‘American Insurrection’ Due on Digital and DVD Dec. 7

The action thriller American Insurrection will be released on digital, on demand and DVD Dec. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the film, after a powerful militia seizes control of the United States, a group of friends attempt to escape the escalating violence and oppression. They must move undetected as their only hope is to cross a heavily guarded border. But as the militia closes in, the friends will need to do whatever it takes to survive.

Directed by William Sullivan, the film stars Nadine Malouf, Nick Westrate, Brandon Perea, Sarah Wharton, Jarret Kerr, Toby Leonard Moore and Michael Raymond-James.

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Restored Warren Beatty Films ‘Reds’ and ‘Heaven Can Wait’ Due on Blu-ray Nov. 30

Two restored Warren Beatty films, Reds and Heaven Can Wait, are being released on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Beatty stars in (as well as produces, co-writes, and co-directs) the comedy Heaven Can Wait, which has been fully restored and remastered from the original negative under Beatty’s supervision.

Directed by Beatty and Buck Henry, with a screenplay by Elaine May and Beatty, the film also stars Julie Christie, James Mason, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia and Jack Warden.  The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Beatty and Henry), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Beatty and May), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Beatty), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Warden), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Cannon), and more.

The film follows Joe Pendleton (Beatty), a Los Angeles Rams backup quarterback ready to lead the team all the way to the Super Bowl until an overzealous guardian angel prematurely plucks him from the living. When he’s returned to Earth in the body of millionaire industrialist Leo Farnsworth, he inherits a world of challenges, including winning the love of a woman (Christie) who hates Farnsworth.

The Blu-ray includes the feature film in high-definition and access to a digital copy of the film.

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Directed, co-written, produced by and starring Beatty, Reds celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The story of a radical American journalist embroiled in the Bolshevik revolution  was originally released on Dec. 25, 1981. Paramount will release the film in a two-disc Blu-ray set, newly restored under Beatty’s supervision. The film was restored and remastered from the original negative in 4K with high dynamic range using a vintage print from the Paramount archives as a reference, which was approved by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.

Punctuated by interviews with real-life activists and witnesses to the revolution, Reds depicts the love story between activists John Reed (Beatty) and Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) set against the outbreak of World War I and the rise of communism in Russia.  In addition to Keaton and Beatty, the film’s cast includes Jack Nicholson, Edward Herrmann, Gene Hackman, Paul Sorvino and Maureen Stapleton, whose performance won her an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

The film garnered 12 Academy Award nominations and won three, including Best Director for Beatty. The Oscar-nominated screenplay was written by Beatty and Trevor Griffiths.

The new Blu-ray set includes more than an hour of legacy bonus content, as well as access to a digital copy of the film.

Classic Comedy ‘Harold and Maude’ Joining ‘Paramount Presents’ Line Dec. 7

The coming-of-age comedy classic Harold and Maude arrives on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 7 as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the 1971 film, directed by Hal Ashby and written by Colin Higgins, Harold (Bud Cort) is a death-obsessed teen who falls for Maude (Ruth Gordon), a happy-go-lucky, eccentric 79-year-old. To a lilting Yusuf/Cat Stevens soundtrack, Maude teaches Harold a valuable lesson about making the most of his time on earth.

Originally released on Dec. 20, 1971, the film celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has been restored and remastered for the limited-edition release.  For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K and careful color correction and cleanup were undertaken to pay homage to director of photography John Alonzo’s work and honor the look of the film, according to Paramount. In addition, the soundtrack was completely remixed using recently discovered tracks to add clarity and depth.

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The “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray includes a new commentary with Larry Karaszewski (co-screenwriter, Ed Wood; co-screenwriter, Dolemite Is My Name) and writer-director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous), as well as a look at the film featuring Yusuf/Cat Stevens, who composed and performed the songs for the movie.

Harold and Maude is presented in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

‘Paw Patrol: The Movie’ Due on Digital Sept. 21, Disc Nov. 2

The animated family film Paw Patrol: The Movie, from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Spin Master Entertainment, will be available for digital purchase Sept. 21 with exclusive bonus content from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2.

In the film, which earned $103 million at the global box office, when their rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and the heroic pups kick into high gear to face the most challenging mission of their Paw Patrol careers. Along the way, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty, and together the Paw Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City.

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The digital release features exclusive bonus content, including a look at the team; additional news reports with reporter Marty Muckraker (Jimmy Kimmel); a sing-along with a reimagined Paw Patrol theme song lyric video; bonus television episodes from the Nickelodeon series (produced by Spin Master Entertainment), including one never-before-seen episode; and a never-before-seen episode of “Blaze and the Monster Machines.”

Blu-ray extra features include a look at the team; additional news reports with reporter Marty Muckraker; and a sing-along with a reimagined Paw Patrol theme song lyric video.

Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Dec. 14

Director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time Dec. 14  from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Scorsese), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter), the 2013 film earned more than $390 million worldwide.

