Thriller Shot in One Take ‘Rendez-Vous’ Due on VOD Feb. 12 From Level 33

The Mexican horror thriller shot in one take, Rendez-Vous, will debut in theaters and on VOD Feb. 12 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The film follows Lili and Eduardo, who meet for the first time after connecting on a dating app. Eduardo arrives late but with a good reason in a place like Mexico City: he was mugged, and they took his phone so he couldn’t text her to say he was running late. While at first everything seems to be going fine, when Lili finds Eduardo’s phone in his jacket, things take an unexpected and terrifying turn for the worse.

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The film won multiple festival awards, including honors for Best First Time Director at the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival and for Best Mexican Feature Film at the Espanto International Film Festival.

‘Brooklyn Love Stories’ Available on Demand Feb. 2 From Level 33

The dramatic romance anthology Brooklyn Love Stories will be available on demand on Feb. 2 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The film follows a young graffiti artist, a middle-aged widow, a teenage poet, a vampire and two lovers stuck in separate timelines. Though their paths don’t always cross, their lives unfold in Brooklyn’s vibrantly multicultural neighborhood of Bushwick, which becomes a distinctive character that ties together six diverse stories about the power of unconditional love.

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It stars Britt Baron, Justine Lupe, Ronen Rubenstein, Henny Russell, Britne Oldford, Max Baker, Hazelle Goodman and Nadia Dajani.

Flurry of New Films, Including ‘Spell,’ ‘Come Play,’ ‘Skylines’ and Animated ‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’ Debuting Jan. 12 on Digital, Disc

A batch of new movies, including Paramount Home Entertainment’s Spell and Jungleland and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ammonite and Come Play, top the slate of new disc and digital releases available Jan. 12.

Also new in stores are Skylines and two other new films from Lionsgate and several animated cartoon compilations and movies, including Warner Bros.’ Batman: Soul of the Dragon, which is making its digital debut two weeks prior to its release on disc.

Spell, available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, stars Omari Hardwick as a man flying his family to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia. He loses control of the plane in an intense storm and awakens alone, wounded, and trapped in the attic of a woman who claims she can nurse him back to health with a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin.

Jungleland, a DVD-only release, is a buddy film from Vertical Entertainment that stars Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell and Jessica Barden. The film was released Nov. 10 on premium VOD and for digital purchase — four days after its theatrical debut, in a limited release. Directed and co-written by Max Winkler, Jungleland follows two brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing, and facing danger when one of them falls into debt with a crime boss.

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Ammonite, about a passionate and all-consuming love affair that changes the lives of two 19th century women, becomes available Jan. 12 through digital retailers and on demand, as well as on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.  The film, written and directed by Francis Lee (God’s Own Country), stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

Come Play makes its digital debut Jan. 12, two weeks ahead of its Blu-ray Disc and DVD release. The supernatural thriller is about a young boy who relies on his cell phone and tablet for companionship. He befriends a strange and sinister non-human creature; when the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.

The three new releases from Lionsgate include Skylines, the third and final installment in the science-fiction “Skyline” trilogy. Directed by Liam O’Donnell, the film stars Lindsey Morgan and Rhona Mitra and was initially released last December by Vertical Entertainment in theaters and on Apple TV. It is now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD as well as through digital retailers such as FandangoNow and Redbox On Demand. The film details the battle between defenders from Earth and invaders from the moon.

Also out from Lionsgate, on DVD and digital only, are the crime thriller American Dream,  about two entrepreneurs (Luke Bracey and Michiel Huisman) who wind up beholden to a Russian mobster (Nick Stahl), and Parallel, another Vertical Entertainment release, starring Kathleen Quinlan, in which a group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a “multiverse,” but soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences.

Also available on Jan. 12 is the crime thriller Coming From Insanity, which home viewers can rent or purchase from digital retailers or watch on demand. The Level 33 Entertainment release follows Kossi, one of many children trafficked and sold into servitude in Nigeria.

Warner’s Batman: Soul of the Dragon, the 41st film in the DC Universe series of animated movies, arrives on digital sellthrough Jan. 12 ahead of its Jan. 26 release on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The Elseworlds tale is set in the 1970s and finds Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei to confront a deadly menace. Batman, joins forces with Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva, and their mentor O-Sensei, to battle the monsters of this world and beyond.

Also on the cartoon front, Paramount Home Entertainment is out with Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Twelfth Season on DVD only. In the 12th season, Gary tries out a new pair of legs to keep up with SpongeBob and Plankton and practice ruling the world in SpongeBob’s aquarium.

Cartoon fans also may be interested in Mill Creek Entertainment’s release of Ultraman Taro: The Complete Series  on Blu-ray Disc as both a special edition Steelbook and in standard packaging. It’s the North American debut of the series, which has never been broadcast on TV or available on any home entertainment format.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Actioner ‘Simmer’ Due on Digital and VOD Jan. 26 From Level 33

The action thriller Simmer will be released on digital and VOD Jan. 26 from Level 33 Entertainment.

Written and directed by Stefan van de Graaff and Nick Rush, the film stars Marsuvio Sanchez (“Better Call Saul”), Richard Keep, Travis Su’a, Chris Eguizabal, Monica Lopez, Eric Wood, Elvia Martinez, Eliana Su’a and Oscar Sanchez.

It follows a young man (Sanchez) who finds out his family will be deported if he doesn’t pay government-imposed fees. He turns to his boss who offers him an opportunity as a black-market driver to earn the money.

