Animated ‘Mitchells Vs. the Machines’ Due on Digital and Disc Dec. 14

The animated film The Mitchells Vs. the Machines will be released on digital, DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, an old school father and his plugged-in, filmmaker daughter struggle to relate as their family embarks on a road trip to her new college. Their drive is interrupted by a machine apocalypse that threatens to tear these unlikely heroes apart unless they can find a way to join forces and save humanity.

Special features on DVD, Blu-ray and digital include:

  • “Katie’s Cabinet of Forgotten Wonders,” a  look inside Katie Mitchell’s filmmaking process as she gives you an exclusive look into how the movie was made;
  • The Mitchells Vs. The Machines: Or How a Group of Passionate Weirdos Made a Big Animated Movie”;
  • “How to Make Sock Puppets,” in which Katie Mitchell opens the door to her film school; and
  • “How to Make Katie Face Cupcakes.”

 

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Exclusive bonus materials on Blu-ray include:

  • “Dog Cop 7: The Final Chapter,” a new mini-movie;
  • “Katie’s Extended Cinematic Bonanza Cut!,” an extended version of the original film with over 40 minutes of deleted scenes;
  • eight bonus scenes; and
  • filmmakers’ commentary.

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Due on Digital Nov. 23, 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 14

The Marvel Comics superhero film Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be released on digital Nov. 23 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film earned $442 million at the global box office.

Tom Hardy returns as the lethal protector Venom. In search of his next big story, journalist Eddie Brock (Hardy) lands an exclusive interview with convicted murderer and death row inmate Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who discovers Eddie’s secret and becomes the host for Carnage, a menacing and terrifying symbiote. Eddie and Venom must get past their contentious relationship to defeat him.

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Directed by Andy Serkis (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) with a story by Tom Hardy and Kelly Marcel and screenplay by Kelly Marcel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage also stars Michelle Williams and Naomie Harris as Shriek.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and digital include bloopers and outtakes, deleted scenes, and several making of featurettes. The DVD includes one featurette.

Pink Floyd and David Gilmour Concert Films Available for Digital Purchase and Rental

Five concert films featuring performances of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour are available for digital purchase and rental from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Pink Floyd: The Endless River is a film of Pink Floyd’s album The Endless River directed by Ian Emes, who created the original animated visuals for The Dark Side of the Moon concert tour. The album is a tribute to the late band member Richard Wright, featuring music from the 1993 “Division Bell” sessions.

Pink Floyd: Pulse was filmed during the European leg of Pink Floyd’s “Division Bell” tour in 1994 and features the band live in concert at Earls Court, London, and includes restored and re-edited footage from the original tape masters.

Remember That Night: David Gilmour Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a live concert film of Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist Gilmour’s solo concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, in London as part of his “On an Island” tour. Gilmour’s ensemble featured fellow Pink Floyd member Richard Wright, as well as Phil Manzanera, Guy Pratt, Jon Carin, Steve DiStanislao and Dick Parry. Special guests included David Bowie, David Crosby and Graham Nash and Robert Wyatt.

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David Gilmour: Live in Gdańsk was filmed during the final show of Gilmour’s 2006 “On an Island” tour at a concert at the Gdańsk Shipyard featuring an audience of 50,000. Gilmore and his band were backed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zbigniew Preisner. Songs include “On an Island,” “High Hopes,” “A Great Day for Freedom,” “Echoes” and “Comfortably Numb.”

David Gilmour: Live at Pompeii follows Gilmour as he performed two shows at the legendary Pompeii Amphitheatre in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, 45 years after the classic film Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii. The concerts were the first-ever rock performances played to an audience in the ancient Roman Amphitheatre. Gilmour is the only performer to play to an audience in the arena since the time of the gladiators.

Also available on digital are Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse, in which Mason returns to the group’s earliest records, playing music recorded before The Dark Side of the Moon, and Pink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder, the Grammy-nominated 1988 concert with restored, re-edited and remixed footage from the original films and master tapes. 

Amazon Prime Video to Stream Fourth ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Film

Amazon Prime Video has licensed worldwide streaming rights (excluding China) to Hotel Transylvania: Transformania from Sony Pictures Animation. The fourth installment of the family film franchise will premiere worldwide in more than 240 countries and territories on Prime Video on Jan. 14, 2022.

In the film, Drac (Brian Hull) and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster. In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure. With help from Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the now human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent. The film also features the voices of Kathryn Hahn (Ericka), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Brad Abrell (Frank) and Asher Blinkoff (Wesley the Wolf Pup).

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“The success of the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ franchise over the years speaks for itself,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Audiences around the world have fallen in love with the films created by the brilliant Genndy Tartakovsky, and the latest installment is the perfect ending to an incredible journey. We could not be more excited to work with Sony, Genndy, Jennifer Kluska, Derek Drymon, Selena Gomez and the talented producing team to bring this funny, heartwarming film to our customers early next year.”

“The ‘Hotel Transylvania’ franchise has been exceptional for Sony Pictures Animation, spanning nearly a decade and introducing the world to Genndy Tartakovsky’s singular vision, and we’re so proud of what our extraordinary directors Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon have brought to this special property,” Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation, said in a statement. “These films have thrilled audiences and paved the way for so many artists working in CG animation, and now the family saga of Dracula and his daughter Mavis, son-in-law Johnny, and monster BFFs is coming to a close. We are thrilled to work with Amazon to bring this film to families everywhere.”

For the final chapter of the “Hotel Transylvania” film series, franchise creator Genndy Tartakovsky returns as one of the screenwriters and executive producers. Gomez will also serve as an executive producer. Directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska, the film is produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone and executive produced by Tartakovsky, Michelle Murdocca, and Gomez. The story is by Genndy Tartakovsky with a screenplay by Amos Vernon, Nunzio Randazzo and Genndy Tartakovsky.

French Family Comedy ‘Operation Portugal’ Due on Digital and On Demand Nov. 2

The French family comedy Operation Portugal will be available for digital purchase and on demand Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, Hakim, a French neighborhood cop from Morocco is tasked with infiltrating the Portuguese community to investigate a crime lord. Hakim must become one with the French-Portuguese in three days. It is a big challenge considering he is extremely clumsy and bad luck follows him wherever he goes. Trapped between his feelings and his mission, Hakim discovers not only a community, but also a family to call his own.

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The film stars comedian D’Jal, Sarah Perles, Pierre Azéma, Farida Ouchani, Carmen Santos, Éric Da Costa, José Da Silva, Serge Da Silva and Antonia de Rendinger.

Doc ‘The Lost Leonardo’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16

The documentary The Lost Leonardo will be released digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. From the moment the painting is bought for $1,175 at a shady New Orleans auction house and the restorer discovers masterful Renaissance brushstrokes under the heavy varnish of its cheap restoration, the Salvator Mundi’s fate is determined by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. As its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity: is this painting really by Leonardo da Vinci?

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Unravelling the hidden agendas of the richest men and most powerful art institutions in the world, The Lost Leonardo reveals how vested interests in the Salvator Mundi are of such tremendous power that truth becomes secondary.

1979 Springsteen Concerts Headed to Digital Rental and Purchase in November

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts will come out for digital purchase Nov. 16, and digital rental Nov. 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film features performances by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the September 1979 MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The film features all 13 songs performed over two nights — 10 never before released — transferred and edited from original No Nukes film footage and restored in HD, with remixed and remastered audio.

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Drama ‘Nine Days’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2

The fantasy drama Nine Days will come out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, Will (Winston Duke) and Kyo (Benedict Wong) spend their days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TVs of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates — unborn souls — including Emma (Zazie Beetz) and Kane (Bill Skarsgård) arrive at Will’s to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma, a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life.

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Making his feature-film debut, Japanese Brazilian director Edson Oda delivers a meditative vision of human souls in limbo, aching to be born against unimaginable odds, yet hindered by forces beyond their will.

The film was nominated for Best First Feature and Best Supporting Male (Wong) at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Bonus materials include a making-of featurette.

‘Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within’ Arriving on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16

The animated action adventure Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) is coming to 4K Ultra HD for its 20th anniversary Nov. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, the year is 2065, and a meteor has crashed onto Earth unleashing millions of alien creatures who roam around decimating field and city alike, threatening to extinguish life itself. The film features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Steve Buscemi.

Legacy bonus features on the Blu-ray include two feature-length commentaries, the interactive documentary “The Making of Final Fantasy,” the original opening, “Aki’s Dream Reconstruction,” “On the Set with Aki,” character profiles, vehicle scale comparisons, compositing builds, joke outtakes, “The Gray Project” and theatrical trailers.

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‘Escape Room: Tournament of Champions’ Due on Digital Sept. 21, Disc Oct. 5

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions will come out on digital Sept. 21, and on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the sequel to the 2019 psychological thriller Escape Room, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive and discovering they’ve all played the game before.

The never-before-seen extended cut, available on Blu-ray and digital, reveals the masterminds behind Minos and features more deadly escape rooms with more than 25 minutes of new footage.

Special features include “Go Inside the Minos Escape Rooms,” “Meet the Players” and director Adam Robitel on raising the stakes.

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