Mystery Thriller ‘Double Blind’ Due on Blu-ray March 12 From Epic and MVD

The mystery thriller Double Blind will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 12 from Epic Pictures and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film produced in 2022, when an experimental drug trial goes horribly wrong, seven young test subjects, after being kept awake for days, must face the terrifying side effect of the drug: if you fall asleep you die. Trapped in an isolated medical facility, they desperately try to find a way to reverse the side effects of the trial, as one by one they succumb to sleep and death. Panic quickly takes hold and they to turn on each other. It’s up to Claire, the group’s unlikely leader, to keep them together, find a way to escape, and somehow manage to stay awake.

Double Blind stars Millie Brady (Roadkill), Pollyanna McIntosh (“The Walking Dead”), Akshay Kumar (Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead).

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The film won Best Ensemble Cast and Best Sound at the 2023 Filmquest festival and Best Cinematography at the 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Horror Film ‘Dark Nature’ Due on Blu-ray July 25 From MVD and Epic

The horror flick Dark Nature will be released on Blu-ray July 25 by MVD Entertainment Group and Epic Pictures.

In the film, Joy, a survivor of an abusive relationship, joins her friend Carmen and her therapy group on an isolated weekend retreat in the Canadian Rockies. Led by the enigmatic Dr. Dunnley, whose methods are experimental and, at times, dubious from Joy’s outside perspective, the experience eventually shatters the border between reality and delusion. Joy begins to suspect that they are being stalked by her abuser, when in truth, the entire group will be forced to confront a monstrous entity more terrifying than the ghosts of their pasts.

The film, starring Madison Walsh (Something Undone), Hannah Emily Anderson (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and Kyra Harper (To Die For), features the first-ever movie score composed by Canadian and Metis art-rock band Ghostkeeper. It’s the feature directorial debut of Métis filmmaker Berkley Brady (The Secret History of: The Wild West).

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The film was an official selection at the 2022 Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), the 2022 Grimmfest, the 2022 Fantasia International Film Festival, the 2022 IFI Horrorthon Film Festival and the 2022 Bloody Weekend Film Festival.

Horror Flick ‘Ditched’ Due on Blu-ray Feb. 22 From MVD and Epic

The horror flick Ditched will be released on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 22 from MVD Entertainment Group and Epic Pictures.

In the film, Melina, a paramedic, wakes up in an overturned ambulance with no memory of the accident. She is trapped in the woods with two prisoner medical transfers and the police escort team, and they are all desperate to escape. The group quickly discover that they are the victims of an ambush with the perpetrators hunting them down one by one.

The cast is led by Marika Sila, known for her roles in “The Twilight Zone” and “Lucifer.” Directed by Christopher Donaldson, the film also stars Mackenzie Gray, Lindsay Robinson and Kris Loranger. 

The film was featured in Popcorn Frights, the Molins Horror Film Festival (Spain) and EIFF (Edmonton).

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DeMille Classic ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ Coming to Blu-ray March 30 in Paramount Presents Line

Director Cecil B. DeMille’s grand 1952 spectacle The Greatest Show on Earth arrives for the first time on Blu-ray March 30 as part of the Paramount Presents line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

A two-time Academy Award-winner — including Best Picture and Best Writing, Motion Picture Story — the film captures the thrills, chills and exhilaration of the circus. Featuring three intertwining plot lines filled with romance and rivalry, DeMille’s epic includes spectacular action sequences, including a train wreck. Stars include Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame and James Stewart.

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The limited-edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc includes the film — newly restored from a 4K scan of the original negative — in collectible packaging with a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The release also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin, exploring the making of the film and its reception, as well as access to a digital copy of the film.

Horror Film ‘The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw’ Due on VOD and Digital Oct. 6

Epic Pictures’ horror film The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw will come out on VOD and digital Oct. 6.

In the film, a devout community suffering from a plague is torn apart by a beautiful young woman and the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. Against the autumnal palette of harvest season in 1973, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw explores the disturbed bond between Audrey, an enigmatic young woman, and Agatha, her domineering ‘mother,’ who live secretly as occultists on the outskirts of a remote Protestant village. As the community is besieged by a pestilence of unknown origin, children, fields and livestock begin to die — yet the Earnshaw farm remains strangely unaffected. As mass hysteria sets in the village, the townsfolk commence accusations against Audrey and Agatha of witchcraft.

The film premiered at Fantasia Fest 2020.

Epix Bows $5.99 Streaming Service Featuring Original Content, 4K Movies

Multiplatform video distributor Epix Feb. 11 announced the launch of Epix Now, a new service offering original content and catalog movies — many in 4K — for $5.99 monthly fee.

Epix, which is owned by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), said the branded app is available for download in the App store for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and in Google Play for Android phones and tablets. It will also soon be available for Roku devices and Amazon Fire TV. The service will continue rolling out across additional devices over the course of the year.

The service gives subs access to the network’s slate of new original series, including “Pennyworth,” which tells the origin story of Batman’s butler, Alfred; “Godfather of Harlem,” starring Forest Whitaker; Perpetual Grace, LTD from MGM featuring Ben Kingsley; and documentary series “Punk” from Iggy Pop and “Elvis Goes There”with Elvis Mitchell.

Subs will also be able to watch returning seasons of original series “Get Shorty,” “Berlin Station” and “Deep State,” as well as thousands of Hollywood movies and classic film franchises.

The launch of the streaming service is the network’s latest expansion in distribution. Users will have the ability to stream content from the app to any connected TV screen, download movies and episodes for offline viewing and have access to continually updated curated collections, trailers and more as well as 4K Ultra HD streaming on supported devices.

“Launching Epix Now and providing consumers nationwide with access to our premium original programming and blockbuster movies is an exciting moment for our company and solidifies our commitment to bring high-level storytelling to as many people as possible,” Michael Wright, president of Epix, said in a statement.

All four Epix linear live channels are also available today through Epix Now on select connected TV devices, including Apple TV.

Comcast Cable Getting Epix

Comcast May 22 announced it will afford Xfinity subscribers direct-access to Epix — the premium TV network recently sold by Lionsgate to MGM, beginning June 13.

Epix’s programming, which includes original series “Deep State,” and more than 2,000 feature films such as FencesArrival, and films from the “James Bond,” “Star Trek” and “Rocky” franchiseswill be available across all Xfinity TV platforms, including the voice-enabled X1 platform, as well as on devices in and out of home via the Xfinity Stream app and Web portal.

Epix joins Netflix and YouTube as major third-party home entertainment brands granted access within Comcast Cable’s walled ecosystem.

“Our goal has always been to offer our customers more choices and the ability to access all the programming they desire when and where they want it,” Daniel Spinosa, VP of video entertainment services at Comcast Cable, said in a statement.

Other original EPix programing coming to Comcast includes the second season of dark comedy, “Get Shorty,” starring Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd, and season three of CIA drama, “Berlin Station.” In addition, a new version of the seminal competition series, “The Contender” from executive producer Mark Burnett, will debut later this year.