‘House of Gucci’ Available for Digital Purchase Feb. 1, on Disc Feb. 22

MGM and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release House of Gucci for digital purchase Feb. 1, followed by a Blu-ray Disc and DVD release Feb. 22.

From director Ridley Scott, the film is inspired by the true story of the family behind the Italian Gucci fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge and, ultimately, murder.

The cast also includes Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino.

It earned $50 million at the domestic box office.

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Extras include the featurettes “The Rise of the House of Gucci, a look behind the scenes; “The Lady of the House,” about Lady Gaga’s performance; and “Styling House of Gucci,” about the film’s aesthetics.

‘The Last Duel’ Heading to Digital Nov. 30, Disc December 14

 Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ historical epic The Last Duel will be released to home audiences in the coming weeks.

The film, which earned $10.5 million in North American theaters, will become available through digital retailers on Nov. 30, followed by a Dec. 14 release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The Last Duel unravels the true story about France’s last sanctioned duel, when King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire, Jacques Le Gris, by challenging him to a duel, which took place in 1386. De Carrouges’ wife had accused Le Gris of rape.

The film bombed — its worldwide gross was just $23 million, against a production budget in excess of $100 million — despite a wealth of big-name talent. The Last Duel was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, alongside Jodie Comer and Adam Driver.

The home release includes the documentary “The Making of The Last Duel,” in which Scott talks about his collaboration with cast and crew to make critical decisions about location, cinematography and performances.
 

HBO Max Picks Up ‘Raised by Wolves’ for Second Season

“Raised by Wolves,” which HBO Max reports is its top-performing original since the platform’s launch, has been picked up for a second season.

The serialized sci-fi series from filmmaker Ridley Scott (The MartianGladiator, Alien) debuted with three episodes on Sept. 3 and has continued to be a strong performer in its second week on the platform, growing its audience by nearly 50% week over week, according to the service.

“Raised by Wolves” centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.  Scott serves as an executive producer on the series and directed the first two episodes. The series was created by Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners).

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“When I think of ‘Raised by Wolves,’ I think of artistry; artistry in crafting a compelling storyline, artistry in the out-of-this-world production design, special effects and cinematography, artistry in our actor’s portrayals of these memorable characters, and artistry attached to the legendary work of Ridley Scott, Aaron Guzikowski and our phenomenal crew,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original programming at HBO Max, said in a statement. “This chart-topping series beautifully weaves together Ridley’s hallmarks of sci-fi and horror while offering fans one of the most original storylines they’ve seen in some time.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for season two.”

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“Being a dyed-in-the-wool advertising man, I was knocked out by the extraordinary campaign done by HBO Max marketing, which conveyed the ambitious storyline in such a provocative and tactile manner, and deftly positioned our first season of ‘Raised by Wolves’ as a ‘must watch’ show,” said Scott in a statement. “It must have been a notable challenge to selectively plumb the riches In Aaron’s storylines. We were even happier that audiences have responded so enthusiastically. We are already deep into the ‘layers’ of season 2, as Aaron has begun to shape what we think will be another brilliant season to inspire the imagination.”

James Cameron’s Story of Science-Fiction

DVD REVIEW: 

Street Date 7/28/20;
RLJ;
Documentary;
$34.97 DVD or Blu-ray;
Not Rated.
Featuring James Cameron, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott.

This six-episode documentary series hosted by filmmaker James Cameron should prove a fascinating viewing experience for any fan of the title genre, primarily due to the high-caliber talent on display sharing their insights on the topic.

The series is structured with each episode taking on a different topic within the genre: “Alien Life,” “Space Exploration,” “Monsters,” “Dark Futures,” “Intelligent Machines” and “Time Travel.” They run a shade over 40 minutes each on disc, long enough to fill an hour-long time slot when commercials are added in (the series originally aired on AMC in 2018).

