Doc ‘Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb’ Headed Home

The documentary Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb will be released on digital March 28 and on DVD April 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Two literary legends — writer Robert Caro and his longtime editor Robert Gottlieb — have worked together to create some of the greatest non-fiction books in history. Now 86, Caro is determined to complete the final volume of his masterwork, The Years of Lyndon Johnson; Gottlieb, 91, wants to edit it. With humor and insight, this unique double portrait reveals the work habits, peculiarities, and professional joys of these two ferocious intellects as they attempt to finish the final masterstroke in their lives’ work.

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Drama ‘The Son’ Headed to DVD, Blu-ray and Digital March 28

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the drama The Son on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital March 28.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath and Anthony Hopkins.

The drama follows a family as it struggles to reunite after falling apart. It centers on Peter (Jackman), whose hectic life with his infant and new partner Beth (Kirby) is upended when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) appears with their son Nicholas (McGrath), who is now a teenager. The young man has been missing from school for months and is troubled, distant and angry. Peter strives to take care of Nicholas as he would have liked his own father to have taken care of him while juggling work, his and Beth’s new son, and the offer of his dream position in Washington. However, by reaching for the past to correct its mistakes, he loses sight of how to hold onto the Nicholas in the present.

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‘A Man Called Otto’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘The Whale’ Tops Digital Chart

Sony Pictures’ A Man Called Otto took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended March 19.

The drama, based on the best-seller A Man Called Ove, stars Tom Hanks as a man who no longer sees purpose in life after the death of his wife. He is ready to end it until he meets an unlikely friend. It was No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The No. 1 Redbox On Demand title was A24’s Oscar-winning drama The Whale, which stars Brendan Fraser as a reclusive overweight English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his daughter. The film won two Oscars — Best Actor for Fraser, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It was No. 3 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks. The film is distributed on disc by Lionsgate.

The top disc rental the previous two weeks, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, dropped to No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart. The sequel from DreamWorks Animation finds the feline swashbuckler seeking a magical wishing star in order to restore his nine lives.

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No. 4 on both charts was Screen Media’s The Ritual Killer, a thriller starring Cole Hauser as a detective who seeks advice from a professor (Morgan Freeman) to decode the ritualistic killings of a murderer.

The No. 5 disc rental was Lionsgate’s Everything Everywhere All at Once, coming off an Oscar win for Best Picture.

The No. 3 digital title was Universal’s Cocaine Bear, the comedic thriller about a bear in the 1980s that comes across a stash of cocaine in the woods, gets addicted and goes on a rampage. It is now available for PVOD viewing.

No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart was Lionsgate’s Mindcage, a thriller about two detectives who seek the help of an incarcerated serial killer to catch a copycat.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 19:

  1. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  2. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  3. The Whale — Lionsgate
  4. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  5. Everything Everywhere All at Once — Lionsgate
  6. Devotion — Paramount
  7. The Old Way — Lionsgate
  8. Legacy Peak — Sony Pictures
  9. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody — Sony Pictures
  10. Black Adam — Warner


Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 19:

  1. The Whale — A24
  2. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  3. Cocaine Bear — Universal
  4. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  5. Mindcage — Lionsgate
  6. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever  — Disney/Marvel
  7. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  8. The Old Way — Lionsgate
  9. Supercell — Sony Pictures
  10. Missing — Sony Pictures


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Original ‘Insidious’ 4K UHD Steelbook Due Just Before Latest Sequel Opens Theatrically

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on June 20 will release the original Insidious in a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook.

The release comes a month before the theatrical debut of the latest film in the horror franchise, Insidious: Fear the Dark, which opens July 7.

Insidious, released in 2010, is the terrifying story of the Lambert family who, shortly after moving, discovers that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son, Dalton, has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again, only to realize that it was not their house that was haunted.

The fifth and newest film in the franchise, Insidious: Fear the Dark, is produced by Blumhouse Productions and follows a now-grown Dalton Lambert as he goes off to college, only to once again encounter the nasty demons of his past.

Sony’s new home release of the original Insidious features the film presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, approved by director James Wan, as well as Dolby Atmos + 5.1 audio. The accompanying Blu-ray Disc also features 5.1 audio and includes various bonus features, including “Horror 101: The Exclusive Seminar”; “On Set With Insidious“; and “Insidious Entities.”

‘The Whale,’ ‘A Man Called Otto,’ ‘Alice, Darling,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Top New Discs of March 14

New DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases of March 14 include Oscar winner The Whale, A Man Called Otto, season 11 of “The Walking Dead” and Alice, Darling.

The A24 drama The Whale arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD March 14 from Lionsgate. The film won two Oscars — Best Actor for Brendan Fraser, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, mother!), and based on the play by Samuel D. Hunter, The Whale follows the story of a reclusive overweight English teacher (Fraser) who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter. The Whale also stars Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton (2003, Best Actress, In America), Sadie Sink (TV’s “Stranger Things”) and Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World, Avengers: Endgame, Iron Man 3, TV’s “The Guiding Light”). It earned $17 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases A Man Called Otto on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on March 14. The film stars Tom Hanks as Otto, a grump who no longer sees purpose in his life following the loss of his wife. Otto is ready to end it all, but his plans are interrupted when a lively young family moves in next door, and he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol. She challenges him to see life differently, leading to an unlikely friendship that turns his world around. Based on the best-seller A Man Called Ove, A Man Called Otto earned nearly $63.9 million at the domestic box office.

