By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Bush: Live in Tampa
“Bush: Live in Tampa” is available now in a Blu-ray/DVD/CD Combo package, from Cleopatra Entertainment.
Led by guitarist/vocalist Gavin Rossdale, alt rockers Bush were the first post-Nirvana British band to hit it big in America. They became a hit by playing by the grunge rules—they had loud guitars, guttural vocals, stop-start rhythms and extreme dynamics.
Performing to a sold-out crowd of 10,000 fans at Tampa’s MidFlorida Amphitheater, during their critically acclaimed 2019 Altimate Tour, the band performed for 90 minutes. The concert was filmed in 4K UHD with 15 cameras to capture the show from every angle. Produced by award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media, the concert features the band’s biggest hits including “Machinehead,” “Glycerine,” “Comedown,” “Swallowed” and more, along with their newest hit song, “Bullet Holes,” from the blockbuster “John Wick 3” soundtrack.
This special edition package includes a Blu-ray disc, a standard definition DVD, and a bonus audio CD of the entire concert.
House of Hummingbird
The South Korean film “House of Hummingbird,” debuts on Digital and Blu-ray Tuesday Aug. 4, from Well Go USA Entertainment.
14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Ignored by her parents and abused by her brother, she finds her escape by roaming the neighborhood with her best friend, going on adventures, exploring young love and experiencing everything that comes with growing up in a country on the brink of enormous change.
Bora Kim makes her feature film directing debut this award-winning film. The film stars Ji-hu Park (“The Witness”), Sae-byuk Kim (“The Day After”), Seung-Yeon Lee (“Alive”) and In-gi Jeong (“Chaser”).
“House of Hummingbird” is available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $29.98.
The new science-fiction thriller from director James Twyman, “Invasion Earth” arrives on Digital and DVD Tuesday Aug. 4, from Midnight Releasing.
The story follows a group of addicts who attend therapy to avoid being sent to prison, while a TV journalist goes undercover and joins the group to try and expose this as a scam. However, all of their lives are thrown into chaos by the beginning of an alien invasion.
The film stars Charlotte Gould, Phoebe Delikoura, Tony Fadil, Jon-Paul Gates, Nigel Thijs, and David Shaw.
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
The Criterion Collection edition of 1975’s “The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum” arrives on Blu-ray Tuesday Aug. 4.
When a young woman spends the night with an alleged terrorist, her quiet, ordered life falls into ruins. The drama portrays an anxious era in West Germany amid a crumbling postwar political consensus. Katharina, though apparently innocent, suddenly becomes a suspect, falling prey to a vicious smear campaign by the police and a ruthless tabloid journalist that tests the limits of her dignity and her sanity.
Crafting one of the most accessible and direct works of 1970s political filmmaking, Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta deliver a powerful adaptation of Heinrich Böll’s novel, a stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom, and media manipulation that is as relevant today as when it was released.
The Blu-ray comprises a new 4K digital restoration, approved by Schlöndorff and producer Eberhard Junkersdorf, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack, an interview from 2002 with directors Schlöndorff and von Trotta, a separate 2002 interview with director of photography Jost Vacano, excerpts from a 1977 documentary on author Heinrich Böll, and more. The film is in German with English subtitles.
RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to “Satan’s Slaves” from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. The horror film will be released Tuesday Aug. 4, on DVD and Blu-ray.
After Rini’s mother dies from a mysterious illness, her ghost begins to appear throughout the house. Terrorizing the family, she lurks the hallways and calls out to them at night. To protect her little brothers, Rini traces back the roots of the evil and discovers the horrifying truth. Their mother has made a deal with the devil, and she has not returned to visit…she wants to take one of them with her.
Written and directed by Joko Anwar (“Halfworlds”), the horror film stars Tara Basro (“A Copy of My Mind”), Bront Palarae (“Belukar”), Dimas Aditya (“Dear Love”), Endy Arfian (“Malik & Elsa”) and newcomer Nasar Anuz. “Satan’s Slaves” will be available on DVD for $27.97 (SRP) and on Blu-ray for $15.95 (SRP).
Zhang Zimou’s “Shanghai Triad” arrives on Blu-ray in North American for the very first time Tuesday Aug. 4, from Film Movement Classic.
An Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee and winner of the Best Foreign Film from the National Board of Review, the 1995 film is a thrilling and sumptuously stylized potboiler about the Chinese criminal underworld of the 1930’s from the legendary director of “Raise the Red Lantern,” “House of Flying Daggers.”
Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao Jinbao (Gong Li, “Ju Dou,” “Farewell My Concubine”), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai’s crime syndicates. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao Jinbao’s affections.
A video essay titled “Trouble in Shanghai” by author Grady Hendrix and a booklet with a new essay by film critic and lecturer John Berra are included.
In Mandarin with English subtitles, the Blu-ray is available for $29.95 (SRP) and the DVD is available for $19.95. It also is available on Digital.
The Sin of Nora Moran
The Film Detective (TFD), a leading classic media streaming network and film archive that restores and distributes classic films, is releasing 1933’s “The Sin of Nora Moran” is available now on DVD and a special, limited edition Blu-ray (only 1,500 copies available).
The Poverty Row, pre-Code marvel that stunned audiences when initially released stars Zita Johann as Nora Moran, a young woman sentenced to death for a murder she did not commit. Awaiting her sentence, Nora explores the patterns of her life in a dream-like haze, including the dark secret that could change not only her own fate, but the fate of those she holds most dear.
