As summer heats up, so do the new releases! We’ve got a brand new batch of great Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD titles now available that you’ll want to add to your physical media collections. So take a few moments and check out what great offerings are hitting this week!
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)
Short on cash and with no callbacks coming, Nicolas Cage (as a fictionalized version of himself) readily accepted a million-dollar appearance payday for the Mallorca birthday party of worshipful olive tycoon Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal). Though quickly learning to enjoy the arrangement, it goes south when Cage is tipped by the CIA of his improbable fanboy’s insurrectionist activities–and is expected to help take him down. Self-satirical action-comedy co-stars Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz, Neil Patrick Harris.
Escape the Field (2022)
After losing consciousness, a half-dozen complete strangers inexplicably came to in a cornfield that stretched out endlessly in every direction. Finding a small cache of supplies–including a compass, a canteen, and a revolver with a single bullet–they’d have to work and reason together to escape their improbable surroundings…and the unknown presence that was stalking them. Compelling ensemble thriller stars Shane West, Theo Rossi, Jordan Claire Robbins, Tahirah Sharif, Elena Juatco, Julian Feder.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Complete Season One (1952)
In 1952, bandleader Ozzie Nelson and actress/singer spouse Harriet Hilliard brought the radio sitcom that fictionalized their suburban Southern California home life to ABC-TV, where it regularly charmed America for a remarkable 14-season run. The couple’s sons David and Ricky grew from boys to men over the course of the series, which also launched Ricky’s rise to pop music prominence. Regulars over the years included Don DeFore, Parley Baer, Lyle Talbot, and the real-life wives of David (June Blair) and Rick (Kristin Harmon). 39 episodes on 4 discs.
In a dystopian near-future, drifter Virgil (Zac Efron) paid driver Keith (Anthony Hayes, who directed and co-wrote) for passage across a blasted stretch of desert…where the pair discovered a sunken gold nugget of incredible size. Agreeing to stand watch over the find until Keith returned with an excavator, Virgil faced a battle with isolation, the elements and his own paranoia that may have fatal consequences. Spare survival shocker from Australia co-stars Susie Porter, Andreas Sobik.
King Ralph (Retro VHS Packaging)(1991)
A freak accident wipes out the British royal family, and sleazy American lounge singer Ralph (John Goodman) suddenly finds himself the next King of England. However, it doesn’t take long before Ralph realizes that it might not be so good to be the king after all. With Peter O’Toole, John Hurte Z.
Heart and Souls (Retro VHS Packaging)(1993)
Robert Downey Jr. stars in this heartfelt comedy about life, death, and everything in between. From the day he was born, Thomas Reilly had four friends that nobody else could see. Now in his twenties, he finally finds out that they’re ghosts who need his help with their unfinished business here on Earth in order to move on to the afterlife. With Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard.
The Last Victim (2021)
In this stylized neo-Western thriller, a group of modern-day outlaws and their terrifying leader are pursued by a local sheriff (Ron Perlman), after committing a horrific crime in a desolate southwest town. When a professor and her husband cross paths with the criminals, everyone is drawn into a spiral of violence and retribution where morality becomes ambiguous and survival is the only option.
Ambitious Cinderella (Camila Cabello) just wanted to launch her own dressmaking business, and an interested–and incognito–Prince Robert (Nicholas Galitzine) invited her to the ball to network. Her resentful stepmother (Idina Menzel) kept her home, but her Fabulous Godmother (Billy Porter) was on hand for the bailout. Kay Cannon’s music-filled, modern-sensibilities take on the classic tale co-stars Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer.
The Bad Guys (2022)
After a lifetime of pulling legendary heists, five notorious bad guys — Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula — attempt their most challenging job yet … going good. Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good in this all-new animated feature film from DreamWorks Animation. With the voices of Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, and Craig Robinson.
Rouge (Criterion Collection)(1987)
In 1930s Hong Kong, the hopeless affair between courtesan Fleur (Anita Mui)and playboy heir Chan (Leslie Cheung) culminated in a suicide pact. Fifty years later, her ghost appears before disillusioned couple Yuen (Alex Man) and Chor (Emily Chu) for aid in finding her lost lover’s spirit–and the quest will have stunning revelations for all, in Stanley Kwan’s color-splashed take on Lilian Lee’s era-spanning supernatural romance.