The dramatic thriller Alice, Darling arrives March 14 on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD from Lionsgate. Anna Kendrick plays Alice in this psychological thriller about a woman pushed to the breaking point by her psychologically abusive boyfriend Simon. While on vacation with two close girlfriends, Alice rediscovers the essence of herself and gains some much-needed perspective. Slowly, she starts to fray the cords of codependency that bind her. But Simon’s vengeance is as inevitable as it is shattering — and, once unleashed, it tests Alice’s strength, her courage, and the bonds of her deep-rooted friendships. From first-time director Mary Nighy, the film also stars Kaniehtiio Horn, Wunmi Mosaku and Charlie Carrick.

Season 11 of “The Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 14 from Lionsgate. In this final season of “The Walking Dead,” Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Maggie (Melissa McBride) embark on a risky mission with Negan to root out the shadowy Reapers while Eugene and Ezekiel make contact with the sprawling Commonwealth. To secure aid for Alexandria — their goal — they must assimilate, a tough ask for people who’ve seen no end of deceit, betrayal and loss. Stunned by the Commonwealth’s resources, the group slowly adjusts to their new home, but they can’t ignore what lurks beneath its seemingly civilized surface. Soon, threats abound, loyalties are tested, and shocking fates await. The series also stars Lauren Cohan, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Josh McDermitt and Seth Gilliam.

The sixth and final season of the CBS series “The Good Fight” will be released on DVD March 14 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Created by Emmy nominees Michelle and Robert King (“The Good Wife”), “The Good Fight” bows its final season in a the three-disc collection that includes all 10 episodes plus deleted scenes, a gag reel and “The Good Fight: A Farewell Featurette.” In the sixth and final season of “The Good Fight,” Diane (Emmy Award winner Christine Baranski) feels like she’s going crazy struggling with an uneasy sense of déjà vu, with everything from Roe v. Wade to voting rights, to Cold War aggressions returning. Meanwhile, the lawyers of Reddick & Associates wonder if the violence that they see all around them points to an impending civil war. The series also stars Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Beauty and the Beast), Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike and Molly”), Sarah Steele (“The Good Wife”), Andre Braughar (“Brooklyn 99”), Charmaine Bingwa (“Emancipation”) and Michael Boatman (“Madam Secretary”). Guest stars include Emmy nominees Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), Gary Cole (“Veep”), Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”), John Slattery (“Mad Men”) and Emmy Winner Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife”).

Season one of Paramount+’s adult animation series “Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head” arrives on DVD March 14 in a  three-disc collection that includes all 12 episodes and the Paramount+ original movie Beavis & Butt-Head Do the Universe. In the series brought back by creator Mike Judge nearing their 30th anniversary, America’s favorite culture critics now have more than just music videos to make fun of. Reality TV, the internet, and mixed martial arts cross their TV screen. In the movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, Beavis and Butt-Head go on a Space Shuttle mission in 1998, fall into a black hole, and reemerge on Earth in 2022, where they are pursued by the NSA, the Governor of Texas, and a highly-intelligent version of themselves from a parallel universe. The series features the voices of creator Mike Judge (“King of the Hill”), Piotr Michael (Lightyear), as well as Chris Diamantopoulos (The Three Stooges), Kosha Patel (“The Newsroom”), Jayden Libran (“The Happytime Murders”), Mary Birdsong (“Succession”), Brian Huskey (“Veep”), Tru Valentino (“The Rookie”), Ally Maki (“Wrecked”) and Toks Olagundoye (“Castle”).

Crunchyroll March 14 releases Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero on Blu-ray with a special video that highlights the trailers that were revealed at New York Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con in 2022. In the film, Piccolo and Gohan must save the world from androids created to carry on the mission of the recently destroyed Red Ribbon Army.

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Cinedigm will release Super Bowl LVII Champions: Kansas City Chiefs on DVD and Blu-ray Disc March 14. Led by two-time league MVP Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs captured the franchise’s third Vince Lombardi trophy with a 38-35 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Engineering a game-winning drive in the final minutes, the Chiefs sealed Super Bowl LVII with a 27-yard field goal for the team’s second win in four years.

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts March 14 will release Blue Thermal, the highly anticipated movie adaptation of the acclaimed manga of the same name. The film will make its North American debut on Blu-ray Disc and through digital retailers. Produced by Telecom Animation Film, Blue Thermal is the long-awaited feature film adaptation of author and creator Kana Ozawa’s popular manga series, which ran in Shinchosha’s Monthly Comic @Bunch Magazine for many years before being published in five book volumes. The coming-of-age movie captures the tension and excitement of a young college student who joins the school’s aviation club flying for the first time, as well as the beauty and exhilaration of the aerial scenery as seen from the pilot’s seat. The film’s theme song “Blue Thermal” and the song “Beautiful Bird” are performed by the popular Japanese piano rock band SHE’S.  

