1994’s ‘Cemetery Man’ Among Horror Titles Due on Disc May 28 From Severin and MVD

A slew of horror films including Cemetery Man (1994) and the drama The Devil’s Honey (1986) are due on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Blu-ray Disc May 28 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Cemetery Man, an Italian horror film from director Michele Soavi, is available both on Blu-ray Disc and fully restored on 4K Ultra HD for the first time. In the film, Rupert Everett stars as cemetery watchman Francesco Dellamorte, tasked with dispatching the recently deceased when they rise from their graves. But when he falls in love with a beautiful young widow (Anna Falchi), will his resurrected lust for life become greater than his bond with death? François Hadji-Lazaro (The City of Lost Children) co-stars in the erotic romantic existential black comedy zombie gorefest, with a Soavi-approved 4K scan from the Cinecittà negative and more than three hours of special features, including new interviews with Soavi and Everett. Special features also include audio commentary by Soavi and screenwriter Gianni Romoli, an interview with actress Anna Falchi, and an archival making-of featurette.

Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker (1981), available on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, is a violent, psychosexual grindhouse shocker directed by a veteran of “I Love Lucy” and starring a frequently shirtless former teen idol. Jimmy McNichol stars as an orphaned high-school student raised by his strangely overprotective aunt (Susan Tyrrell of Fat City fame) who becomes implicated in a grisly murder investigated by a psychotic police detective (Bo Svenson of Inglorious Bastards). Emmy nominee Julia Duffy (“Newhart”) and Bill Paxton (in one of his first film roles) co-star in this former DPP 39 Video Nasty — also known as Night Warning — with a new HD scan from the original camera negative and six hours of new and archival special features. Extras include audio commentary with McNichol; audio commentary with co-writer/producer Steve Breimer and co-writer Alan Jay Glueckman, moderated by Mondo Digital’s Nathaniel Thompson; audio commentary with co-producer and unit production manager Eugene Mazzola; “Extreme Prejudice,” an interview with Svenson; “Point and Shoot,” an interview with director of photography Robbie Greenberg; “Family Dynamics,” an interview with editor Ted Nicolaou; cast and crew interviews with actors McNichol, Susan Tyrrell and Steve Eastin, make-up artist Allan A. Apone, and producer Steve Breimer; the trailer; and a TV spot.

Available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time is Cathy’s Curse (1977) with the director’s cut and American ‘R’-rated release versions. In the film in 1947, a young girl is roasted alive in a car accident. Thirty years later, her grown brother returns to their childhood home with his mentally unstable wife and sweet daughter Cathy. When the dead aunt’s vengeful spirit possesses the child, it unleashes an unnerving nightmare of creepy mediums, demonic dolls, and plenty of sick ’70s foul-mouthed moppet mayhem. Both versions are scanned in 4K from the recently discovered negatives with more than two hours of special features. Extras include audio commentary by Fangoria contributor Brian Collins and filmmaker Simon Barrett (U.S. cut only); “Tricks and Treats,” an interview with director Eddy Matalon; “Cathy’s Daddy — Alan Scarfe Remembers Cathy’s Curse“; “Cathy & Mum,” an interview with actress Randi Allen and costume designer Joyce Allen; an introduction to the Cinematic Void/American Cinematheque screening by Brian Collins; theatrical trailers; and a booklet by Simon Barrett and Brian Collins.

Director Sergio Martino (All the Colors of the Dark) combines a monster reptile with an all-star Euro-cult cast for an Italian jungle carnage movie in The Great Alligator (1979), available on Blu-ray and on 4K Ultra HD for the first time. In the film, at the opening of a tropical resort, a photographer (Claudio Cassinelli of Slave of the Cannibal God), an anthropologist (Barbara Bach of The Spy Who Loved Me) and an arrogant hotelier (Mel Ferrer of Eaten Alive!) are besieged by hostile natives, obnoxious tourists and a gargantuan river beast that intends to devour them all. Romano Puppo (Robowar), Richard Johnson (Zombie) and Silvia Collatina (The House by the Cemetery) co-star in the film newly scanned in 4K from the original negative. Extras include “Down by the River,” an interview with director Sergio Martino; “Minou,” an interview with actress Silvia Collatina; “Beware of the Gator,” an interview with camera operator Claudio Morabito; “Later Alligator,” an interview with production designer Antonello Geleng; “Underwater,” an interview with underwater camera operator Gianlorenzo Battaglia; “3 Friends and an Alligator,” a discussion with cinematographer Giancarlo Ferrando, production designer Antonello Geleng and special effects supervisor Paolo Ricci; “Paradise House: Christianity and the Natural World in The Great Alligator,” a video essay By Lee Gambin, author of Massacred by Mother Nature; “Alligator Land,” in which Antonello Geleng shares original production drawings; and the trailer.

