July 12 sees new DVD and Blu-rays such as The Beatles: Get Back and Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 2, while The Bob’s Burgers Movie arrives for digital purchase.
Disney’s Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back finally arrives July 12. The three-part documentary miniseries that became a streaming hit on Disney+ was originally slated for a Feb. 8 disc release, and some copies even ended up on shelves before a last-minute recall due to what the studio described as a technical issue. The Beatles: Get Back covers the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be, whose working title was Get Back. Originally conceived as a feature film, The Beatles: Get Back was expanded into three episodes with a total runtime of nearly eight hours. The docuseries, which premiered on Disney+ on Nov. 25, was compiled from nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot over 21 days, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, and from more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for over half a century.
CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 2 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 12. The animated series, which originally debuted on the Paramount+ streaming service, follows the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, with a focus on the crewmembers who don’t always get the glory. The voice cast includes Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Eugene Cordero, Noël Wells, Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Frad Tatasciore, Gillian Vigman, Paul Scheer and Carl Tart. The Blu-ray and DVD release includes all 10 episodes from the second season, plus more than an hour of extras, such as animatics; Easter eggs; audio commentaries on four episodes; the featurette “A Sound Foundation,” about the series’ sound design; and “Lower Decktionary: Season Two,” a look at the making of the episodes.
The World War II film Wolf Hound arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 12 from Lionsgate. Featuring action sequences using vintage aircraft, the film stars James Maslow (“Big Time Rush”) and Trevor Donovan (“90210”). In Wolf Hound, on a recon mission over Nazi-occupied France, pilot David Holden (Maslow) is shot down along with a B-17 bomber. He lands near an airfield, where he learns the Germans are loading the U.S.-marked aircraft with a city-destroying superbomb that could help the Axis win the war. Holden must evade search patrols and a vengeful Nazi soldier to rescue the captured crew and stop the doomsday plot.
Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ animated adventure The Bob’s Burgers Movie will be available for digital purchase July 12, the same day it becomes available for streaming on Hulu and HBO Max. The animated musical comedy-mystery-adventure is based on the long-running, Emmy award-winning series “Bob’s Burgers.” In the feature, after a ruptured water main creates a sinkhole in front of Bob’s Burgers and blocks the entrance, Bob and Linda Belcher struggle to keep the business afloat, and the kids try to solve a mystery that could save the restaurant. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 19 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution.
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Shout! Factory will release the complete series of “The Six Million Dollar Man” on Blu-ray Disc July 12. The 33-disc boxed set will include the original broadcast episodes of the entire series and come packed with a wealth of bonus features including the three pilot films, new audio commentary with author Herbie J. Pilato and more. Running for five seasons in the 1970s, “The Six Million Dollar Man” made a star out of actor Lee Majors and a memorable pop culture figure in fictional character Steve Austin. The success of the series led to a flurry of action figures, comic books, lunchboxes, coloring books, records, board games and eventually “The Bionic Woman,” a spin-off series featuring lead character Jaime Sommers. The three pilot films and all 99 episodes were transferred in 2015 from new interpositive film elements struck in 2011 from the original negative. In the series, Col. Steve Austin is badly injured in an aircraft crash. He is rebuilt with cutting-edge bionic technology. Atomic-powered limbs propel him at speeds of 60 mph, giving him the ability to overturn massive objects and take on the world’s most nefarious villains and their evil plans.
The 1990 comedic crime drama Miami Blues will be released on Blu-ray Disc July 12 as part of the MVD Rewind Collection. In the MGM neo-noir film, Junior Frenger (Alec Baldwin, The Departed, “30 Rock”) is trouble and Sgt. Hoke Moseley (Fred Ward, Tremors, Short Cuts) knows it. The smooth-talking, good-looking ex-con tiptoes on the borderline of psychotic behavior. The detective is hot on his trail after Junior kills a Hare Krishna, robs a pickpocket, then steals Moseley’s badge, his gun — and even his false teeth. Junior’s running around the streets of Miami posing as a cop, assaulting people and making arrests. And even though he promises his live-in lover (an ex-prostitute played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight) that he’ll stay out of crime, he continues playing cops and robbers on both sides of the law. Written and directed by George Armitage (Grosse Pointe Blank, The Big Bounce, The Last of the Finest), the film was produced by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Something Wild). The feature is presented in HD with a master provided by MGM.
The Civil War story The Keeping Room (2014) will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 12 from Drafthouse Films, Giant Pictures and MVD Entertainment Group. In the reimagined Western set near the end of the Civil War, Augusta encounters two renegade soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. When the pair of soldiers track her down intent on revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to defend their home and themselves as the attacks become more unpredictable and relentless. From director Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) and writer Julia Hart (Miss Steven’s, Disney+’s “Stargirl”), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, The Edge of Seventeen), Sam Worthington (Avatar), Brit Marling (Another Earth), Ned Dennehy (“Peaky Blinders”) and Amy Nuttall (“Downton Abbey”).
Mutiny Pictures’ horror film The Fall of Usher will be released for digital purchase July 12 from Mill Creek Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment. Based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the film follows a young man caring for his terminally ill father who gets pulled into a maelstrom of murder, madness and the macabre. The horror film stars Spencer Korcz (Wretch, One Wrong Step), James Tackett (Overtime, United We Fall), Savannah Schafer (Night of 1000 Clowns, Beasts of the Field) and Rita Hight (Roman Citizen, Bullitt Country). It is written and directed by Brian Cunningham.
The thriller Frank and Penelope will be released on digital July 12 from Mill Creek Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. In this tale of love and violence, a man on his emotional last legs finds a savior seductively dancing in a run-down strip club. Suddenly, a life most certainly headed off a cliff suddenly becomes redirected — as everything is now worth dying for. The film stars Kevin Dillon, Caylee Cowen and Billy Budinich.
The documentary Kufi Krew: An American Story will be released for digital purchase and on VOD July 12 from Virgil Films. Fast friends and founders of the first Muslim fraternity in the United States struggle with forbidden love, cultural taboos and generational conflict in this story about coming of age in America. To be responsible to the community, the fraternity and their own dreams often creates unexpected pressures that challenge and continue to shape their future.
Writer-director Alan Parker’s 1987 psychological horror-thriller Angel Heart will arrive July 12 for the first time ever on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Parker (Mississippi Burning), Angel Heart stars two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull), Primetime Emmy nominee Lisa Bonet (TV’s “The Cosby Show,” High Fidelity, Enemy of the State), Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City, The Expendables), and Oscar and Primetime Emmy nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Swimming Pool, Melancholia). In the film, Rourke is Harry Angel, a down-and-out Brooklyn detective who is hired by the mysterious Louis Cyphre (De Niro) to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite on an odyssey that will take Angel through the desperate streets of Harlem, the smoke-filled jazz clubs of New Orleans, and the swamps of Louisiana and its seedy underworld of voodoo in this cult thriller that is at once eerily thrilling, darkly sensual, and completely unforgettable.
A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.