Faith Film ‘Run the Race’ Coming to Disc at Walmart and Digital May 21

The faith-based film Run the Race debuts on Blu-ray and DVD at Walmart as well as on digital (including Movies Anywhere) and on demand May 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in partnership with The WTA Group, Reserve Entertainment and 10th Leper Productions.

The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD at all retailers nationwide June 18.

Executive produced by athlete Tim Tebow and his brother Robby Tebow, the family drama follows the journey of two high school athletes and brothers who see their relationship tested as they seek different paths out of their troubled lives. Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach, an all-state athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town. When a devastating injury puts Zach — and his dreams — on the sidelines, David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope.

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The cast includes Tanner Stine (“NCIS,” Indivisible), Kristoffer Polaha (“Condor,” “Get Shorty”), Evan Hofer (“Kickin’ It”), Kelsey Reinhardt (“Transparent”) and Mario Van Peebles (“Superstition,” “Bloodline”) with Mykelti Williamson (FencesForrest Gump) and Frances Fisher (TitanicUnforgiven).

Bonus features include “The Heart of Run the Race,” in which executive producer Tim Tebow and cast talk about why the film is so important, what makes it special, and the bonds of family; a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film with writer-producer Jake McEntire and executive producer Robby Tebow; and “The Cast Talks,” in which cast and crew cover a variety of topics, including their characters, the power of forgiveness, mentorship, dating and sports.

European Union Launching Movie VOD Platform Similar to ‘Movies Anywhere’ in the U.S.

The European Union is launching a platform aimed at informing consumers where they can access more than 35,000 European-produced movies on-demand across more than 150 video-on-demand services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Dubbed “Lumiere VOD,” the platform — currently in beta rollout — is designed to support European films and filmmakers after an internal study found just 29% of feature films offered on VOD services originate from European countries.

By comparison, European VOD services feature about 50% movies originating from Hollywood studios, according to the EU.

VOD services financially backing Lumiere include Prime Video, Ampere Analysis, Apple, CNC, EuroVOD, FilmDoo, Filmin, Filmtoro JustWatch, Kino Fondas, La Cinetek, La Pantalla Digital, Le Kino.ch, Mediathèque Numérique, Netflix, realeyz, uncut, UniversCiné, VOD Club, VOD.lu and Vodeville.

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Lumiere VOD is similar to Movies Anywhere in the United States, which offers consumers a landing platform for third-party digital services selling digital movies, including iTunes, Prime Video, Vudu, Xinfity, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNow.

The EU previously passed a mandate that all streaming and VOD services operating within its jurisdiction include at least 30% localized content.

At the same time, the economic organization cited scant availability of databases promoting European movies available on VOD, despite the fact the region produced more than 18,000 films from 2007 to 2016, including 47% increase in global production in 2017.

With Digital TV Research projecting an increase of 409 million VOD subscribers by 2023 to 777 million globally, the EU decided to act.

“Europe is a major player in film production therefore we must ensure that European films and other audiovisual works attract the audience that they deserve,” Mariya Gabriel, commissioner for digital economy and society, said in a statement. “This is yet another important initiative aimed to ensure that European works of art and cultural heritage stay high on the political agenda.”

Lumiere VOD is slated to launch publicly at the end of the year.

‘Captive State’ to Be Unleashed on Disc and Digital June 11

The sci-fi thriller Captive State will land on Blu-ray, DVD, digital (including Movies Anywhere) and on demand June 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is set a decade after an extraterrestrial force occupied Earth, deceiving humanity with the promise of peace and unity, and Chicago police officer William Mulligan (John Goodman) is tasked with maintaining law and order in a city on the brink of rebellion. Gabriel (Ashton Sanders), the young brother of a fallen militant and the son of Mulligan’s ex-partner, is faced with the crucial choice, collaborate or fight back.

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Bonus features include “Igniting a War,” in which producer/co-writer/director Rupert Wyatt explains how the cast helped achieve realism against the backdrop of an alien invasion story; “Building the World of Captive State,” in which filmmakers and cast discuss their experiences shooting on location in Chicago; and feature commentary with Wyatt.

Imax Documentary ‘Pandas’ Arrives on Digital April 9 From Warner

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the nature documentary Pandas through digital retailers and Movies Anywhere April 9.

The film, shot for Imax screens by David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind Born to be Wild and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, focuses on efforts by China’s Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding to prepare captive-born cubs for release in the wild.

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The film, which is narrated by Kristen Bell, will be available April 16 through cable and satellite video on demand services and on select gaming consoles.

Paramount Shutters Digital Movie Transaction Service

Paramount Pictures has stopped selling and renting movies at ParamountMovies.com, citing the pending shutdown of the UltraViolet cloud-based storage platform on July 31.

UltraViolet is shuttering after most studio members – except Paramount and Lionsgate – joined rival platform Movies Anywhere.

ParamountMovies.com stopped offering transactional content on March 18 but cautioned the site would still be functional to redeem digital codes and peruse new Paramount releases.

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Consumers who purchased digital titles on the site can still access them through their UltraViolet accounts – provided they are linked to another service such as Vudu.com or FandangoNow.

ParamountMovies.com will also cease offering UltraViolet links on July 31.

