May 3 New Releases on Disc Include ‘Turning Red,’ ‘Blacklight’

Titles new to DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 3 include Turning Red and Blacklight.

Disney and Pixar’s animated Turning Red will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. In the film, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei (voice of Rosalie Chiang) must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom (voice of Sandra Oh) is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda. Turning Red debuted for streaming on Disney+.

The Liam Neeson action thriller Blacklight will be released on Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Briarcliff Entertainment, the film follows a troubled off-the-books agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy. Travis Block (Neeson), a freelance government “fixer,” is a dangerous man whose assignments have included extracting agents out of deep-cover situations. He knows his hands are dirty, but he’s aiming to change. When an agent is killed after infiltrating a group espousing violent societal upheaval, Block discovers a shadowy program called Operation Unity is striking down ordinary citizens for reasons known only to Block’s boss, FBI chief Robinson (Aidan Quinn). As Block gets closer to the truth, he enlists the help of a journalist (Emmy Raver-Lampman), but his past and present collide when his daughter and granddaughter are threatened. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release DC Showcase — Constantine: The House of Mystery on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD digital download May 3. The ‘R’-rated collection of animated short films features stories based on DC Comics’ library of characters. Matt Ryan reprises his live-action and animated role as the Hellblazer himself in Constantine: The House of Mystery. In the all-new short, John Constantine wakes up in the eerie House of Mystery with no recollection of how he got there. Camilla Luddington and Ray Chase reprise their roles from Justice League Dark: Apokolips War as Zatanna and Jason Blood/Etrigan, respectively, while Robin Atkin Downes and Damian O’Hare reprise their roles from Constantine: City of Demons as Negral and Chas, respectively. In addition, Grey Griffin and Lou Diamond Phillips join the cast of the short, which is directed by Matt Peters (Injustice) from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush). The collection will also include the shorts Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!, The Losers and Blue Beetle, which were previously released as companions to recent DC Universe animated movies. Also included as an extra is the featurette “DC Showcase: One Story at a Time,” a look at the history of the animated shorts with interviews from producer Rick Morales and directors Matt Peters and Milo Neuman as they explore the featured heroes and villains, the comics that inspired them, and these adventures’ place in the bigger picture of the DC animated universe.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment May 3 will release The Good Fight: Season Five on DVD. Emmy Award winners Christine Baranski (“Cybill”) and Audra McDonald (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — In Concert with the New York Philharmonic”) return in the latest season of the Paramolunt+ series. Diane (Baranski) is forced to question whether it’s appropriate for her to help run an African American law firm with Liz (McDonald) when the firm loses two of its top lawyers. Meanwhile, Marissa (Sarah Steele, “The Good Wife”) and the firm become entangled with Hal Wackner (Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland,” The Princess Bride), a regular Chicagoan who decides to open his own courtroom in the back of a copy shop. The series also stars Delroy Lindo, Charmaine Bingwa (Black Box), Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike & Molly”), Zach Grenier (Fight Club), Michael Boatman (“Spin City”). Guest stars include Emmy Award winners Wanda Sykes (“The Chris Rock Show”), Wayne Brady (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Jane Curtin (“Kate & Allie”) and Emmy Award nominees Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) and Ben Vereen (Intruders). The three-disc collection features all 10 episodes from the fifth season, as well as an exclusive gag reel and deleted scenes.

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Kino Lorber May 3 releases the 1971 Italian crime drama Sacco & Vanzetti, from director Giuliano Montaldo, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Issued under the indie film distributor’s Studio Classics label, the Sacco & Vanzetti DVD carries a suggested retail price of $19.95, while the Blu-ray Disc retails for $29.95. The film stars Gian Maria Volontè, Riccardo Cucciolla, Milo O’Shea, Cyril Cusack and William Prince. The new DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases include both the English and the Italian audio tracks as well as optional English subtitles. Cucciolla and Volontè are Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. In 1920 Boston, the two — known for their anarchist beliefs — stand accused of robbery and murder. Their political leanings are used as evidence against them, but defense attorney Fred Moore (O’Shea) is convinced of their innocence. As anti-immigrant and anti-radical sentiments run high, one of the most polarizing trials in U.S. history unfolds.

Shout! Studios and Shout! Factory May 3 release Dinosaur World, a 2020 Chinese film from director Ryan Bellgardt. The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and on digital platforms. Dinosaur World chronicles the story of a deadly game with a life-changing prize, when a group of contestants come together to take part in a competition held in a virtual reality realm ruled by dinosaurs. The players quickly find that their initial goals of shifting alliances and jockeying for victory become secondary to the ultimate goal: survival. 

The documentary Alien Abduction: Answers will be released for digital purchase and VOD May 3 from Virgil Films. The documentary follows John Yost, who had a frightening experience one summer as a young child, something so awful that his parents could hardly make out his terrifying account of what happened. A series of doctor’s visits and medical examinations could not conclude exactly what had occurred, but the memories would never leave him. Yost had a Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind. Despite this, he later married, raised children and lived a happy life except for his obsessive preoccupation with home security, paralyzing fear of open skies or deep water, and his abiding sense that he was being watched.  Alien Abduction: Answers follows Yost as he discovers that there are literally hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life all over the globe who have experienced something similar. Viewers witness a dramatization of his encounter as a boy, and through a technique called Quantum Hypnotherapy, they “sit-in” while a highly skilled therapist with more than 40 years of experience guides him back to that summer evening where we finally discover what really happened, where he went, and what he learned. It arrives on DVD June 21.

