By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Alone with You (Horror)
“Alone with You” is available now on DVD, On Demand and Digital, from The Avenue.
The film stars Emily Bennett (“King of Knives”), Emma Myles (“Orange Is the New Black”), Dora Madison (“Friday Night Lights”) and Barbara Crampton (“You’re Next”). It was written and directed by Bennett and Justin Brooks in their feature film debut and produced by Andrew Corkin (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) and Theo James (“Divergent”) under their Untapped banner.
As a young woman painstakingly prepares a romantic homecoming for her girlfriend, their apartment begins to feel more like a tomb when voices, shadows, and hallucinations reveal a truth she has been unwilling to face.
Apex (Action Thriller)
RLJE Films, a unit of AMC Networks, has released “Apex” on DVD and Blu-ray.
Directed by Edward Drake (“Cosmic Sin,” “Breach”) and co-written by Corey Large (“The Ninth Passenger”) and Drake, the film stars Neal McDonough (“Yellowstone,” “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City”), Bruce Willis (the “Die Hard” movies, “The Sixth Sense”), Lochlyn Munro (“Riverdale”), Megan Peta Hill (“Open Water 3”) and Trevor Gretzky (“Spiral”).
Serving a life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, ex-cop Thomas Malone is offered a chance at freedom if he can survive a deadly game of Apex. Six hunters pay for the pleasure of hunting another human on a remote island, but once Malone arrives all hell breaks loose. Laying traps and playing mind games, Malone tries to turn the tables and fight for his life and his future.
Encanto (Animated Musical)
The music-filled “Encanto” is available now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. It marks the 60th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Filled with all-new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the animated feature tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in a magical house in the mountains of Colombia. But when Mirabel, the only ordinary Madrigal, discovers the magic surrounding their home is in danger, she may be her family’s last hope.
The cast includes Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel, María Cecilia Botero as Abuela Alma, John Leguizamo as Bruno, Mauro Castillo as Félix, Jessica Darrow as Luisa, Angie Cepeda as Julieta, Carolina Gaitán as Pepa, Diane Guerrero as Isabela, Wilmer Valderrama as Agustín, Rhenzy Feliz as Camilo, Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Antonio and Adassa as Dolores.
Directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard, the film was co-directed by Charise Castro Smith by a screenplay she wrote with Bush.
Extras include the all-new animated short “Far from the Tree,” a sing-along movie version, never-before-seen bonus features and deleted scenes.
“Encanto” also is available now on HD Digital and 4K UHD Digital.
Gintama The Very Final (Anime)
The third and concluding action-packed film of the popular “Gintama” anime franchise, “Gintama The Very Final” will be released in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack is available now from Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory.
Created by Hideaki Sorachi, the new feature film makes its North American home entertainment debut following a theatrical release late last year.
Available for the first time in North America, the combo pack boasts an exciting movie presentation (featuring both the English voice cast and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles) and an exclusive 16-page booklet packed with character art and storyboards.
Fans who pre-order “Gintama The Very Final” Blu-ray + DVD combo pack from Shout! Factory will receive an exclusive poster, while supplies last.
Directed by Chizuru Miyawaki, “Gintama The Very Final” adapts some of the final moments of the original manga with new elements specifically crafted for the film. It also is available now on digital download.
King Richard (Biopic)
Experience the true, inspiring story of two of the world’s greatest sports legends as “King Richard” is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan, Richard Williams (Will Smith, “Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”) is determined to write his daughters, Venus (Saniyya Sidney, “Hidden Figures,” “Fences”) and Serena (Demi Singleton, “Godfather of Harlem”), into history. Training on Compton, California’s abandoned tennis courts—rain or shine—the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s (Aunjanue Ellis, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Quantico”) balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them.
“King Richard” also stars Tony Goldwyn (the “Divergent” series, “Scandal”), Jon Bernthal (“The Many Saints of Newark,” “Ford v Ferrari”), Andy Bean (“IT Chapter Two”), Kevin Dunn (the “Transformers” films, “Veep”) and Craig Tate (“Greyhound”).
The film was directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green from a screenplay by Zach Baylin, and produced by Tim White, Trevor White, Smith, Isha Price, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adam Merims, Lynn Harris and Allan Mandelbaum, with Jon Mone and Peter Dodd executive producing.
“The 4K UHD Combo Pack and Blu-ray editions include the featurette “Following the Plan: The Making of ‘King Richard,’” “Becoming Richard,” “Champions on Screen” and deleted scenes. The DVD contains only the “Following the Plan: The Making of ‘King Richard’” featurette.
