Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s January 16 Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD column! As you can see, we’ve added a video player at the top highlighting this week’s releases, and you can find more detailed write-ups of different titles and exclusive clips below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!
Blade Runner 2049
Ryan Gosling tries to fill the shoes of Harrison Ford in director Denis Villeneuve’s gorgeous, emotional but ultimately unnecessary sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic. While the original’s plot was streamlined and simple, this one is pointlessly convoluted and leaves room for a second sequel that will probably never happen. Harrison Ford is game as the returning Rick Deckard, although it’s Ana de Armas’s new form of Replicant that steals the show. The disc includes several behind-the-scenes features on the design and casting of the sequel, as well as the three transmedia prologue films released to the web.
Happy Death Day
Blumhouse produced this surprisingly inventive rewinding thriller in the Groundhog Day tradition, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity. Click here to read our previous interview with Happy Death Day producer Jason Blum!
The author of this column is quoted on the box of this new release, calling it “A gangster epic in the tradition of ‘The Untouchables!'” This slick indie is indeed an old-fashioned prohibition-era Chicago throwback, in which Al Capone (Milo Gibson) recruits an amateur boxer (Sean Faris) to protect his bootlegging empire. Jason Patric and Jamie-Lynn Sigler co-star.
Cook Off! (exclusive clip)
This cooking contest mockumentary was completed in 2007 but is only now seeing the light of day after the ascent of comedy megastar Melissa McCarthy. Also in the cast are Cathryn Michon (who also co-directed), Wendi McLendon-Covey (who co-wrote), Ben Falcone, Gary Anthony Williams, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Niecy Nash, Louie Anderson and many other comedy greats. ComingSoon.net has an exclusive deleted scene featuring Bader, which you can check out below!
Crooked House (exclusive clip)
Based on Agatha Christie’s mystery novel, this whodunnit stars Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Julian Sands, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks and many more. ComingSoon.net has an exclusive clip featuring Honor Kneafsey as Josephine Leonides, which you can check out below!
Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson star as detectives on the trail of a serial killer who has become active again. The film received less-than-stellar reviews, but now’s your chance to check it out for yourself!
Gerard Butler is all that stands between humanity and the catastrophic chaos being caused by some malfunctioning weather-controlling satellites.
Last Flag Flying
Richard Linklater directs this loose follow-up to the classic The Last Detail, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne.
Mom & Dad
Arriving on VOD January 19, Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star as parents afflicted as part of an inexplicable epidemic that makes people want to kill their own children.
Better Call Saul: Season Three
Bob Odenkirk returns as Jimmy McGill in the Blu-ray collection of Season 3, which included Breaking Bad favorites Mike (Jonathan Banks) and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito). The Blu-ray is fully loaded with features, including several featurettes, a gag reel, deleted scenes and even Los Pollos Hermanos training videos!
Acorn brings all three parts of this British mystery thriller TV movie to DVD, with Michael Kitchen as a man who may or may not have killed his business partner.
The Commander: The Complete Collection
This DVD collection from Acorn features all five series of the ITV crime drama starring Amanda Burton, which ran from 2003 to 2008. Burton plays Commander Clare Blake, Scotland Yard’s highest-ranking female murder investigator. The set includes a bonus interview with Burton and much more!
The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar
In five episodes, Kion and the Guard take on the ultimate challenge when a ruthless enemy returns to the Pride Lands and threatens the Circle of Life.