Horror Title ’11th Hour Cleaning’ Due on DVD July 5 From Screen Media

The horror film 11th Hour Cleaning will be released on DVD July 5 from Screen Media.

The story follows a team of crime scene cleaners who experience ghastly hallucinations and must confront their most personal regrets and fears when they are trapped at a recent murder site by an ancient Nordic demon hell-bent on driving them insane. As they uncover what truly happened to the murder victims, they must escape their own deaths by finding and destroying the Norse relics that give the demon its powers.

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Directed by Ty Leisher, the film features Chloe Brooks (Embed), Eddie Finlay (2 Fast 2 Furious), Anita Leeman-Torres (Final Kill), Ed Morrone (Final Kill) and Dave Baez (“Dexter”).

 

Catherine Tate Comedy ‘The Nan Movie’ Slated for VOD July 22

Screen Media will release the British comedy The Nan Movie in theaters and on demand July 22.

The film is based on the Nan character from the BBC series “The Catherine Tate Show,” a foul-mouthed grandmother named Joannie Taylor played by Tate herself.

In the film, Nan goes on a wild road trip from London to Ireland with her long-suffering grandson Jamie to make amends with her estranged and dying sister Nell. Through a series of flashbacks, we see the young sisters fall in love with the same handsome G.I. during World War II and how the consequences of this love triangle shaped Nan into the cantankerous persona she is today. Militant vegan arsonists, Australian rugby teams, all-night raves, and crazed cops on motorbikes all make for a proper day out.

The film was written by Tate and “Ted Lasso” star Brett Goldstein. The cast also includes Matthew Horne, Katherine Parkinson, Parker Sawyers, Tom Vaughn-Lawlor, Jack Doolan and Niky Wardley.

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‘Monstrous’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD July 5

Screen Media will release the supernatural thriller Monstrous on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 5.

The film stars Christina Ricci as a mother who along with with her 7-year-old son Cody flees her abusive ex-husband. Still traumatized, they try to settle into a new life in an idyllic and remote lakeside farmhouse. However, their physical and mental well-being are pushed to the limit as their fragile existence is threatened.

The cast also includes Colleen Camp, Santino Bernard, Don Balderamos and Nick Vallelonga.

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Screen Media Acquires Casper Van Dien’s Sci-Fi Action Series ‘Salvage Marines’

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s Screen Media subsidiary June 7 announced the acquisition of North American distribution rights to “Salvage Marines,” the science-fiction action series starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow). The series will be released on the Crackle Plus streaming services as a Crackle and Popcornflix Original in July.

No word whether the series will also stream on Redbox Digital, which Chicken Soup for the Soul is acquiring.

The dystopian futuristic series follows Samuel (Van Dien), who works as a factory laborer on planet Baen 6. When he learns his wife is pregnant, he does the only thing he can to ensure his child will avoid the same societal debt he has — enlist in the planet’s military ranks as a salvage marine. Armand Assante (Judge Dredd, American Gangster) and Peter Shinkoda (The Predator, Midway) also star.

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The series is directed by Shaun Paul Piccinino (Deadliest Warrior), co-written by Sean-Michael Argo and Rafael Jordan, and produced by Philippe Martinez for MSR Media, Jake Seal and Jamie R Thompson for Orwo Studios, and Terry Bird from Black Hangar Studios with MSR Media Karinne Behr and Lee Beasley acting as executive producers. Production financing for the series was provided by Sherborne Media, with Alastair Burlingham, Gary Raskin, Charlie Dombek and Elizabeth Primm serving as executive producers.

Crackle Plus’ recent releases include the exclusive scripted series “Les Norton,” which stars Alexander Bertram and Rebel Wilson, “Tia Mowery’s Comfort Kitchen,” the suspense thriller Blast and Inside the Black Box, and the award-winning BBC series “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. They also recently announced season three of the award-winning Ashton Kutcher-produced series “Going From Broke.”

Thriller ‘9 Bullets’ Heading to Blu-ray and DVD June 7

Screen Media June 7 will release the thriller 9 Bullets on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

In the film, a former burlesque dancer turned author (Lena Headey) discovers a second chance at life and redemption when she risks everything to rescue her young neighbor after he witnesses the murder of his parents. Now on the run from a local crime boss (Sam Worthington), who happens to be her longtime ex, she makes a desperate attempt to get the boy to safety.

