Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga and Disney’s Cruella lead the slate of new Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases Sept.21. New digital releases include Paw Patrol: The Movie.
F9: The Fast Saga, the latest installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, comes out with a new director’s cut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film has generated more than $716 million worldwide. The release features the original theatrical version, the director’s cut and more than an hour of exclusive bonus content, including a behind-the-scenes look at the stunts and cars and a gag reel. In the film, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) thought he’d left his outlaw life in the rear-view mirror, but not even he can outrun the past. When his forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena, Bumblebee) unexpectedly resurfaces as an elite assassin, the crew comes back together to help Dom confront the sins of his own past and stop a world-shattering plot. Franchise veteran Justin Lin, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the series, returns to the director’s seat. F9 also stars returning franchise cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron.
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Sept. 21 releases Cruella on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD. The film, a prequel to 101 Dalmatians, follows the early years of the villainous Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone), when she was a young grifter named Estella during the punk rock revolution in 1970s London. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), setting off a chain of events that leads Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. The cast also includes Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong. The film earned $86.1 million at the domestic box office.
Lionsgate releases the comedy Lady of the Manor on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 21. Written and directed by actor Justin Long and his brother Christian, the supernatural buddy comedy stars Melanie Lynskey as a stoner-slacker hired to portray Lady Wadsworth (Judy Greer), a Southern belle who died in 1875, in a tour at Wadsworth Manor. Hannah, a hot mess, figures she can fake it — until the ghost of Lady Wadsworth appears and tells her it’s time to change her wild ways — and she’ll haunt her until she does. The cast also includes Justin Long, Luis Guzmán and Ryan Phillippe. The film is rated ‘R’ for language throughout, sexual material and drug use.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Batwoman: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 21. The second season of the CW series introduces a new Batwoman, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie), who discovers the bat-suit in the wreckage of Kate Kane’s plane. As the Bat-team tries to piece together what happened to Kate, the new Batwoman confronts a new enemy to Gotham City: the Black Mask. Meanwhile, the villainous Alice (Rachel Skarsten) confronts her past, and the leader of a cult of women who live on a mysterious island and may have been involved causing Kate to disappear. The cast also includes Dougray Scott, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson and Elizabeth Anweis. “Batwoman” is part of the “Arrowverse,” a shared universe of CW shows that also includes “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” among others.
God of War II, a follow-up the 2017 Chinese martial arts actioner God of War, lands on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment.Charles Lin (The Outsiders) and Yuxi Liu (Legend of the Phoenix) star in the story of Lü Bu. Years after escaping, Lü Bu has no memory of his hellish early life as a test subject for a ruthless imperial sorceress. Now, he is feared across the land as the conquering general under warlord Dong Zhuo, for whom he has blazed a trail of victories on the battlefield. But when a woman arrives at the palace claiming to be his long-lost love, the facade begins to fade, and he begins to realize that his closest allies may yet be his most dangerous foes.
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, releases the horror film Violation for digital purchase and on Blu-ray Sept. 21. The film, from AMC’s Shudder streaming service, marks the feature screenwriting and directorial debut of Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli. Sims-Fewer also stars as Miriam who returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law when her marriage begins to implode. But one evening, a tiny slip in judgement leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling, and furious. Believing her only recourse is to exact revenge, Miriam takes extreme action, but the price of retribution is high, and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel. The cast also includes Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe and Obi Abili.
IFC Films Sept. 21 releases Last Call on DVD. The comedy-drama stars Jeremy Piven as Mick, a local success story and real estate developer who returns home to his offbeat blue-collar Irish neighborhood in the shadows of Philadelphia for a funeral and is obligated to stay to ensure his parents’ ailing family business gets back on course. Amid all of this, he grows closer to his childhood crush (Taryn Manning), who is also back in town, while enduring the constant ridicule of his old hometown crew. As Mick begins to reconnect with the neighborhood he grew up in, he finds himself at a crossroads when forced to either raze or resurrect the family bar.
The drama I Carry You With Me comes out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on a true story, the film follows a decades-spanning romance between an aspiring chef and a teacher and their treacherous journey from Mexico to New York with dreams, hopes and memories in tow. Directed by Heidi Ewing and written by Heidi Ewing and Alan Page Arriaga, the film stars Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez, Michelle Rodríguez, Ángeles Cruz, Arcella Ramírez and Michelle González.
Lionsgate releases the eight-part A&E Network documentary series “Biography: WWE Legends” in two volumes on DVD Sept. 21. Helmed by some of the industry’s top directors and storytellers, the docuseries gives fans the ultimate ringside seat to the real-life stories behind the showbiz acrobatics, smack talk and larger-than-life alter-egos of several legends of professional wrestling. These collections pull back the curtain on the twists, turns and triumphs on the paths to fame and icon status for these WWE Legends. Biography: WWE Legends Vol. 1 focuses on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and “Booker T.” Biography: WWE Legends Vol. 2 presents profiles of Shawn Michaels, Ultimate Warrior, Mick Foley, and Bret “Hitman” Hart. The separate DVD sets are listed with an SRP of $19.98 each.
CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release The Equalizer: Season One on DVD Sept. 21. The reimagining of the 1985-89 TV series “The Equalizer” stars Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer — an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.
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The animated family film Paw Patrol: The Movie, from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Spin Master Entertainment, is available for digital purchase Sept. 21. In the film, which earned $103 million at the global box office, when their rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and the heroic pups kick into high gear to face the most challenging mission of their Paw Patrol careers. Along the way, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty, and together the Paw Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City. The digital release features exclusive bonus content, including a look at the team; additional news reports with reporter Marty Muckraker (Jimmy Kimmel); a sing-along with a reimagined Paw Patrol theme song lyric video; bonus television episodes from the Nickelodeon series (produced by Spin Master Entertainment), including one never-before-seen episode; and a never-before-seen episode of “Blaze and the Monster Machines.” The film will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2.
The action thriller The Protégé arrives for digital purchase Sept. 21 from Lionsgate. The story of a deadly assassin out for vengeance stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick. In the film, rescued as a child and raised by legendary assassin Moody (Jackson), Anna (Maggie Q) was trained to become the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Anna learns that Moody has been brutally killed, she vows revenge. On the murderer’s trail, Anna is entangled with an enigmatic hit man (Keaton) and, as their confrontation turns deadly, the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves ever tighter. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Oct. 19.
Also new for digital purchase Sept. 21 is Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. In the sequel to the 2019 psychological thriller Escape Room, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive and discovering they’ve all played the game before. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release Night of the Animated Dead through digital retailers Sept. 21. An animated reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Animated Dead includes exclusive scenes not included in the original film. The voice cast includes Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson and Nancy Travis. The story involves a group of strangers in Pennsylvania taking refuge in an abandoned farmhouse during a zombie attack. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5.
The “Crocodile Dundee” trilogy arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) Sept. 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 35th anniversary. Originally released on Sept. 26, 1986, Crocodile Dundee, featuring Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), the eccentric Australian crocodile hunter, earned more than $328 million worldwide and spawned two sequels: Crocodile Dundee II and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
The 1997 Kurt Russell thriller Breakdown will travel to Blu-ray as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on Sept. 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Featuring a director-approved remaster from a new 4K film scan, the film is presented in a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. In Breakdown, Russell is Jeff Taylor, headed toward a new life in California with his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan). When their car dies on a remote highway, a seemingly helpful trucker (J.T. Walsh) offers Amy a ride to the local diner while Jeff waits with the car. Then Jeff discovers his vehicle was deliberately tampered with, and by the time he gets to the next town, his worst fears are about to come true.
The sports drama Hardball, starring Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane, arrives on Blu-ray for the first time Sept. 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 20th anniversary. Directed by Brian Robbins, the film follows Conor O’Neill (Reeves), a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks. Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team, a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago’s inner city. Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet. The kids need someone to believe in, and as Conor wrestles with his past, they start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future — that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places.
The 2000 sci-fi drama Unbreakable arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digital for the first time Sept. 21 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will also be released as a limited-edition Steelbook available only at Best Buy stores. In the film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, after David Dunn (Bruce Willis) emerges from a horrific train crash as the sole survivor — and without a single scratch on him — he meets a mysterious, unsettling stranger (Samuel L. Jackson) who believes comic book heroes walk the earth, and whose sinister, single-minded obsession will impact David’s life forever.
Due Sept. 21 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc is 1970’s Skullduggery, starring Burt Reynolds, Susan Clark, Roger C. Carmel, Edward Fox, Alexander Knox and Wilfrid Hyde-White. An expedition into the interior of Papua New Guinea comes across a tribe of ape-like people, the Tropis, who may or may not be ancestors of early man. However, the influence of modern man is to have devastating effects upon these forgotten people. When one of the Tropis is allegedly murdered, the following murder trial centers around the question of whether the Tropis are human or animal. Includes a new 2K master, and a new commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, C. Courtney Joyner and Sergio Mims.
Also due Sept. 21 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc is the 1970 Western Macho Callahan, starring David Janssen, Jean Seberg, Lee J. Cobb, David Carradine, Bo Hopkins and James Booth. Diego “Macho” Callahan (Janssen), a man tricked into enlisting in the Confederate army, is later thrown into a hellish stockade on desertion charges. He eventually breaks out of the prison camp and sets out to kill Duffy (Cobb), the man in yellow boots who bamboozled him into signing enlistment papers. However, after accidentally killing a Confederate officer (Carradine), he finds himself pursued by a gang of vicious bounty hunters intent on collecting the reward put up by the dead officer’s widow (Seberg). Includes a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, plus a new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox.
