By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Seth Rogen reprises his role as a married suburbanite dealing with a group of rowdy residents next door in the R-rated comedy sequel “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” moving in with a Blu-ray Combo Park, DVD and On Demand Tuesday Sept. 20.
The anticipated follow up to the hit 2014 comedy “Neighbors,” Rogen and many of the original cast members return as well as several new younger, female performers, led by “Carrie” star Chloe Grace Moretz. She plays a freshman who just wants to party with her friends but doesn’t fit into dorm life so she and her pals start their own sorority, which happens to be located in a big Victorian house to the right of the home of Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Aussie actress Rose Byrne, reprising her role).
The former party animals are now trying to be responsible parents. They’re even planning on expanding their family so they’ve sold their home and purchased another one. Of course, during the waiting period known as escrow, they have to convince their new rowdy female neighbors to keep it down so the sale can go through. Nothing doing. To pay the rent, the college girls have to hold loud and obnoxious fundraising parties on a regular basis. That is until the Radners discover a rule that prohibits sororities from holding parties. The girls, in turn, do their best to stir up trouble for meddlesome family next door. The war escalates. Soon the Radners find a secret weapon in former adversary and untethered recent college grad Teddy (Zac Efron, reprising his role).
For Rogen, who also serves as a co-writer and producer on the film, boundaries—comedic and otherwise—don’t exist. The more gross the better. Among the memorable scenes in the sequel include a woman vomiting during intercourse, used tampons used as projectiles and a baby’s foot appear from a woman in labor. The comedy also incorporates some social commentary involving gender politics, the generation gap, police brutality and gay marriage. Dave Franco, Lisa Kudrow, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jerrod Carmichael are among the returning supporting cast members. Twentysomthings Keirsey Clemons (Amazon’s “Transparent”) and Beanie Feldstein (“Fan Girl” and Jonah Hill’s younger sister) join the “Neighbors” franchise as two of the sorority sisters with this film.
The Blu-ray and DVD are jam-packed with never before seen deleted scenes, a gag reel, a chat with director Nick Stoller and producers Rogen and Evan Goldberg about how “Sorority Rising” cam about, the traps they avoided in making their first sequel and the big differences between the first and second “Neighbors.” Fans can also are treated to interviews with Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jerrod Carmichael and Zac Efron about their day on set and what they’ve been up to since the original “Neighbors.” There’s also an “Ultimate Tailgate” featurette about the making of the memorable tailgate sequence and more.
Returning with all-new episodes of the beloved British mystery series, “Midsomer Murders, Series 18” makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut Tuesday Sept. 20 from Acorn, An RLJ Entertainment brand.
The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in six new, standalone contemporary TV mysteries inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, the modern master of the English village mystery.
Everyone’s favorite pizza-loving heroes return in an epic new adventure. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” arrives in a Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand Tuesday Sept. 20 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The so-called Heroes in a Half Shell also will be available in a limited edition two-movie Blu-ray gift set with collectible metal lunchbox. The adventure also is available on Digital HD.
Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are back to battle bigger villains, alongside April O’Neil and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones. After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater threat with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
The human cast stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell and Tyler Perry in the live-action family film.
The Combo Packs include more than 40 minutes of action-packed bonus content. Peek under the shell at the film’s eye-popping special effects, take a look inside the Turtles’ tricked-out van, venture behind-the-scenes to explore the Turtleverse and more. The film additionally features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.
Plus, the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Packs come with reversible TMNT masks in all four colors, for a limited time while supplies last.
The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows” Blu-ray Combo Pack also is available in a collectible metal lunchbox that includes the Blu-ray Combo Pack of 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Digital HD copies of both movies, and the two reversible masks.
Neil Dudgeon (“Life of Riley”) stars as the capable DCI John Barnaby, with Gwilym Lee (“Land Girls”) in his final episodes as his partner. Originally broadcast in the UK earlier this year and subsequently in the U.S. this past summer, “Midsomer Murders, Series 18” DVD and Blu-ray three-disc sets are available for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and $59.99, respectively.
The episodes‑Habeas Corpus, The Incident at Cooper Hill, Breaking the Chain, A Dying Art, Saints and Sinners and Harvest of Souls—also are available to view on Acorn TV, the North American streaming service for British television and beyond.