The Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Film, Mirai, is coming out on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, digital (including Movies Anywhere) and on demand April 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The Japanese film follows a young boy who embarks on a fantastical journey when his new baby sister is born and learns the importance of family. The voice cast includes John Cho, (Star Trek, Searching), Rebecca Hall (TheTown, Christine), and Daniel Dae Kim (“LOST,” “Hawaii Five-0”).
Mirai is the first animated feature from Japan to garner a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature and is the 2019 Annie Award winner for Best Animated Feature — Independent.
Bonus features on Blu-ray and digital include Japanese cast interviews, in which the cast of the original language version of Mirai is interviewed by host Hiroyuki Amano; “Mirai at Cannes Film Festival,” in which director Mamoru Hosoda and Moka Kamishiraishi (voice of Kun) attend the Cannes Film Festival for the world premiere of Mirai; “The New World of Mamoru Hosoda,” a behind-the-scenes look at Studio Chizu with Hosoda as he builds a new world for Mirai; “Mirai in Japan,” in which the the director and cast of Mirai greet audiences across Japan following the release of the film; “Mamoru Hosoda Visits Toyoma Prefecture,” in which Gen Hoshino (voice of Father) gets a special tour of Studio Chizu guided by the director; and a message from the director and Japanese cast of Mirai to their future selves.
Bonus features on Blu-ray, digital and DVD include an interview with the director; “Visiting Studio Chizu,” in which Gen Hoshino (voice of Father) gets a special tour of the studio guided by the director; trailers and TV spots.
Capernaum, Lebanon’s Academy AwardNominee for Best Foreign Language Film, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital March 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Directed and co-written by Nadine Labaki, Capernaum (“Chaos”) features a cast of non-professional actors led by Zain al Rafeea in a debut performance as a 12-year-old boy fending for himself, surviving the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and, to assert his rights, takes them to court, suing them for the “crime” of giving him life.
In addition to the Oscar nomination, Capernaum was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and won three awards at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, including the Jury Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The film was also an Official Selection at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Special features include a commentary track with director-writer Nadine Labaki and composer-producer Khaled Mouzanar; a Q & A with Labaki, Mouzanar and actor Zain Al Rafeea; and a making-of featurette detailing the process of bringing the story to life.
The film is in Arabic and Amharic with English subtitles.
The Korean zombie film Rampant will stalk to digital, DVD and Blu-ray combo pack Feb. 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
From the studio behind Train to Busan comes the story of murderous creatures known as Night Demons who have overrun ancient Korea. Returning from a long imprisonment abroad, Prince Ganglim discovers that it will take the strength of his entire kingdom to stop the bloody rampage spreading across the nation.
Special features include making-of and behind-the-scenes segments.
Three Chinese films, Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, Girls vs Gangsters and How Long Will I Love You, are coming to the home market from Well Go USA in November
Due Nov. 6 on DVD is Girls vs Gangsters, about a bachelorette weekend that spins out of control. After a wild night, three friends wake on a beach, two handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one with a new tattoo, and all of them not knowing what happened the night before. The film features Mike Tyson.
Coming Nov. 13 on DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack is Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings. Director Tsui Hark (The Taking of Tiger Mountain) brings back the popular hero in the hit wuxia fantasy franchise. Set during the Tang dynasty, the third film in the martial arts franchise finds the detective defending himself from the Empress while looking to recover a magical weapon.
Finally, coming to VOD and digital Nov. 13 is How Long Will I Love You. The romantic comedy follows a man and a woman who are living in the same apartment nearly 20 years apart and wake one day to find their timelines have merged.
MHz Networks’ subscription video on demand service MHz Choice is now available over the Internet on Comcast’s Xfinity X1, marking the first time MHz Choice’s entire catalog of premium on-demand international TV content is available through a pay-TV provider in the United States, MHz announced.
Xfinity X1 customers can subscribe to and access the service and its full library by saying “MHz Choice” into their X1 voice remote or by finding it within the networks section of Xfinity on Demand. The service can be added to X1 customers’ service for $7.99 per month.
“It’s great to be a part of the Comcast Xfinity X1 lineup and to significantly expand upon the existing relationship between our companies,” said MHz Networks president and CEO Frederick Thomas in a statement. “We could not be more pleased to introduce MHz Choice’s unmatched catalog of engaging and entertaining television to even more viewers.”
MHz Choice programming is presented in its language of origin with English subtitles and includes series “Detective Montalbano” (Italy), “Wallander” (Sweden) and “A French Village” (France). New series and new seasons of returning series including “Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games” (France), “Beck” (Sweden), “Acquitted” (Norway), “Those Who Kill” (Denmark) and “Lola Upside Down” (Finland) will launch on MHz Choice in the coming months.