Level 33’s Horror Film ‘Beast No More’ Due On Demand Aug. 7

The horror film Beast No More will come out on demand Aug. 7 from Level 33.

In the film, young biologist Mary Jane doesn’t have the perfect life, she does however have what she considers the perfect son. Tragedy strikes and her world is turned upside down. Fleeing reality, she escapes to the Australian bush. In the isolated and surreal landscape, it becomes clear that someone is stalking her camp. The opportunity to be a mother again presents itself, only it comes at a cost.

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The film stars Jessica Tovey, Dan Ewing, Roy Billing, Joel Franco, Taya Calder-Mason, Dean Kyrwood and Erin Connor.

The film won the Monsters Choice Audience Award Best Film at Fangoria’s Monster Fest, as well as Best Film and Best Australian Film at the Sanctuary Cove International Film Festival.

‘Emperor’ Due on Digital and DVD Aug. 18 From Universal

Inspired by a true story, Emperor arrives on digital, DVD and on demand Aug. 18 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The drama is an account of an extraordinary uprising in the pre-Civil War South led by the American freedom fighter Shields “Emperor” Green (Dayo Okeniyi, Terminator: Genisys, “Shades of Blue”), a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave. He risked his life to fight against the horrors of slavery and save his family.

The film tells the astonishing tale of Green’s escape from slavery and his transformation into an American hero. Seeking freedom for his family, Emperor fights his way north, joining the daring raid on Harper’s Ferry, the key battle of the abolitionist movement that helped spark the beginning of the Civil War and alter the course of American history.

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The film also stars Academy Award nominee James Cromwell (The Green Mile, “The Young Pope”), Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”), Naturi Naughton (“Power”), Mykelti Williamson (Fences, Forrest Gump), Ben Robson (The Boy, “Vikings”) and Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Hateful Eight, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood).

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Produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Reginald Hudlin (The Black Godfather, Marshall, Django Unchained) along with fellow producers Mark Amin (Frida, Eve’s Bayou) and Cami Winikoff (Peaceful Warrior), Emperor is directed by Amin from a script by Pat Charles (“Black Lightning,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Amin.

‘The High Note’ Soaring to Disc Aug. 11 From Universal

The comedy The High Note will come out via on demand July 21 and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is available now for digital purchase.

Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross (“Blackish”) stars as Grace Davis, a music icon who elevates her career to the next level with the help of Maggie, her ambitious assistant (Dakota Johnson; Fifty Shades of Grey franchise). Directed by Nisha Ganatra (Late Night) and written by Flora Greeson, a former personal assistant in the music industry, The High Note also stars Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (Luce), Bill Pullman (“The Sinner”), Zoë Chao (Where’d You Go, Bernadette), and June Diane Raphael (The Disaster Artist) with Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen) and Ice Cube (Ride Along).

Set in the dazzling world of the L.A. music scene is the story of Grace Davis (Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Grace must choose between playing it safe or listening to her heart in a decision that could change her life forever.

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The soundtrack, produced by Grammy Award winner Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Beyoncé), features new recordings by cast members Ross and Kelvin Harrison Jr., as well as classics from Donny Hathaway, Maxine Brown, and Aretha Franklin.

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Bonus features include deleted scenes; “The Dream Team: Inside the Creation of The High Note,” a behind-the-scenes look at how the film came to life including screenwriter Flora Greeson’s story and experience as a real Hollywood assistant, how filmmakers created the look of the film, the musical team behind the original tracks, and some of the iconic Los Angeles locations; “Making A Legend: The Grace Davis Story,” featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Ross as she becomes Grace in the recording studio, on stage and at home; and the “Like I Do” original song music video.

Sci-fi Horror Film ‘Ingenium’ Due on Demand July 7 From Level 33

The sci-fi horror film Ingenium will come out on demand July 7 from Level 33.

