Doc ‘Rewind’ and Drama ‘Driveways’ Due on Disc and Digital Sept. 15 From FilmRise and MVD

The documentary Rewind and the drama Driveways are coming to Blu-ray, DVD and digital Sept. 15 from FilmRise and MVD Entertainment Group.

Driveways: Special Edition (2019), starring the late Brian Dennehy (Tommy Boy), follows a lonesome boy who accompanies his mother on a trip to clean out his late aunt’s house, where he ends up forming an unexpected friendship with the retiree who lives next door. From director Andrew Ahn (Spa Night), Driveways also stars Hong Chau (Downsizing), Lucas Jaye (“Fuller House”), Christine Ebersole (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Jerry Adler (Find Me Guilty). The film was an Official Selection at festivals worldwide, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival and the Berlin International Fest. Extras include a photo gallery and theatrical trailer.

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In the documentary Rewind (2019), digging through the vast collection of his father’s home videos, a young man reconstructs the unthinkable story of his boyhood and exposes vile abuse passed through generations. The film was an Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Heartland International Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Extras include a filmmaker interview with Sasha Joseph Neulinger, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer.

‘Cats & Dogs 3’, ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Top New Digital Releases; ‘Roman Holiday’ Makes Blu-ray Disc Debut

The family film Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!, from Warner Bros., and Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream top the slate of new digital releases available for purchase Sept. 15, while a flurry of independent films arrive on disc the same day.

Also out Sept. 15: the classic 1953 film Roman Holiday, arriving for the first time on Blu-ray Disc as part of Paramount Home Entertainment’s new Paramount Presents line. The film was subjected to an extensive 4K restoration by the studio, which showed off some of the results at an online press event July 15.

In the film, Audrey Hepburn stars as a European princess who escapes her secluded lifestyle and spends an adventure in Rome with an American journalist played by Gregory Peck. “I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like Roman Holiday,” said famed critic and film historian Leonard Maltin. “It’s an irresistible movie.”

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Also new in stores, Best Buy has an exclusive Steelbook of the camp comedy classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, from 20th Century Fox. The studio, now owned by The Walt Disney Co., is also offering consumers the chance to buy a new 4K Ultra HD edition of the holiday classic Home Alone to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.

Paws Unite! is the second sequel to 2001’s Cats & Dogs, a spy action-comedy film starring Jeff Goldblum that grossed more than $200 million in global ticket sales. Unlike the two other films, Paws Unite! is a straight-to-home release, except in the UK, where it opens theatrically on Oct. 9. In the U.S., the film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 13.

The Secret: Dare to Dream is new drama based on the 2006 self-help book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The film stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and was directed by Andy Tennant, from a screenplay by he wrote with Bekah Brunstetter and Rick Parks.

New independent films arriving in stores Sept. 15 on DVD and Blu-ray include Mill Creek Entertainment’s No Safe Spaces and Shout! Factory’s Weathering With You.

No Safe Spaces finds comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager taking the audience on a journey to expose threats to free speech taking place on university campuses, in social media, and at the workplace.

Weathering With You is a new anime film from director Makoto Shinkai. It follows a boy named Hodaka, who runs away from his remote island home in Tokyo the summer of his high school freshman year. He quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits, and notices the weather is unusually rainy and gloomy every day (a sign of his troubled future). He lives his days in isolation, finally finding his place as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. One day, he meets a bright and strong-willed girl named Hina, who possesses a strange but wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

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

‘Bill & Ted’ Continues Adventure Atop Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Bill & Ted Face the Music topped both the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for a third consecutive week in the week ended Sept. 13.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the “Bill & Ted” series, debuted via premium VOD rental and purchase Aug. 28. In the Orion Pictures film, the stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves). To fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it.

The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, again landed at No. 2 on the Vudu chart, but fell from No. 5 to No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart for the week. Released by RLJ Entertainment through digital retailers Aug. 7, it stars LaBeouf and Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss.

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Fatima, available via premium VOD, again landed at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart, but fell to No. 9 from No. 8 on the Vudu chart. The Universal drama, based on historical events in Portugal in 1917, follows a 10-year-old girl and her two young cousins who witness visitations of the Virgin Mary.

Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow comedy based on the life of and starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live,” remained at No. 3 on Vudu’s chart and at No. 4 on FandangoNow’s chart for the week.

The action thriller The 2nd, which came out Sept. 1, again took the bronze on FandangoNow’s chart for the week. In the film, Ryan Phillippe plays a secret service agent on his way to pick up his estranged son from his college campus when he finds himself in the middle of a terrorist operation.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 13, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. Fatima
  3. The 2nd
  4. The King of Staten Island
  5. Guest House
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. The Owners
  8. The Silencing
  9. Irresistible
  10. Critical Thinking

 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 13, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. The Tax Collector
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. The Blues Brothers
  5. The Silencing
  6. The Owners
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Rogue
  9. Fatima
  10. Trolls World Tour

Israeli Drama ‘Broken Mirrors’ Due on Digital and VOD Sept. 22 From Level 33

The Israeli film Broken Mirrors will premiere on digital and VOD Sept. 22 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the dramatic thriller, Shira Haas (Emmy Nominee, Netflix’s “Unorthodox”) plays 17-year-old Ariella, who is shadowed by a strict, military father who inflicts severe methods of punishment as a form of discipline. When she commits a grave error that her father isn’t willing to punish her for, seeking a punishment of her own, Ariella embarks on a dark quest where she will discover a secret to her father’s past that will lead them to confront one another.

The film also stars Yiftach Klein, Renana Raz, Yoav Rotman, Liora Rivlin, Manuel Elkaslassy, Yaakov Zada Daniel and Michaela Elkin.

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It won the Jury Prize for Best Actress at the Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Montréal and Schlingel Best Feature Film at the Film Festival for Children & Young Audience Schlingel. It was nominated for the Jury Award Narrative Feature at the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF); the Grand Prix at the Zlin Film Festival; the Award of the Israeli Film Academy; Best Actress, Best Casting and Best Screenplay from the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy; the Golden Zenith First Fiction Films Competition at the Montréal World Film Festival; and Alice in the City Prize Young Adult at the Rome Film Fest.

Drama ‘Cut Throat City’ Due on Digital Oct. 6, Disc Oct. 20

The drama Cut Throat City will come out on digital Oct. 6 and Blu-ray combo pack and DVD Oct. 20 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after Hurricane Katrina, four boyhood friends return to New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward and find decimated homes, no jobs and no help from FEMA. They reluctantly turn to a local gangster who offers them one shot at turning their situations around — by pulling off a dangerous heist in the heart of the city. When the job goes bad, the friends find themselves on the run, hunted by two relentless detectives and a neighborhood warlord who thinks they stole the heist money.

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Directed by RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists) and written by P.G. Cuschieri (“The Undercovers”), Cut Throat City stars Shameik Moore (DopeSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Tip “T.I.” Harris (Ant-Man franchise), Demetrius Shipp Jr. (All American) and Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”), along with Wesley Snipes (BladeNew Jack City), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Best Actor, Hustle & Flow, 2005), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver) and four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor: Training Day, 2001, Boyhood, 2014; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Before Sunset, 2004, Before Midnight, 2013). Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther), Keean Johnson (Midway) and Isaiah Washington (“The 100”) also play supporting roles.

Bonus content includes behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes.

Season 3 of ‘Frankie Drake Mysteries,’ ‘Opiods, Inc.’ Among PBS Titles on DVD and Digital in September

Season three of “Frankie Drake Mysteries,” Frontline: Opiods, Inc. and And She Could Be Next are among the titles coming to DVD and digital from PBS Distribution in September.

Available now is Easy Yoga for Everything With Peggy Cappy. For more than 40 years, Cappy has been teaching yoga to students of all ages and abilities. These 10 workouts address how yoga can be used to alleviate pain and cope with various physical challenges from arthritis to heart health, back pain and diabetes. In these exercise routines, Peggy Cappy demonstrates her signature yoga approach in a workout that anyone can do in a standing or a seated position; with or without the aid of a chair; at home; one routine or one segment at a time. Programs include Easy Yoga for Arthritis, Heart Healthy Yoga, Easy Yoga for Easing Pain, Back Care Basics, Easy Yoga for Diabetes, Survival Guide for Pain-Free Living, Part 1: The Basics , Part 2: Lower Body, Part 3: Upper Body, Part 4: Preventing Pain, and Easy Yoga: The Secret to Strength and Balance.

