‘The Awesomes,’ ‘The 10th Kingdom,’ ‘Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island’ Among Titles Unveiled on Mill Creek’s Digital Channel

Mill Creek Entertainment has launched five titles onto its digital platform Watch Mill Creek (Watch.MillCreekEnt.com) in advance of their June 5 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release.

From co-creators Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker (“Late Night with Seth Meyers”) comes “The Awesomes,” an animated show for adults that combines comic book storytelling with irreverent comedy. Showcasing the voice talents of current and past “Saturday Night Live” stars, the series introduces a group of not-so-super heroes who just might find a way to save the world. The title is available now on digital at $14.99 and streets June 5 on Blu-ray (plus digital) at $29.98 and DVD (plus digital) at $19.98.

The Emmy-winning The 10th Kingdom stars John Larroquette and Kimberly Williams-Paisley in the story of a father and daughter who discover nine kingdoms beyond the mortal world where the fantastic land of fairy tales and magic are brought to life and reinvented. The cast also features Dianne Wiest, Ann-Margret and Rutger Hauer, among others. The title is available now on digital at $8.99 and streets June 5 on Blu-ray (plus digital) at $24.98 and DVD (plus digital) at $14.98.

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns TV miniseries features Randy Quaid, Whoopi Goldberg and Roger Daltrey, among others, in a fantasy tale about the end of the rainbow. The title is available now on digital at $6.99 and streets June 5 on DVD (plus digital) at $14.98.

Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island, based on the classic novel by Jules Verne, stars Kyle MacLachlan, Gabrielle Anwar, Vinnie Jones, Patrick Stewart and Omar Gooding. The title is available now on digital at $6.99 and streets June 5 on DVD (plus digital) at $14.98.

Kid West follows Harper, a 12-year-old girl on the lookout for adventure. Armed with a slingshot and her wits, she strives to right the wrongs in her small community — cowgirl style.  She’s on a mission to protect a mystical treasure from falling into the hands of a gang of bullies. The title is available now on digital at $9.99 and streets June 5 on DVD (plus digital) at $14.98.

Irdeto Data Finds Nearly 5 Million Illegal Streamers During UEFA Champions League Knockout Stages

As the football world gears up for the showdown between Liverpool and Real Madrid in this weekend’s UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League Final, data from Irdeto reveals that a total of 5,100 unique illegal streams were detected redistributing games over the internet during this year’s Champions League knockout stages. Of this total, 2,093 streams were detected across social media channels including Periscope, Facebook and Twitch and are estimated to have reached nearly 5 million (4,893,902) viewers.

“The viewing figures combined with the number of UEFA Champions League streams detected across a variety of channels suggests that more needs to be done to stop the illegal distribution of high profile live European football matches,” according to an Irdeto release.

Web-based streams continue to be the main vehicle for illegal distribution of these matches, with 2,121 web-based streams detected (of the total 5,100 streams), according to the Irdeto data. However, this was closely followed by social media, where potential advertising revenue drives criminals to illegally stream premium sports.

Pirates also took advantage of illicit streaming plugins for Kodi, the popular media player, with 886 streams identified on this platform, according to Irdeto.

“Criminals have targeted premium sports content such as the European Champions League and are earning a fortune from stealing the rights,” said Rory O’Connor, SVP of cybersecurity services at Irdeto. “This makes it crucial for content owners, rights holders and platform owners to work together and enlist technology and proactive services to take down streams in real-time. The criminals who profit from these illegal streams have little regard for their viewers and are exposing them to cybercrime, inappropriate content and malware infection. Also, viewers of illegal content can face criminal penalties if they decide to share content with friends on social media.”

Pirates create professional-looking websites and services designed to fool consumers into thinking they are viewing legitimate content, according to Irdeto. In the case of the Champions League, the team most targeted by illegal streamers was Roma, with 1,476 streams detected for their matches. This was followed by Real Madrid (1,354 streams), Liverpool (1,252 streams) and Bayern Munich (977 streams). The second leg semi-final Roma vs. Liverpool was the most-streamed match, with 405 illegal streams, representing a potential loss of revenue to clubs and the competition.

The viewership of illegal streams on social media followed a similar pattern. However, Real Madrid was the most viewed team, with 2,856,011 viewers of illegal social media streams of their games throughout the knock-out competition. The most illegally viewed match through social media streams was the Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich Semi-Final second leg, which received an estimated 709,393 viewers. Based on the average Pay TV subscription prices in Europe this could represent a loss of more than 14 million Euros per month or 170 million Euros on an annual basis.

