RLJE Sets DVD, Blu-ray Disc Release Dates for IFC Films’ ‘Werewolves Within’

RLJE Films has set a Dec. 7 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date for the critically acclaimed horror-comedy whodunit Werewolves Within.

The film was released theatrically by IFC Films in June 2021 and became available through digital retailers and on VOD in July.

Directed by Josh Ruben from a script by Mishna Wolff, the films stars Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil, Sarah Burns and Michael Chernus, among others.

The DVD will carry a suggested retail price of $27.97, with the Blu-ray Disc retailing for $28.96.

The film is about a mysterious creature terrorizing the small town of Beaverton, where a proposed pipeline has created divisions among the townsfolk. When a  snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Richardson) and postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind the strange creature.

IFC Films to Issue ‘Last Call’ on DVD Sept. 21

IFC Films has set a Sept. 21 release date for Last Call, a comedy-drama starring Jeremy Piven, which will arrive on DVD at a suggested list price of $24.98.

IFC Films is a leading distributor of talent-driven independent films.

Piven portrays 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.

Piven is best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series “Entourage,” for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards.

Manning appeared in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” as well as the films Hustle & Flow and 8 Mile.

The film also stars Zack McGowan, Jamie Kennedy of Scream fame, and legendary actor Bruce Dern, who received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominations for Nebraska and Coming Home, respectively.

Shout! Factory Releasing IFC’s ‘The Night’ and ‘No Man’s Land’ on Blu-ray July 13

IFC Films’ The Night and No Man’s Land will be released July 13 on Blu-ray Disc from Shout! Factory.

With the psychological thriller The Night, director Kourosh Ahari made history for being the first U.S.-produced film to receive a license for theatrical release in Iran since the revolution. The Night is the story of how, after a night out with friends, an exhausted married couple, Babak (Shahab Hosseini) and Neda (Niousha Noor), and their baby take shelter in the grand but eerie Hotel Normandie. Throughout a seemingly endless night, mysterious disturbances ruin their rest as Babak and Neda soon realize they’re locked in with a malevolent force that hungers for the dark secrets they’ve kept from one another.

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In the Western No Man’s Land, two families collide on a Texas ranch that shares a border with Mexico. While out on a border patrol, a rancher’s son named Jackson Greer (Jake Allyn) accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant boy. When his father tries taking the blame, Jackson flees south on horseback, becoming a gringo “illegal alien” in Mexico. Pursued by both Texas Rangers and Mexican federales, he journeys across Mexico to seek forgiveness from the dead boy’s father … only to fall in love with the land he was taught to hate. The cast includes Frank Grillo, Andie McDowell and George Lopez.

Both films are available for preorder through the ShoutFactory.com online store.


SXSW Prize Winner ‘S#!%house’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray May 18 From IFC

The comedic romance S#!%house will come out on DVD and Blu-ray May 18 from IFC Films.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.

In the film, lonely college freshman Alex (writer/directory Cooper Raiff) has closed himself off from his peers who all appear to have college figured out. But everything changes one night when he takes a leap and attends a party at S#!%house — a legendary party fraternity — where he forges a strong connection with Maggie (Dylan Gelula, First Girl I Loves). The next day, she ignores him completely and seems to have forgotten about their amazing night. Desperately clinging to his social breakthrough, Alex pulls out all the stops with one more night at the fraternity, hoping to rekindle that moment of connection.

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Talent Talk: Ekwa Msangi’s ‘Farewell Amor,’ An Ode to Second Chances

Be careful what you wish for. Sometimes getting what you’ve yearned for may present a new set of issues.

That’s the overriding premise in Farewell Amor, the feature debut of U.S. born, Kenyan-bred Ekwa Msangi, who explores what happens to an Angolan family who were forced apart for 17 years while the U.S. visas of mother and daughter were delayed interminably by immigration red tape. Their story is painfully relevant today as hundreds of migrant children continue to be separated from their families and thousands more wait years, sometimes decades, for the visas of their family members to be approved.

The IFC Films release bows in theaters as well as digital and VOD platforms on Dec. 11.

