’80 for Brady’ Available on Paramount+ April 4

Paramount+ March 31 announced that the football-themed comedy 80 for Brady will be available to stream on the service beginning Tuesday, April 4, in the United States and Canada. International availability will be announced at a later date.

Academy Award nominee Lily Tomlin and winners Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field star in the comedy inspired by a true story about four lifelong friends who set out on a journey to see Tom Brady play in Super Bowl LI, in which he led one of sports greatest comebacks as the New England Patriots won after being down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons.

Brady appears as himself in the film, alongside a supporting cast that includes Billy Porter, Rob Corddry, Alex Moffat, Guy Fieri, Harry Hamlin, Bob Balaban, Glynn Turman, Sara Gilbert, Jimmy O. Yang, Ron Funches and Matt Lauria.

The film earned $39.3 million at the domestic box office and has been available through digital retailers and PVOD since March 7.

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‘M3GAN’ Tops Overall Disc Sales; ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Remains Top Blu-ray

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s M3GAN took over the No. 1 spot on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended March 25.

However, on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the thriller, which earned $95 million at the domestic box office, debuted at No. 2. The film follows a robotic doll whose bond with an orphaned girl has unintended consequences.

The No. 1 Blu-ray Disc seller for a second week was Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which was No. 5 on the overall disc chart. In the latest “Dragon Ball” movie from the anime franchise, Piccolo and Gohan must save the world from androids created to carry on the mission of the recently destroyed Red Ribbon Army. It earned $38.1 million at the domestic box office.

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The No. 2 overall disc seller was Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks-starrer A Man Called Otto. It was No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Another newcomer, Trinity’s faith-based thriller Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc chart, and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 4 overall, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, was another newcomer, Paramount’s Star Trek: Strange New Worlds — Season One, the 10-episode collection from the “Star Trek” prequel series.

On the Blu-ray Disc chart, No. 4 was Paramount’s Babylon, the three-hour comedic drama about hedonistic Hollywood in the 1920s. It was No. 6 on the overall disc sellers chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was the 1981 fantasy film Dragonslayer, recently released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Paramount. It was No. 8 on the overall disc chart, but No. 1 on the 4K Ultra HD chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 51% of M3GAN first-week unit sales, 23% for Left Behind and 58% for Strange New Worlds. Babylon, which was also released on 4K disc, had 65% of its unit sales come from Blu-ray, with 29% from 4K disc and 36% from regular Blu-ray.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 26 also had M3GAN in the top spot, with A Man Called Otto at No. 2.

Screen Media’s The Ritual Killer was No. 3, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish was No. 4, and Lionsgate’s The Whale was No. 5.

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Merchandising: Walmart Taking ‘John Wick 4’ Preorders

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 just opened in theaters March 24, and Walmart is already taking preorders for two home video versions of the Keanu Reeves action sequel.

One is a Steelbook with removable slipcover for the Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo pack for $24.96.

The other is a gift set for the 4K Ultra HD combo pack for $39.96. The set includes the movie on both 4K and regular Blu-ray, a digital copy code, a specialty marquee pin, double-sided collector cards, a custom map of Paris, a hotel key card, a Comic-Con poster, and a themed folder from the Osaka Continental Hotel. The outer slipcase uses the same artwork as the Blu-ray Steelbook.

Walmart’s 4K gift set for ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’

For the week of March 28, there wasn’t much in the way of exclusives for the weeks’ new releases. Target ran a sale for 20% off Easter titles, while Best Buy offered 40% off select titles.

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‘Venture Bros.’ Complete Series DVD Due June 20

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment June 20 will release The Venture Bros. — The Complete Series on DVD and digitally June 20.

The set includes all 82 episodes from the seven-season run of the Adult Swim series that originally ran from 2004 to 2018.

The series chronicles the lives and adventures of the Venture family, and features the voice talents of James Urbaniak as Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture, Christopher McCulloch as Hank, Michael Sinterniklaas as Dean Venture, Patrick Warburton as Brock Samson, and Paul Boocock as Dr. Venture’s deceased father, Dr. Jonas.

The series was created by Chris McCulloch and Doc Hammer for Adult Swim’s late night programming block.

