By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Dementia Part II
Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting will release the midnight horror film “Dementia Part II” on VOD, Digital HD and DVD Tuesday June 1.
Produced from conception to its world premiere screening at Cinepocalype Film Festival by the writer/director team Matt Mercer and Mike Testin (“The Salesman, Dementia”) in just five weeks, the film stars Matt Mercer (“Contracted”), Graham Skipper (“Almost Human), Najarra Townsend (“Contracted”) and Suzanne Voss (“Dementia”).
Wendell (Mercer) receives a threatening phone call from his parole officer Reggie (Skipper) if he doesn’t find a job immediately, he will face serious legal repercussions. Wendell wrangles some home maintenance work for a seemingly benign older woman, Suzanne (Voss), who persists in giving him increasingly absurd tasks to complete around the house. As the workday progresses, Wendell is thrown into an ever-escalating nightmare, and comes face to face with an unexpected evil. Suzanne hides a dark secret. It’s up to Wendell and Suzanne’s daughter, Sheila (Townsend) to put an end to her madness.
“Endangered Species” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday June 1, from Grindstone Entertainment Group, a Lionsgate company.
Starring Rebecca Romijn (“X-Men” franchise) and Jerry O’Connell (Showtime’s “Billions”) this gripping adventure tale unfolds beneath a brutal African sun. Jack Halsey (O’Connell) takes his wife (Romijn), their adult kids, and a friend for a dream vacation in Kenya. But as they venture off alone into a wilderness park, their safari van is flipped over by an angry rhino, leaving them injured and desperate. Then, as two of them go in search of rescue, a bloody, vicious encounter with a leopard and a clan of hyenas incites a desperate fight for survival. The thriller is directed by MJ Bassett from a screenplay he wrote with Isabel Bassett.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Relive the globetrotting adventures of Lara Craft in celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” with a newly remastered version on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray (plus Digital) Tuesday June 1, from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Originally released June 15, 2001, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” stars Angelina Jolie as the intrepid adventurer, whose exploits send her on a quest for a mysterious and powerful artifact. The movie also stars Jon Voight (“Mission Impossible”), Daniel Craig (“Skyfall”), Noah Taylor (“Almost Famous”) and Iain Glenn (“Game of Thrones”).
Exploring lost empires, finding priceless treasurers, punishing villains in mortal combat, it’s all in a day’s work for adventurer Lara Croft (Jolie). But a secret form her father’s (Voight) past is about to lead Lara to her greatest challenge: The Triangle of Light, a legendary artifact with the power to alter space and time Lara must find the Triangle before it falls into the clutches of the Illuminati, a secret society bent on world domination.
The newly remastered film will be presented in a 20th anniversary edition Blu-ray with access to a digital copy of the film and nearly 90 minutes of previously released bonus content including commentary with director Simon West, digging into Tomb Raider, crafting Lara Croft, the visual effects, stunts, “Are you game?” featurette, deleted scenes the U2 “Elevation” video and trailers.
The endlessly quotable and unforgettable drama “Mommie Dearest” celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand-new Blu-ray in the Paramount Presents line, debuting Tuesday June 1, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Newly restored from a 4K film transfer, the drama about the tumultuous relationship between Hollywood actress Joan Crawford and her daughter, Christina, is presented in a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc™ with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.
Based on Christina Crawford’s controversial best-selling tell-all novel, “Mommie Dearest” features a powerhouse performance by Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, struggling in her career while battling the inner demons of her private life. While the public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, behind the scenes is a private Crawford—the woman desperate to be a single mother and trying to survive in a devastating industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly.
The Blu-ray includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with biographer Justin Bozung on the film and its director Frank Perry, a new audio commentary with American drag queen Hedda Lettuce, access to a Digital copy of the film, as well as previously released bonus content.
Shoplifters of the World
RLJE Films will release the drama/comedy “Shoplifters of the World” on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday June 1.
Written and directed by Stephen Kijak (“We Are X”), the comedy stars Helena Howard (“Madeline’s Madeline”), Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”), Elena Kampouris (“Children of the Corn”), Nick Krause (“Boyhood”), James Bloor (“Barkskins”), with Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911!,”) and Joe Manganiello (“Magic Mike”).
In the Summer of 1987, four friends, reeling from the sudden break-up of the iconic British band The Smiths, embark on a night out of partying to mourn their musical loss. At the same time, an impassioned Smiths fan takes a local radio deejay hostage at gunpoint and forces him to play nothing but Smiths tracks. With the radio station playing as the soundtrack to their night, the friends go on a wild journey of self-discovery that will transform them forever. Featuring an incredible soundtrack—including 20 songs from The Smiths— “Shoplifters of the World” is a glorious ode to the craziness of the ‘80s and the power of music to change people’s lives.
The DVD will be available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $27.97 and the Blu-ray for $28.96 (SRP).
Guy Ritchie’s dizzying action comedy “Snatch” arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Tuesday June 1, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The writer/director of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” delivers another edgy and hilarious film about a diamond heist gone wrong, a colorful Irish gypsy-turned-prizefighter and a very temperamental dog.
