Media Play News: New ‘Space Jam,’ ‘Escape Room’ Installments Lead Oct. 5 New Releases on Disc

Oct 5, 2021

JOHN LATCHEM

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Space Jam: A New Legacy Oct. 5 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The film is a remake of 1996’s Space Jam, which combined live-action and animation to team basketball legend Michael Jordan with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes against a team of monsters from outer space. The new version stars LeBron James, who must recruit the Looney Tunes to play a basketball video game against a team created by the artificial intelligence program (Don Cheadle) that controls the Warner Bros. mainframe and has captured LeBron’s son as revenge for LeBron rejecting his pitch to star on a series of movies for the studio. To save his son and escape the computer, LeBron, Bugs and the rest of the Tunes must defeat a team of computer enhanced NBA and WNBA stars. The film earned $70.5 million during a domestic box office run in which it was simultaneously available on HBO Max for a month.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the sequel to the 2019 psychological thriller Escape Room, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive and discovering they’ve all played the game before. The never-before-seen extended cut, available on Blu-ray and digital, reveals the masterminds behind Minos and features more deadly escape rooms with more than 25 minutes of new footage.

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s Old will be available to own on digital Oct. 5 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The thriller follows a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day. Directed and produced by Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Split), the film stars an international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale), Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Thomasin McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Jupiter Ascending), Ken Leung (“The Sopranos,” “Lost”), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Aaron Pierre (“Britannia”), Embeth Davidtz (Schindler’s List, Matilda) and Emun Elliott (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens). It arrives on and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Nevers: Season 1 Part 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5. The two-disc sets include the first six episodes of the HBO sci-fi drama created by Joss Whedon about a gang of women in Victorian England who suddenly manifest unusual supernatural powers and find themselves on a mission that could change the world. In 1896, London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event that gives certain people — mostly women — abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. All who belong to this new underclass are in great danger, so it falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter them against the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind. The second half of the first season is slated to air on HBO in 2022.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release the latest adaptation of author Stephen King’s best-selling 1978 novel The Stand on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5. The Stand depicts an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors navigating the post-pandemic world. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man, who tries to construct a new civilization based on destruction, power and torture. The cast also includes James Marsden and Odessa Young. The Stand was originally released in nine parts on the CBS All Access (now Paramount+) streaming service in late 2020 and early 2021.

The 2020 version is also included in a two-pack paired with the four-part, six-hour 1994 miniseries adaptation, as a four-disc Blu-ray or five-disc DVD set.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment Oct. 5 release Clarice: Season One on DVD. A sequel to author Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs and its 1991 film adaptation, “Clarice” stars Rebecca Breeds as FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after her encounter with notorious serial killer Buffalo Bill. Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life. The first season consists of 13 episodes. Due to complicated rights issues, the show was not allowed to make reference to the Hannibal Lecter character who was central to several of Harris’ books, including Silence of the Lambs.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Night of the Animated Dead on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5. An animated reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Animated Dead includes exclusive scenes not included in the original film. The voice cast includes Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson and Nancy Travis. The story involves a group of strangers in Pennsylvania taking refuge in an abandoned farmhouse during a zombie attack. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices.

Lionsgate releases the horror film The Amityville Moon via digital purchase, VOD and on DVD Oct. 5. The movie tells the story of a house of holiness that turns out to be a haven of evil. As former inmates Alyssa (Alex Rinehart) and Karla (Kelsey Zukowski) try to escape from the church halfway house, Karla is slaughtered by a vicious, semi-human creature. After Detective Kimball (Trey McCurley) tracks down Alyssa at a rowdy biker bar, she tells Kimball that women inmates disappear every full moon. Now the two must return to the halfway house to confront the priest and nuns — and the snarling, savage evil — that dwell within. The cast also includes Cody Renee Cameron and Tuesday Knight.

