‘The American Society of Magical Negroes’ Due on Disc May 14, Streaming on Peacock May 3

Focus Features’ satire The American Society of Magical Negroes will be available for streaming exclusively on Peacock May 3 and on Blu-ray, DVD and regular digital (after premium release) collector’s edition May 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
 
The comedy, which has earned $2.5 million at the domestic box office, is about a young man, Aren, who is recruited into a secret society of magical Black people who dedicate their lives to a cause of utmost importance: making white peoples’ lives easier.

Directed, written and produced by Kobi Libii (“Madam Secretary,” “Alpha House”), the film stars Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomPokemon: Detective Pikachu), David Alan Grier (The Color Purple, “Joe Pickett”), An-Li Bogan (After Yang, “The Unsettling”), Drew Tarver (“The Other Two,” “Bless the Harts”), Michaela Watkins (You Hurt My Feelings, “Search Party”), Rupert Friend (Asteroid City, “Anatomy of a Scandal”) and Nicole Byer (“Grand Crew,” “Rugrats”).

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Bonus features on digital, Blu-ray and DVD include three making-of featurettes and audio commentary with the producer-director-writer Kobi Libii.

Horror Film ‘The Lost’ and Horror Satire ‘There’s Nothing Out There’ Due on Blu-ray Dec. 12 From Ronin Flix and MVD

Two films from Ronin Flix, the horror film The Lost and the horror satire There’s Nothing Out There, will be released on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 12 by MVD Entertainment Group.

The Lost (2006) follows 19-year-old Ray Pye (Marc Senter), a black-clad suburban sociopath who meets his match when a new girl with a taste for the dark side, Katherine Wallace (Robin Sydney), arrives in town. Together, they are a dangerous couple whose deadly games lead to a horrific and shocking climax. The film is based on the horror novel by Jack Ketchum and adapted for the screen by writer-director-producer Chris Sivertson with credits that include master of horror producer Lucky McKee. Bonus features include a storyboard sequence; outtakes; audition tapes; a “Jack and Jill” featurette; new interviews with cast members Marc Senter, Robin Sydney and Shay Astar; historical audio commentary with horror novelist Jack Ketchum moderated by writer Monika O’Rourke; and new audio commentary with Sivertson and veteran horror filmmaker and producer Lucky McKee.

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There’s Nothing Out There (1990), a cult classic that satirized the horror genre long before Wes Craven, was made by then 20-year-old writer-director Rolfe Kanefsky. In the film, Mike is always getting in the way of fun. His obsession with horror movies and their rules dictates that no matter where he goes, he can’t help but expect to find a monster lurking around every corner. But this time, his paranoia might be justified. Disc one includes the film and the following special features: new commentary with Rolfe Kanefsky and cast members Jeff Dachis and John Carhart; new commentary with film journalists Heidi Honeycutt and Amanda Reyes; and new never-before-seen opening sequence storyboards. Disc one also includes the archival features “There’s a Movie Out There,” an interview with Kanefsky and editor Victor Kanefsky; “40 Years of Cutting,” an interview with Victor Kanefsky; an interview with actor Craig Peck; an interview with Rolfe Kanefsky; and the “Copycat” short. Disc two features a collection of 10 early shorts and films made by Rolfe Kanefsky back in the 1980s complete with newly recorded director’s introductions.

Premiere Digital Bowing Rom-Com Satire ‘Love Virtually’ on Digital and On Demand Nov. 7

Premiere Digital will release Love Virtually — described as a retro future satirical rom-com for the Metaverse era — on digital and via on demand Nov. 7.

In the film, the Metaverse has become widely adopted, and four couples go to ridiculous lengths to find true love in a virtual world. Blending live action and 3D animation as it explores and exposes the absurd reality of the virtual world and where we are heading, the film probes questions such as: How does a celebrity find someone who loves them for their true selves? Is it cheating if it’s in VR? And, Is it cheating if it’s with an AI?

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Love Virtually stars Cheri Oteri, Paul F. Tompkins, Peter Gilroy, Ryan O’Flanagan, Adam Ray, Nikki Howard, Tom Virtue, Paige Mobley, Vincent Washington, Ksenia Valenti, Harper Frawley, L.E. Staiman and Stephen Tobolowsky.

 

Satirical Comedy ‘Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 1

The satirical comedy Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 1 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

It is available to own now on digital.

The film stars Regina Hall as Trinitie Childs — the proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, who together with her husband Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown), once served a congregation in the tens of thousands. After a scandal forces their church to temporarily close, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must reopen their church and rebuild their congregation to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.

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Special features include an alternate opening, a gag reel and deleted/extended/alternate scenes.

