By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection
Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema’s most thrilling and unforgettable classics.
“The Alfred Hitchcock Classic Collection” features four iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career: “Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” “Psycho” and “The Birds,” in stunning 4K resolution. Own the brand new 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack with a Blu-ray and Digital Code Tuesday Sept. 8, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Starring Hollywood favorites James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Kim Novak and Rod Taylor, this essential collection features hours of bonus features as well as the original uncut version of “Psycho” for the first time ever. This collection with collectible Discbook packaging includes hours of bonus features such as documentaries, expert commentaries, interviews, screen tests and more.
Chronicling the true story of one of the largest public-school embezzlement scandals in America, is chronicled in “Bad Education.” This original film from HBO will be released on DVD by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Tuesday Sept. 8.
Additionally, “Bad Education” will be available on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-ray release includes all the bonus features on the DVD and also is arriving Sept. 8.
The critically acclaimed film stars Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman (“The Greatest Showman,” “Les Misérables”), and Emmy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Allison Janney (“I, Tonya,” “Mom”). The cast also includes Geraldine Viswanathan, Alex Wolff, Rafael Casal, Annaleigh Ashford and Ray Romano.
Inspired by the true story that rocked the town of Roslyn, N.Y. in 2004 and garnered attention nationwide, “Bad Education” centers on the stunning impact and aftermath of a multimillion dollar embezzlement scheme. The darkly comical film highlights the deficiencies of the public education system in the U.S. while examining the broader forces that foster greed, corruption and lack of accountability in our institutions.
“Bad Education” follows Frank Tassone (Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Janney), who reign over a popular Long Island school district on the verge of the nation’s top spot, spurring record college admissions and soaring property values. Between them, they racked up over $11.2 million dollars in extravagant personal expenses.
“Bad Education” is directed by Cory Finley (“Thoroughbreds”) and written by Mike Makowsky (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), based on a “New York Magazine” article by Robert Kolker. It will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada). “Bad Education” is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
Jerry O’Connell (“Billions”) brings home a win when “Ballbuster” arrives on DVD Tuesday Sept. 8, from Indican Pictures. It also is available now on Digital HD.
From director Tom Hines (“Mother’s Day”), and producers and writers Mark S. Allen (“Short Attention Span Theater”) and Howard Burd (“Mother’s Day”), “Ballbuster” follows a self-centered basketball star named Rich (O’Connell) whose fame and popularity is waning amongst the league, fans and his family – not only because of his inability to pass the ball, but his consistently bad attitude. A publicity nightmare, the professional league has no choice but to pull a red card and suspend Rich from the Final Championship. If he really wants to make it to game seven, he has to redeem himself by playing with a charity basketball team and keeping his cool during the most bizarre of circumstances. Facing adult babies and angry, abusive mascots, Rich has to turn over a new leaf to salvage his all-star lifestyle and his relationship with his family.
The DVD features exclusive behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with the cast. The comedy’s all-star team also includes Elisabeth Röhm (“American Hustle”), Luenell (“Borat”), Flex Alexander (“Snakes on a Plane”) and Mark DeCarlo (“Family Guy”).
The newly restored Blu-ray edition of “Brute Force” arrives Tuesday Sept. 8, from the Criterion Collection.
The 1947 black-and-white film was one of Jules Dassin’s first forays into the crime genre, a prison melodrama with a scathing critique of the punitive American incarceration system at its heart. Burt Lancaster stars as timeworn Joe Collins, who, along with his fellow inmates, lives under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey (Hume Cronyn). Only Collins’s dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey’s chains? Matter-of-fact and ferocious, “Brute Force” builds to an explosive climax that shows the lengths men will go to when fighting for their freedom.
Extras include a new 4K digital restoration by TLEFilms Film Restoration & Preservation Services, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack, an audio commentary for 2007 featuring film-noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini, an interview from 2007 with Paul Mason, editor of “Captured by the Media: Prison Discourse in Popular Culture, and more. The Blu-ray is available for $39.95 (SRP).
