Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s April 24 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!
New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD
Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Maze Runner Trilogy This third and final installment in director Wes Ball’s dystopian Maze Runner trilogy once again stars Dylan O’Brien and the rebels of The Right Arm fight one last battle against the forces of WCKD. Fox has also released the entire trilogy on one 3-disc collection.
Den of Thieves Gerard Butler, 50 Cent and O’Shea Jackson Jr. star in this Heat-esque crime thriller about a crew of bank robbers and the tough-as-nails cop pursuing them. Universal actually sent us a special lunch from the actual in-world Chinese restaurant Jackson Jr. delivers for in the movie, which you can check out a pic of below! You can also watch our previous interviews with the cast by clicking here!
Paddington 2 This delightful sequel to the 2014 hit once again features the gentle voice of Ben Whishaw as the famous London bear, who this time gets set up and jailed for a crime he didn’t commit.
Hostiles Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi star in this epic western set in 1892 about an army captain transporting a dying Cheyenne chief back to his tribe. Available on 4K as well, with all versions containing an over hour-long making-of documentary.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (exclusive clip) Set in 1978 Liverpool, this is based on the real life between a young actor (Jamie Bell) and former Hollywood leading lady Gloria Graham (Annette Bening). Check out an exclusive clip from the DVD release below!
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story This thrilling documentary documents the life of sexy movie icon and secret scientific genius Hedy Lamarr. Features interviews with the likes of Gillian Jacobs, Mel Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich and the late Robert Osborne.
Backstabbing for Beginners Oscar winner Ben Kingsley stars in this thriller about a UN official involved in a scandal uncovered by his own employee, played by Theo James (Divergent).
Dead Man Jim Jarmusch’s elegiac revisionist western from 1995 stars Johnny Depp as the title character, a wounded accountant who forms a bond with an eccentric Native American outcast named Nobody that ultimately leads to a spiritual journey. While the pace can be punishing at times, Gary Farmer shines as Nobody, and the crunchy score by Neil Young anchors the film’s episodic structure. One of Jarmusch’s most interesting films is given a new 4K transfer by The Criterion Collection, and features new interviews with the director and farmer along with footage of Young performing the film’s score. Highly recommended.
Grease: 40th Anniversary Yearbook Edition (exclusive clip) The evergreen John Travolta/Olivia Newton John musical celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a new yearbook edition that contains the movie on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Check out an exclusive clip from the release below in which co-creator Jim Jacobs talks about casting Marilu Henner as the original Marty!
Cyborg Shot on redressed sets intended for a never-made Spider-Man movie, this 1989 dystopian sci-fi action gem stars Jean-Claude Van Damme in one of his first big roles as a wasteland hero trying to rescue a half-human/half cyborg woman who can cure humanity with a vaccine. Directed by legendary B-movie auteur Albert Pyun (The Sword and the Sorcerer, Captain America), and one of the final releases from the legendary shlock studio Cannon Films.
A Pistol For Ringo & The Return of Ringo Spawning an empire of knock-offs, the original two Ringo films were unique among spaghetti westerns in that the title gunslinger, played by Giuliano Gemma, is sort of the antithesis of Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name in that he is well-dressed, charming, upbeat and only drinks milk (you know, to keep his aim good). This new release from Arrow brings together the original two films, and they offer plenty of fun for fans of the subgenre, not to mention exquisite Ennio Morricone scores. The disc is loaded with the usual array of Arrow extras, including archival featurettes, new interviews and more!
Killer Clowns From Outer Space Arrow has also released a fully-loaded new Blu-ray edition of The Chiodo Brothers’ ’80s cult classic, which features some of the most bizarro scenes from any horror movie of that era. The disc includes a doc on the Chiodo’s childhood movies, some of their earlier stop-motion efforts, a making of doc and much much more!
The Maze 3D This oddball black & white 3D terror flick from 1953 offers up a brilliant, atmospheric setting in a gothic Scottish castle with an adjacent hedge maze, courtesy of director/former production designer William Cameron Menzies (Things to Come). The pivotal creature the film revolves around only gets a few minutes of screentime at the end, but it’s well worth the wait. Highly recommended to all fans of weird cinema, and the disc is compatible with 3D TVs/Blu-ray players.
A Woman’s Devotion This sturdy little drama from 1956 involves a WWII hero (Ralph Meeker) going through post-traumatic stress who may or may not be having spells in which he murders people. Janice Rule is his new bride who tries to protect her husband from the law, represented by Paul Henreid (Casablanca), who also directed the film. This is mostly recommended for the stunning technicolor footage of 1950’s Acapulco, which looks like a paradise on Earth.
The Holy Mountain Kino Lorber releases this stunning German silent film from 1926 featuring the breakout performance by future Nazi filmmaker extraordinaire Leni Riefenstahl. Features some stunning mountainscapes in the German alps, and the disc contains interview footage with Riefenstahl.
Moon Child Cult Epics releases a new Blu-ray edition of Agusti Villaronga’s 1989 Spanish fantasy film, which centers around a 12-year-old boy adopted by a scientific cult. Based on Aleister Crowley’s book, the film gets a solid Blu-ray treatment, with a new HD transfer, an interview with Villaronga and an isolated score by Dead Can Dance.
New on Digital HD
Fifty Shades Freed The Fifty Shades trilogy reaches its dramatic climax with this hit threequel, which once again features Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan bumping and grinding their way through a psychological thriller involving kidnapping, treachery and BDSM.
Peter Rabbit This live-action hit based on Beatrix Potter’s classic creation stars Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and Sam Neill, and features the voices of James Corden and Daisy Ridley.
And Then I Go This bold and timely portrait of teen alienation stars Justin Long and Melanie Lynskey, and we have an exclusive clip which you can check out below!
TV on Blu-ray and DVD
Shameless: The Complete Eighth Season (exclusive clip) The longest-running original scripted series in Showtime’s history unleashes its wild eighth season. Check out an exclusive clip below, featuring Emmy winner William H. Macy!
Digimon Adventure tri: Loss This new Digimon feature involes an attack by the Machinedramon that spreads the entire group across the Digital World. Contains a bonus feature on the evolution of the story.