Manson Doc ‘Other Side of Madness’ Available on Disc From MVD

The 1971 Charles Manson documentary The Other Side of Madness is available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from MVD Entertainment Group and Film Detective.

An avant-garde retelling of the infamous Manson murders featuring a mixture of documentary footage and re-enactment scenes, The Other Side of Madness brings audiences closer to the events than most filmmakers have dared to go, with real life footage of Spahn Ranch and music performed by Manson. Directed by Frank Howard and produced by Wade Williams, the film served as one of the first “Helter Skelter” recreations, filmed so close to the time of the events that Manson and his followers had yet to be sentenced for the vicious crimes.

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Special features include the original theatrical trailer (Helter Skelter Murders); the original theatrical trailer (original release); music CD with songs written and performed by Manson; an essay by Alexander Tuschinski exploring the nuances of the film, with film history; and “The Other Side of Manson: An Interview with Producer Wade Williams.”

Thriller ‘Echo Boomers’ Coming to DVD Dec. 15 From Paramount

The crime thriller Echo Boomers will come out on DVD Dec. 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Knives Out) stars in this story about a recent college graduate Lance Zutterland (Patrick Schwarzenegger) who leaves school in debt, realizing everything he had worked toward was built on a lie.

When he is pulled into a criminal operation, he finds his peers fighting the system by stealing from the rich and giving to themselves. With nothing to lose, they leave behind a trail of destruction.

The film is directed by Seth Savoy and written by Kevin Bernhardt, Jason Miller and Savoy.

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‘Spell’ Coming to Disc Jan. 12 From Paramount

The horror thriller Spell will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 12 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All FearsThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star.

In the film, while flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.

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Blu-ray bonus features include deleted scenes, “The Nightmare Spell,”
“Rootwork: Conjuring Spell” and  “The Art of Hoodoo.”

Netflix’s ‘Boss Baby,’ ‘The Crown’ Top TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Boss Baby: Back in Business” was the top rising show and the service’s “The Crown” was the top binge program on the TV Time charts for the week ended Nov. 22.

“The Crown,” season four of which debuted Nov. 15, chronicles the continuing saga of the British royal family with the addition of a new princess, Diana, and the marital problems that ensue with her husband and heir to the throne Prince Charles. It also follows the friction between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman). The series took the bronze on the rising show chart.

Coming in behind ABC’s long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” at No. 3 on the binge chart was “The Queen’s Gambit,” which debuted on Netflix Oct.  23. The limited series is a coming-of-age story following a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, who discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Netflix Nov. 23 announced that 62 million  households had watched “The Queen’s Gambit” in its first 28 days, making it the service’s biggest limited series ever.

Top rising show “Boss Baby: Back in Business,” season four of which hit Netflix Nov. 17, is a computer-animated series produced by DreamWorks Animation that is a follow-up to the 2017 film The Boss Baby, based on the book by Marla Frazee.

Hulu’s “Animaniacs” is a reboot of the beloved 1990s animated series. It debuted Nov. 20 and features the original cast voices.

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TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Nov. 22 by Share of Binges:

  1. “The Crown” (Netflix) — 5.72%
  2. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 2.24%
  3. “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) — 2.22%
  4. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 1.66%
  5. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.58%
  6. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.41%
  7. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.38%
  8. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.35%
  9. “Dash & Lily” (Netflix) — 1.33%
  10. “Supernatural” (The CW) — 1.26%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Nov. 22 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “The Boss Baby: Back in Business” (Netflix) — 95.9%
  2. “Animaniacs” (Hulu) — 94.2%
  3. “The Crown” (Netflix) — 76%
  4. “FBI” (CBS) — 74.9%
  5. “Wizards of Waverly Place” (Disney Channel) — 64.1%
  6. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Disney+) — 45.3%
  7. “NCIS” (CBS) — 40.6%
  8. “His Dark Materials” (BBC One) — 35%
  9. “Ethos” (Netflix) — 30.8%
  10. “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network) — 27.8%

Romance ‘Elizabethtown’ Debuting on Blu-ray Feb. 9 in ‘Paramount Presents’ Line

Director Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy Elizabethtown debuts on Blu-ray Feb. 9 in time for Valentine’s Day as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The limited-edition Blu-ray Disc includes the film newly remastered from a 4K transfer supervised by Crowe.

Orlando Bloom (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) star in the 2005 romance set against a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. Hot-shot designer Drew Baylor’s (Bloom) life becomes completely unraveled when he loses his father and his job on one fateful day. En route to Elizabethtown to visit his family, Drew meets Claire (Dunst). She’s beautiful, unstoppably positive, and just the gal to guide Drew on his journey back home and to teach him what it means to live and love along the way. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Judy Greer and Jessica Biel.

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The disc is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. It also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with Crowe, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and an alternate ending with an introduction by Crowe. Along with access to a digital copy of the film, the Blu-ray also includes previously released special features, including deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Crowe, the “On the Road to Elizabethtown” “The Music of Elizabethtown,” “Meet the Crew,” and “Training Wheels” featurettes, and a photo gallery.

Vudu, FandangoNow Launch Thanksgiving Week, Cyber Monday Sale

Leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Vudu and FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional on-demand streaming services, are offering a sale on more than 175 movie bundle deals and more than 1,000 recent hits and classics.

Films are priced as low as $5, along with 25% off savings on classic series collections such as the complete “Harry Potter” franchise and TV series such as “Friends” and “Supernatural.” All are available on sale through Nov. 30.

Consumers who purchase any bundle on Vudu or FandangoNow during Fandango’s Thanksgiving Week sale can earn a $2 promo code per bundle to use toward any titles in the month of December. Promo codes earned from the Bonus Bundle offer will be automatically added to accounts on or around Dec. 5, 2020.

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Fandango’s Thanksgiving Week sale encompasses:

  • More than 175 movie bundles, featuring complete film collections of popular franchises, available for 25% off, including the “Harry Potter” eight-film collection, “Twilight: The Complete Saga,” the “Jurassic Park” five-film collection and “The Dark Knight” trilogy;
  • More than 120 new movies available to own for $9.99 each, including Trolls World Tour, Antebellum, Birds of Prey and After We Collided;
  • More than 200 titles available to own for $7.99 each, including Knives Out, Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood, Jumanji: The Next Level, Jaws and The Wolf of Wall Street;
  • More than 240 titles available to own for $6.99 each, including Hot Tub Time Machine, Legally Blonde, Man of Steel, Capone and Jexi;
  • More than 350 movies available to own for $5 each, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Catch Me If You Can, Reservoir Dogs and Gemini Man;
  • Many TV seasons available to own for under $10 each, including “The Walking Dead,” “Friends,” “Supernatural,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Below Deck Mediterranean,” “Ray Donovan” and “The Wire.”

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“We’re thrilled to launch our biggest home entertainment sale ever, as Thanksgiving week makes for a great time to stock up on classics and contemporary favorites for the holidays,” said Fandango EVP and chief commercial officer Kevin Shepela, in a statement. “FandangoNow and Vudu will continue to host new offers throughout the week to help fans find holiday viewing deals with our comprehensive collection of movies and TV shows in 4K UHD.”

‘New Mutants’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The New Mutants topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 22.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

The action-adventure, which debuted on TVOD Nov. 17, is based on the Marvel comics. The film follows five young people who demonstrate special powers who are forced to undergo treatment at a secret institution.

Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, took the silver on both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts. In the thriller, Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage.

Coming in at No. 3 on both charts was the horror thriller Come Play, which debuted on TVOD Nov. 20. In the film, Parents fight to save their son when a mysterious creature uses his electronic devices to break into our world.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 22, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The New Mutants
  2. Unhinged
  3. Come Play
  4. Mulan
  5. The Informer
  6. Iron Mask
  7. Love and Monsters
  8. Jiu Jitsu
  9. Chick Fight
  10. Elf

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 22, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The New Mutants
  2. Unhinged
  3. Come Play
  4. The Informer
  5. Mulan
  6. Iron Mask
  7. Chick Fight
  8. Love and Monsters
  9. Jiu Jitsu
  10. Dreamland

‘Tourist Trap’ VHS Retro Box Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack Coming Nov. 24 From MVD

The horror film Tourist Trap is coming in a VHS retro big box collection Blu-ray plus DVD combo pack Nov. 24, including a blister-packed, retro-style action figure, from MVD Entertainment Group and Full Moon Features.

In the 1979 film, every year young people disappear. An eerie and deserted wax museum, Slausen’s Lost Oasis, is the site for spine-tingling terror where four unsuspecting young travelers (including Tanya Roberts from “Charlie’s Angels”) are lured into a very deadly tourist trap. Slausen (Chuck Connors) is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction, which is actually more like a macabre chamber of horrors.

