An official selection at the 2013 Cannes, Telluride, Toronto and AFI Film Festivals, the critically acclaimed ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune‘ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. As an auteur whose midnight movie classics, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, captivated enthusiastic audiences, cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky set his sights on his most ambitious project yet – a feature film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s futuristic best-seller, “Dune.” Although his dreams were never realized, the story of Jodorowsky’s “Dune” has placed him at the vanguard of international cinema. In making the Sony Pictures Classics’ ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune,’ Jodorowsky granted director Frank Pavich unprecedented access to his production materials on the ill-fated project, including the extraordinary hard-bound book of meticulous story boards, which Jodorowsky used as a “calling card” to pitch his film to Hollywood studios. Jodorowsky also provided candid and comprehensive interviews about his ambitious screenplay, and his global search for a stellar cast and crew to bring his vision to the screen. Special features on the Blu-ray Combo Pack for ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune,’ winner of the Audience Award and Best Documentary at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, include more than 45 minutes of deleted scenes. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Bill Pullman (Independence Day, The Grudge), Bridget Fonda (Jackie Brown), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class) share an appetite for sheer adventure when a tranquil New England lakefront erupts into an action-packed den of destruction in ‘Lake Placid.’ An investigative team, armed with state-of-the-art equipment, high-powered weaponry and a biting sense of sarcasm, must work together to defeat Black Lake’s most ferocious resident: a 30-foot prehistoric crocodile! Written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal), directed by Steve Miner (Halloween H20, Friday The 13th Part 2), and co-starring Betty White as the cantankerous Mrs. Bickerman, this terrifying tale of survival is not to be missed. Buy the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.
The Raid 2
Director Gareth Huw Evans reunites with star Iko Uwais for the sequel to their cult hit with the acclaimed, action-packed martial arts epic ‘The Raid 2,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen, Rama (Uwais) thought he could return to his normal life. Instead, his success puts himself and his family in danger, forcing him to go undercover to bring down a nefarious and powerful criminal by befriending his son. ‘The Raid 2’ also stars Yayan Ruhain, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Julie Estelle, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo and Kazuki Kitamur. The Blu-ray and DVD include an English dub of the film as well as the original language version (Indonesian). The Blu-ray also comes loaded with extra content, allowing fans to immerse themselves in the making of the film, including more than 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes, as well as a deleted scene and filmmaker commentary. Gareth Huw Evans’ process of transitioning the story from the first film to the sequel is explored in the “The Next Chapter: Shooting a Sequel” featurette. In the “Cinefamily Foundation Q&A” featurette, Gareth Huw Evans, Iko Uwais and Joe Trapanese discuss the making the film. Exclusive to the Blu-ray is the “Gang War” deleted scene and two additional featurettes. Fans can take an inside look at the elaborate fight choreography in “Violent Ballet: Behind the Choreography,” and “Ready for a Fight: On Location” features the cast and crew on the challenges of filming in Indonesia. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Walker Texas Ranger
Witness the beginning of a legend with the release of ‘Walker, Texas Ranger: One Riot One Ranger,’ now available on DVD exclusively at Walmart. The two-hour premiere episode introduces Chuck Norris (The Expendables 2) in his now iconic role as Cordell Walker, a contemporary Texas Ranger with an Old West attitude. When his partner is killed in a bank heist, Walker seeks vengeance on those responsible alongside new partner, James Trivette (Clarence Gilyard, Die Hard). A perfect introduction for a new generation, ‘Walker, Texas Ranger: One Riot One Ranger’ is a must-own for both new and longtime fans. Buy the One Ranger One Riot DVD right here.
