By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Breaking Bread (Documentary)
The documentary “Breaking Bread” is available now on DVD, from The Cohen Group.
Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef, is on a quest to make social change through food. She founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on exotic dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup) and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouthwatering fare, “Breaking Bread” illustrates what happens when people focus on others as people, rather than as a symbol of their religion; and on the public, rather than the politicians.
“Breaking Bread” is in Arab and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Coming 2 America (Comedy)
The long-awaited (33 years) follow-up to the beloved classic “Coming to America” makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut when “Coming 2 America” arrives Tuesday March 8, from Paramount Home Entertainment.
In hilarious sequel, newly crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) traverse the globe from the (fictional) African nation of Zamunda to the borough of Queens, New York when Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States.
In addition to Murphy and Hall reprising their roles, the comedy features a remarkable cast including James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louie Anderson, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan and Leslie Jones.
The “Coming 2 America” on Blu-ray includes commentary by director Craig Brewer (“Dolemite Is My Name,” “Empire”) and an exclusive featurette entitled “From Queens to Zamunda,” which includes never-before-seen footage and interviews. The “Coming 2 America” DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.
Hester Street (Period Drama)
The classic period drama “Hester Street” arrives on DVD Tuesday March 8, from Cohen Media Group.
Set in 1890s New York City, the film evocatively recreates on a shoestring budget a story of Jewish immigrant Jake (Steven Keats) who has assimilated seamlessly into the American community, until his wife from back home (Carol Kane) arrives on his doorstep. Sumptuously shot in black and white, director Joan Micklin Silver’s loving, funny debut feature became an unexpected hit when it was initially released in 1975, and was a rare independent American film to garner an Oscar nomination for Kane’s heartbreaking, but ultimately empowering turn. The film also stars Mel Howard, Dorrie Kavanaugh and Doris Roberts.
Cohen Film Collection presents a gorgeous new 4K restoration of this American classic, which is in Yiddish and English with English subtitles. Additionally, the Blu-ray features two new interviews with Micklin Silver by Shonni Enelow, archival audio commentary track with Micklin Silver and producer Raphael Silver, archival interviews with key cast and crew members and the original opening title sequence and outtakes with audio commentary by Daniel Kremer, author of an upcoming book about Micklin Silver, who passed away in 2020.
A Journal for Jordan (Romantic Drama)
Directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, “A Journal for Jordan” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday March 8, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The drama is based on the true story of First Sgt. Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior “New York Times” editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. A sweeping account of a once-in-a-lifetime love, the film is a powerful reminder of the importance of family.
Bonus features on the Blu-ray and digital editions include deleted scenes, a gag reel, “Family Portrait: Making the Film,” “Heart and Soul: Charles and Dana,” and “Words of Wisdom: The Journal.” The DVD edition contains the featurette, “Family Portrait: Making the Film.” The drama also is available now on Digital formats.
The Matrix Resurrections (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
Experience the long-awaited fourth film in the groundbreaking sci-fi franchise that redefined a genre when “The Matrix Resurrections” arrives on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning Tuesday March 8, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson (Keanu Reeves) will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas—Neo—has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into—the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. Déjà vu.
The sci-fi/fantasy is directed by Lana Wachowski from a screenplay by Wachowski, David Mitchell and Aleksander Hemon, based on characters created by The Wachowskis, and stars Keanu Reeves (the “Matrix” and “John Wick” franchises) and Carrie-Anne Moss (the “Matrix” franchise, “Jessica Jones”).
The film also stars Yahya Abdul Mateen II (“Candyman,” the “Aquaman” franchise), Jessica Henwick (“Iron Fist,” “Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens”), Jonathan Groff (“Hamilton,” “Mindhunter”), Neil Patrick Harris (“Gone Girl”), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (TV’s “Quantico”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Angel Has Fallen,” TV’s “Gotham”).
“The Matrix Resurrections” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray includes the following special features: “No One Can Be Told What The Matrix Is,” “Resurrecting The Matrix,” “Neo x Trinity: Return to the Matrix,” “Allies + Adversaries: The Matrix Remixed,” “Matrix for Life,” and more. The DVD edition contains “The Matrix Reactions: Welcome to IO.”
