‘Buffaloed,’ ‘Strike’ Due on Disc and Digital This Spring From Magnolia

The comedy Buffaloed and the animated film Strike are coming to disc and digital from Magnolia Home Entertainment this spring.

The comedy Buffaloed, due May 19 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital, follows Peg Dahl (Zoey Deutch), a young girl obsessed with making enough cash to get out of her blue-collar existence. She’s betting on her sharp mind — and even sharper mouth — to get her into an Ivy League university. But when an acceptance letter to the school of her dreams arrives, she quickly realizes the impossibility of paying tuition. One scalping scheme, stint in prison and chance phone conversation with a debt collector changes everything. Directed by Tanya Wexler (Finding North, Hysteria) and also starring Judy Greer, Jai Courtney and Jermaine Fowler, the film is as much of an ode to the city of Buffalo, N.Y., as it is to the millions of Americans struggling with a seemingly dead-end economic existence.

Extras include the featurettes “Getting Buffaloed,” “Welcome Home” and “Friends & Relations.”

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Strike, coming April 7 on DVD and digital from Indican Pictures, is an animated coming-of-age story from one of the executive producers of “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.” It follows Mungo Morrison (voice of Lizzie Waterworth, “Bob the Builder”) as he struggles to save his family and community, while also trying to achieve his dream of representing his country in soccer during the Wild Cup in Russia. Mungo is a young mole who is due to begin work by his proud father’s side in their hometown’s legendary gold mine. While his best friends are excited to be in the mine, Mungo secretly dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. However, desperate not to upset his father and facing the challenge of being a small mole unable to play soccer in bright light, Mungo sadly resigns himself to life as a miner. But, when the mine is forced to shut down after a mysterious accident, an evil and gold-obsessed supervillain, known only as “The Boss” (voice of Ken Stott, “The Hobbit” franchise) attempts to bully the townsfolk into selling him the mine. Against all odds and with a little help from his crazy friends, Mungo begins an epic adventure of thrills, laughs, action and danger as he hurtles towards the Wild Cup finals in Russia and has a final showdown with “The Boss.”

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Special features include “Behind-the-Scenes of Strike.”

Magnolia Gerrymandering Doc ‘Slay the Dragon’ Launches Digitally April 3

Magnolia Pictures’ documentary Slay the Dragon, which tackles gerrymandering in the United States, will launch on demand digitally April 3.

The digital release moved up due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Barak Goodman and Emmy Award Nominee Chris Durrance and an official selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Slay the Dragon maintains there was a calculated campaign in 2010 to manipulate our electoral system to consolidate political power for the next decade. It alleges that after the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes, and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But in today’s hyperpartisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, the documentary contends.

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The film also looks at how redistricting affects the political system today, following a handful of citizens groups after the 2016 election.

‘Magnolia Selects’ SVOD Service Names January Release Slate

Magnolia Pictures’ upstart SVOD service, Magnolia Selects, announced its January slate of curated independent movies and documentaries available for $4.99 per month. The service launched last March.

Titles include Force Majuere, the Academy Award nominated film about the comedic dissolution of a marriage set against an avalanche; Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated I Am Love; and Serena, a sprawling tale of two newlyweds (Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and winner Jennifer Lawrence) who find that power and happiness are not always connected.

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Other titles available Jan. 7, include Crazy Love, How I Live Now, Force Majuere, Syrup, Take This Waltz and White Bird in a Blizzard.

Titles available Jan. 14 include Europa Report, In Order of Disappearance, Lo & Behold, The Oxford Murders, Results and White God.

Titles available Jan. 21: The Burning Plain, The Dead Lands, Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst, Serena and Standby.

Available on Jan. 28: I Am Love, Iris, Last Shift, The Little Death and Whitey.

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sold Magnolia Pictures (and Magnolia Home Entertainment) in 2018 to Cohen Media Group.

Magnolia Pictures Bows Streaming Service, Branded Channels on Sling TV

Magnolia Pictures July 10 announced that its streaming service, Magnolia Selects, and three branded genre-specific channels have launched on Sling TV — Dish Networks’ online TV platform.

The home entertainment distributor launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s 2029 Entertainment, offers critically acclaimed libraries of indie movies.

Magnolia channels “Warriors & Gangsters,” “DOX” and “Monsters & Nightmares,” offer a curated collection of action, documentaries and horror cult films. They are available to Sling subscribers for an additional $3 monthly per channel.

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Magnolia Selects is available for a $5 monthly surcharge.

“By teaming up with Sling TV, Magnolia Selects can continue to be the go-to destination for fans of independent film and premium content,” Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures, said in a statement. “We’ve found a new innovative way to ensure our subscribers have accessibility to our curated library of critically-acclaimed films through Sling TV’s flexible platform and personalized streaming service.”

Magnolia Selects titles include Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire; Swedish horror film, Let the Right One In; Oscar-nominated documentary from Alex Gibney, Enron: The Smartest Guys in The Room and Andrew Jarecki’s true crime story, All Good Things.

Additional content include comedies Tucker & Dale vs Evil and Goon, starring Seann William Scott, alongside the martial arts masterpiece 13 Assassins from director Takashi Miike.

The “Warriors & Gangsters” channel features films such as Ong Bak, 13 Assassins, Kingdom of War and Troll Hunter.

“Monsters & Nightmares” channel titles include The Host, The ABC’s of Death and Survival of the Dead, while “DOX” documentaries and docuseries include Food Inc., The Wolfpack, Iris and Best of Enemies.

Magnolia Slates Pair of Racing DVDs

Magnolia Home Entertainment has slated the racing documentaries Dust 2 Glory: Deluxe Edition and The Last Race for DVD release.

The two-disc Dust 2 Glory: Deluxe Edition will be available Dec. 18 under the Magnet label and explores the Score Baja 1000 desert race, often called the world’s toughest point-to-point desert race.

Dust 2 Glory is director Dana Brown’s follow-up to 2005’s Dust to Glory.

The Score Baja 1000 has been held on the Baja California Peninsula since 1967 and serves as the final round of a four-race annual series.

The DVD includes the mini-documentary The Baja Desert Championship: Origins, which includes interviews from top off-roading racers such as Cameron Steele, Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies and many more who have come to love and appreciate the treacherous and breathtaking details that comprise the Baja 1000.

Other extras include a Dana Brown interview and Bruce Brown’s last interview.

The Last Race, a documentary about the inner workings of one of the country’s last remaining stock car racetracks, arrives on DVD and digital Feb. 19.

The intimate portrait of New York’s Riverhead Raceway and the passionate blue-collar drivers that call it home, struggling to hold onto an American racing tradition as real estate development threatens its survival.