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Also available is Prehistoric Road Trip, in which viewers join host Emily Graslie for a journey around the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska to explore 2.5 billion years of Earth’s history. Each of the three episodes examines different eras in time, focusing on the geology and ecology of prehistoric environments to discover what the landscape may have resembled millions, even billions, of years ago. Graslie, chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum in Chicago and YouTube sensation, uncovers the geologic history of North America, helping scientists dig up dinosaurs and other extraordinary creatures.

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Due Sept. 8 is the documentary And She Could Be Next. It tells the story of a defiant movement of women of color transforming American politics from the ground up. Filmed during the historic 2018 midterm elections, the series follows organizers and candidates as they fight on behalf of black, brown, immigrant and poor communities — long neglected by politicians and pundits alike. As they harness the power of this New American Majority, the film asks whether democracy can be preserved — and made stronger — by those most marginalized. Made by a team of women filmmakers of color, And She Could Be Next features history-makers Stacey Abrams, Rashida Tlaib, Lucy McBath, Maria Elena Durazo, Veronica Escobar, Bushra Amiwala and Nse Ufot.

Also coming Sept. 8 is season three of “Frankie Drake Mysteries,” which delivers a slate of new adventures as the ladies of Drake Private Detectives take on more challenging cases and face off against some impressive foes. Frankie and Trudy continue to rely on Mary and Flo, who are always ready to lend a hand snooping through police files or sneaking a peek at an autopsy report. Mary’s newfound confidence at the police station, and in life, leaves her frustrated with her status as a morality officer and pushes her towards exciting new professional goals. Meanwhile, Flo finishes her in-class portion of medical school and looks forward to her clinical training in-hospital, all while juggling a long-distance beau and the varied demands of Drake Detective cases. As Trudy’s love life with Bill Peters heats up, she also excels at her investigative work, taking on some truly hair-raising risks as she works to solve cases. And finally, Frankie continues to lead the team with aplomb and ingenuity, while exploring a romantic connection with boxer Moses Page. The adventures take viewers from London with new mystery novelist friend Agatha Christie, to a mermaid-themed jazz club, and from swanky Toronto private schools to busy telephone exchanges filled with busybody operators.

Also due Sept. 8 is Let’s Talk Menopause, in which host Dr. Tara Allmen provides viewers with the tools every woman needs to enter this phase of their lives triumphantly. An estimated 6,000 women reach menopause every day in the United States, and by 2025, more than 1 billion women in the world will be experiencing menopause. In this one-hour documentary special, Dr. Allmen, alongside other women’s health experts, explains common symptoms, health risks and therapeutic options. Also, women share their first-hand experiences, personal journeys and successful strategies to effectively cope with perimenopause and menopause.

Coming Sept. 22 is Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas. Worsley recreates how Christmas was celebrated during the age of Henry VIII — eating, drinking, singing, dancing and partying like people did 500 years ago. Filmed at some of England’s most historic and beautiful locations, she discovers the roots of some of the Christmas customs we still enjoy today and explores why other festive traditions were lost. With the help of food historian Annie Gray, she prepares two royal feasts in the kitchens of Hampton Court Palace. Dressed as Henry himself, Lucy samples a stuffed boar’s head; later, she tastes a giant forerunner of the Christmas cake. Lucy joins Tudor carol-singers to hear a festive hit written by Henry; experiences the rabble-rousing fun and chaos created by the Lord of Misrule; and enjoys the kind of spectacular entertainment staged at court. She also discovers how ordinary Tudors liked to enjoy themselves — and why the holidays were such a welcome break. On each of the traditional 12 days of Christmas, Lucy reveals a different aspect of the festivities — uncovering fresh insights into the Tudor mind and casting a new light on Christmas itself.

