By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
A Taste of Hunger (Drama)
The Danish drama “A Taste of Hunger” is served up on DVD and Digital HD Tuesday April 26, from Magnolia Home Entertainment.
Maggie (Katrine Greis-Rosenthal, “A Fortunate Man”) and Carsten (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”), an ambitious power couple within the Danish gourmet scene, run the popular restaurant Malus in Copenhagen, Denmark. The couple is willing to sacrifice everything to achieve their dream—getting the coveted Michelin star.
“Expired” arrives on Blu-ray + Digital and DVD Tuesday April 26, from Lionsgate.
Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) and Hugo Weaving (“The Matrix” franchise) star in this futuristic thriller set in a neon-drenched metropolis. As Jack (Kwanten) works as a hit man, his lonely life is altered by two strangers—one a club singer, the other a scientist (Weaving). Jack and the singer fall in love, but as their relationship grows stronger, Jack grows physically weaker, unable to assassinate the targets he seeks … and it doesn’t take long for the scientist to discover the shocking reasons behind Jack’s deadly affliction.
The film is written, directed and edited by Ivan Sen, who also wrote the music for the film and serves as one of the producers.
“Expired” is available on Blu-ray for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $21.99 and on DVD for $19.98 (SRP).
A stunning 2020 debut from Lagos, Nigeria, Eyimofe (“This Is My Desire”) brings a neorealist eye to the modern megacity arrives in a special Criterion Collection edition on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday April 26.
This revelatory, award-winning debut feature from co-directors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria. Shot on richly textured 16mm film and infused with the spirit of neorealism, Eyimofe (“This Is My Desire”) traces the journeys of two distantly connected strangers—Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), an electrician dealing with the fallout of a family tragedy, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser supporting her pregnant teenage sister—as they each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe while bumping up against the harsh economic realities of a world in which every interaction is a transaction. From these intimate stories emerges a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos, whose social fabric is captured in all its vibrancy and complexity.
Bonus features include a new conversation between the directors, moderated by filmmaker Bette Gordon, an interview with producer Melissa O. Adeyemo, deleted scenes featuring audio commentary by the directors, and more.
The film is in Nigerian with English subtitles.
The Blu-ray of Eyimofe will be available for $39.95 (SRP) and the two-disc DVD will be available for $29.95 (SRP).
For all Mankind (Documentary)
The Criterion Collection edition of the 1989 documentary “For all Mankind” arrives on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray Tuesday April 26.
In July 1969, the space race ended when Apollo 11 fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s challenge of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” No one who witnessed the lunar landing will ever forget it. Twenty years later, Al Reinert constructed a documentary that imparts the unforgettable story of the twenty-four astronauts who participated in the Apollo mission to land on the moon—told in their words and in their voices, using the images they captured. With its awe-inspiring, otherworldly footage and a haunting atmospheric soundtrack by Brian Eno, “For all Mankind” stirs us with a profound sense of compassion for the “pale blue dot” that is our home, and it is still the most radical, visually dazzling work of cinema that has been made about this historic event.
Bonus features include audio commentary featuring director Al Reinert and Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan, the last person to set foot on the moon, “An Accidental Gift: The Making of ‘For All Mankind,’” a documentary featuring interviews with Reinert, a selection of excerpted interviews with 15 of the Apollo astronauts, and more.
“For all Mankind” on 4K UHD + Blu-ray Combo will be available for $49.95 (SRP).
Jigsaw (Crime Thriller)
“Jigsaw” is available now on Blu-ray, from Cohen Media Group.
In this newly restored late Brit Noir classic, director Val Guest (“Expresso Bongo”) whips up an absorbing and entertaining murder mystery based on the Hillary Waugh novel “Sleep Long, My Love” and inspired by the Brighton Trunk Murders of the 1930s.
After discovering a woman’s body in a lonely beach house, a pair of Brighton detectives painstakingly assemble a jigsaw puzzle of clues as they attempt to track down her murderer.
The 1962 murder mystery directed by Val Guest stars Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis and Yolande Donlan.
The King’s Daughter (Fantasy Adventure)
The epic fantasy adventure film “The King’s Daughter” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, from Universal Home Entertainment and Gravitas Ventures.
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Kaya Scodelario and Benjamin Walker, the film is narrated by Academy Award winner Julie Andrews.
Known as The Sun King, Louis XIV (Brosnan; “Mamma Mia!” films, “Die Another Day”) is the most powerful and influential monarch on the planet. Obsessed with his own mortality and the future of France, Louis turns to his spiritual advisor, Père La Chaise (William Hurt; “A History of Violence,” “Black Widow”), and the royal physician to help him obtain the key to immortality. Believing a mermaid (Fan Bingbing; “The 355,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) contains a force that grants everlasting life, Louis commissions a young sea captain (Walker; “In the Hearts of the Sea,” “Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) to search the seas and capture the mystical creature. Further complicating his plans is his orphaned daughter, Marie-Josèphe (Scodelario; the “Maze Runner” franchise, “Pirates of the Caribbean”), who returns to court with an abundance of elegance and an inherent defiance of authority. With a rare solar eclipse approaching, Louis will discover where his daughter’s true loyalties lie as he races against time to extract the mermaid’s life-giving force.
The home entertainment editions include deleted scenes and the cast reflecting on making “The King’s Daughter.”
My Afternoons with Margueritte (Comedy)
The 2010 comedy “My Afternoons with Margueritte” is available now on Blu-ray, from Cohen Media Group.
In this story of life’s random encounters set in a small French town, Germain (Gérard Depardieu, “Cyrano de Bergerac”) is a nearly illiterate man in his 50s who is considered the village idiot who meets in the park Margueritte (Gisèle Casadesus, “The Hedgehog”), a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She’s articulate and highly intelligent, and so Germain is lured in by her passion for life and the magic of literature from which he always has felt excluded.
As Margueritte broadens his mind by reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte.
Directed by Jean Becker, “My Afternoons with Margueritte” is in French with English subtitles.
‘Round Midnight (Documentary)
“’’Round Midnight” arrives on Blu-ray Tuesday April 26 in a special Criterion Collection edition.
The documentary is a love letter from director Bertrand Tavernier to the heyday of bebop and to the Black American musicians who found refuge in the smoky underground jazz clubs of 1950s Paris, a miraculous, sui generis fusion of performer and character that was nominated for an Oscar, legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon plays Dale Turner, a brilliant New York jazz veteran whose music aches with beauty but whose personal life is ravaged by addiction.
Searching for a fresh start in Paris, Turner strikes up an unlikely friendship with a struggling single father and ardent jazz fan (François Cluzet) who finds his life transformed as he attempts to help the self-destructive musician. Herbie Hancock’s evocative, Oscar-winning score sets the mood for this definitive jazz film, a bittersweet opus that glows with lived-in, soulful authenticity.
Bonus features include a new interview with jazz and cultural critic Gary Giddins, a new conversation with music producer Michael Cuscuna and author Maxine Gordon, widow of musician Dexter Gordon, “Before Midnight,” a 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary about the film, and more.
“’Round Midnight” will be available on Blu-ray for $39.95 (SRP) and in a two-disc DVD set for $29.95 (SRP).
Singin’ in the Rain (Musical)
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 1952 acclaimed and beloved film “Singin’ in the Rain,” Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing it in an Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital Tuesday April 26.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest musical films in cinematic history, the musical romantic comedy was directed by choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, who previously had collaborated on “On the Town. The film stars Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchel and Cyd Charisse. It was written by Adolph Green and Betty Comden and produced by Arthur Freed. The music is by Nacio Herb Brown and the lyrics are by Arthur Freed.
O’Connor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor— Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Comden and Green won the Writers Guild of America Award for their screenplay, while Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 1989, “Singin’ in the Rain” was one of the first 25 films selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The film ranked 10th on AFI’s 100 Years …100 Movies list, 16th on AFI’s 100 Years …100 Laughs list, 16th on AFI’s 100 Years …100 Passions list, “Singin’ in the Rain” was third on AFI’s 100 Years …100 Songs list, and the film was No. 1 on AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals list.
In addition, the remastered film will screen at the TCM Film Festival on April 24. TCM Big Screen Classics also is presenting “Singin’ in the Rain” in theaters throughout April in the U.S.
“Singin’ in the Rain” will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.99 (SRP) and features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc of the film. Fans can also own “Singin’ in the Rain” in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning April 26.
Why Is We Americans (Documentary)
The urban documentary “Why Is We Americans?” arrives on DVD/Digital Tuesday April 26, from Corinth Films.
From the Newark Rebellion of 1967 to present day, the New Jersey city’s narrative has been one of revolution with each generation picking up where the previous left off. The film weighs in on Newark’s struggle against oppression through the personal triumphs and tragedies of the Baraka family—from Amri’s civil rights leadership and ultimate artistic marginalization, to the horrific murder of his sister, Kimako, through the homicide of daughter Shani, to the historic election of Ras to mayor of the city.
The film is executive-produced by Lauryn Hill and Oscar-nominated writer and filmmaker Oren Moverman (“The Messenger.”)
The DVD includes bonus features including Q&As, deleted scenes and more.
“Why is We Americans?” on DVD/Digital will be available for $24.95 (SRP).
The Great: Season Two (Comedy)
Huzzah! The critically acclaimed and wildly entertaining comedic series “The Great: Season Two” arrives on DVD Tuesday April 26, from Paramount Home Entertainment. Season Two is now available for purchase on Digital platforms.
Created and executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Tony McNamara (“The Favourite” ), “The Great” is a satirical comedy—and occasionally true story—about the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history.
With Elle Fanning (“The Girl from Plainville”) and Nicholas Hoult (the “X-Men” franchise) reprising their Golden Globe-nominated roles, Season Two finds Catherine finally taking the Russian throne for her own. But if she thought coup-ing her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of liberating a country that doesn’t want to be. She’ll battle her court, her team, even her own mother (played by two-time Emmy winner Gillian Anderson) in a bid to bring the Enlightenment to Russia.
The four-disc DVD set features all 10 episodes from Season Two, plus exclusive deleted scenes and a blooper reel.