Two music films, Martin Barre — Live in NYC and Bluebird, and a biopic on artist L.S. Lowry are just out on disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.
Martin Barre, best-known as the guitarist in Jethro Tull, one of the biggest selling bands of all time, brings his famous guitar chops to the Big Apple in this rare concert in Martin Barre — Live in NYC. Available on DVD with two audio CDs of the entire concert, the deluxe collector’s edition comes in an eight-panel digipak. The titles covers his solo band live as they rock through the classic hits that earned him a reputation as one of the signature axemen of his era.
Bluebird, available on Blu-ray and DVD, chronicles the origins of megastars such as Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. Its 35-year history is revealed through never-before-told stories from those that have worked, played, been discovered and helped preserve this unassuming strip-mall haunt. The film, an official selection at SXSW (2019), the Nashville Film Festival (2019) and the Newport Beach Film Festival (2019), features interviews with Swift, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Faith Hill, Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Vince Gill along with the stars of the hit TV series “Nashville.”
Mrs. Lowry & Son, available on DVD, chronicles the life of British artist L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall), who lived all his life with his overbearing mother Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave). Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her.
The Oscar-nominated Bombshell is coming home on digital Feb. 25 and on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD March 10 from Lionsgate.
The film has been nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Charlize Theron), Best Supporting Actress (Margot Robbie), and Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling (Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker).
Theron, Nicole Kidman, Robbie and John Lithgow (as Roger Ailes) star in the film based on the real story of three ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America’s most powerful news networks, Fox News, becoming headlines themselves when they risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.
The drama Frankie will come out on Blu-ray and digital Feb. 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Unfolding over the course of a late summer’s day in the resort town of Sintra, Portugal, Frankie follows three generations who have gathered for a vacation organized by the family matriarch (Isabelle Huppert). In this fairy tale setting, husbands and wives, parents and children, friends and lovers, stirred by their romantic impulses, discover the cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling.
The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Jérémie Renier, Pascal Greggory, Vinette Robinson, Ariyon Bakare, Carloto Cotta, Sennia Nanua and Greg Kinnear.
The Jane Austen series “Sanditon,” a miniseries of the classic E.M. Forster novel “Howards End,” and the new murder mystery series “Vienna Blood” are among the programs that will land on the Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in January from PBS Distribution.
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Writer-executive producer Andrew Davies completes Jane Austen’s last piece of work — unfinished due to her death in 1817 — with the PBS series “Sanditon,” streaming beginning Jan. 12. New episodes debut the Sunday of each following week, and on Feb. 23, fans can binge-watch the program in its entirety.
Davies (“Pride and Prejudice,” “Les Misérables,” “Little Dorrit”) takes the first 11 chapters of the final Austen masterpiece and creates an epic drama. Set during the Regency Period, the story follows Tom Parker (Kris Marshall), who is obsessed with turning the sleepy seaside village of Sanditon into a fashionable health resort. He enlists the financial backing of the local, curmudgeonly wealthy widow, Lady Denham (Anne Reid). Through a mishap while traveling through the countryside, Tom and his wife Mary (Kate Ashfield) make the acquaintance of the Heywoods, a local farming family. While describing his plans for Sanditon, their eldest daughter Charlotte (Rose Williams) is intrigued and excited and Tom invites her for an extended stay at the seaside town. Upon her initial arrival, the sensible and naive Charlotte observes hypochondria, avarice and attempted seduction run amok. Lady Denham is playing matchmaker for her destitute nephew, Sir Edward (Jack Fox), who is determined to seduce Lady Denham’s ward, Clara (Lily Sacofsky), and become the primary heir to his aunt’s estate. The arrival of wealthy, mixed-race heiress Miss Lambe (Crystal Clarke), under the guardianship of Tom’s upright brother Sidney (Theo James), due to a promise he made to Lambe’s father on his deathbed, adds an interesting complication. Eligible men naturally find Miss Lambe fascinating, while Charlotte is intrigued by Sidney. Charlotte Spencer also stars as Sir Edward’s scheming sister, Esther
Even as Austen was succumbing to her fatal illness, she chose to lampoon the contemporary fad for tonics, sea water cures and other medical remedies. Undiagnosed at the time, her malady was probably Addison’s disease, which today is easily treatable. Austen died at age 41, on July 18, 1817.
Streaming beginning Jan. 13 is the four-episode miniseries “Howards End,” starring Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond, Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard and Tracey Ullman. The series follows Margaret Schlegel (Atwell), an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman. After his wife Ruth (Ormond) dies unexpectedly, he becomes the owner of Howards End. Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast, a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky. In the absence of their late parents, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley (Ullman) tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby on the straight and narrow. The adaptation is written by Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea, Gangs of New York).
