‘I Can Only Imagine’ Takes Top Spot on June Disc Sales Chart

Lionsgate’s faith-based juggernaut I Can Only Imagine was No. 1 on the list of combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD units sold for June 2018 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking.

The film, which was released on disc June 12, is inspired by the story of the creation of the song of the same name by Christian band MercyMe and earned $83.5 million at the domestic box office against a reported budget of $7 million.

May’s top seller, Disney’s Black Panther, slipped to No. 2 for the month.

Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising, released on disc June 19, was June’s No. 3 seller.

No. 4 was Warner’s Tomb Raider reboot, a June 12 disc release, followed by Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, which hit disc June 5.

Continued strong sales of Black Panther pushed it to No. 2 for the year to date through June, with Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi remaining in the top spot to be the best-selling disc for the first half of the year.

The rest of the year-to-date top 10 was relatively unchanged. Disney continues to hold the top four spots, with Pixar’s Coco slipping to No. 3, and Marvel’s Thor: Ragarnok dropping a spot to No. 4.

With Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle holding fast in the No. 5 spot for the year, the only other adjustment to the top 10 was Fox’s The Greatest Showman rising to No. 6, pushing Warner’s Justice League to No. 7.

According to NPD, the June 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. I Can Only Imagine (Lionsgate)
  2. Black Panther (Disney)
  3. Pacific Rim Uprising (Universal)
  4. Tomb Raider (Warner)
  5. A Wrinkle in Time (Disney)
  6. Death Wish (2018) (Fox)
  7. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  8. Sherlock Gnomes (Paramount)
  9. Paul, Apostle of Christ (Sony Pictures)
  10. Love, Simon (Fox)


Year-to-date Top 10 (through June 2018):

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  2. Black Panther (Disney)
  3. Coco (Disney)
  4. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  6. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  7. Justice League (Warner)
  8. It (2017) (Warner)
  9. Ferdinand (Fox)
  10. Wonder (Lionsgate)


‘Black Panther’ Tops DVD and Blu-ray Sales for May

Paramount Releasing ‘Jack Ryan Collection’ on 4K Blu-ray Aug. 21

Paramount Home Media Distribution is re-releasing the cinematic adventures of author Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst Jack Ryan with the new Jack Ryan Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray boxed set Aug. 21.

The collection includes a UHD Blu-ray disc, a regular Blu-ray disc and a digital copy for each of the five films in the franchise: 1990’s The Hunt For Red October, with Alec Baldwin as Ryan; Harrison Ford in the role in 1992’s Patriot Games and 1994’s Clear and Present Danger; 2002’s The Sum of All Fears starring Ben Affleck; and 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with Chris Pine.

The new boxed set is timed for the Aug. 31 release of the new Amazon TV series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” starring John Krasinski as the character.

Shout! Studios’ ‘Izzy’ Riding to Home Video Sept. 25

Shout! Studios, the filmed entertainment production and distribution arm of Shout! Factory, will release the indie film Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Sept. 25.

The film involves hungover hot mess Izzy embarking on a quest across Los Angeles to break up a party celebrating her ex-boyfriend’s engagement to her ex-best friend. 

Izzy was written and directed by Christian Papierniak and stars Mackenzie Davis (Tully), Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) Haley Joel Osment (“Silicon Valley”), Carrie Coon (“The Leftovers”) and Alex Russell (Chronicle).

Disc and digital extras include an audio commentary with Papierniak and director of photography Alexandre Naufel, a “Look at the Making of Izzy” featurette, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.

Warner Releasing ‘Constantine: City of Demons’ Oct. 9

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the ‘R’-rated animated feature-length Constantine: City of Demons on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally Oct. 9.

Matt Ryan returns to voice occult detective John Constantine after portraying the character in both live-action on NBC’s “Constantine” and the CW’s “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” and in the animated movie Justice League Dark.

The movie finds Constantine facing supernatural obstacles to save the soul of the comatose daughter of his friend Chas.

City of Demons was initially presented as a series of animated shorts through the CW Seed website. The movie version includes more than an hour of new footage, including the climax. Warner previously used this approach with its 2017 Vixen animated movie.

