New Oct. 26 Releases Include ‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘Don’t Breathe 2,’ ‘Stillwater’ on Disc, ‘Language Lessons’ Digitally

Warner’s The Suicide Squad, Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 and Universal’s Stillwater are among the new Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases Oct. 26, while Shout! Factory releases Language Lessons for digital purchase.

Director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad becomes available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Oct. 26 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Gunn, the film is based on the DC Comics series about imprisoned supervillains who are recruited by the U.S. government for covert operations, and have a bomb implanted in their heads that will explode if they don’t comply. A sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and the 10th film in the DC Extended Universe franchise, the film finds government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) sending the team to infiltrate the island nation of Corto Maltese to eliminate a potentially dangerous weapon. Among the recruits this time around are Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the sharpshooter Bloodsport (Idris Elba), the jingoistic Peacemaker (John Cena), team leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), and King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone). The cast also includes Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Michael Rooker, Jai Courtney and Pete Davidson. The Suicide Squad earned $55.8 million during a domestic box office run in which it was simultaneously available for streaming on HBO Max for a month. A spinoff series about Cena’s Peacemaker character is set to debut on HBO Max in January.

The horror thriller Don’t Breathe 2 arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Oct. 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her. It earned $32.6 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama Stillwater on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 26. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. The film earned $14.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate Oct. 26 releases the film On the Rocks on Blu-ray and DVD. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Somewhere, The Beguiled), the film stars Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans. In the film, Laura (Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new coworker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship. On the Rocks was released via the Apple TV+ streaming service last year.

The sci-fi thriller Warning becomes available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Oct. 26 from Lionsgate. Set in the not-too-distant future, the film explores the repercussions that humanity faces when omniscient technology becomes a substitute for human contact. But life begins to unravel when a global storm causes electronics to go haywire, leading to terrifying, deadly consequences. Warning stars Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea), Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), Alice Eve (Before We Go) and Kylie Bunbury (“When They See Us”).

Lionsgate releases the coming-of-age family-film Saving Sloane on DVD, VOD and for digital purchase Oct. 26. Written and directed by Steve Franke, the film stars Taylor Foster as a spoiled city girl named Sloane Emerson whose high school friends are leading her into trouble. When her frustrated stepmother sends her to stay with family at a ranch in the country, the rebellious teen ends up forming a bond with a horse named Glory.

The critically acclaimed feature Language Lessons Oct. 26 becomes available for digital purchase and VOD from Shout! Studios. Co-written by and starring Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales, and directed by Morales. The film finds Adam (Duplass) unsure how to fit a gift of weekly Spanish lessons into his life, but when tragedy strikes, his teacher becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed. Shout! Factory will release it on Blu-ray Dec. 14.

Breaking Glass Pictures Oct. 26 releases Bad Ben: Benign, the ninth installment of the “Bad Ben” found footage horror series from director Nigel Bach, who also stars in the films. The film will be available on available on DVD and VOD. Bad Ben: Benign begins right where the series left off, as Tom Riley wanders out of the woods behind his home on Steelmanville Road, and must climb through a window to get inside. He is baffled when he sees objects in the house that aren’t his, things moving on their own, and soon finds himself dealing with evil forces. To figure out how to rid the house of evil, he must rely on the help from others and eventually faces the most powerful demon he has ever come across. The “Bad Ben” series began in 2016, and has since seen eight installments: Bad Ben, Steelmanville Road, Badder Ben, Bad Ben: The Mandela Effect, The Crescent Moon Clown, Bad Ben: The Way In, Bad Ben: The Haunted Highway, and Bad Ben: Pandemic.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases “Superman: The Animated Series” on Blu-ray Oct. 26 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary. Running for 54 episodes from 1996 to 2000, “Superman: The Animated Series” was produced by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, the creative team behind the groundbreaking “Batman: The Animated Series,” leading to crossovers between the two characters and other DC Comics heroes as a precursor to the “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” animated series. Tim Daly led the voice cast as Clark Kent/Superman alongside Dana Delany as Lois Lane, David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. All 54 episodes have been remastered from the original 35mm interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean-up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 4:3.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release the crime-drama Walker: Season One on DVD Oct. 26. “Walker,” a reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” stars Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) as Cordell Walker, a widower and father with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin, Texas, after being undercover for nearly a year, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. Walker will attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son, August (Kale Culley, “Me, Myself and I”) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter, Stella (Violet Brinson, “Sharp Objects”) and navigate changes with the rest of the family. His ADA brother, William “Liam” (Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”) returned home from New York and stepped in during Walker’s absence, making it all the more difficult for Walker to resume his place in the family. The perceptive matriarch of the Walker clan, Abeline (Molly Hagan, “Herman’s Head”) doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind to keep everyone in line and their traditional rancher father, Bonham (Mitch Pileggi, “The X-Files”) isn’t much for long winded, sentimental prattling, but voices his opinion when it counts most. At work, Walker’s former colleague, Larry James (Coby Bell, “The Game”), is now his Ranger Captain, and both men need time to adjust to their new dynamic. Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner, Micki Ramirez, one of the first women in Texas Rangers history, played by Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”). She knows there’s a lot at stake for her in this new job and is quick to school Walker on curbing his maverick ways. Walker’s not Micki’s only distraction, as her relationship with an old friend, Trey (played by Jeff Pierre, “Once Upon a Time”) becomes more serious. The series closely follows Walker as he tries to balance all the new details in his old life while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding the death of his wife (Genevieve Padalecki).

