‘Shang-Chi’ Headlines Nov. 30 New Releases

Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Warner’s Malignant are among the new DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases Nov. 30.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the 25th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, arrives on Blu-ray Disc, dvd and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 30 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. Shang-Chi stars Simu Liu in the title role, who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father, Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu and Michelle Yeoh. The film has earned more than $431 million at the global box office, and is the year’s top domestic title with $224.5 million.

The horror film Malignant arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 30 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From director James Wan (The Conjuring, Aquaman, Furious 7), the horror thriller stars Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle, The Mummy), Maddie Hasson (TV’s “Impulse,” TV’s “Mr. Mercedes”) and George Young (TV’s “Containment”). In the film, a woman is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.

The horror thriller Saint Maud arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Nov. 30 from Lionsgate. The film stars Morfydd Clark (Crawl, TV’s “His Dark Materials,” “Dracula”) and Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty, Vox Lux, TV’s “The Looming Tower”). The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass, Saint Maud follows Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, who becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul — but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.

Two restored Warren Beatty films, Reds and Heaven Can Wait, are being released on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Beatty stars in (as well as produces, co-writes, and co-directs) the comedy Heaven Can Wait, which has been fully restored and remastered from the original negative under Beatty’s supervision. Directed by Beatty and Buck Henry, with a screenplay by Elaine May and Beatty, the film also stars Julie Christie, James Mason, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia and Jack Warden.  The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Beatty and Henry), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Beatty and May), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Beatty), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Warden), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Cannon), and more. The film follows Joe Pendleton (Beatty), a Los Angeles Rams backup quarterback ready to lead the team all the way to the Super Bowl until an overzealous guardian angel prematurely plucks him from the living. When he’s returned to Earth in the body of millionaire industrialist Leo Farnsworth, he inherits a world of challenges, including winning the love of a woman (Christie) who hates Farnsworth.

Directed, co-written, produced by and starring Beatty, Reds celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The story of a radical American journalist embroiled in the Bolshevik revolution  was originally released on Dec. 25, 1981. Paramount will release the film in a two-disc Blu-ray set, newly restored under Beatty’s supervision. The film was restored and remastered from the original negative in 4K with high dynamic range using a vintage print from the Paramount archives as a reference, which was approved by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Punctuated by interviews with real-life activists and witnesses to the revolution, Reds depicts the love story between activists John Reed (Beatty) and Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) set against the outbreak of World War I and the rise of communism in Russia.  In addition to Keaton and Beatty, the film’s cast includes Jack Nicholson, Edward Herrmann, Gene Hackman, Paul Sorvino and Maureen Stapleton, whose performance won her an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film garnered 12 Academy Award nominations and won three, including Best Director for Beatty. The Oscar-nominated screenplay was written by Beatty and Trevor Griffiths.

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Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ historical epic The Last Duel becomes available through digital retailers Nov. 30. The Last Duel unravels the true story about France’s last sanctioned duel, when King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire, Jacques Le Gris, by challenging him to a duel, which took place in 1386. De Carrouges’ wife had accused Le Gris of rape. The Last Duel was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, alongside Jodie Comer and Adam Driver. It will be released on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 14.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune arrives for premium digital ownership ($29.99) and VOD ($24.99) Dec. 3.  Dune was directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. The film stars Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Little Women), Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible — Fallout), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise), Josh Brolin (Milk, Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgård (TV’s “Chernobyl,” Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Avengers: Endgame), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences, Lady Bird), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, TV’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (Mr. Long, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), David Dastmalchian (Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, TV’s “Sex Education”), with Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), with Jason Momoa (Aquaman, “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall). Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive. The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD  Jan. 11.

Shout! Studios has set a Dec. 3 multiplatform release for Castle Falls, an action thriller starring Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren. Directed by Lundgren, the film will be released simultaneously in theaters, through digital retailers and on demand. A DVD and Blu-ray Disc release is expected to follow in January 2022. The film follows rival gangs as they seek out millions of dollars hidden inside Castle Heights Hospital, a symbol of the city’s segregated past that has been packed with dynamite and is ready to be demolished. A gang leader, now in prison, hid the $3 million in cash he stole from his rivals inside the abandoned building. Now, three desperate parties want the money — a blue-collared ex-fighter (Adkins) who finds it while working as part of the demolition crew, a prison guard (Lundgren) willing to do anything to pay for his daughter’s cancer treatment, and a ruthless gang who claim to be the rightful owners. The film also stars Kevin Wayne, Jim E. Chandler, Luke Hawx, Scott Hunter and Kim DeLonghi.

The animated musical Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm will be released in theaters and for digital purchase and rental Dec. 3 from Level 33 Entertainment. In the film, in a land known as the Kingdom of Rhythm, young bear Bongee vows to protect the young Princess Katrina with his life. When the evil witch Bandrilla casts a spell on the people of the kingdom, Bongee sets out with the aid of his friend Myrin to break the spell and return singing and dancing to the land, while Bandrilla and her henchmen, Barnabas and Ivan, do all they can to stop them. Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm features the voices of Rob Paulsen, Dom DeLuise, Ruth Buzzi, Debi Derryberry, June Lockhart, Julian Sands, Danica McKellar, Daryl Sabara, Jess Harnell, Jeff Bennett, Bill Farmer, Phil Proctor, Tatyana Yassukovich and Richard Van Vleet.

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

Nov. 23 New Releases Include ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Digitally, ‘Apache Junction,’ ‘The Show’ on Disc

Nov. 23 sees the release of Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Universal Pictures’ Dear Evan Hansen for digital purchase, while titles such as Lionsgate’s Apache Junction on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

The comic book movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage becomes available through digital retailers Nov. 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Tom Hardy returns as the lethal protector Venom. In search of his next big story, journalist Eddie Brock (Hardy) lands an exclusive interview with convicted murderer and death row inmate Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who discovers Eddie’s secret and becomes the host for Carnage, a menacing and terrifying symbiote. Eddie and Venom must get past their contentious relationship to defeat him. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 14.

The musical drama Dear Evan Hansen becomes available for digital purchase Nov. 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Ben Platt steps back into Evan Hansen’s shoes one last time with a final performance in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical. Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. The film features music and lyrics by the Oscar, Grammy and Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), including two new songs and the anthem “You Will Be Found.” The supporting cast includes Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Amy Adams (Enchanted), Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Nik Dodani (“Atypical”), Colton Ryan (“Little Voice”), Danny Pino (“Law & Order: SVU”) and DeMarius Copes (Broadway’s Mean Girls). It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 7.

The Western Apache Junction arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Nov. 23 from Lionsgate. The adventure stars multiple Grammy Award-nominated country music star Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer, Deepwater Horizon), Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Queen of the Damned), Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, An American Crime), Thomas Jane (Hunter’s Moon, The Vanished), Ed Morrone (TV’s “The Fugitive Chronicles,” Hellblazer) and Danielle Gross (TV’s “Heels,” Final Kill). In the film, Apache Junction is an outpost of lawlessness, a haven for thieves and cold-blooded killers. After big-city reporter Annabelle Angel (Taylor-Compton) arrives to write an article on the town, she becomes a target when notorious gunslinger Jericho Ford (Townsend) comes to her aid. Now Annabelle must entrust her future to a man with a deadly past, as Jericho heads toward a tense showdown.

The fantasy mystery The Show from the mind of legendary graphic novel writer Alan Moore arrives on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 23 from Shout! Factory. Directed by Mitch Jenkins, The Show stars Tom Burke, Siobhan Hewlett, Ellie Bamber, Sheila Atim, Christopher Fairbank and Alan Moore himself. The story involves Fletcher Dennis (Burke), a man of many talents, passports and identities, arriving in Northampton — a strange and haunted town in the heart of England as dangerous as he is. On a mission to locate a stolen artifact for his menacing client, Fletcher finds himself entangled in a twilight world populated with vampires, sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, noir private eyes, and masked avengers. He quickly sinks into a bizarre and delirious black hole that is hidden just beneath the surface of this seemingly quiet town. Soon enough Fletcher discovers that dreams and reality have been blurred and there might no longer be a real world to go back to.

The thriller American Night arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Nov. 23 from Lionsgate. The film stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emile Hirsch, Paz Vega, Jeremy Piven and pop star Anastacia. In the film, when a highly coveted Andy Warhol painting suddenly surfaces, it triggers a chain reaction of danger-filled events for a colorful group of characters, including a forger turned art dealer (Rhys Meyers), a mobster and painter (Hirsch) with a penchant for scorpions, a seductive museum conservator (Vega), and a stuntman and wannabe ninja (Piven).

The Hong Kong action thriller Raging Fire hits digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 23 with a new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment. Boasting a cast headlined by international martial arts action superstars Donnie Yen (Mulan, “Ip Man” franchise) and Nicholas Tse (Shaolin, New Police Story), Raging Fire was the last film from acclaimed action auteur Benny Chan (Shaolin, New Police Story). In the film, Bong (Yen) is a highly respected hardline cop with a long history of success on dangerous cases. However, his past unexpectedly comes back to haunt him when a sting operation is attacked by a mysterious group of criminals led by Ngo (Tse), his former protégé, a talented former officer who had once respected and admired Bong. However, a terrible mistake years prior landed him in prison, quickly turning the once rising star into a furious man with a grudge, and the will to destroy everyone who had wronged him — including his former mentor.

The documentary Clerk. about the life and career of indie film icon and raconteur Kevin Smith becomes available through digital retailers beginning Nov. 23 from 1091 Pictures. Directed by Malcolm Ingram, the film features new interviews with friends, family, filmmaking peers, and icons of the film, comedy and comic book worlds, including Scott Mosier, Jason Mewes, Stan Lee, Justin Long, Penn Jillette, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Smith himself.

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The Criterion Collection releases a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of Citizen Kane Nov. 23. The 1941 masterpiece directed by and starring Orson Welles tells the story of the rise and fall of a newspaper magnate whose efforts to reshape America are trumped only by his desire to recapture the lost innocence of his youth. Criterion’s edition will be a combo pack containing the film on a 4K disc with Dolby Vision HDR, and three regular Blu-ray Discs containing the film and a slew of bonus materials. The film itself boasts a new 4K digital restoration with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. A standalone three-disc Blu-ray edition without the 4K disc also will be offered.

Criterion Nov. 23 also releases a 4K disc of directors Albert and Allen Hughes’ 1993 film Menace II Society, a fatalistic, unflinching vision of life and death on the streets of Los Angeles in the 1990s. There, in the shadow of the riots of 1965 and 1992, young Caine (Tyrin Turner) is growing up under the influence of his ruthless, drug-dealing father (Samuel L. Jackson) and his loose-cannon best friend, O-Dog (Larenz Tate), leading him into a spiral of violent crime from which he is not sure he wants to escape, despite the best efforts of his grandparents and the steadfast Ronnie (Jada Pinkett).

Also due Nov. 23 is Criterion’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the 2019 drama Uncut Gems. Standard Blu-ray and DVD editions also are available. The film, directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, stars Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner, a fast-talking New York jeweler and gambler in relentless pursuit of the next big score. When he comes into possession of a rare opal, it seems Howard’s ship has finally come in — as long as he can stay one step ahead of a wife (Idina Menzel) who hates him, a mistress (Julia Fox) who can’t quit him, and a frenzy of loan sharks and hitmen closing in on him. The cast also includes LaKeith Stanfield, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch and NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.

