By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Cheer! Rally! Kill! 5-Film Collection (Horror)
Obsession, deception, murder, and mayhem. Let the cheerleader games begin when “Cheer! Rally! Kill! 5-Film Collection” arrives on DVD Tuesday March 2, from Lionsgate. Follow these twisted tales of campus queens, awkward teens, ambitious daughters and overbearing mothers in five cheer-driven thrillers starring Denise Richards (“The Bold and the Beautiful”, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Gail O’Grady (“Criminal Minds,” “Manipulated”), Vivica A. Fox (“Empire”), Kayla Wallace (“The Good Doctor”), and others.
In “The Secret Lives of Cheerleader,” Ava (Savannah May), is an incoming transfer student who reluctantly tries out for the cheerleading team at the insistence of her overly-ambitious mother, Candice (Richards). As she transitions into her new life, Ava discovers becoming part of the squad comes at a price.
In “Identity Theft of a Cheerleader,” 31-year-old high school drop-out, Vicky (Maiara Walsh), decides to steal the identity of a cheerleader in order to re-do her senior year of high school.
In “The Wrong Cheerleader,” Becky (Cristine Prosperi) is a sociable high school cheerleader that flies under the radar when it comes to receiving attention from boys, until she catches the eye of the charming and handsome new student Rob (David Meza). Rob seems like the ideal boy, until his affection turns into obsession and he stops at nothing to keep Becky all to himself.
In “The Cheerleader Escort,” college freshman Cassie (Alexandra Beaton) is overjoyed about the new friendships, status, and access to social events that come along with earning a spot on the cheerleading squad. When she meets Terry (Damon Runyan), the charismatic president of the Alumni Association, at an event, Cassie finds herself falling for this older man despite their age difference.
In “Undercover Cheerleader,” Autumn (Wallace) is a beautiful transfer student who goes undercover as a cheerleader to do an exposé on the cruel culture of the squad for her school newspaper. But when someone begins viciously attacking cheerleaders, she starts to fear for her own life.
“Cheer! Rally! Kill! 5-Film Collection” will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.98.
Crazy Samurai: 400 vs. 1 (Martial Arts)
Leading Japanese martial arts icon Tak Sakaguchi (“Versus,” “Rise of the Machine Girls”) stars in the groundbreaking action epic “Crazy Samurai: 400 vs. 1,” arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Tuesday March 2, from Well Go USA Entertainment.
When a master samurai arrives to duel the disgraced Yoshioka dojo, he walks into an ambush. In the world’s first 77-minute, one-take action film sequence, Miyamoto Musashi (Sakaguchi) fights for his life against 400 warriors, earning a place in history as the Crazy Samurai Musashi.
The highlight of this action-packed film is a 77-minute action sequence shot in one continuous take. Director Yuji Shimomura (“Death Trance,” “Re: Born”) has crafted an epic achievement in action choreography around Sakaguchi, who plays Japan’s most legendary swordsman—Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), a warrior undefeated in at least 60 documented duels—as he takes on his most difficult battle. The film debuted exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! in February.
Crazy Samurai: 400 vs. 1” will be available on Blu-ray for $29.98 (SRP) and on DVD for $24.98 (SRP).
Fukushima 50 (Drama)
Fukushima 50 arrives on VOD and Digital platforms Friday March 5, from Capelight Pictures.
Japan’s Tohoku Region: a magnitude of 9.0, the strongest earthquake in the country’s history strikes, triggers a huge tsunami and carnage that would end up killing thousands of people and displacing many more. It mercilessly engulfs the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, causing a crippling station blackout. Unable to be cooled, the nuclear reactors quickly turn into hydrogen bombs at the brink of explosion. If the power plant is abandoned, Japan’s destruction is assured. Facing a life or death situation, the power plant workers known as the “Fukushima 50”, including shift supervisor Izaki and plant manager Yoshida, remain on the site until the bitter end. As the world holds its breath, the Fukushima 50fight for their hometown, their families, and the future of Japan.
Directed by Setsuro Wakamatsu, the screenplay was written by Yoichi Maekawa, based on the Ryusho Kadota’s “On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi.” The film is in Japanese with English subtitles.
Scare Me (Horror)
“Scare Me” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday March 2, from RLJE Films.
The horror movie is the feature directorial debut of Josh Ruben (“CollegeHumor Originals”) who also wrote the screenplay and stars in the film, which features Aya Cash (“The Boys”), Rebecca Drysdale (“Arrested Development”) and Chris Redd (“Saturday Night Live”).
