‘King of Staten Island,’ ‘Deep Blue Sea 3’ Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases

Topping the slate of new disc releases available Aug. 25 is Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, the new Judd Apatow comedy based on the life of and starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live.” The film bypassed theaters as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in lieu of a VOD release June 12. It has been available for digital sellthrough since Aug. 11, and is now available at retail on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

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Another newcomer is Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Deep Blue Sea 3, the latest direct-to-video sequel to the shark attack franchise. The third installment finds the genetically engineered sharks from the second movie attacking an abandoned island fishing village that serves as the base for a team of oceanographers. The film is now available widely on Blu-ray and DVD, after being released through digital retailers July 28, when it also became available early on disc through Redbox and Walmart.

Warner also releases the DVD and Blu-ray edition of The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season, the latest disc collection from the “Arrowverse” family of CW superhero shows. The season contains the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover.

Sony Pictures releases The Burnt Orange Heresy on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally. The neo-noir thriller focuses on a disgraced art critic tasked with stealing a painting.

Arriving for digital sale is Virgil Films’ The Blech Effect: The Rise and Fall of the King of Biotech, a documentary about a pioneer investor whose inner demons cost him his fortune.

Among catalog titles, Blue Underground is releasing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of The New York Ripper and The House by the Cemetery.

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

Deep Blue Sea 3

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 8/25/20;
Warner;
Thriller;
$19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for some violence, bloody images, and language.
Stars Tania Raymonde, Nathaniel Buzolic, Emerson Brooks, Bren Foster, Alex Bhat, Reina Aoi.

The third “Deep Blue Sea” movie is definitely a step up from its lackluster predecessor.

With the 1999 original achieving a certain cult status, the direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 2 landed in 2018 as mostly a retread of the first one’s story.

The first film dealt with a team of scientists at a research station in the middle of the ocean experimenting with genetically engineered mako sharks in search of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The sharks become super-intelligent and attack the base, killing almost everyone who is attempting to escape.

The second one, set on a much cheaper looking ocean platform, deals with bull sharks genetically engineered by a crazy billionaire looking to develop a drug to enhance human intelligence. The sequel makes no mention of events from the first film, but predictably the sharks get smarter and attack the base, eating most of the people on it.

In the third film, some of the bulls that escaped the second movie are being tracked by a team of hunters to an island fishing village off the coast of Africa. The man-made island is sinking, leaving it mostly abandoned except for a group of scientists studying the sea life that has sprung up around the island, including a nursery for great white sharks. As the bulls target the underwater nursery, one of the hunters is old friends with the head scientist (Tania Raymonde), so they team up to try to capture the bulls.

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The production values are a vast improvement over the limited sets of the second film, though the direct-to-video budget is still evident. And the film actually makes an effort to connect the story back to the original film, establishing that the research done in the first film was acquired by the company in the second, who repurposed it.

All in all, its an enjoyable escapade for fans of shark attack movies.

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The Blu-ray includes a couple of five-minute featurettes: “Sinking Sets and Sharks: Making Deep Blue Sea 3,” mostly about the production design and visual effects, and “Deep Blue Sea 3: Fight to the Death” about the action scenes.