Sci-Fi Film ‘The Colony,’ Thriller ‘Megan Is Missing’ Among Lionsgate October Disc Releases

The sci-fi film The Colony, the thriller Megan Is Missing, a Target-exclusive Steelbook of Rob Zombie’s 31 and the 1986 Patrick Swayze starrer Steel Dawn are among the titles on the October disc slate from Lionsgate.

Executive produced by Roland Emmerich, the sci-fi thriller film The Colony arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Oct. 12. In the film, Earth has been decimated by climate change, pandemics and war. Years after the ruling elite escaped to another planet, a mission was launched to find out if a return to an uninhabitable Earth were possible. That mission was lost. Now, a lone astronaut in search of answers struggles to survive the hostile planet, and she must ultimately make a choice that will seal the fate of the wasteland’s remaining populace. Special features include audio commentary with writer-director Tim Fehlbaum and “Visions of the Future: Making The Colony.”

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Director Rob Zombie’s 2016 horror film 31 will arrive Oct. 26 in a Blu-ray plus digital Steelbook exclusively at Target featuring new artwork from award-winning graphic artist Vance Kelly. Written, directed, and produced by Zombie, 31 is a Halloween horror-gore romp set in 1976, in which five happy-go-lucky carnies on a cross-country road trip are kidnapped and hunted by murderous clowns in an escape room-style hideaway in the middle of nowhere. The cast includes Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Richard Brake, Jane Carr and Malcolm McDowell. Special features include the featurette “In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31,” a two-hour making-of documentary, and audio commentary with Zombie.

Also due Oct. 26 from the Vestron Video Collector’s Series is the 1986 Patrick Swayze starrer Steel Dawn — available for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray (plus digital). Swayze stars as Nomad, a new breed of warrior in a post-nuclear era where laws are useless and water is more precious than blood. When his mentor is killed before he can take the job of peacemaker in the town of Meridian, Nomad lends the townspeople his fighting skills instead, gaining the trust of war widow Kasha and her son Jux. But after the evil Damnil learns of a secret water supply flowing under Kasha’s farm, his thirst turns truly murderous. Special features include audio commentary with director Lance Hool; an interview with screenwriter Doug Lefler; an interview with director of photography George Tirl; an interview with production designer Alex Tavoularis and costume designer Poppy Cannon-Reese; an archival featurette “Making of Steel Dawn“; a still gallery; and the theatrical trailer.

Megan Is Missing (2011) also arrives on Blu-ray Oct. 26. A cautionary tale from writer-director Michael Goi (Mary, “American Horror Story”) about the dangers of online communication, the film stars Amber Perkins, Rachel Quinn and Dean Waite. The disappearance of 14-year-old Megan Stewart and her best friend Amy Herman is explored via video chats, webcam footage, home videos and news reports. Notorious on social media and banned in New Zealand, Megan Is Missing offers an unflinchingly candid look at the dangerous online world today’s teenagers face — a world that’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Special features include audio commentary with the cast and producers; audio commentary with the writer-director; a deleted scene; a blooper; Marc Klaasʼs statement about the film; “Rachel Quinn: A Look Back at Megan Is Missing“; the Amber Perkins/Nikki Christie original audition tape; the “Barrel Scene” audition; “A Tour of the Locations for Megan Is Missing“; a selection of stills from the production; the original one sheet; the shooting script; and the trailer.

Doc ‘I Am Patrick Swayze’ Coming to DVD and Digital Aug. 20 From Virgil

I Am Patrick Swayze, a documentary about the actor, will debut on DVD and digital Aug. 20 from Virgil Films.

It explores the life and career of the 1980s leading man, who challenged Hollywood’s very notions of masculinity and redefined what it meant to be the Sexiest Man Alive. Featuring never-before-seen home videos, photographs and original interviews with those who knew Swayze best — including the costars of his biggest films — the documentary dives beyond his status as a sex-symbol to reveal the complexities of an often-misunderstood movie star.

From his ferocious drive, to his most iconic roles and off camera battles with alcohol and cancer, Patrick’s family, friends and collaborators reflect on the life and legacy of the man they endearingly called Buddy.

I Am Patrick Swayze features Swayze’s widow Lisa Niemi; brother Don Swayze; co-stars Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Sam Elliott, Jennifer Grey, C. Thomas Howell, Marshall R. Teague, Kelly Lynch and Lori Petty; director Roland Joffe; agent Nicole David; manager Kate Edwards; personal assistant Rosemary Hygate; stuntman Cliff McLaughlin; and bodyguard Frank Whiteley.