‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ Hitting Blu-ray and DVD March 16 From Lionsgate

Don’t Tell a Soul arrives on DVD and Blu-ray (plus digital) March 16 from Lionsgate.

It is currently available on demand and on digital.

The film, which premiered at the Deauville Film Festival in September 2020 and was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival, stars Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, TV’s “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” The Children Act), Jack Dylan Grazer (ItIt Chapter Two, Shazam!) and Mena Suvari (TV’s “American Woman,” “American Horror Story,” American Pie franchise).

In the dramatic thriller, while stealing money to help their sick mother (Suvari), teen brothers Matt and Joey (Whitehead and Grazer) are surprised by Hamby (Wilson), a security officer who gives chase and is then trapped in a well. Over the next few days, Joey and Hamby forge an uneasy relationship. Hamby tells Joey he’ll keep quiet if Joey sets him free. But Hamby holds another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family, in this twist-filled, cat-and-mouse thriller.

Extras include the making-of featurette “Flesh & Blood: Creating Don’t Tell a Soul.”

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‘Batman,’ ‘Fatman,’ ‘Come Play,’ ‘Trafficked’ Top New Disc, Digital Releases Available Jan. 26

After several weeks of slim pickings, home viewers have a bountiful crop of new releases available on disc and through digital retailers beginning Jan. 26, including Warner Bros.’ Batman: Soul of the Dragon, Paramount Home Entertainment’s Fatman and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Come Play.

Also new in stores are the 1955 musical Court Jester, part of the Paramount Presents line; Virgil Films’ Trafficked: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare; the Lionsgate sports actioner Born a Champion; and Season 1 of the TV series “Snowpiercer,” from Warner Bros.

Batman: Soul of the Dragon, now available on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray two weeks after its digital sellthrough debut, is the 41st film in the DC Universe series of animated movies. The Elseworlds tale, set in the 1970s, has Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei to confront a deadly menace. Read a review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray here.

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The dark comedy Fatman, now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, was released last November through digital retailers only. The film stars Mel Gibson as Chris Cringle, the gruff, put-upon chairman of the Christmas workshop whose business is declining every year due to children becoming less enthralled by the magic of the holidays. As Cringle explains, more and more children are being naughty every year, and per the rules of his existence are eligible to receive only coal. One such child, a spoiled rich kid, orders a hit on Santa. Read a review of the  Blu-ray Disc here.

The supernatural thriller Come Play also arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 26, after two weeks of availability through digital retailers. A young boy who relies on his cell phone and tablet for companionship 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 Court Jester, which is making its Blu-ray Disc debut, stars Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker. In 2004, The Court Jester was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. 

Trafficked, a feature-length drama, becomes available Jan. 26 on DVD and digital HD through Virgil Films, the independent label headed by veteran video executive Joe Amodei. Directed by Joel Paul Reisig and written by Reisig, George Sunders, and Scott Voshel, Trafficked is based on multiple true stories from American suburban families who have had their lives uprooted after a child has been abducted and trafficked. The film tells the story of a beautiful young girl with a bright future and a dream of becoming a veterinarian.  On the eve of her 16th birthday, she sneaks out of her house to meet a handsome boy she met online and disappears.  Her parents contact the police, who assume their daughter is just out with a boyfriend. A private detective discovers the truth — a discovery that sets off a race with time.

The inspirational mixed martial arts action film Born a Champion arrives Jan. 26 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, just four days after it was released through digital retailers, in select theaters and on demand. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery as an ex-Marine who loses a blood-soaked jujitsu match in Dubai to superstar Blaine. But years later, an online video proves that Blaine cheated, and the world demands a rematch, motivating the aging underdog to get back into shape to claim revenge.

“Snowpiercer” is a post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller television drama series that premiered on TNT on May 17, 2020. The series follows the passengers of the Snowpiercer, a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe carrying the remnants of humanity seven years after the world becomes a frozen wasteland. The series questions class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival.

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

Sports Doc ‘Eddie’ Hitting Digital March 9 From Lionsgate

Eddie, the story of legendary basketball coach Eddie Sutton, arrives on digital March 9 from Lionsgate.