Shout! Factory Oct. 26 releases The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Complete Series, a 10-DVD boxed set featuring all three seasons from the Nickelodeon animated series. Jimmy is a genius boy who invents gadgets to improve his daily life situations with his robot dog Goddard by his side. The inventions almost always go awry leading to various mishaps for Jimmy and his best friends Carl and Sheen. Based on the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the series aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006. The show’s voice cast includes Debi Derryberry (Toy Story, “F Is for Family”), Rob Paulsen (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Animaniacs”) and Jeffrey Garcia (Rio, Happy Feet), with guest appearances from Tim Curry, Tom Kenny, Jim Belushi, Christian Slate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Castellaneta, Mel Brooks, Ving Rhames and Jay Leno.

Kino Lorber Oct. 26 releases season one “Gomorrah: The Series” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The Italian crime drama has been called Italy’s answer to “Breaking Bad.” “Gomorrah: The Series” is a gangster show from Stefano Sollima (Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, Romanzo Criminale), based on Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book and the subsequent award-winning film of the same name. Season one tells the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization the Camorra. It is shown through the eyes of Ciro (Marco D’Amore), the obedient and self-confident right-hand man of the clan’s godfather, Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino), whose loyalty is pushed to its limits over twelve blood-drenched episodes.

The Underworld 4K Ultra HD Collection arrives on Oct. 26 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The limited-edition gift set includes all five vampire films on 4K Ultra HD disc with high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio. The films are also available digitally in 4K with HDR. The collection includes Underworld (in both theatrical and extended versions), Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Awakening and Underworld: Blood Wars, as well as hours of standard-definition and HD bonus content for all five films, including the “Underworld: Endless War” animated shorts. Chronicling the eternal battle between vampires and Lycans, the series stars Kate Beckinsale as the vampire Selene.

Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Oct. 26 release 1966’s An Angel for Satan on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, its first-ever authorized American release. In the final film of her Italian gothic period, Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) stars in the erotic shocker. When a cursed statue is recovered from a villa’s lake, a young heiress (Steele) will inflict a torrent of depraved seduction and homicidal madness on the local village. Anthony Steffen (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), Claudio Gora (Danger: Diabolik) and Marina Berti (Night Train Murders) co-star in this film scanned in 2K from the original negative with both the Italian and thought-lost English tracks recently discovered in a Rome vault.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘World According to Jeff Goldblum’ Season 2 Begins Nov. 12 on Disney+

The first five episodes of the second season of “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” will be available to stream on Disney+ starting Nov. 12.

The original documentary series from National Geographic features Jeff Goldblum uncovering surprising secrets about seemingly familiar topics. In each episode, Goldblum’s insatiable appetite for learning and sense of wonderment take him from coast to coast to meet with passionate fans, experts and scientists, to gain a deeper understanding of how ordinary objects are extraordinary.

Episodes available Nov. 12 include “Magic,” “Fireworks,” “Monsters,” “Dogs” and “Dance.”

