By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
“Accommodations” is available to stream on VOD Tuesday May 5, from Distribution Solutions.
A Manhattan wife and mother, with an enviably luxurious lifestyle, disrupts her family’s status quo when she decides to quit accommodating those around her and embarks on a self-styled creative journey to find fulfillment. Written and directed by Amy Miller Gross (“The Pleasure of Your Presence”), “Accommodations” stars Kat Foster (“Your Family or Mine,” “Bad Teacher”) and Patrick Heusinger (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” “Absentia”) and Deborah Rush (“Billions,” “Orange is the New Black”).
Based on the bestselling comic book, “Bloodshot” the movie arrives on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday May 5, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Vin Diesel (“Fast and Furious” franchise) stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force—stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories too. Ray no longer knows what’s real and what’s not—but he’s on a mission to find out. Extras include deleted and extended scenes, an alternate ending, outtakes, a blooper reel and more.
Robert Bronzi, star of “Death Kiss” and “Once Upon a Time in Deadwood,” faces his deadliest opponent yet in “Cry Havoc,” available Tuesday May 5 On Demand, from Midnight Releasing.
An ambitious young reporter is granted an interview with one of the FBI’s most wanted. While entering his compound she finds one of his prized possessions, a serial killer who murders at call, called HAVOC. Her only hope is a rogue police man searching for his daughter.
Co-starring Richard Tyson (“Kindergarten Cop”) Emily Sweet and JD Angstadt, the film was written by writer/director Rene Perez.
Jane Austen’s 19th-century comedy on misguided matchmaking and romantic mishaps gets a refreshing update in the heartwarming and witty “Emma,” available on Digital Tuesday May 5, and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday May 19, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
This wickedly funny film chronicles the privileged but well-meaning young Emma Woodhouse (“The Witch” and “Thoroughbreds” star Anya Taylor-Joy). The home entertainment editions include features exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content including deleted scenes, gag reel, and behind-the-scene featurettes with the cast and crew whisking audiences away to the world of our mischievous heroine and the everlasting story of self-discovery.
Filmmaker Autumn de Wilde’s feature debut “Emma” featuring a fresh and razor-sharp screenplay by Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton (“The Luminaries”) that stays true to Austen’s endearing novel and brings to life the English Countryside in 1815. The ensemble cast includes Johnny Flynn (“Beast”), Bill Nighy (“Love Actually,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” franchise), Mia Goth (“Suspiria”), Josh O’ Connor (“The Crown”), Miranda Hart (“Spy,” “Call the Midwife”), Callum Turner (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “War & Peace”), Tanya Reynolds (“Sex Education”), Connor Swindells (“Sex Education”), Rupert Graves (“Sherlock,” “A Room with a View”) and Gemma Whelan (“Game of Thrones”). The theatrical version of the film is currently available for early viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering.
Friday the 13th
Revisit one of the most influential horror movies of all time when the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook of “Friday the 13th” debuts Tuesday June 16 (Note: new release date), from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Originally released May 9, 1980, the horror film captured audiences’ imaginations and permeated our collective psyche. It also 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 “Friday the 13th 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.
A group of young counselors preparing 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.
The comedy “Greed” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Tuesday May 5, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan) has a retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years, he has ruled the world of retail fashion, but after a damaging public government investigation, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicized and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. A satire on the grotesque inequality of wealth in the fashion industry, “Greed,” sees McCreadie’s rise and fall through the eyes of his biographer, Nick (David Mitchell). The film is written and directed by Michael Winterbottom.
The home entertainment editions include a behind-the-scenes featurette and a deleted scene.
With its theatrical window cut short, Screen Media Ventures, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, has moved up the digital release of its drama “Hope Gap,” starring Annette Bening, Josh O’ Connor, and Bill Nighy, to Friday May 8.
“Hope Gap” tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief and anger, to a place of hope. Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy), married for 29 years, live in a small seaside town near a cove under the cliffs called Hope Gap.
When their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) comes to visit for the weekend, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace that same day. There are no villains; only good people who’ve lived too long with old mistakes and are now paying the price. There are no easy answers, and no simple paths to redemption. A husband, a wife, and a son are forced to face hard truths, and out of those truths to fashion new lives. In the end, “Hope Gap” is a story of survival. Oscar nominated screenwriter William Nicholson (“Shadowlands,” “Gladiator”) directed “Hope Gap.”
Intrigo: Dear Agnes and Intrigo: Samaria
From director Daniel Alfredson (“The Girl Who Played with Fire,” “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”) come the second and third films in the “Intrigo” trilogy, “Intrigo: Dear Agnes” and “Intrigo: Samaria” both premiering On Demand and Digital Tuesday May 5, from Lionsgate. The first film “Intrigo: Death of an Author” is already available On Demand and Digital.
From bestselling author Håkan Nesser comes this intense thriller about secrets that won’t stay buried. In “Intrigo: Samaria,” years after the murder of Vera, her friend from college, Paula is driven to make a documentary about the case and asks former professor Henry (Andrew Buchan, “Broadchurch”) to help. But as the two draw closer to the shocking truth behind the slaying, Paula’s deceitful ways and Henry’s dark past explode into a dangerous, heart-stopping confrontation.
