Western ‘Apache Junction’ Riding to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 23

The Western Apache Junction arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Nov. 23 from Lionsgate.

The adventure stars multiple Grammy Award-nominated country music star Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer, Deepwater Horizon), Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Queen of the Damned), Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, An American Crime), Thomas Jane (Hunter’s Moon, The Vanished), Ed Morrone (TV’s “The Fugitive Chronicles,” Hellblazer) and Danielle Gross (TV’s “Heels,” Final Kill).

In the film, Apache Junction is an outpost of lawlessness, a haven for thieves and cold-blooded killers. After big-city reporter Annabelle Angel (Taylor-Compton) arrives to write an article on the town, she becomes a target when notorious gunslinger Jericho Ford (Townsend) comes to her aid. Now Annabelle must entrust her future to a man with a deadly past, as Jericho heads toward a tense showdown.

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Special features include “True Western: Making Apache Junction” and audio commentary with the cast and crew.

Breach

DVD REVIEW:

Street 2/2/21;
Paramount;
Sci-Fi;
$19.98 DVD;
Rated ‘R’ for language throughout and some bloody violence.
Stars Bruce Willis, Cody Kearsley, Callan Mulvey, Kassandra Clementi, Timothy V. Murphy, Rachel Nichols, Thomas Jane.

Bruce Willis’ late-career run of quickie direct-to-video cash-ins continues with Breach, a lackluster sci-fi/horror pastiche.

Set hundreds of years in the future, Breach focuses on giant spacecraft tasked with ferrying hundreds of thousands of people to a colony world to escape Earth, which is being ravaged by plague. Most of the colonists and crew go into suspended animation, leaving a handful of engineers and custodians to keep the ship operating for the duration of the voyage.

Willis gives a one-note performance as the gruff head janitor, who has to deal with a stowaway (Cody Kearsley) who was rejected for the trip despite his pregnant girlfriend being the daughter of the admiral in charge of the ship.

Meanwhile, an alien parasite begins to kill the few crew members who are still awake, and takes over their bodies to form an army of the undead that tries to sabotage the ship and destroy the human colony. It’s up to Willis to rally the survivors to take back the ship and save the day.

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While the film makes a game attempt to present some gritty sci-fi on an obviously tight budget, there’s not much here any self-respecting sci-fi fan won’t have seen before Viewers will probably have more fun trying to spot all the plot points borrowed from better movies. Some of the more obvious ones include Alien, Venom, Sunshine, Armageddon, Interstellar and Passengers. Just set up a drinking game and call it a party.

The DVD comes with a digital copy but no bonus materials.

‘The Silencing’, ‘The Vanished’ Among Five New Releases on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Five new films appeared on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Aug. 22, led by Lionsgate’s The Silencing and Paramount’s The Vanished, both of which debuted in the top 10.

The Silencing debuted at No. 6 on the weekly chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The  U.S.-Canadian action thriller follows a reclusive hunter and police sheriff who track down a murderer they suspect kidnapped the hunter’s daughter five years earlier. The film, released through digital retailers on Aug. 14, was directed by Robin Pront from a screenplay by Micah Ranum and stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Annabelle Wallis.

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The Vanished (No. 7), also released through digital retailers in mid-August ahead of an Oct. 20 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release, is about an idyllic family vacation that turns into a living nightmare for parents Paul (Thomas Jane) and Wendy (Anne Heche) when their young daughter disappears without a trace. When the local sheriff (Jason Patric) fails to chase down any new leads, the frantic parents have no choice but to take matters into their own hands.

Also new to the “Watched at Home” chart are RLJ Entertainment’s Spree (No. 15), a horror satire that follows a social media-obsessed, ride-hail driver played by Joe Keery, and Sony Pictures’ Sputnik (No. 18), a Russian science-fiction horror film that stars Oksana Akinshina as a young doctor who is recruited by the military to assess a cosmonaut who survived a mysterious space accident and returned to Earth with a dangerous organism living inside him.

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Warner’s Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, a direct-to-video animated superhero film version of the CW Seed series of the same name, debuted at No. 20 after its Aug. 18 disc release date. The film was released through digital retailers two weeks earlier.

The top five on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Aug. 22 remains unchanged from the prior week, with RLJ’s The Tax Collector at No. 1 for the third consecutive week. The film, which stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord, was released through digital retailers on Aug. 7.

Rounding out the top five are DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, distributed to home audiences by Universal Pictures, and three seasons of Paramount’s “Yellowstone,” with Kevin Costner.

  1. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  2. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  7. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  8. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  9. Made In Italy (IFC Films)
  10. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  11. The Rental (IFC Films)
  12. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  13. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  14. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  15. Spree (2020, RLJ Entertainment)
  16. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  17. The High Note (Universal)
  18. Sputnik (Sony Pictures)
  19. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  20. Deathstroke Knights & Dragons (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Aug. 22.

Paramount Releasing ‘The Vanished’ on DVD Oct. 20

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the thriller The Vanished on DVD Oct. 20. It is available now for digital sellthrough and on demand.

Written and directed Peter Facinelli, the film deals with a family vacation that takes a terrifying turn when parents discover their young daughter has vanished without a trace. Stopping at nothing to find her, the search for the truth leads to a shocking revelation.

The film stars Thomas Jane, Anne Heche, Jason Patric and Facinelli, and is rated ‘R’ for violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use.

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Amazon Streaming ‘The Expanse,’ Greenlights Season 4 Production

Amazon Jan. 22 announced it will exclusively stream the first three seasons of sci-fi drama “The Expanse” to Prime members in over 200 countries and territories on Feb. 8. Seasons 1-2 are currently available only in the U.S. on Prime Video and SyFy.com.

The series, which launched in 2015, is also broadcast on NBC Universal’s SyFy network.

Based on novels by James S. A. Corey, “The Expanse” is an award-winning political science fiction series set hundreds of years in the future.

Humans have colonized the solar system with The United Nations controlling Earth and an independent military power inhabiting Mars. Desperate for air and water, the series begins with Earth and Mars on the verge of war over the resources found in the Asteroid Belt. With few options for survival, allies struggle to fight over the future of humanity.

Prime Video will be the new home to Season 4, which launches later this year.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made the announcement last May at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, where the cast and showrunner were in attendance.

Co-created and written by Academy Award nominees Mark Fergus (Iron Man) and Hawk Otsby (Children of Men), the series stars three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea), Oscar-nominee Shohreh Asgdashloo (Star Trek: Beyond), Steve Strait (The Covenant), Dominique Tipper (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Wes Chatam (The Hunger Games), Cas Anvar (Punisher: War Zone), Frankie Adams (Mortal Engines) and Shawn Doyle (Frequency), Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead),  Florence Faivre (The Sia Renaissance), and Cara Gee (Empire of Dirt).