In Farewell Amor, the first silhouetted scene depicts what plays out over and over again at airports where families, friends and lovers kiss and embrace after time apart. What follows when this family is finally reunited are the awkward, sometimes painful, adjustments after time and distance have made them virtual strangers.

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Msangi was inspired by the story of an aunt and uncle who remained married for more than 20 years but who spent only two years together as U.S. immigration visa delays kept them apart. “I wanted to imagine what would happen if visas were no longer the issue,” Msangi said.

Family patriarch Walter, played by Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The Chi, Room 104) is a cab driver who has made a new life for himself in Brooklyn — and whose past is now catching up with the present. His wife, Esther (Zainab Jah, Deep State, Showtime’s “The Good Lord Bird”) has turned to religion to cope with the long separation, a fact that somewhat alarms Walter. Meanwhile, Sylvia, the teenage daughter, is sullen, distant and missing her friends, but finds refuge in her love for dance. She is played by recent Juilliard School graduate Jayme Lawson, who makes her feature debut and will next be seen in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

Developed at the Sundance screenwriters lab, Farewell Amor had its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. “We finished the film five days before its debut at Sundance,” Msangi said. The film was shot in August 2019 in a small apartment. Msangi remembers how they worked quickly, editing as they were shooting. Her next film  will be a period piece set in the South, on a much bigger budget.

Farewell Amor actually picks up from where Msangi’s short prequel, Farewell Meu Amor, ends. Here, a man is preparing to go to the airport to fetch his family after years apart, but who is also wrenched by the forced split with his girlfriend (Ghanaian-American writer and actor Nana Mensah reprises the same role in the feature), who is leaving the apartment to make way for his wife. “You have to go back to life as it was before; before me,” she says, resignedly, in the short prequel. “It’s not that simple,” he replies.

IFC’s ‘Summerland’ Heading to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 17

IFC Films will release the British drama Summerland on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 17.

The film stars Gemma Arterton as a reclusive writer living on the seaside cliffs of Southern England during World War II, who is forced to take in a young boy (Lucas Bond) evacuated from the London Blitz. While resistant at first, she soon learns the two have more in common than she realized.

The cast also includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay.

The film earned $58,498 domestically and $409,240 internationally for a total box office of $467,738 during a limited theatrical run.

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Indie Films, Older Movies Score on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The lack of fresh theatrical product continues to lead home viewers toward older films as well as niche product from independent suppliers.

The crime drama The Tax Collector, from RLJ Entertainment, remained No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Aug. 15. The film, which stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord, was released through digital retailers on Aug. 7.

New to the chart were two more independent films, Homefront and Made In Italy, which debuted, respectively at No. 6 and No. 7 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Homefront, from Open Road Films, is a 2013 action thriller that stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth. The film earned $51.7 million during its theatrical run.

Made In Italy is a new comedy-drama written and directed by James D’Arcy. Starring Liam Neeson and his son, Micheál Richardson, as well as Valeria Bilello and Lindsay Duncan, the film follows an artist who must restore a villa with his estranged son after his wife dies in a terrible car crash. Made in Italy was released Aug. 7 through in select theaters and on VOD.

Also new to the weekly chart is Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow-helmed comedy rerouted from theaters to an early digital release, at a premium price, in June. The film debuted at No. 11 on the “Watched at Home” chart after its release the prior week through digital retailers.

Jurassic World entered the chart at No. 19, a week after its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, debuted at No. 18 amid publicity around the next installment in the dinosaur franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, slated to bow in theaters next summer. Fallen Kingdom moved up two spots to finish the week at No. 16.

Rounding out the top five the week ended Aug. 15 were DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour at No. 2 and the three seasons of “Yellowstone,” from Paramount, at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.

  1. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  2. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. Homefront (2013, Open Road Films)
  7. Made In Italy (IFC Films)
  8. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  9. The Rental (IFC Films)
  10. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  11. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  12. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  14. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  15. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  16. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  17. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  18. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  19. Jurassic World (Universal)
  20. 1917 (Universal)


Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Aug. 15.

