By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
A Soldier’s Revenge
An all-star cast, including Neal Bledsoe (“The Man in High Castle”),Rob Mayes (“Mistresses”), AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”), Val Kilmer (“Batman Forever,” “The Doors”) and Jake Busey (“Starship Troopers”), saddle up for writer/director Michael Feifer for action-packed western, “A Soldier’s Revenge,” debuting on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday June 16 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
Haunted by wartime horrors, Civil War soldier-turned-bounty-hunter Frank Connor (Neal Bledsoe) spends his time post-war polishing off two things: whiskey and fugitives. When two desperate children arrive on his doorstep and enlist his help to find their missing mother (AnnaLynne McCord), Frank must face his past in order to take down the notorious Major Briggs (Rob Mayes), with whom he has a score all his own to settle.
Braveheart: 25th Anniversary 4K Steelbook Edition
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Mel Gibson’s Academy Award winning Scottish war epic “Braveheart” will is available in a Limited Edition 4K Blu-ray Steelbook Tuesday June 16, from Paramount Home Entertainment.
“Braveheart,” released in theaters in 1995, won five Academy Awards in 1996, including Best Picture. The richly detailed saga of power, passion, and the fight for freedom stars Gibson (who also took home the Oscar for Best Director) as William Wallace, a bold Scotsman who rallies his countrymen to liberation from oppressive English rule.
The 4K Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film and previously released commentary by Mel Gibson on both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray presentations, along with more than two hours of previously released bonus content, including interactive timelines, a making-of documentary, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.
Buster Keaton is at the peak of his slapstick powers in the 1928 black-and-white classic “The Cameraman,” available in on a Criterion Collection Blu-ray and two-disc DVD edition Tuesday June 16.
“The Cameraman” was the first film that the silent-screen legend made after signing with MGM, and his last great masterpiece. The final work over which he maintained creative control, this clever farce is the culmination of an extraordinary, decade-long run that produced some of the most innovative and enduring comedies of all time.
Keaton plays a hapless newsreel cameraman desperate to impress both his new employer and his winsome office crush as he zigzags up and down Manhattan hustling for a scoop. Along the way, he goes for a swim (and winds up soaked), becomes embroiled in a Chinatown Tong War, and teams up with a memorable monkey sidekick (the famous Josephine). The marvelously inventive film-within-a-film setup allows Keaton’s imagination to run wild, yielding both sly insights into the travails of moviemaking and an emotional payoff of disarming poignancy.
Each of the Criterion Collection editions feature a new 4K digital restoration undertaken by the Cineteca di Bologna, the Criterion Collection, and Warner Bros., a new score by composer Timothy Brock, conducted by Brock and performed by the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna this year, presented in uncompressed stereo, an audio commentary from 2004 featuring Glenn Mitchell, author of “A-Z of Silent Film Comedy: An Illustrated Companion,” “Spite Marriage,” Keaton’s 1929 feature for MGM that followed “The Cameraman,” in a new 2K restoration, with a 2004 commentary by film historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance, “Time Travelers”, a new documentary by Daniel Raim featuring interviews with Bengtson and film historian Marc Wanamaker and more.
“The Cameraman” Blu-ray is available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $39.95 and the two-disc DVD set is available for $29.95 (SRP).
“Supernatural’s” Richard Speight Jr stars “Driven,” arriving on DVD and Digital Tuesday June 16, from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Emerson Graham works nights as a cab driver, which is filled with annoyances and inconveniences but never attacks and disappearances. But one night after picking up a mysterious passenger, her evening goes from working a job to performing a quest as they must race against the clock to stop demons from invading the world.
Casey Dillard wrote and stars in a film by Glenn Payne, co-starring Jessica Harthcock (“Ender’s Game”), Nicholas Roylance (“Punishment!”), Andy Field (“Avengers: Endgame”), Bill Luckett (“Battlecreek”), and Leah Hudspeth (“The Resident”).
Friday the 13th
Revisit one of the most influential horror movies of all time with the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook of “Friday the 13th,” debuting on June 16, from Paramount Home Entertainment.
A group of young counselors prepare for the reopening of Camp Crystal Lake, where a boy drowned years earlier. One by one, the counselors are stalked by a mysterious and violent killer. The film stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Kevin Bacon.
Originally released in 1980, “Friday the 13th” captured audiences’ imaginations and permeated our collective psyche. The film spawned one of the longest-running and most successful horror franchises in film history with 11 subsequent movies and, 40 years later, the iconic machete-wielding killer continues to haunt, fascinate and terrify new generations.
The Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook features artwork from the original movie poster and includes the uncut, unrated version of the film, as well as access to a digital copy of the original theatrical version. Plus, plunge deeper into the film with previously released bonus content including commentary, interviews with cast and crew, and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Gladiator: 20th Anniversary Edition 4K Steelbook Edition
The exhilarating, triumphant, and award-winning masterpiece “Gladiator” will arrive in Limited Edition 4K Blu-ray Steelbook Tuesday June 16, from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Originally released on May 5, the sword-and-sandal epic from Ridley Scott, was both a box office and critical hit. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture for its an unparalleled combination of vivid action and extraordinary storytelling. Russell Crowe won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of a Roman general who is betrayed by a corrupt prince (Joaquin Phoenix) and comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
The 4K Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film and both theatrical and extended versions of the feature on 4K Ultra HD, along with two separate commentaries. The two Blu-ray Discs included in the set boast over four hours of previously released bonus content, including commentaries on both versions of the film, a comprehensive documentary about the making of the movie, featurettes, deleted scenes, and more.
RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, will release the sci-fi/action film “Kill Mode” Tuesday June 16, on DVD and Blu-ray. Directed by Thijs Meuwese (“Molly”), the film stars Dave Mantel (“Regret!”), Julia Batelaan (“De spa”), Cyriel Guds (“Snitch”) and Yasmin Blake.
Years after a bacterium killed 31 million people, David Oscar (Mantel) must come out of hiding and face his past. He is tracked down by the remaining members of his former rebel group, who persuade him to take part in an important mission which they believe will lead to a cure for the infected and will destroy the pharmaceutical company they believe to be responsible for the sickness. As they break into a secure facility expecting to find the cure, they discover a young girl who has been held captive and subjected to experiments for years. As David and his companions help her escape the company facility, the mutation inside her body manifests itself and the rebels discover why she has been kept under lock and key all this time.
The bonus feature is a commentary with the cast and crew. RLJE Films will release “Kill Mode” on DVD for $27.97 (SRP) and on Blu-ray for $15.95 (SRP).
Cesar et Rosalie and Les Choses De La Vie
Film Movement Classics presents a two-film Blu-ray set by French filmmaker Claude Sautet starring actress Romy Schneider available Tuesday June 16.
The set includes the digitally restored “Le Choses De La Vie,” a French romantic drama, originally released in 1970.
Pierre (Michel Piccoli), a middle-aged engineer, has his life flash before his eyes after being involved in a horrific car accident. While falling in and out of consciousness, he reflects on the recent events that have transpired between him and estranged wife, Catherine (Lea Massari), and his young lover, Hélène (Romy Schneider). Based on the acclaimed Paul Guimard novel “Intersection, Les Choses de la vie” (“The Things of Life”), it won the Louis Delluc Prize and was the first of five film collaborations between Schneider and director Claude Sautet.
In “César et Rosalie,” sometimes two and two make three. After her marriage ends in divorce, the beautiful Rosalie (Schneider) begins dating César (Yves Montand), a wealthy playboy and businessman. But when her old flame, David (Sami Frey), unexpectedly re-enters her life, the two men simultaneously vie for her affections. One of Claude Sautet’s most celebrated films, the film reunited the director with his on-screen muse.
Bonus features include the “Les Choses De La Vie” featurette, “Serenade for Three,” the “César et Rosalie” documentary “Symphonie Metallique” and Booklet with new essay by author David N. Meyer. The films are in French with English subtitles.
The two-disc Blu-ray is available for $44.95 (SRP).
L’important c’est d’Amimer…”
Famed French actress Romy Schneider delivers a César Award-winning performance as a down-on-her-luck actress in “L’important c’est d’aimer” (“That Most Important Thing: Love”), which arrives on Blu-ray on Tuesday June 16, from Film Movement Classics.
Directed by Andrzej Zulawski, the film centers on a woman who is forced to earn a living by accepting demeaning roles negotiated by her erratic husband. Nadine Chevalier (Schneider) encounters tabloid photographer Servais (Fabio Testi) on the set of her latest film. Desperate to win her affections, Servais secretly uses money borrowed from a shady associate to bankroll her next project, a production of “Richard III” with Nadine starring opposite the maniacal German thespian Karl-Heinz Zimmer (Klaus Kinski).
Bonus features include an interview with the director, a booklet with a new essay by film critic Kat Ellinger and the original trailer. The film is in French with English subtitles.
Digitally restored in HD from original elements, single-disc Blu-ray is available for $22.95 (SRP).
Pretty in Pink
Produced and written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, the beloved teen classic “Pretty in Pink” is the latest addition to the Paramount Presents line. Newly remastered from a 4K transfer, the romantic drama arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever Tuesday June 16.
Teen sensations Molly Ringwald (“Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club”) and Andrew McCarthy (“St. Elmo’s Fire”) drew rave reviews for their starring performances in this love story that was released theatrically in 1986. Andie (Ringwald) is a high school girl from the other side of town. Blane (McCarthy) is the wealthy heartthrob who asks her to the prom. But as fast as their romance builds, it’s threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure. The film also stars Jon Cryer, James Spader, Harry Dean Stanton, and Annie Potts and features a phenomenal new wave soundtrack, including the title track by the Psychedelic Furs.
