Life of the Party, Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy, hits Blu-ray and DVD August 7 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The picture continues McCarthy’s collaboration with husband Ben Falcone, who also directed the actress in Tammy and The Boss.
The story centers on a newly divorced mom (McCarthy) who, deciding it’s never to late to get an education, enrolls in college. Gillian Jacobs and Maya Rudolph co-star in the flick which was written by Falcone and McCarthy. Life of the Party took in $51 million at the domestic box office.
The Blu-ray comes with a plethora of featurettes (“’80s Party,” “Mom Sandwich,” “Line-O-Rama,” “Bill Hate-O-Rama,” “Gag Reel) and deleted scenes. The DVD version comes with the “’80s Party” segment.
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Executive produced by director Martin Scorsese, A Ciambra hits Blu-ray and DVD July 10 via IFC Films. The narrative centers on Pio (Pio Amato), a 14-year-old who decides to explore the family business after his dad and brother are arrested. Directed by Mediterranea filmmaker Jonas Carpignano, the feature was honored at the Cannes Film Festival with the Europa Cinemas Label Award. It was also Italy’s official entry for the 2018 Academy Awards (Carpagnino also received an Independent Spirit Award nod for Best Director).
Along with its critical acclaim, another reason to check out A Ciambra is the director’s passion for shooting on film in an overwhelmingly dominant digital age (it was shot on Super 16mm). Special features on both versions include deleted scenes and the documentary A Ciambra: The Other Side of the Story.
Rampage, featuring Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris, hits Blu-ray and DVD July 17 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.The project marks Johnson’s third collaboration with filmmaker Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).
The narrative centers on primatologist Davis Okyoe (Johnson) who teams with a geneticist (Harris) to deliver an antidote that will keep mutated animals from destroying the Earth. Davis’ friend George, a rare albino silverback gorilla, is among the animals who have been altered from this genetic experience, and Davis get to George before he creates further destruction.
Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes, featurettes (“Not a Game Anymore,” “Trio of Destruction,” “Actors in Action,” “Attack on Chicago,” “Bringing George to Life”) and a gag reel. The DVD version comes with “Not A Game Anymore.”
Director Steven Spielberg’s latest hit Ready Player One hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 24. The project was released this year to much fanfare thanks to the monumental popularity of Ernest Cline’s book of the same name.
The narrative centers on Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a youth who escapes his downtrodden life by living in the virtual universe known as OASIS. When late OASIS creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) creates a contest to in which the winner will inherit the world, Wade joins several friends (including Bates Motel’sOlivia Cooke) in an attempt to grab the coveted prize.
Special features on the Blu-ray include “Game Changer: Cracking the Code,” “Effects for a Brave New World,” “Level Up: Sound for the Future,” “High Score: Endgame,” “Ernie & Tye’s Excellent Adventure,” and “The ’80’s: You’re The Inspiration.” The DVD version comes “The ’80’s: You’re The Inspiration.”
King of Hearts, a comedy classic headlined by Alan Bates (The Fixer, Women in Love), hits Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms June 12. As part of the Cohen Film Collection, the feature was rereleased this year and received a 4K restoration.
Set in World War I, the story centers on Private Plumpick (Bates), a Scottish soldier tasked with disarming a bomb in a French village. The town is mainly deserted, though former psychiatric patients who escaped after the villagers’ exodus remain. Accepted into the environment as the “King of Hearts,” Plumpick gradually prefers the literal inmates running the asylum dynamic over the war that is at their door. Geneviève Bujold (Obsession, Choose Me) co-stars in the Philippe de Broca directed feature. Last but definitely not least, Oscar winning composer Georges Delerue (Contempt, Jules and Jim) provides the score.
Special features include audio commentary from film critic Wade Major, a new interviews with Bujold and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, and the 2018 rerelease trailers (U.S. and French).
The Con Is On, which stars Pulp Fiction actors Uma Thurman and Tim Roth, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital July 24 via Lionsgate. The project centers on a con-artist couple named Harriet and Peter (Thurman, Roth) who attempt to pull off a jewel theft operation in Los Angeles to pay off a gangster (Designated Survivor’sMaggie Q). Alice Eve co-stars as Peter’s ex-wife, with Parker Posey (Superman Returns) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) rounding out the ensemble. The feature was previously titled The Brits are Coming.
It’s great to see Uma Thurman and Tim Roth ham it up in the trailer, and Alice Eve, who’s usually one for dramatic fare (The Stolen, Cold Comes The Night), also looks like she’s having a good time. We’ll be checking out the Blu-ray closer to its release date, but until then, check out the trailer and tell us what you think!