‘Les Miserables,’ Seasons of ‘Finding Your Roots’ and ‘Unforgotten’ Among Disc and Digital Releases From PBS in May

The six-part miniseries Les Miserables, season five of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” and season three of “Masterpiece Mystery!: Unforgotten” are among the titles coming to digital, DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution in May.

Based on Victor Hugo’s masterpiece novel, the drama Les Miserables streets May 21 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital. It stars Dominic West (The Affair, “The Wire”) as Jean Valjean, the most famous fugitive in literature. It also stars David Oyelowo (Selma, Queen of Katwe) as his relentless pursuer Javert; Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply; Love, Rosie) as the tragic seamstress Fantine; Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) as Cosette; Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Adeel Akhtar (Unforgotten) as Cosette’s cruel overseers; and Josh O’Connor (The Durrells in Corfu) as the student and reluctant revolutionary Marius.

Season five of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” streets May 14 on DVD and digital. The season traces the families of Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winners Laura Linney and S. Epatha Merkerson; actors Michael K. Williams, Chloë Sevigny and Kal Penn; author George R.R. Martin; journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry, Joe Madison and Lisa Ling; bestselling author and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg; TV hosts Seth Meyers and Michael Strahan; artists Marina Abramović and Kehinde Wiley; politicians Marco Rubio, Tulsi Gabbard and Paul Ryan; Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alejandro G, Iñárritu and Michael Moore; and comedians Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman.

Due May 7 on DVD and digital is season three of “Masterpiece Mystery!: Unforgotten.” When human remains are found by a motorway near London, the crime-solving duo Cassie and Sunny are called to the scene. Dogged work leads the team to Hayley Reid, a 16-year-old girl who went missing on the eve of the millennium. The police’s failure to find out what happened to Hayley wrecked her family’s life. Cassie’s compassion makes her determined to correct the mistakes made by the original investigating team — whatever the cost is to herself.

Coming May 21 on DVD and digital is the two-part docu-drama Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters. Since their brutal murders 100 years ago, the world has been fascinated by Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, the Empress Alexandra. Through the couple’s politically damning, sexually intimate and personally revealing letters, the docu-drama explores Nicholas and Alexandra’s complex love story and the couple’s role in the lead up to the Russian Revolution of 1917, which led to their execution. From their total isolation to their political ineptitude and reliance on Rasputin, the letters chronicle their disastrous leadership in graphic detail.

Nova: Rise of the Rockets streets May 7 on DVD and digital. The show covers the explosion of private companies sparking the development of new technologies and lowering costs to bring space closer than ever. It also explores how NASA is returning to crewed spaceflight, building a rocket more powerful than Saturn V to take us far beyond earth.

Coming May 14 on DVD and digital is Nova: The Next Pompeii. The series joins investigators as they hunt for clues hidden beneath the surface of Italy’s lesser-known volcano, Campi Flegrei, and assess the risk of a new and potentially devastating eruption. The program also follows historians and geologists as they discover the latest evidence of Pompeii’s fiery destruction, unpacking the chain of events that led to the ancient world’s most notorious disaster.

Due May 28 on DVD and digital is Frontline: The Trial of Ratko Mladic. In the aftermath of the brutal wars that decimated Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic was accused of genocide and other war crimes — including the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica in July 1995 — considered the worst crime perpetrated on European soil since World War II. After 16 years on the run, Mladic was apprehended and brought to The Hague to stand trial before the U.N.’s International Criminal Tribunal. The two-hour special goes inside the historic five-year trial, with unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to the prosecution and defense teams, as well as to witnesses from both sides who came to present evidence.

Secrets of the Dead: The Nero Files debuts May 14 on DVD and digital. The show uncovers the story of the Roman emperor Nero, considered one of history’s greatest criminals — a cruel, insane and brutal ruler. He stands accused of killing his step-brother, his wife and his mother, as well as burning Rome to the ground for his own artistic inspiration. Recent research, modern interpretations of historical sources and new discoveries cast a different light on the accusations levelled at the Roman emperor. The Nero Files investigates Nero’s reign with the help of criminal psychologist Thomas Müller, using “cold case” methodology, asking the question: Did history get it wrong?

Coming May 7 on DVD and digital is Henry IX: The Lost King. The program takes viewers on a journey to investigate the mysterious disappearance from history of a forgotten Scottish prince — Henry Fredrick Stuart. Not many of us know his name but Henry started the British Museum and the Royal Collection and was the first royal prince to back a permanent settlement on American soil in the early 17th century. In this documentary, host Paul Murton brings this forgotten figure from the shadows of history. It’s a detective story that reveals the tragedy of Henry’s lost potential.

The Best of the World’s Greatest, due May 7 on DVD and digital, is a six-part series going on a journey around the planet, revealing the world’s greatest ancient cities, natural wonders, extreme animal encounters, lost cities, journeys and adventures, monuments, and coral islands. Viewers get a chance to explore cities such as Venice, Rio, and Cairo; the islands of Galapagos; Hawaii; and the Maldives. Viewers also explore Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, Mt. Everest, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Grand Canyon. In addition, viewers get up close and personal with killer whales, grizzlies, and silver-backed gorillas, among other animals in the wild.

