By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
“Advocate,” a powerful documentary about a controversial Israeli attorney, arrives on DVD and VOD Tuesday June 9, from Film Movement.
A political firebrand in her home country, Israeli defense attorney Lea Tsemel is known by opponents as “the devil’s advocate,” for her decades-long defense of Palestinians who have been accused of resisting the occupation, both violently and non-violently. “Advocate,” from filmmakers Rachel Leah Jones and Phillipe Bellaïche, both captures Tsemel in cinema verité fashion fighting on behalf of her clients in Israel’s two-tier justice system and delves into Tsemel’s history revisiting her landmark cases.
The film exposes the human fallout of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and provides hope for a just resolution. It was nominated for a Grand Jury Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and is available on DVD and Digital for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.95.
From producer Jason Blum (“The Invisible Man,” “Halloween”), director Craig Zobel (“Z for Zachariah,” “The Leftovers”) and writers Damon Lindelof (“Watchmen,” “The Leftovers”) and Nick Cuse (“Maniac,” “Watchmen”), comes “The Hunt” on Blu-ray and DVD June 9, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It is available now on Digital.
In this subversive satire, a group of elites gather for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Gilpin), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off one by one as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, “Million Dollar Baby”) at the center of it all.
“The Hunt” features Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”), Ike Barinholtz (Blockers), Justin Hartley (“This is Us”) and Ethan Suplee (“My Name is Earl”). The theatrical version of the film is currently available for early viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering.
The Blu-ray and the DVD editions of “The Hunt” include behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of this suspenseful thriller.
“Infamous,” the story of two young lovers who rob their way across the southland,” arrives on VOD, Digital and select virtual cinemas on Friday, June 12, from Vertical Entertainment.
Arielle (Bella Thorne) is a down on her luck dreamer who longs for popularity. Dean (Jake Manley, “The Order,” “Holidate”) is an ex-con working for his abusive father. The two have an instant connection, and after the accidental death of Dean’s father, they are forced on the run. In an attempt to gain social media clout, Arielle livestreams their exploits and robberies, gaining them viral fame but ultimately leading them towards a tragic ending. “Infamous” also stars Amber Riley (“Glee”) and is written and directed by Joshua Caldwell.
Lost in America
Arriving on DVD and digital Tuesday June 9 from Indican Pictures is director Rotimi Rainwater’s “Lost in America,” a documentary that sheds light on the millions of youth living on the streets in America.
Featuring exclusive interviews with executive producers Rosario Dawson (“Seven Pounds”) and Grammy nominee Jewel Kilcher, along with Halle Berry (“Catwoman,” “Monster’s Ball”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”) and more, “Lost in America” follows Rainwater (“Sugar”) as he takes an all-encompassing look at youth homelessness, highlighting issues such as human trafficking, the foster care system, youth rejected because of their sexuality, domestic violence, abuse and more.
“Lost in America” will be available on DVD for $19.98 (SRP) and on Digital via Apple TV, Google Play, FandangoNOW, VUDU, select cable providers and more.
A unique spin on the wilderness survival thriller, “Outback” arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand Tuesday June 9, from Lionsgate.
A terrifying tale of a young couple lost in the wilderness and fighting for survival, “Outback” centers on Wade and Lisa, who head to Australia hoping to recharge their failing romance. When their GPS fails, they leave their car and head off on foot to find a new route. As night falls, they must spend the night in the bush without food, water, or weapons, surrounded by snakes, scorpions, and wild dogs. Now, one decision could mean the difference between life and certain death.
Based on a true story, the “Outback” DVD will be available for $19.98 (SRP).
The documentary “Seadrift” arrives on VOD and DVD Tuesday June 9, from First Run Features.
In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, Texas. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against refugees along the Gulf Coast.
Taking place after the fall of Saigon, when hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese nationals desperately fled the communist takeover of their home country, the documentary examines the events leading up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, revealing the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today.
“Seadrift” is available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.95.
A Simple Wedding
The romantic comedy “A Simple Wedding” arrives on DVD Tuesday June 9, from Breaking Glass Pictures.
