October 6, 2020
RLJ Entertainment’s surprise hit The Tax Collector and Universal Pictures’ The Secret Garden top the slate of new disc releases available Oct. 6, while the Walt Disney Co.’s live-action Mulan remake becomes available through digital retailers such as FandangoNow for purchase at $29.99 after a month-long Disney+ PVOD exclusive.
Also newly available, on Blu-ray Disc and DVD and through digital retailers, is MGM’s remake of the 1983 comedy classic Valley Girl, while 300, from Warner Bros., and Shutter Island, from Paramount, are making their 4K Ultra HD debuts.
The crime drama The Tax Collector was released through digital retailers on Aug. 7 and the following week debuted at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart, knocking DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour from the top spot it had occupied for five weeks. Directed by David Ayer, the film stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss.
STX Films’ The Secret Garden is based on the 1911 fantasy novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in England in 1947, the film follows a young orphan girl (Dixie Egerickx) who, after being sent to live with her uncle (Colin Firth), discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate. The cast also includes Julie Walters, Isis Davis and Amir Wilson. The film was released through digital retailers on Sept. 22.
Valley Girl, distributed to home audiences by Warner Bros., is a musical romantic comedy from MGM’s Orion Pictures that was directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg. The film stars Jessica Rothe, Mae Whitman and Judy Greer (13 Going on 30, Ant-Man, 27 Dresses) as Diana. The film, a musical romantic comedy adaptation of the 1983 classic starring Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman, follows a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds who defy their parents and friends to stay together.
Also on Oct. 6, Universal Pictures is releasing American Pie: Girls’ Rules on DVD and through digital retailers. The film is the latest direct-to-video installment in the popular franchise, which began with the 1999 theatrical release of American Pie, about a group of high school boys out to lose their virginity before graduation. Girls’ Rules is the ninth film in the franchise and the first since 2009. It also is the first “American Pie” movie without Eugene Levy, whose career in recent years was reborn with the hit comedy series “Schitt’s Creek.”