By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Amityville: Uprising (Horror/Action Thriller)
A chemical blast at a military base sets off a supernatural disaster in “Amityville: Uprising,” a tense action-horror thriller coming to On Demand, Digital and DVD Tuesday Jan. 11, from Lionsgate.
As Sgt. Dash (Scott C. Roe) tries to keep the peace at the local police station, the explosion unleashes a toxic acid rain that dissolves the flesh of anyone trapped in it. Even worse, it causes the dead to rise again and attack the living. Can Dash and fellow officer Nina Rossi (Kelly Lynn Reiter) figure out who is friend and foe, fend off the attacks, and defend their colleagues until the savage cataclysm subsides?
The film, the latest in the long-running “Amityville” franchise, is written and directed by Thomas J. Churchill. Tank Jones and Alysha Young also star.
Corinth Films Historical Drama Collection (Drama)
Corinth brings together five award-winning international period dramas—each inspired by actual events—in one DVD set on Tuesday Jan 11.
The set includes Oscar winner Marlene Gorris’ “Within the Whirlwind,” “Calm at Sea,” Latvian Oscar submission “The Chronicles of Melanie” and Germany’s Remembrance” and “Habermann.”
“Within the Whirlwind” (2009) stars Oscar and Emmy nominee Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”) starring as Eugenia Ginzburg, a Russian literature professor who survived 10 years in a gulag after being swept up in Joseph Stalin’s purges and lived to tell about it.
“Calm at Sea” (2011) from acclaimed filmmaker Volker Schlondorf immortalizes young French militant Guy Moquet, who defied the Nazis in occupied France.
Based on the book “Suddenly a Criminal: 16 Years in Siberia,” “The Chronicles of Melanie” (2016) tells the story of Melanija Vanaga’s sudden separation from her husband and exile to Siberia for 16 years at the hands of Communist revolutionary forces.
Inspired by actual events, “Remembrance” (2101) is a love story that stars in a concentration camp and preservers into a bittersweet reunion in the 1970s.
“Habermann (2010) tells the tale of August Habermann, a business owner in the German Sudetenland who tried to protect his workers from the invading Nazis and is ultimately set up and betrayed.
“Corinth Films Historical Drama Collection” will be available on DVD/Digital for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $44.95.
Dune (Fantasy Adventure)
Embark on a mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey when Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune” arrives on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Jan. 11.
The critically acclaimed film, which has garnered more than $350 million at the global box office, was directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the seminal bestselling novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert.
“Dune” stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible—Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” “Game of Thrones”) and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”).
“Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides (Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
The film on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD including numerous bonus features including “The Royal Houses, “Filmbooks: House Atreides, “Filmbooks: House Harkonnen,” “Filmbooks: The Spice Melange,” “Inside Dune: The Training Room,” “Inside Dune,” “Building the Ancient Future,” “Constructing the Ornithopters,” “Designing the Sandworm,” and much more.
“Dune” is produced by Mary Parent, Villeneuve, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr., with Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert executive producing.
“Dune” will be available in a 4K UHD Combo Pack for $49.98 (SRP), on Blu-ray for $39.98 (SRP) and on DVD for $34.98 (SRP). The film is available now for Premium Digital Ownership at home for $29.98 and for $24.99 for a 48-hour rental period. It also is available on Movies Everywhere.
Halloween Kills (Horror)
Jamie Lee Curtis (“Scream Queens,” “Knives Out”), Judy Greer (“The Village,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), Andi Matichak (“Blue Bloods,” “Orange is the New Black”) and the entire town of Haddonfield band together to take down the infamous killer Michael Myers in the never-before-seen Extended Cut of “Halloween Kills,” arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Jan. 11.
The home entertainment edition of “Halloween Kills” features the original theatrical release, the Extended Cut with Alternate Ending and exclusive bonus content which includes extended and deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at creating the film, special gag reel and more.
The Halloween night when Haddonfield’s notorious serial killer returned isn’t over yet. Michael manages to free himself from Laurie Strode’s (Curtis) trap to resume his ritual bloodbath. As Laurie fights for her life from injuries from her last encounter with Michael, she inspires her daughter Karen (Greer), granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), and all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster.
The vigilante mob then sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Master of horror John Carpenter (“Halloween 1978,” “Halloween 2018”) once again joins forces with director David Gordon Green (“Halloween,” “Pineapple Express”) and producers Jason Blum (Blumhouse), Malek Akkad (Trancas International Films) and Bill Block (Miramax)for this continuation of the Halloween franchise.
The horror film also stars Will Patton (“The Forever Purge,” “The Postman”), Thomas Mann (“Kong: Skull Island,” “Amityville: The Awakening”) and Anthony Michael Hall (“The Dead Zone,” “The Dark Knight”).
“Halloween Kills” also is available now on Digital.
A powerful morality tale steeped in ‘90’s urban culture, “Juice” marked the feature directorial debut of acclaimed cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson and the first starring roles for Omar Epps and an electrifying Tupac Shakur. Three decades after its initial release, the gritty and influential film continues to be celebrated for its realistic portrayal of Harlem life, the early New York hip hop scene, and the fate of four friends in pursuit of the power and respect they call the Juice.
Q, Raheem, Bishop, and Steel spend their days hanging out and looking for a way to get the power and respect they call Juice. Q hopes to earn respect by becoming a scratch ‘n’ mix DJ. Bishop has a deadlier plan—take it through an armed robbery with his crew.
Ernest R. Dickerson, the acclaimed cinematographer whose collaborations with Spike Lee include “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X,” made his directorial debut with this powerful drama. “Juice” features the acting debut of Shakur (whose life was tragically cut short in 1996) and a hit soundtrack that includes Eric B. & Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane and Salt N’ Pepa.
To mark the film’s 30th anniversary, Paramount Home Entertainment will release the film on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever Tuesday Jan. 11.
The disc features access to a Digital copy of the film and legacy bonus content, including interviews with Dickerson, producer David Heyman (“Harry Potter” franchise), Epps, and fellow actors Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins. The cast and crew look back on making the film, share heartfelt stories of working with Shakur, and reveal the influence that “Juice” had on them both personally and professionally.
The in-depth featurettes are also loaded with footage of the cast on set and vintage interviews with Shakur, Queen Latifah, Cindy Herron of En Vogue, the Shocklee brothers, Eric B, EPMD, Cypress Hill and more. Along with commentary by the director, fans can enjoy the original ending and hear Dickerson detail the reasons that it was changed prior to the film’s theatrical debut.
Only the Animals (Thriller)
“Only the Animals” is available now on Blu-ray, from Cohen Media Group.
Award-winning director Dominik Moll (“With A Friend Like Harry”) returns with another thriller exploring our darker desires.
Two depressed farmers, an unfaithful wife, a lovelorn waitress and an African con artist are drawn together in a mystery surrounding the disappearance of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s glamorous Evelyne Ducat. The action switches between international locations as the links between the characters are gradually revealed. Stylishly shot and elegantly structured, “Only the Animals” finds Moll at the height of his storytelling powers and working with an excellent cast, whose characters’ motivations call into question the contrast between our public and private lives.
The French-language film (with English subtitles) stars Denis Menochet, Laure Calamy and Damien Bonnard.
Cobra Kai: Season 3 (Action)
The third season of “Cobra Kai” arrives on DVD Tuesday Jan. 11, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The series takes place more than 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament with the continuation of the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Season Three finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos, which has left Miguel in a precarious condition. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance. The cast also includes Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni DeCenzo and Martin Kove.
The DVD set includes deleted scenes and a blooper reel.
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