The slate of home video releases for April 4 includes several Warner Bros. 100th anniversary Blu-ray sets, a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” movies, the 25th season of “South Park” on disc, and digital releases for Marlowe and more classic Mickey Mouse animated shorts.
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment marks the 100th anniversary of the Warner Bros. studio April 4 with four themed boxed sets of 25 films apiece from the studio’s catalog: 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 1 — Award Winners, 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 2 — Comedies, Dramas & Musicals, 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 3 — Fantasy, Action & Adventure and 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 4 — Thrillers, Sci-Fi & Horror. Together, the four sets represent a 100-film collection from the Warner library.
In addition, Warner April 4 releases The Maltese Falcon and Cool Hand Luke on 4K Ultra HD disc and digital.
Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart stars in the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941) as tough San Francisco private detective Sam Spade. The famously convoluted story follows Spade’s involvement with a deadly band of international thieves who will lie, double cross and murder to obtain a small, jewel-encrusted statue known as The Maltese Falcon. Spade’s partner, Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan), accepts a job protecting a young woman (Mary Astor). Neither Spade nor Archer believe the woman or the story she tells them, but they do believe her money. Then, when Archer is murdered, Spade’s search for the killer drags him into the web of lies and death spun by the desperate people seeking The Maltese Falcon. The film is directed by John Huston in his directorial debut. The screenplay is by Huston and is based on the 1930 novel by Dashiell Hammett. In addition to Bogart, Cowan and Astor, the film stars Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick and Sydney Greenstreet. The Maltese Falcon was nominated for three Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Huston).
Academy Award winner Paul Newman stars with George Kennedy in Cool Hand Luke (1967), the story of a man who will not surrender to authority — even at the cost of his life. In the film, when Luke Jackson (Newman) is sentenced to a Southern prison for a minor infraction, his intelligence, calm under pressure and inability to accept defeat soon gain him the respect of his fellow inmates on the chain gang — and the nickname Cool Hand Luke. But they also earn Luke the enmity of the warden, who cannot allow any inmate to challenge his authority. When Luke’s mother dies, he decides to escape, and he will not allow anyone to stop him. The film is directed by Stuart Rosenberg. The screenplay is by Donn Pearse and Frank R. Pierson and is based on the Pearce’s 1965 novel of the same name. In addition to Newman, Cool Hand Luke stars George Kennedy, J.D. Canon, Robert Drivas, Lou Antonio, Strother Martin and Jo Van Fleet. Cool Hand Luke was nominated for four Academy Awards, Best Actor (Newman), Best Supporting Actor (Kennedy), Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Pearce and Pierson) and Best Original Music Score (Lalo Schifrin), and won for Best Support Supporting Actor.
Rebel Without a Cause will be available to purchase digitally April 4 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc April 18 from Warner.
Paramount Home Entertainment April 4 releases the four films focused on the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for the first time. The collection includes 1994’s Star Trek: Generations, 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact, 1998’s Star Trek: Insurrection and 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. The films continue the 24th century adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as seen on the 1987-94 series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” starring Patrick Stewart as Capt. Picard, Brent Spiner as the android Data, Jonathan Frakes as first officer Riker, Michael Dorn as the Klingon security officer Worf, LeVar Burton as chief engineer Geordi LaForge, Marina Sirtis as Counselor Troi, and Gates McFadden as Dr. Crusher. Each film has been fully remastered and is presented on a 4K Ultra HD disc with Dolby Vision and HDR-10. The films are available as part of an eight-disc collection that includes them on both 4K disc and a remastered Blu-ray, as well as individually as combo packs. A digital copy code of each film will be included with both the collection and the individual combo packs. The discs will also include most of the legacy bonus material.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fifth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 4. The collection includes the six episodes of the animated series that aired on Comedy Central in 2022: “Pajama Day,” “The Big Fix,” “City People,” “Back to the Cold War,” “Help, My Teenager Hates Me!” and “Credigree Weed St. Patrick’s Day Special.”
The Liam Neeson crime thriller Marlowe because available in standard digital pricing April 4 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Neeson (Memory, Blacklight) portrays Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled private detective Phillip Marlowe in the Open Road Films release from Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game). The film also stars Academy Award winner Jessica Lange (Blue Sky, Tootsie, The Gambler), Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, Unknown, The Infiltrator), Emmy Award nominee Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife,” Battle of the Sexes, X2: X-Men United), and Golden Globe nominee Danny Huston (The Constant Gardener, The Aviator, 21 Grams). Set in late 1930s Bay City, Marlowe centers on streetwise, down on his luck detective Philip Marlowe, who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress (Kruger), daughter of a well-known movie star (Lange). The disappearance unearths a web of lies, and soon Marlowe is involved in a dangerous, deadly investigation where everyone involved has something to hide. The film was previously available via PVOD. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 18.
