‘King of Staten Island’ Available to Own Digitally Aug. 11, on Disc Aug. 25

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The King of Staten Island through digital retailers Aug. 11, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 25.

Directed by Judd Apatow, the film is inspired by the life of comedian Pete Davidson, who also stars.

Scott (Davidson) has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. He’s now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that seems far out of reach. As his ambitious younger sister (Maude Apatow) heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother (Marisa Tomei) and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with his buddies and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey (Bel Powley). When his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter (Bill Burr), it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps toward moving forward in life.

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Originally slated for theatrical release, the film was instead released through video on demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The disc and digital sellthrough versions include more than two hours of bonus materials, including alternate endings, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a “Line-o-Rama” compilation, the film’s trailer, “Video Calls,” feature commentary with Apatow and Davidson, and several featurettes:

  • “The Kid From Staten Island” —Davidson and Apatow sit down for a discussion about the movie, their experiences working together, and what it meant to film a movie inspired by Davidson’s life.
  • “Judd Apatow’s Production Diaries” — Apatow speaks to camera, giving the daily “scoop” on set and discussing the scenes at hand.
  • “You’re Not My Dad: Working With Bill Burr” — Apatow discusses how Burr was perfect for the role of Ray Bishop, while Burr discusses his favorite moments acting alongside Davidson and the meaningful relationship that their characters form.
  • “Margie Knows Best: Working With Marisa Tomei” — Apatow describes the honor he had of working with Tomei, who plays Davidson’s fictional mom. Davidson, his real mother, and other cast and crew also describe their reactions to Tomei.
  • “Friends With Benefits: Working With Bel Powley” — Powley describes her friendship with Davidson, getting the role of Kelsey in the film, and what it was like navigating her character’s push and pull relationship with Scott.
  • “Sibling Rivalry: Working With Maude Apatow” — Maude Apatow discusses what it was like playing Claire, a character based on Davidson’s real sister. Also, Pete and Judd discuss the real elements of the brother/sister relationship that are reflected in the movie.
  • “Best Friends: Working With Ricky, Moises, & Lou” — Ricky Velez, Moises Arias and Lou Wilson discuss their characters, the chemistry of Scott’s best friend group, and what it was like working with each other on set.
  • “Papa: Working With Steve Buscemi” — Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson, and filmmakers reveal why Steve Buscemi was the perfect man for the part of Papa, and discuss the integral role his character plays in the film.
  • “Friends of Firefighters Stand-Up Benefit” — Watch the benefit comedy show, featuring Bill Burr, Ricky Velez and Lynne Koplitz, that Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson hosted while making the movie. All proceeds went to the Friends of Firefighters organization.
  • “Scott Davidson Tribute” — Pete’s father, Scott, was a member of the FDNY and was tragically lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson and his family, plus former friends and co-workers of Scott, share stories in honor of the man they knew.
  • “Who Is Pete Davidson?” — Pete Davidson’s family, friends, and the filmmakers discuss their hopes of what will come from the release of The King of Staten Island, while Pete and Judd share why it was so important to Pete to make this film.
  • “The Firehouse” — Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson discuss what it was like shooting scenes in a real firehouse and the responsibility they felt to capture the environment authentically.
  • “Pete’s Casting Recs” — Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson discuss how Pete’s decision to cast a large group of his friends was beneficial to achieving the goal of the movie. Plus, Pete’s friends discuss their relationships with Pete and their experiences working on the film.
  • “Pete’s ‘Poppy’ (Grandpa)” — Judd Apatow shares his experiences directing Pete Davidson’s grandfather in his acting debut.

 

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‘Scoob!’ Stays No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! again took the top spot 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 Aug. 1.

The CG-animated film based on the classic “Scooby-Doo” cartoon and other Hanna-Barbera characters had debuted in the top spot on both charts a week earlier.

Staying as the No. 2 seller on both charts, in its fourth week, was Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog jumped back up to the No. 3 spot on both charts in its 11th week.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart were Warner’s The Mule at No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Capone at No. 5.

Capone was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller, followed by Lionsgate’s Survive the Night (which was No. 14 overall).

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The top new releases for the week were Paramount’s NCIS: The Seventeenth Season DVD at No. 9, at Well Go USA’s Gundala, which was No. 15 on both charts.

Universal’s DVD-only release of the Kevin Bacon-starring thriller You Should Have Left didn’t crack the top 50 sellers, but still managed to land at No. 2 on the DEG’s weekly Watched at Home transactional chart, an indicator of the title’s strength as a digital seller.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 2 had Scoob! on top for a second consecutive week, with You Should Have Left debuting at No. 2.

Warner’s direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 3, which is available on disc early as a Redbox kiosk rental, was No. 3.

Survive the Night slipped to No. 4 and Trolls World Tour dropped to No. 5, each two spots down from the previous week.

