Binge & Buy: You Can’t Escape the ‘Escape Room’

Welcome to Mandatory and ComingSoon’s weekly Binge & Buy, a digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD column for the week of April 23! Here, you’ll find detailed write-ups of different titles released this week, including a number of new movies like Escape Room, reissues, combo packs, and TV seasons, none of which you can live without in 2019. Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!

Captain Prankmerica: Chris Evans Trapped Fans Inside A Surprise Escape Room

Photo: Sony Pictures

New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD

Escape Room
Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.

The moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results.

In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison.

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Photo: Arrow Video


Scared Stiff
A singer moves into an old colonial mansion with her son and psychologist boyfriend David. But when they make a strange and gruesome discovery in the boarded-up attic, it soon becomes clear that the mansion carries with it a dark and blood-stained past and one that is about to terrorize them in the present.

Scream and Scream Again
A deranged scientist, seeking to create a race of superhumans by means of organic transplant, commits a series of brutal murders in order to utilize the bodies. Screen and horror legends Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing star!

The House of the Seven Gables
Based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, this classic film follows a family feud between two brothers (George Sanders and Vincent Price) and an ancient curse that haunts them.

Noir Archive Volume 1: 1944-1954
Stalwart noir directors and casts highlight these nine hard-to-find features.

The Land Unknown
A Navy expedition led by Commander Hal Roberts (Jock Mahoney) is sent to explore a mysterious warm-water region shrouded in the ice of Antarctica. When a fierce storm drives them into a cloud bank, their helicopter is disabled. Descending through the heavy fog into a deep chasm, they encounter a hot, tropical landscape of prehistoric terror!

The Informer
Based on Liam O’Flaherty’s popular Irish novel, this gripping thriller is set among a group of revolutionaries in the newly independent Ireland of 1922.

The story of an electrician (Cyril McLaglen) and an underground porter (Brian Aherne) who both fall in love with the same shop girl (Elissa Landi).

Shooting Stars
Boasting a boldly Expressionist shooting style, dramatic lighting and great performances from its leads (Annette Benson, Brian Aherne, and Donald Calthrop), this is a sophisticated, modern morality tale, while also offering an affectionate critique of the film industry and a celebration of its possibilities.

Alien: 40th Anniversary (4K)
Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror masterpiece comes to 4K in a stunningly gorgeous new transfer.

The Witch (4K)
In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630.

Photo: Paramount Pictures

New on Digital HD

What Men Want 
A successful sports agent (Taraji P. Henson) mysteriously gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. With this newfound power, she looks to outsmart her colleagues but the lengths she goes to put her relationships to the test in this hilarious comedy!

Photo: Acorn TV

TV on Blu-ray and DVD

A Place to Call Home: The Complete Collection
Gorgeously filmed and masterfully acted, this acclaimed period drama brims with romance and intrigue. Tackling weighty themes of social class, sexuality, and prejudice with insight and intelligence, this award-winning series has earned rapturous praise from critics and fans alike.

Shameless: The Complete Ninth Season (DVD)
Political fervor hits the South Side in Season 9, and the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands.

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