By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” lands on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD Tuesday Oct. 16.
The follow-up to 2015’s hit “Ant-Man,” the 20th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film debuted at No. 1 during its opening weekend this summer, and ranked in the box office top 10 for six consecutive weeks.
Like 2015’s “Ant-Man,” this sequel is “figuratively and literally more ground-level than Marvel’s more mythological, international, billionaire-genius-centered or extra-terrestrial superhero franchises,” according to Front Row Features’ film critic James Dawson.
Paul Rudd returns as Scott Lang, an amiably dumb divorced dad who adores his almost sickeningly cute shared-custody daughter (Abby Ryder Fortson) and has an amusingly congenial relationship with his understanding ex (Judy Greer) and her overly affable new hubbie (Bobby Cannavale).
More or less stumbling into the hero game last time around, Scott has spent nearly two years under house arrest after picking the wrong side during 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” superhero showdown. This means Scott has been prohibited from contacting mentor and former Ant-Man Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Wall Street”) or Dr. Pym’s no-nonsense daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly, “Lost,” “Hobbit” movies), because it was their tech he used in violation of the Sokavia Accords (treaties in the MCU).
Days away from having his ankle monitor removed and becoming a free man, Scott gets a mental message from Dr. Pym’s long-missing wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Fabulous Baker Brothers,” “What Lies Beneath”), who also shrunk before getting trapped in the sub-atomic quantum realm three decades ago. Helping Hank and Hope rescue Janet would mean violating the terms of Scott’s soon-to-be-completed sentence and risking 20 years behind bars but a hero’s gotta do what he’s gotta do.
Complicating matters, a mysterious entity known as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), who can pass through walls and everything else, has her own reasons for wanting Dr. Pym’s technology. She blames Dr. Pym for her father’s death.
Laurence Fishburne (“John Wick” franchise, “Man of Steel” joins the cast as Bill Foster, a professor who once worked with Dr. Pym on the “Goliath Project” before the two had a falling out.
Exclusive extras provide an inside look at some of Marvel Comics’ most celebrated characters and the consummate, comedic actors who portray them in “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” Featurettes spotlight Rudd, who delivers laughs both on set and onscreen; Lilly; and Douglas and Pfeiffer as super couple Hank and Janet Van Dyne. Viewers can explore more about the visual development artists and effects used to bring the characters to life and drastically alter the size of the superheroes and their surroundings. Additional extras include deleted scenes, bloopers, outtakes and audio commentary by “Ant-Man” franchise director Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “Yes Man”).
“Ant-Man and The Wasp” comes packaged in several formats. Viewers can instantly bring home the film on Digital SD/HD/4K Ultra HD and receive access to two exclusive features—including a clever commercial promoting a close-up look at the online magic school that FBI agent Jimmy Woo references to learn his card tricks and a 10 years of Marvel Studios featurette profiling the artists of the MCU—or they can purchase a physical copy of the film as either a Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital Code) or a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code), granting the flexibility to watch the device of their choice. Fans also can instantly watch the superhero adventure Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and on Movies Anywhere.
RLJE Films will release the action-comedy “Arizona” on DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra High-Definition 4K/Blu-ray combo Tuesday Oct. 16. From Imperative Entertainment and the producers of “Eastbound & Down” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” the dark action comedy is the directorial debut of Jonathan Watson (“Vice Principals,” “Eastbound & Down”), from a script by Luke Del Tredici (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “30 Rock”).
“Arizona” stars Danny McBride (“Pineapple Express,” “Vice Principals”), Rosemarie DeWitt (“La La Land,” “Rachel Getting Married”), Luke Wilson (“Old School,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”), Elizabeth Gillies (“Dynasty,” “Victorious”), Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Finding Dory”) and David Alan Grier (“In Living Color,” “The Carmichael Show”). RLJE Films will release “Arizona” on DVD for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $29.96, Blu-ray for an SRP of $29.97 and Ultra High-Definition 4K/Blu-ray combo for an SRP of $35.97.
Cassie (DeWitt) is a real estate agent and single mom struggling to keep it all together during the housing crisis of 2009. Her problems go from bad to worse when disgruntled client Sonny (McBride) violently confronts Cassie’s boss and then kidnaps Cassie—making one outrageously bad, and bloody, decision after another. Things completely spiral out of control in this explosive action comedy. A making-of featurette is included as is a photo gallery in each edition.
Dust 2 Glory
“Dust 2 Glory,” documentarian Dana Brown’s (“Step Into Liquid,” “Highwater”) incredible in-depth exploration of the Score Baja 1000 desert race, will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital 4K Tuesday Oct. 16, from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label.
Brown welcomes a new generation to the action-packed culture of desert racing with the follow up to 2005’s “Dust to Glory,” which forever changed the landscape of motorsports documentary filmmaking while introducing the world to the pinnacle of off-road racing challenges. “Dust 2 Glory” captures the heart of the off-roading world. Held on the Baja California Peninsula since 1967, the Score Baja 1000 acts as the final round of a four-race annual series that pushes the limits of human strength, skill and dedication. Brown returns to his knockout filmmaking approach which highlights the passion and humanity behind the spectacle of extreme sports.
Witness the brutal beauty of the race and high-octane action sequences as these ground-pounding, 900-horsepower Trophy Trucks, Motorcycles, ATVs and everything in between roar through the Baja Peninsula. Extras include Bruce Brown’s last interview and an interview with filmmaker Dana Brown.
“Dust 2 Glory” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail prices of $29.98 and $26.98, respectively, and on Digital 4K from digital retailers.
Acorn TV on DVD features an award-winning TV adaptation of one of the greatest books of all time, Leo Tolstoy’s romantic saga, “Anna Karenina” Tuesday Oct. 16. Focusing on the passionate affair between a married aristocrat and a dashing count, Anna Karenina stars Helen McCrory (“Penny Dreadful,” “Peaky Blinders”) in the titular role and Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Trainspotting”) as the dashing soldier Count Vronsky.
The BAFTA-Award winning miniseries aired on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre in 2001. The two-disc DVD set features four episodes ($34.99, Amazon.com). “Anna Karenina” also is available on Acorn TV, North America’s most popular streaming service focused on British and international television from RLJ Entertainment.
McCrory stars as the title character in this striking adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless tale of love and betrayal in 19th century Russia. After a train journey to Moscow, married aristocrat Anna Karenina encounters dashing soldier Count Vronsky (Kevin McKidd), and the two begin a passionate affair. With gossip rife among society’s elite, Anna’s husband (Stephen Dillane, “Game of Thrones”) discovers their indiscretions, setting off a fateful chain of events.
Adapted by award-winning writer Allan Cubitt (“The Fall”), this period drama offers a fresh perspective on the classic story with a modern style and arresting visuals. The excellent ensemble cast also features Douglas Henshall (“Shetland”) as landowner Levin, unhappy suitor to the beautiful Princess Kitty (“Paloma Baeza,” “Far from the Madding Crowd”), and Mark Strong (“Kingsman,” “The Imitation Game”) as Anna’s womanizing brother, with Amanda Root (“Persuasion”) as his long-suffering wife.