‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Headed to Digital Dec. 13, Disc Dec. 20

Searchlight Pictures’ The Banshees of Inisherin will be released through digital retailers Dec. 13, and on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 20 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

From acclaimed filmmaker Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), the tragicomedy is an immersive tale of friendship and folly starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. 

In the film, although Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) have been lifelong friends, they find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, bringing alarming consequences for both of them.

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The film made its world premiere in September at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award for McDonagh and the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for Farrell. It went on to release theatrically in October, earning the highest opening per screen average of the fall, according to Disney.

Bonus features include the featurette “Creating The Banshees of Inisherin” and deleted scenes.

Murder Mystery ‘See How They Run’ Headed to Digital Nov. 1

The Searchlight Pictures murder mystery See How They Run will be released on all major digital platforms Nov. 1 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

From BAFTA-winning director Tom George and screenwriter Mark Chappell, the film features an ensemble cast, led by Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan.

In the film, in the West End of London in the 1950s, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play have come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and his eager rookie sidekick Constable Stalker (Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theater underground. The more they investigate the mysterious homicide, the more they realize that they do so at their own peril.

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Bonus features include a making-of feature.

 

‘Doctor Strange’ Sequel Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for a second consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended July 4.

Available for digital purchase beginning June 22, the Marvel Comics-based sequel stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts. Strange seeks to protect a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses and is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power.

Remaining at No. 2 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for digital purchase. Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Returning to the chart at No. 3 was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, newly available for regular digital purchase after its availability for premium digital purchase and rental. In the latest installment about J.K. Rowlings’ wizarding world, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and a Muggle baker on a dangerous mission.

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The Nicolas Cage comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, newly on sale for digital rental and purchase, rose from No. 5 to No. 4 on the chart. Cage stars as himself in the film. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish). He must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.

Sony Pictures’ Morbius, available for digital purchase and rental, fell from No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart. The Marvel Comics-based film stars Jared Leto as the enigmatic superhero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others from suffering the same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a cure that unleashes a darkness inside him.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended July 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  2. The Bad Guys
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  4. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  5. Morbius
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  7. Firestarter
  8. Uncharted
  9. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  10. Last Seen Alive

‘Heat’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Aug. 9 After Star-Studded Screening at Tribeca

A special screening at the Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate the Aug. 9 release of 20th Century Studios’ Heat on 4K Ultra HD Disc for the first time.

Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and writer-director Michael Mann will reunite at this year’s Tribeca Festival June 17 for the first public premiere of the new 4K Ultra HD version of Michael Mann’s 1995 classic. The screening will be followed by an on-stage conversation, moderated by journalist and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri.

In Heat, in the wake of a precision heist of an armored truck, an obsessive detective (Pacino) begins to hunt ruthless, professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) through the streets of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate, their lives begin to mirror and unravel, and McCauley’s crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist. The film co-stars Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman and Jon Voight.

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The remastered film on disc includes previously released audio commentary with Mann, Q&As, deleted scenes and more extras.

Also on Aug. 9, Mann’s first novel, Heat 2, which tells an original story woven from the lives of the characters in Heat, both before and after the events depicted in the movie, will be published.

‘Turning Red’ to Debut on Digital April 26, Disc May 3

Disney and Pixar’s animated Turning Red will be available for digital purchase April 26, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

In the film, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei (voice of Rosalie Chiang) must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom (voice of Sandra Oh) is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda.

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Bonus features, which vary by product and retailer, include seven deleted scenes, three featurettes and audio commentary with director Domee Shi.

Turning Red is also streaming on Disney+.

‘The King’s Man’ Due on Digital Feb. 18, Disc Feb. 22

The action thriller The King’s Man will be released through digital retailers Feb. 18, and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 22 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution.

Also available digitally and in a Steelbook will be “The Kingsman Collection,” featuring all three films with bonus features together for the first time.

Set during World War I, The King’s Man tells the origin story of the world’s very first independent intelligence agency. As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions across the globe, one man must race against time to stop them.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance.

Extras include a making-of documentary and several featurettes.

Doc ‘Summer of Soul’ Available Digitally and on DVD Feb. 8

The documentary Summer of Soul will be released through digital retailers and on DVD Feb. 8 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Summer of Soul premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. The documentary also won the AFI Special Award, six awards at the Critics Choice Awards, and Best Documentary awards with NBR and LAFCA. The film is also nominated for the PGA and Spirit Awards.

It is streaming on Hulu in conjunction with Disney General Entertainment’s Onyx Collective; Searchlight Pictures released it theatrically.

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Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a documentary that is part music film, part historical record created around an event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just 100 miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was largely forgotten until now. The feature includes concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

Bonus features include audio commentary with Thompson, a making-of featurette, and “Harlem: Then & Now,” in which viewers revisit Mount Morris Park, location of the Harlem Cultural Festival.

Horror Thriller ‘Antlers’ Due on Digital Dec. 21, DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 4

The Searchlight Pictures horror thriller Antlers will be released digitally Dec. 21, and on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 4 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution.

Directed by Scott Cooper and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film explores the myth of the dreaded “wendigo” as a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, seek to help a troubled young boy who possesses a strange secret. 

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Bonus features include:

  • “The Evil Within,” in which co-writer/director Scott Cooper offers a glimpse of the layers at play in his approach to making Antlers;
  • “An Exploration of Modern Horror with Guillermo del Toro,” in which del Toro traces the lineage of elevated horror in cinema, discussing the connection between mythology and human behavior;
  • “Artifacts and Totems,” in which the filmmakers discuss how they created this world of a small, tight-knit Northwest community of working-class Americans;
  • “Gods Walk Among Us,” an in-depth exploration of the digital and practical effects used to create the film’s primal creatures;
  • “Cry of the Wendigo,” about the folklore behind the wendigo from the film’s First Nations consultants;
  • “Metamorphosis,” about actor Scott Haze’s preparation for filming, including how he lost some 70 pounds in order to play a deeply tragic character; and
  • “Comic-Con @ Home with Scott Cooper and Guillermo del Toro,” in which Steve Weintraub moderates the Comic-Con@Home 2020 panel interview with del Toro and Cooper.

‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ Available Digitally Nov. 2, on Disc Nov. 16

Searchlight Pictures’ biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye will be available on digital Nov. 2 and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate look at the rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain). In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) built a burgeoning religious broadcasting network and theme park — until rivals, financial wrongdoing and scandal toppled their empire.

Bonus features include the making-of featurette “A Look Inside The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

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‘Unbreakable’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital Sept. 21

The 2000 sci-fi drama Unbreakable will arrive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digital for the first time Sept. 21 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will also be released as a limited-edition Steelbook available only at Best Buy stores that consumers can preorder beginning Aug. 10.

In the film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, after David Dunn (Bruce Willis) emerges from a horrific train crash as the sole survivor — and without a single scratch on him — he meets a mysterious, unsettling stranger (Samuel L. Jackson) who believes comic book heroes walk the earth, and whose sinister, single-minded obsession will impact David’s life forever.

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Bonus features include deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a look at comic book artistry and leading artists, a scene from a film Shyamalan made as a child, and animated storyboard and final scene comparisons of the train sequence.