Romantic Drama ‘Mothering Sunday’ Bowing on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 28

The romantic drama Mothering Sunday will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, on a warm spring day in 1924, housemaid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (Josh O’Connor) is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.

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The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, the 2021 Toronto Film Festival and the 2021 London Film Festival.

Finnish Drama ‘Compartment No. 6’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7

The Finnish romance drama Compartment No. 6 will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, a young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection.

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The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (Grand Prix award for director Juho Kuosmanen), 2021 Seattle International Film Festival, 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and 2021 Zurich Film Festival.

Laura Dern and Liam Hemsworth to Star in Romance for Netflix

Laura Dern and Liam Hemsworth will star in a romance for Netflix.

Academy Award winner Dern (Jurassic World: Dominion, The Son, Little Women, Marriage Story) and Hemsworth (Poker Face, Isn’t It Romantic, Arkansas, The Hunger Games) will play characters in a love story set in Morocco.

Susannah Grant (Unbelievable, Confirmation, Erin Brockovich, Catch & Release, The Soloist) will write, direct and produce the film.

Liza Chasin for 3dot Productions and Sarah Timberman will also produce.

The production continues Netflix’s creative partnership with Chasin’s 3dot Productions. 

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Oscar-Lauded ‘Cyrano’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD April 19

Cyrano, nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD April 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

A re-imagining of the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle, the film follows Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage), who dazzles with both ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay but is convinced that his appearance makes him unworthy of the love of his devoted friend Roxanne (Haley Bennett). Roxanne has fallen in love at first sight with Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.).

Special features include a making-of featurette.

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Feature ‘The In Between’ to Debut to U.S. Paramount+ Subs Feb. 11

The feature film The In Between, from Paramount Players, will premiere exclusively for Paramount+ subscribers in the United States Feb. 11.

The film is coming soon to Netflix internationally.

The supernatural love story that centers on a teenage girl, Tessa (Joey King), who after bouncing around in foster homes for most of her childhood, doesn’t believe she deserves her own love story. Everything changes after she has a chance encounter with Skylar (Kyle Allen), a senior from a neighboring town who’s a true romantic. As her heart begins to open, tragedy strikes when a car accident takes Skylar’s life, while Tessa survives. As Tessa searches for answers in the aftermath of the accident, she soon believes Skylar is attempting to reconnect with her from the afterworld. With the help of her best friend and a newfound belief that love never dies, Tessa attempts to contact Skylar one last time, in order to give their love story the epic ending it deserves.

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The film also stars Kyle Allen (West Side Story), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook) and Celeste O’Connor (Ghostbusters: Afterlife).

 

Matt Dillon Film ‘Liar’s Moon’ Debuting on Blu-ray Feb. 8

The 1982 Matt Dillon starrer Liar’s Moon will make its debut on Blu-ray Feb. 8 from MVD Entertainment Group in the MVD Rewind Collection.

The title will also be available on DVD.

In the teen drama, Dillon (The Outsiders) plays Jack Duncan, an athletic, hardworking boy from the small town of Noble, Texas. Jack is happy just enjoying himself with the local boys, until he meets Ginny Peterson (Cindy Fisher), the town’s wealthiest young lady. Despite their obviously different backgrounds, Jack and Ginny fall in love. Even though their parents have forbidden them to meet, Jack and Ginny sneak out, and finally elope, hoping to find happiness far from their hometown. But their love falls prey to the sins of their elders and the intrigue of two families.
 
Liar’s Moon, which celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year, cemented Dillon’s status as a leading man in motion pictures (along with Disney’s Tex) after supporting turns in My Bodyguard, Over the Edge and Little Darlings. The film also stars singer-songwriter-actor Hoyt Axton (Gremlins, Heart Like a Wheel), Yvonne DeCarlo (The Ten Commandments, “The Munsters”), Academy Award Nominee Susan Tyrrell (Fat City, Cry Baby), Richard Moll (House, “Night Court”) and Academy Award Winner Broderick Crawford (Born Yesterday, All the King’s Men) in his final film performance.

The film also features the work of Academy Award Nominated editor Christopher Greenbury (American Beauty). Grammy award winning Austin-based American swing band Asleep at the Wheel provides soundtrack music.

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Released theatrically in 1982 by Crown International Pictures and originally on home video by Vestron Video, Liar’s Moon has been long out of circulation. Filmmaker Richard Schenkman has produced supplemental material for the new collector’s edition release that reunites the cast and crew for the first time in decades.

Horror Films ‘The Lockdown Hauntings,’ ‘I Need You Dead!’ Among Titles Available on DVD and Digital From Distribution Solutions

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings, the romance Christmas With a Prince: The Royal Baby, the mystery thriller Make Up and the horror comedy I Need You Dead! are among the titles available on DVD and digitally from Distribution Solutions.

The horror film The Lockdown Hauntings is available on DVD and digital from GVN Releasing. The film follows a notorious serial killer back from the dead and on the prowl during COVID lockdown. Directed by Howard Ford, the film stars Tony Todd of Candyman fame, Angela Dixon and Heather Peace.

The romance Christmas With a Prince: The Royal Baby is available on DVD from Brain Power. In the holiday film, things get complicated for the expecting Prince Alexander and Dr. Tasha when a royal state visit is planned abroad, passing through her hometown. A slight scare delays their return, and the couple must struggle with defying tradition and delivering, literally, on expectations. 

In the horror comedy I Need You Dead!, available on DVD and digital from Mill Creek Entertainment, after a moment of teenage angst, a young punk finds himself at odds with a psychedelic monster of his own creation.

