‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ Top Slate of New Digital, Disc Releases Available March 16

Wonder Woman 1984, Promising Young Woman, Songbird and Don’t Tell a Soul top the slate of new releases available for home viewing March 16.

Wonder Woman 1984, which was supposed to be one of last summer’s big theatrical tentpoles, instead became the poster child for the multi-platform release strategy triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The superhero film, starring Gal Gadot, was famously released to theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service on Christmas Day, followed by a  48-hour premium VOD rental window last month.

Now, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing the film through normal digital retail channels on March 16, two weeks ahead of its debut on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray.

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Promising Young Woman becomes available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and on demand March 16, after an initial release for digital purchase. The Universal Pictures film, nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and five Oscars, stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, whose promising future was derailed by a mysterious event. Wickedly smart and tantalizingly cunning, she’s now living a secret double life by night — and is eager to avenge the wrongs of the past.

Also making its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on March 16 is another Universal Pictures film, Songbird, a sci-fi thriller directed by Adam Mason (Into the Dark) and starring K.J. Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Walter Hauser and Demi Moore.

In the film, a devastating pandemic ravages the world and the United States is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression. Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico (Apa), who’s immune to the deadly pathogen, finds hope and love with Sara (Carson), though her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment or worse.

Don’t Tell a Soul, from Lionsgate, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 16. Already available on demand and through digital retailers, the dramatic thriller stars Rainn Wilson, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Dylan and Mena Suvari. While stealing money to help their sick mother (Suvari), teen brothers Matt and Joey (Whitehead and Grazer) are surprised by Hamby (Wilson), a security officer who gives chase and is then trapped in a well. Over the next few days, Joey and Hamby forge an uneasy relationship. Hamby tells Joey he’ll keep quiet if Joey sets him free. But Hamby holds another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family in this twist-filled, cat-and-mouse thriller.

Other new March releases of note include the werewolf horror film I Am Lisa, from Mill Creek, available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and VOD; Shout! Factory Steelbook Blu-ray editions of Japanese anime classics Whisper of the Heart (1995) and The Cat Returns (2002); and Warner Archive Blu-ray Discs of Damn Yankees; Driving Miss Daisy; What’s Up, Doc; and Crossfire.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Promising Young Woman

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 3/16/21;
Universal;
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Dark Comedy;
Box Office $5.5 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for strong violence including sexual assault, language throughout, some sexual material and drug use.
Stars Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Sam Richardson, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Adam Brody.

Striking right at the core of gender relations brought to the fore by the #MeToo movement, Promising Young Woman is a relentless revenge thriller that expertly walks a line between dark comedy, tragedy and drama led by a beautifully nuanced performance from Carey Mulligan, who just received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for it.

Emerald Fennell (who served as showrunner on “Killing Eve” and plays Camilla on “The Crown”) received three well-deserved Academy Award nominations for her directorial debut (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay) for this story than broaches a wrenching subject while keeping the audience laughing and gasping on a roller coaster journey through one woman’s pathos and secret fury. (The film also received an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing for a total of five noms.)

Promising Young Woman follows Cassie (Mulligan), a former medical student who was headed for success until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. By day a young woman going nowhere as a barista, by night Cassie lives a secret double life. An unexpected encounter with an old classmate gives her a chance to avenge the wrongs of the past.

At turns a horror story, a romantic comedy and a tragedy, the film plays with familiar tropes in the narrative and film history of male-female relations and power dynamics. With a hot score and vibrant, eye-popping art direction, set design, costumes and makeup, it’s a truly unique film that defies categorization. Dark comedy elements provide levity, but the film also takes a deep dive into the characters’ multiple facets. As noted in the bonus features, the film portrays men who think of themselves as “good guys,” while doing morally questionable, even horrible things. Then there’s Cassie, an engaging, attractive and smart avenging angel/devil who leaves emotional turmoil in her wake. This tension between the light and dark side of humanity allows the actors to explore a layer cake of emotions and elicits some truly great performances.

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Bonus features include three featurettes: “A Promising Vision,” in which Fennell discusses her inspirations for creating the film; “Two-Sided Transformation,” a look at Mulligan in the role of Cassie and how filmmakers used wardrobe, hair and makeup to express the balance between light and dark; and “Balancing Act,” in which cast members discuss their unexpected reactions to the careful balance of levity and tragedy in Fennell’s take on female revenge.

There’s also a commentary with Fennell, who provides a detailed explanation of key elements in the film, including set design, framing, and makeup and costume choices. As do the best commentaries, Fennell’s leaves viewers with a greater appreciation for the artistry and thought process behind this complicated film and makes a second pass through Promising Young Woman with commentary well worth the time.

‘Promising Young Woman’ Available Now Digitally, on Disc March 16

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Golden Globe nominee Promising Young Woman on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and on demand March 16. It is available now via digital sellthrough.

Promising Young Woman stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, who everyone pegged for great things until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: She’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to avenge the wrongs of the past.

The cast also includes Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Sam Richardson, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Adam Brody.

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Written and directed by Emerald Fennell (who served as showrunner on “Killing Eve” and plays Camilla on “The Crown”), Promising Young Woman earned $5.2 million in a limited theatrical run. The film has earned a multitude of Awards recognition, including recent Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture — Drama, Best Actress for Mulligan, and Best Director and Best Screenplay for Fennell.

Home video bonus features include a commentary with Fennell; the featurette “A Promising Vision,” in which Fennell discusses her inspirations for creating the film; the featurette “Two-Sided Transformation,” a look at Mulligan in the role of Cassie and how filmmakers used wardrobe, hair and makeup to express the balance between light and dark; and the featurette “Balancing Act,” in which cast members discuss their unexpected reactions to the careful balance of levity and tragedy in Fennell’s take on female revenge.