First Season of ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ Headed to DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 27

Season one of the dramatic series “Mayor of Kingstown” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Starring Jeremy Renner and hailing from “Yellowstone” co-creator and Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, the series follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Mich., where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.

The original drama series produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios first launched in November 2021 with “Yellowstone” serving as a launchpad airing a special simulcast event for the series’ premiere on Paramount Network. The premiere of  “Mayor of Kingstown” was the No. 1 original scripted drama on Paramount+ since the rebrand and cable’s biggest new scripted premiere since “Yellowstone” in June 2018 with 2.6 million total viewers, according to Paramount.

The disc release includes all 10 uncensored episodes from the inaugural season, along with more than two hours of special features, including “Behind the Story” segments for each episode; “Perdition: Making ‘Mayor of Kingstown'”; “Zero Sum Game: The Finale”; “Inside ‘Mayor of Kingstown'”; character spots; and the cast’s favorite scenes.

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In addition to Renner, the first season stars Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, Emmy Award winner Kyle Chandler, Hugh Dillon, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird, Tobi Bamtefa, Derek Webster, Hamish Allan-Headley, Pha’rez Lass and Aidan Gillen.

Christopher Lee Euro Films, Dennis Hopper’s ‘Out of the Blue’ Among Titles Due on Disc From Severin and MVD July 26

Another collection of European Christopher Lee films, Lee in The Return of Captain Invincible, and Dennis Hopper in Out of the Blue are due on disc July 26 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

“The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Collection 2,” available on Blu-ray Disc, presents five films from the iconic actor’s European career. Immediately following Horror of Dracula, Lee reprised the role in the quirky 1959 Italian comedy Uncle Was a Vampire. Lee speaks fluent German opposite Klaus Kinski for the crazed 1962 crime thriller The Secret of the Red Orchid. In the 1974 U.K. psycho-thriller Dark Place, Lee leads a cast that includes Joan Collins, Herbert Lom and Jane Birkin. Lee’s final performance as The Count in the 1976 French comedy Dracula and Son can at last be seen in its superior director’s cut, while the ultra-rare 1989 Dutch drama Murder Story brings Lee into the sex shops of Amsterdam. Each film has been remastered from original negative materials with more than 15 total hours of trailers, commentaries, alternate cuts, vintage interviews and new featurettes, plus the Dracula and Son soundtrack and a new 100-page book by Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby.

The Return of Captain Invincible, featuring Alan Arkin and Lee, is available on Blu-ray. The two star in the long-unseen 1982 action-comedy from the director of The Beast Within and Howling II, with songs by Richard O’Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and co-written by the screenwriter of Die Hard and 48 Hours. In the film, when archcriminal Mr. Midnight (Lee) plots to take over the world, humanity’s only hope is World War II’s formerly indestructible “Legend In Leotards” (Arkin) who is now a burnt-out drunk. The released includes three discs, the theatrical version, the director’s cut and the soundtrack CD, with two-plus hours of special features.

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The drama Out of the Blue (1980), directed by and starring Dennis Hopper, is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. Virtually unseen for more than 40 years, the film stars Linda Manz as a 15-year-old who idolizes Elvis, punk rock, and her ex-con father (Hopper). Surrounded by junkies and predators, she follows them all down a one-way road to oblivion. Sharon Farrell (The Stunt Man), Don Gordon (The Last Movie) and Raymond Burr co-star. Special features include audio commentaries from Hopper, executive producer Paul Lewis and distributor John Alan Simon, the writer, and film scholar Kate Rennenbohm; cast interviews; and “Gone But Not Forgotten — Remembering Linda Manz.” 

True Story-Based Drama ‘Cave Rescue’ Due on Demand and Digital Aug. 5, Disc Sept. 13

The true story-based drama Cave Rescue will be released in select theaters, on demand and for digital purchase Aug. 5 from Lionsgate. The film will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 13.

Based on the true nail-biting mission that captivated the world, the film was shot at the original locations featuring real heroes involved in the rescue.

In the film, when rising floodwaters trap a boys soccer team in a cave system in Thailand, an Irish cave diver (Jim Warny, as himself) joins the massive effort to save them. 

