Sub Drama ‘The Command’ Coming to Digital and Disc Aug. 6 From Lionsgate

The Command arrives on Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and digital Aug. 6 from Lionsgate.

The film is currently available on demand.

Starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, and Academy Award winner Colin Firth (2010, Best Actor, The King’s Speech), The Command is based on Robert Moore’s book A Time to Die. It follows the true story of the 2000 nuclear submarine disaster in which the K-141 Kursk sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea. As 23 sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub, their families desperately battled bureaucratic obstacles and impossible odds to find answers and save them.

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Special features include the “Human Costs: Making The Command” featurette.

Korean Crime Caper ‘The Swindlers’ Due on Blu-ray Disc July 30 From Well Go

The Swindlers, a Korean crime caper film, will come out on Blu-ray Disc July 30 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

High stakes and fast talk are the game in this film starring Yoo Ji-tae, Hyun Bin, Bae Seong-woo, Park Sung-woong and Nana as unlikely allies from different sides of the law. Each member of the team has their own motives, but they’ll have to work together to achieve their common goal — trapping the world’s most legendary con man.

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Diane Keaton Comedy ‘Poms’ Jumps to Digital July 23, Disc Aug. 6 From Universal

The Diane Keaton comedy Poms will arrive on digital July 23 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Aug. 6 from STX Films and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The comedy follows a woman who forms a cheerleading squad at a retirement community. The cast, led by Keaton and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), also features Pam Grier (Larry Crowne), Celia Weston (The Intern) and Rhea Perlman (Sing) as the group of women who are determined to defy stereotypes while having the time of their lives.

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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ to Materialize on Digital July 16, Disc Aug. 6

The horror film The Curse of La Llorona will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) July 16 and Blu-ray combo pack and DVD Aug. 6 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

From New Line Cinema and producer James Wan, The Curse of La Llorona brings the iconic Latin American legend to life. The film stars Linda Cardellini (Green Book, TV’s “Bloodline”), Raymond Cruz (TV’s “Breaking Bad,” Training Day) and Patricia Velasquez (TV’s “Arrested Development,” “The Mummy” films). Supporting cast includes Marisol Ramirez (TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles”), Sean Patrick Thomas (the “Barbershop” films, Halloween: Resurrection), Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen (Selfless) and newcomer Roman Christou.

Set in 1973 Los Angeles, the film tells the story of Anna Tate-Garcia (Cardellini), a social worker and widowed single mom struggling to balance the two roles while still coping with the loss of her husband. Anna has navigated a multitude of phantoms and superstitions in her job, usually finding personal demons lurking beneath. When she’s called to the home of Patricia Alvarez (Velasquez) and finds her two young sons locked in a closet, she interprets their terrified mother’s desperate efforts to keep them locked away as a dangerous sign of abuse. Because she is unaware of the very real danger they face, Anna has no idea what she’s about to unleash when she takes the kids into protective custody.

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The Blu-ray combo pack includes a DVD and a digital copy.

Special features on disc include “The Myth of La Llorona,” “Behind the Curse,” “The Making of a Movie Monster,” deleted scenes and storyboards.

Music Documentary ‘Teddy Pendergrass — If You Don’t Know Me’ Due on Disc and VOD From MVD

Teddy Pendergrass — If You Don’t Know Me, the story of the R&B star, will come out on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and VOD Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group.

On the brink of global super-stardom when tragedy struck, the story of Pendergrass is a tale with surprising twists and turns and an intimate portrait of one of the greatest singers of his generation. It also tells how Teddy fought for the rights of African-American artists in a 1970s music industry prejudiced against black performers and reveals how, aged just 31, Pendergrass overcame terrible tragedy to get back on stage against all the odds.

The film’s world premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival (his home city), resulted in an Audience Award and a nomination for the Pinkenson Award. It also aired on Showtime in the United States.

Director and BAFTA award-winner Olivia Lichtenstein conceived, researched and directed the film, which reveals Teddy’s meteoric rise from his tough childhood in Philadelphia to become the lead singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

Chinese Martial Arts Actioner ‘Master Z: Ip Man Legacy’ Launching on Disc July 23 From Well Go

Master Z: IP Man Legacy is coming to DVD and Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack July 23 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping draws on a top-notch cast (Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, and Max Zhang) to create a martial arts action film in the “Ip Man” universe. Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats, but it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.

Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and trailers.

