Feb. 20 Home Entertainment Releases Include ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Anyone But You’ and ‘The Zone of Interest’ Digitally

New home entertainment releases for Feb. 20 include the Mean Girls musical remake, Anyone But You and Oscar nominee The Zone of Interest digitally, while new disc releases include Afire.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the romantic comedy Anyone But You for digital purchase starting Feb. 20. The film has earned $189.3 million at the global box office. In the edgy comedy, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell) look like the perfect couple, but after an amazing first date something happens that turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold — until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple. The film features the revitalized hit single “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the 2024 remake of Mean Girls for premium digital purchase and rental Feb. 20. The new musical version directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. is based on the Broadway musical that was based on the original 2004 film written by Tina Fey based on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 book Queen Bees and Wannabes. It stars Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, Auliʻi Cravalho and Christopher Briney. Fey and Tim Meadows reprise their roles from the original film.

A24 releases the Oscar nominee The Zone of Interest for digital purchase Feb. 20. The film follows the family of a Nazi commandant living in a luxurious house next to the concentration camp he runs. It was directed by Jonathan Glazer stars Sandra Hüller and Christian Friedel.

The Criterion Collection Feb. 20 releases Afire on Blu-ray and DVD. While vacationing by the Baltic Sea, writer Leon (Thomas Schubert) and photographer Felix (Langston Uibel) are surprised to encounter Nadja (Paula Beer), a mysterious young woman staying as a guest at the holiday home of Felix’s family. Nadja soon distracts Leon from finishing his latest novel, not only because of her passionate liaison with lifeguard Devid (Enno Trebs) but also because her brutal honesty forces Leon to confront his artistic inadequacies. As Nadja and Leon grow closer, an encroaching forest fire threatens the group and pushes the writer to discover whether he can truly care for anything beyond himself. The film was the winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival.

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The action-thriller The Last Castle arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 20 from Kino Lorber. The 2001 Paramount Pictures film directed by Rod Lurie has Robert Redford portraying Gen. Eugene Irwin, whose service to his country made him a hero — and one mistake, a prisoner.  He’s serving a 10-year sentence in a maximum security military prison for sending his troops on a mission in Burundi against a presidential order, leading to eight soldiers’ deaths. While serving out his sentence, Irwin makes the shocking discovery that his fellow inmates are being murdered. He unites the inmates in a desperate battle to overcome a brutally corrupt system and show the world the truth. The cast also includes James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo and Robin Wright. The film comes to 4K Ultra HD from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master from a 4K scan of the 35 mm original camera negative. It is being released on a triple-layered UHD100 disc with 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 audio.

The 1976 action film The Swiss Conspiracy will be released Feb. 20 in a special collector’s edition on Blu-ray and DVD from Film Masters. In the film, international intrigue ensues when a Swiss bank president hires an American investigator to ferret out a group of blackmailers who have been terrorizing his clients. The film has been scanned in 4K from the original 35mm archival elements. Film Masters has enlisted colorist and restoration expert Marc Wielage to bring back vibrant and original colors that have not been seen since this film made its debut. Shot entirely in and around Zurich, The Swiss Conspiracy, based on the novel by Michael Stanley, was directed by Jack Arnold, best known for ‘B’ horror/cult movie classics such as The Incredible Shrinking Man, Tarantula, Creature From the Black Lagoon, It Came From Outer Space and The Tattered Dress. Arnold was also known for directing multiple hit television series such as “Gilligan’s Island,” “Mod Squad,” “Wonder Woman” and “The Love Boat.” In the film, a Swiss bank president hires a former U.S. Justice Department official to ferret out a group of blackmailers who have learned the identity of five anonymous numbered account holders, including a Chicago mob figure who is also being pursued by American gangsters. Investigator David Christopher (David Janssen, best known as Dr. Richard Kimble in the 1960s series “The Fugitive”) identifies four potential suspects, including the bank vice president’s mistress Rita (Elke Sommer). Adding to the intrigue are the suspicions of the Swiss Federal Police which complicates the investigation. When the bank pays the chief blackmailer in uncut diamonds, the ransom rendezvous results in a dramatic showdown in the snow-covered Alps and a shocking revelation. The film also stars John Saxon, John Ireland, Senta Berger, David Hess and Ray Milland. The Swiss Conspiracy is presented with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Discs are region free and include English SDH. Audio is DTS-HD/Dolby AC3s.

Director Satoshi Kon’s anime thriller Paprika will be released on limited edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Feb. 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The magical tale centers on a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to enter and record a subject’s dream. After it is stolen, a fearless detective and brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device before it falls into the hands of a “dream terrorist.” 

Kino Lorber on Feb. 20 will release on Blu-ray Disc King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis, a 1970 documentary on the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The film, directed by Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, was constructed from a wealth of archival footage that follows King from 1955 to 1968 in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King’s speeches, protests, and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause, punctuated by testimonials by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis was selected to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.

The Troma Films horror flick Slashening: The Final Beginning (2020) will be released on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 20 from MVD Entertainment Group. Five years after The Slashening (2015), 22-year-old Madison Santangeli moves to Brooklyn to start a new life in the wake of her father’s suicide. Directed by Brandon Bassham, the film stars Addie Weyrich, Patrick Foy, Madonna Refugia, Jean Louise O’Sullivan, and Lloyd Kaufman.

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

Feb. 13 New Releases Include ‘Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,’ ‘The Marvels,’ ‘Priscilla’ on Disc, ‘Iron Claw’ Digitally

Among the new home entertainment releases of Feb. 13 are The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, The Marvels and Priscilla on Blu-ray and DVD, while new digital releases include The Iron Claw.

The “Hunger Games” franchise prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes arrives on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital), Blu-ray (plus DVD plus digital), and DVD Feb. 13 from Lionsgate. The film has earned more than $166 million at the domestic box office worldwide. Based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name, the film stars Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Jason Schwartzman and Viola Davis. Set 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes follows a young Coriolanus as he unites with Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games, and battles his instincts for both good and evil. Also on Feb. 13, Walmart will have an exclusive 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital) Steelbook with special artwork. Read a review here.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios releases The Marvels on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc Feb. 13. The film earned $84.5 million at the domestic box office. In the film, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole, her powers are entangled with super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), and Carol’s estranged niece, astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). Together, this unlikely trio must team up and work together to save the universe. Walmart will release an exclusive 4K Steelbook combo pack of the film. Read a review here.

Based on the book Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley, Priscilla will be available on Blu-ray (plus DVD and digital) on Feb. 13 from Lionsgate. The film, which earned $20.86 million at the domestic box office, is directed by Sofia Coppola. In the film, when teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla’s long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dreamworld estate at Gracelan

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Strange Way of Life, a short film by director Pedro Almodóvar, on DVD and for digital purchase on Feb. 13. In the film, after 25 years, Silva (Pedro Pascal) rides a horse across the desert to visit his friend Sheriff Jake (Ethan Hawke). A lifetime after their shared stint as hired gunmen, they celebrate their reunion. However, the next morning, it is revealed the trip is not to revel in the memory of their friendship.

The horror film Alice in Terrorland will be released on DVD and digital Feb. 13 from High Fliers Films and Distribution Solutions. Alice, a recently bereaved teenage girl, is sent to live at her grandma’s estate “Wonderland” where she falls into a waking, terror filled nightmare. Alice in Terrorland stars Rula Lenska, Steve Wraith, Jon-Paul Gates, Rikki Kimpton and Lizzy Willis.

Shout! Studios Feb. 13 releases the new animated feature The Canterville Ghost on DVD. Based on a humorous short story by Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost tells the story of a modern American family that moves to their recently purchased country home, Canterville Chase in England, only to find it is haunted by a ghost. Sir Simon de Canterville (Stephen Fry) has been haunting the grounds of Canterville Chase successfully for over 300 years, but he meets his match, Virginia Otis (Emily Carey), when he tries to scare out the new arrivals.

Available through digital retailers Feb. 13 is A24’s The Iron Claw. The film tells the story of the Von Erich brothers (Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, and Harris Dickinson), who, through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, seek epic immortality in professional wrestling.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Feb. 13 will release Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 4, the studio’s latest boxed set of six films debuting on 4K disc. The newest batch of films available on 4K exclusively within the limited-edition set are 1940’s His Girl Friday, 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer, 1984’s Starman, 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle and 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love. The set is also timed for release as part of the 100 Years of Columbia Pictures celebration. The collection matches the packaging style of the first three volumes, with a fold-out configuration to house the discs, plus an 80-page hardbound book on the history and impact of the films, which also come with more than 30 hours of new and archival extras. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision DHR, and five of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes (all but His Girl Friday). A special bonus disc will also include the complete “Starman” TV series, which ran 22 episodes during the 1986-87 season. The show will be presented exclusively in HD on a 4K disc to maximize space.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the Universal Classic Monsters Limited Edition Collection on 4K and digital Feb. 13, 2024, exclusively on Amazon. From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters and this collection showcases eight of the most iconic monsters in motion picture history. The films included in the collection are Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature From the Black Lagoon. Each of the eight classic films exploring the origins of the Universal monsters has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements.

Shout! Studios Feb. 13 releases a Blu-ray Disc of Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, the 2006 musical comedy starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass. The film has never before been available on Blu-ray. On a fateful day in Venice Beach, JB (Black) and KG (Gass) meet and realize they are destined to make history by combining their musical genius as the rock band Tenacious D. But when overnight success eludes them, they set out to find the legendary “Pick of Destiny” — a special guitar pick believed to possess magical powers that can make any open mike wannabe a rock legend. With a new 2K master from original film elements, the release also includes a number of bonus features including audio commentary with stars Black and Gass, audio commentary with director Liam Lynch, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted and extended scenes, and more.

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1980s classic Footloose — about a city boy whose rebellious love for music and dancing shakes up a small town — on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Feb. 13.  In the film, which was originally released on Feb. 17, 1984, city-boy Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) is new to an uptight small town where dancing has been banned. Ren quickly makes a new best friend in Willard (Chris Penn) and falls fast for the minister’s daughter (Lori Singer), but his love for music and dancing gets him into hot water. Directed by Herbert Ross and written by composer and writer Dean Pitchford, the film earned $80 million at the domestic box office.  The supporting cast also includes Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker. The soundtrack features Kenny Loggins, Shalamar, Deniece Williams, Bonnie Tyler, Quiet Riot, John Mellencamp, Foreigner, and more.  Both the songs “Footloose” and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song. Newly remastered, Footloose will be available in a two-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set or a collectible Steelbook with artwork designed to look like an ’80s Walkman.

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

Feb. 6 New Releases Include ‘American Fiction,’ ‘I.S.S.,’ ‘Book of Clarence,’ ‘Book of Harth’

New home entertainment releases due Feb. 6 include American Fiction, I.S.S., The Book of Clarence, What Rhymes With Reason and The End We Start From through digital retailers, while The Book of Harth and Candy Land arrive on disc.

MGM’s American Fiction arrives for premium digital purchase and rental Feb. 6. Fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on offensive tropes, a frustrated novelist decides to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, one that propels him to the heart of the hypocrisy he disdains. The cast includes Jeffrey WrightTracee Ellis RossJohn Ortiz.

Decal’s I.S.S. arrives for premium digital purchase and rental Feb. 6. In the film, tensions flare in the near future aboard the International Space Station as a worldwide conflict breaks out on Earth. Reeling, the U.S. and Russian astronauts aboard each receive orders from the ground: take control of the station by any means necessary. The cast includes Ariana DeBoseChris Messina and John Gallagher Jr.

The religious-themed adventure The Book of Clarence will be released for digital rental and sale Feb. 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, streetwise but struggling, Clarence (LaKeith Stanfield) is trying to find a better life for himself and his family, make himself worthy to the woman he loves, and prove that he’s not a nobody. Captivated by the power and glory of the rising Messiah and his apostles, he risks everything to carve his own path to a divine life, a journey through which he finds redemption and faith, power and knowledge.

The Reckless Abandonment Pictures coming-of-age drama What Rhymes With Reason will be released via VOD and for digital purchase Feb. 6. Told through a Goonies-like adventure lens, the family-friendly ‘PG-13’ film follows six teens led by the charismatic Jesse Brandt, who enlists his friends to help find a legendary landmark hidden in the wilderness. Together, they navigate the adventure while confronting the darkness within themselves. The cast includes Gattlin Griffith (“The Boys”), Ricardo Hurtado (School of Rock), Giselle Torres (“The Villains of Valley View”), LaRonn Marzett, Katie Burgess, Juan Graterol and Bart Johnson (High School Musical). At the film’s center is the subject of depression. What Rhymes With Reason is carefully crafted to break stigmas and encourage much needed conversations surrounding faith and mental health. The film partnered with 988 Mental Health Lifeline, a nationwide operation that provides a three-digit number to replace the 11-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The 988 Mental Health Lifeline operates 24/7/365 and offers services for mental health crisis calls. Operators in Oklahoma are licensed and certified health crisis specialists who answer calls and dispatch local services and mobile crisis teams.

The  survival drama The End We Start From will be available to buy or rent on digital on Feb. 6 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Jodie Comer, Joel Fry, Katherine Waterston, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the portrayal of family survival. When London is submerged by catastrophic floods, a new mother (Comer) is separated from her partner and embarks on a dangerous, remarkable journey across the country in search of safety, all while protecting her baby from the surrounding chaos. The film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Megan Hunter.

The mystery thriller Candy Land (2022) will be released on limited edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 6 from MVD Entertainment Group. Candy Land follows Remy (Olivia Luccardi), a seemingly naive and devout young woman, who finds herself cast out from her religious cult. With no place to turn, she immerses herself into the underground world of truck stop sex workers a.k.a. “lot lizards,” courtesy of her hosts Sadie (Sam Quartin), Riley (Eden Brolin), Liv (Virginia Rand) and Levi (Owen Campbell). Under the watchful eye of their matriarch, Nora (Guinevere Turner), and an enigmatic local lawman, Sheriff Rex (William Baldwin), Remy navigates between her strained belief system and the lot lizard code to find her true calling in life. Extras on Blu-ray include filmmaker commentary and a digital zine.

The documentary The Book of Harth will be released on DVD and VOD Feb. 6. The film centers on New York City-based conceptual artist David Greg Harth, who embarked on a 20-year project to gather signatures from the most culturally relevant figures of our times in his copy of the Holy Bible. As this decades-long odyssey ended, New York City filmmaker Pierre Guillet followed Harth over the last year of the project as he raced to get the final signatures to bring this massive undertaking to a close. The Book of Harth is a dissection of not just the art itself, but the sacrifices made in the name of art. The film features interviews with philosopher Noam Chomsky; artist Wim Delvoye; filmmakers Paul Schrader, Kevin Smith, and John Waters; and others. The Book of Harth won the Best Documentary Feature award at Kevin Smith’s inaugural edition of the Smodcastle Film Festival in 2022, among many other awards.

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Paramount Home Entertainment Feb. 5 announced digital retail access to adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 4. The series, which debuted in 2020, is about the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the USS Cerritos, in the year 2380. The release includes all 10 episodes from the latest season, in addition to a featurette, and exclusive audio commentaries from cast and crew. In season four, an unknown force is destroying starships and threatening galactic peace. Luckily, the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos isn’t worried. Instead, Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Tendi, Rutherford and Provisional Ensign T’Lyn are keeping up with their Starfleet duties, avoiding malevolent computers and getting stuck in a couple caves — all while encountering new and classic aliens along the way. The season will be available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 16.

The 2015 Spanish thriller The Corpse of Anna Fritz (El cadáver de Anna Fritz) will be released on DVD Feb. 6 by MVD Entertainment Group and Invincible. In the film, Anna Fritz, a beautiful Spanish actress and one of the most desired women in the world, has suddenly died. Her body is transferred to a city morgue, where a withdrawn young orderly, Pau, becomes fascinated with her lifeless cadaver. When Pau sends a picture of the dead celebrity to his two friends, they show up at the morgue for a glimpse of the beautiful starlet. As the whiskey bottles and coke packets empty, the three friends decide this is an opportunity they can’t pass up to get up close and personal with the corpse of Anna Fritz. However, when they are alone with the body, they soon realize that things aren’t exactly what they seem. Co-written and directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, the film premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin. Star Alba Ribas Benaiges has also appeared in the Netflix series “Las Chicas Del Cable.”

Shout! Studios will present the films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal for digital purchase and rental starting Feb. 6 as part of its collaboration with The Jim Henson Company. They will be available via Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Redbox Digital, Vudu, Microsoft and other digital platforms. In 1982’s The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, the Gelfling Jen, the last of his kind, is sent on a quest by the peaceful Mystics to find the missing shard that will restore balance and heal the faraway planet of Thra, where evil Skeksis are in control. In 1986’s Labyrinth, directed by Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, a teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) must navigate the maze of the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie) to rescue her baby brother. The films were previously available through digital retailers and Movies Anywhere from Sony Pictures. The Shout! Studios rebranding will include new digital key art and trailers. Shout! will also offer both films together in a digital bundle on select platforms for the first time. Those who owned the previous iteration can still access the film through Movies Anywhere.

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

Jan. 30 New Releases Include ‘Thanksgiving,’ ‘Silent Night’ on Disc, ‘Wonka’ Via PVOD

New home entertainment releases for Jan. 30 include Thanksgiving and Silent Night on Disc, while Wonka becomes available via premium digital, and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes arrives at regular digital pricing.

Director Eli Roth’s horror film Thanksgiving will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 30 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, written by Jeff Rendell, has earned $31.9 million at the domestic box office. In the film, after a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Mass. — the birthplace of the holiday. Picking off residents one by one, what begins as random revenge killings are soon revealed to be part of a larger, sinister holiday plan.

Lionsgate will release the Christmas-themed actioner Silent Night on Blu-ray Disc (with DVD and digital) Jan. 30. A 4K Ultra HD with Blu-ray combo pack in Steelbook packaging will be available as a Walmart exclusive. Joel Kinnaman stars as a tormented father who witnesses his young son die when caught in a gang’s crossfire on Christmas Eve. While recovering from a wound that costs him his voice, he makes vengeance his life’s mission and embarks on a punishing training regimen in order to avenge his son’s death. The cast also includes Scott Mescudi, Harold Torres and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Directed by John Woo, the film earned $8 million at the domestic box office.

Magnum P.I. — The Final Season, as well as the full series set of the 2018-23 series, arrives Jan. 30 on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment. Thomas Magnum returns in the final season as Hawaii’s favorite detective, and takes on new cases with his partner Juliet Higgins and friends Rick and TC. The final season stars Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad), Perdita Weeks (Ready Player One), Zachary Knighton (“Happy Endings”), Stephen Hill (Draft Day), Amy Hill (50 First Dates) and Tim Kang (“The Mentalist”). Guest stars include Bobby Lee (“Mad TV”) and Larry Manetti (“Magnum, P.I. 1980”). The five-disc final season release includes exclusive deleted scenes.

The 24-disc complete series collection features all five seasons and 96 episodes with two hours of special features.

The Neon/Decal mystery thriller Eileen will be released on DVD Jan. 30 from Distribution Solutions. In the film, Eileen shuffles between home and the prison she works at. When an intoxicating woman joins the staff, Eileen is entangled in a shocking crime. Eileen stars Thomasin Mckenzie, Eileen Dunlop, Anne Hathaway, Rebecca Jim Dunlop, Shea Whigham, Sam Nivola and Lee Polk.

BayView Entertainment will release the Hong Kong drama A Light Never Goes Out on Blu-ray Disc Jan. 30 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service. In the film, while dealing with her husband’s passing, a woman discovers his neon workshop is still inhabited by his apprentice. They work together in putting up a neon sign, fighting against the forward movement against the traditional craft that defined Hong Kong. Directed by Anastasia Tsang, the film stars Sylvia Chang, Cecilia Choi and Cecilia Choi. Read a review here.

BayView Entertainment will release the science-fiction mystery Aftermath on Blu-ray Disc Jan. 30 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service. The film follows a young woman who, after waking up in the middle of a forest with no memories, is targeted by mysterious strangers with a motive as unclear as her way back home. Aftermath is from the creators of Project Skyquake, stars Fruzsina Nagy and Edward Apeagyei, and features special appearances by Academy Award nominees Sally Kirkland (Anna) and Eric Roberts (Runaway Train).

The adventure Wonka debuts for premium digital purchase and rental on Jan. 30. The film has earned more than $194.9 million at the domestic box office. Based on the iconic character at the center of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, introduces audiences to a young Willy Wonka, as he becomes the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker. Starring alongside Chalamet are Calah Lane, Emmy and Peabody Award winner Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Oscar winner Olivia Colman and Hugh Grant. The film is from Paul King, writer/director of the “Paddington” films; David Heyman, producer of “Harry Potter,” Gravity, Barbie and Paddington; and producers Alexandra Derbyshire (the “Paddington” films, Jurassic World: Dominion) and Luke Kelly (Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical). Wonka arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 27.

The “Hunger Games” franchise prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes arrives for regular digital purchase Jan. 30 (after a premium run). Based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name, the film stars Tom Blyth (Benediction), Golden Globe winner Rachel Zegler (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, West Side Story, 2022), Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, “Game of Thrones,” 2019), Hunter Schafer (“Euphoria”), Josh Andrés Rivera (West Side Story), Jason Schwartzman (Asteroid City), and Viola Davis (Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “How to Get Away with Murder,” 2015; Grammy for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording, Finding Me, 2023; Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Fences, 2017; Tony for Best Actress (Leading Role – Play, Fences, 2010). In The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, three-time Grammy Award winner and six-time nominee singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo joins the franchise, co-writing and performing the preeminent original song “Can’t Catch Me Now.” Set 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes follows a young Coriolanus as he unites with Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games, and battles his instincts for both good and evil. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital), Blu-ray (plus DVD plus digital), and DVD Feb. 13 from Lionsgate. Also on Feb. 13, Walmart will have an exclusive 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital) Steelbook with special artwork.

