By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound,” “Power Book II: Ghost”) and Nat Wolff (“The Kill Team,” “Semper Fi”) star in the intense action thriller “Body Cam,” available on Digital Tuesday May 19 and to rent On Demand June 2, from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film will arrive on DVD July 14.
When a routine traffic stop results in the unexplained, grisly death of her colleague, a cop (Blige) realizes footage of the incident will play for her eyes only. As the attacks mount, she races to understand the supernatural force behind them.
Directed by Malik Vitthal from a screenplay by Richmond Riedel and Nicholas McCarthy, “Body Cam” stars Anika Noni Rose and David Zayas, alongside Blige and Wolff.
The film will be available digitally on Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sony PlayStation Video, FandangoNOW, and other Digital platforms.
From director Tanya Wexler (“Finding North,” “Hysteria”) comes the chaotic adventure of one woman’s never-ending quest for money and a better life in “Buffaloed,” arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Tuesday May 19, from Magnolia Home Entertainment.
Zoey Deutch (“Set It Up,” “The Politician”) stars in this timely comedy of Peg Dahl, a low-income girl from Buffalo, New York with an aptitude for numbers and a lifelong dream of something more.
With a script penned by Buffalo native Brian Sacca (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), “Buffaloed” is a comedic, moving tale of desperation, greed and—of course—money. Featuring a supporting cast including Jai Courtney (“Suicide Squad,”) and Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30”), Wexler explores the unquenchable thirst for power as she presents a relentless woman in a man’s world and just how far one might go to obtain their own version of the American dream. Deutch delivers a knockout performance as Peg ascends from underdog to queen and back in Buffalo, the debt collecting capital of the world.
Buffaloed will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $29.98 and $26.98, and available on Digital via Apple TV, Google Play, Prime Video, FandangoNOW and more.
Jane Austen’s 19th century comedy on misguided matchmaking and romantic mishaps gets a refreshing update in the heartwarming and witty “Emma,” is available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday May 19, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It already is available on Digital.
This oft-filmed period romantic comedy chronicles the privileged but well-meaning young Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Witch,” “Thoroughbreds”). features exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content including deleted scenes, gag reel, and behind-the-scene featurettes with the cast and crew whisking audiences away to the world of our mischievous heroine and the everlasting story of self-discovery.
Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of the literary classic.
Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy) is a restless “queen bee” without rivals in her sleepy little English town. In this glittering satire of social class, Emma must navigate her way through the challenges of growing up, misguided matches and romantic missteps to realize the love that has been there all along.
Adapted by Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton (“The Luminaries”), the film stays true to Austen’s endearing novel and brings to life the English Countryside in 1815. The cast is rounded out by Johnny Flynn (“Beast”), Bill Nighy (“Love Actually,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” films), Mia Goth (“Suspiria”), Josh O’ Connor (“The Crown”), Miranda Hart (“Spy,” “Call the Midwife”), Callum Turner (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “War & Peace”), Tanya Reynolds (“Sex Education”), Connor Swindells (“Sex Education”), Rupert Graves (“Sherlock,” “A Room with a View”) and Gemma Whelan (“Game of Thrones”).
The theatrical version of the film is currently available for viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering.
The hit movie that became a cultural sensation, “Flashdance” will be available on Blu-ray Tuesday May 19.
The ‘80s drama, which starred Jennifer Beals, delivers a mix of music, drama and dance that dazzles the senses as it touches the heart; now newly remastered from a 4K ﬁlm transfer supervised by director Adrian Lyne. Bonus features include a new Filmmaker Focus with Lyne, as well as previously released featurettes on the look of the film and the phenomenon it became.
Last Moment of Clarity
“Last Moment of Clarity” arrives on DVD, Digital and On Demand Tuesday May 19, from Lionsgate.
In this engrossing mystery, Sam (Zach Avery) finds out his girlfriend—whom he thought was murdered—has been hiding out in Paris and becomes obsessed with the thought that a Hollywood starlet could be her. Starring Samara Weaving, Carly Chaikin, Zach Avery with Golden Globe and Brian Cox (“Succession”), the “Last Moment of Clarity” DVD will be available for $19.98 (SRP).
The Postcard Killings
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, will release “The Postcard Killings” Tuesday May 19, on DVD and Blu-ray.