Giant (4K Ultra HD)(1956)
George Stevens directs this sprawling drama based on Edna Ferber’s novel about two generations in a wealthy Texas cattle clan. Rock Hudson is headstrong family patriarch “Bick” Benedict, Elizabeth Taylor is his wife Leslie, and James Dean (in his final film) is ranch hand-turned-oil-tycoon Jett Rink, who secretly pines for Leslie while locked in an ongoing rivalry with Bick. Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Sal Mineo, Dennis Hopper also star.
The UFO Incident (1975)
On a fall evening in 1961, New Hampshire couple Barney and Betty Hill (James Earl Jones, Estelle Parsons) were out driving when they noted an odd light in the sky. Each troubled by fragmented recall of the moments afterward, they sought professional help–and their submission to hypnosis brought memories of an uncanny encounter to the surface. Well-remembered telefilm based on the notorious claim of alien abduction co-stars Barnard Hughes, Beeson Carroll, Dick O’Neill.
The Cellar (2022)
Keira Woods’ (Elisha Cuthbert) daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house. She soon discovers there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family’s souls forever.
You Are Not My Mother (2021)
Char’s mother Angela mysteriously goes missing, only to return with an increasingly frightening change in personality. She might look and sound the same, but Angela’s behavior has taken a dark turn, as if she has been replaced by a sinister force. When Halloween arrives, Char realizes that she’s the only one who can save her mother, even if it means potentially losing her forever. Hazel Doupe, Paul Reid star in this captivating chiller.
After Yang (2021)
In a near future, Jake (Colin Farrell) and Kyra (Jodie Turner-Smith) addressed their want of family by adopting Mika (Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja) from China…and by acquiring secondhand Yang (Justin H. Min), an android boy, for protection and companionship. It worked well until the day Yang broke down–and Jake’s pursuit of an affordable repair brings a revelatory journey into the true history of his “son.” Contemplative fantasy-drama co-stars Haley Lu Richardson, Sarita Choudhury, Clifton Collins, Jr.
Room 203 (2022)
When best friends Kim and Izzy move into a dark and mysterious apartment, they become convinced their new home is haunted by evil spirits. As they investigate the history, they unearth a terrifying part of disappearances, demonic rituals and possessions that plagued every former tenant of Room 203.
Animaniacs: Season Two (2021)
After being locked away for over 50 years in the studio water tower, the zany trio of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot have broken loose on TV and home video. Follow the Animaniacs and their pals Mindy and Buttons, Slappy Squirrel, Pinky and the Brain, and the Goodfeathers in these wild cartoon capers from the original 1990s series as well as the ’20s reprise series. The voice talent includes Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, Sherri Stoner, and Maurice LaMarche. 13 episodes on 2 discs.
Hit the Road (2021)
Having borrowed a car, an Iranian family–nurturing mom (Pantea Panahiha), gruff, cast-hobbled dad (Hassan Madjooni), pensive eldest son (Amin Simiar), rambunctious 6-year-old (Rayan Sarlak), and pet dog–piled in for a cross-country journey. The funny and tender interactions along the way will stand in sobering contrast to the ramifications of their trip’s end, in this well-observed debut feature from director Panah Panahi (son of Jafar).
All My Friends Hate Me (2021)
Having been abroad aiding refugees for a decade, Pete (Tom Stourton, who co-wrote) was happy to be coming home for a birthday celebration thrown by his old college mates. However, is the coolness and mounting hostility he’s sensing from them through the stay just the product of time and distance…or is there something genuinely evil afoot? Clever, slow-burn horror-farce also stars Joshua McGuire, Georgina Campbell, Antonia Clarke, Dustin Demri-Burns, Charly Clive.
Shaft (Criterion Collection)(1971)
Richard Roundtree is John Shaft, “the black private dick who’s a sex machine with all the chicks,” in this action-packed blaxploitation classic that spawned two sequels and a TV series. Hired to track down a Harlem ganglord’s missing daughter, Shaft must find the girl before New York erupts into a gang war zone. Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell also star; features an Oscar-winning theme song by Isaac Hayes.
Vampire’s Kiss (1989)
Self-obsessed New York yuppie Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage) becomes convinced that woman-of-his-dreams Rachel (Jennifer Beals) has turned him into a vampire. He begins to exhibit behaviors typical of your average creature of the night, but are his growing bloodlust and lack of a reflection real, or merely the products of a crazed imagination? Toothsome cult comedy also stars Maria Conchita Alonso, Elizabeth Ashley, Kasi Lemmons.
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