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MVD Entertainment Group on Jan. 30 will release the “Conan the Barbarian” two-movie epic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for the first time.

In Conan the Barbarian (1982), John Milius directs Oliver Stone’s adaptation of the pulp novels by Robert E. Howard to the big screen. Schwarzenegger stars as Conan — enslaved as a young boy after cult leader Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) murders his parents. Conan pushes himself from slave to gladiator to freed warrior in search of Doom to exact his vengeance. Along the way Conan learns of love, friendship, wisdom, and loyalty. The film features an impressive supporting cast, including Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Gerry Lopez and Mako. The limited edition 4K UHD comes in a two-disc set, loaded with extras, including new interviews with cast and crew, rarely seen footage and archival materials. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD limited edition sets each include a double-sided fold-out poster, six double-sided collectors’ postcards, an illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and an archive set report by Paul M. Sammon.

In Conan the Destroyer (1984), the sequel to Conan the Barbarian, Schwarzenegger returns as Robert E. Howard’s sword-wielding antihero. Conan is offered the opportunity to take a young princess (Olivia D’Abo) on a quest to retrieve the jeweled horn of the dreaming god Dagoth. In return, the love of his life Valeria will be brought back to life, though Conan and his fellowship get more than they bargained for as Dagoth may not be the benevolent demigod they expected. Directed by Richard Fleischer, Conan the Destroyer features an international cast that includes supermodel/icon Grace Jones, D’Abo, NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, Tracey Walter, and Sarah Douglas. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD limited-edition sets include a double-sided fold-out poster, six double-sided collectors’ postcards, an illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and an archive set report by Paul M. Sammon. The release features a new 4K restoration from the original negative, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), and newly restored original mono audio and remixed Dolby Atmos surround audio. Bonus features include archive feature commentary by director Richard Fleischer, actors Olivia d’Abo, Tracey Walter and Sarah Douglas; newly filmed interviews and commentary with cast and crew; theatrical trailers; and an image gallery.

The Sharknado: 10th Anniversary edition of the cult sci-fi TV movie will be released on DVD Jan. 30 from Distribution Solutions. In the film, when a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. Sharknado, which spawned a raft of sequels, stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard and Jaason Simmons.

Kino Lorber Jan. 30 releases Scarlet Street, the controversial 1945 film noir by acclaimed director Fritz Lang, on 4K Ultra HD disc. The film, a box office hit even though it was banned in three states, stars Edward G. Robinson and will be released in a combo pack, featuring both the 4K UHD disc and the regular Blu-ray Disc, as part of Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics line. When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Robinson) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett) from the rain-slicked gutters of an eerily artificial back-lot Greenwich Village, he plunges into a whirlpool of lust, larceny and revenge. As Chris’s obsession with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated and transformed into an avenging monster before implacable fate and perverse justice triumph. Dan Duryea (Larceny), Kitty’s pimp boyfriend, skillfully molds “a vicious and serpentine creature out of a cheap, chiseling tin horn,” according to a New York Times review of the film. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray was made from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master from a 16bit 4K scan of the 35mm nitrate composite fine grain, and is presented on a triple-layered UHD100 disc. The regular Blu-ray Disc also was made from a new HD master from a 16bit 4K scan of the 35mm nitrate composite fine grain, and is presented on a dual-layered BD50 disc. Both discs include a new audio commentary by film historian Imogen Sara Smith as well as a previously issued audio commentary by David Kalat, the author of The Strange Case of Dr. Mabuse.

The 1981 horror classic The Boogens arrives on 4K Ultra HD disc Jan. 30 from Kino Lorber. The film is set in a small town near Denver, where two young men begin to explore a long-abandoned old mine recently reopened by a group of miners. When one of the men is discovered missing, his friends begin a search that leads them to horrifying consequences. They are all unaware of the evil that has been unleashed and soon, one by one, the townspeople are snatched up by a monster that no one has yet to see. Suddenly, the grisly truth is revealed, and a young couple is forced to confront the unknown in order to save their lives — and the entire town. The Boogens was directed by James L. Conway (The Lincoln Conspiracy, Hangar 18) and stars Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan, John Crawford, Med Flory, Jon Lormer and Scott Wilkinson. The 4K edition is made from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative, and is being released on a triple-layered UHD100 disc with 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 audio. Bonus features include a new audio commentary by actor Jeff Harlan and film historian Howard S. Berger as well as a previously issued (in 2012) audio commentary with director Conway, writer David O’Malley, and actress Balding. The Blu-ray Disc also comes from a new HD master from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative, and is being released on a dual-layered BD50 disc with 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 audio. The disc has the same bonus features as the 4K version, as well as a featurette on The Boogens creature designer William Munns, the original theatrical trailer, and two TV spots.

The 1989 horror flick Cutting Class will be released as a Blu-ray special edition and 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray) combo pack Jan. 30 in the MVD Rewind Collection from MVD Entertainment Group and Moonstone 8. In the film, for Paula (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather), high school is murder. Her overprotective father disappears during a weekend hunting trip. She’s being romantically pursued by Brian Woods (Donovan Leitch, The Blob), a creepy classmate who recently graduated from a mental institution. Her jealous jock boyfriend Dwight (Brad Pitt, Moneyball) is looking for any reason to release his juvenile rage. The lecherous school principle Mr. Dante (Roddy McDowall, Fright Night) is after her student body, and her friends and teachers are rapidly falling victim to a silent, shadowy mass murder. As the body count rises, Paula begins to suspect that any one of her reckless suitors could be the twisted killer. But unless she learns his identity soon, her high school education will quickly come to a nasty end.

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the 2007 comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in a Blu-ray Disc Steelbook Jan. 30 exclusively at Walmart. In the film, singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend. Directed by Jake Kasdan and produced and co-written by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Trainwreck, Knocked Up), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story stars John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows, Raymond J. Barry, Margo Martindale, Kristen Wiig, Chris Parnell and Matt Besser.

The cult film Bad Biology and the horror titles Nightmare, The Psychic and Danza Macabra Volume Two: The Italian Gothic Collection are available on disc Jan. 30 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Due on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, Bad Biology (2008) comes from splatter master Frank Henenlotter (writer/director of Frankenhooker, Brain Damage, “The Basket Case” trilogy). After 17 years, he returned with the most graphic, transgressive and jaw-droppingly depraved black comedy shocker of his career in Bad Biology. In the film, Jennifer (Charlee Danielson) is a homicidal nymphomaniac who spontaneously births mutant babies, and Batz (Anthony Sneed) has a monstrous penis with a mind of its own. In a city ruled by pleasure and pain, will two made-for-each-other freaks deliver the ultimate orgasmic horror? Eleonore Hendricks (Daddy Longlegs), radio host Rude Jude and director James Glickenhaus (The Exterminator) co-star in the film produced and co-written by underground hip-hop hero R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn with F/X by Gabe Bartalos (Skinned Deep), now scanned in 4K from the camera negative. Special features include commentary with director Frank Henenlotter, director of photography Nick Deeg and actor Anthony Sneed; archival commentary with director Frank Henenlotter and producer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn; “Spook House,” interviews with director Frank Henenlotter, producer R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn, production coordinator Michael Shershenovich, director of photography Nick Deeg, retired detective David Henenlotter and production manager Chaz Kangas; “In the Basement With Charlee Danielson,” an interview Danielson; “Deeg and Sneed,” a conversation between Nick Deeg and Anthony Sneed; “Swollen Agenda,” interview with makeup effects artist Gabe Bartalos; “Suck,” a short film By Anthony Sneed; “Legendary Loser,” a music video by R.A. The Rugged Man Thorburn; and an image gallery.

Due on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD is the controversial and misunderstood genre film Nightmare (1981). In the film, when a homicidal mental patient (Baird Stafford) flees an experimental drug program, he leaves a five-day trail of psychosexual carnage from the peep shows of 42nd Street to the gore-soaked shores of Florida. Written and directed by Romano Scavolini, the film — with a U.K. release as Nightmares in a Damaged Brain led to the imprisonment of distributor David Hamilton-Grant — has been scanned from the internegative and various foreign print sources to create the most complete version ever assembled. Special features include audio commentary with star Baird Stafford and special effects assistant Cleve Hall moderated by Lee Christian and David DeCoteau; audio commentary with producer William Paul; “Kill Thy Father and Thy Mother,” an interview with director Romano Scavolini; “Dreaming Up a Nightmare,” cast and crew interviews; “The Nightmare of Nightmare,” an interview with erroneously credited special effects director Tom Savini; “The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of,” an interview with makeup artist Robin Stevens; “A Nightmare on Many Streets,” a locations tour with Rue Morgue writer Michael Gingold; the open matte peep show sequence; deleted scenes; a still gallery; and trailers.

Due on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray is The Psychic (1977), writer/director Lucio Fulci’s giallo masterpiece. In the film, Jennifer O’Neill (Scanners) stars as a woman tormented by violent visions of past slayings. Or are they premonitions of murders still to come? Gabriele Ferzetti (The Night Porter), Marc Porel (The Sister of Ursula), Gianni Garko (Night of the Devils) and Evelyn Stewart (Footprints) co-star in the film originally titled Murder to the Tune of the Seven; co-written by Fulci, Roberto Gianviti (Don’t Torture a Duckling) and Dardano Sacchetti (The Beyond); and scanned in 4K from the original negative. Special features include “Doom and Gloom,” an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti with contributions from director Lucio Fulci; selected scene commentary with cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Freak-O-Rama’s Federico Caddeo; “Close Up on the Eyes,” an audio interview with camera operator Franco Bruni; “Elegant Ladies,” an audio interview with costume designer Massimo Lentini; “Cutting Moments,” an audio interview with editor Bruno Micheli; and the trailer.

Due on 4K Ultra HD is Danza Macabra Vol. Two: The Italian Gothic Collection (1960s and 1970s). In this second collection of Italian gothic shockers, viewers enter cobweb-shrouded worlds of violence, madness and sexual deviance. Gothic goddess Barbara Steele stars in Antonio Margheriti’s Castle of Blood and its Italian version Danza Macabra, both restored and scanned in 4K and presented in UHD for the first time ever. Jekyll is 1969’s award-winning four-part RAI-TV sceneggiati from writer/director/star Giorgio Albertazzi that contemporizes the classic tale of man’s darkest impulses. Writer/director Corrado Farina reinvents the Dracula legend as a modern-day capitalist conspiracy with his startling and long out-of-print 1971 debut They Have Changed Their Face. Rosalba Neri is seduced by Satan himself in 1972’s The Devil’s Lover, finally available restored and uncut. All four titles are now presented in their North American Premieres, newly mastered from the best available elements with more than 13 collective hours of special features.

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

Jan. 23 Retail Releases Include ‘Aquaman,’ ‘Wish,’ ‘Migration,’ ‘Ferrari’ Digitally, ‘Justice League’ on Disc

The home entertainment new-release slate for Jan. 23 includes titles such as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Wish, Migration and Ferrari available digitally, while new disc releases include Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part One and Special Ops: Lioness — Season One.

