Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek star in the comedy The Old Man & the Gun, coming to digital (including Movies Anywhere) Jan. 1 and Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 15 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The film follows the mostly true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford) — from his daring prison escape at age 70 to an unprecedented string of bank heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck) and Jewel (Spacek), the woman loves him despite his criminal ways.
Special features on disc include:
“Everything Else We Shot”;
“Joining the Hunt”;
audio commentary by writer/director David Lowery; and
Recalling the VHS rental era when the video store reigned, Mill Creek Entertainment in January will release on Blu-ray Disc six of the time periods’ classics, featuring such stars as John Candy, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Sporting retro art mimicking the VHS release, the Blu-ray collection includes Happy Birthday to Me, Silent Rage, Last Action Hero, Hardbodies, Who’s Harry Crumb? and Krull.
The mystery-shocker Happy Birthday to Me (1981) follows popular high school senior Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson), who survives a freak accident, but suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. As she attempts to resume a normal life, something terrible is happening — her friends are ruthlessly murdered one-by-one. Will she be the next victim or is she the killer? The terrifying truth is finally uncovered at Virginia’s 18th birthday party.
The release is restored with the original soundtrack.
Chuck Norris, six-time World Karate Champion, stars in Silent Rage (1982), his first suspense film, as the tough, street-fighting sheriff of a small Texas town terrorized by a psychotic killer. He is faced with the dilemma of stopping the invincible murderer, made virtually indestructible through genetic engineering. A young group of researchers are responsible for developing the serum, and the head of the research institute is determined to continue the genetic experiments regardless of the consequences. Norris’s sheriff singlehandedly routs a dozen brutal bikers from a truck stop hangout, while rekindling an old romance with Alison Halman (Toni Kalem), a researcher at the institute.
In Last Action Hero (1993), young movie fan Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) knows the first three Jack Slater movies by heart, and the fourth one is just about to be released. With the aid of a magical ticket, while watching the opening action sequence during an advance screening, Danny is transported into the movie. On the other side of the silver screen, Danny becomes the sidekick of Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger), the toughest cop on the police force. Complications arise when one of the bad guys takes Danny’s magic ticket and escapes out of the movie into the real world. Danny and his hero must chase the arch villain in the real world, a world where evil guys can actually win.
The film, which includes the song “Big Gun” written for the film by AC/DC, features a number of cameo appearances by stars inlcuding Chevy Chase, Jim Belushi, Sharon Stone, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Damon Wayans.
In the classic teen comedy Hardbodies (1984), three middle-aged geezers move into a swinging beach house and hire a young stud to teach them how to score with the local beauties. The ‘80s band Vixen and hundreds of Southern California swimsuit models co-star in the cult comedy originally made for broadcast on the Playboy Channel but picked up for theatrical release by Columbia. Stars include Grant Cramer, Teal Roberts, Courtney Gains, Kane Hodder and Gary Wood.
The sci-fi fantasy Krull (1983) explores a mystical time and place that belongs to neither the past nor the present, where extraordinary creatures of myth work their incredible magic, and where a horrific, omnipotent Beast is the ruler. Prince Colwyn sets out on a daring mission to rescue his young bride who is held captive by the Beast, but slayers and alien beings under the command of the Beast oppose him at every turn. Colwyn must first reach a faraway cavern to recover the legendary Glaive, a flying blade capable of phenomenal powers.
Directed by Oscar nominee Peter Yates, the film stars Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Liam Neeson and Francesca Annis.
In Who’s Harry Crumb? (1989), John Candy stars as the bumbling private eye Crumb. When Harry, the last of the great sleuthing Crumbs, finally gets a shot at a frontpage kidnapping, it’s only because his boss Eliot Draisen (Jeffrey Jones) doesn’t want the case solved. At stake is the gorgeous daughter of multi-millionaire P.J. Downing, a $10 million ransom, and Draisen’s mistress (Annie Potts). Attired in a bizarre array of goofball disguises, from a Hungarian hairdresser to a hefty housewife, Harry is determined to crack the case.
Sling TV has launched two a la carte channels — Comedy Dynamics and DOGTV — that can be purchased with or without a base subscription at $5 each per month.
Comedy Dynamics features one of the largest independent stand-up comedy libraries in the country, according to Sling TV. It features such comedians as Bob Saget, Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish as well as shows such as “Coming to the Stage” and feature films such as Adventures in Comedy and Chee and T. Current customers can sample promotional titles available for free from Comedy Dynamics by going to “Sling Central” in the channel guide, and former customers can access the promotional titles on Roku devices by reopening their Sling TV app and viewing the “Free Shows from Premium Channels” ribbon on “My TV.”
DOGTV is a TV experience just for dogs. The veterinarian-recommended TV channel features programming designed to stimulate and comfort dogs. “DOGTV has been proven to support a dog’s natural behavior pattern and improve their well-being,” according to Sling TV. Categories are designed around a dog’s mood, such as “Relaxation,” “Stimulation” and “Exposure.”