Finally, available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time is The Devil’s Honey (1986). Director Lucio Fulci takes on the erotic thriller genre and unleashes an onslaught of glossy depravity. Brett Halsey (Demonia), Corinne Cléry (The Story of O) and Blanca Marsillach (Flesh+Blood) star, and Stefano Madia (Body Count), Bernard Seray (Hell of the Living Dead) and Fulci himself co-star in this classic ’80s thriller (also known as Dangerous Obsession) about a young woman who abducts a doctor she holds responsible for the death of her boyfriend and subjects him to unspeakable acts. The film is scanned in 4K from the original negative. Extras include “Sax, Lies and Videotape,” a new interview with actress Blanca Marsillach; an archival audio interview with director Lucio Fulci by Michele Romagnoli; “The Devil’s Halsey,” an interview with actor Brett Halsey; “Wild Flower,” an interview with actress Corinne Cléry; “Producing Honey,” an interview with producer Vincenzo Salviani; “The Devil’s Sax,” an interview with composer Claudio Natili; Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci, on The Devil’s Honey; “Fulci’s Honey,” an audio essay by Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films; an alternate opening; and the trailer.

Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Due on 4K Ultra HD June 25 for 40th

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its theatrical release, Purple Rain, the 1984 film starring Prince in his film acting debut, will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD disc and digital for the first time on June 25 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Purple Rain stars music icon Prince in his first film role as The Kid, alongside Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III.

The film was directed by Albert Magnoli from a screenplay by Magnoli and William Blinn and was produced by Robert Cavallo, Joseph Ruffalo and Steven Fargnoli.  The original songs were composed and produced by Prince.

Purple Rain won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score (Prince), the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special (Prince and the Revolution), and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Prince).
 
In 2019, Purple Rain was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
 
For the 40th Anniversary of Purple Rain, the film has been restored digitally from an 8K scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative (OCN).  The picture was also conformed to the original theatrical release aspect ratio of 1.85:1 to provide the most authentic theatrical presentation framing ever to be released to the home. The digitally restored picture was color graded in High Dynamic Range (HDR).  The film’s audio was also restored from the original Dolby Stereo (LCRS) archived 35mm magnetic film source elements containing the separate dialogue, music, and effects (DME) tracks.  These restored elements along with the 20th anniversary’s 5.1 multi-channel print master were used to complete a newly remastered 5.1 presentation for the film.

In the film, rock star Prince makes his feature film debut in this highly autobiographical blockbuster. Headstrong, vulnerable young musician The Kid (Prince) struggles with his own inner demons and with his alcoholic father who beats his mother.  But the madness infects his music, fueling a sound that transforms the struggling young rocker into a star. 

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The Purple Rain 4K UHD disc includes the following previously released special features: commentary by director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin; the “First Avenue: The Road to Pop Royalty” featurette; the “Let’s Go Crazy” music video; the “Take Me with U” music video; the “When Doves Cry” music video; the “I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m a Star” music video; the “Purple Rain” music video; the “Jungle Love” music video; the “The Bird” music video; and the “Sex Shooter” music video.

‘Escape Plan’ Trilogy Due on Blu-ray Combo Pack Steelbook July 2 Exclusively at Walmart

Lionsgate will release the “Escape Plan Triple Feature” Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) Steelbook exclusively at Walmart July 2.

The “Escape Plan” franchise stars Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin, one of the world’s foremost security analysts who helps design the most protected and fortified prisons — and finds their security flaws by breaking out of them. 

The supporting cast in the action thrillers includes Dave Bautista, Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ Due Via Premium Digital May 14, on Disc June 11

Warner Bros. Discovery will release Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, for premium digital purchase and rental May 14, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and regular digital June 11.

The film, which has earned $547.2 million at the global box office, follows up the showdown of Godzilla versus Kong. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence — and our own.  The epic delves further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humanity forever.

Directed by Adam Wingard, the film stars Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs. Kong, The Night House), Brian Tyree Henry (Godzilla vs. Kong, Bullet Train), Dan Stevens (“Gaslit,” Legion, Beauty and the Beast), Kaylee Hottle (Godzilla vs. Kong), Alex Ferns (The Batman, Wrath of Man, “Chernobyl”) and Fala Chen (Irma Vep, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and premium digital releases include director’s commentary and several featurettes.

Additionally, a five-film collection celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Monsterverse will be available on 4K UHD disc this summer. The six-disc collector’s edition will include Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024), along with a disc of special features including the new “Directors of the Monsterverse” featurette with Monsterverse directors Gareth Edwards, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Michael Doughtery and Adam Wingard.

Action-Adventure ‘Sabotage’ Due on Blu-ray May 7 From MVD

The action adventure Sabotage will be released on Blu-ray Disc May 7 from MVD Entertainment Group in its MVD Rewind collection.

In the 1996 film, Colonel Michael Bishop’s (Mark Dacascos, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum) last mission went horribly wrong — destroyed from within, sabotaged. His was the only body dragged from the ashes of a black operation that never happened. After years of recovery, Bishop thought he had escaped the Black Ops and he began a successful new life as a bodyguard to the rich and famous. He was the best, with skills most men died learning. But his past caught up with him. His clients began to die violently, at the same shadowy hand that conspired against his Black Op unit. Now he must go own one last mission to destroy the faceless men that run an army that doesn’t exist. From director Tibor Takács (The Gate), the film also stars Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Tony Todd (Candyman) and Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves).