The action thriller Copshop will be available for digital purchase Nov. 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.In the film, screaming through the Nevada desert in a bullet-ridden Crown Vic, wily con artist Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo, The Grey, The Purge: Anarchy) hatches a desperate plan to hide out from lethal hitman Bob Viddick (Gerard Butler, Greenland, Angel Has Fallen). He sucker-punches rookie officer Valerie Young (Alexis Louder, The Tomorrow War, Harriet) to get himself arrested and locked up in a small-town police station. But jail can’t protect Murretto for long. Viddick schemes his own way into detention, biding his time in a nearby cell until he can complete his mission. When the arrival of a competing assassin (Toby Huss, “Halt and Catch Fire,” Rescue Dawn) ignites all-out mayhem, mounting threats force Viddick to get creative if he wants to finish the job. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 7.

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

Nov. 16 Titles New to DVD and Blu-ray Include ‘Jungle Cruise,’ ‘Candyman’

Nov. 16 sees the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Disney’s Jungle Cruise and Universal’s Candyman relaunch.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution makes Jungle Cruise available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Nov. 16. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities. The cast also includes Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti and Veronica Falcón. Read a review here.

The horror sequel Candyman becomes available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment with a never-before-seen alternate ending and over an hour of bonus content, including a roundtable discussion on the impact of black horror. Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name. The cast includes Vanessa Williams, Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd, reprising their roles from the original film. New cast members include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo and Kyle Kaminsky. The film is set in the same Chicago housing project as the original film and takes place 27 years later.  A visual artist (Abdul-Mateen II) begins to explore the macabre history of Candyman, not knowing it would unravel his sanity and unleash a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye becomes available on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16. The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate look at the rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain). In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) built a burgeoning religious broadcasting network and theme park — until rivals, financial wrongdoing and scandal toppled their empire.

Never Back Down: Revolt, the fourth and newest entry in Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s MMA franchise, will be released through digital retailers and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 16. The film revolves around an amateur fighter (Olivia Popica) who is recruited by a trafficking syndicate specializing in elite underground fighting, where her brutal captor (Michael Bisping) forces her to fight or face certain death.

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films releases Kevin Can F**K Himself: Season 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 16. The dark comedy series stars Emmy winner Annie Murphy of “Schitt’s Creek” as Allison McRoberts, a prototypical sitcom wife married to Kevin (Eric Petersen), her self-centered husband. When she learns that the perfect future she envisioned is impossible, she teams up with her neighbor Patty (Mary Hollis Inboden) as she attempts to escape her confines and take control of her life. Allison’s life with Kevin is presented in a sitcom format with corny jokes and canned laughter. But when she leaves the scene, her life is presented as a darkly lit drama. The cast also includes Alex Bonifer, Brian Howe and Raymond Lee. The show was created by Valerie Armstrong and was directed by Oz Rodriguez for the first two episodes and by Anna Dokoza for the rest. Season one of “Kevin Can F**K Himself” originally aired on AMC Networks in June 2021, with a second season coming in 2022 on AMC and AMC+.

The children’s title Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1 releases on DVD and digitally Nov. 16 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. Viewers peek into the everyday life of Barbie in this animated series and join her as she embarks on adventures with her family and friends — including Ken. From fun road trips to sister shenanigans, Barbie discovers that with a little bit of help and a whole lot of laughter you can be anything. The series features the voice of America Day as Barbie and Kirsten Day as Skipper.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nov. 16 releases the coming-of-age comedy Our Ladies through digital retailers as well as on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Our Ladies is set in 1990s Scotland. A group of Catholic school girls get an opportunity to go into Edinburgh for a choir competition, but they’re more interested in drinking, partying and hooking up than winning the competition.

The documentary The Lost Leonardo releases digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. From the moment the painting is bought for $1,175 at a shady New Orleans auction house and the restorer discovers masterful Renaissance brushstrokes under the heavy varnish of its cheap restoration, the Salvator Mundi’s fate is determined by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. As its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity: is this painting really by Leonardo da Vinci?

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The Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition, timed to the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The 31-disc collection of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga contains new special features along with the theatrical and extended versions of the six films from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as well as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It comes in “Puzzle Box” packaging and includes a 64-page booklet featuring costumes, photography and production notes from the film, and art cards featuring travel posters and images from iconic locations throughout Middle-Earth including The Shire, Lake-Town, Erebor, Anduin, Rohan, Minas Trith and Rivendell. Also included are the original Cannes Film Festival presentation reel, and footage from the recent Alamo Drafthouse cast reunion, featuring director Peter Jackson along with cast members Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellan, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortenson, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases two “Mad Max” movies and a franchise boxed set on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and Digital HD Nov. 16. This marks the 4K debuts for the first two sequels in the franchise, 1981’s The Road Warrior and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The original 1979 Mad Max was released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Kino Lorber in November 2020. The fourth film, 2015’s Mad Max Fury Road, has been available on 4K since 2016. Created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy, the “Mad Max” franchise focuses on the character of Max Rockatansky, a drifter in a post-apocalyptic world. Miller directed or co-directed all four films. Mel Gibson starred as Max in the first three films and Tom Hardy took over the lead role in the fourth film. The Mad Max Anthology 4K UHD release, along with the 4K UHD releases of The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, are from scans of the original camera negatives. The 4K UHD remasters were supervised by the mastering team at Motion Picture Imaging. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of Road Warrior, Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

National Velvet arrives on Blu-ray Nov. 16 from Warner Archives with a new 4K scan from the original Technicolor negatives. The 1944 film stars a 12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor in her first major role as Velvet Brown, a wide-eyed adolescent who, assisted by her jockey pal (Mickey Rooney), trains Pie, a horse she won in a raffle, for the Grand National Steeplechase. She then poses as a boy to ride in the race. MGM was so impressed with their young new star’s work on the film that the studio gave the horse to Taylor after filming completed. Directed by Clarence Brown, National Velvet won two Oscars — Best Film Editing, and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Revere as Velvet’s mother. The cast also includes Donald Crisp and a young Angela Lansbury and veteran. The Blu-ray includes mono audio and the film’s theatrical trailer.

Warner Archives Nov. 16 also releases on Blu-ray 1958’s Some Came Running, featuring a new 4K scan of the original camera negative. After a round of partying he can’t remember, World War II veteran Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra) finds himself on a bus to his hometown of Parkman, Indiana, which he hasn’t visited in more than a decade. His arrival brings small-town hypocrisy to the unforgiving light of day in this character-driven tale directed by Vincente Minnelli and based on a novel by James Jones (whose From Here to Eternity led to Sinatra’s 1953 Oscar). In his first screen pairing with Sinatra, Dean Martin plays a sharp-witted card sharp. And Shirley MacLaine earned one of the movie’s five Academy Award nominations as the good-hearted floozy with a potentially fatal attraction to Hirsh. The Blu-ray includes a 2.35:1 letterbox presentation with mono audio, the film’s original theatrical trailer in HD, and the featurette “The Story of Some Came Running.”

“Ultraman Dyna,” the second series in the three-part “Ultraman” collection, is being released in a six-disc DVD collection Nov. 16 from Mill Creek Entertainment.The series includes Japanese audio with English subtitles and a full episode guide. “Ultraman Dyna” features 51 episodes from season one and two specials “Ultraman Tiga” and “Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light,” and “Ultraman Dyna: Return of Hanejiro.” The series showcases the events seven years after “Ultraman Tiga,” where humanity has embarked on the Neo Frontier project of building settlements throughout the solar system. When a massive insect-like monster attacks the Martian village without warning, a colossal Tiga-like humanoid appears to fight the monster. Ultraman Dyna is the new warrior, a being of light born after a light joined with Agent Asuka of the Super GUTS Team, to wage war against the marauding aliens and monsters that threaten humanity. Tiga and Dyna would eventually team up in the theatrical movie Warriors of the Star of Light.

The original two “Evil Dead” films, as well as the three-season “Ash vs. Evil Dead” series are being released in The Evil Dead Groovy Collection Nov. 16 on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital from Lionsgate. Wisecracking ladies’ man Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell, Army of Darkness, Bubba Ho-Tep, TV’s “The Last Kids on Earth”) is reborn as a slayer of Deadites in The Evil Dead (4K plus Blu-ray) after a vacation in the country is ruined by the reading of an ancient demon-summoning text. In Evil Dead II (4K plus Blu-ray), a chainsaw-armed Ash is pushed to the brink of madness by unhinged evil yet again, while the series “Ash vs. Evil Dead” (Blu-ray) follows an older, grayer Ash over three seasons as he reckons with his bloody past in the face of a Deadite plague.

Director Milos Forman’s epic Ragtime arrives for its 40th anniversary in a limited-edition two-disc Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents line on Nov. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling novel, Ragtime tells the story of disparate characters in New York City in the early 1900s. From the emerging New York suburb of New Rochelle to the flashy spectacle of Atlantic City, a family faces racial tensions, scandals and violence that will test everything they believe in. With music by Randy Newman, the film stars James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Kenneth McMillan, Pat O’Brien, Donald O’Connor, James Olson, Mandy Patinkin, Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Mary Steenburgen, Debbie Allen, Jeff Daniels, Fran Drescher, Samuel L. Jackson, Norman Mailer and John Ratzenberger.

Director Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky arrives on Blu-ray as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on Nov. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz and written for the screen and directed by Crowe, the film was newly remastered from a new 4K film transfer under his Crowe’s supervision. Originally released on Dec. 14, 2001, Vanilla Sky follows a self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate (Cruise) who finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident.

To celebrate the film’s 75th anniversary, Paramount Home Entertainment releases director Frank Capra’s timeless classic It’s a Wonderful Life Nov. 16 in a collectible, limited-edition two-disc Blu-ray. Named the No. 1 most inspiring film of all time by the American Film Institute, the film stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell and Henry Travers. In the film, an angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. The Blu-ray set includes a colorized version of the film in high definition as well as the original, digitally remastered black-and-white movie in high definition, and access to a digital copy of the film.  The set also includes 10 collectible recipe cards from Insight Editions’ “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Official Bailey Family Cookbook” with cuisine inspired by the film.

The animated action adventure Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) comes to 4K Ultra HD for its 20th anniversary Nov. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, the year is 2065, and a meteor has crashed onto Earth unleashing millions of alien creatures who roam around decimating field and city alike, threatening to extinguish life itself. The film features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Steve Buscemi.

The horror films Maniac Cop 2 and Maniac Cop 3 are being released on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 from Blue Underground and MVD Entertainment Group.

Best Buy Nov. 16 releases an exclusive Steelbook edition of director Akira Kurosawa’s Ran on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, from Lionsgate. Kurosawa’s (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) samurai epic blends King Lear, 16th century feudal Japan, and his own notions of loyalty and honor to tell the story of aging Lord Hidetora, whose decision to bequeath his kingdom to his three sons sparks a power struggle that leads to chaos and madness.

Lionsgate also releases the family drama Wonder in a Target exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook Nov. 16. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Wonder follows the story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with a facial deformity, a combination of Treacher Collins syndrome and a hemifacial microsomia. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey in the fifth grade at Beecher Prep unites his family, his school and his community.

