September 7, 2021
Sept. 7 sees Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga become available for digital purchase, while Warner Bros. puts Zack Snyder’s Justice League on disc.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment makes F9: The Fast Saga available for early digital ownership Sept. 7. It’s the 10th film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise and the ninth entry in the main series of films. In it, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) leads his crew against his long-lost brother (John Cena) to stop a world-shattering plot. The film, which has generated more than $710 million worldwide, arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 21.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Zack Snyder’s Justice League on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 7. The film represents director Zack Snyder’s original vision for 2017’s Justice League. He famously left the production due to a family tragedy, and the studio brought in Joss Whedon to finish the film with reshoots and a theater-friendly two-hour cut. It ended up making $657.9 million, falling short of expectations, which led to a fan movement to petition the studio to release Snyder’s version. Those pleas remained confined to the realm of online debates until the advent of the HBO Max streaming service, which commissioned Snyder to finish his version. The “Snyder Cut” ended up being four hours long and was released on HBO Max in March. (Read a review here.) A sequel to 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film finds Batman (Bruce Wayne) recruiting a team of superheroes, including Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to protect Earth from Steppenwolf, the harbinger of an invasion by the evil Darkseid, who seeks three ancient objects of immense power that may be the key to resurrecting Superman (Henry Cavill). The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Zack Snyder’s Justice League features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment. However, the disc versions do not include a digital copy of the film, which remains exclusive to HBO Max.
Lionsgate releases the crime-thriller The Gateway on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 7 following its digital release Sept. 3. The cast includes Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn, Taryn Manning, Mark Boone Junior, Taegen Burns, Frank Grillo and Bruce Dern. Whigham plays Parker, a down-on-his-luck social worker who finds himself in over his head when he tries to protect his client from her recently paroled husband.
AMC Networks’ RLJE Films releases the horror film Slaxx on DVD, VOD and for digital purchase Sept. 7. Originally released through AMC’s horror streaming service, Shudder, Slaxx tells the story of a possessed pair of blue jeans brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, the killer jeans proceed to wreak carnage on staff who are locked in overnight to set up the new collection.
Arriving Sept. 7 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Kino Lorber is Apocalypse ’45, a documentary the Military Times called an “unsanitized, unvarnished experience of the harrowing final year of the war in the Pacific.” Iinitially released last summer, the film features never-before-seen restored footage and the voices of 24 men who lived through these events. Bonus features include “Ford At Pearl,” a new featurette containing color footage directed by John Ford at Pearl Harbor in 1942, and the Oscar-nominated documentary “To The Shores of Iwo Jima,” from 1945.
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CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release SEAL Team: Season Four on DVD Sept. 7. “SEAL Team” is a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions the United States can ask of them. David Boreanaz stars as Jason Hayes, the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence.
Season four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” comes out in a three-DVD set Sept. 7 from PBS Distribution. The season opens with our intrepid detectives Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith) and Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley) alongside their best gal pals, Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo Chakowitz (Sharron Matthews), traipsing through the woods on a scavenger hunt that quickly turns deadly. From the wilderness to the world of high society, from an underground cabaret to a candy factory, Frankie and Trudy investigate murders, kidnappings, heists and poisonings. Using her position as a morality officer, Mary is able to snoop through police files and be privy to non-civilian discussions, while Flo lends a hand with autopsy reports, science experiments and her newly acquired medical skills. As always, amid high-stakes danger, excitement, intrigue and friendship, the women find their balance in their lives outside of work. Frankie has a European race car-driving beau; Trudy’s dreams of home-sweet-home are closer than ever; Mary falls for the wrong fellow; and Flo starts a family.
Paramount Sept. 7 releases Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection boxed set containing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions of 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Newly remastered from original elements, each film is presented with Dolby Vision and HDR 10. The set also comes with a digital copy of each film, and a regular Blu-ray copy of each film with hours of previously released bonus content. Each of the original four “Star Trek” films will also be available individually on Blu-ray.
A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.