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.

SXSW Prize Winner ‘S#!%house’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray May 18 From IFC

The comedic romance S#!%house will come out on DVD and Blu-ray May 18 from IFC Films.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.

In the film, lonely college freshman Alex (writer/directory Cooper Raiff) has closed himself off from his peers who all appear to have college figured out. But everything changes one night when he takes a leap and attends a party at S#!%house — a legendary party fraternity — where he forges a strong connection with Maggie (Dylan Gelula, First Girl I Loves). The next day, she ignores him completely and seems to have forgotten about their amazing night. Desperately clinging to his social breakthrough, Alex pulls out all the stops with one more night at the fraternity, hoping to rekindle that moment of connection.

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‘Brooklyn Love Stories’ Available on Demand Feb. 2 From Level 33

The dramatic romance anthology Brooklyn Love Stories will be available on demand on Feb. 2 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The film follows a young graffiti artist, a middle-aged widow, a teenage poet, a vampire and two lovers stuck in separate timelines. Though their paths don’t always cross, their lives unfold in Brooklyn’s vibrantly multicultural neighborhood of Bushwick, which becomes a distinctive character that ties together six diverse stories about the power of unconditional love.

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It stars Britt Baron, Justine Lupe, Ronen Rubenstein, Henny Russell, Britne Oldford, Max Baker, Hazelle Goodman and Nadia Dajani.

Emily Blunt Romance ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Available on DVD and Digital Feb. 2

The Emily Blunt romance Wild Mountain Thyme will come out on DVD and digital Feb. 2 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck), the film follows headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Blunt), who has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer.

Stung by his father Tony Reilly’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic romantic tale.

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Gifts of Romance From Lionsgate

Lionsgate has six romantic double feature DVDs of favorite Lifetime Christmas movies ready to fill stockings this holiday season:

Christmas à la Mode/You Light Up My Christmas

In Christmas à la Mode, when a handsome stranger, Charlie, visits the family dairy run by Emily during Christmas time, Emily has to hide her attraction to him when it turns out he works with her ruthless sister who plans to sell the farm. Emily dreams up an ingenious plan to buy her sister out — an online ice-cream flavor contest that goes viral — but it’s up to Charlie to supply the key ingredient — and a recipe for romance.

You Light Up My Christmas follows Emma (Kim Fields), who returns to her hometown built around her family’s pioneer Christmas light factory to find the lights dim in the once festive town. Emma reconnects with her old flame and they set out to fulfill her father’s dream of creating the brightest light, as both the town and their hearts are set ablaze by the joys of Christmas. Lisa Whelchel, Mindy Cohn and Nancy McKeon — who costarred with Fields in the iconic TV series “The Facts of Life” — reunite as new characters in this charming holiday film inspired by true events.

A Very Vintage Christmas/Random Acts of Christmas

In A Very Vintage Christmas, when hopeless romantic Dodie (Tia Mowry-Hardrict), owner of a vintage store in the quaint town of Mountain View, finds a box with old keepsakes chronicling a timeless romantic union, she decides she must deliver it to its rightful owner. She persuades Ed (Jesse Hutch), a local contractor at the box’s listed address, to help in her quest, and in the end, they not only find the couple, they also rediscover the joys of Christmas — and true, ever-lasting love.

In Random Acts of Christmas, when anonymous random acts of Christmas kindness begin to pop up all over Chicago, investigative journalist Sydney joins forces with competing reporter Cole to land the big story of the festive season, and reveal the identity of this “Secret Santa.” As the city — and Sydney — are caught up in the spirit of the season, Sydney starts to fall for Cole. But he may not be the man he claims to be, and Sydney must choose between her cynical mind and her newly opened heart.

Christmas Hotel/A Storybook Christmas

In Christmas Hotel, when Erin’s company asks her to open a hotel in her hometown of Garland Grove, a small mountain town in love with all things Christmas, she decides to create a year-round “Christmas Hotel.” But first, she’ll have to use all of her charms — and some holiday magic — to win over Connor, her childhood crush and the man spearheading the movement against her new hotel.

In the romance A Storybook Christmas, if event planner Celeste Everett is going to save her business and treat her niece to a merry Christmas, she’ll need help, so she hires a nanny. But when the nanny turns out to be Taylor, a man who challenges her beliefs and ignites her passion, Celeste comes to a surprising realization: The holidays may be bringing her the gift of love.

A Date by Christmas Eve/Grounded for Christmas

A Date by Christmas Eve follows kind-hearted brand strategist Chelsea Simms, who discovers the latest dating app for her firm, The Good List, has given her the magical ability to teach all the “naughty” people in her life how to be good with a swipe of their name. When Chelsea falls for her next-door neighbor, Fisher, she lets the app get the best of her and puts him on the naughty list by mistake. Can she right her wrongs, get Fisher’s forgiveness, and find her way back onto the “nice” list in time for Christmas?