The DC superhero sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom debuts for premium digital purchase and rental on Jan. 23 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. Directed by James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring, Saw), Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom features Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Dune, “Game of Thrones”) reprising his role as Arthur Curry along with returning stars Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Watchmen), Amber Heard (Aquaman, Zombieland), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, The Matrix: Resurrection) and Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Moulin Rouge, The Others). In the film, Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Momoa) is balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father. Orm (Wilson), Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally. Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin. The film, which has earned $378.3 million at the global box office, will be available to purchase on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc March 12.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wish sing-along version will be released through digital retailers Jan. 23. The film has earned $209.8 million at the global box office. In the animated musical-comedy, Asha, a sharp-witted idealist in the kingdom of Rosas, makes a powerful wish that’s answered by Star, a ball of boundless energy. Soon, Asha and Star must face a formidable foe — the ruler of Rosas — to save her community and prove that when one brave human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things happen. The voice cast includes Ariana DeBose as Asha, Chris Pine as King Magnifico, Alan Tudyk as Valentino, Angelique Cabral as Queen Amaya, Victor Garber as Sabino, Natasha Rothwell as Sakina, Jennifer Kumiyama as Dahlia, Evan Peters as Simon, Harvey Guillén as Gabo, Ramy Youssef as Safi, Niko Vargas as Hal, Jon Rudnitsky as Dario, and Della Saba as Bazeema. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc March 12.

The animated comedy Migration from Illumination, creators of Despicable Me and Sing, will be available for premium digital rental and sale Jan. 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film has earned $191.6 million at the global box office. The comedy, about overcoming your fears and opening yourself up to the world, follows the Mallard family as it embarks on a journey south for the winter to Jamaica via New York City, only for their well-laid plans to go awry, leading to new friends and unknown horizons. The voice cast includes Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Stuber), Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games), Keegan-Michael Key (The Super Mario Bros., Keanu), Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, The Little Mermaid) and Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, “Taxi”).

Neon will release will release director Michael Mann’s biopic Ferrari  for premium digital purchase and rental starting Jan. 23. The film, which stars Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, and Shailene Woodley, has earned $35.1 million at the global box office. The film is set in the summer of 1957. Behind the spectacle of Formula 1, ex-racer Enzo Ferrari is in crisis. Bankruptcy threatens the factory he and his wife Laura built from nothing 10 years earlier. Their volatile marriage has been battered by the loss of their son Dino a year earlier. Ferrari struggles to acknowledge his son Piero with Lina Lardi. Meanwhile, his drivers’ passion to win pushes them to the edge as they launch into the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the Mille Miglia. It arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD starting March 12.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part One Jan. 23 as a Steelbook with a 4K Ultra HD disc and a digital edition code, and a regular Blu-ray Disc with a digital copy. The latest entry in the ongoing continuity of animated DC superhero movies that began with 2020’s Superman: Man of Tomorrow, and following up Justice League: Warworld from earlier this year, Crisis on Infinite Earths is based on the legendary comic book storyline of the same name from the 1980s, and will feature heroes from across the multiverse converging to confront a threat to all existence. The returning voice cast includes Darren Criss as Superman & Earth-2 Superman; Stana Katic as Wonder Woman and Superwoman; Jensen Ackles as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Matt Bomer as The Flash/Barry Allen; Meg Donnelly as Supergirl & Harbinger; Jimmi Simpson as Green Arrow; Ike Amadi as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter, Amazing Man and Ivo; Alastair Duncan as Alfred; Ashleigh LaThrop as Iris West; Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate and Hawkman; Cynthia Hamidi as Dawnstar; Aldis Hodge as John Stewart/Green Lantern and Power Ring; Liam Mcintyre as Aquaman and Johnny Quick; Nolan North as Hal Jordan, Amazo and Homeless Man; Keesha Sharp as Vixen; Harry Shum Jr. as Brainiac 5; Alexandra Daddario as Lois Lane; and Zachary Quinto as Lex Luthor. The cast also includes Jonathan Adams as Monitor, Zack Callison as Dick Grayson/Robin, Matt Lanter as Blue Beetle and Ultraman, Ato Essandoh as Mr Terrific, Erika Ishii as Doctor Light/Dr. Hoshi and Huntress, David Kaye as The Question, and Lou Diamond Phillips as The Spectre and Owlman. Read a review here.

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Paramount Home Entertainment will release Special Ops: Lioness — Season One on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 23. The thriller from Taylor Sheridan features a cast that includes series lead and executive producer Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira, Emmy Award nominee Michael Kelly, with Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, and Academy Award winner and executive producer Nicole Kidman. Inspired by an actual U.S. Military program, “Lioness” follows the life of Joe (Saldaña) while she attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror. The Lioness Program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Kidman) and Donald Westfield (Kelly), enlists an aggressive Marine Raider named Cruz (De Oliveira) to operate undercover alongside Joe among the power brokers of State terrorism in the CIA’s efforts to thwart the next 9/11. Other cast members include Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, Stephanie Nur and Hannah Love Lanier.

The Chinese action film Wolf Pack will be released on Blu-ray Disc Jan. 23 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, while seeking answers about his father’s suspicious death, a tactically trained physician infiltrates a mercenary group and soon uncovers a dangerous international conspiracy that could threaten the lives of millions of civilians. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Michael Chiang, Wolf Pack stars Max Zhang (Ip Man 3, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, The Grandmaster), Aarif Lee (Kung Fu Yoga, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia), Jiang Luxia (God of War, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai), Liu Ye (Sky Hunter, Age of Legends), Zhang Yi (The Wandering Earth II) and Gianluca Zoppa (Too Cool to Kill, The Wandering Earth I and II). 

The crime thriller Your Lucky Day will debut on digital and Blu-ray Disc Jan. 23 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, after a dispute over a winning lottery ticket turns into a deadly hostage situation, the witnesses must decide exactly how far they’ll go — and how much blood they’re willing to spill — for a cut of the $156 million. Written and directed by Daniel Brown (based on his 2010 short film), Your Lucky Day stars Angus Cloud (“Euphoria”), Jessica Garza (The Purge), Elliot Knight (Color Out of Space) and Sterling Beaumon (“The Killing”)​, Jason O’Mara (“The Man in the High Castle”), Jason Wiles (Sunny Daze, “Third Watch”) and Spencer Garrett (“Dopesick”)​. 

The 1990 theatrical hit Kindergarten Cop, which marked action star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s second foray into comedy, will make its 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut Jan. 23 from Kino Lorber. Directed by Ivan Reitman, Kindergarten Cop stars Schwarzenegger as Detective John Kimble, a veteran of the mean streets of Los Angeles. To trap an elusive criminal, he is forced to face his most challenging assignment yet: going undercover as a kindergarten teacher. Now facing 23 screaming kids, he has to keep them under control without blowing his top and his cover. Once he gains the respect of his class, as well as the affections of a beautiful teacher (Penelope Ann Miller), Kimble must prepare for a final confrontation with his prey. The film is being brought to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master made from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative. Bonus features include two new audio commentaries, one by film historians Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson and the other by film historian  Samm Deighan. The film is presented with 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 stereo sound on a triple-layer UHD100 disc. The package also include a regular Blu-ray Disc, also from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. The Blu-ray version comes with the same bonus content, as well as the original theatrical trailer, newly mastered in 2K.

Kino Lorber Jan. 23 will release on Blu-ray Disc two British World War II dramas directed by Lewis Gilbert, The Sea Shall Not Have Them and Albert R.N. Both films, from the Cohen Film Collection, will also be available to rent or purchase digitally on that date through Kino Now. In The Sea Shall Now Have Them (1953), four Allied men struggle to survive in a lifeboat on the North Sea after their plane is shot down. One of the men carries secret documents that can save London from Nazi destruction. What follows is a daring race against time pitting the survivors against Nazi U-boats, stormy seas, exposure, and enemy-mined waters. Albert R.N. (1954) is based on true events. A group of British POWs suspects that there is a German spy in its midst after several escape attempts are foiled. 

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired U.S. rights to the Iranian action feature Layers of Lies and is releasing the film, for rent or purchase, through digital retailers, and on DVD, Jan. 23. Layers of Lies follows a man’s journey back home through Tehran. Returning to Iran after many years in exile in Finland, Sam (Ramin Sohrab) finds that he has not yet escaped his past. In order to drag him into a violent scheme for revenge, a shady figure kidnaps Sam’s wife, Emma (Jessica Wolff). But Sam is a relentless fighting machine who will stop at nothing to rescue the woman he loves.  Directed by Sohrab, Layers of Lies was co-written by Sohrab and Chris Larsen, and produced by Jonna Enroth, Sohrab and Mohsen Sarafi. 

The horror film Night Swim will be available for premium digital rental and sale Jan. 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A collaboration between Blumhouse and Atomic Monster from the producers of M3GAN, Night Swim has earned $36.9 million at the global box office. In the film, Wyatt Russell stars as a former major league baseball player, forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness, who moves into a new home with his wife (Oscar nominee Kerry Condon) and their two children. The new home comes complete with a backyard swimming pool, but a deep secret surfaces and unleashes a malevolent force that will drag the family into the inescapable depths of terror. From producers James Wan (“The Conjuring” franchise, “Insidious” franchise) and Jason Blum (The Black Phone, “Halloween” Franchise), the film stars Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin, “Better Call Saul”), Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some!!, Overlord), Amelie Hoeferle (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes), Gavin Warren (The Unbreakable Boy, “Fear of the Walking Dead”) and Jodi Long (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Hot Chick).

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

Jan. 16 Home Entertainment New Releases Include ‘Trolls Band Together,’ ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ on Disc, ‘The Marvels,’ ‘The Color Purple’ Digitally

Among the titles newly available for home viewing Jan. 16 are Trolls Band Together, Journey to Bethlehem and the final season of “Billions” on Blu-ray and DVD, while The Marvels, Next Goal Wins, The Color Purple and Thanksgiving become available from digital retailers.

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Together Sing-Along Edition will be released on regular digital (after a premium run), 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film has earned $101.4 million at the domestic box office. Highlighting a soundtrack of original and classic songs, the release presents more than an hour of bonus content, including a new original short “It Takes Three,” character drawing tutorials, deleted scenes, and behind-the-scenes features with the cast and crew including NSYNC’s reunion for the first time in 20 years. In the latest chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s animated musical franchise, as Poppy (Anna Kendrick) grows closer to her now boyfriend Branch (Justin Timberlake), she discovers his secret past as a member of her favorite boyband BroZone with his four estranged brothers. When Branch’s bro Floyd is kidnapped for his musical talents by a pair of nefarious popstars, Branch and Poppy embark on a journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd. Along the way Poppy uncovers a family secret of her own, a long-lost sister named Viva (Camila Cabello). The film also features Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“How to Train Your Dragon” Franchise), Icona Pop duo Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”), Grammy winner Anderson .Paak, Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”), and Ron Funches (“Harley Quinn”). New talent lending their voices to the franchise include Grammy nominee Camila Cabello (Cinderella), Eric André (Sing 2), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Grammy winner and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Golden Globe nominee Troye Sivan (“The Idol”), Grammy winners Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) and Kid Cudi (Don’t Look Up), SAG Award nominee Zosia Mamet (“The Flight Attendant”), and 12-time Emmy winner RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”).

