‘A Quiet Place Part II,’ ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Among Top Titles New to Disc and Digital July 27

Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II and a slew of titles from Lionsgate top the list of titles new to DVD and Blu-ray July 27, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 and a new animated Batman movie become available through digital retailers.

The horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II debuts on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment. The second installment, written and directed by John Krasinski, picks up where the first left off, as the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. It earned $157.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate July 27 releases the thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass on Blu-ray and DVD. Bruce Willis and Megan Fox star as FBI agents who cross paths with a state cop (Emile Hirsch) during the investigation of a string of murders.

Also arriving on DVD July 27 from Lionsgate is the family comedy Joey & Ella. When a baby kangaroo gets accidentally swept up in a jewelry heist, she becomes separated from her mother for the first time in her young life. The story begins when two bumbling jewel thieves lose a mysterious diamond when it is pocketed by a baby circus kangaroo that escapes to a nearby barn and is found by Ella (Jennifer Michele), a lonely teen who names the critter Joey. But the magical gem causes Joey to grow quickly and gain the power of speech.

American Gods: Season Three hits Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27 from Lionsgate. Based on the popular novel by Neil Gaiman, the Starz fantasy series stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, and Crispin Glover as Mr. World. In the 10 episodes of the third season, dangerous secrets intensify the inevitable war building between the Old Gods of mythology and the New Gods of technology. When Shadow Moon discovers that his boss, Mr. Wednesday, is not only one of the Old Gods but is also his father, Shadow attempts to break away and find his own path. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow puts down roots in the idyllic, snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin — but this small town holds dark and bloody secrets that force him to accept his destiny. Rather than facing a choice between divinity or humanity, Shadow must now decide just what kind of god he wants to be.

Lionsgate also releases a DVD of V.C. Andrews’ Landry Family 4-Movie Series. Based on the best-selling novels from V.C. Andrews, the collection includes the Lifetime movies Ruby, Pearl in the Mist, All That Glitters and Hidden Jewel. The series follows the story of Ruby Landry (Raechelle Banno) as she digs deeper into the roots of her mysterious family tree. Raised by her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, Ruby gets caught up in a web of dark secrets and betrayal. All four movies aired in March 2021 on Lifetime.

Screen Media releases the crime drama The Birthday Cake on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27. In the film, Gio (Shiloh Fernandez) continues a family tradition by bringing a cake to a memorial celebration of the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, hosted by his uncle (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. Gio’s life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father. The cast also includes David Mazouz, Ewan McGregor, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, Aldis Hodge, Penn Badgley, Emory Cohen, Vincent Pastore and Jeremy Allen White.

The 2001 cult favorite horror fantasy Brotherhood of the Wolf makes its Blu-ray Disc debut July 27 from Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory. In a rural province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside, savagely killing scores of women and children. Unseen, possessed of enormous strength and a human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. King Louis sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may bring the beast down. But the true nature of the beast is not what anyone could have anticipated.

Scream Factory also releases a new collector’s edition of the 1983 Stephen King Adaptation The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken and directed by David Cronenberg. The Blu-ray features a new 4K scan of the film and a slew of new bonus materials, including four audio commentaries.

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On the digital side of things, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Peter Rabbit 2 through digital retailers. In the sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit, Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be. The cast includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and James Corden. The film earned $39.6 million at the domestic box office after being delayed more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will arrive on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 24.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 27 releases Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two for digital purchase. The film continues the storyline from Part One, due June 22, which is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year. The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020. A Blu-ray of Part Two arrives Aug. 10, while a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of both parts edited into a single film will arrive in 2022.

The thriller Profile comes out on digital July 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Inspired by true events, Profile follows an undercover British journalist on her quest to bait and expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, while trying not to be sucked in by her recruiter and lured into becoming a militant extremist herself. The unconventional thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) plays out entirely on a computer screen in the screen life format. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10.

