Redbox Entertainment Acquires ‘The Last Son’

Redbox Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to The Last Son.

The film stars Sam Worthington, Colson Baker, Thomas Jane and Heather Graham, with Tim Sutton (Donnybrook) directing from a Black List script by Greg Johnson.

The film will be released simultaneously in theaters and On Demand later this year.

Set in the Sierra Nevada in the late 19th century, The Last Son centers on Isaac LeMay (Worthington), a murderous outlaw cursed by a terrible prophecy, hunting down his offspring to prevent his own murder before targeting his son Cal (Baker). With bounty hunters and the enigmatic U.S. Officer Solomon (Jane) on their tail, all are set on a collision course toward a brutal game of cat-and-mouse.

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The Last Son was filmed in Montana late last year and is currently in post-production.

“With an outstanding ensemble cast, talented director, and an incredible story, we’re excited to be a part of this stellar production,” Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox, said in a statement.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Redbox on the release of the picture; they have been a part of The Last Son team since the beginning,” added Andre Relis, CEO of VMI Worldwide.

The Last Son is the latest in a string of acquisitions from Redbox that includes Capone (Tom Hardy), Shadow in the Cloud (Chloë Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson), SAS: Red Notice (Sam Heughan and Ruby Rose), and American Traitor: The True Story of Axis Sally (Al Pacino and Meadow Williams). It also comes on the heels of Redbox’s venture with “John Wick” producer Basil Iwanyk, to form Asbury Park Pictures, which is programming a slate of high-concept action and thriller films over the next few years.

The deal was negotiated by Marc Danon, head of original content for Redbox Entertainment, and J.D. Beaufils and Andre Relis of VMI Worldwide.

Horror Film ‘The Stylist,’ Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Major Dundee’ Among Titles on Blu-ray from MVD and Arrow in June

The horror film The Stylist, Italian crime thrillers from the 1970s, Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee and the Japanese film Irezumi are coming to Blu-ray Disc in June from MVD Entertainment Group and Arrow Video.

The Stylist, due June 8, is a female-led psychological horror film nominated for the New Visions Award for Best Motion Picture at the 2020 Sitges International Film Festival and based on co-writer/director Jill Gevargizian’s award-winning short film of the same name. We all dream of being someone else, but for Claire (Najarra Townsend, Contracted), that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Hairstylist by day, serial killer and collector of scalps by night, Claire’s lonely existence is thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia (Brea Grant, After Midnight, Lucky), asks her to style her hair for her wedding day. Increasingly fixated on Olivia’s seemingly flawless life, Claire vows to lock up her scalp collection and change her ways for good — only to discover that repressing deadly desires is easier said than done.

Coming on Blu-ray Disc June 22 is Years of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers 1973-1977. The 1970s were a time of intense uncertainty and instability in Italy. Political corruption and widespread acts of left and right-wing terrorism, alongside a breakdown in social cohesion and a loss of trust in public institutions such as the government and police, created a febrile atmosphere of cynicism, paranoia and unexploded rage. Throughout this period, these sentiments found expression in a series of brutal, often morally ambiguous crime thrillers which tapped into the atmosphere of violence and instability that defined the so-called “Years of Lead.” This box set gathers five films from the heyday of the “poliziotteschi” — the umbrella term used to describe this diverse body of films. In Vittorio Salerno’s Savage Three (1975) and Mario Imperoli’s Like Rabid Dogs (1976), random acts of violence committed by vicious young sociopaths threaten the fragile fabric of respectable society. In Massimo Dallamano’s Colt 38 Special Squad (1976) and Stelvio Massi’s Highway Racer (1977), renegade cops battling against red tape and political corruption turn to new and morally dubious methods to dispense justice. Finally, class dynamics are explored in Salerno’s No, the Case is Happily Resolved (1973) as an innocent man finds himself under suspicion for a savage crime committed by a highly respected member of society. The collection features a  line-up of Euro-cult stars, including Joe Dallesandro (The Climber), Ivan Rassimov (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key), Maurizio Merli (Violent City) and Enrico Maria Salerno (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage).