Shout! Factory releases the animated adventure film Little Vampire on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Oct 5. Directed by popular French cartoonist and filmmaker Joann Sfar (“Little Vampire” TV series, The Rabbi’s Cat), Little Vampire is the movie adaptation of Sfar’s popular series of graphic novels, “Petit Vampire.” A fantastical adventure story that celebrates the importance of friendship and family, the film was nominated for a César Award for Best Animated Feature and a Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Little Vampire will screen at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival in August ahead of its home entertainment release. The physical media release will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, as well as a standalone DVD from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Studio Canal.

The faith-based drama HEAVEN will be released on DVD and digitally Oct. 5 from Virgil Films. Based on the book Heaven: The Adventure Begins by author Alan Duprey and adapted to screenplay by screenwriter Angus Benfield, the film tells the story of Jonathan Stone, a middle-aged paramedic who struggles to find meaning in the midst of his everyday life, until he wakes up one day in Heaven and discovers that his life had more meaning than he could ever have imagined. Set between Heaven and Earth, Heaven follows the life and afterlife of Jonathan and the lives of those around him from his past, present and future.

Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory, releases the first five “Halloween” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc. The films will be available individually in a limited-edition rigid slipcase and will include a regular Blu-ray Disc of each film as well as previously released bonus materials. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of 1978’s original Halloween features a return to the original camera negative for the first time. This also marks the North American 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut for 1981’s Halloween II, 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.

Scream Factory is also releasing a 20th anniversary collector’s edition of the 2001 camp classic Elvira’s Haunted Hills on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 5. The tale begins in 1851, when Elvira and her maid Zou Zou are en route to perform in the Parisian Revue “Yes I Can Can,” but inadvertently end up at the sinister Lord Vladimere Hellsubus’ medieval castle. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Vladimere’s long-dead wife, Elvira learns of the Hellsubus curse and finds her life in danger. The film takes its inspiration from the classic Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe/Roger Corman films of the early 1960s.

The Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection arrives on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 5 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which was originally released on Oct. 5, 1961, this collection includes Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Funny Face, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Paris When It Sizzles, War and Peace and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The collection also includes access to digital copies of each film and legacy bonus content.

Kino Lorber Oct. 5 releases Blu-rays of Songs My Brother Taught Me and, from the Cohen Media Group, The Awakening.

Songs My Brother Taught Me is the 2015 debut feature from Chloé Zhao, the Academy Award-winning director of Nomadland (2020). A portrait of modern day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the film explores the bond between a brother (John Reddy) and his younger sister (Jashaun St. John), who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.

The Awakening is a British horror film centered on the death of a child at a boarding school. When the death is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. The Awakening stars Rebecca Hall (The Town), Dominic West (“The Wire”) and Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter” films).

DVD releases that become available Oct. 5 include Playing Frisbee in North Korea and Greenwich Entertainment’s Not Going Quietly.

Playing Frisbee in North Korea is the first documentary produced and directed by an African-American female filmmaker from inside North Korea. The idea began at a conference on Korean re-unification organized by General Colin L. Powell and the Colin Powell Center, where director Savanna Washington was a graduate Fellow. Through verité footage from inside North Korea, interviews with North Korean refugees, long-time aid workers, scholars, and experts on the topic, this documentary provides an authentic, on the ground perspective of the lives, struggles, and humanity of the people of North Korea.

Not Going Quietly is a documentary about a rising star in progressive politics and a new father, 32-year-old Ady Barkan, whose life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS. But after a confrontation with powerful Sen. Jeff Flake on an airplane goes viral, catapulting him to national fame, Barkan and a motley crew of activists ignite a political movement called “Be a Hero.” Together, they barnstorm across the country and empower people to confront their elected officials with emotional, personal stories to demand healthcare justice.

Searchlight Pictures’ psychological thriller The Night House becomes available for digital purchase Oct. 5 from Disney’s Searchlight Pictures. In the film, reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. Before long, disturbing visions of a presence in the house begin to beckon her with a ghostly allure. Yearning for answers, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, only to discover strange and disturbing secrets. The film also stars Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit and Stacy Martin. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 19.

The 2000 dark comedy American Psycho arrives Oct. 5 in a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.