In the film, Felicitas’ world is turned upside down after being attacked on vacation in Bangkok. She doesn’t know if her nightmares are taking over or if something bigger is trying to control her life. The only way to find out the truth is to free her best friend Natascha from an insane asylum, as she is key to a mysterious superpower that both women were never supposed to discover.

The film won Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film at the Crystal Palace International Film Festival; Jury Prize, Best Sci-fi Film, Best Actor Esther Maaß and Best Supporting Actress Judith Hoersch at the Anatomy Crime and Horror Film Festival; Dreamer Award Outstanding Science Fiction Feature at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival; Directors Choice at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival; and Best Feature and Best Actress Esther Maaß at the Paris Art and Movie Awards.

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‘A Thousand Miles Behind’ Motors to VOD and On Demand June 9 From Level 33

The road movie A Thousand Miles Behind will travel to VOD and on demand June 9 from Level 33 Entertainment.

From writer-director Nathan Wetherington (“True Detective”), the drama features the Scrambler Ducati, the L-twin-engined roadster motorcycle made by Ducati. It follows a grieving man who sets out on a solo trip across California after a motorcycle mysteriously turns up on his doorstep.

The film stars Greg Evigan (made-for-TV movies Once Upon a Holiday, Mail Order Bride and Poison Ivy: The Secret Society, ABC’s “General Hospital,” “Deepstar Six,” NBC’s “My Two Dads,” “B.J. and the Bear”), Jeffrey Doornbos (new Fox series “9-1-1: Lone Star,” TV Series “Wake Up, It’s Tuesday!”), Bre Blair (Last Vegas, CBS’s “S.W.A.T.,” NBC’s “Game of Silence”), Jeffrey Nicholas Brown (Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger,” “True Blood,” “Arrested Development”) and Vanessa Campbell (Garfield the Movie).

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The film won the Best Picture Grand Jury Prize at the Portland International Motorcycle Film Festival; Best Feature Film Jury Prize at MOTOTEMATICA — Rome Motorcycle Film Festival; Best Dramatic Feature at the Rome Independent Cinema Festival; and Best Feature Film and Best Director at the Good Grain Film Festival, among other accolades.

Report: 60% of MVPD On-Demand Viewers Report Increase in Use During Pandemic

Six in 10 U.S adult broadband users who use pay-TV on-demand services have increased viewing as a result of COVID-19 stay-at-home directives, with 19% reporting a significant increase, according to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG).

“Much has been written about recent spikes in the use of on-demand streaming video services such as Netflix and Disney+, and for good reason,” noted Michael Greeson, TDG president and principal analyst, in a statement. “Our findings clearly demonstrate that, being largely confined to their homes, consumers see tremendous value in having access to on-demand shows and movies. And this holds true for all such services, including those offered by pay-TV providers.”

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According to TDG, 77% of adult broadband users that subscribe to a pay-TV service watch shows and movies via the service’s on-demand feature; of those, 60% report spending more time watching on-demand programming as a consequence of having to stay at home due to local, state or national directives related to COVID-19.

TDG also found that:

  • On-demand viewers under the age of 45 were almost twice as likely as those 45 and older to have significantly increased on-demand use (23% vs. 13%, respectively);
  • 21% of those using virtual pay-TV on-demand report significant increases in viewing, a bit higher than their cable and fiber pay-TV counterparts at 19%. Satellite on-demand viewers lag in this respect, with only 13% reporting significant increases;
  • 23% of pay-TV on-demand users in the Western U.S. report a significant increase in use, compared with 19% of those in the Northeast, 18% of those in the South, and 16% of those in the Midwest; and
  • Female pay-TV on-demand viewers were as likely as their male counterparts to have significantly increased on-demand viewing under stay-at-home directives.

 

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In late April 2020, TDG surveyed 1,997 U.S. adults with a broadband data service in the home about their TV and video behaviors. The resulting Quantum Media Behaviors study provides a timely analysis of the pandemic’s impact on media usage, particularly among legacy and virtual pay-TV users, and their counterparts (i.e., Cord Cutters and Nevers). For more information about TDG research, contact info@tdgresearch.com.