Directed by Phil Goldstone, “The Sin of Nora Moran” utilizes flashbacks, dreams and hallucinations to tell the tale of fateful doom, true to the thematic style of the pre-Code era.
Also starring John Miljan, Alan Dinehart and Paul Cavanagh, as the many surrounding Nora Moran who play a part in sealing her fate.
To promote the release, TFD is holding a Willy Wonka-esque promotion, with one gold certificate sealed in one of the limited-edition Blu-rays. The winning ticket holder will receive a framed, 27” x 41”, hand-pulled lithograph of the film’s original poster by painter Alberto Vargas deemed one of the most iconic posters in film history. Printed on Coventry 100 percent cotton archival paper with the finest quality archival ink using a rare, antique German Dufa printing press, by Society Ltd. (1999), the poster comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Packaged in in a sleek, black case—with elements from the film’s original poster—this spellbinding crime drama will be released with a stunning, new, 4K restoration of the film from the original 35mm camera negative. The DVD is presented in Dolby Stereo and the Blu-ray in DTS, a restored, duel mono original.
The special features include a documentary narrated by film historian and producer Samuel M. Sherman, where Johann’s illustrious career takes center stage from Daniel Griffith at Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; the Blu-ray includes English subtitles and the DVD closed captioning for the hearing impaired; and exclusively on the Blu-ray edition, an exclusive collector’s booklet with commentary on the production of and response to the film.
“The Sin of Nora Moran” is available on DVD for $19.99 (SRP) and in a collectible limited-edition Blu-ray for $24.99 (SRP).
The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding
Join Princess Odette, Prince Derek and their royal friends as they set sail for another magical adventure in the enchanted land of Cathay in the animated feature “The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding,” available to purchase on Digital and to rent via Redbox Tuesday Aug. 4, from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Princess Odette has been called by the beautiful and kind Princess Mei Li who is planning to marry her one true love, Chen. Upon Odette’s arrival, she quickly discovers that everything is not as it should be. And not everyone is who they should be. The evil sorceress Fang has once again cast an evil spell, launching a plan to marry Chen herself. With the wedding quickly approaching, it is up to Mei Li’s loving brother Prince Li along with Princess Odette and the rest of her royal friends to break the curse so the real Princess Mei Li can marry Chen and live happily ever after.
“The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding” is directed by Richard Rich from a screenplay by Brian Nissen.
What We Found
“What We Found” will be available to rent and own on DVD and North American digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms through Freestyle Digital Media Tuesday Aug 4, from Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios.
The coming-of-age mystery/thriller tells the story of what happens after a girl disappears in West Baltimore and her young friends take it upon themselves to find out what happened. As these friends begin their freshmen year at a tough urban public high school, their friend Cassie disappears. With the police unable, or unwilling, to find Cassie, the young friends take it upon themselves to find out what happened her, undertaking harrowing journey that will change them all.
Written and directed by Ben Hickernell, “What We Found” features an ensemble cast including Elizabeth Mitchell, James Ransone, Yetide Badaki, Oona Laurence, Brandon Larracuente, Giorgia Whigham, and newcomer Jordan Hall in the lead role.
Dispatches from Elsewhere
AMC’s “Dispatches from Elsewhere” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Aug. 4.
A series centered around four ordinary people who feel there is something missing in their lives; brought together by chance, they stumble into a puzzle hiding behind the veil of everyday life that opens their eyes to a new world of possibility. Starring Jason Segel (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), Sally Field (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Soapdish”), André Benjamin (André 3000 of Outkast).
The three-disc set contains all 10 episodes of the series that originally aired on AMC. The Blu-ray is available for $44.98 (SRP) and the DVD for $39.98 (SRP).
The Good Doctor: Season Three
“The Good Doctor: Season Three” arrives on DVD Tuesday Aug. 4, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. As his friendships deepen, Shaun works harder than he ever has before as he starts dating while navigating his environment and relationships to prove to his colleagues that his talents as a surgeon will save lives.
Along with Highmore, the series stars Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Fiona Gubelmann, Will Yn Lee, Christina Chang, Paige Spara, Jasika Nicole, with Hill Harper and Richard Schiff.
Bonus features include deleted scenes and a blooper reel.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season Two
John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place”) is back as Tom Clancy’s iconic CIA analyst in the action-packed “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season Two,” which follows the wildly popular character as he uncovers a far-reaching conspiracy. Joining Krasinski and Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”) in the second season are Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), Tom Wlaschiha (“Game of Thrones”), Noomi Rapace (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Jordi Molla (“Riddick”) and Cristina Umaña (“Narcos”).
“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season Two” will be available in a two-disc Blu-ray or three-disc DVD set that each include all eight episodes from the second season, as well as deleted scenes that are exclusive to the release. The series has already been renewed for a third season on Amazon Prime Video.
With most movie theaters still not being able to safely reopen, we here at Front Row Features want to do our part to help keep you entertained while you’re staying home in quarantine. That’s why we’re not only giving away a copy of “House of Hummingbird” on Blu-ray to three lucky readers so they can add the critically acclaimed South Korean coming-of-age drama to their home video collection, but we’re also giving away a copy of the action-packed “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season Two” on Blu-ray to two additional readers. To enter the contests, simply email email@example.com by Aug. 10 with the title of which Blu-ray you want to win in the subject line. Good luck!