Much of the series follows a typical documentary format tracing the history of the episode’s topic, with analysis from various talking heads in the form of critics, authors, actors and filmmakers. Particular emphasis is placed on the various social, political and philosophical underpinnings of various sci-fi stories throughout history. One primary thesis that arises is the notion that science-fiction isn’t about predicting the future, it’s about choosing our future — an observation that demonstrates why there’s still considerable value to older sci-fi tales that might otherwise seem outdated.

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But the heart of the program involves Cameron sitting for a series of one-on-one interviews with other high-profile directors as they discuss each others work (with no shortage of praise for one another, as could be expected). The stories the directors tell range from the oft-repeated tales that every fan knows, to interesting insights into what guided certain filmmaking decisions, such as how Steven Spielberg adapted much of his childhood into Close Encounters and E.T.

The discussion with George Lucas raises some eyebrows during the A.I. episode, when Cameron says so many movies depict the machines as bad guys, leading to Lucas stating that’s why he decided to depict robots as the good guys in “Star Wars” — the pair apparently sidestepping the fact that Lucas made three “Star Wars” films in which the good guys fought entire armies of evil robots.

Still, the conversations are fun to watch and the various TV and movie clips offer enough nostalgia that any viewer should find something to like.

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The bonus section includes extended interviews with Spielberg, Lucas, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith and Sigourney Weaver. These run about three to four minutes each.

‘James Cameron’s Story of Science-Fiction’ Coming to Disc July 28 From RLJE

The sci-fi documentary series “James Cameron’s Story of Science-Fiction” will come out on DVD and Blu-ray July 28 from AMC Networks’ RLJE Films.

The series originally aired on AMC Networks in 2018 as part of the AMC Visionaries series.

The show, an intimate look at science fiction’s roots, its futuristic vision and our fascination with its ideas, is hosted by Academy Award winner James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic). It features interviews with ‘A’-list storytellers, stars and others whose careers have defined the field of science fiction movies and television. Interviewees include Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), George Lucas (“Star Wars” franchise), Ridley Scott (The Martian, Blade Runner), Christopher Nolan (Tenet, Interstellar), Will Smith (Men in Black, I Am Legend), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Predator, Terminator) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Sixth Sense).

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Bonus features include extended interviews with Spielberg, Lucas, Scott, Nolan, Guillermo Del Toro and Schwarzenegger.

Season Two of ‘The Terror’ on Disc Aug. 18 From Lionsgate

Lionsgate will release The Terror: Infamy, the second season of the critically acclaimed AMC anthology series, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 18.

Executive produced by Alexander Woo, Ridley Scott, Guymon Casady, Alexandra Milchan, David W. Zucker and Jordan Sheehan, and written by Max Borenstein, The Terror: Infamy deals with World War II-era Japanese-Americans on Southern California’s Terminal Island who are menaced by a “bakemono,” or folkloric specter.

Suffering forced evictions and imprisonment after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Terminal Islanders are hounded by prejudice and injustice, as well as bad omens and bizarre deaths. One of them, Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio), decides to take on the malevolent entity, journeying to realms of evil in both the present and the distant past.

The cast also includes Kiki Sukezane, Naoko Mori, Miki Ishikawa, and George Takei.

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Ridley Scott Sci-Fi Series ‘Raised by Wolves’ to Premiere on HBO Max

“Raised by Wolves,” a serialized sci-fi series from Ridley Scott, will premiere on WarnerMedia’s SVOD series HBO Max, launching in May 2020 at $14.99 a month.

The serialized sci-fi series is executive produced and directed by Scott (The MartianBlade RunnerAlien: Covenant). Writer Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) created the 10-episode series and serves as showrunner and writer for the project, which recently wrapped production in Cape Town, South Africa. The series centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

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“As we strive to set a high creative bar for HBO Max, there’s no better person to set that bar than Ridley Scott as he delivers his first season of yet another incredible vision realized,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max, and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV.

“The breathtaking worlds, compelling characters and intricate storylines that Ridley, Aaron and team have created for this project are mesmerizing,” added Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max.

