Comedy ‘Spontaneous’ Due on DVD Nov. 10 From Paramount

The satirical comedy Spontaneous will be available on DVD Nov. 10 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film is available now on digital.

The film stars Katherine Langford (“Cursed,” “13 Reasons Why”), Charlie Plummer (“Looking for Alaska,” Words on Bathroom Walls), Yvonne Orji (“Insecure,” Night School), and Hayley Law (“Altered Carbon,” “Riverdale”), with Rob Huebel (“Transparent”) and Piper Perabo (“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”).

In the film, when students in their high school begin inexplicably exploding (literally), seniors Mara (Langford) and Dylan (Plummer) struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last. As an unexpected romance blossoms between them, Mara and Dylan discover that when tomorrow is no longer promised, they can finally start living for today.

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Full Moon’s ‘Weedjies: Halloweed Night’ and ‘Panther Squad’ Due on Disc and Digital Oct. 27 From MVD

Two Full Moon Entertainment features, the comedic horror film Weedjies: Halloweed Night and the 1984 action adventure Panther Squad, are coming to DVD, Blu-ray and digital Oct. 27 from MVD Entertainment Group.

In Weedjies: Halloweed Night, it’s the eve of Halloween in Las Vegas and three enterprising young ladies are throwing a massive 420 gala. But little do they know, they’re also going to unleash a freakish gaggle of party-loving nightmare-creatures from beyond. When a midnight scavenger hunt for a rare bud of weed known as the “Golden Nug” brings a group of party-hungry stoners to a haunted hotel, it seems like it’ll be the greatest night ever. But when the enigmatic owner, Madam Haze, introduces them to the Weed-G-Board, they open a portal beyond our world, and unleash The Weedjies. This group of ghastly hysterical creatures has only one mission: Party ’til you die. Bonus features include:

  • “The Complete Making of Weedjies” feature;
  • “Weedjies of the Night” music video;
  • “Puppeting with Gob-Lynn” featurette;
  • “Puppeting with Motorbreth” featurette;
  • a set tour with David DeCoteau;
  • Howard Stern show clip;
  • “Medicated Pete & McRib Lady Chat”;
  • the original trailer and teaser;
  • Full Moon features trailers;
  • commentary With director Danny Draven and screenwriter Shane Bitterling;
  • Film Threat’s Award This! 2020 Weedjies win; and
  • 1313 FX crew commentary with Tom Devlin and his crew.

 

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‘B’-movie queen Sybil Danning (Howling II, Warrior Queen) stars in Panther Squad (1984). The future United Nations hires a tough and sexy commando (Danning) and her squad of female mercenaries to take on a ruthless terrorist organization called Clean Space. The terrorist group is dedicated to stopping all space exploration by any means necessary — including extortion and murder. Extras include Full Moon features trailers and commentary with Danning.

‘Mulan’ Tops Vudu Chart, ‘Love and Monsters’ Leads FandangoNow Chart

Disney’s Mulan topped the Vudu chart and Paramount’s Love and Monsters led the FandangoNow chart the week ended Oct. 18.

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

Mulan, the live-action remake of the Disney animated classic, became available for $29.99 premium purchase at the services Oct. 6. The title had previously been exclusively available via Disney+. It came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

Love and Monsters, available via premium VOD and digital purchase Oct. 16, takes place seven years after a “monsterpocalypse” — giant monsters taking over the Earth’s surface — forces all of humanity to move into underground colonies. It came in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 18, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Love and Monsters
  3. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  4. Batman: Death in the Family
  5. Trump Card
  6. Ava
  7. Hocus Pocus
  8. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  9. Alone
  10. Beetlejuice

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 18, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Love and Monsters
  2. Mulan
  3. Trump Card
  4. Antebellum
  5. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  6. Ava
  7. Alone
  8. An Imperfect Murder
  9. Batman: Death in the Family
  10. Cut Throat City

Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ Due on Digital and Disc Nov. 10

Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York will come out on VOD, digital, DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 10 from MPI Media Group and Signature Entertainment.

The film stars Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna and Liev Schreiber.