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Extras include a director’s commentary, rare trailers and an interview with director David Schmoeller (Puppet Master).

The film also stars Jocelyn Jones (Lee Daniel’s The Butler), Jon Van Ness (The Natural) and, in an early appearance, scream queen Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead).

‘Molly of Denali’ Episodes and ‘Sid the Science Kid’ Movie Among Titles Coming to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in December

New volumes of “Molly of Denali,” “Let’s Go Luna” and “Pinkalicious & Peterrific,” as well as a “Sid the Science Kid” movie, will be coming to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in December.

The subscription rate for the PBS KIDS Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Volume six of “Let’s Go Luna” debuts Dec. 4. In four new episodes, Luna continues traveling the globe with her group of friends from Juneau, Alaska, to Barcelona, and the group learn many life lessons along the way. In the episode “Nature Calls/Story Story,” Leo is nervous about wild animals wandering around Juneau, but he realizes animals need their own space and that we must all learn to live together. Then, Carmen wants to find a book to share with her mom, and during the process learns to appreciate the tradition of Native Alaskan spoken-word storytelling. In “More Than All That Jazz/Swamp Pals,” Carmen discovers that the joy of music doesn’t just come from fancy instruments. In “Lost and Found/Time of Goodbye,” Señor Fabuloso has lost his creativity and searches for it in his hometown of Barcelona.

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In volume seven of “Molly of Denali,” coming Dec. 11, kids join the curious Molly Mabray and her friends on adventures around Alaska learning about traditional Alaska Native values along the way in five new episodes. Auntie Midge loves to emcee the Spring Carnival, but a hurt hip takes her out of commission, so Molly and Tooey work to figure out a way that will allow her to get around in the snow in “Spring Carnival/Tooey’s Hole-i-day Sweater.” Molly and Tooey try to fix a hand-me-down Christmas sweater knit by Tooey’s Grandma before she arrives for the holidays. Then, in “King Run/The Native Youth Olympics,” it’s salmon season and the first order of business at fish camp is to help Grandpa Nat fix the broken fish wheel.

In Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, due Dec. 17, Sid and his pal Gabriela have won a contest to explore the brand new Super Ultimate Science Museum. However, while they’re on their tour, Bobbybot, the state-of-the-art robotic tour guide of the future, completely malfunctions. Then, it’s up to Sid and Gabriela, along with the other winners, YangYang and NiuNiu from China, to fix Bobbybot and save the museum.

Four episodes of “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” come out Dec. 18. In volume nine of the series, the Pinkertons are shocked to find their house is suddenly swarming with Flutterbugs and everyone is wondering what could possibly be drawing them into their home in “Invasion of the Flutterbugs/Ballet of the Bells.” Then, Pinkalicious and Peterrific are thrilled to meet a real-life pirate in “Treasure Hunt/Cheer Up, Archie” and the three of them join hands to search for a long-lost buried treasure. Plus, Pinkalicious decides to create polka dot art and Lila learns that her new glasses aren’t anything to be embarrassed about in “PinkaPolka Dotty/Lila Gets Glasses.”

Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Watched by 62M Households

“The Queen’s Gambit” has become Netflix’s biggest limited scripted series ever, with 62 million households having watched it in its first 28 days, according to the service.

The show made the Top 10 in 92 countries and ranked No. 1 in 63 countries, including the United Kingdom, Argentina, Israel and South Africa.

“The Queen’s Gambit” is adapted by Scott Frank from Walter Tevis’s 1983 book about a young chess prodigy, Beth (Anya Taylor-Joy), an underdog who faces addiction, loss and abandonment.

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“It’s a true testament to Scott’s skill as a writer and filmmaker that he was able to bring the drama and detail of the many chess matches to life on camera — generating rave reviews and a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes,” read a Netflix release. “Scott also had tremendous help from the series’ talented crafts team. Costume designer Gabriele Binder’s exquisite use of checkerboard patterns in Beth’s wardrobe, composer Carlos Rafael Rivera’s suspenseful score, editor Michelle Tesoro’s gripping montages, production designer Uli Hanisch’s vibrant choices that pop off the screen in every scene, and cinematographer Steven Meizler, whose work transformed every match into heart-pounding drama.”