Ol’ Blue Eyes Documentary ‘Sinatra In Palm Springs’ Hits Blu-ray And DVD In June

Thanks to iconic songs, Frank Sinatra’s name is synonymous with New York, Chicago, and even Los Angeles (thanks to the track “LA Is My Lady”). That being said, Sinatra’s true home was in the desert, and this passion is spotlighted with the documentary Sinatra in Palm Springs – The Place He Called Home.

The desert town was the main residence during his marriage to actress Ava Gardner, and for the rest of his life the entertainer lived on the fabled Rancho Mirage compound on Frank Sinatra Drive.

Featuring over 70 movie and TV show clips and archival footage, the documentary also contains interviews with Barbara Sinatra, entertainer Trini Lopez, comedian Tom Dreesen, and restaurateur Mel Haber.

Sinatra in Palm Springs – The Place He Called Home hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 11 via Shout! Factory.

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Regina King Relished The Family Dynamic Of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

If Beale Street Could Talk, based on James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, was met with critical acclaim last year and netted an Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Regina King

Directed by Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins, the narrative centers on Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), a young couple in 1970s Harlem who are having a baby. When Fonny is thrown in jail for a crime he did not commit, Tish and her family (Regina King plays Tish’s mother) do whatever it takes to get Fonny out of jail.

Click on the media bar to hear Regina King talk about the family dynamic of If Beale Street Could Talk:

Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD editions include deleted scenes, a featurette (“If Beale Street Could Talk: Poetry in Motion”), and audio commentary from Barry Jenkins. If Beale Street Could Talk hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, March 26.

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‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ Lands Blu-Ray Release In May

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which made over $101 million domestically, hits Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and DVD on May 7.

The film features the voices of Chris Pratt (Emmet), Elizabeth Banks (Lucy), Will Arnett (Lego Batman), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Alison Brie (Unikitty) and Charlie Day (Benny). Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors and writers behind 2014’s The Lego Movie, penned the screenplay.

Special features include an “Everything Is Awesome” Sing-Along (not available on DVD), deleted scenes, commentary from the filmmakers, the Lego movie short Emmet’s Holiday Party, several featurettes on the making of the flick, and the “Super Cool” music video (featuring Beck, Robyn, and The Lonely Island).

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Rob Marshall Realizes Early Movie Dreams With ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Rob Marshall is one of cinema’s most successful filmmakers, as he’s taken on highly touted projects in narrative (Memoirs of a Geisha, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and musical (Into the Woods, Chicago) form.

His latest project Mary Poppins Returns has grossed over $348 million worldwide, and the feature debuts today on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD.

During the home entertainment press day for Mary Poppins Returns, Marshall divulged that Mary Poppins was the first film he ever saw.

“I was four years old,” said Marshall. “I saw it in a movie theater and it changed the course of my life even as a four-year-old. It stays with you so deeply (and) it means so much to everyone.”

Click on the media bar to hear Marshall explain why making Mary Poppins Returns was a “rare” and “extraordinary” experience.

Special features on the Mary Poppins Returns Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD versions include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with Dick Van Dyke, deleted scenes, the deleted song “The Anthropomorphic Zoo,” and a sing-along version that includes the Oscar nominated track “The Place Where Lost Things Go.”

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Peter Bogdanovich Documentary ‘The Great Buster: A Celebration’ Hits Blu-Ray In April

Along with being an acclaimed director, Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Mask) has also made his mark as a movie historian and interviewer. His latest film The Great Buster: A Celebration, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on April 2 via Cohen Film Collection.

The documentary spotlights the life and career of Buster Keaton one of the silent era’s great comedians. Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick Van Dyke and Johnny Knoxville are among the interviewees featured in the project. The disc comes with an interview with Bogdanovich called “Conversations from The Quad,”

During his writing and interviewing career, Bogdanovich has released such seminal books as This Is Orson Welles and Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors. The Great Buster: A Celebration won the Best Documentary on Cinema prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

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Family Fantasy ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Hits Blu-Ray And DVD In April

The Kid Who Would Be King, the latest film from Attack the Block filmmaker and screenwriter Joe Cornish hits 4K Ultra-HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on April 16. The feature made $25 million worldwide.

The feature centers on Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), a youth who discovers he has abilities beyond his belief after he wields the mythical Sword in the Stone. With the help of his friends and Merlin (Patrick Stewart), Alex is on a mission to stop the all powerful Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).

Special features include deleted scene, the Lay Lay music video “Be The King,” and several featurettes (Origins of a King, Young Knights, Merlin’s Magic (x4), The Two Merlins, Knight School, The Two Merlins, Meet Morgana, Movie Magic).

 

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