‘In the Heights’ Dancing to Premium Digital July 30, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 31

The musical In the Heights will be available for premium digital sale ($24.99) and rental ($19.99, 48 hours) July 30, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and standard digital Aug. 31 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film is directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Broadway’s Hamilton) music and lyrics. It stars Anthony Ramos (A Star Is Born, Broadway’s Hamilton) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, BlacKkKlansman). The film also stars singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s In the Heights), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s Rent), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s Matilda the Musical), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films).

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In the film set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

Special features on the 4K Ultra HD combo pack and Blu-ray include several featurettes and sing-alongs. The DVD includes one featurette.

‘The Social Network,’ ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Oliver!’ Among Six Classics in Sony 4K Collection Coming Oct. 12

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is debuting six more classics on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever Oct. 12, exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 2.

Films in the collection, only available on 4K as part of the set, include Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility and The Social Network. Each title includes special features.

Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film via six new essays from writers Julie Kirgo, John Kenrick, Glenn Kenny, Michael G. McDunnah, Kayti Burt and Nev Pierce.

The set also includes an exclusive Blu-ray bonus disc featuring 20 short films from the Columbia Pictures library, all presented in high-definition. The shorts, curated from more than 80 years of the studio’s history, showcase a wide scope of creative output across both live-action and animation, from “The Three Stooges” to award-winning mid-century cartoons to titles from Sony Pictures Animation.

The courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture (1959). The film pits a humble small-town lawyer (James Stewart) against a hard-headed big-city prosecutor (George C. Scott). Emotions flare as a jealous army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife (Lee Remick). Produced and directed by  Otto Preminger, the film features a score by Duke Ellington.

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The musical Oliver!, based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, won six 1968 Academy Awards including Best Picture. It follows the story of a plucky young orphan and his quest for love and happiness in a world populated by Oscars rascals, rogues and thieves.

Winner of the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (1976) and nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Taxi Driver stars Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s classic film of a psychotic New York cabbie driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. The film co-stars Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle and Cybill Shepherd.

In the comedy classic Stripes (1981), when quick-witted slacker John Winger (Bill Murray) loses his apartment, girlfriend and job all in one day, he joins the army. Directed by Ivan Reitman, the film also stars Harold Ramis, John Candy and John Larroquette.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture (1995), and directed by Ang Lee, Sense and Sensibility stars Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant. The romantic comedy, based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor (Thompson) and passionate Marianne (Winslet), whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family’s sudden loss of fortune. Rickman, Grant and Greg Wise co-star as the well-intentioned suitors who are trapped by the strict rules of society and the conflicting laws of desire.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture (2010), The Social Network, directed by David Fincher, chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles over ownership that followed upon the website’s unfathomable success. With a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and a cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, the film bears witness to the birth of an idea that rewove the fabric of society even as it unraveled the friendship of its creators.

Update (8/24/21): Release date changed from Sept. 14 to Sept. 28.
Update (9/10/21): Date changed to Oct. 12.

Musicals ‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘From Here to Eternity’ and ‘Wind in the Willows’ Due on Disc May 25 From Liberator and MVD

The musicals Kinky Boots, From Here to Eternity and The Wind in the Willows are coming to disc May 25 from Liberator Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

The winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Kinky Boots, written by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, is coming out on both DVD and Blu-ray. It’s a story of two people with seemingly nothing in common. Factory owner Charlie is struggling to save his family business, and Lola is an entertainer with an idea. The unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos. Stars include Killian Donnelly (Les Misérables 2012), Cordelia Farnworth and Jak Allen-Anderson (Beauty and the Beast 2017), Graham Kent (From Hell) and Robert Grose (Absolute Beginners).

A Tim Rice musical adapted from James Jones’ Pulitzer winning novel, From Here to Eternity is being released on DVD. In the film, when troubled Private Prewitt falls for escort girl Lorene and his sergeant embarks on a dangerous affair with an officer’s wife, the lives of both men are set on a course they cannot control. As war approaches, the worlds of the four lovers and the soldiers of G Company are dramatically intertwined and ripped apart.

A musical from Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, and award-winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, The Wind in the Willows, an adaptation of the classic book, is coming out on DVD. Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad go on a series of riotous adventures, spiraling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed. The show stars Rufus Hound and Simon Lipkin (both from “Doctor Who”).

