‘Murder,’ ‘Sing,’ ‘Brokenwood’ and More on Home Entertainment … plus giveaways!

A KIND OF MURDER. (DVD Artwork). ©Magnolia Home Entertainment.


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Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel co-star in “A Kind of Murder,” a psychological thriller available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray combo (Blu-ray and DVD), DVD and Digital HD on Tuesday March 21.

Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Blunderer,” the suspenseful murder mystery follows Walter Stackhouse (Wilson), a rich, successful, unhappily married architect in 1960s Manhattan. While wishing he were free of his beautiful but emotionally damaged wife Clara (Biel), Walter becomes obsessed with Marty Kimmel (Eddie Marsan), a man suspected of brutally murdering his wife.

Walter and Marty’s lives become dangerously intertwined and ultimately catch the attention of Corby (“Mad Men’s” Vincent Kartheiser), an ambitious police detective. Convinced Walter has become Marty’s copycat killer, Corby tirelessly investigates both murder suspects. Walter’s string of lies, his affair with a jazz-club singer named Ellie (Haley Bennett), and his own guilty thoughts seem to implicate him. A high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse follows.

Special features including behind-the-scenes commentary from director Andy Goddard (“The Outsiders”), a glimpse of the ‘60s fashions featured in the film and an in-depth look at each of the main characters. The Blu-ray combo is available for a suggested retail price of $32.98, the Blu-ray disc is priced at $29.98 SRP and the DVD sells for $26.98 SRP.

Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment announce a Special Edition of the global animated musical hit, “Sing,” on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Tuesday March 21.  It also is available on Digital HD. The music-filled animated comedy includes more than an hour of bonus content and incorporates three all-new mini movies featuring the cast from “Sing” as well as an exclusive Tori Kelly music video and a variety of musical extras.

Illumination, the studio behind “The Secret Life of Pets” and the “Despicable Me” franchise, conjures an animated comedy about finding the music that lives inside everyone. “Sing” features an all-star voice cast including Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) as Rosita, an overworked and unappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; as well as Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, and Grammy Award-nominated Kelly.

A Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, “Sing” features more than 65 songs throughout the film, including “Faith,” a brand-new song by the legendary Stevie Wonder (featuring Ariana Grande), marking his first original song for a major film release in 25 years.

XLrator Media will release the documentary “Smash: Motorized Mayhem” on VOD and iTunes on Tuesday March 21. In rural Florida, blue-collar folks gather to witness a bi-annual wild event, Figure-8 School Bus racing. Nineteen full-size school buses pack a compact 3/8-mile figure-8 track and race 20 harrowing laps to crown a victor. “Smash” features four men whose passion to entertain and to win are at the heart of the race. Directed by Kevin J. Burroughs, the film focuses on four School Bus racing enthusiasts: Don Nerone, Chuck Rush, Ben Craft and Butch Pierce.

Debuting on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday March 21 is “The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 3,” from Acorn, an RJL Entertainment brand. The hit New Zealand detective drama centers on Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd, a former big city police detective who continues to settle into country life working with his assistant, Detective Kristin Sims. Despite the growing accord between the mismatched pair, all is not well in Brokenwood, where passions simmering beneath the sleepy surface regularly erupt into gruesome crimes. In Series 3, the detectives investigate the death of a Lord of the Ringz tour guide, a real-life Clue board game gone wrong, the death of a classic-car enthusiast and someone killing the Christmas spirit.

“The Brokenwood Mysteries” is filmed on location in New Zealand’s picturesque North Island. The four-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray sets highlight four feature-length, standalone mysteries featuring compelling characters, dry humor, and piquant wit ($59.99 each, AcornOnline.com). Series 3 made its U.S. premiere in December on Acorn TV, the premier streaming service for British programming and more.

Based on the iconic cult movie franchise, the all-new revenge thriller television series “Wolf Creek: Season One” arrives on DVD Tuesday March 21 from Lionsgate. The season is currently available on Digital HD. John Jarratt reprises his role as the murdering psychopath of the Australian Outback, Mick Taylor. One of the most exciting new shows on cable network Pop, the series also stars Lucy Fry as an American college student who hunts down Mick Taylor to avenge the murder of her family. Executive produced by the film franchise’s creator and director, Greg McLean, the “Wolf Creek: Season One” DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Bring home one of 2016’s most beloved animated feature films, as Front Row Features is giving away a copy of Illumination’s music-filled comedy “Sing” on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack to three lucky readers. To enter the contest, simply email socalmovieeditor@aol.com by Tuesday March 28 for your chance to win.

Calling all fans of the iconic cult movie franchise “Wolf Creek.” Front Row Features is giving away a copy of Pop’s all-new revenge thriller television series “Wolf Creek: Season One” on DVD to three lucky readers. The series stars Lucy Fry as an American college student who hunts down the murdering psychopath of the Australian Outback, Mick Taylor (John Jarratt reprising his role), to avenge the murder of her family. The release includes six behind-the-scenes featurettes, including “Cinema to Series: The Legacy of ‘Wolf Creek.” To enter, simply email socalmovieeditor@aol.com by Tuesday March 28 for your chance to win. Good luck!