Nousha, a young Iranian-American attorney, has a great job, supportive friends, and a comfortable life. Yet she is unable to please her conservative Persian parents. When Nousha falls for the charming but unorthodox Alex, it brings instant chaos into her traditional family life—leading to a wedding that will be anything but simple. The film is executive produced by Rita Wilson, a producer on “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
Think Like a Dog
Don’t miss the family comedy “Think Like a Dog,” premiering on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, Digital and On Demand Tuesday June 9, from Lionsgate.
Starring Gabriel Bateman (“Annabelle,” “Playmobil: The Movie”), Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Trolls”), Julia Jones (“The Mandalorian,” “Westworld”), Janet Montgomery (“The Space Between Us,” “New Amsterdam”), Bryan Callen (“The Goldbergs,” “Schooled”), Todd Stashwick as the voice of “Henry” ( “12 Monkeys,” “Phineas and Ferb”), with Megan Fox (“Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”), and Josh Duhamel (“Transformers: The Last Knight”), and is written and directed by Gil Junger (“Ellen”) and produced by Andrew Lazar (“American Sniper,” “10 Things I Hate About You”), Cory Chen (upcoming “The Doorman”), and Linshu Zhang.
A family comedy about a boy and his dog, “Think Like a Dog” begins with a science project that will change all of their lives forever. Twelve-year-old Oliver, a tech prodigy whose middle-school science fair experiment goes awry, creates a telepathic connection between him and his furry friend, Henry. The bond brings Oliver and Henry even closer as they join forces to comically overcome complications at school, and help Oliver’s parents rekindle their marriage along the way.
The “Think Like a Dog” special features include an audio commentary with the writer-director and a making-of featurette, allowing an inside look at what it took to make this family-friendly flick. The Think Like a Dog Blu-ray and DVD will be available for $19.99 (SRP) and $19.98 (SRP), respectively.
A Thousand Miles Behind
“A Thousand Miles Behind” will be released On Demand and on all VOD platforms Tuesday June 9th, from Level 33 Entertainment.
The feature debut from writer/director Nathan Wetherington (“True Detective”) features the Scrambler Ducati, the L-twin engine roadster motorcycle made by Ducati.
After a tragic accident, Preston Avery (Jeffrey Dorrnbos, of Blue Man Group fame) finds himself trapped in grief and isolated in an empty house. All hope seems lost until a motorcycle mysteriously appears on his doorstep. Once on the road, he crosses paths with a spirited young woman named Tracey (Vanessa Campbell, “Garfield The Movie”), who breaks through his fog of grief just long enough to throw him a lifeline back into the land of the living, but can he leave the past behind?
The film also stars Greg Evigan (“B.J. and the Bear”), Bre Blair (“S.W.A.T”), and Jeffrey Nicholas Brown (“Henry Danger,” “True Blood”).
From multi-award-winning director Mark Jackson (“Without”, “War Story”), comes “This Teacher,” arriving on DVD and VOD Tuesday June 9, from Breaking Glass Pictures.
The drama follows a French Muslim woman (Hafsia Herzi) as she travels to New York City from the rough neighborhoods outside of Paris to visit her childhood best friend. But when their reunion turns disastrous, she escapes to a cabin upstate. However, she soon finds she is not alone, and her peaceful getaway devolves into a nightmare.
You Don’t Nomi
Available on Digital and On Demand Tuesday June 9 is “You Don’t Nomi,” from RLJE Films.
In this Jeffrey McHale documentary, a chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop, Paul Verhoeven’s salacious “Showgirls,” from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption. The film features Adam Nayman (Vice Guide to Film), April Kidwell (I, Nomi) and Peaches Christ (Milk) as well as archive interview footage with the cast and crew of “Showgirls.”
We Summon the Darkness
The dark-humored horror-thriller “We Summon the Darkness” comes to Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday June 9, from Lionsgate. This film is also now available on Digital and On Demand.