Due Sept. 29 is Frontline: Opiods, Inc. “Frontline” and the Financial Times investigate how the drug company Insys Therapeutics profited from a fentanyl-based painkiller up to 100 times stronger than morphine — and how some Wall Street investors looked the other way even as questions about the company’s practices mounted. A year in the making, Opioids, Inc. tells the inside story of how Insys profited from Subsys, a fast-acting fentanyl-based spray that’s been linked to hundreds of deaths. Tactics included targeting high-prescribing doctors and nurse practitioners known within the company as “whales,” misleading insurers, and holding contests for the sales team: the higher the prescription doses they got doctors to write, the larger the cash prize — despite the dangers to patients. But as the documentary traces in unprecedented detail, the scheme fell apart. With federal prosecutors using anti-racketeering laws designed to fight organized crime, Insys became the first pharmaceutical company to have its top executives sentenced to prison time in connection with the opioid crisis. Through the lens of one company’s spectacular rise and fall, “Opioids, Inc.” is a powerful look at the role pharmaceutical companies have played in fueling America’s epidemic of opioid addiction, how they and their stockholders have profited, and how they’re being held accountable.

‘Irresistible,’ ‘Rogue’ Top Slate of New Disc Releases, While ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘Goonies’ Bow on 4K Ultra HD

The political satire Irresistible, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and Lionsgate’s action thriller Rogue, with Megan Fox as a battle-hardened mercenary, top the slate of new disc releases available Sept. 1.

Written and directed by Jon Stewart, Irresistible features a cast headed by Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis and Topher Grace. Carell portrays a campaign strategist who runs a Democratic mayoral candidate (Cooper) in a small right-wing town.

The film, from Focus Features, was rerouted from a May 2020 theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic and instead debuted in June on premium VOD. It became available through regular digital channels on Aug. 18.

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Rogue finds Samantha O’Hara (Fox) leading a team of soldiers-for-hire on a daring mission to rescue hostages from their captors in rural Africa.  They wind up stranded and have to battle not only brutal rebels but also a horde of enraged lions.

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Also out Sept. 1 are 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of the Tim Burton ghost movie Beetlejuice and the 1980s cult favorite adventure The Goonies, both from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Beetlejuice (1988) stars Michael Keaton as a ghost who helps a recently deceased couple played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis haunt their former home. The Goonies (1985),  based on a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg, follows a band of kids from the blue-collar “Goon Docks” neighborhood who set out to save their homes from foreclosure by following an old treasure map.

On the TV front, consumers as of Sept. 1 can buy, on disc, the complete third season of “Young Sheldon” (from Warner Bros.), the second season of “Magnum P.I.” (from Paramount/CBS), and the first season of “Blood & Treasure” (also from Paramount/CBS).

New digital releases include Guest House, from Lionsgate, and Breaking the Chain, from Virgil Films, the company headed by industry veteran Joe Amodei. Guest House is a comedy about an engaged couple whose new dream home comes with a slight drawback: a party animal who lives in the guest house. Breaking the Chain is an animal-rescue documentary that follows fieldworkers with PETA’s Community Animal Project as they visit impoverished areas of Virginia and North Carolina to give care to mistreated animals.

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

Movies Anywhere Officially Bows Screen Pass Feature

Digital movie library Movies Anywhere has officially launched its Screen Pass feature. The feature allows users to share up to three movies monthly with friends and family for free.

Screen Pass has been available in beta since March. Key findings from the beta period include:

  • 45% of senders sent a Screen Pass because someone else sent them a Screen Pass, and 30% of those who accepted a Screen Pass are new to Movies Anywhere;
  • users are split on how to send a Screen Pass with 53% choosing the movie for their recipient and 47% letting their recipient choose;
  • a significant number of accepted Screen Passes have helped drive digital movie purchases; and
  • top Screen Pass-driven purchases, representing 9% of total Screen Pass-driven purchases, were Ready Player One, The Prestige, Tombstone, The Mule, Bad Times at the El Royale and Jaws.

 

Screen Pass gives a friend or family member (who must be a Movies Anywhere member) seven days to accept the invitation, and another 14 days to watch the title. Once started, the user has 72 hours to finish watching the movie. A title can be shared unlimited times.

