The World War II drama The Last Vermeer will come out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital Feb. 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
In the film, while Joseph Piller (Claes Bang), a Dutch Jew, was fighting in the Resistance during the Second World War, the witty, debonair art connoisseur Han van Meegeren (Guy Pearce) was hosting hedonistic soirees and selling Dutch art treasures to Hermann Göring and other top Nazis. Following the war, Piller becomes an investigator assigned the task of identifying and redistributing stolen art, resulting in the flamboyant van Meegeren being accused of collaboration — a crime punishable by death. Despite mounting evidence, Piller, with the aid of his assistant (Vicky Krieps), becomes increasingly convinced of Han’s innocence and finds himself in the unlikely position of fighting to save his life.
The Asian animated films Boboiboy: The Movie and Saving Sally are available on DVD From MVD Entertainment Group and Synergetic Distribution.
In Boboiboy: The Movie, alien treasure hunters named The Tengkotak have arrived on earth and kidnapped Ochobot in order to use him to locate an ancient and powerful Power Sphere. BoBoiBoy and his super friends must race against time to save Ochobot and uncover the secrets behind the Sfera Kuasa. The second film in the series, BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes, is slated for theatrical release in December 2020. The first film has been broadcast in more than 70 countries, but this is the first time it has been released in the United States.
In Saving Sally, Marty, an aspiring comic-book artist, secretly loves his gadget inventor best friend, Sally, and fantasizes about saving her from the big bad world. The film won the Audience Award at Lund Fantastic, the Jury Award at Fantasporto, Special Mention at Brussels Fantasy, Best Family Film at Bentonville and Children’s Choice at Metro Manila.
The Korean action film The Swordsman will swing to digital, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 16 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
In the hybrid of mainstream historical drama and traditional martial arts action, after failing to protect and prevent the downfall of the King, the best swordsman in Joseon leaves and lives in seclusion with his daughter in the mountains. As his eyesight begins to fail due to an old injury, his daughter seeks to find a treatment for him. When she is captured and taken away by a slave trader, the swordsman is forced to raise his sword again in order to save her.
The Swordsman was directed by Choi Jae-hoon and stars Jang Hyuk as the main character.
The film was released theatrically in South Korea in September. The Swordsman was invited to the 40th annual Hawaii International Film Festival and was picked as the opening film in the 2020 Korean Indonesian Film Festival.
Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross as singer Billie Holiday, will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time Feb. 23 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
A new film about Holiday, The United States vs. Billie Holiday directed by Lee Daniels, is coming next year.
Ross gives a tour-de-force debut performance as the legendary singer in the 1972 drama nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ross. Capturing the essence of Billie Holiday, one of America’s most loved and memorable blues singers and filled with the greatest songs of the incomparable “Lady Day,” the film won Image Awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress (Ross) and Best Actor (Billy Dee Williams), as well as a Golden Globe for Ross as the year’s Most Promising Newcomer — Female. Richard Pryor also stars as the unforgettable Piano Man.
The disc includes previously released bonus content in standard definition: commentary by executive producer and Motown founder Berry Gordy, director Sidney Furie and artist manager Shelly Berger; the making-of featurette “Behind the Blues: Lady Sings the Blues”; and seven deleted scenes.
The feature-length drama Trafficked: A Parent’s Worst Nightmarewill be released on DVD and Digital HD Jan. 26, during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, by Virgil Films.
Directed by Joel Paul Reisig and written by Reisig, George Sunders, and Scott Voshel, Trafficked is based on actual stories of American families who have had their lives uprooted after a child has been abducted and trafficked.
The story follows Allison Riley (Sophie Bolen, The Horse Dance, Rodeo Girl), a beautiful young girl with a bright future and a dream of becoming a veterinarian. On the eve of her 16th birthday, she sneaks out of her house to meet a handsome boy she met online and disappears. Her parents, Joanna (Kristy Swanson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Case (Mark Boyd, Whip It, “12 Monkeys”), contact the police who assume that Allison is just out with a boyfriend. They reluctantly hire private investigator John Belton (Dean Cain, “Lois and Clark,” God’s Not Dead), who has a reputation for making his own rules. Belton quickly discovers that Allison has likely been trafficked by a young man she met online and that he’s on a race against time if the Rileys hope to see their daughter again.
