‘Civil War’ Arriving on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Disc July 7

Lionsgate will release A24’s Civil War on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc July 7. It will also be available digitally at regular pricing following its premium digital sales and rental window.

Amazon’s ‘Civil War’ 4K combo pack

Directed by Alex Garland, the film is set in a dystopian future America in which a collation of states has formed an alliance against a tyrannical president. The story follows a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House. The cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, Jesse Plemons, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Wagner Moura.

Civil War earned $68 million at the domestic box office and $113.6 million globally.

Disc configurations will include a 4K/Blu-ray combo pack and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Both will include digital copies of the film.

Extras include the six-part documentary “Torn Asunder: Waging Alex Garland’s Civil War” and the theatrical trailer.

Amazon will have an exclusive edition of the 4K combo pack with unique box art and an additional featurette with a director and cast Q&A.

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Merchandising: ‘Gate,’ ‘Lair’ Steelbooks at Walmart

May 14 saw Lionsgate release the horror films The Gate and The Lair of the White Worm in new Blu-ray Steelbook editions exclusively at Walmart.

Sporting the Vestron Video logo and offered at $19.96 each, the Steelbooks include the films on “Digitally Restored Blu-ray” and include a digital copy. Walmart’s website lists them as readily available both online and for in-store pickup.

In 1987’s The Gate, a pair of teenagers searching for precious stones in the backyard accidentally unearth a portal to an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil.

In 1988’s The Lair of the White Worm, Hugh Grant stars as James, a young lord who returns to his family’s castle in England, where it is said his ancestor once slayed the local dragon — a monstrous white worm with a fondness for the sweet flesh of virgins. James dismisses the legend as folklore, until archaeology student Angus Flint discovers a massive reptilian skull and a pagan snake god’s ancient site of worship. When James’s virtuous girlfriend, Eve Trent (Catherine Oxenberg), suddenly disappears, James and Angus set out to investigate the foreboding cavern said to be the worm’s lair, where a centuries-old mystery begins to uncoil.

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‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ Available on Disc and VOD June 25

Lionsgate will release The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD disc and VOD June 25. It will be available for purchase digitally with standard pricing starting June 18. It is available now for premium digital rental and sale.

From director Guy Ritchie (The Gentlemen) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun: Maverick), the story inspired author Ian Fleming to write the postwar James Bond spy novels. The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare stars Henry Cavill (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Alan Ritchson (Fast X), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Hero Fiennes Tiffin (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), with Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).
 
The action-comedy, co-written by Ritchie, tells the incredible true story of the first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a small group of military officials including author Ian Fleming. The top secret combat unit, composed of a motley crew of rogues and mavericks led by Gus March-Phillipps (Cavill), goes on a daring mission against the Nazis using entirely unconventional and utterly “ungentlemanly” fighting techniques. Ultimately, the task force’s audacious approach changed the course of the war and laid the foundation for the British SAS and modern black ops warfare. 

Extras include the film’s trailer and the featurette “The Ministry of Filmmaking.”

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The film is based on the book The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops by Damien Lewis. It earned $19.85 million at the domestic box office.

A limited-edition 4K/Blu-ray Steelbook also will be available.

‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ 4K Steelbook

 

Lionsgate Studios Begins Trading on NASDAQ as a Standalone Business

Lionsgate Studios, the recently spun-off publicly traded company, May 14 began trading on NASDAQ with an opening $10.70 per share price and market capitalization around $2.79 billion. Lionsgate Studios claims to have an enterprise value of $4.6 billion.

Lionsgate separated its motion picture and television production business, including 20,000 title content library, in an effort to upgrade the value of its Starz pay-TV and streaming business.

Lionsgate Studios’ franchise properties include “The Hunger Games,” “John Wick,” “The Twilight Saga,” “Now You See Me” and “Saw,” and the television series “Mad Men,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Ghosts,” “The Rookie” and the “Power” universe, a diversified film and television production and distribution business, a talent management and production company.

