By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
“Baywatch” makes waves with a new extended version, featuring outrageous footage not seen in theaters, on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack Tuesday Aug. 29, from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The R-rated comedy also is available on Digital HD.
When a dangerous crime wave hits the beach, legendary Lt. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson, “The Fate of the Furious”) leads his elite squad of badass lifeguards on a mission to prove you don’t have to wear a badge to save the bay. Joined by a trio of hot-shot recruits including former Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”), they’ll ditch the surf and go deep undercover to take down a ruthless businesswoman (Priyanka Chopra, “Quantico”), whose devious plans threaten the future of the bay.
Front Row Features Film Critic Heather Turk called theatrical release, “pure summer fun. It has its cheesy moments, but surprisingly it’s not as over the top or gratuitous as one might think. One of the film’s biggest surprises is that, despite its R rating, there’s no female nudity, which many fans might have thought would be a given considering the TV show is famous for its many bouncing bosom shots. For female fans hoping the tables have turned, there’s no nude shots of Johnson or Efron either, although the two do compete in a strong man competition of sorts that shows off Efron’s freakishly buff body.”
The “Baywatch” 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include both the extended and theatrical versions of the film and are loaded with special features, including interviews with the sensational cast, a look at the “Baywatch” legacy, behind-the-scenes footage of the spectacular stunts, as well as deleted and extended scenes. The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.
The Blu-ray contains both the original theatrical version as well as the extended edition of the film in high definition. Bonus content includes the featurettes “Meet the Lifeguards,” “Continuing the Legacy,” “Stunts & Training, deleted and extended scenes. The DVD edition contains the theatrical version of the film in standard definition.
Narrated by John Krasinski (NBC’s “The Office”), Disneynature’s newest true-life adventure film “Born in China,” journeys into homes on Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital) and On-Demand Tuesday Aug. 29. And in continued efforts to help protect the wild animals featured in the film, Disneynature through the Conservation Fund has made a contribution to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to focus efforts that benefit wild pandas and snow leopards.
“Born in China” transports audiences to some of the world’s most extreme environments of China where few people have ever ventured to witness wildly intimate and adorable moments in the lives of three animal families—a doting panda bear mother, a two-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey, and a mother snow leopard. It is the seventh theatrical release from Disneynature. The breathtaking footage and high-definition quality picture is captivating for audiences of all ages.
Additionally, the in-home release comes packaged with all-new bonus features that take viewers deeper into the making of a true-life adventure film, showcasing the extreme measures it took to travel, film, observe and encounter these amazing animals in their natural habitats in the far northeast China; Showcases how Disneynature and the Disney Conservation efforts behind these films have helped make a difference around the globe; and features the full music video by American Authors end-credit song “Everything Everything.”
Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan directs the film which is produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman. “Born in China” features an orchestral score composed by Emmy-winner Barnaby Taylor that incorporates an authentic Chinese sound.
Ken Jeong (“The Hangover”) and David Hasselhoff (“Baywatch”) star in the comedy send up “Killing Hasselhoff,” available on DVD and Digital Tuesday Aug. 29, from UPHE Content Group. Co-produced by the team behind Baywatch and David Hasselhoff himself, the laugh-out-loud movie is packed with a host of celebrity cameos including comedian Howie Mandel (“America’s Got Talent”), musician Kid Cudi, and The Hoff’s original “Baywatch” partner in life-saving crime, Gena Lee Nolin (“Baywatch”). Rounding out the cast is Jon Lovitz (“The Ridiculous Six”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”) and Jim Jefferies (“Tainted Love”).
What started out as a regular week quickly turns into the worst few days of his life when Chris (Jeong), a struggling nightclub owner, fails to pay back a loan shark and decides the only way to get the money is to kill his pick in the annual “Who Will Die This Year” celebrity death pool: David Hasselhoff. Aided by his friends Fish (Darby) and Tommy (Jefferies), Chris desperately tries everything he can to off the master of slow-motion running and claim the jackpot. But the task is not as easy as he thought, especially when your target is Hasselhoff a.k.a. The Hoff.
“Killing Hasselhoff,” available on DVD and Digital, comes filled with exclusive and hilarious deleted scenes taking viewers further into the film’s crazy adventure.
The British drama “Delicious, Series 1” makes its DVD debut Tuesday Aug. 29, from Acorn TV, an RLJ Entertainment brand. Leo Vincent (Iain Glen, “Game of Thrones”) is a successful chef embroiled in food, love and infidelity with more than a few secrets: he stole most of his recipes from his ex-wife, who he cheated on for years. Now married to “the other woman,” Leo must try to successfully juggle both relationships and his job. The hit series has been renewed for a second season. The DVD features four episodes (suggested retail price of $34.99, Amazon.com) and bonus behind-the-scenes featurettes. “Delicious, Series 1” made its U.S. premiere in May on Acorn TV.
Professional chef Leo Vincent has everything he ever wanted: a prosperous hotel business, a beautiful family, and an amiable relationship with his ex-wife, Gina (Dawn French, “French & Saunders”)—to whom he owes much of his success. But when Leo’s glamorous current wife, Sam (Emilia Fox, “Silent Witness”), starts to suspect that he is having an affair, she asks Gina for advice, suspecting that Gina would recognize the signs of infidelity—as Leo has cheated before with Sam. But none of them could anticipate the disastrous chain of events that follows, revealing unsavory secrets and juicy scandals. As the two women try to mend their broken families, either a friendship will rise from the ashes of betrayal or they will tear each other apart. The drama series stars Vinette Robinson (“Sherlock”) and Sheila Hancock (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”).
Kick off the new school year with Snoopy and Charlie Brown on Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s release of “Peanuts by Schulz: School Days,” available on DVD Tuesday Aug. 29. Enroll in Snoopy’s curriculum of laughter and fun with this all-new collection that features school-themed cartoons from the newly launched Peanuts cable television series. This release includes 19 shorts, which are based on the legendary print comic strip created by Charles Schulz. “Peanuts by Schulz: School Days” will retail for $18.94 SRP.
Grab your books and join study buddies Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang as school is in session. Bringing cartoonist Charles Schulz’s classic strips to life, this all-new animated collection features over three hours of laughs and lessons. Whether it’s being the class clown or a teacher’s pet, these adventurers will make the grade. Peanuts premiered in the U.S. on Boomerang, Cartoon Network’s sister station last year.