Horror Thriller ‘The Jack and the Box Rises’ Available on DVD and Digital From 4 Digital Media and Distribution Solutions

The horror thriller The Jack and the Box Rises is available on DVD and digital from 4 Digital Media and Distribution Solutions.

In the film, when Raven is sent to an all-girls boarding school, she unleashes a demon from a vintage Jack-in-the-box prompting a fight for survival.

The Jack and the Box Rises stars Nicholas Anscombe, Isabella Colby Browne, Leona Clarke, Oli Meredith, Anna Blackburn, Georgina Jane, Jade Groves and Georgia Conlan.

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Chinese Thriller ‘The Procurator’ Due on Blu-ray Disc April 16 From BayView

The Chinese thriller The Procurator will be released on Blu-ray Disc April 16 from BayView Entertainment via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

In the film — from Alan Mak, the award winning co-director of Infernal Affairs and Overheard — when the death of an unethical and dangerous businessman starts an investigation by the procurator’s office, layers of his shady dealings reveal more at play, from stolen artifacts, to under-the-table promises and extreme life threatening danger for those investigating. The truth is flexible and a few dedicated individuals are forced to choose sides when history catches up to them.

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Thriller ‘Deadly Justice’ Due Via On Demand April 16 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the thriller Deadly Justice via on demand April 16.

The film follows Holly Powell (Kelly Sullivan), a successful prosecutor who put away a prominent but corrupt Judge. After appearing on a true crime show to discuss the case, Holly’s life and business are turned upside down by a murderous stalker who is convinced that Judge Halstead is an innocent man and becomes hellbent on putting Holly away for good.

The film also stars Brian Krause, Corin Nemec, Christiana Leucas, Jason London and Marco St. John.


Comedic Nixon Tape Thriller ’18 1/2′ Available on DVD From MVD

The comedic thriller 18 1/2, a fictional story about President Richard Nixon’s tapes, was released April 9 on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, in 1974, a White House transcriber is thrust into the Watergate scandal when she obtains the only copy of the infamous 18½ minute gap in Nixon’s tapes.

Directed by Dan Mirvish, the comedic thriller stars Willa Fitzgerald (“The Fall of the House of Usher”), John Magaro (Past Lives), Vondie Curtis Hall (“Daredevil”), Catherine Curtin (“Stranger Things”), Richard Kind (Inside Out) and Sullivan Jones (“The Gilded Age”) with the voices of Ted Raimi (Spider-Man) as General Al Haig, Jon Cryer (“Two and Half Men”) as H.R. “Bob” Haldeman and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) as President Richard Nixon.

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Special features include:

  • audio commentary from director Dan Mirvish and screenwriter Daniel Moya;
  • “Covid 18½: The Making of a Film in a Global Pandemic,”a feature-length, behind-the-scenes documentary including interviews with Willa Fitzgerald, John Magaro, Bruce Campbell, Richard Kind and more;
  • audio of full Nixon tape with Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi and Jon Cryer;
  • Lloyd Kaufman at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kan.;
  • an alternate scene;
  • the theatrical release promo with director Dan Mirvish;
  • the original theatrical trailer;
  • spoiler-filled international trailer; and
  • the live audience track from the World Premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival.

Imperial’s 1997 Crime Thriller ‘Mean Guns’ Available on Blu-ray Disc April 9 From MVD

The Imperial 1997 crime thriller Mean Guns, starring Ice-T and Christopher Lambert, is available April 9 on special edition Blu-ray Disc as part of the MVD Rewind collection from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, the world’s most dangerous criminals are summoned to a new prison on the eve before its grand opening by Moon (Ice-T, New Jack City), the ruthless leader of the world’s most powerful crime syndicate. Chaos ensues when weapons and ammunition are passed around and the group, including Lou (Christopher Lambert, Highlander) begin their fight to survive. The last three men standing by midnight have been promised $10 million in cash by Moon, who watches from his surveillance camera as gunfire and bodies fly. Rivalries develop between friends and the lines of loyalty are crossed as each criminal attempts to outwit, outrun and outlive the other in the action packed game of elimination.

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Directed by Albert Pyun (Cyborg, Nemesis), the film also stars Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Streets of Fire), Thom Mathews (The Return of the Living Dead) and Yuji Okumoto (“Cobra Kai”).

Special features include:

  • audio commentary from director Albert Pyun
  • an introduction by director Albert Pyun
  • a new interview with producer Gary Schmoeller
  • a new interview with executive producer Paul Rosenblum
  • a new interview with composer Anthony Riparetti
  • original theatrical trailer
  • reversible artwork
  • collectible mini-poster
  • a limited-edition slipcover (first pressing only)

Claire Danes to Star in Netflix Mystery Thriller Series ‘The Beast in Me’

Netflix has announced a new limited series “The Beast in Me,” a mystery thriller starring Claire Danes.

