August 23, 2022
Aug. 23 sees the release of Top Gun: Maverick and DC League of Super-Pets through digital retailers, while NCIS: Los Angeles — Season 13 arrives on DVD.
Top Gun: Maverick becomes available for digital purchase Aug. 23 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun sees Tom Cruise return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who is tasked with training a new generation of hotshot fighter pilots, including the son of his late best friend Goose, to carry out an impossible mission attacking a foreign nuclear power plant. The top-grossing film of 2022, Top Gun: Maverick has earned $683 million at the domestic box office and more than $1.4 million worldwide. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 1.
The animated action-adventure DC League of Super-Pets arrives for premium digital ownership and rental on Aug. 23 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Based on DC Comics characters, the film focuses on Krypto the Super-Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Superman (John Krasinski), who are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack — Ace the hound (Kevin Hart), PB the potbellied pig (Vanessa Bayer), Merton the turtle (Natasha Lyonne) and Chip the squirrel (Diego Luna) — to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes. The voice cast also includes Kate McKinnon, Marc Maron, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves. The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 4.
Crunchyroll Aug. 23 releases the anime movie My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The film is based on an original story featuring characters from the Japanese “My Hero Academia” manga series by Kōhei Horikoshi, which tells the story of a group of students at a school to hone superpowers. World Heroes’ Mission, the third film in the franchise, finds the students teaming with professional heroes against a doomsday cult that wants to end humanity. It earned $12.27 million at the domestic box office.
CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release NCIS: Los Angeles — The Thirteenth Season on DVD Aug. 23. Golden Globe Award nominee Chris O’Donnell and Emmy Award nominee LL Cool J return to their roles as G. Callen and Sam Hanna. The DVD includes all 21 episodes from the season, plus exclusive special features.
Decal/Bleecker’s romance Mr. Malcolm’s List will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Distribution Solutions. Based on the novel, the film, set in 19th century England, follows a wealthy young lady named Julia who engages in courtship with Mr. Malcolm, a mysterious, wealthy suitor. But she is unaware that he has a list of qualities required of a future wife. Mr. Malcolm’s List stars Feida Pinto, Sope Dirisu, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Ashley Park.
The comedy romance Father of the Bride will be released for digital purchase Aug. 23 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In the remake, Billy (Andy Garcia) and Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) are surprised when their eldest daughter Sofia (Adria Arjona) announces a new fiancé, Adan (Diego Boneta), and plans for a quick wedding. The news keeps Billy and Ingrid from announcing that they’re planning to divorce, but they hold off for the benefit of the family. Billy’s initial opposition to the wedding cools, so long as his opinions carry the most weight. Soon, Adan’s headstrong father (Pedro Damián) arrives with his own traditions and family pride in tow. With the fathers vying to control the festivities, it becomes a game of one-upmanship — cultures clash, generations take sides and competing traditions collide. All relationships are tested as the roller coaster ride of wedding planning races toward the altar.
Shout! Factory releases a 30th anniversary edition of FernGully: The Last Rainforest Aug. 23 as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack under the Shout! Kids banner. The 1992 animated family feature, originally released by 20th Century Fox, has been restored from a brand-new 4K scan of the original film elements. Special features on FernGully: The Last Rainforest — 30th Anniversary Edition include a new introduction from director Bill Kroyer, which includes never-before-seen pencil, character and animation tests. Other features include multiple commentaries, featurettes, a music video, a multi-angle scene study, a script-to-scene comparison, and more. FernGully is set deep in the heart of a forest, home to a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies, tree spirits, and all kinds of animals who live together in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite must give her all to save it. The film features an all-star voice cast, including Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and Tone Loc.
Lionsgate releases the musical romance Dirty Dancing on 4K Ultra HD plus Blu-ray plus digital combo pack Aug. 23 for its 35th anniversary. The release will feature new art of star Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Red Dawn, TV’s “Red Oaks”) and Patrick Swayze (Point Break, Ghost, Road House). While spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey) falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze) in this 1987 feature that has inspired multiple films, a stage version, and reality dance competitions.
Shout! Factory releases Starhunter ReduX: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Disc for the first time Aug. 23. Co-created by Philip Jackson and Daniel D’or, “Starhunter” was a Canadian science fiction series that ran for two seasons from 2000 to 2004, totaling 44 episodes. Set in the year 2275, when Earth has colonized the entire solar system, the show focused on bounty hunter Dante Montana (Michael Paré) and his crew searching for interplanetary criminals, including the Raiders — an evil cabal that Dante believes kidnapped his beloved son. Elsewhere, covert forces wage a desperate war to unlock the secrets of the mysterious Divinity Cluster, believed to hold powerful knowledge that in the wrong hands would offer the power to dominate the known universe. The cast also included Stephen Marcus, Tanya Allen, Claudette Roche and Clive Robertson. In 2018 the show was re-released as “Starhunter ReduX” with updated visual effects, new footage and a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio (having originally been cropped for 4:3). Shout! Factory’s 10-disc Blu-ray collection includes the remastered episodes with newly filmed sequences and a new audio edit, plus a slew of bonus materials.
Death Warrant with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Death Wish 3 with Charles Bronson and Lone Wolf McQuade and The Delta Force featuring Chuck Norris are being released on Blu-ray Disc Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group and Ronin Flix.
In 1990’s Death Warrant — featuring a new 2020 2K scan — Van Damme is officer Louis Burke, a roguish police detective who goes undercover to investigate a series of inmate murders at Harrison Penitentiary. Posing as a prisoner, Burke encounters brutal inmates, corrupt guards, death and betrayal at every turn. When he unearths the shocking secret behind the penitentiary’s inner workings, Burke must attempt a daring escape that pits him against not only hundreds of murderous inmates but also a deadly enemy from his own past, The Sandman (Patrick Kilpatrick, Class of 1999, Under Siege 2). The film also stars Robert Guillaume (“Benson”), Cynthia Gibb (Youngblood, Modern Girls), Joshua Miller (Near Dark, Teen Witch) and Art LaFleur (Trancers, Cobra). Special features include audio commentary with director Deran Sarafian; an interview with Kilpatrick; an interview with LaFleur; and trailers.
In 1985’s Death Wish 3 — featuring a new 2020 2K scan — Charles Bronson (The Mechanic, Stone Killer, Mr. Majestyk, 10 to Midnight) returns as Paul Kersey, an everyday-man turned vigilante after the murders of his wife and daughter. Paul doesn’t seek out violence. It just seems to find him. But when it does, he never backs down. Road-worn and battle-weary, Kersey longs to leave his fighting days behind him. But when he arrives in New York to visit an old friend, he finds him brutally attacked and gasping for breath in a pool of blood. The silent avenger must wage war once more on the city’s punks, thugs and hoodlums, but this time he’s brought a small arsenal of guns, knives and even a bazooka. The supporting cast includes Deborah Raffin (God Told Me To, The Dove, Once Is Not Enough), Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard, Breakheart Pass, Death Hunt, Midnight Man), Martin Balsam (Psycho, All the President’s Men, A Thousand Clowns, Mitchell), Gavan O’Herlihy (Never Say Never Again, TV’s “Happy Days,” Superman III, Willow), Alex Winter (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Lost Boys) and Ricco Ross (Aliens). Death Wish 3 was the sixth and final collaboration between Bronson and director Michael Winner (Chato’s Land, Death Wish, Firepower). Special features include an interview with actor Kirk Taylor (The Giggler) and audio commentary with Paul Talbot (author of the “Bronson’s Loose!” books).
In 1983’s Lone Wolf McQuade — featuring a 2020 2K scan from the original interpositive — Chuck Norris is McQuade, a legendary Texas Ranger feared by outlaws and respected by other lawmen. When he uncovers a gun smuggling operation led by an American gangster (David Carradine, P.O.W.: The Escape, TV’s “Kung Fu,” Dune Warriors), McQuade wreaks havoc on all those who come between him and the law. The film co-stars Leon Isaac Kennedy (Too Scared to Scream, Body and Soul), Barbara Carrera (Embryo, Never Say Never Again), L.Q. Jones (The Wild Bunch, Bulletproof, A Boy and His Dog), Robert Beltran (Eating Raoul, Star Trek Voyager), R.G. Armstrong (Bulletproof, Jocks), William Sanderson (Blade Runner, Savage Weekend) and Sharon Farrell (The Fifth Floor, Sweet 16) and is directed by veteran Steve Carver (The Arena, Bulletproof, Capone). Special features include audio commentary with Carver, actors Beltran and Jones, and producer Yoram Ben-Ami, moderated by C. Courtney Joyner; interviews with stars Kennedy, Jones, Beltran and producer Yoram Ben-Ami; and the theatrical trailer.
In 1986’s The Delta Force — featuring a 2020 2K restoration from the original interpositive — when a U.S. passenger plane is seized by a vicious hijacker (Robert Forster, Medium Cool, Peacemaker, Jackie Brown) and taken to Beirut, the president calls in the Delta Force — a crack team of commandos led by Colonel Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin, Point Blank, Prime Cut, Academy Award winner for Cat Ballou, in his last film) and Major Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris, The Octagon, Lone Wolf McQuade). Against all odds, the men blast into the compound and — taking no prisoners — rescue the hostages. The film co-stars George Kennedy (the “Airport” series, Deathship, Academy Award winner for Cool Hand Luke), Robert Vaughn (Man From Uncle, The Magnificent Seven, Bullitt), Bo Svenson (“Walking Tall” series, Choke Canyon, Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker), Steve James (POW The Escape, the “American Ninja” series), Martin Balsam (Death Wish 3, Psycho, Academy Award winner for A Thousand Clowns), Joey Bishop (Johnny Cool), Kim Delaney (“NYPD Blue,” Body Parts) and Shelley Winters (Bloody Mama, Tentacles, A Patch of Blue, Academy Award nominee for The Poseidon Adventure). Special features include interviews with Forster, Alain Jakubowicz and James Bruner and the theatrical trailer.
The Western Get Mean and the erotic film Love Camp 7 are being released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group and Blue Underground.
In Get Mean (1975), when an American cowboy stumbles upon a gypsy family in a wind-swept ghost town, they offer him a fortune to escort a princess back to her home in Spain. But this silent stranger finds himself in over his head (and strung up by his feet) when he gets caught in the middle of an epic battle involving Vikings, the Moors, brutal barbarians, evil spirits, a raging bull, and a diabolical Shakespeare-quoting hunchback. Tired of their never-ending attempts to kill him, the cowboy arms himself to the teeth with guns, dynamite and a special surprise. Special features include audio commentary with producer/star Tony Anthony, co-writer/star Lloyd Battista, and executive producer Ronald J. Schneider; “The Story of the Stranger,” an interview with Anthony; “Looking for Richard,” an interview with Battista; “Beating a Dead Horse,” an interview with Schneider; “Tony & I,” an interview with director Ferdinando Baldi; deleted scenes; the theatrical trailer; the French trailer; radio spots; and a poster and still gallery.
In Love Camp 7 (1969), during the darkest days of World War II, two young American WAC officers volunteer to infiltrate a depraved Nazi Love Camp on a desperate rescue mission. Once inside, they are subjected to unspeakable indignities and horrifying humiliations at the hands of their sadistic captors. Launching the notorious “Nazisploitation” craze of the 1970s, the film comes from writer/producer/star Bob Cresse (The Scavengers), producer Dave Friedman (Blood Feast), and director/cinematographer Lee Frost (The Black Gestapo). One of the 72 U.K. video nasties — banned in Britain to this day — the film is presented in the original uncensored version in a 4K restoration from its recently discovered camera negative. Special features include “Nazithon: Decadence and Destruction”; the theatrical trailer; and a poster and still gallery.
Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, the home entertainment distributor’s classic film restoration and streaming company, releases The Tarzan Vault Collection, featuring Tarzan of the Apes (1918), The Adventures of Tarzan (1921), and The New Adventures of Tarzan II (the complete version of the 1935 film serial) on special-edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 23.
The documentary Lucy Has Worms arrives on VOD Aug. 23 from Virgil Films. Lucy Has Worms is the story of Lucy Lau Bigham’s relentless commitment and vision to help women in a rural Kenyan community one silk worm at a time. Over a three-year period, documentary filmmaker Gage Johnston and her collaborating partner Mark Weinstein filmed and edited more than 100 hours of footage to tell Lucy’s story about dedicating her life to revitalizing her community by training women in silk rearing, spinning and weaving to build a textile industry.