‘Ismael’s Ghosts,’ ‘Blockers,’ ‘Striking Out,’ More on Home Entertainment … Plus a Giveaway!!!

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Ismael’s Ghosts

“Ismael’s Ghosts” a French drama about a man who revisits his past and current loves, enduring the unexpected trials and tribulations, arrives on DVD and digital formats Tuesday July 3. Twenty-one years ago, a woman named Carlotta ran away. She is now back from the void. The film stars Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (“Deux Jours,” “Une Nuit”) as Carlotta and Mathieu Amalric (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) as Ismael.  In the intervening years since her disappearance, Ismael has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg, “Melancholia”) and working on his next feature film. As his trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dedalus (Louis Garrel, “Godard Mon Amour”). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of Desplechin’s creations, the brother of Paul Dedalus, three-time hero of “My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument,” “A Christmas Tale” and “My Golden Days.” A film within a film and then some, Desplechin layers narrative upon narrative.  With “Ismael’s Ghosts,” Desplechin returns once more to the past, creating film after film as his way of stepping back in time. The film is available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $26.98.


John Cena (“Trainwreck,” “Sisters”), Leslie Mann (“The Other Woman,” “This Is 40”) and Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors,” “Suicide Squad”) play helicopter parents will do anything to foil their daughters’ prom night sex pact in “Blockers,” the hit comedy coming to Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday July 3, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Digital. It will be subsequently available on the all-new digital movie app Movies Anywhere on June 19. “Blockers” is a gender-swapped spin on the classic teen sex comedy, filled with outrageous antics from the parents as their daughters take control of their epic prom night. The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital feature unrated bonus content with even more wild shenanigans including deleted scenes, gag reel, line-o-rama and more. Front Row Features’ film critic Heather Turk called “Blockers” a “pretty smart coming-of-age story that ultimately treats teenagers with a lot of respect.”

Making her directorial debut, Kay Cannon (writer of the “Pitch Perfect” series), along with the producers of “Neighbors” and “This Is the End,” bring laugh-out-loud moments in the outrageous comedy “Blockers.”  The comedy also features Kathryn Newton (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Big Little Lies”), Geraldine Viswanathan (“EMO the Musical”), Gideon Adlon (“American Crime,” “Girl Meets World”), Graham Phillips (“Riverdale,” “The Good Wife”), Miles Robbins (“Mozart in the Jungle”) and Jimmy Bellinger (“The Middle”). Joining in on the fun are comedic supporting cast members Gary Cole (“Veep,” “Office Space”), Gina Gershon (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Hannibal Buress (“Broad City,” “Neighbors 2”), Colton Dunn (“Key and Peele,” “Superstore”) and June Diane Raphael (“Grace and Frankie,” “New Girl”).

Don’t Grow Up

“Don’t Grow Up” arrives on Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on Tuesday July 3 from Shudder! Set in the outskirts of London, the horror movie centers on a group of delinquent teens living at a youth center who wake up to find themselves alone, with no adults around. After exploring the local area, they soon discover that their lives are at risk, as the adults they encounter are bloodthirsty and deranged. The group must defend itself against manic adults, paranoid children and ultimately, their own maturity. The film stars McKell David (“Marcella”) and Natifa Mai (“The Interceptor”). Special features include behind the scenes footage and a making of featurette.

“Don’t Grow Up” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Combo Pack for the suggested retail price of $29.98, $26.98 and $32.98, respectively, and on Digital HD via iTunes, Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play and other digital retailers.

The China Hustle

The documentary “The China Hustle” is available on DVD Tuesday July 3 from Magnolia Home Entertainment. In the midst of the 2008 market crash, investors on the fringes of the financial world feverishly sought new alternatives for high-return investments in the global markets. With Chinese indexes demonstrating explosive growth, the country suddenly emerged as a gold rush opportunity with one caveat: U.S. investors were prohibited from investing directly into the country’s market. Makeshift solutions led to a market frenzy, until one investor discovered the massive web of fraud left in its wake. Jed Rothstein’s (“Before the Spring: After the Fall”) documentary rings the alarm on the need for transparency in an increasingly deregulated financial world by following those working to uncover the biggest heist you’ve never heard of. Special features include interviews with director Jed Rothstein and producer Alex Gibney.

Finding Your Feet

Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton (‘Vera Drake”) stars in “Finding Your Feet,” available on DVD and Digital Tuesday July 3. The dramedy is a heartwarming tale about a newly single middle-aged woman who gets a new lease on life—and love—when she signs up for a community dance class. Directed by Richard Loncraine (“The Special Relationship,” “Richard III”) and featuring a sparkling supporting cast that includes Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”), Celia Imrie (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), David Hayman (“Taboo”), John Sessions (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Josie Lawrence (“Enchanted April”), and Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”), this crowd-pleasing comedy won the Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival earlier this year. “Finding Your Feet” was written by Meg Leonard (“Fisherman’s Friends”) and Nick Moorcroft (“Urban Hymn”), and produced by Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft, Andrew Berg, John Sachs, James Spring, and Charlotte Walls. Executive producers are Gideon Lyons, Graham Begg, Lesley Wise, Brian Berg, Lynne Berg, Andrew Boswell, Sunny Vohra, Paul DeWinter, Bob Benton, Jay Firestone, Charles Low, John Stevens, Adam Thrussell, and Richard Whelan. The co-producer is Sarada McDermott.