In the heart of gangland, two novice unlicensed boxing promoters, Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), get roped into a rigged bare-knuckle fight with local kingpin/villain and fellow boxing promoter Brick Top (Alan Ford). But all goes wrong when wild-card Irish gypsy boxer One Punch Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt) starts playing by his own rules, and the duo find themselves heading for a whole lot of trouble. Meanwhile, Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) and his stolen 86-carat diamond have gone missing in London. Head honcho Avi (Dennis Farina) hires local legend Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find them, launching everyone into a spiral of double-crossing vendettas and events, most of them illegal.
The 4K Ultra HD box set includes the film on 4K Ultra HD as well as a Blu-ray disc and a Digital copy. The set includes hours of behind-the-scenes bonus features such as director and producer commentaries, deleted scenes with optional commentary, a making-of featurette and more.
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, will release “Spare Parts” on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and Digital Tuesday June 1.
Directed by Andrew Thomas Hunt (“Blackout”) and written by David Murdoch (“The KNTV Show”) and Svet Rouskov (“Darken: Before the Dark”), the film stars Julian Richings (“Chaos Walking”), Michelle Argyris (“General Hospital”), Emily Alatalo (“Mother!”), Kiriana Stanton (“The Expense”) and Chelsea Muirhead (“Slo Pitch”).
Set in a godforsaken bar in the middle of nowhere where an all-girl band—Ms. 45—rips the stage apart with their punk spirit. But their performance impresses an enthusiastic fan who lures the girls into a trap, sedates them, and starts…customizing them. Slowly they begin to gain consciousness and, in total shock, realize their arms have all been replaced with axes and chainsaws to fight gladiator-style in a junkyard arena owned by a sadistic “emperor,” forcing them into the battle of their lives with one prize in mind – their freedom.
“Spare Parts” will be available on DVD for $27.97 (SRP) and on Blu-ray for $28.96 (SRP).
The action-packed heist drama “The Vault” arrives on DVD Tuesday June 1, from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Freddie Highmore (“The Good Doctor”) and Famke Janssen (“X-Men”) star in this globe-trotting, action-packed thriller following a high-risk heist. When an engineer (Highmore) learns of a mysterious, impenetrable fortress hidden under The Bank of Spain, he joins a crew of master thieves who plan to steal the legendary lost treasure locked inside while the whole country is distracted by Spain’s World Cup Final. With thousands of soccer fans cheering in the streets, and security forces closing in, the crew have just minutes to pull off the score of a lifetime. The crime thriller also stars Astrid Berges-Frisbey (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) and Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones”).
“The Vault” also is now in select theaters, on Digital and ON Demand.
Bang: Series 2
“Bang: Series 2” is available now on DVD, from RLJE Entertainment.
As the BAFTA-winning Welsh drama returns, DS Gina Jenkins (Catrin Stewart, “Stella”) discovers a mutilated body on the beach, setting off a search for a serial killer. With Gina consumed by the investigation, her brother, Sam (Jacob Ifan, “Cuffs”), returns home from prison and struggles to start a new life, in this thriller from the producers of “The Fall.”
The series originally premiered on Acorn TV. The two-disc DVD contains all six episodes of the second season and is available for $49.99 (SRP).
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: The Complete First Season
Get into survival mode with Adult Swim’s No. 1 prehistoric animated series with the release of “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: The Complete First Season,” arriving on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday June 1, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The critically acclaimed series recently won three Juried Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Animation. Travel back in time and binge on all 10 fascinating episodes from the first season and go behind the scenes with interviews from the incredible talent from this wordless series.
All 10 episodes of the edge-of-your-seat series will be available for $24.98 (SRP) for the DVD ($30.99 in Canada) and $29.98 (SRP) for the Blu-ray ($39.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only).
“Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: The Complete First” also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
Coming off an award-winning final season of “Samurai Jack,” Adult Swim reunites with creator Genndy Tartakovsky on a new animated series. “Primal” features a caveman at the dawn of evolution. A dinosaur on the brink of extinction. Bonded by tragedy, this unlikely friendship becomes the only hope of survival in a violent, primordial world.
The Other One: Series 1
“The Other One: Series 1,” an Acorn Original series, is available now on DVD, from RLJE Entertainment.
When her husband dies at his surprise party, Tess (Rebecca Front, “Avenue 5,” “Humans”) gets a bigger shock when she learns he had a secret family. Now she and her uptight daughter, Cathy (Ellie White, “The Windsors”), must get to know playful Marilyn (Siobhan Finneran, “Downton Abbey”) and her daughter, Cat (Lauren Socha, “Misfits”).
The comedy series originally premiered on Acorn TV. The DVD, containing all seven episodes of the first season, is available for $34.99 (SRP).
“The Sounds,” an eight-episode series, is available now on DVD, from RLJE Entertainment.
Set against the stunning Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand, this twisty thriller follows a married couple looking to start a new life. But when Maggie (Rachelle Lefevre, “Under the Dome”) joins her husband, Tom (Matt Whelan, “Narcos”), in an idyllic small town halfway around the world, their reunion proves short-lived. As Maggie discovers Tom’s secrets, she begins to plumb the dark depths of paradise. The series also features Matt Nable (“Riddick,” “Arrow”).
“The Sounds” originally premiered last year in the U.S. on Acorn TV and Neon and on CBC in Canada. The two-disc DVD of “The Sounds” is available for $49.99 (SRP). The DVD includes a brief behind-the-scenes featurette.