New Disc, Digital Releases for Jan. 19 Include ‘Dreamland,’ ‘Kid Detective,’ ‘Let Him Go’

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Dreamland and Wander, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Kid Detective and The Climb, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Let Him Go top the slate of new disc and digital releases available Jan. 19.

Also new in stores are the horror films Toys of Terror from Warner Bros. and The Cleansing Hour from RLJE, the Criterion Collection’s Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story, and Lionsgate’s Miss Juneteenth.

Dreamland, available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Paramount, stars Finn Cole as a young man growing up during the Great Depression who dreams of leaving his family’s farm when he discovers a famous bank robber played by Margot Robbie hiding in his barn after getting shot during a heist. Nursing her back to health, he falls in love with her, and the pair make plans to run away together to Mexico, even as his stepfather leads the posse trying to track her down. Read a review of the Blu-ray here.

The dark comedy The Kid Detective is available on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony Pictures, and stars Adam Brody as a once-celebrated kid detective who, at age 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity, until a naïve client (Sophie Nélisse) brings him his first adult case.

The buddy comedy The Climb, also on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony, takes a humorous look at the toxic lifelong friendship of Mike and Kyle. While Kyle is kind and a bit of a pushover, Mike is a train wreck, who, despite his affection for Kyle, always seems to sabotage Kyle’s relationships. Told through a series of vignettes, Kyle struggles to deal with the fact that his best friend might just be the worst person for him.

The thriller Wander arrives on DVD only from Paramount. Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones and Heather Graham star in the film, which follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. The film also stars Katheryn Winnick.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has Toys of Terror slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray, though the retail availability of the Blu-ray is spotty (it’s listed as sold out at some sites, while others, such as Amazon and Target, aren’t listing the Blu-ray at all). In a movie that re-creates the nostalgia of stop-motion holiday specials, a family vacation at a creepy mansion turns awry when the kids find a stash of haunted toys.

RLJE Films’ The Cleansing Hour, which debuted on the Shudder streaming service, arrives on DVD, VOD and for digital sellthrough. The film stars Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner and Alix Angelis in the story of a popular webcast that streams live exorcisms watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But the podcasters’ fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is a documentary about the 1975-76 Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour featuring Dylan and numerous other musicians. The film was originally released on Netflix and in select theaters in 2019, and arrives on DVD and Blu-ray as part of the Criterion Collection.

Miss Juneteenth, which arrives on DVD from Lionsgate after a summer VOD release, follows a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant.

Warner’s DVD release of Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? The Complete First Season offers 26 episodes from the latest animated series featuring the Mystery Inc. gang. The series airs on the Boomerang network.

JSA: Joint Security Area, a thriller from Park Chan-wook released in 2000, follows a Swiss-Korean major as she leads an investigation into a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border that results in two Korean soldiers’ death. The Arrow Video Blu-ray distributed by MVD Entertainment Group features several new featurettes.

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, releases Bartender: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition digitally and Blu-ray Disc, the first time the cult favorite anime series “Bartender” has been released on Blu-ray in North America. It collects all 11 episodes in a two-disc set, with deluxe packaging that includes nine cocktail recipe cards and four collectible coasters. Bonus content includes clean opening and closing credits, and bumpers. The episodes are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama Let Him Go for digital sellthrough Jan. 19, with the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release slated for Feb. 2. Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, the film stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner (who previously co-starred together as Superman’s human parents in Man of Steel) as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family.

The documentary 21 Miles is a digital-only release from Virgil Films. The film is the story of a father’s incredible journey to reach his son in England. Kais, a 30-year-old Tunisian, arrives in the French shantytown with nothing more than the shirt on his back and 21 miles of sea between him and his 8-year-old boy Marcel.

Catalog movies debuting on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Jan. 19 include two classics from director John Carpenter, 1987’s Prince of Darkness and 1988’s They Live, both from Shout! Factory, and the disaster movie 2012 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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

‘The Last Vermeer’ Coming to Disc and Digital Feb. 23

The World War II drama The Last Vermeer will come out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital Feb. 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, while Joseph Piller (Claes Bang), a Dutch Jew, was fighting in the Resistance during the Second World War, the witty, debonair art connoisseur Han van Meegeren (Guy Pearce) was hosting hedonistic soirees and selling Dutch art treasures to Hermann Göring and other top Nazis. Following the war, Piller becomes an investigator assigned the task of identifying and redistributing stolen art, resulting in the flamboyant van Meegeren being accused of collaboration — a crime punishable by death. Despite mounting evidence, Piller, with the aid of his assistant (Vicky Krieps), becomes increasingly convinced of Han’s innocence and finds himself in the unlikely position of fighting to save his life.

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The film is based on the book The Man Who Made Vermeers by Jonathan Lopez.

‘Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV’ Coming to 4K UHD March 30 From Sony

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will come out on 4K Ultra HD March 30 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, the magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum — to marry his son, Prince Noctis, to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination. Based on the iconic game, which has sold nearly 9 million copies worldwide since its launch.

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Extras include “A Way with Words: Epic and Intimate Vocals,” in which Aaron Paul, Lena Headey and Sean Bean — along with the filmmakers — reveal the process of creating the vocals for this film; “Fit for the Kingsglaive: Building the World,” an in-depth exploration of imagining and designing the world of the film;  “To Capture the Kingsglaive: The Process,” exploring the intricate process of capturing the physical performances at the heart of this computer-generated film; and “Emotive Music: Scoring the Kingsglaive,” about the creation of the score.

Sony Releasing ‘Gattaca’ 4K Ultra HD Steelbook March 23

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the 1997 sci-fi movie Gattaca on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 23, 2021, in limited-edition Steelbook packaging.

Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin and Jude Law star in the thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection.

The 4K edition has been remastered from the original camera negative. The Steelbook cobo pack includes 4K, regular Blu-ray and digital copies of the film. Blu-ray extras include deleted scenes, a blooper reel and the featurette “Welcome to Gattaca.”

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Buddy Comedy ‘The Climb’ Coming to Digital and Disc Jan. 19

The buddy comedy The Climb will come out on digital, DVD, and Blu-ray Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film takes a humorous look at the toxic lifelong friendship of Mike and Kyle. While Kyle is kind and a bit of a pushover, Mike is a train wreck, who, despite his affection for Kyle, always seems to sabotage Kyle’s relationships. Told through a series of vignettes, Kyle struggles to deal with the fact that his best friend might just be the worst person for him.

Extras include filmmaker commentary, the original short film, and deleted and alternate scenes.

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SPHE Launches ‘Holidays at Home’ Marathon on YouTube

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Dec. 12 launched its “Holidays at Home Marathon,” delivering holiday-themed episodes of classic TV series and a schedule of films curated and streamed through the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube channel.

Offerings from Sony Pictures’ television catalog include favorite seasonal episodes from “Community,” “The Nanny,” “Bewitched,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Designing Women,” “Good Times,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Sanford and Son,” “Who’s the Boss?,” “News Radio,” “Just Shoot Me!” and “Mad About You.” Full episodes are currently being rolled out on YouTube and will be available for viewers in the U.S. to stream on demand through the end of December.

The schedule of one-time movie streams began with the 1997 romantic comedy As Good as It Gets and continues with:

 

December 13:

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST)
  • House of Flying Daggers (10:15 p.m. EST / 7:15 p.m. PST)

December 14:

  • It Happened One Night (9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST)

December 15:

  • Easy Rider (9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST)

December 16:

  • The Da Vinci Code (9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST)

December 17:

  • Legends of the Fall (9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST)

December 18:

  • Rudy (8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST)
  • The Natural (10 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. PST)

December 19:

  • To Sir, With Love (2 p.m. EST / 11am PST)
  • A Raisin in the Sun (1961) (4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST)
  • A Raisin in the Sun (2008) (6:15 p.m. EST / 3:15 p.m. PST)
  • Stir Crazy (9:30 p.m. EST / 6:30 p.m. PST)
  • Richard Pryor Here and Now (11:30 p.m. EST / 8:30 p.m. PST)

December 20:

  • Finding Forrester (2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST)
  • A Soldier’s Story (4:30 p.m. EST / 1:30 p.m. PST)
  • Devil in a Blue Dress (6:30 p.m. EST / 3:30 p.m. PST)
  • Get on the Bus (8:15 p.m. EST / 5:15 p.m. PST)
  • Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (10:30 p.m. EST / 7:30 p.m. PST)

December 21:

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST)

December 22:

  • Funny Girl (8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST)
  • All That Jazz (10:45 p.m. EST / 7:45 p.m. PST)

December 23:

  • Spanglish (8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST)
  • Only You (10:15 p.m. EST / 7:15 p.m. PST)

‘Kid Detective’ Coming to Disc and Digital Jan. 19 From Sony

The dark comedy The Kid Detective will come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A once-celebrated kid detective (Adam Brody, TV’s “The O.C.”), now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naïve client (Sophie Nélisse, The Book Thief) brings him his first adult case — to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.

The film also stars Tzi Ma, Wendy Crewson and Sarah Sutherland.

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‘The Last Shift’ Coming to DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Dec. 29 From Sony

The comic drama The Last Shift will come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital Dec. 29 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, Stanley (two-time Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins), an aging fast-food worker, plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish. His last weekend takes a turn while training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. These two who share little in common are brought together through circumstance. Stanley, a high school dropout who has watched his life pass by his drive-through window, proudly details the nuances of the job. While Jevon, a columnist who’s too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labor is being exploited. A flicker of comradery sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.

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‘The Craft: Legacy’ to Debut on Disc Dec. 22 From Sony

Blumhouse’s The Craft: Legacy will debut on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Craft: Legacy, which debuted on PVOD Oct. 28, is a continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers. The film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

Bonus materials include two featurettes and four alternate scenes with an introduction from the director.

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Sony Pictures Ups Fiscal Half-Year Home Entertainment Revenue 36%

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Oct. 28 reported second-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue of $171 million, which was up 6.8% from revenue of $160 million during the previous-year period. Through six months of the fiscal year (ending March 31, 2021), home entertainment generated $490 million in revenue, which is 36.1% higher than $360 million generated during the same period last year.

Sony has generated strong packaged-media and digital sales from Jumanji: The Next Level, Bad Boys for Life, Little Women, Bloodshot, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Flatliners, among others.

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As expected, Sony Pictures theatrical revenue nosedived 98.2% to $13 million due to exhibitor shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic, and Sony’s decision to delay all major box office releases until 2021. The studio generated box office revenue of $715 million in the previous-year period.

The studio released just two new movies into movie theaters in the quarter: The Broken Hearts Gallery ($4 million) and The Last Shift, which generated zero revenue.

By comparison, Sony in the previous-year period released Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.13 billion); Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ($356 million), The Angry Birds Movie 2 ($125 million) and Overcomer ($33 million).

Sony Pictures Television revenue grew 24.4% to $529 million, from $425 million last year. Ancillary revenue skyrocketed to $145 million from just $6 million last year.

When also factoring in TV productions ($480 million), media networks ($470 million) and intersegment revenue of $4 million, total motion picture revenue totaled $1.81 billion, down about 25% from revenue of $2.42 billion last year.