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Neo-Noir Classic ‘Miami Blues’ Headed to Blu-ray July 12 in MVD Rewind Collection

The 1990 comedic crime drama Miami Blues will be released on Blu-ray Disc July 12 as part of the MVD Rewind Collection.

In the MGM neo-noir film, Junior Frenger (Alec Baldwin, The Departed, “30 Rock”) is trouble and Sgt. Hoke Moseley (Fred Ward, Tremors, Short Cuts) knows it. The smooth-talking, good-looking ex-con tiptoes on the borderline of psychotic behavior. The detective is hot on his trail after Junior kills a Hare Krishna, robs a pickpocket, then steals Moseley’s badge, his gun — and even his false teeth. Junior’s running around the streets of Miami posing as a cop, assaulting people and making arrests. And even though he promises his live-in lover (an ex-prostitute played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight) that he’ll stay out of crime, he continues playing cops and robbers on both sides of the law.

Written and directed by George Armitage (Grosse Pointe Blank, The Big Bounce, The Last of the Finest), the film was produced by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Something Wild).

The feature is presented in HD with a master provided by MGM.

Special features include interviews with Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh; the original theatrical trailer; three TV spots; the original Orion Home Video trailer; a photo gallery; a mini-poster; reversible artwork; and a limited edition slipcover for the first pressing only.

Drama ‘The Keeping Room’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray July 12 From MVD

The Civil War story The Keeping Room (2014) will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 12 from Drafthouse Films, Giant Pictures and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the reimagined Western set near the end of the Civil War, Augusta encounters two renegade soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. When the pair of soldiers track her down intent on revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to defend their home and themselves as the attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.

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From director Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) and writer Julia Hart (Miss Steven’s, Disney+’s “Stargirl”), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, The Edge of Seventeen), Sam Worthington (Avatar), Brit Marling (Another Earth), Ned Dennehy (“Peaky Blinders”) and Amy Nuttall (“Downton Abbey”).

MMA Drama ‘Warrior’ Headed to 4K UHD Steelbook Aug. 30 at Best Buy

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc combo pack of Lionsgate’s 2011 MMA-centered family drama Warrior is being re-released Aug. 30 in Steelbook packaging exclusively at Best Buy. 

The film follows Tommy Riordan, an ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past. He returns home and enlists his father, a recovering alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for a mixed martial arts tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. Tommy’s estranged brother Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to provide for his family as a public school teacher, also enters the competition. Set on a collision course with each other, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart.

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The film stars Joel Edgerton (The Gift, The Great Gatsby), Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Jennifer Morrison (TV’s “House,” TV’s “Once Upon a Time”), Frank Grillo (The Grey, The Purge: Anarchy) and Nick Nolte (Affliction, The Prince of Tides).

Special features include audio commentary with writer-director Gavin O’Connor, cowriter Anthony Tambakis, editor John Gilroy and actor Joel Edgerton; making-of documentaries; a gag reel; and a deleted scene with optional commentary.

Docs ‘Fair Play’ and ‘Sh*t Saves the World’ Among Titles Available on VOD and DVD From Gravitas Ventures in July

The documentaries Fair Play, Fittest on Earth: Next Gen and Sh*t Saves the World, as well as the drama Bundles and the thriller Endangered, are available on  DVD and VOD from Gravitas Ventures in July.

Fittest on Earth: Next Gen

Due on July 5 is the documentary Fittest on Earth: Next Gen. Directed by Mariah Moore, the film explores the CrossFit Games. When Mat Fraser declared he would retire from competition after the 2020 season, he opened the door to a new wave of challengers. In 2021, new and seasoned competitors marked the 15th year of the Games with 15 events designed to test the limits of human potential and their worthiness to be called the fittest. Amid the surprises, upsets, and staggering displays of incomparable athleticism, Tia-Clair Toomey ticked on with consistency, all while shattering records and securing her place as the most unbeatable athlete in CrossFit Games history. At the 2021 Games, viewers witnessed the return of some of the sport’s greats and the rise of the new initiates — those who will carry the mantle of the Fittest on Earth for the next generation.