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‘A Dog’s Journey’ to Be Fetched on Digital Aug. 6, Disc Aug. 20 From Universal

A sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) Aug. 6 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Aug. 20 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”), the film continues the tale of lovable farm dog Bailey, as he finds a new destiny, forms an unbreakable bond and learns that some friendships transcend lifetimes. Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad; Beauty and the BeastFrozen) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his former “boy” now grown to manhood, Ethan (Dennis Quaid; A Dog’s Purpose, I Can Only Imagine) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger; “C.S.I.,” “Under the Dome”). He has a new playmate, Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, C.J. (Kathryn Prescott; “24: Legacy”). Everything is great on the farm until C.J.’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin, Isn’t It Romantic, “GLOW”), decides to take C.J. away and chase her own fulfillment in the big city. Ethan asks Bailey to watch over C.J. wherever she goes and thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives as he, C.J., and C.J.’s best friend Trent experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter.

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A Dog’s Journey features more than 30 minutes of bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, featurettes with the cast and composer, and a behind-the-scenes look at the animal performances. The release also includes feature commentary by Mancuso.

Redbox and Lionsgate Announce New Multiyear Deal

Redbox and Lionsgate on June 12 announced a new multiyear agreement continuing to make Lionsgate disc and digital content available at Redbox kiosks and Redbox On Demand.

Lionsgate DVDs and Blu-ray Discs will continue to be available for rent at Redbox nationwide fleet of kiosks, while Lionsgate digital content will be available for sale or rental through the Redbox On Demand service.

“This new deal allows Redbox to lean further into Lionsgate content in a more impactful way across our physical and digital offerings,” said Redbox CEO Galen Smith.  “We’re thankful for the continued partnership that allows us to offer consumers more choice when planning a meaningful movie night with friends and family.”

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“We greatly value our long-term partnership with Redbox and are happy to be extending our relationship,” said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide home entertainment. “We remain committed to making our portfolio of premium content available to consumers at the Redbox kiosks and on their digital platform.”

Redbox has more than 41,500 kiosks nationwide offering DVD, Blu-ray and video game rentals and purchases and streaming On Demand available across leading devices.

‘A Madea Family Funeral’ Buries the Competition on Redbox Charts

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral debuted at the top of both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended June 9.

The Lionsgate comedy, featuring Perry’s final turn in the title role of Madea, took the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. In the film, which made $73.3 million at the box office, Madea travels to a family celebration only to see it turn into a funeral revealing uncomfortable secrets.

Universal’s The Upside fell one spot to No. 2 on both charts after two weeks at No. 1. The comedy, starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, follows an out-of-work ex-con and a wealthy quadriplegic who unexpectedly come together and help each other. It made $108.3 million at the box office.

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Universal’s animated How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World dropped one place on the disc chart, from No. 2 to No. 3, and one spot on the digital chart, from No. 4 to No. 5. Meanwhile, Warner’s romantic comedy sendup Isn’t It Romantic, starring Rebel Wilson, fell from No. 3 to No. 4 on the disc chart and from No. 2 to No. 3 on the digital chart. Lionsgate/Quiver’s Drunk Parents, starring Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek, retained the No. 5 place on the disc chart.

The only other new release to land on the disc chart (No. 7) was Lionsgate’s The Kid, about a boy who witnesses the famous confrontation between Sheriff Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. The Western, directed by Vincent D’Onofrio, earned just $1.5 million at the box office, but features such stars as Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. It came in at No. 4 on the digital chart.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended June 9:

  1. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  2. The Upside— Universal
  3. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World— Universal
  4. Isn’t It Romantic— Warner
  5. Drunk Parents — Lionsgate/Quiver
  6. Cold Pursuit— Lionsgate
  7. The Kid (2019)— Lionsgate
  8. Fighting With My Family— Universal
  9. Aquaman — Warner
  10. The Mule — Warner

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended June 9:

  1. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  2. The Upside — STX
  3. Isn’t It Romantic — Warner
  4. The Kid (2019)— Lionsgate
  5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World— Universal
  6. Cold Pursuit — Lionsgate
  7. Fighting With My Family — MGM
  8. Glass — Universal
  9. What Men Want — Paramount
  10. Aquaman— Warner

A Madea Legacy

It’s been a long, strange and hilarious trip for an iconic character taking her final bow.

A Madea Family Funeral, available now digitally and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand from Lionsgate, is the 11th and final big-screen appearance of writer/director/star Tyler Perry’s Madea character, whose film debut was 2005’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman.

Over the years, the gray-haired senior citizen Mabel “Madea” Simmons has made audience’s laugh and think, from her beginning in live theater in 1999 with Perry’s play I Can Do Bad All By Myself to her box office blockbusters in the movie theater over the following two decades. Madea last month also exited the stage, finishing her farewell tour in Atlanta where she began — but her unique presence has left a mark.