Korea: The Never-ending War, coming May 14 on DVD and digital, is written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Korean-American actor John Cho. The documentary sheds new light on the global upheaval that led to the Korean War in 1950, a moment when the Cold War turned hot, and how today that war’s brutal legacy has forced the world into a deadly nuclear showdown. With testimony from the soldiers on the frontlines, civilians caught in the crossfire, political leaders from then and now, journalists, and historians, the film is a comprehensive re-examination of a war that took the lives of tens of thousands of Americans and millions of Koreans.

Romance ‘Five Feet Apart’ Blossoms on Digital May 24, Disc June 11 from Lionsgate

The romance Five Feet Apart will come out on digital May 24 and Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand June 11 from Lionsgate.

The film follows 17-year-old Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) who has to spend much of her time living at a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. When she meets Will (Cole Sprouse), a fellow patient, she feels a powerful connection — but restrictions dictate that she and Will maintain a safe distance between them. As their feelings grow, Stella and Will face a life-changing question: How does love feel when even a single touch is off limits?

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Bonus features include four making-of featurettes, an audio commentary with director Justin Baldoni, deleted scenes and an alternate ending.

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season Six Coming to Digital and Disc in June From Lionsgate

Season Six of “Orange Is the New Black” arrives on digital June 10 and Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD June 11 from Lionsgate.

After inciting a riot in Litchfield, many of the familiar inmates are headed to maximum security for a new season in a whole new environment. Picking up one week after the emergency response team stormed Litchfield Penitentiary, the ladies of Litch have been torn apart, literally and figuratively, as they enter a new facility in the sixth season. Now ​newbies ​starting at the bottom, they ​must navigate new rules and power dynamics while getting hazed by inmates and tortured by guards. Friendships will be tested and new allegiances formed — some by choice, others by circumstance — as the women face a slew of charges from the riot. Will they take plea deals and turn on each other or band together and keep their bonds intact?

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Season six stars Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon and Uzo Aduba.

The Blu-ray and DVD will include audio commentaries with cast and crew, a featurette, and a gag reel.

Faith Film ‘Run the Race’ Coming to Disc at Walmart and Digital May 21

The faith-based film Run the Race debuts on Blu-ray and DVD at Walmart as well as on digital (including Movies Anywhere) and on demand May 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in partnership with The WTA Group, Reserve Entertainment and 10th Leper Productions.

The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD at all retailers nationwide June 18.

Executive produced by athlete Tim Tebow and his brother Robby Tebow, the family drama follows the journey of two high school athletes and brothers who see their relationship tested as they seek different paths out of their troubled lives. Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach, an all-state athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town. When a devastating injury puts Zach — and his dreams — on the sidelines, David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope.

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The cast includes Tanner Stine (“NCIS,” Indivisible), Kristoffer Polaha (“Condor,” “Get Shorty”), Evan Hofer (“Kickin’ It”), Kelsey Reinhardt (“Transparent”) and Mario Van Peebles (“Superstition,” “Bloodline”) with Mykelti Williamson (FencesForrest Gump) and Frances Fisher (TitanicUnforgiven).

Bonus features include “The Heart of Run the Race,” in which executive producer Tim Tebow and cast talk about why the film is so important, what makes it special, and the bonds of family; a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film with writer-producer Jake McEntire and executive producer Robby Tebow; and “The Cast Talks,” in which cast and crew cover a variety of topics, including their characters, the power of forgiveness, mentorship, dating and sports.

Fandango Survey: Fans Plan to Stream Marvel Titles to Prepare for ‘Endgame’

Moviegoers preparing for the theatrical release of Avengers: Endgame April 26 plan to stream previous Marvel Cinematic Universe titles, according to a Fandango survey.

In the survey, 89% said they are getting ready for Endgame by streaming previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies with friends and family at home, while 49% of millennials said they are planning a full-on Marvel movie binge this weekend.

FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional VOD service, has seen a nearly 50% increase in transactions for Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in the past two weeks, since Avengers: Endgame advance tickets went on sale April 2, according to Fandango. FandangoNow is launching a weekend sale on select Marvel movie titles. April 18-22 fans can purchase select MCU movies on FandangoNow for $9.99 in HD and $14.99 in Ultra HD, including Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Thor: Ragnarok.

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According to the Fandango survey, the top five MCU titles fans plan to watch are:

  1.  Avengers: Infinity War
  2.  The Avengers 
  3.  Captain America: Civil War 
  4.  Avengers: Age of Ultron
  5.  Thor: Ragnarok

To date Avengers: Endgame is Fandango’s top pre-seller at the same point in the sales cycle.

“The countdown has started and we’re super-excited with only one week to go until ‘Avengers: Endgame’ opens in theaters,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “Fans are getting ready for the film’s debut by re-watching previous MCU titles or introducing ‘newbies,’ friends and family members to the titles they need to see to get up-to-date.”