Due on Blu-ray June 22 is the 1966 Japanese film Irezumi. Drawn from the pen of one of Japan’s foremost writers of the 20th century, Junichiro Tanizaki (A Fool’s Love, The Makioka Sisters), Irezumi is a tale of lust, betrayal and revenge directed by Yasuzo Masumura (Giants and Toys, Blind Beast). Masumura’s muse Ayako Wakao (The Blue Sky Maiden, Red Angel) stars as Otsuya, the daughter of a rich merchant, who is tempted by her lover Shinsuke, a lowly employee of her father’s, to elope. During their flight, Otsuya’s beauty attracts the gaze of Seikichi, a mysterious master tattooist who sees her pristine white skin as the perfect canvas for his art. The image of the large demonic spider that he emblazons across Otsuya’s back marks her as the property of another man, radically altering her relationships with all around her as her personality transforms under its influence. Available for the first time outside of Japan in a new 4K restoration, Irezumi sports some of Japanese cinema’s most respected talent of its day both in front of and behind the camera. The cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu) captures the sensual atmosphere of the period setting, while the script by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba, Kuroneko) lends a modern twist to this feverish meditation on obsession and the act of creation.

After making his classic in Ride the High Country, director Sam Peckinpah took a step towards the epic with 1965’s Major Dundee, coming out on Blu-ray June 29. The drama behind the camera matched the action in front of it. Charlton Heston stars as Major Amos Dundee, a vainglorious Union Cavalry officer, who mounts an expedition to hunt down Apache war chief Sierra Charriba. Building his own army of criminals, ex-slaves and Confederate POWs — among them one Captain Ben Tyreen (Richard Harris), whose intense former friendship with Dundee is tainted with a sense of betrayal on both sides — Dundee heads into Mexico, his eye fixed firmly on a last shot at greatness. Legendarily acerbic, Major Dundee would be the first time that Peckinpah had a movie taken away from him. While a director’s cut may be lost to us, the limited edition shows the thrilling, morally complex epic that Peckinpah was aiming for. The stellar supporting cast includes James Coburn, Warren Oates and L.Q. Jones.

Last Roy Rogers Feature ‘Mackintosh and T.J.’ Coming to Blu-ray and DVD From Verdugo and MVD

The 1975 Western Mackintosh and T.J., with the last feature film appearance by Roy Rogers, will come out on Blu-ray and DVD May 18 from Verdugo Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, wandering through rural Texas ranch country, Mackintosh (Rogers) becomes a father figure for the young and homeless T.J. (Clay O’Brien) and helps him to stay on track. They land jobs on the ranch of Jim Webster, where Mackintosh proves his skills as a horse tamer. When a murder takes place, Mackintosh is framed, leading to dramatic events.

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The release features a 4K restoration from the original 35MM camera negative, including audio cleanup, and went through a color correction process.

Mackintosh and TJ’s original score is by Waylon Jennings and the soundtrack features songs by Jennings and country music icon Willie Nelson.

Bonus materials include audio commentary with Clay O’Brien, Andrew Robinson and moderator C. Courtney Joyner; “Lone Pine Cast Reunion” with Clay O’Brien, Andrew Robinson and Larry Mahan; an interview with Billy Green Bush; original on-set footage; and the theatrical trailer.

Western ‘Righteous Blood,’ Horror Flick ‘Blackout Experiment’ Due on DVD and Digital From Distribution Solutions and Archstone

The Western Righteous Blood and the horror flick The Blackout Experiment are coming on DVD and digital this summer from Distribution Solutions/Alliance Entertainment and Archstone Entertainment.

