Home Entertainment releases W/C 20th April

Those wonderful people over at Strike Media have done the hard work so I don’t have to. Here’s a list of HE releases coming your way next week as well as new confirmed theatrical release dates from certain distributors.

New Confirmed Theatrical Release Dates* 

Paramount Pictures
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run –  31st July 2020
A Quiet Place Part II – 4th September 2020
Top Gun Maverick – 25th December 2020

Trafalgar Releasing
Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – 13th August 2020

Studiocanal
The Secret Garden – 14th August 2020
Blithe Spirit – 4th September 2020

Sony
Our Ladies – 11th September 2020
Peter Rabbit 2 – 11th December 2020
Fatherhood – 4th December 2020
Morbius – 19th March 2021
Ghostbusters: Afterlife – 26th March 2021
Uncharted – 8th October 2021

Studiocanal
The Secret Garden – 14th August 2020
Blithe Spirit – 4th September 2020

Universal
No Time To Die – 12th November 2020
Fast & Furious 9 – 2nd April 2021

Warner Bros
Dream Horse – 4th September 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 – 14th August 2020

*AS OF 8TH APRIL 2020 VIA LAUNCHING FILMS  – SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Spies In Disguise
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: 20th Century
Trailer
Format: Digital

Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. SPIES IN DISGUISE is an animated comedy set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage.

Available on iTunes

Black Christmas
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Trailer
Format: DVD

From the producer of Get Out and Halloween, comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one. As the body count rises, the sisters start to question whether they can trust any man. Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims.

Available on Amazon

SHORT OF THE WEEK
The Road to Gehenna
Release Date: Out Now
Format: Short film on Vimeo
Director Michael Keogh 

Out of sight is not always out of mind.

In hiding for crimes they believe no one will ever discover, three fugitives receive a visit from the very last person they want to see.

A dark and twisted tale of justice and redemption, ‘The Road to Gehenna’ is a razor-sharp battle of wills where the dividing line between and good and evil is never quite certain.

Available on Vimeo

Villain
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Vertigo Releasing
Format: DVD
Trailer

After being released from prison after 10 years, Eddie Franks attempts to help his family by reconnecting with his daughter and clearing his brother’s debt. Despite his best efforts, he finds himself drawn back into a life of crime, with devastating consequences.

Available on Amazon

Why Don’t You Just Die!
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Arrow Films
Trailer
Format: Blu-Ray

The Comedies and Proverbs series brings together six of the Éric Rohmer’s best; the first entry in the series, The Aviator’s Wife, sees François become obsessed with the idea that his Girlfriend is being unfaithful. A Good Marriage follows Sabine in her pursuit of matrimony with Edmond, who it seems is the only person that doesn’t know the two are set to marry. In Pauline at the Beach the titular Pauline and her cousin Marion discover lovers new and old during a summer vacation. Full Moon in Paris centres on Louise who although in a relationship with Remi seeks the freedom of single life. The Green Ray sees Delphine let down by her holiday companion, travelling alone she witnesses a remarkable natural phenomenon. The sixth and final tale in the series, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, tells the story of new-to-town Blanche and her colleague Léa whose relationships become entangled.

Available on Amazon

Cinema of Conflict – Four Films By Krzystof Kieslowski
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: Blu-Ray

In 1976’s The Scar, a well-intentioned Party loyalist is charged with overseeing the construction of a new chemical plant in the face of fierce resistance and is forced to confront the conflict between his good intentions and local opposition. In 1979’s Camera Buff, a family man and amateur filmmaker experiences a dramatic change in fortunes when his newfound hobby opens up new horizons but also results in deep marital and philosophical conflicts. Blind Chance, completed in 1981 and denied a release in its native Poland until 1987, presents three possible outcomes to a single, seemingly banal event – a young medical student running to catch a train – and, in the process, explores the relationship between chance and choice. Finally, in 1984’s No End, a recently bereaved translator juggles the conflicting demands of her work, caring for her son and her continued visions of her late husband, all against the backdrop of a Poland under the grip of martial law.

Available on Amazon

Moffie
Release Date: April 24
Distributor: Curzon Home Cinema
Trailer
Format: Digital

To be a moffie is to be weak, effeminate, illegal. The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime. The threat of communism and “die swart gevaar” (the so-called black danger) is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.