Later this week, on Friday, July 30, the musical In the Heights will be available for  premium digital sale from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 31.

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

A Quiet Place Part II

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 7/27/21;
Paramount;
Horror;
$29.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD BD;
Box Office $157.52 million;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for terror, violence and bloody/disturbing images.
Stars Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou, John Krasinski, Scoot McNairy.

Director John Krasinski delivers another eerily effective thriller predicated on silence in his follow up to the surprise 2018 hit film A Quiet Place.

The sequel actually begins as a bit of a prequel, showing how the alien creatures that prey on sound first arrived on Earth, giving Krasinski an opportunity to make a brief appearance as Lee Abbot, the father who in the first film sacrificed himself to distract the aliens and save his family.

The film then cuts to the immediate aftermath of the first film, as Lee’s wife, Evelyn, is left to fend for survival with their newborn baby, son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds). Regan’s hearing aid proved deadly to the aliens, emitting a frequency that disturbs their super hearing and makes them possible to kill.

The Abbots set off to seek new shelter after theirs was pretty much destroyed by the alien attacks of the first film. They end up crossing into the booby-trapped land of their neighbor Emmett (Cillian Murphy), who wants them to leave so as not to squander the few resources he has.

However, they pick up a radio signal of someone broadcasting the song “Beyond the Sea,” which Regan intuits is a message to find a conclave of survivors living on an island, since the aliens don’t like water.

With Marcus injured by a bear trap (in a horrifying sequence involving a lot of screaming), and Evelyn forced to tend to him, Regan sets off to find a boat to get to the island, joined by a reluctant Emmett, who slowly starts to realize that perhaps there are still things to hope for in this otherwise dangerous world.

Naturally, the sound parasites are a constant threat to all the characters.

While the 4K disc includes just the film in Ultra HD, the Blu-ray edition includes several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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Audrey Hepburn Seven-Film Collection Coming to Blu-ray Oct. 5

The Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection will come out on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 5 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which was originally released on Oct. 5, 1961, this collection includes Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Funny Face, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Paris When It Sizzles, War and Peace and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The collection also includes access to digital copies of each film and legacy bonus content.

Based on Truman Capote’s best-selling novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s made an indelible impact on movies, fashion and society. In director Blake Edwards’ timeless classic, Hepburn’s New York party girl Holly Golightly embarks on an entertaining, comedic adventure to find love in the big city.

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Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, My Fair Lady also won the Best Picture — Musical/Comedy Golden Globe and was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Adapted from the Broadway stage hit, the film stars Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, a role that earned him the Oscar for Best Actor, and Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle.

Set against the backdrop of the timeless City of Lights, Funny Face stars Hepburn as a bookstore clerk turned modeling sensation and Fred Astaire as the photographer who discovers her. Funny Face was the only pairing of the two stars and remains a love letter to Paris in the 1950s.

Humphrey Bogart and William Holden are the mega-rich Larrabee brothers of Long Island, New York in Sabrina. They have little in common, except that they’ve both taken notice of a beautiful, sophisticated young woman, possessing a delightful zest for living, suddenly in their midst — Sabrina Fairchild (Hepburn).

Hepburn lights up the screen in her first starring role opposite the charismatic Gregory Peck in the romantic comedy Roman Holiday. Ranked as the No. 4 greatest love story of all time by the American Film Institute, it earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won the Best Actress award for Hepburn, Best Costume Design for legendary designer Edith Head and Best Writing for Dalton Trumbo (whose family accepted the trophy decades later as he was blacklisted at the time and couldn’t take credit for writing the movie).

Hepburn reunites with William Holden in the romantic comedy Paris When It Sizzles, making its Blu-ray debut. Hepburn is Gabrielle Simpson, the captivating young assistant to screenwriter Richard Benson (Holden), who has three days to finish his movie. Together, they write and revise a romance/mystery as they envision themselves in the lead roles.

Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece War and Peace comes to life in this epic of international conflict, spectacular adventure, gripping intrigue and tragic romance set against the sweeping backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Directed by King Vidor, the film stars Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Mel Ferrer.

2020 Adaptation of ‘The Stand’ Coming to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release the latest adaptation of author Stephen King’s best-selling 1978 novel The Stand on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5.

The Stand depicts an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors navigating the post-pandemic world. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man, who tries to construct a new civilization based on destruction, power and torture.

The cast also includes James Marsden and Odessa Young.

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The Stand was originally released in nine parts on the CBS All Access (now Paramount+) streaming service in late 2020 and early 2021.

The 2020 version will also be included in a two-pack paired with the four-part, six-hour 1994 miniseries adaptation. The “Stand” double-feature collection also arrives Oct. 5, as a four-disc Blu-ray or five-disc DVD set.

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Paramount Releasing ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 12

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the gothic romance The Haunting of Bly Manor on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12.

The nine-part Bly Manor is primarily based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and serves as the second installment in Netflix’s “Haunting” anthology, following 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House.

Returning cast members from Hill House include Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Carla Gugino and Kate Siegal, playing different characters.

After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed.

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The three-disc sets include exclusive bonus content such as audio commentaries on three episodes, as well as the featurettes “Home for the Haunted: The Ghosts of Bly Manor” and “Welcome to Bly Manor.”

Paramount Oct. 12 will also release a The Haunting Collection on Blu-ray and DVD, containing both Hill House and Bly House.

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CBS Bringing ‘Clarice’ Season One to Disc Oct. 5

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment Oct. 5 will release Clarice: Season One on DVD.

A sequel to author Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs and its 1991 film adaptation, “Clarice” stars Rebecca Breeds as FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after her encounter with notorious serial killer Buffalo Bill.

Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life.

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The first season consists of 13 episodes. Due to complicated rights issues, the show was not allowed to make reference to the Hannibal Lecter character who was central to several of Harris’ books, including Silence of the Lambs.

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‘Crocodile Dundee’ Trilogy Due on Blu-ray Sept. 21 for 35th Anniversary

The “Crocodile Dundee” trilogy will come out on Blu-ray (plus digital) Sept. 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 35th anniversary.

Originally released on Sept. 26, 1986, Crocodile Dundee, featuring Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), the eccentric Australian crocodile hunter, earned more than $328 million worldwide and spawned two sequels: Crocodile Dundee II and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. 

Crocodile Dundee was the No. 1 comedy at the U.S. box office in 1986, surpassed overall only by Top Gun in ticket sales. In the film, Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee (Hogan) is a free spirited Australian who hunts crocodiles with his bare hands, stares down giant water buffaloes, and drinks mere mortals under the table. But he’s about to face the ultimate torture test — a trip to New York City. The Blu-ray also includes the theatrical trailer in HD.

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In 1988’s Crocodile Dundee II, just as the eccentric Australian is starting to adjust to life in New York City, Dundee (Hogan) and his girlfriend (Linda Kozlowski) are targeted by a gang of ruthless drug dealers. Dundee evens the odds by leading the big-city hoods into the treacherous Australian outback. The Blu-ray includes a previously released behind-the-scenes featurette in standard definition and the theatrical trailer in HD.

In 2001’s Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Hogan returns in the third installment of the film series, making its Blu-ray debut.  The disc also includes a previously released “making of” featurette and the theatrical trailer in standard-definition.

Kurt Russell Thriller ‘Breakdown’ Traveling to Blu-ray Sept. 21 as Part of ‘Paramount Presents’ Line

The 1997 Kurt Russell thriller Breakdown will travel to Blu-ray as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on Sept. 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring a director-approved remaster from a new 4K film scan, the film is presented in a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

In Breakdown, Russell is Jeff Taylor, headed toward a new life in California with his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan). When their car dies on a remote highway, a seemingly helpful trucker (J.T. Walsh) offers Amy a ride to the local diner while Jeff waits with the car. Then Jeff discovers his vehicle was deliberately tampered with, and by the time he gets to the next town, his worst fears are about to come true.

