Force of Nature, an action thriller starring Mel Gibson, Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth, hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 30. Directed by Michael Polish, the feature centers on a retired detective named Ray (Gibson) who teams up with his daughter (Bosworth) and a cop (Hirsch) to battle several cutthroat thieves.
The criminals believe $55 million is hidden in an apartment complex and they will do whatever it takes to leave with the money, even if it means killing a few innocent bystanders along the way. A hurricane is also wreaking havoc in the city, so there is basically danger at every conrer. David Zayas, best known for his work in the series Dexter, and Stephanie Cayo round out the ensemble.
Filmmaker Issa López’s critically acclaimed tale Tigers Are Not Afraidis streaming on Shudder, but devotees of physical media can pick up the DVD and DVD/Blu-ray Steelbook on May 5. Extras on the disc include director’s commentary, the featurete “The Making of Tigers Are Not Afraid, deleted scenes, casting sessions and an interview with Guillermo del Toro and Issa López at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The narrative, set in Mexico City, centers on a group of orphaned children who are trying to survive on a day to day basis. Estrella (Paola Lara), the newest addition to the group, has three magical wishes which will keep them safe against the cartel that murdered their parents. Although López infuses her narrative with magical realism, she doesn’t shy away from showing us the truth behind the chlidren’s tenuous situation.
Click on the media bar to hear Issa Lopez talk about her excitement over the DVD and Blu-ray release of Tigers Are Not Afraid:
Sonic The Hegehog, a family film based on the popular videogame character, is hitting 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 19. The feature, headlined by Jim Carrey, James Marsden, and Ben Schwartz (as the voice of Sonic) made over $306 million worldwide.
The narrative centers on Sonic the Hedgehog (Schwartz) who teams up with Sheriff Tom Wachowski (Marsden) to thwart the dastardly plans of the evil schemer Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Jeff Fowler made his feature directing debut with the hit project.
Extras include commentary by director Jeff Fowler and Schwartz, deleted scenes, Sonic’s next adventure “Around the World in 80 Seconds,” bloopers, the music video “Speed Me Up,” and several featurettes (“For the Love of Sonic,” “Building Robotnik with Jim Carrey,” “The Blue Blur: Origins of Sonic,” and “Sonic on Set”)
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Sonic The Hedgehog arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc May 19 via Paramount Home Entertainment.
The Quarry, a thriller starring Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital June 16 via Lionsgate. The feature is currently available On Demand.
Based on Damon Galgut’s novel, the story centers on a drifter (Whigham) who travels to a small town and poses as the traveling preacher whom he killed.
Even though the congregation warms to the drifter’s sermon, the local police chief (Shannon) becomes suspicious of his intentions. A discovery at a nearby quarry leads the drifter straight into a confrontation with the lawman, and freedom for the drifter may be a thing of the past. Catalina Sandina Moreno co-stars in the narrative.
Whigham and Shannon previously worked together on the series Boardwalk Empire and the Jeff Nichols directed drama Take Shelter.
The disc comes with audio commentary from director/co-writer Scott Teems.
The Way Backheadlined by Ben Affleck hits Blu-ray and DVD on May 19. Digital users will be able to
Released on March 6, the feature made $14 million worldwide but that number is deceiving. With the spread of the coronavirus and with stay at home orders in place, a visit to the theaters simply was not feasible.Warner Bros. ultimately released the film on digital VOD on March 24 via such services as iTunes, FandagoNOW, Amazon, Playstation, and Vudu.
The narrative centers on Jack Cunningham (Affleck), a former basketball high school star who walked away from the game even though he had the skills to make it to the NBA. His shot at a second chance comes when he is asked to coach the down in the dumps basketball team at his alma mater. The Way Back reunites Affleck with Gavin O’Connor, the filmmaker behind The Accountant.
Rounding out the cast are Al Madrigal (Night School), Michaela Watkins (Casual), and Janina Gavankar (Blindspotting).
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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).
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