Screen Icons IV, Comedy Dynamics and Here!Media Join Allied Vaughn MOD Program

Allied Vaughn has added Screen Icons IV, Comedy Dynamics and Here!Media suppliers to its manufacture-on-demand collection.

James Dean stars in a series of live television shows working in James Dean: The Lost Television Legacy available on DVD from Screen Icons IV. Dean’s television legacy remains virtually unseen, given the small television universe that existed at the time in the 1950s. He appeared on such shows as Studio One, Lux Video Theater and Hallmark Hall of Fame, many of which were broadcast live and thought to be lost. Of the 38 television shows featuring Dean, only 19 or so remain. Cineaste and James Dean authority Michael J. Sheridan, who was also the producer-director of the feature documentary James Dean: Forever Young, spent more than 15 years researching Dean’s TV legacy, including searching for the lost shows. Sheridan was able to assemble and save more than half of this lost material. The collection includes 19 full episodes, two original commercials and two clips featuring Dean, all re-mastered for picture and sound quality from the best available sources. This box set also includes a commemorative booklet featuring a comprehensive essay focusing on the actor’s personal life and television career, and featuring rare stills, episode credits and descriptions. Other stars featured include Natalie Wood, John Forsythe, Ed Begley, John Carradine, Gene Lockhart, Betsy Palmer, Constance Ford and James Barton.

From Comedy Dynamics come four DVD releases. Bob Saget: Zero to Sixty features the comedian in his new stand-up special. In Chee and T, against the backdrop of a shady mayoral race, Chee and T take a dizzying and loyalty-testing ride through the streets of Palo Alto to keep up with Mayunk’s fiascos with each eventually having to face their postponed futures. In Grass, Sundance alum Tanuj Chopra reinvents stoner cinema with this female arthouse comedy. In Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood! the comedian takes the stage in her hometown of Los Angeles to tackle subjects ranging from her early days in foster care and being bullied on the playground, to getting her revenge on ex-boyfriends and introducing Will and Jada Pinkett Smith to Groupon.

Here!Media Inc., an LGBT-oriented media company headquartered in Los Angeles, is bringing its catalog to MOD, including Looking for Cheyenne, Deadly Skies (Rae Dawn Chong, Antonio Sabato Jr.) and other titles.

 

Amy Schumer Comedy ‘I Feel Pretty’ Due on Digital July 3, Disc July 17

The Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty, will come out on digital July 3 and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and On Demand July 17 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Schumer stars as Renee, a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy.  After suffering a fall, she wakes up believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet.

The film also stars Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Busy Philipps, Aidy Bryant, Emily Ratajkowski, Naomi Campbell, Tom Hopper, Sasheer Zamata and Lauren Hutton.

I Feel Pretty earned $46.9 million at the box office.

Blu-ray, DVD and Digital bonus features include deleted scenes, a gag reel and the featurette “Being Pretty,” in which the cast reflects on what it means to be pretty.

‘Counterpart: The Complete First Season’ Due on Disc July 31 From Lionsgate

J.K. Simmons stars in Counterpart: The Complete First Season, arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus digital) and DVD July 31 from Lionsgate.

In the first season of “Counterpart,” Howard Silk (Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross — where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world.

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Counterpart: The Complete First Season also stars Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd and Sara Serraiocco.

Blu-ray ($39.99) and DVD ($34.98) extras include two featurettes, which explore the making of the show as well as offer interviews with the cast and crew: “Season Outlook” and “Inside the World of ‘Counterpart.’”

The Blu-ray also features Dolby TrueHD.

Nine Films Available From the Vault for 15th Anniversary from Revolution and Sony

Revolution Studios and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are reaching into the vault to celebrate the 15th anniversaries of nine films. Titles are available now in various formats.

Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson star in the comedy Anger Management, the story of a timid businessman wrongly sentenced to an anger management program, where he has his life turned upside-down by an ultra-aggressive instructor who hardly practices what he preaches. The title is available on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital.

In Daddy Day Care, Eddie Murphy finds himself unemployed and decides to turn his home into a day care. The comedy is available on DVD and digital.

Ron Howard, Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones star in the Western thriller The Missing, available on DVD and digital. In the desolate wilderness of New Mexico, an estranged father returns home to make peace with his adult daughter. When her child suddenly vanishes, father and daughter delve into the supernatural to get her back.