Available on Curzon Home Cinema

WOMEN MAKE FILM: A NEW ROAD MOVIE THROUGH CINEMA
Release Date: April 18
Distributor: BFI
Trailer
Format: DVD / BFI Player

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema follows in the footsteps of Mark Cousins’ earlier opus, The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011). An epic 14-hour long documentary, five years in the making, it is a guided tour of the art and craft of filmmaking covered in 40 themed chapters, illustrated with almost 1,000 film extracts from 183 women filmmakers from around the world. Some are well-established but others little-known, under-appreciated or even forgotten.

Available on Amazon

Éric Rohmer: Comedies and Proverbs
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Arrow Films
Format: Blu-Ray
The Comedies and Proverbs series brings together six of the Éric Rohmer’s best; the first entry in the series, The Aviator’s Wife, sees François become obsessed with the idea that his Girlfriend is being unfaithful. A Good Marriage follows Sabine in her pursuit of matrimony with Edmond, who it seems is the only person that doesn’t know the two are set to marry. In Pauline at the Beach the titular Pauline and her cousin Marion discover lovers new and old during a summer vacation. Full Moon in Paris centres on Louise who although in a relationship with Remi seeks the freedom of single life. The Green Ray sees Delphine let down by her holiday companion, travelling alone she witnesses a remarkable natural phenomenon. The sixth and final tale in the series, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, tells the story of new-to-town Blanche and her colleague Léa whose relationships become entangled.

Available on Amazon

Sea Fever
Release Date: April 24
Distributor: Signature Entertainment
Format: Blu-Ray & Digital

 

For marine biology student Siobhan (Hermione Corfield), it was supposed to be a research excursion with a trawler crew fishing the West Irish seas. But when they hit an unseen object and become marooned, a mysterious parasite infects their water supply. Soon the oozing force infiltrates the entire vessel and turns Siobhan’s journey into a claustrophobic fight for survival. Can they stop the mysterious water borne parasite from spreading before it’s too late? Sea Fever also stars Dougray Scott (Hitman) and Jack Hickey (Game of Thrones). Written and directed by BAFTA© winning Irish filmmaker Neasa Hardiman (behind BBC triumph Happy Valley and Netflix hit Jessica Jones).

Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Format: DVD / Blu-Ray

All nine films in the ‘Skywalker Saga’ of the epic sci-fi film series.

Available on Amazon

Heart of Dragon
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Sino Cine Co Ltd
Format: Blu-Ray

 

The Comedies and Proverbs series brings together six of the 1980s action comedy starring Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. Cop Tat Fung (Chan) is forced to give up his dream of sailing around the world to look after his disabled brother, Do-do (Hung). When Do-do becomes involved in a gangland battle for some stolen jewels, he is kidnapped and held to ransom. His captors force Tat into a corner when they instruct him to hand over a police informant in return for his brother’s life.

Available on Amazon

Hollow Man
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video,Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,Front Row TV Ltd,Columbia Pictures
Trailer
Format: Blu-Ray

Kevin Bacon stars in this sci-fi horror directed by Paul Verhoeven. Having created a serum which turns animals invisible, top scientist Sebastian Caine (Bacon) decides to take matters one stage further and test the serum on himself. Once invisible, Caine is unable to keep his research on a purely scientific footing, and breaks out of the laboratory looking for fresh ways to abuse his new power.

Available on Amazon

Rio Grande – The Masters of Cinema Series
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Eureka
Format: Blu-Ray

Kevin Bacon stars in this sci-fi horror directed by Paul Verhoeven. Having created a serum which turns animals invisible, top scientist Sebastian Caine (Bacon) decides to take matters one stage further and test the serum on himself. Once invisible, Caine is unable to keep his research on a purely scientific footing, and breaks out of the laboratory looking for fresh ways to abuse his new power.

Available on Amazon

Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Eureka
Format: Blu-Ray

Legendary Hong Kong fantasy horror director Tsui Hark brings you another classic story of a demon plagued universe full of evil sorcerers and magic warriors, all battling with the Blood Monster.

Available on Amazon

A Soldier’s Courage
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: High Fliers Video Distribution
Format: DVD

When war veteran Stevan sets out to discover what happened to his fellow soldiers during the carnage of World War 1, he discovers a tale of courage, sacrifice and comradery that will show him the lengths his fellow soldiers went to during one of the darkest times in human history. A Soldier s Courage is an epic true story about overcoming insurmountable odds and surviving the horrors of war.

