Sony’s ‘The Phantom of the Open’ Headed to PVOD July 8

The dramatic comedy The Phantom of the Open will be released on PVOD July 8 from Sony Pictures Classics.

The film tells the true story of Maurice Flitcroft (Mark Rylance), a dreamer and unrelenting optimist. The humble crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship qualifying in 1976, despite never playing a round of golf before. He shot the worst round in Open history and drew the ire of the golfing elite, but became a folk hero in the process and, more importantly, showed his family the importance of pursuing your dreams.

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Camila Cabello Musical ‘Cinderella’ Due on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray June 21

The musical Cinderella, starring Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital June 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The feature previously streamed on Prime Video.

The musical incorporates pop songs from contemporary global artists and original songs by Cabello and Menzel.

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A new take on the traditional story, Cinderella features a heroine (Cabello) who is an ambitious young woman with dreams bigger than the world will allow. With the help of her Fab G (Porter), she is able to persevere and make her dreams come true.

‘The Duke’ Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital July 26

The comedic drama The Duke will be released DVD, Blu-ray and digitally July 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Set in 1961, the film follows Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year-old taxi driver who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge — a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and, in so doing, saved his son (Fionn Whitehead) and his marriage to Dorothy Bunton (Helen Mirren).

The film was an official selection at the Telluride and Venice film festivals. Special features include a making-of featurette.

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1980s Comedy ‘Real Genius’ Graduates to 4K Ultra HD Sept. 13

The 1985 comedy Real Genius will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 13 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film follows a group of crazy college geniuses who put their heads together to do good and a little mischief; Chris (Val Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch (Gabe Jarret) is the 16-year-old whiz kid, and Lazlo (Jonathan Gries), America’s number one brain, literally lives in a world of his own — Chris’ closet. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project, they still find time to turn the dorm into an ice-skating rink, and throw a beach party in the auditorium complete with a lagoon. When the geniuses discover that their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) has had them working on a secret weapon for the military, they plot an elaborate revenge. Their plan culminates in an incredible scheme that outsmarts the military.

The 4K Ultra HD disc includes the feature scanned from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge. Sound includes new Dolby Atmos and 5.1 audio, reviewed and approved by Coolidge, plus the original Dolby Stereo.

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The Blu-ray disc has the feature presented in high-definition, sourced from the 4K master and 5.1 plus Dolby Stereo audio, as well as special features including a new “Balloon Chair” deleted scene and a raw takes montage, the TV Version of the film, and feature commentary with Coolidge.

Kevin Hart’s ‘Fatherhood’ Headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital June 14

The Kevin Hart comedy Fatherhood will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital June 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, Hart stars in a heartwarming true story about a widowed dad who copes with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty diapers as he sets out to raise his daughter on his own.

Directed by Paul Weitz, the film also stars Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan and Paul Reiser.

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Doc ‘Who You Gonna Call?’ Available on Digital June 7

Who You Gonna Call?, a documentary on the man who wrote the hit “Ghostbusters” song, will be released on digital June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Filmmaker Fran Strine explores the riveting true story of Ray Parker Jr., the man who wrote and recorded the global smash hit song, which became a universally recognized pop culture classic.

Parker Jr. granted Strine unprecedented access to reveal his never-before-told life story — from overcoming nearly impossible odds growing up on the segregated streets of Detroit in the 1960s to achieving his dream of getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and winning a Grammy.

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Who You Gonna Call? pulls back the curtain to reveal Parker’s now little-known yet legendary career, with Clive Davis and other music legends sharing what it was like to collaborate with Parker, both on stage and off. 

 

‘Outlander’ Season Six Available on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 6

The sixth season of “Outlander” will be available in a collector’s edition Blu-ray set, on Blu-ray and on DVD Sept. 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling “Outlander” books, the sixth installment is based on material from the sixth book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan reprise their starring roles as Claire and Jamie Fraser, along with Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin as Brianna and Roger MacKenzie and John Bell as young Ian.

The Blu-ray and DVD for the series contain all eight episodes and extras including two all-new “Outlander Untold” scenes following the stories of fan-favorite characters, blooper reels and featurettes. The collector’s edition and Blu-ray set also include deleted scenes, episode commentaries and the “9 Lives: Claire & Jamie’s Shootout” featurette.

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The season sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie’s epic fight to protect those they love as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in the New World. The series follows the Frasers as they strive to maintain peace and flourish within a colonial society which — as Claire knows all too well — is unwittingly marching toward Revolution. Against this backdrop, which heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie have built a home together at Fraser’s Ridge. They must now defend this home — established on land granted to them by the Crown — not only from external forces, but also from the increasing strife and conflict in the community within their care.

 

Concert Film ‘Billy Joel in Black & White’ Available on Digital From Sony

The concert film Billy Joel in Black & White is available for digital purchase from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In Billy Joel in Black & White, Joel talks to an intimate audience at the Faena Theater in Miami about his musical inspirations, his craft, his family, and being a guy who never set out to be a rock star. Billy also treats the audience to performances from his iconic catalog, such as “Zanzibar,” “Downeaster Alexa,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Piano Man,” along with several classic covers. a

The concert will be available for the first time to audiences worldwide in HD and SD.

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Rap Drama ‘Down With the King’ Headed to Digital June 28

The drama Down With the King, featuring Grammy winning rap star Freddie Gibbs in his feature film debut, will be released on digital June 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, rap star Money Merc (Gibbs) has been sent by his manager Paul (David Krumholtz) to a rural house in the Berkshires to focus on his next album. Disenchanted with his music career and the 24/7 upkeep that such fame entails, Merc has no desire to write or record music. Instead, he spends most of his time at his neighbor’s farm learning about farming and enjoying the simplicity of country life. After Merc abruptly announces his retirement on Twitter, Paul rushes to the countryside to lure him back into the music industry.  

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The film has been selected in more than 26 Film Festivals and was featured as part of the ACID lineup at Cannes and won the Grand Prize at Deauville and the Audience Award at the American Film Festival (Poland).

 

Romantic Drama ‘Mothering Sunday’ Bowing on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 28

The romantic drama Mothering Sunday will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, on a warm spring day in 1924, housemaid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (Josh O’Connor) is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.

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The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, the 2021 Toronto Film Festival and the 2021 London Film Festival.