The Blackout Experiment

The Blackout Experiment is coming to DVD and digital June 15. A horror film in the vein of Saw and Hostel,  it follows a small group of strangers who wake up in a locked room, each armed with a weapon, and find themselves the unknowing participants in a twisted psychological experiment. Not only are their lives at stake — the lives of their loved ones are also on the line. The terms are simple: Follow the rules, or their loved ones die.  The film stars Troy Jones (“Criminal Minds,” Abraham’s Boys) and Cheverly Amalia (London Virginia).

Righteous Blood will come out on DVD and digital rental Aug. 3  From writer-director Rene Perez (The Snow QueenSleeping Beauty), the actioner finds a wanted gunslinger facing the most formidable enemy of all: his inner demons. In Righteous Blood, grizzled outlaw Jericho (Michael Paré, The Virgin SuicidesThe Lincoln Lawyer) is on the run from a bounty hunter that will not quit. In a barren place that seems to know no moral code, a chance encounter with a humble priest causes Jericho to question everything.

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Kirk Douglas Western ‘Last Train From Gun Hill’ Joining Paramount Presents Blu-ray Line June 15

The Kirk Douglas Western Last Train From Gun Hill will debut on Blu-ray June 15 as part of the Paramount Presents line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Douglas and Anthony Quinn headline the classic from director John Sturges, which has been remastered from a 6K film transfer of the original VistaVision negative.

The film follows U.S. Marshal Matt Morgan (Douglas) on the trail of his wife’s killer. Adding a dark twist to the tale, the suspect’s father is Morgan’s longtime friend, cattle baron Craig Beldon (Quinn). Morgan is determined to capture the killer and take him away by the 9 o’clock train, against all odds.

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The limited-edition Blu-ray includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin, access to a digital copy of the film, as well as original theatrical trailers for Last Train From Gun Hill, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Furies and The Black Orchid. The Blu-ray comes in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

‘News of the World’ Coming to Digital March 9, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 23

The Tom Hanks Western News of the World will be available for purchase on digital March 9 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film was previously released as a premium VOD rental.

Set in the 1870s, the film stars Hanks as former Army captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) taken in by the Kiowa people and raised as one of their own. Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces.

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The film is based on the best-selling novel and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The release will feature exclusive bonus content, including deleted scenes, feature commentary with co-writer/director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, “Bourne” Franchise), and an inside look into the relationship between movie veteran Hanks and newcomer Golden Globe-nominee Helena Zengel.

Paramount to Bow ‘John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection’ on DVD May 11

Paramount Home Entertainment will unveil the John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection on DVD May 11.

Wayne had an epic, 50-year film career in which he played the lead in more than 140 films. He was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning Best Actor for his performance in True Grit.

Representing Paramount’s biggest Wayne collection ever, the 14-movie set spans nearly 25 years of Wayne’s career and includes his Oscar-winning performance in True Grit and his final lead role in The Shootist.

The films in the DVD collection are:

  • Hondo (1953)
  • Island in the Sky (1953)
  • The High and the Mighty (1954)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Hatari! (1962)
  • Donovan’s Reef (1963)
  • McLintock! (1963)
  • In Harm’s Way (1965)
  • The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
  • El Dorado (1966)
  • True Grit (1969)
  • Rio Lobo (1970)
  • Big Jake (1971)
  • The Shootist (1976)

1930s Serial ‘Wild West Days,’ Mexican Film ‘Santo in the Treasure of Dracula’ Coming to Disc Feb. 9 From MVD and VCI

The 1937 serial Wild West Days and the Mexican film Santo in the Treasure of Dracula: The Sexy Vampire Version are coming to DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group and VCI Entertainment.