The action thriller stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”), Famke Janssen (“X Men” franchise), Cush Jumbo (“The Good Fight”), Joachim Król (“Run Lola Run”), Steven Mackintosh (“Rocketman”), and Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”). Written by Andrew Stern, Ellen Furman, Liza Marklund and Tove Alsterdal, the film was directed by Academy Award winner Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”).
Based on the James Patterson and Liza Marklund bestselling novel, “The Postcard Killings” tells the story of New York detective Jacob Kanon’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), whose world is destroyed when his daughter and son-in-law are brutally murdered in London. Unable to sit idly by and do nothing, Jacob travels to London to get the answers he needs. As he learns of similar heinous murders happening across Europe—each preceded by a postcard sent to a local journalist—Jacob is in a race against time to stop the killings and find justice for his little girl. A making-of bonus feature is included.
“The Postcard Killings” will be available on DVD for $29.96 (SRP) and on Blu-ray for $29.97 (SRP).
Sonic the Hedgehog
Get ready for epic fun and super-sonic action when everyone’s favorite hedgehog races home in the blockbuster hit “Sonic the Hedgehog,” will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc Tuesday May 19 rom Paramount Home Entertainment. The film currently is available on Digital.
The Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with sensational bonus features: See Sonic the Hedgehog’s next adventure around the world in a new animation; get more of Sonic in deleted scenes; laugh at the hilarious blooper reel; explore the origins of the legendary blue hedgehog; see Jim Carrey bring Dr. Robotnik to life; watch along with awesome commentary by director Jeff Fowler and the voice of Sonic, Ben Schwartz; among others.
Plus, for a limited time, the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo packs will include a printed, Limited Edition comic book featuring an adventure with “Sonic and The Donut Lord.”
Powered with incredible speed, Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of super-uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Carrey). Now it’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the planet in this action-packed hit that’s fun for the whole family.
The romantic drama “Olympic Dreams” glides onto DVD Tuesday May 19, from IFC.
Set against the splendor of the Winter Olympic Games, an intimate and unexpected love story develops between two lonely hearts, each at their own crossroads in life. Penelope (Alexi Pappas) is a first time Olympian and introverted cross-country skier, who, after finishing her event early on in the games, finds herself spending time in Athletes Village with the gregarious and outgoing volunteer dentist, Ezra (Nick Kroll).
While both are eager to form connections at the Olympic Games, they are held back by the very thing that has propelled them to this point; what do you do once your lifelong dream has come true, you’re faced with taking the next step? As Penelope and Ezra navigate the vulnerable slopes, they push one another to embrace qualities they lost sight of in pursuit of their dreams. Will they be able to help each other take of leap of faith into the unknown? The first movie ever filmed on location during the Olympics in Athletes Village, “Olympic Dreams” offers audiences a never-before-seen side of the Games and the people whose entire lives are shaped by them.
Tea with the Dames
Get your tea on as “Tea with the Dames” is available now on Blu-ray, from IFC.
What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime friends who here invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. Bursting with devilish wit and clever insights, “Tea with the Dames” is a remarkable opportunity to spend time in the company of four all-time greats—up close and unfiltered.
The IFC Films theatrical release was directed by BAFTA winner Roger Michell (“Notting Hill,” “My Cousin Rachel”).
Tom Cruise Trilogy
Get ready to ride out this ongoing global lockdown with Tom Cruise.
First up, you can feel the need for speed when the blockbuster hit “Top Gun” arrives for the first time 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on May 19, from Paramount Home Entertainment. The high-flying actioner is available now on 4K Ultra HD Digital in time, released on Top Gun Day, May 13.
The Digital and disc releases will include a brand-new featurette that explores the film’s legacy and enduring popularity through new interviews with Tom Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and members of the cast of the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick,” including John Hamm, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, and others.
Fans can also enjoy a retrospective segment from 2016 looking back at 30 years of “Top Gun.” Additional previously released bonus content on the disc includes commentary by Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and naval experts; “Danger Zone: The Making of ‘Top Gun;’” a look inside the real Top Gun; original theatrical promotional material; music videos, and more.