The Many Saints of Newark arrives for premium digital ownership and premium digital rental Nov. 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, about the origins of Tony Soprano of the series “The Sopranos,” is directed by Alan Taylor (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” TV’s “Mad Men”) from a screenplay by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, based on characters created by Chase. It stars Alessandro Nivola (Disobedience, American Hustle), Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Murder on the Orient Express), Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, The Wolf of Wall Street), Corey Stoll (First Man, Ant-Man), Michael Gandolfini (TV’s “The Deuce”), Billy Magnussen (Game Night, The Big Short), Michela De Rossi (Boys Cry, TV’s “The Rats”), John Magaro (The Finest Hours, Not Fade Away), Ray Liotta (TV’s “Shades of Blue,” Goodfellas) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, “The Conjuring” films). In the film, young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola), who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities — and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano. The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 21.

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

‘Reminiscence,’ ‘Respect’ Top List of New Home Video Releases Nov. 9

Nov. 9 sees the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Warner’s Reminiscence and Universal’s Respect, while films such as No Time to Die become available via premium VOD.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Nov. 9 releases the sci-fi noir Reminiscence on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Set in the near future, the film stars Hugh Jackman as Nick, a merchant of nostalgia who navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories. Living on the fringes of the sunken Miami coast, his life is forever changed when he falls in love with Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). When she vanishes without a trace, his obsession to find her uncovers a dangerous conspiracy. The cast also includes Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis, Marina de Tavira, Daniel Wu, Mojean Aria, Brett Cullen, Natalie Martinez, Angela Sarafyan and Nico Parker. Reminiscence is the feature directorial debut of Lisa Joy, who also wrote the screenplay and produced the film alongside her husband, Jonathan Nolan. The pair previously developed HBO’s “Westworld.” The film earned $3.9 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

Arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 9 is Universal Pictures’ Respect, a biopic of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, played by Jennifer Hudson. The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron,  Titus Burgess and Mary J. Blige. It earned $24.3 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Nov. 9 releases DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray and DVD. The release includes all 15 one-hour episodes from the sixth season of the CW series, plus extra content including several featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. In season six, having spent last season trying to track down the Loom of Fate, the Legends must now save history from a foe like none they’ve encountered in the past or future. The timeship Waverider’s crew have dealt with monsters, time anomalies, and most recently, villains from Hell, but this season they will face something even more challenging and bizarre — space aliens.

Snowpiercer: The Complete Second Season travels to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9 from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. At the end of season one, the survivors of the revolution were trying to pick up the pieces and maintain a fragile peace among the now merged classes, with Layton (Daveed Diggs) emerging as the train’s leader. Discovering Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean) is alive and headed their way on a rival train, Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) risks going outside to prevent him from invading Snowpiercer. While she’s out there, it’s revealed that Alexandra (Rowan Blanchard), Melanie’s daughter, who she thought had died, is alive and has become Wilford’s dedicated protegee. In season two, an entirely new power struggle emerges, causing a dangerous rift as people are divided between their loyalty to Layton and to Mr. Wilford, who has a new train, new technology and a game plan that keeps everyone guessing. While Layton battles Wilford for the soul of Snowpiercer, Melanie leads the charge on a shocking new discovery that could change the fate of humanity. Season three of “Snowpiercer” will premiere on TNT early next year, and the show has already been picked up for a fourth.

Season one of “Emily in Paris” arrives on DVD Nov. 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Lily Collins stars as the title character, Chicago marketing executive Emily Cooper, in this comedy from Darren Star, the creator of “Sex and the City” and “Younger.” In the series, after suddenly landing a dream job in Paris, Emily embraces her adventurous new life as she juggles work, friendships and romance while navigating a whole new culture. The DVD includes all 10 episodes from the inaugural season, and more than 30 minutes of deleted scenes and exclusive featurettes that delve into the casting process, the show’s fashion, and what it’s like to film in Paris.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases all seven seasons of the TV series “Younger” on DVD for the first time Nov. 9. Younger: The Complete Series will include all seven seasons of the series, with 84 episodes spread across 10 discs, plus more than an hour of bonus content. The series from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star ran for six seasons on TV Land starting in 2015, while episodes from the seventh and final season premiered first on the Paramount+ streaming service earlier in 2021 before being shown on the cable network. The show stars two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Liza Miller, a 40-year-old mom passing herself off as a 20-something assistant. Though her ruse lands her a dream job in publishing, a hot young boyfriend, and a fun new millennial squad, cracks began to form in her plan as she realizes that her secret was hurting those closest to her. “Younger” follows Liza’s journey through professional and personal ups and downs, on her way to discovering that the truth can be so much better than fiction. The cast also includes Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard and Charles Michael Davis.

Shout! Factory releases the Western Old Henry on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 9. The film from Shout! Studios and Hideout Pictures stars Tim Blake Nelson as a widowed farmer who along with his son (Gavin Lewis) warily take in an injured man (Scott Haze) with a satchel of cash. When a posse of men claiming to be the law come for the money, the farmer must decide who to trust. Defending against a siege of his homestead, he reveals a talent for gunslinging that surprises everyone, calling his true identity into question. The cast also includes Trace Adkins and Stephen Dorff. The film was written and directed by Potsy Ponciroli.

The holiday title A Gift From Bob will be released via on demand, digital sellthrough and DVD Nov. 9 from Lionsgate and Saban Films. In the film from the director of A Dog’s Way Home and Dolphin Tale, for James (Luke Treadaway), a struggling street musician, a very special gift arrives in the form of Bob, a strong-willed stray cat who wanders into James’s tiny flat. Bob enriches James’s life, giving him companionship, purpose, and a large, new audience. When Animal Welfare officers threaten to take Bob, the local community rallies to help James and Bob — sparking a journey that takes the pair to places they never imagined.

PBS Distribution Nov. 9 releases Muhammad Ali: A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon on DVD and Blu-ray. The docuseries follows the life of the three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, as well as his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it. At the height of his fame, Ali challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases and notions about what roles celebrities and athletes play in our society, and inspired people all over the world with his message of pride and self-affirmation.

Also due Nov. 9 from PBS Distribution is Frontline: America After 9/11 on DVD. The documentary chronicles the history of the United States after the terrorist attacks.

The Chinese action film The Emperor’s Sword debuts digitally, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, during a time of peace, a deadly sword that bestows great power upon its wielder was divided and hidden. After the emperor dies, a deranged rebel seizes power and stages a massacre during his search for the blade, leaving only one survivor. The young daughter of a great general is all that stands between a tyrant and his quest for domination.

Capelight Pictures and the MPI Media Group Nov. 9 release the 2012 Korean erotic romantic historical drama The Concubine on DVD. Set during the early Joseon Dynasty in Korea, Hwa-yeon, a minister’s daughter, and Kwon-yoo, a commoner, are deeply in love. When Hwa-yeon is ordered to the royal palace to become the king’s concubine, she and Kwon-yoo attempt to flee. They are intercepted by Hwa-yeon’s father and his men, who threaten to kill Kwon-yoo. To save her one true love, Hwayeon agrees to go to the palace as instructed.

The horror films The Resonator: Miskatonic U and Mania Killer arrive on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 9 from Full Moon Features and MVD Entertainment Group.

In horror fantasy The Resonator: Miskatonic U (2021), genre stars Michael Pare (Streets of Fire, Eddie and the Cruisers), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) and Empire Pictures alumni Jeffrey Byron (The Dungeonmaster, Metalstorm) join a cast of newcomers in a tale of visionary Miskatonic University student Crawford Tillinghast, who follows in his late father’s footsteps and becomes obsessed with completing work on The Resonator, an inter-dimensional device that opens doorways to other worlds. With the aid of his closest friends, they manage to get the machine running — with terrifying results.

In Mania Killer (1987), a malevolent religious cult stalks a French village, kidnapping prostitutes and subjecting them to unimaginable torments under the guise of saving their souls. When a young man’s girlfriend is taken by the sect, he teams up with a mob of angry pimps to track down the maniacal, holy rolling killers and put an end to their bloody mission, once and for all. The film stars Bo Svenson (Walking Tall Part 2), Robert Ginty (The Exterminator) and Chuck Connors (Tourist Trap). Full Moon is presenting this obscure shocker totally uncut and remastered from the best available materials found in the Eurocine vaults.

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The drama Two Yellow Lines arrives on 4K digital Nov. 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, veteran smokejumper Jack Elliot fells trees on a steep mountain slope high in the Montana wilderness when his phone rings. His estranged ex-wife can’t pick up their teenage daughter from camp in Wyoming. Jack hasn’t seen her in four years, ever since he lost his entire unit to a rogue wildfire. Over the next five days, Jack and his daughter battle as they ride across the wild Montana landscape and sleep beneath a bounty of stars. Watching his baby grow into a woman, and seeing her hero shrink to a man, a battle that starts off face-to-face, slowly turns back-to-back.

Virgil Films Nov. 9 makes available for digital purchase The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life, a new documentary on the real town that inspired the fictitious Bedford Falls in the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The 30-minute doc was directed by Stu Lisson and Francis DiClemente. The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life explores the connections between Seneca Falls, New York, and Bedford Falls, the iconic small town featured in Frank Capra’s 1946 feel-good film about George Bailey (James Stewart), a man who has given up his personal dreams in order to help others in his community, and whose suicide attempt on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George how he, George, has touched the lives of others and how different life would be for his wife Mary and his community of Bedford Falls if he had not been born. The documentary examines small-town life in Seneca Falls, spotlights the annual It’s a Wonderful Life Festival, and features interviews with Karolyn Grimes (who played Zuzu Bailey), Jimmy Hawkins (who played Tommy Bailey), Monica Capra Hodges, granddaughter of Frank Capra, and film critic Leonard Maltin.

Warner Bros., StudioCanal and American Zoetrope have restored Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 American coming-of-age drama The Outsiders in 4K and Nov. 9 release it in an extended edition, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel, theatrically and on 4K Ultra HD disc. Created to give fans more of the action that took place in S.E. Hinton’s celebrated book, Coppola’s latest, definitive version includes new music, as well as several scenes cut from the theatrical version which were reconstructed from original camera negatives, according to the studio. Based on the 1967 best-selling young-adult novel by S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders starred then-unknown young actors in many of their first break-through roles, including C. Thomas Howell (E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial), Rob Lowe (“The West Wing,” “Parks and Recreation”), Emilio Estevez (St. Elmo’s Fire, The Breakfast Club, Young Guns), Matt Dillon (Crash, There’s Something About Mary), Tom Cruise (Top Gun, “Mission: Impossible” series, Jerry Maguire), Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Ghost), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, “Cobra Kai”) and Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Under the Tuscan Sun).

The Steve Martin comedy L.A. Story arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) Nov. 9 from Lionsgate. In the 1991 film, Martin stars as TV weatherman Harris Telemacher, who decides to follow his heart — and digital messages on freeway signs — on a quest for true love in the City of Angels. He leaves his longtime girlfriend (Marilu Henner) and embarks on a frivolous romance with a vapid, young model (Sarah Jessica Parker), which ultimately leads him to true love with the woman of his dreams (Victoria Tennant).

