RLJ, Xenon and Aflik Join Allied Vaughn MOD Service

RLJ Entertainment, Xenon Pictures and Aflik Films have joined the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

Coming April 23 on Blu-ray from RLJ Entertainment and Acorn TV are three series sets of “The Heart Guy,” about gifted but arrogant heart surgeon Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) who leads a charmed life in Sydney and believes his talent lets him live outside the rules. When an incident involving drugs and alcohol brings his world crashing down, he’s placed on probation and banned from performing surgery. He retreats to his rarely visited hometown of Whyhope in rural Australia to work as general practitioner.

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Due April 9 on MOD from Xenon, recognized in the home entertainment marketplace for creating labels focused on the African-American audience, are eight titles. The comedy How U Like Me Now (1992) stars Darnell Williams, Salli Richardson, Daniel Gardner, Raymond Whitefield and Debra Crable in a story that follows a group of young African Americans as they struggle for both financial and sexual fulfillment in early 1990s Chicago. A Day in Black and White (2001) stars Harold Perrineau and Anthony Desando in a comedy about two close friends, one black and one white, who get into a heated discussion on race relations, kicking off a series of interconnected stories that explore the racial terrain of New York City. Identity Crisis (1989) stars Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles, Rick Aviles, Shelley Burch and Richard Fancy. In the comedy, a world-Famous French fashion designer Yves Malmaison and rapper Chilly D are both attacked by the same gang of dope smugglers, leaving one in a coma and the other not so lucky. When Chilly D wakes up from his coma several days later, he discovers that his body is also possessed by the soul of Malmaison, unaware that it has been placed there by a strange old homeless woman who witnessed the murder. Because both souls occupy the same body, Chilly D can change from tough black rapper to gay white fashion designer, or back again, anytime he is struck. Kitchen Privileges (2000) is a horror film starring Peter Sarsgaard about a housebound rape victim further terrified by news of a serial killer who preys on young women. Still, she thinks nothing of renting a room to a cook named Tom, who often drags heavy garbage bags into the house and locks the kitchen door while he prepares exotic meat dishes. The Luau (2002) is a comedy, starring Brian Hooks, Maia Campbell, Troy Winbush and Faizon Love, about a man who throws a luau to earn money for rent and pay off a gambling debt. Malibooty (2002) is a party comedy starring Brian Hooks, Stickey Fingaz, Kym Whitley, Traci Bingham, E-40 and Kent Masters-King. The Outback (2009) stars Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Jesse Johnson, Ben Kermode, Natalie Walker and Christian Clark in the story of a group of friends who encounter horror in the Australian desert. Finally, Q: The Movie (1999) stars Brian Hooks, Kelita Smith and Darryl Brunson in a comedy about a man who throws a wild barbeque while his parents are gone.

Aflik, known for Nollywood movies and African-inspired content, is offering four MOD titles: three romances, Beauty of the Mind, Marriage or Prison and The Good Wife, and one drama, Marriage Rules.

Heavy Metal Story ‘Lords of Chaos’ Coming to Blu-ray and DVD in May From Unobstructed View and MVD

Lords of Chaos, a story about a heavy metal band starring Rory Culkin, will come out on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and DVD May 28 in the United States and May 21 in Canada from Unobstructed View and MVD Entertainment Group.

The coming of age horror-drama, from Swedish director Jonas Akerlund (Polar), weaves together a story of rock ‘n’ roll, youth, love and death. Inspired by a true story, Lords of Chaos, which debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is set in Oslo in 1987 as 17-year-old Euronymous (Culkin) is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create “true Norwegian black metal” with his band Mayhem. He’s joined by equally fanatical youths Dead (Jack Kilmer) and Varg (Emory Cohen). Believing that they’re on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker, driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil. They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he’s earned for the group’s violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack contains the unrated version of the film and bonus features. The DVD includes the rated version and no bonus features.

Family Drama ‘Unbridled’ Available on DVD and Digital From Mill Creek

The family drama Unbridled is available now on DVD and for digital purchase or rental from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Starring newcomer Téa Mckay, T.C. Stallings (War Room), Dey Young (Flicka) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), the film is inspired by the real-life equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) program of the Corral Riding Academy in Cary, N.C., which helps abused girls heal by pairing them with rehabilitated horses.

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It has received numerous film festival awards, including the Equus Winnie Award.

Nicole Kidman Crime Drama ‘Destroyer’ Due on Digital April 9, Disc April 23

Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman in a Golden Globe-nominated performance, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) April 9 and Blu-ray and DVD April 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

In the crime drama, Kidman stars as L.A.P.D. detective Erin Bell who, in the years since she engaged in an undercover drug ring assignment that ended tragically, has stumbled along a path of self-destruction. When the ring’s boss resurfaces, Bell is drawn back into action to try to stop a violent new crime wave.

Disc bonus features include commentary with director Karyn Kusama; commentary with writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi; “Breakdown of an Anti-Hero: The Making of Destroyer”; and a photo gallery.

WWII Drama ‘Mission of Honor’ Takes Off on Digital March 15, Disc in April From Cinedigm

The World War II drama Mission of Honor will come out in select theaters and on digital and VOD March 15 from Cinedigm.

It will hit Blu-ray and DVD in late April.

The film stars Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones,”“Misfits,” “Inhumans”), Milo Gibson (Gangster Land, Hacksaw Ridge) and Marcin Dorocinski (Jack Strong). Based on a true story, Mission of Honor follows Jan Zumbach (Rheon) and Squadron 303, a group of fighter pilots enlisted by the British Royal Airforce after a war-torn Europe has been ransacked by German Nazis. John Kent ‘Kentowski’ (Gibson) has his work cut out for him when he’s handed the angry, defeated, and often maligned squadron to command. Squadron 303 works through language barriers, cultural differences, grief and PTSD to become one of the greatest secret weapons in the Battle of Britain.

The film is directed by BAFTA winner David Blair.

Oscar Nominated ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Due on Digital March 12, Disc March 26 From Fox

If Beale Street Could Talk, which has earned Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Regina King) and Best Original Score, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) March 12 and Blu-ray and DVD March 26 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Adapted from James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, the film is a love story set in early 1970s Harlem. Newly engaged 19-year-old Tish (KiKi Layne) and her fiancé Fonny (Stephan James) have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice.

Special features include deleted scenes, the featurette “If Beale Street Could Talk: Poetry in Motion” and audio commentary by Jenkins.

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Julia Roberts Drama ‘Ben Is Back’ Due on Digital Feb. 19, Disc March 5

Ben Is Back, starring Julia Roberts, will come out on digital 4K Ultra HD Feb. 19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand March 5 from Lionsgate.

In Ben Is Back, Roberts plays a mother swept into a race against time after her troubled 19-year-old son (Lucas Hedges) returns home for Christmas — and suddenly disappears. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed and her love is tested.

Special features include an audio commentary with writer-director Peter Hedges and a photo gallery.

Roy Rogers Westerns, Faith-Based Documentaries and Dramas Among Titles on the March Disc Slate From Mill Creek

There’s something for every taste — Westerns, documentaries, and drama, family and action films — on the March disc release slate from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Coming on DVD March 5 is the drama If You’re Gone. When high school senior Brad Lee disappears the night of his graduation ceremony, his girlfriend is forced to question everything she thought she knew about him and their relationship, as well as her own faith, in hopes of finding him. The film stars Brittany Goodwin, Masey McLain, Desiree Ross and Ben Davies.

The Last Appeal, due on DVD March 5, is a faith-based drama set in the world of death row, where prisoners face legal battles, family struggles and mortality. Titus Freeman enters this daunting world determined to work the legal system to escape his sentence but discovers a new life beyond the grave. Meanwhile, his victim’s wife Trisha works the legal system to enforce his execution.

In the action film To Be a Soldier, also on DVD March 5, the sister of a mild-mannered British salesman goes missing in the Middle East, and he recruits an ex-Army ranger to help him rescue her. As they trek through the war-torn wilderness, they battle terrorists, the elements and their own dark human natures.

For the family audience March 5 is the DVD Guard Dog. Chance Watson is a lying, cheating, stealing 9-year-old who is flunking out of school. Then, one night, a magical sheepdog appears and promises to make his dreams come true, if he can follow “The Rules.” Soon, with the help of his talking, sometimes invisible dog, Chance has changed his life and the lives of many of the students at his school.

On tap March 12 are three Western collections on disc and digital.