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Paramount+ Renews ‘Star Trek’ Series, Sets ‘Strange New Worlds’ Season 2 for June 15

The Paramount+ streaming service announced that new seasons of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” and “Star Trek: Lower Decks” will premiere globally this summer.

The second season of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” will debut Thursday, June 15 on Paramount+ in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The season will consist of 10 episodes, with new episodes debuting weekly on subsequent Thursdays. The series stars Anson Mount as Capt. Pike and focuses on the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise a decade before Capt. Kirk. The show has also been renewed for a 10-episode third season.

Season four of the animated comedy “Star Trek: Lower Decks” will premiere in late summer, and has been renewed for a 10-episode fifth season.

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Season two of “Strange New Worlds” will include the previously announced crossover episode with “Lower Decks” featuring both live action and animation, with “Lower Decks” stars Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid joining the Enterprise. The episode was directed by “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Jonathan Frakes.

In addition, the animated series “Star Trek: Prodigy,” a co-production with Nickelodeon aimed at younger viewers, will return for a second season this winter.

As previously reported, the fifth and final season of “Star Trek: Discovery” will premiere in early 2024. The finale of “Star Trek: Picard” will be available April 20.

New ‘Batman’ Movie Embraces Lovecraftian Horror

For its latest DC Universe movie, Warner Bros. Animation turned to an early 2000s comic book storyline that reimagines Batman fighting monsters in the 1920s.

Originally published from 2000 to 2001, Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham by “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola was branded as an Elseworlds tale, a label that cast familiar characters in different settings. The Doom That Came to Gotham was heavily influenced by the Cthulhu stories of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft (the title itself comes from Lovecraft’s short story The Doom That Came to Sarnath.)

The story finds Bruce Wayne as an international explorer who accidentally unleashes an ancient evil, leading him to return to Gotham City to take up the mantle of Batman to protect the city from supernatural forces connected to his family’s secret history. The story presents reimagined versions of several Batman allies and enemies, including Robin, Green Arrow, Gordon, Two-Face, Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc and Ra’s al Ghul.

For the movie version, the filmmakers confronted the challenge of adapting the dense gothic horror of the narrative for mainstream audiences.

“It just seemed like a natural fit … Batman and Lovecraft,” screenwriter Jace Ricci said during a WonderCon 2023 press event March 24 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. “The original really did Lovecraft solid. It had this byzantine complex narrative going on in the background in terms of the mythology of rage and all that stuff, and that was really hard to translate. It had all these different monsters, the different versions of the rogue’s gallery in there.”

Of particular concern for the studio was that the movie had to be rated ‘PG-13.’

“I think when I first pitched the potential of doing it, for some reason I thought they were going to allow us to do an ‘R’-rated version of it. But when we started building it they kept telling me I had to make it ‘PG-13,’” said co-director Sam Liu. “There were things on the board I kind of felt would have been great … but we had to take it out.”

Killer Croc in ‘Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham’

Liu said the final version is still a good representation of the gothic horror from the original story.

“The range is all over the place.” Liu said. “Some people are going to get freaked out by it, and some people are just going to be like, ‘whatever’ … so it’s hard to gauge for everybody. … Some people are just super desensitized, and I think for some people it’s new and fresh to them.”

Liu said he was a fan of horror stories growing up, which made adapting Doom That Came to Gotham an attractive prospect to him.

“I think good gothic horror is a parallel of humanity within it, like the monsters are just people that are like don’t fit into society,” Liu said. “I think there’s an amplified version of Bruce Wayne’s journey as Batman. … There’s just a lot of things about this, I wish we had more screen time. There’s just a lot of interesting concepts in it … outside of the gore.”

For the cast, the darker elements of the story only made it easier to find the humanity in the characters.

“It almost made it easier to offer levity and to offer empathy,” said Tati Gabrielle, who voices the character of Kai Li Cain, a reimagined version of Cassandra Cain, one of Batman’s sidekicks in the regular comics. “It’s not as hard to find when there’s so much doom and gloom lurking. I’m very good and finding the nugget of the glimpse of light that’s there.”