The action thriller The Siege will be released via on demand and digital sellthrough March 14 from Saban Films. It follows a special agent (Daniel Stisen, Netflix’s “Last Man Down”) who must defend his agency’s compound when it comes under attack from a special ops team. The international assassin seeking a new identity at a top-secret compound battles a ruthless squad of mercenaries bent on taking out everyone who stands in their way.

The Israeli drama All Eyes Off Me, in which a trio of young Israelis explore intimacy and the boundaries of their sexuality, will be released on digital and DVD March 14 from Film Movement. In the film (released in Hebrew with English subtitles), in Tel Aviv at a party, an anxious girl named Danny is looking for Max, a recent casual fling, to share that she’s pregnant with his child. Through the haze of drugs and promiscuity of the partygoers, Danny doesn’t get far in her search. Meanwhile, Max is busy with his new girlfriend Avishag. He attempts to realize her rough sexual fantasies, but Avishag instead turns her attention to another burgeoning relationship with Dror, an older man for whom she dog-sits. In these three, loosely connected vignettes, director Hadas Ben Aroya’s second feature film proves to be an atmospheric exploration of a self-possessed generation of young Israelis. All Eyes Off Me, winner of several awards at the 2021 Jerusalem Film Festival including Best Israeli Feature, addresses the physical limits of intimacy, questioning just how liberated these youths really are. The film was also an Official Selection at the Berlinale and Karlovy Vary International Film Festivals.

The 1991 sci-fi action-adventure The Grand Tour will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (sporting a new 4K scan from the negative) from Unearthed Classics and MVD Entertainment Group. Directed by David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Arrival), the film follows a widowed innkeeper (Jeff Daniels ) who battles a band of disaster-groupies from the future with explosive results. Ben Wilson (Daniels) and his daughter (Ariana Richards) buy an old Victorian mansion and begin renovations with plans to open up an inn. Their first guests are a strange and mysterious covey of tourists led by the eccentric Madame Lovine (Marilyn Lightstone). In a race against time, Ben must battle the seductive time bandits as well as his own personal demons in an attempt to save his daughter and the town from total destruction.

The documentary Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe will be released on DVD March 14 from Virgil Films. Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe is a feature documentary about the passion and personalities at the heart of today’s new wave of burlesque. On stage and in candid conversation, 12 of today’s hottest performers reveal the naked truth about an exotic world where artifice is a route to authenticity and pretending to be someone else is the ultimate journey to become yourself.

The boxing drama Body and Soul (1981); the mystery thrillers Last Rites (1988), Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978) and Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue (1991); and a Jet Li double feature are available on Blu-ray Disc March 14 from MVD Entertainment Group and Ronin Flix.

In Who’ll Stop the Rain, from the bloody battlefields of Vietnam, Ray Hicks (Nick Nolte, The Deep, 48 Hrs., The Prince of Tides) does his friend Converse (Michael Moriarty, Courage Under Fire, Pale Rider, Q, The Stuff) a favor, smuggling a stash of heroin back to the States. But when Ray goes to deliver the drugs, he and Converse’s wife, Marge (Tuesday Weld, Pretty Poison, Thief, Falling Down), are ambushed and barely escape with their lives. Suddenly on the run from two ruthless thugs and a murderous cop, the unlikely pair must find a way to get along and survive a perilous double-cross. The film also stars Anthony Zerbe (The Omega Man, Opposing Force, License to Kill), Richard Masur (The Thing, Risky Business, Scavenger Hunt, Fallen Angel), Ray Sharkey (The Idolmaker, Wiseguy, Hellhole), Charles Haid (Altered States, “Hill Street Blues”) and Gail Strickland (The Drowning Pool, Protocol) and features music by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Special features include audio commentary with film historians Daniel Kremer and Scout Tafoya and interviews with actor Richard Masur, associate producer Roger Spottiswoode and screenwriter Judith Rascoe.

Body and Soul is based on the 1947 classic of the same name. It’s rags-to-riches tale about a vivacious young fighter from Chicago that pulls no punches in its portrayal of boxing’s dark side. Featuring Muhammad Ali as himself, Body and Soul follows Golden Gloves champ Leon, played by Leon Isaac Kennedy (Lone Wolf McQuade, Too Scared to Scream), who has no interest in becoming a pro boxer. Instead, he wants to be a doctor. But when his little sister requires immediate and expensive medical treatments, he decides to go for the title and all the money it will bring. On his way to the top, however, Leon succumbs to the temptations that come with success. As a result, he begins to lose everyone and everything he used to care about. The film also stars Jayne Kennedy, Peter Lawford (Salt and Pepper, One More Time), Perry Lang (The Hearse, Spring Break) and Academy Award nominee Michael V. Gazzo (The Godfather: Part II, Alligator). Special features include an interview with star Leon Isaac Kennedy.

