First Season of ‘Boggy Creek — The Series’ Available on DVD From BayView

The complete first season of “Boggy Creek — The Series” is available on DVD from BayView Entertainment.

From Henrique Couto and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Fred Olen Ray, the series heads to the legendary backwoods of Boggy Creek, Ark. . Viewers join the American Yeti Project as they investigate the strange events surrounding the spooky swamp and its unique denizens. They encounter the witch of Boggy Creek (scream queen Brinke Stevens), the Scarecrow of Boggy Creek, and the fabled Bigfoot monster itself.

The series is narrated by Eric Roberts.

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Sci-Fi Rom-Com ‘Molli and Max in the Future’ Headed to Theaters Feb. 9 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the sci-fi fantasy rom-com Molli and Max in the Future in theaters on Feb. 9.

A sci-fi rom-com about a man and woman whose orbits repeatedly collide over the course of 12 years, four planets, three dimensions and one space cult, Molli and Max in the Future takes the character-driven romance of When Harry Met Sally and combines it with an eclectic sci-fi universe like “Futurama.” Classic practical effects combined with cutting edge technology create Molli and Max’s unique universe.

Directed by Michael Lukk Litwak, the film stars Zosia Mamet, Aristotle Athari, Erin Darke, Okieriete Onaodowan, Arturo Castro, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Aparna Nacherla, Grace Kuhlenschmidt, Matteo Lane, Michael Chernus and Danny Burstein.

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Molli and Max in the Future premiered at SXSW 2023 and won the Jury Award Best Film at the Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival; the Lost Weekend Award Best Story at the Film Club’s The Lost Weekend; the Prix D’or Best of Fest at the Lower East Side Film Festival; and the Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature at the Oak Cliff Film Festival. It was nominated at SXSW for the Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award and for the American Independent Award Best Feature Film at the Denver International Film Festival.

Chinese Sci-Fi Prequel ‘The Wandering Earth II’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 19 From Well Go

The Chinese science-fiction prequel The Wandering Earth II will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The prequel to 2019 Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth — the No. 5 highest-grossing non-English film of all-time globally — returns with the same director, Frant Gwo, and returning stars Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior 2) and Wang Zhi (Drug War), along with new cast members Li Xuejian (Home Coming), Ning Li (Myth of Love), the legendary superstar Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs), Zhu Yanmanzi (“The Guilt” series), Sha Yi (My Own Swordsman), and Zhang Yi (Wolf Pack).

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In the film, in the near future, after learning that the sun is rapidly burning out and will obliterate Earth in the process, humans build enormous engines to propel the planet to a new solar system, far out of reach of the sun’s fiery flares. However, the journey out into the universe is perilous, and humankind’s last shot at survival will depend on a group of young people brave enough to step up and execute a dangerous, life-or-death operation to save the Earth.

 

Japanese Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘Plan 75’ Due on DVD Nov. 21 From MVD

The Japanese science-fiction fantasy Plan 75 will be released on DVD Nov. 21 from MVD Entertainment Group and KimStim.

In the film in a near dystopian future, Japan’s government launches Plan 75, a program encouraging the elderly to terminate their own lives to relieve its rapidly aging population’s social and economic burdens.

In Chie Hayakawa’s feature film debut, the lives of three ordinary citizens intersect in this new reality as they confront the crushing callousness of a world ready to dispose of those no longer deemed valuable. Legendary Japanese actress Chieko Baishō (Howl’s Moving Castle) stars as a 78-year-old Michi who considers signing up for the program after losing her meager but fulfilling hotel job and the means to live independently. A young Plan 75 salesman Himoru (Hayato Isomura) initially believes in the program’s benefits and serves as the human face of the program. And Maria (Stephanie Arianne), a Filipino care worker living overseas, reluctantly accepts a position with Plan 75 to send money home to her ailing daughter.

On the surface, the plan and its hawkers exude a kindness that serves as the film’s chilling vision of bureaucratic indifference and our increasing loss of interconnectedness. However, these characters soon learn to fully reckon with their own lives and what it truly means to live.

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The film was Japan’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards and the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Winner Golden Camera — Special Mention Chie Hayakawa.