Oliver Queen throws a party in ‘Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham’

One of the standout characters in the film is the new version of Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, who is presented as an eccentric millionaire haunted by the need to atone for his family’s sins.

“We made pretty big choices when we were recording his dialogue with the singing and how drunk he was and we really went for it,” said voice actor Christopher Gorham, who plays Queen. “I think the character design really came in and supported those choices, which I was very happy with.”

Co-director Christopher Berkeley said he wasn’t sure how the movie version would come together, but came to appreciate the effort in making it.

“The horror aspect just made it much more interesting to work on, especially just trying to build toward a finale,” Berkeley said. “It made it a much more sort of pleasurable filmmaking experience because I’m building toward this, and I have to resolve it into that. It was very fun.”

Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham was released on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and through digital retailers March 28 by Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

Promoting the ‘Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham’ animated movie March 24 at WonderCon 2023 were (L-R): co-director Christopher Berkeley, actress Tati Gabrielle, co-director Sam Liu, actors David Dastmalchian and Christopher Gorham, and screenwriter Jase Ricci.

‘M3GAN’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘The Whale’ Tops Digital Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s M3GAN took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended March 26. The thriller, which earned $95 million at the domestic box office, follows a robotic doll whose bond with an orphaned girl has unintended consequences.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, the unrated cut of M3GAN was No. 3, while the theatrical cut was No. 9.

The No. 1 Redbox On Demand title for a second week was A24’s Oscar-winning drama The Whale, which stars Brendan Fraser as a reclusive overweight English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his daughter. The film won two Oscars — Best Actor for Fraser, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It was No. 5 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks. The film is distributed on disc by Lionsgate.

The previous week’s top rental, Sony Pictures’ A Man Called Otto slid to No. 2 on the disc chart and remained No. 2 on the digital chart.

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No. 3 on the disc rental chart was Screen Media’s The Ritual Killer, a thriller starring Cole Hauser as a detective who seeks advice from a professor (Morgan Freeman) to decode the ritualistic killings of a murderer. It was No. 7 on the digital chart.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, dropped to No. 4 on the Redbox disc rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart. The sequel from DreamWorks Animation finds the feline swashbuckler seeking a magical wishing star in order to restore his nine lives.

The No. 4 digital title was Universal’s Cocaine Bear, the comedic thriller about a bear in the 1980s that comes across a stash of cocaine in the woods, gets addicted and goes on a rampage. It is now available for PVOD viewing.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 26:

  1. M3GAN — Universal
  2. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  3. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  4. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  5. The Whale — Lionsgate
  6. Babylon — Paramount
  7. Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist — Trinity
  8. Devotion — Paramount
  9. Everything Everywhere All at Once — Lionsgate
  10. The Old Way — Lionsgate


Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 26:

  1. The Whale — A24
  2. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  3. M3GAN (Unrated) — Universal
  4. Cocaine Bear — Universal
  5. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  6. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  7. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  8. Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist — Trinity
  9. M3GAN — Universal
  10. Supercell — Sony Pictures


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March 28 New Releases Include ‘Avatar 2’ Digitally; ‘Missing,’ ‘Plane,’ ‘Batman,’ ‘All Quiet’ on Disc

March 28 sees the arrival of Avatar: The Way of Water for home viewing through digital retailers, while new Blu-ray and DVD releases include Plane, Missing, Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham and Oscar winner All Quiet on the Western Front.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ March 28 releases director James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water for digital purchase. The belated sequel to 2009’s original Avatar is the third-highest-grossing movie of all time, earning more than $2.31 billion worldwide ($680.4 million domestic) and receiving four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The film’s digital release offers 4K Ultra HD quality and immersive Dolby Atmos audio. The release includes three hours of never-before-seen bonus content featuring the filmmakers, cast and crew. Avatar: The Way of Water returns to the world of Pandora more than a decade after the events of the first film. The sequel launches the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure. Audiences also are introduced to new Na’vi cultures and a range of exotic sea creatures that populate the majestic oceans. Produced by Cameron and his longtime partner Jon Landau, the Lightstorm Entertainment production stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet. New cast members include Britain Dalton, Jamie Flatters, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Bailey Bass and Jack Champion. A DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date has not yet been announced.