The film tells the story of college sweethearts, Gatsby (Chalamet) and Ashleigh (Fanning), whose plans for a romantic weekend together in New York City are dashed as quickly as the sunlight turns into showers. The two are soon parted, and each has a series of chance meetings and comical adventures while on their own. Over the course of a day in New York, Ashleigh discovers she might not be who she thought she was and Gatsby learns that while you only live once, once is enough if you find the right person.

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Lionsgate Taps Top Artists for ‘Rambo’ SteelBooks

Like comic book fans, disc collectors prize art and artists — and they relish quality.

The vanguard of quality in the physical disc business is the SteelBook, which is printed on (and fully encased in) metal, rather than paper or plastic, offering a more enduring canvas to showcase the art that collectors prize. Lionsgate research has found that SteelBook collectors love details, such as the fine points of a given illustration, and desire unique rather than repurposed/existing art on the cover.

To serve these collectors — who have helped sales of SteelBooks grow every year, even in the digital age — Lionsgate brought in the big guns to provide art for its 4K Ultra HD Rambo Complete SteelBook Collection, due Oct. 27 and including all five “Rambo” films. Each film’s SteelBook features an illustration from a renowned artist, harking back to the iconic “Rambo” posters of yesteryear, but offering a new and unique take.

The artists selected — Justin Erickson, Ken Taylor, Grzegorz Domaradzki, Vance Kelly and John Guydo — have created some of the most sought-after alternate film-poster art in the world. Each of them was assigned a single film to design a new and distinctive piece of key art that extends from the front cover to the back cover. Ken Taylor pulled double duty, also creating the artwork for the outer case of the Rambo Complete SteelBook Collection.

In a nod to poster culture, the 10 discs in the set will be printed using a six-color silkscreen method rather than the industry-standard off set process. The setup is far more labor-intensive, but it produces a cleaner print with greater color consistency and a far greater tactile experience for the consumer. The SteelBooks themselves will also be finished with a special mixture of satin and gloss coatings in order to let the colors shine without collectors having to worry about smudging.

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First Blood — For the first film in the iconic action series — First Blood — Justin Erickson focuses on the evocative beauty and shape of the deciduous trees native to the state of Washington. Known for hiding Easter eggs in his work, he has hidden the image of a knife in the negative space of the tree line, which frames the contemptible Sheriff Teasle (a tribute to the late Brian Dennehy).

Rambo: First Blood Part II — Ken Taylor, already known for his earlier First Blood SteelBook art, this time provides the cover for the second film in the series, Rambo: First Blood Part II. Taylor’s signature vector style of rich details captures the incredible intensity of Rambo on the cover while showcasing the massive expanse of terrain that Rambo uses to his advantage to overwhelm the enemy — even as a lone warrior.

Rambo III — Grzegorz Domaradzki designed the cover for Rambo III, which follows Rambo as he tries to rescue his former military commander during the Soviet-Afghan War. The artist lives in Poland and grew up under the shadow of communism, and the action hero’s triumph over the Soviets is one of his greatest cinematic memories. The barbed wire on the cover of the SteelBook turns out to be an extension of Rambo’s hair on the back once it’s opened all the way, serving as a bridge from the iconic (the front action shot, a hallmark of any Rambo release) to something more intimate (the portrait of Rambo shown on the back).

Rambo — The cover for the fourth film in the franchise — Rambo — was designed by Vance Kelly. He works digitally, with a canvas four times larger than is required in order to create fine lines with unprecedented detail. Each element is fashioned on separate layers to achieve an extreme level of customizability. (Kelly’s compositions often contain more than 1,000 unique Photoshop layers.) Through color palette, texture and the incorporation of minute perspiration beads, Kelly’s intention on the Rambo art is for the viewer to “feel the humidity of the jungle.”