In the series, since the tragic death of her young son, acclaimed author Aggie Wiggs has receded from public life, unable to write, a ghost of her former self. But she finds an unlikely subject for a new book when the house next door is bought by Nile Sheldon, a famed and formidable real estate mogul who was once the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. At once horrified and fascinated by this man, Aggie finds herself compulsively hunting for the truth — chasing his demons while fleeing her own — in a game of cat and mouse that might turn deadly.

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The series is from showrunner/executive producer Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24,” “The X-Files”), creator/executive producer/writer Gabe Rotter (“The X-Files”) and 20th Television. Star Danes (“Fleishman Is in Trouble,” “Homeland”) also executive produces. Other executive producers include Daniel Pearle (“American Crime Story”), Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger for Conaco, and Jodie Foster.

Paramount+ to Bow Espionage Thriller Series ‘The Department’ Later This Year

Paramount+ has announced that Joe Wright, the director behind the Golden Globe and multi-BAFTA winning films Pride and Prejudice, The Darkest Hour and Atonement, will direct and executive produce its new espionage political thriller series “The Department,” from Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios. Based on the French drama “Le Bureau des Legendes,” it will debut on Paramount+ for subscribers with the Paramount+ with Showtime plan later this year. 

Tony Award-winning writer Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Ford v Ferrari, Edge of Tomorrow) will executive produce and write all 10 episodes. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will executive produce through their Smokehouse Pictures along with David C. Glasser and 101 Studios.

“Joe Wright is a visionary director with a gift of focusing on intricate details to craft immersive and visually striking stories,” Chris McCarthy, president/CEO Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement. “And, Jez and John-Henry are masterful writers whose witty and emotionally charged language dives deep into their characters’ moral complexities, while simultaneously creating a propulsive narrative. Bringing these powerhouse creatives together alongside George Clooney and Grant Heslov is sure to give The Bureau the reinvention it deserves.”

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“The Department” centers on the daily life and missions of agents within France’s principal external security service. It focuses on the “Bureau of Legends,” responsible for training and handling deep-cover agents on long-term missions in areas with French interests. Living under false identities for years, these agents’ missions are to identify and recruit good intelligence sources. The New York Times named it one of the top international shows of the decade, according to a Paramount+ release.

BayView Will Release Thriller ‘Acorn’ on DVD March 26

BayView Entertainment will release the dramatic thriller Acorn on DVD March 26 via the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

In the film, after a terminal cancer diagnosis, a young woman filmmaker makes one last picture — a movie about a movie about her life. Everything that can go wrong, does. But some kind of strange magic watches over the production, in the form of a sinister tree that shouldn’t be there.

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Directed by David Axe, the film stars Morgan Shaley Renew, Caylin Sams and Mandy Applegate.

Bonus features include the documentary “Create of Die: The Making of Acorn.”

Thriller ‘Strictly Confidential’ Available Digitally April 5

The thriller Strictly Confidential, the feature film directorial debut of writer-director Damian Hurley and starring Elizabeth Hurley, will be released in theaters and via digital and on demand on April 5 from Lionsgate.

The film follows a haunted young woman, who is desperately trying to unravel the mystery surrounding her best friend’s sudden death. On the anniversary of Rebecca’s death, Mia returns to the Caribbean paradise where she and her best friend shared her final days. As Mia sets out to unravel the mysterious events of her passing, old passions rise, new secrets are uncovered and Mia is pulled into a seductive world of sex, betrayal and murder.

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The film also stars Elizabeth Hurley, Georgia Lock,  Lauren McQueen, Freddie Thorp and Genevieve Gaunt.

Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’ Due in 4K Ultra HD on Disc and Digital April 23

The 2006 thriller The Departed from director Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas) will be available for purchase in 4K Ultra HD on disc and digital for the first time April 23 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture, Best Director (Scorsese), Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street), Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, The Martian), Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets), and Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Boogie Nights), with Martin Sheen (television’s “The West Wing,” Apocalypse Now), Ray Winstone (That Summer, Nil by Mouth), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Alec Baldwin (The Cooler), Anthony Anderson (television’s “Black-ish,” Hustle & Flow), and James Badge Dale in supporting roles.

The screenplay is by Academy Award Winner William Monahan and is based on the 2002 Hong Kong action thriller Internal Affairs by Alan Mak and Felix Chong. 

In the thriller set in Boston, a long-simmering hostility between the police department and an Irish American gang led by Frank Costello is primed to explode. The fuse is lit when a gangster is chosen to infiltrate the police force, and a young cop goes undercover within the gang.  When the two moles uncover each other’s identity, the battle begins.

The 4K remaster of The Departed was completed at Warner Bros. Discovery’s Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) with the participation of the film’s Academy Award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator).

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Special features include “Guilt and Betrayal: Looking into The Departed” (new); “Stranger than Fiction: The True Story of Whitey Bulger, Southie, and The Departed”; “Crossing Criminal Cultures”; and nine deleted scenes with introductions by Scorsese.