The DVD includes Chie Hayakawa’s short film Niagara (2013).

‘Monsters of California’ Available Via On Demand Oct. 6 and on DVD Dec. 5

Screen Media will release the sci-fi adventure Monsters of California, the directorial feature debut of Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, via on demand Oct. 6 and on DVD Dec. 5.

In the film, after discovering research left behind by a missing government agent, Dallas Edwards and his misfit high school friends embark on a righteous and dangerous adventure to uncover a paranormal conspiracy in Southern California that brings them face-to-face with some of the government’s most guarded mysteries.

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Written by DeLonge, Ian Miller and Ben Kull, the film stars Jack Samson (Zodiac), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Camille Kostek (Free Guy), Richard Kind (A Serious Man) and Arianne Zucker (“Days of Our Lives”).

 

‘Predator’ Prequel ‘Prey’ Headed to 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 3

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Prey, the prequel to the “Predator” films, arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 3. As part of a special artist line, a collector’s edition 4K Steelbook, designed by digital artist Attila Szarka, will also be available exclusively at Best Buy.

The science-fiction film, which previously streamed on Hulu, was nominated for six Emmys, including Outstanding Television Movie.

The “Predator” legacy continues with this action thriller set in 1719 on the Great Plains with a band of Comanches. When Naru, a fierce and highly skilled young warrior, sets out to protect her people, the prey she stalks turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator — leading to a vicious and terrifying showdown.

All formats include a full-length Comanche audio track. Special features include:

  • “Making of Prey,” in which the cast and crew explore the genesis of the project, how they gave authenticity to the story, the intense physical training the cast endured, and the effects work that brought the Predator back to the screen;
  • “Prey FYC Panel With Cast and Crew,” a panel discussion featuring director Dan Trachtenberg, actor Amber Midthunder, producer Jhane Myers, director of photography Jeff Cutter, film editor Angela M. Catanzaro and creature effects designer Alec Gillis;
  • an alternative opening scene;
  • deleted scenes that didn’t make the cut with commentary by Dan Trachtenberg;
  • and audio commentary by Dan Trachtenberg, Amber Midthunder, Jeff Cutter & Angela M. Catanzaro.

 

 

BayView to Bow Restored 3D Classic ‘Robot Monster’ on Blu-ray and DVD July 25

BayView Entertainment will release the 3D classic Robot Monster (1953) on Blu-ray and DVD July 25.

The movie — which had three recent sold-out “re-premieres” in New York, Los Angeles and Wisconsin, according to BayView — was photographed in less than a week on location, but the Tru-Stereo photography is comparable to the major studio 3D productions of the time.  To mark the milestone 70th anniversary of the sci-fi classic, the 3D version of Robot Monster has been restored from complete 35mm archival 3D elements by the team at the 3D Film Archive, experts in vintage stereoscopic film restoration.

The Robot Monster Blu-ray restoration is presented in both Blu-ray 3D (for those with the necessary equipment) and compatible anaglyphic 3D (one pair of glasses is included), which will play on any system or monitor, as well as in standard 2D as well. The Robot Monster DVD edition can be viewed in compatible anaglyphic 3D (one pair of glasses is included) and standard 2D and contains all of the same bonus features as the Blu-ray.

In the film, a cosmic catastrophe has wiped out humanity, and the last six survivors must outwit that strangely iconic alien menace Ro-Man (George Barrows). Taking orders from the pitiless Great Guidance, Ro-Man wavers in his pursuit of human annihilation when he falls in love with a girl (Claudia Barrett). Can dashing young Roy (George Nader) save her?

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‘Extra Terrestrial Visitors,’ ‘Alien From the Abyss’ and Comedy Compilation Available on Blu-ray From MVD and Severin

The sci-fi fantasies Extra Terrestrial Visitors and Alien From the Abyss, as well as the comedy The Complete Comic Strip Presents … Channel 4 are available now on Blu-ray Disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

