Ice-T Film ‘Equal Standard’ Coming to Digital June 8, Disc July 6 From Mill Creek and Mutiny

The Ice-T film Equal Standard will debut theatrically May 7, on digital June 8, and on DVD and Blu-ray July 6 from Mill Creek Entertainment and Mutiny Pictures.

Taheim Bryan’s writing and acting debut inspired by his life experience, the film tells the timely and politically charged story of police in New York City struggling with race, rank, betrayal and loss. Directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane, the story is an billed as an unflinching — and unbiased — lens on the lives of police and the community they’re called upon to protect, and what happens when that covenant goes sideways, offering a perspective from both sides of the law.

Equal Standard stars Ice-T (New Jack City, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Naughty by Nature’s Anthony “Treach” Criss (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “The Sopranos”) and Robert Clohessy (“Hill Street Blues,” The Wolf of Wall Street).

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“There are people who have never dealt with the cops’ brutality or it doesn’t happen in their community,” Ice-T recently told Entertainment Tonight. “What I hope is all the protesters take [the lessons from Equal Standard] with them in their day-to-day life, and when they see racism or they see something wrong, that they step up against it as one person.”

The film was an Official Selection at the Durban International Film Festival; a Best Trailer Nominee at the Paris Art and Movie Awards (PAMA); a Screenplay Semi-Finalist for Taheim Bryan at the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival; and an Official Selection at the Black Film Festival Los Angeles.

Premiere Digital Expands With Connecticut Facility

Premiere Digital, a media services, distribution and aggregation, and SaaS technology solutions company, has announced the expansion of its facilities.

This expansion comes via a built-out of the Stamford, Conn., location of the recently acquired CMI Media Management, a media provisioning company in inflight entertainment.

In order to provide better solutions for both new and existing clients, Premiere has established more-streamlined operations globally with the Stamford facility, adding to existing facilities in Los Angeles and Bangalore, India, according to the company. The Stamford facility will augment its end-to-end business model with a technical operations staff that is ramping up to grow significantly, according to Premiere.

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The Stamford facility will continue to focus on inflight entertainment, while scaling Premiere’s media servicing and distribution operations with an emphasis on HDR servicing. The facility’s East Coast location also enables Premiere to be more accessible to its global clientele, providing reliable support for existing workflows, according to the company.

The facility’s transition will be under the guidance of Elizabeth Archer, director of mastering, who has relocated from the Los Angeles office and reports directly to COO A.J. Sauer. Archer is responsible for building the foundation of the facility’s operations and integrating its systems with Los Angeles’s processes and technologies.

“In this era of shrinking content exploitation windows and global expansion, turnaround times are measured in hours, not days or weeks, so it’s important that we have a distributed workforce and operations that chase the sun,” Sauer said in a statement. “By adding Stamford to our existing facility locations in Los Angeles and Bangalore, we can increase efficiencies in our workflows and better meet our clients’ global digital supply chain needs.”

‘Top Gun’ Flying Back to Theaters for 35th

The Tom Cruise action classic Top Gun will land at more than 150 Dolby Cinemas at AMC across the country for an exclusive one-week engagement beginning May 13.

Newly remastered, the film will be presented with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio.

The limited theatrical release is timed to Top Gun Day on May 13, as well as the 35th anniversary of the film, which was originally released on May 16, 1986.

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The film, starring Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards,  is available now on digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, with more than four hours of bonus content, including a featurette that explores the film’s legacy and enduring popularity through interviews with Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and members of the cast of the new film Top Gun: Maverick.

The story of an elite group of pilots competing to earn the title of “Top Gun” ultimately earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million.

Christopher Walken Drama ‘Percy vs Goliath’ Due on DVD June 9

The drama Percy vs Goliath will come out on DVD June 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Saban Films.

It is already available in select theaters, for digital purchase and on demand.

Christopher Walken, Zach Braff and Christina Ricci star in this true story of a small-town farmer taking on one of the largest agricultural and food manufacturing corporations. Percy Schmeiser (Walken), a third-generation farmer, is sued by a corporate giant for allegedly using their patented seeds. With little resources to fight the giant legal battle, Percy joins forces with up-and-coming attorney Jackson Weaver (Braff) and environmental activist Rebecca Salcau (Ricci) to fight one of the most monumental cases all the way up to the Supreme Court.

