Blinded By The Light, a coming of age feature which is set to the music of Bruce Springsteen’s music, hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 19. The feature also hits Digital on October 22.
Based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race Religion and Rock N’ Roll, the feature centers on Javed (Viveik Kalra), a youth who is determined to follow his dreams. Pressures from his traditional dad (Kulvinder Ghir) as well as the racial and economic tensions of 1987 England has placed a burden on Javed’s shoulders, but ultimately he finds his share of grace and inspiration from newfound friends and the music of Springsteen. Bend It Like Beckham filmmaker Gurindher Chadha directed the feature which co-stars Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, and Hayley Atwell.
Special features on the Blu-ray included two featurettes (“Memoir to Movie” and “The Most Crazy Thing”) and deleted scenes. The DVD version comes with the “Memoir to Movie” featurette.
The Kitchen, a mob drama starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss, hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 5 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC. Movie fans can also purchase the digital version of The Kitchen starting October 22.
Based on the DC Vertigo comic book series penned by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, The Kitchen centers on mob wives Kathy (McCarthy), Ruby (Haddish) and Claire (Moss) who take action over their own lives after their husbands are sent to prison. The feature, which made $12 million domestically, marked the directing debut of screenwriter Andrea Berloff (Blood Father, Sleepless).
Special features on the Blu-ray include a deleted scene and two featurettes (“Running Hell’s Kitchen’ and “Taking Over the Neighborhood”). The DVD version comes with the “Running Hell’s Kitchen” featurette.
10 Minutes Gone, an action thriller headlined by Bruce Willis (Death Wish) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield), hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on October 29 via Lionsgate. The feature is also available On Demand.
Though Willis and Chiklis are known for playing cops, this time out they are on the other side of the law. The narrative centers on a crime boss named Rex (Willis) who hires Frank (Chiklis) for a jewel heist. The operation goes sideways as Frank suffers a blow to his head and awakens to find the jewels gone.
Frank must figure out who in his crew is the traitor before Rex decides to have him killed. Brian A. Miller, who helmed last year’s Sylvester Stallone feature Backtrace, directs.
Special features on 10 Minutes Gone include cast and crew interviews along with a featurette. Is the star power enough for you to check out 10 Minutes Gone? Feel free to comment below and tell us what you think!
Angel of Mine, a thriller headlined by Noomi Rapace, hits Blu-ray, DVD and Digital October 22 via Lionsgate.
Directed by Kim Farrant, the feature centers on a woman named Lizzie (Rapace) who believes her neighbor’s (Yvonne Strahovski) daughter is actually her own.
The catch is Lizzie’s daughter perished in a tragic accident years ago! Luke Evans co-stars as Lizzie’s ex-husband, who believes his wife’s instability is causing harm to their son.
Filled with its share of twists, Angel of Mine is another memorable effort from Farrant, whose previous film (the Nicole Kidman headlined Strangerland) was severely underrated. Rapace is excellent in the film, and hopefully her performance gets a bit more attention with its home video release.
Special features include cast and crew interviews and a “Making of Angel of Mine” featurette.
Pan’s Labyrinth, the critically acclaimed 2006 feature from Oscar winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-Ray Combo Pack on October 1 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The feature won three Oscars (Cinematography, Make-up, Art Direction).
The Ultra HD features 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, and visual immersion is a must if you’re watching any film directed by del Toro!
The story centers on Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), a young girl who amidst a civil war, meets a faun in a mysterious labyrinth who may provide her with the path of saving herself and her mother (Ariadna Gil).
Special features on the Blu-ray disc includes audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro, video prologue by Guillermo del Toro and several featurettes (“The Power of Myth,” “The Faun and the Fairies,” “The Color and the Shape,” and “The Director’s Notebook.”
Disney’s Aladdin hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD on September 10, and the hit live action film boasted Mena Massoud as the titular character, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith as the iconic Genie.
For Smith, entering the Aladdin universe was a unique experience. “Disney magic is real,” said Smith. “This is my first Disney movie and there is something that Walt Disney did in the design of these stories that at the core of these stories is something that shocks the inner child within you and forces it to come alive and smile and appreciate the moment.”
Click on the media bar to hear Will Smith elaborate on Aladdin being the most “joyful experience” of his career:
Special features on the Blu-ray and Digital release include six deleted scenes, bloopers, the deleted song “Desert Moon,” several featurettes (“Guy Ritchie: A Cinematic Genie,” “A Friend Like Genie”), a video journal captured by Mena Massoud, and three music videos.