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 16 releases Journey to Bethlehem on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film is a live-action musical that weaves classic Christmas carols with new pop songs in a music-infused retelling of the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus Christ. The film was directed by Adam Anders in his feature-length directorial debut. Anders also cowrote the film, with Peter Barsocchini. The cast includes Milo Manheim and Fiona Palomo as Joseph and Mary, with Antonio Banderas as King Herod.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the seventh and final season of the Showtime drama “Billions” on DVD Jan. 16. A Blu-ray Disc edition of Billions: The Final Season also will be available on a manufacture-on-demand basis. In the seventh season, the personal war of U.S. attorney Chuck Rhodes (Paul Giamatti) against venture capitalist Michael Prince (Corey Stoll) heats up when the billionaire decides to run for president. But the greatest threat to Prince’s ambition’s may be the re-emergence of his old rival Bobby Axelrod (Damien Lewis, the show’s star for seasons one through five). The cast also includes Jeffrey DeMunn, Asia Kate Dillion, Maggie Siff, David Costabile, Dola Rashad, Kelly AuCoin, Daniel Breaker and Toney Goins. Special guest stars playing themselves include Mark Cuban, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Al Roker. A complete-series set will also be available on DVD.

Shout! Studios and GKIDS will release animated Ernest & Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia on Blu-ray Disc on Jan. 16. The movie is the follow-up the 2012 Oscar-nominated Ernest & Celestine. “Gibberitia” was released theatrically in 2022, generating $4.2 million in worldwide ticket sales — about half of the original release’s tally. In the sequel, Ernest (a bear) and Celestine (a mouse) finds Celestine accidentally breaking the beloved violin of her grouchy companion. They embark on a journey to Gibberitia, home to the only artist who can repair it as well as Ernest’s family. But when the duo arrives, they are shocked to discover that all forms of music have been banned for many years and the land once known for its incredible musicians has fallen silent. It is up to Ernest and Celestine and their new friends, including a mysterious masked outlaw, to bring music and happiness back to the land of bears.

The Korean action thriller The Childe will debut on digital and Blu-ray Jan. 16 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, in a desperate attempt to secure funds for his mother’s surgery, an amateur boxer searches for the wealthy estranged father he’s never met. But after a lead takes him from the Philippines to Korea, he is relentlessly pursued by a quirky yet highly dangerous man. As additional entities join in his pursuit and cause chaos, he will be forced to confront a shocking truth that may cost him his life. Directed by Park Hoon-jung (The Witch: Part 1 — The SubversionThe Witch Part 2: The Other One), the film stars Kim Seon-ho (K-drama series “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha”) in his feature film debut, Kim Kang-woo (Recalled, The Vanished), newcomer Kang Tae-ju, and Go Ara (Phantom Detective).

The comedy Millie Lies Low, directed by Michelle Savill, will be released on digital and DVD Jan. 16 from Film Movement. A Berlin Crystal Bear nominee, Millie Lies Low follows Millie (Ana Scotney), an architecture student from New Zealand, who has landed a competitive internship with a prestigious firm in New York. After telling everyone she knows about the opportunity, she suddenly suffers a panic attack as her plane is about to take off, and misses her flight. In a desperate pivot, Millie decides to save face by hiding in plain sight around Wellington, suitcase in tow, using Instagram and the power of denial to depict a trip to New York City that never happened. Trapped in a spiral of hilariously uncomfortable self-inflected scenarios, Millie has to dig deep to restore her mental health and her dignity. 

Disney-owned Marvel Studios will release The Marvels through digital retailers Jan. 16. In the film, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole, her powers are entangled with super-fan Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team up and work together to save the universe. The film earned $84.5 million at the domestic office, and arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 13.

Warner Bros.’ The Color Purple, a new take on the story based on the novel by Alice Walker and the musical stage play, will be released for premium digital rental (PVOD) and premium digital sale (PEST) on Jan. 16 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film has earned $58.4 million at the domestic box office. The new take on The Color Purple follows Celie (Fantasia Barrino in her major motion picture debut, reprising her 2005 Broadway role), who is torn apart from her sister Nettie (Halle Bailey) and her children and faces many hardships in her life, including an abusive husband simply called Mister (Colman Domingo).  With the support of sultry singer Shug Avery (Taraji P. Henson) and stand-her-ground stepdaughter Sofia (Danielle Brooks, Tony-nominated for the role on Broadway), Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood. Director Blitz Bazawule is a Ghanaian multimedia artist who was a co-director on Beyonce’s musical film Black Is King and made his feature debut with the Afrofuturistic The Burial of Kojo.

Searchlight Pictures’ sports comedy Next Goal Wins will be released on digital Jan. 16. Directed by Academy Award winner Taika Waititi (Thor: RagnarokJojo RabbitWhat We Do in the Shadows), the film is inspired by the true-life story of soccer underdogs American Samoa and their stumbling attempts to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The film stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, The Killer) as Thomas Rongen, the maverick coach with the near-impossible task of trying to turn one of the world’s worst soccer team into winners. The international ensemble cast also includes Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Uli Latukefu, Semu Filipo, Lehi Falepapalangi, Will Arnett and Elisabeth Moss. The film earned $6.7 million at the domestic box office and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 27.

Director Eli Roth’s horror film Thanksgiving will be released on regular digital Jan. 16 (after a premium digital run) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, after a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Mass. — the birthplace of the holiday. Picking off residents one by one, what begins as random revenge killings are soon revealed to be part of a larger, sinister holiday plan. The film, written by Jeff Rendell, has earned $31.8 million at the domestic box office. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 30.

Gravitas Ventures on Jan. 16 will release the sci-fi thriller Project Dorothy on VOD and cable. From director George Henry Horton (Dreadspace, Dark Obsession), the film stars scream queen Danielle Harris (the “Halloween” franchise, the “Hatchet” franchise, “The Conners”) as the titular AI, alongside Tim DeZarn (The Cabin in the Woods), Adam Budron, Emily Rafala (“Katy Keene”), Olivia Scott and Horton. In Project Dorothy, small-time criminals James and Blake flee the police and take refuge in an abandoned scientific facility. Their attempt to restore power activates an AI, Dorothy, responsible for the former occupants’ demise. They realize their predicament is worse than evading the law; they must use their streetwise instincts to thwart Dorothy’s escape into the world.

The action film One More Shot will be released on digital Jan. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, following the black site attack in Poland, Navy SEAL Jake Harris (Scott Adkins) must use all his battle-honed skills to survive an airport siege from mercenaries attempting to capture high-profile terrorist suspect Amin Mansur. With a bomb threatening the State of the Union Address, Mansur is the only person who may know its location. Still reeling from the loss of his team, Harris must protect the man he brought in for justice at any cost. Edited to appear as one continuous take, One More Shot also stars Michael Jai White, Alexis Knapp, and Tom Berenger.

Lionsgate will release the thriller Sunrise in theaters and via digital and on demand Jan. 19. In the film, when an ex-cop named Fallon returns to the scene of a horrific crime, the residents of a rural town soon discover that this dark visitor is really a vampire who feeds on blood and fear. After he is befriended by a kind immigrant family, the instinctive killer is faced with a choice between revenge and redemption. Directed by Andrew Baird, the thriller stars Guy Pearce and Alex Pettyfer and is penned by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Ronan Blaney.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 16 releases The Raid: Redemption on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The 2011 Indonesian crime drama, from Sony Pictures Classics, will also be available as a limited-edition Steelbook. The film is set in the heart of Jakarta’s slums, in an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite SWAT team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, they find themselves stranded on the 6th floor with no way out. The unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission. The Raid: Redemption is presented on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a completely new color grade under director Gareth Evans’s supervision. This new edition of the film is presented by XYZ Films and Merantau Films. The disc also includes both the original Indonesian score and the international score by Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese. The unrated version of the feature is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, approved by director Evans, with Indonesia/Bahasa Atmos as well as Indonesia/Bahasa and English 5.1 audio. The release also includes the film on regular Blu-ray Disc, with 5.1 Indonesian and English audio. Bonus content includes a commentary with director Evans, behind-the-scenes video blogs, a featurette on the musical score, a conversation with Evans and Shinoda, and more.

Kino Lorber has announced a Jan. 16 Blu-ray Disc release date for the 1966 satirical comedy The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Carl Reiner. The film, which also stars Alan Arkin in his first major film role, was released theatrically by United Artists and is coming to Blu-ray Disc under Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics line. When sightseeing Soviet commander (Arkin) runs his submarine aground off the New England coast, his crew tries to find a boat to dislodge the sub and almost starts World War III. Despite the Russians’ harmless intentions, the folks in town think a full-scale Soviet invasion has been launched. What’s worse, their police chief (Brian Keith) has left his hysterical assistant (Jonathan Winters) in charge — and the one man who knows the truth (Reiner) is only stirring up more chaos. The film is based on the Nathaniel Benchley novel with a screenplay by William Rose (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World). Other cast members include Eva Marie Saint, Paul Ford, Theodore Bikel, Tessie O’Shead and John Phillip Law. The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Director (Jewison), Best Actor (Arkin), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.

Kino Lorber on Jan. 16 will release on Blu-ray Disc Coming Home, the Hal Ashby-directed drama about the shattering aftermath of the Vietnam War. The 1978 film stars Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Robert Carradine, Robert Ginty, Mary Gregory, and Kathleen Miller. Coming Home earned eight Academy Award nominations and won three for Best Actress (Fonda), Actor (Voight) and Original Screenplay. When Marine Capt. Bob Hyde (Dern) leaves for Vietnam, his wife Sally (Fonda) volunteers at a local hospital. There, she meets Luke Martin (Voight), a former sergeant whose war injury has left him a paraplegic. Embittered with rage and filled with frustration, Luke finds new hope and confidence through his growing intimacy with Sally. The relationship transforms Sally’s feeling about life, love and the horrors of war. And when, wounded and disillusioned, Sally’s husband returns home, all three must grapple with the full impact of a brutal distant war that has changed their lives forever.