Rambo: Last Blood — Pencils are the weapons of choice for John Guydo, who designed the artwork for Rambo: Last Blood. Guydo’s love of comic book culture informs his process, which starts with pencils and moves to pen-and-ink markers before his art is converted to the digital format. His hybrid analog-to-digital style gives him a superior level of control, which he uses to maintain a keen amount of equal distance in his line work. On the Rambo: Last Blood cover, Guydo aims to show that while the cartel expects Rambo to fade into the sunset, Rambo’s passion for justice won’t be extinguished so easily.

‘Possessor Uncut’ Due on Digital Nov. 3, 4K and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 8 From Well Go

The sci-fi thriller Possessor Uncut will come out on digital Nov. 3 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and Blu-ray Dec. 8 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

From writer-director Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), the film follows elite corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high-profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment, Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.

The film stars Andrea Riseborough (BirdmanOblivion), Christopher Abbott (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, “Catch-22”) and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Best Supporting Actress, The Hateful Eight, 2015).

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Bonus material includes deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage.

Apple TV+ to Be Home for ‘Peanuts’

Apple TV+ will stream “Peanuts” original series and specials, along with the classic specials.

New animated “Peanuts” originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” and new specials that will find the “Peanuts” gang marking Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year’s Eve and going back to school — all to be produced by WildBrain’s animation studio. The new series and specials join the previously announced The Snoopy Show, a new “Peanuts” 70th anniversary documentary film from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain, and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.

The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic “Peanuts” specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The Halloween special will begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ Oct. 19, and will be available for free from Oct. 30 until Nov. 1 on Apple TV+. Apple TV+ will launch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Nov. 18, and the special will be available for free from Nov. 25 until Nov. 27. A Charlie Brown Christmas will stream exclusively on Apple TV+ on Dec. 4.

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Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, at $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and Vizio smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device. For more information, please visit apple.com/tvpr.

Movies Anywhere Tallies More Than 10 Million Registered Users

Celebrating its three-year anniversary this October, digital locker service Movies Anywhere has surpassed 10 million registered users, with more than 280 million movies collected to date.

GM Karin Gilford attributes the growth of the platform to a dramatic shift in consumer preference toward digital movies.

“Movie lovers want a way to quickly and easily access their film collection,” Gilford said in a statement. “In addition to bringing movie fans’ collections together in one convenient app, our recently-added features like Screen Pass and co-viewing allow our users to share their love of movies with friends and family, even while apart.”

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The service has found Movies Anywhere users like to watch movies on big screens, with the number of users utilizing the service on their TV growing 68% over the past three years, with 104% growth in hours watched. Average hours watched per person on TVs increased 11%, with the biggest lifts seen on TVOS and Android TV.

Also, the service has found “mega-purchasers” (those who purchased 24-plus movies in the past 12 months) are on the rise, growing 37% in the last three years. Among these mega-purchasers, average movie hours watched in-app has grown significantly, with 94% more hours watched on average in 2020 versus 2017.

The service has also observed trends among Movies Anywhere users leading up to Halloween (based on digital spooky movie purchases and time spent viewing Oct. 12-31, 2017 and Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  • As Halloween gets closer, users prefer to purchase horror and suspense films over spooky family films. Only one out of these top 10 purchased spooky films were family-friendly in 2020, with only two out of the top 10 being family-friendly in 2017.
  • But as far as top-watched films go, family-friendly films Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 hit the top 10 most-hours-watched both in 2020 and in 2017.
  • Three Stephen King films — It: Chapter Two, The Shining and Doctor Sleep — were among the top purchased spooky films in 2020, compared to 2017 when author’s It miniseries and The Shining were on the top-purchased list.
  • In 2020, three classics made the top 10 with the most purchases on Movies Anywhere: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Psycho and The Shining. In 2017, A Nightmare on Elm Street was in the top 10.
  • On Halloween day in 2017, Annabelle Creation saw the most purchases and Hotel Transylvania was the most-watched movie.

