Michael Mann Biopic ‘Ferrari’ Due on Premium Digital Jan. 23, Disc March 12

Neon will release will release director Michael Mann’s biopic Ferrari  for premium digital purchase and rental starting Jan. 23.

The film, which stars Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, and Shailene Woodley, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD starting March 12.

Ferrari has earned $35.1 million at the global box office.

The film is set in the summer of 1957. Behind the spectacle of Formula 1, ex-racer Enzo Ferrari is in crisis. Bankruptcy threatens the factory he and his wife Laura built from nothing 10 years earlier. Their volatile marriage has been battered by the loss of their son Dino a year earlier. Ferrari struggles to acknowledge his son Piero with Lina Lardi. Meanwhile, his drivers’ passion to win pushes them to the edge as they launch into the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the Mille Miglia.

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The Blu-ray and DVD release will feature behind-the-scenes extras, including “The Mille Miglia” and “Building Perfection,” which explore the historic race and cars behind Ferrari, as well as in-depth interviews with the cast and crew.

Neon acquired Ferrari ahead of its 2023 Venice Film Festival world premiere. It made its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival.

PBS to Bow David Kelly Docuseries ‘Hope in the Water’ in Summer 2024

PBS will release the three-part, character-driven docuseries “Hope in the Water,” from multi-award-winning producer David E. Kelley (“Love & Death,” “Lincoln Lawyer,” “Big Little Lies”) in collaboration with four-time James Beard Award and Emmy Award winner Chef Andrew Zimmern and his production company Intuitive Content (MSNBC’s “What’s Eating America,” “Family Dinner,” “Andrew Zimmern’s Wild Game Kitchen,” “Feral”), in summer 2024 on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS App.

Marking Kelley’s foray into docuseries television, “Hope in the Water” travels the globe to discover the creative solutions and breakthrough blue food technologies that could not only feed the world but help save threatened seas and fresh waterways. The series highlights the stories of innovators, aquafarmers and fishers who are working toward a sustainable future for the planet.

Environmental enthusiasts Shailene Woodley, Martha Stewart, José Andrés and Baratunde Thurston reveal hidden underworlds jeopardized by climate change, irresponsible fishing and exploitation, and habitat destruction. 

“We’re particularly excited about ‘Hope in the Water’s’ potential to reach broad audiences thanks to the powerful voices at the forefront of the series, who demonstrate the possibilities of a more sustainable future,” Bill Gardner, VP of multiplatform programming and head of development at PBS, said in a statement. “With a commitment to extensive public engagement around the series, we aim to not only bring compelling and authentic documentary content to audiences but also to connect and strengthen voices, people and communities with real world ways to make a difference.”

“Through ‘Hope in the Water’ we are on a mission to reimagine a planet where both ecological balance and food abundance are possible. Our series is a fresh take on how we can rewrite menus worldwide that will create meaningful and lasting impact for generations to come,” Kelley said in a statement. “Andrew and I are buoyed by our enthusiastic collaborators — Shailene, Martha, Baratunde and José — and are proud to partner with the Earth-conscious changemakers at PBS.”

Actor and activist Woodley grew up surfing the California coast and has witnessed firsthand how “zombie” purple urchins have taken over and destroyed kelp forests. She goes underwater with urchin divers who collect the barren urchins and then deliver them to a farm where their buttery roe is grown and harvested — turning an ecological imbalance into a sellable commodity and helping to save the kelp at the same time.

“It’s my hope that through this important work, we can collectively practice better alternatives that will nourish communities across the planet and sustain our waters,” Woodley said in a statement.

Stewart has a deep connection to the Gulf of Maine — the fastest warming body of water on the planet. She sails into Penobscot Bay where a young fisherman abandoned his plans of lobstering for a more sustainable alternative: scallop farming. As Stewart cooks the scallops, she notes that Maine’s famous lobsters are now migrating further north in search of colder water. Aquafarms like this are the future.

“The interconnectivity between Earth and all its inhabitants has always inspired my passions,” Stewart said in a statement. “We’ve been given the gift of this incredible planet — the only one we call home — and when we pair it with human ingenuity to think outside the box, we can become more eco-friendly and expect better for our future.” 

A renowned chef and humanitarian, Andrés recounts the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in 2017. He and volunteers with World Central Kitchen prepared more than 4 million meals to feed hungry survivors. Importantly, World Central Kitchen also provided grants to fishers to repair boats, buy new engines, and rebuild their fishery. Marine conservationist Raimundo Espinoza assisted that effort and is now helping these fishers pivot to a new and sustainable species: 60-pound diamondback squid.

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Baratunde Thurston weaves together threads of technology, democracy and climate through his work as an Emmy-nominated host, producer, writer and public speaker. He is a founding partner of the new media startup Puck and creator and host of the “How to Citizen” podcast. He is also the host and executive producer of the PBS television series “America Outdoors.”

“I’ve assessed all the planets and strongly prefer life on Earth. It’s essential that we find ways to take care of this planet which is another way of saying take care of ourselves,” stated Thurston.

Jodie Foster Film ‘The Mauritanian’ to Debut on PVOD March 2

STX Films’ The Mauritanian will debut on premium VOD March 2 at $19.99 for a 48-hour rental period.

The film earned Golden Globe nominations for leads Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, The Mauritanian is based on the book Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. It’s the true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. Government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths.

The film also stars Zachary Levi and Saamer Usmani.

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‘Big Little Lies’ Second Season on Disc Jan. 7

The second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” will be released on DVD Jan. 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. A Blu-ray version will be released by Warner Archive.

The returning cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoё Kravitz. In season two, the “Monterey Five” bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives after the events of season one, while Perry’s grieving mother (Meryl Streep) comes to town in search of answers about her son’s death.

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The home video release will include all seven episodes, plus the featurette “The Lies Revealed: A Conversation With the Cast.”

Warner is also releasing a DVD two-pack containing both seasons of the series. The show is also available to own through digital retailers.

 

Universal Releasing ‘Adrift’ Digitally Aug. 21, on Disc Sept. 4

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Adrift through digital retailers Aug. 21, followed by Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 4.

Based on a true story, the film stars Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games”) as two free spirits struggling to survive in the middle of the ocean after their boat is badly damaged by a hurricane. Adrift earned $31 million at the domestic box office.

Extras include deleted scenes, a commentary with Woodley and director Baltasar Kormákur, theatrical trailers, and three featurettes: “Survival at Sea,” an interview with the cast and filmmakers; “Braving the Elements,” a behind-the-scenes look at filming in the open waters; and “Journey,” a guided tour of the film with Woodley.