‘Skyscraper,’ ‘Evil Dead,’ ‘Saved by the Bell’ Collection, More on Home Entertainment … Plus a Giveaway!

SKYSCRAPER. (DVD Artwork). ©Universal.


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Courage has no limits in the action-packed film “Skyscraper,” arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday Oct. 9. The action drama also is now available on digital and via the digital movie app Movies Anywhere.

The global blockbuster from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures is a non-stop, emotional thrill ride following Dwayne Johnson’s (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Fate of the Furious,” “Ballers”) character as a real-world hero who will stop at nothing while trying to save his family from a deadly blaze. With more than 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content, including deleted scenes and exclusive bonus clips, “Skyscraper” is a heart-pounding, visually stunning film that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat from start to finish.

Fueled with adrenaline and high impact verticality, the actioner is led by Johnson who plays former FBI Hostage Team leader, U.S. war veteran and amputee Will Sawyer. While on assignment in Hong Kong as an assessor for security in skyscrapers, he comes to find the tallest and safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he has been framed for it. Wanted and on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and save his family who is trapped inside the building above the fire line.

“Skyscraper” is written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Central Intelligence,” “We’re the Millers”) and produced by Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia and Johnson. The action-packed film also stars Neve Campbell (“House of Cards,” “Scream” franchise), Chin Han (“The Dark Knight”), Roland Moller (“Land of Mine”), Pablo Schreiber (“American Gods,” “13 Hours”) and Hannah Quinlivan (“Moon River”).

The Evil Dead

Celebrate the original beginning of the cult classic series when “The Evil Dead” arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) Tuesday Oct. 9 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Sam Raimi, and starring Bruce Campbell in the role that made him a cult icon, this film follows five college friends who accidentally release a legion of demons and spirits. Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with 4K, as well as Dolby Vision HDR, to bring to life the stunning cinematography of this supernatural horror film. Special features include an audio commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, producer Robert Tapert and Campbell. Available for the first time in this format, “The Evil Dead” 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $22.99.

Hotel Transylvania 3

The Drac Pack is back with “Hotel Transylvania 3” just in time for a spooky, fun, family movie night right before Halloween. This family comedy follows in the tradition of the blockbuster “Hotel Transylvania” franchise when Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury, haunted monster cruise ship. Of course, the rest of the Drac Pack has to tag along, and that’s when things get a little batty. The monsters are having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus-sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens when Drac falls for the ship’s mysterious (and dangerous) human captain Ericka.

The all-star voice cast is back, along with some new faces as well including Adam Sandler (“Grown-Ups,” “Little Nicky”), Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Selena Gomez (“Spring Breakers”), Kevin James (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” franchise), David Spade (“Rules of Engagement”), Steve Buscemi (“Fargo,” “Boardwalk Empire”), Keegan Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live”), Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”), Kathryn Hahn (“Bad Moms”), Jim Gaffigan (“Super Troopers 2”) and Mel Brooks (“Young Frankenstein”).

“Hotel Transylvania 3” is filled with more than an hour of bonus materials including three “All-New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs,” a monster dance party dance along to “I See Love” by Joe Jonas featuring Jonas Blue, plus a fun zing-tastic read along with Drac.  Viewers can enjoy all the frightful fun with a “Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover” feature and “Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial,” and go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life in “Behind the Screams—The Voices of ‘Hotel Transylvania 3.’”

The animated feature is directed by three-time Emmy-winning director Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers. It is produced by Michelle Murdocca. “Hotel Transylvania 3” is presented by Sony Pictures Animation.

“Hotel Transylvania 3” makes its debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on Tuesday Oct. 9. It also is now available on Digital HD.

 A Prayer Before Dawn

Witness the incredible true story of Muay Thai legend Billy Moore when “A Prayer Before Dawn” arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD Tuesday Oct. 9 from Lionsgate. Directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire (“Johnny Mad Dog,” “La Mule”), the film tells the remarkable story of a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons who must earn his freedom by participating in Muay Thai boxing tournaments. Shot in an actual Thai prison with a cast comprised of real inmates, “A Prayer Before Dawn” is an unforgettable ride through hell on earth.

The action-drama includes a making-of featurette and “Billy Moore: In His Own Words.” “A Prayer Before Dawn” will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD for an SRP of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Her Stolen Past

Murder, a kidnapping, and deadly secrets intertwine when “Her Stolen Past” arrives on DVD Tuesday Oct. 9 from Lionsgate. Based on the novel of the same name by best-selling author Lynette Eason, this suspenseful thriller follows a young woman trying to uncover the connection between her mother’s murder and a kidnapped baby’s birth certificate hidden in her mother’s house, but it soon becomes clear that someone will stop at nothing to prevent her from discovering the truth. The film stars Shanice Banton (“Race,” “Murdoch Mysteries”) and Barbara Eve Harris (“Sharp Objects,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”). A smash hit for Lifetime Movie Network, the “Her Stolen Past” DVD will be available for an SRP of $14.98.

TV Shows

Saved by the Bell: The Complete Collection

Summer’s over, but Shout! Factory starts the new school year off with a bang by unveiling the final list of bonus features for “Saved by the Bell: The Complete Collection,” a “Max-ed” out, completist’s DVD set of the iconic and addictive ’90s Saturday morning sitcom.

From 1989 to 1993, for a generation of TV viewers, “Saved by the Bell” was the show that perfectly echoed their lives in middle school and high school and it became a cultural touchstone, changing teen programming forever. To help this ultimate collector’s release matriculate, the pop culture mavens at Shout! have assembled an extra-credit worthy line-up of bonus programming, including two new documentary featurettes: “Past Times at Bayside High: Making Saved by the Bell,” a retrospective documentary featuring interviews with writer-producer Peter Engel, producer Franco Bario, writer-producer Tom Tenowich, writer-producer Bennett Tramer, actress Lark Voorhies, and more; and, “Bayside’s Greatest Hits: The Music Of Saved By The Bell,” a documentary short featuring songwriter-composer Scott Gale and composer Rich Eames! Additional bonuses include more in-depth featurettes, audio commentaries, a 16-page episode guide and more.

Set in the fictional town of Palisades, California and in the hallways of Bayside High, the breezy adventures of Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his friends—Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Myrtle Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), and Samuel “Screech” Powers (Dustin Diamond) unspooled in hilarious fashion across 86 unforgettable episodes and home audiences can relive the laughter, lessons, and love all over again with this loaded set containing more than 46 hours of Bayside bliss, including every episode from 1988’s “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” which became “Saved By the Bell: The Junior High Years” and the fan-favorite “Saved by the Bell” to “Saved By the Bell: The College Years” and the two feature-length TV movies that followed.

Are you a fan of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson? Who isn’t! From the wrestling ring to the big screen, Johnson is no doubt one of Hollywood’s most charismatic stars. That’s why Front Row Features is giving away a copy of his action-packed film “Skyscraper” on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack to one lucky reader. To enter the contest, simply email socalmovieeditor@aol.com by Oct. 16 for your chance to win. Good luck!