 

Top 10 purchased spooky films for the 2020 period (Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  1. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
  2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  3. The Invisible Man (2020)
  4. Psycho
  5. It: Chapter Two
  6. Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island
  7. You Should Have Left
  8. Halloween (2018)
  9. The Shining
  10. Doctor Sleep

 

Top 10 most-hours-watched spooky films for the 2020 period (Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  1. Hotel Transylvania 3
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2
  3. Hotel Transylvania
  4. It Chapter Two
  5. It: Chapter One
  6. Zombieland: Double Tap
  7. Halloween (2018)
  8. The Invisible Man (2020)
  9. Alien: Covenant
  10. Doctor Sleep

 

Top 10 purchased spooky films for the 2017 period (Oct. 12-31, 2017):

  1. Annabelle: Creation
  2. Alien Covenant
  3. Stephen King’s It
  4. Get Out
  5. Hotel Transylvania
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  7. Hotel Transylvania 2
  8. Annabelle
  9. Zombieland
  10. Underworld: Blood Wars

 

Top 10 most-hours-watched spooky films for the 2017 period (Oct. 12-31, 2017):

  1. Hotel Transylvania
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2
  3. Annabelle: Creation
  4. Alien: Covenant
  5. ParaNorman
  6. Stephen King’s It
  7. Get Out
  8. Dark Shadows
  9. Zombieland
  10. Underworld: Blood Wars

Vudu Picks Top Bad Boss Movies and TV Shows for National Boss’s Day

For National Boss’s Day, Fandango’s transactional streaming service Vudu has programmed a playlist of the most memorably maddening bosses, with a sale on the top movies, led by the 1999 dark comedy Office Space.

“Gary Cole’s soul-crushing, passive-aggressive Lumbergh is everyone’s favorite nightmarish boss,” Fandango editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “And his annoying omnipresence in Mike Judge’s iconic Office Space still haunts us to this day. From Meryl Streep’s hard-charging magazine editor Miranda Priestly to Steve Carell’s clueless branch manager Michael Scott, there is no shortage of awful bosses in movies and TV shows, and fans can head to Vudu to enjoy watching their memorable antics and get much-needed laughs, scare and thrills.”

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The top picks for the worst bosses in movies and TV are:

The Worst Bosses in the Movies:

  1. Office Space (Gary Cole)
  2. The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep)
  3. 9 to 5 (Dabney Colman)
  4. Wall Street (Michael Douglas)
  5. The Devil’s Advocate (Al Pacino)
  6. Horrible Bosses (Jennifer Aniston)
  7. Scrooged (Bill Murray)
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street (Leonardo DiCaprio)
  9. The Social Network (Jesse Eisenberg)
  10. Working Girl (Sigourney Weaver)
  11. Boiler Room (Ben Affleck)
  12. The Proposal (Sandra Bullock)
  13. Glengarry Glen Ross (Alec Baldwin)
  14. Jurassic World (Bryce Dallas Howard)
  15. RoboCop (Ronny Cox)

 

The Worst Bosses in TV Shows:

  1. “The Office” (Steve Carell) and “The Office” (Ricky Gervais) — tied
  2. “Mad Men” (Jon Hamm)
  3. “Ugly Betty” (Vanessa Williams)
  4. “Parks and Recreation” (Nick Offerman)
  5. “The Simpsons” (“Mr. Burns” voiced by Harry Shearer)

‘Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder’ Concert Film Available on Digital Dec. 1 From Sony

Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder, the Grammy-nominated 1988 concert, is coming to digital for purchase and rental Dec. 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Restored, re-edited and remixed from the original film reels and master tapes, the concert release was filmed at the Nassau Coliseum (Long Island, N.Y.) and features David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright with an innovative mix of lighting and staging, balancing the then-new material and classic Pink Floyd songs.

Tracks include:

  1. Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5
  2. Signs of Life
  3. Learning to Fly
  4. Sorrow
  5. The Dogs of War
  6. On the Turning Away
  7. One of These Days
  8. Time
  9. On the Run
  10. The Great Gig in the Sky
  11. Wish You Were Here
  12. Us and Them
  13. Money
  14. Comfortably Numb
  15. One Slip
  16. Run Like Hell

 

Bonus tracks include:

  1. Yet Another Movie
  2. Round and Around
  3. A New Machine Part 1
  4. Terminal Frost
  5. A New Machine Part 2

 

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