Liam Hemsworth, Russell Crowe Actioner ‘Land of Bad’ Available on Digital March 19, DVD May 14

Paramount Home Entertainment Feb. 27 announced that the actioner Land of Bad, starring Liam Hemsworth and Russell Crowe, will be available for digital purchase on March 19 and on DVD May 14.

In the film, a covert Special Forces operation in the South Philippines quickly spirals into a 48-hour battle for survival. When an elite extraction team is ambushed deep in enemy territory, rookie officer Kinney (Hemsworth) is left outnumbered but determined to leave no man behind. With an air strike closing in, Kinney’s only hope hinges on the guidance of Air Force drone pilot Reaper (Crowe).

The film also stars Luke Hemsworth, Ricky Whittle and Milo Ventimiglia.

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‘Good Burger 2’ Available Digitally Feb. 27, Due on DVD and Blu-ray March 26

Good Burger 2 — the original movie sequel to the iconic ’90s feature film based on the sketch from the Nickelodeon comedy series “All That” — will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc March 26 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment. It is available now for digital purchase.

The movie premiered on Paramount+ on Nov. 22, 2023.

The sequel follows Dexter Reed (Kenan Thompson) and original cashier Ed (Kel Mitchell) as they reunite in the present day at fast-food restaurant Good Burger with a new group of employees. 

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Special features on disc include:

  • “Home of the Good Bloopers” (Extended Version)
  • “The Comfort Food Classic”
  • “Behind the Scenes with Kenan and Kel”
  • “MEAT the Employees”
  • Q&A with the new crew
  • “Employee Training Video”
  • Good Burger movie recap

Paramount’s Musical Comedy ‘Mean Girls’ Due on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 30

Paramount Home Entertainment’s musical remake of Mean Girls is slated to hit retail shelves April 30 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The Mean Girls reboot generated $101.8 million at the global box office, including $71.3 million across North American screens. It became available across digital platforms Feb. 20.

Extras for the new version include:

  • “A New Age of Mean Girl” — Tina Fey, the cast, and crew discuss a new take on the Mean Girls story and how the drama at North Shore high would unfold in the age of social media;
  • “Song and Dance” — A behind-the-scenes look of what it took to bring the big musical numbers of Mean Girls to life;
  • “The New Plastics” — The new cast dives into their memories of watching the original film, their favorite moments/lines, what character they identified with, and what it meant to be cast in the musical;
  • Gag Reel
  • “Not My Fault” music video with Reneé Rapp and Megan Thee Stallion;
  • “I’m Having a Small Get Together at My House” extended scene;
  • Mean Girls Sing-Along with Select Songs

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The packaged-media release date marks the 20th anniversary of the original contemporary classic Mean Girls (2004) starring Lindsay Lohan, which is also being released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time April 30.

The special anniversary disc release comes in a hot pink case with a limited-edition o-sleeve featuring the infamous Burn Book and includes the new featurette “Mean Girls: Class of ’04,” as well as access to a digital copy of the film.

Other special features include:

  • commentary by director Mark Waters, screenwriter and actress Tina Fey, and producer Lorne Michaels;
  • “Only the Strong Survive”;
  • “The Politics of Girl World”;
  • “Plastic Fashion”;
  • the blooper reel “Word Vomit”;
  • “So Fetch,” featuring deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Mark Waters and screenwriter and actress Tina Fey;
  • interstitials; and
  • the theatrical trailer.

Paramount also released a digital bundle of the two films Feb. 20.

Animated Comedy ‘Migration’ Flies to Disc Feb. 27

Illumination’s animated comedy Migration will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and standard-priced digital Feb. 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has earned $256.2 million at the global box office and has been available for premium digital rental and sale since Jan. 23.

The story follows the Mallard family as they embark on a journey south for the winter to Jamaica via New York City, only for their well-laid plans to go awry, leading to new friends and unknown horizons.

The voice cast includes Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Stuber), Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games), Keegan-Michael Key (The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Keanu), Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, The Little Mermaid), and Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, “Taxi”).

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Special features include the mini-movies “Fly Hard,” in which Chump sheds her tough-as-nails attitude, risking her life to fly through a blizzard and the harrowing streets of New York to return a prized possession to a kind woman from the park; “Mooned,” in which following the events of Despicable Me, Vector and a lost Minion are stranded on the moon, and struggle to get back to Earth; and “Midnight Mission,” in which the Minions try to help Agnes overcome her fear of the dark, even if it involves going into outer space. Also included are behind-the-scenes, making-of and kid-friendly craft project featurettes.

 

‘Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City Season One’ Available on DVD From Distribution Solutions

NCircle Entertainment’s animated Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City Season One is available on DVD from Distribution Solutions.

The compilation of 20 episodes follows Strawberry Shortcake as she goes to live with her Aunt Praline in the only place a budding baker can go to make their mark: Big Apple City.

The program features the voices of Ana Sani, Diana Kaarina, Margarita Valderrama, Bahia Watson, Andrea Libman, Shannon Chan-Kent, Tabitha St. Germain and Ingrid Nilson.

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President-Themed Movies to Peruse at Home for Presidents Day

In honor of President’s Day weekend, the Media Play News staff put together a list of president-themed films to peruse and where to watch them.

