‘Leaving Neverland,’ New Seasons of ‘Vice’ and ‘Crashing’ Among Titles From HBO in April

April is chock-full of releases on digital and DVD from HBO Home Entertainment, including the controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland.

The two-part documentary Leaving Neverland, due on digital download April 29, explores the separate, but parallel experiences of two young boys, James “Jimmy” Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age 7, both of whom were befriended by Jackson. They and their families were invited into his world, entranced by the singer’s fairy-tale existence as his career reached its peak. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 37, and Robson, now 41, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of their own.

Crashing Season 3 is coming to digital April 1. The show’s third season finds Pete reinvigorated — and no longer crashing on people’s couches — as he reenters the New York stand-up comedy world following his college tour. But even though he’s improved, that doesn’t mean he’s at the head of the pack. As Pete edges closer to success one stand-up set at a time, he continues to navigate his faith, dating and the ever-changing comedy scene.

The documentary Student Athlete, due on digital April 8, unveils the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports through the stories of four young men at different stages of their athletic careers, as well as a coach-turned-advocate and a whistle-blowing shoe rep who exposes the money trail. From high-school recruiting to post-graduation, the usefulness of athletes is tied to their ability to produce revenue.

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas Season 2, coming to digital April 15, focuses on education in America, investigating teacher pay, student mental health, the school-to-prison pipeline and other pressing topics. Cenac visits West Virginia, Oregon, California, Minnesota and other areas around the country to learn how communities navigate issues facing public education. While education serves as the season’s primary focus, the show addresses other issues, including the unionization of fast-food workers and the potential dangers of facial recognition software, as well as comedic solutions to lighter topics, such as how to get more steps in at the office or how to teach kids practical skills, like filing taxes.

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Also due on digital April 15 is High Maintenance Season 3, which profiles everyday people whose stories of success, failure, love and loss intersect across New York, while delving deeper into personal life of The Guy, who is spending less time on his iconic bicycle and more time in “Steve RV,” a set of wheels gifted to him last season. Featuring an intricate web of returning characters and new faces, the new episodes find New Yorkers exploring their relationship with the city, touching on such themes as death, parenthood, sexuality, fantasy and aging.

Vice Season 6, another title coming on digital April 15, continues to explore under-covered global stories with exclusive reports from Iraq, Russia, the Central African Republic and China. Season six also focuses on the domestic issues dividing the nation, providing in-depth reporting on the major debates surrounding gun laws, immigration, economics, education, civil rights and America’s place in the world.

Coming on digital April 29 is Outside the Bubble: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi. The show follows Pelosi as she ventures beyond the coast and sets out on a cross-country trip to engage in conversations with fellow Americans in an effort to gain an unfiltered understanding of other perspectives.

Also due on digital April 29 is Strike Back Season 6. When a Russian bomber crashes in the South China Sea, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 — Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Warren Brown), Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) and Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata) — are sent to investigate. There, they cross paths with Katrina Zarkova (Yasemin Allen), a rogue Russian operative with questionable loyalties. Under orders of the new commanding officer, Col. Alexander Coltrane (Jamie Bamber), Section 20 pursues stolen contents of the Russian jet across Southeast Asia. They work alongside the Malaysian police to shut down a Triad gang in Kuala Lumpur, uncover a corrupt plot by a wealthy Indian businesswoman running for Parliament and plunge into the jungles of the Golden Triangle in Myanmar, facing off against mercenary drug agents and terrifying warlords as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens to push the world to the brink of global conflict.

HBO is also releasing two titles on DVD in April.

Coming April 2 is My Brilliant Friend. When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. Set in a Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way — both her best friend and her worst enemy.

Written and directed by Daniel Sawka, Icebox, available on DVD April 16, tells the story of Oscar, played by Anthony Gonzalez (Coco), a 12-year-old Honduran boy who is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States. As Oscar attempts to reach his uncle, Manuel, in Arizona, he is apprehended by the Border Patrol and placed in “the icebox.” Faced with a seemingly impenetrable immigration system, Oscar struggles to navigate a path to freedom, with a journalist and his uncle, himself a recent immigrant, as his only lifelines.

Season Two of ‘2 Dope Queens,’ ‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts,’ ‘O.G.’ Among Titles Coming in March From HBO Home Entertainment

Season two of “2 Dope Queens,” Jane Fonda in Five Acts and O.G. are among the titles coming in March from HBO Home Entertainment.

Available for digital download March 11 is Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age, which looks at online dating, offering revelations about the billion-dollar industry. The film features interviews with, among others, Jonathan Badeen, co-founder and CSO of Tinder; Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Hinge; and Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group, which owns Tinder, OkCupid and other dating sites.

