By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Fortress (Action Thriller)
“Fortress” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Dec. 21, from Lionsgate.
In this exciting action cyber-thriller, Bruce Willis (“Die Hard” movies, “Pulp Fiction”) plays Robert, a retired CIA agent living at a secret resort in the woods. One day, his estranged son drives to the camp for a visit—but he’s followed by Robert’s old nemesis, Balzary (Chad Michael Murray, “One Tree Hill”). As the site is besieged by Balzary’s attack squad, father and son retreat to a high-tech bunker. But are its steel walls and advanced weapons powerful enough to match Balzary’s bloodthirsty plans for revenge?
“Fortress” will be available on Blu-ray for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $21.99 and on DVD for $19.98 (SRP). The only bonus feature is the trailer. It also is can be seen now in select theaters, On Demand and Digital.
Hell Hath No Fury (Historic Drama/Thriller)
Inspired by true stories of courageous acts by women during WWII, “Hell Hath No Fury,” an action-packed thriller about a French resistance fighter, debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Dec. 21, from Well Go USA Entertainment.
Actress, singer/songwriter and model Nina Bergman (“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” (VG), “Assassin X”) plays a woman branded a traitor by her countrymen, but is rescued by American soldiers on one condition: to survive, she must lead them to a cache of gold hunted by the Nazis, the French resistance and the Americans alike. Directed by action auteur Jesse V. Johnson (“Triple Threat,” “Avengement”), the film also stars Daniel Bernhardt (“The Matrix” franchise, “John Wick”), Louis Mandylor (“The Debt Collector,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding I and II”), Timothy V. Murphy (“Snowpiercer,” “Sons of Anarchy”), former French Foreign Legion Special Forces soldier and knife-fighting technician Dominiquie Vandenberg (“Triple Threat,” “The Mercenary”) and Josef Cannon (“Helsing University”).
“Hell Hath No Fury” will be available on Blu-ray for $29.98 (SRP) and on DVD for $24.98 (SRP). It also is available on Digital now.
The Many Saints of Newark (Crime Drama)
Discover who made Tony Soprano when “The Many Saints of Newark” arrives on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning Tuesday Dec. 21, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The film, a prequel to the acclaimed “The Sopranos” TV series, is directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men”) from a screenplay by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, based on characters created by Chase, and stars Alessandro Nivola (“Disobedience,” “American Hustle”), Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” “Murder on the Orient Express”), Jon Bernthal (“Baby Driver,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Corey Stoll (“First Man,” “Ant-Man”), Michael Gandolfini (“The Deuce”), Billy Magnussen (“Game Night,” “The Big Short”), Michela De Rossi (“Boys Cry,” “The Rats”) and John Magaro (“The Finest Hours,” “Not Fade Away”).
Young Anthony Soprano (Gandolfini) is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola), who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.
“The Many Saints of Newark” also stars Emmy winner Ray Liotta (“Shades of Blue,” “Goodfellas”) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films).
A making-of featurette, a “Sopranos Family Honor” featurette and deleted scenes are included in the 4K UHD Combo Pack and Blu-ray. The DVD contains only the bonus deleted scenes.
“The Many Saints of Newark” on 4K UHD will be available for $44.98 (SRP), on Blu-ray for $34.98 (SRP) and on DVD for $29.98 (SRP).
“The Many Saints of Newark” also is available now to purchase on Premium Digital Ownership.
No Time To Die (Action/Spy Thriller)
Daniel Craig makes his final appearance as British spy James Bond in “No Time To Die,” the extraordinary 25th installment of the James Bond series, available to own for the first time on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Collector’s Editions Tuesday Dec. 21, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Generating more than $700 million worldwide, fans can now bring home “No Time To Die” in time for the holidays with more than an hour of bonus content exploring the action, spectacle and stunts. With highlights including the Being James Bond 45-minute retrospective on 4K Ultra HD and four exclusive and exciting featurettes, viewers can go behind-the-scenes of the film and deeper into the “thrilling and emotional” (Deadline) legacy of Daniel Craig’s 007.
Craig stars alongside Oscar winner Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Mr. Robot”). Bond (Craig) has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright, “Spectre,” “Broken Flowers”) from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. “No Time To Die” is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.
“No Time To Die” also stars Léa Seydoux (“The French Dispatch,” “Spectre”), Lashana Lynch (“Captain Marvel”), Ben Whishaw (“Spectre,” “Cloud Atlas”), Naomie Harris (“Spectre,” “Venom”), with Christoph Waltz (“Spectre,” “Inglourious Basterds”) and Ralph Fiennes (“Spectre,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”).
