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.

Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Zone 414’ Due on Digital, DVD and On Demand Nov. 2

The sci-fi thriller Zone 414 will come out on digital, DVD and on demand Nov. 2 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Guy Pearce, Matilda Lutz and Travis Fimmel star in the film set in Zone 414, a dangerous, dark colony of humanoids known as “the city of robots.” The colony’s creator (Fimmel) hires private investigator David Carmichael (Pearce) to track down his missing daughter. David teams up with Jane (Lutz), a highly advanced A.I. equipped with the same technology of her fellow humanoids, but with all the emotions, feelings and dreams of a human being. They travel through the city uncovering clues and a crime that calls into question the origins and true purpose behind the city of artificial humans.

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‘Warning’ Coming to Digital Oct. 22, Disc Oct. 26

The sci-fi thriller Warning will premiere in select theaters and for digital rental Oct. 22, and will be available to own on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 26 from Lionsgate.

Set in the not-too-distant future, the film explores the repercussions that humanity faces when omniscient technology becomes a substitute for human contact. But life begins to unravel when a global storm causes electronics to go haywire, leading to terrifying, deadly consequences.

Warning stars Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea), Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), Alice Eve (Before We Go) and Kylie Bunbury (“When They See Us”).

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‘Return of Swamp Thing,’ ‘Black Magic Live: Stripped’ and ‘Higher Ed’ Due on DVD From MVD and Lightyear in September

The 1989 Heather Locklear sci-fi fantasy The Return of Swamp Thing, the 2021 documentary Black Magic Live: Stripped and the 2001 comedy Higher Ed are coming to DVD in September from MVD Entertainment and Lightyear Entertainment.

Due Sept. 7 is The Return of Swamp Thing, in which everyone’s favorite muck-encrusted plant-man falls in love with Dr. Arcane’s sexy daughter and must rescue her from her father’s nefarious and murderous plans. Locklear (“Melrose Place,” Uptown Girls) stars as the vegetarian plant-lover in this superhero comic book adaptation. The film also stars Louis Jordan (Swamp Thing, Octopussy), Sarah Douglas (Superman II, Conan the Destroyer) and Dick Durock (Raw Deal, Stand By Me) and features elaborate mutant creatures designed by the legendary Carl Fullerton. Special features include audio commentary from director Jim Wynorski, composer Chuck Cirino and editor Leslie Rosenthal; an interview with Wynorski; an interview with Rosenthal; an interview with Cirino; an interview with Lightyear Entertainment executive Arnie Holland; the original theatrical trailer; six promotional TV clips; two TV spots; two Greenpeace PSAs; 1989 promo reel; and a photo gallery.

Also coming Sept. 7 is Higher Ed. In the comedy, at the ripe age of 19, Ed Green (Pras) is a dismal failure. He has resigned himself to smoking and selling marijuana for the psychotic local drug dealer Sadico, until Sadico’s sister pins her pregnancy on Ed and Sadico vows to kill Ed. Hearing of this, Ed decides to skip town, unsure of where to go and hide. As a last act of desperation, Ed decides to enroll at a local university and hide out by taking classes and living on campus. Unfortunately, Ed is assigned dorm room 420, with roommate “Bud” Carter (Aries Spears). Bud quickly becomes a negative influence on Ed, who falls back into his old ways. But the Mexican Gang has picked up on Ed’s trail, sending goons to register as students on the same campus to find Ed. Ed is meanwhile developing a romantic relationship with fellow student Lisa (Leila Arcieri) but must lure her away from her big man on campus boyfriend Craig (Hill Harper). The plot thickens when police detectives set up a sting operation to address the growing problem of drugs on campus. Bonus features include a director’s commentary.

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Black Magic Live: Stripped, due Sept. 21, is a trip behind the scenes of Las Vegas’ only Black male revue show and the often-complicated lives of its male strippers. Through the eyes of its owners, Eurika Pratts and Jean Claude LaMarre, viewers are taken on a fantastical journey through the male revue show, exploring the challenges that the Black Magic Live show and its core group of dancers have experienced during their four years on the Las Vegas Strip. While trying to establish their presence in sin city, the all-black show and its dancers and staff are met with racial prejudice, fierce competition and a series of emotional pitfalls as they struggle in the city. Viewers meet Allen “LoverBoy” Hayward, 46 years old, the most senior dancer in Black Magic Live, the “OG” who struggles with the reality that his time may be coming to an end, as he has aged out of the dance scene and must make room for the younger guys who will soon replace him. Viewers also meet Jetorious “KIng” Morris, 26 years old, a former NFL prospect, who saw his dream vanish after experiencing a career-ending injury and discovering stripping as a fallback career. There is also Jimmy “Lockz” Sigmond, a Vegas transplant from neighboring Los Angeles, who has served seven years in prison before becoming a dancer. Bonus features include a director’s commentary.

Vudu Mounting Sci-Fi and Fantasy Title Sale

Fandango’s TVOD service Vudu is mounting several sales on science-fiction and fantasy titles.

Taking place Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 is Vudu’s Summer of Savings: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sale, featuring more than a hundred titles at 25% off, such as blockbuster bundles including the Lord of the RingsThe HobbitStar Trek and Godzilla franchises, as well as recent titles such as Nicolas Cage’s Willy’s Wonderland, Anthony Mackie’s Synchronic and Bruce Willis’ Cosmic Sin. Also included in the sale are: Avatar, Labyrinth, Interstellar, Ready Player One, They Live, Limitless, Arrival, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, War of the Worlds (2005) and Edge of Tomorrow.

