By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Don’t Breathe 2 (Crime Thriller)
“Don’t Breathe 2” arrives on Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Oct. 26, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
In the thrilling sequel to the breakout hit, “Don’t Breathe 2” reprises Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang), who has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has recreated the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her.
Directed by Rodo Sayagues, from a screenplay he wrote with Fede Alvarez, the thriller also stars Brandan Sexton III and Madelyn Grace.
Special features include a never-before-seen alternate ending, three behind-the-scenes featurettes and audio commentaries with the filmmakers.
“Don’t Breathe 2” also is available now on Digital platforms.
The Rifleman (War Drama)
The horrors and brutality of World War I are depicted in “The Rifleman,” available on DVD/Digital Tuesday Oct. 26, from Omnibus Entertainment.
Director Dzintars Dreibergs pays stark witness to The Great War through the eyes of an innocent 17-year-old farm boy turned soldier. Though he is underage, and his dad, a former marksman, is too old for the army, they both are conscripted into one of Latvia’s first national battalions. The thrill of training is soon followed by reality, as shells burst around them in the endless mud. He grows up on the battlefield, fighting at the side of his father and brother, their lives are constantly in jeopardy.
Adapted from Aleksandrs Grins book, which was banned in the Soviet Union upon its publication, the story was based on Grins’ own war experiences in a Latvian battalion. The film was the biggest box office success in Latvia over the past 30 years and was the European country’s official Oscar submission for Best International Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.
“The Rifleman,” dubbed in English, will be available on DVD/Digital for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.95.
The Shepherd (Drama)
A lonely shepherd’s way of life is threatened by progress in director Jonathan Cenzual Burley’s modern-day Western, “The Shepherd,” arriving on DVD/Digital Tuesday Oct. 26, from Corinth Films.
Set amid the shimmering plains of Spain, “The Shepherd” follows the story of Anselmo (Miguel Martin), a middle-aged shepherd, who lives a poor but content life in a rustic hut amid the flat, shimmering plains and endless skies of Castile, close to a growing village. His sheepdog, Pillo, and his wooly charges are his only company, in addition to a few friends in town. Anselmo’s bucolic life is interrupted one day when a pair of executives from the Espanax Construction Company pay him a visit with an offer to buy his land on which they plan to build a new residential complex. After quickly rejecting their offer, the shepherd soon learns that if Espanax cannot purchase his land, they will withdraw similar offers for adjacent plots and the owners, his neighbors, become increasingly desperate to sell. When they resort to hostile measures to convince the peaceful shepherd to sell his land, a violent struggle fueled by greed ensues, turning former friends into bitter enemies.
“The Shepherd,” in Spanish with English subtitles, will be available on DVD/Digital for $24.95 (SRP).
Skull: The Mask (Horror)
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, will release the horror film “Skull: The Mask,” from Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural on VOD, Digital HD and DVD Tuesday Oct. 26.
Co-directed and co-written by Kapel Furman (“Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary”) and Armando Fonseca (“CineLab”), “Skull: The Mask” stars Natallia Rodrigues (“Elis”), Wilton Andrade (“VIPs”), Tristan Aronovich (“Sem Fio”), David Wendefilm (“Sessão de Terapia”) and Rurik Jr. as “Skull.”
After disappearing more than 50 years ago, an ancient artifact known as the Mask of Anhangá resurfaces at an archaeological dig in the Amazon. It is brought to Sao Paulo to be exhibited at a museum, but before reaching its destination, the Mask starts to claim its victims as it possesses and forces them to carry out visceral sacrifices in gruesome fashion. With the body count increasing, it’s up to Officer Beatriz Obdias to find the Mask and put an end to the murder spree.
The “Skull: The Mask” DVD will be available for $27.97 (SRP).
Stillwater (Action Drama)
A mesmerizing and emotionally powerful suspense film starring Academy Award winner Matt Damon (the “Bourne” franchise) and directed by Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), “Stillwater” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Oct. 26, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Packed with twists and turns from beginning to end, the suspenseful film follows an oil rig worker from Stillwater, Oklahoma who will stop at nothing to free his daughter who insists she has been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in France.
Camille Cottin (“Call My Agent!”) and Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) star alongside Damon in this edge-of-your-seat story about an ordinary father who, as a stranger in Marseilles, must rise to the occasion, unravel a dangerous mystery, and find redemption. Featuring brand-new bonus content not seen in theaters, “Stillwater” on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD comes with exclusive behind-the-scenes features about the movie’s authentic characters, filming in beautiful Marseilles, France, and director Tom McCarthy’s filmmaking methods, taking audiences deeper into the captivating story.
Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include “An Alchemy of Viewpoints,” in which the cast discuss their characters and the research that went into portraying them authentically, “An American in Marseilles: The Locations of ‘Stillwater,”, in which the cast and filmmakers speak discuss filming on the streets of Marseilles and the Calanques; “With Curiosity & Compassion: Director Tom McCarthy,” in which the cast and filmmakers discuss the thought and interest that goes into director McCarthy’s stories, and how he uses his natural curiosity about the real life interactions to guide his filmmaking style.”
“Stillwater” also is available now on Digital platforms.
The Suicide Squad (Action)
Witness the collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup when “The Suicide Squad” arrives on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on October 26. The film also is available now for Premium Digital Ownership at home.
Directed by James Gunn (the “Guardian of Galaxy” films) from his own screenplay,” The Suicide Squad” stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (“Bumblebee”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), and Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise). The film also stars Peter Capaldi (“World War Z,” “Doctor Who”), David Dastmalchian (“Ant-Man and the Wasp”), Daniela Melchior (“Parque Mayer”), Michael Rooker (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films), Alice Braga (“Elysium”) and Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island,” “Saturday Night Live”).
Belle Reve is the prison with the highest mortality rate in the country, where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave … and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
“The Suicide Squad” 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.
The Suicide Squad” 4K UHD combo pack and Blu-ray contains lots of special features including deleted and extended scenes, a director’s commentary, a gag reel, breakdowns of key scene, and more.
“The Suicide Squad” on 4K UHD Combo Pack will be available for $49.98 (SRP), on Blu-ray for $39.98 (SRP) and on DVD for $34.98 (SRP).
Underworld: Limited Edition 5-Movie Collection (Action Horror)
The eternal battle between vampires and Lycans gets upgraded when the “Underworld: Limited Edition 5-Movie Collection” on 4K Ultra HD arrives Tuesday Oct. 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This limited-edition gift set marks the first time that fans will be able to experience all five “Underworld” films on 4K Ultra HD disc with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos audio. The films also will be available digitally in 4K with HDR.
The “Underworld 4K Ultra HD Collection” will include “Underworld” (both the original theatrical version and the extended cut), “Underworld: Evolution,” “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” “Underworld: Awakening” and “Underworld: Blood Wars,” as well as hours of Standard Definition and High Definition bonus content across all five films, including the “Underworld: Endless War” animated shorts. This gift set is a limited edition, presented within a collectible outer slipcase.
The Heart Guy: Series 5 (Drama)
The fifth series (season) of the hit Australian medical series “The Heart Guy” arrives on DVD Tuesday Oct. 26, from Acorn TV.
Heart surgeon Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser, “Five Bedrooms”) and his dysfunctional family face big challenges in the final season of the Aussie drama. After a year of fire, floods, and asbestos, Whyhope Hospital has been forced to shut down and temporarily relocate to a veterinary clinic. Ambitious administrator Sharna arrives to fix things but throws the town into turmoil—and Hugh can’t help his attraction to her. Premiered on Acorn TV
The two-disc DVD set is available for $59.99 (SRP).