Empire of Light (Drama, Romance)
From acclaimed filmmaker Sam Mendes (“1917,” “Skyfall”), the Academy Award-nominated film “Empire of Light” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, Feb. 21, from Searchlight Pictures. The movie is also now available on Digital.
A moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times, “Empire of Light” is set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s. The film follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema and community.
The Blu-ray and Digital releases include the bonus featurette “Creating ‘Empire of Light,’” which takes viewers behind the scenes of the personal film with writer-director Sam Mendes to learn about the story’s origins and the director’s love of cinema.
The Inspection (Drama)
The emotional and timely story of Elegance Bratton comes to light in “The Inspection,” arriving on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, Feb. 21, from A24 and Lionsgate.
In Bratton’s deeply moving film inspired by his own story, a young, gay black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life.
Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD release include deleted scenes, an audio commentary with writer-director Elegance Bratton and the “Protect and Serve: Making ‘The Inspection’” featurette.
Nothing is Impossible (Drama, Romance, Sport)
The inspiring drama “Nothing is Impossible” is now available on DVD and Digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Scott Beck’s (David A.R. White) life has not gone to plan. Working as the janitor at the high school where he was once the star of the basketball team, he is dealing with an ailing father, a busted truck and memories of Ryan (Nadia Bjorlin), the girl he loved long ago. But opportunity arises when Ryan, now the owner of the Knoxville Silver Knights, decides to hold open tryouts for the team. Scott attempts to make the impossible happen by not only making the team, but also getting back the woman he loves.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: Seasons Nine and Ten (Comedy, Drama, Family)
Both “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Complete Season Nine” and “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Complete Season Ten” debut on DVD Tuesday, Feb. 21, from MPI Media Group.
For a record-breaking 14 seasons and 435 episodes, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” aired on ABC-TV from 1952 through 1966, becoming one of the most cherished cultural touchstones of the 20th century. The gentle humor of the prolific and popular sitcom was brought to the screen by the real-life Nelson family: Ozzie and wife Harriet with their sons David and Rick, all portraying themselves in a trend-setting blend of fact-meets-fiction comedy decades before “Seinfeld” and other semi-reality-based shows.
“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” humorously chronicled the daily lives of the Nelson family as David and Ricky grew up before millions of weekly viewers. For the very first time, in association with the Nelson family, the entire series has been digitally restored with complete episodes from the original film negatives for superior picture quality.
“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Complete Season Nine” contains all 33 full, fun-filled episodes on four discs, including rare adventures not seen on television in decades. Lyle Talbot and Mary Jane Croft appear as Ozzie and Harriet’s best friends Joe and Clara Randolph, along with classic television and film guest stars Frank Cady, Joe Flynn, Linda Evans, Barry Livingston, Lori Saunders, Richard Deacon, Roberta Shore, James Stacy and Parley Baer.
“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Complete Season Ten,” meanwhile, contains all 25 full, fun-filled episodes on three discs, including rare adventures not seen on television in decades. David Nelson’s real-life wife June Blair joins the cast as their characters become married. Lyle Talbot and Mary Jane Croft also once again appear as Ozzie and Harriet’s best friends Joe and Clara Randolph, along with such classic television and film guest stars as Linda Evans, Jimmy Hawkins, Barry Livingston, Roberta Shore, James Stacey, Lori Saunders and Frank Cady.