By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
The critically-acclaimed family film “Paddington 2” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Tuesday April 24.
The much-anticipated sequel to the 2015 hit finds Paddington (voiced again by actor Ben Whishaw), a lovable bear, happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.
Reuniting many of the original film’s cast while welcoming those in new roles, “Paddington 2” stars Golden Globe nominee Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Shape of Water”), three-time Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (“The Guard,” “ “In Bruges”), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (“Billy Elliot,” “Educating Rita”), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi (“Doctor Who”), with Hugh Grant (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”), Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”) as the voice of Aunt Lucy.
The live-action/animation hybrid was produced by multiple award-winning producer David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” film). Paddington’s return to the big screen was again helmed by BAFTA-nominated director Paul King (“Paddington”) from a script written by King and Simon Farnaby (Sky TV’s “Yonderland”), based on the bestselling and internationally beloved books by Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear.
“Paddington 2” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $35.99. The DVD will be available for an SRP of $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition and the special features in high definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie. The DVD and Blu-ray editions both include a featurette called “Paddington: The Bear Truth.” Additionally, the Blu-ray has another bonus featurette on how to make a marmalade sandwich, a music video with the faded actor character, Phoenix Buchanan (Grant) the magical mystery of Paddington’s pop-up book and more. The family-friendly film also will be available on Movies Anywhere app and website.
Based on a true story, “Backstabbing for Beginners” arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD Tuesday April 24 from Lionsgate. Starring Theo James (“Divergent” series), 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset (“Dancing on the Edge”), and 1982 Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi”), the exciting thriller tells the story of an idealistic young man who lands his dream job at the United Nation’s Oil and Food program, but soon finds himself in the middle of a worldwide conspiracy that may involve his boss.
It includes an in-depth making-of featurette, and will be available for the SRP of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
After 40 years, the musical comedy “Grease” remains a cultural phenomenon. An iconic celebration of high school life in the 1950s, “Grease” is the word with a new 40th Anniversary Edition on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital available Tuesday April 24, from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
Featuring an explosion of song and dance, as well as star-making performances from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, “Grease” made an indelible impact on popular culture when it was released in theaters in 1978. Four decades later, the film remains an enduring favorite as legions of new fans discover the memorable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story. Boasting unforgettable songs including “Greased Lightnin’,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Beauty School Drop Out” and, of course, “Grease,” the film is a timeless feel-good celebration.
Paramount worked with director Randal Kleiser to restore the timeless musical to its original vibrancy with the highest quality sound, picture resolution and color. The original negative was scanned and received extensive clean up and color correction using previously unavailable digital restoration tools such as high dynamic range technology. In addition, the audio was enhanced from a six-track mix created for an original 70mm release, giving the music more clarity. The resulting picture and sound create an exceptional home viewing experience.
The “Grease” 40th Anniversary Edition 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the fully restored version of the film plus an all-new, in-depth exploration of the little-known origins of what would become a Broadway play and then a feature film and worldwide phenomenon.
“Grease: A Chicago Story” features new interviews with writer Jim Jacobs and original cast members of the Chicago show. In addition, the discs include the original song the title sequence was animated to and an alternate ending discovered in the original black-and- white 16mm work print by Kleiser.
Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs also feature more than an hour of previously released bonus material, including a sing-along, vintage interviews with the cast, deleted scenes and more. Plus, the Blu-ray Combo comes in collectible packaging with 16 pages of images laid out like a high school yearbook. In addition, a Grease Collection will be available in a Steelbook “locker,” which includes the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray of “Grease,” as well as “Grease 2” and the TV production of “Grease: Live!” on Blu-ray for the first time.
The inevitable clash between an unbeatable crew addicted to heists and an elite unit of Los Angeles detectives comes to a head in “Den of Thieves,” arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday April 24, from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Directed by Christian Gudegast (“London Has Fallen”), the film blurs the lines between good and evil by examining the rivalry between a police unit, led by Gerard Butler (“London Has Fallen”), and a crew of career criminals featuring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (“Get Rich or Die Trying”), Pablo Schreiber (“13 Hours”), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) and Evan Jones (“A Million Ways to Die in the West”).
