Immigration Drama ‘Carmen’ Heading to DVD and Blu-ray July 11

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the drama Carmen on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 11.

The film stars Melissa Barrera (Scream VI) as the title character, a fiercely independent woman who is forced to flee her home in the Mexican desert following the brutal murder of her mother. After surviving a terrifying and dangerous illegal border crossing into the United States, she is confronted by a lawless volunteer border guard who cold-bloodedly murders two other immigrants in her group. When the border guard and his patrol partner, Aidan (Paul Mescal) — a Marine with PTSD — become embroiled in a deadly standoff, Carmen and Aidan are forced to escape together.

They make their way north towards Los Angeles in search of Carmen’s mother’s best friend, the mercurial Masilda (Rossy de Palma) and owner of La Sombra nightclub — a sanctuary of music and dance. Carmen and Aidan find both solace and their unwavering love for one another in the safety of Masilda’s magical refuge, but time is running out as the police hunt closes in.

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The film has been described as director Benjamin Millepied’s reimagining of the classic Bizet opera of the same name, but with a completely reworked plot and setting and using only a handful of lyrics in the background score.

The film was given a limited theatrical release by Sony Pictures Classics in April and earned just over $100K.

The film is rated ‘R’ for language, some violence and nudity.

‘Scream VI’ Available for Digital Home Release April 25, on Disc July 11

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that Scream VI, the latest installment in the “Scream” horror franchise and one of the year’s top-grossing movies, will be available for digital purchase on April 25, the same day it debuts on the Paramount+ streaming service.

A physical media release will follow on July 11, on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Also available will be a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook.

In addition, Scream VI and 2022’s Scream reboot will be available in a two-movie digital collection, beginning April 25.

Scream VI opened theatrically in March and has since grossed more than $107 million at the domestic box office and $168 million worldwide. It is currently the year’s No. 5 movie in terms of theatrical earnings, according to Box Office Mojo.

In Scream VI, the four survivors from the most recent Woodsboro Ghostface killings have moved to New York City for a fresh start. But just as they begin to feel a sense of normalcy, they receive that infamous call. 

‘Scream VI’ 4K Steelbook

Fans who buy the film digitally will have access to over an hour of bonus content, including behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew and a gag reel only available on the digital version.

Bonus content includes:

  • Commentary from the directors, writers, and executive producer on the making of Scream VI.
  • “Death Comes to the City” — The filmmakers and cast discuss Ghostface’s reign of terror in the big city.
  • “The Faces of Death” — The core four — Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding — and the rest of the cast and crew discuss their return to the franchise.
  • “More Meta than Meta” — A deep dive into the film with a look at new and legacy characters, a retrospective on the franchise, a guide to Easter eggs, and more.
  • “Bloodbath at a Bodega” — Nowhere in New York is safe from Ghostface.
  • “An Apartment to Die For” — An examination of the elaborate apartment attack and ladder escape, as well as the stunts and practical effects behind Ghostface’s kills.
  • “The Night Train to Terror” — A  behind-the-scenes look at the terrifying NYC subway sequence on Halloween night.
  • “Theater of Blood” — A dive into the nostalgia of the Scream movies that came before.

 

Scream (2022)

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 4/5/22;
Paramount;
Horror;
Box Office $81.62 million;
$25.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD;
Rated ‘R’ for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references.
Stars Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, Mikey Madison, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Sonia Ammar, Marley Shelton, Kyle Gallner, Heather Matarazzo, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich.

Rather than use the idea of a franchise relaunch to make a standalone movie unconnected to what came before, or ignoring previous sequels, creators of the new Scream explicitly wanted a continuation that honored all the previous installments.

Thus a lot of care went into crafting the fifth “Scream” film, and the result might be the best entry in the franchise since the 1996 original.

The new Scream focuses on a girl named Samantha (Melissa Barrera), a former resident of Woodsboro who is drawn back into town when her younger sister (Jenna Ortega) is attacked by the latest copycat Ghostface killer, 25 years following the events of the original film.

Sam turns out to have a secret connection to a character from the original film, and imagines communicating with that individual in a way that might garner some comparisons with “Dexter.”

To help make sense of what’s happening, Sam and her boyfriend, Richie (Jack Quaid), recruit Dewey (David Arquette), which subsequently ends up dragging Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) back into the picture as well.

In sticking with the tradition of “Scream” movies dissecting the horror movie genre while being part of it, the new edition manages to cleverly assemble a number of homages to the original while also layering in an amusing satire of fan culture.

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The film’s home video configurations include separate DVD, Blu-ray and 4K releases that are not combo packs (ie, the 4K release does not also include a regular Blu-ray), with digital copies included with the Blu-ray and 4K versions.

Extras are included on both the 4K and Blu-ray discs, led by an enthusiastic and informative commentary with co-writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, co-directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and executive producer Chad Villella.

There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes:  the seven-and-a-half-minute “New Blood,” about the new characters; the eight-and-a-half-minute “Bloodlines,” about connections to the earlier films; and the seven-and-a-half-minute “In the Shadow of the Master,” a tribute to the late Wes Craven, who directed the first four films.

Rounding out the extras are three minutes of some pretty good deleted scenes, and the trailer for the 1996 film.