The 4K UHD Combo Pack will be available for $29.99 (SRP), the Blu-ray edition for $24.99 (SRP) and the DVD for $19.99 (SRP).
“The Matrix Revolutions” became available earlier this year on Premium Digital Ownership and will also continue to be available to own in high definition and standard definition from participating digital retailers. It also will be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Silent Night (Dramedy/Horror)
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks will release “Silent Night” on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday March 8.
Marking writer Camille Griffin’s feature directorial debut, the film boasts an all-star ensemble cast including Keira Knightley (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise), Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”), Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”), Annabelle Wallis (“Peaky Blinders”), Lily Rose-Depp (“Voyagers”), Ṣọpé Dìrísù (“Gangs of London”), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (“The Good Place”), Lucy Punch (Into the Woods), Rufus Jones (”Flack”) and Trudie Styler (“Filth,” “Moon”).
Nell (Knightley) and Simon (Goode) have invited their closest friends to join their family for Christmas dinner at their idyllic home in the English countryside. As the group comes together, it feels like old times, but behind all of the laughter and merriment, something is not quite right. The world outside is facing impending doom, and no amount of gifts, games or Prosecco can make Mankind’s imminent destruction go away. Surviving the holidays just got a lot more complicated.
Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include deleted and extended scenes as well as alternate endings.
The DVD will be available for $29.96 (SRP) and on Blu-ray for $29.97 (SRP).
A Writer’s Odyssey (Fantasy Adventure)
Shout! Studios invites viewers to embark on a thrilling epic adventure to a mystical world with “A Writer’s Odyssey” when this fantasy action-adventure movie arrives on digital, VOD and home entertainment shelves Tuesday March 8.
A film by Lu Yang (“The Sacrifice,” “Brotherhood of Blades”), “A Writer’s Odyssey” takes viewers on a thrill ride that blends non-stop action, visual splendor, and a fantastical storyline in equal measures. Available for the first time for home entertainment in North America, A Writer’s Odyssey” Blu-ray and DVD contain spectacular movie presentation in English and the original Mandarin language audio track option. “A Writer’s Odyssey” is available through ShoutFactory.com.
“A Writer’s Odyssey” tells the story of Kongwen Lu (Dong Zijian), the author of a fantasy novel series following a heroic teenager, also named Kongwen, on a quest to end the tyrannical rule of Lord Redmane, under the guidance of a Black Armor (Guo Jingfei). But through a strange twist of fate, the fantasy world of the novel begins to impact life in the real world, leading Guan Ning (Lei Jiayin) to accept a mission from Tu Ling (Yang Mi) to kill the author.
Adventure Time: Distant Lands (Animated Adventure)
Get ready embark on a magical journey through the Land of Ooo and beyond when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings the Emmy-nominated Max Original, “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” to Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday March 8.
It is based on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning animated series, “Adventure Time,” created by Pendleton Ward and executive produced by Adam Muto, that garnered numerous accolades throughout its 10-season run on Cartoon Network. Originally airing on HBO Max, “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” is among the streamer’s most popular original animated series/specials, and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.
“Adventure Time: Distant Lands” features on Blu-ray and DVD features all four episodes: “BMO,” which follows the lovable little robot from “Adventure Time.” When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is; “Obsidian,” features Marceline and Princess Bubblegum as they journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom—and deep into their tumultuous past—to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe” “Together Again,” which brings best buds Finn and Jake together again to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives, and “Wizard City,” which follows Peppermint Butler, starting over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence.
Binge all four specials from the limited series and explore the unseen corners of their world with characters both familiar and brand new. “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” will be available on Blu-ray for $19.98 (SRP, $24.98 in Canada) and on DVD for $14.98 (SRP, $19.98 in Canada).
Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, all seasons of “Adventure Time” are now available exclusively on HBO Max.
Dalgliesh: Series 1 (Crime Drama/Mystery)
The British mystery series adapted from celebrated author P.D. James’ bestselling murder novels “Adam Dalgliesh Mystery” arrives on DVD Tuesday March 8, from Acorn TV.
