Zombie Film ‘Legion of the Night’ Available on DVD From MVD

The 1995 zombie film Legion of the Night is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Film Trauma.

In the film, Taylor Bloom comes home and finds that his father has been murdered by the mob and his secret experiments stolen. Taylor’s father Dr. Bloom had created the ultimate soldier using reanimated corpses. He called these soldiers CZA’s or Cybernetic Zombie Assassins and now they are being used by the mob as the ultimate hit men. Eager for revenge, Taylor and his father’s assistant create an army of the dead to reclaim his father’s property and take out the mob. Things however don’t go quite as planned and Taylor finds himself in a life and after death struggle.

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The film features performances by Bill Hinzman (Night of the Living Dead), Ron Asheton (“The Stooges”) and Jeff Rector (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “NYPD Blue”).

‘Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ Traveling to Digital March 26, Disc April 6 From Lionsgate

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, from co-stars and co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), will come out on digital March 26 and on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD April 6 from Lionsgate.

The film debuted on PVOD Feb. 12.

The comedy follows lifelong friends Barb and Star, who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time ever. The trip includes romance, friendship and a villain’s evil plot. The film also stars Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Fortune Feimster, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rose Abdoo, Vanessa Bayer, Phyllis Smith and Kwame Patterson.

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Special features include audio commentary with director Josh Greenbaum, Mumolo and Wiig; the “Barb & Star: Making Life a Little Brighter” featurette; the “Barb & Star: Casting in Paradise” featurette; bloopers; deleted scenes; and the “Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar Fashion Show” piece.

Doc ‘Ruth — Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words’ Due on DVD and Digital March 9 From Virgil

The documentary Ruth — Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words will come out on DVD and digital March 9 from Virgil Films.

The 2019 film tells the improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who couldn’t get a job despite graduating first in her law school class in a tie and making Law Review at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools, became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It also reveals both the public and private sides of a resilient, resourceful woman who survived the hostility of the profoundly male universe of government and law to become a revered justice and icon for gender equality and women’s rights.

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The documentary dramatizes a confluence of factors — personal, psychological, social and political — that impacted the course of her work and life. The film is designed as an immersive experience through the direct words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a professor, advocate, judge and justice from the 1970s onwards through the use of animation and illustrations to visualize complex constitutional cases, by the insights of colleagues who have directly worked with or have been impacted by her 40 years as a legal icon, and with an original score by a Grammy winning composer.

Ruth – Justice Ginsburg In Her Own Words (OFFICIAL TRAILER) from Virgil Films on Vimeo.

 

Polaroid Doc ‘Instant Dreams,’ Comedy ‘Birds Without Feathers’ Available on DVD From MVD

Two Synergetic Distribution titles, the Polaroid documentary Instant Dreams and the comedy Birds Without Feathers, are available on DVD in February from MVD Entertainment Group.

In Birds Without Feathers, desperate for human interaction, six emotionally damaged individuals get attention and validation out of one another in toxic and possibly ineffective ways. Among them are a wannabe Instagram celebrity who compulsively asks people to take her picture, a literal identity thief with an endless cache of costumes to match her personas and a depressed motivational speaker on his way to give the performance of a lifetime. Over the course of a weekend, people are punched, posters of celebrities are violated, birthdays are ruined and everyone’s sense of worth is challenged. The film, which stars Wendy McColm (“Community”), Alexander Stasko (Child 44) and William Gabriel Grier (Twelve), won the Certificate of Outstanding Achievement Style at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature at the 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival. It was an Official Selection at the Whistler Film Festival, the 2018 Denver International Film Festival and the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival.

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Instant Dreams brings viewers into the lives of Polaroid enthusiasts to create a portrait of Dr. Edwin Land, a pioneer in American technology. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, a small group of enthusiasts bought the last operational factory in the Netherlands. Although they have the factory, a house fire destroyed all of Dr. Land’s private notes, including the chemical formula behind instant film. As a result, engineer Stephen Herchen is brought in to recreate the magic behind Polaroid. Despite all of their progress, their version of the instant film is still too slow to share with the world. Meanwhile, artist Stephanie Schneider stores her last remaining Polaroid stock in a refrigerator, using them for her work in the California desert. Her primary medium is instant film, and most of her stock expired years ago. In New York, Christopher Bonanos is also running out of the Polaroid stock he needs to document the growth of his son. As the author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid, Christopher offers the audience a history of Dr. Land, the scientist and innovator at the heart of Polaroid’s success. Director Willem Baptist interweaves the film with archival footage showing a man at the cutting edge of technology and the downfall of Polaroid at the turn of the digital revolution. The film was an official selection at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, the 2018 San Francisco Docfest, the 2018 Sofia International Film Festival, the 2018 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, the 2019 Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival and the 2018 Doc NYC Festival.

