Among the new home entertainment releases of March 29, Sing 2 and Marry Me arrive on disc, while Death on the Nile and Jackass Forever become available for digital purchase.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the animated film Sing 2 through digital retailers on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 29. The sequel to Illumination Entertainment’s 2016 hit Sing finds the ever-optimistic Koala, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), and his cast having big dreams of staging their most dazzling show yet in the glittering entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. But to do so, they must persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway (Bono), to join them. Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), Ash (Scarlett Johansson), Johnny (Taron Egerton), Meena (Tori Kelly) and Gunter (Nick Kroll) also return. The film has earned more than $160 million at the domestic box office. The Blu-ray, 4K and DVD editions of the film include two new mini movies: For Gunter’s Eyes Only, in which Johnny and Gunter attend a hypnotist show in Redshore City where Gunter is hypnotized and believes he is a 007 type spy, and Animal Attraction, in which Darius messes up his commercial shoot and audition.
The Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Marry Me will be available on Blu-ray and DVD March 29 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is also streaming on Peacock. The film — featuring Owen Wilson and original music by Lopez and Latin music megastar Maluma — follows a heartbroken pop star (Lopez), slated to marry her pop star fiancé (Maluma) on stage, who instead marries a stranger from the audience — a high school math teacher (Wilson). Against the odds, their relationship develops into something real. The film also stars John Bradley (“Game of Thrones”), Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet) and Chloe Coleman (“Big Little Lies”).
The horror thriller The Requin arrives March 29 on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD from Lionsgate. The film follows a couple’s romantic getaway that goes awry after finding themselves at sea faced with killer sharks. Jaelyn (Alicia Silverstone) and Kyle (James Tupper) arrive at a remote seaside villa in Vietnam for a romantic getaway. A torrential storm descends, reducing the villa to little more than a raft and sweeping the young couple out to sea. Suddenly, another danger appears: a school of great white sharks. With her injured husband watching helplessly, Jaelyn must battle the deadly predators alone.
Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile, director Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed 1937 mystery novel, becomes available for digital purchase March 29. It will also be available for streaming on Hulu and HBO Max the same day. In the film, which reunites the filmmaking team behind 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the Giza pyramids, the dramatic tale of love gone wrong features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers and wicked twists and turns. The ensemble cast includes Branagh as Hercule Poirot, Tom Bateman as Bouc, Annette Bening as Euphemia Bouc, Russell Brand as Dr. Bessner, Ali Fazal as Andrew Katchadourian, Dawn French as Bowers, Gal Gadot as Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, Armie Hammer as Simon Doyle, Rose Leslie as Louise Bourget, Emma Mackey as Jacqueline de Bellefort, Sophie Okonedo as Salome Otterbourne, Jennifer Saunders as Marie Van Schuyler and Letitia Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne. Death on the Nile will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 5.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases Jackass Forever on digital platforms March 29, with exclusive footage of more ill-advised and outrageous stunts not seen in theaters. Actor Johnny Knoxville and the gang are back for another outrageous round of stunts and bad ideas. with new friends and loads of celebrity guest stars, the crew take pranks to ridiculous lengths where absolutely no one is safe, and all senses are frayed. The film became available to watch on the Paramount+ streaming video platform beginning March 22. In addition, a four-movie “Jackass Collection” (Jackass: The Movie, Jackass: Number Two, Jackass 3, Jackass Forever) will be available on digital for a special bundle price. Jackass Forever will debut on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 19.
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Robert Redford’s 1980 directorial debut, Ordinary People, arrives on Blu-ray as part of the “Paramount Presents” line March 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Winner of four Academy Awards — including Best Picture, Best Director (Redford), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Alvin Sargent), and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Timothy Hutton) — the film stars Hutton, Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore as a family being torn apart by tragedy and the unrelenting pressure to maintain a façade of normalcy. It was Hutton’s first film role and his performance not only earned him the Oscar, but it also made him the youngest person to win in the category. Remastered from a new 4K film transfer overseen by Redford, the “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray is presented in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The disc also includes new interviews with Hutton and Judith Guest, author of the novel upon which the movie was based. In “Swimming in the Rose Garden,” Hutton reflects on filming and the approach Redford took to create a feeling of isolation on set. In “Feeling Is Not Selective,” Guest discusses her novel and the process involved in adapting it for film.
The classic 1962 film The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm debuts as a two-disc special edition Blu-ray on March 29 from the Warner Archive Collection. The film is restored in 4K (3840 x 2160) master files from 6K files of original Cinerama Camera Negatives, with the most advanced technology available used by Cinerama Restorationists David Strohmaier and Tom H. March, to eliminate the “join lines” that plagued traditional release prints, and early video format releases. The Cinerama 7-channel sound has also been restored for a new 5.1 mix. The release will include an eight-page booklet that is a partial replica of the original souvenir program sold in theaters during the film’s original theatrical roadshow engagements and will be available at $24.98 at the Warner Archive store on Amazon.com or at online retailers where Blu-ray discs are sold. The film tells the story behind the brothers who created the beloved fairy tales that bear their name, with reenactments of three of their fairy tale stories. It follows the brothers’ long struggle for recognition and the sacrifices they and their families made to achieve their goals. Between dreamer Wilhelm (Laurence Harvey) and practical Jacob (Karl Boehm), some marvelous fairy tales develop. In “The Dancing Princess,” a princess (Yvette Mimieux) falls in love with a charming woodsman (Russ Tamblyn). In “The Cobbler and the Elves,” a Christmas miracle of dedicated labor helps the cobbler out when he most needs it. And in the last story, a fire-breathing dragon threatens the kingdom until a lowly servant (Buddy Hackett) saves the day. Shot on location in West Germany, the production features Puppetoons, a technique developed by Oscar-winning special effects expert George Pal. Viewers can watch the film either in a traditional letterbox format, or in the Smilebox format, which attempts to re-create the immersive Cinerama experience with a simulated curve to the screen. Both versions bring together the three original Cinerama panels with virtually no trace of the lines that joined them together when originally projected in theaters back in 1962.