‘You Should Have Left,’ Three Other New Releases Debut on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The DVD and digital release of You Should Have Left sent the psychological thriller from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment soaring up the weekly “Watched at Home” chart to debut at No. 2.

The film, from Blumhouse Productions, stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda as a couple seeking a restful vacation in a remote home in the Welsh countryside. Their retreat soon turns into a terrifying nightmare when reality begins to unravel, dark episodes from the past resurface, and a sinister force in the house refuses to let them leave.

Another Universal-distributed film, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, remained in the top spot on the chart for the week ended Aug. 1. It’s the animated sequel’s fifth consecutive week at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Scoob!, which debuted at No. 2 the previous week in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD, slipped to No. 7. Scoob! was available for streaming on the new HBO Max SVOD service prior to its release on physical media.

Paramount’s three seasons of “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five, in the same spots as the prior week: season one at No. 3, season three at No. 4, and season two at No. 5.

Aside from You Should Have Left, three other new films, all released through digital retailers only, entered the “Watched at Home” top 20 the week ended Aug. 1. The Rental, an IFC Films drama about two couples on an unnerving weekend getaway, debuted at No. 8. Most Wanted, a Paramount Home Entertainment crime drama starring Josh Hartnett as an investigative reporter probing a heroin bust orchestrated by dirty cops to frame an innocent man, bowed at No. 10. And Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3, a shark tale starring Tania Raymonde (“Lost,” “Goliath”) entered the “Watched at Home” chart at No. 11.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  7. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  8. The Rental (IFC Films)
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  10. Most Wanted (Paramount, 2020)
  11. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  12. The High Note (Universal)
  13. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  14. Force of Nature (Lionsgate, 2020)
  15. Bloodshot (Sony)
  16. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  17. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  18. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  19. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  20. Birds of Prey (Warner)


Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Aug. 1.

IFC’s Supernatural Horror Film ‘The Wretched’ Due on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Aug. 11

Genre film distributor IFC Midnight has announced the Aug. 11 release on disc of The Wretched, a 2019 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Brett and Drew Pierce.

The film will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD, at a suggested retail price of $29.98 (Blu-ray) and $24.98 (DVD). Bonus features include commentary with the Pierce brothers and composer Devin Burrows.

The film follows the story of Ben, a rebellious teenage boy who is sent to live with his father for the summer following his parents’ separation. The idyllic tourist town offers little solace for him, however, as he is forced to deal with the local and privileged teens and his father’s new girlfriend. He thinks these are his only problems until he makes the chilling discovery that a spirit from the woods has taken ahold of his neighbors. Ben’s suspicions go unheeded as he embarks on a mission to put an end to the skin-walking witches reign of terror.

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The Wretched had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 19, 2019 and was released in drive-in theaters and through video on demand on May 1, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting the amount of films in theaters, The Wretched became the first film since Avatar (2009) to top the box office for six consecutive weekends.

Shout! Factory, IFC to Issue ‘Three Christs’ on DVD, Blu-ray Disc June 16

Shout! Factory and IFC Films have set a June 16 release date for Three Christs, an American drama directed, co-produced, and co-written by Jon Avnet and starring Richard Gere, Peter Dinklage, Walton Goggins, and Bradley Whitford.

The film will be issued on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and can be pre-ordered now on ShoutFactory.com.

The 2017 film, based on Milton Rokeach’s nonfiction book The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, is set in 1959 and follows the story of Dr. Alan Stone (Gere), a psychiatrist who arrives at a mental hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with the belief that schizophrenic patients should be treated with empathy and understanding rather than confinement and electroshock therapy.

As his first study, he takes on a particularly challenging case of three men — Joseph (Dinklage), Leon (Goggins), and Clyde (Whitford) — each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. Hoping to get them all in the same room to confront their dillusions, Dr. Stone begins a risky yet unprecedented experiment that will push the boundaries of psychiatric medicine and leave everyone involved profoundly changed.

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Three Christs originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2017, and went on to a limited theatrical release. It became available on video-on-demand (VOD) on Jan. 10.