Fox Finds ‘Bernadette’ on Home Video in November

The comedy Where’d You Go, Bernadette will be available through digital retailers Nov. 19, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 26, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Based on the bestseller by Maria Semple, the film stars Cate Blanchett as Bernadette Fox, a loving wife and mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette’s leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

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Directed by Richard Linklater, the film earned $9.2 million at the domestic box office.

Bonus material includes a gallery and the featurettes “Bringing Bernadette to Life” and “Who Is Bernadette?”

‘Edie’ Due on DVD and VOD Dec. 3

Music Box Films will release the inspirational film Edie on DVD and VOD Dec. 3.

Directed by Simon Hunter, the drama earned $55,202 in limited theatrical release.

Following the death of her husband, Edie (Sheila Hancock) breaks free from years of his control and rebels against her daughter’s wish for her to move into assisted living by embarking on an adventure she and her father had always longed for: a trip to the Scottish Highlands to climb the world famous Mt. Suilven. Along the way, she hires young camping shop owner Jonny to be her guide. Despite the generational differences, Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) encourages Edie to fulfill her dream.

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The film is being supported and promoted nationally by AARP and The Red Hat Society

‘Toy Story 4’ Enters Disc Sales Charts at No. 1

Disney’s Toy Story 4 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 unit chart the week ended Oct. 12.

The latest sequel from Pixar Animation Studios earned $433.6 million at the domestic box office.

Slipping to No. 2 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home, the Marvel superhero movie that had debuted a week earlier in the top spot. It sold 28% as many copies in its second week as Toy Story 4 did in its first.

No. 3 on the overall sales chart (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart) was perennial Halloween-season favorite Hocus Pocus, the 1993 film about a family of witches.

The newly arrived Annabelle Comes Home, from Warner, debuted at No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. The latest installment of the “Conjuring” horror franchise earned $74 million at U.S. theaters.

Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin dropped a spot to No. 5 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, which was No. 6 on the overall sales chart.

Other new releases to bow in the top 10 include Lionsgate’s Midsommar at No. 10 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart, while HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie, a follow-up to the TV show that ended in 2006, landed at No. 13 overall and No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 82% of first-week Toy Story 4 unit sales — not too surprising, as the DVD-only version was available only in limited supplies at a few major retailers. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition accounted for 9% of Toy Story 4‘s first-week total.

Blu-ray comprised 48% of sales for Annabelle Comes Home, 73% for Midsommar and 43% for Deadwood.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 13, Spider-Man: Far From Home held onto the top spot for a second week, with Toy Story 4 debuting at No. 2 (Redbox doesn’t have a distribution deal with Disney and thus takes longer to stock its kiosks with the studio’s fare).

Annabelle Comes Home bowed as the No. 3 rental, with the Aladdin remake at No. 4 and John Wick: Chapter 3 at No. 5.

Midsommar debuted as the No. 8 rental.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 10-12-19
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 10-13-19
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 10-12-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 10-12-19

 

Criterion’s January 2020 Slate Includes ‘Fail Safe’

The list of Criterion Collection Blu-ray and DVD releases for January 2020 includes Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother, George Cukor’s romantic comedy Holiday, Jean-Luc Godard’s Le petit soldat, Sidney Lumet’s nuclear-war thriller Fail Safe, and a Blu-ray edition of Lumet’s Tennessee Williams adaptation The Fugitive Kind.

Arriving Jan. 7 on DVD and Blu-ray is 1938’s Holiday, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. The special edition includes a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras include Holiday (1930), a previous adaptation of Philip Barry’s play, directed by Edward H. Griffith; a new conversation between filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and film critic Michael Sragow; audio excerpts from an American Film Institute oral history with director George Cukor, recorded in 1970 and ’71; a costume gallery; plus an essay by critic Dana Stevens.

