Hello TNM readers and welcome to the TNM Home Media News Recap for 03/13/18. We are going to be trying a new format so you, our reader, will be informed of what is going on in the world of Blu-ray and Home Media News. We’ll also at times include some indie gaming items that we love and the big guys might miss. This will also be a way to support our partners and let you stay abreast of what they have coming out. Just click on the links and it will scroll to the news you want to see.
TNM Home Media News Recap for 03/13/18
- Acorn TV
- 20th Century Fox
- Warner Bros.
Winchester – The Winchester Mansion’s sinister secrets are revealed in Winchester, arriving on Digital April 17 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand May 1 from Lionsgate. Directed by The Spierig Brothers (Jigsaw, Predestination) and co-written by Tom Vaughan and The Spierig Brothers, Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen, 2006) stars as the infamous and eccentric heiress Sarah Winchester, who stops at nothing to protect her family from the evil spirits haunting them. The hair-raising thriller also stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Mudbound, Chappaquiddick), Sarah Snook (Steve Jobs, Predestination), Angus Sampson (Mad Max: Fury Road, Insidious), and newcomer Finn Scicluna-O’Prey (TV’s “True Story with Hamish & Andy”).
Inspired by true events, Winchester is set on an isolated stretch of land outside of San Francisco where there sits the world’s most haunted house. Seven stories tall with hundreds of rooms, the house has been under construction for decades. But heiress Sarah Winchester (Mirren) is not building for herself, for her niece (Snook), or for the troubled doctor (Clarke) she has summoned. She is building it as an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts.
The Winchester Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD include a never-before-seen “making of” featurette, which includes cast and crew interviews and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURE
- “Driven by the Spirits: The Making of Winchester” Featurette
The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 4 – The hit New Zealand detective series THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES, Series 4 makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut on March 27, 2018 from Acorn TV, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. After transferring from a big city to the small town of Brokenwood, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neil Rea, Go Girls) continues to settle into country life working with his assistant, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland, The Almighty Johnsons). Despite the growing accord between the mismatched pair, all is not well in Brokenwood, where passions simmering beneath the sleepy surface regularly erupt into gruesome crimes. The DVD 4-Disc Set and Blu-ray 2-Disc Set feature 4 feature-length episodes, plus behind-the-scene featurette ($59.99 each, Amazon.com). The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 4 made its U.S. premiere in December 2017 on Acorn TV. Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter), Acorn TV is North America’s most popular and largest streaming service focused on British and international television.
The bucolic town of Brokenwood is picturesque on the surface, but its idyllic façade harbors simmering passions that often erupt into grisly crimes. A transplant from the big city, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) employs unconventional methods to solve the small town’s most gruesome murders with his partner, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), and eager young DC Sam Breen (Nic Sampson). In these four feature-length mysteries, Shepherd and his team contend with the death of a skydiver whose parachute was tampered with, the killing of the eccentric owner of a Victorian reenactment village, farmers feuding over the rights to honey bees, and a nursing home full of suspects with dementia.
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the New Zealand countryside, The Brokenwood Mysteries has been hailed as “a droll New Zealand crime show with…a perfect pairing” of lead detectives (The New York Times).
Street Date: March 27, 2018 Blu-ray 2-Disc Set: 4 feature-length episodes – Approx. 378 min., plus bonus – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961256792
BONUS: Behind-the-scenes featurette (3 min.)
Love, Lies, & Records – From the BAFTA® award-winning writer Kay Mellor (Girlfriends, A Passionate Woman, The Syndicate), the new Acorn TV Original Series and BBC One drama LOVE, LIES & RECORDS makes its DVD debut on March 27, 2018 from Acorn TV, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Ashley Jensen (Agatha Raisin, Catastrophe, Ugly Betty) stars as a registrar as she juggles her personal life with the daily drama and trauma of births, marriages and deaths. The DVD 2-Disc Set features 6 episodes, plus behind-the-scenes featurettes and a cast Q&A ($39.99, Amazon.com). Love, Lies & Records made its U.S. premiere in November 2017 on Acorn TV. Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter), Acorn TV is North America’s most popular and largest streaming service focused on British and international television.