Vintage film restoration and distribution company Film Masters continues its tribute to the pope of pop cinema Roger Corman with the third installment of The Filmgroup series, The Devil’s Partner (1961), due on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 16. The release includes a bonus film, Creature From the Haunted Sea. Corman and his brother Gene founded The Filmgroup to distribute their own films. While the company did produce the majority of its films, including the cult classic Creature From the Haunted Sea, it also occasionally acquired projects by other filmmakers, as is the case with The Devil’s Partner. During the summer and fall of 1961, the two films were often paired as a double feature. Director/actor Edgar Buchanan (best known as Uncle Joe on “Petticoat Junction”) appears in the supernatural thriller The Devil’s Partner, about an old codger trying to reclaim his youth, employing black magic to lure a woman away from his rival. The film also stars Jean Allison, Richard Crane and Ed Nelson. The independent feature has been hailed as a pioneering film in the devil worshiping subgenre made popular in the ’70s. Made in 1958, it languished with no release date until it was picked up and distributed by The Filmgroup, becoming a steady presence on the drive-in circuit, often appearing in tandem with Creature From Haunted Sea, another Corman classic from the golden age of drive-in schlock. Creature From Haunted Sea is a spoof of spy/gangsters/monster movies starring Anthony Carbone as a gangster and smuggler who decides to kill members of the ship’s bungling crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn’t know is that the creature is actually out there. It also stars Betsy Jones-Moreland and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown) under the pseudonym Edward Wain. The film was conceived when Corman finished shooting The Last Woman on Earth in Puerto Rico and discovered he had enough film left over to make another film. He enlisted long-time associate Charles B. Griffith, who — legend goes — had six days to write the script. Ever the pragmatist when it came to budget, Corman recruited locals to appear in this film as extras. Both films are presented with a theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, as well as in a 1.37:1 television format. The televised version of Creature From the Haunted Sea includes an additional 15 minutes of footage shot years later to extend the film for a sale to Allied Artists. Discs are region free and include English SDH.  Audio is DTS-HD/Dolby AC3s. 

The drama The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964) will be released on DVD Jan. 16 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group. On Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, the brutal assassination of the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy took place. The man accused of perpetrating this tragic murder was U.S. Marine veteran and Dallas resident Lee Harvey Oswald. However, before Oswald could be tried and found innocent or guilty of the charge, he was murdered by a local night club owner named Jack Ruby on Nov. 24, 1963. The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald is a courtroom dramatization, utilizing facts and evidence obtained from public records and eyewitness accounts (The names of the witnesses and sources of information have been changed and withheld to protect the privacy of the individuals) and is only to portray what might have happened had Oswald been brought to trial. Shown for the first time in 1964, it was immediately pulled from circulation for unknown reasons and has not been shown publicly since. The film stars George R. Russell, George Edgley, Arthur Nations, Charles Mazyrack, Joreta C. Cherry, Howard Ware and Don Gillespie.

For the very first time, all five seasons of “Moonlighting” will be available for purchase at digital retailers Jan. 16, complete with the original Grammy-nominated title track recording by Al Jarreau, from Disney. Each episode has been remastered in HD from the original film source. In the series, which aired from 1985 to 1989, when former fashion model Maddie Hayes goes broke and finds that one of her few remaining assets is ownership of the Blue Moon Detective Agency, she’s tempted to liquidate it until she meets the quirky employees and gets involved in their even quirkier cases. The series stars Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley and Curtis Armstrong.

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Jan. 9 New Releases Include ‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Digitally, ‘Flying Swordsman’ on Disc

Home entertainment titles due Jan. 9 include the digital release of Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earth — Part One, while new discs include The Flying Swordsman and Far Haven.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part One through digital retailers Jan. 9. The latest entry in the ongoing continuity of animated DC superhero movies that began with 2020’s Superman: Man of Tomorrow, and following up Justice League: Warworld from earlier this year, Crisis on Infinite Earths is based on the legendary comic book storyline of the same name from the 1980s, and will feature heroes from across the multiverse converging to confront a threat to all existence. The returning voice cast includes Darren Criss as Superman & Earth-2 Superman; Stana Katic as Wonder Woman and Superwoman; Jensen Ackles as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Matt Bomer as The Flash/Barry Allen; Meg Donnelly as Supergirl & Harbinger; Jimmi Simpson as Green Arrow; Ike Amadi as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter, Amazing Man and Ivo; Alastair Duncan as Alfred; Ashleigh LaThrop as Iris West; Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate and Hawkman; Cynthia Hamidi as Dawnstar; Aldis Hodge as John Stewart/Green Lantern and Power Ring; Liam Mcintyre as Aquaman and Johnny Quick; Nolan North as Hal Jordan, Amazo and Homeless Man; Keesha Sharp as Vixen; Harry Shum Jr. as Brainiac 5; Alexandra Daddario as Lois Lane; and Zachary Quinto as Lex Luthor. It arrives on Blu-ray and 4K disc Jan. 23. Part Two and Part Three of Crisis will be available later in 2024.

The Chinese Wuxia action-adventure The Flying Swordsman will be released on digital and DVD Jan. 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film featuring elaborate fight sequences and choreography, after a wicked plot to steal a hidden fortune results in the death of two renowned warriors, the map leading to the treasure’s rumored location inexplicably disappears. But when the map is finally located a decade later, the eight assassins from the original plot re-emerge only to be challenged by a mysterious swordsman. The film reunites the stars of Sakra, Huawei Zhao and Ray Lui, along with Yusi Chen (Seven Killings), Shanshan Chunyu (Big Snake King), and Zihan Chen (New Kung Fu Cult Master). 

The Western Far Haven will be released on DVD Jan. 9 from Mill Creek Entertainment. In the film, Hunter Braddock moves back to Far Haven. When his father-in-law is brutally attacked by an unidentified raiding party, Braddock must take on the corrupt forces strangling the town in order to protect his family. Directed by Gary Wheeler, the film stars Bailey Chase, Bruce Boxleitner, Amanda Righetti, Martin Kove and A. Martinez.

Distribution Solutions will release Greenfield Media’s horror flick The Exorcists on DVD Jan. 9. In The Exorcists, when his child is possessed by an unrelenting evil, a father hires three expert exorcists to purge the demon and save his family. Directed by Jose Prendes, the film stars Doug Bradley, Kate Hodge and Kayla Fields.

The action film War Blade will be released on DVD Jan. 9 from Distribution Solutions. In the film, in the midst of World War II, Banks, an agent of the British SOE, is tasked with rescuing a French resistance fighter from a hidden Nazi bunker. The film stars Joseph Millson, Alina Tamara, Paul Marlon, Rebecca Scott and Ronan Summers.

Cranked Up Films is kicking off its 2024 movie slate with the North American VOD release of Reflect, the feature film debut of writer, director and star Dana Kippel. The sci-fi metaphysical thriller follows a group of friends on a spiritual obstacle course hoping to improve their lives. What they don’t know is that they are being monitored by mysterious hooded entities, eager to take over their bodies. Reflect will be released digitally Jan. 9 for rent or purchase on major platforms including Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV. Reflect premiered at the Chandler International Film Festival and went on to screen at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, the Sydney Science Film Festival, and the ETHOS Film Awards International Film Festival.

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Kino Lorber Jan. 9 releases The Road to Hong Kong on Blu-ray, the seventh and final road movie starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. The 1962 musical, directed by Norman Panama, also stars Joan Collins, Dorothy Lamour, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, David Niven, and Pat O’Brien. In the film, vaudevillians Harry (Crosby) and Chester (Hope) travel to Tibet to search for a drug to restore Chester’s memory. Once they find the cure, Chester’s memory becomes so good that he accidentally memorizes a secret formula for space navigation. Soon, the two meet up with a beautiful spy (Collins) and get sidetracked … to another planet.

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New on Disc Jan. 2: ‘The Holdovers,’ ‘The Marsh King’s Daughter’

Jan. 2 sees the release of new Blu-rays for films The Holdovers and The Marsh King’s Daughter.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release director Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 2. The Holdovers stars Paul Giamatti as a curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit a handful of students with nowhere to go. The cast also includes Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Dominic Sessa. The film earned $18.3 million at the domestic box office and is nominated for three Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Giamatti, and Best Supporting Actress for Randolph. Read a review here.

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The thriller The Marsh King’s Daughter will be released on Blu-ray (plus DVD and digital) on Jan. 2 from Lionsgate. The film follows Helena (Daisy Ridley), a woman with a secret past who ventures into the wilderness she left behind to confront the most dangerous man she’s ever met: her father. Helena’s seemingly ordinary life hides a dark and dangerous truth: her estranged father is the infamous Marsh King (Ben Mendelsohn), the man who kept her and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. When her father escapes from prison, Helena will need to confront her past. Knowing that he will hunt for her and her family, she must find the strength to face her demons and outmaneuver the man who taught her everything she knows about surviving in the wild. Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist, Voyagers) from a screenplay by Elle Smith and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), the film is based on the book by Karen Dionne. 

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Dec. 26 New Releases Include ‘Butcher’s Crossing’ on Disc, ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ Digitally

Among the new home video releases the week of Dec. 26 are Butcher’s Crossing and Last Man Standing on Blu-ray, while Journey to Bethlehem and The Holdovers become available digitally.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the Nicolas Cage-starring Western Butcher’s Crossing on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 26. The film, which marks the directorial debut of Gabe Polsky and is based on the 1960 novel of the same name by John Edward Williams, stars Cage as Miller, a mysterious frontier buffalo hunter who teams up with Harvard dropout Will Andrews (Fred Hechinger), who left college to seek adventure. Miller tells Andrews about a remote Colorado pass where one of the few remaining massive herds can be found. Andrews ignores warnings about Miller and puts up all his money to fund the expedition.  Their crew must survive an arduous journey where the harsh elements will test everyone’s resolve, leaving their sanity on a knife’s edge. Butcher’s Crossing was released theatrically by Saban Films in October, the month after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

BayView Entertainment will release the Chinese action drama Never Say Never on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 26 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service. In the film, when a down-on-his-luck former fighter is accosted by a gang of young bandits, he recruits them for his second shot of glory at his upstart training facility. But after his past shady dealings and get-rich-quick schemes come to life, he’s forced to figure out how to lead his students without passing along the stigma of his troubled past.

BayView Entertainment will release the sock puppet horror-comedy Stitches on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 26 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service. In the film, which features an all sock puppet cast, on a week-long vacation, Mary and friends travel to a remote cabin. Once they discover the origins of an Evil Witch, all is not as it seems. Forget the weekend — they may not survive the night. Directed by Ian Goodwin, the film features the voices of Alyse McCammish, Logan Bernard and Dylan Kay.

BayView Entertainment will release the horror thriller The Dark Room on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 26. In the film, as murders grip a small town, a photographer uncovers something sinister while developing pictures for a local religious leader. While the body count rises around him, the photographer is pursued by a mysterious woman and also finds his sanity questioned by his own doctor. Directed by Jake C. Young and Kenny Scott Guffey, the film stars Diane Franklin, Brandon Ludwig and Kayla Perkins.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Journey to Bethlehem, a live-action Christmas musical, through digital retailers on Dec. 26. The film weaves classic Christmas carols with new pop songs in a music-infused retelling of the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus Christ. The film was directed by Adam Anders in his feature-length directorial debut. Anders also cowrote the film, with Peter Barsocchini. The cast includes Milo Manheim and Fiona Palomo as Joseph and Mary, with Antonio Banderas as King Herod. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Jan. 16.

