‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II took over the No. 1 spot on both the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Aug. 1.

The suspenseful sequel has grossed $158.9 million at the domestic box office.

That pushed MGM and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wrath of Man to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The No. 2 On Demand title was Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga, the ninth entry in the primary “Fast & Furious” film series, which became available for on-demand viewing July 30.

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Lionsgate’s Midnight in the Switchgrass, a murder mystery starring Megan Fox, Emile Hirsch and Bruce Willis, took No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Lionsgate’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw was No. 4 on both charts, while Warner’s Mortal Kombat reboot was No. 5 on the disc rental chart and No. 7 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 1:

  1. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  2. Wrath of Man — Warner
  3. Midnight in the Switchgrass — Lionsgate
  4. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  5. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  6. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — Paramount
  7. Out of Death — Redbox
  8. Nobody — Universal
  9. Godzilla vs. Kong — Warner
  10. The Marksman — Universal

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 1:

  1. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  2. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  3. Wrath of Man — MGM
  4. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  5. Midnight in the Switchgrass — Lionsgate
  6. The Forever Purge — Universal
  7. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  8. Nobody — Universal
  9. A Quiet Place — Paramount
  10. Godzilla vs. Kong — Warner

 

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Merchandising: ‘Luca’ Exclusives Hit Shelves

Disney released Pixar Animation’s Luca on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Aug. 3, drawing exclusive editions from Target and Best Buy.

Target offered the 4K combo pack of Luca with exclusive box art and pack-in lithograph art cards for $34.99.

Best Buy, as usual, offered the 4K combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Luca’ 4K Steelbook

A few days before street date, Disney announced a partnership with Postable to promote the film’s release on home platforms.

Timed with International Friendship Day, the promotion allowed fans to send physical postcards featuring movie characters Luca, Alberto and Giulia, with four greeting options each showing appreciation for companionship, adventure and acceptance.

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Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares his amazing adventures with his friend Alberto. But their fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: They’re sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface.

Disney first released the erstwhile theatrical release June 18 exclusively to Disney+ subscribers for free.

Lionsgate Releasing ‘Biography: WWE Legends’ on DVD Sept. 21

Lionsgate will release the eight-part A&E Network documentary series “Biography: WWE Legends” in two volumes on DVD Sept. 21.

Helmed by some of the industry’s top directors and storytellers, the docuseries gives fans the ultimate ringside seat to the real-life stories behind the showbiz acrobatics, smack talk and larger-than-life alter-egos of several legends of professional wrestling. These collections pull back the curtain on the twists, turns and triumphs on the paths to fame and icon status for these WWE Legends.

Biography: WWE Legends Vol. 1 focuses on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and “Booker T.” Biography: WWE Legends Vol. 2 presents profiles of Shawn Michaels, Ultimate Warrior, Mick Foley, and Bret “Hitman” Hart. The separate DVD sets are listed with an SRP of $19.98 each.

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Road Trip Movie ‘Zola’ Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14

Lionsgate will release the road trip comedy Zola on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 14.

Based on the viral 148-tweet Twitter thread from Detroit waitress A’Ziah “Zola” King about her wild road trip to Florida, Zola stars Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Ari’el Stachel and Colman Domingo.

Seduced into a weekend of partying in Florida, Zola’s trip turns into a wild saga involving a pimp, an idiot boyfriend and Tampa’s finest strip clubs.

Extras include audio commentary with writer-director Janicza Bravo and editor Joi McMillon; deleted scenes with optional commentary; and a “Y’all Wanna Hear a Story: Making Zola” featurette.

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Revenge Film ‘Riders of Justice’ Coming Home Aug. 17

Magnolia Home Entertainment’s Magnet Label Aug. 17 will release the Danish thriller Riders of Justice on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally.

Riders of Justice follows recently-deployed soldier Markus (Mads Mikkelsen), who is forced to return home to care for his teenage daughter after his wife is killed in a tragic train accident. But, when a survivor of the wrecked train surfaces claiming foul play, Markus begins to suspect his wife was murdered and embarks on a mission to find those responsible.

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‘Night of the Animated Dead’ Slated for Digital Release Sept. 21, Disc Oct. 5

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Night of the Animated Dead through digital retailers Sept. 21, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5.

An animated reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Animated Dead includes exclusive scenes not included in the original film. The voice cast includes Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, James Roday Rodriguez, Katee Sackhoff, Will Sasso, Jimmi Simpson and Nancy Travis.

The story involves a group of strangers in Pennsylvania taking refuge in an abandoned farmhouse during a zombie attack. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices.

Bonus features include a “Making of the Animated Dead” featurette in which director Jason Axinn and producer Michael Luisi discuss the process of honoring the iconic classic with their vision for an animated remake, including scene breakdowns and booth recordings with the cast.

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‘A Clockwork Orange’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for 50th Anniversary

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release director Stanley Kubrick’s controversial 1971 film A Clockwork Orange as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and for 4K digital purchase Sept. 21 to mark its 50th anniversary.

Adapted from Anthony Burgess’s 1962 decline-of-civilization novel, the film was directed, written and produced by Kubrick.

In an England of the future, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on “a little of the old ultraviolence,” while jauntily warbling “Singin’ in the Rain.” After he’s jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to a behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he’s conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes haunted by his prior victims.

A Clockwork Orange received four Academy Award nominations; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Based on Material from Another Medium) and Best Film Editing. In 2020, the United States Library of Congress selected A Clockwork Orange for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The 4K restoration was conducted by Warner Bros.’ Motion Picture Imaging (MPI).  Kubrick’s former right-hand man Leon Vitali and the Kubrick Estate worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. during the remastering process.