Comedy Dynamics and DOGTV join Sling’s library of individual channel offerings, which includes Showtime, CuriosityStream, Grokker, Stingray Karaoke, Docurama and NBA League Pass.
The comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, arrives on digital Oct. 16 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD, and on demand Oct. 30 from Lionsgate.
The comedic action film earned $33.3 million in theaters.
In the film, Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Also starring in the film are Justin Theroux (The Girl on the Train, TV’s “The Leftovers”), Hasan Minhaj (TV’s “The Daily Show”) and Sam Heughan (TV’s “Outlander”).
Special features include deleted scenes, outtakes and four making-of featurettes. The 4K release includes Dolby Vision HDR. The release also features Dolby Atmos sound.
The basketball comedy Uncle Drew arrives on digital Sept. 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD and on demand Sept. 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company.
Based on the Pepsi web series, the film tells the tale of a young team owner and Uncle Drew rounding up Drew’s old basketball squad to prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win. The film stars NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving (“Uncle Drew” Web Series); Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, TV’s “Friends of the People” and “The Carmichael Show”); four-time NBA champion and Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal (The LEGO Movie, Scary Movie 4); five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber (Unexpected, Like Mike); five-time NBA All-Star, Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold medalist Reggie Miller (He Got Game, Forget Paris); three-time NBA slam-dunk champion Nate Robinson (TV’s “Mike & Mike” and “Ridiculousness”); NAACP Award-winner Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5, You Can’t Fight Christmas, TV’s “Survivor’s Remorse”); two-time WNBA champion, three-time WNBA MVP, four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie (Think Like a Man, Martin, Inconceivable); Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, Keanu, TV’s “The Carmichael Show”); and Nick Kroll (Sausage Party, Sing, TV’s “The League”).
Special features on 4K, Blu-ray and digital include seven deleted scenes; three behind-the-scenes featurettes; an animated short; and an audio commentary with director Charles Stone III. Special features on the DVD include two behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Both the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and the standard Blu-ray disc will feature Dolby Atmos audio.
In a first for Netflix, the SVOD pioneer is joining SiriusXM to create a satellite radio-based comedy channel, dubbed “Netflix is a Joke Radio,” launching in early 2019.
The channel would be used largely as a marketing tool for Netflix’s expanding list of stand-up comedies – including this year’s “Chris Rock: Tamborine,” according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the move.
Netflix has a long history producing original stand-up specials, including most-recently with Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle. It also streams original comedy-themed shows with Michelle Wolf, Norm Macdonald, Joel McHale and David Letterman. Previous original comedy shows featured Aziz Ansari and Chelsea Handler.
“We look forward to creating one-of-a-kind exclusive original comedy programming with existing and new Netflix talent,” Scott Greenstein, chief content officer at SiriusXM, said in a statement.
“Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas,” a topical docu-series from comedian and writer Wyatt Cenac (“The Daily Show with John Stewart”), will be available for digital download July 16 from HBO Home Entertainment.
The show is the latest addition to HBO’s late-night slate, which also includes “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Covering a wide-range of social and cultural issues, the show is divided into four segments: a top-of-show segment that breaks down an issue with an eye toward problem solving; a second comedic segment that field tests solutions to social annoyances of daily life; a third segment consisting of a serialized “deep dive” into an issue to play out over the course of the season; and a wrap-up “call to action” that encourages the audience to keep the conversation going on social media.
Life of the Party, starring Melissa McCarthy as a divorced mom who goes back to college, arrives on digital (including Movies Anywhere) July 24 and Blu-ray combo pack and DVD Aug. 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
On Aug. 7, Life of the Party will also be made available digitally on VOD services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into reset by going back to college, landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea.
The film also stars Gillian Jacobs (Don’t Think Twice, “Love,” “Community”), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Matt Walsh (“Veep,” Ghostbusters), Molly Gordon (Love the Coopers, “Animal Kingdom”), Stephen Root (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, “Animal Kingdom”), Jessie Ennis (“Better Call Saul”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective,” “Emerald City”), Debby Ryan (“Jessie”) and Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”). McCarthy and director Ben Falcone co-wrote the screenplay and produced through their production company On the Day Production.
Life of the Party will be available on Blu-ray combo pack at $35.99 (with DVD and digital) and DVD at $28.98.
Special features on the Blu-ray combo pack include “’80s Party,” “Mom Sandwich,” “ Line-O-Rama,” “Bill Hate-O-Rama,” a gag reel and deleted scenes. Special features on the DVD include “’80s Party.”
Tully, starring Charlize Theron, will come out on digital July 17 and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and On Demand July 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
In the comedy from director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), Theron plays a mother of three who finds a savior in the form of a night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) with whom she develops a special connection. The film also stars Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, “Togetherness”) and Ron Livingston (The End of the Tour, Office Space).
Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD and digital include “The Relationships of Tully” featurette, in which the filmmakers and cast unravel how the characters grow throughout the events of the film.
The film is also available digitally on Movies Anywhere.