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The Blu-ray includes new bonus content, including a look at the never-before-seen alternate opening, a new “Filmmaker Focus” with director Jonathan Mostow, commentary by Mostow and Russell, a featurette with actress Kathleen Quinlan, an isolated track of Basil Poledouris’ score, and access to a digital copy of the film.

Keanu Reeves Sports Film ‘Hardball’ Hitting Blu-ray Sept. 21 for Its 20th Anniversary

The sports drama Hardball, starring Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane, will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time Sept. 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 20th anniversary.

Directed by Brian Robbins, the film follows Conor O’Neill (Reeves), a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks. Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team, a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago’s inner city. Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet. The kids need someone to believe in, and as Conor wrestles with his past, they start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future — that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places.

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The cast also include John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney and Michael B. Jordan in one of his first film roles.

The Blu-ray includes the legacy bonus content, including commentary by Robbins and writer John Gatins; “The Making of Hardball”; deleted scenes; the music video “Hardball” by Lil’ Bow Wow, Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Zane and Sammie; interstitials; and the theatrical trailer.

‘Mortal Kombat,’ ‘Wrath of Man,’ ‘SpongeBob,’ ‘Quiet Place’ Lead New Disc and Digital Releases July 13

July 13 sees the DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Mortal Kombat and Wrath of Man, in addition to Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, while Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II becomes available for digital purchase.

The action film Mortal Kombat arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The latest adaptation of the classic video game earned $42.2 million at the domestic box office and was available for streaming concurrently on HBO Max.

The revenge heist film Wrath of Man comes to DVD and Blu-ray July 13. Director Guy Ritchie teams up with Jason Statham for the fourth time in this story about a mysterious security guard for an armored truck company who is out to settle a score with a band of thieves. It earned $27.4 million at the domestic box office.

The animated The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 13  In the CGI-animated adventure with live-action elements, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing in a plot hatched by Plankton to get the Krabby Patty recipe, and he and his friend Patrick head to the Lost City of Atlantic City to retrieve him. The film features appearances by Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg, among others. The film was originally released as a premium VOD rental March 4 and also to Paramount+ streaming subscribers. It earned $4.8 million in a limited U.S. theatrical run.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 13 releases A Cinderella Story: Starstruck on DVD. It was released two weeks earlier via digital channels. The new musical film is set in Dreary, Idaho, where small-town farmgirl Finley (Bailee Madison) longs to spread her wings and soar as an aspiring performer. When a Hollywood film crew arrives in her sleepy town, she is determined to land a role in the production and capture the attention of handsome lead actor Jackson Stone (Evans Behling). Unfortunately, a botched audition forces her to change course. Now, disguised as cowboy “Huck,” Finley finally gets her big break, but has to keep the charade a secret from her evil stepmother (April Telek) and devious step-siblings (Lillian Doucet-Roche and Richard Harmon). This is the sixth installment in the “A Cinderella Story“ franchise, a series of standalone films that put a twist on the classic “Cinderella” formula.

Shout! Factory has a number of big new releases July 13, including IFC Films’ The Night and No Man’s Land. With the psychological thriller The Night, director Kourosh Ahari made history for being the first U.S.-produced film to receive a license for theatrical release in Iran since the revolution. The Night is the story of how, after a night out with friends, an exhausted married couple, Babak (Shahab Hosseini) and Neda (Niousha Noor), and their baby take shelter in the grand but eerie Hotel Normandie. Throughout a seemingly endless night, mysterious disturbances ruin their rest as Babak and Neda soon realize they’re locked in with a malevolent force that hungers for the dark secrets they’ve kept from one another.