Shout! Studios releases the 1996 action film Last Man Standing on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 26. Directed by Walter Hill, Last Man Standing stars Bruce Willis as John Smith, a mysterious stranger in Prohibition-era Texas who is drawn into a vicious war between two rival crime families, switching allegiances between them as he offers his services to the highest bidder. The cast also includes Bruce Dern, Christopher Walken, Leslie Mann and William Sanderson.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release director Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers through digital retailers Dec. 29. The Holdovers stars Paul Giamatti as a curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit a handful of students with nowhere to go. The cast also includes Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Dominic Sessa. The film earned $17.8 million at the domestic box office and is nominated for three Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Giamatti, and Best Supporting Actress for Randolph. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 2.

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New Dec. 12 Blu-rays Include ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s,’ ‘TMNT: Mutant Mayhem,’ ‘Paw Patrol,’ ‘The Creator,’ ‘Dumb Money,’ ‘Mandalorian’

Dec. 12 is a busy week for modest but notable theatrical titles debuting on Blu-ray and DVD, with a stacked slate that includes Five Nights at Freddy’s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, The Creator, Dumb Money, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, and the first two seasons of “The Mandalorian.” Meanwhile, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert arrives on PVOD Dec. 13.

Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s, a horror film based on the video game series created by Scott Cawthon, will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Dec. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, which has earned $137.17 million at the domestic box office, streamed simultaneously on Peacock. In the film, recently fired and desperate for work so that he can keep custody of his little sister, Mike (Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games” franchise) agrees to take a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant: Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. But Mike soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems. Mike’s nights at Freddy’s will lead him into unexplainable encounters with the supernatural and drag him into the black heart of an unspeakable nightmare. The film also stars Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby-Doo), Elizabeth Lail (“You,” “Once Upon a Time”), Kat Conner Sterling (A Week Away, “The Gifted”), Piper Rubio (“Unstable”) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon).]

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 12. In Mutant Mayhem, after years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them. The voice cast includes Jackie Chan and Ice Cube. The film earned $118.6 million at the domestic box office.

Paramount releases Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie through on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 12. In the film, when a magical meteor crash lands in Adventure City, it gives the Paw Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into the “Mighty Pups.” But they face their mightiest challenge yet when the pups’ archrival Humdinger breaks out of jail and teams up with Victoria Vance, a mad scientist, to steal the superpowers for themselves. With the fate of Adventure City hanging in the balance, the Mighty Pups have to stop the supervillains before it’s too late.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios releases The Creator on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 12. From Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, the film is set 15 years after a nuclear detonation in Los Angeles and a war against artificial intelligence. Joshua (John David Washington), a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife (Gemma Chan), is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war — and humankind. Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory, only to discover the world-ending weapon he’s been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child. The ensemble cast also includes Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson, Allison Janney and Madeleine Yuna Voyles.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the comedy Dumb Money: The Gamestop Story on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 12. Based on the Book The Antisocial Network by Ben Mezrich, the film explores the true story of the people who manipulated the stock market by turning GameStop into the world’s hottest company in 2021. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich — until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film stars Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley and Seth Rogen. It earned $13.9 million at the domestic box office.

The award-winning animated movie Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 12 by the Criterion Collection. Order date is Nov. 7. Winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the film uses intricate stop-motion animation to tell the classic story of the puppet who comes to life, now set against the backdrop of fascist Italy. Directed by Guillermo del Toro alongside Mark Gustafson, the film’s voice cast includes Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, and Christoph Waltz. The film was originally released for streaming on Netflix. Criterion’s edition includes a new 4K digital master supervised by the directors, with Dolby Atmos on the 4K UHD disc and the Blu-ray. The 4K edition includes the film on a 4K disc with Dolby Vision HDR, and a regular Blu-ray of the film with bonus material.

Shout! Studios releases the comedy Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Dec. 12 in 4K/Blu-ray and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack configurations, and as a standalone DVD. Debuting as a Roku Original film in 2022, Weird relates the life story of parody artist “Weird Al” Yankovic by spoofing the biopic genre and the 1980s music scene. The cast includes Daniel Radcliffe as Al, Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna, and Rainn Wilson as Dr. Demento. The movie has been nominated in eight categories for the upcoming 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor for Radcliffe, and Outstanding Writing for Yankovic and director Eric Appel. The 4K disc of the film includes a 4K master with new HDR and Dolby Vision presentation. Read a review here.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Persian Version, a story of the Iranian-American experience from writer-director-producer Maryam Keshavarz, on DVD Dec. 12. In the Sony Pictures Classics film, a young woman in Brooklyn, Leila (Layla Mohammadi), strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures, while challenging the labels society projects upon her. When her boisterous family reunites in New York City for her father’s heart transplant, Leila keeps her “real” life separate from her family life. But when her secret is revealed, so are the distinct parallels between her life and that of her mother, Shireen. Punctuated by a bright color palette, comedic relief and dance numbers, The Persian Version delivers an honest portrayal of a woman who remains unapologetically herself, blended into a heartfelt story about family, belonging and the undeniable influence of pop music. The film won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The thriller Mercy Road will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film from director John Curran (Chappaquiddick), after committing an impulsive, vicious crime while searching for his missing daughter, a frantic father (Luke Bracey) goes on the run from law enforcement and soon begins receiving chilling calls from an unknown entity claiming to know her whereabouts. As he faithfully follows the caller’s increasingly unhinged instructions, he is driven perilously close to the edge of sanity while discovering exactly how far he is willing to go to save his child. In addition to Bracey (Elvis, Point Break), Mercy Road also stars Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Susie Porter (Cargo) and Huw Higginson (The Nightingale).

Allied Vaughn will release the sci-fi drama Distant Tales on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 12. It is already available for digital purchase following a two-month exclusive run on cable. Written and directed by Shem Bitterman, Distant Tales is a four-part anthology about a dystopian future where desire, madness and a struggle for love erupt following a worldwide pandemic that prevents people from meeting face to face. The film, which was shot during the COVID-19 lockdowns, explores the ways in which the new means of communication, coupled with social isolation, creates opportunities for manipulation, lies masquerading as truth, incomplete pictures and unexpected connections. In “Placebo,” a test subject for a new vaccine (Amen Igbinosun) falls in love with his trial administrator (Carolyn Michelle Smith) over the course of the study during their virtual check-ins. In “Please Log On,” a lonely and isolated woman (Liz Fenning) struggles to make a connection with a desperate job hunter (Rupak Ginn) over a timed video call observed by an absent, mysterious and menacing boss. In “Touch,” a dark, psychosexual horror story, the affair between two co-workers (Tiffany Wolff and Samuel Martin Lewis) is cut short after a single night only to be resumed online, at 4 a.m., in their apartment where secret dangers lie. In “R Nought,” a disgraced talk show host (Christopher Curry) attempts to lure a grieving Navy officer (Ben Bowen) into a vast right-wing plot to bring down the government while his stepmother (Megan Gallagher) tries to get him to focus on his son.

Film Movement will release the Indonesian film Before, Now & Then on digital and DVD Dec. 12. The film won a Silver Bear for Best Supporting Actress (Laura Basuki) and was nominated for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival. Set amid the political violence of late-1960s Indonesia, director Kamila Andini’s Before, Now & Then follows Nana, the beautiful wife of a wealthy plantation owner whose inner life remains with her deceased first husband, murdered in the civil war a decade prior. A survivor, Nana values her safety and material comforts, but carries out a haunted existence, dreaming of her lost love. Forced to confront her husband’s blatant infidelity, Nana makes an unusual connection with his younger mistress, Ino. The two women, sharing their secrets and desires, discover a newfound freedom and intimacy withheld from them both by the strictures of patriarchal society. The release includes the bonus short film Following Diana also directed by Andini. In the film, one night, Diana’s husband presents her with a shocking plan to share their family with another woman.

The record-breaking Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie will be available for premium digital rental beginning Dec. 13 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The home edition of the concert film includes three bonus songs not seen in theaters: “Long Live,” “The Archer” and “Wildest Dreams.”

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Lucasfilm’s Disney+ “Star Wars” adventures The Mandalorian: The Complete First Season and The Mandalorian: The Complete Second Season arrive on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD disc in Steelbook packaging Dec. 12.

Shout! Studios is releasing the complete “Shaun the Sheep” animated TV series in a seven-disc Blu-ray Disc set on Dec. 12. The series, from Chicken Run creator Mossy Bottom Farm, will also be issued on DVD. Season six of the show is now available to own digitally through such platforms as Amazon, Apple, Hulu and Google Play. Shaun the Sheep: The Complete Series includes all 170 episodes, marking the first time seasons 5 and 6 are available on disc. The collection also includes “Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas,” a half-hour holiday special, and over an hour of bonus material that include “Mossy Bottom Shorts,” “Championsheeps,” and the special “Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas.” “Shaun the Sheep” is an award-winning series (Annecy Cristal, BAFTA, International Emmy Awards) known for its slapstick humor, distinctive look and strong, quirky characters. First appearing in Nick Park’s 1995 Academy Award-winning “Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave,” Shaun then went on to star in his own series and several movies.

Director John Woo’s 1997 action epic Face/Off, which stars Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 12 through Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics line. In the film, FBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta) knows how to stop elusive terrorist Castor Troy (Cage). He’ll become him. Archer undergoes a futuristic surgery and has Troy’s face mapped onto his, then infiltrates the terrorist’s world to discover his deadly secrets. But as much as Archer looks and acts like Troy, he doesn’t really know him. He never figures Troy will retaliate and force doctors to transform him into Archer. Now the agent faces a shattering nightmare: his archrival is living with his family. As with other Kino Lorber 4K releases, Face/Off is coming to market in a combo pack that also includes the film on regular Blu-ray Disc. The 4K version is on a triple-layered UHD100 disc, and was created from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master made from a 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative. The release includes 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 stereo sound. Bonus content includes a new audio commentary by action film historians Mike Leeder and Arne Venema, along with existing extras such as an audio commentary by director Woo and writers Mike Werb and Michael Colleary. 

Music Box Films Dec. 12 releases a Blu-ray collection of two spy-movie parodies from the “OSS 117” franchise — 2006’s Cairo, Nest of Spies and 2009’s Lost in Rio. Both films are French productions that star Jean Dujardin and were directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Both would go on to win Oscars for 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist. The films are based on the “OSS 117” series of novels created by author Jean Bruce in 1949, that follow the exploits of French secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath. The books were turned into a series of spy movies in the 1950s and 1960s. Hazanavicius revived the franchise in 2006 as a spoof of the original films, with Dujardin as Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, now presented as self-important, dimwitted and politically incorrect. In Cairo, Nest of Spies, set in 1955, de La Bath is sent to Cairo to investigate the disappearance of his best friend and fellow spy Jack Jefferson, only to stumble into a web of international intrigue. Lost in Rio, set in 1967,sees de La Bath in Brazil to retrieve a microfilm list of French Nazi sympathizers, only to once again unknowingly find himself immersed in an international plot. The films use retro techniques and music to emulate the filmmaking style of the periods in which they are set.

Two films from Ronin Flix, the horror film The Lost and the horror satire There’s Nothing Out There, will be released on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 12 by MVD Entertainment Group.