Bonus features include: “Anatomy of a Scene: Mantera” where, in true Bond fashion, there is an incredible pre-credit sequence featured. A breathless chase shot in Matera, Italy that starts on foot, then motorcycle, then car. Not just any car but the iconic Aston Martin DB5. Through interviews with Craig and director Fukunaga, plus on-set interviews with key members of the crew, viewers discover how the filmmakers shot this breathtaking sequence; “Keeping it Real: The Action of ‘No Time To Die’” where in a world full of CGI-heavy action films, the Bond franchise proudly stands out from the crowd for always shooting practical stunts, without the use of special effects. In this piece, viewers see how “No Time To Die” continues with this tradition with its amazing action sequences; “A Global Journey,” where exotic locations are synonymous with all Bond movies, including this one. As well as returning to Bond’s spiritual home, Jamaica, for Craig’s final outing, viewers also go on a global journey taking in Italy, Norway and Scotland. Craig, Fukunaga and other key cast and filmmakers fill us in on what it was like filming at these spectacular locations; “Designing Bond,” in which production designer Mark Tildesley and costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb, along with cast and other filmmakers, discuss the inspiration, challenges and trials of concepting and making such remarkable sets and costumes for the iconic Bond franchise; and “Being James Bond,” a 45-minute retrospective, in which Craig candidly reflects on his 15-year adventure as 007. It includes never-before-seen archival footage from “Casino Royale” to the 25th film “No Time To Die.” Craig shares his personal memories in conversation with 007 producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, in the lead up to his final performance as James Bond.
Roh (Fantasy Horror)
Cut off from civilization a young family’s life is upended by the supernatural in “Roh,” an eerily atmospheric folk horror tale, available on DVD/Digital Tuesday Dec. 21, from Film Movement. The film is Malaysia’s Official Entry for Best International Film at the Academy Awards.
Cut off from civilization, a single mother puts her children on high alert when they bring home a strange young girl caked in clay. She tells the spirits and spirt hunters and, after spending the night, she delivers an ominous prophecy: the family will all soon die. As strangers begin to show up on her doorstep, and terrible events crop up around her family, she quickly finds another reason to fear the forest. “Roh” marks the directorial debut of seasoned visual effects artist, Emi Ezwan. From the ominous lighting, off-kilter tone, isolated locations and strange goings on, “Roh” is a visceral, spine-tingling revelation.
“Roh,” on DVD/Digital will be available for $24.95 (SRP). There is a making-of featurette.
From director Bruce LaBruce comes “Saint-Narcisse,” a love letter to the psychosexual thrillers of the ‘70s, arriving on DVD/Digital Tuesday Dec. 21, from Film Movement.
A twisted tale of twins, separated at birth, embroiled in a web of sex, revenge and redemption. “Saint-Narcisse” was nominated for a prestigious Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Dominic, a young man with a fetish for himself. Nothing turns him on more than his reflection, with much of his time spent taking Polaroid selfies. When his grandmother dies, he discovers a deep family secret: his lesbian mother didn’t die in childbirth (as he was previously told) and he has a twin brother, Daniel, raised in a remote monastery by a depraved priest, held captive against his will. The power of destiny brings together these identical brothers who, after being reunited with their mother, are soon embroiled in a blasphemous web of sex, revenge and redemption.
Bonus features include a commentary by the director as well as deleted scenes. “Saint-Narcisse” on DVD/Digital is available for $24.95 (SRP).
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (Fantasy)
“Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness,” the four-episode series that aired on Netflix earlier this year, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Dec. 21, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
This first series in “Resident Evil” history is set in 2006. American federal agent Leon S. Kennedy is invited to the White House to investigate a hacking incident. During the investigation, he encounters a horde of zombies in a mysterious attack against the President. Meanwhile, TerraSave staff member Claire Redfield uncovers a strange image drawn by a young boy in a country she visited. Haunted by this drawing, which appears to be of a victim of viral infection, Claire starts her own investigation. Claire visits the White House and has a chance reunion with Leon. Together, Leon and Claire investigate the connection between the White House attack and strange drawing and uncover a threat that will shake the nation to its very core.
The series is directed by Eilchiro Hasumi from a screenplay he wrote with Shogo Mutoh. The cast includes Nick Apostolides, Stephanie Panisello, Ray Chase and Jona Xiao.
A 30-minute special feature, “The Making Of ‘Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness” is on the Blu-ray and DVD.
We may not be Santa Claus, but Front Row Features has lots of goodies to give away this week for our wonderful loyal readers! Firstly, we have the new James Bond movie (starring Daniel Craig in his final performance as the British spy) “No Time To Die” in a Blu-ray Combo Pack which we will be awarding to one lucky reader. All you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name and the movie title by Dec. 27. Also, we are giving away a copy of the exciting action thriller “Hell Hath No Fury” on Blu-ray to three lucky readers. To enter the contest, simply email email@example.com by Dec. 27 with the name of your favorite World War II movie in the body of the email for your chance to win. Good luck and Happy Holidays!