The UHD combo pack will include the 4K and regular Blu-rays of the film, while the Blu-ray combo pack will include a Blu-ray and DVD. Both combo packs include a digital copy code.

Extras include the featurette “The Sorcerer’s Occultist: Understanding John Constantine” and video from the City of Demons panel at WonderCon 2018.


‘Ready Player One’ Tops Redbox Disc Rental, Transactional Video Charts

Warner’s Ready Player One, the latest sci-fi film from Steven Spielberg, debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox charts the week ended July 30.

The film, based on the 2011 Ernest Cline novel, is set in 2045, a time when people use virtual reality software to escape the problems of the real world. A teen orphan named Wade Watts (portrayed by Tye Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game promising full ownership of the software and winds up battling a large company out to do the same.

The film, which grossed nearly $138 million in U.S. theaters, took the top spot on both Redbox’s kiosk rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases and rentals.

Rampage, also from Warner, slipped to No. 2 on both charts after bowing at No. 1 the prior week.

Twentieth Century Fox’s Supertroopers 2 debuted at No. 3 on the kiosk disc rental chart but slipped to No. 5 from No. 4 on the transactional video chart. (The film’s digital release preceded its disc release by two weeks.)

Rounding out the top five on the kiosk chart were Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty at No. 4, down two spots from its No. 2 debut the prior week, and Paramount’s surprise horror hit A Quiet Place at No. 5, down from No. 3.

On the digital chart, A Quiet Place remained at No. 3 and I Feel Pretty slipped two notches to No. 4.

A third new disc release, 20th Century Fox’s Isle of Dogs, debuted at No. 9 on the disc rental chart. The stop-motion animated film written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson is set in a dystopian Japan.


Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending July 30

  1. Ready Player One (new)
  2. Rampage
  3. Super Troopers 2 (new)
  4. I Feel Pretty
  5. A Quiet Place
  6. Blockers
  7. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
  8. Traffik
  9. Isle of Dogs (new)
  10. Tomb Raider (2018)


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending July 30

  1. Ready Player One (new)
  2. Rampage
  3. A Quiet Place
  4. I Feel Pretty
  5. Supertroopers 2
  6. Blockers
  7. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
  8. The Equalizer
  9. Game Night
  10. Death Wish (2018)


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Netflix Creates New Feature for Sony TVs

Netflix and Sony Electronics have announced Netflix Calibrated Mode, a new feature developed by Sony picture quality and device experts in collaboration with Netflix color scientists.

The feature is available exclusively on Sony’s Bravia MASTER Series A9F OLED and Z9F LED TVs. The TVs will be available across North America in this fall.

“Supported for any type of content on Netflix, including but not limited to 4K and HDR, this feature leverages Sony’s strength in image processing to provide a display mode that configures the TV the same way creators calibrate their monitors in post production,” wrote Scott Mirer, VP, device partner ecosystem at Netflix, in a blog. “With one simple menu setting, our members can view TV shows, films, and documentaries on Netflix as they were meant to be seen, with precise colors, accurate dynamic contrast, and true motion so there’s no ‘soap opera effect.’ Consider a show like ‘Stranger Things’ that is both real and fantastic, familiar but other-worldly. Murky details of the Upside Down and the eerie flashes of light in the night sky can now be more noticeable and visceral than ever. And while recently watching ‘Lost in Space,’ I was struck by the vivid landscapes: lush forests, shadowed snowfields, and other visual elements that pulled me more deeply into the Robinsons’ adventures.”

“In recent years, we have seen great advances in technology that have made an unprecedented impact on the way TV and film entertainment is consumed,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics North America. “Both Sony and Netflix have been pioneering the industry in terms of content production and distribution, working directly with creators to bring their stories to entertainment lovers around the world. Sony and Netflix have put much effort into developing and supporting cutting-edge technologies, such as 4K picture resolution, high dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos sound that allow film professionals to authentically express their vision for fans to enjoy in their homes around the world.”

Mirer noted that Netflix audiences are keen on viewing high quality content.

“We see viewing hours for 4K and HDR content climbing dramatically, and today roughly one-third of Smart TVs that use Netflix support HDR,” he wrote.