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Special features include a new interview with actor Mark Dacascos; a new interview with actor Tony Todd; a Mark Dacascos trailer reel; double-sided artwork; and a collectible mini-poster.

‘An All Star Salute to Lee Greenwood’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD May 3 From MVD

MVD Entertainment Group will release An All Star Salute to Lee Greenwood on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 3.

The program, from executive producers Kim Greenwood and Lee Greenwood, brings together musicians from various genres to honor international country music star Lee Greenwood, a Grammy award-winning artist who has topped the Billboard chart 7 times and achieved 20 top 10 singles.

The film features performances by Lee Greenwood, Dustin Lynch, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, Michael W. Smith plus The Isaacs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tracy Lawrence, Big & Rich, Jamey Johnson, Gavin DeGraw, Scott Stapp of Creed, Crystal Gayle, Sam Moore plus T. Graham Brown, Larry Gatlin plus Debby Boone, Mark Wills, Home Free, The Frontmen, and Ty Herndon plus Janie Fricke.

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Throughout his career, Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards, a Grammy Award for Top Male Vocal Performance on “I.O.U,” in 1985, and a multitude of other award nominations. His discography includes 22 studio albums, seven compilation albums, seven No. 1 hits, and 38 singles including songs such as “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “Ring on Her Finger Time on Her Hands,” “She’s Lyin’,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns If You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going Going Gone” and “You Got a Good Love Comin’,” among others. His hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart shortly after 9/11. Known for his stand-out patriotism and support of the U.S. military, Greenwood has been honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s National Patriot’s Award and entertained troops on more than 30 USO Tours.

Lionsgate to Bow ‘Hunger Games’ Five-Film Blu-ray Combo Pack Set June 25

Lionsgate will release the “Hunger Games” five-film Blu-ray set (plus DVD and digital) June 25.

The set includes all five films in the series: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, and now The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

The recent prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes joins the first four films in the collection, following a young Coriolanus Snow as he participates with Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games decades before he became the tyrannical President of Panem. As power and corruption collide in the post-war Capitol, the spark that inspires Katniss Everdeen to volunteer as tribute in 64 years is lit.

Each film includes several previously released special features.

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Director George Clooney’s ‘The Boys in the Boat’ Due on Blu-ray June 25

Director George Clooney’s The Boys in the Boat, from Amazon MGM Studios, will be available for purchase on Blu-ray on June 25 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The film has earned $55.4 million at the global box office.

Based on a true story, The Boys in the Boat stars Joel Edgerton (Loving), Callum Turner (The “Fantastic Beasts” films), Peter Guinness (Sleepy Hollow), Jack Mulhern (TV’s “Mare of Easttown”), James Wolk (TV’s “Mad Men”), Hadley Robinson (Anyone But You), and Courtney Henggeler (TV’s “Cobra Kai”).

The sports drama, based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling non-fiction book written by Daniel James Brown, is about the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that competed for gold at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. This story follows a group of underdogs at the height of the Great Depression as they are thrust into the spotlight and take on elite rivals from around the world.

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‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 2 for 20th Anniversary

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for the first time July 2 for its 20th anniversary.

Released in theaters on July 9, 2004, the film marked the feature directorial debut of Adam McKay and was written by McKay and Will Ferrell, who stars as the titular, mustachioed hero. The film also includes comedic performances by Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Fred Willard, along with a cavalcade of cameos. 

Set in the 1970s, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy tells the story of a testosterone-filled newsroom threatened by the arrival of an ambitious female anchor. 

The 20th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set includes the remastered theatrical version of the film on 4K Ultra HD, plus two Blu-ray Discs with more than two hours of legacy bonus content, including cast auditions, deleted scenes, bloopers, and an “Afternoon Delight” music video. In addition, consumers get both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film on Blu-ray, as well as Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, a 92-minute film featuring outtakes and unused storylines from the original movie.

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‘The American Society of Magical Negroes’ Due on Disc May 14, Streaming on Peacock May 3

Focus Features’ satire The American Society of Magical Negroes will be available for streaming exclusively on Peacock May 3 and on Blu-ray, DVD and regular digital (after premium release) collector’s edition May 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
 
The comedy, which has earned $2.5 million at the domestic box office, is about a young man, Aren, who is recruited into a secret society of magical Black people who dedicate their lives to a cause of utmost importance: making white peoples’ lives easier.

Directed, written and produced by Kobi Libii (“Madam Secretary,” “Alpha House”), the film stars Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomPokemon: Detective Pikachu), David Alan Grier (The Color Purple, “Joe Pickett”), An-Li Bogan (After Yang, “The Unsettling”), Drew Tarver (“The Other Two,” “Bless the Harts”), Michaela Watkins (You Hurt My Feelings, “Search Party”), Rupert Friend (Asteroid City, “Anatomy of a Scandal”) and Nicole Byer (“Grand Crew,” “Rugrats”).

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Bonus features on digital, Blu-ray and DVD include three making-of featurettes and audio commentary with the producer-director-writer Kobi Libii.