May 31, 2022
New Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases May 31 include The Devil You Know and the first two seasons of “The Boys,” while Father Stu becomes available for digital purchase.
Seasons one and two of the series “The Boys” head to DVD and Blu-ray Disc May 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “The Boys” is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes — as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as gods — abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. In season one, the titular “Boys” embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven” and their formidable Vought backing. In season two, Butcher, Hughie and the team reel from their losses in season one. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the superheroes. Meanwhile, Vought, the hero management company, cashes in on the panic over supervillains; and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander. Extras include blooper reels, deleted and extended scenes, and “Butcher: A Short Film.” The series is an Amazon Prime Video original, with the third season premiering June 3.
Lionsgate May 31 releases crime drama The Devil You Know on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Once-incarcerated Marcus Cowans (Omar Epps) is trying to turn over a new leaf with the support of his loving family. Upon discovering that one of his brothers (Will Catlett) may have been involved in a horrific crime, Marcus grapples with the limits of brotherhood and loyalty. He and his family, increasingly weary of the justice system’s failings, end up in the crosshairs of a seasoned but jaded detective (Michael Ealy).
Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts May 31 release the acclaimed animated adventure film Poupelle of Chimney Town as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Based on a popular Japanese picture book by celebrated author and creator Akihiro Nishino, the film was directed by Yusuke Hirota and produced at Tokyo’s famed STUDIO4ºC. Poupelle of Chimney Town is the story of young Lubicchi living among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his isolated town, yearning to see the “stars” — to know the truth — his father always told him about. One Halloween night he meets Poupelle, a man made of garbage, and together they look to the sky as their adventure begins. The English-language voice cast includes Tony Hale (Being the Ricardos), Antonio Raul Corbo, Stephen Root (Finding Nemo, “King of the Hill”), Misty Lee and Hasan Minhaj. The Poupelle of Chimney Town Blu-ray + DVD combo pack will include two versions of the film — English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles — a variety of bonus content, and an exclusive art booklet with a special message from executive producer and creator Akihiro Nishino. An official selection of Annecy International Animation Film Festival and numerous other renowned festivals, Poupelle of Chimney Town has been recognized with several honors and movie awards nominations, including a Japan Academy Film Prize for Excellent Animation of the Year, a Cristal Award nomination from Annecy for Best Feature, an ANNIE awards nomination for Best Music — Feature, and a Satoshi Kon Award nomination from Fantasia for Best Animated Feature.
The horror-thriller Row 19 will debut on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally May 31 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the foreign film, when several flight passengers suddenly suffer gruesome, unexplained deaths, a young doctor on board begins to suspect that the shadowy, terrifying force behind her own worst childhood nightmare may be back for blood. Row 19 stars Svetlana Ivanova (Cosmoball), Marta Timofeeva (Abigail, Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest), Wolfgang Cerni (T-34), Ekaterina Vilkova (Dark Planet, Black Lightning, Hipsters), Anatoliy Kot (House Arrest, Lektor, Battle for Sevastopol) and Victoria Korlyakova (Power, Better Than Us).
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Lucifer: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD May 31. The season is also available on Blu-ray Disc through the Warner Archive Collection. The hit Netflix series “Lucifer” revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the DC Universe’s version of the devil, who leaves hell for Los Angeles, where he runs the Lux nightclub and consults for the Los Angeles Police Department. The first three seasons were broadcast on Fox, and after being canceled, the series was picked up by Netflix for another three-season run. In the first half of the fifth season, Lucifer’s twin brother Michael secretly takes the devil’s place on earth while he’s back in hell. Eventually, Lucifer must face the mess his brother made with his life. He’ll also finally confront his feelings for Chloe. In the second half of the season, God makes his grand appearance. Lucifer can’t wait to send dear old dad back where he came from. Unfortunately for Lucifer, God isn’t going anywhere, and wants to get into every aspect of Lucifer’s life. In addition to Ellis, the series stars Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia and Rachael Harris. Based on the characters from DC created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, “Lucifer” was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The Mark Wahlberg drama Father Stu will be released through digital retailers May 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film based on a true story, after surviving a terrible motorcycle accident, Stuart Long (Wahlberg) wonders if he can use his second chance to help others find their way — and leads this former amateur boxer to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a priest. Despite a devasting health crisis and the skepticism of church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 14.
Mutiny Pictures’ thriller Drive All Night will be released for digital sellthrough May 31 from Distribution Solutions. In the film, Dave, a reclusive swing-shift taxi driver, sees his night take an unexpected turn after he picks up a mysterious passenger, Cara, a young woman hiding a dark secret. The film stars Yutaka Takeuchi (“Marvel’s The Defenders,” Letters from Iwo Jima), Lexy Hammonds (Escape Room) and Sarah Dumont (“The League,” “9-1-1”), and is written and directed by Peter Hsieh in his directorial debut.
The family adventure Jurassic Tale will be released on digital and on demand May 31 from Lionsgate. In the film, while spending summer break at their father’s house, Emma and Brian find a huge egg in a cave nearby. It hatches to reveal a baby T. Rex, who they name Caesar. But their discovery is tracked by the sinister Kraven, a dealer in rare animals who steals the poor, hungry creature. Together with their reunited parents, Emma and Brian must sneak into Kraven’s lab and rescue Caesar before he’s sold to an overseas buyer.
For its 50th anniversary, the musical 1776 will be released on 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment May 31. The release includes a limited-edition sleeve with theatrical poster art and includes both the 165-minute director’s cut and the 167-minute extended cut, both presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos + 5.1 audio. 1776 is a musical celebration of the founding of the United States of America based on the award-winning Broadway production. The story centers on the tough and unyielding John Adams (William Daniels), the charming and pragmatic Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva), the brilliant young Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard), and the rest of the Continental Congress. All events lead up to that most significant historical date: July 4, 1776. A new bonus disc also includes the original theatrical cut and the three-hour laserdisc cut.
Kino Lorber May 31 releases The Wobblies, a documentary that chronicles how the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), or “The Wobblies,” took to organizing unskilled labor throughout the early 1900s and boosted the fledgling movement among workers to form unions. The Wobblies will be available on DVD at a suggested retail price of $19.95. The 1979 documentary tells the story of workers in factories, sawmills, wheat fields, forests, mines, and on the docks as they organize and demand better wages, healthcare, overtime pay, and safer working conditions. Directors Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer weave history, archival film footage, interviews with former workers that are now in their 80s and 90s, cartoons, original art, and classic Wobbly songs. This documentary was recently inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The 16mm film restoration was made possible by a grant from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, and is presented in a 4K restoration at the Museum of Modern Art.
The 2005 comedy Kinky Boots arrives for the first time on Blu-ray May 31 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Featuring a Golden Globe-nominated performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), as well as performances by Joel Edgerton (The Green Knight), Sarah-Jane Potts (The Chameleon), and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), the film was inspired by the real-life story of a family-owned shoe factory in England and ultimately inspired a Broadway musical that earned six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Actor and Best Musical. In the film, for generations, the Price family has made very sensible, very conservative shoes for men. But to save the business from imminent bankruptcy, young Charlie Price (Edgerton) turns to an unlikely new creative consultant: a drag performer (Ejiofor) whose creative style and wild designs are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy old factory.
May 30 saw the arrival of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore for premium digital ownership VOD and streaming on HBO Max. In the film, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 28.