In the documentary Fair Play, available July 8, inspired by her New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Eve Rodsky takes viewers on her journey to change the unbalanced care dynamic in her home and society at large. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In) and in partnership with Hello Sunshine, Fair Play follows three families on their journeys to better balance their home life, illustrating how fights about dirty dishes are actually linked to systemic issues affecting millions of families across the globe. Featuring interviews with Melinda Gates, Ai-jen Poo, Tony Porter and U.S. Representative Katie Porter, Fair Play demonstrates how private lives are public issues and that when the invisible care work historically held by women is made visible, we will achieve a more equitable future for all.

Bundles

In the drama Bundles, available July 22, when senior picture day takes a turn for the worse, high school senior Morgan Davis, with the help of her friends, is forced to confront her old elementary school bestie and current rival Maria Sanchez. Together, they concoct a plot to exact revenge against Maria — an involuntary, impromptu haircut. In an attempt to get rid of evidence, the girls decide to sell the severed hair. They quickly discover that hair is in very high demand. Before long, what was supposed to be a one-time retribution quickly escalates into a get-rich-quick scheme, and the girls find themselves in a bundle of trouble. Directed by Ryan Jordan and Jeffery Leslie, the film stars Yovanna Harris, Tanisha Cardwell, Naysa Young, Alexis Jacquelyn Smith, Layla Khepri, Imonte Ford, Lisa Renee’ Marshall, Kevin Tan, Nick Scalise, Burke Vidnovic  and Karen Culi.

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Endangered

The thriller Endangered debuts July 26. The film follows Alison, a down-on-her-luck young professional who spends her evenings trying to make ends meet as a ride-share driver. Wrapping her shift, she decides to take on one last passenger — only to find herself in unexpected danger when she discovers the mysterious stranger is not what he appears to be. Alison is cajoled into taking the fare against her better judgement, and when she discovers blood-stained jewelry and a gun in his bag, she begins to fear that she may not make it out of the trip alive. Through a twisted turn of events, Alison turns to her enigmatic passenger for help. In over her head, she must get through the night covering her tracks, avoiding the police and discovering who her inscrutable passenger truly is. Directed by Drew Walkup, the film stars Lizzie Zerebko, Michael Olavson, Edward Craig, Ryan Forrestal and Sam Lukowski.

The documentary Sh*t Saves the World is available July 5. Directed by Troy Hale, the film is a humorous take on our impact on the Earth, exploring serious topics in an environmental documentary format. The project brings to light subjects that are not often discussed — at least not at the dinner table.

Sony’s ‘The Phantom of the Open’ Headed to PVOD July 8

The dramatic comedy The Phantom of the Open will be released on PVOD July 8 from Sony Pictures Classics.

The film tells the true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. The humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. He shot the worst round in Open history and drew the ire of the golfing elite, but became a folk hero in the process and, more importantly, showed his family the importance of pursuing your dreams.

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‘As Long as I’m Famous’ Due on VOD July 19, DVD Aug. 16 From Ariztical

The LGBT drama romance As Long as I’m Famous will be released on VOD July 19 and on DVD Aug. 16 from Ariztical Entertainment.

It’s the story of private, often forbidden romances of legends from Montgomery Clift to Richard Rodgers, told through the perspective of 24-year-old Sidney Lumet. The film is inspired by true events and paying homage to the Golden Age of Broadway during the summer of 1948.

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Directed by Bruce Reisman, the film stars Aaron Fors, Gavin Adams, David Chokachi (Baywatch TV Series), Camille Montgomery, Nicholas Luna, Eric Lutes, Chelsea Jordan, Tracy Nelson and Michael Paré.

 

Will Forte to Star in Netflix Drama Series From Obamas’ Higher Ground

Will Forte will star in the drama series “Bodkin” (working title) from Netflix, Barack and Michelle Obamas’ Higher Ground, and independent studio wiip for the streaming service.

The series will start production in Ireland next week.

In addition to Forte, Siobhan Cullen, Robyn Cara, David Wilmot and Chris Walley are set to star in the seven-episode, darkly comedic thriller.

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The series follows a crew of podcasters who set out to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three strangers in an idyllic, coastal Irish town. But once they start pulling at threads, they discover a story much bigger and weirder than they could have ever imagined. As they try to discern fact from fiction — about the case, about their colleagues, and, most painfully, about themselves — the series challenges viewers’ perception of truth and exposes the stories they tell to justify beliefs or validate fears.