‘Mothra’ Hatches on Steelbook Blu-ray July 9 From Mill Creek

The 1961 sci-fi kaiju classic Mothra will be unleashed in a special edition steelbook Blu-ray July 9 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

This special edition release marks the North American Blu-ray debut of Mothra and includes both the U.S. theatrical cut as well as the original, extended Japanese version of the film. Special features include feature-length commentary with authors and Japanese sci-fi historians Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski, trailers, and a photo gallery.

The film is presented in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio with DTS-HD Master Audio for both English and Japanese tracks and English subtitles on a dual-layered Blu-ray disc.

“We are excited to offer Mothra on Blu-ray as a gorgeous steelbook release,” said Barrett Evans, VP of marketing for Mill Creek Entertainment, in a statement.  “The timing is ideal to present the original Mothra as new audiences will soon see the iconic character in the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie.”

Mothra was produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, directed by Ishiro Honda, with SFX directed by Eiji Tsuburaya — the same team that created the original Godzilla feature film.

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The gigantic moth became one of the most popular Japanese characters appearing in 14 feature films.

In Mothra, following reports of human life on Infant Island, the supposedly deserted site of atomic bomb tests, an international expedition to the heavily-radiated island discovers a native tribe and tiny twin female fairies called “Shobijin” who guard a sacred egg. The overzealous expedition leader kidnaps the Shobijin to exhibit in a Tokyo stage show but soon they summon their protector, hatching the egg and releasing a giant caterpillar. Mothra finally transforms into the ultimate beast, impervious to modern weapons.

Mothra stars Emi Ito and Yumi Ito (known as the popular singing duo “The Peanuts”), Hiroshi Koizumi (Mothra vs. Godzilla), Kyoko Kagawa (High and Low), Jerry Ito (The Manster) and Frankie Sakai (Shogun). Musical numbers by Emi and Yumi Ito are featured in the film as they sing “Mosura No Uta (The Mothra Song),” “Daughters of Infant Island” and “Mosura ya Mosura.”

Shout! Factory Releasing Complete ‘Space: 1999’ Series on Blu-ray

Martin Landau in “Space: 1999”

Shout! Factory will release Space: 1999 — The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD July 16.

The set will include all 48 episodes of the 1975-77 sci-fi series, plus a disc of bonus material.

Barbara Bain and Martin Landau in “Space: 1999”

The show focuses on the adventures of the team at Moonbase Alpha after a nuclear waste explosion pushes the moon out of Earth’s orbit and hurtling through space. Martin Landau stars as base commander John Koenig. The cast also includes Barbara Bain, Barry Morse and Catherine Schell.

“Space: 1999” Eagle Transporters

The complete-series release marks the first time the second season will be available on Blu-ray in the United States. The first season was released on a now out-of-print Blu-ray set by A&E in 2010. Both seasons have been available on Blu-ray overseas for years.

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ShoutFactory.com is taking preorders on a limited-edition set that comes with a four-inch snowglobe featuring an Eagle Transporter landing on the Moon.

‘Captive State’ to Be Unleashed on Disc and Digital June 11

The sci-fi thriller Captive State will land on Blu-ray, DVD, digital (including Movies Anywhere) and on demand June 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is set a decade after an extraterrestrial force occupied Earth, deceiving humanity with the promise of peace and unity, and Chicago police officer William Mulligan (John Goodman) is tasked with maintaining law and order in a city on the brink of rebellion. Gabriel (Ashton Sanders), the young brother of a fallen militant and the son of Mulligan’s ex-partner, is faced with the crucial choice, collaborate or fight back.

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Bonus features include “Igniting a War,” in which producer/co-writer/director Rupert Wyatt explains how the cast helped achieve realism against the backdrop of an alien invasion story; “Building the World of Captive State,” in which filmmakers and cast discuss their experiences shooting on location in Chicago; and feature commentary with Wyatt.

‘Replicas’ Coming to Digital April 2, Disc April 16 From Lionsgate

The science fiction thriller Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves, arrives on digital April 2 and Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD and on demand April 16 from Lionsgate.

Reeves (“John Wick” franchise, “The Matrix” franchise) stars in and co-produces the thriller from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers), which also stars Alice Eve (Star Trek: Into DarknessShe’s Out of My League), Thomas Middleditch (TV’s “Silicon Valley”, The Wolf of Wall Street), Emily Alyn Lind (TV’s “Revenge”), Emjay Anthony (The Jungle BookBad Moms), and John Ortiz (Silver Linings PlaybookAmerican GangsterBumblebee).

Reeves plays William Foster, a neuroscientist on the verge of transferring human consciousness into a computer when his wife (Eve) and children are tragically killed in a car crash. Desperate to resurrect his family, William recruits a fellow scientist (Middleditch) to help secretly clone their bodies and create replicas. When William learns that he can only replicate three of the four family members, he makes a decision with fateful consequences.

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Special features include an audio commentary with director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and executive producer James Dodson, a making-of featurette, and deleted scenes.

Season One of ‘Nightflyers’ Out on Disc From Universal

Season one of the Syfy series “Nightflyers” is available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The release includes all 10 episodes in the first season of the space horror series, based on the sci-fi novella of the same name from George R.R. Martin. Set in the year 2093, the series follows a team of scientists aboard the Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms. Their mission takes them to the edge of the solar system, and to the edge of insanity, as they realize horror isn’t waiting for them in outer space — it’s already on their ship.

