By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
“Blood Quantum” will be released on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday Sept. 1, from RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks.
The indigenous people in the isolated reserve of Red Crow are immune to the zombie plague that has taken over the nation, but that doesn’t mean their lives aren’t at risk. It’s up to Traylor (Michael Greyeyes, “Fear the Walking Dead”), the tribal sheriff, to protect the families residing on the reserve and a flood of desperate refugees from the hordes of bloodthirsty, walking white corpses that are closing in.
The horror film is directed and written by Jeff Barnaby (“Rhymes for Young Ghouls,” and stars Michael Greyeyes (“Fear the Walking Dead,” “True Detective”), Forrest Goodluck (“The Revenant”), Kiowa Gordon (“Twilight” franchise) and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (“The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open”).
RLJE Films will release “Blood Quantum” on DVD for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $27.97 and on Blu-ray for $28.97 (SRP).
Children of the Sea
From Japan’s Studio4 C and director Ayumu Watanabe comes “Children of the Sea,” a beautiful adaptation of the prize-winning manga. Featuring a score from legendary composer and long-time Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi (“Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro”), this critically acclaimed film will be available digitally, as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, and on DVD Tuesday Sept. 1, from GKIDS and Shout! Factory.
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad worked. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. As the kids get caught up in the mystery behind the sudden worldwide disappearance of the ocean’s fish, they uncover cosmic connections that will change them forever.
All editions of the release will include several bonus features, including an interview with Watanabe and CGI director Kenichiro Akimoto, an interview with Hisaishi, a behind-the-scenes featurette, animatic sequences, and more.
The Blu-ray and DVD Combo pack will also include the exclusive “Turep—Looking for Children of the Sea,” a feature-length pseudo-documentary from the creators of “Children of the Sea” that explores the legends that inspired the film and engages with its larger themes. Framed as a search for a lost brother with an affinity for the sea, this journey takes a young woman through old videotapes, conversations with marine and anthropological experts, and eventually, a small island nation far from Japan. Fans can pre-order their copies at ShoutFactory.com.
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to “Terrified” from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. The horror film will be released Tuesday Sept. 1, on DVD and Blu-ray.
On an ordinary suburban street in Buenos Aires, voices are heard from kitchen sinks. Bodies are levitating. Evil is here. It is up to a doctor, her colleague, and an ex-cop to get to the bottom of this neighborhood nightmare.
From writer/director Demián Rugna (“Cursed Bastards”), “Terrified” is produced by Fernando Diaz stars Maxi Ghione (“Montecristo”), Norberto Gonzalo (“El Asesor”), Elvira Onetto (“Russian Roulette”) and Demián Salomón. “Terrified” will be available on DVD for $27.97 (SRP) and on Blu-ray for $28.97 (SRP).
Warner Bros. Classics
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is slated to release four of its classics on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Tuesday Sept. 1—Richard Donner’s “The Goonies” (1985), Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice” (1988), and Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) and its sequel, “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows” (2011).
Each of the titles will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.99 (expected retail price) each, and feature an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features in HD, and a Digital HD version of the feature film.
Fans also can own the four films in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers. They also will contain the same special features that were included on each of the film’s previous Blu-ray releases.
RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to “Z,” from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. The horror film will be released Tuesday Sept. 1, on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray.
Directed by Brandon Christensen (“Still/Born”) who co-wrote the movie with Colin Minihan (“What Keeps You Alive,” “Grave Encounters”), “Z” stars Keegan Connor Tracy (“Final Destination 2”), Jett Klyne (“The Boy”), Sean Rogerson (“Grave Encounters”), Sara Canning (“War for the Planet of the Apes”), Stephen McHattie (“Watchmen”) and Chandra West (“White Noise”). RLJE Films will release “Z” on DVD for $27.97 (SRP) and on Blu-ray for $28.97 (SRP).
In the film, when Beth’s (Tracy) son (Klyne) brings home an imaginary friend named “Z,” she becomes concerned that he is falling too deep into a world of make believe. He starts to display extremely destructive behavior, blaming Z for all of his actions. But after he gets kicked out of school, Beth is forced to find a solution. She medicates her son, making him unable to see his imaginary companion. But now Beth sees Z, and he wants to be her friend.
The Digital HD release will include an iTunes Extras package that features an audio commentary with director Brandon Christensen, behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew, never-before-seen deleted scenes and outtakes, and an insider’s look at the music, the incredible VFX, shooting with an actual train and how the filmmakers achieved the notorious “Stair Scare.”
Seachange: Paradise Reclaimed
Making its DVD debut on Tuesday Sept. 1 is Acorn TV’s “Seachange: Paradise Reclaimed.”
Created by Deborah Cox, the head writer and producer of global sensation “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries,” the series is a sparkling revival of hit Australian dramedy of the same name. The drama features original 1990s cast members Sigrid Thornton (“Wentworth,” “The Man from Snowy River”), Kerry Armstrong (“Lantana,” “Razzle Dazzle”) and John Howard (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “All Saints”).
Lawyer Laura Gibson (Thornton) returns to the small coastal town of Pearl Bay after a 20- year absence. But the charming community has changed since she left it. After the breakup of her marriage and then losing her job, Laura Gibson (Thornton) finds herself questioning her place in the world. But when she returns to the beachside paradise, she finds her estranged daughter Miranda about to give birth to a baby that Laura knows nothing about. With dodgy land deals now threatening Pearl Bay and stormy weather on the way, Laura will learn that her family and her town need her as much as she needs them.
Available on a three-disc set, it “Seachange: Paradise Reclaimed” includes four bonus episodes from the original series ($49.99, Amazon.com). The series premiered exclusively on Acorn TV in June.