“Caro Diario” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Tuesday Sept. 8, from Film Movement Classics.
Filmmaker Nanni Moretti recounts three entries from his “diary” in “Caro Diario,” a self-reflective comedy, which follows his musing on cinema atop a Vespa, a trip to the Aeolian Islands to work on his new screenplay, and his search for health and wellness after breaking out in a nagging skin rash.
Winner of Best Director at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, Moretti’s award-winner and festival favorite features a new 2K digital restoration for optimal viewing and bonus programming including a “Making of” featurette, captured numerous international awards on top of the hearts of critics and moviegoers across the globe. Aside from winning the prestigious Cannes honor, Moretti’s broad comedy also captured the Italian Golden Globes and Italy’s David di Donatello Awards among others, the Fipresci Prize at the European Film Awards and many more.
The Blu-ray/Digital is available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $29.95 and on DVD for $19.95 (SRP).
“Mighty Oak” will arrive on DVD Tuesday Sept. 8, from Paramount Home Entertainment.
The music dramedy tells the story of Gina (Janel Parrish, “Pretty Little Liars,” “To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before”), a band manager who struggles after losing her brother/lead singer (Levi Dylan, “12 Mighty Orphans”) in a fatal car accident while traveling to a gig. A decade later, Gina meets a 10-year-old music prodigy named Oak, played by newcomer Tommy Ragen, a real-life prodigy whose music inspired the screenplay. Oak seems to possess the same qualities as Gina’s late brother, inspiring her to pull her life back together and try to reunite the band with Oak as its new front man.
IndiePix unveils the lavish epic “Pilgrimage,” based on the actual travels of 16th century explorer Fernao Mendes Pinto on Tuesday Sept. 8.
Adventurer, pilgrim, penitent—in the 16th Century, Portugal’s Fernão Mendes Pinto became one of the first Europeans to sail and explore the Orient—from India and Japan and all the places in between. Above all, however, he was a highly skilled writer and his controversial memoir, “The Travels of Mendes Pinto,” was published posthumously in 1614. “Pilgrimage” details Pinto’s unforgettable 20-year journey at sea and on land, and the film deftly combines literary storytelling, imagined family stories and musical sequences featuring choral renditions of Portuguese singer-songwriter Fausto’s progressive 80’s pop album “Por Este Rio Acima” to bring these adventures to grand life.
Portugal’s Oscar submission for Best International Film in 2018, this sweeping period drama from award-winning director Joao Botelho, also was a Venice Golden Lion nominee. It was filmed in various locations in Portugal, China, Japan, India, Malaysia and Vietnam.
The DVD/Digital will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.95 It also will be available via streaming platform IndiePix Unlimited on Amazon Channels.
The brutal survival thriller “Range Runners,” from director Philip S. Plowden , premieres On Demand and DVD Tuesday Sept. 8, from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment.
A woman thru-hiking an isolated trail runs into trouble when her pack is hijacked by two men hiding out in the woods, desperate and on the run. Now, stranded and left to fend for herself, she has a choice: crawl back to her normal life in defeat, or push forward and take back what was stolen from her. Celeste M Cooper, Sean Patrick Leonard, Michael B. Woods, and Tiffany Renee Johnson star.
Up on the Glass
“Up on the Glass” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday Sept. 8, from Gravitas Ventures.
A wanderer named Jack DiMercurio secretly desires the life and wife of his more affluent friend, Andy Shelton. Past tensions surface between the two men during an informal reunion at Andy’s cottage on Lake Michigan. One heinous act allows Jack to draw close to Andy’s wife Liz, but Jack finds living Andy’s life is a dangerous lie.
Directed by Kevin Del Principe, the film stars Chase Fein (“On the Rocks”) and Chelsea Kurtz (“The Flash”).
Rob Zombie Trilogy
The terrifying trilogy of the Firefly family’s blood-soaked saga comes home when the “Rob Zombie Trilogy” arrives Tuesday Sept. 8 on Steelbook Blu-ray from Lionsgate, exclusively at Target.