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‘Scoob!’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals for Second Week

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! remained in the top spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Aug. 2. The animated film was released on disc July 21 after a premium VOD run.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s You Should Have Left was the No. 2 disc rental and debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Warner’s direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 3 was the No. 3 title on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. Redbox offers early availability of the disc, which will be widely released Aug. 25.

Lionsgate’s Survive the Night was the No. 4 title on the disc rental chart and No. 10 on the digital chart.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour, the top On Demand title the previous three weeks, slipped to No. 2 on that chart. It was No. 5 on the disc chart.

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Rounding out the top five on the On Demand chart were Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot at No. 3, Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man at No. 4 and Lionsgate’s The Outpost at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 2:

  1. Scoob! — Warner
  2. You Should Have Left — Universal
  3. Deep Blue Sea 3 — Warner
  4. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  5. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  6. Grand Isle — Screen Media
  7. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  8. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  9. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  10. Becky — Redbox

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 2:

  1. You Should Have Left — Universal
  2. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  3. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  4. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  5. The Outpost — Screen Media
  6. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  7. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  9. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  10. Survive the Night — Lionsgate

 

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Merchandising: Best Buy Brings Out ‘Inception,’ ‘Town’ Steelbooks

In a pandemic environment that limits the number of major new disc releases making their way to shelves, Best Buy continues to fall back on its tried-and-true exclusive Steelbook editions.

For Aug. 4, Best Buy offered 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack Steelbook editions of Warner’s Inception at $24.99 and The Town at $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘The Town’ 4K Steelbook

Best Buy is also taking preorders for many upcoming titles, including Steelbook editions of Universal’s Oct. 20 4K release of the Back to the Future Trilogy at $69.99, and Warner’s Sept. 1 4K release of The Goonies at $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy 4K Steelbook
Best Buy’s ‘The Goonies’ 4K Steelbook

Among other promotions during the week, Best Buy is holding a sale on select anime Blu-rays, and also offers select 4K Blu-ray movies at $9.99, including Lionsgate’s Anna, Ex Machina and Hacksaw Ridge.

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Military Drama ‘The Outpost’ on Disc Aug. 18

Screen Media will release the military thriller The Outpost on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 18.

Based on best-selling non-fiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper, the film depicts the story of a unit of U.S. soldiers stationed at the remote Combat Outpost Keating, located deep in the valley of three mountains in Afghanistan, as they defend against an overwhelming Taliban attack. The Battle of Kamdesh, as it came to be known, was the bloodiest American engagement of the Afghanistan War in 2009 and Bravo Troop 3-61 CAV became one of the most decorated units of the 19-year conflict.

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Scott Eastwood portrays Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha and Caleb Landry Jones portrays Specialist Ty Carter (who also appears in the movie), who were awarded the Medal of Honor. Orlando Bloom plays Captain Ben Keating. Director Rod Lurie, himself a former soldier and graduate of West Point, cast several other veterans of the American military in various roles, including Henry Hughes and Daniel Rodriguez.

‘Umbrella Academy’ Climbs to No. 2 on Parrot Digital Originals Chart; ‘Stranger Things’ Remains No. 1

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” took the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Aug. 1, its seventh consecutive week at No. 1. The popular series had 55.2 times the demand of the average series, while demand for the show dropped 5.6% from the previous week.

“The Umbrella Academy,” also from Netflix, jumped up to No. 2 with a 68.9% jump in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. It had been No. 13 the previous week. The second season of the series debuted July 31. It had 49.1 times the demand of the average show.

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” slipped a spot to No. 3 for the week, though it was up 8.2% in demand expressions during a week in which is was announced it had earned 15 Emmy nominations, including Best Drama Series. It had 48.1 times the demand of the average show.

Netflix’s “The Witcher” rose a spot to No. 4, growing demand 6.5% to gain 36.7 times the average show.

DC Universe’s “Titans” slipped to the No. 5 spot with 35.8 times average demand and expressions down 1.1%.

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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 top overall TV series was again Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 111.6 times average demand. “Stranger Things” was No. 6 on the overall TV list.

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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.

Brave New World

STREAMING REVIEW:

Peacock;
Sci-Fi;
Not rated.
Stars Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd, Kylie Bunbury, Nina Sosanya, Joseph Morgan, Sen Mitsuji, Hannah John-Kamen, Demi Moore.

Among the signature originals of NBCUniversal’s new Peacock streaming service is this sexed-up, modernized adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian 1932 novel about a futuristic society that achieves the illusion of utopia through population control and psychological manipulation.

“Brave New World” the series takes place in a technologically advanced future society in which all children are genetically engineered, adults are drugged into happiness, people are ranked by the importance of their role in society, and all privacy and monogamy is prohibited.

One of the administrators, Bernard (Harry Lloyd) begins to question the system when one of the lower-ranking janitors commits suicide, and he begins having insecurities about fitting in. He befriends a lower-ranked genetic scientist, Lenina (Jessica Brown Findlay), whom he previously chastised for carrying on an exclusive sexual relationship with another high-ranking citizen, calling their actions selfish for refusing to share each other’s bodies with the rest of society.