On the way to a heavy metal concert, Alexis (Alexandra Daddario) and two girlfriends hear a news report of a local murder believed to be tied to a series of satanic killings. After the show, the girls invite three guys to join them at the estate owned by Alexis’s father, a ﬁre-and-brimstone preacher (Johnny Knoxville). What starts as a party suddenly turns dark and deadly in this devilishly entertaining thriller that mixes tongue-in-cheek humor with nail-biting suspense.
Extras include an “Envisioning the Dark” featurette and a commentary with director Marc Meyers and writer Alan Trezza.
A 2019 Fantastic Fest fan favorite, “We Summon the Darkness” also stars Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth, Logan Miller and Austin Swift. The “We Summon the Darkness” Blu-ray and DVD will be available for $21.99 (SRP) and $19.98 (SRP), respectively.
Modern Family: The Complete Series and Modern Family: Season 11
Hot on the heels of the long-awaited series finale, experience the funniest and most heartwarming moments all over again with “Modern Family: The Complete Series” is now available on Digital, and own “Modern Family Season 11” on DVD Tuesday June 9, from Twentieth-Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Welcome to one of TV’s most acclaimed comedy series ever – about the diverse, complex, and sometimes nutty Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker family. The family is headed by Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), who is now married to his second wife, the young, gorgeous Gloria (Sofia Vergara), assumed by some to be his daughter. In their loving care is Gloria’s daydreaming son Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Jay’s driven daughter Claire (Julie Bowen) and her real estate agent husband Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) want an open, healthy relationship with their three kids, which isn’t always easy. Their oldest daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) grows up a little too fast.
She moves out, and then moves back in again…with her fiancé and their twin babies. Middle child Alex (Ariel Winter) is a too-smart-for-her-own-good daughter, and the youngest, Luke (Nolan Gould), is a rambunctious son. Where Phil wants to be the “cool dad,” Claire is determined to keep her kids from walking in the wayward footsteps of her younger days. Jay’s very serious son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his gregarious husband Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) become doting parents to Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), the sweet Vietnamese girl they adopt. Though life isn’t always tidy, politically correct or predictable, it’s always loving, heartwarming and hilarious for this blended, extended family.
In Season 11, Haley and Dylan and the twins move in with Phil and Claire, Manny heads for college, Alex tries out life beyond academics, and Luke seeks his next move. Mitch and Cam try to understand their gifted teen, and Jay and Gloria navigate their now seasoned marriage as the large family lives, loves and laughs in the acclaimed series’ final season.
The Outsider: The Complete First Season
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the murder crime mystery series “The Outsider: The Complete First Season” on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday July 28. It also is available now on Digital via purchase from all major digital retailers.
In addition to all 10 episodes of “Outsider: The Complete First Season,” which airs on HBO, features over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus content including the all-new featurette “El Cuco. The Baby Yaga. The Outsider.” In this never-before-seen featurette you can dive deep into the real-world origins and supernatural abilities of the being at the center of the series with compelling insights from the creators and cast.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, “The Outsider” follows a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy. When 11-year-old Frankie Peterson’s body is found mutilated in the Georgia woods, police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) sets out to investigate—with eyewitnesses and physical evidence pointing to Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman), a popular high school teacher, Little League coach, doting husband and father. While the case appears ironclad, Ralph is baffled by the emergence of contradictory evidence that places his suspect in a neighboring city at the time of the murder.
The mysterious set of circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, a seasoned cop still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.
The three-disc DVD set will be available for $29.99 (SRP) and the Blu-ray will be available for $39.99 (SRP).
Power: Season 6
The STARZ smash-hit vengeance story comes to an end in its final season when “Power: Season 6” arrives on DVD Tuesday June 9, from Lionsgate. The series, in its final season, currently is available on Digital.
From executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp (“The Good Wife”), “Power” follows the enthralling rags-to-riches tale of James “Ghost” St. Patrick. Season 6 follows “Ghost” as he seeks vengeance, aims to get even with Tommy, builds the Queen’s Child Project to consecrate Raina’s legacy, and works to achieve a legitimate lifestyle.
The series stars Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, and the Grammy winner 50 Cent.
The DVD includes “Power Confidential,” 20-minutes or so recaps of the episodes with the cast.
The “Power: Season 6” DVD will be available for $34.98 (SRP).