‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,’ ‘Purple Rain,’ ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut’ and More Debut on Home Entertainment

AMERICAN FICTION. (DVD Artwork). ©Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.


American Fiction (Comedy, Drama)

The critically acclaimed film “American Fiction” is now available to own on Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Writer Cord Jefferson’s (“The Good Place”) hilarious directorial debut, “American Fiction” confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright (“The Batman”) stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who is fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

“American Fiction” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Score, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film also stars Tracee Ellis Ross (“Blackish”), John Ortiz (the “Fast & Furious” films), Erika Alexander (“Living Single”), Leslie Uggams (the “Deadpool” films), Keith David (“Nope”) Adam Brody (“The O.C.”), Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”).

The Boys in the Boat (Biography, Drama, Sport)

The inspirational true story “The Boys in the Boat” will be available to own on Blu-ray Tuesday, June 25, from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Based on the No. 1 New York Times bestselling non-fiction book written by Daniel James Brown, “The Boys in the Boat” is about the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that competed for gold at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. The film follows a group of underdogs at the height of the Great Depression as they are thrust into the spotlight and take on elite rivals from around the world.

Directed by George Clooney (“The Ides of March”), “The Boys in the Boat” stars Joel Edgerton (“Loving”), Callum Turner (the “Fantastic Beasts” films), Peter Guinness (“Sleepy Hollow”), Jack Mulhern (“Mare of Easttown”), James Wolk (“Mad Men”), Hadley Robinson (“Anyone But You”) and Courtney Henggeler (“Cobra Kai”).

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy)

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” comes home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, June 25, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Two limited-edition SteelBooks will also be available for purchase, as well as a two-movie 4K UHD and Blu-ray gift set with “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

In “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” the Spengler family returns to where it all started — the iconic New York City firehouse — to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

Bonus features on the release include “Return to the Firehouse: Making ‘Ghostbusters’: Frozen Empire’” and “Busted: Capturing the Ghosts of ‘Frozen Empire.’” The 4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital releases add to the extras deleted and extended scenes, a commentary with director/co-writer Gil Kenan (“Monster House”), “Easter Eggs Unleashed,” “Manifesting Garraka,” “New York, New Gear,” “Knowing the Score” and “Welcome to the Paranormal Discovery Center.”

Monkey Man (Action, Crime, Thriller)

The action-packed thrill ride “Monkey Man” debuts on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, June 25, from Monkeypaw Productions and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is also now available to own on Digital and is currently streaming on Peacock.

From Academy Award-winning producer Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) comes Academy Award nominee Dev Patel’s (“Lion”) astonishing tour-de-force directorial debut, inspired by the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage. Patel stars as a man with no name, scarred by a brutal childhood, who ekes out a meager living in underground fighting rings. But when he finds a way to rise up and infiltrate his city’s corrupt elite, he kicks off an explosive campaign for retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him as a boy. Channeling the rage of the poor and powerless, an unexpected hero emerges.

In addition to a feature commentary track with director/actor/writer/producer Dev Patel, producers Jomon Thomas (“Hotel Mumbai”) and Sam Sahni (“To Kill a Tiger”) and co-producer Raghuvir Joshi (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), “Monkey Man” boasts more than 55 minutes of all-new bonus features. Extras include an alternate opening, an alternate ending, six deleted scenes (“True Shakti,” “Mother’s Death,” “Training Montage,” “Lucky Kid,” “Alphonso Death” and “Post Credit Button”) and the behind-the-scenes featurettes “A Labor of Love,” “‘Monkey Man’ of Action,” “Fateful Encounters” and “Roots Exposed.”

Purple Rain (Drama, Music, Romance)

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its theatrical release, “Purple Rain” will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD and Digital for the first time Tuesday, June 25, from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Rock star Prince makes his spectacular feature film debut in the highly autobiographical blockbuster that won both an Academy Award and a GRAMMY. Headstrong, vulnerable young musician The Kid (Prince) struggles with his own inner demons and with his alcoholic father who beats his mother. But the madness infects his music, fueling a sound that transforms the struggling young rocker into a star.

“Purple Rain” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score (Prince), the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special (Prince and the Revolution) and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Prince). In 2019, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

In honor of its 40th anniversary, “Purple Rain” was completely restored digitally from an 8K scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative (OCN). The picture was also conformed to the original theatrical release aspect ratio of 1.85:1 to provide the most authentic theatrical presentation framing ever to be released to the home. The digitally restored picture was color graded in High Dynamic Range (HDR). The film’s audio was also restored from the original Dolby Stereo (LCRS) archived 35mm magnetic film source elements containing the separate dialogue, music and effects (DME) tracks. These restored elements along with the 20th anniversary’s 5.1 multi-channel print master were used to complete a newly remastered 5.1 presentation for the film.

Legacy bonus content on the release includes a commentary by writer-director Albert Magnoli (“Street Knight”), producer Robert Cavallo (“12 Monkeys”) and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin (“Tango & Cash”); the featurette “First Avenue: The Road to Pop Royalty;” and eight music videos: “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Take Me with U,” “When Doves Cry,” “I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m a Star,” “Purple Rain,” “Jungle Love,” “The Bird” and “Sex Shooter.” 

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Animation, Comedy, Fantasy)

One of the greatest animated musicals of all time, the Academy Award-nominated “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Tuesday, June 25, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

On June 30, 1999, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker unleashed their wildly popular “South Park” characters on the big screen for the first time, holding up a mirror to society with their razor-sharp wit and asking the all-important question: “What would Brian Boitano do?” Twenty-five years later, “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” remains as irreverent, insightful and hilarious as when it first premiered.

In the film, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman sneak into an R-rated movie to see their favorite Canadian superstars. When their parents find out, they declare war on Canada. Now, the boys have to stand up to their parents, stop World War III and get Satan back to Hell before he destroys the world. It’s all part of a young boy’s life in this quiet little mountain town.

With the 25th anniversary “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack, fans can finally enjoy the film’s breathtaking animation, lyrical voice work and show-stopping musical numbers in eye-popping 4K Ultra HD. Also, for the first time ever, fans can enjoy a sing-a-long version of the film on the Blu-ray disc. The release includes access to a digital copy of the movie, too, plus the following legacy bonus content on Blu-ray: a commentary by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” music video and the film’s theatrical trailers.

Team America: World Police (Action, Comedy)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the uproariously subversive “Team America: World Police,” which makes its 4K Ultra HD debut on Tuesday, June 25, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Using puppetry techniques inspired by Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation sagas, “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone skewer U.S. politics and celebrity activism with their hilarious and controversial satire about a high-tech international law enforcement agency that recruits a renowned Broadway thespian to help them mount a series of ill-conceived anti-terrorist campaigns.

The “Team America: World Police” 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack includes the uncensored and unrated cut of the film on Blu-ray, plus access to a digital copy of the movie. Additionally, fans can enjoy the following legacy bonus content on the Blu-ray disc: deleted/extended scenes and outtakes, “‘Team America’: An Introduction,” animated storyboards, “Building the World,” “Crafting the Puppets,” “Pulling the Strings,” “Capturing the Action,” “Miniature Pyrotechnics,” “Up Close with Kim Jong-Il,” “Dressing Room Test” and “Puppet Test.”