Russian ‘Chernobyl 1986’ Documentary Gets Digital Release Dates

Capelight Pictures and MPI Media Group have announced the Sept. 24 digital release of Chernobyl 1986, a Russian-language disaster film directed by and starring Danila Kozlovsky.

The film begins with the explosion of nuclear power plant number 4, putting the USSR and all of Europe at risk of a possible steam explosion that would eject radioactive materials into the atmosphere. Firefighter Alexey volunteers for what seems like a suicide mission: to manually drain the plant’s reservoir before the melting reactor collapses it.  With the fate of all Europe in their hands, this group of ordinary citizens turned heroes must use their strength to save their nation from devastation.

Starring Kozlovsky as Alexey, Oksana Akinshina, Flipp Avdeyev, and Ravshana Kurkova, Chernobyl 1986 was originally released in Russia in April 2021 and has since grossed over $5.4 million in the international box office.

Shout! Factory to Release Russian Disaster Film on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD July 20

Shout! Factory has announced the July 20 release of Fire, a Russian disaster film directed by Aleksey Nuzhnyy (Speakerphone, Ulga).

The film will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD, as well as on all major VOD platforms.

The film follows the story of Alexey Sokolov, who commands a team of Aerial Forest Protection Service firefighters. He is a tough, decisive man who will fight ruthlessly for every last tree in the forest. His daughter, Katya, is dating a rookie firefighter from Moscow named Roman, who he initially disapproves of. When a forest fire breaks out deep in the Russian interior, Alexey takes Roman alongside his battle-tested team to save the village and its residents from total destruction.

Fire was theatrically released in Russia on Dec. 24, 2020, by Central Partnership. The film grossed more than 600 million rubles with a production budget of 550 million rubles.