Cultures and ideas collide in 1900s Vienna, Austria, in the series “Vienna Blood,” with six episodes hitting screens Jan. 20. Opulent cafes and opera houses set the scene for heated discussions about philosophy, science and art. Max Liebermann, played by Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game), is a brilliant young English doctor and one of Sigmund Freud’s young students. He encounters Austrian Detective Inspector Oskar Rheindardt, who is struggling with his latest murder case. Max decides to help Oskar investigate the unusual and chilling string of murders.
Two “Walter Presents” international series are also beginning to stream in January, “Home Ground: Season 1” and “The Blood Pact, Season 1.”
In the Norwegian series “Home Ground: Season 1,” hitting screens Jan. 20, after leading her team to sensational results in European women’s football, coach Helena Mikkelsen finds her achievements ridiculed by the male experts of the footballing world. When a newly promoted Norwegian football team loses its coach just before the start of the league season, the team scrambles to find a new head coach. Michael Ellingsen, a former football star puts himself in the running with Helena as his assistant coach. However, fueled by everyone’s lack of trust in her, Helena demands to also be considered for the lead position. She soon learns that the club is in bigger trouble than they realized, and despite his initial hesitation, the club director decides to give Helena the historic opportunity to be manager. Still, Michael and the team don’t attempt to hide their bitterness.
In the Danish series “The Blood Pact, Season 1,” hitting screens Jan. 31, two years after becoming a widower, work-obsessed Hugo is struggling to balance his work life with fathering his two daughters. His 8-year-old has become best friends with the daughter of a prolific ex-criminal, Marius. Soon after being released from prison, Marius is involved in a freak accident with Hugo. They become friends, but the friendship draws Hugo deep into a dangerous web of crime.
Harriet, a biopic of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, will journey to digital Jan. 14, and Blu-ray Disc, DVD and on demand Jan. 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film, which has earned $42 million at the domestic box office, has been nominated for two 2020 Golden Globe awards, including Best Actress in a Drama for Cynthia Erivo and Best Original Song for “Stand Up,” which was co-written by film star Erivo and Joshuah Campbell. Additionally, the film was nominated for a SAG Award and a Critics Choice Award, earning a total of three Best Actress nominations.
Based on the inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Haunted by memories of those she left behind, Harriet (Erivo) ventures back into dangerous territory on a mission to lead others to freedom. With allies like abolitionist William Still (Leslie Odom Jr.) and the entrepreneurial Marie Buchanon (Janelle Monáe), Harriet risks capture and death to guide hundreds to safety as one of the most prominent conductors of the Underground Railroad.
The Korean War film Battle of Jangsariwill come out on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack Jan. 28 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
In the film, a small, inexperienced battalion of student soldiers are tasked with liberating the strategic locations of Incheon at a critical point in the Korean War in 1950. With little ammunition, low food supplies and second-hand weapons, the soldiers head for the frontlines of Jangsari beach. The film is based on the true story of a group of 772 student soldiers who staged a small diversionary operation at the beach to draw away North Korean attention from Incheon.
Co-directed by Kwak Kyung-taek (Friend) and Kim Tae-hun (Iris 2), the film’s cast includes Kim Myung-min (Detective K), Choi Min-ho of K-pop boy band SHINee and Megan Fox (Transformers).
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award-winning war film The Hurt Locker will arrive on digital 4K Ultra HD and on demand Feb. 4 from Lionsgate.
The film won six Oscars, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
It has been remixed in Dolby Atmos by Academy Award-winner Paul N.J. Ottosson (part of the team responsible for The Hurt Locker’s Best Sound Editing/Best Sound Mixing wins) for the home entertainment release.
The Hurt Locker stars Academy Award-nominee Jeremy Renner (2009, Best Actor, The Hurt Locker; 2010, Best Supporting Actor, The Town), Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty and Evangeline Lilly, with Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Guy Pearce.
The film follows Staff Sergeant William James, head of an elite squad of soldiers tasked with disarming bombs in the heat of combat. To do this nerve-shredding job, it’s not enough to be the best: you have to thrive in a zone where the margin of error is zero and think as diabolically as a bomb-maker.
The astronaut drama Lucy in the Sky will land on digital Dec. 17 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The film stars Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm in a story inspired by true events ripped from the headlines. After star astronaut Lucy Cola (Portman) earns a coveted spot on a NASA mission, she’s moved by the transcendence of being in space. But when she returns to Earth, her everyday life feels too small. Soon, she engages in a reckless love triangle that threatens her career and her sanity.
Special features on the digital release includes four deleted scenes and four making-of featurettes.
The Lighthouse arrives on digital Dec. 20 and on demand, Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Jan. 7 from Lionsgate.
Directed by Robert Eggers (The Witch), The Lighthouse stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in a hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. As an approaching storm threatens to sweep them from the rock and strange apparitions emerge from the fog, each man begins to suspect that the other has become dangerously unmoored.
PBS Distribution in November is debuting seven new programs on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel, including the entire series (all four seasons) of “Mr. Selfridge,” starring Jeremy Piven.
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All four seasons of “Mr. Selfridge” start streaming Nov. 22. Created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’ Diary), “Mr. Selfridge” brings to life the story of American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge (Piven), the colorful and visionary founder of Selfridges, London’s lavish department store. Pioneering, reckless, and with an abundance of charm, Harry Selfridge created a theater of retail for early 1900s Londoners, where the latest topics or trends were showcased and traditions were challenged.
The six-part miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel’s best-selling novels, “Wolf Hall,” begins streaming Nov. 10. A historical drama for a modern audience, this unromanticized re-telling lifts the veil on the internal struggles England faced on the brink of Reformation. From humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past, Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) is the brilliant consigliere to King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis). Told from Cromwell’s perspective, “Wolf Hall” follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy, “The Crown”) and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.
The biography What the Durrells Did Next hits screens Nov. 11. Hosted by “The Durrells in Corfu” matriarch Keeley Hawes, it follows the true story behind one of the best-loved families in TV drama. Lifting the lid on every family secret, heartbreak and triumph, the program reveals how Corfu shaped the personalities and ambitions of each family member. It’s an outlandish story of African expeditions, global fame, heartbreak and the establishment of a zoo dedicated to saving endangered species. The film describes how young Gerry Durrell grew up to be a world-famous zoologist whose ideas on conservation revolutionized the roles of zoos forever, how Larry Durrell nearly won the Nobel Prize for literature — but was deemed to have too much sex in his books — and how flirtatious Margo stayed forever young on cruise ships across the world. With exclusive testimony from HRH Princess Anne, family members, experts, and the actors who brought these beloved characters to life, the show is packed with revelations and personal insights.
Available now for streaming is the Danish drama-mystery “Walter Presents: Seaside Hotel, Season 2.” It’s the next summer at the Seaside Hotel and the residents are back for more shenanigans. After spending the winter helping out at the hotel, chambermaid Fie remains heartbroken from the previous summer. Amanda refuses to tell the truth that could exonerate Morten of Mr. Lindberg’s murder, keeping Morten on the run and leaving Fie with a broken heart. Forced apart from a new fling by her father, Amanda must once again spend the summer in the hotel. Meanwhile, two new young gentlemen have moved in and their contemporary style and attitudes doesn’t settle well with some of the regular guests. And one of them sets his sights on Amanda.
Streaming beginning Nov. 8 is the French series “Walter Presents: Mystery in Paris, Season 1.” A combination of thriller and women’s emancipation, this series is set in the heart of Paris, which was experiencing an industrial and social revolution at the time. Each episode place at an iconic site in the City of Lights, during the late 19th century. Told from the women’s point of view, a ghastly murder occurs in each of the locations: the Moulin Rouge, the Eiffel Tower, the Opera Garnier, the Place Vendôme, the Louvre Museum, The Sorbonne University, and The Elysee Palace, where the main character needs to solve the mystery and the murder.
The Dutch series “Walter Presents: The Neighbors, Season 2” hits screens Nov. 22. The second season of the drama returns to the same suburban streets, one year later; the neighborhood hasn’t changed, yet the dramatic events of the previous year have turned the characters’ lives upside down. Following her recovery from a coma, Eva returns to the neighborhood, while her husband Peter is still locked away in an institution. However, she has been left with amnesia and has no recollection of her past life with Peter. Could this be the fresh start she needs? Steef has been sentenced to four years in prison, but is not planning to stay behind bars for long. After a daring prison escape, he has two priorities — finding his son and taking revenge for the death of his wife, Rebecca. In the meantime, Eva befriends her new neighbors Steffi and Lex and their kids who are completely unaware of last year’s drama and are preoccupied with their own messy web of lies. By presenting herself as a babysitter, Eva finds a way into their lives and soon after starts plotting the fulfillment of her lifelong wish — a family of her own.
The French series “Walter Presents: Bright Eyed Revenge, Season 2” starts streaming Nov. 29. The new season begins with Olivia on a quest to find and save her daughter Lou. Nothing can stop her, not even her arch enemy, Etienne Chevalier, the man who had Lou kidnapped. But her mission takes on a suspenseful twist. Alone and against all odds, she manages to track down Lou’s location. But the new police officer on the case thinks she is nothing but a lawless renegade. Caught in the crossfire, Olivia is forced to give herself up and gets thrown in jail.
She struggles to survive the hostile world of prison and begins to question her own motivations. Has she become so blinded by the need for vengeance that she has done more collateral damage than good to those around her? How can she stop the machine? Faced with Etienne’s new evil schemes, she has only one possible ally left: Alexandre, the father of her child.