June 28 New Home Video Releases Include ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,’ ‘Firestarter’

Among the June 28 new releases on DVD and Blu-ray are Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and the Firestarter remake.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In the film, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. The film is directed by David Yates from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves, based upon a screenplay by Rowling. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylam, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Fiona Glascott, Katherine Waterston, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Richard Coyle, Oliver Masucci, Valerie Pachner, Aleksandr Kuznetsov and Mads Mikkelsen.

The newest film adaptation of the classic Stephen King thriller Firestarter arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blumhouse suspense thriller follows a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers. Protected by her parents (Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon), Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) has lived her childhood on the run and has kept her extraordinary powers in check. But now that she’s turning 11, the flames are harder to control, and sinister forces are seeking to capture her. Charlie must learn to embrace the fire from within and fight to control it in order to protect her family and freedom. The release features a never-before-seen alternate ending and exclusive bonus content which includes deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and a feature commentary with the director.

The family comedy Family Camp arrives on DVD, digital and VOD June 28 from Lionsgate. The film follows two families competing for the coveted camp trophy while the dads try to keep their families and marriages together. In the film, when Grace Ackerman signs her family up for a rustic summer Family Camp, a comedy of errors ensues as these polar-opposite families must share a yurt and compete for the camp’s coveted games trophy. It’s not until the two dads end up lost in the woods that their faith and family bonds are truly tested.

The horror film Where the Scary Things Are will be released on demand, on digital and on DVD June 28 from Lionsgate. In the film, teenagers inspired by a high school “Create Your Own Urban Legend” project quickly get out of hand in their desire for more “likes” and going viral — with deadly consequences. Likened to Stand by Me and The Goonies with a dark twist, the film follows Ayla and her high school friends who discover a hideous, semi-human mutant. They keep it prisoner while shooting repulsive viral videos, with the gang’s hunger for “likes” driving them to film the beast performing murderous acts. When one boy sees that Ayla is using the monster’s gruesome violence to settle her own vendettas, he threatens to tell the authorities. Is he too late to save his friends?

The romantic drama Mothering Sunday will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, on a warm spring day in 1924, housemaid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (Josh O’Connor) is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever. The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, the 2021 Toronto Film Festival and the 2021 London Film Festival.

The drama Down With the King, featuring Grammy winning rap star Freddie Gibbs in his feature film debut, will be released on digital June 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, rap star Money Merc (Gibbs) has been sent by his manager Paul (David Krumholtz) to a rural house in the Berkshires to focus on his next album. Disenchanted with his music career and the 24/7 upkeep that such fame entails, Merc has no desire to write or record music. Instead, he spends most of his time at his neighbor’s farm learning about farming and enjoying the simplicity of country life. After Merc abruptly announces his retirement on Twitter, Paul rushes to the countryside to lure him back into the music industry. The film has been selected in more than 26 Film Festivals and was featured as part of the ACID lineup at Cannes and won the Grand Prize at Deauville and the Audience Award at the American Film Festival (Poland).

The sci-fi thriller Cryo will be released for digital purchase and on demand June 28 from Saban Films. In the film, five scientists wake from a cryogenic sleep and find themselves trapped in an underground facility. With no memory of who they are or how long they’ve been asleep, they begin to realize they may have been part of a scientific experiment gone wrong. After a series of strange events, the scientists find themselves being hunted. They do not know who is hunting them or for what reason, but the scientists begin to suspect that one of them may be the killer.

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The Eddie Murphy comedy Boomerang arrives for the first time ever on Blu-ray June 28 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 30th anniversary. The film, first released in theaters on July 1, 1992, follows hotshot advertising executive Marcus Graham (Murphy) who may be a success in his industry, but he’s also an insatiable womanizer who’s completely unprepared for his new boss, Jacqueline (Robin Givens), a female version of Marcus in terms of all things romantic. The cast also includes Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones, Geoffrey Holder, Eartha Kitt, Chris Rock, John Witherspoon, Tisha Campbell and Melvin Van Peebles. The movie’s hit soundtrack features Babyface, Toni Braxton and Boyz II Men and topped the Billboard charts and earned triple platinum status.

The comedy The First Wives Club arrives on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on June 28 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, the 1996 comedy has been remastered from a 4K film transfer for this new release.  The “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray includes collectible packaging with a foldout image of the film’s original theatrical poster, as well as a new Filmmaker Focus with screenwriter Robert Harling.

Arrow Video June 28 releases 1993’s True Romance on limited-edition Blu-ray, limited-edition 4K Ultra HD, limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook and limited-edition 4K Ultra HD deluxe Steelbook. Tony Scott directs this love story about a martial arts-loving Elvis fanatic (Christian Slater) that falls for a call girl (Patricia Arquette) and kills her pimp, forcing the two of them to go on the run. The Quentin Tarantino-penned script follows the two inseparable love birds as they go to great lengths to prove that love has no bounds. In addition to Slater and Arquette, the film also stars Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport and James Gandolfini. Special features include new restorations of both the theatrical and director’s cuts; audio commentary tracks with Scott, Tarantino, Slater and Arquette; a 60-page perfect-bound collectors’ booklet; and a double-sided poster.

Gravitas Ventures June 28 releases the comedy Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone on VOD. In a Texas border town, car salesman Charlie (Charlie Clark) moonlights as a masked Lucha libre wrestler going by the name “Green Ghost.” When unknown assailants arrive seeking an otherworldly emerald, Charlie discovers that he has super powers. As he learns to fight from the unconventional Master Gin (Danny Trejo), Charlie is told that he’s part of a secret warrior “triad of light” with his childhood friend Marco (Kuno Becker) and Marco’s sister Karina (Sofia Pernas) led by La Nana (Renee Victor). Together, they’ve been chosen to protect humanity from Drake (Marko Zaror), the embodiment of the Mayan apocalypse. As a stargate is opened in a Mexican pyramid, Drake seeks the power to destroy humankind — and Charlie, linked to the power of the emerald, is the only one who can stop him.

The drama A Beautiful Curse will be available June 28 on VOD and DVD from Gravitas Ventures. In the film, a whole island affected by an unexplainable sleep phenomenon is closed off from the mainland. Photographer Samuel heads there, undetected to document the events, whereupon he finds Stella deep in slumber, and his attraction grows. He soon discovers the sleep affliction is more dangerous and personal than expected.

Mutiny Pictures’ psychodrama Losing Addison will be released on digital June 28 from Mill Creek Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment. Adapted from the novella published in 2011 by author Marty Beaudet, the thriller follows Les McCubbin, who spent his whole life in his twin brother Addison’s shadow. When Addison severs their psychic connection, Les doesn’t just lose his brother — he begins to lose himself. The Oregon Independent Film Festival 2021 Winner stars Sherilyn Fenn (“Shameless,” “Twin Peaks”), Ted Rooney (Legally Blonde, Gone), Jana Lee Hamblin (“The West Wing,” “Z Nation”) and Reine Swart (Triggered, The Hex), and is directed by Martin Bannon Beaudet.

Hey, Stop Stabbing Me! is being released on Blu-ray June 28 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Long before they became Hollywood players with Dorm Daze, Golan the Insatiable and the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movies, 20-year-old producer/co-writer/director Josh Miller and producer/co-writer/star Pat Casey spent the summer of 2000 with $500, a MiniDV cam and a group of friends in Bloomington, Minn., creating the long-out-of-print comedy/horror hit of the shot-on-video era, Hey, Stop Stabbing Me!. It’s a deranged suburban saga of hole diggers, serial killers, nympho girlfriends, clothes-stealing monsters and lawn mower murders. Intervision is presenting this cult favorite remastered in HD with all-new reunion featurettes, audio commentaries, short films and much more. Special features include an introduction by Miller and Casey; audio commentary with Miller, Casey and actor Andy Kriss; “Still Stabbing After All These Years,” a cast and crew reunion; “The State of Stabbing Mike”; Sledgehammers at Dawn (83 mins), with filmmaker intro and audio commentaries; short films; and trailers.

The Big Sleazy Jack Weis Double Feature, available June 28 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group, features two films by New Orleans writer/producer/director Jack Weis, Crypt of Dark Secrets and Death Brings Roses. Crypt of Dark Secrets (1976) features voodoo vengeance, a possessed swamp stripper and multiple feats of knuckleheaded folk horror and is newly mastered from the original negative. Thought lost for more than 30 years, Death Brings Roses (1975) is the Big Easy auteur’s epic of pimps, hookers, mob bosses, double-crosses, a stupefying parade of performances by non-professional locals and Henny Youngman. Real-life Hollywood tough guy Scott Brady (Johnny Guitar), Oscar winner Broderick Crawford (All the King’s Men) and Hermione Gingold (Gigi) co-star in this French Quarter crime saga, now scanned in 2K from the filmmaker’s personal 35mm print. Special features include “The Talented Ms. Ridley,” an interview with actress Maureen Ridley, and the Crypt of Dark Secrets trailer.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘The Bad Guys,’ ‘Unbearable Weight’ Top June 21 New Disc and Digital Releases

June 21 sees the arrival of movies such as The Bad Guys and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent on DVD and Blu-ray. A day later, June 22, Disney bows Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness through digital channels.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the Scholastic children’s graphic novels, the film follows five infamous friends — Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula. After years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught. Mr. Wolf brokers a deal to keep them out of prison and the Bad Guys set out to fool the world into believing they’ve gone good. The voice cast includes Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Marc Maron (“Glow”), Craig Robinson (“Hot Tub Time Machine” franchise), Anthony Ramos (In the Heights), and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as the bad guys, alongside co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lily Singh (Bad Moms), Emmy winner Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), and Richard Ayoade (Paddington 2).

The comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent arrives on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand June 21 from Lionsgate. Starring as himself is Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995; “National Treasure” franchise, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Rock). Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero. Also starring are Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio and Neil Patrick Harris.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the HBO Max miniseries Aquaman: King of Atlantis as a full-length animated movie on DVD and for digital purchase June 21. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the mini-series premiered Oct. 14, executive produced by James Wan, director of the live-action Aquaman movie, through his Atomic Monster production. The playful reimagining of the iconic DC Super Hero and tells an original tale about Aquaman’s first adventures as King of Atlantis. On his first day as the new king, Aquaman has a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up: the scholar Vulko, and Mera, the water controlling warrior princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman must rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects — and to himself — that he’s worthy of the throne. Cooper Andrews (“The Walking Dead,” Shazam!) leads the cast as Aquaman, joined by Gillian Jacobs (“Community”) as Mera, Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911!”) as Vulko, Dana Snyder (“Aqua Teen Hunger Force”) as Ocean Master, Andrew Morgado Mortikov, Kevin Michael Richardson as the Royal Announcer, Flula Borg (The Suicide Squad) as Mantis, and Kimberly Brooks (“DC Super Hero Girls”) as Hammer. Also providing voices are Chris Jai Alex, Trevor Devall, Armen Taylor, Kaitlyn Robrock, Regi Davis, Ludi Lin, Robbie Daymond, Erica Lindbeck, Laila Berzins and Erica Ash.

The sci-fi drama After Yang arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD June 21 from Lionsgate. Based on the short story Saying Goodbye to Yang, the film follows a disconnected family after their A.I. helper unexpectedly breaks down. In the film, when his young daughter’s beloved companion — an android named Yang — malfunctions, Jake (Colin Farrell) searches for a way to repair him. In the process, Jake discovers the life that has been passing in front of him, reconnecting with his wife (Jodie Turner-Smith) and daughter across a distance he didn’t know was there. In addition to Farrell (Voyagers, In Bruges, S.W.A.T.) and Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim, Jett, Nightflyers), the film stars Justin H. Min (TV’s “The Umbrella Academy,” TV’s “New Amsterdam,” TV’s “Pure Genius”), Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja (TV’s “Coop and Cami Ask the World,” TV’s “Raven’s Home,” TV’s “iCarly”) and Haley Lu Richardson (Five Feet Apart, Columbus, The Edge of Seventeen).

The Chinese martial arts drama Ip Man: The Awakening will be released on on DVD and Blu-ray Disc and digital June 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, while visiting Hong Kong, a young Master Ip intervenes in a kidnapping attempt, unintentionally igniting a turf war with a ruthless human trafficking ring. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps one of Ip Man’s close friends, leaving him with no choice but to challenge the group’s notoriously brutal boxing champion head-on. Includes a new English dub.

The musical Cinderella, starring Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital June 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The feature previously streamed on Prime Video. 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.

The feature documentary The Beatles and India, from Silva Screen Productions and Renoir Pictures, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray June 21 from MVD Entertainment Group. The documentary examines how Indian music and culture shaped the music of the band and explores how The Beatles served as ambassadors of the pioneering World music sound and cultural movement. In 1968, The Beatles had achieved mass fame and fortune yet were searching for deeper meaning in their lives. Under the spiritual guidance of Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Beatles took a trip to Rishikesh, India, to study Transcendental Meditation. Drawing together an expansive archive of footage including contemporaneous locale shooting in India, recordings, photographs and first-hand interviews, The Beatles and India documents this East-meets-West touchstone in pop-culture history. Inspired by Ajoy Bose’s book Across The Universe — The Beatles In India, the documentary was produced by British Indian music entrepreneur Reynold D’Silva and directed by Bose (his directorial debut) and cultural researcher Pete Compton. The Beatles and India has been awarded Best Film Audience Choice and Best Music at the 2021 U.K. Asian Film Festival “Tongues on Fire.” The film has also been nominated for Best Documentary at the 2022 New York Indian Film Festival.

The documentary Have You Heard About Greg? will be released for digital purchase and on VOD June 21 from Virgil Films. Have You Heard About Greg? puts a human face on the disease of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The film features experts committed to the fight against Alzheimer’s who share their experience and wisdom about how to deal with an invisible enemy that is quietly killing millions of people each year around the world and will affect millions more in years to come.

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Kino Lorber June 21 releases Kaddish, a 1984 documentary by Steve Brand about a young Jew coming to terms with his father’s traumatic history, on DVD under the Kino Classics banner. Kaddish is the story of the stormy yet loving relationship between writer and Jewish activist Yossi Klein and his father Zoltan, who had survived the Holocaust’s devastation of Hungarian Jewry by hiding in a hole in the ground for six months while his parents — Yossi’s grandparents — died at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Once Yossi and his sister, Karen, were born, Zoltan was determined that they be emotionally prepared to survive another holocaust. His story of hiding in the forest and the murder of his parents became his children’s bedtime stories. Their mother, Breindy, compensated by reading Dr. Seuss books. Kaddish culminates at the first International Gathering of Holocaust Survivors in Jerusalem, which Yossi attends “wearing two yarmulkes” — as a writer and as the child of a survivor. But he attends alone, and, he soon realizes, bereft. 

The documentary Alien Abduction: Answers will be released on DVD June 21 from Virgil Films. The documentary follows John Yost, who had a frightening experience one summer as a young child, something so awful that his parents could hardly make out his terrifying account of what happened. A series of doctor’s visits and medical examinations could not conclude exactly what had occurred, but the memories would never leave him. Yost had a Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind. Despite this, he later married, raised children and lived a happy life except for his obsessive preoccupation with home security, paralyzing fear of open skies or deep water, and his abiding sense that he was being watched. cAlien Abduction: Answers follows Yost as he discovers that there are literally hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life all over the globe who have experienced something similar. Viewers witness a dramatization of his encounter as a boy, and through a technique called Quantum Hypnotherapy, they “sit-in” while a highly skilled therapist with more than 40 years of experience guides him back to that summer evening where we finally discover what really happened, where he went, and what he learned.

Fire in the Sky makes its North American Blu-ray Disc debut on June 21, courtesy of Scream Factory, indie film distributor Shout! Factory’s horror imprint. The 1993 film will be presented in a new 4K scan from the original camera negative. Bonus features include a new interview with director Robert Lieberman, as well as previously available interviews with actors D.B. Sweeney and Robert Patrick and composer Mark Isham. In 1975, logger Travis Walton (Sweeney) and his co-workers encountered a UFO. His pals were able to flee — but Walton was not so lucky. Whisked aboard the strange craft, he was subjected to a painful, unearthly medical study. Fire in the Sky details Walton’s ordeal … as well as the contempt and ridicule he and his friends endured as they tried to convince others of this otherworldly experience.

The 1956 classic Giant will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital June 21 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean (in his final role), the film is a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields. Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict (Hudson) and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink (Dean) both woo Leslie Lynnton (Taylor) a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. She marries Benedict, but she is shocked by the racial bigotry of the White Texans against the local people of Mexican descent. Rink discovers oil on a small plot of land, and while he uses his vast, new wealth to buy all the land surrounding the Benedict ranch, the Benedict’s disagreement over prejudice fuels conflict that runs across generations.

GKIDS and Shout! Factory June 21 release Panda! Go Panda!, a 1972 Japanese animated children’s film directed by Isao Takahata and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Timed to its 50th anniversary, the film will be available in a Blu-ray Disc with DVD combo pack and will include the 1973 release Rainy Day Circus, where the story continues. Panda! Go Panda! follows the story of a cheerful young girl named Mimiko, who is left on her own while her grandmother is away. When little Panny Panda and his father Papanda stumble into her home, Mimiko welcomes them in as her new family. Adventures ensue, as Mimiko discovers the challenges of taking care of her new friends.

Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, the classic film restoration and streaming company, will release the 1950s sci-fi classic The Brain From Planet Arous (1957) on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD June 21.  A great example of cut-rate sci-fi from the 1950s, this independently produced feature stars ‘B’-movie favorite John Agar (The Mole People, Revenge of the Creature) and Joyce Meadows (The Christine Jorgensen Story, The Girl in Lovers Lane) and was directed by Nathan Juran, a master of the genre who helmed such classics as The Deadly Mantis (1957), Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (1958) and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). In the film, when Gor, an evil brain from planet Arous, inhabits the body of scientist Steve March (Agar), his intention is nothing less than world domination. Lucky for Earth, another intergalactic brain, Val, offers to assist March’s wife Sally (Meadows) in stopping the madness. The special-edition Blu-ray and DVD release features a 4K transfer, including two versions of the film, presented in its original 1.85:1 theatrically released ratio and in 1.33:1 full-frame format. Included in the bonus features is exclusive commentary with The Brain From Planet Arous star Meadows.

Director Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi actioner Universal Soldier arrives June 21 on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital Steelbook from Lionsgate. The 1992 movie stars Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD, Double Team, Double Impact, Kickboxer), Dolph Lundgren (Johnny Mnemonic, Masters of the Universe, Rocky IV), Ally Walker (Kazaam, While You Were Sleeping, TV’s “Profiler”), Ed O’Ross (Dick Tracy, Red Heat, Lethal Weapon) and Jerry Orbach (TV’s “Law & Order,” Broadway Bound, Beauty and the Beast). In the film, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme) and Sgt. Andrew Scott ( Lundgren) are two soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam and are brought back to life 25 years later for a secret government program. Known as “Unisols,” they are genetically enhanced, unstoppable killing machines without memory, feelings or free will. But when Deveraux’s memory starts to return and he escapes the program, a superhuman chase across the country begins.

Mutiny Pictures’ queer horror feature So Vam will be available on digital June 21 from Distribution Solutions. Co-written, produced and directed by then 16-year-old Alice Maio Mackay, a young trans filmmaker in her feature debut, the film follows Kurt, a high school outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to be a famous drag queen. When he is kidnapped by a predatory old vampire and attacked, he is rescued just in time by a gang of rebellious vampires who feed on bigots and abusers. As a vampire, he finally knows empowerment and belonging. However, his killer is still out there, creating new minions with their own rotten hatred and threatening all that he loves. Until Kurt faces the monster, he will never truly be free.

 

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution releases Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for digital purchase June 22, the same day as its premiere on the Disney+ streaming service. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, Marvel’s master of the mystic arts, fresh off helping Spider-Man deal with an incursion of alternate realities in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In Multiverse of Madness, he meets America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses. But she is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power, leading Doctor Strange to vow to protect her. However, when he turns to fellow magic user Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) for help, he discovers a danger he never expected, sending him on a journey through parallel realities to protect his charge. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 26.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

June 14’s Disc and Digital Lineup Includes ‘Morbius,’ ‘Ambulance,’ ‘Father Stu’

New releases on Blu-ray and DVD June 14 include Morbius, Ambulance and Father Stu.

