Releasing Tuesday, September 24th, SHAFT
Own it Early on Digital on September10th then on Blu-ray and DVD debut on September 24
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Bluray Combo I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are our own.
I tried to think of a movie that starred Samuel L. Jackson where he didn’t make it a better movie and kept running up blank. SHAFT (2019) is no exception. This is one of those great action popcorn flicks.
The best part is we see more of Shaft’s family and and how things came to be. One of our favorites is Richard Roundtree playing John Shaft Sr. which is very appropriate. For those that don’t know, Richard Roundtree was the original Shaft and was great in those films.
Having a sequel 19 years after the fact initially concerned me but once again, Samuel L. Jackson proves time doesn’t matter when you have a solid fun exciting story. This is a really great film that we can’t recommend enough. Don’t forget to check out the gag reel and deleted scenes.
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.
Burbank, CA, August 15 – Experience the most badass private detective ever to walk the streets when “Shaft” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. New Line Cinema’s action comedy “Shaft” was directed by Tim Story (the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” franchises).
The film stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” “Glass,” “Captain Marvel”), Jessie T. Usher (“Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Almost Christmas”), Regina Hall (“Girls Trip,” “Little”), Alexandra Shipp (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Love, Simon”), Matt Lauria (TV’s “Kingdom,” “Friday Night Lights”), Titus Welliver (“Argo,” TV’s “Bosch”), Cliff “Method Man” Smith (“Peppermint,” “Trainwreck”) and Richard Roundtree, the original John Shaft.
The film was produced by John Davis under his Davis Entertainment banner. Kenya Barris (“Girls Trip,” TV’s “Black-ish”) and Alex Barnow (TV’s “The Goldbergs”) wrote the screenplay based on the character John Shaft from the novel by Ernest Tidyman. Richard Brener, Josh Mack, Story, Ira Napoliello, Barris and Marc S. Fischer served as executive producers.
Story’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Larry Blanford (“Ride Along,” “Tag”), production designer Wynn Thomas (“Hidden Figures”), editor Peter S. Elliot (“Ride Along 2”) and costume designer Olivia Miles (“Ride Along 2”). The music is by Christopher Lennertz (“Nobody’s Fool,” “Pitch Perfect 3”). Dave Jordan and Trygge Toven served as music supervisors.
New Line Cinema presents a Davis Entertainment Production, a Tim Story Film, “Shaft.” The film will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures.
“Shaft” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.
“Shaft” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “Shaft” via purchase from digital retailers beginning September 10.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Shaft” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
- Can Ya Dig It? The Making of Shaft
- A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy – Part One: A Bad Mother Born
- A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy – Part Two: No Questions Asked
- A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy – Part Three: A Legend of His Time
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
“Shaft” DVD contains the following special feature:
- Can Ya Dig It? The Making of Shaft
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On September 10, “Shaft” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On September 24, “Shaft” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
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Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: September 24
EST Street Date: September 10
DVD Languages: English, Spanish
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
BD Languages: English, Spanish
BD Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Running Time: 111 minutes
Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, violence, sexual content, some drug material and brief nudity
DVD: DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL [CC]
Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA
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