The mystery thriller Last Rites stars Tom Berenger (The Dogs of War, The Big Chill, Platoon, Major League) and Daphne Zuniga (The Sure Thing, Modern Girls, The Fly II, TV’s “Melrose Place”) in a controversial tale of a love affair between a priest and a woman. With a shocking final twist, Last Rites features a Mafia hit, a vulnerable witness and a man of the cloth with a secret past. In the film, when Father Michael Pace (Berenger) finds himself drawn to the mistress (Zuniga) of a brutally murdered mobster, he risks his life, his standing and even his faith to protect her. Shot on location in New York by legendary cinematographer David Watkins (Catch-22, Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire, Moonstruck) and featuring a supporting cast that includes Chick Vennera (The Milagro Beanfield War, Yanks), Anne Twomey (Deadly Friend, The Image Maker), Dane Clark (Moonrise, Skidoo), Paul Dooley (Breaking Away, Sixteen Candles), Tony Lip (Goodfellas) and Adrian Paul (Duncan MacLeod of TV’s “Highlander”). Special features include interview with Director Donald Belissario and the theatrical trailer.

The mystery thriller Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue is from the director of the erotic titles Wild Orchid and “Red Shoe Diaries.” It follows a beautiful young woman caught between passion and innocence — and two shades of the truth. The film stars Tom Skerritt (Top Gun, Alien, Opposing Force), Robert Davi (License to Kill, Showgirls, Die Hard, The Taking of Beverly Hills), Wendy Hughes (Paradise Road, My Brilliant Career, Happy New Year), Nina Siemaszko (License to Drive, Lost Angels, Airheads), Joe Dallesandro (The Limey, Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, Seeds of Evil) and Liane Curtis (Sixteen Candles, Critters 2: The Main Course). In the film, after her father (Skerritt) dies, Blue (Siemaszko) is forced to grow up fast. Taken in by Elle (Hughes), a high-class brothel madam, she discovers a beguiling world of power and pleasure — but also the tightening grip of Elle’s control. To make matters worse, she is falling for Josh (Brent Fraser, Dark Side of Genius, Wild at Heart), a regular guy who doesn’t know about her double life. Special features include scenes deleted from the theatrical cut and the theatrical trailer.

The limited edition Jet Li double feature includes two martial arts action films directed by Corey Yuen (The Transporter): The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 1 and, for the first time on Blu-ray in the United States, The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 2. In The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 1 (aka The Legend), Li stars as a carefree young martial arts expert who gets involved with a government official’s daughter just as he discovers his family is part of a rebel resistance movement. While his fighting ability and charm made him a local champion, his epic battle for freedom would make him a legendary hero. It includes a sequence fought entirely atop the heads of stunned onlookers. The Legend was the winner of Best Action Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards. In The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 2 (aka The Legend 2), Li kicks back into action as the heroic Fong Sai Yuk. In the film, having fought to save his father from the wrath of the Chinese government, Fong Sai Yuk joins his father’s underground revolutionary organization, the Red Flower Society. But in the camp of rebels, a traitor lurks. At a time when few can be trusted, Fong Sai Yuk must utilize his every skill in the fight to overthrow his nation’s brutally powerful empire. Special features include a custom slipcover; theatrical trailers; “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword,” an exclusive interview with writer Jeff Lau; “Hit Hard & Fly High,” an exclusive interview with Yuen; and new audio commentary from the author of These Fists Break Bricks, Chris Poggiali (The Legend only).

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Stallone Actioner ‘Cliffhanger’ Getting 4K Ultra HD Steelbook May 30 for 30th Anniversary

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the 1993 Sylvester Stallone action film Cliffhanger in a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook May 30 for its 30th anniversary.

Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner and Ralph Waite star in the high-altitude thriller. In the film, Gabe Walker (Stallone) of Rocky Mountain Rescue embarks on a mission to locate five climbers. With the woman he loves (Turner) and his best friend (Rooker), Walker braves the icy peaks only to discover that the distress call is really a trap set by merciless international terrorist Eric Qualen (Lithgow). Millions of dollars and their own lives hang in the balance. Against explosive firepower, bitter cold and dizzying heights, Walker must outwit Qualen in a deadly game of hide-and-seek.

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Special features on the 4K disc include deleted scenes. Extras on Blu-ray (included in the combo pack) include commentary with director Renny Harlin and Stallone; technical crew commentary; “A Personal Introduction from Renny Harlin”; deleted scenes with director intro; “Stallone on the Edge: The Making of Cliffhanger“; a special effects featurette; storyboard comparisons; and the theatrical trailer.

‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical’ Marks One Month Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical ended its fourth straight week at No. 1 on the Official Film Chart as the U.K.’s top-selling movie for the week ended March 8. The movie more than doubled the sales of its closest competition, with 60% of its sales coming from digital transactions, or electronic sellthrough (EST).

At No. 2 for a third week is Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which edged out the week’s highest new entry, British drama Living, distributed by Lionsgate U.K., at No. 3. The movie stars Bill Nighy as a bureaucrat in 1950s London who, after receiving a fatal diagnosis, decides to live his life more fully.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick (No. 4) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elvis (No. 5) both finished ahead of the chart’s second new entry, 1995 crime drama Casino (re-released across digital sellthrough by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) at No. 6, starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci, among others.