And you can make it a Tom Cruise marathon with two more action-packed favorites with “Days of Thunder” and “War of the Worlds” arriving Tuesday May 19 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Both films are available now on 4K Ultra HD Digital.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, “Days of Thunder” reteamed director Tony Scott, producer Bruckheimer, and Cruise in 1990, following their massive success with “Top Gun.” Featuring some of the most spectacular racing action ever captured on film, the movie further cemented Cruise’s star status. The new 4K Ultra HD release includes a brand-new featurette looking back on the production with Bruckheimer.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, “War of the Worlds,” released in theaters in 2005, celebrates its 15th anniversary. Cruise took on the starring role in this contemporary retelling of the H.G. Wells classic, which earned over $600 million worldwide. The new 4K UHD/Blu-ray Combo Pack includes access to a digital copy of the film, along with over an hour of previously released bonus content, including multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, production diaries, a look at the characters, and more.
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi
Experience an epic tale of heroism, leadership, and female empowerment when “The Warrior Queen of Jhansi” arrives on Digital and DVD Tuesday May 19, from Lionsgate.
This film is based on the true story of Rani of Jhansi, the Indian Queen who was a leading figure and symbol of resistance in the 1857 Indian rebellion against the British Empire. Directed by Swati Bhise (one of the producers of The Man Who Knew Infinity) and co-written by Swati, her daughter Devika Bhise (Mosaic), who also stars as “Rani Lashkmi Bai,” and Olivia Emden (Hero), “The Warrior Queen of Jhansi” features Nathaniel Parker, Rupert Everett (“An Ideal Husband”), Ben Lamb, Jodhi May, and Derek Jacobi (“I, Claudius”). Extras include a making of featurette and more.
“The Warrior Queen of Jhansi” will be available on Digital for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $12.99 and on DVD for purchase through online retailers for $19.99 (SRP).
The Way Back
Follow the road to redemption when “The Way Back” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday May 19. Academy Award winner Ben Affleck (“Argo,” “The Accountant”) stars in the drama directed by Gavin O’Connor (“The Accountant,” “Miracle”) from a screenplay written by Brad Ingelsby.
The film also stars Al Madrigal (“Night School”), Michaela Watkins (“Wanderlust,” “Casual”), Janina Gavankar (“Blindspotting,” “True Blood”), Glynn Turman (“Bumblebee”), Brandon Wilson, Will Ropp, Charles Lott Jr. and Melvin Gregg (“American Vandal”).
Back in high school, Jack Cunningham (Affleck) had everything going for him. A basketball star, he could have punched his ticket to college or even the pros, but, instead, he chose to walk away from the game, forfeiting his future. Jack’s glory days are long gone … but, as it turns out, not forgotten. Years later, he gets the chance to take back his life when he is asked to coach the struggling basketball team at his alma mater. Jack reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself, and as the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may get his last shot at redemption.
“The Way Back” is currently available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. It also is available digitally on VOD from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles. “The Way Back” will also be available on Movies Anywhere.
“Zombi Child” arrives on DVD and Digital Tuesday May 19, from Film Movement.
From director Bertrand Bonello (“Nocturama,” “Saint Laurent”), “Zombi Child” injects history and politics into an unconventional cross-genre film. Opening in 1962 Haiti, the horror-fantasy follows the real-life story of Clairvius Narcisse (Mackenson Bijou), who falls dead on the street but is soon turned into a “zombie,” when he is dug up from his grave and forced to work on a sugar-cane plantation.
Shifting to present-day Paris at the Légion d’honneur boarding school, a rebellious teen named Fanny (Louise Labèque) befriends Melissa (Wislanda Louimat), who moved to France when her parents died in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. After recruiting her into a secret literary sorority, Fanny learns of Melissa’s connection to Clairvius, and becomes obsessed with her new friend’s past and culture, soon doing the unthinkable: seeking out her voodoo mambo aunt to solve her recent heartbreak.
An Official Selection at Cannes, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, winner of the Online Film Critics Society Special Achievement Award for Best Non-U.S. Release and nominated for the Queer Palm at Cannes, “Zombi Child” captivated audiences and critics alike.
Bonus features include a director’s commentary and the short film “Child of the Sky,” directed by Phillip Montgomery.
“Zombi Child” will be available on DVD for $24.95 (SRP).