All Movies Anywhere studios are participating in the program, with each studio deciding on Screen Pass eligible titles. Eligible films appear in a scroll on the Movies Anywhere app. Users can send a text or email to share an eligible title. The service notifies recipients if the title is already in their library and they can decline the offer. Movies Anywhere also indicates to sharers how many of the three allowed movies per month they have shared.

More than 500 additional Screen Pass-eligible movies have been added to Movies Anywhere over the past month, according to the service. Newly added titles include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, A Star Is Born Encore, The Muppets and National Treasure. With these additions, more than 80% of the Movies Anywhere library is now Screen Pass-eligible.

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Movies Anywhere brings together more than 7,900 movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Twentieth Century Film, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers that connect with the service include iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu/Walmart, Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, FandangoNow and Verizon Fios TV.

Paramount and Lionsgate films are not part of the service.

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Thriller ‘Broil’ Due on Disc and Digital Oct. 13 From Well Go

The thriller Broil will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Oct.13 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Directed by Edward Drake (Breach, upcoming Cosmic Sin), Broil is a gothic tale of a troubled girl sent to live at her draconian grandfather’s creepy estate, where she uncovers a dangerous ancient family secret. Suddenly caught between warring factions of the family, her only hope for survival may well come from a killer-for-hire with a fortuitous stroke of culinary genius.

The cast includes Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry MaguireStuart Little), Avery Konrad (TV’s “Sacred Lies,” TV’s “Van Helsing”), Lochlyn Munro (TV’s “Riverdale”) and Timothy V. Murphy (TV’s “Snowpiercer,” National Treasure: Book of Secrets).

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Universal Launches Digital Movie Promotion With 1-800-Flowers

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is making some of its most popular films available as an add-on purchase for 1-800-Flowers.com customers.

Customers of the flower delivery service have the opportunity to purchase a digital movie as a complement to their gift, while also letting their gift recipients select the movie of their choice from a slate of film titles.

At launch, hundreds of films from the Universal vault will be available as a digital movie add-on, including recent releases, such as Trolls World Tour and The Invisible Man, along with catalog titles, such as Jurassic WorldJaws and Back to the Future. Customers can choose from two pricing tiers, $6.99 for award-winning classic and popular hit films and $9.99 for blockbuster hits and newer releases. The movie is the recipient’s to keep through the digital movie collection app Movies Anywhere.

“With many people choosing to stay home, backyards everywhere have been transformed into makeshift movie theaters,” Amit Shah, president of 1-800-Flowers.com, said in a statement. “This exciting collaboration with Universal, together with the unique delivery experience designed by SmartGift, provides a fantastic new way for customers to engage with our brand and connect with each other.”

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Via SmartGift, customers can synchronize the arrival of their digital movie code with their gift delivery. They can also notify the recipient that their gift is on its way and surprise them with the film ahead of time. Through the messaging app of their choice — email, Facebook Messenger or SMS — recipients will digitally unwrap their gift to find a redemption code which will unlock access to a list of films from which they can make their movie selection.

“Digital movie collecting continues to surge,” Michael Aaronson, SVP of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, said in a statement. “Now consumers can enrich every gifting occasion with a personalized movie experience that, for the first time, offers the opportunity to pair a digital movie with another gift via a major e-commerce brand. By giving the recipient the power to choose the film that is right for them, this collaboration introduces the most personalized and flexible digital movie gifting experience in the marketplace. We look forward to expanding this unique add-on offer across the broader 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. portfolio of brands in the coming months.”

Recipients will receive a curated list of ideas for suggested movie pairings to complement their gifting occasion, including Birthdays, Anniversaries and Get Well.

Through Movies Anywhere, gift recipients can redeem their code and view the movie at their convenience on the screen of their choice.

Now through Sept, 9, customers will have the opportunity to enter to win some of the essentials needed to create a theater-quality experience in their backyard, including a portable projector and screen, digital movie code, a premium The Popcorn Factory 18-Pack Popcorn Sampler and more. For more information, visit https://www.1800flowers.com/universal-pictures.

“How-to” resources for setting up a movie night under the stars can be found here.