The Marvel Comics-based action film Morbius will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, Oscar winner Jared Leto plays the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius, who is dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder. Determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. Extras on digital, 4K and Blu-ray include outtakes and bloopers, five featurettes, and nocturnal Easter Eggs. Extras on DVD include two featurettes. Read a review here.

The action thriller Ambulance will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon), the film follows veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman), desperate for money, who turns to his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal, End of Watch) for help. A career criminal, Danny instead offers him a huge score. When their heist goes awry, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop and paramedic (Eiza González, Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw) onboard. Will and Danny must evade a city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing an escape.

The Mark Wahlberg drama Father Stu will be released on Blu-ray and DVD June 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film based on a true story, after surviving a terrible motorcycle accident, Stuart Long (Wahlberg) wonders if he can use his second chance to help others find their way — and leads this former amateur boxer to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a priest. Despite a devasting health crisis and the skepticism of church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion.

CBS, Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment release Billions: Season Six on DVD June 14. The four-disc collection includes all 12 episodes from the 2022 season, which features Michael Prince (Corey Stoll) taking over Axe Capital, causing Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) to develop a new strategy that is keener and more sophisticated than before in order to take Axe down. The cast also includes David Costabile, Maggie Siff, Asia Kate Dillon, Condola Rashad, Jeffrey DeMunn, Kelly AuCoin and Daniel Breaker. Extras include two bonus clips and an exclusive featurette.

The Kevin Hart comedy Fatherhood will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital June 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, Hart stars in a heartwarming true story about a widowed dad who copes with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty diapers as he sets out to raise his daughter on his own. Directed by Paul Weitz, the film also stars Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan and Paul Reiser.

The thriller Infinite Storm, starring Naomi Watts, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc June 14 from Decal, Bleecker and Distribution Solutions. In the film, when a climber (Watts) gets caught in a blizzard, she encounters a stranded stranger and must get them both down the mountain before nightfall. The film also stars Billy Howle, Denis O’Hare, Parker Sawyers, Eliot Sumner and Joshua Rollins.

The animated family feature King Tweety releases on digital and DVD June 14 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, King Tweety finds Tweety, Sylvester and Granny jet-setting to the Canary Islands where Tweety learns he’s a royal descendant and the next in line to the throne. When the queen of the island paradise disappears, Tweety unexpectedly becomes next in line for the crown. His entourage includes motorbike daredevil Granny and sly Sylvester, whose allegiance is tested when he uncovers a sinister plot to eliminate Tweety for good. The release includes three bonus classic “Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries” cartoons: “Something Fishy Around Here,” “The Maltese Canary” and “The Cat Who Knew Too Much.” King Tweety features the voice talents of Eric Bauza as Sylvester/Tweety/Larry Bird/the Handsome Stewart; Flula Borg as Harold/Singing Fish/Enthusiastic Crowdgoer; Carlease Burke as Queen Honk/Candice the Crane; Jon Daly as Diego; Regi Davis as Rodrigo the Dog/Charlie Bird Parker/an Owl; Dana DeLorenzo as Izza; Riki Lindhome as Beep Beep; Candi Milo as Granny/Green Bean/Lady Bird Johnson; Maya Lynne Robinson as Officer Gnutz/Dancer; Niccole Thurman as Aoogah/Melaney Blank and Mark Whitten as Officer Siedes/John Foray.

The Western adventure Hostile Territory heads to digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 14 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Written by, directed by and starring Brian Presley (The Great Alaskan Race), the action- adventure follows former P.O.W. Jack Calgrove (Presley) who, upon returning home after the Civil War, finds out his wife has died and his children — now presumed orphans — were loaded on a train bound for hostile territory deep in the American West. With the help of a fellow Union soldier, a troop of elite Native American sharpshooters and a former slave searching desperately for her own daughter, Calgrove races to intercept the orphan train before all hope is lost. The film also stars Craig Tate (12 Years a Slave), Natalie Whittle (“Orbital Redux”), Matt McCoy (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle), Lew Temple (Waitress) and Brad Leland (“Friday Night Lights”).

The adventure drama “MacGyver: The Complete Series — Seasons 1-5” arrives on DVD June 14 from Lionsgate. The series features Lucas Till (“X-Men” franchise), who plays young Angus “Mac” MacGyver. The series follows the adventures of 20-something “Mac” MacGyver in a reimagining of the classic TV series. As the daring leader of a clandestine organization within the U.S. government, MacGyver — armed only with his trusty pocketknife and an unending supply of resourcefulness — crisscrosses the globe to keep the world safe from harm in this action-packed collection that features all five seasons of the show. 

The war film Iron Cross: The Road to Normandy will be released on digital and DVD June 14 from 123 GO Films and Distribution Solutions. In the film, Captain Klaus Muller struggles to survive during World War II on the Eastern front fighting back-to-back with his brother and friends. As D-day unfolds, more than one score is settled, and a running battle now puts American soldiers and our German Captain on the same path. The epic action-drama is directed by and stars Tino Struckman (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Colony”) and Oliver Gruner (“The Circuit 2020,” “Code Name: Eternity”).

The  horror-thriller Mid-Century is being released in select theaters, on demand and for digital purchase June 17 from Lionsgate. Mid-Century follows a husband and wife on a weekend in a mid-century modern vacation rental that turns deadly when the husband discovers the owner is a psychopath with a backyard of buried secrets and designs on his wife. Directed by Sonja O’Hara (Best Director winner for Mid-Century at this year’s L.A. Film Festival), the film stars Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Stephen Lang (“Avatar” franchise) and Shane West (“Gotham”). It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 26.

Mutiny Pictures’ Terror Trips will be released on digital and DVD June 14 from Mill Creek Entertainment. In the horror flick, six friends test out a killer idea for a business that puts a new twist on morbid tourism. The concept is simple — provide guided tours to slasher film fans at the shooting locations of the world’s most famous horror movies. Tourists spend the night watching the horror film on site for maximum chills, but as the night unfolds, the thrills take a deadly turn where the horror becomes real. The Nightmares Film Festival 2021 Winner stars Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, American Hell, The Unwanted), Damian Maffei (The Strangers: Prey at Night, Wrong Turn), Chaney Morrow (Wrong Turn, Haunt, Dark Waters), Abigail Esmena (Don’t Tell a Soul, They/Them/Us, She-Hulk) and is written and directed by Jeff Seemann.

The feature documentary End of the Line will be released on digital and cable on demand June 14 from Gravitas Ventures. The film, from award-winning filmmaker Emmett Adler, is about the New York City subway crisis and a long overdue reckoning on infrastructure. Establishing the vital economic importance and grandeur of New York City’s historic subway system, the film dives into its dire modern-day troubles picking up in the late 2010s when flooding, overcrowding, power failures and derailments have become commonplace. After a particularly bad spate of disasters in the summer of 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaims a state of emergency and hires a new international wunderkind executive named Andy Byford to save the subways. Byford, an earnest Briton with an impressive resume, enters as a charismatic would-be hero. As the political turmoil behind the subway’s decline comes into sharp focus, scenes in barbershops, bodegas and bakeries show the frustration and devastation among business owners and residents who are caught in the middle. Ultimately, the COVID-19 pandemic makes things worse and brings to light America’s need to shore up its infrastructure in cities across the country and the inequality struggles that are central to this debate. The film is dedicated to the heroic New York City transit workers who lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Seasons one and two of “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch,” about an infamous hotspot of UFO sightings and other wide-ranging paranormal events, arrive June 14 on DVD from Lionsgate. The series features aerospace engineer and best-selling author Dr. Travis Taylor (TV’s “The UnXplained,” TV’s “Ancient Aliens”) and real estate mogul and current owner of Skinwalker Ranch Brandon Fugal as they and a team of expert investigators explore the grounds, lead targeted scientific experiments, and examine their findings. For more than 200 years, Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch has been the site of hundreds of unexplained paranormal and UFO-related activities, from strange animal deaths to possible gateways to other dimensions to UFO and poltergeist sightings. Using cutting-edge technology to document and investigate the 512-acre property, the nonfiction series provides an unprecedented look inside the mysterious locale.

Kino Lorber on June 14 releases a “Fu Manchu” double feature on Blu-ray Disc, consisting of the first two American movies centered on the Chinese supervillain. Both The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (1929) and The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930) are early “talkies” and pre-code adventure classics. Released under the company’s Studio Classics banner, both films star Warner Oland as Fu Manchu. Oland would later be known for his portrayal of Charlie Chan. In The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu, the diabolical doctor makes his talkie debut in a film based on the first book in Sax Rohmer’s classic series. During the Boxer Rebellion, Fu Manchu saves the life of little Lia Eltham, but soon after, his own wife and child are killed by the allied troops. He takes revenge by hypnotizing the now grown Lia, played by screen great Jean Arthur, to do his evil bidding. The film costars Neil Hamilton as Dr. Jack Petrie and O.P. Heggie as Inspector Nayland Smith. In The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu, the evil medic is back with a vengeance as he continues his campaign of cruelty on the foggy moors of the English estate where Lia Eltham and Dr. Jack Petrie are set to marry. Both films have been prepared from new 2K masters, and the Blu-ray Disc collection features new audio commentaries by Tim Lucas as well as the original trailers.

Kino Lorber June 14 releases Love Slaves of the Amazons on Blu-ray Disc. The 1957 adventure film, about an archaeologist (Don Taylor) and his partner (Eduardo Ciannelli) encountering a society of women warriors who want to enslave men, was produced and directed by Curt Siodmak, whose other credits include The Wolf Man, The Ape, The Magnetic Monster, I Walk With a Zombie and Donovan’s Brain. For the Blu-ray Disc, the film was prepared from a new 2K master. Bonus features include a new audio commentary by entertainment journalists and authors Bryan Reesman and Max Evry as well as various trailers.

Kino Lorber June 14 releases The Horse Soldiers, one of the lesser-known John Ford-directed John Wayne pairings. The film, from 1959, also stars William Holden, Constance Towers, Strother Martin and Denver Pyle. The Horse Soldiers is a Civil War adventure that has been hailed as a faithful representation of one of the most daring cavalry exploits in history. The film tells the story of a troop of Union soldiers who force their way deep into Southern territory to destroy a rebel stronghold at Newton Station. In command is hard-bitten Colonel Marlowe (Wayne), a man who is strikingly contrasted by the company’s gentle surgeon (Holden) and the beautiful but crafty Southern belle (Towers) who’s forced to accompany the Union raiders on perhaps the most harrowing mission in the war. The Horse Soldiers is presented from a brand-new 4K master and includes a new audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride, author of Searching for John Ford.