“Awareness is the first step towards putting an end to these atrocities in our world,” Bob Elder, president of distributor Collide Media Group, said in a statement. “Trafficked is a heart-pounding feature film reminding us of how urgent this topic is and why we need to act now.”
The dark comedy The Kid Detective will come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
A once-celebrated kid detective (Adam Brody, TV’s “The O.C.”), now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naïve client (Sophie Nélisse, The Book Thief) brings him his first adult case — to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.
The film also stars Tzi Ma, Wendy Crewson and Sarah Sutherland.
The comic drama The Last Shift will come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital Dec. 29 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
In the film, Stanley (two-time Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins), an aging fast-food worker, plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish. His last weekend takes a turn while training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. These two who share little in common are brought together through circumstance. Stanley, a high school dropout who has watched his life pass by his drive-through window, proudly details the nuances of the job. While Jevon, a columnist who’s too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labor is being exploited. A flicker of comradery sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.
The film, which premiered at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, takes place in the Paris of 1978, when old formulas do not charm listeners anymore, creating the need for new music to arise in its place. In an extremely male-dominated industry, Ana (Alma Jodorowsky) uses her electronic gadgets to make herself heard, creating a new sound that will mark the decades to come: the music of the future.
The DVD release also includes an exclusive interview with director Marc Collin, a slide show and other bonus features.
Navajo, a 1952 documentary drama nominated for two Academy Awards, is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Kit Parker Films.
In the film, a Navajo boy stoically endures hardship, hunger and the death of his family. He is taken away to attend a white man boarding school and escapes but is pursued to ancient Navajo caves. In the title role, a 7-year-old Navajo boy, Francis Kee Teller, received a Golden Globe special award even though he had never seen a movie until viewing his own performance.
Filmed at majestic Canyon de Chelly and nominated for Oscars for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography, the film showcases the talent of cinematographer Virgil Miller, who started out in silent pictures and became known primarily for filming travelogues. He had a reputation for keeping cameras rolling in remote locations under adverse weather conditions. The producers needed a cameraman with those qualities and tracked him down at a camera shop where he repaired photographic equipment. At age 64, Miller took on the challenge of working in freezing cold, with only one camera, a tripod and four reflectors, and came away with an Academy Award nomination.
The working title was The Voice of the Wind, and despite a shoestring $30,000 production budget, a threatened ban by the Indian Service, harsh weather and terrain, infighting between the co-producers, the picture went on to earn critical acclaim.
Bonus features include commentary by Teller; a “Canyon de Chelly” photo-essay by Deborah Lem, Diné; “The Canyon Matters” by Genny Yazzie, Diné; the 1952 national publicity tour with Teller (age 8); and “Our Navajo Neighbors” 1952 documentary.
Season six of the Danish drama “Seaside Hotel” will debut Nov. 20 on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video channel.
Six years have passed and it is now the summer of 1939. Dark clouds hover over Europe as World War II looms in the near distance, but the regular guests of the Seaside Hotel have again gone on holiday. Amanda struggles to keep her small commercial film company alive, but does not find much help from her sister, Vera, a young lady with strong opinions. Mrs. Frigh has become the manager of the tobacco factory and has big plans for her son, Leslie, but she has forgotten the new maid, Nana, who he is having a summer fling with. The actor Weyse is trying to cure an embarrassing case of stage fright that took place this spring. Wholesaler Madsen hopes to be allowed to build in Nazi Germany, while Mrs. Fjelds tries to help her daughter-in-law’s brother, the Austrian Jew Robert, who is on the run from the Nazis after escaping from a concentration camp.