Due Jan. 14 is 1960’s The Fugitive Kind, bringing together four Oscar-winning actors: Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward and Maureen Stapleton. The Blu-ray includes a high-definition digital restoration, approved by Lumet, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras include an interview from 2009 with Lumet; Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long 1958 television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet and starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant, among others; a program from 2010 discussing Williams’s work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind; plus an essay by film critic David Thomson.

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Arriving Jan. 21 on DVD and Blu-ray is 1963’s Le petit soldat, Godard’s examination of the use of torture in the Algerian War. The special edition includes a high-definition digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray, and a new English subtitle translation. Extras include an interview with Godard from 1965; an interview with actor Michel Subor from 1963; an audio interview with Godard from 1961; plus an essay by critic Nicholas Elliott.

All About My Mother, from 1999, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 28 with a new 2K digital restoration supervised by executive producer Agustín Almodóvar and approved by the director, with a new English subtitle translation, and 5.1 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras include a 52-minute documentary from 2012 on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar; actors Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Cecilia Roth and Antonia San Juan; production manager Esther García; and author Didier Eribon. Other extras include a television program from 1999 featuring Pedro Almodóvar and his mother, Francisca Caballero, along with Cruz, San Juan, Paredes and Roth; a 48-minute post-screening Q&A in Madrid from 2019, featuring the Almodóvars and Paredes; plus an essay by film scholar Emma Wilson. The Blu-ray will include an interview with Pedro Almodóvar and a tribute he wrote to his mother, both from 1999.

Also due on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 28 is 1964’s Fail Safe, starring Henry Fonda as the U.S. president and Walter Matthau as a trigger-happy political theorist. The special edition includes a new 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras include an audio commentary from 2000 featuring director Sidney Lumet; a new interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films; “Fail Safe Revisited”, a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein and actor Dan O’Herlihy; plus an essay by critic Bilge Ebiri.

Paramount Releasing ‘Official Secrets’ in November

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the thriller Official Secrets digitally Nov. 5, and on DVD (with digital copy) Nov. 26.

Keira Knightley stars in the true story of British intelligence specialist turned whistleblower Katharine Gun, who in 2003 received a memo with a directive to collect blackmail-worthy information on UN council members to force the vote for the invasion of Iraq, and decides to leak the memo to the press, igniting an international firestorm.

The cast also includes Matt Smith as Martin Bright, the journalist who broke the story; Matthew Goode as one of Bright’s colleagues; and Ralph Fiennes and Gun’s lawyer.

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Directed by Gavin Hood, the film earned $1.9 million at the U.S. box office.

The digital copy included with the DVD presents the film in high-definition.

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Stays No. 1 on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

The superhero film Spider-Man: Far From Home, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, held onto the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Oct. 13.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Disney’s Toy Story 4, the latest sequel from Pixar Animation Studios, debuted at No. 2 on the disc rental chart.

Another newcomer, Warner’s horror sequel Annabelle Comes Home, was No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin dropped to No. 4 on the disc rental chart.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, slipped to No. 5 on the rental chart and No. 4 on the On Demand chart.

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The No. 3 On Demand title was Lionsgate’s Midsommar, which was the No. 8 disc rental.

Universal’s Yesterday grabbed No. 5 on the On Demand chart and was the No. 10 disc rental.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 13:

  1. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  2. Toy Story 4 — Disney
  3. Annabelle Comes Home — Warner
  4. Aladdin (2019) — Disney
  5. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  6. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox
  7. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  8. Midsommar — Lionsgate
  9. Anna — Lionsgate
  10. Yesterday — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 13:

  1. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  2. Annabelle Comes Home — Warner
  3. Midsommar — Lionsgate
  4. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  5. Yesterday — Universal
  6. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox
  7. Ma — Universal
  8. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  9. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  10. The Hustle — MGM

 

Merchandising: Best Buy Offers ‘Hellboy’ Steelbook

Best Buy Oct. 15 offered a Steelbook edition of Sony Pictures’ new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the 2004 Hellboy movie.

