Shout! Sets Nov. 3 Digital Release Date for ‘The Kill Room,’ With Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson

Shout! Studios, in collaboration with Yale Entertainment, will release The Kill Room on Nov. 3 for digital purchase and rental.

The new comedy-thriller marks the first time stars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman have teamed up since 1994’s Pulp Fiction.

Directed by Nicol Paone and written by Jonathan Jacobson, The Kill Room follows an art dealer (Thurman) who teams with a hitman (Joe Manganiello) and his boss (Jackson) for a money-laundering scheme that winds up turning the hitman into an overnight avant-garde sensation, forcing the dealer to play the art world against the underworld. The cast also includes Debi Mazar, Dree Hemingway, Amy Keum, Candy Buckley, Larry Pine, Jennifer Kim, Matthew Maher, Tom Pecinka, and Alexander Sokovikov.

Lionsgate Working on Remastered 20th Anniversary ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’ 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook Release

Lionsgate May 25 announced it has partnered with Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to distribute a remastered 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Steelbook 20th Anniversary release of Kill Bill Vol. 1 later this year.

Speaking on the fiscal call, CEO Jon Feltheimer said the studio/distributor had secured distribution rights to three of Tarantino’s biggest theatrical successes: Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. II and Jackie Brown. Lionsgate also has rights to Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious BasterdsDjango UnchainedThe Hateful Eight and Death Proof, Feltheimer said.

Kill Bill Vol. 1, which stars Uma Thurman as a former assassin who awakes from a long coma and wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her, was released Oct. 10, 2003, generating almost $181 million in global ticket sales, including $70 million in North America. The movie proved a home entertainment success, with the DVD release reportedly surpassing the title’s North American box office in just one week.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 was released theatrically on April 16, 2004, generating $154 million at the global box office, including $66.2 million domestically.

“We look forward to collaborating with the Tarantino team on a celebration of Kill Bill’s 20th anniversary later this year with a new and remastered 4K [UHD Blu-ray Disc] edition,” Feltheimer said on the fiscal call.

Separately, the theatrical release of Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick: Chapter 4 provided a spark to Lionsgate’s motion picture business segment in the fiscal-year 2023 (ended March 31), helping increase theatrical revenue 85% to $120.1 million, from $65.3 million in the previous-year period.

The $55.4 million revenue increase was also driven by the theatrical releases of Jesus Revolution and Plane (all released in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023). John Wick: Chapter 4 was theatrically released on March 24, therefore contributing revenue from just seven days of the title’s theatrical release in the fiscal results. This increase was offset partially by a decrease of $5.4 million from “Other Film” due to lower revenue from our acquired library titles.

Lionsgate increased its film and television library revenue encompassing more than 18,000 titles over a trailing 12-month period to a record $884 million, up from more than $770 million in the prior-year period. Much of that increase includes the addition of the latest Tarantino theatrical releases.

Overall motion picture revenue, which includes home entertainment, television and international, increased almost 12% to $1.323 billion, from $1.185 billion in FY 2022. Studio backlog from the motion picture and television production business segments was $1.5 billion at the end of March.

Gattaca

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Sony Pictures;
Sci-Fi;
$24.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for brief violent images, language and some sexuality.
Stars Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean.

In revisiting Gattaca, it’s easy to see why the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction and for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score. The retro-futuristic look of the film and its haunting score are truly extraordinary and still impress more than two decades after its initial 1997 release.

Written and directed by Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show), Gattaca’s story, set in an indefinite future time period, also hold ups well. The issues the sci-fi thriller explores are perhaps even more relevant today. Ultimately, it poses the question: What makes us, genes or guts?

The film centers on Vincent (Ethan Hawke), an “in-valid,” or genetically inferior “God child,” whose parents chose not to use genetic means to make a baby. Saddled with a heart condition, among other “defects,” Vincent decides to take a “borrowed ladder” by assuming the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corp. (The name “Gattaca” cleverly features the letters in the genome sequence.) Thus, through a financial arrangement, he uses the name and genetic material of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), who is confined to a wheelchair. All seems to be going well until a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With investigators in pursuit and a love interest (Uma Thurman) beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent sees his dream beginning to unravel.

The 4K edition has been remastered from the original camera negative, and the crisp picture nicely renders the effect of the small skin cells and strands of hair falling onto surfaces, littering the workspace and threatening to give Vincent away. It also makes more vivid the graphic lines of the concrete and glass architecture. (The film was shot in part at Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1960 Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, Calif.) The 4K treatment does justice to the lasting, timeless beauty of this film.

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Sony is releasing the title in a Steelbook combo pack that includes a regular Blu-ray and digital copies of the film in addition to the 4K disc, which does not include extras. Extras on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes, a blooper reel and the featurette “Welcome to Gattaca.”

The War With Grandpa

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Comedy;
Box Office $18.39 million;
$22.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG’ for rude humor, language, and some thematic elements.
Stars Robert De Niro, Oakes Fegley, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Laura Marano, Poppy Gagnon, Cheech Marin, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour.

Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith, The War With Grandpa is an odd little comedy that seems more mean-spirited than it turns out to be.

Robert De Niro stars as Ed, who moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman) after an accident. When he’s given the room of his grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley), this upsets the young lad. And since he’s just learning about the U.S. Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence in school, he sends a note to grandpa declaring war unless his room is returned.

Grandpa has a few chuckles with his pals over the note, but doesn’t take it too seriously, prompting Peter to escalate things to a full-on prank war.

Ed, understanding his grandson’s frustration but egged on by his friends, pulls Peter aside and they work out a series of rules for when and where they can prank each other — the most important one is not letting Peter’s parents or other siblings find out about it — so it never gets beyond harmless fun.

That is, until Peter’s younger sister has a Christmas-themed birthday party that gives the filmmakers all sorts of excuses for mayhem.

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 The War With Grandpa is filled with occasional laughs and should serve as a nice diversion for families looking to pass the time. In addition to the pretty standard back-and-forth prank format, the film also heavily relies on a “Family Guy”-style flashback structure — in which a character brings up something that happened, prompting the film to cut to a scene of the humorous incident occurring.

There’s also some clever stuff about the generational technology gap, as grandpa can’t figure out how phones and automated checkout machines work, while the Jenny the youngest granddaughter keeps asking if Ed wants to watch a movie on the tablet she’s always toting around.

The Blu-ray presentation doesn’t include any extras.

‘War With Grandpa’ Arriving Digitally Dec. 15, on Disc Dec. 22

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The War With Grandpa through digital retailers Dec. 15, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 22.

Based on Robert Kimmel Smith’s children’s book of the same name, the film follows a series of escalating shenanigans that ensue when a recently widowed grandfather (Robert De Niro) moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman), forcing his sixth-grader grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley), to begrudgingly give up his bedroom. To get his room back, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks, but Grandpa won’t go without a fight, and soon the friendly combatants are engaged in an all-out war.

The cast also includes Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour, Laura Marano and Christopher Walken.

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Lionsgate Releasing ‘Con Is On’ July 24

Lionsgate will release the caper comedy The Con Is On on Blu-ray, DVD and digital July 24.

The film stars Uma Thurman and Tim Roth as a con-artist couple cooking up a jewel-theft scam in L.A. to pay off a deadly gangster (Maggie Q). The cast also includes Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara.