By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Dark truths come to light when the intense thriller “Remember” arrives in a Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, May 3 from Lionsgate. Featuring critically acclaimed performances by Academy Award winners Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor, “Beginners”) and Martin Landau (Best Supporting Actor, “Ed Wood”), the captivating drama follows a Holocaust survivor who will stop at nothing to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the Nazis. Theatrically released by A24, the 2015 Venice Film Festival Official Selection was directed by Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan (Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, “The Sweet Hereafter”). “Remember” will be available on DVD (which includes a Digital version) and Blu-ray (which includes a Digital version) for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $19.98 and $24.99, respectively.
The story revolves around Zev (Plummer), an Auschwitz survivor who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. With the aid of a friend (Landau), Zev sets out on a gripping journey that tests both his will and his fading memory as it brings him closer to the retribution he seeks.
Extras include featurettes called “Performances to Remember” and “A Tapestry of Evil: Remembering the Past,” as well as audio commentary with Egoyan, producer Robert Lantos and writer Benjamin August.
From novelist Nicholas Sparks, the author of classic love stories “The Notebook” and “Dear John,” comes another moving romance, “The Choice,” which will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on Tuesday, May 3 from Lionsgate. It also is available on Digital HD.
Based on Sparks’ best-selling novel, written for the screen by Bryan Sipe (“Demolition”), and directed by Ross Katz (“Adult Beginners”), “The Choice” stars Benjamin Walker (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”), Teresa Palmer (“Warm Bodies”), Maggie Grace (“Taken” series), Alexandra Daddario (“San Andreas”), Tom Welling (TV’s “Smallville”) and Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson (Best Actor, “In the Bedroom”), in a touching love story that will make viewers laugh, cry, and wonder how far they would go to keep the hope of love alive.
Travis (Sipe) is a fun-loving, smooth-talking bachelor who’s never considered a serious relationship—until he falls hard for his beautiful new neighbor, Gabby (Palmer). But when fate threatens Travis and Gabby’s love, Travis must make a choice that will alter their lives forever in this unforgettably moving romance.
The home entertainment release of “The Choice” include in-depth special features including audio commentary with director Ross Katz and actor Benjamin Walker, four behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail prices of $39.99 and $29.95 on May 3, respectively.
Family values and professional ambition collide in the critically acclaimed drama “East Side Sushi,” available Tuesday, May 3 on DVD and Digital HD.
In his directorial debut, Anthony Lucero serves up a delectable fusion of heart and humor in this underdog story of a Latina single mother determined to become a sushi chef despite being the “wrong” race and gender. Featuring a breakout performance from newcomer Diana Elizabeth Torres (“Inherent Vice”) and co-starring Yutaka Takeuchi (TV’s “True Blood”), this sweet and savory festival favorite from Samuel Goldwyn Films is served up with tasty bonus features, including the making-of featurette “Behind the Sushi,” and two deleted scenes.
Debuting on Acorn DVD and Blu-ray on May 3rd, Acorn TV’s New Zealand detective series “The Brokenwood Mysteries,” Series 2 comprises four standalone mysteries featuring compelling characters, dry humor and beautiful scenery.
In a seemingly quiet country town, Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea, “Go Girls”) finds that murder can happen anywhere. Working alongside Detective Constable Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland, “The Almighty Johnsons”), Shepherd solves grisly murders. In Season 2, His methodical young assistant, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), Shepherd’s assistant has adapted to his unconventional ways—and even tolerates listening to country music in his 1971 “classic” car. Despite the growing accord between the mismatched pair, all is not well in Brokenwood, where passions simmering beneath the sleepy surface regularly erupt into gruesome crimes. Shepherd and Sims contend with a potential serial killer, a group of egocentric thespians, a family of territorial fishermen, and the mysterious death of Shepherd’s favorite singer.
Filmed along New Zealand’s scenic North Island, these engrossing mysteries premiered in the U.S. last December on Acorn TV, the streaming service for world-class television from Britain and beyond. This four-disc DVD set and two-disc Blu-ray set each feature four episodes plus bonus behind-the-scenes featurettes. They also can be purchased for an SRP of $59.99 at AcornOnline.com.
When a deadly pandemic threatens to wipe out humanity, it’s up to Navy Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane, “Grey’s Anatomy”) and his crew to save the human race in season two of “The Last Ship,” TNT’s (a division of Turner) hit action-packed drama available on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, May 3.
In the second season Captain Chandler and the rest of the crew set out to disseminate the cure for the Red Virus, which paleo microbiologist Dr. Rachel Scott developed. As they head back to U.S. soil to seek survivors and find their families, they encounter a new, emerging enemy who is vying for control and may hinder the mass production of the cure.
The box set features 13 action-packed episodes from the series’ second season plus never-before-seen extras, including featurettes and an exclusive look at the making of season two. Since its debut, the series has quickly built a devoted viewership.
This home entertainment release will be available in advance of the season three premiere of “The Last Ship” on Sunday, June 12 on TNT.
“The Last Ship: The Complete Second Season” will retail for an SRP of $39.98 for the DVD edition and $49.99 for the Blu-ray.
Based on William Brinkley’s popular novel, “The Last Ship” chronicles a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James has avoided falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now, Captain Tom Chandler (series star Eric Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.
Rhona Mitra, (“Strike Back”), Adam Baldwin (“Firefly”), Charles Parnell (“Pariah”), Travis Van Winkle (“Heart of Dixie”), Marissa Neitling (“Leverage”), Christina Elmore (“Fruitvale Station”), Jocko Sims (“Masters of Sex”) and John Pyper-Ferguson (“Unforgiven”) also star in this thrilling post-apocalyptic drama.
Channel Road Productions, TNT Originals and Platinum Dunes produce the Last Ship, along with its partners, blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay (the “Transformers” movies), Brad Fuller (“Black Sails”) and Andrew Form (“Black Sails”), who are the series’ executive producers. Co-creators and showrunners Hank Steinberg (creator of “Without a Trace”) and Steven Kane (“The Closer”) also serve as executive producers, along with Jack Bender (“Lost”).
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed film “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” on DVD Tuesday May 3.
Viewers will experience the magic and warmth of the television movie event that is based on the inspiring true story of Parton’s remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee. In support of the DVD release, the veteran country music artist will head out on the promotional trail.
“It is my true belief that if you’re lucky enough to have a good mother, that is the greatest gift that you will ever know,” Parton said in a statement. “So many people responded to my Mother in the ‘Coat of Many Colors’ movie not only because of the wonderful job that Jennifer Nettles did portraying her, but the love and attention that Mama gave to all of her children.”
The family-oriented faith-based movie stars Jennifer Nettles (award-winning singer/songwriter and lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland), Ricky Schroder (“NYPD Blue”), Gerald McRaney (“Mike & Molly”), and Alyvia Alyn Lind (“Transparent”).
Dolly Parton introduces the film and serves as narrator. The DVD also contains an alternate version of the movie, deleted scenes and heartwarming extras. It is available at an SRP of $19.98.
This heartwarming drama is set within the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome a devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat—vividly described in the well-known song of the film’s title—that helped make Parton who she is today. Set in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains in 1955, this poignant and uplifting family-friendly story follows the incidents in Parton and her family’s life around the time she was nine years old.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is executive produced by Parton, Sam Haskell and Pamela K. Long. Written by Long, the film was directed by Stephen Herek. Velton Ray Bunch and Mark Leggett composed the musical score. The film first aired last December on NBC.
The heartwarming drama “Mothers and Daughters” is available on VOD Friday May 6. With an all-star cast including Susan Sarandon (“The Meddler”), Sharon Stone (“Total Recall”), Courteney Cox (“Friends”), Christina Ricci (“The Addams Family” movies) and Selma Blair (“Cruel Intentions”), the film follows photographer Rigby Gray and captures uplifting stories of motherhood, inspiring a decision even she wouldn’t expect. Directed by Paul Duddridge, “Mothers and Daughters” will be released just in time for Mother’s Day in theaters and on VOD via Screen Media Films.