The thriller So Cold the River was released in theaters March 25 and will be released for digital purchase and on demand March 29 from Saban Films. Written and directed by Paul Shoulberg, the film is an adaption of the New York Times bestseller of the same name by Michael Koryta. It follows a documentary filmmaker (Bethany Joy Lenz, “One Tree Hill,” “Dexter”) who soon realizes that the subject of her investigation isn’t who he claims to be. Hired by Alyssa Bradford-Cohen (Alysia Reiner, “Orange Is the New Black”) to profile her dying father-in-law, the enigmatic millionaire Campbell Bradford, Erica is presented with a substantial sum of money and a relic, an antique bottle filled with water from a local spring, one of the few clues connecting Bradford to the town he once dominated. While researching Bradford as a guest of a massive, opulent resort with a dark past, Erica meets unofficial town historian Anne McKinney (Tony Award-winner Deanna Dunagan), fanatical intern Kellyn (Katie Sarife, Annabelle Comes Home) and hotel maintenance worker Josiah (Andrew J. West, “The Walking Dead”), a descendant of Bradford’s who reveals the familial curse of mysterious deaths and suicides. Seemingly possessed by the relic, Erica begins drinking from the antique bottle, experiencing terrifying visions and, ultimately, unleashing unspeakable evil.
Kino Lorber March 29 releases Levan Koguashvili’s acclaimed family tragicomedy Brighton 4th on all major digital platforms for purchase or rent. The film, the country of Georgia’s official submission to the 94th Academy Awards, was shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael and set within the Georgian emigré community of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Brighton 4th received its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Festival, where it won three major awards in international competition — Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. The film also recently won the award for Best Film at the inaugural edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival. In the film, former wrestler Kakhi (played by real-life Olympic champion Levan Tediashvili) embarks on a journey from his home in Tbilisi to visit his son Soso (Giorgi Tabidze) in the Russian-speaking neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. There, he finds Soso living in a shabby boarding house populated by a colorful group of fellow Georgian immigrants (like most in the cast, played by non-actors). Soso is not studying medicine, as Kakhi believed, but is working for a moving company and has accrued a $14,000 gambling debt to a local Russian mob boss. Kakhi sets his mind to helping his hapless son out of his debt, leading to situations as often absurd as they are dire.
Three horror films — Ballad in Blood, House on the Edge of the Park and The Forbidden Door — are being released on disc March 29 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.
House on the Edge of the Park (1980) will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc. For his follow-up to Cannibal Holocaust, director Ruggero Deodato delivers one of the most disturbing exploitation films of all time. In the film, David Hess, of The Last House on the Left infamy, stars as a charismatic psychopath who, with his equally unhinged sidekick (Giovanni Lombardo Radice of City of the Living Dead), turns a get-together of chic New Yorkers into an ordeal of class warfare and sexual violence. Annie Belle (Absurd), Christian Borromeo (Tenebrae) and Lorraine De Selle (Wild Beasts) co-star in this notorious DPP 39 “video nasty” from the screenwriters of The New York Ripper with a soundtrack by Riz Ortolani.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD is Ballad in Blood (2016). For his first film in 23 years, Deodato — the director of such ItaloSleaze classics as Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park and Raiders of Atlantis — explored a different breed of butchery inspired by the Perugia exchange student murder that shocked the world. In the film, after a wild night of sex, drugs and clubbing, a young woman, her boyfriend and his dealer pal wake to find her straight-laced roommate brutally murdered. Special features include an interview with Deodato; an interview with Nina Burleigh, author of the New York Times bestseller The Fatal Gift Of Beauty: The Trials Of Amanda Knox; “It Happened in Perugia,” an interview with film historian Fabio Melelli; “Things to Do in Perugia When You’re Dead,” an interview with actress Noemi Smorra; an interview with executive producer Raffaele Mertes; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and trailers.
The Forbidden Door (2009) will be available on DVD and for the first time in North America on Blu-ray Disc. With his third disturbing feature, Joko Anwar, Indonesian writer/director of Impetigore and the remake of Satan’s Slave, became one of the most daring new genre filmmakers in the world. In the film, as a successful young sculptor increasingly loses his grip on sanity, he imagines his wife, friends and family are all conspiring against him and begins filling his best-selling works with unspeakable human matter, becomes obsessed with brutal hidden-camera abuse videos, and inches inescapably closer towards the most horrific final act of all. Special features include audio commentary with Anwar; an interview with Anwar; deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Anwar; a behind-the-scenes featurette; Herosase footage; a poster and still gallery; and trailers.
A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.