Sony Releasing ‘Black Hawk Down’ on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 7

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment May 7 will release 2001’s Black Hawk Down on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digitally in 4K on participating platforms.

The war film from director Ridley Scott stars Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Eric Bana as U.S. soldiers engaged in a battle in Somalia after their helicopter crashes during a mission.

The 4K disc in the combo pack will include both the theatrical and extended cuts of the film; both versions have remastered from the original camera negative and feature high dynamic range in a transfer approved by Scott. Both versions also include a new immersive Dolby Atmos audio mix, along with the original 5.1 audio.

The included Blu-ray disc will contain just the theatrical cut, plus hours of previously released bonus materials, such as audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes.

Bonus materials include:

  • Audio commentary by director/producer Ridley Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer;
  • Audio commentary by author Mark Bowden and screenwriter Ken Nolan;
  • Audio commentary by Task Force Ranger veterans;
  • “The Essence of Combat: Making Black Hawk Down” documentary;
  • The History Channel presents “The True Story of Black Hawk Down”;
  • PBS presents “Frontline: Ambush in Mogadishu”;
  • Eight deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary;
  • “Designing Mogadishu” featurette;
  • Production design archive;
  • Storyboards with optional commentary;
  • Ridleygrams with optional commentary;
  • Target Building Insertion: Multi-Angle Sequence with optional commentary;
  • Q&A Forums: BAFTA. Motion Picture Editor’s Guild & American Cinematheque;
  • Jerry Bruckheimer’s BHD photo album;
  • Title design explorations with optional commentary;
  • “Gortoz A Ran – J’Attends” music video performed by Denez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard;
  • Photo galleries;
  • Theatrical poster concepts;
  • Trailer and TV spots.

40th Anniversary Edition of Sci-Fi Classic ‘Alien’ Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray April 23 From Fox

The sci-fi classic Alien will come out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc with a new 4K UHD master April 23 for its 40th anniversary from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

A limited edition 4K UHD Steelbook of the Alien 40th Anniversary Edition will also be available exclusively at Best Buy.

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In the film that birthed the successful franchise, the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo awaken from stasis during a voyage home to Earth when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from the desolate nearby moon, LV-426. While investigating, one of the crew, Kane (John Hurt), is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face and he is rushed back to the Nostromo to receive medical treatment. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the ship’s warrant officer, advises against Kane’s return due to quarantine regulations — but her orders are ignored by Ash (Ian Holm), bringing the Nostromo under threat from a mysterious, extraterrestrial apex predator with violent and lethal survival instincts.

Special features include:

  • the 1979 Theatrical Version;
  • the 2003 Director’s Cut;
  • the 2003 audio commentary by Ridley Scott and the cast and crew;
  • the 1999 audio commentary by Ridley Scott (1979 theatrical version only);
  • the final theatrical isolated score in Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 theatrical version only);
  • the composer’s original isolated score in Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 theatrical version only);
  • and deleted scenes.

 

The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery, with the 4K scans done at EFilm.

Kino Lorber Releasing ‘Hannibal’ on UHD Blu-ray

Kino Lorber will release Hannibal on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray through its Classics line April 30, marking the first 4K release for the indie distributor.

Kino made the announcement Feb. 6 via its @KLStudioClassic Twitter feed.

The 2001 film, a sequel to 1991’s Silence of the Lambs, was directed by Ridley Scott and features Anthony Hopkins reprising his role as serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Julianne Moore takes over the role of FBI agent Clarice Starling, originally played by Jodie Foster. Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, the story involves Hannibal’s attempts to evade capture while a former victim seeks his own form of revenge.

The disc will include a new 4K restoration, plus HDR and SDR color-graded by cinematographer John Mathieson. Extras include an audio commentary by Scott and three hours of bonus materials that were previously available with MGM’s 2001 DVD release of the film but were not included in subsequent Blu-rays released in the United States. International Blu-rays have been released that included the bonus material.