The horror flick What the Waters Left Behind: Scars and the Japanese science-fiction fantasy Shin Ultraman will be released on disc July 11 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.
What the Waters Left Behind: Scars is available on Blu-ray and DVD. In the film, after a packed gig in the middle of nowhere and a wild night out, an indie rock band’s RV gets stuck in the middle of nowhere. The situation is tense: there is trouble within the band and member Billy Bob (Matías Desiderio, Palermo Hollywood) lives up to his reputation as the band’s black sheep when he first sleeps with a groupie and then flees. The remaining band members Jane (Clara Kovacic, The 100 Candles Game) and Mark (Juan Pablo Bishel), as well as manager Javi (Agustin Olcese, The Red Book Ritual) and companion Sophie (Eugenia Rigón, Abracadabra) go in search of the ruins of Epecuén. They soon realize not only that they are not alone, but that they are also in acute danger — and that you should also be careful with groupies. Bonus features include trailers and a slide show.
Shin Ultraman, due on Blu-ray and DVD, is a reimagining of one of Japan’s classic superheroes, full of cosmic twists, villains, and giant Kaiju. The 37th film in the “Ultraman” franchise and the second reboot of a tokusatsu series to be adapted by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi — after the success of Shin Godzilla — it was the sixth highest-grossing domestic Japanese film of 2022, earning ¥4.44 billion (roughly $33.5 million). In the film, there’s never a dull day on Japan’s newly established SSSP Kaiju defense taskforce, led by Kimio Tamura, (Hidetoshi Nishijima, Drive My Car). After a particularly challenging encounter, a silver giant descends from the sky to rescue the planet. Dubbed Ultraman, the giant’s identity and purpose are a mystery. Nominated for eight Japan Academy Film Prize Awards (2023), including Best Picture and Best Director, the film also stars Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla) as Ultraman, Takumi Saitoh (13 Assassins) and Masami Nagasawa (Before We Vanish). Special features include trailers and a slide show. The Blu-ray features a bonus English-language version.
The horror film The Long Dark Trail and the concert film Todd Rundgren —The Individualist Live are due on disc in February from Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.
Described as Stand by Me meets Midsommar, The Long Dark Trail, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Feb. 21. It tells the story of two impoverished teenage brothers who flee home after finally fighting back against their physically abusive father. Hoping to find and reunite with their estranged mother, they embark on a dangerous journey to a cursed forest in Northwestern Pennsylvania, not aware that she has become a disciple of a violent and sadistic cult that dwells there. Bonus features on Blu-ray include a slide show and extra movie trailers.
Todd Rundgren — The Individualist Live, due Feb. 3, features the musician’s “The Individualist Live” concert, which was filmed and recorded live during the summer of 2019 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Penn. Together with long time band members Jesse Gress, Greg Hawkes, Prairie Prince, Bobby Strickland and Kasim Sulton, Rundgren treats the audience to more than two hours of music covering his career of hit songs. The three-disc set includes two audio CDs plus the concert DVD. DVD special features include interviews and interaction between Todd and his fans as he answers some of their questions.
Cleopatra on Nov. 18 will release Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour: Live At The Royal Festival Hall, a 4K live concert recording of the famous 1970s album by Mike Oldfield.
Available on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the concert video is being distributed by MVD Entertainment Group.
Recorded when Oldfield was just 19 years old, the original Tubular Bells album was released on May 25, 1973, as the debut release from Virgin Records. While initial sales were positive, the album became a worldwide phenomenon when the first track was used as part of the soundtrack for The Exorcist. Despite only being featured in a couple of scenes, “Tubular Bells” has become closely associated with the film, with many referring to it as “the theme of The Exorcist,” and the haunting sounds regularly earning a spot on horror playlists. In the nearly 50 years since its release, the album has sold more than 17.5 million copies and been streamed 18 million times.
In celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary, a concert performance was held over three days at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The music was accompanied by dance and acrobatic feats by the Circa Contemporary Circus. The performance was captured in 4K and is featured, in its entirety, on the two-disc DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets.
“It’s amazing to think that it’s 50 years since I started writing Tubular Bells, and I am touched that my music has reached so many people, all over the world, during that time,” Oldfield said in a statement. “I am sure that the 50th Anniversary Live Concert Experience of Tubular Bells will be spectacular, theatrical, fantastical and thrilling. I’m so excited [it] will be touring the world through to 2023, the 50th anniversary of the original album release.”
The thriller Frost will be released on Blu-ray (plus CD) and DVD Oct. 11 from Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.
In the film from writer James Cullen Bressack (Hot Seat, Fortress) and director Brandon Slagle (Crossbreed), a young woman, Abby (Devanny Pinn, Ride Along 2), and her estranged father, Grant (Vernon Wells, Commando), fight to survive after being stranded on a remote mountainside during a winter storm.
The Blu-ray includes a bonus CD soundtrack, slide show and bonus trailers from Cleopatra Entertainment. The soundtrack features contributions by Rick Wakeman (YES), Geoff Downes (YES/ASIA) and Terry Reid. The DVD includes the slide show and bonus trailers.
The concert films Atlantic Rhythm Section: Sound and Vision Anthology and Grounded With the Goo Goo Dolls and the horror film A.K. Tolstoy’s A Taste of Blood are being released on disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment in May.
Southern Rock group Atlanta Rhythm Section presents a multimedia package featuring studio and live recordings in Atlantic Rhythm Section: Sound and Vision Anthology on DVD plus CD May 6. The disc includes new versions of the band’s biggest hits “Imaginary Lover,” “So Into You” and “Spooky” plus cover versions of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bachman Turner Overdrive, ZZ Top and more. The DVD features video and audio of a full concert performance. Additional bonus content on the DVD includes an interview with key band members, a band biography, discography and more.
Available May 20 is the concert film Grounded With the Goo Goo Dolls on Blu-ray plus CD and DVD. In the midst of the pandemic, the Goo Goo Dolls put on a rock show of their most popular songs on an Augmented Reality FanTracks Stage. From the heartfelt “Indestructible” to other hits such as “Iris,” the band played a twenty-plus song back catalog for a career-spanning set live from Thunder Studios in Long Beach, Calif. Viewers can enjoy the full slick, multi-camera angled show.
Based on Aleksey Tolstoy’s 1839 short story “The Family of the Vourdalak,” A.K. Tolstoy’s A Taste of Blood, due on Blu-ray and DVD May 10, tells the story of a man, who after going off to kill a vampire, returns home at the magic hour, between night and day. His family has doubts about whether he’s still human or whether he’s been bitten by the undead. His teenage daughter is determined to defend him, but doubts and fears grow as the darkness of the night approaches. The Blu-ray includes a bonus CD soundtrack.
The concert film Delta Rae — Coming Home to Carolina will come out as a Blu-ray combo pack (with DVD and bonus CD soundtrack) Nov. 20 from Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.
Earthy, familial alt-pop outfit Delta Rae juggles gospel-tinged country-rock, sensual-soul and harmony-laden Americana. Formed in 2009 as a four-piece around the talents of siblings Ian, Eric and Brittany Hölljes, along with Elizabeth Hopkins, the North Carolina-based band expanded to a sextet the following year with the additions of Mike McKee and Grant Emerson. In 2011 the group inked a deal with Sire/Warner Bros. The resulting Carry the Fire, their major-label debut, arrived in 2012. Carry the Fire reached No. 11 on the U.S. Heatseekers chart and No. 13 on the folk chart. Delta Rae released their second album, After It All, in the spring of 2015. Following a relocation to Nashville, the band signed with Big Machine in 2017 and issued a pair of EPs — “A Long and Happy Life” and “The Blackbird Sessions” — in quick succession. The front part of 2019 saw a spate of new singles, though in July of that year, Delta Rae announced their departure from Big Machine following a massive company buyout. Choosing to go independent, they quickly launched a crowd-funding campaign for their next release, a two-part double album called The Light & the Dark. The first volume, The Light, appeared in March 2020.
The concert film Coming Home to Carolina was filmed with 14 4K Ultra HD cameras, before hometown fans in Raleigh, N.C., during their final shows one week before Christmas, from their highly successful 2019 sold out “Take Me There” tour, that features some of the bands biggest hits including “Take Me There,” “Down by the River” and “Dance in the Graveyard” interspersed with scenic performance scenes at Raleigh River, interview segments at the band’s home where they recorded most of their first album of songs, ending in a bonfire jam at the Local Watering Hole.