Strangers Fred and Fanny become stuck in their Catskills cabin during a power outage. Looking to pass the time, they decide to tell each other scary stories. But the more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life. As the horrors of reality manifest, Fred confronts his ultimate fear that Fanny may be the better storyteller, forcing him to craft the most horrific tale imaginable and put an end to the competition for good.
RLJE Films will release “Scare Me” on DVD for $27.97 (SRP) and Blu-ray for $28.96 (SRP).
She’s the Man (Romantic Comedy)
Amanda Bynes scores loads of laughs in the romantic and rollicking comedy “She’s the Man,” arriving on Blu-ray for the first time Tuesday March 2, from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will also be available in the new “Girls Rule 3-Movie Blu-ray Collection,” also arriving on March 2 and includes the infinitely quotable and culturally iconic films “Mean Girls,” “Clueless” and “She’s the Man.”
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, “She’s the Man” features a sensational cast led by Bynes, including Channing Tatum (“21 Jump Street”), Laura Ramsey (“Lords of Dogtown”), Robert Hoffman (“90210”) and Alexandra Breckenridge (“This Is Us”).
The Blu-ray includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as previously released bonus content including commentary by Bynes, director Andy Fickman, co-writer/producer wean “Jack” Leslie and actors Tatum, Ramsey, Hoffman and Breckenridge; a separate commentary with director Leslie and producer Lauren Shuler Donner; a making of featurette; deleted scenes with optional commentary, a gag reel and a music video of Dave Lichens’ “Let Go,” and more.
From celebrated actor-director Alex Winter (“Bill & Ted Face the Music”) comes the unabashed portrait of musical iconoclast Frank Zappa in “Zappa,” arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday March 2, from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Vibrantly brought to life by Winter’s unfettered access to the Zappa estate, the rocking documentary chronicles the impact of one of the music industry’s most enduring talents.
Featuring an emotional through line as well as testimonials from Frank’s widow, Gail Zappa, and multiple musical collaborators including Mike Keneally and Ian Underwood, Winter takes Zappa at his word and portrays him as a beautifully, enigmatic maestro of his own sound. From his humble beginnings sleeping inside the recording studio to selling out stadiums, “Zappa” never shies away from showing every facet of Frank and his avant-garde road to becoming a rock legend. Highlighting every inch of his musical journey, from the start of Mothers of Invention to his final performance in 1991, Winter’s master eye forces the audience to see Frank for exactly who he was: a band leader, father, recording artist, political disruptor and, above all else, a musical iconoclast whose influence continues to vibrate amongst the biggest musical hits today.
“Zappa” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for $29.98 (SRP) and $26.98 (SRP), respectively, as well as available On Demand.
Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 (Animated Comedy)
From creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) and Dan Harmon (“Community”), go on an intergalactic journey across the multi-verse with the release of “Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4” box set Tuesday March 2, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Get ready to binge on one of cable’s most-watched comedies and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with this outrageous boxed set which includes all 41 episodes from the first four seasons of the award-winning series, along with copious special features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, “Inside the Episode” segments, numerous featurettes, past animatic sketches, and more.
After having been missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth’s doorstep to move in with her and her family. Although Beth welcomes Rick into her home, her husband, Jerry, isn’t as happy about the family reunion. Jerry is concerned about Rick, a sociopathic scientist, using the garage as his personal laboratory. In the lab, Rick works on a number of sci-fi gadgets, some of which could be considered dangerous. But that’s not all Rick does that concerns Jerry. He also goes on adventures across the universe that often involve his children, Morty and Summer.
For a limited time, fans of the two-time Emmy award-winning series who purchase the set will receive an exclusive poster from the series. “Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4” is priced to own at $79.99 (SRP) for the DVD ($89.99 in Canada) and $89.99 (SRP) for the Blu-ray ($99.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital copy (U.S. only). “Rick and Morty” also is available on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
Victor and Valentino: Folk Art Foes (Animated Adventure)
Get ready to embark on hilarious adventures filled with legendary stories and mythological encounters as Cartoon Network’s Imagen Award-nominated series, “Victor and Valentino: Folk Art Foes,” heads to DVD Tuesday March 2, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The 18-episode cartoon is a supernatural adventure comedy about two half-brothers who spend a summer with their grandma in Monte Macabre, a small, mysterious town where the myths and legends of Mesoamerican folklore come to life. “Victor and Valentino” is created by Diego Molano and produced by Cartoon Network Studios.
The DVD will be available for $14.97 (SRP, $18.94 in Canada).
Calling all action film fans! Front Row Features is giving away a copy of Japan’s over-the-top, innovative, action-packed epic “Crazy Samurai: 400 Vs. 1,” which boasts a 77-minute action sequence shot in one continuous take, on Blu-Ray to three lucky readers. To enter the contest, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8 for your chance to win. Good luck!