 

 

 

 

‘Greta’ Coming to Digital May 14, Disc May 28 From Universal

The psychological thriller Greta will arrive on digital (including Movies Anywhere) May 14 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand May 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film follows a caring young woman who befriends a widow with a dark secret in New York City. It stars Isabelle Huppert (Elle, La Cérémonie) and Chloë Grace Moretz (The Miseducation of Cameron PostNeighbors 2) alongside Maika Monroe (It FollowsIndependence Day: Resurgence).

Bonus features on disc and digital include deleted scenes and the featurette “Greta: Enemies and Friends,” a look at the three main characters.

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‘Backdraft 2’ to Fire Up on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital May 14 From Universal

Action-drama Backdraft 2 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital (including Movies Anywhere) May 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The sequel — from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Raffaella Productions — stars Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games franchise, Pride and Prejudice, Backdraft) and William Baldwin (MacGyver,” “Hawaii Five-O,” Backdraft) reprising their roles as Ronald Bartel and Brian McCaffrey, and welcomes franchise newcomer Joe Anderson (“Outsiders,” “Hannibal”).

Fire investigator Sean McCaffrey (Anderson), son of the late Steven “Bull” McCaffrey, is now working at the same Chicago firehouse along with his uncle Brian (Baldwin). When Sean is assigned to investigate a deadly fire, he and his partner Maggie soon realize that they are dealing with something much more than a routine blaze. With the help of infamous jailed arsonist Bartel (Sutherland), they race to find out who is behind the fire and stop them from accomplishing their devious plans.

The sequel also marks the return of the franchise’s original filmmakers, including producer Raffaella DeLaurentiis (Dragonheart franchise, What Happened to MondayThe Forbidden Kingdom), alongside writer and former firefighter Gregory Widen (BackdraftOtherLife). Backdraft 2 is directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (Apollo 18The Hollow Point).

Backdraft two-movie collection will also be available May 14 on DVD.

Nicole Kidman Crime Drama ‘Destroyer’ Due on Digital April 9, Disc April 23

Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman in a Golden Globe-nominated performance, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) April 9 and Blu-ray and DVD April 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

In the crime drama, Kidman stars as L.A.P.D. detective Erin Bell who, in the years since she engaged in an undercover drug ring assignment that ended tragically, has stumbled along a path of self-destruction. When the ring’s boss resurfaces, Bell is drawn back into action to try to stop a violent new crime wave.

Disc bonus features include commentary with director Karyn Kusama; commentary with writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi; “Breakdown of an Anti-Hero: The Making of Destroyer”; and a photo gallery.

‘Escape Room’ Coming Out on Digital April 9, Disc April 23 From Sony

Escape Room breaks out on digital April 9 and Blu-ray and DVD April 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A thriller about the popular mystery-solving rooms, the story follows six strangers who they think they have gathered for a highly immersive escape room, but they soon find they are pawns in a sadistic game of life and death. The cast includes Taylor Russell (Lost in Space), Logan Miller (Love, Simon), Deborah Ann Woll (“True Blood), Jay Ellis (“Insecure), Tyler Labine (“New Amsterdam”) and Nik Dodani (Atypical) with Yorick van Wageningen (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases feature an alternate ending and opening, six deleted scenes, and four featurettes.

‘Glass’ Breaks Out on Digital April 2, Disc April 16 From Universal

Glass, from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth SenseSigns), is coming to digital (including Movies Anywhere) April 2 and to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand April 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned $107.9 million in theaters.

Glass completes Shyamalan’s grounded-in-reality, comic-book thriller trilogy, started with Unbreakable and Split. It stars James McAvoy (SplitAtonement)Samuel L. Jackson (Hitman’s Bodyguard, “Avengers” Franchise, Unbreakable), Bruce Willis (Unbreakable, Die Hard), Sarah Paulson (Ocean’s Eight, “American Horror Story”) and Anya-Taylor Joy (SplitThe Witch). The story offers s closer look at the world of the Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass (Jackson), David Dunn (Willis) and Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy) as they experience a series of escalating encounters in an escape from an asylum and embark on a battle of good versus evil.

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More than 60 minutes of special features on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and digital include:

  • “The Collection of Main Characters,”a look at all the main players and how they fit in the universe created by Shyamalan;
  • “Bringing the Team Back Together,” in which the cast and crew share personal stories of why Shyamalan’s productions feel like seeing family again;
  • “David Dunn vs. The Beast,” an in-depth look at the animalistic face-off between David Dunn and the Beast;
  • Glass Decoded,” in which Shyamalan unveils some secrets of continuity and style from across the trilogy;
  • “Breaking Glass: The Stunts,” about the stunts that show the superhuman strength of the Beast;
  • “Connecting the Glass Universe,” exploring Shyamalan’s stylistic approach to the trilogy and the concept of a comic book movie grounded in reality;
  • “M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens,” in which the cast and crew discuss Shyamalan’s meticulous approach to storytelling;
  • “The Sound of Glass,” in which composer West Dylan Thordson elaborates on his use of string instruments to create tension, and explains why recording the score on-location enhanced the tone of the movie;
  • “Enhancing the Spectacle,” in which the VFX team provides details on the task of using CGI to intensify the narrative;
  • “Raven Hill Memorial,” about the Raven Hill Memorial Hospital location;
  • “Night Vision,” a look at the the storyboards and their similarity to the final shots in the film;
  • an alternate opening with an introduction by Shyamalan;
  • deleted scenes with introductions by director Shyamalan;
  • and “A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan.”

 

DVD special features include the alternate opening, deleted scenes and “A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan.”