Paramount to Bow ‘John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection’ on DVD May 11

Paramount Home Entertainment will unveil the “John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection” on DVD May 11.

Wayne had an epic, 50-year film career in which he played the lead in over 140 films. He was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning the Best Actor award for his performance in True Grit.

Representing Paramount’s biggest Wayne collection ever, the 14-movie set spans nearly 25 years of Wayne’s career and includes his Oscar-winning performance in True Grit and his final lead role in The Shootist.

The films in the DVD collection are:

  • Hondo (1953)
  • Island in the Sky (1953)
  • The High and the Mighty (1954)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Hatari! (1962)
  • Donovan’s Reef (1963)
  • McLintock! (1963)
  • In Harm’s Way (1965)
  • The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
  • El Dorado (1966)
  • True Grit (1969)
  • Rio Lobo (1970)
  • Big Jake (1971)
  • The Shootist (1976)

Doc ‘7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story’ Coming to DVD and Digital Feb. 23 From Virgil

The documentary 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story will come out on DVD and digital Feb. 23 from Virgil Films.

7 Yards is a feature-length film that explores the resilience and perspective of Chris Norton. In October 2010 at age 18, Chris suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury during a college football game. Doctors gave him just a 3% chance to ever move again, but he defied that diagnosis.

After years of physical therapy and training, Norton’s story went viral in 2015 when he successfully walked across the college graduation stage with the help of his fiancée Emily. Video of Norton walking to get his diploma touched the world, and it received more than 300 million views. Soon after, Chris and Emily set an ambitious new goal: walk seven yards side-by-side down the wedding aisle.

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The film features interviews, reenactments and real footage from the couple’s 2018 wedding. It’s the inspirational comeback story of Chris and his journey from college athlete to medical miracle to viral inspiration and now adoptive father.

Horror Film ‘The Toll’ Heads to Blu-ray, DVD on March 30

Lionsgate has set a March 30 Blu-ray Disc (plus digital) and DVD release date for the horror film The Toll, which marks the feature film directorial debut of Michael Nader.

The film follows a young girl named Cami who takes a taxi to her father’s country home. But when a wrong turn by her chatty driver, Spencer, results in the car stalling on a dark and remote road, the pair soon realize they they are being watched by an unseen presence — one that sees them as trespassers, and is ready to exact a deadly toll.

The Toll stars Jordan Hayes (TV’s “Helix,” “Good Witch,” Almost Anything), Max Topplin (TV’s “Suits,” “Insomnia,” Almost Anything), James McGowan (TV’s “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Shadowhunters,” Pyewacket), and Rosemary Dunsmore (TV’s “Orphan Black,” “The Hot Zone,” “Street Legal”).

The Blu-ray Disc will carry a suggested retail price of $21.99, while the DVD will sell for $19.98.

‘Croods,’ ‘Freaky,’ ‘Greenland’ Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases Out Feb. 9

The Croods: The New Age, Freaky and Greenland, all from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, top the slate of new disc and digital releases available for home viewing beginning Feb. 9.

Also newly available for home audiences — with Valentine’s Day in mind — are two new entries in the acclaimed Paramount Presents line of movie classics, Love Story and Elizabethtown, as well as a Steelbook special edition of the horror classic My Bloody Valentine, from Shout! Factory.

The Croods: A New Age, the computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, both from DreamWorks Animation, becomes available Feb. 9 for digital purchase through digital retailers and cable operators, two weeks ahead of its Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD debut.

The film was released theatrically over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend and ultimately grossed $46 million domestically and $149 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. The Croods: A New Age was released as a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) 48-hour rental on Dec. 18.

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Freaky and Greenland are both arriving on disc Feb. 9, two weeks after they became available for purchase through digital retailers and cable operators.

Freaky is a horror film from Blumhouse that earned $15.2 million worldwide in theaters. The film — in which a teenage girl (played by Kathryn Newton) switches bodies with a relentless serial killer (Vince Vaughn) — was released as a premium VOD rental on Dec. 3, just 21 days after its theatrical bow.

