By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
The Craft: Legacy
In Blumhouse’s continuation of the cult hit “The Craft,” an eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches gets more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers in “The Craft: Legacy,” available on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Dec. 22, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, the film stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.
The Blu-ray and DVD include four alternate scenes and two featurettes exploring the making of the film and the continuing legacy of the 1996 cult classic. “The Craft Legacy” also is available on Digital and On Demand.
I Hate New Year’s
When rising music star Layne Price heads home to Nashville for New Year’s Eve to break her writer’s block, she discovers that sometimes you find inspiration—and love, with a little mystical intervention—where you least expect it, in the charming “I Hate New Year’s,” available now on premium VOD and the Tello Network.
Filmed in Nashville, the holiday rom-com stars actress/singers Dia Frampton (runner-up in the inaugural season of “The Voice” and lead singer of the band Meg & Dia) and Ashley Argota (“The Fosters,” “Lab Rats,”), as well as Candis Cayne (“The Magicians,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) in a magical, dual role.
Featuring a soulful, high-energy, original soundtrack from award-winning composer Emer Kinsella, with five songs penned by Billy Steinberg and Josh Alexander, also known for their collaborations on Jojo’s “Too Little Too Late” and Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break.” Steinberg is among the most successful songwriters of the past 35 years, co-writing five No. 1 singles on “Billboard’s” Hot 100 chart, including songs for Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston and The Bangles.
“I Hate New Year’s” features electric music performances by Frampton (“Flatline,” “Better in the Dark”), Argota (“Hours of the Night”), Frampton and Argota in a duet (“Our One Heart”) and bluesy, Nashville artist and 2015 “American Idol” competitor Gina Venier (“If I Was Your Girl”).
From Tello Films and DASH Productions, “I Hate New Year’s” was directed by Christin Baker from a screenplay by Kathryn Trammell, based on a story by Baker, Ashely Arnold, Danielle Jablonski and Kathryn Trammell.
Nicolas Cage, Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo and Rick Yune star in the martial arts action drama “Jiu Jitsu,” available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Every six years, an ancient order of expert, Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a vicious race of alien invaders in a battle for Earth. For thousands of years, the fighters that protect Earth have won—until now. When celebrated war hero Jake Barnes (Moussi) is defeated by Brax, the indomitable leader of the invaders, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Injured and suffering from amnesia, Jake is rescued by Wyle (Cage), Keung (Tony Jaa) and his team of fellow Jiu Jitsu fighters. They must help Jake regain his strength in order to band together and defeat Brax in an epic battle that will once again determine the fate of mankind. The film is directed by Dimitri Logothetis, who wrote the screenplay with James McGrath.
The film also is available On Demand and Digital as well as in some theaters.
Delicate Sound of Thunder
Pink Floyd’s Grammy-nominated concert film, “Delicate Sound of Thunder” is available now for Digital purchase or rental.
Restored, re-edited and remixed from the original film reels and master tapes, the 1988 film was filmed at the Nassau Coliseum (Long Island, N.Y.) and features David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright at their incendiary best. This engrossing and uplifting event uses an innovative mix of lighting and staging, balancing the then-new material and classic Pink Floyd songs.
The tracks include “Learning to Fly,” “On the Turning Away,” “Us and Them,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Wish You Were Here.” The concert film also has 30 minutes of additional footage with five tracks not seen on the original release.
The Trip: Four Course Meal
Actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on multiple road trips through Europe including the UK, Italy, Spain, and Greece, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way in “The Trip: Four Course Meal,” available now on DVD, from IFC.
As the brilliant comic duo, freestyling with flair, drive each other mad with constant competition and showdowns of competing impressions of famous celebrities, Coogan and Brydon create a brilliantly comic rumination on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The DVD will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $44.98.