The Lost (2006) follows 19-year-old Ray Pye (Marc Senter), a black-clad suburban sociopath who meets his match when a new girl with a taste for the dark side, Katherine Wallace (Robin Sydney), arrives in town. Together, they are a dangerous couple whose deadly games lead to a horrific and shocking climax. The film is based on the horror novel by Jack Ketchum and adapted for the screen by writer-director-producer Chris Sivertson with credits that include master of horror producer Lucky McKee. Bonus features include a storyboard sequence; outtakes; audition tapes; a “Jack and Jill” featurette; new interviews with cast members Marc Senter, Robin Sydney and Shay Astar; historical audio commentary with horror novelist Jack Ketchum moderated by writer Monika O’Rourke; and new audio commentary with Sivertson and veteran horror filmmaker and producer Lucky McKee.

There’s Nothing Out There (1990), a cult classic that satirized the horror genre long before Wes Craven, was made by then 20-year-old writer-director Rolfe Kanefsky. In the film, Mike is always getting in the way of fun. His obsession with horror movies and their rules dictates that no matter where he goes, he can’t help but expect to find a monster lurking around every corner. But this time, his paranoia might be justified. Disc one includes the film and the following special features: new commentary with Rolfe Kanefsky and cast members Jeff Dachis and John Carhart; new commentary with film journalists Heidi Honeycutt and Amanda Reyes; and new never-before-seen opening sequence storyboards. Disc one also includes the archival features “There’s a Movie Out There,” an interview with Kanefsky and editor Victor Kanefsky; “40 Years of Cutting,” an interview with Victor Kanefsky; an interview with actor Craig Peck; an interview with Rolfe Kanefsky; and the “Copycat” short. Disc two features a collection of 10 early shorts and films made by Rolfe Kanefsky back in the 1980s complete with newly recorded director’s introductions.

Three classic films — the 1918 Mary Pickford drama Stella Maris, the 1941 Ernst Lubitsch comedy That Uncertain Feeling and the 1959 horror flick Horrors of the Black Museum — are due on disc Dec. 12 from VCI Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

Stella Maris, newly mastered in HD for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release with an original score by the Graves Brothers, was a major advancement in filmmaking. Mary Pickford plays dual roles in a film that was very different from anything she had ever done before. It tells the story of two, very different young women; a beautiful, rich, but crippled Stella Maris and Unity Blake, a deformed and abused orphan. Director Marshall Neilan and cinematographer Walter Stradling created some trick photography for Mary to play both roles, using double exposure photography and complex editing which made it possible to present both characters on screen simultaneously. The Mary Pickford Foundation and the Paramount Film Archive partnered to access all elements available in the Pickford collections both at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and at the Library of Congress. Even though the archives were shut down during the pandemic, all parties cooperated to send the film elements to Paramount so they could be scanned in 4K resolution and commence work on the restoration. The two primary elements used in this restoration were a 1967 35mm black and white dupe negative and an incomplete 1925 35mm tinted print. Scans from the dupe negative were used for the majority of the feature, and all surviving material from the print was inserted where possible. New inter-titles were digitally recreated for the dupe negative to match the feel and length of the print, as the cards in the negative were static and much longer than originally intended. The tinting scheme of the print was used for all evening sequences: amber for night interiors and blue for night exteriors, with the rest of the feature black and white for all daytime sequences. Lastly, all the most egregious damage was digitally repaired, the film’s printed-in jitter was stabilized, and the film’s frame-rate was digitally varisped to 19fps, mirroring a more natural, hand-cranked projection speed suitable for 1918, the year of the film’s release. Bonus features on Stella Maris include a commentary track by author and film historian Marc Wanamaker; a liner notes pictorial booklet by the Mary Pickford Foundation; a photo gallery; and “The Mountaineer’s Honor,” an American Biograph short film released on Nov. 25, 1909. 

The light comedy That Uncertain Feeling, due on Blu-ray, stars Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas and Burgess Meredith. Director Ernst Lubitsch capitalizes on the husband-versus-wife theme. The film follows Jill and Larry Baker, who have been living in marital bliss for six years — until Jill develops a nasty bout with the hiccups. Exhausting all remedies to no avail and believing her problem to be psychosomatic, Jill takes the advice of friends and seeks the help of a psychiatrist. This leads to disenchantment with her husband Larry, causing marital mayhem when she becomes romantically involved with an eccentric pianist named Alexander Sebastian. Sebastian fancies himself “the greatest pianist in the world,” but he is terrified of performing in front of large audiences. Hilarity abounds as Larry strives to win back his estranged wife and Jill comes to the realization she still loves Larry. Bonus features include a commentary track by film historian Mick LaSalle.

Horrors of the Black Museum is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. In the film, London is fear-struck and Scotland Yard is baffled by a series of strange murders that have plagued the city. Stories of the atrocities by crime journalist Edmond Bancroft (Michael Gough, the same loveable Alfred Pennyworth from the new “Batman” movies) come to their own conclusions missed by the Yard. This is because of the fact that Edmond is committing these horrible crimes himself in order to create material for his writing. He does so with the help of his assistant Rick (Graham Curnow), who assists him in running a private “Black Museum” filled with murder and torture devices. The release also includes the original American International introduction called Hypno-Vista, featuring Emile Franchel, “Registered Psychologist,” that greeted all American theatergoers on its initial release. The film features the classic eyeball-gouging binoculars scene. Bonus features include the original U.S. theatrical trailer; the original European theatrical trailer; a photo gallery; archival commentary by writer/producer Herman Cohen; a 2023 commentary by film historian and artist Robert Kelly; a two-sided cover wrap that features original theatrical art and a flip side with a new graphic design by Robert Kelly; a video tribute to producer Herman Cohen; and an archival phone interview/video featurette with Herman Cohen.

A Roger Corman double feature of the spooky gothic tale The Terror (1963) — marking the 60th anniversary of its release this year — and the comedic horror flick The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) are being released in a special-edition, two-disc collector’s set on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 12 from Film Masters. In The Terror — with an all-new HD restoration from 35mm archival elements — an 18th century French Lieutenant in Napoleon’s army encounters the ghostly apparition of a young woman (Sandra Knight). Curiosity leads Lt. Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson) to the castle of Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff), where he notices a painting of the Baron’s late wife Ilsa, who looks identical to the ghostly woman. Determined to unravel the castle’s mystery, Duvalier learns that the Baron has many terrifying secrets. Though officially credited to Corman, The Terror had a total of five collaborative directors, including Nicholson, Monte Hellman and Francis Ford Coppola. In a newly restored HD version, The Little Shop of Horrors is the story of Seymour (Jonathan Haze), a lonely florist, and his hungry plant Audrey, for whom he goes to great lengths to ensure that his green friend is fed and happy. With a cast that also includes Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles and a very young Jack Nicholson as a scene-stealing dental patient with a high threshold for pain, Corman and screenwriter Charles Griffith give us a comic horror masterpiece that inspired a Broadway musical, which led to a remake of the film that was nominated for two Oscars.

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Disney-owned 20th Century Fox Dec. 12 releases 1986’s Aliens, 1989’s The Abyss, 1994’s True Lies and new special-editions of 2009’s Avatar and 2022’s Avatar: The Way of Water in 4K Ultra HD for digital purchase. The 4K transfers of the films, which were directed by James Cameron, will be presented in Dolby Vision HDR and with an immersive Dolby Atmos audio mix. Additionally, most of the releases will arrive with several hours of new bonus features. The two “Avatar” collector’s editions arrive on 4K disc Dec. 19. Aliens, The Abyss and True Lies arrive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 12, 2024.

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the faith-based family comedy Divine Influencer on digital and DVD Dec. 12. The film follows a wealthy twentysomething influencer who has it all, but loses everything when her parents cut her off. Homeless, she soon learns the meaning of true influence. Divine Influencer stars Jesse Metcalfe, Lara Silva and Debra Stipe.

The faith-based drama I Can will be released on DVD and digital Dec. 12 from Mill Creek Entertainment. Based on a true story, the film chronicles a couple’s adulterous affair, which leads to an unexpected pregnancy. They leave their spouses to begin a new life together, but their daughter Katelyn is born with a birth defect. While her dad believes Katelyn’s condition is God’s punishment for the affair, Katelyn, with only one fully developed arm, defies all odds with an incredible gift for softball. I Can is a story about Katelyn overcoming adversity and her dad eventually finding genuine forgiveness. The film stars Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination, U.S. Marshals, The Fugitive), Vernon Wells (Weird Science, Commando, The Road Warrior), Cameron Arnett (Saved by Grace, Being, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Sarah Cleveland (A Father’s Fight, My Husband’s Worst Mistake, End of the Road). The film won Best Feature Film at the International Christian Film Festival.

The Taiwanese drama Shall We Die will be released via VOD and digital sellthrough Dec. 12 from Virgil Films and Entertainment. In the film, a high-school girl resents her family’s traditional Taiwanese funeral business, but gains the attention of the whole school after using her knowledge of traditional funerals to help a popular but secretly suicidal classmate perform a “living funeral.”

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to the micro-budget horror film Soft Liquid Center. The film premiered at the RiverRun International Film Festival and will be released on VOD beginning Dec. 12. Soft Liquid Center played both domestic and international festivals and has won awards for Best Feature Film and Best Score. C0-directors Joseph Kolean and Zachary Gutierrez produced and co-wrote the film with actress Steph Holmbo, who recently starred in David Byrne’s Theater of the Mind and makes her feature film debut in the lead role. Karl Kister, producer of Crestone and Ma, is making his first foray into horror as executive producer. Holmbo based Soft Liquid Center on real life experiences, filtering her struggles with abusive men through a supernatural lens in order to create something resembling a dream world both recognizable and unusual. The film follows Holmbo’s character, Steph, as she navigates leaving her partner and beginning a new life. Living alone, Steph’s home slowly shifts from a sanctuary to a house of horrors, as her nightmares accumulate and transition into reality. She’s faced with the crushing terror of stalking and gaslighting, as well a new loneliness, while endeavoring to unravel the mysteries of her predicament. All the while, a force beyond her understanding wields its immense power with a familiar cruelty. In addition to Holmbo, the film stars Alex Palkovic, Paul Michel, Davidia Turner, Brenda, Mercedez Prince Davis, Michael Isaacs and Andrew Hamilton. Roberto Garza created the film’s score. 

MVD Entertainment Dec. 15 will release a live concert video featuring 1980s pop icon Billy Idol performing at historic Hoover Dam on the Arizona-Nevada border, amid the majestic Black Canyon on the Colorado River. Billy Idol — State Line: Live at the Hoover Dam, from Kaleidoscope Film Distribution, will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The concert film highlights the history and significance of Hoover Dam and includes performances from two unique shows: a full band concert at sunset, with special guests, surrounded by Black Canyon, and an acoustic duo set (with guitarist/collaborator Steve
Stevens) on the roof of the powerhouse at the foot of Hoover Dam. In the band concert, Idol is joined on stage by his longtime band and such special guest stars as The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal.

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