10 Forthcoming Films Not To Miss | Coming Attractions

Forthcoming DVD/Blu-Ray releases for every interest, from sci-fi to biopics and more. 

After Dark, My Sweet. 114 min. James Foley, Kino Lorber. 1990. Blu-ray UPC 738329264048. $24.95. Rated: R. FILM NOIR

A down-on-his-luck ex-boxer (Jason Patric) becomes the pawn of a sexy widow (Rachel Ward) and a cop–cum–con man (Bruce Dern) in a kidnapping plan gone wrong. Based on Jim Thompson’s novel, this Roger Ebert favorite debuts in HD.

La Bamba. 108 min. Luis Valdez, Criterion. 1987. Blu-ray UPC 715515287319. $39.99. Rated: PG-13. BIOPIC

The big-screen version of the brief but spectacular life of culture-bridging rock-and-roller Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) finally gets its long-overdue digital upgrade in this crowd-pleasing selection for the National Film Registry.

Biosphere. 106 min. Mel Eslyn, IFC. 2022. DVD UPC 014381003277. $18.99. SF

In the near future, two scientists (Mark Duplass, Sterling K. Brown) studying the effects of global warming at a remote research station encounter a strange force. More of a meditative exercise leavened by humor than the usual thrill-driven SF.

Dry Ground Burning. 153 min. In Portuguese w/English subtitles. Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós, Grasshopper Film. 2022. DVD UPC 850040599190. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 850040599183. $34.99. DRAMA

Fresh out of prison, Léa (Léa Alves Silva) returns home to a poor Brazilian neighborhood and joins up with her half-sister (Joana Darc Furtado) as part of an all-women gang fighting the ruling authoritarian government in this dystopian future scenario.

The Little Mermaid. 135 min. Rob Marshall, Disney. 2023. DVD UPC 786936898439. $29.99; Blu-ray/DVD UPC 786936898484. $36.99. Rated: PG. FANTASY

In a modernized, live-action retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, Halle Bailey stars as feisty Ariel, a young mermaid looking to venture beyond the sea, who falls in love with a shipwrecked prince charming.

Prisoner’s Daughter. 100 min. Catherine Hardwicke, Vertical Entertainment. 2022. DVD UPC 843501041451. $17.99; Blu-ray UPC 843501041444. $19.99. Rated: R. DRAMA

Released after a decade-plus in prison, terminally ill Max (Brian Cox) wants to recapture the affection of his estranged daughter (Kate Beckinsale) and win over his never-seen grandson—until his daughter’s ex-husband resurfaces, triggering Max’s anger.

Succession: The Complete Series. 12 discs. 39 hrs. HBO. DVD UPC 883929814206. $69.99. Rated: TV-MA. DRAMA

When media tycoon Logan Roy (Brian Cox) announces his pending retirement, a Shakespearean struggle for control of the family-run multinational entertainment company erupts among his four adult children. A winner of multiple Emmy Awards.

The Trial. b/w. 119 min.

Orson Welles, Criterion. 1962. Blu-ray UPC 715515287012. $39.99. DRAMA

Based on Franz Kafka’s classic novel, this film stars Anthony Perkins as the perplexed Josef K., an office worker arrested for an unspecified crime by a totalitarian state. Given its expressionistic style, comparisons with Citizen Kane abound. Restored in HD.

What’s Love Got To Do with It? 109 min. Shekhar Kapur, Shout Factory. 2022. DVD UPC 826663236873. $19.99; Blu-ray UPC 826663240511. $22.99. Rated: PG-13. ROM-COM

Childhood friends Zoe (Lily James) and Kaz (Shazad Latif) take differing tacks for finding mates—respectively, Tinder and arranged (a.k.a. “assisted”) marriage—until Zoe finds out she may be able to learn from Kaz’s bold choice to marry a stranger.

White Building. 90 min. In Cambodian w/English subtitles. Kavich Neang, Kimstim. 2021. DVD UPC 698452217437. $29.95. DRAMA

In a fast-evolving Phnom Penh post–Khmer Rouge, 20-year-old Samnang (Piseth Chhun) and his two buddies enjoy a modern lifestyle—practicing dance routines and prepping for talent contests—in a historic tenement slated to be demolished.

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