Double Tap Entertainment’s zombie horror comedy What Doesn’t Kill Us is being released on digital June 14 from Mill Creek Entertainment. In the film, years after the zombie apocalypse fails to wipe out humanity, rehabilitated zombies — or “necrosapians” — try to fit back into everyday society. Working a desk job, running for political office, and professional sports are seen through the eyes of the undead in this slice of life mockumentary. The mockumentary stars Peyton Paulette (The Fast One, Sugar Tree, The History of Time Travel), and is directed by Zach Schlapkol, Jacob Kiesling and Ethan Cartwright. 

The action classic Raiders of the Lost Ark arrives June 14 in a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook from Lucasfilm and Paramount Home Entertainment. Director Steven Spielberg’s cinematic classic starring Harrison Ford as legendary hero Indiana Jones also stars Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott and Alfred Molina. In the film, Indy (Ford) and his feisty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood (Allen) dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Available individually on 4K Ultra HD for the first time, the Raiders of the Lost Ark Steelbook is the first of four planned limited-edition releases of each “Indiana Jones” movie. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will debut on July 12, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on Aug. 16, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Sept. 20.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Northman,’ ‘Contractor,’ ‘Unbearable Weight’ Lead June 7 Releases on Disc, Digital

New releases on Blu-ray and DVD June 7 include The Northman and The Contractor, while The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent becomes available for digital purchase.

The Viking saga The Northman was released on digital with exclusive bonus content June 6, and arrives on 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition, Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and DVD June 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse), the film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, Claes Bang and Björk. In the film, after witnessing first-hand the murder of his father, a Viking prince (Skarsgård) devotes his life to avenge his father’s death, save his mother and reclaim his kingdom. Bonus features include nine deleted and extended scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The action thriller The Contractor will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the film, Chris Pine stars as Special Forces Sergeant James Harper, who is involuntarily discharged from the Army and cut-off from his pension. In debt, out of options and desperate to provide for his family, Harper contracts with a private underground military force. When the very first assignment goes awry, the elite soldier finds himself hunted and on the run, caught in a dangerous conspiracy and fighting to stay alive long enough to get home and uncover the true motives of those who betrayed him. The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs and Eddie Marsan.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Eraser: Reborn on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7. Eraser: Reborn, which will be also available for streaming on HBO Max in fall 2022, follows U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard, who specializes in “erasing” people — faking the deaths of high-risk witnesses. With the technological advances of the past 25 years, the game has upgraded, and it’s just another day at the office when he’s assigned to Rina Kimura, the wife of a crime boss who’s decided to turn state’s evidence. As the two flee to Cape Town, South Africa, with a team of merciless assassins on their trail, Pollard discovers he’s been set up.

Screen Media June 7 releases the thriller 9 Bullets on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. In the film, a former burlesque dancer turned author (Lena Headey) discovers a second chance at life and redemption when she risks everything to rescue her young neighbor after he witnesses the murder of his parents. Now on the run from a local crime boss (Sam Worthington), who happens to be her longtime ex, she makes a desperate attempt to get the boy to safety. The cast also includes Dean Scott Vasquez, Cam Gigandet, La La Anthony, Martin Sensmeier and Barbara Hershey.

Seasons one and two of the docuseries “History’s Greatest Mysteries,” covering some of the most historically important and enduring mysteries from all over the world, arrives June 7 on DVD from Lionsgate. Hosted and narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne, “History’s Greatest Mysteries” explores the most popular theories surrounding the world’s most elusive unsolved mysteries. From deaths and disappearances of famous figures to buried treasures and alleged government cover-ups, each episode of the first two seasons of the docuseries features interviews with renowned historians, scientists and researches as they examine long-held explanations for these paradoxical events. 

The Finnish romance drama Compartment No. 6 will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, a young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection. The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (Grand Prix award for director Juho Kuosmanen), 2021 Seattle International Film Festival, 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and 2021 Zurich Film Festival.

The comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent arrives on digital June 7. Starring as himself is Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995; “National Treasure” franchise, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Rock). Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero. Also starring are Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio and Neil Patrick Harris. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand June 21 from Lionsgate.

The action-adventure The Siege of Robin Hood will be released for digital sellthrough and on demand June 7 from Saban Films. In the film, when the Sheriff of Nottingham’s soldiers brutally attack his family, a young man named Robin vows bloody revenge on the men responsible. He recruits a team of outcasts, mavericks and fugitive warriors, each has a grudge to settle with the sheriff and an extreme fighting skill to match. Together they devise a plan to exact revenge and lay to rest the ghosts of his past.

Who You Gonna Call?, a documentary on the man who wrote the hit “Ghostbusters” song, will be released on digital June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Filmmaker Fran Strine explores the riveting true story of Ray Parker Jr., the man who wrote and recorded the global smash hit song, which became a universally recognized pop culture classic. Parker Jr. granted Strine unprecedented access to reveal his never-before-told life story — from overcoming nearly impossible odds growing up on the segregated streets of Detroit in the 1960s to achieving his dream of getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and winning a Grammy. Who You Gonna Call? pulls back the curtain to reveal Parker’s now little-known yet legendary career, with Clive Davis and other music legends sharing what it was like to collaborate with Parker, both on stage and off. 

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The zany comedy Aliens, Clowns & Geeks, from actor-director and creative multi-hyphenate Richard Elfman, is headed to Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from MVD Entertainment Group. The out-of-this-world adventure finds out-of-work actor Eddy Pine (Bodhi Elfman) stumbling upon the key to the universe and getting twisted up in an intergalatic war between killer clowns and sneaky aliens. Stars include the late Verne Troyer in his final film role, comedian Steve Agee, French Stewart and George Wendt. Additional cast includes Anastasia Elfman, Malcolm Foster Smith, Rebecca Forsythe, Angeline-Rose Troy, Nic Novicki and Martin Klebba. The soundtrack consists of all new original music from Oscar-nominated composer and Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman and Ego Plum. 

The comedies Clifford and The Heavenly Kid and the action films The Killer Elite, from director Sam Peckinpah, and The Mechanic, starring Charles Bronson, are being released on Blu-ray June 7 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group.

Starring Martin Short (Three Amigos, Innerspace) as a smart, hyperactive and dangerous 10-year-old, Clifford (1994) co-stars Charles Grodin (Midnight Run, The Heartbreak Kid), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard, Time After Time) and Dabney Coleman (9 to 5, WarGames). In the film, young Clifford has a lifelong dream: to visit the Dinosaur World theme park. Happily, his uncle Martin (Grodin) has agreed to take him. But when Martin suddenly reneges on his promise, Clifford hatches a devious plan to get even and teach his uncle that all work and no play makes Clifford a very bad boy.

In The Heavenly Kid (1985), Lenny Barnes (Jason Gedrick, Iron Eagle, TV’s “Boomtown”) gets divine intervention to educate him in the ways of love from a hip guardian angel, Bobby Fantana (Lewis Smith, Wyatt Earp, Southern Comfort, TV’s “The Man Who Fell to Earth”), a former rebel-without-a-cause. Fantana helps to mold Lenny into the king of cool so Fantana can finally earn his entry into Heaven. After Bobby gives Lenny an extreme makeover, Lenny learns that being popular isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The film also stars Jane Kaczmarek (TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” D.O.A., All’s Fair), Richard Mulligan (TV’s “Empty Nest,” Soap, Scavenger Hunt) and Nancy Valen (TV’s “Baywatch,” Final Embrace). Special features include interviews with stars Lewis Smith and Nancy Valen; audio commentary by director Cary Medoway, moderated by Jeff McKay; and the theatrical trailer.

In Peckinpah’s The Killer Elite (1975), elite assassins Mike Locken (James Caan, Rollerball, The Godfather, Misery) and George Hansen (Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather) take on jobs too risky for even the CIA to handle. They’re best friends, superior marksmen and on the ‘A’-list when it comes to killing. But when one high-powered hitman betrays another, the intrigue, the violence and the thrills become more than just a dangerous game of who-kills-whom first. It becomes a very personal war. Directed by Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia), the film also stars Arthur Hill (Future World, The Andromeda Strain, Harper), Bo Hopkins (A Small Town in Texas, Mutant, Midnight Express), Burt Young (Rocky, Amityville II, Convoy), Mako (The Sand Pebbles, An Eye for an Eye, Conan the Barbarian), Helmut Dantine (The Story of Mankind, The Wilby Conspiracy) and Academy Award winning actor Gig Young (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Game of Death, The Tunnel of Love). Special features include interviews with Bo Hopkins and production assistant Katy Haber; audio commentary with film historians Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and Nick Redman; TV and radio spots; and the original trailer.

In The Mechanic, Arthur Bishop (Charles Bronson) is a mob hit man who operates in an uncompromising world where conventional rules of morality don’t apply and one wrong move could cost him his life. He’s always worked alone; but, as age catches up with him, Bishop takes on a competent and ruthless apprentice and teaches him everything he knows. Together they become an unmatchable team of globetrotting killers until the pupil’s ruthlessness puts him on a collision course with his teacher. Special features include an interview with writer Lewis John Carlino; audio commentary with author Paul Talbot (“Bronson’s Loose” book series); audio commentary with cinematographer Richard H. Kline, moderated By Nick Redman; and the theatrical trailer.

Kino Lorber June 7 releases on Blu-ray Passion in the Desert, a 1997 film from director Lavinia Currier that is based on the 1830 short story of the same name by Honoré de Balzac. Passion in the Desert is set in 1798, shortly after Napoleon I invaded Egypt. The film follows the story of a young army officer, Augustin Robert (Ben Daniels), sent to protect an elderly artist who had been commissioned by Napoleon to draw some of the famous sights in Egypt. The officer ultimately finds himself stranded, alone, in the Sahara desert.  Left to his own devices, he is likely to die, but after stumbling upon mysterious ruins housing a wild leopard, the man and beast form an inextricable bond.