Chart mainstays Bullet Train (Sony), Black Adam (Warner) and Jurassic World Dominion (Universal) ended the week at No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9, respectively. Finally, Warner’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K.) returned to the top 10 after rebounding 3 spots.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – March 8, 2023

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Mystery ‘Missing’ Headed to Digital March 7, Disc March 28

The mystery thriller Missing will be released via digital retailers March 7, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 

From the minds behind Searching comes Missing, a mystery about how well we know those closest to us. In the film, when her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s (Storm Reid) search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her before it’s too late. But as she digs deeper, her digital sleuthing raises more questions than answers. When June unravels secrets about her mom, she discovers that she never really knew her at all.

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Blu-ray and digital special features include deleted scenes; “Hunting for the Missing Easter Eggs”; three behind-the-scenes featurettes; and filmmaker commentary. DVD special features include the behind-the-scenes featurettes and the filmmaker commentary.

New Blu-rays and DVDs of Feb. 28 Include ‘Puss in Boots,’ ‘I Wanna Dance,’ ‘Devotion’; ‘Man Called Otto’ on Digital

Feb. 28 sees the arrival of several high-profile titles to disc, including the hit animated film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, the biopic Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and the war drama Devotion, plus a boxed set of four “Rocky” films on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray; new digital releases include A Man Called Otto and Magic Mike’s Last Dance.

DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek” universe adventure Puss in Boots: The Last Wish arrives on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Nominated for Best Animated Film by both the Academy Awards and the BAFTA Film Awards, the film follows the leche-loving, swashbuckling, fear-defying feline Puss in Boots (voice of Antonio Banderas) as the daring outlaw discovers that his passion for adventure and heroic missions have taken their toll. Puss has burned through eight of his nine lives, though he lost count along the way. Getting those lives back will send Puss in Boots into the Black Forest to find the mythical Wishing Star. With only one life left, Puss is forced to humble himself and ask for help from his former partner and nemesis: Kitty Softpaws. They are joined on their journey by a chatty and cheerful mutt named Perrito. Together, the trio of heroes needs to stay one step ahead of the fairy tale realm’s craftiest crooks including Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In addition to Banderas, the film features the voices of Salma Hayek Pinault, Harvey Guillén (“What We Do in the Shadows”), Florence Pugh (Black Widow), Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone (Black Widow), Samson Kayo (Sliced), John Mulaney (“Big Mouth”), Wagner Moura (“Narcos”), Tony nominee Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Trolls World Tour) and Emmy nominee Anthony Mendez (“Jane the Virgin”). It earned $173.4 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the biopic Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 28. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, with a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, writer of Bohemian Rhapsody, comes the story of the career of Whitney Houston, played by Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), from New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded singers of all time. The cast also includes Stanley Tucci as Whitney’s producer, Clive Davis; Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown, her husband; Tamara Tunie and Clarke Peters as Cissy and John Houston, her parents; and Nafessa Williams as Robyn Crawford, her friend and assistant. The film earned $23.7 million at the domestic box office. The Blu-ray includes a “Whitney’s Jukebox” sing-along mode. Read a review here.

The war film Devotion will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 28 from Paramount Home Entertainment Jonathan Majors (Creed III) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) star in the true story of two elite U.S. Navy fighter pilots who helped turn the tide in the most brutal battle in the Korean War: Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in Navy history, and his fellow fighter pilot and friend Tom Hudner. Their heroic sacrifices and enduring friendship would ultimately make them the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen. The film earned $20.5 million from U.S. theaters.

Virgil Films will release the sports drama High Expectations, starring Kelsey Grammer, on DVD Feb. 28. In the film, Jack finds himself adrift after his father, legendary Coach Davis, cuts him from his renowned soccer club. Estranged from his dad, at odds with his brother and desperate for purpose, he turns to his ex-girlfriend Sofia. Inspired by her tough love and unwavering pursuit to become a recording artist, he takes one last shot at his lifelong dream, by trying out for a rival soccer club. The film also stars Taylor Gray, Ally Brooke and Briana Scurry.

Lionsgate will release the family adventure The Adventures of Jurassic Pet 2: The Lost Secret, the sequel to 2019’s The Adventures of Jurassic Pet, via on demand, digital sellthrough and DVD Feb. 28. In the sequel, there’s a new baby T. Rex in town — and his name is Junior. When Junior escapes into our world from the Land of the Dinosaurs, teenager Wendy and her friend Curtis must return him safely before anyone finds him. While chasing him in their flying car, they uncover a sinister plot that threatens the whole city. Wendy and Curtis must stop the evil scheme and protect the townsfolk while keeping their dino-pal a secret.