From cult favorite filmmaker Rob Zombie, the “Rob Zombie Trilogy” includes the grizzled, horrifying films “House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects” and “3 From Hell.” Featuring all new artwork from artist Vance Kelly, the “Rob Zombie Trilogy” will be available on Steelbook Blu-ray at Target for $34.99 (SRP).
We Bare Bears: The Movie
It all started with a bear stack, and now TV’s lovable animated bears star in their first animated TV movie.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is bringing Cartoon Network’s hit series into your homes on Sept. 8, with the release of “We Bare Bears: The Movie” on DVD. The movie is an extension of the successful “We Bare Bears” series, created by two-time Annie Award-winner Daniel Chong, and executive produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Eric Edelstein (“Shameless,” “Clarence”), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live,” “Me Myself & I”) and Demetri Martin (“Important Things with Demetri Martin”) return as the voice actors of the loveable bears; Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear along with recurring guest stars include Patton Oswalt (“King of Queens,” “Ratatouille”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Office”), Charlyne Yi (“House,” “Steven Universe”) and Jason Lee (“Alvin & The Chipmunks,” “Mallrats”).
When the bears’ love of food trucks and viral videos gets out of hand, it catches the attention of the menacing Agent Trout from the National Wildlife Control, who pledges to restore the “natural order” by separating them forever. Chased from their home, Grizz decides there’s only one thing they can do to find refuge—move to Canada. The Bears embark on an epic road trip filled with new friends, dangerous obstacles, and massive parties. But most importantly, the perilous journey will force the Bears to face how they first met and became brothers, in order to keep their family bond from splitting apart.
Stacked with bonus features including commentary, the movie pitch, deleted scenes and more, “We Bare Bears: The Movie: is available for $19.99 (SRP) for the DVD ($24.99 in Canada). The animated movie is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
“We Bare Bears” premiered in 2015 and since its debut, has earned numerous awards including a BAFTA Children’s Award, a Jury Award for Best TV Series at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and several Annie Awards. Fans around the world, most notably in the APAC region, have embraced the show for its portrayal of Asian pop culture.
Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season
Adventure awaits as one of TV’s favorite DC Super Heroes flies into homes with the release of “Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season” on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Sept. 8, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Fans can purchase the sets fwhich, in addition to all 19 super-powered episodes from season five, also contains “The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019,” deleted scenes and a gag reel. A limited-edition bonus disc featuring all five DC Crossover Event “Crisis on Infinite Earths” episodes will be available exclusively for fans who purchase the Blu-ray.
“Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season” will be available for $39.99 (SRP) for the DVD ($44.98 in Canada) and $44.98 (SRP) for the Blu-ray ($49.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). It also is available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
In season five, Supergirl faces threats, both new and ancient. National City becomes enthralled with addictive virtual reality technologies created by CatCo’s charming-but-secretive new owner, Andrea Rojas. As Kara uses the power of the press to try to expose this danger, she must contend with challenges put up by rival reporter William Dey, renegade Martian Malefic J’onzz, a shadowy organization called Leviathan, and the shocking return of Lex Luthor who, in addition to his plot for world domination, seeks to claim the soul of Supergirl’s best friend (and his sister) Lena. With humanity choosing to lose itself in technology, can Supergirl save the world yet again?
The “Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season” Blu-ray release features all 19 episodes from the fifth season in high definition, as well as a digital code of the season (available in the U.S. only).
“Supergirl” stars Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Whiplash”), Mehcad Brooks (“About Last Night,” “Necessary Roughness”), Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Katie McGrath (“Jurassic World,” “Merlin”), Jesse Rath (“Defiance,” “No Tomorrow”), Nicole Maines (“Royal Pains”), Azie Tesfai (“Jane the Virgin”), Andrea Brooks (“Bates Motel”), Julie Gonzalo (“Dallas,” “Veronica Mars”), Staz Nair (“Game of Thrones”) and David Harewood (“Homeland”).
Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster by special arrangement with Siegel’s family, “Supergirl” is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller.