August 3, 2021
Warner’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, Disney’s Luca and Sony Pictures’ Here Today top the list of titles new to DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 3.
The Angelina Jolie thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 3 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film is directed by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan and stars Oscar winner Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult. Jolie stars as Hannah, a smoke jumper reeling from the loss of three young lives she failed to save from a fire. When she comes across a bloodied and traumatized 12-year-old boy, the two set out together to cross miles of thick forest. Braving deadly lightning storms that challenge even Hannah’s well-honed survival skills, they’re unaware of the true dangers they face as they’re hunted by two killers while a massive fiery blaze heads straight for them. It earned $7.3 million at the domestic box office.
The Pixar animated film Luca comes on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD and for digital purchase Aug. 3 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. It was originally released on the Disney+ streaming service in lieu of a domestic theatrical run, but earned $21 million internationally. Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares his adventures with his friend Alberto, but their fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: They’re sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface.
The comedic drama Here Today, starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish, heads to DVD and Blu-ray Disc Aug. 3 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, when veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz (Crystal) meets New York singer Emma Payge (Haddish), they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust. Inspired by the short story “The Prize” by Alan Zweibel, Here Today is directed by Crystal and also stars Penn Badgley, Laura Benanti, Louisa Krause, Anna Deavere Smith and Nyambi Nyambi. It earned $2.8 million at the domestic box office.
Paramount Home Entertainment releases the drama Under the Stadium Lights on DVD Aug. 3. Milo Gibson and Laurence Fishburne star in the movie, which is based on the true story of a small-town high school football team who beat all the odds to win their state championship. After a crushing defeat ended their prior season, everyone counted the Abilene Eagles out of title contention. Facing doubts and personal challenges both on and off the field, it will take the guidance of their team chaplain (Gibson) and a surrogate father figure (Fishburne) for them to realize what they can achieve when they stand united as a team.
RLJE Films, an independent distributor owned by AMC Networks,Aug. 3 releases the horror film Lucky on DVD and digitally. It was originally produced for Shudder, AMC’s premium streaming service for horror and thriller films. Lucky tells the story of May (Grant), a popular self-help book author, who finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night without fail, he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice. With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life. The cast also includes Dhruv Uday Singh (Good Trouble), Kausar Mohammed (What Men Want), Hunter C. Smith (Alien Expedition), and Kristina Klebe (Hellboy).
RLJE Films Aug. 3 also releases Shudder horror film Seance on Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation, The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Madisen Beaty (Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Ella-Rae Smith (“Into the Badlands,” Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Seance follows the story of a new student at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls named Camille Meadows. Soon after her arrival, she is invited by six other girls to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts the school halls. When morning comes around, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they might have awakened.
Aug. 3 sees the release of The Daimajin Trilogy from Arrow Video. This limited edition Blu-ray Disc set includes all three films in the “Daiei” series — Daimajin, Return of Daimajin, and Wrath Of Daimajin. The series takes the Golem legend and places it in 16th century Japan. The films have frequently been overlooked, but fans of the films have frequently placed them among the best the kaiju genre has to offer, praising the outstanding special effects. The set includes a 100-page book featuring essays by Jonathan Clements, Keith Aiken, Ed Godziszewski, Raffael Coronelli, Erik Homenick, Robin Gatto, and Kevin Derendorf.
Small Town Monsters — On the Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky becomes available on a number of digital platforms Aug. 3 from 1091 Pictures. Cryptid documentarian Seth Breedlove and paranormal researcher Shannon LeGro continue their search for the truth behind the enigma of unidentified flying objects in the latest “Small Town Monsters” release. Dark Sky explores the UFO topic from the point of view of LeGro, a podcast host and author, and focuses more heavily on eyewitness accounts than typical alien fare. “This project excited us because we were able to look into reports from real people in real places that still connect what they’re seeing to what is being talked about in the mainstream media today,” Breedlove said in a statement. “Particularly, this idea of why these objects or lights in the sky might actually be here on earth and how they might be closer connected to us than we think.”
The Swedish disaster-thriller The Unthinkable becomes available on DVD and VOD from Magnolia Pictures under the Magnet Label. The debut feature from director Victor Danell, the film films Sweden in a state of emergency following the bombing of a major bridge in Stockholm. Before anyone realizes what’s behind the collapse, a series of unexplained attacks take place around the country.