First Season of Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ Coming to Disc June 4

The first season of the Netflix reboot of sci-fi series “Lost in Space” is coming to Blu-ray and DVD June 4 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The reimagined series finds the Robinson family among an expedition to colonize another planet when life on Earth is threatened. But when the mission is attacked by an alien entity, the families of Earth find themselves stranded on a hostile world working together to get back on course toward their destination.

The show stars Toby Stephens as John Robinson, Molly Parker as Maureen, Taylor Russell as Judy, Mina Sundwall as Penny, Max Jenkins as Will Robinson, Parker Posey as Dr. Smith, and Ignacio Serricchio as Don West.

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Lost in Space: The Complete First Season bonus materials include deleted scenes; a sizzle reel; featurettes “Bill and Max: Lost and Found in Space,” “Designing the Robot” and “Bill Mumy Visits the Jupiter 2”; and, exclusive to the Blu-ray, “No Place to Hide,” a colorized version of the unaired pilot episode from the 1965 series.

Lionsgate Bringing Racing Drama ‘Trading Paint’ to Disc May 21

Lionsgate will release the car-racing drama Trading Paint on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally May 21. The film is current available on demand.

John Travolta and Toby Sebastian star as a father and son racing duo who have a falling out after their winning streak ends. The rift grows when the son takes an offer to race for a rival team, pitting the two against each other in a high-stakes showdown.

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The cast also includes Shania Twain, Michael Madsen, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Barry Corbin, Kevin Dunn and Buck Taylor.

‘Glass’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Universal’s Glass took the top spot on both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended April 21.

The latest thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan is a sequel to both 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split, and unites the casts of those two films. Glass debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule was No. 2 on both charts.

Holmes & Watson, a sendup of the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries, dropped to No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 7 on Redbox’s digital chart.

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Warner’s Aquaman was No. 6 on the disc rental chart and No. 3 on the digital chart.

Other new releases on Redbox’s top 10 charts for the week included Lionsgate’s Replicas, which was No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart, and Fox’s The Kid Who Would Be King, the No. 8 disc rental and No. 10 digital title.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 21:

  1. Glass (New) Universal
  2. The Mule — Warner
  3. Holmes & Watson — Sony
  4. Replicas (New) — Lionsgate
  5. Bumblebee — Paramount
  6. Aquaman— Warner
  7. A Dog’s Way Home — Sony
  8. The Kid Who Would Be King (New) — Fox
  9. Second Act — Universal
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 21:

  1. Glass Universal
  2. The Mule— Warner
  3. Aquaman— Warner
  4. A Star Is Born (2018) — Warner
  5. Replicas — Lionsgate
  6. Bumblebee— Paramount
  7. Holmes & Watson— Sony
  8. Instant Family — Paramount
  9. A Dog’s Way Home — Sony
  10. The Kid Who Would Be King — Fox

‘Cobra Kai’ Paley Center Screening

To mark the 35th anniversary of The Karate Kid, the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles April 22 welcomed the cast and creative team of the YouTube Premium series “Cobra Kai” for a special screening and conversation in celebration of the April 24 season two premiere.

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Merchandising: Getting Ready for ‘Endgame’

With just a few modest new releases hitting the market April 23, retailers focused more on clearing inventory than pushing exclusives.

Best Buy ‘Avengers’ catalog ad.

Best Buy used its weekly ad circular to promote Marvel movies on Blu-ray for fans to watch to prepare for the April 26 theatrical release of Avengers: Endgame. To that end, Best Buy had exclusive Steelbook editions of the newly released 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, at $34.99 each.

Best Buy ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook
Best Buy ‘Captain America: Civil War’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook

Best Buy is also taking preorders for a Steelbook 4K UHD Blu-ray of Jordan Peele’s Us.

Target didn’t bother to include a movie section in its weekly circular, though it was selling Stephen King movies on DVD for $4.50.

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‘Bojack Horseman’ Seasons One and Two on Blu-ray July 31

Multi-platform media distributor Shout! Factory will release BoJack Horseman: Seasons One & Two on Blu-ray July 31.

The animated Netflix comedy series centers on the title character (voiced by Will Arnett), an anthropomorphized horse who is a troubled former sitcom star struggling through life with whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback. The series also stars Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins.

Bonus features have yet to be announced.

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Fans who order directly from Shout! Factory (www.shoutfactory.com/shop) can purchase a limited collector’s edition that includes a set of six laminated cork-base coasters featuring the lead characters.

‘Bojack Horseman’ Blu-ray with Shout! Factory online-exclusive coaster set

Glass

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 4/16/19;
Universal;
Thriller;
Box Office $111.04 million;
$28.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language.
Stars James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard.

After a career of gimmicky storytelling and a reputation for surprise plot twists, M. Night Shyamalan presents a class in subverting expectations with Glass.

However, the approach employed in connecting two of his most memorable films has left a lot of fans scratching their heads over whether it was worth the wait.

Fans of Shyamalan’s 2000 superhero movie deconstruction Unbreakable had been clamoring for a sequel since it was released, but hopes for one diminished as the years ticked away, particularly as the quality of the writer-director’s output declined in the eyes of critics and audiences alike.

In the midst of a bit of a career renaissance, however, Shyamalan dropped a cameo into 2016’s Split that brought the prospects of that long-awaited sequel back to the forefront.

In particular, with respect to spoiler concerns, an appearance by Bruce Willis in Split as his Unbreakable character teased an eventual confrontation between his strongman hero and the multiple personalities of James McAvoy’s Split psychopath.