MPI Media Group releases the acclaimed Netflix movie remake All Quiet on the Western Front in a two-disc, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc “mediabook” on March 28. The German film, a new adaptation of the World War I novel of the same name, won four Oscars, for Best International Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Original Score for Volker Bertelmann. The 4K UHD features the original German audio (with English subtitles) in Dolby Atmos audio of the original and 4K Dolby Vision image. The mediabook packaging comes with a 24-page booklet that includes a conversation with director Edward Berger and an interview with historian and professor Daniel Schönpflug on the historical background of All Quiet On The Western Front. All Quiet On The Western Front tells the poignant story of a young German soldier on the Western Front during World War I. Based on the 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front was made into a movie the following year. It was later remade by ITC Entertainment as a television movie in 1979.

The action thriller Plane arrives on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD, and on demand March 28 from Lionsgate. From director Jean-François Richet (Blood Father, Assault on Precinct 13, Mesrine), Plane stars Gerard Butler (300, Law Abiding Citizen, The Phantom of the Opera), Mike Colter (TV’s “Luke Cage,” Men in Black 3, TV’s “Jessica Jones”), Yoson An (Mulan, Mortal Engines, TV’s “Creamerie”), Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Dominion, TV’s “The Vampire Diaries,” “Cowboy Bebop”), and Paul Ben-Victor (The Irishman, Get Hard, TV’s “True Detective”) and Tony Goldwyn (Ghost, The Last Samurai, TV’s “Scandal”). In the film, pilot Brodie Torrance (Butler) saves his passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island — only to find that surviving the landing was just the beginning. When most of the passengers are taken hostage by dangerous rebels, the only person Torrance can count on for help is Louis Gaspare (Colter), an accused murderer who was being transported by the FBI. In order to rescue the passengers, Torrance will need Gaspare’s help, and will learn there’s more to Gaspare than meets the eye.

The mystery thriller Missing will be released on Blu-ray and DVD March 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. From the minds behind Searching comes Missing, a mystery about how well we know those closest to us. In the film, when her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s (Storm Reid) search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her before it’s too late. But as she digs deeper, her digital sleuthing raises more questions than answers. When June unravels secrets about her mom, she discovers that she never really knew her at all.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment releases the animated movie Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham through digital retailers and on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD March 28.The DC Elseworlds tale is set in the 1920s and puts Batman up against Lovecraftian supernatural forces threatening the sheer existence of Gotham City as he’s aided and confronted along the way by reimagined versions of his well-known allies and enemies, including Green Arrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc, Two-Face and James Gordon.  David Giuntoli reprises his Batman: Soul of the Dragon role as the voice of the Dark Knight, while Tati Gabrielle makes her DC animated debut as Kai Li Cain, Batman’s closest ally. The cast also includes Christopher Gorham as Oliver Queen, Patrick Fabian as Harvey Dent, John DiMaggio as James Gordon, David Dastmalchian as Grendon, Gideon Adlon as Oracle, Karan Brar as Sanjay “Jay” Tawde, Jeffrey Combs as Kirk Langstrom, Darin De Paul as Thomas Wayne, Brian George as Alfred, Jason Marsden as Dick Grayson and Young Bruce Wayne, Navid Negahban as Ra’s al Ghul, Emily O’Brien as Talia al Ghul and Martha Wayne, Tim Russ as Lucius Fox, William Salyers as Cobbelpot and Professor Manfurd, and Matthew Waterson as Jason Blood/Etrigan. The film is inspired by an early 2000s DC comic book storyline by Mike Mignola, Richard Pace and Troy Nixey.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama The Son on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digitally March 28. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath and Anthony Hopkins. The drama follows a family as it struggles to reunite after falling apart. It centers on Peter (Jackman), whose hectic life with his infant and new partner Beth (Kirby) is upended when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) appears with their son Nicholas (McGrath), who is now a teenager. The young man has been missing from school for months and is troubled, distant and angry. Peter strives to take care of Nicholas as he would have liked his own father to have taken care of him while juggling work, his and Beth’s new son, and the offer of his dream position in Washington. However, by reaching for the past to correct its mistakes, he loses sight of how to hold onto the Nicholas in the present.