In Grounded for Christmas, Cleveland airline pilot Nina Rooney has plans for an exotic getaway over the holidays, but a snowstorm grounds all flights. When arrogant, womanizing pilot Brady Sloane has nowhere to go, Nina invites him to her nearby family home on the condition that he lie about being her boyfriend so she can survive the night without getting grilled for being single. But the storm continues, and they must maintain the ruse. As Christmas draws near, will the ice between these opposites begin to melt?

Always and Forever Christmas/Staging Christmas

Always and Forever Christmas follows Lucy Bowers, who arrives in Stowe, Vt., to help finalize the sale of Forever Christmas — the year-round Christmas store she inherited from her grandfather — and instead finds romance with handsome café owner, Scott. After learning the vital role the store plays in spreading holiday cheer to the community, can she really go through with shutting it down, or is Lucy willing to leave the life she knows behind to recapture the true magic of Christmas?

In Staging Christmas, it’s the holiday season, and for Lori, who stages homes for a living, it brings a special new client: Everett, a wealthy widower who asks Lori to design the perfect Christmas at his estate to surprise his daughter, Maddie. As Lori decks the halls of Everett’s home and spends more time with him, she realizes she’s created more than the ideal holiday — she’s set the stage for love.

Every Day Is Christmas/Jingle Belle

Every Day Is Christmas follows shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton), who gets the holiday visit of a lifetime in this movie inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” A self-proclaimed workaholic who “hum-bugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart.

In Jingle Belle, every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart, Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juilliard in New York — leaving Mike behind. Years later, Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, which Mike is directing. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet?

Classic ‘Love Story’ Coming to Blu-ray in ‘Paramount Presents’ Line Feb. 9

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the classic Love Story on Blu-ray as part of its “Paramount Presents” line for the film’s 50th anniversary Feb. 9.

Newly restored from a 4K film transfer, the 1970 romance captures the highs and lows of young love in a film based on Erich Segal’s best-selling novel. Love Story was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and became a cultural phenomenon, earning more than $100 million at the domestic box office. In 2002, the AFI placed it at No. 9 on its list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.

Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw both received Oscar nominations for their starring roles as Harvard students Oliver (O’Neal) and Jenny (MacGraw), who come from opposite backgrounds, but share a chemistry they cannot deny — and a love they can’t ignore. Despite Oliver’s wealthy father threatening to disown him, the young couple marries and begins to build their new life together. But fate has other plans, and soon Oliver and Jenny face a crisis only the strongest of loves can endure.

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The limited-edition Blu-ray includes the newly restored film; a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin; previously released content, including a commentary by director Arthur Hiller, an introduction by film critic Ben Mankiewicz, “Love Story: A Classic Remembered” and the theatrical trailer; and digital copy access. Packaging includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

‘Dreamland’ Coming to Disc Jan. 19 From Paramount

The Margot Robbie romance Dreamland will debut on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Robbie (I, Tonya, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) produces and stars alongside Finn Cole (“Peaky Blinders”) in director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s love story set amidst America’s struggle during the Great Depression.

Eugene Evans (Cole) dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber (Robbie). Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, Eugene must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of everyone he’s ever loved.

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Travis Fimmel (Warcraft), Kerry Condon (Avengers: Infinity War), Darby Camp (“Big Little Lies”) and Lola Kirke (American Made) also star.

Romance ‘Elizabethtown’ Debuting on Blu-ray Feb. 9 in ‘Paramount Presents’ Line

Director Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy Elizabethtown debuts on Blu-ray Feb. 9 in time for Valentine’s Day as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The limited-edition Blu-ray Disc includes the film newly remastered from a 4K transfer supervised by Crowe.

Orlando Bloom (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) star in the 2005 romance set against a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. Hot-shot designer Drew Baylor’s (Bloom) life becomes completely unraveled when he loses his father and his job on one fateful day. En route to Elizabethtown to visit his family, Drew meets Claire (Dunst). She’s beautiful, unstoppably positive, and just the gal to guide Drew on his journey back home and to teach him what it means to live and love along the way. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Judy Greer and Jessica Biel.

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The disc is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. It also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with Crowe, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and an alternate ending with an introduction by Crowe. Along with access to a digital copy of the film, the Blu-ray also includes previously released special features, including deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Crowe, the “On the Road to Elizabethtown” “The Music of Elizabethtown,” “Meet the Crew,” and “Training Wheels” featurettes, and a photo gallery.