‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut,’ ‘Team America: World Police’ Due on 4K June 25

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Team American: World Police, from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, will be released on 4K Ultra HD June 25 for their 25th and 20th anniversaries, respectively, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

On June 30, 1999, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker unleashed their animated “South Park” characters on the big screen for the first time, holding up a mirror to society with their razor-sharp wit and asking the all-important question: “What would Brian Boitano do?” In the film, Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman sneak into an ‘R’-rated movie to see their favorite Canadian superstars. When their parents find out, they declare war on Canada. Now the boys have to stand up to their parents, stop World War III, and get Satan back to Hell before he destroys the world. 

The 25th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo includes legacy bonus content, access to a digital copy of the film, and — for the first time — the sing-a-long version of the film.  Bonus content on Blu-ray includes commentary by Matt Stone and Trey Parker; the “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” music video; and theatrical trailers.

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the sing-a-long version of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut will debut in select theaters on June 23 and June 26.  Tickets for this special engagement presented by Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures can be purchased at www.fathomevents.com or at participating theater box offices.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Team American: World Police, which will also make its 4K Ultra HD debut on June 25.  Using puppetry techniques inspired by Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation sagas, Parker and Stone skewer U.S. politics and celebrity activism with their controversial satire about a high-tech international law enforcement agency that recruits a renowned Broadway thespian to help them mount a series of ill-conceived anti-terrorist campaigns. Parker and Stone provide voices along with Kristen Miller and Daran Norris.

The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo includes access to a digital copy of the film, the uncensored and unrated cut of the film on Blu-ray, as well as legacy bonus content including “Team America: An Introduction”; “Building the World”; “Crafting the Puppets”; “Pulling the Strings”; “Capturing the Action”; “Miniature Pyrotechnics”; “Up Close with Kim Jong-Il”; “Dressing Room Test”; “Puppet Test”; deleted/extended scenes and outtakes; animated storyboards; and the theatrical trailers.

Team America: World Police

Netflix to Live-Stream Tom Brady Comedy Roast on May 5

Netflix is set to roast seven-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady live on May 5 as part of the streamer’s “Netflix Is a Joke Fest” comedy event May 2-12 across 30 venues in Los Angeles.

Dubbed “The Greatest Roast of All Time: Tom Brady,” and hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, the event aims to be Netflix’s first-ever live unedited and uncensored program. It begins at 5 p.m. PST from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.

The special will feature numerous celebrities and comedians taking shots at Brady, who retired for good from the NFL in February 2023.

Brady is no stranger to comedy, having appeared in cameos on movies (Ted 2, 80 For Brady) and Dunkin Donuts’ Super Bowl commercial with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, among others appearances.

“No Helmets. No Mercy. No Brady Rule,” Hart says on the the 40-second AI-generated YouTube trailer. “No F…. Problem,” Brady responds. “I’m Unroastable.”

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1978 Parody ‘Hardware Wars’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD April 23

The 1978 parody Hardware Wars will be released on Blu-ray and DVD April 23 from MVD Entertainment Group in its MVD Rewind collection.

In the film, Fluke Starbucker (Scott Mathews) must learn to master the power of “The Farce” with help from Artie Deco, 4-Q-2 (Frank Robertson), Princess Anne-Droid (Cindy Furgatch), Ham Salad (Bob Knickerbocker), and the rest of the Red Eye Knights.

Writer-director Ernie Fosselius (former member of “The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo” who went on to work on the cult classic films Spaceballs and Robocop 2) created the very first “Star Wars” parody complete with cardboard sets and visible wires (holding up ships which were various household appliances). The film was shot over four days with a budget of around $8,000. Nearly 50 years later, the original version of this classic short that George Lucas called his “favorite Star Wars parody” (in a 1999 interview on the U.K.’s “The Big Breakfast” TV show) has been restored in high definition.

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Special features include audio commentary with Fosselius; the Hardware Wars directors cut; the Hardware Wars prequel featurette; the Hardware Wars foreign version; a 1978 creature features interview with Fosselius; the “Hardware Wars Saves Christmas” featurette; an awards reel; the Hardware Wars trailer; “Porklips Now,”a  1980 parody of Apocalypse Now from Fosselius; “Plan 9.1 From Outer Space,” a 2009 parody remake of Plan 9 From Outer Space with puppets from Fosselius; reversible artwork; a collectible mini-poster; and a limited edition slipcover (first pressing only).

Comedy ‘East Bay’ Headed to Theaters April 26, On Demand May 31 From Level 33

The comedy East Bay will be released in theaters April 26 and via on demand May 31 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The unexpectedly uplifting comedy follows a 39-year-old man who is forced to accept he’s a failure and starts having hallucinations that make him question reality. He turns to his friends, whose lives also haven’t exactly gone as planned.

The film stars Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians, Hustlers, ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat”), Kavi Ramachandran Ladnier (CBS Crime Series “NCIS: Los Angeles,” Cold Pressed), Daniel Yoon (Post Concussion), Edmund Sim, Destry Miller (Post Concussion), Melissa Pond (The 4 Corners), Dougald Park (Bruce Almighty, The Last Ship) and Jennifer Chang (What If He Wins).

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Comedic Nixon Tape Thriller ’18 1/2′ Available on DVD From MVD

The comedic thriller 18 1/2, a fictional story about President Richard Nixon’s tapes, was released April 9 on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, in 1974, a White House transcriber is thrust into the Watergate scandal when she obtains the only copy of the infamous 18½ minute gap in Nixon’s tapes.

Directed by Dan Mirvish, the comedic thriller stars Willa Fitzgerald (“The Fall of the House of Usher”), John Magaro (Past Lives), Vondie Curtis Hall (“Daredevil”), Catherine Curtin (“Stranger Things”), Richard Kind (Inside Out) and Sullivan Jones (“The Gilded Age”) with the voices of Ted Raimi (Spider-Man) as General Al Haig, Jon Cryer (“Two and Half Men”) as H.R. “Bob” Haldeman and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) as President Richard Nixon.

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Special features include:

  • audio commentary from director Dan Mirvish and screenwriter Daniel Moya;
  • “Covid 18½: The Making of a Film in a Global Pandemic,”a feature-length, behind-the-scenes documentary including interviews with Willa Fitzgerald, John Magaro, Bruce Campbell, Richard Kind and more;
  • audio of full Nixon tape with Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi and Jon Cryer;
  • Lloyd Kaufman at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kan.;
  • an alternate scene;
  • the theatrical release promo with director Dan Mirvish;
  • the original theatrical trailer;
  • spoiler-filled international trailer; and
  • the live audience track from the World Premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Netflix Launching Six-Episode Live Special With Comedian John Mulaney

Netflix April 8 announced it would debut the six-episode “John Mulaney Presents: Everybody’s in L.A.” beginning May 3, featuring special guests and field pieces shot live in Los Angeles during the streamer’s “Netflix Is a Joke” live comedy festival May 2-12, featuring more than 300 live stand-up shows, special events, table reads, and sketches.

Additional episodes, which will focus on famous and not-famous people in Los Angeles, will stream nightly from May 6-10. All new episodes debut at 7 p.m. PT.

Mulaney, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer, is the host, co-showrunner and executive producer of the series. Ashley Edens serves as co-showrunner and executive producer Dave Ferguson is the head writer. Mulaney will also be at the Hollywood Bowl on May 4 as part of the festival. 

The series continues the partnership between Mulaney and Netflix. He has starred in three Netflix stand-up specials: “John Mulaney: Baby J” (2023), “The Comeback Kid” (2015) and “Kid Gorgeous” (2018).

Netflix also premiered Mulaney’s variety special “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” in 2019. Mulaney won Emmys for “John Mulaney: Baby J” and “Kid Gorgeous.”

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Ethan Coen’s Road Trip Caper ‘Drive Away Dolls’ Due on Peacock April 12, on Disc April 23

The road trip caper Drive-Away Dolls, the solo directorial debut of Academy Award winner Ethan Coen (The Ballad of Buster ScruggsThe Big Lebowski), will be released on the streaming service Peacock and for standard digital purchase (after a premium run) April 12, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned $6.4 million at the global box office.
 
The comedy stars Primetime Emmy Award nominee Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers), Matt Damon (Oppenheimer, Ford v Ferrari), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Pedro Pascal (“The Last of Us”), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart, Lady Bird), Colman Domingo (The Color Purple, Sing Sing) and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bill Camp ( “The Queen’s Gambit,” “The Night Of”).
 
Written by Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, the film follows Jamie (Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian (Viswanathan), who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.

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Bonus features on digital, DVD and Blu-ray include:

  • “The Drive-Away Gang,” in which the cast and filmmakers discuss their roles, getting into character, and the cameo appearances;
  • Drive-Away Dolls: An Ethan and Tricia Project,” in which Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke discuss what inspired them to write this story, why they waited 20 years to bring it to life, and what it was like working together on a project from start to finish for the first time; and
  • “Road Trip Essentials.”

‘American Society of Magical Negroes’ Available for Premium Digital Purchase and Rental April 2

Focus Features’ satire The American Society of Magical Negroes will be available for premium digital sale and rental April 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
 
The comedy, which earned $2.4 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 Kingdom, Pokemon: 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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Sony to Bow Dramedy ‘Downtown Owl’ Digitally April 23

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the dramedy Downtown Owl for digital purchase April 23.

In the film, searching for a break from her cosmopolitan life in Milwaukee, Julia Rabia (Lily Rabe) arrives in the closeknit Reagan-era town of Owl, North Dakota, for a one-semester high school teaching job. But when the small town turns out to be a wonderland of second-string poets, smoldering Marlboro Men, and a social hierarchy that echoes high school, Julia doesn’t know if she’s come to town to get away from home or to find it.

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Ed Harris, Vanessa Hudgens, Henry Golding and Finn Wittrock also star in this Great Plains dark dramedy directed by Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater and based on the novel by Chuck Klosterman.

 

Comedy ‘Book of Clarence’ Due on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 26

The comedy The Book of Clarence will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, streetwise but struggling, Clarence (LaKeith Stanfield) is trying to find a better life for himself and his family, make himself worthy to the woman he loves, and prove that he’s not a nobody. Captivated by the power and glory of the rising Messiah and his apostles, he risks everything to carve his own path to a divine life, a journey through which he finds redemption and faith, power and knowledge.

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Special features include:

  • commentary with Jeymes Samuel and LaKeith Stanfield
  • “Band of Brothers: Meet the Cast”
  • “Song of Songs: An Epic Collaboration”
  • “The Gospel of Jeymes: On the Set with Jeymes Samuel”
  • “Book 4: Making the Film”
  • deleted scenes (on Blu-ray and digital only)

 

The film has been available through digital retailers since Feb. 6.