Disney’s “Zombies 2,” the sequel to “Zombies” arrives on DVD Tuesday May 19, from Disney Media Distribution.
“Zombies 2” is a music- and dance-filled story that picks up as cheerleader Addison and zombie football player Zed are readying for Seabrook High’s Prawn, the school’s super-sized prom. However, when a group of mysterious teenage werewolves, led by Willa, Wyatt and Wynter, unexpectedly arrive in search of an ancient life source buried somewhere in Seabrook, a fearful city council reenacts Seabrook’s anti-monster laws, making it impossible for Zed and Addison to attend prom together.
Determined to keep their plan to be the first zombie/cheerleader couple to go to the prom, Zed runs for school president. Meanwhile, Addison is drawn into the werewolves’ circle, causing a rift between her and Zed. Fearing he might lose Addison to the werewolf pack, Zed sabotages Addison’s effort to find out if she really belongs amongst them. When his deception is revealed and Addison confronts the truth about her identity, zombies, cheerleaders and werewolves all discover the real meaning of community and acceptance.
“Zombies 2” includes several deleted scenes, bloopers, sing-alongs, a music video and dance tutorial.
The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 6
Acorn features the Blu-ray/DVD debut of one of Acorn TV’s most popular series, “The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 6” Tuesday May 19.
This New Zealand-set detective drama features quirky, complex characters, piquant wit, as well as mystifying crimes and compelling whodunit investigations. After transferring from a big city to the little town of Brokenwood, DSS Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea, “Go Girls”) and Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland, “The Almighty Johnsons”) investigate the macabre.
Now on a four-disc DVD set or two-disc Blu-ray set ($59.99, Amazon.com) with a 10-minute behind-the scenes featurette. Series 6 of “The Brokenwood Mysteries” premiered on Acorn TV in January.
In Series 6, detectives Mike Shepherd (Rea), Kristin Sims (Sutherland), and Sam Breen (Nic Sampson) investigate a death at a steampunk event, a novelist’s killing modeled on a murder in his new book, the shooting of an animal rights activist, and a suspicious suicide at a women’s prison.
Creepshow: Season 1
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to Shudder’s, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, “Creepshow: Season 1,” which releases Tuesday June 2 on Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray.
The six-episode season of the horror/comedy from showrunner Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”) stars Tobin Bell (“Saw” franchise), Adrienne Barbeau (“Escape From New York”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”), Cailey Fleming (“The Walking Dead”), Jeffrey Combs (“Re-Animator”), Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi (“Bill & Ted Face the Music”), DJ Qualls (“The Man in the High Castle”), Bruce Davison (“X-Men”), David Arquette (“Scream” franchise), Dana Gould (“Stan Against Evil”), and Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”).
The new anthology series is based on George A. Romero’s 1982 horror comedy classic. A comic book comes to life in a series of twelve vignettes over six episodes, exploring terrors from murder to the supernatural and unexplainable. Haunted dollhouses, werewolves, murderous goblins, villainous trick-or-treaters, the dead, and medical marvels are just a few of the things to watch out for in this new series.
The six episodes were directed by Nicotero, Tom Savini (“Dawn of the Dead”), John Harrison (“Book of Blood”), Rob Schrab (“Community”), David Bruckner (“The Ritual”) and Roxanne Benjamin (“Body at Brighton Rock”).
These releases contain extensive bonus materials including more than three hours of interviews, featurettes and behind-the-scenes footage, audio commentary tracks with the cast and crew for each of the episodes, and a 24-page comic art booklet.
“Creepshow: Season 1” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray for $34.98 (SRP).
Fear the Walking Dead: Season 5
The battle for survival and prosperity continues when “Fear the Walking Dead: Season 5” arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD Tuesday May 19, from Lionsgate.
From executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead,” “Terminator 2”), the hit spin-off series stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Maggie Grace, Garret Dillahunt, Rubén Blades (“Crazy from the Heart”), Lennie James, and Austin Amelio.
Heading into Season 5, the group’s mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what’s left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones (James) leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community, and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts. But trust won’t be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when the members of the group find themselves in uncharted territory, forced to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only by facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed.
The “Fear the Walking Dead: Season 5” Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD include bonus commentary on three of the episodes. It will be available for $44.99 (SRP) and $38.98 (SRP), respectively.
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