Mutiny Pictures’ documentary To Decadence with Love, Thanks for Everything! will be released through digital retailers May 3 from Distribution Solutions. Directed by Stuart Sox, the documentary follows the intimate and personal experience of professional drag queens Laveau Contraire and Franky Canga as they prepare for a weekend at the Southern Decadence festival in New Orleans. Founded 50 years ago, Southern Decadence now boasts more than 300,000 LGBTQ attendees over one weekend throughout the lively streets of New Orleans’ French Quarters. The film, which takes a deep look into queer culture and the strength of community in the South, was a New Orleans Film Festival 2021 Winner and was featured at the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival 2021.

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

New ‘Constantine’ Animated Short Anchors Latest ‘DC Showcase’ Collection

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release DC Showcase — Constantine: The House of Mystery on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD digital download May 3.

The ‘R’-rated collection of animated short films features stories based on DC Comics’ library of characters.

Matt Ryan reprises his live-action and animated role as the Hellblazer himself in Constantine: The House of Mystery. In the all-new short, John Constantine wakes up in the eerie House of Mystery with no recollection of how he got there. Camilla Luddington and Ray Chase reprise their roles from Justice League Dark: Apokolips War as Zatanna and Jason Blood/Etrigan, respectively, while Robin Atkin Downes and Damian O’Hare reprise their roles from Constantine: City of Demons as Negral and Chas, respectively. In addition, Grey Griffin and Lou Diamond Phillips join the cast of the short, which is directed by Matt Peters (Injustice) from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush).

The collection will also include the shorts Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!, The Losers and Blue Beetle, which were previously released as companions to recent DC Universe animated movies.

Also included as an extra is the featurette “DC Showcase: One Story at a Time,” a look at the history of the animated shorts with interviews from producer Rick Morales and directors Matt Peters and Milo Neuman as they explore the featured heroes and villains, the comics that inspired them, and these adventures’ place in the bigger picture of the DC animated universe.

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Warner Bros. Animation Announces Four New DC Comics Short Films

Warner Bros. has announced that the next four DC Showcase animated short films for release by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2021 and 2022 will focus on DC Comics characters Kamandi, The Losers, Blue Beetle and Constantine.

Warner Bros. Animation has been producing DC Showcase shorts for home video release since 2010, with previous entries focused on characters such as Catwoman, Shazam, Green Arrow, Adam Strange, The Spectre, Jonah Hex, Sgt. Rock, The Phantom Stranger and Death. The series also includes last year’s interactive Batman: Death in the Family.

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The first of the new shorts will be Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!, a post-apocalyptic thriller to be attached as a bonus feature to Justice Society: World War II in Spring 2021.

The Losers and Blue Beetle shorts will also be released as extras on future DC Universe animated movies, while the Constantine short will serve as the anchor for a compilation set to be distributed in 2022.

‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ Season 5 on Disc Sept. 22

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 22. All 15 episodes from the season will also be available through digital retailers.

The season finale airs on the CW June 2.

Based on DC Comics characters, “Legends of Tomorrow” follows a group of misfit heroes as they fight, talk, and sing their way through protecting history from aberrations, anomalies, and anything else that threatens to mess up the timeline. In the fifth season, evil figures from history are returning from hell to cause havoc, leading the Legends to round up the reanimated souls and uncovering a supernatural plot in which the fate of the world and the free will of mankind is at stake.

The cast includes Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan, Courtney Ford, Olivia Swann, Nick Zano and Dominic Purcell, plus Matt Ryan reprising his role as John Constantine.

Extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel and a “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Post Production Theater” featurette.

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The season began with the concluding chapter of the five-part “Crisis on Infinite Earth” crossover with other CW superhero series, completing the story from “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Batwoman.”

The Blu-ray edition will include a limited-edition bonus disc with all five “Crisis” episodes and six tie-in featurettes (the disc is also available with the concurrent Blu-ray seasons of the other shows involved in the crossover).

‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Season Four on Disc Sept. 24

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 24 (order date Aug. 20).

The season deals with the Legends fighting the forces of magic and myth.

The cast includes Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan, Courtney Ford, Ramona Young, Nick Zano and Dominic Purcell. In addition, Matt Ryan reprises his role as the title character from “Constantine.”

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The Blu-ray and DVD includes all 16 episodes, plus deleted scenes, a gag reel, and the featurettes “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary Storytelling” and “Post Production Theater.” The Blu-ray will include 1080p HD video with DTS-HD master audio for English 5.1.

The fourth season is currently available to own digitally, and a digital copy is included with the Blu-ray.

Warner Releasing ‘Constantine: City of Demons’ Oct. 9

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the ‘R’-rated animated feature-length Constantine: City of Demons on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally Oct. 9.

Matt Ryan returns to voice occult detective John Constantine after portraying the character in both live-action on NBC’s “Constantine” and the CW’s “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” and in the animated movie Justice League Dark.

The movie finds Constantine facing supernatural obstacles to save the soul of the comatose daughter of his friend Chas.

City of Demons was initially presented as a series of animated shorts through the CW Seed website. The movie version includes more than an hour of new footage, including the climax. Warner previously used this approach with its 2017 Vixen animated movie.

The UHD combo pack will include the 4K and regular Blu-rays of the film, while the Blu-ray combo pack will include a Blu-ray and DVD. Both combo packs include a digital copy code.

Extras include the featurette “The Sorcerer’s Occultist: Understanding John Constantine” and video from the City of Demons panel at WonderCon 2018.