Warner Archive Nov. 9 releases 1936’s Fury on Blu-ray with a new 4K scan. The film stars Spencer Tracy as Joe Wilson, a wrongly jailed man thought to have died in a blaze started by a bloodthirsty lynch mob. Having survived the fire, Joe aims to ensure his would-be executioners meet the fate he miraculously escaped. Sylvia Sidney plays his bride-to-be. In his first American film, German director Fritz Lang (Metropolis) combines a passion for justice and a sharp visual style into a landmark of social-conscience filmmaking with its searing indictment of mob justice and lynching. The Blu-ray includes mono audio, commentary by Peter Bogdanovich with archival interview comments from Lang, and a theatrical trailer.

Another Warner Archive Nov. 9 Blu-ray release is 1973’s The Last of Sheila, starring James Coburn, Raquel Welch, Richard Benjamin, Joan Hackett, James Mason, Dyan Cannon and Ian McShane. Composer Stephen Sondheim and actor Anthony Perkins wrote this witty, complex thriller directed by Herbert Ross. A movie kingpin (Coburn), whose wife, Sheila, was killed by a hit-and-run driver a year before, hosts a cruise aboard his sleek yacht. His guests are all friends (and some lovers) who may know more about Sheila’s death than they’re letting on. An elaborate murder game with Mediterranean ports of call is the itinerary. The Blu-ray includes a new 4K scan from the original negative, a widescreen presentation, mono audio, the theatrical trailer, and commentary by Benjamin, Cannon and Welch.

Warner Archive Nov. 9 also releases the Blu-ray of 1933’s Ladies They Talk About, featuring a new 1080p master from a 4K scan of the original nitrate camera negative. A prime example of the raw and racy films made before the enforcement of Hollywood’s repressive “production code,” this Warner Bros. title previously released in the “Forbidden Hollywood” series stars Barbara Stanwyck as Nan Taylor, a bank robber serving a prison sentence whose partners are killed in a jailbreak attempt. David Slade (Preston S. Foster) is the reformer who has fallen in love with her. Nan thinks David is the one responsible for tipping off the authorities, but she soon learns to trust in his love for her, eventually reciprocating and leaving her unsavory past behind. Co-directed by William Keighley and Howard Bretherton, and based on the play by Dorothy Mackaye and Carlton Miles, Ladies They Talk About also stars Lyle Talbot, Lillian Roth and Allen Jenkins. The Blu-ray includes mono audio, a theatrical trailer, the vintage 1933 WB cartoon I Like Mountain Music and the vintage 1933 WB short Pure Feud.

MGM/United Artists Releasing’s latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die, hits premium video-on-demand channels on Nov. 9 — one month after the movie’s North American release.

The noir crime thriller Hard Luck Love Song arrives on premium VOD Nov. 9. Based on the song “Just Like Old Times” by singer-songwriter Todd Snider, the film stars Michael Dorman (“For All Mankind,” “Patriot,” The Invisible Man), Sophia Bush (John Tucker Must Die, “One Tree Hill,” “Love, Victor”), Dermot Mulroney (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Arrested Development,” My Best Friend’s Wedding), Primetime Emmy Award nominee RZA (2020, Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, TV’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga”), Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (1985, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Runaway Train), and Melora Walters (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Dead Poets Society)

Nov. 12 sees the digital sellthrough release of Disney-owned Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the 25th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nov. 12 is also the date the film becomes available for streaming on the Disney+ SVOD service for no additional cost to subscribers. Shang-Chi stars Simu Liu in the title role, who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father, Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu and Michelle Yeoh.

MGM makes Sylvester Stallone’s new director’s cut of the 1985 boxing movie Rocky IV available on demand Nov. 12, the day after it plays in theaters for one night only Nov. 11. Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago — The Ultimate Director’s Cut includes 40 minutes of additional footage edited back into the film.

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

‘Paw Patrol,’ ‘Pig,’ ‘The Crown’ Among New Nov. 2 Discs; ‘Candyman,’ ‘Tammy Faye’ Released Digitally

Among the titles released for home viewing Nov. 2, Paramount’s Paw Patrol: The Movie, Decal’s Pig and Sony Pictures’ fourth season of “The Crown” arrive on Blu-ray and DVD, while Universal’s Candyman relaunch and Searchlight Pictures’ The Eyes of Tammy Faye become available for digital purchase.

The animated family film Paw Patrol: The Movie, from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Spin Master Entertainment, is available on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2. In the film, which earned $128 million at the global box office, when their rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and the heroic pups kick into high gear to face the most challenging mission of their Paw Patrol careers. Along the way, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty, and together the Paw Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City.

The Nicolas Cage starrer Pig is available on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 2 from Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment. In the film from Decal and Neon, Cage stars as a truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness who must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped. The thriller also stars Alex Wolff (Jumanji: The Next Level, Patriots Day, Hereditary), Adam Arkin (“Northern Exposure,” “Chicago Hope,” Halloween H20: 20 Years Later), and is directed by Michael Sarnoski.

Season four of the hit Netflix series “The Crown” is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The  historical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II was produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. Season 4 premiered on Netflix in November 2020 and swept the major categories at the recent Emmy Awards, including Outstanding TV Series — Drama. Season four covers the late 1970s and 1980s, as the Queen and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles, who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairy tale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal Family is becoming increasingly divided.

The fantasy drama Nine Days arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and for digital purchase Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, Will (Winston Duke) and Kyo (Benedict Wong) spend their days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TVs of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates — unborn souls — including Emma (Zazie Beetz) and Kane (Bill Skarsgård) arrive at Will’s to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma, a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Kung Fu: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 2. A reimagining of the same-named 1970s series, “Kung Fu” airs on the CW network and stars Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college and journeys to an isolated monastery in China. When she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her parents are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky vows to protect her community by bringing these criminals to justice while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor. The show also stars Kheng Hua Tan, Eddie Liu, Shannon Dang, Jon Prasida, Gavin Stenhouse, Vanessa Kai, Tony Chung, Tzi Ma and Yvonne Chapman.

The horror sequel Candyman is now available through digital retailers. Candyman was released in U.S. theaters last August, more than a year after its originally scheduled release in June 2020. The date was postponed three times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film wound up grossing more than $61 million in U.S. theaters. Directed by Nia DaCosta, the film is a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name. The cast includes Vanessa Williams, Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd, reprising their roles from the original film. New cast members include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Kyle Kaminsky. The film is set in the same Chicago housing project as the original film and takes place 27 years later.  A visual artist (Abdul-Mateen II) begins to explore the macabre history of Candyman, not knowing it would unravel his sanity and unleash a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny. It arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 16.

Searchlight Pictures’ biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye is available for digital purchase Nov. 2 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate look at the rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain). In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) built a burgeoning religious broadcasting network and theme park — until rivals, financial wrongdoing and scandal toppled their empire. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16.

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The epic 1921 silent film The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, joins the “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray line Nov. 2 for its 100th anniversary from Paramount Home Entertainment. Originally released at the height of the nation’s appetite for motion pictures, the romantic drama The Sheik became a massive sensation, breaking box office records and earning more than $1 million during its first year of release. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the film was directed by George Melford and stars the legendary Valentino as the title character. The role helped propel Valentino into stardom and sealed his status as a Hollywood heartthrob — and the original “Latin Lover” — at the age of 26. Valentino is Ahmed Ben Hassan, a charming Arabian sheik who becomes infatuated with the adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman Lady Diana Mayo (Agnes Ayres). When the sheik abducts Lady Diana, the two clash, but ultimately profess their love for one another. As with all films released in the “Paramount Presents” line, The Sheik is presented with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. Read an interview about the restoration of the film here.

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases all six seasons of the HBO comedy series “Sex and the City” plus both feature films based on the show as a Blu-ray Disc collection for the first time on Nov. 2. “Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection” features 96 episodes of the series plus Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 in one boxed set. It arrives in time for the next chapter “And Just Like That …,” which debuts on HBO Max later this year.

The Original Christmas Specials Collection arrives in a Steelbook Blu-ray Nov. 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, featuring five classic stories produced by Rankin/Bass. The collection includes Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town and The Little Drummer Boy featuring stop-motion animation and the animated Frosty the Snowman and Cricket on the Hearth. The productions feature the iconic voice talents of Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Danny Thomas, Burl Ives and many more, as well as classic songs.

The 1961 Oscar-lauded war film The Guns of Navarone arrives on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for its 60th anniversary. In the film, Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission: to infiltrate a Nazi-occupied fortress and disable two long-range field guns so that 2,000 trapped British soldiers may be rescued. Faced with an unforgiving sea voyage, hazardous terrain and the possibility of a traitor among them, the team must overcome the impossible without losing their own lives. Adapted by screenwriter Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLean’s best-selling novel, The Guns of Navarone was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and won for Best Special Effects (1961).

Capelight Pictures and MPI Media Group Nov. 2 releases Chernobyl 1986 and The Hidden Life of Trees on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Chernobyl 1986 follows the deadly explosion that year at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what was then the Soviet Union. Europe is faced with an even greater threat — a possible steam explosion that would eject even more radioactive material into the atmosphere over the entire continent. Firefighter Alexey volunteers for what seems like a suicide mission: manually drain the plant’s reservoir before the melting reactor collapses into it. Risking their lives in service to their country, Alexey and his colleagues must navigate the labyrinthine passages of the plant’s underground, facing danger at every turn from the facility’s quickly failing infrastructure. With time running out, and the fate of all of Europe hanging in the balance, this team of ordinary citizens turned heroes must use all their strength and bravery to save their nation from complete devastation.

Capelight Pictures releases the documentary The Hidden Life of Trees on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2. In Jörg Adolph’s documentary adaptation of Peter Wohlleben’s best-selling book, Wohlleben guides viewers through his ideas and understanding of how trees work. Presenting ecological, biological and academic expertise with matter of fact candor, he inspires viewers to really see the forest for the trees. Traveling through Germany, Poland, Sweden and Vancouver, Peter discusses, debates and explains the amazing process of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland, and the amazing scientific mechanisms behind these wonders.

The holiday film Piney: The Lonesome Pine is available on digital and DVD from NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment. The animated film follows a 5-year-old Welsh girl named Georgie who gets to grow her very own pine tree, Piney, on her Grandpa Sid’s Christmas tree farm. Four years later, the day finally arrives for Piney to become what he was planted to be. He’s ready to be dressed up in baubles and bows and have bright shining lights from his head to his toes. Excited to take Piney into her home, Georgie discovers that Piney has accidentally been removed from the farm with a shipment of other trees. Georgie’s best friend, Jackster the dog, leads Piney on a journey across the countryside to try to get back home before Christmas Eve, while Georgie and Grandpa Sid frantically search for them. Piney features the voices of Sir Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies, The Two Popes, The Wife) who received a 2021 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End, Hot Fuzz), Jason Anthony (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, “Star Trek: Discovery”), Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey,” “East Is East”), and Parminder Nagra (“The Blacklist,” “ER,” Bend it Like Beckham).

Kino Lorber on Nov. 2 releases four vintage horror classics, two from the 1930s and two from the 1940s, available with a brand-new 2K master on Blu-ray Disc. The two oldest films are 1933’s The Secret of the Blue Room and, from 1935, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

The Secret of the Blue Room features a young woman whose 21st birthday celebration is eclipsed when her father reveals the dark details of his estate’s guest room. Hoping to prove their bravery and win Irene’s love, each of her three suitors agrees to spend a night in the room, which sets a new string of mysteries in motion.

