‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ ‘Voyagers’ Lead New Disc Releases June 15

Science-fiction movies Godzilla vs. Kong from Warner Bros. and Voyagers from Lionsgate lead the slate of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray June 15.

Godzilla vs. Kong June 15 arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown. In this fourth installment of the “MonsterVerse,” Kong and his human handlers undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, but unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth. The film was previously released concurrently in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service, and is already available for digital purchase. It has earned more than $441 million at the global box office. Read a review here.

The science-fiction thriller Voyagers arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist), the film stars Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp and Fionn Whitehead. In the film, with the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust and the insatiable hunger for power.

The comedic drama French Exit, which earned Michelle Pfeiffer a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “My plan was to die before the money ran out,” says 60-year-old, penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Pfeiffer) in the film, but things don’t go as planned. Her husband, Franklin, has been dead for 12 years. With his vast inheritance gone, she cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son, Malcolm (Lucas Hedges), and a cat named Small Frank — who may or may not embody the spirit of Frances’ dead husband.

The animated sequel Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 15 from Lionsgate. It was released digitally June 11. In the sequel, one year after the events of the original Rock Dog, Bodi and his band, True Blue, have become locally famous in the village of Snow Mountain. They even have devoted fans. But when a music mogul named Lang gives them the opportunity to tour with pop sensation Lil’ Foxy, Bodi and his friends learn that fame comes at a price, and ultimately discover that only by staying true to yourself can you unleash the power of rock ‘n’ roll.

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, releases The Walking Dead: World Beyond — Season One on Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 15. The three-disc sets will include all 10 episodes from the first season of “The Walking Dead” spinoff that focuses on a group of teenagers who represent the first generation to grow up in the apocalypse. A decade into the fall of civilization, sisters Hope (Alexa Mansour) and Iris Bennett (Aliyah Royale) have grown up inside the walls of one of the few remaining first-world communities. When the sisters receive a message that their father might be in a danger at a research facility 1,000 miles away, they defy their community’s rules and enlist their friends Elton (Nicolas Cantu) and Silas (Hal Cumpston)to embark on a cross-country quest to save him. Leaving their sheltered upbringing behind, these teenagers learn how to fight threats both living and dead as they travel through a beautiful but decaying and dangerous world.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release the Showtime legal drama Your Honor on DVD June 15. The 10-part limited series stars Bryan Cranston as respected New Orleans Judge Michael Desiato. After his teenage son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), is involved in a hit-and-run accident, the judge must tread carefully through a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Unbeknownst to Adam, the victim is the son of dangerous crime boss Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg) and his wife, Gina (Hope Davis), who are both out for vengeance and will not stop until justice is served on their own terms.

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The 1993 Clint Eastwood film In the Line of Fire comes out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, remastered with high dynamic range, on June 15 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film from director Wolfgang Peterson, Eastwood stars as Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect John F. Kennedy from assassination. Thirty years later, he gets a chance to redeem himself when a brilliant psychopath threatens to kill the current president and take Horrigan with him. Taunting him by phone and tantalizing him with clues, the assassin (John Malkovich) lures Horrigan into a battle of wits and will that only one man can survive. The film co-stars Rene Russo as Horrigan’s risk-taking field chief. The release features Dolby Atmos audio, original theatrical 5.1, and original theatrical stereo. Special features include audio commentary with Petersen, five deleted scenes, several featurettes and a theatrical teaser. The release does not include a regular Blu-ray copy but does come with a digital copy, for a limited time.

The week’s top digital release is The Kelsey Grammer film The Space Between from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the coming-of-age story set during the 1990s L.A. music scene, Grammer stars as Micky Adams, an eccentric has-been rock musician who loses his grip on reality as his record label looks to drop him and his new “unique” albums. In hopes of breaking out of the mailroom, young Charlie Porter (Jackson White) is tasked with traveling to the musician’s bizarre home and forcing Micky out of his contract. Micky realizes Charlie could be the key to an artistic breakthrough and the pair’s unlikely friendship grows. The odd but powerful bond helps both gain perspective on the music industry, life, love — and the space between.

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

‘Nobody,’ ‘City of Lies’ Among New Digital and Disc Releases June 8

Universal Pictures’ Nobody tops the list of titles available for digital purchase June 8, while Lionsgate’s City of Lies, and Paramount’s The Lovebirds and a new “Indiana Jones” 4K set lead the slate of new disc releases.