In the Western No Man’s Land, two families collide on a Texas ranch that shares a border with Mexico. While out on a border patrol, a rancher’s son named Jackson Greer (Jake Allyn) accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant boy. When his father tries taking the blame, Jackson flees south on horseback, becoming a gringo “illegal alien” in Mexico. Pursued by both Texas Rangers and Mexican federales, he journeys across Mexico to seek forgiveness from the dead boy’s father … only to fall in love with the land he was taught to hate. The cast includes Frank Grillo, Andie McDowell and George Lopez.

Meanwhile, Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, releases its collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc of 2005’s House of Wax. A loose remake of the 1953 Vincent Price film of the same name, House of Wax stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams and Robert Ri’chard. When their car breaks down on a road trip, six college friends are sidetracked into an eerie backwoods town. Curiosity gets the better of them when they are intrigued by its macabre House of Wax. They soon find out that the town is not what it seems, and that they must find their way out before they fall victim to its ghoulishly inventive killers.

Another big July 13 catalog release is Sony Pictures’ Snatch on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The comedy from director Guy Ritchie delivers a story about a diamond heist gone wrong, a colorful Irish gypsy-turned-prizefighter — and a very temperamental dog. In the heart of gangland, two novice unlicensed boxing promoters, Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), get roped into a rigged bare-knuckle fight with local kingpin/villain and fellow boxing promoter Brick Top (Alan Ford). But all goes wrong when wild-card Irish gypsy boxer One Punch Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt) starts playing by his own rules, and the duo find themselves heading for a whole lot of trouble. Meanwhile, Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) and his stolen 86-carat diamond have gone missing in London. Head honcho Avi (Dennis Farina) hires local legend Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find them, launching everyone into a spiral of double-crossing vendettas and events, most of them illegal. The 4K release includes a new Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

The Paramount Presents line July 13 releases a new Blu-ray edition of director Cameron Crowe’s 2000 coming-of-age film Almost Famous. It also arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD in a limited-edition Steelbook. Almost Famous is the semi-autobiographical odyssey of 15-year-old William Miller (Patrick Fugit), whose writing talent and earnest passion for rock music earns him an assignment for Rolling Stone, interviewing and touring with Stillwater (Billy Crudup, Jason Lee). Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) is the young groupie who guides him through the wild world of rock heroes, all-night parties, and the most dangerous experience of all — love.  The film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical and the AFI Award for Movie of the Year and received dozens of additional nominations and awards.

Music Box Films specialty label Doppelganger Releasing July 13 presents The Monster Collection, a three-disc Blu-ray set containing the feature-length documentaries Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters and The Frankenstein Complex, plus 12 hours of bonus materials. Both films are directed by Alexandre Poncet and Gilles Penso.

Released in 2019, Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters examines the life and career of Phil Tippett, the Oscar and Emmy Award-winning visual effects genius whose work in creature design, stop-motion and computerized character animation has been seen in such classics as the original “Star Wars” trilogy, the “Jurassic Park” and “Twilight” franchises, and the effects powerhouses RoboCop, Dragonheart and Starship Troopers.

The Frankenstein Complex, from 2015, offers an appreciation of the greatest movie monsters in film history and the talented effects artists who have been bringing them to life for the past century. The film goes behind the scenes of such classics as King Kong, Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, An American Werewolf in London, Alien and more to talk to the filmmakers responsible, including Rick Baker, Greg Nicotero, Chris Wallas, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Joe Dante, John Landis, Kevin Smith and others.

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On the digital front, the thriller sequel A Quiet Place Part II becomes available for electronic sellthrough July 13 in advance of its July 27 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Paramount. In the sequel, written and directed by John Krasinski, following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. The film earned $150.8 million at the domestic box office.

The latest “Saw” franchise entrant, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, arrives on digital July 13 from Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures. In the latest installment of the horror franchise, a criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice. Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand July 20.

Independent film distributor Indican Pictures is bringing the Japanese horror-comedy Ghost Master home via on demand platforms. A DVD release will follow on an as-yet-undermined date.

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