New digital and streaming release highlights for week of Aug. 8-14, 2022

Austin Butler as Elvis in Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “ELVIS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

This week sees Baz Luhrmann's biopic "Elvis" and popular anime series "My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission" arrive on digital. Everything else is a little obscure. "He Dreams of Giants," a sequel to the documentary "Lost in La Mancha" about the disasters (of nature and otherwise) that kept director Terry Gilliam from making a film based on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, stands out as something I'll want to track down.

On the physical side of things, we have a mix of family-friendly titles like "Sonic the Hedgehog 2," "Vivo," and "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts" and a bevy of more mature titles like David Cronenberg's "Crimes of the Future" and the A24 horror "Men" from Alex Garland and 4K releases for cult horror film "Event Horizon" and the legendary crime thriller "Heat." There are a couple of notable oddities as well as "Flying Guillotine II" (said to be one of Quentin Tarantino's favorites) as well as the beach movie parody "Back to the Beach" from the '80s. Music fans, you'll want to sit down with "Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story."

All of this and so much more.

Digital to Own


Studio Synopsis: A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Austin Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).


Studio Synopsis: Nora, a shy 14-year-old Berlin girl, will never forget this hot summer. Surrounded by people with disrupted biographies, from different cultures and backgrounds, she makes her way into adulthood. Nora gets her first period, falls in love with another girl, learns to stand up for herself and gets her heart broken for the first time. When summer ends, things will never be the same again for Nora.

Dead Girl in Apartment 03

Studio Synopsis: After recently moving to New York City, a young woman is horrified to discover that her roommate has died in their apartment under mysterious circumstances. After her body is taken away by the police, Laura soon feels an unsettling presence in the apartment and paranormal signs that she will soon be the next victim. With the help of a pair of NYC detectives, Laura must uncover the secret behind her roommate’s death before it is too late.


Studio Synopsis: Our story begins as HARPER, an 11 year old girl finds her life shattered when her single father dies suddenly. Forced to live on a dilapidated farm with an Aunt she’s never met, Harper must adjust to her new reality. However, just as she settles in, ISABELLA, her rich Southern Belle mother appears to claim the child she abandoned at birth. Faced with an uncertain future this young girl inspires us all with her resiliency and determination in the face of secrets, lies and a battle for her.

He Dreams of Giants

Studio Synopsis: Sequel to Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha, both of which chronicle Terry Gilliam's struggle to bring The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to the screen.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission

Studio Synopsis: When a sinister organization threatens to wipe out all superhuman powers, the fate of the world is on the line. With two hours until the collapse of civilization, Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki manage to work as a team, but there’s still one problem. Deku’s on the run for murder.


Studio Synopsis: Wallflower Lennon Gates (Sylvie Mix) yearns for access to the inner sanctum of the underground music scene in Columbus, Ohio. When she creates a podcast to interview the local artists she adores, Lennon discovers her own musical ambitions, develops a fast friendship with the striking, confident performer Bobbi Kitten, and in the process creates an identity not wholly her own. Soon, Lennon's aspirations, with some constructive coaxing from Bobbi to find her voice, lead her down a path of dark obsession.

Blu-ray & DVD

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Studio Synopsis: The world’s favorite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

Crimes of the Future

Studio Synopsis: As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.


Studio Synopsis: In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper (Jessie Buckley) retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping to have found a place to heal. But someone or something from the surrounding woods appears to be stalking her. What begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears in visionary filmmaker Alex Garland's (Ex Machina, Annihilation) feverish, shape-shifting new horror film.

Hot Seat

Studio Synopsis: A reformed hacker turned cyber security technician finds himself in the HOT SEAT when he realizes that he’s just armed a bomb under his chair and he’s forced to help a maniacal anonymous caller pull off an impossible cyber robbery.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

Studio Synopsis: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts invites fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time as it reunites Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and other esteemed cast members and filmmakers across all eight Harry Potter films for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.


Studio Synopsis: Vivo is an animated musical adventure featuring all-new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Vivo, a one-of-a kind kinkajou, spends his days playing music with his beloved owner Andrés. But when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could: A love letter to his old partner, the famous Marta Sandoval, in the form of a song. Yet in order to get to Marta, who lives a world apart, Vivo will need the help of Gabi – an energetic tween who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum – to fulfill his owner’s wishes.

Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

Studio Synopsis: JAZZ FEST: A NEW ORLEANS STORY weaves together live performances and interviews from the 50th anniversary of the iconic festival, featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry, along with a wealth of archival documentary footage from the past half century. This film not only captures the Festival in all of its beauty and glory, but also delves deep into the rich culture of The Big Easy.

Event Horizon 4K UHD Steelbook

Studio Synopsis: Seven years ago, pioneering research spacecraft “Event Horizon” mysteriously vanished without a trace on its maiden voyage. But then, in the darkness of deep space, a persistent signal prompts a crew to make their way through the galaxy on a bold rescue mission. What they uncover is an unimaginable interstellar horror that will test the entire team’s sanity and souls.

Heat 4K UHD

Studio Synopsis: When Al Pacino and Robert De Niro square off, Heat sizzles. Written and directed by Michael Mann, Heat includes dazzling set pieces and a bank heist that USA Today's Mike Clark calls "the greatest action scene of recent times." It also offers "the most impressive collection of actors in one movie this year" (Newsweek). Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore and Ashley Judd are among the memorable supporting players in this tale of a brilliant L.A. cop (Pacino) following the trail from a deadly armed robbery to a crew headed by an equally brilliant master thief (De Niro).

Neptune Frost

Studio Synopsis: Set in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry. Set between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience – Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.

Flying Guillotine II

Studio Synopsis: This follow-up to the Shaw Brothers' hit film, The Flying Guillotine, ups the action in big, big way, delivering one of the most delirious and violent entries from the legendary studio. Lung Ti stars as Ma Teng, a heroic outlaw that partners with a group of female freedom fighters to rise up against evil emperor (Feng Ku).

Code Name Banshee

Studio Synopsis: Caleb (Antonio Banderas), a former government assassin in hiding, resurfaces when his protégé, the equally deadly killer known as Banshee (Jaime King), discovers a bounty has been placed on Caleb’s head. Now they must put the past behind them and join together one last time to fight off the secret CIA backed killers who threaten to destroy them.

YellowBrickRoad: Updated Special Edition

Studio Synopsis: An entire town's population walks up a mountain trail and disappears. Years later, a group of intrepid explorers take a mind-bending trip up the same road and find an ancient evil still lurking in the New England woods.

Back to the Beach

Studio Synopsis: BACK TO THE BEACH is a fan-favorite cult classic that lovingly parodies the quintessential 60s “beach party” films. Frankie and Annette, having grown up and put aside their beach-partying lifestyle, visit their daughter in Southern California and discover there's still some wild times left in them. Along for the fun in the California sun are a host of familiar faces: Connie Stevens, Dick Dale, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Don Adams, Bob Denver, Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, and Pee-Wee Herman.

The Enormity of Life

Studio Synopsis: After his life hits rock bottom, emotionally despondent Casey (Breckin Meyer, Happily, Clueless, Road Trip) decides to end it all. But when a timely phone call with some unexpected news about a substantial inheritance forestalls his suicide, it sets off a chain of events that just may save his life including meeting a quirky single mother (Emily Kinney, “The Walking Dead”, “The Flash”) and her precocious, yet troubled, young daughter (Giselle Eisenberg, “Life in Pieces”, “American Housewife”), who happens to have an unhealthy obsession with mass shootings. When his bipolar mother goes missing, Casey enlists their help, along with his selfish, estranged sister, Missy (Debra Herzog). And together, through numerous jarring twists and emotional turns, they embark on a journey of hope and healing in THE ENORMITY OF LIFE, a tender, poignant dramedy about life, love and the pursuit of lost innocence.

Fanny: The Right to Rock

Studio Synopsis: The untold story of the Filipina American garage band that morphed into the ferocious rock group Fanny. Fighting barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, Fanny's groundbreaking impact in music was written out of history.

Gulliver Returns

Studio Synopsis: World traveler and adventurer Gulliver is invited to return to Lilliput, the town he previously saved from the enemy fleet of Blefuscu. But when he arrives, he finds indignation, panic and a hopeless crowd, as the King of Lilliput told his people that the legendary Giant Gulliver was returning. Instead, they discover an ordinary man, when the whole town had prepared to welcome a giant. Disappointed, the King orders Gulliver's execution. Meanwhile, the invincible Blefuscu armada is at the gates of the city and threatening again. To save Lilliput, Gulliver will have to convince the people that anyone can be a giant in actions.

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