The suspense actioner Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk, is available for digital sellthrough in advance of its June 22 released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From the writer of John Wick, it’s the story of an ordinary family man (Odenkirk, “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”) who will stop at nothing to defend what is his. Hutch is a suburban husband who takes life’s indignities on the chin and never rocks the boat. But when his daughter loses her beloved kitty-cat bracelet in a robbery, he hits a boiling point no one knew he had, and he flips from regular dad to fearless fighter on a wild ride of explosive revenge.

The science-fiction thriller Voyagers is available for digital purchase June 8 as well, before its June 15 Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release from Lionsgate. In the film, with the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust and the insatiable hunger for power.

The crime thriller City of Lies is now available on Blu-ray Disc (with a digital copy) and DVD from Saban Films and Lionsgate. Based on the book LAbyrinth by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Randall Sullivan, the film follows the investigation into the infamous murder of iconic rap artist Notorious B.I.G. Johnny Depp stars as determined LAPD detective Russell Poole, who spends nearly 20 years trying to solve the murder, and Forest Whitaker as Jack Jackson, a journalist who teams up with Poole in search of the elusive truth. Together they explore why the case remains cold — and why a secretive division of the LAPD is seemingly set on keeping it that way.

The comedy The Lovebirds is available June 8 on DVD, digital and on demand June 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, “Silicon Valley”) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”) star as a couple who experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. Featuring a never-before-seen, unrated cut of the film, the DVD and digital releases also include the original theatrical cut, as well as exclusive bonus content, including a gag reel, deleted scenes, a “Line-O-Rama,” interviews with the cast and a Lovebirds quiz.

Paramount Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm June 8 releases the Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The set will also include digital copies of all four films: 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Each film has been meticulously remastered from 4K scans of the original negatives with extensive visual effects work done to ensure the most pristine and highest quality image. All picture work was approved by director Steven Spielberg. The 4K presentation includes Dolby Vision and HDR-10, plus Dolby Atmos audio. All four films were remixed at Skywalker Sound under the supervision of sound designer Ben Burtt. All original sound elements were used to achieve the fully immersive Dolby Atmos mixes while staying true to each film’s original creative intent. The four-movie collection is also being re-released on standard Blu-ray.

The thriller Flashback comes out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate. In the film, after a chance encounter with a man forgotten from his youth, Fredrick Fitzell (Dylan O’Brien) starts having horrific visions of Cindy (Monroe), a girl who vanished in high school. After reaching out to old friends with whom he used to take a mystery drug called Mercury, Fredrick realizes the only way to stop the visions lies deep within his own memories, so he embarks on a terrifying mental odyssey to learn the truth.

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Shout! Studios and Scream Factory in collaboration with VMI Worldwide releases the supernatural thriller The Unhealer through digital retailers and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, as well as VOD, on June 8. Each collectible Blu-ray Disc and DVD of The Unhealer includes behind-the-scenes interviews, alternative/ extended scenes, a gag reel, and deleted scenes.Directed by writer, producer, and filmmaker Martin Guigui (Beneath the Darkness, The Bronx Bull, Future World), the film stars Natasha Henstridge (Species, The Whole Nine Yards) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark). The film is about a bullied teenager who gains the means to fight back when a botched faith healing bestows supernatural, shamanistic powers upon him. When his lifelong tormentors pull a prank that causes the death of someone he loves, the teen uses his newfound abilities for revenge and goes on a bloody rampage to settle the score.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Fuller House: The Fifth and Final Season on DVD June 8. The two-disc set will include all 18 episodes from the final season of the Netflix sitcom, a sequel to the 1987-95 comedy “Full House” in which eldest daughter D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) is now a veterinarian and recently widowed mother trying to raise three boys on her own.  She is joined by her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and Kimmy’s teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas), who move in to lend their support and help raise D.J.’s kids. Additional members from the Full House original cast make guest appearances throughout the series. In the fifth season of “Fuller House,” the Tanner childhood house is fuller than ever with DJ’s three boys, Stephanie’s new baby, and Kimmy’s feisty family, as the she-wolf pack prepares for a triple wedding and celebrates all the memories that have led them there. A complete-series DVD set of all five seasons also is available.

The Chinese action film Undercover Punch & Gun comes out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 8 with an new English dub from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the action-packed MMA thriller, while an elite cop is working undercover to infiltrate a notorious drug ring, his plan is compromised when a rival agency with a grudge attacks during a trade, killing the gang’s leader. Their cover blown, both teams are forced to unite and take to the high seas in an attempt to overthrow the ruthless smuggler behind it all.

The Ice-T film Equal Standard arrives on digital June 8, before a July 6 release on DVD and Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment and Mutiny Pictures. Taheim Bryan’s writing and acting debut inspired by his life experience, the film tells the timely and politically charged story of police in New York City struggling with race, rank, betrayal and loss. Directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane, the story is an billed as an unflinching — and unbiased — lens on the lives of police and the community they’re called upon to protect, and what happens when that covenant goes sideways, offering a perspective from both sides of the law.