Kino Lorber June 7 releases on DVD Bix: Ain’t None of Them Play Like Him Yet, a 1981 documentary on Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, considered to be the greatest jazz cornet player ever. Bix, along with Louis Armstrong, pioneered the playing of jazz solos. He was born in 1903 in Davenport, Iowa, into an upper middle-class family. After a bout with alcoholism, Bix died in Sunnyside, Queens on Aug. 6, 1931. The cause of death was lobar pneumonia. He was 28. The 1981 documentary uses archival photographs and rare footage (including the three sole momentary fragments capturing Bix on film) as well as interviews with friends and colleagues, including jazz greats Hoagy Carmichael, Doc Cheatham, and Artie Shaw.

Kino Lorber June 7 releases its seventh and latest collection of vintage black-and-white film noir movies as Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VII. The Blu-ray Disc set includes The Boss, Chicago Confidential and The Fearmakers. All three films are from brand-new 2K masters.

Kino Lorber June 7 releases a Blu-ray of Savage Sisters, a 1974 actioner directed by Filipino filmmaking legend Eddie Romero that stars Romero, Gloria Hendry, Cheri Carraro, Roseanna Ortiz, Sid Haig, Vic Diaz, and John Ashley. The film follows three of the world’s deadliest women as they plan a spectacular jailbreak, a million-dollar robbery and an island revolution. The film was prepped for home release from a new 2K master, and both the DVD and the Blu-ray Disc come with new audio commentary by Horror-Flix.com’s James G. Chandler and Ash Hamilton.

Also due June 7 from Kino Lorber on Blu-ray and DVD is Stunt Rock!, a 1977 film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith and starring Grant Page, Monique van de Ven, Margaret Gerard, Curtis Hyde, Paul Haynes, Curtis Hyde, and Greg Magie. Australian stunt man Page (Mad Max) goes to Los Angeles and meets up with a theatrical rock band called Sorcery. He impresses the rockers so much with his daredevil antics that they hire him for their act. While his first stunt lands him in the hospital, the reckless Page defies his doctors’ orders, escaping out of the ward’s fifth-story window to get back to the band. Page soon finds himself the focus of the ladies, attracting both a newspaper reporter (Gerard) and a television star (van de Ven), much to the annoyance of her manager (Richard Blackburn, Eating Raoul). 

Two David Lean classics, Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai, are being released in separate limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbooks June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Both releases feature Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Celebrating its 6oth anniversary and winner of seven Academy Awards — including Best Director for Lean and Best Picture of 1962 — Lawrence of Arabia stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the audacious World War I British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish Empire.

Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Lean’s epic World War II adventure The Bridge on the River Kwai won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness) and Best Director (Lean). In the film, when British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it.

The musical Grease 2 will be released in a limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook June 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 40th anniversary. The follow up to 1978’s Grease, Grease 2 was originally released on June 11, 1982. In the film, Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield star as high school students from very different backgrounds who find love despite the expectations of everyone around them. It’s 1961 and there’s a new crop of seniors ready to rule Rydell High, including the coolest cliques on campus — the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington (Caulfield) is the new kid in town, but he’s been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, and avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds (Adrian Zmed) to win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie Zinone (Pfeiffer)?

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

New Releases on Disc, Digital May 31: ‘The Boys,’ ‘The Devil You Know,’ ‘Father Stu’

New Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases May 31 include The Devil You Know and the first two seasons of “The Boys,” while Father Stu becomes available for digital purchase.

Seasons one and two of the series “The Boys” head to DVD and Blu-ray Disc May 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “The Boys” is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes — as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as gods — abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. In season one, the titular “Boys” embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven” and their formidable Vought backing. In season two, Butcher, Hughie and the team reel from their losses in season one. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the superheroes. Meanwhile, Vought, the hero management company, cashes in on the panic over supervillains; and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander. Extras include blooper reels, deleted and extended scenes, and “Butcher: A Short Film.” The series is an Amazon Prime Video original, with the third season premiering June 3. 

Lionsgate May 31 releases crime drama The Devil You Know on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Once-incarcerated Marcus Cowans (Omar Epps) is trying to turn over a new leaf with the support of his loving family. Upon discovering that one of his brothers (Will Catlett) may have been involved in a horrific crime, Marcus grapples with the limits of brotherhood and loyalty. He and his family, increasingly weary of the justice system’s failings, end up in the crosshairs of a seasoned but jaded detective (Michael Ealy).

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts May 31 release the acclaimed animated adventure film Poupelle of Chimney Town as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Based on a popular Japanese picture book by celebrated author and creator Akihiro Nishino, the film was directed by Yusuke Hirota and produced at Tokyo’s famed STUDIO4ºC. Poupelle of Chimney Town is the story of young Lubicchi living among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his isolated town, yearning to see the “stars” — to know the truth — his father always told him about. One Halloween night he meets Poupelle, a man made of garbage, and together they look to the sky as their adventure begins. The English-language voice cast includes Tony Hale (Being the Ricardos), Antonio Raul Corbo, Stephen Root (Finding Nemo, “King of the Hill”), Misty Lee and Hasan Minhaj. The Poupelle of Chimney Town Blu-ray + DVD combo pack will include two versions of the film — English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles — a variety of bonus content, and an exclusive art booklet with a special message from executive producer and creator Akihiro Nishino. An official selection of Annecy International Animation Film Festival and numerous other renowned festivals, Poupelle of Chimney Town has been recognized with several honors and movie awards nominations, including a Japan Academy Film Prize for Excellent Animation of the Year, a Cristal Award nomination from Annecy for Best Feature, an ANNIE awards nomination for Best Music — Feature, and a Satoshi Kon Award nomination from Fantasia for Best Animated Feature.

The horror-thriller Row 19 will debut on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally May 31 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the foreign film, when several flight passengers suddenly suffer gruesome, unexplained deaths, a young doctor on board begins to suspect that the shadowy, terrifying force behind her own worst childhood nightmare may be back for blood. Row 19 stars Svetlana Ivanova (Cosmoball), Marta Timofeeva (Abigail, Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest), Wolfgang Cerni (T-34), Ekaterina Vilkova (Dark Planet, Black Lightning, Hipsters), Anatoliy Kot (House Arrest, Lektor, Battle for Sevastopol) and Victoria Korlyakova (Power, Better Than Us).

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Lucifer: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD May 31. The season is also available on Blu-ray Disc through the Warner Archive Collection.  The hit Netflix series “Lucifer” revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the DC Universe’s version of the devil, who leaves hell for Los Angeles, where he runs the Lux nightclub and consults for the Los Angeles Police Department. The first three seasons were broadcast on Fox, and after being canceled, the series was picked up by Netflix for another three-season run. In the first half of the fifth season, Lucifer’s twin brother Michael secretly takes the devil’s place on earth while he’s back in hell. Eventually, Lucifer must face the mess his brother made with his life. He’ll also finally confront his feelings for Chloe. In the second half of the season, God makes his grand appearance. Lucifer can’t wait to send dear old dad back where he came from. Unfortunately for Lucifer, God isn’t going anywhere, and wants to get into every aspect of Lucifer’s life. In addition to Ellis, the series stars Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia and Rachael Harris. Based on the characters from DC created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, “Lucifer” was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. 

The Mark Wahlberg drama Father Stu will be released through digital retailers May 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film based on a true story, after surviving a terrible motorcycle accident, Stuart Long (Wahlberg) wonders if he can use his second chance to help others find their way — and leads this former amateur boxer to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a priest. Despite a devasting health crisis and the skepticism of church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 14.

Mutiny Pictures’ thriller Drive All Night will be released for digital sellthrough May 31 from Distribution Solutions. In the film, Dave, a reclusive swing-shift taxi driver, sees his night take an unexpected turn after he picks up a mysterious passenger, Cara, a young woman hiding a dark secret. The film stars Yutaka Takeuchi (“Marvel’s The Defenders,” Letters from Iwo Jima), Lexy Hammonds (Escape Room) and Sarah Dumont (“The League,” “9-1-1”), and is written and directed by Peter Hsieh in his directorial debut. 

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The family adventure Jurassic Tale will be released on digital and on demand May 31 from Lionsgate. In the film, while spending summer break at their father’s house, Emma and Brian find a huge egg in a cave nearby. It hatches to reveal a baby T. Rex, who they name Caesar. But their discovery is tracked by the sinister Kraven, a dealer in rare animals who steals the poor, hungry creature. Together with their reunited parents, Emma and Brian must sneak into Kraven’s lab and rescue Caesar before he’s sold to an overseas buyer.

For its 50th anniversary, the musical 1776 will be released on 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment May 31. The release includes a limited-edition sleeve with theatrical poster art and includes both the 165-minute director’s cut and the 167-minute extended cut, both presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos + 5.1 audio. 1776 is a musical celebration of the founding of the United States of America based on the award-winning Broadway production. The story centers on the tough and unyielding John Adams (William Daniels), the charming and pragmatic Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva), the brilliant young Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard), and the rest of the Continental Congress. All events lead up to that most significant historical date: July 4, 1776. A new bonus disc also includes the original theatrical cut and the three-hour laserdisc cut.

Kino Lorber May 31 releases The Wobblies, a documentary that chronicles how the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), or “The Wobblies,” took to organizing unskilled labor throughout the early 1900s and boosted the fledgling movement among workers to form unions. The Wobblies will be available on DVD at a suggested retail price of $19.95. The 1979 documentary tells the story of workers in factories, sawmills, wheat fields, forests, mines, and on the docks as they organize and demand better wages, healthcare, overtime pay, and safer working conditions. Directors Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer weave history, archival film footage, interviews with former workers that are now in their 80s and 90s, cartoons, original art, and classic Wobbly songs. This documentary was recently inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The 16mm film restoration was made possible by a grant from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, and is presented in a 4K restoration at the Museum of Modern Art.

The 2005 comedy Kinky Boots arrives for the first time on Blu-ray May 31 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Featuring a Golden Globe-nominated performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), as well as performances by Joel Edgerton (The Green Knight), Sarah-Jane Potts (The Chameleon), and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), the film was inspired by the real-life story of a family-owned shoe factory in England and ultimately inspired a Broadway musical that earned six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Actor and Best Musical. In the film, for generations, the Price family has made very sensible, very conservative shoes for men. But to save the business from imminent bankruptcy, young Charlie Price (Edgerton) turns to an unlikely new creative consultant: a drag performer (Ejiofor) whose creative style and wild designs are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy old factory.