Julia Roberts stars as a novice art history professor with a surprising lesson plan that inspires her students to open their eyes to love and life in Mona Lisa Smile, available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital. It also stars Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal).

A young man, considered crazy by everyone in town, except for his childhood girlfriend and her little brother, is put to the ultimate test when he becomes the only thing that stands between a legendary evil and the little brother in the horror film Darkness Falls, available on DVD and digital.

After a West African president’s family is assassinated and civil unrest is rampant, a top secret team is deployed to the far reaches of the jungle to rescue a U.S. doctor who is acting as a missionary in the drama Tears of the Sun, available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital. The doctor insists the U.S. forces rescue all of her charges. As a result, the group falls under rebel attacks when it’s revealed that the son of the deposed West African president is among those being saved. Bruce Willis leads the rescue mission under the direction of Antoine Fuqua.

Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett star as a pair of detectives investigating the murder of a rap group while pursuing their other full-time professions in Hollywood Homicide, available on DVD and digital.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez star in the comic romance Gigli, available on DVD and digital.

Radio, available on DVD and digital, is the inspiring true story of the real life friendship between Robert “Radio” Kennedy (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris) and the thirty-year legacy of victory they created.

‘Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 3’ Due on Digital May 25, Disc Aug. 21 from Lionsgate

Bruce Campbell Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 3, the final season, arrives on digital May 25 and on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 21 from Lionsgate.

The Starz series follows up the classic horror film The Evil Dead with Bruce Cambell reprising his role as Ashalongside Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. In season three, Ash, having gone from urban legend to hometown, discovers that he has a daughter.

The Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 3 Blu-ray ($39.97) and DVD ($34.98) include audio commentary with executive producer Rob Tapert on every episode.

Why MoviePass Matters

On a recent trip to Costco, I picked up some discounted Regal Theater tickets. While in line, I saw a friend who said, “We don’t get those anymore. We have MoviePass.”

If you are looking for a theatrical discount, indeed MoviePass beats just about everything — except for seeing a movie for free. For $9.95 a month ($6.95 a month for a year commitment), if you see one movie in roughly 30 days you are already getting that Costco discount. If you see more, the discount doubles, triples, quadruples, etc. (depending on how many movies in a month you have the time and desire to see).

Still, why should the home entertainment industry care?

Well, there are only 24 hours in a day. The time consumers spend going to the movies for little to no cost is time they won’t spend renting or buying and watching a disc or digital version of a film.

Also, each time MoviePass consumers go to a film during a month, they may perceive that content as that much less valuable. If theatrical movies are worth $9.95 or $6.95 or even much less than that — less than 50 cents apiece if you go 30 times a month — why should they pay $20 for a disc, much less EST?

I’ve watched this business long enough to remember the inception of Redbox and Netflix, both of which MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe had a hand in getting off the ground. At the time, the industry didn’t think much of those upstarts. I vividly remember a Blockbuster spokesperson telling me kiosks were a niche business. Now Blockbuster is history, and kiosk company Redbox is the biggest physical disc rental company in the United States.

Why does MoviePass matter? Because it is disrupting the value of and way consumers perceive entertainment. That matters to the home entertainment business, as well as to our theatrical brethren.

So don’t take too much solace in the financial woes of MoviePass. I remember a long line of executives no longer in the business that wrote off Lowe’s previous ventures.

Historical Thriller ‘Chappaquiddick’ Due on Digital July 3, Disc July 10 From Lionsgate

Chappaquiddick, based on the tragic car accident involving Senator Edward M. Kennedy, will arrive on digital July 3 and Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD, and On Demand July 10 from Lionsgate.

The film stars Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms and Bruce Dern in a historical thriller that examines the infamous 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned after Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island.

Bonus features include the featurettes “A Reckoning: Revisiting Chappaquiddick” and “Bridge to the Past: Editing the Film.”

The film earned $17.2 million at the domestic box office.

Cannes-Lauded ‘You Were Never Really Here’ Due on Digital July 3, Disc July 17 From Lionsgate

You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix, will come out on digital July 3 and on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD and On Demand July 17 from Lionsgate.

Based on Jonathan Ames’s novella of the same name, the Amazon thriller won Best Actor (Phoenix) and Best Screenplay (director Lynne Ramsay) at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Phoenix plays a traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, who tracks down missing girls for a living. The film also stars Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola and Judith Roberts.