Prisoners of War
Never before available on DVD, Shout! Factory has released the award-winning Keshet International series ‘Prisoners of War: Season One’ on DVD. Featuring all 10 episodes from the first season, the three-DVD set also includes brand new interviews with the cast and creator Gideon Raff, as well as episode commentaries with creator Gideon Raff and Director of Photography Itai Neeman. Created by the award-winning Gideon Raff for Keshet Broadcasting, ‘Prisoners of War’ is the original Israeli drama upon which Showtime’s Emmy-award winning ‘Homeland’ was based. The series follows the story of three Israeli soldiers held captive for 17 years and the lives they return to after being released. Having become national icons, they not only have to rebuild their personal relationships, but reintegrate into the community. As the soldiers struggle to reconnect with family and rejoin society, details about their imprisonment surface that lead to more questions. When secrets of the years gone by begin coming to light, betrayal, resentment and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives all over again. Since 2011, ‘Prisoners of War’ has consistently been the number one drama in Israel. This intriguing and pensive narrative will keep viewers guessing as new facts are gradually uncovered. Starring Yoram Toledano, Yaël Abecassis, Ishai Golan, Mili Avital, Assi Cohen and Adi Ezroni, ‘Prisoners of War: Season One’ is a psychological drama that will captivate audiences. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.
The Soul Man
Cedric “The Entertainer” (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire) and Niecy Nash (Reno 911) star in ‘The Soul Man,’ an original sitcom from Suzanne Martin, the creator of Hot in Cleveland. Bonus features include new interviews with the cast and crew, and a music video. Series co-creator Cedric plays Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, a chart-topping Las Vegas singer who moves back to St. Louis to preach in his father’s church. Can this superstar-turned-minister go from singing soul to saving souls? Can his family adjust to their new lifestyle? They’re about to find out. In addition to co-creator Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash, The Soul Man also stars John Beasley (Everwood) as Boyce’s father Barton, Wesley Jonathan (What I Like About You) as his younger brother Stamps and Jazz Raycole (My Wife and Kids) as his daughter Lyric. The character of Reverend Boyce originated in an episode of Hot in Cleveland, in which Cedric made a guest appearance. Guest stars in The Soul Man: The Complete First Season include Cee Lo Green, Yvette Nicole Brown, Anthony Anderson, Tim Reid, Loretta Devine, Gary Anthony Williams and more. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.
The line between friends and enemies is blurred in the action thriller ‘Dead Drop,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army), Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight) and Cole Hauser (A Good Day to Die Hard), ‘Dead Drop’ follows a former CIA operative on his perilous journey through dangerous drug territory and his own damaged psyche. When Michael miraculously survives being shot and pushed out of a plane, he wakes up to a living nightmare. With his memory impaired and psychotic tendencies beginning to develop, he defies the orders of his CIA handlers and re-inserts himself into the dangerous Mexican smuggling ring where he was operating deep under cover. The answers he’s looking for can only be found in the underbelly of Northern Mexico. He must find the man he believes threw him out of a plane in order to save himself and the woman he loves. Buy the DVD right here.
Wings: Sky Force Heroes
Josh Duhamel (Transformers) is back as Ace in the thrilling story about a heroic pilot seeking redemption in the DOVE-approved family adventure, ‘Wings: Sky Force Heroes,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) exclusively at Walmart, Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In the sky-high follow up to the animated feature Wings, an all-star cast including Rob Schneider (Grown Ups), Tom Skerritt (Top Gun), Jesse McCartney (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Hilary Duff (A Cinderella Story), Dallas Lovato (Birds of Paradise) and Russell Peters (Source Code), all return to help firefighter Ace remember why he loves being a hero. When Ace (Duhamel), a cocky young firefighter, defies his Colonel’s (Skerritt) orders and recklessly attempts a solo mission, it leads to disastrous consequences. Ace, along with Fred (Schneider), his trusty co-pilot, quits Sky Force and resigns himself to hauling coal for Mr. Steinway (Peters), until one day a fire breaks out in the mines! With the help of his friends: Windy (Duff) and T-Bone (McCartney), Ace must overcome his fears and become the hero he was destined to be. Buy the DVD right here.
