Showtime’s ‘Escape at Dannemora’ on DVD April 16

Paramount Home Media Distribution and CBS Home Entertainment will release Showtime’s award-winning limited series Escape at Dannemora on DVD April 16.

Escape at Dannemora follows the true story of two convicted murderers (played by Benicio Del Toro and Paul Dano) who escaped a correctional facility with the help of a female prison employee (played by Patricia Arquette, who won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for best actress in a limited series).

The cast also includes Bonnie Hunt, Eric Lange and David Morse. The series was executive produced and directed by Ben Stiller.

The DVD features all seven episodes plus special features.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sings to No. 1 Debut on Home Video Charts

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Feb. 16.

The film, from 20th Century Fox, dramatizes the formation and success of the rock band in the 1970s and ’80s, with particular focus on the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury. It earned more than $212 million at the domestic box office and has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek as Mercury.

Universal Pictures’ animated The Grinch, the top title from the previous week, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, selling 32% as many copies as newcomer Bohemian Rhapsody.

Another new release, Paramount’s Nobody’s Fool, the latest comedy from Tyler Perry, bowed at No. 3 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Fox’s heist thriller Widows slid to No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

Walt Disney Studios’ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms came in at No. 5 on both charts.

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Blu-ray Disc accounted for 73% of first-week Bohemian Rhapsody unit sales, with 13% coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version. For Nobody’s Fool, Blu-ray comprised 37% of sales. The second week of sales for The Grinch saw 60% of sales from Blu-ray, down from 66% in its first week.

Bohemian Rhapsody also took No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 17. Nobody’s Fool debuted at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, The Grinch, slipped to No. 3, with Widows at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ The Girl in the Spider’s Web at No. 5.

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‘Halloween’ Tops Disc Sales for January 2019

Universal Pictures’ sequel to/reboot of the horror classic Halloween was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for January 2019 to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

Halloween debuted on disc on Jan. 15 and was the top seller its first week in stores.

Sony Pictures’ Venom, the top seller in December and the first two weeks of January, was No. 2 for the overall month of January.

Sony’s Goosebumps 2 landed at No. 3 for the month. It debuted the same week as Halloween.

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which landed on disc Jan. 29, managed to take the month’s No. 4 spot despite having just a couple days to qualify.

No. 5 for the month went to Universal’s First Man, a Jan. 22 release that was the top seller in its first week.

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Universal had four titles in the month’s top 10, with the Jan. 1 release Night School taking No. 6, and The House With a Clock in Its Walls slipping to No. 9, having debuted in the sixth spot in December.

According to NPD, the January 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Halloween (2018) (Universal)
  2. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  3. Goosebumps 2 (Sony Pictures)
  4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)
  5. First Man (Universal)
  6. Night School (Universal)
  7. Smallfoot (Warner)
  8. Hunter Killer (Lionsgate)
  9. The House With a Clock in Its Walls (Universal)
  10. The Predator (Fox)

 

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Final Season of ‘Gotham’ on Disc June 11

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Gotham: The Complete Fifth and Final Season and Gotham: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD June 11.

The final season of the series focuses on Bruce Wayne’s ultimate transformation into Batman while Jim Gordon struggles to hold together a city on the edge of chaos. The cast includes Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Chris Chalk and Shane West. The final episodes are slated to air in April on Fox.

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The season five set will include 12 episodes plus deleted scenes, the behind-the-scenes featurette “Modern Mythology,” and highlights from the show’s 2018 panel at New York Comic Con.

The Blu-ray will include digital copies of the episodes.

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to Home Video in March

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Mary Poppins Returns digitally March 12, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 19.

The long-awaited sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic, Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as the practically perfect nanny, who returns to Cherry Tree Lane to help the troubled now-adult Banks children.

The cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke.

The film earned $170.6 million at the domestic box office and received Oscar nominations for Best Original Song for “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

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Blu-ray and UHD BD extras include deleted scenes, including the song “The Anthropomorphic Zoo”; the multi-part behind-the-scenes featurette “The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns”; “Seeing Things From a Different Point of View: The Musical Numbers of Mary Poppins Returns,” a look at several of the film’s musical scenes; “Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns”; “Practically Perfect Bloopers”; and a sing-along mode.

The digital version, available separately or with a redemption code included with the Blu-ray combo packs, will have an exclusive audio commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.

Merchandising: Retailers Switch Up ‘A Star Is Born’ Box Art

The retail exclusives for the Feb. 19 home video release of Warner’s A Star Is Born focused on variants of the box art.

Wide-release box art for A Star Is Born DVD (left) and Blu-ray
Target’s A Star Is Born Blu-ray box art

Target offered a version of the Blu-ray combo pack with special box art and the exclusive featurette “A Star Is Born: Backstage Pass,” at $26.99.