Apple Ups Q3 ‘Services’ Revenue 31%

Apple may be known for the iPhone, iPad Apple Watch, but its digital content business, which includes sales of digital movies and TV shows on iTunes and Apple TV, remains an emerging giant.

The tech company July 31 reported third-quarter (ended June 30) services revenue of more than $9.5 billion, which was up 31% from services revenue of $7.2 billion during the previous-year period.

The segment, which also includes AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services, benefited from a one-time favorable $236 million resolution of various litigation. The unit is headed by Eddy Cue, SVP, Internet software and services.

Overall, Apple generated net income of $11.5 billion on revenue of $53.2 billion, compared to income of $8.7 billion and revenue of $45.4 billion last year.

The company sold more than 41.3 million iPhones, 11.5 million iPads and 3.7 million Macs in the quarter – the latter down 13% from the previous-year period.

‘The Seagull’ Coming on DVD, Digital Sept. 25 From Sony

The Seagull, starring Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan, will come out on DVD and digital Sept. 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Based on the play by Russian author Anton Chekhov, The Seagull is brought to the screen by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer and Tony Award-winning screenwriter Stephen Karam.

One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life.

In addition to Bening and Ronan, the film stars Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Mare Winningham (Georgia), Jon Tenney (“Scandal”), Glenn Fleshler (“Barry”), Michael Zegen (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Billy Howle (Dunkirk) and Brian Dennehy (“Death of a Salesman”).

Special features include cast and crew red carpet interviews and a post-screening Q&A from the Tribeca Film Festival with director Michael Mayer, Bening, Ronan, Stoll, Winningham, Tenney, Fleshler, Zegen, Howle, Dennehy and Karam as well as a City Cinemas Q&A with Mayer and Bening.

‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’ Documentary Due on Disc Aug. 14 From Kino Lorber

The documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami will debut Aug. 14 from Kino Lorber on Blu-ray and DVD.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

A journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones, the documentary contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, highlighting Jones’s bold aesthetic. Director Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, going home with Jones to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie and backstage at gigs around the world. The film includes performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love Is the Drug” and more.

Special features on the DVD ($29.95) and Blu-ray ($34.95) include audio commentary with Jones, Fiennes and associate professor of Africana studies Judith Casselberry; audio commentary with Fiennes and critic Ian Haydn Smith; and a Q&A with Jones and Fiennes moderated by Piotr Orlov (courtesy of the Film Society of Lincoln Center).

PGA Tour and NBC Sports Ink OTT Video Deal

The PGA Tour and NBC Sports Group July 31 announced a new multi-year digital partnership that makes NBC Sports Gold, the network’s digital direct-to-consumer live streaming product, the domestic home of PGA Tour Live, the PGA’s over-the-top subscription video service.

The partnership – which begins in 2019 – includes rights to all PGA Tour Live pre-weekend morning coverage from 28 events, starting with the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, featuring The Players in March, and running through the FedExCup Playoffs in August.

“Moving PGA Tour Live over to NBC Sports Gold represents the next evolution of our product,” Rick Anderson, chief media officer of the PGA Tour, said in a statement. “Not only will Golf Channel and NBC Sports be promoting PGA Tour Live to millions of television and digital viewers, but also, [OTT video service] will now be available on several new connected TV devices due to NBC Sports’ expanded platform distribution.”

Since launching in 2015, PGA Tour Live features exclusive coverage on Thursday and Friday mornings of morning marquee player groups. The platform also features real-time video highlights, complete round replays and tournament recap programming.

NBC Sports Gold bowed in 2016 as an over-the-top video service complementing NBC Sports’ broadcast and cable distribution. The service sells SVOD packages for the Tour de France, Premier League, Rugby World Cup, Boston Marathon, Pro Motocross and coming in 2019, IndyCar, among others.

PGA Tour Live will be available on desktop, Android and iOS Devices, Apple TV; and will expand to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku next year.

In 2019, PGA Tour Live plans to stream more than 360 hours of subscription coverage, as well as hundreds of hours of free “featured holes” coverage, complementing televised coverage from 28 PGA TOUR events next year. PGA Tour Entertainment will continue to produce the live coverage