The Command arrives on Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and digital Aug. 6 from Lionsgate.
The film is currently available on demand.
Starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, and Academy Award winner Colin Firth (2010, Best Actor, The King’s Speech), The Command is based on Robert Moore’s book A Time to Die. It follows the true story of the 2000 nuclear submarine disaster in which the K-141 Kursk sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea. As 23 sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub, their families desperately battled bureaucratic obstacles and impossible odds to find answers and save them.
The miniseries Jesus: His Lifearrives on DVD Aug. 6 from Lionsgate.
Executive produced by Joel Osteen, this story of Jesus Christ combines scripted drama with interviews from prominent religious and historical experts.
Starring Greg Barnett as Jesus, Cassie Bradley as Mary Magdalene, Abhin Galeya as Judas, Ramin Karimloo as Joseph, and Houda Echouafni as Mary, the miniseries explores the story of Jesus Christ through the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus’ life, including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter.
The Diane Keaton comedy Poms will arrive on digital July 23 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Aug. 6 from STX Films and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The comedy follows a woman who forms a cheerleading squad at a retirement community. The cast, led by Keaton and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), also features Pam Grier (Larry Crowne), Celia Weston (The Intern) and Rhea Perlman (Sing) as the group of women who are determined to defy stereotypes while having the time of their lives.
Unforgotten: A Hero’s Story of War, unveiling the memories of a Korean War veteran, will be released on DVD, EST and VOD July 16 from Virgil Films.
In the documentary, filmmaker Darrin Dick goes on a quest to uncover the story of his Korean War veteran grandfather, Harold Bauer — a story of bravery, loss and faith. During an interview with his grandson and trip to the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., Harold opens up about his faith, family and memories from the Korean War.
The horror film The Curse of La Llorona will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) July 16 and Blu-ray combo pack and DVD Aug. 6 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
From New Line Cinema and producer James Wan, The Curse of La Llorona brings the iconic Latin American legend to life. The film stars Linda Cardellini (Green Book, TV’s “Bloodline”), Raymond Cruz (TV’s “Breaking Bad,” Training Day) and Patricia Velasquez (TV’s “Arrested Development,” “The Mummy” films). Supporting cast includes Marisol Ramirez (TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles”), Sean Patrick Thomas (the “Barbershop” films, Halloween: Resurrection), Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen (Selfless) and newcomer Roman Christou.
Set in 1973 Los Angeles, the film tells the story of Anna Tate-Garcia (Cardellini), a social worker and widowed single mom struggling to balance the two roles while still coping with the loss of her husband. Anna has navigated a multitude of phantoms and superstitions in her job, usually finding personal demons lurking beneath. When she’s called to the home of Patricia Alvarez (Velasquez) and finds her two young sons locked in a closet, she interprets their terrified mother’s desperate efforts to keep them locked away as a dangerous sign of abuse. Because she is unaware of the very real danger they face, Anna has no idea what she’s about to unleash when she takes the kids into protective custody.
Adventures of Dally & Spanky, about a real-life dog and pony friendship popularized on the Web, will be released on DVD and digital Sept. 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Inspired by the true animal friendship of a Jack Russell Terrier and a rescued miniature horse, the film stars Brenna D’Amico (TV’s “Descendants”), whose father is played by country music star Trace Adkins, and Reylynn Caster (TV’s “American Housewife”) as half-sisters whose animal companions form an unlikely bond.
Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap) and Denise Richards (Starship Troopers) also star.
The story follows Addy and Ella, teenaged half-sisters with little in common. When 17-year-old Addy loses her father, she retreats from her family and struggles to deal with his loss. Ella, with her dog Dally, reaches out to create a bond with Addy and Spanky, the miniature horse she’s just inherited from her father. The animals quickly become a dynamic duo thanks to Addy and Ella’s training, and their act quickly goes viral and wins their high school talent show, bringing the girls closer. When the family realizes that the cost to keep Spanky is too high and they’ll have to send him away, Addy submits their routine to a popular TV talent show.
On the brink of global super-stardom when tragedy struck, the story of Pendergrass is a tale with surprising twists and turns and an intimate portrait of one of the greatest singers of his generation. It also tells how Teddy fought for the rights of African-American artists in a 1970s music industry prejudiced against black performers and reveals how, aged just 31, Pendergrass overcame terrible tragedy to get back on stage against all the odds.
The film’s world premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival (his home city), resulted in an Audience Award and a nomination for the Pinkenson Award. It also aired on Showtime in the United States.
Director and BAFTA award-winner Olivia Lichtenstein conceived, researched and directed the film, which reveals Teddy’s meteoric rise from his tough childhood in Philadelphia to become the lead singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.
Legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping draws on a top-notch cast (Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, and Max Zhang) to create a martial arts action film in the “Ip Man” universe. Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats, but it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.
Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and trailers.
Citing ongoing global shifts in consumer demand for packaged media, disc replication company Sony DADC is considering shuttering its manufacturing/distribution facility in Enfield.
A company spokesperson confirmed the move, saying the possible closure was in the “proposal stage” and that management was consulting with affected employees and how it could mitigate the impact of possible layoffs.
“Sony DADC will continue to remain a strong and reliable end-to-end services provider and partner for the home entertainment industry and beyond by utilizing the combination of its existing operations network in Austria, Czech Republic and Spain, plus partnerships with other providers,” Craig Carter, director PMO and transition management, Sony DADC, said in an email.
Sony DADC operates 17 manufacturing facilities worldwide, including two units in the United States: Terre Haute, Ind., and Bolingbrook, Ill.
The company in January at CES in Las Vegas, showcased continued business ventures into video games with a line of table-top micro arcade machines under license with Bandai Namco Entertainment Products.
A sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) Aug. 6 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Aug. 20 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”), the film continues the tale of lovable farm dog Bailey, as he finds a new destiny, forms an unbreakable bond and learns that some friendships transcend lifetimes. Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad; Beauty and the Beast, Frozen) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his former “boy” now grown to manhood, Ethan (Dennis Quaid; A Dog’s Purpose, I Can Only Imagine) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger; “C.S.I.,” “Under the Dome”). He has a new playmate, Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, C.J. (Kathryn Prescott; “24: Legacy”). Everything is great on the farm until C.J.’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin, Isn’t It Romantic, “GLOW”), decides to take C.J. away and chase her own fulfillment in the big city. Ethan asks Bailey to watch over C.J. wherever she goes and thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives as he, C.J., and C.J.’s best friend Trent experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter.
A Dog’s Journey features more than 30 minutes of bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, featurettes with the cast and composer, and a behind-the-scenes look at the animal performances. The release also includes feature commentary by Mancuso.