‘Dropa,’ ‘Point Defiance’ and ‘Highway 395’ Due on Disc From BayView in May

BayView Entertainment is bringing two thrillers and an action film to disc in May.

The science-fiction thriller Dropa is dropping on DVD May 12. Set in an alternate future America, the film follows a government assassin who comes out of retirement to track down a killer extraterrestrial murdering the former members of his team.

Directed by Wayne Slaten, the film stars Jason Douglas, David Matranga, James Hong, Shayla Bagir, Jacob Reynolds and Michelle Ellen Jones.

The thriller Point Defiance is due on DVD May 19. In the film, a stockbroker’s world is turned upside down while under house arrest after his troubled brother returns from military duty in Afghanistan, forcing him to face a dark secret about his past.

Directed by Justin Foia, the film stars Derek Phillips, Josh Crotty, Lauren Elaine, Sarah Butler and Steven Swadling.

Finally, Highway 395 (2000) is traveling to Blu-ray May 26. In the actioner, Sheriff Wade confronts drug couriers on Highway 395, a criminal releasing from jail and a serial killer in the California desert.

The film stars Fred Dryer, Blake Adams and Greg Crooks.

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‘Blood Tide,’ ‘White Fire,’ ‘The Woman’ and Tsukamoto Boxed Set Coming to Blu-ray May 26 From MVD

Blood Tide, White Fire, The Woman and a Tsukamoto boxed set are coming to Blu-ray May 26 from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group.

Blood Tide (1982), a horror title from director/co-writer Richard Jefferies and producer/co-writer Nico Mastorakis, stars James Earl Jones as a treasure hunter that mistakenly awakens an ancient underwater beast on a small Greek island. The film is restored in 4K and features a new commentary with Jefferies and a new interview with Mastorakis; a reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys; and for the first pressing only, a collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Mike Gingold.

Musician turned actor Robert Ginty stars in White Fire (1985), an action thriller from director Jean-Marie Pallardy. The film follows a pair of brother-and-sister jewel thieves that encounter tragedy while on the hunt for the elusive “White Fire” diamond. The plan hits an unexpected snag with the arrival of smooth-talking badass Noah Barclay, played by Fred Williamson (From Dusk ‘Til Dawn). The film features a theme song from ’80s British rockers Limelight. Special features include a feature-length audio commentary by critic Kat Ellinger; “Surviving the Fire,” a new interview with writer-director Pallardy; “Enter the Hammer,” a new interview with Williamson; and “Diamond Cutter,” a new interview with editor Bruno Zincone.

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The Woman, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, stars Pollyanna McIntosh as the last surviving member of a deadly clan of feral cannibals. While out hunting, all-American dad Sean Bridgers discovers the woman and decides to capture her with plans to make her more “civilized.” What ensues is a brutal, bloody nightmare. The new 4K restoration, supervised by directory Lucky McKee, includes such special features as new commentary with director McKee, editor Zach Passero, sound designer Andrew Smetek and composer Sean Spillane; new commentary by McIntosh; commentary by critic Scott Weinberg; a Frightfest panel discussion; and making-of featurettes.

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Finally comes the box set Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto, featuring shorts and eight feature-length films, including Tetsuo: The Iron ManTetsuo II: Body HammerTokyo FistBullet Ballet, and the home video debut of Tsukamoto’s latest effort Killing. Among the numerous special features are “An Assault on the Senses,” a new visual essay on the films and style of Tsukamoto by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp and multiple archival interviews with Tsukamoto, covering every film in the collection.

Well Go Acquires U.S. Rights to Canadian Thriller ‘Broil’

Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to Canadian thriller Broil.

A digital and home entertainment release is scheduled for Oct. 13.

Directed and co-written by Edward Drake (Breach, Cosmic Sin), Broil stars Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale), Timothy V. Murphy (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) and Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry MaguireStuart Little).