“She’s quick-witted, gun-toting, purse-slinging, funny as can be, and she might be carrying some of that little goodness in her purse — all the while giving us wise words of advice with her comedic delivery,” said Ciera Payton, who plays Sylvia in the final Madea film. “Over the years, she has celebrated with us Halloween, Christmas, a family reunion, a funeral, and she’s even been to jail — several times.”

“She gives damn good advice that’s gonna stick with you,” added Courtney Burrell, who stars as A.J. in the film. “I mean, she’s like a family member.”

And Lionsgate has been there all the way, releasing the Madea films in theaters as well as the movies and plays on home entertainment formats.

“We are so, so, so grateful to Lionsgate for giving Madea a home for so many years,” Payton added.

“It’s kudos to Lionsgate for getting behind [the franchise],” said Rome Flynn who stars as Jesse in A Madea Family Funeral. “They’ve been there.”

Despite her last film’s title, it’s not Madea’s funeral. Madea heads out to a family reunion, only for the trip to suddenly turn into a funeral threatening to reveal uncomfortable family secrets. Her longtime companions, brother Joe and his son Brian (both played by Perry), as well as Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) are along for the ride, all invited by Madea’s older brother Heathrow (also Perry) in his franchise debut.

“The message that Tyler’s delivering with this movie is karma will come back and bite you,” said Burrell, whose character constantly demeans his wife Carol (K.J. Smith), to the dismay of Madea. Carol, while not being physically abused, is nonetheless suffering.

“I think Carol was important to portray on film because she really has to take a stand,” Smith said. “She has been putting up with it enough, and I think a lot of women are dealing with that whatever it is, putting up with it, and enough is enough.”

Smith said it’s apparent Perry was raised around women because “his voice for women is so on point. You don’t have to change a word.”

Madea is famously based on Perry’s late mother and his aunt.

“[My mother] loved Madea,” Perry told CNN. “She told me whatever you do, don’t stop playing this character.”

Still, Perry said he finally had to hang up the wig.

“It’s been a wonderful run. I’m so grateful, but I’m not gonna miss that dress, not gonna miss that wig, not gonna miss how hot it is. I’m not gonna miss shaving. I’m not gonna miss any of that stuff,” he said in an extra on the disc. “As far as Madea, it’s time for her to go.”

As in all her films, Madea has a message to deliver with her final scene:

“Ya’ll gotta figure it out for yourself!”

Extras on A Madea Family Funeral include deleted scenes, outtakes and three featurettes: “Madea’s Tips for Attending a Funeral,” “Making A Madea Family Funeral: An Affair to Remember” and “Hellllur: Looking Back on Madea.”

Madea in Film

Ten other films have featured the eccentric Madea (available from Lionsgate):

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005): Madea makes her first appearance when, after 18 years of marriage to lawyer Charles, her granddaughter Helen finds him ending their marriage and shacking up with another. Helen retreats to the house of Madea, who helps her get revenge.

Madea’s Family Reunion (2006): While planning her family reunion, pistol-packing Madea has drama on her plate, including a runaway under her care and her love-crossed nieces.

Meet the Browns (2008): Madea has a cameo in the romantic comedy starring Angela Bassett and Rick Fox.

Madea Goes to Jail (2009): The mischievous grandma lands in jail, where she encounters a variety of crazy characters.

I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009): Madea catches 16-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home and decides to take matters into her own hands.

Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011): Madea tries to get her fighting family together for dinner to discuss the health of her niece Shirley.

Madea’s Witness Protection (2012): Mild-mannered Wall Street banker George Needleman (Eugene Levy) learns he’s been framed in a mob-backed Ponzi scheme. Placed under federal protection, George and his family are shipped to Madea’s house, where she whips them all into shape.

A Madea Christmas (2013): Madea accompanies her niece, Eileen, to the small town of Buck Tussel to pay a surprise visit to Eileen’s daughter, Lacey, who has refused to come home for Christmas. The real reason Lacey is avoiding her mother is that she has secretly married Connor, a white classmate from college.

Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016): Trying to win the approval of her friends, 17-year-old Tiffany sneaks out of the house to go to a Halloween bash at a fraternity, which Madea crashes. The partygoers decide to scare Madea with a series of ghoulish pranks.

Boo 2: A Madea Halloween (2017): Tiffany travels to Derrick Lake to celebrate her 18th birthday at a Halloween frat party in the middle of the woods. Madea, Aunt Bam and Hattie hop in the car to save her from the same terrible fate that befell a group of teens there years earlier.

Madea on Stage

Several plays featuring Madea also are available from Lionsgate:

  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman
  • Madea’s Big happy Family
  • Madea’s Class Reunion
  • Madea’s Family Reunion
  • Madea on the Run
  • Madea’s Neighbors From Hell
  • A Madea Christmans
  • Madea Goes to Jail
  • Madea Gets a Job