to be in that room with Jessie Mae Hemphill, Junior Kimbrough and sit on the front porch being taught ‘jumper on the line’ by R.L. Burnside deep in the Mississippi Delta.”
The film features performances by Booker T. Laury, R.L. Burnside, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Junior Kimbrough, Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes and the Playboys, Big Jack Johnson, Jack Owens with Bud Spires, and Lonnie Pitchford.
Bonus features include new commentary by Mugge and rarely-seen behind-the-scenes footage.
Ken Burns’ Muhammad Ali documentary, as well as seasons of “Baptiste” and “Grantchester,” are among the titles available on disc from PBS Distribution in November.
Masterpiece Mystery!: Baptiste, Season 2 will be released Nov. 2 on DVD. The crime drama is a spinoff about one of the characters from “The Missing.”
Muhammad Ali: A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon will be available Nov. 9 on DVD and Blu-ray. The docuseries follows the life of the three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, as well as his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it. At the height of his fame, Ali challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases and notions about what roles celebrities and athletes play in our society, and inspired people all over the world with his message of pride and self-affirmation.
Frontline: America After 9/11 is available on DVD Nov. 9. The documentary chronicles the history of the country after the terrorist attacks.
American Experience: Citizen Hearst debuts on DVD Nov. 23. The documentary follows the life and times of the famous newspaper magnate.
Finally, Masterpiece Mystery!: Grantchester, Season 6 is due Nov. 30 on DVD. It’s 1958 and trouble is brewing in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester. Reverend Will Davenport (Tom Brittney) relishes his role as a firebrand vicar, willing to rock the boat and challenge conventions to help people. But the very role he loves puts him at odds with his own ideals when his kind-hearted curate Leonard Finch (Al Weaver) is caught up in a scandal. Will’s best friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green), finds his principles shaken, housekeeper Mrs. Chapman (Tessa Peake-Jones) is distraught, and Geordie’s wife Cathy (Kacey Ainsworth) is defiant.
The Western Last Shoot Out will be released in select theaters and for digital rental Dec. 3, as well as on Blu-ray, DVD and for digital purchase Dec. 7 from Lionsgate.
Starring Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight) and Michael Welch (Twilight franchise), the film is a saga of love, betrayal and revenge. In the Western, after newlywed Jocelyn learns that her husband Jody (Welch) had her father shot down, she flees from the Callahan ranch in fear. She’s rescued by gunman Billy Tyson, who safeguards her at a remote outpost as he staves off Jody’s attempts to reclaim his bride. As the angry Callahans keep Billy, Jocelyn, and others captive at the outpost, an explosive showdown is inevitable.
The horror films Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3 are being released on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.
In the sequel Maniac Cop 2, the “Maniac Cop” is back from the dead and stalking the streets of New York once more. Officer Matt Cordell was once a hero, but after being framed by corrupt superiors and brutally assaulted in prison, he sets out on a macabre mission of vengeance, teaming up with a vicious serial killer to track down those that wronged him and make them pay.
Robert Davi (Die Hard), Claudia Christian (The Hidden), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Laurene Landon (Hundra), Leo Rossi (Halloween II), Robert Z’Dar (Tango & Cash), Charles Napier (The Silence of the Lambs), and Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead) star in this sequel written by Larry Cohen (It’s Alive) and directed by William Lustig (Maniac). Maniac Cop 2 has been scanned in 4K from the original camera negative and supervised by director of photography James Lemmo. It is presented with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix. Special features include audio commentary and a making-of featurette.
In Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, when Officer Kate Sullivan storms a hostage situation, the whole incident is captured on tape by an unscrupulous media crew who edit the footage to show Kate killing a helpless victim. Now in a coma, Kate’s only hope is Detective Sean McKinney, who desperately tries to clear her name. But unbeknownst to him, “Maniac Cop” Matt Cordell takes it upon himself to exact revenge upon those responsible for smearing her name.
Returning stars Robert Davi and Robert Z’Dar are joined by Paul Gleason (Die Hard), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Julius Harris (Super Fly), Doug Savant (“Melrose Place”), and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) in this third entry from Maniac Cop creator Larry Cohen. The film is scanned in 4K from the original uncensored negative, presented with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix. Special features include audio commentary, the theatrical trailer, a making-of featurette, and deleted and extended scenes.
Dario Argento’s Deep Red in 4K and a “Giallo Essentials” collection are being released on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 26 and Nov. 30, respectively, from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video.
From legendary director Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), Deep Red is being released on 4K Ultra HD Oct. 26 with a new 4K restoration of both the original 127-minute Italian version and the 105-minute export version from the original negative by Arrow Films. In the film, one night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator — or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems.
Three films from the Italian export genre giallo — films steeped in mystery and intrigue, delivered with stylized violence — are available Nov. 30 in the first of a multi-volume series of “Giallo Essentials,” including The Possessed (1965), The Fifth Cord (1971) and The Pyjama Girl Case (1978). The films feature a raft of talent in front of and behind the camera with each film restored from the original camera negatives and presented with a range of contextualising interviews and featurettes. The Possessed is based on one of Italy’s most notorious crimes. It tells the story of a depressed novelist (Peter Baldwin) in search of his old flame (Virna Lisi) who has disappeared under suspicious circumstances, prompting an investigation that finds him plunged into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder. The Fifth Cord boasts a complex, Agatha Christie-esque plot of investigation into a series of brutal assaults. As the body count rises, whisky swilling journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero) finds himself under suspicion, making it all the more imperative he crack the case. The Pyjama Girl Case, inspired by a real-life case, takes viewers to Australia where former inspector Timpson comes out of retirement to crack the case of a young woman, found on the beach, shot in the head, burned to hide her identity and dressed in distinctive yellow pajamas.
The Western Apache Junction arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Nov. 23 from Lionsgate.
The adventure stars multiple Grammy Award-nominated country music star Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer, Deepwater Horizon), Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Queen of the Damned), Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, An American Crime), Thomas Jane (Hunter’s Moon, The Vanished), Ed Morrone (TV’s “The Fugitive Chronicles,” Hellblazer) and Danielle Gross (TV’s “Heels,” Final Kill).
In the film, Apache Junction is an outpost of lawlessness, a haven for thieves and cold-blooded killers. After big-city reporter Annabelle Angel (Taylor-Compton) arrives to write an article on the town, she becomes a target when notorious gunslinger Jericho Ford (Townsend) comes to her aid. Now Annabelle must entrust her future to a man with a deadly past, as Jericho heads toward a tense showdown.
Lamberto Bava’s two Italian horror films, Demons and Demons 2, are being released Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new 4K restorations from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group.
Produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria), Demons and Demons 2 are available in two-disc sets in both formats.
In Demons (1985), a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theater lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon. One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world. In the 1986 sequel Demons 2, a televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape.
Both releases are packed with special features, including two versions of Demons, the full-length original cut in English and Italian and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects.