Emily Blunt Romance ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Available on DVD and Digital Feb. 2

The Emily Blunt romance Wild Mountain Thyme will come out on DVD and digital Feb. 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck), the film follows headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Blunt), who has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer.

Stung by his father Tony Reilly’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic romantic tale.

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Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Feb. 2

Do the Right Thing, directed by Spike Lee, will come out on 4K Ultra HD for the first time Feb. 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment timed to Black History Month.

In the 1989 film, a hot summer day in the inner city brings racial tensions to a boiling point in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood. Stars include Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Rosie Perez, John Turturro and Samuel L. Jackson.

The film earned two Oscar nominations, including one for Best Original Screenplay and a Best Supporting Actor nod for Aiello.

Extras in the combo pack include a new introduction by Lee; deleted and extended scenes; feature commentary by Lee; and a documentary featuring cast and crew.

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Netflix Acquires Animated ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’

Netflix has acquired the Sony animated film The Mitchells vs. The Machines.

The comedy follows a family who encounters a tech uprising while driving their daughter to film school. As robots and household appliances around the world start to go haywire, they have to work together to save the world.

Directed by Mike Rianda and produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the film features the voices of Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson (“Broad City”) and Maya Rudolph.

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The film originally had the title Connected.

Horror-Comedy ‘Freaky’ Coming to Digital Jan. 26, Disc Feb. 9

The Vince Vaughn horror-comedy Freaky will come out on digital Jan. 26 and Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film from Blumhouse (Happy Death Day, “The Purge” franchise), a teenage girl switches bodies with a relentless serial killer.

High school senior Millie (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) is just trying to survive being the unpopular kid when she becomes The Butcher’s (Vaughn, Wedding CrashersCouples Retreat) next target. Their fateful encounter gets twisted, and they wake up in each other’s bodies. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. With some help from her friends — Nyla (Celeste O’Connor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) and Joshua (Misha Osherovich, The Goldfinch) — and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton, Enter the Warriors Gate), Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little homecoming killing spree.

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The “Killer Switch Edition” bonus content includes deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a feature commentary with co-writer/director Christopher Landon.

Vaughn won a Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Horror Movie.

FilmRise Acquires Feature ‘Drunk Bus’

FilmRise, a film and television studio and streaming network, has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights to the coming-of-age comedy Drunk Bus.

Starring Charlie Tahan (“Ozark”), Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom,” “To The Stars”) and newcomer Pineapple Tangaroa, the film, originally to premiere at SXSW 2020, follows a young directionless campus bus driver and a punk-rock, charismatic Samoan security guard who is hired to protect him on the nightshift as drunk college students are ushered from one party to the next.

Michael (Charlie Tahan) is a recent graduate whose post-college plan is derailed when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in New York City. Stuck in Ohio without a new plan of his own, Michael finds himself caught in the endless loop of driving the “drunk bus,” the debaucherous late-night campus shuttle that ferries drunk college students from parties to the dorms and back. When the bus service hires a security guard to watch over the night shift, Michael comes face to tattooed face with Pineapple (Tangaroa), a larger-than-life punk rock Samoan who challenges him with a kick in the ass to break from the loop and start living or risk driving in circles forever.

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The film also stars Zach Cherry (“You,” “Duncanville”), Dave Hill (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Joe Pera Talks with You”), Sarah Mezzanotte (“Chambers,” “Blame”) and Tonatiuh (“Vida,” “Angelyne”) and features a cameo by My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero.

Drunk Bus won the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2020 San Diego International Film Festival from both Jury and the Audience.

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Drunk Bus is the directorial debut feature film for John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke and writer Chris Molinaro’s first produced screenplay,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “FilmRise is delighted to support these talented emerging filmmakers with the addition of this festival favorite and critically acclaimed comedy to our 2021 New Release line up.”

Comedy ‘She’s the Man’ Arriving on Blu-ray March 2 for 15th Anniversary

The Amanda Bynes comedy She’s the Man will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time March 2, from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 15th anniversary.

In addition to Bynes, the cast of She’s the Man includes Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Laura Ramsey (Lords of Dogtown), Robert Hoffman (“90210”) and Alexandra Breckenridge (“This Is Us”). In the film, Viola (Bynes), disguised as her twin brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), joins the high school boys’ soccer team and ends up helping them win the big game. She also unexpectedly falls for Duke (Channing Tatum), the star forward.

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The Blu-ray includes access to a digital copy and previously released bonus content, including commentary by Bynes, Tatum, Ramsey, Hoffman and Breckenridge, director Andy Fickman and co-writer/producer Ewan “Jack” Leslie; a second commentary with Leslie and producer Lauren Shuler Donner;  “Making The Man”; “The Troupe”;  “Inspired By Shakespeare’s …”; nine deleted scenes with optional commentary by Bynes, Fickman and Leslie; a gag reel; a cast photo album; “Shakespeare, Soccer and Such Trivia Track”; and the  “Let Go” music video by David Lichens.

The film will also be available in the new Girls Rule 3-Movie Blu-ray Collection, which will also arrive March 2 and includes Mean GirlsClueless, and She’s the Man.

Animated Films ‘Boboiboy: The Movie’ and ‘Saving Sally’ Available on DVD From MVD

The Asian animated films Boboiboy: The Movie and Saving Sally are available on DVD From MVD Entertainment Group and Synergetic Distribution.

In Boboiboy: The Movie, alien treasure hunters named The Tengkotak have arrived on earth and kidnapped Ochobot in order to use him to locate an ancient and powerful Power Sphere. BoBoiBoy and his super friends must race against time to save Ochobot and uncover the secrets behind the Sfera Kuasa. The second film in the series, BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes, is slated for theatrical release in December 2020. The first film has been broadcast in more than 70 countries, but this is the first time it has been released in the United States.

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In Saving Sally, Marty, an aspiring comic-book artist, secretly loves his gadget inventor best friend, Sally, and fantasizes about saving her from the big bad world. The film won the Audience Award at Lund Fantastic, the Jury Award at Fantasporto, Special Mention at Brussels Fantasy, Best Family Film at Bentonville and Children’s Choice at Metro Manila.

Netflix Drops Trailer on Its Comedic Take on 2020

Many people would count 2020 among the worst years in recent history. Now Netflix has made a comedy about it called “Death to 2020,” which launches Dec. 27. Created by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, the team behind the Netflix original series “Black Mirror,” the documentary-style program features well-known actors (Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant and Lisa Kudrow, among others) playing characters reminiscing about the dreadful 12-month period that saw the birth of a pandemic, economic loss and politics on steroids, among other issues.

“Those who only know me through ‘Black Mirror’ may not realize that when not writing speculative sci-fi about people frowning at smartphones, I’ve spent years making comedy shows in the U.K. — including many topical comedy specials,” Brooker said in a statement.

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Brooker said “Death to 2020” features fictional characters discussing real events in a “bombastic” mockumentary, that he said is quite a bit sillier than the title would suggest.

“It felt like an apt format for Netflix, which is known for high-end documentaries, but also like a good opportunity to create a different kind of comedy special that deals with the year head-on, while also showcasing some brilliant performers,” Brooker said.

Buddy Comedy ‘The Climb’ Coming to Digital and Disc Jan. 19

The buddy comedy The Climb will come out on digital, DVD, and Blu-ray Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film takes a humorous look at the toxic lifelong friendship of Mike and Kyle. While Kyle is kind and a bit of a pushover, Mike is a train wreck, who, despite his affection for Kyle, always seems to sabotage Kyle’s relationships. Told through a series of vignettes, Kyle struggles to deal with the fact that his best friend might just be the worst person for him.

Extras include filmmaker commentary, the original short film, and deleted and alternate scenes.

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‘Kid Detective’ Coming to Disc and Digital Jan. 19 From Sony

The dark comedy The Kid Detective will come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A once-celebrated kid detective (Adam Brody, TV’s “The O.C.”), now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naïve client (Sophie Nélisse, The Book Thief) brings him his first adult case — to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.

The film also stars Tzi Ma, Wendy Crewson and Sarah Sutherland.

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