“This transaction reaffirms our longstanding belief in the value of premium content by enabling us to launch Lionsgate Studios as one of the world’s leading standalone, pure play, publicly-traded content companies,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and vice chair Michael Burns said in a joint statement. “It is an important step forward in the process of preparing strategically and financially for the full separation of our studio and Starz businesses that is designed to deliver incremental value to all of our stakeholders.”

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Animated ‘A Stork’s Journey 2’ Available Digitally June 18

Lionsgate will release the animated family film A Stork’s Journey 2 through digital retailers and via on demand June 18.

Richard is back and flying high in this sequel to the 2017 original. Out to prove he is a “chirp” off the old block, the young bird gives everything he’s got to become flock leader, only to learn his brother, Max, has been given the job. After deciding to take flight and start a new life, Richard begins a dangerous journey full of thrills and surprises. It’s only through the devotion, ingenuity, and bravery of his friends that Richard finds real character and courage in himself, and discovers what he is truly meant to be.

The voice cast includes David Henrie, Jenn McAllister and Jane Lynch.

‘Escape Plan’ Trilogy Due on Blu-ray Combo Pack Steelbook July 2 Exclusively at Walmart

Lionsgate will release the “Escape Plan Triple Feature” Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) Steelbook exclusively at Walmart July 2.

The “Escape Plan” franchise stars Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin, one of the world’s foremost security analysts who helps design the most protected and fortified prisons — and finds their security flaws by breaking out of them. 

The supporting cast in the action thrillers includes Dave Bautista, Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ Headed to Premium Digital May 10

Based on the true story of the first special forces mission in history, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare arrives for premium digital rental (PVOD) and premium digital sale (PEST) on May 10 from Lionsgate.

The film has earned $19.3 million at the global box office.

From director Guy Ritchie (The Gentlemen) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun: Maverick), the story inspired author Ian Fleming to write the postwar James Bond spy novels. The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare stars Henry Cavill (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Alan Ritchson (Fast X), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Hero Fiennes Tiffin (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), with Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).
 
The action-comedy, co-written by Ritchie, tells the incredible true story of the first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a small group of military officials including author Ian Fleming. The top secret combat unit, composed of a motley crew of rogues and mavericks led by Gus March-Phillipps (Cavill), goes on a daring mission against the Nazis using entirely unconventional and utterly “ungentlemanly” fighting techniques. Ultimately, the task force’s audacious approach changed the course of the war and laid the foundation for the British SAS and modern black ops warfare. 

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The film is based on the book The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops by Damien Lewis.

Ordinary Angels

BLU-RAY REVIEW

Lionsgate;
Drama;
Box Office $19.17 million;
$29.96 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG’ for thematic content, brief bloody images and smoking.
Stars Hilary Swank, Alan Ritchson, Emily Mitchell, Nancy Travis, Tamala Jones, Skywalker Hughes.

When applied to film, the term faith-based used to summon up images of spectacularly realized biblical epics (The Gospel According to St. Matthew, The Ten Commandments, Barabbas) or what was once referred to as “women’s pictures” (Seventh Heaven, Strange Cargo, Imitation of Life), melodramas adept at discreetly entering into the record redemptive tales of conviction and spirituality. Today’s brand of faith-based films (October Baby, Mom’s Night Out, War Room) summon up wobbly constructed Christian conservative pillars of proselytization that usually place at their center a consecrated TV personality between steady gigs — think Denise Richards or Kevin Sorbo, in whom one holds little faith in their ability to act based on past performances. If properly mounted, the occasional spiritually correct film could act as welcome relief to all the comic book nihilism, but dear God, give us something more to work with than a posse of born again fugitives from the small screen putting together an audition reel for a CBN series. Hilary Swank’s mantle plays home to two Oscars, and in spite of that, I’m a great admirer of her work. Ordinary Angels, a fact-based Kleenex-puller if ever there was one, positions Swank at the top of her game, radiating southern fried charm and a verismo style of performance that are as natural as sunshine.

