It’s a massive month in movies with Fast & Furious 9, Marvel’s Black Widow and The Conjuring 3 leading the September line-up, while cult TV fans can look forward to Space 1999: Ultimate Edition and more vintage Doctor Who. All this and much more – pre-order your copies today!
FAST & FURIOUS 9 – September 1
Dom (Vin Diesel) and his partner Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are enjoying a quiet life in the country with their son, but are forced to return to the fast lane after Dom’s estranged brother (John Cena) lures them and the Fast team into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Fast 9 barrels ahead like an upside down, fully armoured road-train sliding down a mountain at full speed (yep, that actually happens) and is so gleefully over the top, it’s hard to resist. F9‘s highly anticipated home entertainment release includes two versions of the film – Theatrical Version and Director’s Cut.
THE CONJURING 3: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT – September 1
This third Conjuring tale, The Devil Made Me Do It, takes its story from one of the most sensational cases in the files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). It begins with a fight for the soul of a young boy, and marks the first time in US history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence.
IN THE HEIGHTS – September 22
Directed by Crazy Rich Asians’ Jon M. Chu, this glorious multicultural Latino musical confection from Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) is ultimately a love letter to Washington Heights, the Manhattan neighbourhood where Miranda grew up among a largely Puerto Rican family. At the centre of this ebullient film is likeable and magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he dreams and sings about a better life.
BLACK WIDOW – September 15
Another fine example of Marvel’s ability to successfully fold its superhero universe into a traditional genre – in this case, the spy/espionage thriller. Black Widow is a gripping and self-contained addition to the MCU that gives its title character (Scarlett Johansson) a satisfying backstory while introducing some wonderful new players that deserve their own spin-offs.
AMELIE – September 1
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the uplifting French classic returns to Blu-ray and DVD this month. With a bohemian attitude and a Parisian romanticism, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s delightful film tells the story of a young woman (Audrey Tautou) with a boundless imagination, whose purpose in life is to spread joy. It’s a simplistic fable wrapped in an avant-garde sense of surrealism, which relishes the little pleasures in life.
CRANSTON ACADEMY – September 22
Accepted into the exclusive Cranston Academy of Science, teenage genius Danny – with the help of his roommate Liz – breaks into an abandoned laboratory and reactivates a device that opens a portal and unleashes a menagerie of monsters. Featuring the voice talents of Jamie Bell and Ruby Rose, this fun-filled romp will delight young fans of Goosebumps and Jumanji.
WEREWOLVES WITHIN – September 22
Based on the popular video game of the same name, Werewolves Within is set in the town of Beaverfield, USA, where the newly appointed sheriff (Sam Richardson) finds himself stuck inside the local inn along with a colourful assortment of characters, while a werewolf prowls outside. A quirky whodunit that plays like a cross between The Howling and Knives Out.
THE FOREVER PURGE – September 22
The fifth (and supposedly final) Purge movie is an absolute action-blast and one of the series’ best entries. Despite the annual event – which legalises crime for a 24-hour period – having been wound up, some Texan types decide otherwise. Cue all manner of violence, mayhem and creepy mask-wearing as the South aims to take over the entire US of A…
ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS – September 22
The sequel to 2019’s Escape Room takes its unwilling participants beyond a mere room with its deadly puzzle action. Former victors Zoey (Taylor Russell) and Ben (Logan Miller) are back, accompanied by winners from previous separate escape rooms for the titular Tournament of Champions. Only this time around the rooms are bigger, the puzzles harder, and the twisted action even wilder. The Blu-ray edition includes an Extended Cut with an alternate opening and ending.
THE FATHER – September 1
Knockout performances from Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman are a highlight of this powerful drama that explores the impact of dementia on an elderly patriarch and his daughter. The feature debut of director Florian Zeller (adapting his French play) received six Oscar nominations this year including Best Picture, with Hopkins winning Best Actor and Zeller the Best Adapted Screenplay award.
DOCTOR WHO: THE WEB OF FEAR – September 22
This lost story from the Patrick Troughton/Second Doctor era was returned to the BBC archives in 2013 and all five recovered episodes were swiftly released on DVD, along with a telesnap reconstruction of the still missing episode three. Now, this classic 1968 adventure featuring the Yeti has been remastered in a 2-disc set that includes an all-new animated version of the missing episode and a bounty of bonus material.
BORN A CHAMPION – September 1
Based on a true story, this fight flick is set in the adrenalised world of mixed martial arts. Sean Patrick Flannery (The Boondock Saints) plays an MMA fighter with a specialty in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, who lost a match when his opponent cheated. Years later the truth is revealed in an online video, and the world promptly demands a rematch. Cue a Rocky road to redemption…
KILL CHAIN – September 1
Nicolas Cage just never stops working, and we wouldn’t want it any other way! “Can a violent man ever find peace?” asks the tagline. Not when that man is our Nic, who’s admittedly more restrained that usual in this neo-noir action-thriller packed with crooked cops, gangsters, hitmen, a femme fatale, an ex-mercenary, and an onslaught of murder, betrayal, revenge and redemption. Whoa!
TURKEY SHOOT (1982) – September 1
The notorious Aussie ‘blood and thunder shocker” of the ’80s returns to DVD and Blu-ray as part of Umbrella Entertainment’s Ozploitation Classics collection. Director Brian Trenchard Smith’s outrageously violent tale of humans being hunted by the elite in a dystopian future is a homegrown cult classic that’s equally reviled and adored. Just don’t expect The Hunger Games!
DEMONIC – September 22
District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is back with this creepy possession flick involving a young woman who unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are revealed. Blomkamp creates a frighteningly warped mindscape for the protagonist to navigate, which will remind horror fans of the J.Lo chiller The Cell.
SPACE 1999: THE COMPLETE SERIES – September 15
Gerry Anderson is best known for the Thunderbirds, but he also created this cult sci-fi series that follows the crew of Moonbase Alpha, who are hurtled into deep space when the moon is blown out of Earth’s orbit following a nuclear explosion – and all kinds of alien threats are waiting for them. All 48 episodes come to Blu-ray in a Deluxe Ultimate Edition limited to 2000 copies, with each episode digitally remastered from the original 35mm film elements. Also available as a Complete Series DVD set.