By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Action)
Based on Hasbro’s wildly popular action figures, Paramount Pictures’ big screen global blockbusters “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” make their long-awaited U.S. 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts Tuesday July 20, from Paramount Home Entertainment.
For the first time, both of these action-packed titles will be available on disc in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 for ultra-vivid picture quality.
Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rachel Nichols and Ray Park star as well as veteran actors Dennis Quaid and Christopher Eccleston in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” which follows a top-secret elite strike force featuring the best operatives from around the globe. After a high-tech secret weapon is stolen by a mysterious and evil organization known as COBRA, it’s a race against time for the G.I. Joe team to avoid their enemy from plunging the world into chaos.
Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis star in the explosive global hit “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” The G.I. Joe team has been set up to take the fall for a terrible crime they didn’t commit. Now, Roadblock, Duke and the rest of the team must once again face their mortal enemy COBRA, as well as dangerous new threats operating within the government. When all else fails, one option remains —retaliation.
The “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set includes access to a digital copy of the film along with previously released bonus content. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray includes the feature in 4K Ultra UD as well as commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay. The Blu-ray edition includes the feature in HD along with the commentary by the director and producer.
The “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” two-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set includes access to a digital copy of the film along with previously released bonus content. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray includes the feature in 4K Ultra UD as well as commentary by director Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The Blu-ray edition includes the feature in HD along with the commentary by the director and producer, along with deleted scenes and several featurettes.
Jakob’s Wife (Horror)
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, and Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, will release “Jakob’s Wife” on DVD and Blu-ray on July 20.
Directed by Travis Stevens (“Girl on the Third Floor”), he co-wrote the film with Mark Steensland and Kathy Charles. Barbara Crampton (“Re-Animator”) stars alongside Larry Fessenden (“Habit”), Nyisha Bell (“Coming 2 America”), Mark Kelly (“The Hot Zone”), Sarah Lind (“Wolfcop”), Robert Rusler (“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge”), Bonnie Aarons (“The Nun”) and former WWE wrestler, Phil Brooks, a.k.a. CM Punk (“Girl on the Third Floor”).
Anne is married to a small-town minister and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with “The Master,” she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted.
The DVD will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $27.97 and the Blu-ray for $28.96 (SRP).
Mortal Kombat (Action)
Experience every bone-crunching, sword-clashing, blood-spattering moment now that “Mortal Kombat” has arrived on 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD. It also is available now on Premium Digital Ownership.
MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan, “Into the Badlands”), accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Sorcerer Shang Tsung (Chin Han, “The Dark Knight”) has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim, “The Raid: Redemption”), an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt him down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee, “The Meg”) at the direction of Jax (Mehcad Brooks, “True Blood”), a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with.
Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano, “Battleship”), an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang (Ludi Lin, “Power Rangers”), Kung Lao (Max Huang, “) and rogue mercenary Kano (Josh Lawson, “The Little Death”), as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies from Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. Cole will be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—which has to be in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all.
The film is directed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut. Rounding out the cast are Chin Han (“The Dark Knight”) as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim (“The Raid: Redemption”) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero, and Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine”) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao and Sisi Stringer (“Bloody Hell”) as Mileena.
The “Mortal Kombat” 4K UHD Combo Pack (which includes the Blu-ray) includes deleted scenes: “From Game to Screen: The Making of Mortal Kombat, “Mortal Kombat: Fan Favorite Characters,” Fight Koregraphy, “Into the Krypt: Easter Eggs of ‘Mortal Kombat,’” and “Anatomy of a Scene.” The “Mortal Kombat” DVD includes only the deleted scenes.
“Mortal Kombat” on 4K UHD Combo Pack is available for $44.95 (SRP), the Blu-ray for $35.99 (SRP) and the DVD for $28.98 (SRP). is available for Premium Digital Ownership at home for $24.99 on participating digital platforms where you purchase movies. It also is available on Movies Anywhere.