Designed for collectors and fans, the Paramount Presents Blu-ray Disc line showcases the studio’s renowned library, from film-lover favorites to celebrated classics. Presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the original theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments, the “Pretty in Pink” Blu-ray also includes a new Filmmaker Focus with director Howard Deutch and, for the first time, the film’s isolated score track from composer Michael Gore. Also included is the previously released featurette “The Lost Dance: The Original Ending.”
“The Quarry: arrives on Blu-ray (+ Digital), DVD and Digital Tuesday June 16, from Lionsgate.
Shea Whigham, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”) and Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace”) star in the action thriller. The film, written by one of the writers on “Narcos: Mexico,” is currently available On Demand.
In this searing thriller, a drifter (Whigham) kills a traveling preacher and takes his place at a small-town church, but the police chief (Shannon) suspects foul play. Including audio commentary with the director, “The Quarry” Blu-ray and DVD will be available for $21.99 (SRP) and $19.98 (SRP), respectively. It includes a commentary with director Scott Teems.
Roger Waters: Us + Them
“Rogers Waters: Us + Them,” a film documenting the acclaimed 2017-2018 tour of the iconic Pink Floyd artist, comes to 4K, HD and SD Digital Tuesday June 16, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Viewers on digital will have access to all-new post-feature content including two additional concert songs not included in the original feature (“Comfortably Numb” and “Smell the Roses”) as well as “A Fleeting Glimpse,” a documentary short featuring behind-the-scenes moments from the tour.
As the founding member, lyricist, composer and creative force behind Pink Floyd, the documentary presents Waters’ powerful music in stunning form and highlights its message of human rights, liberty and love. Based around his acclaimed, sold-out Us + Them worldwide tour of 2017-2018, comprising a total of 156 shows to 2.3 million people across the globe, it features classic songs from “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “The Wall,” “Animals,” “Wish You Were Here,” as well as his most recent album, “Is This the Life We Really Want?”
Directed by Sean Evans and Roger Waters, the film provides an immersive sense of what it was like to be there. Using the most innovative digital and audio technology available, this state-of-the-art show encapsulates a series of breath-taking visual, audio and sensory experiences. It captures Waters’ legendary live performances and takes the audience on an emotionally charged, thought-provoking journey.
Waters powerfully demonstrates that he is, at heart, a musical activist and one of the most passionate political commentators of his time. He has dedicated his life to fighting against those who seek to control our lives and destroy our planet. “Welcome to the Machine and Another Brick in the Wall Part II” are a stark reminder of the bleak warnings that he gave decades ago about alienation, displacement, greed, suffering, destruction and loss. And yet the humanity of the songwriter cannot be more plainly seen than in “Wish You Were Here,” because although he presents a grim picture of the state of the world, ultimately his message is one of hope through unity and love.
2 Minutes of Fame
“2 Minutes of Fame” arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand Tuesday June 16, from Lionsgate.
After his impressions of a comedian named Marques (Katt Williams) make him an online sensation, Deandre (Jay Pharoah) goes to L.A. with dreams of stand-up stardom. But his girlfriend (Keke Palmer) needs him to be a stand-up guy and help raise their young son. Marques, the reigning king of comedy, isn’t about to give up his throne, and plots a rude—and hilarious—awakening for Deandre in this fun comedy with a heart.
Directed by Leslie Small (“Kevin Hart: What Now?,” “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam”), written by Devon Shepard and Yamara Taylor, the comedy features a standout cast of all-star comedians that include RonReaco Lee, Deon Cole and Keke Palmer.
The “2 Minutes of Fame” DVD will be available for $19.98 (SRP).
Project Blue Book: Season 2
History’s hit drama series from Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning executive producer Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” “Back to the Future”) returns when “Project Blue Book: Season 2” arrives Tuesday DVD June 16, from Lionsgate.
Inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the series is based on the true, top secret investigations into unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and alleged extraterrestrial encounters conducted by the U.S. Air Force from 1952–1969, and blends UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history.
As the Cold War deepens and new political threats loom for Project Blue Book, Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Captain Michael Quinn must delve further down the UFO conspiracy rabbit hole in their dangerous quest for the truth. Soon, cover-ups from the past (including at Roswell) collide with new UFO cases in the present (including at Area 51), forcing our duo to not only question the broadening global conspiracy, but the very nature and origin of UFOs themselves in an increasingly unstable world.
Starring Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Neal McDonough, Michael Harney, Laura Mennell, and Ksenia Solo, the “Project Blue Book: Season 2” DVD will be available for $24.98 (SRP).