NCircle Entertainment will release Atomic Cartoons’ The Last Kids on Earth — Book Two, featuring 10 episodes of the tween series, on DVD Feb. 28 from Distribution Solutions. In the series, the zombies are disappearing. This might seem like a good thing, since zombies eat your brains, but normal human kid Jack Sullivan is suspicious. He keeps hearing an eerie shrieking noise that seems to be almost summoning the zombies — but to where, and for what (probably) foul purpose? Jack, his three best friends (maybe the only people left on Earth), and their pet monster Rover need to get to the bottom of this. Along the way they encounter a lot more than they bargained for, including a giant Wormungulous, a pizza parlor monster hangout, an ancient evil who destroys worlds, and a stereo system that is totally the bomb. The series features the voices of Nick Wolfhard (“Smiling Friends,” “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”), Montse Hernandez (“Jane the Virgin,” “Elena of Avalor”), Garland Whitt (Training Day, Save the Last Dance), as well as a celebrity cast members including Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Campbell and Catherine O’Hara.  Based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling children’s book series, the animated series won the 2020 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program. 

Breaking Glass Pictures releases Nana’s Boys, an LGBTQ+ film from director Ashton Pina (In the Paint, 2017), on DVD Feb. 28. Nana’s Boy is the story of Amari, who, on the morning of his 30th birthday, struggles to make a decision on what’s next and questions his purpose in life. The day takes a rattling turn when an explosion cuts off utilities across New York City, forcing the city into a mandatory lockdown. Amari’s relationship with his partner Q is tested as the couple grapples with memories of the past that could shatter their plans altogether. Starring David J. Cork (P-Valley) and Jared Wayne Gladly (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), the film had its world premiere at the 2022 Inside Out Film Festival. It went on to play at Reeling 2022: The 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, Newfest, aGLIFF’s Prism LGBTQ+ Film Festival, and Out on Film Atlanta, and took home the Best Narrative Feature award at both the Black Alphabet Film Festival and the Baltimore International Black Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the Tom Hanks starrer A Man Called Otto for rent or purchase through digital retailers on Feb. 28. Hanks stars as Otto, a grump who no longer sees purpose in his life following the loss of his wife. Otto is ready to end it all, but his plans are interrupted when a lively young family moves in next door, and he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol. She challenges him to see life differently, leading to an unlikely friendship that turns his world around. Based on the New York Times best-seller A Man Called Ove, A Man Called Otto earned $62.3 million at the domestic box office. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on March 14.

The comedy-drama Magic Mike’s Last Dance is available Feb. 28 for premium digital ownership (PEST) and rental (PVOD) from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. In Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the third installment in the franchise, “Magic” Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) takes to the stage again after a lengthy hiatus, following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite (Salma Hayek Pinault) who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse — and an agenda all her own. With everything on the line, once Mike discovers what she truly has in mind, will he — and the roster of new dancers he’ll have to whip into shape — be able to pull it off? The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh, also stars dancers from the “Magic Mike Live” shows in London and Las Vegas. Magic Mike’s Last Dance earned $47.8 million at the box office. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 18.

Virgil Films will release the Spanish-language horror film The Returned (Los Que Vuelven) via digital sellthrough and VOD Feb. 28. In Spanish and Guarani (with English Subtitles), the new thriller is from Laura Casabé, winner of Best Director at Sitges’ New Visions. Compared to Stephen King’s Pet Sematary by, the film takes place in 1919 South America and follows a landowner’s wife who is desperate for a child of her own after suffering multiple miscarriages and a stillborn death. She finds hope, however, in a seemingly outlandish plan. With the help of their servant, she prays to a mythical deity to resurrect her stillborn son. The plan works, but with the child comes something else: something evil, something horrifying.

The Oscar-nominated HBO documentary film All the Beauty and the Bloodshed will be available to rent or own digitally beginning Feb. 28. From Participant, Neon and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras (HBO and Participant’s Citizenfour), the film is an interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, interviews, photography, archival family snapshots and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the opioid overdose crisis. The critically acclaimed film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in the main competition, where it became the second documentary ever to win the Golden Lion for best film. It was the only film to play at Venice, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival in 2022. The film was only the second documentary to be selected as the centerpiece for New York Film Festival. The political film interweaves Goldin’s past and present, from the actions of Prescription Addiction Intervention Now (P.A.I.N.) at renowned art institutions to Goldin’s photography of her friends and peers through her epic “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” and her legendary 1989 NEA-censored AIDS exhibition “Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing.” In these works, Goldin captures her friendships with beauty and raw tenderness. These friendships, and the legacy of her late sister Barbara Holly Goldin, anchor all of Goldin’s art and are integral to the film. Goldin’s early experiences in suburbia and the effect of toxic families led to her ongoing resistance against a society that oppresses the most stigmatized. The film follows P.A.I.N., a group Goldin founded to shame museums into rejecting Sackler money, destigmatize addiction, and promote harm reduction. Inspired by Act Up, the group orchestrated protests to expose the Sacklers and the crimes of their Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin. The film garnered top film critic awards including Best Documentary from the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and National Society of Film Critics. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed has also been nominated for the BAFTA, Independent Spirit, ACE Eddie, and DGA awards. It debuts March 19 on HBO and on HBO Max.