It’s a seemingly classic coming-of-age story that is quickly complicated by the fact that the protagonist’s family has been hiding a dark secret for millennia. After a violent incident with an insufferable school nemesis, 17-year-old Chance Sinclair (Avery Konrad) is sent to live with her reclusive grandfather (Murphy) in his lavish mountain estate. She seeks to uncover the true origin of her eccentric grandfather’s exorbitant wealth — and a mysterious familial health condition going back generations. Quickly caught between two warring factions of the family, Chance’s only hope for survival may well come from a killer-for-hire (Lipnicki) with a fortuitous stroke of culinary genius.

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“Well Go USA is home to some of my favorite films and I’m so grateful for the hard work of the team,” said Drake in a statement. “Broil was created by a fantastic Vancouver and Victoria cast and crew. We took cues from Rosemary’s Baby, The Witch, Get Out, Succession, Barry Lyndon, You’re Next, and many more to bring Broil to life, a story which is absolutely 100% based on true events.”

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Broil explores the ways families hurt each other,” said co-writer Piper Mars in a statement. “I hope the film invites viewers to question the needless secrecy and conflict they have in their lives.”

Thrillers ‘Possession,’ ‘Haven’ and ‘Even Money’ Available in April on Disc and Digital From MVD

Three thrillers, Possession, Haven and Even Money, are available in April on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from MVD Entertainment Group.

Possession (2008), a U.S. remake of the Korean thriller Addicted, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Grudge and The Grudge 2) along with Lee Pace (TV’s “Pushing Daisies”) and Michael Landes (Lakeview Terrace). Newlyweds Jess (Gellar) and Ryan (Landes) seem to have it all until a car accident renders both Ryan and his brother Roman (Pace) comatose. Things spin even more eerily out of control when Roman awakens and tries to convince Jess that he is her husband. Bonus features include a making-of featurette with Gellar, deleted and alternate scenes, the original theatrical trailer, and reversible artwork with an alternative cover.

Haven (2006) comes from the producers of the Academy Award Winning Crash and Dallas Buyers Club. On the idyllic shores of the Cayman Islands, Shy (Orlando Bloom, “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”) and Andrea (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) share a secret her parents can never know — they are in love. But a night of passion leads to their discovery and a devastating act of vengeance by Andrea’s brother (Anthony Mackie, Captain America: Civil War). Meanwhile, a shady American businessman (Bill Paxton, Aliens) has fled with his daughter to the Islands to avoid federal prosecution, only to be drawn into a dangerous web of deceit. Bonus features include a making-of featurette and the original theatrical trailer. It’s the first time the film has been released on Blu-ray.

Even Money (2007) features Kim Basinger, Forest Whitaker and Danny Devito in a story that follows the lives of nine individuals as their fates become increasingly entwined in a web of addiction and gambling, culminating at one critical moment where their lives will be lost or reclaimed. Struggling writer Kate (Basinger) loses her family’s savings at a casino; a washed-up magician (Devito) tries to help Carol regain her money; Clyde (Whitaker) owes so much money to his dangerous bookie (Jay Mohr) that he asks his NBA-destined nephew (Nick Cannon) to throw the game. The film also stars Kelsey Grammer, Tim Roth, Ray Liotta and Carla Gugino. It’s the first time the film has been released on Blu-ray.

Thriller ‘The Quarry’ Coming to Disc and Digital June 16 From Lionsgate

The thriller The Quarry arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD, and digital June 16 from Lionsgate.

The film is available now on demand.

Based on the novel by Damon Galgut, The Quarry stars Shea Whigham, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (2016, Best Supporting Actor, Nocturnal Animals) and Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (2004, Best Actress, Maria Full of Grace) and is from a writer of “Narcos: Mexico.”

In the film, after murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter (Whigham) travels to a small town in Texas and poses as the man he killed. Though the congregation loves the drifter’s sermons of forgiveness, the local police chief (Shannon) is suspicious.

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Bonus features include audio commentary with the director.

‘The Hunt’ to Be Found on Digital May 26, Disc June 9

The action-thriller The Hunt arrives on digital sellthrough May 26, and Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is available now for premium VOD rental.