The documentary follows the life and legacy of famed basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who coached across the universities of Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State, becoming one of the winningest coaches in sports history.

The film features interviews from notable names in basketball and pop culture, including former President of the United States Bill Clinton, former NBA basketball player Rex Chapman, owner of the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones, University of Kansas head coach and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bill Self, ESPN sportscaster and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Dick Vitale, and basketball analyst and radio host Doug Gottlieb.

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Rooted in basketball, but exploring issues of substance abuse, father-son relationships and perseverance, the documentary follows the famed career of 800-win basketball coach Sutton. It revisits not only conference championships and numerous trips to the Final Four, but also the pains of addiction and the devastating 2001 Oklahoma State basketball team plane crash. The film ponders the conflicting attributes of a man with flaws shared by many and achievements matched by few.

Hilary Swank Thriller ‘Fatale’ Arrives on Disc and Digital March 2 From Lionsgate

The psychological thriller Fatale will arrive on Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and digital March 2 from Lionsgate.

The film is currently available on premium VOD and in select theaters.

Fatale stars Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (2004, Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry, Logan Lucky, TV’s ”BoJack Horseman”), Michael Ealy (Barbershop, The Intruder, TV’s “Stumptown”), Mike Colter (Black and Blue, TV’s “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones,” “The Defenders”), Danny Pino (TV’s “Cold Case,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Scandal”), Tyrin Turner (Menace II Society, Meet the Blacks, TV’s “Black-ish”) and Damaris Lewis (BlacKkKlansman, TV’s “Pose,” “Titans”).

In the thriller, after a wild one-night stand, successful sports agent Derrick (Ealy) watches his perfect life unwind when he discovers the mysterious woman he risked everything for is a police detective (Swank) who has entangled him in her latest investigation. Derrick desperately tries to put the pieces together, plunging him into a dangerously unpredictable game of cat and mouse that risks his family, his career and even his life.

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Special features include an audio commentary with the filmmakers, featurettes and an alternate ending.

Lionsgate Thriller ‘Fear of Rain’ Available On Demand Feb. 12, on Disc Feb. 16

The thriller Fear of Rain will be available via on demand and in theaters Feb. 12, and on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 16 from Lionsgate.

In the film, for teenager Rain Burroughs (Madison Iseman), a diagnosis with schizophrenia means that every day is a struggle as she tries to figure out which of the disturbing images, harrowing voices, and traumatic feelings she experiences are real and which are all in her mind. But when Rain insists against her parents’ (Katherine Heigl and Harry Connick Jr.) advice that the shadows and cries from her neighbor’s attic are hiding a dark secret, she enlists help from Caleb (Israel Broussard), the charmingly awkward new boy at school — who himself may not be real.

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Written and directed by Castille Landon (After We Fell, After Ever Happy), Fear of Rain takes viewers inside Rain’s mind as she confronts the frightening hallucinations of her imagination to determine whether there is real horror hiding next door.

Cyber-Thriller ‘Dark Web: Cicada 3301’ Uploading to Digital March 12, Disc March 16

The cyber-thriller Dark Web: Cicada 3301, will come out on digital and on demand March 12, and on on Blu-ray and DVD March 16 from Lionsgate.

Inspired by “Cicada 3301,” one of the most famous online puzzles in internet history, the film stars Jack Kesy (The Outpost), Conor Leslie (“The Man in the High Castle”), and Alan Ritchson (upcoming “Jack Reacher” TV series), along with Ron Funches (Trolls) and Andreas Apergis (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

When disenfranchised hacker Connor (Kesy), his affable best friend Avi (Funches), and the cunning librarian Gwen (Leslie) discover a mysterious online treasure hunt, they must elude aggressive NSA agents, led by Agent Carver (Ritchson), as the trio race to find the clues and claim their prize.

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Bonus features offer more about the making of the thriller and the elaborate online puzzle that inspired it and include a commentary and deleted scenes.

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.

