‘Irresistible,’ ‘Rogue’ Top Slate of New Disc Releases, While ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘Goonies’ Bow on 4K Ultra HD

The political satire Irresistible, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and Lionsgate’s action thriller Rogue, with Megan Fox as a battle-hardened mercenary, top the slate of new disc releases available Sept. 1.

Written and directed by Jon Stewart, Irresistible features a cast headed by Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis and Topher Grace. Carell portrays a campaign strategist who runs a Democratic mayoral candidate (Cooper) in a small right-wing town.

The film, from Focus Features, was rerouted from a May 2020 theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic and instead debuted in June on premium VOD. It became available through regular digital channels on Aug. 18.

Read John Latchem’s review of the Irresistible Blu-ray Disc here

Rogue finds Samantha O’Hara (Fox) leading a team of soldiers-for-hire on a daring mission to rescue hostages from their captors in rural Africa.  They wind up stranded and have to battle not only brutal rebels but also a horde of enraged lions.

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Also out Sept. 1 are 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of the Tim Burton ghost movie Beetlejuice and the 1980s cult favorite adventure The Goonies, both from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Beetlejuice (1988) stars Michael Keaton as a ghost who helps a recently deceased couple played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis haunt their former home. The Goonies (1985),  based on a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg, follows a band of kids from the blue-collar “Goon Docks” neighborhood who set out to save their homes from foreclosure by following an old treasure map.

On the TV front, consumers as of Sept. 1 can buy, on disc, the complete third season of “Young Sheldon” (from Warner Bros.), the second season of “Magnum P.I.” (from Paramount/CBS), and the first season of “Blood & Treasure” (also from Paramount/CBS).

New digital releases include Guest House, from Lionsgate, and Breaking the Chain, from Virgil Films, the company headed by industry veteran Joe Amodei. Guest House is a comedy about an engaged couple whose new dream home comes with a slight drawback: a party animal who lives in the guest house. Breaking the Chain is an animal-rescue documentary that follows fieldworkers with PETA’s Community Animal Project as they visit impoverished areas of Virginia and North Carolina to give care to mistreated animals.

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

‘King of Staten Island,’ ‘Deep Blue Sea 3’ Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases

Topping the slate of new disc releases available Aug. 25 is Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, the new Judd Apatow comedy based on the life of and starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live.” The film bypassed theaters as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in lieu of a VOD release June 12. It has been available for digital sellthrough since Aug. 11, and is now available at retail on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

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Another newcomer is Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Deep Blue Sea 3, the latest direct-to-video sequel to the shark attack franchise. The third installment finds the genetically engineered sharks from the second movie attacking an abandoned island fishing village that serves as the base for a team of oceanographers. The film is now available widely on Blu-ray and DVD, after being released through digital retailers July 28, when it also became available early on disc through Redbox and Walmart.

Warner also releases the DVD and Blu-ray edition of The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season, the latest disc collection from the “Arrowverse” family of CW superhero shows. The season contains the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover.

Sony Pictures releases The Burnt Orange Heresy on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally. The neo-noir thriller focuses on a disgraced art critic tasked with stealing a painting.

Arriving for digital sale is Virgil Films’ The Blech Effect: The Rise and Fall of the King of Biotech, a documentary about a pioneer investor whose inner demons cost him his fortune.

Among catalog titles, Blue Underground is releasing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of The New York Ripper and The House by the Cemetery.

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