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Crime Thriller ‘Coming From Insanity’ Heading to Digital and On Demand Jan. 12 From Level 33

The crime thriller Coming From Insanity will be released on digital and on demand Jan. 12 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The film — based on the true story of a notorious currency counterfeiter with genius-level intelligence — follows Kossi, one of many children trafficked and sold into servitude in Nigeria. He grows up and becomes frustrated with his life as a domestic worker. Dreaming of a better life, he turns to his natural abilities and masters the art of counterfeiting U.S. dollars. Floating the most flawless bills in town, he lands on the radar of a determined currency agent who will stop at nothing to bring him to justice.

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The film won the Programmer’s Best First Feature Narrative at the Pan African Film Festival; Best Screenplay at the Five Continents International Film Festival; Best Thriller Feature at the Five Continents International Film Festival; and the Audience Choice Award Best Feature at the PressPlay Film Festival. It picked up a Special Mention, Team Performance Feature Film, at the Five Continents International Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize Best International Narrative Feature at the American Black Film Festival.

Action Thriller ‘Reversion’ Headed to Digital and VOD Dec. 15 From Level 33

The action thriller Reversion will come out on digital and VOD Dec. 15 from Level 33.

The film follows an ex-Marine accused of assassinating the president of the United States. Hiding out in a secluded house, he tries to convince his hostage that he’s not the one who killed the president — it was a clone.

Directed by Christopher R. Miles, the film stars Isaac Stephen Montgomery, Marshal Glenn and Vic Stagliano.

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Tom Green Comedy ‘Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot’ Due on Demand Oct. 6 From Level 33

The comedy Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot will come out on demand Oct. 6 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The Canadian duo of Tom Green (Road Trip, Charlie’s Angels, Freddy Got Fingered, “The Tom Green Podcast”) and Les Stroud (“Survivorman,” “Beyond Survival,” 100 Days: Yukon) star in the film about a dysfunctional protagonist, a twisted narrative, and a series of events that builds into a shocker of an ending. It follows by-the-book forest ranger Billy Teal, who is dead set on preventing Cory Mathis from finding the truth about the Mark Twain forest. Mathis, a professor, claims Bigfoot killed his wife turning him into a man obsessed with revenge and partners up with a team of misfits for the capture of the creature, but Ranger Teal, a covert government agency and a serial hoaxer (Rick Dyer) have other plans.

The film also stars Jessi Combs, Teri Eckerle and Stacy Brown Jr.

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Israeli Drama ‘Broken Mirrors’ Due on Digital and VOD Sept. 22 From Level 33

The Israeli film Broken Mirrors will premiere on digital and VOD Sept. 22 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the dramatic thriller, Shira Haas (Emmy Nominee, Netflix’s “Unorthodox”) plays 17-year-old Ariella, who is shadowed by a strict, military father who inflicts severe methods of punishment as a form of discipline. When she commits a grave error that her father isn’t willing to punish her for, seeking a punishment of her own, Ariella embarks on a dark quest where she will discover a secret to her father’s past that will lead them to confront one another.

The film also stars Yiftach Klein, Renana Raz, Yoav Rotman, Liora Rivlin, Manuel Elkaslassy, Yaakov Zada Daniel and Michaela Elkin.

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It won the Jury Prize for Best Actress at the Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Montréal and Schlingel Best Feature Film at the Film Festival for Children & Young Audience Schlingel. It was nominated for the Jury Award Narrative Feature at the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF); the Grand Prix at the Zlin Film Festival; the Award of the Israeli Film Academy; Best Actress, Best Casting and Best Screenplay from the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy; the Golden Zenith First Fiction Films Competition at the Montréal World Film Festival; and Alice in the City Prize Young Adult at the Rome Film Fest.

Level 33’s Horror Film ‘Beast No More’ Due On Demand Aug. 7

The horror film Beast No More will come out on demand Aug. 7 from Level 33.

In the film, young biologist Mary Jane doesn’t have the perfect life, she does however have what she considers the perfect son. Tragedy strikes and her world is turned upside down. Fleeing reality, she escapes to the Australian bush. In the isolated and surreal landscape, it becomes clear that someone is stalking her camp. The opportunity to be a mother again presents itself, only it comes at a cost.

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The film stars Jessica Tovey, Dan Ewing, Roy Billing, Joel Franco, Taya Calder-Mason, Dean Kyrwood and Erin Connor.

The film won the Monsters Choice Audience Award Best Film at Fangoria’s Monster Fest, as well as Best Film and Best Australian Film at the Sanctuary Cove International Film Festival.

Sci-fi Horror Film ‘Ingenium’ Due on Demand July 7 From Level 33

The sci-fi horror film Ingenium will come out on demand July 7 from Level 33.

In the film, Felicitas’ world is turned upside down after being attacked on vacation in Bangkok. She doesn’t know if her nightmares are taking over or if something bigger is trying to control her life. The only way to find out the truth is to free her best friend Natascha from an insane asylum, as she is key to a mysterious superpower that both women were never supposed to discover.

The film won Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film at the Crystal Palace International Film Festival; Jury Prize, Best Sci-fi Film, Best Actor Esther Maaß and Best Supporting Actress Judith Hoersch at the Anatomy Crime and Horror Film Festival; Dreamer Award Outstanding Science Fiction Feature at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival; Directors Choice at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival; and Best Feature and Best Actress Esther Maaß at the Paris Art and Movie Awards.

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