By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
The first season of Fox’s sci-fi TV drama “Wayward Pines” is available on DVD Tuesday, Oct. 13. Executive produced by Academy Award nominee M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”), and based on Blake Crouch’s bestselling books, the story begins with a car crash that Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Oscar nominee Matt Dillon) can’t remember. He wakes up in a hospital in a strangely idyllic mountain town in Idaho. But the more Ethan tries to find out what happened to him and to two missing fellow agents, the more he discovers that nothing is as it seems in Wayward Pines. Desperate to learn the truth and return to his family, Ethan eventually unveils a terrifying secret that affects all of mankind. The series also stars Oscar nominee and “Empire” star Terrence Howard, Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) and Carla Gugino (“Spy Kids” movies). The DVD includes all 10 episodes of the series as well as special features including “Where Paradise Is Home: A Wayward Pines Style Guide,” and a featurette about creating the mythology of the series.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as a helicopter pilot who comes to the rescue of his estranged wife and daughter in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake on California’s infamous San Andreas fault in the action drama “San Andreas,” available Tuesday, Oct. 13 on Blu-ray. Fans also can watch it on Digital HD.
“San Andreas” reunites Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on the hit “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” Carla Gugino (“Night at the Museum”), Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,”), Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), Paul Giamatti (“Cinderella Man”) also star.
Special features include “San Andreas: The Real Fault Line,” “Dwayne Johnson to the Rescue,” deleted scenes, a gag reel, a stunt reel and more. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Park is available for $44.95, the Blu-ray Combo Pack is available for $35.99 and the 2-disc DVD Special Edition is available for $28.98. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in high-definition on Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with Ultra Violet. Fans also can own “San Andreas” via purchase from digital retailers.
From multi-Grammy winning artist Pharrell Williams (“Happy”) and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) comes the retro coming-of-age comedy “Dope,” debuting on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Tuesday, Oct. 13, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, “Dope” takes a humorous look into contemporary urban life. Featuring an old-school soundtrack, plus four new original songs by Williams, the film stars Shameik Moore, rapper A$AP Rocky, Blake Anderson and Zoe Kravitz. Bonus features include “Dope is Different” where the cast and crew discuss the film’s central characters and its themes of being unique and authentic, and “Dope Music,” in which Williams, A$AP Rocky and director Rick Famuyiwa and others delve into the role old-school rap and punk rock tracks play in the film. “Dope” also is available on Digital HD.
Marques Houston plays Jamal Hawkins, a handsome bachelor who will soon be very wealthy. He is the primary heir to a profitable toilet paper corporation founded by his ailing grandfather. His world comes crashing down, though, when he discovers his grandfather has placed a stipulation on the inheritance—Jamal must find a wife before his grandfather dies. As a happy bachelor, Jamal is lost on what to do. Meantime, his greedy half-sister is plotting to steal the corporation out from under him. So Jamal’s best friend, Danny (Black Thomas), devises a plan to fool Jamal’s family and find a suitable wife as soon as possible. With the aid of his secretary, Rachel (Keshia Knight Pulliam), Danny’s one time fling, the trio concoct a scheme to hold a casting call for a mate for Jamal that will meet his grandfather’s high standards. Chris Stokes directed the romantic comedy and co-wrote the screenplay with Houston and Chaz Echols.
“My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games” is a new full-length feature film available Tuesday, Oct. 13 on DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo.
In this animated kid-friendly fantasy, the journey continues with the Mane 6 in this alternate My Little Pony universe. Canterlot High School meets its rival, Crystal Prep Academy, in a competition that’s a longstanding tradition—The Friendship Games. Sunset Shimmer and her friends compete in a series of exciting events that include archery, motocross and roller skating. She is tasked with keeping magic out of the games to keep things fair, but Crystal Prep’s competitors have a leader with an equal amount of interest in Equestrian magic—the world’s Twilight Sparkle.
Cartoon Network’s “Regular Show: The Movie” is the first feature-length film from the Emmy-winning series. It debuts on DVD Tuesday, Oct. 13, in advance of the network premiere of the seventh season of the popular animated TV series. The epic adventure centers on Mordecai and Rigby who, after accidentally creating a Timenado, have to go back in time and battle an evil volleyball coach in order to save the universe as well as their friendship.
In addition to the 70-minute animated feature from series creator JG Quintel and Cartoon Network Studios, “Regular Show: The Movie” DVD also features more than an hour of exclusive bonus material, original storyboard pitches, animatics, galleries, the trailer and commentary with Quintel and supervising producer Sean Szeles.
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” a drama about the power of friendship, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD. Thomas Mann stars as Greg Gaines, an awkward high school senior and aspiring filmmaker whose mom forces him to spend time with Rachel, a girl in his class (Olivia Cooke) whom he hasn’t spoken to since kindergarten, who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Based on the book by Jesse Andrews, the drama, released in theaters earlier this year, is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“American Horror Story”) and produced by Martin Scorsese. The dramedy also stars RJ Cyler, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal and Connie Britton.
The DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Gomez-Rejon, who also provides a commentary on the film, “Abstract: Movie for Rachel,” Greg’s “trailer” for his movie-within-the movie, a gallery and the theatrical trailer. Additional extras on the Blu-ray include “This is Where You Learn How the Movie Was Made,” “A Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon” and “Greg Gaines and Earl Jackson Productions” short films montage.
Available now on DVD is “Adventure Time: The Enchiridion,” featuring 16 episodes, including fan-favorite First Season episodes based on the Ancient Book for Heroes. Among the episodes are “The Enchiridioni,” “Astral Plane,” “Root Beer Guy,” “James II,” “No One Can Hear You More” and more. Each episode is approximately 11 minutes in length. The DVD, from Warner Home Video, is available for $19.82. The DVD is being released in conjunction with a new book “Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook,” published by Abrams Books.
Kate Bosworth and Wes Bentley co-star in the psychological drama “Amnesiac,” now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Bentley plays a man who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Bosworth) may not be his real wife. A web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner. Michael Polish (“The Astronaut Farmer”) directs the thriller, based on a screenplay by Michael Le and Amy Kolquist.
Just in time for the spookiest of holidays is “Tales of Halloween” on VOD and in select theaters Friday, Oct. 16. The film features 10 stories from horror’s top directors, including Neil Marshall, who helmed “The Descent” and episodes of “Game of Thrones.” Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. This creepy anthology combines classic Halloween tales with the stuff of nightmares. Booboo Stewart (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”), Adrianne Curry (TV’s “My Fair Brady”), Barry Bostwick (“Rocky Horror Picture Show”), Pat Healy (“Magnolia”) and Lin Shaye (“Insidious: Chapter 3”) are among the stars.