The horror film The Stylist arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 8 from Arrow Video. The female-led psychological horror film was nominated for the New Visions Award for Best Motion Picture at the 2020 Sitges International Film Festival and based on co-writer/director Jill Gevargizian’s award-winning short film of the same name. We all dream of being someone else, but for Claire (Najarra Townsend, Contracted), that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Hairstylist by day, serial killer and collector of scalps by night, Claire’s lonely existence is thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia (Brea Grant, After Midnight, Lucky), asks her to style her hair for her wedding day. Increasingly fixated on Olivia’s seemingly flawless life, Claire vows to lock up her scalp collection and change her ways for good — only to discover that repressing deadly desires is easier said than done. It will be released digitally June 15.

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

‘The Courier,’ ‘The Vault’ Top List of New Disc Releases June 1

Lionsgate’s The Courier and Paramount’s The Vault top the list of new Blu-ray and DVD releases June 1.

The Cold War espionage thriller The Courier is available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally. In this true-life spy thriller, unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes entangled in one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Recruited by MI6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Wynne forms a covert partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), and both men risk everything in a danger-fraught race against time to provide the intelligence needed to prevent nuclear confrontation and end the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The heist film The Vault from Saban Films will be released on DVD June 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film stars Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”), Astrid BergeĚs-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Sam Riley, Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones”), Jose Coronado, Luis Tosar, Emilio Gutieěrrez Caba, Axel Stein, Daniel Holguiěn and Famke Janssen (X-Men). The globe-trotting, action thriller follows a high-risk heist. When an engineer (Highmore) learns of a mysterious, impenetrable fortress hidden under the Bank of Spain, he joins a crew of master thieves who plan to steal the legendary lost treasure locked inside while the whole country is distracted by Spain’s World Cup Final. With thousands of soccer fans cheering in the streets, and security forces closing in, the crew have just minutes to pull off the score of a lifetime.

The coming-of-age drama Boogie, from writer, producer and restauranteur Eddie Huang (“Fresh Off the Boat,” “Huang’s World”), arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It is already available for digital purchase. The New York story about basketball, young love, fractious families, and pursuing big dreams against all odds showcases first-time actor Taylor Takahashi, who was Huang’s personal assistant at the time he was cast, and a supporting cast that includes Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Pamelyn Chee (Princess of Nebraska), Domenick Lombardozzi (The Irishman), and the late rapper Pop Smoke, in his first screen performance.

RLJE Films June 1 releases Spare Parts, a horror film set in a godforsaken bar in the middle of nowhere where an all-girl band, Ms. 45, rips the stage apart with their punk spirit. But their performance impresses an enthusiastic fan who lures the girls into a trap, sedates them, and starts “customizing” them. Slowly they begin to gain consciousness and, in total shock, realize their arms have all been replaced with axes and chainsaws to fight gladiator-style in a junkyard arena owned by a sadistic “emperor,” forcing them into the battle of their lives with one prize in mind – their freedom. about an all-girl punk band and their encounter with a super fan who turns them into mutant brawlers. The film will be released on VOD, digital, DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

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Among catalog releases, the campy 1981 drama Mommy Dearest comes out on Blu-ray Disc for the first time June 1 as part of the Paramount Presents catalog line for its 40th anniversary. Based on Christina Crawford’s controversial best-selling, tell-all novel, the film stars Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, struggling for her career while battling the inner demons of her private life. While the public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, behind the scenes was a private Crawford — the woman desperate to be a single mother and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly.

Paramount Home Entertainment is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie with a newly remastered Blu-ray Disc edition of the film. Originally released on June 15, 2001, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider stars Angelina Jolie as the video game adventurer, whose exploits send her on a quest for a mysterious and powerful artifact.  The movie also stars Jon Voight, Daniel Craig, Noah Taylor and Iain Glen. Also due June 1 will be a two-movie collection pairing Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with its 2003 sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider — The Cradle of Life, released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Arrow Video June 1 releases a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc of the 1966 spaghetti Western Django. Franco Nero stars as Django, a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-U.S. border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him. After saving imperilled prostitute Maria, Django becomes embroiled in a brutal feud between a racist gang and a band of Mexican revolutionaries. Also included in the set is Texas, Adios on Blu-ray, which also stars Nero, and was released as a sequel to Django in some countries.

Bringing together six films, all new to Blu-ray and in brand new restorations, on four discs, Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection is due June 1. It packs in a mutant astronaut bothering blissful sunbathers (Monster a Go-Go), a contagion apocalypse as seen from the vantage point of a remote mountain cabin (Invasion from Inner Earth), deadly alien spores from the rocks of Mars (The Alpha Incident), rural gothic and outright horror (The Demons of Ludlow), an eccentric “body count” movie (The Game) and a comedy smash-’em-up that pits three hillbilly stooges against a talking Monster Truck with artificial intelligence (Twister’s Revenge). The set includes numerous special features.

Shout! Studios June 1 gives home viewers the chance to watch The Sound of Identity, a groundbreaking feature documentary from director James Kicklighter (Angel of Anywhere) that profiles opera star Lucia Lucas’ historic performance at the Tulsa Opera.

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

‘Chaos Walking,’ ‘The Unholy’ Top New Digital, Disc Releases May 25

Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking tops the list of new disc releases May 25, while Sony Pictures’ The Unholy leads the list of new digital releases.

The sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. In the film — based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go and set in the not-too-distant future — Todd Hewitt (Holland) discovers a mysterious girl named Viola (Ridley). She has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened and, to protect her, Todd must discover his inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

The Saban Films comedy Happily, starring Joel McHale and Kerry Bishé, will comes out from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the film, a happily married couple (McHale and Bishé) discover their friends are resentful of their lustful relationship. When a visit from a mysterious stranger leads to a dead body, they begin to question the loyalty of their so-called friends.

The Korean box office hit Deliver Us From Evil debuts on digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 25 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, after the shocking kidnapping of a little girl in Thailand, a mercenary with a murky past as a government black ops agent is forced to re-emerge from the shadows when he learns the incident is closely connected to him.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment May 25 releases the 15th season of long-running fantasy series “Supernatural” on Blu-ray and DVD. The same day also sees the release of Supernatural: The Complete Series, which contains all 327 episodes from the series, as well as hours of bonus features from all 15 seasons. The complete series also includes a 68-page booklet filled with new images from the series, set designs and letters to the “Supernatural” family from creator Eric Kripke and executive producer Robert Singer.

The horror film The Unholy becomes available for digital purchase May 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on James Herbert’s best-selling book Shrine, the film follows a young hearing-impaired girl who is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. As people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits a small New England town to investigate. As terrifying events begin to happen all around him, he starts questioning if these miracles are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister. It arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand June 22.

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Among catalog releases, Shout! Select releases 1985’s Explorers on Blu-ray for the first time. The film marks the movie debut of both the late River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke. From acclaimed director Joe Dante (Gremlins), Explorers is an action-fantasy that follows the dreams of three curious and adventuresome boys as they become a reality. In their makeshift laboratory, the boys use an amazing discovery and their own ingenuity to build their own spaceship and manage to launch themselves on a fantastic interplanetary journey.

Indie distributor Blue Underground releases the 1980 time travel classic The Final Countdown on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc May 25 through  MVD Entertainment Group. The film stars Kirk Douglas as the captain of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz, which is in the middle of a training exercise when it is transported via a mysterious vortex back in time four decades to just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Joined by his first officer (Ron O’Neal), a defense department expert (Martin Sheen), and an air wing commander (James Farentino) who is also an amateur historian, the captain must decide whether or not to commit the advanced technology of his fighter planes to taking out the Japanese fleet prior to the sneak attack. Read a review here.

Also, Paramount Home Entertainment May 25 releases new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc editions of director J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 and 1964 Best Picture Oscar winner My Fair Lady.

Mill Creek Entertainment releases the classic Japanese series “Ultraman Leo” on Blu-ray as both a special-edition Steelbook and in standard packaging on May 25. The seventh and final entry in the first wave of the “Ultraman” series premiered in Japan in April 1974. The mighty hero Ultraseven is crippled while defending the Earth from an invasion by the tyrannical Alien Magma. He is rescued by Gen Otori, a young Ultra warrior who had fled to Earth following the destruction of his home world, Planet L77 in the Leo constellation. Unable to return to his giant form, the injured Ultraseven resumes his human identity of Dan Moroboshi and trains Gen to become the next Ultra Hero — Ultraman Leo.

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

‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ ‘Tom & Jerry,’ Oscar Winners ‘The Father,’ ‘Minari’ Arrive on Disc May 18

Disney’s animated fantasy Raya and the Last Dragon leads the list of titles heading to Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 18, a week that also sees the disc releases of Warner’s Tom & Jerry, as well as Oscar winners The Father from Sony Pictures, and Minari from Lionsgate.