In “Intrigo: Dear Agnes,” comes this intense thriller about good friends and evil deeds. With the death of her husband, Agnes (Carla Juri, “Blade Runner 2049”) is desperate for money. Then she runs into her old friend Henny (Gemma Chan, “Captain Marvel”), who is enraged at her unfaithful spouse, Peter (Jamie Sives, “Chernobyl”). Henny makes Agnes a shocking offer—enough cash to live a better life, if she will murder Peter—leading to an explosive, unforgettable climax.
I Still Believe
A powerful true story of faith, hope and love comes home when “I Still Believe” becomes available on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday May 5, from Lionsgate. The drama also is available now to rent through On Demand platforms including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play and cable providers.
From the creators of the inspirational drama “I Can Only Imagine” comes the uplifting true-life story of Christian music megastar Jeremy Camp. This heartfelt tale follows Jeremy’s search for his artistic voice, leading him to his wildest professional dreams, as well as the love of his life. But Jeremy’s hope and faith are put to the test when tragedy strikes. “I Still Believe” is an incredible story of musical stardom, the heights of love, the depths of loss and the healing power of the human spirit.
“I Still Believe” stars and features music performed by KJ Apa, alongside actors Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh, Nathan Dean, with five-time Grammy winner Shania Twain and Oscar nominee Gary Sinese. The home entertainment editions include audio commentary from the director and writer, four featurettes, and deleted scenes. “I Still Believe” will be available on DVD for $29.95 (SRP) and $39.99 (SRP) on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital.
The Jesus Rolls
The comedy “The Jesus Rolls” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday May 5, from Screen Media.
Hours after being released from prison for good behavior, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) reunites with his best friend and fellow underachiever Petey (Bobby Cannavale). In the first in a series of rapidly escalating bad decisions, they steal a vintage car parked in front of an upscale salon and hit the road for a no-holds-barred joyride—until the car’s gun-toting owner (Jon Hamm) catches up with them, wounding Petey. Fleeing the scene with fiercely free-spirited shampooist Marie (Audrey Tautou), Jesus and Petey continue their adventure in a series of stolen cars, cementing their partnership with an epic petty-crime spree and a three-way romance. A darkly funny, irreverent and freewheeling road movie, The Jesus Rolls is written and directed by Turner, an Emmy winner and nominee, paying tribute to the classic French farce “Les Valseuses.”
The Blu-ray is available for $29.98 (SRP) and the DVD is available for$24.98 (SRP).
The Mask of Zorro
“The Mask of Zorro,” the 2005 sequel to the swashbuckling adventure “The Legend of Zorro,” will be available Tuesday May 5 on 4K Ultra HD and 4K Digital, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
When a power-crazed despot schemes to buy California from Mexico, it takes two Zorros—the legendary Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins) and his chosen successor Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas), a dashing bandit-turned-hero—to defeat the tyrant’s unscrupulous plans. But can even their combined skills, bravado and derring-do be enough to achieve de la Vega’s ultimate goal: revenge against the man who killed his wife, kidnapped his daughter and held him prisoner for 20 years? The action-adventure also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The 4K Ultra HD disc includes never-before-seen deleted scenes as well as theatrical trailers. The Blu-ray includes director’s commentary, an “Unmasking Zorro” documentary, deleted scenes and a music video by Marc Anthony and Tina Aren.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The final chapter of the Skywalker saga, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” will begin streaming two months early on Disney+ in honor of May the 4th, affectionately known by fans around the world as Star Wars Day. For the first time ever, fans will be able to stream the complete Skywalker saga all in one place. What began in 1977 with George Lucas’ groundbreaking film “Star Wars: A New Hope,” the nine-part saga is available within Disney+’s extensive collection of “Star Wars” movies and series including “The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams joined forces once again to deliver “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the thrilling climactic chapter in the Skywalker saga, bringing the heroic struggle to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy to an epic, resounding conclusion. The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is directed by J.J. Abrams with the screenplay written by Chris Terrio & Abrams, and the story is by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and Abrams and Terrio, based on Lucas’ characters.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” joins Disney+’s May the 4th line-up including the premiere of the eight-episode documentary series “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian,” and the series finale of the award-winning animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
In addition to new content offerings, Disney+ will also honor the artistry of Star Wars with a week-long concept art takeover on the service. Like a commemorative gallery, each film and series’ artwork will be updated on May 4 to feature its original concept paintings. From “Star Wars: A New Hope” to “The Mandalorian,” the updated art will feature work from celebrated artists such as the legendary Ralph McQuarrie and Academy Award-winning artist, author, and production designer, Doug Chiang.
Tigers are not Afraid
RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, with rights to Shudder’s, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural “Tigers are not Afraid,” available Tuesday May 5, on DVD and DVD/Blu-ray Steelbook.