The Chinese fantasy action-adventure Code of the Assassins will be available digitally, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 28 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed by Daniel Lee (Dragon Blade, 14 Blades, The Climbers), Code of the Assassins stars William Feng (Wolf Totem, White Vengeance), Jun Hu (Red Cliff, Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils), Gina Jin (Wuxin: The Monster Killer, Hope All Is Well), Qingxiang Wang (The Grandmaster, Red Cliff), Ray Lui (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Flash Point, Raging Fire) and Jack Kao (A Place of One’s Own, Witness). The film follows a young assassin, trained by an elite organization, who receives his first mission, only to find himself tangled in a covert political intrigue. He is ensnared in an intricate plot laid by powerful people pulling strings from the shadows. Upon failing to complete the assignment, he is forced to go on the run — from the government and rival assassin groups alike — as he seeks to unmask the players behind the conspiracy.

The action thriller The Weapon will be available on DVD March 28 from Lionsgate. The film stars Tony Schiena, AnnaLynne McCord (TV’s “Power Book III: Raising Kanan”), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Jack Kesy (Deadpool 2, TV’s “Claws”), Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (TV’s “American Crime Story,” Jerry Maguire) and Oscar nominee Bruce Dern. Schiena is Dallas, a one-man killing machine on a mysterious rampage. His attacks on biker gangs and meth labs anger the Vegas mob boss who’s holding Dallas’s girlfriend hostage. But who is Dallas working for? Even torture won’t make him talk — and he won’t stop until justice is served.

Crunchyroll March 28 releases a limited-edition Blu-ray boxed set for Attack on Titan — Final Season Part 2, which includes a 24-page art Digibook, art cards that highlight key moments from the anime, and exclusive enamel pins of the various titans. A standard-edition Blu-ray also is available, with both releases containing special features including a 43-minute virtual panel with ADR Director Mike McFarland and English voice actors Lindsay Seidel (Gabi Braun), Bryson Baugus (Falco Grice), Trina Nishimura (Mikasa Ackerman), Bryce Papenbrook (Eren Jaeger), and Josh Grelle (Armin Arlert) with moderation by Colleen Clinkenbeard; the Attack on Titan Chibi Theater 1 and 2; behind the scenes footage from the production; and more. The war for Paradis zeroes in on Shiganshina just as Jaegerists have seized control. After taking a huge blow from a surprise attack led by Eren, Marley swiftly acts to return the favor. With Zeke’s true plan revealed and a military forced under new rule, this battle might be fought on two fronts. Does Eren intend on fulfilling his half-brother’s wishes or does he have a plan of his own?

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The complete series set of “Dawson’s Creek” will be released on DVD and, for the first time, on Blu-ray Disc March 28 from Distribution Solutions. Kevin Williamson (Scream, “The Vampire Diaries”) created the drama, which ran from 1993 to 2003 and chronicles a group of young friends’ passage from adolescence to young adulthood in the small coastal town of Capeside, Mass. Based on Williamson’s own experiences growing up, “Dawson’s Creek” focuses on teenagers Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes), who have been friends since they were five and are trying to cope with the way their friendship is changing now that their hormones are raging. Added to the mix are their friend Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and the new girl in town Jen (Michelle Williams).  The first-ever Blu-ray boxed set includes more than seven hours of new bonus features, including Entertainment Weekly’s “20th Anniversary Reunion Show”; new interviews and crew featurettes; audio commentaries on select episodes; a retrospective featurette; and alternate scenes and ending to the original pilot presentation. 