Rock Paper Scissors (Comedy)
“Rock Paper Scissors” arrives on DVD and Digital HD Tuesday July 20, from Indican Pictures.
The coming-of-age comedy centers on two best friends, Kelvin and Cheddar, as they try to go from losers to the cool kids table.
Best friends Kelvin (Vahe Sevani, “2 Guys and a Girl”) and Cheddar (Bjorn Yearwood, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), invariably avoiding the constant threat of wedgies, will do anything to stop being losers and start being the cool kids in school. Permanently placed in the friend zone by ladies, bullied on a daily basis by the jocks and dying to be noticed by anyone, they have one final chance: to win the ultra-cutthroat International Tournament of Rock Paper Scissors.
A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in “Spiral,” the terrifying new chapter from the book of “Saw,” arriving on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and ON Demand, from Lionsgate.
Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson, the “Avengers” franchise), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock, “Everybody Hates Chris”) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella, “The Handmaid’s Tale”) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.
The film is produced by the original “Saw” team of Mark Burg and Oren Koules. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger.
Special features on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital versions include a director’s audio commentary, along with co-screenwriter Josh Stolberg and composer Charlie Clouser, a separate commentary with the producers, “The Consequences of Your Actions: Creating ‘Spiral,’” “Drawing Inspiration: Illustrated Trap Breakdowns,” “Decoding the Marketing: ‘Spiral,’” the theatrical teaser trailer and the (full-length) theatrical trailer.
Stronger for Life (Documentary)
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, will release the inspirational documentary “Stronger for Life,” the feature film debut chronicling the cancer diagnosis and journey to wellness of fitness icon Ilaria Montagnani (the founder of fitness brand Powerstrike) across all TVOD/Digital platforms & Blu-ray/DVD throughout the North America beginning Tuesday July 20.
When the internationally acclaimed fitness expert received her initial diagnosis of breast cancer in the summer of 2016, she decided to film footage documenting this emotionally and physically challenging journey. Her whole life, she has been driven to acquire strength and knowledge to help herself and others, and this terrifying cancer diagnosis was no exception to her life’s mission. Her main belief that hard work teaches you to never give up was truly put to the test and she wanted to honestly show how this disease would affect her physically and emotionally.
For anyone, a diagnosis of cancer is a frightening and life-changing experience but for a professional athlete and international fitness instructor, it is a challenge of unprecedented impact. Montagnani sought out a woman who took her workouts, Noriko Sugiura, a Japanese filmmaker friend to help guide her in the process. More than a 100-hours of footage in on a hand-held camera, she next sought out a team of editors and cinematographers—Corey Florin (“Dream Factories”), Stephanie Gaweda (“Summer Moon”), and Federico Rosenzvit (“Years of Living Dangerously”), to guide and shape the documentary chronicling her journey.
This is the filmmaking team that eventually shot and edited the movie that became “Stronger for Life,” a cinematic sibling to inspiring and relatable documentaries “Dancer,” and “Any One of Us,” which have chronicled the physical and mental struggles of athletes where life has thrown them unseen medical curveballs and a chance to make it through to the other side of illness.
32 Malasana Street (Horror)
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to the horror film, 32 Malasana Street from Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. RLJE Films will release the film on Digital HD and DVD Tuesday July 20.
Written by Ramón Campos (“The Misfits Club”), Gema R. Neira (“Alta Mar”), David Orea (“45 Revoluciones”) and Salvador S. Molina (“45 Revoluciones”), “32 Malasana Street” was directed by Albert Pintó (“Killing God”). It stars Begoña Vargas (“La otra Mirada”), Iván Marcos (“Odd Job”) and Bea Segura (“El comisario”).
“32 Malasana Street” on DVD will be available for $27.97 (SRP).
Inspired by true events, in “32 Malasana Street,” the Olmedo family decides to leave their village behind for a fresh start in the city and buy an old apartment at that address for a suspiciously affordable price. But soon after they’ve unpacked their bags, they discover something about their new home: they aren’t alone.