And while they do face off in Glass, the bulk of the film involves them being captured and committed to an insane asylum for treatment alongside Unbreakable villain Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). Their doctor (Sarah Paulson) hopes to convince them that their abilities are not superhuman at all, but the result of self-delusion and some freaky but explainable physical tricks.

While it’s fun to see the lead trio and some of the supporting cast return to their roles, watching them end up in a group therapy session is not exactly where audiences were expecting this to go. Though with Mr. Glass involved, viewers can rest assured that whatever return to normalcy the doctor has in mind is probably not going to be in the cards, especially with a potential showdown over the fate of a highrise looming.

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McAvoy’s character from Split, it turns out, was originally from a draft of Unbreakable, but removed due to plot complications his presence was causing in the screenplay. As a result, the characters from the two films mesh well together and pave the way for a few more surprises Shyamalan has up his sleeve to round out what has come to be known as the “East-Rail 177 Trilogy,” after the train derailment that kicks off the first film.

According to Shyamalan in the Blu-ray bonus materials, the first cut of the film was 3 hours and 20 minutes, meaning that more than an hour was sliced out to achieve the final 2-hour-9-minute run time. About 14 minutes of this material is offered as deleted scenes on the disc, with optional introductions for each by Shyamalan. There’s also an alternate opening sequence that runs a couple of minutes as well.

The bulk of the extras are about 40 minutes of various behind-the-scenes featurettes, covering both the making of this film and the elements that were established in the two previous entries.

“The Collection of Main Characters” runs 8:43 and profiles both the three lead characters and the actors who play them.

“A Conversation With James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan” is a 5:10 segment of the pair interviewing each other.

The 2:54 “Bringing the Team Back Together” looks at the various members of the cast and crew who previously worked with Shyamalan.

The 2:16 “Raven Hill Memorial” chronicles filming at an old asylum, and the 1:56 “Night Vision” delves into bringing the film’s storyboards to life.

Rounding out the list are “David Dunn vs. The Beast” (2:11) “Glass Decoded” (2:52), “Breaking Glass: The Stunts” (1:28), “Connecting the Glass Universe” (2:54), “M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens” (2:46), “The Sound of Glass” (1:50) and “Enhancing the Spectacle” (2:53).

Documentary Series ‘The Toys That Made Us’ on DVD May 7

Screen Media will release The Toys That Made Us: Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD May 7.

The eight-episode Netflix documentary series chronicles the creation, marketing evolution and rise in popularity of several key toy lines, with each episode focused on a different brand.

The first four episodes focus on “Star Wars,” “Barbie,” “He-Man” and “G.I. Joe,” with the second season dealing with “Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Lego” and “Hello Kitty.”

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Warner Releasing Extended ‘A Star Is Born’ on Blu-ray June 4

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release A Star Is Born Encore on Blu-ray June 4.

The extended cut of the 2018 remake starring Bradley Cooper as Jackson and Lady Gaga as Ally includes 12 minutes of additional footage.

The special edition of the film contains extended performances of such songs as “Black Eyes,” “Alibi” and Ally’s impromptu a cappella performance of Oscar-winning song “Shallow” which received the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Fans will also see never-before-seen footage of Ally singing to Jack “Is That Alright?” in the wedding sequence, Jack in his studio singing “Too Far Gone,” Jack and Ally writing a new song together, titled “Clover.”

The Blu-ray combo pack will include both the theatrical version of the film and the Encore version, along with a DVD of the theatrical version and previously released special features. A Star Is Born Encore will also be available through select digital retailers.

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Fans who already purchased A Star Is Born on iTunes and Vudu will be able to watch Encore under the extras section of A Star Is Born starting June 4.

The Blu-ray of A Star Is Born Encore will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment.

‘The Act’ Jumps to No. 1 on Parrot Analytics Digital Originals Chart

A pivotal episode of the Hulu’s “The Act” propelled the true crime drama to the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart for the week ended April 20.

“The Act,” which bowed its sixth of eight episodes during the week, registered 43.4 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was up 25% from the previous week, when it was No. 3 on the chart.

Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which bowed the entirety of its latest batch of episodes April 5, slipped to No. 2 for the week with a 20.6% decline in expressions to 42.5 million.

The April 18 season finale of “Star Trek: Discovery” helped to bump the CBS All Access series to No. 3 with 33.2 million expressions, up 10%. The sci-fi series, which has been renewed for a third season after some major changes to its premise, was No. 9 a week before.

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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.

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.

DC Universe’s “Titans” rose two spots to No. 4 with 31.6 million expressions, essentially flat with the previous week.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” dropped a spot to No. 5 after an 8.5% dip in expressions to 30.4 million.

YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai” jumped from No. 10 the previous week to No. 6, though its expressions dipped 2% to 29.4 million. The second season of the “Karate Kid” spinoff debuts April 24.

“The Twilight Zone,” another venerable franchise being restarted on CBS All Access, rose to No. 8 for the week, from N0. 11 a week earlier. Its expressions dropped 7.6% to 27.1 million.

The biggest jump on the chart came from a show with an eclectic distribution history, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The animated series originally aired for five seasons on Cartoon Network from 2008 to 2013, but was canceled after Disney bought Lucasfilm. A sixth season of episodes that were complete at the time of its cancellation debuted on Netflix in 2014, making it eligible for digital originals tracking. A seventh season will debut on the new Disney+ streaming service this fall, and was previewed during a Disney investor presentation April 11 and at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago April 11-15. The publicity helped push the show from No. 28 to No. 10 on the originals chart, with an 86% bump in expressions to 23.3 million.

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.