Another Sept. 21 release on Blu-ray is 1974’s Golden Needles, starring Joe Don Baker, Jim Kelly, Elizabeth Ashley, Burgess Meredith, Ann Sothern and Roy Chiao. From director Robert Clouse comes this suspense story of a priceless ancient Chinese statue that is pursued halfway across the world. The legend of the golden statue (which contains seven youth-restoring acupuncture needles) promises the owner health and incredible vigor, but can also deliver a painful death. Includes a new 2K master, a new commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Chris Poggiali, newly commissioned art by Vince Evans, radio spots, a TV Spot, theatrical trailer and an image gallery.
Another Sept. 21 release on Blu-ray is 1982’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, starring Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner, Reni Santoni, George Gaynes and Francis X McCartney.
Martin re-teams with director Carl Reiner, following The Jerk and The Man with Two Brains, for this black-and-white comedy noir. As the private eye of private eyes, Martin is Rigby Reardon. He’s tough, rough and ready to take on anything when Juliet Forrest (Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheesemaker, has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a rat and follows a complex maze of clues that lead him to the “Carlotta Lists.” By weaving the plot and production design around memorable movie clips, Martin and Reiner summon some familiar friends to assist Reardon: Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster, Charles Laughton, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, Vincent Price, Barbara Stanwyck and Lana Turner — just to name a few. Extras include a new audio commentary by filmmaker Allan Arkush and film historian/filmmaker Daniel Kremer, four radio spots, three TV spots, the theatrical trailer and a “Buttometer” teaser trailer.
Sept. 21 also sees the Blu-ray release of 1988’s Masquerade, starring Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, Dana Delany, John Glover and Doug Savant. In this sexually charged mystery about a wealthy woman who falls for the wrong man, Olivia (Tilly) seems to have it all. But behind the serene facade of her Easthampton seaside estate, something is missing: passion. Enter Tim (Lowe), the sexy sailing instructor and playboy who’s not ashamed of sleeping with his boss’ insatiable wife (Cattrall) or social climbing for sport. And when he sets his sights on Olivia, she falls under the seductive spell of this handsome stranger, unaware that he has his eye on more than just her beauty. Includes a new audio commentary by director Bob Swaim.
Also due on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 21 is 1990’s Bird on a Wire, starring Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke, Joan Severance and Stephen Tobolowsky. From director John Badham, the action-packed comedy stars Gibson as Rick Jarmin, a man hiding under the FBI Witness Protection Program who gets nervous when old flame Marianne Graves (Hawn) recognizes him. But before he can assume a new identity, the man he put in jail (Carradine) is released and comes to pay his respects. Rick and Marianne find themselves thrown together on an exhilarating cross-country scramble, barely evading the gangsters, police and an amorous veterinarian (Joan Severance). Includes a new 2K master; a new audio commentary from Badham, producer/second unit director Rob Cohen and film historian/filmmaker Daniel Kremer; and the theatrical trailer.
Code Red Sept. 21 releases on Blu-ray the 1970 family movie Pufnstuf from “Land of the Lost” producers Sid & Marty Krofft, starring Jack Wild, Martha Raye, Cass Elliott, Billie Hayes, Billy Barty and Felix Silla. After a bad day at school, Jimmy (Wild) runs to the shore to play his flute, but he can’t believe his eyes when his ordinary flute comes to life. When a magical talking boat appears, he boards the ship only to discover that it has been sent by an evil witch named Witchiepoo to keep him prisoner and take his flute. It’s up to the fantastic dragon H.R. Pufnstuf and his comical companions, Cling and Clang, to come to the rescue in an adventure beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.
Gravitas Ventures releases the sci-fi thriller Tethered on demand Sept. 21. In the film from writer-director Gregg Furuoka, what starts as a “John Doe” case for Detective Samantha Morris (Caroline Harris, American Gigolo) and her partner will put her personal world into upheaval. No one understands what happened to her and her partner out in the forest — not even her. In this sci-fi mystery, Sam searches for a murderer, a missing partner, and her own sanity. The puzzle consumes her and if she is to take back her life, she must redefine her own reality. In order to discover the truth of what really happened, she will have to suffer even greater consequences.
Gravitas Ventures Sept. 21 also releases the documentary The Center: Gibbons and Guardians across all TVOD/digital platforms and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America on Sept. 21. Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Alex M. Azmi (To Climb a Gold Mountain and the upcoming Man and Machine), the documentary is a winner of five festivals from an international film festival run of more than a dozen festivals. It tells the story of The Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, Calif., at which a determined group of people dedicate their lives to the care of endangered apes and in the process, find courage, laughter and even romance. The film follows the unexpected dramas at this remote nonprofit wildlife center in the California desert, weaving together the lives of endangered gibbons alongside those who care for them. It features interviews with a number of the leading women who tirelessly champion apes globally, including Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. messenger of peace, and The Gibbon Conservation Center’s director Gabriella Skollar.
A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.