In an exclusive interview with Davis, Endgame co-director Anthony Russo said that Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War are the two films that would be most helpful for fans to view as lead-ins before seeing Endgame.

‘Another Shot’ Driving to Digital and DVD May 14 From Well Go

The basketball feature Another Shot will come out on digital and DVD May 14 From Well Go USA Entertainment.

Based on the true story of Stephon Marbury’s fall from the NBA and his journey to rediscover his passion in China, Another Shot stars Marbury, Chun Wu, Bing He, Jessica Jung, Qingxiang Wang, Loretta Devine and Frankie Faison, with special appearances by Allen Iverson and Baron Davis.

In the film, Marbury teams up with a group of ambitious young professional basketball players in China, who dare to dream of one day winning the country’s professional basketball championship. With some intense training and a supportive coach, Marbury helps bring the team to the finals where they must face the seven-time championship team, considered by most to be unbeatable.

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Marbury played in the NBA from 1996 to 2009. He was selected out of Georgia Tech by the Milwaukee Bucks with the fourth overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, but was traded shortly thereafter to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He  also played with the New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. He was an NBA All-Star with the Suns in 2001 and 2003, and was voted into the All-NBA Third Team in 2000 and 2003.

After five years with the Knicks, Marbury and the team agreed to a buyout in February 2009 and Marbury became a free agent. He soon signed with the Boston Celtics. Marbury was offered a one-year contract by the Celtics for the 2009–10 season but he turned the team down. He later announced that he would take a year off from basketball to attend to his business interests.

Marbury then played in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) from 2010 to 2018, winning three CBA championships with the Beijing Ducks in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

‘The Kid’ Shoots to Disc and Digital June 4 From Lionsgate

The Western The Kid rides to Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD, digital and on demand June 4 from Lionsgate.

The new take on the infamous American Old West story of Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett stars Ethan Hawke (Training DayBoyhoodThe Magnificent Seven), Dane DeHaan (LincolnThe Place Beyond the PinesLawless), Jake Schur, Leila George and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, “The Avengers” franchise, Jurassic WorldThe Magnificent Seven). Directed by Vincent D’Onofrio (TV’s “Daredevil,” The Magnificent SevenJurassic World) The Kid reunites D’Onofrio and Hawke for the first time since their performance in The Magnificent Seven.

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In the Western, a young boy, Rio (Schur), is forced to go on the run across the American Southwest in a desperate attempt to save his sister (George) from his villainous uncle (Pratt). Along the way, he encounters Sheriff Pat Garrett (Hawke), on the hunt for the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid (DeHaan). Rio finds himself increasingly entwined in the lives of these two legendary figures as the cat-and-mouse game of Billy the Kid’s final year of life plays out.

Bonus features include a making-of featurette.

‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’ to Matriculate to Digital May 17, DVD June 18 From Sony

The dark comedy Slaughterhouse Rulez will graduate to digital May 17 and DVD June 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film takes place at an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness. Pupils and teachers become embroiled in a battle with a hoard of subterranean monsters, unleashed from a gaping frack site sinkhole, wreaking havoc on the school grounds.

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Asa Butterfield (TV’s “Sex Education,” Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Finn Cole (TV’s“Peaky Blinders”) and Hermione Corfield (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) star alongside Michael Sheen (TV’s “Good Omens,” “The Twilight Saga”). Simon Pegg (the “Mission Impossible” and “Star Trek” franchises) and Nick Frost (Fighting With My Family, Shaun of the Dead) appear in the film and serve as executive producers.

Documentary ‘This Is North Preston’ Due on Digital April 23 From Virgil

The documentary This Is North Preston will come out on digital HD April 23 from Virgil Films.

It documents a black community in Canada, which started as a safe haven for escaped slaves, but has more recently been painted as one of the biggest hubs of pimping and human trafficking in the nation. This Is North Preston explores how the town of 4,000 has dealt with generations of pimp culture, violence, economic struggle and constant systemic racism through the eyes of the pimps, trafficking victims, politicians, police and community members looking to change the narrative.

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The film also explores the decades of systemic racism that the town has experienced and continues to experience. While many think racism isn’t a major issue in Canada, it’s still ingrained in everyday life on the east coast from regular citizens to government officials.

‘Captive State’ to Be Unleashed on Disc and Digital June 11

The sci-fi thriller Captive State will land on Blu-ray, DVD, digital (including Movies Anywhere) and on demand June 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is set a decade after an extraterrestrial force occupied Earth, deceiving humanity with the promise of peace and unity, and Chicago police officer William Mulligan (John Goodman) is tasked with maintaining law and order in a city on the brink of rebellion. Gabriel (Ashton Sanders), the young brother of a fallen militant and the son of Mulligan’s ex-partner, is faced with the crucial choice, collaborate or fight back.

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Bonus features include “Igniting a War,” in which producer/co-writer/director Rupert Wyatt explains how the cast helped achieve realism against the backdrop of an alien invasion story; “Building the World of Captive State,” in which filmmakers and cast discuss their experiences shooting on location in Chicago; and feature commentary with Wyatt.