In Santo in the Treasure of Dracula, after inventing a time machine, Mexican wrestler El Santo goes back in time to track down the location of Dracula’s hidden treasure with the noble intention of using the treasure to help fund a children’s hospital. In his quest to obtain the treasure, he is forced to face down and battle Dracula and his bevy of beautiful, vampire vixens. The original 1969 release of Santo en El Tesoro de Drácula was black-and-white and featured no nudity. The film was simultaneously shot in color featuring full frontal nudity for European markets and finally released in Mexico in 2012 as El Vampiro y el Sexo. Presented for the first time in the English language, the film was directed by Rene Cardona Sr., who helmed a number of entries in El Santo’s filmography including two co-directed with his son — Santo in Operation 67 and Santo in the Treasure of Montezuma. Bonus materials include trailers.

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Wild West Days, a Universal Studios film serial based on a Western novel by W. R. Burnett restored in 4K, was based on the novel Saint Johnson by William R. Burnett. However, the main character in the serial is a frontiersman called Kentucky Wade instead of Saint Johnson as in the novel. It’s an action-packed serial presenting the dangers, hardships and triumphs of the early Western pioneers. Kentucky Wade and his two buddies ride to help a couple who are being threatened by outlaws, and he and his pals also keep busy fighting their way across the plains and mountains to battle a tribe of Indians led by Red Hatchet. Shortly they also contend with false reports of a strike, which starts a gold rush and hair-trigger action. Episodes include “Death Rides the Range,” “The Redskin’s Revenge,” “The Brink of Doom,” “The Indians Are Coming,” “The Leap for Life,” “Death Stalks the Plains,” “Six Gun Law,” “The Gold Stampede,” “Walls of Fire,” “Circle of Doom,” “The Thundering Herd,” “Rustlers and Redskins” and “Rustler’s Roundup.” Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith, the serial stars Johnny Mack Brown, George Shelley, Lynn Gilbert, Frank Yaconelli, Bob Kortman, Russell Simpson and Walter Miller. Wild West Days was the 103rd of the studio’s 137 serials (and the 35th with sound) and was the first of three serials Brown made for the studio before being promoted to his own ‘B’ Western series in 1939.

‘The Pale Door’ Opening on Disc Oct. 6

The horror-Western The Pale Door will come out Oct. 6 on Blu-ray and DVD from AMC Networks’ RLJE Films and Shudder, AMC’s online service for horror, thriller and supernatural tales.

Directed by Aaron B. Koontz (Scare Package) who also co-wrote the script with Cameron Burns (Camera Obscura) and Keith Lansdale (“Creepshow”), The Pale Door stars Devin Druid (“13 Reasons Why”), Zachary Knighton (“Happy Endings”), Noah Segan (Knives Out), Stan Shaw (The Monster Squad), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), Bill Sage (We Are What We Are), Melora Walters (“PEN15”, Magnolia) and Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!).

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In The Pale Door, the Dalton gang find shelter in a seemingly uninhabited ghost town after a train robbery goes south. Seeking help for their wounded leader, they are surprised to stumble upon a welcoming brothel in the town’s square. But the beautiful women who greet them are actually a coven of witches with very sinister plans for the unsuspecting outlaws — and the battle between good and evil is just beginning.

‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ Coming to Disc Sept. 8

Shout! Factory in conjunction with IFC films has announced the Sept. 8 release of True History of the Kelly Gang, an Australian Western that follows the story of legendary outlaw Ned Kelly.

The film will be making its Blu-ray debut, and is available for preorder now from ShoutFactory.com.

An adaption of the 2000 novel of the same name by Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang is a highly fictionalized account of the life of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly (George McKay, 1917, Ophelia) and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s. It is ostensibly written by Kelly to his fictional daughter.

It all begins when Ned Kelly’s mother (Essie Davis, The Babadook, Game of Thrones) sells him off into the hands of the notorious bushranger Harry Power (Russell Crowe, Gladiator, L.A. Confidential), where the young bandit discovers he comes from a line of warriors called the Sons of Sieve. Fueled by his roots and an appetite for revenge, Ned Kelly leads an anarchist army to wreak havoc on their oppressors.

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The film was directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Shaun Grant and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.