Season One of ‘Justified: City Primeval’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 14

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release season one of the FX series “Justified: City Primeval” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 14.

In the series, having left the hollers of Kentucky 15 years ago, Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) now lives in Miami, a walking anachronism balancing his life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 15-year-old girl. His hair is greyer, his hat is dirtier, and the road in front of him is suddenly a lot shorter than the road behind.
A chance encounter on a desolate Florida highway sends him to Detroit. There he crosses paths with Clement Mansell, aka The Oklahoma Wildman, a violent, sociopathic desperado who’s already slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s finest once and aims to do so again. Mansell’s lawyer, formidable Motor City native Carolyn Wilder, has every intention of representing her client, even as she finds herself caught in between cop and criminal, with her own game afoot as well. These three characters set out on a collision course in classic Elmore Leonard fashion, to see who makes it out of the City Primeval alive.

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Crime Thriller ‘Liar’s Poker’ Due on Blu-ray Sept. 26 From BayView

BayView Entertainment will release the crime thriller Liar’s Poker on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 26.

In the film, Jack (Richard Tyson), a manipulative power player, and his business associates share a volatile relationship. Club owner Vic (Jimmy Blondell), playboy Niko (Paul Sloane) and stooge Freddy (Flea) are all indebted to Jack in one way or another — and he won’t let them forget it. He has connections that could end a career, a relationship — or a life. So, when his wife turns up dead and his accountant turns up missing, Jack’s associates know he’s out for blood.

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Liar’s Poker won six awards at the Chicago Film Fest, including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Cinematography.


Season Two of ‘Blindspotting’ Due on Digital Oct. 2 From Lionsgate

Season two of the comedic crime drama “Blindspotting” arrives on digital Oct. 2 from Lionsgate.

In season two, Miles and Ashley may be married, but Miles is still adjusting to life behind bars while his mom tries to make Ashley feel welcome. Picking up six months after Ashley and Miles’s prison nuptials in the season one finale, Ashley is doing backflips to try and raise Sean on her own. She is reaching her breaking point and is taking it out on everyone around her. Miles is adjusting to life on the inside and counting down the days before their first family visitation weekend at San Quentin. Rainey is doing her best to make Ashley and Sean feel at home while trying to find a way to stay connected to her son behind bars, but Ashley holds all the cards.

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The cast includes Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton, Monsters and Men, TV’s “Mrs. Fletcher”), Jaylen Barron (The Bachelors, TV’s “Free Rein,” “Shameless”), Candace Nicholas-Lippman (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Good Trouble”), Benjamin Earl Turner (We Were Hyphy, TV’s “Snowfall”), Rafael Casal (TV’s “The Good Lord Bird,” “Bad Education,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”), Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets, Twister, TV’s “Mad About You”), and LeVar Burton (Star Trek: Generations, TV’s “Star Trek: Picard,” “Roots”).

Chinese Crime Drama ‘Caught in Time’ Due on Blu-ray May 30 From BayView

The Chinese crime drama Caught in Time will be released on Blu-ray Disc May 30 from BayView Entertainment.

Based on real-life events from the 1990s, the film follows a ruthless gang that manages to pull off several high-risk, high-reward heists, meticulously planned out and executed over nearly a decade. When a police detective thinks he’s figured out their pattern, the head of the gang (Daniel Wu) starts to openly taunt him, resulting in a race to the ultimate showdown between cops and robbers.

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FilmRise, Blue Ant International Co-Produce, Distribute Original True Crime Series ‘Killers: Caught on Camera’

New York-based film and TV studio and streaming network FilmRise Jan. 24 announced a co-production and distribution deal with Blue Ant International for a new true crime series with a voyeuristic twist, “Killers: Caught on Camera.”

The 10-episode true crime series aims to give viewers a front-row seat to footage and analysis of bad decisions and acts of pure evil, according to a FilmRise press release.

“[The series is] captivating … and we are confident that it will be another favorite among this genre’s audience,” Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co- productions of FilmRise, said in a statement.

The series was co-developed between Blue Ant and back2back productions, with additional financing from CBS Reality, Seven.One Entertainment Group and Viaplay Group. FilmRise secured all exclusive distribution rights in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. CBS Reality secured exclusive broadcast rights in the United Kingdom and Africa.

The series incorporates video footage from home security cameras, CCTV, and dashcams helping detectives catch perpetrators.

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Family members of victims and law enforcement provide first-hand accounts of how the chilling events unfold while experts, including criminal psychologist Dr. Julia Shaw, dissect the darkest corners of the criminal mind. Shaw, a psychological scientist specializing in false memory and criminal psychology, is most notably known as the co-host of BBC Sounds’ No. 1 podcast “Bad People,” which analyzes and tries to understand the behavior of murderers, sex offenders, cannibals and serial killers.