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Science-Fiction Thriller ‘Voyagers’ Coming to Digital June 8, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 15

The science-fiction thriller Voyagers will arrive on digital and digital 4K Ultra HD June 8, and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and VOD June 15 from Lionsgate.

Written and directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist), the film stars Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan (X-Men franchise), Lily-Rose Depp (The King), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne), Isaac Hempstead Wright (“Game of Thrones”), Viveik Kalra (Blinded by the Light), Archie Madekwe (Midsommar), Quintessa Swindell (“Trinkets”) and Madison Hu (“Bizaardvark”).

In the film, with the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust and the insatiable hunger for power.

Special features include: 

  • “Born for This: The Cast of Voyagers” featurette;
  • “Against Type: Unlearning Human Nature” featurette;
  • “Survival of the Fittest: The Physicality of Voyagers” featurette;
  • “On the Surface: The Visual Style of Voyagers” featurette; and
  • “Hidden Chambers: Tour the Humanitas” featurette.

Liam Neeson Actioner ‘The Marksman’ Tops Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

The Liam Neeson actioner The Marksman took the top spot on the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended May 2.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Available for digital purchase, The Marksman follows a hardened border town rancher (Neeson) who helps a young boy escape to safety across America with vicious drug cartel assassins on their heels.

Coming in at No. 2 on both charts was Universal Pictures’ Nobody, available for premium VOD rental. The suspense actioner stars Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) as a seemingly ordinary suburban husband and father whose pent-up fury is unleashed when his home is broken into. His search for vengeance unveils a secret from his past.

Taking the third spot on the Vudu chart was Warner Bros.’ Justice Society: World War II, available for digital purchase April 27. The DC Universe animated title features The Flash fighting alongside Wonder Woman, who has assembled a team of Golden Age heroes, The Justice Society.

Coming in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 6 on Vudu) was Warner Bros.’ animated and live-action comedy Tom & Jerry. Available for premium VOD rental starting April 16, it previously debuted simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service. In the film, the iconic mouse Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner (Chloë Grace Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

Disney’s animated Raya and the Last Dragon dropped to No. 4 on both charts. The fantasy adventure became available for digital purchase April 2 following its debut in theaters and via Premier Access with an added charge for subscribers to the Disney+ streaming service. In the film, long ago, in the world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. When sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good.

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Coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart (No. 6 on FandangoNow) was the sci-fi film Voyagers, available as a premium VOD rental. Starring Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead and Colin Farrell, the film follows a crew of astronauts setting off for a new planet, a journey that descends into chaos.

Coming in at No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 9 on Vudu) was the Oscar-lauded drama Nomadland, available for digital purchase and rental. The film won three Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Director for Chloé Zhao).

The Father, which earned Anthony Hopkins a Best Actor Oscar for his performance, landed at No. 10 on the FandangoNow chart.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 2, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Marksman
  2. Nobody
  3. Justice Society: World War II
  4. Raya and the Last Dragon
  5. Voyagers
  6. Tom & Jerry
  7. Monster Hunter
  8. The Little Things
  9. Nomadland
  10. The Croods: A New Age

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 2, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Marksman
  2. Nobody
  3. Tom & Jerry
  4. Raya and the Last Dragon
  5. Nomadland
  6. Voyagers
  7. The Courier
  8. The Resort
  9. Percy vs. Goliath
  10. The Father

‘H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones’ Due on DVD, Digital and On Demand June 15

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones will be available on DVD, digital, on demand and available to rent at Redbox kiosks from Distribution Solutions.

In the horror film, a married couple rents a beachside cottage only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and strange occurrences. They soon discover themselves in the grips of a mysterious cult and their ancient sea god.

Winner of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best FX at the Anatomy Crime & Horror International Film Festival, and winner of Best Film at the Arizona Underground Film Festival, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones is written and directed by Chad Ferrin (Parasites, Someone’s Knocking at the Door) and stars Gina La Piana (Stay With Me, Ali G Indahouse, Our Bnb Life), Johann Urb (“Arrow,” Resident Evil: Retribution, “Californication”), Robert Miano (Fast & Furious, Donnie Brasco, Get Done), and Jackie Debatin (“The Office,” “Kroll Show,” “According to Jim”).