Musical ‘Cinderella’ Starring Camila Cabello to Bow Exclusively on Amazon Prime in September

The musical Cinderella, starring Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter, will launch exclusively around the world in more than 240 countries and territories on Prime Video this September, Amazon announced.

The musical incorporates pop songs from contemporary global artists and original songs by Cabello and Menzel.

A new take on the traditional story, Cinderella features a heroine (Cabello) who is an ambitious young woman with dreams bigger than the world will allow. With the help of her Fab G (Porter), she is able to persevere and make her dreams come true.

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Cinderella is a classic we all know and love, but this time with a modern unique twist and starring the sensational Camila Cabello and an all-star cast,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Producer James Corden and the filmmaking team have taken this beloved fairytale and revamped it with a fresh, empowering perspective that will resonate with audiences and families around the world. We couldn’t be more excited for our global customers to sing and dance along to director Kay Cannon’s reimagination of this classic story.”

Cinderella is written for the screen and directed by Kay Cannon with covers of songs written by some of the top-selling musical artists of all time. The cast also includes Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine and Pierce Brosnan. Producers are Leo Pearlman, James Corden, Jonathan Kadin and Shannon McIntosh, and executive producers are Louise Rosner and Josephine Rose.

Classic Musical ‘My Fair Lady’ Heading to 4K Ultra HD May 25

The classic musical My Fair Lady will debut on 4K Ultra HD combo pack May 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, My Fair Lady also won the Best Picture Golden Globe and was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Adapted from the Broadway stage hit, the film stars Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, a role that earned him the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a sassy, working-class London street vendor. The elitist Higgins attempts to turn Eliza into a sophisticated lady through proper tutoring. But when the humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London society, her teacher has a lesson or two to learn himself.

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The 4K Ultra HD release features a recent 8K film transfer, as well as English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD. The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack also includes access to a digital copy of the film and more than two hours of previously released bonus content.

Children’s Musical ‘Lilly’s Light’ Debuts on TVOD March 2

FilmRise will release the children’s musical adventure Lilly’s Light: The Movie March 2 on TVOD for rental and purchase.

The film, which explores the challenges facing foster children and is based on the original TV program “Lilly’s Light” that premiered on PBS stations in 2010, stars Sherry Hursey (“Home Improvement,” Bring It On), and co-stars Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers” franchise, “iCarly”), Philece Sampler (“Stanley”) and Fred Willard (Best in ShowMascots).

Hursey portrays Lilly, a loving foster mom and the keeper of an enchanted lighthouse. With her spirited crew of kids, their exotic talking pets and zany friends, Lilly uses joy, love, laughter and song as her tools and shows everyone that life is full of possibilities. The adventure begins when two curious members of Lilly’s crew discover the Big Book of Little Adventures in the lighthouse basement. Messenger-pelican Pel Mel brings news that newly orphaned Daniel and his pot-bellied pig Oink need a home. As sisters Peaches (Sterling) and Dee (Sampler) snicker-bicker, Professor Crabbe perfects the Illiator. Will and Al Patchitt prepare for guests, while Lilly, the kids and Uncle Fitz take Daniel on a musical journey where they meet Sir Oinks a Lot, the Wizard of Hog (Willard). He discovers the secret of the lighthouse and how to turn the imaginary into a magical adventure. As the adventure ends, the story returns to present day in the lighthouse basement several years later to reunite the characters.

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The title includes song contributions by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-, Grammy-, and Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Steve Dorff.

The film recently won its second Kids First! Best Award from The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media.

Viewers can see a music video here.

Brandy TV Movie ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ Coming to Disney+ Feb. 12

The 1997 TV movie Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starring Brandy, will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+ Feb. 12.

With Brandy in the title role, the musical also stars Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Natalie Desselle Reid, Bernadette Peters, Paolo Montalban, Jason Alexander and Veanne Cox.

Originally premiering on Nov. 2, 1997, to 60 million viewers during “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella earned seven Emmy Award nominations. The 1997 film features original songs by the iconic songwriting duo Rodgers & Hammerstein, including “Impossible,” “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and “A Lovely Night.”

In Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, when Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from her fairy godmother.

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The movie was directed by Robert Iscove, written by Robert I. Freedman, and choreographed by Rob Marshall.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will join the “Celebrate Black Stories” collection on Disney+ alongside Soul, Black Is King, Black Panther, Hidden Figures and other content.