Sharon Stevens (Swank) sports the best hair and glad rags in the bar. Pounding shots, the unnaturally extroverted beautician is aided and abetted by a mixologist on speed dial. Even a tumble from atop the bar is not enough to keep her down. That’s left up to screenwriters Meg Tilly (doing penance for Chucky) and Kelly Fremon Craig, who are going to see to it that Sharon pays for every laugh, every gulp, every minute of the good time she had. She’s joined by best friend, and angel on her shoulder, Rose (Tamala Jones), a “magic negress” who shows up the next morning to drag Sharon to an AA meeting she’s not ready for. Stopping at a convenience store to pick up a breakfast six-pack, Sharon spies a headline on the Louisville newspaper about a 5-year-old girl in need of a life-saving liver transplant.

It’s 1993, five years after Ed’s (Alan Ritchson) wife died in childbirth, leaving the widower to look after two young daughters, Ashley (Skywalker Hughes) and her ailing sister, Michelle (Emily Mitchell). What is it about the newspaper story that draws Sharon to the funeral? Why this child? Why Ed? Anyone who tries so hard to please strangers must have something dark lurking in her past. Too much of an explanation would have colored her motivation an obvious shade of trite. And when director Joe Gunn tries to darken her backstory with a son who hates mom’s guts, he does so for two reasons. First, the lad’s rebuke sends suddenly sober mom hurtling in the direction of the nearest tavern. And without the boy, how is his presence at the climactic rescue going to make an already happy ending even happier? It’s the one subplot that played like a built-in intermission.

Two converging stories: the cauterized widower and the chatty drunk, one as stoic as the other was unreserved. If her motivation seemed a touch unfathomable, his reasoning for refusing to stand up to her was simple. He never got the chance. From her first act of kindness — a beauty parlor Hair-A-Thon raises over $3,000 — Sharon takes control, much to Ed’s muted befuddlement. She becomes his manager, and agent, accompanying Ed on a job interview that she helps him land. Sharon’s inborn extroversion is the perfect compliment to Ed’s benumbing reserve, but to the filmmaker’s credit, the romance card is never played. Through it all, Sharon is more of a mother to Ed. Any hint of intimacy between the widower and the weirdo, particularly in these surroundings, would have been deemed unclean.

With a nod to Irwin Allen, the film houses two natural disasters: a tornado and the climactic landing of a helicopter in mid-blizzard to pilot Michelle to a hospital where a replacement kidney awaits. While Ed looks on, a helicopter rotor strikes a steel wire and the whirlybird comes crashing to the ground. I’M KIDDING! Did you think the filmmakers were going to drag us through untold misery without rewarding the audience with footage of the real life, happily married Michelle playing over the closing credits? If you feel like giving your eyes a good soak, look no further than Ordinary Angels.

Special features include an audio commentary with director Jon Gunn and producers Jon Berg and Kevin Downes, as well as four inspirational behind-the-scenes mini-documentaries, and a collection of deleted scenes.

 

Lionsgate to Bow ‘Hunger Games’ Five-Film Blu-ray Combo Pack Set June 25

Lionsgate will release the “Hunger Games” five-film Blu-ray set (plus DVD and digital) June 25.

The set includes all five films in the series: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, and now The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

The recent prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes joins the first four films in the collection, following a young Coriolanus Snow as he participates with Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games decades before he became the tyrannical President of Panem. As power and corruption collide in the post-war Capitol, the spark that inspires Katniss Everdeen to volunteer as tribute in 64 years is lit.

Each film includes several previously released special features.

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Thriller ‘You Can’t Run Forever’ Due Digitally May 17 From Lionsgate

The thriller You Can’t Run Forever will be released for digital purchase and via on demand May 17 from Lionsgate.

In the thriller, Miranda, a young woman already suffering from acute anxiety due to a past tragedy, faces a new terror when a serial killer chooses her as his new target. In a harrowing hunt through the woods, Miranda finds strength she never knew she had as she tries to elude her murderous tracker.

The film stars Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons, Fernanda Urrejola, Allen Leech, Isabelle Anaya, Graham Patrick Martin and Olivia Simmons. 

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