A haunting film adaptation of the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood follows an opium-addicted choirmaster, John Jasper, as he becomes obsessed with a young student named Rosa. His nephew, Edwin Drood, develops a crush on the girl and asks her to marry him. Things grow even more complex when Drood disappears.

Also available on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 2 are The Mad Doctor (1941) and The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946).

The Mad Doctor follows the story of a smooth and sinister physician who woos, weds, and murders several of his wealthy women patients for their fortunes. Kino Lorber also is releasing this film on standard DVD.

The Spider Woman Strikes Back features Gale Sondergaard as the diabolical Zenobia Dollard, a wealthy blind woman shrouded in mystery. When all the preceding caretakers vanish without a trace, Jean (Brenda Joyce) is hired to fill the role — but it is soon discovered that Zenobia has used the blood of her predecessors to create a death serum, and that her own blood is being harvested at night to continue the experiment.

The French family comedy Operation Portugal becomes available for digital purchase and VOD Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, Hakim, a French neighborhood cop from Morocco is tasked with infiltrating the Portuguese community to investigate a crime lord. Hakim must become one with the French-Portuguese in three days. It is a big challenge considering he is extremely clumsy and bad luck follows him wherever he goes. Trapped between his feelings and his mission, Hakim discovers not only a community, but also a family to call his own.

Gravitas Ventures and Kamikaze Dogfight  releases the horror anthology Isolation  on VOD platforms Nov. 2. The film is a feature-length anthology, weaving together nine standalone yet interconnected tales of terror from all corners of the world as people confront their darkest fears in an attempt to survive an increasingly deadly pandemic. The film had its world premiere in London at FrightFest U.K. 2021. Director and producer Nathan Crooker created a fictional world many months into the future that is based around the current global pandemic. All 11 filmmakers used the same unifying framework in creating their stories. The filmmakers were tasked with how to stay creative using only what was available to them at the time. They were not allowed to use Zoom or any other video conferencing services and were only allowed to use the equipment and resources they had with them when they entered into lockdown, including cast and crew, adhering to their respective COVID-19 protocols.

Magnolia Home Entertainment Nov. 2 releases The East, Dutch filmmaker Jim Taihuttu’s compelling story of a soldier coming home from the 1945-1949 Indonesian National Revolution. It is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally.

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 Oct. 26 Releases Include ‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘Don’t Breathe 2,’ ‘Stillwater’ on Disc, ‘Language Lessons’ Digitally

Warner’s The Suicide Squad, Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 and Universal’s Stillwater are among the new Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases Oct. 26, while Shout! Factory releases Language Lessons for digital purchase.

Director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad becomes available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Oct. 26 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Gunn, the film is based on the DC Comics series about imprisoned supervillains who are recruited by the U.S. government for covert operations, and have a bomb implanted in their heads that will explode if they don’t comply. A sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and the 10th film in the DC Extended Universe franchise, the film finds government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) sending the team to infiltrate the island nation of Corto Maltese to eliminate a potentially dangerous weapon. Among the recruits this time around are Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the sharpshooter Bloodsport (Idris Elba), the jingoistic Peacemaker (John Cena), team leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), and King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone). The cast also includes Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Michael Rooker, Jai Courtney and Pete Davidson. The Suicide Squad earned $55.8 million during a domestic box office run in which it was simultaneously available for streaming on HBO Max for a month. A spinoff series about Cena’s Peacemaker character is set to debut on HBO Max in January.

The horror thriller Don’t Breathe 2 arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Oct. 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her. It earned $32.6 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama Stillwater on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 26. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. The film earned $14.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate Oct. 26 releases the film On the Rocks on Blu-ray and DVD. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Somewhere, The Beguiled), the film stars Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans. In the film, Laura (Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new coworker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship. On the Rocks was released via the Apple TV+ streaming service last year.

The sci-fi thriller Warning becomes available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Oct. 26 from Lionsgate. Set in the not-too-distant future, the film explores the repercussions that humanity faces when omniscient technology becomes a substitute for human contact. But life begins to unravel when a global storm causes electronics to go haywire, leading to terrifying, deadly consequences. Warning stars Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea), Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), Alice Eve (Before We Go) and Kylie Bunbury (“When They See Us”).

Lionsgate releases the coming-of-age family-film Saving Sloane on DVD, VOD and for digital purchase Oct. 26. Written and directed by Steve Franke, the film stars Taylor Foster as a spoiled city girl named Sloane Emerson whose high school friends are leading her into trouble. When her frustrated stepmother sends her to stay with family at a ranch in the country, the rebellious teen ends up forming a bond with a horse named Glory.

The critically acclaimed feature Language Lessons Oct. 26 becomes available for digital purchase and VOD from Shout! Studios. Co-written by and starring Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales, and directed by Morales. The film finds Adam (Duplass) unsure how to fit a gift of weekly Spanish lessons into his life, but when tragedy strikes, his teacher becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed. Shout! Factory will release it on Blu-ray Dec. 14.

Breaking Glass Pictures Oct. 26 releases Bad Ben: Benign, the ninth installment of the “Bad Ben” found footage horror series from director Nigel Bach, who also stars in the films. The film will be available on available on DVD and VOD. Bad Ben: Benign begins right where the series left off, as Tom Riley wanders out of the woods behind his home on Steelmanville Road, and must climb through a window to get inside. He is baffled when he sees objects in the house that aren’t his, things moving on their own, and soon finds himself dealing with evil forces. To figure out how to rid the house of evil, he must rely on the help from others and eventually faces the most powerful demon he has ever come across. The “Bad Ben” series began in 2016, and has since seen eight installments: Bad Ben, Steelmanville Road, Badder Ben, Bad Ben: The Mandela Effect, The Crescent Moon Clown, Bad Ben: The Way In, Bad Ben: The Haunted Highway, and Bad Ben: Pandemic.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases “Superman: The Animated Series” on Blu-ray Oct. 26 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary. Running for 54 episodes from 1996 to 2000, “Superman: The Animated Series” was produced by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, the creative team behind the groundbreaking “Batman: The Animated Series,” leading to crossovers between the two characters and other DC Comics heroes as a precursor to the “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” animated series. Tim Daly led the voice cast as Clark Kent/Superman alongside Dana Delany as Lois Lane, David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. All 54 episodes have been remastered from the original 35mm interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean-up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 4:3.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release the crime-drama Walker: Season One on DVD Oct. 26. “Walker,” a reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” stars Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) as Cordell Walker, a widower and father with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin, Texas, after being undercover for nearly a year, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. Walker will attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son, August (Kale Culley, “Me, Myself and I”) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter, Stella (Violet Brinson, “Sharp Objects”) and navigate changes with the rest of the family. His ADA brother, William “Liam” (Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”) returned home from New York and stepped in during Walker’s absence, making it all the more difficult for Walker to resume his place in the family. The perceptive matriarch of the Walker clan, Abeline (Molly Hagan, “Herman’s Head”) doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind to keep everyone in line and their traditional rancher father, Bonham (Mitch Pileggi, “The X-Files”) isn’t much for long winded, sentimental prattling, but voices his opinion when it counts most. At work, Walker’s former colleague, Larry James (Coby Bell, “The Game”), is now his Ranger Captain, and both men need time to adjust to their new dynamic. Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner, Micki Ramirez, one of the first women in Texas Rangers history, played by Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”). She knows there’s a lot at stake for her in this new job and is quick to school Walker on curbing his maverick ways. Walker’s not Micki’s only distraction, as her relationship with an old friend, Trey (played by Jeff Pierre, “Once Upon a Time”) becomes more serious. The series closely follows Walker as he tries to balance all the new details in his old life while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding the death of his wife (Genevieve Padalecki).

Shout! Factory Oct. 26 releases The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Complete Series, a 10-DVD boxed set featuring all three seasons from the Nickelodeon animated series. Jimmy is a genius boy who invents gadgets to improve his daily life situations with his robot dog Goddard by his side. The inventions almost always go awry leading to various mishaps for Jimmy and his best friends Carl and Sheen. Based on the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the series aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006. The show’s voice cast includes Debi Derryberry (Toy Story, “F Is for Family”), Rob Paulsen (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Animaniacs”) and Jeffrey Garcia (Rio, Happy Feet), with guest appearances from Tim Curry, Tom Kenny, Jim Belushi, Christian Slate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Castellaneta, Mel Brooks, Ving Rhames and Jay Leno.

Kino Lorber Oct. 26 releases season one “Gomorrah: The Series” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The Italian crime drama has been called Italy’s answer to “Breaking Bad.” “Gomorrah: The Series” is a gangster show from Stefano Sollima (Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, Romanzo Criminale), based on Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book and the subsequent award-winning film of the same name. Season one tells the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization the Camorra. It is shown through the eyes of Ciro (Marco D’Amore), the obedient and self-confident right-hand man of the clan’s godfather, Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino), whose loyalty is pushed to its limits over twelve blood-drenched episodes.

The Underworld 4K Ultra HD Collection arrives on Oct. 26 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The limited-edition gift set includes all five vampire films on 4K Ultra HD disc with high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio. The films are also available digitally in 4K with HDR. The collection includes Underworld (in both theatrical and extended versions), Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Awakening and Underworld: Blood Wars, as well as hours of standard-definition and HD bonus content for all five films, including the “Underworld: Endless War” animated shorts. Chronicling the eternal battle between vampires and Lycans, the series stars Kate Beckinsale as the vampire Selene.

Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Oct. 26 release 1966’s An Angel for Satan on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, its first-ever authorized American release. In the final film of her Italian gothic period, Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) stars in the erotic shocker. When a cursed statue is recovered from a villa’s lake, a young heiress (Steele) will inflict a torrent of depraved seduction and homicidal madness on the local village. Anthony Steffen (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), Claudio Gora (Danger: Diabolik) and Marina Berti (Night Train Murders) co-star in this film scanned in 2K from the original negative with both the Italian and thought-lost English tracks recently discovered in a Rome vault.

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

‘Snake Eyes,’ ‘Old,’ ‘Protégé’ Arrive on Disc Oct. 19, ‘Respect’ Available for Digital Purchase

Oct. 19 sees the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Universal’s Old, Paramount’s Snake Eyes and Lionsgate’s The Protégé, while Universal’s Respect becomes available for digital purchase.

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s Old is available to own on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The thriller follows a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day. Directed and produced by Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Split), the film stars an international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale), Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Thomasin McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Jupiter Ascending), Ken Leung (“The Sopranos,” “Lost”), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Aaron Pierre (“Britannia”), Embeth Davidtz (Schindler’s List, Matilda) and Emun Elliott (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens).

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the action movie Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 19. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, Snake Eyes delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett. This is the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie, rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation. A set of all three “G.I. Joe” films also is available on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The action thriller The Protégé arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Oct. 19 from Lionsgate. The story of a deadly assassin out for vengeance stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick. In the film, rescued as a child and raised by legendary assassin Moody (Jackson), Anna (Maggie Q) was trained to become the world’s most skilled contract killer. When Anna learns that Moody has been brutally killed, she vows revenge. On the murderer’s trail, Anna is entangled with an enigmatic hit man (Keaton) and, as their confrontation turns deadly, the loose ends of a life spent killing weave themselves ever tighter in this action-thriller from Martin Campbell, the director of Casino Royale.