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The combo pack will include several previously released extras:

  • Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Nick Redman;
  • The 2000 documentary dStill Tickin’: The Return of Clockwork Orange;
  • “Great Bolshy Yarblockos! Making A Clockwork Orange” featurette;
  • “Turning Like Clockwork” featurette;
  • “Malcolm McDowell Looks Back” featurette;
  • “O Lucky Malcolm!” featurette.

 

‘Those Who Wish Me Dead,’ ‘Luca,’ ‘Here Today’ Lead List of Home Releases Aug. 3

Warner’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, Disney’s Luca and Sony Pictures’ Here Today top the list of titles new to DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 3.

The Angelina Jolie thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 3 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film is directed by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan and stars Oscar winner Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult. Jolie stars as Hannah, a smoke jumper reeling from the loss of three young lives she failed to save from a fire. When she comes across a bloodied and traumatized 12-year-old boy, the two set out together to cross miles of thick forest. Braving deadly lightning storms that challenge even Hannah’s well-honed survival skills, they’re unaware of the true dangers they face as they’re hunted by two killers while a massive fiery blaze heads straight for them. It earned $7.3 million at the domestic box office.

The Pixar animated film Luca comes on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD and for digital purchase Aug. 3 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. It was originally released on the Disney+ streaming service in lieu of a domestic theatrical run, but earned $21 million internationally. Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares his adventures with his friend Alberto, but their fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: They’re sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface.

The comedic drama Here Today, starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish,  heads to DVD and Blu-ray Disc Aug. 3 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, when veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz (Crystal) meets New York singer Emma Payge (Haddish), they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust. Inspired by the short story “The Prize” by Alan Zweibel, Here Today is directed by Crystal and also stars Penn Badgley, Laura Benanti, Louisa Krause, Anna Deavere Smith and Nyambi Nyambi. It earned $2.8 million at the domestic box office.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the drama Under the Stadium Lights on DVD Aug. 3. Milo Gibson and Laurence Fishburne star in the movie, which is based on the true story of a small-town high school football team who beat all the odds to win their state championship. After a crushing defeat ended their prior season, everyone counted the Abilene Eagles out of title contention. Facing doubts and personal challenges both on and off the field, it will take the guidance of their team chaplain (Gibson) and a surrogate father figure (Fishburne) for them to realize what they can achieve when they stand united as a team.

RLJE Films, an independent distributor owned by AMC Networks,Aug. 3 releases the horror film Lucky on DVD and digitally. It was originally produced for Shudder, AMC’s premium streaming service for horror and thriller films. Lucky tells the story of May (Grant), a popular self-help book author, who finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night without fail, he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice. With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life. The cast also includes Dhruv Uday Singh (Good Trouble), Kausar Mohammed (What Men Want), Hunter C. Smith (Alien Expedition), and Kristina Klebe (Hellboy).

RLJE Films Aug. 3 also releases Shudder horror film Seance on Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation, The Divergent Series: Insurgent), Madisen Beaty (Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Ella-Rae Smith (“Into the Badlands,” Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Seance follows the story of a new student at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls named Camille Meadows. Soon after her arrival, she is invited by six other girls to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts the school halls. When morning comes around, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they might have awakened.

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Aug. 3 sees the release of The Daimajin Trilogy from Arrow Video. This limited edition Blu-ray Disc set includes all three films in the “Daiei” series — Daimajin, Return of Daimajin, and Wrath Of Daimajin. The series takes the Golem legend and places it in 16th century Japan. The films have frequently been overlooked, but fans of the films have frequently placed them among the best the kaiju genre has to offer, praising the outstanding special effects. The set includes a 100-page book featuring essays by Jonathan Clements, Keith Aiken, Ed Godziszewski, Raffael Coronelli, Erik Homenick, Robin Gatto, and Kevin Derendorf.

Small Town Monsters — On the Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky becomes available on a number of digital platforms Aug. 3 from 1091 Pictures. Cryptid documentarian Seth Breedlove and paranormal researcher Shannon LeGro continue their search for the truth behind the enigma of unidentified flying objects in the latest “Small Town Monsters” release. Dark Sky explores the UFO topic from the point of view of LeGro, a podcast host and author, and focuses more heavily on eyewitness accounts than typical alien fare. “This project excited us because we were able to look into reports from real people in real places that still connect what they’re seeing to what is being talked about in the mainstream media today,” Breedlove said in a statement. “Particularly, this idea of why these objects or lights in the sky might actually be here on earth and how they might be closer connected to us than we think.”

 The Swedish disaster-thriller The Unthinkable becomes available on DVD and VOD from Magnolia Pictures under the Magnet Label. The debut feature from director Victor Danell, the film films Sweden in a state of emergency following the bombing of a major bridge in Stockholm. Before anyone realizes what’s behind the collapse, a series of unexplained attacks take place around the country.

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

Lionsgate Sets ‘The Gateway’ for September Home Release

Lionsgate will release the crime-thriller The Gateway in select theaters, VOD and for digital purchase Sept. 3, followed by a Blu-ray Disc and DVD release Sept. 7.

The cast includes Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn, Taryn Manning, Mark Boone Junior, Taegen Burns, Frank Grillo and Bruce Dern.

Whigham is Parker, a down-on-his-luck social worker who finds himself in over his head when he tries to protect his client from her recently paroled husband.

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‘Walker’ First Season Heads to DVD Oct. 26

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will 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.

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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).