From producer Jason Blum (The Invisible ManHalloween), director Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah, “The Leftovers”) and writers Damon Lindelof (“Watchmen,” “The Leftovers”) and Nick Cuse (“Maniac,” “Watchmen”), the film follows 12 strangers who wake up in a clearing, not knowing where they are or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen for the hunt.

In this subversive satire, a group of elites gather for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, “Glow”), knows the hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off one by one as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby) at the center of it all.

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The supporting cast includes Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”), Ike Barinholtz (Blockers), Justin Hartley (“This is Us”) and Ethan Suplee (“My Name is Earl”).

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Bonus features include the featurettes “Crafting the Hunt,” in which filmmakers and cast discuss how costumes and props were used to highlight the political commentary of the thriller; “Death Scene Breakdowns,” in which the special effects and make-up teams offer an inside look on how they carried out some of the goriest death sequences; and “Athena Vs. Crystal: Hunter or Hunted,” a behind-the-scenes look at the intense training and choreography actresses Gilpin and Swank had to master in order to execute the epic fight scene.

Thriller ‘Vivarium’ Available Now on Digital, on Disc May 12 From Lionsgate

The thriller Vivarium is available now on digital and on demand and on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD May 12 from Lionsgate.

The film, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, stars Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg (Best Actor, The Social Network, 2010) and Imogen Poots.

Tom and Gemma (Eisenberg and Poots) are looking for the perfect home. When a strange real-estate agent takes them to Yonder, a mysterious suburban neighborhood of identical houses, Tom and Gemma can’t wait to leave. But when they try to exit the labyrinth-like housing development, each road takes them back to where they started. Soon, they realize their search for a dream home has plunged them into a terrifying nightmare.

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Special features on disc include audio commentary with director Lorcan Finnegan and executive producer Brunella Cocchiglia and the featurette “Creating the Suburban Nightmare of Vivarium.”

‘Gretel & Hansel’ Coming to Digital April 7, Disc May 5 From Warner

Gretel & Hansel arrives on digital April 7 and Blu-ray and DVD May 5 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Directed by Osgood Perkins, the film is a terrifying reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairytale for a new generation: a long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search for food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

The film stars Sophia Lillis (It) as Gretel, newcomer Samuel J. Leakey as Hansel and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) as the witch.

The film made $22 million at the global box office.

The Blu-ray and DVD include the “Storybook” special feature.

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‘Mirror, Mirror,’ ‘Point Doom,’ ‘Freeway 2’ Among Titles Traveling to Blu-ray March 17 From MVD

Mirror, Mirror and its sequel, Freeway 2, Point Doom, and a grindhouse double feature are coming out on Blu-ray March 17 from MVD Entertainment Group and Dark Force Entertainment.

Mirror, Mirror (1990) starts with a flashback of the bloody murder of a woman by her identical twin sister that has something to do with the odd, whispering mirror in the room. Later, Emelin (Yvonne De Carlo, “The Munsters”) runs across the dreaded mirror while cleaning out the house for sale. She has it moved to her antique shop. Enter Susan Gordon (Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces) and her daughter Megan (Rainbow Harvest), the new owners of the house, and the mirror, which has mysteriously returned. When their dog is found dead in front of the mirror, Susan and Megan have no idea what lies ahead for them. The film also stars William Sanderson (Blade Runner) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day). Bonus features include the “Reflections in the Mirror Mirror” featurette with interviews from producers Virginia Perfili and Jimmy Lifton.

In the sequel Mirror, Mirror 2 (1994), on Blu-ray for the first time, an evil mirror that caused many deaths inside an orphanage has been hidden for years. When a rock band puts on a show nearby and uncovers the deadly mirror, the band members are tortured by the device’s demonic powers. Teenage orphan Marlee (Tracy Wells) is glad, because the men were tormenting her brother Jeffrey (Carlton Beener). Now in complete control of the mirror, Marlee decides to use it on her nasty stepsister Roslyn (Sally Kellerman). The cast also includes Roddy McDowall (Fright Night), Sally Kellerman (Back to School), Veronica Cartwright (Alien), Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Endgame), Sanderson, Sarah Douglas (Superman II) and Tracy Wells (Gremlins).

Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trick Baby (1999) follows teen drug dealer/car thief Crystal (Natasha Lyonne) who, despite the efforts of her sleazy attorney Mr. Butz (David Alan Grier), is sentenced to a 25-year prison term, the first segment of which will be served in a youth correctional facility where she will be treated for her rampant bulimia. There, in-between binge/purge marathons with her fellow eating-disordered inmates and relentless harassment of the hapless authorities, she fends off the lesbian advances of her psychotic cellmate Cyclona (Maria Celedonio), a serial killer who’s just received a life sentence. The two escape together and embark on a cross-country road trip in search of Sister Gomez (Vincent Gallo), the beneficent nun who protected Cyclona from the sexual predations of her family during her troubled childhood south of the border. The original Freeway was a modern retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” while Freeway 2 riffs on “Hansel and Gretel.” Bonus features includes all new interviews with director Matthew Bright and producer Chris Hanley and a behind-the-scenes featurette with director John Landis, who makes a cameo in the film.

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Point Doom (1999) stars Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”) as Rick Hansen, a double-crossing drug dealer in a dangerous relationship. When his girlfriend, Stephanie (Jennifer O’Dell), eventually finds love with another man, the young couple is forced to risk their own lives in hopes of facing the dangers threatening to bind them to street life forever. The cast also includes Andrew Dice Clay, Ice-T, Angie Everhart, Zach Galligan, John Enos and Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach. Bonus features include interviews with cast and producers and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The soundtrack includes music by Mötley Crüe, White Zombie, Ice-T and Motörhead.

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The grindhouse drive-in classic double feature includes The LonersDragon Vs Needles of Death. In The Loners (1972), motorcycle rider Stein (Dean Stockwell), a half-blood Indian, tries to stay out of the hands of the police, who are chasing him for accidentally killing a cop. Together with his friend Alan (Todd Susman) and a beautiful but desperate girl (Patricia Stich), Stein will get involved in a robbery and more death. In the martial arts film Dragon Vs. Needles of Death, a young man joins a kung-fu academy but fails to fit in. He soon runs off with the master’s daughter and becomes a salt smuggler. He ends up joining with the school’s top fighter — his former rival — against a local mob leader. The needles in the title are murderously effective projectiles shot from the wristbands of opponents.

 

Thriller ‘Ladyworld,’ Horror Title ‘Verotika,’ Concert Film ‘Christian Death’ Rolling to Disc in March From MVD

The thriller Ladyworld, the horror title Verotika and the rock concert title Christian Death are coming on disc in March from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

Due March 13 on DVD plus CD is Christian Death, a rare live concert film of the band from 1990, featuring original band founder Rozz Williams on lead vocals with Eva O on vocals, Rikk Agnew on guitars, Casey Chaos on bass guitar and Vic (Cujo) on drums. Tracks include “Cavity-First Communion,” “Figurative Theater,” “Burnt Offerings,” “Do Do,” “Mysterium Iniquitis” and “Dream for Mother,” among others. The release includes a 12-page booklet.

In the mystery-thriller Ladyworld, coming on Blu-ray March 17, eight teenage girls become trapped in an endless birthday party after a massive (imaginary?) earthquake. The girls’ sanity and psyches dissolve as they run out of food and water. Eventually, they regress to their baser instincts, exploiting each other’s fears and insecurities.

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Verotika, coming March 17 on in a package with Blu-ray, DVD and a bonus CD soundtrack, is a surreal and bloody horror anthology told in three tales culled from rock legend Glenn Danzig’s long-running comic imprint of the same name. The first segment tells the story of a woman with eyeballs for nipples who conjures a giant, murderous albino man-spider every time she falls asleep. In the second story, a disfigured dancer collects other women’s faces. The third and final segment is a take on the Elizabeth Bathory legend, about a countess who bathes in the blood of virgins in order to remain youthful. The trilogy is presented by a mysterious woman named Morella (Kayden Kross). The CD Soundtrack includes Danzig’s “Eyes Ripping Fire,” Ministry’s “Dancing Madly Backwards on a Sea of Air” and  Jyrki 69’s “Close Your Eyes,” among others.