Searchlight Pictures’ psychological thriller The Night House arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. In the film, reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. Before long, disturbing visions of a presence in the house begin to beckon her with a ghostly allure. Yearning for answers, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, only to discover strange and disturbing secrets. The film also stars Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit and Stacy Martin.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the newest DC Universe animated movie, Injustice, on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and via digital sellthrough Oct. 19. Inspired by the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the Injustice: Gods Among Us — Year One graphic novel based on it, the film is set in an alternate world gone mad, where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage. Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes, leading to an all-out superhero war. Justin Hartley of “This Is Us” provides the voice of Superman, returning to the DC realm after playing Green Arrow on “Smallville.” Anson Mount of “Star Trek: Discovery” voices Batman. The voice cast also includes Janet Varney as Wonder Woman; Brandon Micheal Hall as Cyborg; Kevin Pollak as Joker and Jonathan Kent; Anika Noni Rose as Catwoman; Reid Scott as Green Arrow and Victor Zsasz; Edwin Hodge as Mr. Terrific and Killer Croc; Gillian Jacobs as Harley Quinn; Oliver Hudson as Plastic Man; Laura Bailey as Lois Lane and Rama Kushna; Faran Tahir as Ra’s al Ghul; Derek Phillips as Nightwing and Aquaman; Yuri Lowenthal as Mirror Master, Flash and Shazam; Zach Callison as Damian and Jimmy Olsen; Brian T. Delaney as Green Lantern; Fred Tatasciore as Captain Atom; and Andrew Morgado as Mirror Master Soldier. The film is rated ‘R’ for bloody violence.

Warner Oct. 19 also releases Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with extended versions of all 15 episodes. The series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, who are now married and raising twin teenage sons, Jordan (Alex Garfin) and Jonathan (Jordan Elsass). When Jordan stars exhibiting superpowers like his father, the Kents move back to Smallville, where they uncover a scheme by businessman Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner) to transform the population into an army of Kryptonian soldiers. The cast also includes Dylan Walsh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Erik Valdez, Inde Navarrette and Wolé Parks.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Superman series, Smallville: The Complete Series will soar onto Blu-ray for the first time ever from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Oct. 19. The set features all 218 episodes along with more than 28 hours of bonus features from all 10 seasons, plus digital copy (U.S. only). The Emmy-winning, 10-season series based on the DC comics character explored the origins of Superman from Krypton refugee Kal-El’s arrival on Earth through his tumultuous teen years to Clark Kent’s final steps toward embracing his destiny as the Man of Steel. Starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan, Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang,  Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, John Glover as Lionel Luthor, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Annette O’Toole as Martha Kent, John Schneider as Jonathan Kent, Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen, Sam Jones III as Pete Ross, Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer, Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen, Eric Johnson as Whitney Fordman, Laura Vandervoort as Kara, Callum Blue as Zod, Jensen Ackles as Jason Teague and Sam Witwer as Davis Bloome, “Smallville” has also featured guest stars including Terence Stamp, James Marsters, Michael McKean, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Brian Austin Green, Pam Grier, Helen Slater, Michael Ironside, Julian Sands, Tori Spelling, Rutger Hauer and Christopher Reeve.

Smallville: The Complete Series — 20th Anniversary Edition includes two DVD discs with more than 28 hours of bonus features originally released on the season DVD sets. They include “The Adventures of Superboy,”  the original 1961 pilot starring John Rockwell; “A Retrospective Look at the Series’ 10-Year Journey,” an in-depth, season-by-season look at the creation of this television series; the “A Decade of Comic-Con” featurette; a Paley Festival featurette; “Smallville’s 100th Episode: Making of a Milestone,” an extended version of the original featurette included in the season five set; “Secret Origin: The American Story of DC Comics,” a feature-length documentary chronicling DC’s 75 years; audio commentaries; deleted and extended scenes; gag reels; and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Shout! Factory releases the ballet movie Coppelia as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack Oct. 19. The visually opulent fairy tale is based on tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, putting a twist on a story that was first made into a ballet in 1870, combining animation and live-action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardized by Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégée Coppelia. The film stars ballet superstar/author/and inspirational activist Michaela DePrince, and a cast including one of the world’s most in-demand principal dancers, Daniel Camargo, alongside international dance stars Vito Mazzeo, Sasha Mukhamedov, Igone de Jongh, Irek Mukhamedov, and Darcey Bussell. This unconventional adaptation sees Dr. Coppelius (Mazzeo) as a cosmetic surgeon, whose lure of superficial beauty poisons the town. Swan (DePrince) must uncover the truth about the popular newcomer who puts her community and the life of her beloved Franz (Daniel Camargo) in danger. When everyone in town falls under the spell of the Coppelius, feisty Swan must act to save her sweetheart Franz, before his heart is used to spark life into Coppelia — the “perfect” robot-woman Coppelius has created.

The documentary Live at Mr. Kelly’s will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough Oct. 12, and on DVD Oct. 19 from Virgil Films. The iconic Mister Kelly’s illuminated legendary Chicago’s Rush Street, and the entire country, by launching talent such as Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bob Newhart, Bette Midler and Steve Martin. Its visionary owners George and Oscar Marienthal smashed color and gender barriers to put unknown, controversial voices on stage and transform entertainment as America knew it in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Now, with the club long gone, and its star talent reaching their golden years, George’s son David and director/screenwriter Theodore Bogosian go on a quest to collect the memories before they are lost. Celebrity interviews include Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers, Dick Gregory, Lainie Kazan, Herbie Hancock, Dick Cavett, Tim Reid, Fred Willard and Ramsey Lewis. The film portrays through interviews, live footage, photos, music and song the rise and fall of one of American entertainment’s great proving grounds.

Arriving for digital purchase Oct. 19 is Universal Pictures’ Respect, a biopic of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, played by Jennifer Hudson. The cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron,  Titus Burgess and Mary J. Blige. The film arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 9.

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The Western Badland Doves shoots to DVD Oct. 19, including Walmart stores nationwide, from Green Apple Entertainment. In this feminist take on the film genre, when masked men burst into the Silva family’s cabin in the Old West, gunning them all down as they sit at their dinner table, their daughter Regina (Jessica Y. Martin) is the only survivor of the grisly attack. Learning how to handle a gun, Regina hits the trail to seek justice. When she takes a job at a brothel where a prostitute has recently been brutally murdered, she realizes they are seeking the same man, Pete Chalmers. The town is run by Pete’s father, and the local sheriff and town leaders are not only refusing to help but are protecting him. Along with the madam, Victoria (Sandy Penny), and the other ladies of the house, Cora (Michelle Nuquay) and Ekta (Elizabeth Selby), the girls women take revenge.

Kino Lorber Oct. 19 releases the DVD of On Broadway, a newly produced documentary on the legendary Great White Way. As audiences prepare for the return of live theater after the extended COVID-19 shutdown,  an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink, through the early 1980s “Save the Theaters” campaign. This came after New York’s storied live-theater scene had been struck by economic downturns, cultural shifts and the AIDS crisis — as well as the threatened destruction of historic theater buildings by big-money Manhattan developers. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City, thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. The documentary includes interviews with such stage and screen icons as Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis and Ian McKellen. They take viewers behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton.

A remake of Slumber Party Massacre arrives digitally Oct. 19. A production of Shout! Studios and Blue Ice Pictures, Slumber Party Massacre is a contemporary, twist-filled reimagining of the 1982 cult classic from Roger Corman and Amy Holden Jones. A slumber party turns into a bloodbath when a power drill-wielding psychopath disrupts the fun.

Cohen Media Group Oct. 19 releases on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Corridor of Mirrors, a 1948 British drama that marks the directorial debut of Terence Young, who would later go on to helm Dr. No and Wait Until Dark. The film has been newly restored for its disc release. In Corridor of Mirrors, Eric Portman (A Canterbury Tale) plays an artist obsessed with the past. He surrounds himself with Renaissance artwork, infatuated with the notion that he and his lover (Edana Romney) are reincarnations of the lovers in a centuries-old painting. Portman’s delusions have deadly consequences. Corridor of Mirrors incorporates aspects of gothic horror, film noir, melodrama, fantasy, romance and thrillers. It was heavily influenced by Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast and David Lean’s Brief Encounter. Corridor of Mirrors also marks the feature film debut of Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings).

Lamberto Bava’s two Italian horror films, Demons and Demons 2, are being released Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new 4K restorations from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Produced by Dario Argento (Suspiria), Demons and Demons 2 are available in two-disc sets in both formants. In Demons (1985), a masked man offers tickets to a horror movie sneak preview at the mysterious Metropol cinema. When a patron is scratched by a prop displayed in the theater lobby, she transforms into a flesh-ripping demon. One by one, the audience members mutate into horrible creatures hell-bent on destroying the world. In the 1986 sequel Demons 2, a televised horror film spells doom for the residents of a luxury high-rise apartment, as demons are unleashed through the TV screen at a young girl’s birthday party. As more and more residents are infected and transformed into blood-thirsty demons, a young couple fights to survive as they try to escape. Both releases are packed with special features, including two versions of Demons, the full-length original cut in English and Italian and the shorter U.S. version featuring alternate dubbing and sound effects.

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings is available for digital purchase and VOD as of Oct. 19 . In the film, with the streets empty, free from activity of humans and machines, it is not just nature that takes advantage of a global lockdown. A notorious serial killer is back from the dead, with more potential victims than ever before. It arrives on DVD Nov. 16

Mothers of the Revolution, a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the women behind the Greenham Common Peace Camp, heads to digital Oct. 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. On Sept. 5, 1981, a group of women marched from Wales to Berkshire in the U.K. to protest nuclear weapons being kept at RAF Greenham Common. The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp that followed challenged world leaders, altering the course of history and went on to inspire millions as the world’s first and biggest female-only demonstration, preceded only by the suffragettes.

Gravitas Ventures releases director Anthony Catalano’s Last Testament on VOD Oct. 19, with DVD and Blu-ray releases to follow. The indie true crime drama was produced by Catalano and stars Dominick Alesia, Anna Roemer and Rima Sabal. Last Testament explores the true story of Ricky Rodriguez and the Children of God cult. Born into the infamous cult, Ricky (Dominick Alesia) was subjected to years of abuse while also being groomed to one day lead the cult. He was finally able to escape with his wife Elixcia (Anna Roemer), but he remained haunted by his past. Ricky reaches a breaking point and he vows to take down the cult and its leaders — including his mother — by any means necessary.

The Korean film Escape From Mogadishu will be available on digital Oct. 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on a true story, the film takes place as civil war rages in Mogadishu, Somalia. Rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape.

Francis Ford Coppola’s definitive cut of his Vietnam masterpiece Apocalypse Now: Final Cut arrives Oct. 19 on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy. The Steelbook features all new artwork from artist Ken Taylor and an intro by Coppola.

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

‘Free Guy,’ ‘Green Knight,’ ‘Don’t Breathe 2,’ ‘Stillwater’ Among Top Oct. 12 Disc and Digital Releases

Oct. 12 marks the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy and Lionsgate’s The Green Knight, while Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 and Universal’s Stillwater become available for digital purchase.

