‘Creed II’ Slugs It Out On Blu-ray With March Release

Creed II, which took in $166 million worldwide, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on March 5 (its digital release is set for February 12).

Directed by Steven Caple Jr., Creed II centers on Adonis Creed’s (Michael B. Jordan) boxing match against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu). The showdown is a personal one for Adonis, as his father died in the ring fighting Viktor’s dad Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa as well as Tessa Thompson, who stars as Adonis’ significant other Bianca.

Special  features on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD edition includes deleted scenes and several featurettes (“From Father to Son, Blood Runs Hot,” “Finding the Authentic,” “The Women of Creed II,” and “The Rocky Legacy”). The DVD version includes the featurette “The Rocky Legacy.”

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Jamie Lee Curtis Discusses Important Horror Decision Post “Halloween” Success

Halloween turned out to be one of last year’s biggest hits, as it collected over $253 million worldwide. Shot on a modest $10 million budget, the picture promised a final showdown between Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers. The feature hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on Tuesday, January 15.

Halloween’s special features (featured in all of the versions) include deleted scenes and several featurettes (“Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween,” “The Original Scream Queen,” “The Sound of Fear,” Journey of the Mask,” and “The Legacy of Halloween.”

Throughout her career, Curtis has starred in a diverse array of films including Trading Places, Blue Steel, True Lies, and A Fish Called Wanda. Click on the media bar to hear Jamie Lee Curtis explain why she initially decided to stop doing horror films after shooting Halloween II.

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‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Hits Blu-Ray And Digital In January

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s revered tale, hits Blu-ray, Digital, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on January 29.

The tale centers on Clara (Mackenzie Foy), a 14-year-old who traverses through a parallel world where she meets a Nutcracker soldier (Jayden Fowora-Knight),the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley), and Fourth Realm ruler Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).

Click on the media bar to hear Mackenzie Foy discuss her lifelong familiarity with the story.

Special features include deleted scenes, two music videos (“Fall On Me” performed by Andrea Bocelli and son Matteo Bocelli, and “The Nutcracker Suite” performed by Lang Lang), and two featurettes (“On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland” and “Unwrapping The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”).

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Kevin Hart Gets A Much Needed Education In ‘Night School’

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are the stars behind the comedy Night School, but it’s a talented ensemble cast that basically steals the show. Fans of the stars will probably satisfied by their banter, but there are a ton of jokes to go around in the comedy.

Teddy Walker (Hart) is a BBQ salesman who accidentally destroys his workplace during a romantic evening with his longtime girlfriend lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke). After his huge mistake, Teddy turns to night school to get his GED and land another job. Teddy’s teacher, a tough nosed woman named Carrie (Haddish), is not charmed by his supposed charm, and this time out Teddy will actually have to be serious about school

Teddy’s classmates include a convict (Fat Joe) who attends class via Skype, a neglected housewife (24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub), a conspiracy theorist (Romany Malco), a clueless but loving dad (Rob Riggle), a waiter (Al Madrigal) who lost his job thanks to Teddy, and a rebellious youth (Anne Winters). Saturday Night Live vet Taran Killam rounds out the cast as Stewart, the high school principal who, along with having a strange fixation for the Morgan Freeman flick Lean on Me, has a bone to pick with Teddy.

Special features on the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD versions includes feature commentary, an extended cut of the flick (it runs four minutes longer at 115 minutes), gag reel, alternate opening, several featurettes and audio commentary from director Malcolm D. Lee (the DVD comes with the extended cut, delete scenes, and alternate opening). Fans of Night School should definitely check out the 13 minutes worth of deleted scenes, as they give more screen time to Teddy’s classmates and his girlfriend. These sequences are not features, by the way, are not in the extended version (which probably means the original version of the feature ran close to 130 minutes).

Night School is now available on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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U.K. Foreign Film Oscar Submission ‘I Am Not A Witch’ Hits DVD In January

I Am Not A Witch, which is the U.K.’s official submission of Best Foreign Film for the Oscars, is headed to DVD and digital on January 22nd via Film Movement.

The satire centers on Shula (Maggie Mulubwa), a nine-year-old Zambian girl who is exiled to a witch camp run by a corrupt government official. Tied to the ground by a white ribbon, Shula is told that she will turned to a goat if she attempts an escape. Pressured by adults seeking to financially exploit her supposed powers, Shula considers paying what may be the ultimate price for her freedom.

The acclaimed feature has received a slew of nominations (AFI Fest Audience Award, Independent Spirit Ward for Best International Film and a Golden Camera Award at Cannes) and has also been cited as one of the year’s best films (Esquire, The New Yorker, Memphis Commercial Appeal, among others). I Am Not A Witch also won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut By A British Writer (Nyoni penned the script).

Special features on the disc include an interview with I Am Not A Witch director Rungano Nyoni and the short film Mwansa the Great (directed by Nyoni).

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Box Office Smash ‘A Star Is Born’ Lands On Blu-Ray And DVD In February

A Star Is Born, which received 9 Critics’ Choice nods (including Best Picture), hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD February 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The narrative, directed by Bradley Cooper, centers on a successful music artist named Jack (Cooper) who finds a kindred soul in Ally (Lady Gaga). As Ally’s “star” continues to rise, Jack’s alcoholism and physical ailments drives him down a much darker path. 

Included in the package are nearly 10 minutes of never-before-seen musical performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga which is featured in the “Jam Sessions and Rarities” special feature (“Baby What You Want Me To Do,” “Midnight Special,” “Is That Alright”). Other extras include the featurette “The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born,” several music videos (“Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” “Look What I Found,” “I’ll Never Love This Way”)

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