HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s January 2 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!
Battle of the Sexes (exclusive clip)
Emma Stone and Steve Carell recreate the iconic 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis tournament between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in this acclaimed biopic. Check out ComingSoon.net’s exclusive clip from the release below, in which the cast (Emma Stone, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman) and crew (screenwriter Simon Beaufoy) discuss the struggle for gender equality within tennis led by Billie Jean King and Gladys Heldman.
Tom Cruise plays real-life pilot Barry Seal, who in the 1980s ran drugs for the Medellín Cartel all while moonlighting for the CIA. Cruise has never been better, and Doug Liman’s film moves like a torpedo from one insane event to another. Check out our previous video interview with Tom Cruise, Doug Liman and the American Made cast!
Shock Wave (exclusive clip)
Action great Andy Lau stars in (and sings the theme song for!) this high-stakes thriller about an explosives expert who is targeted for revenge after he puts away a mob boss’s brother. ComingSoon.net has an intense exclusive sequence involving bomb disposal that you can check out below!
If that’s not enough Andy Lau for ya, the Hong Kong superstar also co-stars opposite French icon Jean Reno (The Professional) in this action adventure about top thieves who team up to pull off the heist of a lifetime. The Blu-ray includes a making of featurette.
The late, legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton created a memorable swan song with his final performance in this fascinating character study about a fiercely independent old timer who tries to find enlightenment in his ’90s. The DVD release includes a few words with Harry Dean, as well as a feature on his final film take ever.
Eric Roberts leads this horror thriller as a brain surgeon whose family business is actually a front for black market organ farming.
The Breakfast Club
While Sixteen Candles may have been John Hughes’ debut as a director, it was his 1984 follow-up that cemented not only the Hughes style but cut the template for nearly every teen movie that followed. Now The Criterion Collection is ensuring that this milestone in adolescent representation gets its due with a deluxe Blu-ray stocked with extra features including a 4K digital restoration, new interviews with Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, and a video essay featuring Hughes’ production notes. There’s also a terrific essay booklet by David Camp that draws parallels between The Breakfast Club and later work like Boyz N the Hood, Freaks & Geeks and Broad City. Bring home The Brain, The Athlete, The Basketcase, The Princess and The Criminal today.
One of Robin Williams most underrated comedies of the ’90s comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber, with the late comedian playing an amorous car salesman whose relationships with multiple women come to a head when the husband of one of his coworkers (Tim Robbins) rides his motorcycle into the showroom and holds the place hostage with a machine gun and explosives.
The cult classic 1981 slasher comes to Blu-ray with a new 4K archival transfer from Scream Factory. It stars The Exorcist‘s Linda Blair as one of four college pledges forced to spend a night in a mansion where they are chased down by a psycho.
Day of the Dead: Bloodline (exclusive clip)
Coming to theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on January 5 is this reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1985 cult classic. Check out Johnathon Schaech being creepy in our exclusive clip from the horror flick below!
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!
Todd Haynes’ fantasy follows Ben and Rose, children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. Also available on Amazon Prime January 19!