‘Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island’ With Lucy Hale Hits Blu-Ray And DVD In May

Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island hits Blu-ray and DVD on May 12, and its digital release is set for April 14. Directed by Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf), the feature made $48 million worldwide (it had an estimated $7 million budget).

The feature centers on Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña), a man who can supposedly make everyone’s dreams come true. Ricardo Montalban played Mr. Roarke in the TV series, and while that show had a more positive spin in realizing one’s fantasies, this movie takes a darker turn. As the guests discover, their granted wishes can turn into tragic regrets, and they must solve the island’s mystery if they want to survive the experience.

Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, and Ryan Hansen are among the ensemble in this different take on the iconic program. Special features include deleted scenes and an unrated director and cast commentary with Jeff Wadlow and the Cast (unrated version only).

Were you a fan of the original show and are you excited about Fantasy Island’s Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release? Feel free to comment below!

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John Hughes Classic ‘Sixteen Candles’ Hits Blu-ray In April With New Interviews

John Hughes’ directing debut Sixteen Candles turned Molly Ringwald into a star and sent him on a path to a distinguished film career. Arrow Video will release Sixteen Candles on April 14 on Blu-ray with a plethora of special features.

Samantha Baker’s (Ringwald) 16th birthday may turn out nightmarish, as her crush Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) discovers a “sex quiz” filled out by Sam in which she claims she was saving her virginity for him. Scene stealer Anthony Michael Hall is the nerd who continues to pester her, and Gedde Watanabe is the eccentric foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong. The release comes with a new restoration by Arrow Films (from a 4K scan of the original negative).

Blu-ray special features include:

  1. High definition Blu-ray presentation of the Theatrical version as well as the Blu-ray Extended Version (94 minutes) with an additional and remastered cafetera scene.
  2. All new audio interview with Sixteen Candles casting director Jackie Burch.
  3. “When Gedde Met Deborah” is a new conversation between co-stars Gedde Watanabe and Deborah Pollack.
  4. New interviews with actor John Kapelos, camera operator Gary Kibbe, and composer Ira Newborn.
  5. Director Adam Rifkin reflects on working as an extra on the set.
  6. The first pressing of the Blu-ray contains an illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the movie by Nikki Baughan and Bryan Reesman.

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Box Office Smash ‘Bad Boys For Life’ Hits Blu-Ray And DVD In April

Bad Boys For Life, headlined by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD April 21 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The feature, which made over $425 million worldwide, comes out on Digital March 31.

This time out Mike Lowry (Smith) convinces his longtime partner Marcus (Lawrence) to hold off retirement one more time to take down the leader of the ruthless Aretas Cartel. The ensemble includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Kate del Castillo, and Bad Boys vet Joe Pantoliano.

The release comes with over 50 minutes of special features which include: extended scenes and an alternate ending, outtakes and bloopers, easter eggs, and the featurettes “Ride or Die: Making Bad Boyd For Life,” “Partners in Crime,” and “It’s About Time.” DVD owners will get the extended and aleternate scenes and the outtakes and bloopers extras.

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Jodie Turner-Smith Reflects On “Black Resilience” Behind ‘Queen & Slim’ Storyline

Queen & Slim centers on a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) and black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, making her feature film debut), who are coming home from an uneventful first date. After they are pulled over by a police officer, Slim (Kaluuya) kills the cop in self-defense, leading the pair to go on the run.

Making the film was a gratifying and “incredible” experience for Turner-Smith.”What that entailed was something I had never encountered before,” said Turner-Smith. “Not only that, but it’s not really something where it’s more of like an ensemble cast, it’s more really about Queen and Slim. It’s basically two of us on almost every single page which is pretty intense workwise.”

Click on the media bar to hear Jodie Turner-Smith talk about how “black resilience” is an important element of the feature:

Special features on the release include feature commentary with director/producer Melina Matsoukas and writer/producer Lena Waithe and several featurettes (“A Deeper Meaning,” “Melina & Lena,” “Off The Script,” and “On The Run with Queen & Slim”).

Queen & Slim hits 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 3.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Hits Blu-Ray In March With Over Two Hours Of Extras

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on March 31. The feature arrives on Digital on March 17.The feature, directed by J.J. Abrams, took in over $1 billion worldwide during its theatrical run..

Over two hours of extras are featured in the release. The plethora of features include:

  1. The Skywalker Legacy – A feature-length documentary on the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  2. Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – A look into the fil’s landspeeder chase and how the filmmakers captured it on screen. 
  3. Aliens in the Desert – Featurette focuses on the creation of the Pasaana desert scenes. 
  4. D-O: Key to the Past – Spotlights the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her parents and a look at the latest droid to grace the Star Wars universe.
  5. Warwick & SonWarwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, puts on the Ewok costume once again and this time he is joined by his son Harrison!
  6. Cast of Creatures – A look at the movie’s memorable creatures as they are brought to life by puppetry, makeup, and digital magic. 

Digital Exclusive:

  1. The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams talks about his work on the Star Wars films and shares thoughts on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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Academy Award Winning ‘1917’ Hits Blu-ray And DVD In March

The critically acclaimed 1917, directed by Sam Mendes, hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 24 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The feature comes out on digital March 10.

The narrative centers on Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) who are tasked with delivering a message to stop the attack on a British regiment.

Extras include:

  1. The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes – Director Sam Mendes talks about his personal connection to World War I.
  2. Allied Forces: Making 1917 – Details on how the 360 degree format was executed by cinematographer Roger Deakins.
  3. The Music of 1917 – Composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers elaborate on the film’s score.
  4. In The Trenches – Going behind the scenes with the 1917 cast.
  5. Recreating History – A look at the production design of the film.
  6. Two audio commentaries (one with director/co-writer Sam Mendes and director of photography Roger Deakins).

Click on the media bar to hear cinematographer Roger Deakins (who won an Oscar for the film) talk about achieving a “balance” in shooting the picture:

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