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In the mystery thriller Make Up, also available on DVD and digital from Mill Creek Entertainment, when reserved teenager Ruth (Molly Windsor) finds a smeared lipstick stain on her boyfriend Tom’s (Joseph Quinn) mirror and a strand of red hair on his T-shirt, a sense of unease creeps into their camper. Refusing to confront Tom with the discovery, Ruth tries to find the mysterious red-haired girl.

Death Row Records Doc, Kelsey Grammer Starrer Among Titles Available on Disc in October From Gravitas Ventures

The documentary Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac, the Kelsey Grammer romantic drama Charming the Hearts of Men and the sci-fi mystery Infinitum: Subject Unknown are among the titles being released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc by Gravitas Ventures in October.

Infinitum: Subject Unknown

Infinitum: Subject Unknown, starring Ian McKellen, Conleth Hill and Tori Butler-Hart, debuts on disc Oct. 5. The film follows Jane (Butler-Hart), who wakes up in a strange attic, in a parallel world, with seemingly no way out. She soon discovers that she is stuck in a time-loop, destined to relive the same day over and over again. With each “reset” she begins to reclaim her memories and piece together the clues to what is happening to her and the world around her, which seems to now be devoid of human life. Only through the help of Marland-White (McKellen) she will uncover the truth to help her escape from this never-ending nightmare.

Charming the Hearts of Men, starring Grammer, Anna Friel, Sean Astin and Courtney Gains, is available Oct. 12. In the romantic drama set during the politically charged early 1960s, a sophisticated woman returns to her southern hometown and discovers her options are limited yet discrimination is plentiful. With the help of a congressional ally, she inspires historic legislation which allows opportunities and protections never before afforded to women.

The documentary Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac is available Oct. 19. Suge Knight, the former CEO of legendary rap music label Death Row Records, was recently sentenced to 28 years in prison for manslaughter and other violent crimes not typically associated with a highly successful record executive. This film takes a look at Death Row and how L.A.’s street gang culture had come to dominate its business workings. The film also looks at the allegation of former LAPD detective Russel Poole that the reprisal killing of Biggie Smalls, a retaliation to the murder of Tupac, was commissioned by Suge Knight with the help of corrupt LAPD officers who were moonlighting at Death Row Records. These police officers were also members of Suge’s criminal gang the Mob Piru’s and with their resources helped orchestrate the hit on Biggie Smalls. The film produces new evidence and witnesses who actually saw these LAPD officers present on the night of Biggie’s murder, and who also testify that critical information had been deliberately withheld and concealed by the LAPD.

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Another documentary, At the Ready, debuts Oct. 22. Just 10 miles from the Mexican border, students at Horizon High School in El Paso, Texas, are enrolling in law enforcement classes and joining a unique after-school activity: the criminal justice club. Through mock-ups of drug raids and active-shooter takedowns, they inch closer to their desired careers in Border Patrol, policing, and customs enforcement. The documentary follows Mexican American students Kassy and Cesar and recent graduate Cristina as they navigate the complications inherent in their chosen path and discover their choices may clash with the values and people they hold most dear.

Between Me and My Mind

Gravitas will release a third documentary, Between Me and My Mind, Oct. 26. As the frontman of the rock band Phish, Trey Anastasio’s virtuosic musicianship has made him an icon, beloved by his die-hard fanbase for the depth of his artistic output and the boundless enthusiasm that he exudes, both onstage and off. Between Me and My Mind offers a private and unprecedented tour of Anastasio’s musical mind as he focuses on the composing process that has produced hundreds of memorable songs over his 35-plus year career. In the film, Anastasio reflects intimately on his life and work while surrounded by his family and friends, those that nurture his creative inspiration.

‘Boy Meets Boy’ Due on DVD and VOD Oct. 26 From Ariztical

The LGBTQ romantic drama Boy Meets Boy will come out on DVD and VOD Oct. 26 from Ariztical Entertainment.

The film follows Harry, who has been partying for 48 hours straight when he meets Johannes on the dance floor of a club in Berlin. With 15 hours left until Harry’s flight back to London, the young men spend the day together wandering the city and experiencing the contrasts in their lives, forcing them to confront their own truths and developing a connection.

The film — set in the streets of Berlin using real locations and natural daylight with a focus on spur of the moment and off-the-cuff dialog — is an intimate view of contemporary gay culture showing the fears and fragilities of the millennial queer generation.

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Boy Meets Boy had its premiere at BFI Flare London and continued to other festivals, including Frameline San Francisco, Outfest Los Angeles, NewFest Pride New York, Provincetown, Toronto Inside Out and Reeling Chicago. It won the Grand Prize Alternative Spirit Award for Best Feature Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Dakota Johnson to Star in Jane Austen Adaptation ‘Persuasion’ for Netflix

Dakota Johnson will star in the Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion for Netflix.

The film, produced in partnership with MRC Film, takes a modern, witty approach to the story while still remaining true to Austen’s classic novel, according to a Netflix release.

The story follows Anne Elliot, a nonconforming woman with modern sensibilities who is living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy. When Frederick Wentworth — the dashing suitor she once sent away — crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances.

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Acclaimed theater director Carrie Cracknell, who directed Jake Gyllenhall and Tom Sturridge to Tony nominations last year in Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway, will make her feature directing debut.

Dakota Johnson recently starred in the drama Our Friend.

MRC Film recently announced The Mothership starring Halle Berry, also with Netflix; and most recently released the Oscar-nominated film Knives Out from writer/director Rian Johnson, and The Lovebirds starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae with Netflix.