May 30 saw the arrival of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore for premium digital ownership VOD and streaming on HBO Max. In the film, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 28.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

May 24 Finds ‘The Batman’ New to Disc, ‘Sonic 2’ Arriving Digitally

The Batman leads the titles new to DVD and Blu-ray May 24, while titles available for digital sellthrough include Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

The DC Comics-based film The Batman arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film is directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay by Reeves and Peter Craig, based on characters created by DC, and stars Robert Pattinson (Tenet, The Lighthouse). In the film, more than a year of stalking the streets as the Batman (Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred, Lt. James Gordon —amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens. When a killer targets Gotham City’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the masked crusader on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle, the Penguin, Carmine Falcone and the Riddler. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, the Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City. The film also stars Zoë Kravitz (TV’s “Big Little Lies,” Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton, aka The Riddler; Jeffrey Wright (No Time to Die, “Westworld”) as Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”) as Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, “Interrogation”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Oz, aka The Penguin. It earned $369 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the animated movie Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase May 24. The film from WarnerMedia Kids & Family will premiere May 28 on Cartoon Network, and June 28 will become available on the HBO Max streaming service. Based on DC Comics characters, the film finds the Teen Titans and DC Super Hero Girls reuniting to combat Lex Luthor and his unified gang of supervillains.

Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be available for digital purchase May 24 from Paramount Home Entertainment. It will also be available for streaming on Paramount+. In the sequel, after settling in Green Hills, Sonic (voice of Ben Schwartz) is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles (Idris Elba), in search of an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. The film also stars James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore and Lee Majdoub. It earned $181 million at the domestic box office and arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Aug 9. A bundle of both “Sonic” movies also is available.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release Showtime’s Ray Donovan: The Movie on DVD May 24. Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight and Alan Alda return as Ray Donovan, Mickey Donovan and Dr. Arthur Amoit, respectively. The concluding chapter to the “Ray Donovan” series picks up where season seven left off. As the events that made Ray who he is today finally come to light, the Donovans find themselves drawn back to Boston to face the past. Each of them struggles to overcome their violent upbringing, but destiny dies hard, and only their fierce love for each other keeps them in the fight.

The thriller Umma will be released on Blu-ray and DVD May 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Umma, which is the Korean word for “mother,” follows Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) living a quiet life on an American farm. When the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her. The film is produced by Sam Raimi and is directed by Iris K. Shim. Additional stars include MeeWha Alana Lee, Tom Yi with Odeya Rush and Dermot Mulroney.

A24’s horror film X arrives May 24 on Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) and DVD from Lionsgate. From writer-director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The Sacrament) in his long-awaited return to horror, the film stars Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness, Suspiria, Emma.), Brittany Snow (Prom Night, Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2), Jenna Ortega (“You,” 2022’s Scream, The Babysitter: Killer Queen) as well as Grammy Award nominee Scott Mescudi (better known as Kid Cudi, Don’t Look Up). The story follows a group of actors who set out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts — an elderly couple with a farm and boarding house for rent. When the couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives in this tantalizing slasher.

The sci-fi romantic comedy Moonshot will be released on DVD and digital sellthrough May 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The HBO Max original film — set in a future where Mars is terraformed and colonized by the best humanity has to offer — follows Walt and Sophie, two very different college students who sneak onboard a space shuttle to the red planet in order to be united with their significant others. The film stars Cole Sprouse (“Riverdale,” Five Feet Apart), Lana Condor (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy, Alita: Battle Angel), Mason Gooding (Scream, “Love, Victor”), Emily Rudd (“Fear Street” trilogy, “Hunters”) and Zach Braff (Cheaper by the Dozen, Garden State).

The Mel Gibson spy thriller Agent Game arrives May 24 as a combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate. Directed by Grant S. Johnson (Nighthawks), the movie also stars Dermot Mulroney (TV’s “Hanna,” Hard Luck Love Song, TV’s “The Purge”), Annie Ilonzeh (TV’s “Chicago Fire,” TV’s “Person of Interest,” TV’s “Charlie’s Angels”), Jason Isaacs (TV’s “The OA,” “Harry Potter” franchise, Black Hawk Down), Katie Cassidy (TV’s “Arrow,” TV’s “Gossip Girl,” TV’s “Melrose Place”), Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi (2013, Actor in a Supporting Role, Captain Phillips), Adan Canto (TV’s “Designated Survivor,” TV’s “Blood & Oil,” TV’s “Mixology”) and Rhys Coiro (TV’s “Entourage,” TV’s “The Walking Dead,” TV’s “A Million Little Things”). In the spy thriller, Harris (Mulroney), a CIA interrogator at an Agency black site, finds himself the target of a rendition operation after being scapegoated for an interrogation gone horribly wrong. As the team tasked to bring Harris in begins to question their orders — and each other — Olsen (Gibson), a senior intelligence officer, and his subordinate, Visser (Ilonzeh), raise the stakes. Now, it’s up to Harris and some newfound allies to uncover the truth and turn the tables.

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The action thriller Ambulance was released for digital purchase May 23  from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon), the film follows veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman), desperate for money, who turns to his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal, End of Watch) for help. A career criminal, Danny instead offers him a huge score. When their heist goes awry, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop and paramedic (Eiza González, Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw) onboard. Will and Danny must evade a city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing an escape. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 14.

Gravitas Ventures will release the documentary The Quest: Nepal on digital platforms May 24 timed to International Everest Day May 29. It follows filmmaker and host Alex Harz’s personal journey through the culture of Nepal, including his harrowing climb of Mt. Everest. The film is a quest to deeper understand and climb the most iconic mountain in the world while unveiling the fascinating culture, history and nature of Nepal. Viewers visit one of the most surreal cities on earth, Kathmandu, before embarking with the climbers on the expedition in the film. The Quest: Nepal has won awards at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival, New York International Film Awards, Santa Monica Film Festival, Accolade Competition, Barcelona International Film Festival, Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK), Las Vegas International Film & Screenplay Festival, Silk Road Film Awards Cannes and the Vegas Movie Awards.

Mutiny Pictures’ Japanese fantasy Sayo will be released on digital May 24 from Mill Creek Entertainment. In the film, Nagisa lost her twin sister Sayo two years ago. One night, on her way home, a strange taxi driver picks her up and takes her to another world, the land of the souls where she goes on a journey to reach out to her sister one last time. The fantastical twist on the road-trip genre stars Nagisa Chauveau (Sumire, Unsaid) and Jai West (Equals, Love Exposure). The film has English subtitles.

Shout! Factory May 24 releases the documentary Trekkies on Blu-ray Disc for the first time to mark the film’s 25th anniversary. Denise Crosby of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” hosts this often-hilarious examination of “Star Trek” devotees, from autograph hounds, to dentists doing their work in Federation uniforms, to the debate over “Trekkies” vs “Trekkers” as the preferred term for the franchise’s fans. In addition to interviews with hundreds of devoted fans, the 1997 film includes discussions with “Star Trek” cast members such as James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner and George Takei. Trekkies: 25th Anniversary Edition offers a new 4K scan restoration, as well as new retrospective featurette “A Trek Back” with Crosby and director Roger Nygard about the making of the film.

Mattel’s Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go — Best Friends will be released on DVD May 24 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. The disc features eight episodes of the series, in which Thomas and Percy are practically inseparable and everyone on the Island of Sodor knows they’re rarely seen without one another.

The Steven Seagal actioner A Dangerous Man and “Robocop: The Series” are being released on Blu-ray May 24 from MVD Entertainment Group and Liberation Hall. 

Based on the classic 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven, “Robocop: The Series” (1994) stars Richard Eden (Shootfighter: Fight to the Death) as the titular cyborg. ”Delta City” (the project OCP is trying to complete in the films) is now complete. Robocop/Alex Murphy (Eden) is now working for the Metro South Police Precinct along with his partner, Lisa Madigan (Yvette Nipar, ”21 Jump Street”), and a new set of supporting characters, including precinct head Sgt. Stan Parks (Blu Mankuma, 2012), technician Charlie Lippencott (Ed Sahely, Maximum Risk) and an adopted orphan named Gadget (Sarah Campbell, Body Parts). Starting with pilot episode (which uses an early script for RoboCop 2 as its basis), the series sees Robocop running into several new enemies including “Pudface” Morgan (James Kidnie, Bird on a Wire), Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo (Cliff De Young, The Craft), Commander Cash (Roddy Piper, WWE and They Live) and corrupt corporate executive Chip Chayken (John Rubinstein, The Boys From Brazil). Bonus features include a behind the scenes featurette, a toy commercial, a photo gallery, cast profiles, “From Cinema to the Small Screen,” “The Future of Law Enforcement: The History of RoboCop,” fun facts, “Put Down Your Weapon: The Auto 9 Gun,” “The Car” and “The Suit.”

In A Dangerous Man (2009), after serving six years for a crime he didn’t commit, Shane Daniels (Seagal), an ex-Special Forces agent, is released from prison with an apology from the State of Arizona. Within hours of his release, he unluckily witnesses the murder of a cop by members of the Chinese mafia who have kidnapped a girl and taken a bag of drug money. Shane intercedes with the help of the Russian mafia, whose boss owes him a favor for saving his son from the Chinese cop killing that set off the chain of events. Bonus features include the trailer and EPK with cast interviews.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

May 17 New Releases Include ‘Licorice Pizza,’ ‘Infinite’ on Disc, ‘Morbius’ on Digital

Titles new to DVD and Blu-ray Disc May 17 include Licorice Pizza and Infinite, while Morbius becomes available through digital retailers.

MGM’s Oscar-nominated Licorice Pizza will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 17 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From multi-Oscar nominated director, writer, producer and cinematographer Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Phantom Thread), the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper and Benny Safdie. It’s the story of Alana Kane (Haim) and Gary Valentine (Hoffman) growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973. 

The sci-fi actioner Infinite will arrive for digital purchase April 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 17 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz. The film follows characters who must use memories and skills from past lives to protect the future of humanity in a race against time in the fight between good and evil. Wahlberg plays Evan McCauley, who is haunted by skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited. As he is self-medicated and on the brink of a mental breakdown, a secret group that call themselves “Infinites” comes to his rescue, revealing to him that his memories are real — but they are from multiple past lives. The Infinites bring Evan into their extraordinary world, where a gifted few are given the ability to be reborn with their memories and knowledge accumulated over centuries. With critical secrets buried in his past, Evan must work with the Infinites to unlock the answers in his memories in a race against time to save humanity from one of their own (Ejiofor) who seeks to destroy it. The film also stars Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Liz Carr, Toby Jones and Dylan O’Brien.

