By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Crazy Rich Asians
The only thing crazier than love is family when “Crazy Rich Asians” arrives Tuesday Nov. 20 on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital.
“Crazy Rich Asians” features an international cast of stars, led by Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Gemma Chan (“Humans”), Lisa Lu (“2012”), Awkwafina (“Ocean’s 8,” “Neighbors 2”), Ken Jeong (the “Hangover” films”) and Michelle Yeoh (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
The “Crazy Rich Asians” ensemble also includes Henry Golding, making his feature film debut, Sonoya Mizuno (“La La Land”), Chris Pang (“Marco Polo”), Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”), comedian Ronny Chieng (“The Daily Show”), Remy Hii (“Marco Polo”), Nico Santos (“Superstore”) and Jing Lusi (“Stan Lee’s Lucky Man”).
Jon M. Chu (“Now You See Me 2”) directed “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller by Kevin Kwan. Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, and Ivanhoe Pictures’ John Penotti, produced the film, with executive producers Tim Coddington, Kevin Kwan, Robert Friedland and Sidney Kimmel. The screenplay is by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.
The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.
“Crazy Rich Asians” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition and the special features in high definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.
“Crazy Rich Asians” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts. Fans can also own “Crazy Rich Asians” via purchase from digital retailers.
Some Like It Hot Criterion Collection Edition
“Some Like It Hot,” one of the most beloved comedies of all time, arrives Tuesday Nov. 20 on Blu-ray and on DVD in an all-new Criterion Collection edition. This hilarious comedy by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, set a new standard for Hollywood comedy. After witnessing a mob hit, Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry (Curtis and Lemmon, in landmark performances) skip town by donning drag and joining an all-female band en route to Miami. The charm of the group’s singer, Sugar Kane (Monroe, at the height of her bombshell powers) leads them ever further into extravagant lies, as Joe assumes the persona of a millionaire to woo her and Jerry’s female alter ego winds up engaged to a tycoon. With a whip-smart script by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond, and sparking chemistry among its finely tuned cast, “Some Like It Hot” is as deliriously funny and fresh today as if it had just been made.
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray, Audio commentary from 1989 featuring film scholar Howard Suber, New program on Orry-Kelly’s costumes for the film, featuring costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis and costume historian and archivist Larry McQueen, three making-of documentaries, an appearance from 1982 by director Billy Wilder on “The Dick Cavett Show,” a conversation from 2001 between Curtis and film critic Leonard Maltin, a French television interview from 1988 with Lemmon, the movie trailer plus an essay by author Sam Wasson. The suggested retail price (SRP) for the Blu-ray is $39.95 and $29.95 for the two-disc DVD.
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the high-spirited Christmas classic “Scrooged” on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Tuesday Nov. 20. Comedy legend Bill Murray stars in this uproarious take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, which has become a perennial favorite during the holidays. The film also features an all-star cast including Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum and Alfre Woodard.
Frank Cross (Murray) is an uncaring, and unforgiving television executive whose live production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is more important than any true meaning of Christmas. Before the night is over, he’ll take a hilarious journey through his past and into the future to find redemption and put a little love in his heart.
The animated family adventure “The Ladybug” arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand Tuesday Nov. 20 from Lionsgate.
Awarded the Dove Seal of Approval for all ages, “The Ladybug” is an un-bee-lievably heartwarming film about courage and perseverance featuring the voice talents of YouTube star Lisa “Lisbug” Schwartz, Teen Choice Award winner Haylie Duff (
Napoleon Dynamite”), Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), and Norm MacDonald (“Saturday Night Live”). The Ladybug DVD includes the featurette “Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Lisa ‘Lisbug’ Schwartz, Jon Heder, Haylie Duff, and Norm MacDonald.
The DVD a special featurette called “Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Schwartz, Heder, Duff and MacDonald.” It will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema
“Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema,” a 30-disc Criterion Collection Collector’s Edition box set in celebration of the legendary filmmaker’s 100th birthday, is available Tuesday Nov. 20 on Blu-ray. It includes a 248-page book.
The most comprehensive collection of Bergman’s work ever released on home video. Organized as a film festival-with opening and closing nights bookending double features and centerpieces-this selection spans six decades and thirty-nine films, including such celebrated classics as “The Seventh Seal,” “Persona,” and “Fanny and Alexander” alongside previously unavailable works like “Dreams,” “The Rite,” and “Brink of Life.”