Women Composers (Documentary)
The lives and works of three female composers is explored in “Women Composers,” arriving on DVD/Digital Tuesday July 20, from Film Movement.
The stories of Mel Bonis, Lili Boulanger and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel come to light in this DVD that also includes a filmmaker Q&A and special performance of Bonis’ “Ohelie” by filmmaker Kyra Steckeweh.
Stekeweh, a pianist, realized her repertoire almost exclusively consisted of music composed by men, so she began researching the work of past female composers. Searching archives, libraries and publishing houses, she discovered rarely performed piano pieces by these three remarkable women, whose stories had been buried by history.
In “Women Composers,” Steckeweh provides an in-depth examination of the little-known music from these three remarkable women, while also highlighting the historical and personal circumstances under which they created their works in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The “Women Composers” DVD/Digital will be available for $24.95 (SRP).
The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 7 (Mystery/Drama)
The seventh series (season) of the New Zealand-set “The Brokenwood Mysteries” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday July 20, from Acorn TV.
Murder and mayhem abound in Brokenwood, a charming town with criminally inclined residents.
Detective Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) and his partner, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), investigate a killer haunted-house rise, a bachelorette party gone wrong, the systematic targeting of a will’s beneficiaries, and a gruesome death in an abandoned asylum.
The series originally premiered on Acorn TV. “The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 7” will be available in three-disc sets on Blu-ray and DVD for $59.99 (SRP), each.
Code 3 (Crime Drama)
The classic ‘50s police drama “Code 3” arrives on DVD Tuesday July 20, from MPI Media Group.
In 1957, Hal Roach Studios and producer Ben Fox brought the fast-paced police drama “Code 3” to television. It starred Richard Travis as Sheriff George Barrett of the Los Angeles County Police Department with Denver Pyle as Sgt. Murchison and Fredd Wayne as Sgt. Bill Hollis. Like its sister series “Dragnet,” “Code 3” featured true crime cases—this time from the files of the search and rescue branch of the Los Angeles Police Department—always “changing the names to protect the innocent.” At the end of most of the broadcasts, the real-life Sheriff of Los Angeles County, Eugene W. Biscailuz, made an appearance to recap that night’s adventure.
“Code 3” enjoyed a healthy run in television syndication and featured supporting players: Christopher Dark, Robert Armstrong (“King Kong”), James Anderson, Harlan Warde, Douglas Kennedy, William Schallert, Ray Montgomery, Peter Leeds, Stacy Keach, Sr. (“Get Smart”), Richard Sargent (“Bewitched”), Russell Johnson (“Gilligan’s Island”, John Archer, DeForest Kelley (“Star Trek”), Mike Connors (“Mannix”), Claude Akins, Guy Williams (“Zorro”), Harry Bartell (“Dragnet”), Mae Clarke and James Best (“Dukes of Hazard”).
The “Code 3” collection contains all 39 episodes of this groundbreaking police procedural series.
Gangs of London: Season One (Crime Drama)
The acclaimed British action-packed drama, “Gangs of London,” starring Joe Cole (“Black Mirror”), Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), Michelle Fairley (“Game of Thrones”), and Paapa Essiedu (“I May Destroy You”) arrives on DVD Tuesday July 20, from AMC Studios.
For 20 years, Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney, “Star Trek”) was the most powerful criminal in London. But now he’s dead—and nobody knows who ordered the hit. It’s up to Sean Wallace (Joe Cole, “Peaky Blinders”), with the help of the Dumani family and Elliot Finch (Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, “Humans”), to take his father’s place. If the situation wasn’t already dangerous enough, Sean’s assumption of power causes ripples in the world of international crime. Perhaps the one man who might be able to help him and be his ally is Elliott Finch (Dìrísù) who, up until now, has been one of life’s losers, a lowlife chancer with a mysterious interest in the Wallace family. But, as the wind of fate blows, Elliot finds himself transported to the inner workings of the largest criminal organization in London. It doesn’t end with the Wallaces, though. There are shadowy higher powers at play.