‘Cheer! Rally! Kill! 5-Film Collection’ Leaps to DVD March 2 From Lionsgate

Five stories about the trials and tribulations of cheerleaders are leaping to DVD March 2 in the Cheer! Rally! Kill! 5-Film Collection from Lionsgate.

The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders follows Ava (Savannah May), an incoming transfer student who reluctantly tries out for the cheerleading team at the insistence of her overly ambitious mother, Candice (Denise Richards). As she transitions into her new life, Ava discovers becoming part of the squad comes at a price.

Identity Theft of a Cheerleader is the story of 31-year-old high school drop-out, Vicky (Maiara Walsh), who decides to steal the identity of a cheerleader in order to redo her senior year of high school.

The Wrong Cheerleader follows Becky (Cristine Prosperi), a sociable high school cheerleader who flies under the radar when it comes to receiving attention from boys until she catches the eye of the charming and handsome new student Rob (David Meza). Rob seems like the ideal boy, until his affection turns into obsession, and he stops at nothing to keep Becky all to himself.

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The Cheerleader Escort is about college freshman Cassie (Alexandra Beaton), who is overjoyed about the new friendships, status and access to social events that come along with earning a spot on the cheer squad. When she meets Terry (Damon Runyan), the charismatic president of the alumni association, at an event, Cassie finds herself falling for this older man despite their age difference.

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Undercover Cheerleader follows Autumn (Kayla Wallace), a beautiful transfer student who goes undercover as a cheerleader to do an exposé on the cruel culture of the squad for her school newspaper. But when someone begins viciously attacking cheerleaders, she starts to fear for her own life.

Kristen Wiig Comedy ‘Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ Traveling to PVOD Feb. 12 From Lionsgate

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, from co-stars and co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), will debut on PVOD Feb. 12 from Lionsgate.

The comedy follows lifelong friends Barb and Star, who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time ever. The trip includes romance, friendship and a villain’s evil plot.

The film also stars Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Fortune Feimster, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rose Abdoo, Vanessa Bayer, Phyllis Smith and Kwame Patterson.

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Lionsgate’s Ron Schwartz Upped to Lead Motion Picture Group Distribution

In a nod to strong sales of catalog and other home-bound movies due to the pandemic, longtime home entertainment executive Ron Schwartz has been promoted to lead worldwide distribution for all content in the company’s Motion Picture Group.

Schwartz, who has overseen Lionsgate’s worldwide home entertainment business since 2014, is part of the Motion Picture Group restructuring into four verticals under chairman Joe Drake. The verticals are strategy and innovation, marketing, distribution, and content.

“Strengthening our company for the realities of a rapidly shifting marketplace has been priority one,” Drake said in a statement. “That transformation began well before this year, but the pandemic has accelerated these changes and spurred us to adapt and enhance our flexibility.”

Prior to taking on worldwide duties, Schwartz rose through the ranks of the company, first as EVP and GM of home entertainment operations, and then as president and GM of home entertainment sales and distribution. A 20-year veteran of the company, he has played an instrumental role in the growth of Lionsgate’s third-party distribution and library revenue.

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Jen Hollingsworth will continue as COO of the Motion Picture Group and expand her role to lead the strategy and innovation team. Damon Wolf will expand his global marketing and communications oversight to include all platforms and digital content releases as well as all theatrical and digital releases through the home entertainment window.

With scant theatrical distribution due to the pandemic, Lionsgate has leaned on library and premium VOD to drive fiscal operations this year. Total home entertainment revenue from disc and digital topped $150 million in the most-recent fiscal period. Through six months of the fiscal year, home entertainment revenue remains even at $317.4 million.

More importantly, packaged media, third-party licensing and transactional digital distribution of movies and television library content revenue topped $166.7 million, as library revenue for the trailing 12 months grew to a record $738.5 million, 33% higher than the previous trailing 12-month period.

Motion picture segment profit grew 63% to $83 million, from $51 million, on strong demand for library content and lower distribution and marketing costs due to the lack of theatrical commitments. Top PVOD releases in 2020 include period horror drama Antebellum and faith-based I Still Believe.