Distribution Solutions is a division of Alliance Entertainment.

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Thriller ‘Magic Mountains’ Due on Digital and VOD May 14 From Level 33

The Dutch independent thriller Magic Mountains will be released in virtual cinemas and on digital and VOD May 14 by Level 33 Entertainment.

Directed by Urszula Antoniak, the film follows Lex, a Dutch writer, who has money and fame but no peace of mind since Hannah left him years ago. Looking for closure on their relationship, Lex asks Hannah to go with him to the mountains for a last climb together. But Voytek, their professional mountain guide, senses that Lex may be unstable and refuses to leave Hannah alone with him.

The film stars Thomas Ryckewaert, Hannah Hoekstra and Marcin Dorocinski.

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‘Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park’ Due on Digital June 11, Disc June 15

The animated sequel Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park arrives on digital June 11 and on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD June 15 from Lionsgate.

In the sequel, one year after the events of the original Rock Dog, Bodi and his band, True Blue, have become locally famous in the village of Snow Mountain. They even have devoted fans. But when a music mogul named Lang gives them the opportunity to tour with pop sensation Lil’ Foxy, Bodi and his friends learn that fame comes at a price, and ultimately discover that only by staying true to yourself can you unleash the power of rock ‘n’ roll.

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The family-friendly film features Andrew Francis (“My Little Pony” franchise, TV’s “Ninjago,” “Marvel Super Hero Adventures”), Ashleigh Ball (“My Little Pony” franchise, TV’s “Ready Jet Go!,” “Rev & Roll”), Brian Dobson (Norm of the North: Keys to the KingdomNorm of the North: King Sized Adventure, TV’s “Tarzan and Jane”), Brian Drummond (TV’s “Dragon Ball Z,” Norm of the North: Family Vacation, “Bob the Builder”), Cathy Weseluck (“My Little Pony” franchise, “Barbie” franchise, TV’s “Littlest Pet Shop”), Donny Lucas (Open Season: Scared Silly, TV’s “Van Helsing,” The Christmas Doctor), Graham Hamilton (TV’s “Snap Ships: Dawn of Battle”), Jason Simpson (TV’s “The Dragon Prince,” “Tobot Galaxy Detectives,” “Line Rangers”), James Higuchi (TV’s “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch,” “The Deep,” “Superbook”), Kathleen Barr (TV’s “Ninjago,” “My Little Pony” franchise, “Dragon Tales”), Michael Adamthwaite (TV’s “Ninjago,” Cold PursuitWar for the Planet of the Apes), Richard Newman (“My Little Pony” franchise, TV’s “Doraemon,” “Beyblade Burst”) and Sabrina Pitre (“My Little Pony” franchise, TV’s “Ninjago,” “Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar”).

Gravitas Ventures to Distribute Doc ‘The Holy Game’ on VOD

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to distribute the documentary The Holy Game. The title will come out on cable and digital video-on-demand platforms June 29.

From director Brent Hodge (I Am Chris Farley, Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary), the film offers an exclusive look at an officially sanctioned Vatican soccer tournament for priests. Beyond the Vatican walls, there is a soccer championship like no other in which young priests in seminary from around the world gather to play in the Clericus Cup. The documentary feature explores religion, sport and tradition, and looks at why anyone in this era would sacrifice so much to become a priest.

“Brent’s documentary is a fascinating peek behind the curtain, grappling with controversy and harsh truths alongside inspiring observations and amusing anecdotes from the next generation of the priesthood, all set against the backdrop of this unique tournament,” Tony Piantedosi, VP of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement.

Gravitas Ventures released Hodges’ previous documentary, Who Let the Dogs Out in 2019.

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“We are thrilled to be working with Gravitas again on the release of The Holy Game,” Hodge said in a statement. “I am always in search of projects that reveal unique windows into different worlds, and this doc is truly that. Not only do we have direct access to the priesthood, the Vatican, but we also get a glimpse into this one-of-a-kind soccer tournament and where religion fits in modern day culture. We are excited for people to see it.”