Shout! Factory brings you the 1981 thriller ‘Southern Comfort’ on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring a new high definition transfer, with bonus features including a theatrical trailer, still gallery, and ‘The Making of Southern Comfort’ featuring new interviews with director/writer Walter Hill, producer/writer David Giler and actors Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Peter Coyote and Lewis Smith. From Walter Hill, the director of The Warriors and 48 Hrs., comes this gut-wrenching tale of backwoods terror. Nine National Guardsmen enter the Louisiana swamp for routine training, but an error in judgment by one of the team incites an all-out war with some angry Cajuns who know the territory like the backs of their hands. Armed with a precious few bullets, and confused by the dimly lit, moss-covered maze into which they’ve stumbled, the guardsmen know they’ll be picked off one by one, until they come up with a solution using the only resources they have left…their wits. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Drawing on a range of influences from Hong Kong and Japanese horror-film tropes, pop singer-turned actor and first-time director Juno Mak references vampire myths worldwide for the eerie and chilling ‘Rigor Mortis‘ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Well Go USA Entertainment. A feast for genre fans, the film follows a depressed actor (Chin Siu-ho) who moves into an even more depressing apartment complex and attempts suicide, only to be rescued by Uncle Yau (Anthony Chan). Unfortunately, the suicidal actor has imbued the dark spirits who haunt the apartment with strength. And to add to their worries, one of the building’s residents has brought a man back from the dead … and he’s about to wake up. A washed-up actor, desperate and suicidal, moves into a haunted apartment building where supernatural creatures, ghost hunters, Taoist exorcists, and the souls of the undead are among his neighbors. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Marine Boy, the amazing aquatic hero of the “American anime” action classic, surfaces for a final volume of seafaring sci-fi adventures! This 3-Disc, 26-Episode collection rounds out Marine Boys excursions for the Ocean Patrol Marine Headquarters with a series of fantastic confrontations against fearsome foes, side by side with some fabulous friends. Thanks to the inventions of his father, Dr. Mariner, Marine Boy is super-scuba geared up and ready for the full fathom five fight – from his propeller shoes to his bulletproof wet suit, not to mention his boomerangs and oxy-gum! So take a swim with Marine Boy, his dolphin Splasher, mermaid gal pal Neptina, hero-worshipping little Clicli and the stalwart crew of supersub P-1 as they go up against evil electronic brains, a haunted island, ghost cruisers, mutant plankton swarms, militarized red dolphins and attacking icebergs. It’s just another day under the sea for Marine Boy, brave and free! Buy the Season 3 DVD at WBshop.com.
Like Father Like Son
What if the child you raised for years turned out not to be your own? That’s the dilemma facing affluent architect Ryota and his wife Midori when they learn that their six-year-old son, Keita, was accidentally switched at the hospital after birth and is not their biological child. In the wake of this startling revelation, Ryota’s sense of fatherhood is shaken to the core as he witnesses both his wife’s enduring devotion to Keita and his own conflicting feelings of nature versus nurture. Now his decision on which boy is truly his son will change the family’s lives forever. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s (Nobody Knows, Still Walking) ‘Like Father Like Son‘ is an incredibly touching family drama from one of cinema’s greatest masters. Buy the DVD right here.
Get up close and personal with some of the smallest and most fascinating creatures on Earth as BBC Home Entertainment has brought the original three-part UK series ‘Hidden Kingdoms’ to Blu-ray and DVD. This innovative new series from the BBC’s renowned Natural History Unit and Executive Producer Mike Gunton (Africa, Life) uses groundbreaking filming techniques to immerse viewers in the unique and unexplored miniature world of the planet’s smaller heroes, all less than a foot in size. Narrated by Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), ‘Hidden Kingdoms’ dramatizes the action-packed lives of these mighty minis in some of the world’s most iconic landscapes. From the open plains of Africa’s savannah to the urban jungles of Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, ‘Hidden Kingdoms’ approaches these habitats from a new visual perspective. Using groundbreaking filming techniques including extreme low angles, wide angles, special lenses, slow-motion, pitch shifting audio and even “blue screen” to create an interpretation of the miniature world as our heroes see and experience it – pushing between blades of grass will feel like journeying deep into the densest jungle. This is a different approach to a traditional wildlife series, using dramatized, constructed storytelling based entirely on biologically accurate behavior to recreate these animals’ own distinctive perspectives and to illustrate the dynamism of their lives. Buy the DVD right here.