Other sci-fi-related sales include the Marvel Studios sale, Aug. 31-Sept. 8, with titles up to 60% off (select titles such as Black Panther and Captain Marvel for $7.99, with the four-movie Avengers collection for $29.99); “Pixar Fest,” Aug. 31-Sept. 15, with select Pixar titles, such as  Luca, Onward, Up and WALL-E, available at $9.99 each; and 1950s films at $5 each Aug. 31-Sept. 14, including The Incredible Shrinking Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, It Came from Outer Space, It Came from Beneath the Sea, It! the Terror from Beyond Space and The War of the Worlds (1953).

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Sci-fi Thriller ‘Tethered’ Due On Demand From Gravitas Ventures Sept. 21

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the sci-fi thriller Tethered and will release it on demand Sept. 21.

In the film from writer-director Gregg Furuoka, what starts as a “John Doe” case for Detective Samantha Morris (Caroline Harris, American Gigolo) and her partner will put her personal world into upheaval. No one understands what happened to her and her partner out in the forest — not even her. In this sci-fi mystery, Sam searches for a murderer, a missing partner, and her own sanity. The puzzle consumes her and if she is to take back her life, she must redefine her own reality. In order to discover the truth of what really happened, she will have to suffer even greater consequences.

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Horror Films ‘Lust’ and ‘Through the Shadow’ and Sci-Fi Title ‘I Am Toxic’ Due on DVD Aug. 10 From MVD

Two horror films, Lust and Through the Shadow, and the science-fiction fantasy I Am Toxic will come out on DVD Aug. 10 from Jinga Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the Spanish-language Lust, a famous crime writer becomes a victim after a crazed fan brutally attacks her. Isolated in her apartment she tries to recover but continues to feel threatened after experiencing strange events. Her psychiatrist believes that it’s all in her mind, a result of post-traumatic stress, but she is convinced that her attacker is stalking her and resorts to extreme violence to protect herself. Extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes, stills and a trailer.

The Portuguese-language Through the Shadow follows prim and assuming Laura, who moves to the countryside of 20th century Rio de Janeiro and is unprepared for life on an isolated plantation. Hired as a nanny for two young orphans who live on their uncle’s coffee farm, she soon notices that things are not all as they seem. Confronted with continual apparitions, and noting the children’s increasingly ambiguous behavior, Laura becomes convinced in the presence of hostile spirits whom she believes are intent on taking possession of her young charges. With growing concerns for their safety, she strives to unravel the mysteries of her new home without realizing that it may be herself who is in mortal danger. Based on Henry James classic novel The Turn Of The Screw.

In the Spanish-language I Am Toxic, a man wakes up in a world ravaged by biological warfare with no memory of his previous life. Taken prisoner by scavengers he meets a young woman who helps him escape. As the scavengers pursue them through barren wastelands he discovers that he must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her.

Sci-fi Horror Film ‘Toxico’ Coming to Theaters, On Demand and Digital July 23 From Level 33

The Spanish-language science-fiction horror film Toxico is coming to theaters, digital and on demand July 23 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the film, in the middle of a mysterious insomnia epidemic that slowly takes on catastrophic dimensions, Laura and Augusto flee the city in their motorhome to get away from the chaos. As they move down the road, they discover a world that is becoming an increasingly strange and dangerous place.

The film stars Jazmín Stuart, Agustín Rittano, Victoria Cabada, Sebastian Carbone, Marcelo D’Andrea, Alejandro Jovic, Martín Carabal, Lucila Mangone, Jorge Roberto Prado and Marcelo Mininno.

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1950s Sci-Fi Classic ‘Flight to Mars’ Available on Blu-ray From MVD and Film Detective

Flight to Mars (1951), an adventure from the dawn of the 1950s science fiction boom, is now available on Blu-ray Disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Film Detective.

The release features a new 4K restoration sourced from the original Cinecolor separation negatives.

From legendary producer Walter Mirisch and starring Marguerite Chapman and Cameron Mitchell, Flight to Mars emerged from tiny Monogram Pictures, one of Hollywood’s smallest Poverty Row studios.

In the film, five Earthlings land on Mars and are greeted by a team of friendly inhabitants. In time, the Earthlings learn that the genial welcoming party secretly covets their ship. Fearing they have depleted the key mineral used to power their life-support systems, the Martians are determined to get off their dying planet by any means necessary. Not only do the Martians intend to leave the stranded crew behind to die, but they also plan to invade and conquer Earth. The discovery of this sinister alien agenda kicks off a long round of deception and suspense.

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Special features include audio commentary by author/film historian Justin Humphreys; “Walter Mirisch: From Bomba to Body Snatchers,” a new documentary short from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; “Interstellar Travelogues: Cinema’s First Space Race,” a new documentary short with celebrated science fiction artist/historian Vincent Di Fate from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; and a full color insert booklet with an essay by Don Stradley.

‘Unbreakable’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital Sept. 21

The 2000 sci-fi drama Unbreakable will arrive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digital for the first time Sept. 21 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will also be released as a limited-edition Steelbook available only at Best Buy stores that consumers can preorder beginning Aug. 10.

In the film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, after David Dunn (Bruce Willis) emerges from a horrific train crash as the sole survivor — and without a single scratch on him — he meets a mysterious, unsettling stranger (Samuel L. Jackson) who believes comic book heroes walk the earth, and whose sinister, single-minded obsession will impact David’s life forever.

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Bonus features include deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a look at comic book artistry and leading artists, a scene from a film Shyamalan made as a child, and animated storyboard and final scene comparisons of the train sequence.