DiCaprio plays a young, hungry and corrupt stockbroker in the story of Wall Street excess. In addition to Hill, the supporting cast also includes Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and Jean Dujardin.

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The 4K Ultra HD release features a new film transfer supervised by Scorsese. The disc includes access to a digital copy of the film and previously released bonus content, including “The Wolf Pack,” “Running Wild” and “The Wolf of Wall Street Round Table.”

The Wolf of Wall Street will also be available on 4K Ultra HD in a limited-edition Steelbook.

Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Zone 414’ Due on Digital, DVD and On Demand Nov. 2

The sci-fi thriller Zone 414 will come out on digital, DVD and on demand Nov. 2 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Guy Pearce, Matilda Lutz and Travis Fimmel star in the film set in Zone 414, a dangerous, dark colony of humanoids known as “the city of robots.” The colony’s creator (Fimmel) hires private investigator David Carmichael (Pearce) to track down his missing daughter. David teams up with Jane (Lutz), a highly advanced A.I. equipped with the same technology of her fellow humanoids, but with all the emotions, feelings and dreams of a human being. They travel through the city uncovering clues and a crime that calls into question the origins and true purpose behind the city of artificial humans.

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‘Ragtime’ Coming to Paramount Presents Blu-ray Line Nov. 16

Director Milos Forman’s epic Ragtime arrives for its 40th anniversary in a limited-edition two-disc Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents line on Nov. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s best-selling novel, Ragtime tells the story of disparate characters in New York City in the early 1900s. From the emerging New York suburb of New Rochelle to the flashy spectacle of Atlantic City, a family faces racial tensions, scandals and violence that will test everything they believe in. With music by Randy Newman, the film stars James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Kenneth McMillan, Pat O’Brien, Donald O’Connor, James Olson, Mandy Patinkin, Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Mary Steenburgen, Debbie Allen, Jeff Daniels, Fran Drescher, Samuel L. Jackson, Norman Mailer and John Ratzenberger.

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The film has been remastered from a 4K film transfer and is presented in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The two-disc Blu-ray includes a newly discovered director’s cut workprint version of the film (along with the theatrical version), deleted and extended scenes, a look back at Ragtime with Larry Karaszewski and screenwriter Michael Weller, access to a digital copy of the theatrical version, and commentary by Forman and executive producer Michael Hausman.

Season One of ‘Emily in Paris’ Due on DVD Nov. 9 From Paramount

Season one of “Emily in Paris” will come out on DVD Nov. 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Lily Collins stars as the title character, Chicago marketing executive Emily Cooper, in this comedy from Darren Star, the creator of “Sex and the City” and “Younger.” In the series, after suddenly landing a dream job in Paris, Emily embraces her adventurous new life as she juggles work, friendships and romance while navigating a whole new culture.

The DVD includes all 10 episodes from the inaugural season, and more than 30 minutes of deleted scenes and exclusive featurettes that delve into the casting process, the show’s fashion, and what it’s like to film in Paris.

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Season one received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy. The show was Netflix’s most watched program for 38 consecutive days and attracted nearly 60 million viewers worldwide to make it the most popular comedy series of 2020.

‘A Quiet Place 2’ Remains Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II remained atop the weekly Official Film Chart in the U.K. through Sept. 1, despite competition from new releases, Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and Disney/Pixar’s Luca.

In its second week at No. 1 due to digital sales only, A Quiet Place Part II finishes 10,000 units ahead of the runner-up — the third “Conjuring” movie and eighth installment of the “Conjuring” universe franchise.

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At No. 3, animated family friendly adventure Luca entered the chart following its release on disc and is the biggest seller of the week across DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Meanwhile, Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins star in psychological drama The Father at No. 7. Hopkins’ performance won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an aging man struggling to deal with his progressing dementia.

Finally, the Tobey Maguire-starring 2002 Spider-Man film landed on the Official Film Chart for the first time ever at No. 9, thanks to the buzz around the recent trailer release for upcoming theatrical release Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Sept. 1, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 A QUIET PLACE PART II PARAMOUNT
2 New THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT WARNER
3 New LUCA DISNEY
4 3 PETER RABBIT 2 SONY PICTURES
5 2 CRUELLA DISNEY
6 5 GODZILLA VS. KONG WARNER
7 New THE FATHER LIONSGATE
8 4 SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW LIONSGATE
9 New SPIDER-MAN (2002) SONY PICTURES
10 8 ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘Vanilla Sky’ Due on Blu-ray Nov. 16 in ‘Paramount Presents’ Line for 20th Anniversary

Director Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky will arrive on Blu-ray as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on Nov. 16 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Starring Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz and written for the screen and directed by Crowe, the film was newly remastered from a new 4K film transfer under his Crowe’s supervision.

Originally released on Dec. 14, 2001, Vanilla Sky follows a self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate (Cruise) who finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident.

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The Blu-ray includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with Crowe, access to a digital copy of the film, and extensive legacy bonus content.

The release features collectible packaging with a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.