David Lean Classics ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ ‘Ambulance,’ and More on Home Entertainment … Plus an Action-Packed Giveaway!

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Ambulance (Action Thriller)

When an ambulance is hijacked by two brothers after a bank robbery gone wrong, they must make an escape through Los Angeles in “Ambulance,” which will be available to own on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday June 14, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Michael Bay, the action maestro behind high-octane blockbusters such as “Transformers” and “Armageddon,” comes this action-packed adventure starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza González.

“Ambulance” is filled with never-before-seen bonus content including six behind-the-scenes featurettes including one in which the stars discuss what it’s like working with the famous action director, and more.

In “Ambulance,” veteran Will Sharp (Abdul-Mateen II, “Candyman”), desperate for money, turns to his adoptive brother Danny (Gyllenhaal, “End of Watch”) for help. A career criminal, Danny instead offers him a huge score. But when their heist goes awry, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop and paramedic (González, “Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw”) onboard.

Will and Danny must evade a city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape L.A. has ever seen.

“Ambulance” also is available now to own on Digital.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (Action Adventure)

Celebrating its 65th anniversary, “The Bridge on the River Kwai” arrives in a special Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Tuesday June 7, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma (now Myanmar), Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean’s epic World War II adventure.

Spectacularly produced, the war drama captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), and Best Director. Even its theme song, an old World War II whistling tune, the Colonel Bogey March, became a massive hit. “The Bridge on the River Kwai” continues today as one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of all time.

The box set includes the feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, fully restored from the original camera negative, Dolby Atmos + 5.1 + original monaural sound, with the Blu-ray disc featuring the film in high definition, sourced from the 4K master, 5.1 audio, plus several special features including “Crossing the Bridge: A Picture-in-Picture Graphics Track,” a making-of featurette, the rise and fall of a jungle giant, vintage interviews on talk shows with stars William Holden and Alec Guinness, and more.

The Contractor (Action Thriller)

Paramount Pictures’ “The Contractor” arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday June 7, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Chris Pine (“Star Trek” movies) stars in this action-packed thriller as Special Forces Sergeant James Harper, who is involuntarily discharged from the Army and cut-off from his pension.

In debt, out of options and desperate to provide for his family, Harper contracts with a private underground military force. When the very first assignment goes awry, the elite soldier finds himself hunted and on the run, caught in a dangerous conspiracy and fighting to stay alive long enough to get home and uncover the true motives of those who betrayed him. The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs and Eddie Marsan. Directed by Tarik Saleh (“The Nile Hilton Incident”), the film was written by J.P. Davis (“Fighting Tommy Riley”).

Eraser: Reborn (Sci-Fi Action)

Twenty-five years after Warner Bros. released the blockbuster hit “Eraser,” Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will have you on the edge of your seat with the release of “Eraser: Reborn,” on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday June 7.

A reboot of the 1996 blockbuster that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, this all-new action-packed film follows U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard (Dominic Sherwood, “Shadowhunters”), a specialist in engineering the fake deaths of witnesses that need to leave no trace of their existence.

Pollard specializes in “erasing” people—faking the deaths of high-risk witnesses. With the technological advances of the last 25 years, the game has upgraded, and it’s just another day at the office when he’s assigned to Rina Kimura, a crime boss’ wife who’s decided to turn state’s evidence. As the two flee to Cape Town, South Africa, with a team of merciless assassins on their trail, Pollard discovers he’s been set up. Double-crossed and fueled by adrenaline, he needs to be at the top of his game, or he’ll be the one who’s erased. Permanently.

The film also stars Jacky Lai (“V-Wars”) as Rina Kimura, McKinley Belcher III (“Marriage Story”) as Paul Whitlock, a mentor to Pollard and Eddie Ramos (“Animal Kingdom”) as Sugar Jax, a local gangster.

