HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 1

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the first season of HBO’s “Perry Mason” remake on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 1 (order date Oct. 27). The show is available now on HBO Max and for digital sellthrough.

The series stars Matthew Rhys as the title character from the series of books by Erle Stanley Gardner.

The show takes place in Los Angeles in 1932 and chronicles Mason’s involvement as a private investigator on a case involving a murdered child, detailing how he became a lawyer. The series is essentially a prequel to the books, in which Mason is a legendary attorney. The first of 82 Mason books, The Case of the Velvet Claws, was released in 1933.

The cast also includes Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcón, Jefferson Mays, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange and Robert Patrick.

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Executive Producers are Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell, Ron Fitzgerald, Joe Horacek, Rolin Jones and Tim Van Patten (who also directs).

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season includes all eight episodes, plus the featurettes “The Characters of Perry Mason” and “Under the Fedora,” and Robert Downey Jr. conversations with Matthew Rhys and Susan Downey.

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Shout! Sets Home Date for Epic Actioner ‘The Rising Hawk’

Independent film distributor Shout! Studios has set an Oct. 2 home release date for the epic action movie The Rising Hawk.

The film, directed by John Wynn, will be available on VOD platforms and through digital retailers.

The Rising Hawk boasts an international cast that includes Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Tommy Flanagan (“Sons of Anarchy”), Poppy Drayton (“The Shannara Chronicles”), Alex MacNicoll (“The Society,” which has just been canceled by Netflix due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Alison Doody (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Tsegmid Tserenbold (“Marco Polo”), Rocky Myers (“Animal Kingdom”), and Oliver Trevena (“The Reckoning” miniseries).

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The film is a collaboration between American and Ukrainian filmmakers. It was nominated for seven 2020 Ukrainian Academy Film Awards, winning three. An international team of filmmakers and actors were brought together from all over the world, including Ukraine, United States, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany, to film the movie.

The Rising Hawk takes place in a 13th Century Mongolian Empire following Zakhar Berkut (Robert Patrick) and his wife Rada (Alison Doody) as they lead a group of highlanders in the Carpathian Mountains. Unfortunately, their tranquil existence is soon threatened by Burunda Khan (Tsegmid Tserenbold), a powerful Mongolian general who leads his massive armies west in search of new lands to conquer.

 

Thriller ‘Tone-Deaf’ Coming to Disc and Digital Oct. 22 From Lionsgate

The genre-bending thriller Tone-Deaf arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and digital Oct. 22 from Lionsgate.

This film is currently available on demand.

Tone-Deaf  follows Olive (Amanda Crew, TV’s “Silicon Valley”), who after being dumped by both her boss and her boyfriend, flees the city for the weekend and rents an ornate country house from a widower named Harvey (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, TV’s “The X-Files,” “True Blood”). She’s hoping for a few days of peace. What she gets is a weekend of sheer terror, as Olive awakens Harvey’s darkest urges — and is plunged into a blood-soaked fight for her life.

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Disc special features include a making-of featurette.

Cult Video Game Movie ‘Double Dragon’ Due Jan. 22 from MVD’s Rewind Collection

Double Dragon, the cult classic 1994 movie based on the video game hit, is smashing its way to Blu-ray and DVD combo pack Jan. 22 in MVD Entertainment Group’s “Rewind Collection.”

It’s the year 2007, and what remains of Los Angeles is now New Angeles, a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the “Double Dragon,” which will give him mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Mark Dacascos, John Wick 3) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf, “Party of Five”) find themselves in possession of the amulet’s missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa Milano, “Charmed”) and her vigilante group the Power Corps, Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain’s malevolent plan.

Double Dragon was arguably one of my favorite projects for the Rewind Collection,” said MVD’s Eric Wilkinson, who oversees the collection, in a statement. “This release marks the first time Double Dragon will be available on Blu-ray and in HD in North America. Special features producer Richard Schenkman and I worked tirelessly to create some amazing brand-new bonus material that includes a feature length making-of documentary that I know collectors will love. With these new bonus features, along with some great archival bonus material and the addition of the pilot of the ‘Double Dragon’ animated television series (courtesy of Invincible Entertainment), MVD is proud to present the definitive edition of Double Dragon in a kick-ass (pun intended) Blu-ray plus DVD combo pack collector’s set.”

Bonus features include the new featurette “The Making of Double Dragon,” featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould and Michael Davis, and producer Don Murphy; the new featurette “Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer”; an archival making-of featurette; a behind-the-scenes featurette; the 1993 “Double Dragon” animated series pilot episode “The Shadow Falls”; a storyboard gallery; press photos, marketing and behind-the-scenes photo galleries; TV spots; a VHS home video trailer; the original theatrical trailer; a collectible mini-poster; and a reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork.