By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Almost Famous (Drama)
Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe’s deeply personal and universally entertaining coming-of-age film “Almost Famous” turns 21 in style, arriving for the first time on 4K Ultra HD in a limited edition Steelbook, as well as in a new limited edition Blu-ray Tuesday July 13, in the Paramount Presents line from Paramount Home Entertainment.
“Almost Famous” is the semi-autobiographical odyssey of 15-year-old William Miller (Patrick Fugit), whose writing talent and earnest passion for rock music earns him an assignment for “Rolling Stone” magazine, interviewing and touring with Stillwater (Billy Crudup, Jason Lee). Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) is the young groupie who guides him through the wild world of rock heroes, all-night parties and the most dangerous experience of all—love.
The critically acclaimed film, chock full of classic rock songs, won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and the AFI Award for Movie of the Year and received dozens of additional nominations and awards.
The limited edition Blu-ray disc is—fittingly—Volume #21 in the Paramount Presents line. With collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments, the release includes the remastered versions of the theatrical cut for the first time on Blu-ray (plus access to a digital copy) and the Bootleg cut, along with the bonus content including an all-new “Filmmaker Focus—Cameron Crowe on Almost Famous,” “Casting and Costumes,” “Rock School,” extended scenes, “”Odds & Sods,” as well as previously released extras including a commentary by Crowe & Friends, a making-of featurette, the “Fever Dog” music video, the screenplay and more.
In addition, UMe has compiled multiple iterations of the film’s Grammy-winning soundtrack, including a limited edition Uber Box set now available for purchase.
A Cinderella Story: Starstruck (Musical)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will have you singing and dancing in your seat with the release of “A Cinderella Story: Starstruck,” on DVD Tuesday July 13.
The all-new musical film set in Dreary, Idaho stars Bailee Madison (“A Week Away”) as our modern-day heroine Finley Tremain and Michael Evans Behling (“All American”) as her charming romantic interest, Jackson Stone. Other featured actors include April Telek (“Chris Watts: Confession of a Killer”) as the cruel stepmother, Valerian, and step-siblings Saffron and Kale, played respectively by Lillian Doucet-Roche (“A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish”) and Richard Harmon (“The 100”).
“A Cinderella Story: Starstruck” will be available on Digital for the suggested retail price (SRP) $14.99 in the U.S. and $14.99 in Canada, and on DVD for $19.98 (SRP) in the U.S. and $24.98 (SRP) in Canada. The film also will be available on Movies Anywhere, and is available now on Digital platforms.
The horror movie, “Held,” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday July 13, from Magnolia Home Entertainment under its Magnet label.
Emma (Jill Awbrey, “Dent”) and Henry’s (Bart Johnson, “Initiation”) marriage is losing its spark. In an effort to reconnect, they plan a vacation to a remote high-end rental, complete with automated smart house features and integrated security. An unknown “voice” watches their every move and while the situation grows increasingly brutal, Emma and Henry must work together to uncover the truth and find a way out before it’s too late.
Special features include a commentary with directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, an alternate ending, a making-of featurette and a behind-the-scenes of the orchestral film score.
The “Held” Blu-ray will be available for $29.98 (SRP) and the DVD will be available for $26.98 (SRP).
Power of Moths (Documentary)
The power of live theater to enrich the lives of disabled people is explored in the uplifting documentary “Power of Moths,” available on DVD/Digital Tuesday July 13, from IndiePix Films.
At a daycare center in Stolin, Belarus, young people with disabilities participate in theatrical productions. Shot with participation of theater companies from Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus, “Power of Moths,” from director Roman Romanov, follow the actors as their perceived limitations evaporate on stage, revealing depths of character and capabilities that are seldom explored. The “stage” for them is not therapy or entertainment, but the only way of life in which they do not have limited opportunities, because, for creativity, no physical limitations matter.
Viewers will have front row seats as these actors immerse themselves in the life of an enriching community, where true love, openness, and the power of people is transformative in ways they could never have imagined. The film is in Belorussian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles.
“Power of Moths” on DVD/Digital will be available for $24.95 (SRP).
Rose Plays Julie (Psychological Thriller)
An adoptee embarks on an intense search for her identity setting off a dark turn of events in “Rose Plays Julie,” arriving on DVD and Digital Tuesday July 13, from Film Movement.
The film stars Ann Skelly (“The Nevers”) as Rose, a promising veterinary student in Dublin. Despite having a loving relationship with her adoptive parents, she has been searching for her birth mother for years. When Rose finally tracks down Ellen (Orla Brady) in London, she forces her to reveal a painful secret from her past. This shocking revelation rattles Rose’s already fragile sense of identity and draws her into a dangerous world of impersonation, deception and revenge.
Written and directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, this psychological thriller on DVD/Digital includes bonus cast and crew interviews. The DVD/Digital of “Rose Plays Julie” will be available for $24.95 (SRP).
It’s cowboys vs. creatures as “Skinwalker” arrives on DVD and Digital Tuesday July 13, from Uncork’d Entertainment.
After looting a Native American burial site, a hunter unleashes the legendary Skinwalker, a shape shifting demon, onto an unsuspecting world. Once thought to be only a legend, this ancient evil returns from the grave to wreak a terrible vengeance on all who are unfortunate enough to cross its path.
Eva Hamilton (“Death Kiss,” Ruin Me”) leads an ensemble cast including Cameron Kotecki, Amelia Haberman, Dan Higgins, Daniel Link, Charlie E Motley, Edward Rodriguez, Nathaniel Burns, Liz Manning, Victorio Pope, Jeff Yazzie and Becky Jo Harris, in a Robert Conway film.
Guy Ritchie, writer/director of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” delivers another awe-inspiring comedy with “Snatch,” available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Tuesday July 13, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
An edgy and hilarious film about a diamond heist gone wrong, a colorful Irish gypsy-turned-prizefighter and a very temperamental dog. In the heart of gangland, two novice unlicensed boxing promoters, Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), who get roped into a rigged bare-knuckle fight with local kingpin/villain and fellow boxing promoter Brick Top (Alan Ford).
All goes wrong when wild-card Irish gypsy boxer One Punch Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt) starts playing by his own rules, and the duo find themselves heading for a whole lot of trouble. Meanwhile, Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) and his stolen 86-carat diamond have gone missing in London. Head honcho Avi (Dennis Farina) hires local legend Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find them, launching everyone into a spiral of double-crossing vendettas and events, most of them illegal.
The 4K Ultra HD disc includes the 2000 film in newly remastered 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10, all-new Dolby Atmos tracks, for both the U.S. and original UK audio and original theatrical U.S. and UK English 5.1 and the theatrical trailer. The Blu-ray disc includes a director and producer commentary, deleted scenes with optional commentary, a “Making ‘Snatch’” featurette, storyboard comparisons, a video photo gallery and more.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Animated Comedy)
The Bikini Bottom gang is back for their latest adventure in “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” making a splash on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday July 13, from Paramount Home Entertainment. The family-friendly film will also be available as part of the SpongeBob 3-Movie Collection on Blu-ray or DVD.
When SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob SquarePants and his best friend, Patrick, to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and his pals team up for a heroic and hilarious journey where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship.
The Blu-ray and DVD releases are overflowing with an ocean of fun-filled bonus content for kids to enjoy at home this summer: Continue the Kamp Koral adventure with young SpongeBob and Patrick in their all-new mini-movie. Plus, viewers can see deleted storyboard scenes, then sing-along and dance with lyric and music videos by Snoop Dogg & Monsta X, Tainy & J. Balvin, and more. Viewers can learn to draw young SpongeBob and young Gary with step-by-step activity lessons, then explore behind-the-scenes with the cast, crew and characters of this undersea animated adventure.
Wrath of Man (Action)
Speaking of Guy Ritchie, the acclaimed British director (“RocknRolla,” “Sherlock Holmes”) teams up with Jason Statham (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Snatch”) in “Wrath of Man,” an action-packed revenge heist film available on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday July 13.
A mysterious and wild-eyed, a new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.
This is Ritchie’s fourth directorial collaboration with Statham. He directed the film from a screenplay by Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davis.
Alongside Statham, the film also stars Scott Eastwood (“The Fate of the Furious,” “Pacific Rim: Uprising”), “Andy Garcia (“The Mule,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”), Holt McCallany (“Three Kings,” “Fight Club”), Jeffrey Donovan (“Hitch,” “Sicario,” “Burn Notice”), Josh Hartnett (“Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down”), Laz Alonso (“Avatar,” “Fast & Furious”), Chris Reilly (TV’s “Game of Thrones”), Raul Castillo (television’s “Looking”), DeObia Oparei (“Game of Thrones,” “Moulin Rouge!”) and Eddie Marsan (“The Gentlemen,” “Sherlock Holmes”).
“Wrath of Man” is produced by Ritchie, Atkinson, and Bill Block and is based on the 2004 French film “Cash Truck” (“Le Convoyeur”), written and directed by Nicolas Boukhrief.
The Blu-ray disc features the film in hi-definition and the DVD features the film in standard definition. The Blu-ray + Digital will be available for $34.98 (SRP) and the DVD + Digital will be available for $29.98 (SRP).
“Wrath of Man” also is available now on Digital.
Playing for Keeps: Season 2 (Drama)
The critically-acclaimed drama “Playing for Keeps” arrives for a second season on DVD Tuesday July 13.
The UK series returns with more shocks, more frocks, and a whole new set of adventures for the wives and girlfriends of the Southern Jets Football Club. When the girlfriend of the team’s latest superstar recruit starts causing waves at the club, the women must band together to protect the team, their partners, and each other.
Having premiered on Sundance Now, the two-disc DVD set of “Playing for Keeps: Season 2” will be available for DVD for $34.99 (SRP).