“Eraser: Reborn” is directed by John Pogue (“The Quiet Ones,” “Deep Blue Sea 3”) and written by Michael Weiss (“Jarhead 3: The Siege”), Hunt Lowry (“Donnie Darko”) and Patty Reed (“Pure Country Pure Heart”) produce for Roserock Films.

The sci-fi/action film will be available on Blu-ray for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.98 ($29.98 in Canada), on DVD for $19.98 SRP ($24.98 in Canada) and Digital for $14.99 SRP ($14.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only).

“Eraser: Reborn” will be available for streaming on HBO Max this fall. The film also will be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Keeping Company (Comedy/Horror Thriller)

From 1091 Pictures, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, “Keeping Company” will be available on Video on Demand Tuesday June 7.

The horror comedy stars Jacob Grodnik, Ahmed Bharoocha, Devin Das, Gillian Vigman, Andy Buckley and Rex Lee.

“Keeping Company” comes from the creative minds of co-writers Devin Das and Josh Wallace with Wallace directing and Das starring in the film.

Sonny and Noah are two brash door-to-door salesmen climbing the ranks within the corporate world of insurance. One day, after feeling the heat from their boss to get their sales numbers up, they cross paths with Lucas, an enigmatic, anti-social creature, whom they see as a potential new client.

With no regard for Lucas’ plea for privacy, they rudely force their way into his house but soon find themselves trapped in his basement, incapable of escaping. As the spotlight shifts toward Lucas and his demanding Grandmother, the similarities between this sinister household and the ruthless world of business begin to parallel each other.

An exploration on the importance of wealth and class in today’s society, “Keeping Company” mixes ruthless corporate salesmen with vicious suburban serial killers and asks if you can tell the difference.

Lawrence of Arabia (Action Adventure)

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, “Lawrence of Arabia” arrives in a special Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Tuesday June 7, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1962, David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia,” stands as one of the most timeless and essential motion picture masterpieces.

The greatest achievement of its legendary and prolific Oscar-winning director, the film stars Peter O’Toole in his career-making performance as T.E. Lawrence, the audacious World War I British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish empire. The film also introduced movie audiences to another up-and-coming actor Omar Sharif.

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 1962, “Lawrence of Arabia” won seven, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography (color), Best Art Director/Set Decoration (color), Best Film Editing, Best Music (Score) and Best Sound.

Fans will get the feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, fully restored from the original camera negative, split across two 4K Ultra HD discs and Dolby Atmos + 5.1 audio. Also included is the Blu-ray feature disc presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master, 5.1 audio, the special feature “Secrets of Arabia: Feature-length Picture-in-Graphics” track.

The Blu-ray special features disc includes several extras including Peter O’Toole revisiting “Lawrence of Arabia,” the making of “Lawrence of Arabia” documentary, deleted balcony scene, “The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’” a conversation with Steven Spielberg, casting the camels and more.

The Northman (Action Adventure)

After witnessing the murder of his father, a Viking prince (Alexander Skarsgard, “The Legend of Tarzan”) devotes his life to avenge his father’s death, save his mother and reclaim his kingdom in “The Northman,” available to own for the first time with exclusive bonus content on Digital Monday June 6, and on 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition, Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and DVD Tuesday June 7, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Visionary director Robert Eggers (“The Witch,” “The Lighthouse”)creates an eye-popping movie with epic action sequences with memorable performances by Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke now with exclusive never-before-seen bonus features including nine deleted and extended scenes and exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.
The film also stars Anya Taylor-Joy (“Queen’s Gambit,” “Emma”), Willem Dafoe (“Justice League,” “Spider-Man”), Claes Bang (“The Last Vermeer”) and Björk (“Dancer In The Dark”).

Front Row Features is giving away a copy of “Ambulance” on Blu-ray to one lucky reader ready to go on a wild ride through the streets of L.A., in this Michael Bay action thriller. To enter the contest, simply email frontrowfeatures@gmail.com by June 10 for your chance to win. Good luck!