The third season of “Succession” will be released on DVD and digital May 17 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Season three of “Succession,” the HBO original series that follows the saga of a powerful media family, includes all nine episodes. The drama series tracks the lives of a wealthy patriarch and his four grown children who control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world.”Succession” explores themes of power and family dynamics through the eyes of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his children Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck). The series’ second season won a total of seven Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series. Season three finds Logan in a perilous position, scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances after he was ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall. After Kendall’s impulsive decision to expose the company’s sprawling scandal, the family is left to each contemplate their own future. Tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war, with the Roy family navigating the looming questions of who will take over in a post-Logan world.

The Marvel Comics-based action film Morbius will be released for digital purchase May 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, Oscar winner Jared Leto plays the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius, who is dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder. Determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 14.

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Season one of the History series “Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman” arrives May 17 on DVD from Lionsgate. Hosted and narrated by Morgan Freeman, the series takes a deep dive into the inner workings of some of the most notorious prison escapes in history throughout the world. The eight-part docuseries explores prison escapes from Alcatraz and Rikers Island to Germany’s Stalag Luft III and HM Prison Maze in Belfast. Featuring recreations and cutting-edge visual effects, along with interviews with some of the prisoners themselves, their families, their cell mates and guards who were there, “Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman” uncovers every step of the most intricate and daring escapes — by convicted criminals, POWs and political prisoners — and the exhaustive manhunts that ensued.

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The Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance will arrive May 17 for the first time ever on 4K Ultra HD with high dynamic range (HDR) as part of the Paramount Presents line from Paramount Home Entertainment. Four-time Academy Award-winning director John Ford brought together an all-star cast for what is considered by many critics to be a quintessential — and yet pioneering — Western late in his storied career. Starring James Stewart and John Wayne (together for the first time), alongside Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, John Carradine and Lee Van Cleef, the film tells the story of a senator (Stewart), his old friend (Wayne), and a despicable outlaw called Liberty Valance (Marvin). Adapted from a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, the screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck gave us the often-quoted line “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

The Eddie Murphy action-comedy Beverly Hills Cop II will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 17 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 35th anniversary. Directed by Tony Scott, who followed up Top Gun with this sequel, Beverly Hills Cop II was originally released on May 20, 1987. Produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, it was a box office success, earning more than $153 million domestically and becoming the No. 1 film of 1987. The movie also earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song for “Shakedown.” In the film, Axel Foley (Murphy) is back where he doesn’t belong, this time going “deep, deep, deep undercover” to stop a gang of international munitions smugglers. Also returning are Judge Reinhold and John Ashton as Murphy’s crime-busting sidekicks. The release includes Dolby Vision and HDR-10 and Dolby 5.1 DTS Master Audio.

Vestron Video’s 1987 action Western Extreme Prejudice, starring Nick Nolte, is being released on Blu-ray Disc May 17 from Lionsgate. In addition to Nolte, the film, directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs.) with a story co-written by Academy Award nominee John Milius (1979, Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Apocalypse Now), also stars Powers Boothe, Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man, Predator 2, Spread), Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers, Total Recall, Top Gun) and Rip Torn. The gritty, modern Western follows Texas Ranger Jack Benteen (Nolte) who locks horns with a former friend, Cash Bailey (Boothe), now a ruthless drug kingpin. Though they’re on opposite sides of the law, they share a love interest in the sensual Sarita (Alonso). When a crew of rogue soldiers descends upon the border town for an off-the-books mission, all roads lead to a bloody, to-the-death showdown, as loyalties shift and the lines between good and evil are blurred. 

Kino Lorber May 17 releases the 1970 revenge thriller Violent City, starring Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and Jill Ireland. The film, which predates his iconic “Death Wish” franchise, finds Bronson playing a former hitman framed by his ex-boss and left for dead. He tracks the shooter and his beautiful mistress (Ireland) to New Orleans. But when he takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss (Savalas) who wants the fiercely independent gunman to join his organization. He refuses, and finds himself the target of another hit.  The two-disc set includes both the original Violent City — in a 2K restoration in English and Italian with optional English subtitles — and the 1973 U.S. cut, The Family.

Belle, the critically hailed anime film from Academy Award-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda, is available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack May 17 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. A heartfelt story of growing up in the era of social media, Belle also will be available in a Steelbook edition exclusive to Target.

The foreign coming-of-age drama The Fashion Lover will be released through digital retailers May 17 from Ariztical Entertainment. In the Italian film, young Sardinian shepherd boy Giovannino dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Unfortunately, his small rural town is a long way from the bright lights. With his cheating father out of the picture, Giovanni must reckon with an angry mom. But two friends, a fashion teacher with connections and a buddy who’ll do anything for him, give Giovanni hope. Directed by Marco Pollini, the film stars Pino Ammendola, Frencesco Desogus, Mariandrea Cesari, Valentina Sulas and Davide Garau.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Uncharted,’ ‘Dog’ New to Disc May 10, ‘Lost City’ Available Digitally

May 10 sees the Blu-ray and DVD releases of Uncharted and Dog, while The Lost City becomes available for digital purchase.

The action-adventure video game adaptation Uncharted arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. It earned $146.6 million at the domestic box office and $395 million worldwide.

The buddy comedy Dog will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 10 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, starring and co-directed by Channing Tatum, follows the misadventures of two former Army Rangers paired against their will on a road trip. Army Ranger Briggs (Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois dog) buckle into a 1984 Ford Bronco and race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they drive each other crazy, break a small handful of laws, narrowly evade death, and learn to let down their guards. It earned $61.8 million at the domestic box office.

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From MGM in association with FilmNation Entertainment, Dog is directed by Reid Carolin and Channing Tatum in their directorial debut. In addition to Tatum, the film stars Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Kevin Nash (Magic Mike), Q’orianka Kilcher (TV’s “Yellowstone”), Ethan Suplee (Remember the Titans), Emmy Raver-Lampman (TV’s “The Umbrella Academy”) and Nicole LaLiberte (TV’s “Dexter”).

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the romantic adventure comedy The Lost City for purchase on digital platforms May 10. Starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Daniel Radcliffe, the movie generated $163 million at the global box office, including $94.7 million across North American screens. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray, and DVD July 26.

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The thriller Umma arrives for digital purchase May 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Umma, which is the Korean word for “mother,” follows Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) living a quiet life on an American farm. When the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her. The film is produced by Sam Raimi and is directed by Iris K. Shim. Additional stars include MeeWha Alana Lee, Tom Yi with Odeya Rush and Dermot Mulroney. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 24.

The action thriller Lockdown, starring Michael Paré and Bai Ling, will be released on demand, digital and DVD May 10 from Lionsgate. Paré (Gone) plays an FBI agent tasked with taking down three savage criminals who have taken an entire police station hostage. Promising to kill one cop ever hour, the three gunmen — a rapist, a serial killer, and their psychotic leader — play sadistic games with the terrified cops and a high-strung prostitute (Bai Ling, The Crow).  As the FBI agent races to rescue the officers and time runs out, the hostages see they may have to fight to save their own lives.

The horror flick Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2 will be released exclusively on DVD and Blu-ray May 10 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group. On Oct. 24, 1981, television audiences tuned into CBS to catch the premiere of Dark Night of the Scarecrow. The made-for-TV feature developed into a cult hit and sparked an entire scarecrow-centric subgenre of horror films. More than four decades later, the scarecrow returns in the all-new frightener Dark Night of the Scarecrow 2. In the film — written and directed by J.D. Feigelson, the writer of the original — single mother Chris (Amber Wedding) and her son Jeremy (Aiden Shurr) have moved to a small country town in Stubblefield County. While Chris begins work at the local country store, Jeremy starts to bond with the older lady (Carol Dines) that watches him after school. On her way home from work one day, Chris happens upon an old, weather-beaten scarecrow. Chris places a flower in its lapel and whispers in its ear. Little does she know that this seemingly harmless gesture awakens an evil from the past.

Mattel’s animated feature Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams will be released on digital and DVD May 10 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams takes the cultural icon across the country to New York City as Barbie enrolls in a highly competitive summer program at the Handler School for Performing Arts where she meets a fellow student named Barbie Roberts. They become fast friends and quickly adopt nicknames inspired by their beloved hometowns, Malibu and Brooklyn, for their many new friends to distinguish them when together. The film includes all-new music.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

May 3 New Releases on Disc Include ‘Turning Red,’ ‘Blacklight’

Titles new to DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 3 include Turning Red and Blacklight.

Disney and Pixar’s animated Turning Red will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. In the film, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei (voice of Rosalie Chiang) must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom (voice of Sandra Oh) is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda. Turning Red debuted for streaming on Disney+.