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In “Magic,” Goldblum learns mind-bending tricks from Las Vegas icons Penn & Teller and has his perception of reality destroyed by viral superstar Zach King. In “Fireworks,” Goldblum learns the fireworks business is booming and discovers how the feeling of awe affects us and the weird and wonderful ways we seek it out. In “Monsters,” Goldblum discovers the frightening truth behind why we love to be scared and meets master monster-maker Phil Tippet in his legendary studio before embarking on a monster hunt in the Big Foot forests among the California redwoods. In “Dogs,” Goldblum meets every kind of working dog imaginable and gets to the heart of why dogs mean so much to us. In “Dance,” Goldblum does a grand jeté into the world of dance, from spinning in a roller disco to entertaining a dance battle.

The five remaining episodes from season two will be available to stream on Disney+ early next year. The first season of “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” is currently available on Disney+ and covers topics such as sneakers, denim, ice cream, cosmetics, pools, bikes, RVs, gaming, jewelry, BBQ and coffee.

‘Billions’ Season 5 Coming to DVD Jan. 11

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Billions: Season Five on DVD Jan. 11, 2022.

In season five of “Billions,” billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and politician Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney (Roma Maffia). Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. Meanwhile, Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital.

The 12-episode season originally aired on Showtime in two batches — seven episodes from May to June 2020, and five more from September to October 2021. The sixth season will premiere on Showtime Jan. 23.

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Netflix’s ‘You’ Moves Up to No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart

Netflix’s “You” jumped to No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended Oct. 22. The show’s third season was released Oct. 15. The show climbed six spots from the previous week. It had 56 times the demand of an average series after a 103.2% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. “You” was No. 3 on Parrot’s List of all TV shows.

HBO Max’s “Titans” remained No. 2 on the digital originals chart as its third season concluded Oct. 21. The superhero series had a 13.3% rise in demand expressions to give it 47.5 times the demand of an average show. “Titans” was No. 5 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Netflix’s South Korean import “Squid Game” stayed No. 3 on the digital originals chart. The survival drama had 40.5 times the average series demand but dropped 2.7% in demand expressions. “Squid Game” was No. 9 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” remained No. 4 on the originals chart. The series had a 2.9% rise in demand expressions to give it 40.4 times the demand of an average show. “Stranger Things” was No. 10 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

The Emmy-winning Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso,” which had been the top digital original the previous week, dropped to No. 6 now that its second season is over. The series had 37.5  times the demand of an average show and an 11.5% drop in demand expressions.

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

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 74.3 times average demand.

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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 demand for TV content in a given market 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. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

 

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BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Thriller;
Box Office $48.24 million;
$34.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, $49.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for strong violence, disturbing images, suggestive content, partial nudity and brief strong language.
Stars Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Emun Elliott, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre.

Director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest twisty thriller offers a disturbing examination of the concept of time and the aging process.

The story involves a family on vacation at a tropical resort. As a bonus perk, they are whisked away to a secluded beach with a few other families to spend a day relaxing in peace and quiet.

Things quickly go awry, however, when the older members of the group begin to experience health problems, while the children seem to be years older than they should be after a few hours.

They deduce that the cliffs surrounding the beach are composed of a strange type of strange type of rock that emits radiation that speeds up the body’s cellular processes, causing the visitors to age roughly one year each half-hour.

Making matters worse, the rock walls seemingly have them trapped on the beach, as the ocean currents make it difficult to swim away.

They also learn that someone in each family has a disease or illness, and it seems they were manipulated into visiting the resort and herded onto that beach, a suspicion compounded when they discover they’re being watched.

The story is built around the notion that time is a valuable resource that shouldn’t be squandered, hammered home by the scenario of parents literally watching their children grow into adulthood right before their eyes. Another member of the group is a model to whom the very concept of growing old suddenly becomes the immediate horror she must confront.

While the premise is fascinating, Shyamalan’s efforts to explore it are somewhat uneven, as scenes of creepy tension are often undercut by clunky dialogue.

The Blu-ray includes some deleted scenes that are too short to have much impact, and a few interesting behind-the-scenes featurettes, particularly one that explores the relationship between Shyamalan and his daughter, who worked as an assistant director on the movie.

The same extras can be found on both the regular Blu-ray and the 4K disc.

The Suicide Squad

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 10/26/21;
Warner;
Action;
Box Office $55.8 million;
$34.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, $49.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity.
Stars Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Daniela Melchior, David Dastmalchian, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Alice Braga, Peter Capaldi, Taika Waititi, Jai Courtney, Nathan Fillion, Flula Borg, Pete Davidson, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Jennifer Holland, Sylvester Stallone, Dee Bradley Baker.