Romance ‘Ovid and the Art of Love’ to Bow May 19 on Digital, VOD and On Demand From Level 33

The romance Ovid and the Art of Love will be released on digital, VOD and on demand May 19 from Level 33.

Set in a mash-up of contemporary Detroit and ancient Rome, the story follows a young Ovid who enrages the brutal emperor by writing a provocative guide to love and runs for his life. In a world filled with togas, hip-hop, sneakers, oration and poetry slams (think Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet or Hamilton), Ovid and the Art of Love traces the life of the popular, witty and controversial Roman poet.

The film stars Corbin Bleu, John Savage, Tara Summers, Tamara Feldman, Sam Haft, Joseph McKenna, Lailani Ledesma, Amanda Lewan, Kimberly Cruchon Brooks, Michael D. Ellison and Ashlee McLemore.

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Animated ‘The Big Trip’ Arrives on DVD and Digital Jan. 14 From Lionsgate

The animated film The Big Trip will arrive on DVD, digital and on demand Jan. 14 from Lionsgate.

From the writers of Madagascar, Vasiliy Rovenskiy and Billy Frolick, The Big Trip features the voices of Pauly Shore and Drake Bell.

In the film, a goofy stork mistakenly delivers a baby panda to the wrong door. Thus, a gang of misfit animals embarks on a quest to return the panda cub to its family.

The DVD and digital version include the “Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Drake Bell and Pauly Shore” featurette.

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Horror Film ‘Midsommar’ Due on Digital Sept. 24 From A24, Disc Oct. 8 From Lionsgate

The sun-soaked horror film Midsommar, from director Ari Aster (Hereditary), is coming on digital and on demand Sept. 24 from A24, and on Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) and DVD Oct. 8 from Lionsgate.

The film stars Florence Pugh as a young woman who, after a family tragedy, reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip to a remote Swedish village for a midsummer festival, which becomes more and more sinister as the days pass. What begins as a carefree summer holiday takes a turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that grow increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.

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The film, which made $25.9 million at the domestic box office, also stars Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper and Will Poulter.

Disc special features include a making-of featurette, offering insight into Aster’s vision.

Documentary on First AIDS Ward Coming Home in August

Home release dates have been set for 5B, a documentary about the world’s first AIDS ward in 1980s San Francisco and the nurses who put everything on the line to care for patients society had discarded.

The film, which recently had its international premiere at Cannes and U.S. premiere at LA Pride, will be released by Verizon Media via Fios TV on Aug. 20 for an exclusive one-week in-home engagement. The film will subsequently be released on demand beginning Aug. 27.

5B will be available for rent or purchase on over 1,000 platforms including Amazon Video, FandangoNow, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft Movies & TV, Redbox On Demand, Sony Playstation, and VUDU, as well as cable providers AT&T U-Verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Spectrum and Verizon Fios.

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In support of the film​, Jackson Browne and Grammy Award-nominee Leslie Mendelson co-released “A Human Touch” alongside writer Steve McEwan as the title song of ​5B.​ The track’s official music video was recorded using clips from the film to highlight the  connection between the caregivers at Ward 5B and the patients who resided there. The video is now available to view on Jackson Browne’s official ​YouTube page. Browne and Mendelson have been performing the song live during Browne’s summer concert tour, which continues through August.

5B focuses on the caregivers to worked in the first HIV/AIDS ward unit in the United States at San Francisco General Hospital, which opened in 1983.

Presented by RYOT, a Verizon Media company, ​5B ​premiered as an Official Selection of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The film returned to Cannes for the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, where it took home the Cannes Lions Grand Prix: Entertainment along with an additional gold and two silver Lions.

After its June 2019 limited theatrical release, ​5B has gone on to appear at over 130 festivals and events worldwide and will next appear as an Official Selection of the Deauville American Film Festival in September and the Heartland International Film Festival later this year.