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.

Fantasy Thriller ‘Shadowplay’ Coming to DVD and Digital Aug. 27 From Random Media

The fantasy mystery-thriller Shadowplay will come out on DVD, on demand and digital Aug. 27 from Random Media.

Starring Tony Eusoff, Juria Hartmans, Radhi Khalid and Stephen Rahman Hughes, it follows private eye Anton Shaw (Eusoff), who is hired to find a young woman Lamya (Hartmans) whose disappearance may be linked to a traumatic event in his own childhood. While investigating, his obsession with finding her awakens evil forces from his youth and he must overcome his own demons who have returned to prevent him from unlocking a dormant power to manifest his dreams into reality. As the truth of the case merges with the fiction of a 1980s game book Anton is reading, he’s drawn deeper into the story, unsure if he’s losing touch with the real world. In Anton’s search for answers, a mysterious man seems to either be guiding him, or luring him into a fatal trap but nonetheless is holding the key to Lamya’s disappearance.

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As Anton gets closer to the truth, he finds Lamya’s diary, and discovers it is a magical tome that enables its owner to rewrite their life into whatever they wish it to be. Did Lamya vanish into a realm of her own creation or has Anton inadvertently re-imagined his own life through these pages? With everyone involved either gunning for his life or roping him into deadly situations, Anton is certain that wherever the labyrinthine path leads him, he will find Lamya — if he can stay alive long enough.

Filmed in Kuala Lumpur, Shadowplay is executive produced by Ken Petrie of 27 Ten Productions and directed by Tony Pietra Arjuna.

Drama ‘Tomorrow, Maybe’ to Be Released on DVD, On Demand and Digital Aug. 20 From Random Media

The family drama Tomorrow, Maybe will come out on DVD, on demand and digital Aug. 20 from Random Media.

It stars Robert Blanche (Men of Honor), Bethany Jacobs, Grant Davis (Crimson and Clover) and Brian Sutherland (“Z Nation”).

Directed by Jace Daniel, the film follows Lloyd Hayek (Blanche), a career criminal who has spent the last five years in jail for dealing drugs. Upon release he attempts to reunite with his estranged daughter Iris (Jacobs). While Lloyd was in jail, Iris married an undercover narcotics detective who is dealing with some major issues. Iris’s life is falling apart, and things begin to spin out of control.

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The film had its world premiere at the 20th edition of the independent film festival Dances With Films and won Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor at the Portland Indie Film Festival.

Dramatic Thriller ‘Lamp Light’ Beams to DVD and Digital July 30 From Random Media

The dramatic thriller Lamp Light is coming to DVD, on demand and digital July 30 from Random Media.

The feature is directed by and stars Mason Rey. It also stars Joel P.E. King, Chelsea Christopher and Kelly Frances Hager.

Lamp Light follows Don Goss, a broken man. Upon his chubby shoulders rests a crumbling mountain of dreams and crippling doubt. Unfortunately for Don, these pressures are about to become far more literal. A sudden tunnel collapse while driving leaves Don hopelessly trapped in his car. With the help of another survivor, Don clears out the ruins of his life while evading the suffocating grip of his mountainous tomb.

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Cosplay Fantasy ‘Captain Black’ Due on DVD and Digital July 17 From Random Media

The cosplay fantasy Captain Black will come out on DVD, on demand and digital July 17 from Random Media.

The film follows Mike, a mild-mannered restaurant manager whose life gets turned upside down the night he discovers a mysterious bag left behind by one of his employees. Inside are several comic books, including one about a superhero, Captain Black, that captures his imagination. He is especially taken with Captain Black’s sexy cohort, a beautiful heroine named Kitt Vixen. A Halloween party gives Mike the opportunity to act out his superhero fantasy as he dresses up in a homemade Captain Black costume. Putting on the suit gives Mike confidence and courage. To his delight, he meets up with a costumed Kitt Vixen (Georgia Norman), who seduces him and gives him a night to remember. Before he can even ask her for her name, she disappears into the night. Mike is content to consider the adventure a lovely memory until two months later when he meets up with her again, accidentally. Out of costume, he discovers she’s not the women he thought she was, and this revelation makes him question every aspect of his life.

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Starring and directed by Jeffrey Johnson, the film also stars Linara Washington and Georgia Norman.

The film won Best Director and Best Actress at the 2018 Atlantic City Cinefest, Best Director at the 2018 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and at the 2018 Indie Gathering International Film Festival.

Doc ‘I Am the White Tiger’ Available on DVD and Digital From Random Media

The martial arts documentary I Am the White Tiger is available now on DVD, on demand and digital from Random Media.

Directed by Lei Chiu, the film follows stuntman, action director and martial artist Mark Houghton, who tells his story of breaking into the Hong Kong film industry, his struggle with injuries and depression, and the promise he made his teacher, the legendary filmmaker Lau Kar Leung. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Houghton learned martial arts after seeing the films of Bruce Lee. He befriended a young Chinese man named Willie Wong, who told him that if he wanted to learn kung fu, he’d need to go to Asia. As a teenager, Houghton left the United Kingdom and went to Malaysia to learn kung fu from a sifu named Ho Kam Wei. He returned to the United Kingdom and opened a Kung Fu school of his own. He traveled to Hong Kong and met his idol, legendary director Lau Kar Leung. Impressed by his knowledge of Hung Gar kung fu, Lau offered Houghton a supporting role in an upcoming film. Houghton closed his school in the United Kingdom and made the permanent move to Hong Kong to start his career in film. The life of a foreign stuntman in Hong Kong took a toll on Houghton’s body. Not able to do what he once could, he left the industry and battled his demons. However, a promise he made to Lau Kar Leung gave him the purpose and vision to build a new and better future.

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Filmed in Hong Kong, I Am the White Tiger has collected multiple awards including Best Action Film at the Iron Dragon TV Action Fest 2018 and Best Editing (Feature Documentary) at Nice International Film Festival 2018.

Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Smashes HBO Viewer Records

As expected, the season-eight final episode of “Game of Thrones” broke both viewership records for the series as well as HBO.

Initial data suggests the final episode drew 19. 3 million viewers when tabulating initial broadcast, on-demand and some streaming. The tally broke the previous record set May 12 when 18.4 million people watched the penultimate episode broadcast, on-demand and streaming.

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The final season is averaging 44.2 million viewers, which is about 10 million more than season seven, according to HBO.

The previous HBO record occurred in 2002 with the fourth-season premiere of “The Sopranos,” which tracked 11.9 million viewers at a time when streaming video and on-demand distribution did not exist.

FilmRise ‘Sprinter’ Screening

Filmmakers and cast members attended a screening for the film Sprinter at the Pacific Theatres at The Grove in Los Angeles April 23. The film, distributed by FilmRise, debuted in theaters April 24. Sprinter tells the story of a Jamaican teen whose rising star in track and field may help reunite him with his mother who is currently living in the United States. The film is executive produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. It also features a cameo by Usain Bolt.