The computer-animated adventure fantasy Raya and the Last Dragon will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. It was previously released for digital purchase. In the film, long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world — it’s going to take trust as well. The film features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as the lead character Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu, the last dragon. It earned more than $46 million at the domestic box office. Home video extras include a new Disney animated short called Us Again.

The live-action/animation hybrid family comedy Tom & Jerry is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It was previously released for digital purchase and was available on HBO Max simultaneously as its $45.2 million domestic theatrical run. In the film, the iconic mouse Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner (Chloë Grace Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

The drama The Father, which earned Anthony Hopkins a Best Actor Oscar, becomes available on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, also earned an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was previously released for digital purchase. In The Father, a man (Hopkins) refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Minari debuts on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (plus digital) from Lionsgate. The film won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Yuh-jung Youn, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Film. Minari, which stars Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho and Will Patton, follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother.

Lionsgate releases the crime thriller Above Suspicion Blu-ray Disc and DVD release May 18. Directed by Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger) and written by Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning), the film is based on the true story of one of the most notorious crimes in FBI history. Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) stars as Susan Smith, a young woman desperate to escape a seedy life of crime and drugs in a Kentucky coal mining town. When a newly minted FBI agent named Mark Putnam (Jack Huston, “Boardwalk Empire”) recruits Susan as his informant for a high-profile case, she believes her bad luck may finally be changing. But as Susan and Putnam’s relationship deepens, so does the danger, setting them both on a collision course with deadly consequences. Read a review here.

The Bruce Willis starrer Cosmic Sin will come out on DVD May 18 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Willis and Frank Grillo star in the sci-fi adventure set in the year 2524, four hundred years after humans started colonizing the outer planets. Retired military general James Ford (Willis) is called back into service after soldiers on a remote planet are attacked by a hostile alien fleet. The threat against the human race escalates into an inevitable interstellar war. Gen. Ford teams up with Gen. Eron Ryle (Grillo) and a team of elite soldiers in a race to stop the imminent attack before it is too late.

Shout! Factory in conjunction with IFC Films releases The Nest, an atmospheric drama from director Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) about how obsession with social status can lead to disaster. The film follows the story of an ambitious British entrepreneur and former commodities broker named Rory (Jude Law, Sherlock Holmes) who persuades his American wife Allison (Carrie Coon, The Leftovers) and their children to leave the comforts of suburban America and return to his England. Sensing opportunity, Rory rejoins his former firm and leases a centuries-old country manor, where he plans to build a stable for Allison’s horses. Soon the promise of lucrative new beginnings begins to unravel, and the couple must face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage. It is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Shout! Studios on May 18 will debut The Prince’s Voyage, from venerable French animator Jean-François Laguionie (The Painting, Cannes Palme d’Or winner Rowing Across the Atlantic) and Xavier Picard (“King Arthur and the Knights of Justice”). Available for the first time on North American home entertainment shelves, the film will be issued in a two-disc Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray and DVD) with bonus content including an interview with Laguionie and Picard as well as a study of the ice flow sequence. The film  will also be available digitally.

Independent distributor Wolfe Video May 18 presents Supernova, a British drama written and directed by Harry Macqueen, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Supernova follows Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of 20 years, as they travel across England in their old camper van, visiting friends, family and places from their past. Tusker is diagnosed with early onset dementia, prompting the pair to spend as much time together as they can.

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TV programs newly arrived on disc include Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season One, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment. A limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook also is available. The animated comedy series, which debuted on CBS All Access last year and will continue on Paramount+, chronicles the adventures of the U.S.S. Cerritos in the year 2380, with a focus on the crew members who usually do the dirty work.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Alienist: Angel of Darkness on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 18. The eight-episode limited series, which aired on TNT in July and August of 2020, is the second season of “The Alienist,” the first having aired in 2018. The second season picks up in June 1897, a year after Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends — high-living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore (Luke Evans); indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning); the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson (Douglas Smith and Matthew Shear); powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose (Robert Ray Wisdom); and Stevie Taggert (Dominic Herman-Day), the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime — have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case. But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war.

Among catalog releases, Paramount Home Entertainment offers a newly remastered 25th anniversary collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc of Mission: Impossible that comes with an IMF sticker.