Writer-director James Gunn’s subversive follow-up to 2016’s Suicide Squad resets the franchise by embracing the absurdity inherent in comic book movies.

Like its predecessor, The Suicide Squad is based on the DC Comics series about a team of supervillains who are blackmailed into conducting black ops for the American government through the threat of an explosive chip in their head. The 2016 edition, while a financial success, was panned by critics and audiences after it was infamously re-edited by a trailer company into essentially a series of vignettes set to popular music, trying to capture some of the magic that made Guardians of the Galaxy work so well.

So, for the sequel, DC just brought in Gunn, writer-director of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. The hire came shortly after Gunn was fired by Marvel over some questionable tweets in his past, only to be re-hired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which he’s working on now.

The Suicide Squad is just another example of why he’s such a good fit for these kinds of movies: a keen understanding of the source material, and a willingness to poke fun at it without undermining the credibility of the story. Here, Gunn assembles a team of some of the silliest comic book concepts ever created, gives their characters emotional depth, and makes it all work.

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This is one of the bloodiest comic book movies ever made, but also one of the funniest, with Gunn expertly finding the balance between the two extremes, beginning with an absolutely insane opening sequence that will leave audiences without a clue of what to expect from this movie.

The story involves the team heading to a tropical island to dispose of a top secret project before the new military dictatorship can expose U.S. involvement in its development. Idris Elba grounds the mission as Bloodsport, a weapons expert. He has a bit of a rivalry with the team’s other weapons expert, Peacemaker (John Cena), as they try to outdo each other running up the movie’s body count. With his earnest penchant for killing anything that stands in his way to achieve “peace,” Peacemaker would seem to be Gunn’s metaphor for American foreign policy (though Gunn found the character appealing enough to write an eight-episode TV spinoff about him, set to debut on HBO Max in 2022).

Other standouts on the team include King Shark, literally a walking, talking man-eating shark voiced by Sylvester Stallone; Ratcatcher II (Daniela Melchior), who uses her deceased father’s technology to control the minds of rats; Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), who was experimented on by his mother with an interdimensional virus that gives him the power to expel dots of deadly energy; and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), one of the few holdovers from the first movie, along with team commander Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), the government agent who will detonate their heads if they disobey her.

Like the first movie, the sequel has plenty of songs, but thanks to Gunn, they are well integrated into the structure of the film, rather than seemingly played at random.

The Suicide Squad is fun, vibrant and visually distinctive like a graphic novel come to life, though its hard-‘R’ sensibilities may not appeal to everybody.

The Blu-ray edition of The Suicide Squad comes loaded with hours of insightful bonus material about the making of the film, including a good solo commentary with Gunn.

There are also about 17 minutes of deleted scenes that don’t amount to much, so it’s easy to see why they were cut.

Also included are three fun retro trailers done in the style of 1960s war movies, 1970s horror movies and 1980s buddy cop movies.

The regular Blu-ray Disc of the film contains all the extras. The 4K disc includes just the commentary and one featurette, a seven-minute breakdown of Harley Quinn’s violent escape sequence.

Originally published as a streaming review Aug. 9, 2021.

‘Free Guy’ Debuts Atop DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy was 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 Oct. 16.

The film is directed by Shawn Levy and stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who learns he’s a video game character and yearns to become more than his programming. It earned $121 million at the domestic box office.

The top title the previous three weeks, Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga, slid to No. 2 on both charts, selling about 44% as many copies during the week as the newly released Free Guy.

Warner’s animation/live-action hybrid sports comedy Space Jam: A New Legacy slipped a spot to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, and was No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 4 overall disc seller was Disney’s spooky 1993 family comedy Hocus Pocus, which was No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Widow slipped two spots to No. 5 on the overall disc chart, and no. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

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The only other newcomer in the top 10 sellers, at No. 6 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, was Lionsgate’s The Green Knight, a fantasy based on the adventures of medieval knight Sir Gawain, played by Dev Patel. It earned  $17.2 million at the domestic box office.

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray sellers was Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Warner’s disc-release HBO Max’s director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up Justice League. It was No. 7 on the overall disc chart.

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A new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of Universal’s 2009 Quentin Tarantino World War II film Inglourious Basterds pushed the film back up the charts to No. 16 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. The 4K edition accounted for 97% of its total sales.