The series is created by award-winning filmmaker Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt Flannery and is produced by Pulse Films in association with Sister for Sky Studios. Season One initially premiered on AMC+, and AMC is serving as co-producer of the second season.
Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray include “An Inside Look at The World, The Families, The Action, The Power, The Soldier,” and an “Anatomy of An Action Scene: Pub Fight & Elliot vs. Len (featuring commentary from Evans).
The “Gangs of London: Season One” three-disc DVD will be available for $34.97 (SRP) and the Blu-ray three-disc set will be available for $39.98 (SRP).
Shameless: The Eleventh and Final Season (Comedy)
Get ready for the last outrageous season with the Gallaghers, one of television’s most irreverent families, when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases “Shameless: The Eleventh and Final Season,” on DVD Tuesday July 20.
Join the Gallagher clan for 12 hilarious and highly entertaining new episodes from the long-running series’ final season. From Emmy-winning executive producer John Wells (“The West Wing”) and Warner Bros. Television, “Shameless” stars Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy (“Fargo”) as Frank Gallagher, the outspoken, alcoholic, single father of six clever, resourceful and independent siblings, surviving on Chicago’s South Side.
Bonus features include “The Last Call,” Showtime’s hour-long post-finale virtual cast reunion and deleted scenes on the DVD edition only.
The final season of “Shameless” finds the Gallaghers at a crossroads…and they aren’t leaving without a fight! As Frank confronts his own mortality, Lip struggles with the prospect of becoming the family patriarch. Newlyweds Ian and Mickey figure out their committed relationship, while Deb embraces her individuality and single motherhood. Lastly, Carl finds an unlikely new career in law enforcement, while Kevin and Veronica struggle to keep the Alibi profitable during a pandemic.
Based on the long-running, award-winning British series created by Paul Abbott (“State of Play”), “Shameless” was developed for American television by Wells and made its U.S. debut on Showtime in 2011.
The series also stars Jeremy Allen White (“Movie 43”), Ethan Cutkosky (“Fred Claus”), Shanola Hampton (“You Again”), Steve Howey (“Reba”), Emma Kenney (“The New Girl in Town”), Cameron Monaghan (“The Giver”), Noel Fisher (“The Red Line”), Christian Isaiah (“Married”) and Kate Miner (“Necessary Roughness”).
“Shameless: The Eleventh and Final Season” will be available on DVD for $24.98 (SRP). It also is available now on Digital platforms. It also is available to own now on Digital for $29.99 (SRP) in HD/$22.99 (SRP) in SD via purchase from digital retailers.
The Walking Dead: Season Ten (Horror)
The Whisperer war commences when Season Ten of “The Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD Tuesday July 20, from Lionsgate.
“The Walking Dead” Season Ten,” containing 22 episodes, stars Norman Reedus (“The Boondock Saints”), Danai Gurira (“Black Panther”), Christian Serratos (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Golden Globe winner and Academy Award/Primetime Emmy nominee Samantha Morton (“In America”), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”).
Winter has turned to spring, and the collected communities are grudgingly respecting the new borders imposed upon them by the ever-brutal Alpha. But having organized themselves into a militia-style fighting force, our group of survivors is prepared for battle, though they’re keenly aware that the Whisperers, and the horde of dead they mingle with, pose a threat unlike any they’ve ever faced. Paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas, infighting, all of these will test the group, individually and collectively, with the survival of civilization in a world filled with the walking dead hanging in the balance.
Featuring the six additional episodes of the extended tenth season, including Negan’s long-awaited backstory, “Here’s Negan.” The bonus features are an “In Memoriam” and audio commentaries.
“The Walking Dead” Season Ten” Blu-ray and DVD will be available for $80.99 (SRP) and $70.98 (SRP) respectively.