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The ensemble cast includes Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”), Sam Strike(“EastEnders”), Maya Eshet (“Teen Wolf”), Angus Sampson (“Fargo”), Jodie Turner-Smith (“The Last Ship”), Gretchen Mol (“Boardwalk Empire”), David Ajala (“Fast & Furious 6”) and Brían F. O’Byrne (“Million Dollar Baby”).

Season One of ‘Project Blue Book’ Coming to Disc April 9 From Lionsgate

Season one of “Project Blue Book,” a drama series from Academy Award-winning executive producer Robert Zemeckis, will come out on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD April 9 from Lionsgate.

The series, based on true top-secret investigations into UFOs, stars Aidan Gillen and Michael Malarkey, along with Neal McDonough, Michael Harney, Laura Mennell and Ksenia Solo. Inspired by the real-life experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Gillen), “Project Blue Book” follows the college professor, who is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation, code-named Project Blue Book, which investigates UFO sightings and alleged extraterrestrial encounters. Each episode draws from those actual case files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events.

Sci-fi Epic ‘Mortal Engines’ Due on Digital Feb. 19, Disc March 12 From Universal

The sci-fi epic Mortal Engines arrives on digital (including Movies Anywhere) Feb. 19 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand March 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Based on the book series by Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines is an epic adventure directed by Oscar-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies Academy Award-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who penned the screenplay. Hundreds of years after our civilization was destroyed, a new world has emerged in Mortal Engines. A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar, Anna Karenina) leads a band of outcasts in the fight to stop London — now a giant predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path.

Bonus features (which vary by format) include “Welcome to London,” a five-part, behind-the-scenes look, at the undertaking of putting an entire city on wheels; feature commentary with Rivers; “End of the Ancients,” about the secrets of the Sixty Minute War as you travel through the London Museum; in-depth looks at the characters; “In the Air,” in which viewers join the Anti-Traction League as they reveal what went in to the creation of Airhaven; and “Film New Zealand,” about filmmaking in New Zealand.

Cult Video Game Movie ‘Double Dragon’ Due Jan. 22 from MVD’s Rewind Collection

Double Dragon, the cult classic 1994 movie based on the video game hit, is smashing its way to Blu-ray and DVD combo pack Jan. 22 in MVD Entertainment Group’s “Rewind Collection.”

It’s the year 2007, and what remains of Los Angeles is now New Angeles, a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the “Double Dragon,” which will give him mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Mark Dacascos, John Wick 3) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf, “Party of Five”) find themselves in possession of the amulet’s missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa Milano, “Charmed”) and her vigilante group the Power Corps, Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain’s malevolent plan.

Double Dragon was arguably one of my favorite projects for the Rewind Collection,” said MVD’s Eric Wilkinson, who oversees the collection, in a statement. “This release marks the first time Double Dragon will be available on Blu-ray and in HD in North America. Special features producer Richard Schenkman and I worked tirelessly to create some amazing brand-new bonus material that includes a feature length making-of documentary that I know collectors will love. With these new bonus features, along with some great archival bonus material and the addition of the pilot of the ‘Double Dragon’ animated television series (courtesy of Invincible Entertainment), MVD is proud to present the definitive edition of Double Dragon in a kick-ass (pun intended) Blu-ray plus DVD combo pack collector’s set.”

Bonus features include the new featurette “The Making of Double Dragon,” featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould and Michael Davis, and producer Don Murphy; the new featurette “Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer”; an archival making-of featurette; a behind-the-scenes featurette; the 1993 “Double Dragon” animated series pilot episode “The Shadow Falls”; a storyboard gallery; press photos, marketing and behind-the-scenes photo galleries; TV spots; a VHS home video trailer; the original theatrical trailer; a collectible mini-poster; and a reversible sleeve featuring alternate artwork.

Fox Launches ‘The Orville’ on DVD Dec. 11

The first season “The Orville” will arrive on DVD Dec. 11 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

A comedic sci-fi adventure in the spirit of “Star Trek,” the series was created by and stars Seth MacFarlane, who plays the captain of the U.S.S. Orville, an exploratory spaceship 400 years in the future. The cast includes Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J Lee, Mark Jackson and Chad L. Coleman.

The DVD includes all 12 episodes from the first season plus several featurettes and highlights from the show’s presentation at PaleyFest 2018.

‘The Predator’ Stalking to Digital Nov. 27, Disc Dec. 18

The Predator will stalk to digital (including Movies Anywhere) Nov. 27 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 18 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film made $50.9 million at the box office.

The studio will also release a special-edition “Predator” four-movie collection, which includes Predator, Predator 2, Predators and The Predator on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Dec. 18. It includes four collector cards of the original film poster re-issue with some of the franchises most iconic quotes on the back.

The hunt has evolved in the next chapter of the “Predator” series, from director Shane Black (Iron Man 3). The most lethal hunters in the universe are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever, and only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race.

Extras on The Predator releases include deleted scenes, “A Touch of Black,” “Predator Evolution,” “The Takedown Team,” “Predator Catch-Up” and a photo gallery.