The cast also includes Dean Scott Vasquez, Cam Gigandet, La La Anthony, Martin Sensmeier and Barbara Hershey.

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AFM Panelists: Disc Still Spinning at Independent Studios

While much of the discussion among panelists at the virtual American Film Market running Nov. 1-5 has been about digital distribution, independent supplier speakers have also noted that physical disc is still an important part of the pipeline.

“We still will release a DVD and Blu-ray on each film,” said Michael Murphy, president of Gravitas Ventures. “That’s going to be manufacture-on-demand in most cases. Our filmmakers like that, and if we can do it in a cost-effective manner, it’s still worth it.”

Disc revenue is still hanging on and filling the coffers at Screen Media.

At Screen, DVD has been a surprisingly stubborn revenue stream,” said Michael Messina, EVP of distribution at Screen Media. “And it’s actually grown for us in recent years after obviously dropping for a very long time. The past two to three years we’ve seen strong DVD sales.”

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J.J. Caruth, president of domestic marketing and distribution at The Avenue, noted Redbox is a key part of keeping the disc spinning.

“We’re still seeing some DVD revenue and, of course, Redbox is a part of that,” he said. “If you can do a deal with Redbox, there’s definitely some money to be made there as well for the right genre of movie.”

Megan Fox Movie ‘Till Death’ Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 10

The thriller Till Death, starring Megan Fox, will arrive on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10.

It is already available for digital purchase from Screen Media.

Fox plays a woman stuck in a stale marriage who is surprised when her whisks her away to their secluded lake house for a romantic evening on their 10th anniversary. But everything changes when she wakes up to discover herself handcuffed to his dead body. Trapped and isolated in the dead of winter, she must fight off hired killers to escape a twisted that gets more sinister at every turn.

The cast also includes Callan Mulvey, Eoin Macken, Aml Ameen and Jack Roth.

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Mafia Mystery ‘The Birthday Cake’ Coming to Disc July 27

Screen Media will release the crime drama The Birthday Cake on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27.

In the film, Gio (Shiloh Fernandez) continues a family tradition by bringing a cake to a memorial celebration of the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, hosted by his uncle (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. Gio’s life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father.

The cast also includes David Mazouz, Ewan McGregor, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, Aldis Hodge, Penn Badgley, Emory Cohen, Vincent Pastore and Jeremy Allen White.

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Screen Media to Distribute ‘Naked Singularity’ in August

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, has acquired all North American rights to the heist thriller Naked Singularity, and has set the film for an Aug. 6 theatrical release, followed by VOD Aug. 13.

Based on the novel A Naked Singularity by former Manhattan DA Sergio De La Pava, the tells the story of Casi (John Boyega), a promising young NYC public defender whose idealism is beginning to crack under the daily injustices of the very justice system he’s trying to make right. Doubting all he has worked for and seeing signs of the universe collapsing all around him, he is pulled into a dangerous high-stakes drug heist by an unpredictable former client (Olivia Cooke) to beat the broken system at its own game.

The cast also includes Bill Skarsgård, Ed Skrein, Linda Lavin and Tim Blake Nelson.

Naked Singularity marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Chase Palmer, who previously wrote the screenplay for 2017’s It: Chapter One.

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‘WW84’ Tops Disc Sales for Third Week; ‘Willy’s Wonderland’ Debuts at No. 2

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wonder Woman 1984 spent a third week atop the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray chart the week ended April 17.

Debuting at No. 2 was Screen Media’s Willy Wonderland, which in its first week sold about one-third as many copies as the superhero sequel. The comedic horror film stars Nicolas Cage as a stranded motorist who finds himself fighting for survival against the homicidal animatronic inhabitants of an abandoned family fun center.

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Dropping a spot on both charts was Disney’s Soul at No. 3, and Universal Pictures’ News of the World at No. 4.

The No. 5 disc seller was Lionsgate’s Shadow in the Cloud, which was No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter, which was No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 18, Wonder Woman 1984 was the top rental and News of the World was No. 2 for the third-consecutive week.

Willy’s Wonderland debuted at No. 3, pushing Universal’s The Croods: A New Age to No. 4.

No. 5 was another new release, Lionsgate’s The Penthouse, a thriller about a man seeking revenge against a couple for interfering in his relationship.

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