Escape Me Never
Music is everything to composer Sebastian Dubrok – until two women enter his life: the spirited. penniless single mother who stirs his conscience, and his brother’s beautiful fiancee, who captures his heart. Screen swashbuckler Errol Flynn takes a change-of- pace role as Sebastian in Escape Me Never, set in 1900 Italy and rich in emotion and glorious music. Flynn and Ida Lupino, who plays the young mother, provide most of the emotion. Longtime off-screen friends, the two stars let their affection for each other shine through in their performances. The music, including a dramatic ballet sequence, is by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, one of classic Hollywood’s premier composers, who had earlier provided memorable scores for Flynns The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk. Costars Gig Young and Eleanor Parker add depth to the tale of love and commitment, and Peter Godfrey (who helmed Flynn’s Cry Wolf) directs. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
Julia Ashton arrives at a British outpost in the post-WWI Sahara, her heart burdened by loss. Then she meets Captain Denny Roark and soon realizes the soldier’s charm and compassion could restore her capacity to love. But Julia has recently settled for another man – Roark‘s commanding officer. Kay Francis (One Way Passage, jewel Robbery) and Errol Flynn star together for the only time in this romantic melodrama that showcases Francis in her sophisticated, haute-couture glory and builds on Flynn’s growing heartthrob appeal and on screen triumphs that already included Captain Blood and The Charge of the Light Brigade. Ian Hunter (Strange Cargo) plays the gallant third side of the tales romantic triangle. The lushly appointed film features an evocative musical score by influential film composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who later reprised some of it for his famed Violin Concerto. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
Based on a true story, ‘Kid Cannabis‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. Writer/Director John Stockwell’s (Blue Crush,Crazy/Beautiful) true-crime tale is based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article detailing the outlandish saga of an eighteen year old, self-described “loser by legacy” high school dropout and his friend whose lives are changed forever when they start trafficking marijuana across the Canadian border. ‘Kid Cannabis’ stars Jonathan Daniel Brown (Project X), Kenny Wormald (Footloose), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Aaron Yoo (McCanick, TV’s “The Tomorrow People”), John C. McGinley (Alex Cross, TV’s “Scrubs”), Amanda Tapping (TV’s “Supernatural,” “Sanctuary”), Lochlyn Munro (Unforgiven), Christina Cox (Elysium) and Corey Large (Frozen Ground). ‘Kid Cannabis’ is the true story of Nate Norman (Jonathan Daniel Brown), an Idaho teen dropout who builds a multimillion-dollar marijuana ring by partnering with his best friend (Kenny Wormald) and their pals to run drugs across the Canadian border. Bankrolled by a deadly-serious dope czar (Ron Perlman) and supplied by an ex-government grower (John C. McGinley), Nate’s pursuit of the high life – complete with girls, guns, and vicious rival dealers – may leave this ex-pizza boy in way over his head. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
News & Notes:
On July 7th, HBO Home Entertainment’s Digital HD released Veep: The Complete Third Season for purchase via digital retailers (e.g. iTunes). Along with containing all 10 episodes from the third season of HBO’s hit comedy series, the release also features hilarious, never-before-seen deleted scenes. Please note that the deleted scenes are only available at iTunes and Google Play. In season three of ‘Veep,’ Selina and her staff head off to meet America in Detroit and Silicon Valley, go on a drug bust with the Maryland Coast Guard, and fly to London to confer with heads of state. Meanwhile, as Dan and Amy battle for the role of campaign manager, everyone helps Selina define who she is and where she stands on fracking, education, reproductive rights and her hairstyle. With all of America now watching her and her team, even the most banal action can set off a ripple effect that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.