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Available March 25 for digital download is O.G. Filmed in Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility, an active maximum-security prison, O.G. follows Louis (Jeffrey Wright), once the head of a prominent prison gang, in the final weeks of his 24-year sentence. His impending release is upended when he takes new arrival Beecher (Theothus Carter), who is being courted by gang leadership, under his wing. Coming to grips with the indelibility of his crime and the challenge of reentering society, Louis finds his freedom hanging in the balance as he struggles to save Beecher.

Season two of “2 Dope Queens” will also be available for digital download March 25. The two return in four specials with some of their favorite stand-up comedians, including Rory Scovel, Solomon Georgio, Bowen Yang, Jamie Lee and Pat Brown, along with celebrity guests, to talk music, nostalgia and fashion.

Available for digital download March 25 and on DVD March 26 is Jane Fonda in Five Acts, about the Oscar-winning actress who has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation in the public eye. Fonda has been vilified as Hanoi Jane, lusted after as Barbarella and heralded as beacon of the women’s movement.

Finally, due on DVD March 26 is Camping, starring Jennifer Garner and David Tennant as Kathryn and Walt, a not-so-happily married couple. A meticulously planned outdoor trip to celebrate Walt’s 45th birthday is derailed by uninvited guests and forces of nature, turning the weekend in a test of marriage and friendships.

HBO Announces January 2019 Slate

HBO Home Entertainment has announced a slate of DVDs and digital downloads coming in January.

HBO Jan. 7 released the first season of “Camping” for digital download. The show stars Jennifer Garner and David Tennant as Kathryn and Walt, a not-so-happily married couple whose meticulously planned outdoor trip is derailed by uninvited guests and forces of nature.

Due for digital download Jan. 14 is the eight-part miniseries My Brilliant Friend, adapted from the first book in Elena Ferrante’s “Neapolitan Novels.” The drama follows Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman and author who discovers the most important friend in her life disappeared and starts writing the story of their tempestuous friendship. Includes the featurettes “The Making of My Brilliant Friend” and “Invitation to the Set.”

Also due Jan. 14 for digital download is the stand-up comedy special Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean.

Available Jan. 21 for digital download will be Room 104: Season 2 and Icebox. “Room 104” is an anthology series from Jay and Mark Duplass that peeks inside a room at an average American corporate motel, exploring the stories of the characters who pass through it on any given night. Icebox tells the story of Óscar (Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old Honduran boy forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system.

HBO will release Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind for digital Download Jan. 21 and DVD Jan. 22. The documentary explores’ Williams’ life through his own words, celebrating what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014.

Due for digital download Jan. 28 is Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus — Season 2, chronicling the exploits of legendary music artists, including James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Rick James and others.

Coming Jan. 29 is Ballers: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this series as a retired football superstar trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami. After refusing to compromise his principles by joining an alliance with the filthy-rich Anderson brothers to move a football franchise to Las Vegas, Spencer and his partner Joe set out to expand their foothold in the client-management business, weighing an opportunity to purchase an extreme-sports company.

Also due Jan. 29 on Blu-ray and DVD is Crashing: The Complete Second Season, starring Pete Holmes and loosely inspired by Holmes’ personal experiences in stand-up comedy. Extras include “Invitation to the Set” and “The Secrets of Roasting” featurettes.

Season Two of ‘The Deuce’ Coming to Digital Dec. 3, Disc Feb. 5 From HBO

The Deuce: The Complete Second Season will come out on digital Dec. 3 and Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 5 from HBO Home Entertainment.

The Deuce: The Complete Second Season continues to trace the evolution and power dynamics of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square neighborhood in the 1970s. Picking up in late 1977, five years after season one, The Deuce’s backroom massage parlors and hotels have exploded into sprawling emporiums, while the New York Mafia’s grip on the porn business is beginning to slip as talent migrates to the West Coast. Season 2 also captures the disco era in all its excesses before developers, crack cocaine, AIDS and videotapes conspire to end the scene.

The cast includes James Franco (The Disaster Artist), first season Golden Globe-nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart), Margarita Levieva (“Revenge”), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (“The Wire”), Dominique Fishback (HBO’s “Show Me a Hero”) and newcomer Luke Kirby (“Rectify”).

Bonus features include “The Deuce Season 1 Recap”; “Candy’s Back,” showing viewers where Candy (Gyllenhaal) is headed in season two; and “Height of Porn,” which explores the proliferation of porn in late ‘70s New York.

‘My Dinner With Hervé’ Available on Digital From HBO

My Dinner With Hervé is available now on digital from HBO Home Entertainment.

The film explores the unlikely friendship between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) and Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), the world’s most famous French dwarf actor.

The story unfolds over one wild night in Los Angeles — an encounter that has life-changing consequences for both men.

My Dinner with Hervé also stars Golden Globe nominee Mireille Enos (The Killing), David Strathairn (Lincoln), Andy García (Ocean’s Eleven), Harriet Walter (Succession) and Oona Chaplin (“Game of Thrones”).