Free Guy arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 12. The action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds has generated $119.6 million at the domestic box office and $327.4 million worldwide. Reynolds plays a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game decides to become the hero of his own story — one he rewrites himself. Now, in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way, before it’s too late.

The fantasy adventure The Green Knight arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital Oct. 12 from Lionsgate. A new take on the 14th century medieval story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” the film stars Academy Award nominee Dev Patel, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Ralph Iverson. From writer-director David Lowery, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom.

The documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain arrives on DVD Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The documentary is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the film is unflinching look at Bourdain, who published several books, appeared on the Bravo series “Top Chef” and had his own series “No Reservations.” He also appeared in the film The Big Short. Bourdain died of an apparent suicide in 2018.

Lionsgate releases the action thriller Survive the Game on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The film stars Swen Temmel as Cal, a cop whose partner, David (Bruce Willis) is injured in a drug bust gone wrong. Cal pursues the two criminals who shot David to a remote farm owned by troubled vet Eric (Chad Michael Murray). As Cal and Eric plot their defense, more of the gang arrives — along with a wounded David — and, outnumbered, the three heroes must use stealth, smarts, and marksmanship to take down the drug-dealing mob.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The collection includes all 18 episodes from the 2021 season of the CW series that chronicles the adventures of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who uses his super-speed powers to become the superhero known as the Flash, and his friends as they protect Central City from a variety of threats. The cast also includes Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco, Tom Cavanagh as Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile, Kayle Compton as Allegra and Brandon McKnight as Chester.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the gothic romance The Haunting of Bly Manor on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The nine-part Bly Manor is primarily based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and serves as the second installment in Netflix’s “Haunting” anthology, following 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House. Returning cast members from Hill House include Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Carla Gugino and Kate Siegal, playing different characters. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed.

Paramount Oct. 12 will also release The Haunting Collection on Blu-ray and DVD, containing both Hill House and Bly House.

Lionsgate releases the History channel miniseries The Titans That Built America on DVD Oct. 12. Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the three-part docudrama follows the rise and rivalries of five titans of industry — Pierre du Pont, Walter Chrysler, J.P. Morgan Jr., Henry Ford and William Boeing. Out of the ashes of World War I and the Great Depression, a new crop of bold innovators creates new industries — from automobiles and airplanes to buildings and munitions — and rebuilds the United States. After years of competing with each other, these industry titans must unite during World War II to help defeat the world’s greatest enemy. Narrated by Campbell Scott, the miniseries stars Gerald Kyd, Cillian O’Gairbhi, Peter O’Meara, Grant Masters and Ian Toner. It originally aired May 31 to June 2, 2021, on History.

The horror thriller Don’t Breathe 2 becomes available for digital purchase Oct. 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 26.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release the drama Stillwater for digital purchase Oct. 12. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 26.

The documentary Live at Mr. Kelly’s will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough Oct. 12 from Virgil Films. The iconic Mister Kelly’s illuminated legendary Chicago’s Rush Street, and the entire country, by launching talent such as Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bob Newhart, Bette Midler and Steve Martin. Its visionary owners George and Oscar Marienthal smashed color and gender barriers to put unknown, controversial voices on stage and transform entertainment as America knew it in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Now, with the club long gone, and its star talent reaching their golden years, George’s son David and director/screenwriter Theodore Bogosian go on a quest to collect the memories before they are lost. Celebrity interviews include Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers, Dick Gregory, Lainie Kazan, Herbie Hancock, Dick Cavett, Tim Reid, Fred Willard and Ramsey Lewis. The film portrays through interviews, live footage, photos, music and song the rise and fall of one of American entertainment’s great proving grounds. It arrives on DVD Oct. 19.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts six more classics on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever Oct. 12, exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 2. Films in the collection, only available on 4K as part of the set, include Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility and The Social Network. Each title includes special features. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film via six new essays from writers Julie Kirgo, John Kenrick, Glenn Kenny, Michael G. McDunnah, Kayti Burt and Nev Pierce. The set also includes an exclusive Blu-ray bonus disc featuring 20 short films from the Columbia Pictures library, all presented in high-definition. The shorts, curated from more than 80 years of the studio’s history, showcase a wide scope of creative output across both live-action and animation, from “The Three Stooges” to award-winning mid-century cartoons to titles from Sony Pictures Animation.

Kino Lorber Oct. 12 releases the complete “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” series, which aired on ABC during the 1974–75 season. Darren McGavin portrays wire service reporter Carl Kolchak, who investigates mysterious crimes with supernatural causes. The series only aired for a single season but became a cult favorite during syndication.

Two classic Westerns directed by Robert Aldrich also are coming out on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 12. Vera Cruz (1953) stars Burt Lancaster, Gary Cooper, Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine and Jack Elam. The film is set during the Franco-Mexican War, with Lancaster and Cooper teaming up on a dangerous journey to transport a countess — and a hidden cache of gold — to the city of Veracruz. The Last Sunset (1961) stars Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas and Dorothy Malone. Famed author Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay, about a fugitive named Brendan O’Malley (Douglas) who crosses the border into Mexico to escape justice for a murder, pursued by Sheriff Dana Stribling (Hudson). He arrives at the ranch of a former lover, Belle Breckenridge (Malone). Initially he aims to win her back, but winds up falling in love with her daughter (played by Carol Lynley). A terrible secret put a tragic end to their love affair.

Also from Kino Oct. 12 is a Blu-ray of 1978 British comedy The Hound of the Baskervilles, which spoofs the classic Sherlock Holmes novel of the same name. The film stars  Peter Cook as Sherlock Holmes and Dudley Moore as Dr. Watson.

Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film starring Brad Pitt, as war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

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 ‘Space Jam,’ ‘Escape Room’ Installments Lead Oct. 5 New Releases on Disc

Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy and Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions make their way to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5, while Universal Pictures’ Old becomes available for digital purchase.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Space Jam: A New Legacy Oct. 5 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The film is a remake of 1996’s Space Jam, which combined live-action and animation to team basketball legend Michael Jordan with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes against a team of monsters from outer space. The new version stars LeBron James, who must recruit the Looney Tunes to play a basketball video game against a team created by the artificial intelligence program (Don Cheadle) that controls the Warner Bros. mainframe and has captured LeBron’s son as revenge for LeBron rejecting his pitch to star on a series of movies for the studio. To save his son and escape the computer, LeBron, Bugs and the rest of the Tunes must defeat a team of computer enhanced NBA and WNBA stars. The film earned $70.5 million during a domestic box office run in which it was simultaneously available on HBO Max for a month.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.In the sequel to the 2019 psychological thriller Escape Room, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive and discovering they’ve all played the game before. The never-before-seen extended cut, available on Blu-ray and digital, reveals the masterminds behind Minos and features more deadly escape rooms with more than 25 minutes of new footage.

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s Old will be available to own on digital Oct. 5 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The thriller follows a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day. Directed and produced by Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Split), the film stars an international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale), Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Thomasin McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Jupiter Ascending), Ken Leung (“The Sopranos,” “Lost”), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Aaron Pierre (“Britannia”), Embeth Davidtz (Schindler’s List, Matilda) and Emun Elliott (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens). It arrives on and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Nevers: Season 1 Part 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5. The two-disc sets include the first six episodes of the HBO sci-fi drama created by Joss Whedon about a gang of women in Victorian England who suddenly manifest unusual supernatural powers and find themselves on a mission that could change the world. In 1896, London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event that gives certain people — mostly women — abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. All who belong to this new underclass are in great danger, so it falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter them against the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind. The second half of the first season is slated to air on HBO in 2022.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release the latest adaptation of author Stephen King’s best-selling 1978 novel The Stand on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5. The Stand depicts an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors navigating the post-pandemic world. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man, who tries to construct a new civilization based on destruction, power and torture. The cast also includes James Marsden and Odessa Young. The Stand was originally released in nine parts on the CBS All Access (now Paramount+) streaming service in late 2020 and early 2021.

The 2020 version is also included in a two-pack paired with the four-part, six-hour 1994 miniseries adaptation, as a four-disc Blu-ray or five-disc DVD set.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment Oct. 5 release Clarice: Season One on DVD. A sequel to author Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs and its 1991 film adaptation, “Clarice” stars Rebecca Breeds as FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after her encounter with notorious serial killer Buffalo Bill. Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life. The first season consists of 13 episodes. Due to complicated rights issues, the show was not allowed to make reference to the Hannibal Lecter character who was central to several of Harris’ books, including Silence of the Lambs.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Night of the Animated Dead on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5. An animated reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Animated Dead includes exclusive scenes not included in the original film. The voice cast includes Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson and Nancy Travis. The story involves a group of strangers in Pennsylvania taking refuge in an abandoned farmhouse during a zombie attack. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices.

Lionsgate releases the horror film The Amityville Moon via digital purchase, VOD and on DVD Oct. 5. The movie tells the story of a house of holiness that turns out to be a haven of evil. As former inmates Alyssa (Alex Rinehart) and Karla (Kelsey Zukowski) try to escape from the church halfway house, Karla is slaughtered by a vicious, semi-human creature. After Detective Kimball (Trey McCurley) tracks down Alyssa at a rowdy biker bar, she tells Kimball that women inmates disappear every full moon. Now the two must return to the halfway house to confront the priest and nuns — and the snarling, savage evil — that dwell within. The cast also includes Cody Renee Cameron and Tuesday Knight.

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Shout! Factory releases the animated adventure film Little Vampire on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Oct 5. Directed by popular French cartoonist and filmmaker Joann Sfar (“Little Vampire” TV series, The Rabbi’s Cat), Little Vampire is the movie adaptation of Sfar’s popular series of graphic novels, “Petit Vampire.” A fantastical adventure story that celebrates the importance of friendship and family, the film was nominated for a César Award for Best Animated Feature and a Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Little Vampire will screen at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival in August ahead of its home entertainment release. The physical media release will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, as well as a standalone DVD from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Studio Canal.

The faith-based drama Heaven will be released on DVD and digitally Oct. 5 from Virgil Films. Based on the book Heaven: The Adventure Begins by author Alan Duprey and adapted to screenplay by screenwriter Angus Benfield,  the film tells the story of Jonathan Stone, a middle-aged paramedic who struggles to find meaning in the midst of his everyday life, until he wakes up one day in Heaven and discovers that his life had more meaning than he could ever have imagined. Set between Heaven and Earth, Heaven follows the life and afterlife of Jonathan and the lives of those around him from his past, present and future.

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, releases the first five “Halloween” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc. The films will be available individually in a limited-edition rigid slipcase and will include a regular Blu-ray Disc of each film as well as previously released bonus materials. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of 1978’s original Halloween features a return to the original camera negative for the first time. This also marks the North American 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut for 1981’s Halloween II, 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.

Scream Factory is also releasing a 20th anniversary collector’s edition of the 2001 camp classic Elvira’s Haunted Hills on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 5. The tale begins in 1851, when Elvira and her maid Zou Zou are en route to perform in the Parisian Revue “Yes I Can Can,” but inadvertently end up at the sinister Lord Vladimere Hellsubus’ medieval castle. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Vladimere’s long-dead wife, Elvira learns of the Hellsubus curse and finds her life in danger. The film takes its inspiration from the classic Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe/Roger Corman films of the early 1960s.

The Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection arrives on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 5 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which was originally released on Oct. 5, 1961, this collection includes Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Funny Face, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Paris When It Sizzles, War and Peace and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The collection also includes access to digital copies of each film and legacy bonus content.

Kino Lorber Oct. 5 releases Blu-rays of Songs My Brother Taught Me and, from the Cohen Media Group, The Awakening.

Songs My Brother Taught Me is the 2015 debut feature from Chloé Zhao, the Academy Award-winning director of Nomadland (2020). A portrait of modern day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the film explores the bond between a brother (John Reddy) and his younger sister (Jashaun St. John), who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.

The Awakening is a British horror film centered on the death of a child at a boarding school. When the death is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. The Awakening stars Rebecca Hall (The Town), Dominic West (“The Wire”) and Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter” films).

DVD releases that become available Oct. 5 include Playing Frisbee in North Korea and Greenwich Entertainment’s Not Going Quietly.

Playing Frisbee in North Korea is the first documentary produced and directed by an African-American female filmmaker from inside North Korea. The idea began at a conference on Korean re-unification organized by General Colin L. Powell and the Colin Powell Center, where director Savanna Washington was a graduate Fellow. Through verité footage from inside North Korea, interviews with North Korean refugees, long-time aid workers, scholars, and experts on the topic, this documentary provides an authentic, on the ground perspective of the lives, struggles, and humanity of the people of North Korea.

Not Going Quietly is a documentary about a rising star in progressive politics and a new father, 32-year-old Ady Barkan, whose life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS. But after a confrontation with powerful Sen. Jeff Flake on an airplane goes viral, catapulting him to national fame, Barkan and a motley crew of activists ignite a political movement called “Be a Hero.” Together, they barnstorm across the country and empower people to confront their elected officials with emotional, personal stories to demand healthcare justice.

Searchlight Pictures’ psychological thriller The Night House becomes available for digital purchase Oct. 5 from Disney’s Searchlight Pictures. In the film, reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. Before long, disturbing visions of a presence in the house begin to beckon her with a ghostly allure. Yearning for answers, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, only to discover strange and disturbing secrets. The film also stars Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit and Stacy Martin. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19.

The 2000 dark comedy American Psycho arrives Oct. 5 in a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.

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

‘Free Guy,’ ‘Forever Purge’ Among New Digital, Disc Releases Available Sept. 28

Sept. 28 sees Disney make 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy available via digital sellthrough, while Universal Pictures releases The Forever Purge on Blu-ray and DVD.

The action comedy Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story — one he rewrites himself. Now, in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way, before it’s too late. The film has earned more than $114 million at the domestic box office and $317.5 million worldwide. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 12.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases The Forever Purge on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 28. Produced by Blumhouse, The Forever Purge is the fifth film in the “Purge” franchise that chronicles a dystopian future where society cleanses itself by abandoning all laws for one night. In the new installment an underground movement no longer satisfied with the annual night of anarchy and murder decides to overtake America through an unending campaign of mayhem and massacre. On the morning after the Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks a wealthy Texas ranching family and their workers. Exposed by daylight, the two groups are forced to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them. The cast includes Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Josh Lucas and Will Patton.

The crime thriller Twist arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Sept. 28 from Lionsgate. Inspired by Charles Dickens’s iconic novel Oliver Twist, the film set in contemporary London follows the journey of Twist (Raff Law), a gifted graffiti artist trying to find his way after the loss of his mother. Lured into a street gang headed by the paternal Fagin (Michael Caine), Twist is attracted to the lifestyle — and to Red (Sophie Simnett), an alluring member of Fagin’s crew. But when an art theft goes wrong, Twist’s moral code is tested as he’s caught between Fagin, the police and a loose-cannon enforcer (Lena Headey).

Lionsgate releases the family friendly comedy C.I.Ape on DVD and digitally Sept. 28. In the world of espionage, some missions require an agent with a unique set of skills, possessing not just bravery but an ability to melt even the most villainous heart. This is a job for Sam, aka C.I.Ape, the first-ever chimpanzee to join the CIA. When a criminal plot is discovered, the CIA turns to the talking chimp — their most unique operative — to foil the plot from the inside. The cast includes Sophia Alongi, Skip Schwink and Madelyn Kientz.

The documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain will be released via digital sellthrough Sept. 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The documentary is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the film is unflinching look at Bourdain, who published several books, appeared on the Bravo series “Top Chef” and had his own series “No Reservations.” He also appeared in the film The Big Short. Bourdain died of an apparent suicide in 2018. It arrives on DVD Oct. 12.

The documentary short St. Junípero Serra: A Man of God, A Mission of Love is available for digital purchase Sept. 28 from Virgil Films. The documentary short tells the story of Friar Junípero Serra as he served Native Americans in California with a mission rooted in Christ’s commandments to love others and to share the Gospel with all nations. St. Junípero Serra was canonized in 2015 by Pope Francis.

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Horror and thriller titles A Day of Judgment, Midnight and The Fourth Victim arrive Sept. 28 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

A Day of Judgment (1981), available on Blu-ray and DVD, comes from Earl Owensby Studios, the South’s biggest producer/distributor of ’70s and ’80s regional horror and exploitation hits. In this obscure and bizarre slasher movie in a 1930s small town rife with lust, corruption and sin, a mysterious figure wielding a scythe arrives to cut an unholy swath of murder, madness and moralizing that may lead straight to Hell. William T. Hicks (Death Screams), Brownlee Davis (Wolfman), Jerry Rushing (Final Exam) and Harris Bloodworth star in this film now scanned in 2K from the IP for the first time ever. Extras include “The Atheist’s Sins,” an interview with author of Nightmare USA Stephen Thrower and “Tales Of Judgment,” an interview with filmmaker Worth Keeter and writer Thom McIntyre.

Midnight (1982) is also available on DVD and Blu-ray. A decade after co-writing Night of the Living Dead, writer/director John Russo gathered members of George Romero’s Pittsburgh crews to film a new shocker fueled by equal parts grisly grindhouse jolts and ’80s satanic panic. Fleeing her pervy alcoholic stepfather (Lawrence Tierney of Reservoir Dogs), a hitchhiking teen (Melanie Verlin) is abducted by a family of crazed homicidal rednecks for an ordeal of graphic butchery, shag carpet and devil worship. The film is scanned in 4K from the negative of the long-rumored uncut version with all-new special features. Extras include an interview with writer-director John A. Russo, an interview with producer Samuel M. Sherman, an interview with actor John Amplas, an interview with SFX artist Tom Savini, and the trailer.

The Fourth Victim (1971), a mystery thriller arriving on DVD and Blu-ray, is a rarely seen giallo. Golden Globe winning/Academy Award nominated Hollywood exile Carroll Baker (Baby Doll, Something Wild) stars as the new bride of a wealthy British playboy (Michael Craig) whose three previous wives met with suspiciously accidental deaths. The Italian/Spanish co-production is scanned in 2K from the original negative. Extras include “Eugenio Martín, Auteur,” an interview with Eugenio Martín biographer Carlos Aguilar, a deleted scene, and the trailer.

Arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 28  from Kino Lorber is 1960’s Seven Days … Seven Nights (aka Moderato Cantabile), starring Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Pascale de Boysson, Jean Deschamps, Didier Haudepin and Colette Regis. The black-and-white French film from director Peter Brook stars Moreau, who won the award for Best Actress at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, as Anne Desbarèdes, a wealthy, bored housewife who believes she has witnessed a murder in a quayside bistro. Rushing to the scene of the crime, she strikes up a conversation with Chauvin (Belmondo), an employee of her husband who also saw the crime. The troubled woman continues to return to the café, increasingly identifying herself with the murder victim and becoming obsessed with Chauvin. Includes trailers and a new audio commentary by filmmaker/historian Daniel Kremer.

Also due Sept. 28 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Kino Lorber is 1978’s The Hunter Will Get You (aka L’Alpagueur), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bruno Cremer, Laura Antonelli, Jean Negroni, Jean-Pierre Jorris and Patrick Fierry. The French film from writer-director Phillippe Labro sees Belmondo play “L’Alpagueur,” a tough-as-nails mercenary named Roger Pilard who does what the police are unable to do — for a price, of course. After busting a drug-trafficking ring in Rotterdam, Pilard is put on the trail of “L’Épervier” (“The Hawk”), a ruthless thief who employs petty criminals to help him rob banks and then murders them. One of these criminals narrowly escapes death, but is captured and put in prison. Pilard, adopting a false identity, arranges to be placed in the same cell. There he learns how to track down “The Hawk,” who, in the meantime, has carried out a final act of vengeance. Will the hunter get his hawk? Includes the theatrical trailer, an interview with Labro, and new audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson.

Sept. 28 also sees the release of 1976’s Illustrious Corpses (aka Cadaveri Eccellenti/The Context) on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Kino Lorber. The Italian film from director Francesco Rosi stars Lino Ventura, Max Von Sydow, Fernando Rey, Tino Aumont, Marcel Bozzuffi and Tino Carraro. The politically charged crime thriller features Ventura as Inspector Rogas, a detective assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges. During the investigation he discovers a conspiracy that involves the Italian Communist Party. Includes a 4K restoration from the original camera negative, new audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox, and English and Italian trailers.

Also due Sept. 28 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Kino Lorber is 1973’s Lucky Luciano, starring Gian Maria Volonte, Rod Steiger, Edmond O’Brien, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Cioffi and Larry Gates. The Italian film from director Francesco Rosi paints an epic portrait of notorious Mafia boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano. In 1946, after serving time for the murder of his colleagues in crime, Luciano was pardoned and sent back to his homeland of Sicilia. Rather than changing his life around, it was here that he became one of the most powerful leaders of crime the world has ever known. Includes a 4K restoration from the original camera negative, trailers, and a new audio commentary by film critic and author Simon Abrams.

Another Sept. 28 Kino release will be 1973’s A Full Day’s Work (aka Une journee bien remplie) on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. In this French-Italian comedy, Jacques Dufilho plays a father who has carefully planned the execution of the nine jurors who sent his son to the gallows. Dressed in black, on a black motorcycle with his elderly mother (Luce Marquand) in the sidecar, the vengeful man calmly and methodically does away with each of the nine in the span of a single day — before the police or anyone else can stop him. Includes a 4K restoration from the original camera negative, trailers, and a new audio commentary by film critic and author Simon Abrams.

Code Red Sept. 28 releases 1979’s Story of a Woman on Blu-ray, starring Robert Stack, Bibi Andersson, James Farentino, Annie Girardot, Frank Sundstrom and Birgitta Valberg. From Leonardo Bercovici, the co-writer of The Bishop’s Wife, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands and Portrait of Jennie, comes this passionate love story starring Ingmar Bergman regular Bibi Andersson. While studying to be a concert pianist in Rome, a Swedish girl named Karin (Andersson) falls in love with a handsome medical student named Bruno (James Farentino). When she discovers that Bruno is married to an older woman, she heads home to Sweden and marries an American diplomat (Robert Stack). The diplomat is then assigned to Rome, where Karin becomes torn between the two men. Includes a musical score by the legendary John Williams.

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