The standard DVD and Blu-ray releases already include a making-of featurette, bonus song performances, and music videos.

In addition, Target gave shoppers a $5 gift card with the purchase of both the movie and the film’s CD soundtrack, which was priced at $11.99 and included an exclusive poster.

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Best Buy delivered its usual Steelbook edition of the film, offered for both the standard Blu-ray ($29.99) and the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack ($34.99).

Best Buy A Star Is Born Steelbooks
Walmart’s A Star Is Born DVD

Likewise, Walmart dipped into its usual bag of tricks for an exclusive, choosing to offer a slimmed-down DVD variant with different artwork but without the bonus disc included with the wide release containing the behind-the-scenes material. The only extras included with the Walmart version are the music videos, for $16.96. By comparison, the regular DVD with the additional extras is listed on Walmart’s website and priced at other stores at $17.99.

 

‘Archer: Danger Island’ on DVD April 2

Archer: Danger Island, the ninth season of the FXX series “Archer,” arrives on DVD April 2 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The latest season re-imagines the characters from the animated spy series as pilots in a South Pacific island in 1939. The show features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the hard-drinking Sterling Archer and Jessica Walter as his mother. The cast also includes Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, Adam Reed and Lucky Yates as Crackers the audacious macaw.

The DVD includes all eight episodes, plus the featureless “Inside look: Making Archer” and “Crackers’ Costumed Playings.”

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Shout Select Releasing ‘Born in East L.A.’ Collector’s Edition March 19

Shout! Factory will release Born in East L.A. as a collector’s edition Blu-ray with new bonus material March 19 through its Shout Select imprint.

Written by, directed by and starring Cheech Marin, the 1987 comedy follows the plight of an American of Hispanic descent who schemes to get back into the United States after he is accidentally deported to Mexico without money or ID.

The Blu-ray will include a new commentary from Marin; new interviews with Marin, actress Kamala Lopez and actor Paul Rodriguez; a standard-definition extended television cut of the movie; a photo gallery; production notes; and the film’s theatrical trailer.

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New Episodes Push ‘One Day at a Time’ Onto Parrot Analytics Top 10 Digital Originals Chart

The premiere of the third season of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” helped push the comedy series up to No. 4 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for the week ended Feb. 16.  Average daily Demand Expressions for the show rose to 26.3 million, up 124% from the previous week when the show was ranked No. 25. New episodes were released Feb. 8.

Meanwhile, a couple of shows whose third seasons are still months away grabbed the top two spots.

Social media buzz for the Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” kept the dystopian drama at No. 1. Though the third season doesn’t debut until June 5, pictures of the production filming in Washington, D.C., the past week have been stirring up online chatter, as the handmaid costume has become a favorite among political protesters. Expressions rose to 30.1 million, up from 29.2 million the previous week after the trailer for the third season had pushed the show into back into the top spot.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” moved up a spot to No. 2, its expressions up 6.5% to 28.4 million. The third season won’t arrive on the streaming service until July 4.

Demand Expressions is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. The metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

A “digital original” is a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

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DC Universe’s “Titans” dropped a spot to No. 3, with 26.6 million expressions.

Marvel’s “Daredevil,” from Netflix, rounded out the top five with 25 million expressions, up 1% from the previous week. Its companion series, “The Punisher,” which Netflix canceled Feb. 18 (after the reporting period), was No. 7 with 21.4 million expressions, down 16% and two chart spots from a week earlier.

Sandwiched between them at No. 6 was CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery,” and its 23.9 million expressions, down 7% from a week earlier. The sci-fi series is in the midst of its second seasons, with new episodes debuting every Thursday.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

‘The Grinch’ Grabs No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Universal Pictures’ The Grinch debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Feb. 9.

The animated adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss story earned $270.6 million at the domestic box office.

The action-thriller Widows, from 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 2 on both charts, selling 18% as many copies as The Grinch.

No. 3 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the adaptation of the fourth book in the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series, and the first not written by series creator Stieg Larsson.

The previous weeks’ top seller, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, dropped to No. 4, while Lionsgate’s Hunter Killer slipped to No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 66% of first-week Grinch sales, with 6% of total sales attributed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions. Widows had 51% of total sales in the Blu-ray format, but 10% from UHD Blu-ray. Blu-ray accounted for 62% of The Girl in the Spider’s Web sales.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 10 also had The Grinch at No. 1, Widows at No. 2 and Spider’s Web at No. 3. The previous week’s top rental, Hunter Killer, slipped to No. 4, while the 20th Century Fox Western The Sisters Brothers debuted at No. 5.

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