Four movies starring the Peanuts gang arrive together on Blu-ray for the first time on May 18 in the Snoopy 4-Movie Collection from Paramount Home Entertainment. The collection includes the debut classic A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the on-screen debut of Woodstock in Snoopy Come Home, the outdoor adventure Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, and the globe-trotting Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!). A Boy Named Charlie Brown follows Charlie Brown to the Spelling Bee finals. In Snoopy Come Home, when Snoopy gets a letter from a girl in the hospital, he leaves with Woodstock to see her. Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown  follows the Peanuts gang to summer camp, where they participate in a river race. In Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, the gang travels to Europe as exchange students. The collection also includes access to digital copies of each of the films, all of which were written by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

Titles newly released via digital sellthrough May 18 include the coming-of-age drama Boogie, from writer, producer and restaurateur Eddie Huang. The New York story about basketball, young love, fractious families, and pursuing big dreams against all odds showcases first-time actor Taylor Takahashi, who was Huang’s personal assistant at the time he was cast, and a supporting cast that includes Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Pamelyn Chee (Princess of Nebraska), Domenick Lombardozzi (The Irishman), and the late rapper Pop Smoke, in his first screen performance. It will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand June 1 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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

‘Marksman,’ ‘Justice Society’ Headline May 11 Blu-ray and DVD New-Release Slate

May 11 sees Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releasing its new animated superhero movie Justice Society: World War II on Blu-ray, while The Marksman leads a slew of new DVD and Blu-ray titles from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Marksman is an action-thriller starring Liam Neeson as an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher whose desire to be left alone is upended when he witnesses an 11-year-old migrant and his mother fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel. After being caught in a shoot-out, the boy’s mother begs him to take her son to the safety of their family in Chicago, so the pair hit the road and forge an unlikely friendship, while the cartel’s relentless assassins blaze a bloody trail after them. The film is available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD after earning $15.6 million at the domestic box office.

Justice Society: World War II

Warner’s direct-to-video Justice Society: World War II, based on the DC Comics characters, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 11, following an April 27 digital release. The 42nd entry in the DC Universe line of animated movies finds The Flash (voiced by Matt Bomer), prior to the formation of the Justice League, speeding back in time to find the Golden Age’s top superhero team, the Justice Society of America, locked in an epic battle against the Nazis. The disc release also includes the new DC Showcase animated short film Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth. Read a review here.

STX Films’ The Mauritanian arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Universal Pictures following a premium VOD run. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, The Mauritanian is based on the book Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. It’s the true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. Government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths.

The drama Land, starring and directed by Robin Wright, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, following an April 27 digital release. From acclaimed actress Wright (Wonder Woman, “House of Cards”) comes her feature film directorial debut, the story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew, and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demian Bichir, The Hateful Eight, “Weeds”) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.

The Saban Films feature Pixie comes out on DVD May 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film is already available on digital and on demand. Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) and Alec Baldwin (The Departed) star in this crime story set in Ireland. On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy (Cooke) attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small-town life behind.  When the plan goes horribly wrong, she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads. On the run from an organized gang — criminal priests and nuns, led by Father McGrath (Baldwin) — the trio will scheme and swindle anyone they come across in this hilarious and thrilling adventure.

The Paraguayan horror film Morgue will comes out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the supernatural thriller, after a harrowing accident, a down-on-his-luck security guard accepts a promising new gig at the local morgue. He gets locked in and eerie occurrences (and a not-quite-lifeless body) leave him to wonder: how much otherworldly rage does it take to wake the dead? A huge breakout hit in its home country, the film is — according to first-time writer/director Hugo Cardozo — based on real events.

The documentary Her Name Is Chef arrives on DVD May 11 from Virgil Films. It was released for digital sale April 27. The feature documentary explores the changing of gender roles in restaurant kitchens built around the tragic story of “Top Chef” fan favorite Fatima Ali. Her Name is Chef showcases the stories of six talented, inspiring, females of the kitchen. Each shares their triumphs in cutting through the clichés of the restaurant industry and explores how they broke down the doors to earn the title of chef. Host Leia Gaccione sits down with Elizabeth Falkner, Fatima Ali, Hillary Sterling, Esther Choi, Juliet Masters and Caroline Schiff.

Screen Media May 11 releases the romantic comedy Senior Moment, which stars William Shatner as a retired NASA test pilot often seen speeding around Palm Springs in his vintage Porsche convertible with his best friend Sal (Christopher Lloyd) in tow. His life changes when his license is revoked for drag racing and his car impounded. Forced to take public transportation for the first time, he meets his polar opposite Caroline (Jean Smart) and learns to navigate love and life again as he goes up against the state’s new DA to get back his license and car.

Available for digital purchase starting May 11 is the comedic drama French Exit, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 15 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Pfeiffer plays a penniless Manhattan socialite who cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed apartment in Paris.

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Among catalog releases, the first-ever Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, Shrek, celebrates its 20th anniversary with its debut in a 4K Ultra HD combo pack (including Blu-ray and digital) May 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film will also be available separately on Blu-ray and DVD.

Indie distributor Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, is releasing a collector’s edition of the 1976 King Kong remake for the first time in North America May 11. The updated ’70s version from producer Dino De Laurentiis and director John Guillermin features scheming oil company executive Fred Wilson (Charles Grodin) raiding an exotic island to harvest its resources despite the warnings of Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges), a scientist who sneaks aboard their ship. The expedition also encounters an aspiring actress named Dwan (Jessica Lange in her first film role), who escaped from a wrecked yacht. Upon reaching the island, they discover the giant ape Kong, and use his infatuating with Dwan to capture him with the intent of bringing him to America and cash in by putting him on display. When Kong escapes and rampages throughout New York City, Jack and Dwan devise a plan for the beauty to subdue the beast at the top of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Scream Factory’s two-disc Blu-ray set will include both the 134-minute theatrical cut with a DTS-HD 5.1 audio and a newly restored DTS-HD 2.0 theatrical stereo track; and the extended 182-minute TV broadcast version with a new 2K scan of the additional TV footage from the internegative. Among several new extras, the theatrical cut disc will include a new audio commentary with film historian Ray Morton, author of King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon.

The Criterion Collection May 11 releases a new collector’s edition of 1982 comedy classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The new edition features a 4K digital restoration supervised by director Amy Heckerling, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. The restoration includes the inclusion of full frontal male nudity that had to be trimmed from the original theatrical release for the film to avoid an ‘X’ rating. The disc also includes a new interview with Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe, plus the TV cut of the film, in addition to several legacy extras.

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

New Blu-rays May 4 Include ‘Little Things,’ ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Little Things and Judas and the Black Messiah top the list of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray Disc May 4.

The crime drama The Little Things was released in theaters Jan. 29, earning $15.2 million at the domestic box office, and was simultaneously available for a month on WarnerMedia’s HBO Max SVOD service. It became available on premium VOD March 19 and for digital sellthrough April 20. Written and directed by John Lee Hancock and based on his own original screenplay, the psychological thriller stars Academy Award winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, and involves a pair of sheriffs tracking a serial killer in Los Angeles.

Oscar winner Judas and the Black Messiah follows FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), who infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their chairman, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). O’Neal soon finds his loyalties divided between Hampton’s message and the FBI’s orders to take him down. Kaluuya won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and the film also won the Oscar for Best Original Song (“Fight For You”). As with The Little Things, it was available on HBO Max during its theatrical run before a PVOD release April 2 and a digital selltrhough release April 27. It earned $5.4 million at the domestic box office.

Also arriving on DVD and digital May 4 is Quiver Distribution’s Roe v. Wade, a dramatization of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. The cast includes Jamie Kennedy, Stacey Dash and Jon Voight.

PBS Distribution May 4 releases Hemingway, a documentary from filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick chronicling the life of literary icon Ernest Hemingway.

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Catalog releases heading for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 4 include Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ 1994 actioner Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, and Sony Pictures’ 2003 fantasy Big Fish from director Tim Burton.

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

‘Nomadland,’ ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Top New Disc, Digital Releases April 27

Oscar Best Picture winner Nomadland, from Disney’s Searchlight Pictures, tops the list of new disc releases April 27, while Warner’s Judas and the Black Messiah leads the list of new digital releases.

The critically acclaimed Nomadland, an exploration of modern-day van life on the road starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand, is available on Blu-ray Disc two days after winning three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for Chloé Zhao, and Best Actress for McDormand. Due to the pandemic limiting its theatrical run, it is also the lowest-grossing Best Picture winner ever, with just over $5.45 million worldwide. It was made available on Hulu concurrently with its theatrical run and released for digital sellthrough April 13. Read a review here.

Also arriving April 27 on DVD and Blu-ray is the crime thriller Vanquish, from Lionsgate. The film stars Morgan Freeman as a retired cop who forces a former drug courier (Ruby Rose) to do his bidding by kidnapping her daughter.

Oscar winner Judas and the Black Messiah becomes available for digital purchase April 27 before its Blu-ray Disc and DVD release May 4 from Warner. The story follows FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), who infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their chairman, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). O’Neal soon finds his loyalties divided between Hampton’s message and the FBI’s orders to take him down. Kaluuya won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and the film also won the Oscar for Best Original Song (“Fight For You”).

The Liam Neeson action thriller The Marksman is available for digital purchase starting April 27 before shooting to Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Universal Pictures. Neeson plays Jim Hanson, an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher who simply wants to be left alone as he tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. But everything changes when he witnesses migrants fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the DC Comics-based animated superhero movie Justice Society: World War II for digital sellthrough April 27. The 42nd entry in the DC Universe line of animated movies finds The Flash (voiced by Matt Bomer), prior to the formation of the Justice League, speeding back in time to find the Golden Age’s top superhero team, the Justice Society of America, locked in an epic battle against the Nazis. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 11.