“Shocking, revealing and emotionally charged, [the show] takes the viewer to the very heart of each and every manhunt, as investigators use everything at their disposal to track down the person responsible,” David Notman-Watt, founder/managing director back2back productions, said in a statement.

The deal was negotiated by Einhorn and Ben Barrett, global head of content financing and partnerships of Blue Ant. FilmRise’s Danny Fisher and Einhorn serve as executive producers, alongside Notman Watt, Sam Rowden and Jess Rampling from CBS Reality.

Vertical Crime Actioner ‘The System’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 3 From Distribution Solutions

The crime actioner The System will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Jan. 3 from Vertical Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. 

In the film, when a young soldier newly returned from war gets caught up in a drug bust, he is recruited by the authorities to go undercover in a notoriously dangerous prison in order to figure out what is really going on.

The film stars Tyrese Gibson, Jeremy Piven, Terrence Howard and Lil Yachty.

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Cult Films ‘Contraband’ and ‘Murder in a Blue World’ Due on Blu-ray Nov. 22 From Cauldron Films and MVD Entertainment Group

The foreign cult films Contraband and Murder in a Blue World are being released on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 22 from Cauldron Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

The 1980 Italian crime story Contraband is directed by Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead) and set in Naples, Italy. It follows idealistic cigarette smuggler Luca, who runs into problems with a sadistic drug dealing gangster from France and decides to muscle his way into operations. As he tries to wipe out the competition, all hell breaks loose and the bodies start piling up. Luca joins forces with rival smugglers and the local mafia to counteract the power play, which only increases the body count until the explosive gun powder and gut bursting conclusion. The film stars Fabio Testi (The Big Racket), Marcel Bozzuffi (The French Connection), Ivana Monti (Five Days in Milan), and Saverio Marconi (Padre Padrone). Featuring gruesome practical special effects by Germano Natali (Deep Red) and Roberto Pace (Body Count), with music by legendary composer Fabio Frizzi, Contraband is a hard hitting mafia story filmed through the eye of an unrelenting horror master. Making its Blu-ray debut via Cauldron Films, Contraband is restored from a 4K scan of the negative with English language audio, optional English SDH subtitles, and Italian language audio with English subtitles. Special features include new interviews with writer Giorgio Mariuzzo, actress Ivana Monti and actor Saverio Marconi; archival interviews with actor Fabrizio Jovine, actor Venantino Venantini, cinematographer Sergio Salvati and composer Fabio Frizzi; new audio commentary by film historians Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck; an image gallery; trailers; and a reversible Blu-ray wrap with alternate artwork.

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The 1973 thriller Murder in a Blue World is a Spanish spin on Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. In the film set in a violent, dystopian consumer-fed future, David (Chris Mitchum, Summertime Killer) blackmails nurse Ana (Sue Lyon, Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita) after witnessing her commit a murder. When Ana and Victor (Jean Sorel, Perversion Story) discover David is a known gang member with an extensive criminal past, they make a plan to turn the tables and use him for their own clandestine purposes. Two years after Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, transgressive Spanish genre director Eloy de la Iglesia unleashed his thought-provoking and beautifully shot future-world film that was also known as A Clockwork Terror. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, Cauldron Films presents the film from a new 2K restoration of the Spanish producer’s cut from the negative, with English audio with optional English SDH subtitles and Spanish audio with optional English subtitles. Special features include a newly edited archival interview with Chris Mitchum; “Dubbing in a Blue World”; a video essay by film scholar Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes; commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; and an image gallery.

Vestron Nick Nolte Actioner ‘Extreme Prejudice’ Due on Blu-ray May 17

Vestron Video’s 1987 action Western Extreme Prejudice, starring Nick Nolte, is being released on Blu-ray Disc May 17 from Lionsgate.

In addition to Nolte, the film, directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.) with a story co-written by Academy Award nominee John Milius (1979, Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Apocalypse Now), also stars Powers Boothe, Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man, Predator 2, Spread), Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers, Total Recall, Top Gun) and Rip Torn. 

The gritty, modern Western follows Texas Ranger Jack Benteen (Nolte) who locks horns with a former friend, Cash Bailey (Boothe), now a ruthless drug kingpin. Though they’re on opposite sides of the law, they share a love interest in the sensual Sarita (Alonso). When a crew of rogue soldiers descends upon the border town for an off-the-books mission, all roads lead to a bloody, to-the-death showdown, as loyalties shift and the lines between good and evil are blurred. 

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Special features include audio commentary with film historians C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke; isolated score selections with an audio interview from music historian John Takis; interviews with Hill, Ironside, actor Clancy Brown, and director of photography Matthew F. Leonetti; trailers; TV spots; and a still gallery.