They take a trip to the Savage Lands, an amusement park set up to re-create the way humanity used to live (essentially the show spoofing our current way of life). The less-sophisticated residents of the Savage Lands, however, don’t take kindly to being gawked at by the intellectual elite, and begin planning a violent revolution. Among them is John (Alden Ehrenreich), the propmaster who decides to spice up an enactment of a shotgun wedding by adding live ammunition.

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While story elements and characters are derived from the source material, the show itself with its ample nudity, graphic violence and slick production values comes across more like HBO’s “Westworld” but with actual people instead of robots, and less-convoluted plotting. The series had been in development since 2015 for the less-risqué Syfy network, another NBCUniversal subsidiary, so it’s easy to see why Peacock would poach it in an attempt to grab a piece of the “Westworld” and “Handmaid’s Tale” audiences.

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The first two episodes are available on Peacock’s free ad-supported level. For the remaining seven episodes, viewers must upgrade to one of Peacock’s paid plans.

Season 4 of ‘Rick and Morty’ on Disc Sept. 22

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Rick and Morty: Season 4 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 22.

The discs will include all 10 episodes from the latest season of the Adult Swim series about a mad scientist and his grandson who embark on crazy interdimensional adventures.

Extras include the an “Inside the Episode” featurette for every episode, as well as “A Day at ‘Rick and Morty’: Inside Season 4,” “Creating Snake Jazz,” “Directing Rick and Morty,” “Samurai and Shogun,” “Prop Process,” “Character Creation” and  “Animation Challenges.”

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The Blu-ray will include the episodes in full 1080p HD video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1, as well as a digital code for the episodes. The digital code will be valid only in the United States.

Mill Creek Releasing 20th Anniversary Blu-ray of ‘Battlefield Earth’

Mill Creek Entertainment will release a 20th anniversary Blu-ray Disc of the 2000 sci-fi movie Battlefield Earth.

Based on L. Ron Hubbard’s best-selling book, the story takes place in the year 3000 where Earth is ruled by a vicious alien race known as the Psychlos that have stripped the planet of its resources and eradicated most the human population. One of the few surviving humans, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler (Barry Pepper) is in pursuit of a better place to live, but is soon captured by a Psychlo slavemaster to join fellow “man-animals” in mining efforts. Jonnie eventually gains the attention of the evil Psychlo security officer Terl (John Travolta) and his assistant Ker (Forest Whitaker) who have discovered a vein of gold which they are unable to recover without the assistance of humans. While Terl attempts to makes Jonnie his personal slave, Jonnie uses his position to rally the other humans and unite in a plot to destroy the aliens and restore the human race to its former glory.

A notorious box office flop in its day, Battlefield Earth received seven Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture.

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The new Blu-ray will include more than 70 minutes of new bonus interviews and featurettes, including:

  • “Leverage: Writing the First Draft” — A new interview with screenwriter J.D. Shapiro;
  • “Saga in the Year 2000: Directing Battlefield Earth” — A new interview with director Roger Christian;
  • “Endangered Species: Scoring Battlefield Earth” — A new interview with composer Elia Cmiral;
  • “Domes and Drones: Creating the Miniatures” — A new interview with model maker E. James Small;
  • “Psychlo Circus: Designing Battlefield Earth” — New select scene commentary with production designer Patrick Tatopoulos.

 

‘Scoob!’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! 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 July 25.

The CG-animated film based on the classic “Scooby-Doo” cartoon and other Hanna-Barbera characters had been slated for a theatrical release but due to the coronavirus pandemic was instead released through premium VOD, and was finally released on disc July 21.

The No. 2 seller on both charts, in its third week, was Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour. The DreamWorks Animation sequel had been the top disc seller the previous two weeks.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Capone, debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The film from director Josh Trank stars Tom Hardy as legendary mobster Al Capone in the waning years of his life.

The No. 3 Blu-ray was Warner’s Batman Beyond: The Complete Series.

The No. 4 overall disc seller and No. 5 Blu-ray was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

The No. 5 overall seller was Warner’s The Mule, followed by Paramount’s Top Gun at No. 6.

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Other newcomers in the top 20 included Lionsgate’s Survive the Night at No. 7 on both charts, and Shout! Factory’s Resistance at No. 8 overall (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart).

Criterion Collection’s Marriage Story, the disc release of the Oscar-winning Netflix movie, was No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 46% of first-week Scoob! sales, compared with 48% for Capone, 45% for Survive the Night and 49% for Resistance. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprised 5% of total Scoob! sales.

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Scoob! was also No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 26, with Survive the Night at No. 2. Trolls World Tour dropped to No. 3 after a couple of weeks in the top spot.

Redbox’s own Becky dropped two spots to No. 4, and Lionsgate’s Force of Nature slipped a spot to No. 5.

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