Available in its first authorized U.S. release is Alien From the Abyss (1989). For one of the final films of his career, director Antonio Margheriti (Castle of Blood, War of the Planets, Cannibal Apocalypse) headed to the Philippines to make a monster movie. In the film, when environmental activists attempt to expose an evil corporation (led by Charles Napier of Supervixens and Rambo: First Blood Part II fame) dumping nuclear waste into the local volcano, they’ll instead discover graphic gore, exploding miniatures and a rampaging full-scale kaiju-style creature. Luciano Pigozzi (Strike Commando) co-stars in the movie written by Tito Carpi (Raiders of Atlantis). Featuring the film scanned in 4K from the original negative, the release includes the following extras: the North American premiere of the 2013 documentary on Antonio Margheriti, The Outsiders — The Cinema of Antonio Margheriti, directed by his son Edoardo; “From the Center of the Earth,” an interview with Edoardo Margheriti; “Son of the Outsider,” an interview with The Outsider director Edoardo Margheriti; and the trailer.

Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983) is getting a worldwide Blu-ray premiere of the restored director’s cut. From Juan Piquer Simón (writer/director of Pieces and Slugs) comes this French/Spanish co-production. In the E.T.-influenced film, when snorkel-nosed furry aliens arrive on Earth, they encounter a foggy wilderness filled with sociopathic poachers, Simón’s twisted vision of what an ’80s American rock band looks/sounds like, and the boy who befriends a blue-eyed extraterrestrial he names “Trumpy.” The release of the film, also known in various versions as Return of E.T., The Unearthling and Pod People, features a 4K scan from the 35 mm negative. Extras include The Simon’s Jigsaw — A Journey Into the Universe of Juan Piquer; “A Weekend in Hell,” an interview with actor Emilio Linder; “Composing the Cosmos,” an interview with soundtrack composer Librado Pastor; a private concert from Librado Pastor; alternate Pod People opening credits; and the soundtrack CD single.

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The Complete Comic Strip Presents … Channel 4 is getting its North American Blu-ray premiere. It features the pioneering ’80s comedy troupe — which included Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson and Jennifer Saunders — whose series of short films for Britain’s Channel 4 led directly to  “The Young Ones,” “Absolutely Fabulous” and the entire U.K. alt-comedy movement. The release includes all three seasons and five specials from “The Comic Strip on Channel 4,” including their legendary mockumentary Bad News Tour and its sequel More Bad News, featuring appearances by Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne and Def Leppard; the classic Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door — scanned in 2K from a 16 mm print — directed by two-time Oscar nominee Stephen Frears; and more than four hours of special features including a new documentary.

‘Resident Evil: Death Island’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Steelbook, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital July 25

The sci-fi actioner Resident Evil: Death Island, based on the Capcom video game franchise, will be released on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook, Blu-ray, DVD and digital July 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, in San Francisco, Jill Valentine is dealing with a zombie outbreak and a new T-Virus, Leon Kennedy is on the trail of a kidnapped DARPA scientist, and Claire Redfield is investigating a monstrous fish that is killing whales in the bay. Joined by Chris Redfield and Rebecca Chambers, they discover the trail of clues from their separate cases all converge on the same location, Alcatraz Island, where a new evil has taken residence and awaits their arrival.

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Special features include “Genesis of Death Island,” “Jill Valentine: The Return,” a motion capture set tour, “Designing Death Island,” “Voicing Death Island, “The Birth of Death Island,” and a design gallery.

 

BayView June 27 Will Bow Sci-fi Horror Film ‘Theta States’ on Blu-ray and Digital and Doc ‘Eden’s Last Chance’ on DVD

BayView Entertainment on June 27 will release the sci-fi horror film Theta States on Blu-ray and digital streaming and the climate change documentary Eden’s Last Chance on DVD.

In Theta States (2017), after undergoing an experimental treatment for insomnia, Danny begins experiencing recurring nightmares, hallucinations and blackouts. He must find out what is causing them before he loses his job, his girlfriend and his sanity — or worse. Bonus features include two audio commentary tracks and the making-of featurette “Building a Nightmare.”

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Eden’s Last Chance asks, “If this is the end of the world, then what do we do?” This is the question at the heart of 18-year-old Joshua Wright’s three-year quest for an answer. The film follows Joshua’s journey into the environmental movement, featuring climate scientists, economists, frontline activists, and thought leaders reckoning with, and seeking to find a way out of, an accelerating environmental apocalypse.