The Liam Neeson action thriller Blacklight will be released on Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Briarcliff Entertainment, the film follows a troubled off-the-books agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy. Travis Block (Neeson), a freelance government “fixer,” is a dangerous man whose assignments have included extracting agents out of deep-cover situations. He knows his hands are dirty, but he’s aiming to change. When an agent is killed after infiltrating a group espousing violent societal upheaval, Block discovers a shadowy program called Operation Unity is striking down ordinary citizens for reasons known only to Block’s boss, FBI chief Robinson (Aidan Quinn). As Block gets closer to the truth, he enlists the help of a journalist (Emmy Raver-Lampman), but his past and present collide when his daughter and granddaughter are threatened. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release DC Showcase — Constantine: The House of Mystery on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD digital download May 3. The ‘R’-rated collection of animated short films features stories based on DC Comics’ library of characters. Matt Ryan reprises his live-action and animated role as the Hellblazer himself in Constantine: The House of Mystery. In the all-new short, John Constantine wakes up in the eerie House of Mystery with no recollection of how he got there. Camilla Luddington and Ray Chase reprise their roles from Justice League Dark: Apokolips War as Zatanna and Jason Blood/Etrigan, respectively, while Robin Atkin Downes and Damian O’Hare reprise their roles from Constantine: City of Demons as Negral and Chas, respectively. In addition, Grey Griffin and Lou Diamond Phillips join the cast of the short, which is directed by Matt Peters (Injustice) from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush). The collection will also include the shorts Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!, The Losers and Blue Beetle, which were previously released as companions to recent DC Universe animated movies. Also included as an extra is the featurette “DC Showcase: One Story at a Time,” a look at the history of the animated shorts with interviews from producer Rick Morales and directors Matt Peters and Milo Neuman as they explore the featured heroes and villains, the comics that inspired them, and these adventures’ place in the bigger picture of the DC animated universe.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment May 3 will release The Good Fight: Season Five on DVD. Emmy Award winners Christine Baranski (“Cybill”) and Audra McDonald (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — In Concert with the New York Philharmonic”) return in the latest season of the Paramolunt+ series. Diane (Baranski) is forced to question whether it’s appropriate for her to help run an African American law firm with Liz (McDonald) when the firm loses two of its top lawyers. Meanwhile, Marissa (Sarah Steele, “The Good Wife”) and the firm become entangled with Hal Wackner (Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland,” The Princess Bride), a regular Chicagoan who decides to open his own courtroom in the back of a copy shop. The series also stars Delroy Lindo, Charmaine Bingwa (Black Box), Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike & Molly”), Zach Grenier (Fight Club), Michael Boatman (“Spin City”). Guest stars include Emmy Award winners Wanda Sykes (“The Chris Rock Show”), Wayne Brady (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Jane Curtin (“Kate & Allie”) and Emmy Award nominees Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) and Ben Vereen (Intruders). The three-disc collection features all 10 episodes from the fifth season, as well as an exclusive gag reel and deleted scenes.

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Kino Lorber May 3 releases the 1971 Italian crime drama Sacco & Vanzetti, from director Giuliano Montaldo, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Issued under the indie film distributor’s Studio Classics label, the Sacco & Vanzetti DVD carries a suggested retail price of $19.95, while the Blu-ray Disc retails for $29.95. The film stars Gian Maria Volontè, Riccardo Cucciolla, Milo O’Shea, Cyril Cusack and William Prince. The new DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases include both the English and the Italian audio tracks as well as optional English subtitles. Cucciolla and Volontè are Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. In 1920 Boston, the two — known for their anarchist beliefs — stand accused of robbery and murder. Their political leanings are used as evidence against them, but defense attorney Fred Moore (O’Shea) is convinced of their innocence. As anti-immigrant and anti-radical sentiments run high, one of the most polarizing trials in U.S. history unfolds.

Shout! Studios and Shout! Factory May 3 release Dinosaur World, a 2020 Chinese film from director Ryan Bellgardt. The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and on digital platforms. Dinosaur World chronicles the story of a deadly game with a life-changing prize, when a group of contestants come together to take part in a competition held in a virtual reality realm ruled by dinosaurs. The players quickly find that their initial goals of shifting alliances and jockeying for victory become secondary to the ultimate goal: survival. 

The documentary Alien Abduction: Answers will be released for digital purchase and VOD May 3 from Virgil Films. The documentary follows John Yost, who had a frightening experience one summer as a young child, something so awful that his parents could hardly make out his terrifying account of what happened. A series of doctor’s visits and medical examinations could not conclude exactly what had occurred, but the memories would never leave him. Yost had a Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind. Despite this, he later married, raised children and lived a happy life except for his obsessive preoccupation with home security, paralyzing fear of open skies or deep water, and his abiding sense that he was being watched.  Alien Abduction: Answers follows Yost as he discovers that there are literally hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life all over the globe who have experienced something similar. Viewers witness a dramatization of his encounter as a boy, and through a technique called Quantum Hypnotherapy, they “sit-in” while a highly skilled therapist with more than 40 years of experience guides him back to that summer evening where we finally discover what really happened, where he went, and what he learned. It arrives on DVD June 21.

Mutiny Pictures’ documentary To Decadence with Love, Thanks for Everything! will be released through digital retailers May 3 from Distribution Solutions. Directed by Stuart Sox, the documentary follows the intimate and personal experience of professional drag queens Laveau Contraire and Franky Canga as they prepare for a weekend at the Southern Decadence festival in New Orleans. Founded 50 years ago, Southern Decadence now boasts more than 300,000 LGBTQ attendees over one weekend throughout the lively streets of New Orleans’ French Quarters. The film, which takes a deep look into queer culture and the strength of community in the South, was a New Orleans Film Festival 2021 Winner and was featured at the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival 2021.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

April 26 Sees ‘Moonfall’ New to Disc, ‘Uncharted’ and ‘Turning Red’ Arrive for Digital Purchase

Titles new to DVD and Blu-ray April 26 include Moonfall and The Great: Season Two, while new digital releases include Uncharted and Turning Red.

Action-adventure director Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and VOD April 26 from Lionsgate. Emmerich (Midway, “Independence Day” franchise) and writers Emmerich, Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen, the film stars Halle Berry (Monsters Ball, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum), Patrick Wilson (Midway, “The Conjuring” franchise), John Bradley (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” Marry Me), Michael Peña (TV’s “Narcos,” Fantasy Island),  Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete, Spontaneous), Kelly Yu (TV’s “Lost Promise”), Eme Ikwuakor (TV’s “On My Block,” “Inhumans”), Carolina Bartczak (TV’s upcoming “Painkiller”), and Donald Sutherland (“The Hunger Games” franchise, TV’s “The Undoing”). In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving the world, but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Wilson), and conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (Bradley) believe her. They mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space. Read a review here.

Season two of the comedic series “The Great” arrives on DVD April 26 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  Created and executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Tony McNamara (The Favourite​), the satirical comedy is loosely based on the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. With Fanning and Nicholas Hoult reprising their Golden Globe-nominated roles, season two finds Catherine finally taking the Russian throne for her own. But if she thought coup-ing her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of liberating a country that doesn’t want to be.  She must battle her court, her team, even her own mother (played by two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson) in a bid to bring the Enlightenment to Russia. The four-disc DVD set features all 10 episodes from season two, plus deleted scenes and a blooper reel.

The action adventure Uncharted arrives for digital purchase April 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. Uncharted arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 10.

Disney and Pixar’s animated Turning Red will be available for digital purchase April 26. In the film, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei (voice of Rosalie Chiang) must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom (voice of Sandra Oh) is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release the classic 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time April 26 to mark the film’s 70th anniversary. The musical romantic comedy was directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, and stars Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchel and Cyd Charisse. The film was written by Adolph Green and Betty Comden and produced by Arthur Freed. The music is by Nacio Herb Brown and the lyrics are by Arthur Freed. The 4K edition of Singin’ in the Rain will also be available for digital purchase starting April 26.

The Indian feature Writing With Fire, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, will be available on DVD April 26 from Music Box Films. In the film, reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India’s only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya (“Waves of News”), all from the Dalit (“untouchables”) caste, prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don’t have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, chief reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India’s biggest issues — exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system. The film chronicles the astonishing determination of these local reporters as they empower each other and hold those responsible for injustice to account.

Vertical Entertainment’s Alica Silverstone thriller Last Survivors will be released on DVD April 26 from Distribution Solutions. In the science-fiction thriller, a father and son, who have been living off grid for 20 years, encounter an outsider who threatens to destroy the utopia they’ve built. Directed by Drew Mylrea and written by Josh Janowicz, the film also stars Drew Van Acker and Stephen Moyer.

The erotic features Caligula & Messalina and Caligula: The Untold Story, as well as the Australian biker actioner Stone, will be available on Blu-ray Disc April 26 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

In Caligula & Messalina (1981), one of the earliest entries in the subgenre, ItaloFilth veteran Bruno Mattei (The Other Hell, Women’s Prison Massacre) set the Caligsploitation standard for informative history and jaw-dropping depictions of ancient Roman depravity. When the deranged emperor (Vladimir Brajovic of The Story of O) falls for an insatiable gladiatrix (Betty Roland of Mattei’s Caligula Reincarnated as Nero), their reign will launch a mind-bending bacchanal of torture, sodomy, incest, castration, borrowed footage and aroused livestock. Françoise Blanchard (The Living Dead Girl), Florence Guérin (Cozzi’s The Black Cat) and Sal Boris (The Beast in Heat) co-star in this saga of saturnalian obscenity, presented in both the explicit Italian version and the unrated U.S. Release scanned in 2K from the original negatives. Special Features include “Caligula: The Life Behind the Legend,” an interview with Anthony A. Barrett, author of Caligula: The Corruption Of Power; a trailer; and the CD soundtrack.

Also due is Caligula: The Untold Story (1982). Directed by Joe D’Amato (Emanuelle in America, Absurd), the erotic exploitation film stars David Brandon (Beyond Darkness, Stagefright) as the insane young emperor whose love of brutality and degradation is surpassed only by his hunger for enslaved virgins, cruel vengeance, extreme acts of “horseplay” and beyond. Laura Gemser (Black Emanuelle), Gabriele Tinti (Endgame), Charles Borromel (Absurd) and future director Michele Soavi (Cemetery Man) star in this epic of orgiastic excess written by D’Amato and Luigi Montefiori/George Eastman with a score by Carlo Maria Cordio, presented in both the explicit Italian version and the U.S. release scanned in 2K from the original negatives. Special features include “The Orgy Of Power,” an interview with actor David Brandon; “A False True Story,” an interview with screenwriter Luigi Montefiori; “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy,” an interview with actor Mark Shannon; deleted scenes; the U.K. video trailer; and the CD soundtrack.

Stone (1974), released five years before Mad Max, comes from producer/director/co-writer/star Sandy Harbutt. In his first and only feature film, he ignited Australia’s exploitation explosion, launching a global censorship battle with this biker movie. In the film, an undercover cop (Ken Shorter of Sunday Too Far Away) infiltrates an outlaw motorcycle gang (led by Harbutt). Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road), Helen Morse (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Roger Ward, Vincent Gil, Reg Evans of Mad Max fame, and members of the Sydney Hells Angels co-star in the film, which features an uncut 4K scan from original vault elements supervised by Harbutt himself shortly before his death. Special features include “The Making of Stone“; deleted and extended scenes; “Stone Forever”; “Not Quite Hollywood,” extended interviews: make-up tests; a slideshow with commentary by Harbutt; the trailer; and the CD soundtrack.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.