Two films from Cleopatra Entertainment are coming on DVD in September from MVD Entertainment Group: the concert film Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld and the horror film Daddy’s Girl.
Due Sept. 11 is Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld. In the concert film, Judy Collins — along with Norwegian folk artist Jonas Fjeld and Americana band Chatham County Line — perform at the Oslo Opera House. Filmed in February 2020 on the heels of the newly formed groups’ studio release Winter Stories, the DVD and companion CD is a collection of classics, new tunes and a few surprises. Tracks include “Mountain Girl,” “City of New Orleans,” “Winter Stories,” “Sweet Refrain,” “Northwest Package,” “Wildwood,” “When Morning Comes to America,” “Hun Kom Som En Engel,” “River,” “Angels in the Snow,” “Highwayman,” “Frozen North,” “Bury Me With My Guitar On,” “Both Sides Now” and “Amazing Grace.”
Coming Sept. 29 is Daddy’s Girl. In the horror film, Zoe is a young woman held captive by her stepfather after the suicide of her mother. A former Abu Ghraib prison guard and now prolific serial killer, her stepfather trawls local bars using Zoe as bait to attract new, young female victims. A string of missing persons soon captures the attention of a rookie cop and a vigilante who both attempt to catch the evasive and sadistic killer. Bonus features a slide show and trailer. The film’s director won Best Director at the 2019 International Fantasy Film Awards, and the film was nominated for Best Independent Feature Film by the National Film & Television Awards.
The horror film Skin Walker is out on DVD from Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.
In the film, Regine is a fragile young woman trying to build a new life — safer and happier than the one she had as a child. Escaping her trauma is not so easy however, and when her grandmother is brutally murdered, Regine must return to the village she once left and revisit the gruesome horrors of her past to protect herself and her family. The film stars Udo Kier (Dragged Across Concrete, Blade), Jefferson Hall (Halloween (2018), Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Amber Anderson (Emma (2020), Your Highness) and Sophie Mousel (Blood Craft).
The film was an official selection at the 2019 Cairo International Film Festival and 2020 Luxembourg City Film Festival.
Performing to a sold-out crowd of 10,000 diehard fans at the MidFlorida Amphitheater in Tampa during their 2019 Altimate Tour, Bush put on a 90-minute concert that was filmed in 4K UHD with 15 cameras to capture the show from every angle. Produced by award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media, the concert features the band’s biggest hits including “Machinehead,” “Glycerine,” “Comedown,” “Swallowed,” “Everything Zen” and their newest hit song “Bullet Holes” from the John Wick 3 soundtrack.
The thriller Ladyworld, the horror title Verotika and the rock concert title Christian Death are coming on disc in March from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.
Due March 13 on DVD plus CD is Christian Death, a rare live concert film of the band from 1990, featuring original band founder Rozz Williams on lead vocals with Eva O on vocals, Rikk Agnew on guitars, Casey Chaos on bass guitar and Vic (Cujo) on drums. Tracks include “Cavity-First Communion,” “Figurative Theater,” “Burnt Offerings,” “Do Do,” “Mysterium Iniquitis” and “Dream for Mother,” among others. The release includes a 12-page booklet.
In the mystery-thriller Ladyworld, coming on Blu-ray March 17, eight teenage girls become trapped in an endless birthday party after a massive (imaginary?) earthquake. The girls’ sanity and psyches dissolve as they run out of food and water. Eventually, they regress to their baser instincts, exploiting each other’s fears and insecurities.
Verotika, coming March 17 on in a package with Blu-ray, DVD and a bonus CD soundtrack, is a surreal and bloody horror anthology told in three tales culled from rock legend Glenn Danzig’s long-running comic imprint of the same name. The first segment tells the story of a woman with eyeballs for nipples who conjures a giant, murderous albino man-spider every time she falls asleep. In the second story, a disfigured dancer collects other women’s faces. The third and final segment is a take on the Elizabeth Bathory legend, about a countess who bathes in the blood of virgins in order to remain youthful. The trilogy is presented by a mysterious woman named Morella (Kayden Kross). The CD Soundtrack includes Danzig’s “Eyes Ripping Fire,” Ministry’s “Dancing Madly Backwards on a Sea of Air” and Jyrki 69’s “Close Your Eyes,” among others.