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MGM and Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment Feb. 28 release the first four “Rocky” films on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for the first time as Rocky: The Knockout Collection. The franchise stars Sylvester Stallone as an underdog boxer from Philadelphia who gets an unlikely shot at superstardom. The collection includes the MGM feature films Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III and Rocky IV, along with the Rocky IV ultimate director’s cut Rocky vs. Drago on 4K discs with Dolby Vision HDR. The collection also contains access to digital versions of the films, plus a Blu-ray disc featuring the hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the extended director’s cut of Rocky IV as well as a selection of previously existing bonus materials. 

The 2011 gothic thriller B’Twixt Now and Sunrise, written, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) Feb. 28 from Lionsgate. Featuring Coppola’s “Authentic Cut,” the film is available for the first time on Blu-ray. “The Authentic Cut of B’Twixt Now and Sunrise is a story more personal to me,” Coppola said in a statement. The film stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern and Elle Fanning, with musician Tom Waits narrating. In the film, when struggling supernatural fiction writer Hall Baltimore (Kilmer) arrives in an isolated small town as part of his book tour, he hears about the local lore of vampires and an infamous mass murder. Eager for inspiration, Baltimore is swept into a surreal fever dream of eccentric characters — from the oddball sheriff (Dern) to the ghost of a young girl (Fanning) to visions of Edgar Allan Poe (Chaplin) — that forces him to confront his own troubled past.

The 2001 crime thriller Training Day will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack (plus digital) Feb. 28 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Detective Alonzo Harris and Ethan Hawke was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Office Jake Hoyt in the gritty drama set in the morally ambiguous world of undercover police work. In the film, every day a war rages between drug dealers and cops on the streets of America’s inner cities. With every war come casualties, none greater than 13-year veteran Los Angeles narcotics officer Alonzo Harris, whose questionable methods blur the line between legal and corrupt. Alonzo gets a new partner, idealistic rookie Jake Hoyt, and Jake has one day — and one day only — to prove his mettle to his fiercely charismatic superior. Over 24 hours, Jake will be dragged into the ethical mire of Alonzo’s logic as both men risk their careers and their lives to serve conflicting notions of justice. The Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures film was directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer) from a screenplay by David Ayer (The Fast & the Furious). The film also stars Scott Glenn (Silverado, Backdraft), Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard), Dr.  Dre (Set It Off), Snoop Dog (The Wash) and Eva Mendes (Ghost Rider, The Women).

The 1991 prequel film Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge will be released on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray) for the first time Feb. 28 from Full Moon Pictures and MVD Entertainment Group. Viewers see where the “Puppet Master” saga began in director David De Coteau’s prequel. In the film, after hearing that mystical toymaker Andre Toulon has managed to create a troupe of sentient, living puppets, Nazi underling Dr. Hess sets his sights on exploiting Toulon’s powers for the glory of the Reich. But when Toulon’s wife Elsa is killed and Toulon is whisked away by the Nazis, his puppets attack and rescue their maker. Now hellbent on revenge, the puppet master creates a new line of stringless assassins, including the laughing Six Shooter and parasite-spewing Leech Woman, a creature made in his late wife’s image. The film co-stars Guy Rolfe (Stuart Gordon’s Dolls) and Richard Lynch (Vampire, Bad Dreams).

The dramas I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses and The Dogs and the Spanish erotic film Sex Is Crazy are due on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 28 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

From writer-director Murray Markowitz, the shocking drama I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses is inspired by one of Canada’s most infamous homicides. In the film, when a former model (Elke Sommer, Baron Blood) is brutally murdered, her wealthy husband (Donald Pilon, The Uncanny) is arrested for the slaying. But the trial that follows will uncover a lurid saga of illicit lovers, escaped serial killers, and enough graphic mayhem to merit its condemnation as a “Video Nasty.” Chuck Shamata (The House by the Lake), Cindy Girling (Meatballs) and five-time Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo co-star in this 1978 Canuxploitation rarity — also known as Left for Dead and Drop Dead, Dearest — featuring the first score by three-time Oscar winner Howard Shore (“The Lord of the Rings”), now scanned in 2K from the National Archive’s only known 35mm print. Extras include audio commentary with filmmaker and historian Stephen Broomer; an interview with Markowitz; an interview with Pilon; “Crimes of Dispassion,” film programmer Eric Peretti on the Demeter case and I Miss You, Hugs and Kisses; and a trailer.

Five years after his Shock Treatment stunned European audiences, cult fantastique writer/director Alain Jessua delivered the startling French thriller The Dogs. In the film, in a corporate suburb outside Paris, the community’s new doctor discovers its leading citizens all get their dogs from a wealthy, charismatic trainer (Oscar nominee Gérard Depardieu) — dogs that have a ferocious appetite for immigrants, rowdy youths, people of color and anyone who challenges the status quo. Victor Lanoux (Cousin, Cousine), Nicole Calfan (The Burglars) and Fanny Ardant (Confidentially Yours) co-star in the film, now scanned in 2K from the interpositive for the first time in America. Special features include “Hounds and Music,” an interview with composer René Koering; “Jessua Lives,” an interview with Culturopoing Film Critic Emmanuel Le Gagne; and the trailer.