  • Lincoln (2012) — Starring Danial Day-Lewis in an Oscar winning performance, the drama is set as the Civil War rages on and U.S President Abraham Lincoln struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on his decision to emancipate the slaves. (disc or digital: Disney, streaming: Paramount+)
  • Air Force One (1997) — Starring Harrison Ford as the president, the thriller follows communist radicals who hijack Air Force One with the U.S. president and his family on board. The vice president (Glenn Close) negotiates from Washington D.C., while the president, a veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board. (disc or digital: Sony Pictures)
  • Thirteen Days (2000) — In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in this period drama. The film stars Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood and Shawn Driscoll. (disc or digital Warner)
  • The American President (1995) — Starring Annette Bening and Michael Douglas, this comic romance drama follows a widowed U.S. president running for reelection and an environmental lobbyist who fall in love. 
    (disc or digital Warner)
  • Independence Day (1996) — The alien invasion flick stars Bill Pullman as the president, who leads a counterattack. (disc or digital 20th Century, streaming Philo, Sling, Starz)
  • Dave (1993) — The comic romance follows an uncanny presidential lookalike named Dave who is recruited by the Secret Service to become a momentary stand-in for the president of the United States. (disc or digital Warner)
  • Seven Days in May (1964) — Directed by John Frankenheimer, the thriller follows United States military leaders who plot to overthrow the president because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. It stars Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. (disc or digital Warner Archive, streaming Tubi)
  • Fail Safe (1964) — In this thriller directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau, a technical malfunction sends American planes to Moscow to deliver a nuclear attack. (disc or digital Criterion, streaming Tubi)
  • Frost/Nixon (2008) — This dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon was nominated for five Oscars. (disc or digital Universal or Mill Creek)
  • Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) — Directed by John Ford, this drama is a fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. It stars Henry Fonda. (disc or digital Criterion, streaming Tubi, Xumo)
  • In the Line of Fire (1993) — The thriller stars Clint Eastwood as Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan, who couldn’t save Kennedy, but is determined not to let a clever assassin take out the current president. (disc or digital Sony Pictures, streaming AMC+, Philo, Sling)
  • All the Way (2016) — This biopic follows Lyndon B. Johnson as he becomes the president of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act. It stars Bryan Cranston as Johnson and Anthony Mackie as MLK. (digital HBO, streaming Max)
  • JFK (1991) — This controversial Oliver Stone-directed docudrama stars Kevin Costner as a prosecutor who investigates potential conspiracy behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. Shout! Studios just put out a multidisc collector’s edition of the film on 4K Blu-ray. (digital Warner)

 

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Imperial’s 1997 Ice-T Crime Thriller ‘Mean Guns’ Available on DVD From MVD

The Imperial 1997 crime thriller Mean Guns, starring Ice-T and Christopher Lambert, is available as part of the MVD Rewind collection from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, the world’s most dangerous criminals are summoned to a new prison on the eve before its grand opening by Moon (Ice-T, New Jack City), the ruthless leader of the world’s most powerful crime syndicate. Chaos ensues when weapons and ammunition are passed around and the group, including Lou (Christopher Lambert, Highlander) begin their fight to survive. The last three men standing by midnight have been promised $10,000,000 in cash by Moon, who watches from his surveillance camera as gunfire and bodies fly. Rivalries develop between friends and the lines of loyalty are crossed as each criminal attempts to outwit, outrun and outlive the other in the action packed game of elimination.

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The film also stars Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Streets of Fire), Thom Mathews (The Return of the Living Dead) and Yuji Okumoto (“Cobra Kai”).

Oscar-Nominated ‘Poor Things’ Available Digitally Feb. 27, Blu-ray and DVD March 12

Searchlight Pictures’ Poor Things will be available from all major digital retailers Feb. 27 and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD March 12, with exclusive bonus content.

Winner of Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress (Motion Picture Musical or Comedy) for Emma Stone at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Poor Things has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards and 11 BAFTA Awards. The film was also named one of the 10 best films of 2023 by both the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review. It won the Golden Lion prize at Venice.

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes a tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

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The film also stars Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael.

Extras include a making-of featurette and deleted scenes.

 

Brazilian Music Doc ‘Elis & Tom’ Available on DVD From MVD

The Brazilian music documentary Elis & Tom — It Had to Be You is available now on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Outsider Pictures. 

In Los Angeles in February 1974, Tom Jobim, the incarnation of Bossa Nova, and Elis Regina, then Brazil’s most popular singer, met to record what would become one of the most iconic albums in the history of Brazilian music. Through rare and never before seen images, the musical documentary tells the story of how the encounter and recording of these two giant Artists happened. Elis brought her band, who joined Tom Jobim and the best musicians in Los Angeles, arranged by Bill Hitchcock at MGM studios.

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The recording was captured by the team of filmmakers led by director Roberto de Oliveira, who arranged for the duo to meet. The original footage was kept for 45 years until they were restored and remastered in 2018. The rare and unpublished images drive the musical documentary.

The film was an official selections at the AFI Latin American Film Festival.

Horror Flick ‘Alice in Terrorland’ Due on DVD and Digital Feb. 13 From Distribution Solutions

The horror film Alice in Terrorland will be released on DVD and digital Feb. 13 from High Fliers Films and Distribution Solutions.

Alice, a recently bereaved teenage girl, is sent to live at her grandma’s estate “Wonderland” where she falls into a waking, terror filled nightmare.

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Alice in Terrorland stars Rula Lenska, Steve Wraith, Jon-Paul Gates, Rikki Kimpton and Lizzy Willis.