Robin Wright’s directorial debut Land, in which she also stars, arrives on digital April 27 from Universal Pictures. The drama tells the story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD May 11.

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

‘Little Things,’ ‘Crisis’ Top New Digital, Disc Releases April 20

In another light week for home video releases, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Little Things tops the list of new digital sellthrough titles April 20, while Quiver Distribution’s Crisis and Shudder’s The Mortuary Collection lead the list of titles now for sale on disc.

The crime drama The Little Things becomes available for digital purchase in advance of its Blu-ray and DVD release May 4. The film was released in theaters Jan. 29, earning $15.2 million at the domestic box office, and was simultaneously available for a month on WarnerMedia’s HBO Max SVOD service. It became available on premium VOD March 19. Written and directed by John Lee Hancock and based on his own original screenplay, the psychological thriller stars Academy Award winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, and involves a pair of sheriffs tracking a serial killer in Los Angeles.

Quiver’s Crisis arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 20. It was been available as a Redbox exclusive on disc since March 5. The film tells multiple stories about people dealing with how drug trafficking and drug abuse affects their lives. The cast includes Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, Greg Kinnear, Michelle Rodriguez, Kid Cudi, Luke Evans, Lily-Rose Depp, Indira Varma and Mia Kirshner.

RLJE Films April 20 presents Shudder’s The Mortuary Collection on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, VOD and digital sellthrough. Written and directed by Ryan Spindell, The Mortuary Collection stars Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer and Jacob Elordi. Set in the phantasmagorical town of Raven’s End, The Mortuary Collection focuses on a misguided young girl who takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary, where she meets an eccentric undertaker who chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales.

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The Criterion Collection April 20 releases a new collector’s edition Blu-ray and DVD of the 2003 Korean police procedural Memories of Murder, the second feature from director Bong Joon Ho, who won the 2019 Best Director Oscar for Parasite. Based on the true story of a string of serial killings that rocked a rural community in the 1980s, Memories of Murder stars New Korean Cinema icon Song Kang Ho as the local officer who reluctantly joins forces with a seasoned Seoul detective (Kim Sang Kyung) to investigate the crimes. The Criterion edition includes a new 4K digital restoration, deleted scenes, two 2009 commentaries, Bong’s 1994 student film Incoherence, an essay by critic and novelist Ed Park, promotional spots, and several featurettes, including new interviews with Bong and Guillermo del Toro.

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

‘Nomadland,’ ‘Willy’s Wonderland’ Top New Digital, Disc Releases April 13

Awards-season frontrunner Nomadland, from Disney’s Searchlight Pictures, tops the list of new digital sellthrough titles April 13, while Screen Media’s Willy’s Wonderland leads the list of new disc releases.

The critically acclaimed Nomadland, an exploration of modern-day van life on the road starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand, is now available from digital retailers after a simultaneous run on Hulu and in theaters, where it pulled in $2.1 million domestically. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc April 27.

The Oscar-nominated film as already won Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture — Drama, and Best Director for Chloé Zhao, who also recently became just the second woman to win the top prize from the Directors Guild of America.

Screen Media releases the comedic horror actioner Willy’s Wonderland on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 13. Nicolas Cage stars as a quiet loner who finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Unable to pay for the repairs he needs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning Willy’s Wonderland, an abandoned family fun center. He soon discovers the Wonderland’s dark secret when he’s trapped inside and forced to battle the possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls.

RLJE Films April 13 releases the documentary Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist on Blu-ray, VOD and for digital purchase. Leap of Faith examines the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, the nuances of director William Friedkin’s filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that helped shape his life and filmography, as told by the man himself. The film originally debuted on Shudder, a premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. Both RLJ and Shudder are owned by AMC Networks.

Lionsgate April 13 releases the DVD of the 13th season of History’s “Ancient Aliens,” the controversial series that explores stories of extraterrestrial contact with Earth.

PBS April 13 releases the “Nature” documentary Pumas — Legends of the Ice Mountains on DVD.

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Warner Archive offers a number of Blu-ray selections April 13, including the musical Broadway Melody of 1940, the 1932 pre-code horror film Doctor X, the 1947 drama Green Dolphin Street, and the animated Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space: The Complete Series.

Kino Lorber April 13 offers new Blu-rays of two Mel Brooks classics: 1967’s The Producers and 1987’s Spaceballs, the latter also arriving on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time.

Also from Kino April 13 is the comedy The Wild Life, screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s 1984 spiritual successor to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Read our review here.

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