The 4K UHD Combo Pack with be available for $44.98 (SRP), the Blu-ray for $34.98 (SRP) and the DVD for $29.98 (SRP). “King Richard” also is available now on Premium Digital Ownership at home.
La Dolce Vita (Drama)
Federico Fellini, the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, had his biggest hit with “La Dolce Vita,” a meditation on personal morality, wealth and fame, societal decay, and the perpetual search for meaning. Paramount Home Entertainment has released this cinematic classic on Blu-ray for audiences to once again experience this compelling and engrossing masterpiece.
Equal parts provocative and breathtaking, the film stands the test of time, remaining one of the most influential films in cinematic history more than 60 years after its debut.
The release will include a brand-new introduction by renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who shares his thoughts on the film and its indelible impact on cinema.
Both a critique of the culture of stardom and a look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome’s rich, “La Dolce Vita” follows a notorious celebrity journalist over one crazy week. Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée and Yvonne Furneaux, the film is lauded for its complicated and rich story wrapped in extravagant visuals that have become as iconic as the film itself.
“La Dolce Vita” was restored in 2011 by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with The Film Foundation, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Mediaset-Medusa, Paramount Pictures and Cinecittà Luce.
Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop (Mystery)
Lionsgate’s“Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop” is available now on DVD, On Demand and Digital.
Move over Miss Marple, there’s a smart, stylish new detective in town—meet Miss Willoughby. Orphaned as a child, raised by a family friend (Kelsey Grammer, “Frasier”), and skilled in strategy, literature, and martial arts, there’s no case she can’t solve. But even Miss Willoughby (Nathalie Cox) is baffled when a longtime friend tells her that a ghost is haunting the bookstore she runs. Is someone playing a trick on the poor woman? Is it a hallucination? Or is something more sinister going on? Make some tea and settle in to watch this thrilling whodunit-adventure and find out.
DC’s Stargirl: The Complete Second Season (Action Fantasy)
It’s time to suit up and get ready to face the darkness with the release of “DC’s Stargirl: The Complete Second Season” on Blu-ray and DVD, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The home entertainment editions include all 13 episodes from the second season plus a featurette and gag reel.
“DC’s Stargirl” follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger, “Bella & the Bulldogs,” “All Night”) and her stepfather Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson, “Old School,” “Roadies”) as she leads an unlikely group of young heroes to take on the legacy of DC’s very first Super Hero team, the Justice Society of America. In the action-filled second season, Courtney and her friends take on one of the most frightening adversaries in DC’s mythology—the dark entity of corruption known as Eclipso (Nick Tarabay, “Sparticus”).
With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, “DC’s Stargirl: The Complete Second Season” Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. Featuring all 13 episodes from the second season in high definition, as well as a digital code of the season (available in the U.S. only).
The series also stars Yvette Monreal (“Rambo: Last Blood,” “Faking It”), Anjelika Washington (“Tall Girl,” “Young Sheldon”), Cameron Gellman (“Heathers,” “20th Century Women”), Trae Romano (“Robbie,” “555”), Hunter Sansone (“Safety”) and Meg DeLacy (“The Fosters”), along with Amy Smart (“Just Friends,” “The Butterfly Effect”). Jonathan Cake (“Chuck”) has a recurring role as Richard Swift a.k.a. The Shade.
Based on the DC characters and created for television by Geoff Johns, “DC’s Stargirl” is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with Geoff Johns (“Titans,” “Wonder Woman”), Greg Berlanti (“Batwoman,” “Supergirl”) and Sarah Schechter (“Riverdale,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) serving as executive producers.
“DC’s Stargirl: The Complete Second Season” will be available for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.98 ($29.98 in Canada) for the DVD and $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada) for the Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). “DC’s Stargirl: The Complete Second Season” also is now available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (Action Horror)
Witness the beginning of evil when “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” is now available on Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
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 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray include more than 20 minutes of all-new featurettes, exploring the characters, creatures and creepy locations of Raccoon City as well as the process of adapting the first two games of the massively popular video game franchise for the big screen. A Limited Edition 4K Steelbook, available at major retailers while supplies last, includes five collectible poster cards featuring incredible original artwork from winners of a worldwide fan art contest.
“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” stars Nick Apostolides, Stephanie Panisello, Ray Chase and Jona Xiao. Eiichiro Hasumi directed the film which he co-wrote with Shogo Mutoh.