The 1981 Australian World War II action film Attack Force Z, starring Mel Gibson, will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 28 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films. In one of his earliest film roles, Gibson stars with Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and John Phillip Law (Danger, Diabolik) in the true story of Z Special Force, WWII’s top-secret Pacific commando unit. In the film, when an American fighter jet crashes on an island held by the Japanese, a five-man Z Force assault team launches a daring mission of courage, carnage and desperate jungle warfare to rescue the survivors. Chris Haywood (Razorback), John Waters (Breaker Morant) and Sylvia Chang (“Mad Mission” series) co-star in the complete version of this 1981 Australia/Taiwan co-production directed by Ozploitation veteran Tim Burstall (Alvin Purple), written by Roger Marshall (And Now the Screaming Starts) and edited by David Stiven (The Road Warrior), scanned in 2K from the original negative at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

The 1995 cult comedy Party Girl, starring Parker Posey, will be released on DVD and limited-edition Blu-ray Disc March 28 from Fun City Editions and MVD Entertainment Group. In the film, Mary (Posey, Dazed and Confused, The House of Yes), a fast-talking, under-employed New York free spirit, is jailed for throwing an illegal house party. She cajoles her librarian godmother (Sasha von Scherler, Network) into bailing her out and giving her a job as a clerk at the public library. What follows is Mary’s screwball-like journey from a life of late nights and hangovers to romance with a falafel vendor (Omar Townsend) and a potential long-term career as a librarian. Director Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s Party Girl, set amidst the thriving and vibrant club culture of ’90s Lower Manhattan, also stars Guillermo Diaz (“Scandal”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”), Donna Mitchell (The Ice Storm) and Anthony DeSando (Kiss Me, Guido). In addition to its quotable screenplay by von Scherler Mayer and Harry Birckmayer, Party Girl is noted for its soundtrack, which includes Tom Tom Club, Run-DMC, Deee-lite, Carl Craig and Ultra-Naté, as well as Mary’s wardrobe, which includes pieces by Vivienne Westwood, Todd Oldham, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel. Previously only available in aged standard-definition masters, Party Girl has now been restored in 4K from its original 16mm camera negative.

The 1973 Dario Argento-directed drama The Five Days will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc March 28 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films. Set during the 1848 five-day siege of Milan by the Austrian army, the film follows a cynical thief (pop star Adriano Celentano) who teams with a naïve young baker (Enzo Cerusico of The Dead Are Alive!) to survive the brutality and absurdity of the Italian Revolution. Marilù Tolo (The Scorpion With Two Tales), Glauco Onorato (Black Sabbath) and Salvatore Baccaro (The Beast in Heat) co-star in this dark action-comedy that reflected turbulent ’70s Italy and Argento’s own politics, from a story co-written by Enzo Ungari (The Last Emperor) and Luigi Cozzi (Paganini Horror) with a score by Giorgio Gaslini (Deep Red), now scanned in 4K from the original negative with more than four and a half hours of new special features.

Kino Lorber March 28 releases the fourth and final season of the classic 1960s BBC television series “Maigret” on Blu-ray Disc and digital platforms Kino Now, Amazon and iTunes. The four-disc Blu-ray Disc edition, which carries a suggested retail price of $49.95, includes all 13 episodes of the series’ fourth season, in which Maigret reckons with “The Fontenay Murders,” “The Crime at Lock 14,” and various other vexing cases. Like previous seasons, season four has been remastered in high-definition from original film elements and is featured in its original full-screen TV format. Bonus features include the feature-length movie Maigret at Bay, released in 1969 as part of the BBC Play of the Month series; a restoration featurette, “The State of Maigret”; and a trailer. The “Maigret” series is considered the definitive adaptation of Georges Simenon’s famous novels. The BBC television production stars Rupert Davies as Commissaire Jules Maigret, the dogged French detective. Though Simenon’s books have been adapted many times, Davies’s celebrated, BAFTA-winning portrayal won the approval of Simenon himself, who stated: “At last, I have found the perfect Maigret!” “Maigret” was rebooted in 1992 and again in 2016. Most recently, the French film Maigret was released in 2022, with Gerard Depardieu as the fictional detective.

Mill Creek Entertainment will release two comedy double features from Comedy Dynamics — Jim Gaffigan Stand-Up Spotlight and Mike Birbiglia Stand-Up Spotlight — on DVD March 28. Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is also known for the children’s films Luca and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and makes regular guest appearances on the TV shows “Rick and Morty” and “Bob’s Burgers.” Included in the double feature are the comedy specials “Noble Ape” and “Quality Time.” “Noble Ape” is his sixth hour-long comedy special, in which Gaffigan steers away from the conventional as he faced a medical crisis that hit his family. “Quality Time” is  his seventh comedy special, in which he doesn’t understand why we aren’t more honest about the reasons we don’t want to attend events and at the same time embraces lying to kids.

