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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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Worthy Sequel ‘Creed II’ Delivers The Knockout Punch

Creed II was a box office smash, amassing over $213 million worldwide. Equaling that achievement is the film’s pinpoint storytelling execution, as it did not suffer the sophomore slump that befalls most sequels.

This time out Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is the heavyweight champ who seems to have nothing left to prove. When Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren, delivering an excellent, world weary performance), challenges him to a boxing match, Adonis doesn’t hesitate to step in the ring and defend his title. With Ivan killing Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the ring years ago, Adonis is out for a bit of retribution, but this time Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is not in his corner. Tessa Thompson rounds out the cast as Bianca, Adonis’ dedicated partner.

Running at 130 minutes, the picture had a ton to live up to thanks to the overwhelming success of Creed, and it absolutely scores a knockout punch, giving fans of the franchise equal time with Adonis and Rocky’s respective journeys. Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) directs the story sans a hitch, moving the story at a refreshingly brisk clip.

Special features on the Blu-ray and 4K UHD versions include deleted scenes and several featurettes (Fathers & Sons, Casting Viktor Drago, The Women of Creed II, and The Rocky Legacy). The deleted scenes are a must see, as one sequence has Rocky delivering a moving eulogy for pugilist Spider Rico (Pedro Lovell) who appeared in Rocky and Rocky Balboa. Another sequence features a post match encounter among Adonis and Viktor that should have been kept in the feature (Rocky and Ivan also share a moment). The final two deleted scenes give us more time with Adonis and Bianca (one sequence is an extended moment at Max’s Steaks).

Creed II is now out on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K UHD.

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Oscar Nominee ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Hits Blu-Ray And DVD In March

If Beale Street Could Talk, the latest film from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 26 (the digital version debuts March 12). The 1970s set project, based on the James Baldwin novel, centers on a couple persevering through tragic times.

Friends since childhood, Harlem denizens Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) are engaged with a baby on the way. Their plans take a nightmarish turn after Fonny is falsely accused of rape, and now Tish and her family will do everything it takes to ensure Fonny’s release from prison. The film received three Oscar nods, including Best Adapted Screenplay (screenwriter Barry Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Regina King), and Best Original Score (Nicholas Britell).

Special features on both versions include deleted scenes, audio commentary by Jenkins and the featurette “If Beale Street Could Talk: Poetry in Motion.”

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Clint Eastwood Drama ‘The Mule’ Hits Blu-Ray And 4K In April

Clint Eastwood’s latest film The Mule hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on April 2 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Viewers who prefer checking out their films via Digital will be able to check out the film on March 19. 

The project, penned by Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Nick Schenk, is inspired by the New York Times Magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-year-old Drug Mule.” Eastwood stars in the film as Earl Stone, an elderly horticulturalist who is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine for a drug cartel. Bradley Cooper, who worked with Eastwood on American Sniper, co-stars.

Special features on the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD editions include the featurette “Nobody Runs Forever: The Making of The Mule” and the Toby Keith music video “Don’t Let the Old Man In.” The DVD extras include the featurette but not the music video.

    

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Billion Dollar Smash ‘Aquaman’ Hits Blu-ray And DVD In March

Aquaman, which stars Jason Momoa (Justice League, Frontier) in the titular role, hits Blu-ray, 4K UHD, and DVD on March 26 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Fans can also own the digital version starting March 5. Directed by James Wan (Furious 7, The Conjuring), Aquaman has made over $1.1 billion worldwide, and though a sequel announcement has yet to be officially made, it’s safe to assume another installment will be a reality. In the meantime, Warner Bros. recently announced an Aquaman spinoff titled The Trench is in development. Rounding out the Aquaman cast are Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe and Dolph Lundgren.

The extras, which are contained in all versions, include a plethora of featurettes. They are “Going Deep Into The World of Aquaman,”  “Becoming Aquaman,” “James Wan: World Builder,” “Aqua Tech,” “Atlantis Warfare,” “The Dark Depths of Black Manta,” “Heroines of Atlantis,” “Villaneous Training,” “Kingdoms of the Seven Seas,” “Creating Undersea Creatures,” “A Match Made in Atlantis,” and “Scene Study Breakdowns.” An exclusive sneak peak of Shazam! is also included in the special features.

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‘Becoming Astrid’ Starring Alba August Hits DVD And Digital In March

Becoming Astrid, a critically acclaimed feature detailing the life Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking), hits DVD and Digital March 9 via Music Box Films.

Featuring Alba August (Netflix’s The Rain) as Lindgren, the feature was inspired by Danish writer/director Pernille Fischer Christensen’s fateful glance at a picture.  “One day I saw in a newspaper a photo of Astrid in Denmark, holding a child [her son Lasse] by the hand, [which was promoting] the book Astrid Lindgren’s Life in Images. In the book, there are many photos of her as a teenager and a young woman. She looks skinny, sometimes depressed, but also full of fire and spirit,” says Christensen. “I knew nothing of that part of her life. I decided to dig into Astrid’s past to know more about her and her child and read many of her books, over and over again. I understood how those formative years were decisive in her becoming a writer.”

Special features on the DVD include a featurette on the movie’s premiere at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival and interviews with actress Alba August and director Pernille Fischer Christensen.

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