FilmRise Picks Up Rights to Children’s Title ‘Lilly’s Light: The Movie’

AVOD streaming network and studio FilmRise has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the children’s musical adventure Lilly’s Light: The Movie.

The film stars Sherry Hursey (“Home Improvement,” Bring It On), and co-stars Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers” franchise, “iCarly”), Philece Sampler (“Stanley”) and Fred Willard (Best in Show, Mascots).

Hursey portrays Lilly, a loving foster mom and the keeper of an enchanted lighthouse. With her spirited crew of kids, their exotic talking pets and zany friends, Lilly uses joy, love, laughter and song as her tools and shows everyone that life is full of possibilities.

Lilly’s Light: The Movie is a great representation of FilmRise’s move into the children’s space,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said in a statement. “We are confident that this film will speak to parents and children looking for a unique program that promotes open minds and a world of possibilities.”

The title includes song contributions by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-, Grammy-, Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Steve Dorff, who has written nine No. 1 film songs and 15 Top 10 hits.

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FilmRise is teaming up with Gathr at Home for a nationwide virtual theatrical release of Lilly’s Light: The Movie, kicking off with an at home screening premiere event Nov. 21 to coincide with U.N. International Children’s Day celebrations. The virtual premiere includes a live post-screening event with performances and special appearances by the cast and crew, including the film’s star and producer Hursey, co-star Sterling, Gregory Paul Martin (A Walk in the Clouds, Memoirs of an Invisible Man), San Diego Circus Center’s Jean Luc Martin, Rick Cowling (musical composer, “Modern Family,” “Phineaus and Ferb”) and Jordyn Curet (“Life Hacks for Kids”) plus a Q&A with children’s programming consultant Dr. Gordon L. Berry, as well as a special musical performance by Loggins and Dorff. The film’s live and subsequent virtual theatrical screenings will also serve to raise awareness and funding for Lilly’s Fostering Hearts, a charity that raises awareness as to the needs of displaced, fostered and adoptable youth, Foster Care Counts and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Like, ‘Valley Girl’ Bows on Disc Oct. 6

Valley Girl, a musical romantic comedy adaptation of the 1983 film, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and MGM Oct. 6.

From MGM’s Orion Pictures and directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, the film stars Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day, La La Land) as Julie Richman, Josh Whitehouse (The Knight Before Christmas) as Randy, Mae Whitman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as Jack, and Judy Greer (13 Going on 30, Ant-Man, 27 Dresses) as Diana.

Set to a new wave ’80s soundtrack, the film follows a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds defy their parents and friends to stay together.

The 1983 classic, directed by Martha Coolidge, starred Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman.

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HBO Max Greenlights ‘Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020’

WarnerMedia’s newly launched streaming service HBO Max has greenlighted Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020.

Laura Benanti (Photo by Jenny Anderson)

Inspired by Tony Award winning actress Laura Benanti’s (“Younger,” “Supergirl,” “Nashville,” and Broadway’s “My Fair Lady” and “She Loves Me”) online movement #SunshineSongs, in which she offered to be an audience for the students around the country whose spring musicals were canceled because of COVID-19, the show will give students the opportunity to sing and dance from the safety of their homes.

Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020 will explore themes of classic teen movies through the lens of a world turned upside down by the global pandemic. The cast, featuring a diverse group of student actors with compelling backstories, will play seniors from the same high school. While the pandemic may have shut down their school, the drama and romantic intrigue live on.

“As a mom of teenagers, I know that this time has been a struggle for them. High school seniors in particular have been hit hard by this pandemic, their dreams of homecoming, prom, spring performances and even graduation being cancelled,” Jennifer O’Connell, HBO Max EVP, original non-fiction and kids programming, said in a statement. “Laura’s brilliant idea to give these kids an audience and a platform has blossomed into this unique opportunity for us to not only celebrate their talent, but to entertain many other families across the country sharing their experience.”

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“Our school shows are more than just entertainment,” Benanti said in a statement. “At the very least, they bring our communities together to revel in the talent of our young artists. At their best, they are a life changing experience that these kids will bring with them into the rest of their lives. I am thrilled that the #SunshineSongs initiative has put the spotlight on so many incredible young performers; grateful to World of Wonder for its grand vision and to HBO Max for providing a global platform on which America’s youth can shine.”

Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020 is executive produced by Benanti along with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Tom Campbell for World of Wonder Productions (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”). Leland (Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) will write and produce the original songs and score.

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