‘Flight of the Conchords: Live in London’ Coming on Digital Nov. 12 From HBO

Flight of the Conchords: Live in London, featuring musical comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, will come out on digital download Nov. 12 from HBO Home Entertainment.

Filmed at the Eventim Apollo in London, the show features the two performing never-before-televised songs from their recent “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour,” as well as some of their classics.

New Zealanders McKenzie and Clement appeared on the HBO series “Flight of the Conchords” starting in 2007. The series following fictionalized versions of their lives in New York City and earned 10 Emmy nominations over its two-season run. Their album “The Distant Future” won Best Comedy Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Fourth Season of ‘Ballers’ Due on Digital from HBO Nov. 5

Ballers: The Complete Fourth Season, featuring Dwayne Johnson, will be available for digital download Nov. 5 from HBO Home Entertainment.

In the fourth season of the series exploring the glamorous and often cutthroat world of pro football, Spencer (Johnson) and Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry) expand their empire in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Ricky (John David Washington) eyes a comeback.

Guest stars include Russell Brand, Tony Hawk, Joy Bryant and Ernie Hudson.

HBO to Issue Judd Apatow’s ‘Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling’ on DVD, Digital Oct. 30

HBO Home Entertainment on Oct. 30 will release for home viewing Judd Apatow’s Emmy Award-winning documentary on the late comedy icon Garry Shandling.

The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling will become available on both DVD and digital download.  Both formats will include multiple bonus features including extended interviews with Jim Carrey and spiritual leader Ram Dass, exclusive archival stand-up performances, a previously un-aired conversation with Jeff Goldblum, never-before-seen and extended conversations with Shandling and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as a tribute performance of “Dear Mind” by Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Apatow, live from the Bonnaroo festival in 2016.

“I am so excited for this release because we found so much amazing footage and we finally have the opportunity with these DVD extras to show the world even more comedic treasures from Garry’s life and career,” said Apatow in a statement.

Shandling, a stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer, died in March 2016 at the age of 66. He was best known for “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Shandling began his career as a writer for such sitcoms as “Sanford and Son” and “Welcome Back, Kotter.” After a successful standup performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” he became a frequent guest host – and when Carson retired, Shandling was considered a leading contender to replace him.

In 1986, Shandling created “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” for Showtime, which ran on the network for four years. Next came “The Larry Sanders Show,” which began airing on HBO in 1992 and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 1998.

Apatow’s documentary has been hailed by critics. It spans the decades from Shandling’s early childhood in the 1950s in Arizona up to his death two years ago, through a collage of personal testimonials, archival footage and Shandling’s own handwritten words on life, loss, love, meditation and more, captured in an extensive library of personal notebooks.

‘Random Acts of Flyness’ Due on Digital Oct. 8 From HBO

“Random Acts of Flyness,” a subversive look at contemporary American life from filmmaker, artist and musician Terence Nance, will be available for digital download Oct. 8 from HBO Home Entertainment

The six-episode series of assorted vignettes with an ensemble cast weaves together a number of themes, including family, history, death, tech, relationships and more, intermixing live-action shots with animation, stop-motion and music.

Nance starred in, directed, wrote and executive produced the inaugural show, featuring notable guest stars including Dominique Fishback (HBO’s “The Deuce”), Whoopi Goldberg (co-host of “The View”), Gillian Jacobs (“Love,” “Community”), Ntare Guma Mwime (“The Chi,” “The Knick”), Natalie Paul (“The Deuce”), Paul Sparks (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) and many others.

HBO to Issue Season One of ‘Barry’ on DVD Oct. 2

HBO Home Entertainment has set an Oct. 2 DVD-only release date for the first season of the critically acclaimed dark comedy series “Barry.”

The set includes all eight episodes in the series, in which Bill Hader  (“Saturday Night Live,” Trainwreck) portrays the title character, a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest who falls in love with acting while on a job in Los Angeles. Barry’s handler, Fuches (Stephen Root), hires Barry out to the deeply violent Chechen mob, led by Goran Pazar (Glenn Fleshler), and his right-hand man, NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan). Barry’s target is an aspiring actor who is having an affair with Pazar’s wife. When Barry follows his “mark” into an acting class taught by Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler), he is instantly drawn to the group of acting students, particularly Sally (Sarah Goldber). Barry wants to start a new life in this community of eager hopefuls, but his criminal past won’t let him walk away.

Nominated for a total of 13 Emmy Awards, the first season of “Barry” is executive produced by Hader and Emmy nominee Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”). Bonus features on Barry: The Complete First Season include:

  • Invitation to the set: Hader and the cast and crew of “Barry” give viewers an inside look at the comedy series.
  • Inside the Episodes: Eight featurettes dissecting each episode from Hader, Berg, and more.
  • The World of Barry:  Henry Winkler and the rest of the cast introduce the show’s quirky characters.