Otherwise, a slow week for new releases didn’t yield much in the way of retailer promotions.

Target offered a number of Halloween-themed titles for sale on disc, such as Disney’s Hocus Pocus on DVD for $5 and Blu-ray for $10; The Nightmare Before Christmas Blu-ray for $10; DVDs of the first two “Hotel Transylvania” movies for $4 each and the DVD of the third movie for $10; and Paramount’s DVD double feature of The Addams Family and Addams Family Values for $5.

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‘Stranger Things’ Spends 16th Week Atop Parrot Analytics’ TV Demand Charts

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on not only Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Oct. 12, but also the data firm’s overall list of TV series from any platform, including broadcast and cable, for the 16th straight week.

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.

For the week, “Stranger Things” registered 93.4 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was down 20% in expressions compared with the previous week.

The show has done a number of things to stay in the spotlight since the July premiere of its third season, from extensive merchandising to Netflix signing its creators and some of its stars to new development deals.  Oct. 12 cast member David Harbour even hosted “Saturday Night Live,” which placed third on Parrot’s demand expressions rankings for all TV shows.

DC Universe’s “Titans” held onto the No. 2 spot on the digital originals chart, with expressions up 0.72% to 52.2 million. The show is in the midst of its second season.

Jumping up to No. 3 on the digital originals chart was Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” up from No. 26 the previous week. It doubled expressions to 16.8 million to 33.6 million after the Oct. 4 release of its third season.

Netflix’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” dropped a spot to No. 4, with expressions down 5% to 32 million.

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys” slipped to No. 5, though expressions rose 0.5% to 30.7 million.

CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” returned to the top 10, hitting No. 9 from No. 17 the previous week. Its demand expressions were up 17.3% to 23 million after a trailer for its third season debuted at New York Comic Con.

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The Demand Expressions 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.

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.

‘Aladdin’ Rides Magic Carpet to Top of September Sales Chart

Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for September 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The musical fantasy was released on disc Sept. 10.

Lionsgate’s action-sequel John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, also released on disc Sept. 10, was the No. 2 seller for the month.

Sony Pictures’ Men in Black: International, released early in the month on Sept. 3, took No. 3 on the chart.

The superhero movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix, from 20th Century Fox, was No. 4 during the month.

Disney’s Avengers: Endgame, the previous month’s top title, dropped to No. 5 for the month.

Disney’s 1992 animated version of Aladdin jumped back onto the chart at No. 8 thanks to a new “Signature Collection” Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition released Sept. 10 to coincide with the new version.

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The list of the year’s top 10 disc sellers was unchanged from the previous month, with Avengers: Endgame maintaining its position as the top seller of 2019 so far.

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

  1. Aladdin (2019) (Disney)
  2. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum (Lionsgate)
  3. Men in Black: International (Sony Pictures)
  4. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Fox)
  5. Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Marvel)
  6. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Universal)
  7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  8. Aladdin: Signature Collection (Disney)
  9. Rocketman (Paramount)
  10. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through September 2019):

  1. Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Marvel)
  2. Aquaman (Warner)
  3. Captain Marvel (Disney/Marvel)
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  5. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  6. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  8. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  9. Bumblebee (Paramount)
  10. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)

 

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Jumps to Top Seller of 2019 After Dominating August Sales

 

‘Hustlers’ Dancing to Digital Nov. 26, Disc Dec. 10 From Universal

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the drama Hustlers through digital retailers Nov. 26, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 10.

Inspired by the true story of a crew of former strip club employees who turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Constance Wu stars as a young stripper struggling to make ends meet until she learns the ropes from the club’s top earner (Jennifer Lopez). When the 2008 economic collapse hits their clientele hard, they concoct a plan with their fellow strippers to turn the tables on these greedy power players.

The cast also includes Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Cardi B.

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The film earned $93.6 million at the domestic box office.

Disc editions of the film will include a commentary with director Lorene Scafaria.