Accompanied by a beautifully designed book with essays on each program, as well as by more than thirty hours of supplemental features, Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema traces themes and images across Bergman’s career, blazing trails through the films for longtime fans and newcomers alike.
Other Bergman films included are “Smiles of a Summer Night,” “Wild Strawberries,” “Scenes of a Marriage (both the television and theatrical versions), “Saraband,” “The Passion of Anna,” “The Magic Flute” and “Cries and Whispers.”
From the director of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Miss Congeniality,” and starring Emma Roberts (“Scream Queens”) and Hayden Christensen (“Life as a House”), comes the heartwarming romantic comedy “Little Italy,” available on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital Tuesday Nov. 20 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand.
Alyssa Milano, Oscar nominee Danny Aiello (“Do the Right Thing”), and two-time Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” “East of Eden”) also star in this heartwarming comedy about two lifelong pals whose romance is threatened by their families’ rival pizzerias.
The “Little Italy” Blu-ray and DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew interviews and trailer gallery, and will be available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
No Offence, Series 2
Acorn TV presents the DVD debut of the outrageous police procedural “No Offence, Series 2” Tuesday Nov. 20. The female-driven police procedural follows an unorthodox team of cops in Manchester. From 9-time BAFTA Award nominated writer Paul Abbott (“Shameless,” “State of Play”) comes this police comedy-drama with fierce female characters and a shrewd, irreverent take on crime. The critically-acclaimed dramedy stars Joanna Scanlan (“Requiem,” “The Thick of It”) and Irish Film & TV Academy Lead Drama Actress nominee Elaine Cassidy (“Acceptable Risk,” “The Paradise”). The two-disc DVD set features seven episodes ($49.99, Amazon.com).
“No Offence, Series 2” made its U.S. premiere in August on Acorn TV, North America’s most popular streaming service focused on British and international television from RLJ Entertainment.
Vivacious DI Vivienne Deering (Scanlan) returns to work from bereavement leave after her husband’s death, but only Viv’s impulsive subordinate, DC Dinah Kowalska (Cassidy), knows the brutal truth of what really happened to him. Then in her first week back, a bomb blast at a funeral plunges Deering and her team headfirst into a gang war inflamed by a crime family matriarch (Rakie Ayola, “Sahara”) who is just as ferocious as Deering herself.
With black humor and strong female characters, “No Offence” also stars Alexandra Roach (“Anna Karenina”), Will Mellor (“Broadchurch”), Paul Ritter (“Vera”), Sarah Solemani (“Bridget Jones’s Baby”) and Felix Scott (“Doc Martin”). The two-disc DVD set is available for an SRP of $49.99.
The Original Christmas Specials Collection: Deluxe Edition
Five of the most timeless holiday films come together on Blu-ray and DVD in “The Original Christmas specials Collection: Deluxe Edition” available now from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Produced by the legendary Rankin/Bass, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” and “The Little Drummer Boy” featuring iconic Animagic stop-motion animation, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Cricket on the Hearth” are beautifully illustrated. Starring the voice talents of Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Danny Thomas, Burt Ives and many more, these favorites also feature some of the most beloved songs of the holiday season and are sure to entertain audiences of all ages.
This incredible deluxe set includes tons of bonus features. “The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass,” is an all-new documentary celebrating the legacy of the holiday specials created by Arthur Rankin Jr., and Jules Bass, including interviews with filmmakers and historians. “Restoring the Puppets of Rudolph” is a featurette that shows the pain-staking restoration process of the puppets originally used in the film. “Reimagining Rudolph in 4D” is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” attraction film. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Attraction Film” is the short stop-motion film originally created for a Rudolph 4D experience. “T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games” is a video storybook that reveals the untold story of the Reindeer Games. Marvel at the original “Frosty the Snowman” pencil test. Listen to informative commentaries as you watch “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” And much more.
It may only be Thanksgiving week, but Front Row Features already is in the giving spirit. That’s why we’re giving away a copy of the new 30th anniversary release of the classic holiday comedy “Scrooged,” on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack to two lucky readers with a festive Bill Murray/”Scrooged” holiday ornament to trim their tree. To enter the contest, simply email email@example.com by Nov. 26 for your chance to win. Good luck and Happy Holidays from Front Row Features!