Emmy® nominee Ashley Jensen stars in this heartwarming drama set in a British register office, where people come to record life’s big events: births, marriages, and deaths. Senior Registrar Kate Dickenson (Jensen) juggles a hectic personal life with grumpy teenagers and longtime partner Rob (Adrian Bower, The Last Kingdom), while dealing with the emotional toll the job has on her. After a big promotion, jealous colleague Judy (Rebecca Front, Humans) threatens to reveal an indiscretion Kate had with her handsome coworker Rick (Kenny Doughty, Vera) that could throw Kate’s job—and family life—into jeopardy.
With compelling performances and insightful scripts from award-winning writer Kay Mellor, Love, Lies & Records “[has] it all—warmth, humor, and emotional tension. … Mellor has another hit on her talented hands” (Mirror, UK). This “thoroughly entertaining” (Mail on Sunday, UK) series also features Noof McEwan (Vera) and Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones).
Street Date: March 27, 2018 DVD 2-Disc Set: 6 episodes – Approx. 360 min., plus bonus – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961264797
BONUS: Behind-the-scenes featurette (32 min.), cast Q&A (12 min.), and Love, Lies & Records in 3 Words (1 min.)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Gladers and fans will be racing to purchase the final installment – based on the popular MAZE RUNNER series this April as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE to Digital on Movies Anywhere April 10 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD April 24. Fans will receive special gifts with purchase and 90 minutes of outstanding special feature content including commentary, deleted scenes, gag reel, and a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the cast’s friendships over the years!
Fans who purchase MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD will be rewarded with an exclusive 24-page prequel origins comic book written by screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. The trilogy boxset is also releasing April 24 on Blu-ray and DVD and includes the three films in the series and the exclusive comic book. The Blu-ray trilogy will include an exclusive MAZE RUNNER bandana chosen by fans.
In the epic conclusion to the MAZE RUNNER saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final mission. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all! Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
- Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin, and Joe Hartwick Jr. (BD and Digital Only)
- 4 Featurettes: The Final Run” , “Dystopia”, “Allies Reunited”, “A Look Back”, “Going Out on Top” (BD and Digital only)
- Gag Reel (BD and Digital only)
- Visual Effects with Optional Commentary (BD and Digital only)
- Audio Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin and Joe Hartwick Jr. (on DVD, BD, UHD, and digital, but will not be available for boxed clients)
- Gallery (over 300 images; BD and digital)
4K Ultra HD Disc Specification
Street Date: April 24, 2018
Screen Format: 2.39:1
Audio: English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Total Run Time: 144 minutes
Blu-ray Disc Specification
Street Date: April 24, 2018
Screen Format: 2.39:1
Audio: English DTS-HD-MA 7.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
The Matrix 4K UHD – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray Lilly and Lana Wachowski’s blockbuster The Matrix (1999), starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Gloria Foster. The release will be available for purchase on May 22.
Synopsis: In the near future, a computer hacker named Neo discovers that all life on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate facade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of placating us while our life essence is “farmed” to fuel the Matrix’s campaign of domination in the “real” world. He joins like-minded Rebel warriors Morpheus and Trinity in their struggle to overthrow the Matrix.
NEW 4K REMASTER SUPERVISED BY DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY BILL POPE
NEWLY REMIXED DOLBY ATMOS TRACK for this release
Dolby VisionTM HDR-enabled presentation that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame.
4K UHD SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Written Introduction by the Wachowskis
- “Philosopher” Commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilbur
- “Critics” Commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
- “Cast & Crew” Commentary by Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta
- “Composer” Commentary by Don Davis with Music Only Track
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
- The Matrix Revisited
- Follow the White Rabbit
- Take the Red Pill
- Marilyn Manson “Rock is Dead” Music Video
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
*The Blu-ray release will also be sourced from the brand new 4K remaster of the film.