Well Go Picks Up North American Rights to ‘The Loneliest Boy in the World’

Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the coming-of-age horror comedy The Loneliest Boy in the World.

The film will be released in theaters Oct. 14 before landing on VOD platforms Oct. 18.

In the modern fairytale — except with zombies — when the sheltered and unsocialized Oliver is tasked with making new friends after the sudden and devastating death of his mother, he discovers that his newly acquired friends have mysteriously come to life overnight, launching them all into a series of misadventures as they try to keep their secret safe from neighbors, classmates and social workers alike. 

The film features Screen International “Star of Tomorrow” Max Harwood, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Susan Wokoma, Evan Ross, Tallulah Haddon, Hammed Animashaun, Jacob Sartorius, Ben Miller, Alex Murphy, Nicola Roberts and Ashley Benson. 
 
“I feel very privileged to bring this wonderful story to the screen, particularly alongside such an incredible cast,” director Martin Owen said in a statement. “Each actor brought their own quirky, nuanced style to the table, and it would be impossible to overstate the stylistic impact every single person made on the finished product. I am beyond excited for audiences to join in the fun of this heartfelt, wacky, zombie-infused 80s fairytale.” 

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The Loneliest Boy in the World is imbued with dark humor and clever, macabre irony, but at its core, it is simultaneously sweet and nostalgic, a true testament to the value of friends who help you carve out your place in the world even in the midst of some really tragic circumstances,” Doris Pfardrescher, president and CEO of Well Go USA, said in a statement. “The film exquisitely pulls off the sort of Burtonesque, gothic-suburbia aesthetic and charm that audiences are so hungry for every October, and the story been brought to life (so to speak) by a truly unbeatable cast.”

The Loneliest Boy in the World was written by Piers Ashworth and produced by Matt Williams, Pat Wintersgill, Piers Ashworth, Ryan Hamilton and Karl Hall. The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA and the filmmakers. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales and distribution.

 

Satire ‘The Pizzagate Massacre’ to Bow Digitally Nov. 19 From Distribution Solutions

The Archstone satire The Pizzagate Massacre will be released digitally Nov. 19 from Distribution Solutions.

The dark social satire is inspired by the real-life conspiracy theory known as Pizzagate. It follows an amateur journalist and a far-right militiaman who team up to expose the ugly truth behind rumors involving sex cults, a pizza place and lizard people.

Directed by John Valley, he film stars Lee Eddy, Gary Teague and Reynolds Washam.

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Season One of ‘The Great’ Due on DVD Oct. 20 From Paramount

Season One of “The Great” arrives on DVD Oct. 20 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

It is now available for purchase on digital platforms.

Created and executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Tony McNamara (The Favourite​), “The Great” is a satirical, comedic drama — and occasionally true story — about the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. An idealistic romantic young girl, she arrives from Prussia for an arranged marriage to the mercurial Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult) hoping for love and finds instead a dangerous, depraved, backward world that she resolves to change. All she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court on her side.

“The Great” debuted on Hulu in the U.S. in May and has been renewed for a second season.

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The four-DVD set features all 10 episodes, plus exclusive bonus content including interviews with the cast and creator Tony McNamara about the provocative and irreverent depiction of Catherine’s extraordinary story; behind-the-scenes tours of the sets with members of the cast; a look at the makeup, hair and costume designs; and a gag reel.

‘Greed’ Due on Disc and Digital May 5 From Sony

The satire Greed will come out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital May 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, it’s the story of self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), whose retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion, but after a damaging public government investigation, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicized and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. A satire on the grotesque inequality of wealth in the fashion industry, Greed sees McCreadie’s rise and fall through the eyes of his biographer Nick (David Mitchell).

Bonus materials include a deleted scene and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

‘Assassination Nation’ Coming to Digital and Disc Dec. 18 From Universal

The horror-thriller Assassination Nation will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere), Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Dec. 18 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The action-satire stars Odessa Young (The Daughter), Hari Nef (“Transparent”), Suki Waterhouse (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and singer Abra as four best friends living in a suburban town where chaos simmers under a façade of lies. High school senior Lily (Young) and her friends live in a world controlled by social media, filled with selfies, emojis, snaps and sexts. When their small town of Salem experiences a massive data hack outing citizens’ private information, the community descends into anarchy. When Lily becomes the target after being falsely blamed for the hack, her squad bands together to save themselves and survive a blood-soaked night.

The supporting cast includes Bella Thorne (Midnight Sun), Bill Skarsgard (IT), Joel McHale (“Community”) and Maude Apatow (“Girls”).

Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD include deleted and extended scenes and a gag reel.