Free Guy had 25% of its total sales from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, with 42% from regular Blu-ray and 33% from DVD.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 17 had Vertical Entertainment’s Joe Bell as the top title. The Mark Wahlberg drama was made available on disc a week early at Redbox Kiosks.

F9 dropped to No. 2 after three weeks in the top spot, followed by Space Jam: A New Legacy at No. 3, Universal’s The Forever Purge at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 10-16-21
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 10-17-21
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 10-16-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 10-16-21

‘Joe Bell,’ ‘Free Guy’ Top Redbox Charts

Vertical Entertainment’s Joe Bell topped Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 17, while Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy was the top Redbox On Demand title for the week.

Joe Bell, which earned $1.4 million at the domestic box office, stars Mark Wahlberg as a father who takes a road trip to bond with his gay son, who is being bullied at school. The film wasn’t be released on Blu-ray Disc or DVD until Oct. 19, but was available early at Redbox kiosks. It was No. 8 on the digital list.

Free Guy, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who learns he is a video game character, earned $120.8 million at the domestic box office. While the film was released on disc Oct. 12, it isn’t available for rent at Redbox kiosks. It was No. 7 on the digital chart a week earlier.

Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga slipped to No. 2 on both the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, and the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The No. 3 title on the disc rental chart was Warner’s Space Jam: A New Legacy, followed by Universal’s The Forever Purge at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions at No. 5.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions was No. 3 and The Forever Purge was No. 4. No. 5 was Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.

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Other newcomers to the disc rental chart include Lionsgate’s Survive the Game, with Bruce Willis, at No. 6, and The Green Knight at No. 9. Also, appearing at No. 7 was the Nicolas Cage starrer Pig from Decal, available at Redbox kiosks several weeks prior to its wide Blu-ray and DVD release.

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, from Disney, fell to No. 8 on the disc rental chart.

Paramount’s animated Paw Patrol: The Movie landed at No. 10 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 17:

  1. Joe Bell — Vertical
  2. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  3. Space Jam: A New Legacy — Warner
  4. The Forever Purge — Universal
  5. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  6. Survive the Game — Lionsgate
  7. Pig — Decal
  8. Black Widow — Disney/Marvel
  9. The Green Knight — Lionsgate
  10. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 17:

  1. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  2. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  3. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  4. The Forever Purge — Universal
  5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  6. The Addams Family 2 — MGM
  7. Halloween (2018) — Universal
  8. Joe Bell — Vertical
  9. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks
  10. Paw Patrol: The Movie — Paramount

 

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Merchandising: New Exclusives for ‘Injustice’ and a Slew of Steelbooks

Warner’s Injustice got a few retail exclusives Oct. 19, while Best Buy had a slew of Steelbook editions for some of the week’s new releases.

Walmart’s ‘Injustice’ DVD

For Injustice, the latest direct-to-video animated superhero movie based on DC Comcis characters, Walmart offered a $14.96 DVD edition, as the title was widely released only on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD discs.

Best Buy offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Injustice.

Other Best Buy Steelbooks new for the week included Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at $34.99; Universal’s Old 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at 34.99; a re-release of Lionsgate Apocalypse Now 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at $19.99; and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of 1996 horror film Scream, from Paramount, for $25.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Scream’ 4K Steelbook

Target for the week offered a sale of up to 30% off Halloween books and movies.

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New Series From ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star Annie Murphy Heads to Disc Nov. 16

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films will release Kevin Can F**K Himself: Season 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 16.

The dark comedy series stars Emmy winner Annie Murphy of “Schitt’s Creek” as Allison McRoberts, a prototypical sitcom wife married to Kevin (Eric Petersen), her self-centered husband. When she learns that the perfect future she envisioned is impossible, she teams up with her neighbor Patty (Mary Hollis Inboden) as she attempts to escape her confines and take control of her life.

Allison’s life with Kevin is presented in a sitcom format with corny jokes and canned laughter. But when she leaves the scene, her life is presented as a darkly lit drama.

The cast also includes Alex Bonifer, Brian Howe and Raymond Lee. The show was created by Valerie Armstrong and was directed by Oz Rodriguez for the first two episodes and by Anna Dokoza for the rest. Season one of “Kevin Can F**K Himself” originally aired on AMC Networks in June 2021, with a second season coming in 2022 on AMC and AMC+.

The Blu-ray and DVD editions include all eight episodes, plus three featurettes: “A Look at the Series,” “Meet the Characters” and “Making of the Show.”

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