In Spain in 1981 with the dictatorship over and censorship gone, writer/director Jess Franco (Diamonds of Kilimandjaro) returned to his native country to make a series of increasingly brazen films for Tritón that included Sinfonia Erotica, Two Female Spies With Flowered Panties and Sex Is Crazy. In the crazy comedy Sex Is Crazy — now scanned in 2K from the original negative recently discovered in a Bilbao seminary — an actress (Lina Romay, Female Vampire) is performing an outrageous stage show depicting aliens kidnapping Earth women and making them pregnant so that they can give birth to 600 babies an hour. However, when some real aliens actually see the show, they decide that it’s all a very good idea. Special features include “Jess Is Crazy,” an interview with Franco expert Dr. Álex Mendíbil; “Franco/Godard,” an interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Flowers of Perversion: The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco; and “In the Land of Franco Part 7.”

Feb. 28 also sees a pair of retailer exclusives from Lionsgate.

The “Orange Is the New Black” complete series DVD collection arrives exclusively at Walmart. The complete collection contains every episode of the four-time Primetime Emmy winner and its story of Piper Chapman, a public relations executive with a career, a fiancé — and a wild past involving a suitcase full of drug money. Sentenced to a federal women’s penitentiary, Piper slowly adjusts to her new reality of arbitrary rules and petty cruelties. On the inside are heartbroken, hilarious, eccentric characters — Pennsatucky, Red, Crazy Eyes, Taystee and a host of others — who challenge everything Piper believes in, especially herself.

John Wick: Chapters 1-3 — Stash Book Collection Steelbook Box Set will be available on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital) exclusively at Best Buy. Starring Keanu Reeves (The Matrix franchise, Point Break, Speed), the “John Wick” trilogy follows a former hit man who is forced back into the criminal underworld he had abandoned. When housed in the outer box, the three Steelbooks form a replica of John’s killer “stash book” from John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum. Each Steelbook is emblazoned with detailed imagery specific to the film within, and each is numbered (1, 2 or 3) to signify its place in the series while enhancing its “hardcover book” look.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody


Street Date 2/28/23;
Sony Pictures;
Box Office $23.68 million;
$30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for strong drug content, some strong language, suggestive references and smoking.
Stars Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci, Ashton Sanders, Tamara Tunie, Nafessa Williams, Clarke Peters, Dave Heard.

The Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody does a decent job dramatizing the legendary vocalist’s complicated relationship with superstardom, but the backbone of the film is its soundtrack of her greatest hits.

The film tracks Houston’s rise in the 1980s from singing in a church choir to putting out one hit record after another, and how she turned to drugs in the 1990s to balance the stresses of fame and family, which ultimately led to her unexpected death in 2012 at age 48.

Naomi Ackie delivers a sparkling performance as Whitney, whose career is depicted as having two primary influences. Her mother, Cissy (Tamara Tunie), a famous gospel singer in her own right, feigns a sore throat when she spots a bigwig producer in the crowd at her nightclub gig, forcing Whitney to sing in her stead. That producer, Clive Davis (Stanley Tucci), ends up signing Whitney to a recording contract.

Her newfound fame causes friction in her personal life, as her father (Clarke Peters) is wary of her relationship with her girlfriend, Robyn Crawford (Nafessa Williams), and insists they be seen in public dating men. This sends Whitney into the arms of rapper Bobby Brown (Ashton Sander), kicking off their infamous marriage, much to the chagrin of Robyn.

Through it all, Whitney projects an image of America’s sweetheart, masking the descent into substance abuse began to destroy her talents.

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If something seems familiar about the proceedings, it may be because the screenwriter is biopic specialist Anthony McCarten, who is also responsible for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. This film’s structure bears a striking resemblance to that one in the sense that they both make sure to depict the iconic moments everyone knows, and then fill in the gaps with behind-the-scenes tales, culminating in a faithful re-creation of a live performance considered by many as a career pinnacle.

In another odd bit of coincidence, the film’s director, Kasi Lemmons, is married to Vondie Curtis-Hall, who directed 2001’s Glitter, a widely panned A Star Is Born knockoff with some eerie parallels to Whitney Houston’s life, starring another “voice of a generation,” Mariah Carey.

For most movies about artists and musicians, the formula would include showing the elements of their lives that influenced their work, but since Whitney didn’t write her own songs, in I Wanna Dance we get numerous scenes of Davis playing song samples for her to decide which ones to make her own.

The songs played in the film are Whitney’s recordings, though Ackie does a nice job with the lip-synching. To further the emphasis on the music, the Blu-ray offers a “Whitney’s Jukebox” mode that just plays the scenes in which the songs are played. The Jukebox lets viewers jump to any song, shuffle them or play them in the order presented in the film, which equates to about 33 minutes of music.

The Blu-ray also includes six deleted scenes that run about eight minutes total.

Rounding out the home video extras are three making-of featurettes: The seven-and-a-half-minute “Becoming Whitney” focuses on Ackie’s performance; the eight-minute “Moments of an Icon” looks at the efforts taken to re-create some of Whitney’s most-famous performances; and the five-and-a-half-minute “The Personal Touch” looks at how Whitney’s friends and family were involved in the project.