Another WolfCop

RLJE Films will release the horror comedy film “Another WolfCop” on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Video Tuesday July 3. The sequel to the cult classic “WolfCop,” the film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, who wrote and directed the original. “Another WolfCop” stars Leo Fafard (“WolfCop”), Yannick Bisson (“Murdoch Mysteries”), Amy Matysio (“Epic Studios”), Jonathan Cherry (“Goon: Last of the Enforcers”), Serena Miller (“Separation Anxiety”) and Kevin Smith (“Clerks”). The film is available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and on Blu-ray for an SRP of $29.97.

A year has passed since the dark eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) into the infamous lycanthrope crime-fighter. Although the evil that controlled Woodhaven was defeated, the community is far from returning to normal. A villainous entrepreneur (Yannick Bisson) is looking to open a new brewery and revive the local hockey team, but it’s clear he has ulterior motives. With a new mayor (Kevin Smith) and the new chief of police (Amy Matysio), WolfCop has his work cut out for him when he has to save the town all over again.

The DVD and Blu-ray includes the bonus features “The Making of Another WolfCop,” “Friends & Foes: Meet the Cast,” “The Monster Shop: Special FX,” “Shoot or Die! Surviving on Set,” and “Barn Burner” music video by Shooting Guns.


Striking Out

Acorn TV features the DVD debut of the critically acclaimed Acorn TV Original Irish legal drama “Striking Out, Series 2” Tuesday July 3. The six-part series follows Tara Rafferty (Amy Huberman) a successful Dublin lawyer who, after discovering her fiancée (Rory Keenan, “War & Peace”) having an affair, abandons her wedding plans and job and starts an unconventional private practice. The two-disc DVD set features six episodes, plus bonus behind-the-scenes featurettes ($39.99, Amazon.com). “Striking Out, Series 2” made its U.S. premiere in March on Acorn TV. Acorn TV is North America’s most popular streaming service focused on British and international television from RLJ Entertainment.

As the hit Irish legal drama returns, solicitor Rafferty is embattled but not beaten. She has built a new life for herself after leaving her cheating fiance, Eric (Keenan), and the high-powered law firm where they both worked. But with one of her employees betraying her and another in jail, she struggles to keep her fledgling practice afloat. Convinced that her former boss—Eric’s scheming father—is behind it all, Tara decides to strike back.

To pay the bills, Tara takes on clients whose legal problems range from deportation, to divorce from a bigamist, to a lawsuit against a convent. As she frequently faces off against Eric and her former colleagues in court, Tara’s mentor, Vincent (Neil Morrissey), leads a high-level corruption inquiry that could endanger them both.

The stellar cast also features Moe Dunford (“Vikings”), Fiona O’Shaughnessy (“Utopia”), and Maria Doyle Kennedy as a formidable solicitor.

Delicious, Series 2

Also from Acorn TV comes the DVD debut of the British drama “Delicious, Series 2” on Tuesday July 3. The appetizing drama about food, love and infidelity in Cornwall returns starring Dawn French (“The Vicar of Dibley”) and Emilia Fox (“Silent Witness”) with Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones,” “Downton Abbey”) Joining the cast for Series 2 is Franco Nero (“John Wick: Chapter 2”) as the father of Gina Benelli (French). The DVD features four episodes and bonus behind-the-scenes featurettes ($34.99, Amazon.com). “Delicious, Series 2” made its U.S. premiere in March on Acorn TV and has been renewed for a third series.

It’s been almost a year since the sudden death of philandering chef Leo Vincent (Glen), but his presence at the Penrose Hotel is more palpable than ever. His ex-wife, Gina (French), and widow, Sam (Fox), have turned the failing hotel he left behind into a profitable enterprise. Gina does the cooking while Sam manages the business, but they continue to have professional and personal disagreements. With an ongoing police investigation into the hotel, an unexpected guest, and a handsome new hire, Gina and Sam’s partnership may be a recipe for disaster. And while Leo ruminates on life from beyond the grave, his secrets come back to haunt his family.

Set against a backdrop of stunning Cornwall landscapes, the drama also features Aaron Anthony (“Doctors”) and Sheila Hancock (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”).

Front Row Features wants you to add one of the best comedies of the year to your movie collection. That’s why we’re giving away a copy of the surprisingly smart and sweet raunch-com “Blockers” on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack to three lucky readers. To enter the contest, simply email socalmovieeditor@aol.com by Monday July 9 for your chance to win. Good luck!