The dystopian disaster film Greenland, from STX Films, was released as a PVOD rental on Dec. 18 and is slated to become available for streaming on HBO Max at some point in the first quarter of this year. In the meantime, it is available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 9.

The film follows a family fighting for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

Also on Feb. 9, Paramount is adding the acclaimed classic Love Story and director Cameron Crowe’s romantic Elizabethtown to its vaunted “Paramount Presents” line, which now numbers 15 titles.

Love Story, starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw as two college students who remain lovers against all odds, has been newly restored from a 4K film transfer in time for its 50th anniversary. Based on Erich Segal’s best-selling novel, Love Story was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and became a cultural phenomenon, earning more than $100 million at the domestic box office. In 2002, the AFI placed it at No. 9 on its list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.

The limited-edition Blu-ray includes the newly restored film; a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin; previously released content, including a commentary by director Arthur Hiller, an introduction by film critic Ben Mankiewicz, “Love Story: A Classic Remembered” and the theatrical trailer; and digital copy access. Packaging includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

The limited-edition Elizabethtown Blu-ray Disc includes the 2005 film, which stars Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, newly remastered from a 4K transfer supervised by Crowe. The disc is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. It also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with Crowe, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and an alternate ending with an introduction by Crowe. Along with access to a digital copy of the film, the Blu-ray also includes previously released special features, including deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Crowe; the “On the Road to Elizabethtown,” “The Music of Elizabethtown,” “Meet the Crew” and “Training Wheels” featurettes; and a photo gallery.

Also out Feb. 9 is a new two-disc Steelbook edition of the 1981 Canadian slasher film My Bloody Valentine, from Shout! Factory. The film follows a group of young adults who throw a Valentine’s Day party, only to find themselves the targets of a vengeful killer dressed in mining gear.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Horizon Line’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 16

The thriller Horizon Line will come out on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

It is available now on digital.

In the film, former couple Sara (Allison Williams, Get Out, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Jackson (Alexander Dreymon, “The Last Kingdom,” “American Horror Story”) board a single-engine plane for a routine and casual flight to their friend’s tropical island wedding. However, within minutes of takeoff, their pilot suffers a fatal heart attack, leaving them with no idea where they are, and no clue how to land the plane. With nothing but miles of ocean and sky in every direction, and a terrifying storm that’s about to envelop them, Sara and Jackson have only one shot — and there’s no going back.

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Extras include deleted scenes.

Universal Celebrates ‘Croods’ Release With Virtual Museum Events

La Brea Tar Pits, part of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History have partnered with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on educational virtual “Camp Croods,” based on the DreamWorks Animation family film The Croods: A New Age.

The Croods: A New Age will be available to own on digital Feb. 9 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 23, 2021, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The two separate interactive programs will feature hands-on activities and scientific investigation to explore the Ice Age, human origins and the fate of saber-toothed cats. Families will have the chance to meet real-life paleontologists and archaeologists, participate in DIY art projects, explore virtual tar pits (La Brea Tar Pits camp), take a virtual tour of the Human Origins exhibition (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History camp) and experience drawing demonstrations that bring the prehistoric Croods characters to life.

“Bringing the world of The Croods to life with the help of these two distinguished museums within an exclusive setting is a truly unique opportunity that we are pleased to share virtually with families and kids,” said Hilary Hoffman, EVP of global marketing for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “As time-honored brands for research, discovery and exhibition, La Brea Tar Pits and the Smithsonian continue to develop entertaining and engaging programs for kids making them the ideal partners to celebrate the home entertainment release of The Croods: A New Age, the must-own family movie of the year.”

The La Brea Tar Pits camp takes place Feb. 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. PT and Feb. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. PT. (Free. Registration required. RSVP at tarpits.org/campcroods).

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History camp takes place Feb. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. ET (Free. Registration required. RSVP at s.si.edu/croods ).

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“This collaboration is a great opportunity to showcase the ways in which art and science intersect, while at the same time introducing families to La Brea Tar Pits, the world’s only active paleontological research facility in a major urban area,” said Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, president and director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County. “We are grateful to Universal and DreamWorks for helping us provide campers with a new way to see science in action and encourage them to keep exploring the world around them — be it through paleontology or animation.”

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“We are excited to join with Universal and DreamWorks to take visitors to Camp Croods on a journey back in time to explore the evidence scientists use to understand the lives of early humans,” said Dr. Kirk Johnson, sant director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. “Campers will embark on a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Human Origins which examines the lives and environments of our earliest ancestors and considers the notion of what it means to be human.”