Written and directed by Issa López (“Secondary Effects”), the horror/thriller stars Paola Lara (“La Siberia”), Juan Ramón López, Ianis Guerrero (“Club de Cuervos”), Rodrigo Cortes, Hanssel Casillas (“Sitiados: Mexico”), Nery Arredondo (“Como Dice El Dicho”) and Tenoch Huerta (“Get the Gringo”).
“Tigers are not Afraid” is a haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico’s devastating drug wars. It follows a group of orphaned children who are unexpectedly given three magical wishes. As they run from the cartel that murdered their parents and the ghosts that haunt them, they must decide how to use this special gift to save their own lives and the people they love.
“Tigers are not Afraid” on DVD will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $27.97 and on DVD/Blu-ray Steelbook for $34.97 (SRP). These releases contain extensive bonus features including a 43-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film with director Issa López, a director’s commentary, never-before-seen casting sessions and deleted scenes, as well as multiple photo galleries.
The DVD/Blu-ray Steelbook has an additional bonus feature of a 63-minute interview with López and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro following the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival screening of the film.
Arde Madrid: Burn Madrid Burn
SVOD subscription service MHz Choice will premiere Tuesday May 5 the critically acclaimed dramedy “Arde Madrid: Burn Madrid Burn,” starring Debi Mazar, Paco León and Inma Cuesta. Directed by León, best known as the director of the feature film April 9th, this eight-episode limited series, set in Franco’s Madrid in 1961.
Shot on location in Spain, “Arde Madrid” is based loosely on actress and Hollywood star Ava Gardner’s (Mazar) move to Madrid, to flee her husband Frank Sinatra, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and the paparazzi that followed her everywhere and made her life impossible. In Madrid, Gardner’s only goal was to have as much fun as possible. Extremely beautiful, captivating, intelligent, sexy and free, Ava always did exactly as she pleased, not tied down either romantically or professionally, living a life completely different to that of Spanish woman around her. The series is in Spanish with English subtitles.
Ana Mari (Cuesta), a loyal, conservative spinster with a limp, who teaches young ladies how to be good housewives and mothers, is ordered by Franco to go work as a maid at Gardner’s house in order to spy on her. To do so she will have to pretend to be married to Manolo (León), a petty thief and cocky opportunist, who will become the actress’ chauffeur. Full of himself, thuggish and hard faced, Manolo soon finds himself involved in dodgy dealings with the underworld.
Ava and Manolo’s liberal lifestyle are the exact opposite of Ana Mari’s moral code. Whether it’s the all-night parties that rob their neighbor, exiled Argentinian dictator Juan Perón, of his cherished sleep, or bringing a wasted Ava back to life after nights with the local Dolce Vita crowd at Madrid’s hippest clubs, in all the turmoil, Ana Mari finds herself loosening up and beginning to fall for the craziness as she is compelled to make decisions that shake her solid ideological foundations.
Produced in Spain for Telefonica’s Movistar Plus, “Arde Madrid” quickly became the streaming platform’s most binged series after its release. Co-written by Leon and Anna R. Costa, the series also stars American actress Debi Mazar (“Entourage,” “Younger”).
Humans: The Complete Series
Acorn features the uncut UK edition Blu-ray Collection debut of AMC Networks’ gripping science fiction series “Humans: Complete Collection” Tuesday May 5.
Provocative and thrilling, this compelling sci-fi series explores the intersection of man and machine with emotional depth and pulse-pounding tension. A great ensemble cast including Gemma Chan (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Katherine Parkinson (“The IT Crowd”) and Tom Goodman-Hill (“Cheat,” “The Imitation Game”) is enhanced by fantastic guest stars, such as Oscar winner William Hurt (“Body Heat,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Carrie-Anne Moss (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Wisting”) and Letitia Wright (“Black Panther”). “Humans” is set in the near future where humanoid “synths” have been created to help busy families simplify their lives. But will these perfect servants stay compliant forever? This box set includes all 24 episodes in a six-disc Blu-ray set. The complete collection includes over 2.5 hours of bonus material ($69.99, Amazon).
Originally broadcasted on AMC from 2015-2018, the acclaimed series is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans.” “Humans” also features Will Tudor (“Game of Thrones”), Colin Morgan (“Merlin”), Ivanno Jeremiah (“Black Mirror”) and Emily Berrington (“24: Live Another Day”).
In Series 1, when Joe Hawkins (Goodman-Hill) buys synth Anita (Chan), he hopes it will relieve the pressure on his lawyer wife, Laura (Parkinson). Although Anita is a hit with Joe’s young children, Laura feels uneasy about sharing her home with a synth. Meanwhile, retired synth engineer George (Hurt) refuses to dispose of his beloved but malfunctioning synth, Odi (Turner). And mysterious Leo (Morgan) hides secrets that could transform the future of synth technology.
Then in Series 2, synths become an inextricable part of society, obediently serving and protecting the human population. But what happens when these Synths are given the right to consciousness and their own free will?
Series 3 is set one year after the dawn of consciousness. A decimated and oppressed Synth population fights to survive in a world that hates and fears them.