Birbiglia is an award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, storyteller, director, producer and writer. He has appeared in the TV shows “Orange Is the New Black,” ‘Broad City,” “Billions” and “Inside Amy Schumer,” and recently appeared in Taylor Swift’s 2022 “Anti-Hero” music video. The longtime comedian has been nominated for numerous comedy and film awards, winning at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Sundance Film Festival and Nantucket Film Festival. The stand-up specials on the DVD include “What I Should Have Said Was Nothing” and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.” “What I Should Have Said Was Nothing” features a selection of the unique insights and observations culled from Birbiglia’s diary. In “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” Birbiglia shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and misunderstandings.

The family adventure The Quest for Tom Sawyer’s Gold will be released via digital sellthrough and on demand March 28 from Lionsgate. The film, in the spirit of National Treasure, stars Patrick Muldoon (“Melrose Place”) and Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy) and follows a family who must use the classic book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to uncover a vast treasure trove. In the film, Antony and his two friends believe Tom Sawyer’s vast treasure is hidden nearby, so they search for it using clues from the classic novel and a series of maps. When Antony’s mom Agatha joins the search, she turns out to be a tough, smart explorer herself. But Agatha’s old rival (Muldoon) is also on the hunt.

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

‘Mandalorian’ Remains No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart for Week Ended March 24

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended March 24. As the show’s third season continues, it had a 6.5% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 71.2 times the demand of an average series. “The Mandalorian” was No. 3 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” stayed No. 2 on the digital originals chart with 60.4 times average demand. The series had a 2.1% drop in demand expressions. “Stranger Things” was No. 6 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Up a spot to No. 3 was the Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso,” which had a 9.8% rise in demand expressions to give it 52.7 times average demand as its third season continues.

Up five spots to No. 4 was Netflix’s “Shadow and Bone.” The young adult fantasy adventure had a 56.2% increase in demand expressions to give it 45.6 times average demand.

The Paramount+ series “Star Trek: Picard” remained No. 5 on the digital originals chart. Demand expressions were up 3.4%, giving it 43.7 times average demand.

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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 “South Park” with 101.1 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.


Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham


Street Date 3/28/23;
$29.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief partial nudity.
Voices of David Giuntoli, Tati Gabrielle, Christopher Gorham, Patrick Fabian, John DiMaggio, David Dastmalchian, Gideon Adlon, Karan Brar, Jeffrey Combs, Darin De Paul, Brian George, Jason Marsden, Navid Negahban, Emily O’Brien, Tim Russ, William Salyers, Matthew Waterson.

Comic book superheroes meet Lovecraftian horror in this Elseworlds tale that reimagines Batman as having to fight monsters in the late 1920s.

Based on a comic book miniseries published from 2000 to 2001 co-written by “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola, the story involves Bruce Wayne as an international explorer who accidentally unleashes an ancient evil while investigating a lot expedition in the arctic. Upon his return to Gotham City after a decades-long absence, he assumes the mantle of Batman to fight the dark forces that infest the city, uncovering a supernatural conspiracy that redefines everything he thought he knew about his family’s origins.

The premise offers a fun way to reshape the Batman mythology while allowing the filmmakers to indulge in their fascination for big scary monsters with a bold, vivid animation style. Among the most interesting elements is the re-imagining of the Green Arrow as a rich, eccentric drunk who bears the weight of his family’s sins for a centuries old pact that is tied to the evil now plaguing Gotham.

The Blu-ray includes a good commentary track with producer/co-director Sam Liu, screenwriter Jase Ricci, DC creative director Mike Carlin, and producer Jim Krieg, in which they discuss the merits and challenges of bringing this particular story to life.

There’s also a 13-minute featurette called “Batman: Shadows of Gotham” that explores the psychological overtones of the story.

Also included is the two-part “The Demon’s Quest” episode from “Batman: The Animated Series” that focuses on Ra’s al Ghul, a character with a crucial role in Doom That Came to Gotham.

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