Roy Rogers — The Happy Trails Collection, on DVD and digital, features 20 movies and is authorized by the Roy Rogers Estate. Each movie is introduced by Roy and Dale Evans in a special feature, “Happy Trails Theater.” They are joined by a host Western stars, including Gene Autry, Iron Eyes Cody, Pat Brady, Ruth Terry, Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr. and Pat Butram.

The four-film Outlaws and Con Men collection, in DVD and digital, features Django Shoots First, starring Glenn Saxson, Fernando Sancho and Evelyn Stewart; Django’s Cut Price Corpses, with Jeff Cameron, John Desmont and Esmeralda Barros; Bad Man’s River, starring Lee Van Cleef, James Mason and Gina Lollobrigidal; and Sting of the West, with Jack Palance and Giancarlo Prete

On Blu-ray and digital March 12 is the Westerm double feature Fort Yuma Gold/Damned Hot Day of Fire. In Fort Yuma Gold, after the end of the Civil War, the fanatic Southern Major Sanders continues to fight and plans to attack Fort Yuma, home to a gold reserve. A captured Confederate soldier agrees to lead Union solders to stop Sanders, but their real mission and the charms of the beautiful Connie Breastfull complicate the situation. In Damned Hot Day of Fire, the creator of the Gatling gun, which his famous invention, has been kidnapped and is being held from the Union for a million dollar ransom. Captain Chris Tanner must find and stop the villainous Tarpas before he falls into the hands of the Confederates.

Also due March 12 is the drama Unbridled on DVD and digital. Sarah thinks she is beyond redemption and unworthy of love and is sent away from the house that defined her horrors to a place where she is not the only victim, or the only one fighting to get her life back, a ranch called Unbridled. At Unbridled, Sarah meets Dreamer, a horse who has also suffered abuse, a horse who no longer trusts humans — until he meets Sarah.

The drama double feature Footprints/Friends for Live is coming March 12 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital (combo). Footprints is based on the true story of a man who finds the healing power of love only after he loses everything, a dog who learns to trust and serve after being abused and discarded, and a journey the two of them take. In Friends for Life, big city attorney Jim Crawford had won most of the battles in his life, but he couldn’t win the battle against his wife’s illness. An unexpected twist of fate leads Jim to discover four orphaned wolf pups who face certain death unless he takes them in.

Finally, March 12 come two faith documentaries.

Ancient Secrets of the Bible — The Complete Series is coming on DVD and digital. The 39-episode series, shot on location in five countries and in more than 80 U.S. cities, features re-creations, expert testimony, biblical evidence and scientific experiments to explore biblical questions such as, “Did Adam and Eve really exist and where was the Garden of Eden?”.

Also coming on DVD and digital March 12 is Miracles — The Power of Faith, a four-part documentary series that explores and investigates miracles through interviews with theologians, historians, experts, witnesses, and visits to the locations where it is believed some of the most beautiful and profound miracles occurred.

Seasons One and Two of ‘Jamestown’ Due on DVD Jan. 29 From PBS Distribution

Seasons one and two of “Jamestown” will come out on DVD Jan. 29 from PBS Distribution.

From the producers of “Downton Abbey,” the series follows the lives of three women who decide to leave their dark pasts behind in England and make a new life in 17th century America.

Jamestown Seasons 1 & 2 retails on DVD at $49.99.

In season one, viewers are taken back to 1619 Jamestown, Va. For 12 years, it has been populated only by men, but the settlement is shaken up when the first women, including Alice (Sophie Rundle), Verity (Niamh Walsh), and Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick), land. The settlement is on the brink of change summoned by the arrival of a new governor who brings new laws that cause power struggles not only within the town, but also with the native inhabitants, the Pamunkey. While love triangles, bitter rivalries, and fierce competition cause conflict for the residents, ultimately, they are bound together by their resolute will to survive and thrive in their new lives.

Season two takes viewers back to a thriving colony, where the tobacco plantations are starting to provide the wealth they promised and trade booms, but the status quo will soon be disrupted by births, deaths and broken marriages.

‘Beautiful Boy’ to Stream on Amazon Prime Video Beginning Jan. 4

Beautiful Boy, which has earned Timothee Chalamet a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video starting Jan. 4.

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

The film also stars Steve Carell, Maura Tierney and Timothy Hutton.

It has earned $7.4 million in theaters since it opened in October.