The Oscar-nominated drama Living arrives for digital purchase April 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, adapted by Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) and based on the classic Akira Kurosawa film Ikiru, was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor (Bill Nighy) and Best Adapted Screenplay. In the film, Nighy (Love Actually) plays Williams, a 1950s London civil servant who struggles to maintain order under mountains of paperwork. Overwhelmed at work and lonely at home, his life takes a heartbreaking turn when a medical diagnosis tells him time is short. Influenced by a local decadent (Tom Burke) and the vibrant Margaret (Aimee Lou Wood), Williams continues to search for meaning until a simple revelation gives him the purpose to create a legacy for the next generation. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 11.
Disney April 4 releases Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts Vol. 2 for digital purchase on April 4. The new collection includes such animated classics as “The Band Concert,” “Pluto’s Sweater” and “Mickey’s Trailer” with an all-new animated interstitials introduction featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Pluto, all gathered together to watch a slideshow on some of their hilarious past adventures. A Blu-ray and DVD release arrives June 27.
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Cinedigm, in partnership with Bloody Disgusting, will premiere the horror documentary Living With Chucky on its horror streaming service Screambox and on all major digital platforms on April 4 in the United States and Canada. The documentary about the iconic “Child’s Play” franchise takes an in-depth look at the franchise from the perspective of a filmmaker who grew up within it. The film features interviews with cast and crew such as Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, creator Don Mancini and more. Storming into pop culture in the late 1980s, the three-foot killer known as Chucky proved that Child’s Play was anything but. The horror film went on to spawn six sequels, a television series, a reboot, comic books, a video game and merchandise. Written and directed by Kyra Elise Gardner, daughter of legendary special effects artist Tony Gardner, Living With Chucky looks back at the franchise by those there from the beginning. The documentary details the history of the “Child’s Play” films by the cast and crew, in addition to Gardner’s own relationship with the series and the impact it had on her family. Gardner seeks out other families involved with the “Child’s Play” films as they recount their experiences working on the franchise and what it means to be a part of the “Chucky” family. It arrives on Blu-ray April 18.
Kino Lorber April 4 releases its 12th collection of vintage black-and-white film noir movies as Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XII. The set includes Undertow (1949), Outside the Wall (1950) and Hold Back Tomorrow (1955). All three films are coming to disc from brand-new 2K masters.
Also from Kino Lorber April 4 is the 1987 film The Big Easy on Blu-ray Disc. Directed by Jim McBride, the neo-noir thriller stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman, and Grace Zabriskie. The Big Easy was a box office hit that combined New Orleans nightlife with steamy romance and sultry suspense. When a hood’s murder triggers a bloody gangland drug war, detective Remy McSwain (Quaid) is on the scene. The smooth-talking Remy meets his match in Anne Osborne (Barkin), a no-nonsense assistant district attorney in town to investigate police corruption. At first they are at odds, but then the sparks start flying.
The horror series Wings of Disaster: The Birdemic Trilogy and the third film in the franchise, Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, fly to disc April 4 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.
Writer/director James Nguyen goes back to basics to complete his action-adventure eco-terror vision in Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, due on Blu-ray and DVD. In the film, when global warming triggers climate chaos along the Northern California coast, two scientific researchers discover tender romance, sudden wealth, awkward dancing, appalling CGI, space elevators, automatic weapons and a plague of sea eagle attacks that could lead to the extinction of life on Earth. Ryan Lord and Julia Culbert star, along with the return of Alan Bagh and the musical stylings of Damien Carter. Special features include an intro by Nguyen; audio commentary with Nguyen; audio commentary with cast members Ryan Lord, Julia Culbert and Alan Bagh; audio commentary with Birdemic 2: The Resurrection background actor/four-time “Jeopardy” champion Andy Wood and his neighbor Tony; festival highlights; and the trailer.
Also due on Blu-ray is the complete trilogy. In 2010, writer/producer/director/software salesman Nguyen’s groundbreaking Birdemic: Shock and Terror soon became a global phenomenon. In 2013 Nguyen returned with his biggest budget to date for Birdemic 2: The Resurrection, never-before available on Blu-ray and exclusive to this collection. For the first time ever, Wings of Disaster: The Birdemic Trilogy gathers Nguyen’s complete avian epic on three discs with more than 13 hours of special features.
A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.