This intriguing new crime drama stars Bertie Carvel (“Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth”) as the titular, enigmatic detective and poet in three, two-part mysteries – each featuring its own unique setting and extraordinary cast.
Akin to other distinguished detectives, like Holmes and Poirot, Adam Dalgliesh takes us through 1970’s England as he solves unusual murders ranging from a nursing student poisoned during a training demonstration, to a homeless man and recently resigned Tory MP whose throats were slashed in a London church to suspicious deaths at a mysterious home for the disabled. The lead writer is award-winning screenwriter and playwright Helen Edmundson (“An Inspector Calls,” “The Suspicions of Mr Whicher”).
Guest stars in the series include Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse”), Natasha Little (“War of the Worlds”) and Mirren Mack (“Sex Education”). Helen Edmundson serves as lead writer on the series and is joined by Stephen Greenhorn (“Doctor Who”). Lead director Jill Robertson (“Trainspotting”) is joined by Andy and Ryan Tohill (“The Dig”) and Lisa Clarke (“Sanditon”).
The three-part “Dalgliesh: Series 1” will be available on a two-disc DVD set for $44.99 (SRP). There is a four-minute bonus featurette titled “Who is Dalgliesh?” and a 24-minute making-of “Dalgliesh.”
Supergirl: The Sixth and Final Season and Supergirl: The Complete Series (Action Fantasy)
After six seasons, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC mark the end of an epic era with the final installment of the action-packed series with the release of “Supergirl: The Sixth and Final Season” on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday March 8.
Fans can purchase the sets which, in addition to all 20 episodes of season six also contains an all-new featurette and deleted scenes.
“Supergirl” stars Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Whiplash”), Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Katie McGrath (“Jurassic World,” “Merlin”), Jesse Rath (“Defiance,” “No Tomorrow”), Nicole Maines (“Royal Pains”), Azie Tesfai (“Jane the Virgin”), Julie Gonzalo (“Dallas,” “Veronica Mars”), Staz Nair (“Game of Thrones”) and David Harewood (“Homeland”). Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel family, “Supergirl” is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
In the sixth and final season, Supergirl (Benoist) is thrust into the greatest challenge of her life — forced to confront her own mortality, and the prospect of losing all hope. As her friends rally to help her in this difficult fight, a new Super-Villain arrives in National City and tests her resolve.
“Supergirl: The Sixth and Final Season will be available for $24.98 (SRP) for the DVD ($29.98 in Canada) and $29.98 (SRP) for the Blu-ray ($39.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). “Supergirl: The Sixth and Final Season” is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
“Supergirl: The Complete Series” also will be available, containing all 126 exhilarating episodes from the phenomenal series, as well as countless hours of bonus features from all six epic, not-to-be-missed seasons. The complete series will be available on DVD for $119.99 (SRP, $134.99 in Canada), and on Blu-ray for $134.99 (SRP, $154.99 in Canada), representing a substantial savings over purchasing all six seasons individually.
Yellowstone: Season 4 (Western)
Who shot John Dutton? Fans can unravel the mystery and dig deeper into the rich history of the Dutton clan when “Yellowstone: Season 4” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday March 8, from Paramount Home Entertainment.
From Paramount Network and 101 Studios, the Emmy-nominated series continues to be a massive hit, with the fourth season premiere drawing more than 14 million viewers in the U.S. to become the most-watched season premiere on cable since “The Walking Dead” in 2017. The show has also spawned a prequel series entitled “1883” starring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, which premiered on Paramount+ in December.
The four-disc Blu-ray and five-disc DVD sets include all 10 hour-long episodes from the fourth season, plus more than four hours of bonus content including making-of-featurettes, behind the scenes clips, never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew, and more.
Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”), ”Yellowstone” is an engrossing family drama that follows the epic story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S.
In Season 4, the fates of Kayce, Beth and John Dutton are unknown as Rip and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy.
Jacki Weaver, Piper Perabo and Kathryn Kelly join the cast in guest starring roles in the impressive ensemble that includes Oscar winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham and Gil Birmingham with Will Patton. The series is co-created by Sheridan and John Linson. The Paramount Network original drama is co-produced by 101 Studios.