Available on Amazon

Crossbreed
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: High Fliers Video Distribution
Format: DVD

Set in the near future, a group of military veterans are hired to track down and retrieve a living alien weapon from a top secret reseach facility orbiting way above earth. With time running out they must risk their lives in the darkness of space until they come face to face with the ultimate opponent – the alien itself. Crossbreed is an action packed sci fi adventure that delivers alien monsters and space battles in a white knuckle space adventure.

Available on Amazon

They Live By Night 
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
Format: Blu-Ray

Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come.

Available on Amazon

Hard Target
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Spirit Entertainment
Format: Blu-Ray / DVD

Cajun sailor Chance Boudreaux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) reluctantly comes to the aid of a female lawyer (Yancy Butler) who is searching for her missing father, a Vietnam veteran. In the course of their search the pair encounter a group of wealthy businessmen, who amuse themselves in the Louisiana swamps by hunting down the homeless.

Available on Amazon

The Intruder
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Spirit Entertainment
Format: Blu-Ray

Guy Hamilton directs this classic British drama. Former army officer Wolf Merton (Jack Hawkins) has lost touch with the men he commanded during the war. Now working as a stockbroker in London, Wolf returns home one night to find an intruder inside his house. Wolf quickly recognises the man as being Ginger Edwards (Michael Medwin), a man who was once part of his platoon. Can Wolf help Ginger return to a more honourable way of living?

Available on Amazon

This Island Earth
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Spirit Entertainment
Format: Blu-Ray

Classic B-movie sci-fi shocker. Eminent scientists and intellectuals are being kidnapped and taken to a mysterious research station. Once there they realize that their captors are not in fact humans but visiting aliens, who desperately need the Earthmen’s help.

Available on Amazon

Visual Acoustics
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Spirit Entertainment
Trailer
Format: Blu-Ray

Dustin Hoffman narrates this documentary which centres on the life and career of American architectural photographer, Julius Shulman, who was made famous for his photograph of the Stahl House in Los Angeles, California in 1960.

Available on Amazon

Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership
Format: Blu-Ray

Japanese anime feature set in the distant future when humans live in rival colonies in outer space. Following a bitter civil war peace now prevails between the rival colonies. As a result, the Gundam pilots send their suits to be destroyed. However, when peace advocate Relena Peacecraft is abducted hostilities increase and the pilots realise that in order to restore peace they must fight one final battle.

Available on Amazon

The Battle of the Sexes
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership
Format: Blu-ray / with DVD – Double Play

Classic comedy starring Peter Sellers. When American businesswoman Angela Barrows (Constance Cummings) is sent by her company to Edinburgh to look into potential export markets, she meets Robert MacPherson (Robert Morley), a company manager who has just inherited his father’s textile business and wants her advice on updating it to modern standards. Before long Angela is introducing all sorts of new-fangled ideas and the employees, scandalised that they have to work under a female boss, turn to Mr Martin (Sellers), who promises to lead the fight against the interloper.

Available on Amazon

The Man With the X-ray Eyes
Release Date: April 20
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership
Format: Blu-ray

Roger Corman directs this B-movie horror starring Ray Milland as a doctor who tests experimental eye-drops on himself and gains X-ray vision. Though Dr James Xavier (Milland) is initially able to use his gift for positive means, such as accurately diagnosing a child’s illness, the more advanced his eyesight becomes the more it begins to affect him in a negative manner. Soon Xavier is on the run, suspected of a terrible crime, and seeing far more of the true workings of the universe than he’d like to…

Available on Amazon

Other releases of note include

Doctor Who: The Complete Twelfth Series , Mr. Robot: Season_4.0, Def Leppard: London to Vegas, Def Leppard: Hysteria at the O2, Spy in the Wild: Series 1-2, Jane the Virgin: Season 1, Police Squad: The Complete Series, British Transport Films: Volume 14, Insatiable: Season 1, Heroes: Seasons 1-4/Heroes Reborn, Wise Man’s Grand Child: Complete Series, Fire Force: Season One – Part One,  The Trip to Greece, The Outpost: Season Two, Clangers: The Complete Series, The Movies, The Best of the COI

Happy watching!!

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