“Den of Thieves” is a gritty crime saga set in Los Angeles, where the state’s most successful bank robbery crew intersects with the an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Department as they plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank branch. Filled with gripping, explosive action and an ending that will leave viewers stunned, “Den of Thieves” is an electrifying game of cat-and-mouse.
In addition to both the action-packed theatrical version and the extended unrated version with footage not seen in theaters, the home entertainment editions of “Den of Thieves” also features never-before seen bonus content including an alternate ending, outtakes and deleted scenes and insightful commentary from the filmmakers.
Join one of television’s most irreverent families, the Gallaghers, when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases another season of the hit Showtime series, “Shameless,” on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday April 24.
“Shameless: The Complete Eighth Season” brings the whole clan together for another scandalous season featuring 12 irreverent episodes, plus bonus content, including two new featurettes and deleted scenes.
From Emmy-winning executive producer John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing”) and Warner Bros. Television, “Shameless” stars Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy (“Fargo,” “Door to Door”) as Frank Gallagher, the outspoken, alcoholic, single father of six industrious and independent kids from Chicago’s South Side. “Shameless: The Complete Eighth Season” will retail for $29.98 SRP.
In Season 8, Frank (Macy, three-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner for his role on the series), tries to become a contributing member of society. Meanwhile, his daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) finds success as a landlord. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) struggles to stay sober while Ian (Cameron Monaghan) takes up a cause. Debbie (Emma Kenney) tries life as a single working mom, while Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) gets creative finding tuition money after losing his military school scholarship. Kev (Steve Howey) and V (Shanola Hampton) wrestle with Svetlana (Isidora Goreshter) at The Alibi.
Based on the long-running, award-winning British series, “Shameless” was developed for American television by Wells and created by Paul Abbott (“State of Play”) and made its U.S. debut in 2011 on Showtime.
In addition, the Warner Archive Blu-ray releases are found at wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer. “Shameless: The Complete Eighth Season” also is available on digital platforms.
Rev up your engines and get ready for a thrilling ride. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s release of “Wacky Races: Start Your Engines Season 1 Volume 1” is speeding its way onto DVD Tuesday April 24. From Warner Bros. Animation, the legendary Hanna-Barbera animated series is back and better than ever, in an all-new, reimagined edition the whole family can enjoy together. Those wacky racers from the original series are back and they’re hitting the road with a brand-new set of vehicles, colorful characters and adventures that will appeal to all ages.
“Wacky Races: Start Your Engines Season 1 Volume 1” features 10 exciting episodes. The DVD will retail for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $14.97. All episodes featured also are available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.
Inspired by the classic series, the adventures are jam-packed with fast, furious fun. Featuring a talented voice cast that includes Diedrich Bader, Nicole Parker, Peter Woodward, Billy West and Tom Kenny, your favorite racers like Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect, the diabolical Dick Dastardly and his snickering sidekick Mutley are here, alongside newcomers Captain Crankshaft and his Skeleton Crew. Race around the world with this wacky bunch, where the laps and the laughs don’t end until the finish line.
Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Toei Animation, presents a new anime feature “Digimon Adventure Tri.—Loss,” available in a Blu-ray Combo Pack Tuesday April 24. The film is presented dubbed in English as well as the original Japanese version, along with English subtitles. The Combo Pack includes the Blu-ray disc along with a DVD disc and digital copy.
After the “reboot” and Meicoomon’s rampage, Tai and friends arrive in the Digital World. They reunite with their partner Digimon, who somehow have lost all of their memories. As they try to figure out what they should do from within the Digital World, Meicoomon suddenly appears and then disappears. She still has her memories, though. Meanwhile, in the real world, Nishijima receives word that Himekawa has vanished. As he investigates, Nishijima determines that there is a hidden agenda behind Himekawa’s behavior that has to do with a past event that determined both of their destinies. The title includes the featurette “The Evolution So Far,” in which voice actor Joshua Seth recaps the events leading up to “Digimon Adventure Tri.—Loss.”