‘Dark Phoenix’ Coming Home in September

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be available through digital retailers Sept. 3, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Sept. 17 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The final installment of Fox’s “X-Men” franchise produced before the studio’s acquisition by Disney stars Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

The story involves Jean Grey (Turner) being transformed by a dangerous power during an X-Men mission into space.

The film earned $65 million at the domestic box office.

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The Blu-ray and digital editions include deleted scenes. The Blu-ray and digital copies from iTunes and Movies Anywhere will offer optional deleted scenes commentary by writer-director Simon Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker.

Other extras include feature commentary by Kinberg and Parker, the five-part documentary “Rise of the Phoenix: The Making of Dark Phoenix,” and the featurette “How to Fly Your Jet to Space with Beast”

Digital versions will also include a scene breakdown of the 5th Avenue Sequence.

‘Tolkien’ to Arrive on Digital July 23, Disc Aug. 6 From Fox

Tolkien, about the life of the famous “The Lord of the Rings” author, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) July 23 and Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 6 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The biopic follows the early years of J.R.R Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) from the halls of Oxford to the grim and bloody trenches of World War I. It also traces the relationships that defined the legendary author he would become, chronicling his romance with Edith Brant (Lily Collins), as well as the various members of the Tea Club, Barrovian Society.

Special features include deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Dome Karukoski and audio commentary by Karukoski.

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Animated Film ‘Missing Link’ Coming to Digital July 9, Disc July 23 From Fox

Missing Link, the newest stop-motion animated feature from Laika, arrives on digital July 9 and Blu-ray and DVD July 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis lead the voice cast in the adventure from the makers of Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. Jackman is Sir Lionel Frost, a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is no one else seems to agree. Galifianakis is Mr. Link. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s possibly the last of his kind, he’s lonely, and he believes that Sir Lionel is the one man alive who can help him. Along with the independent and resourceful Adelina Fortnight (Saldana), who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a journey to seek out Link’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

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Disc extras include commentary by director Chris Butler; “Creating Mr. Link”; “Bringing the Final Battle on the Ice Bridge to Life”; animation inspiration w/optional commentary by Butler; a VFX breakdown reel; “Oh What a Mystery: Pulling the Camera Back on Missing Link’s Magic”; “Making Faces”; “Inside the Magic of Laika”; and a photo gallery.

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Heading Home in July

The sci-fi actioner Alita: Battle Angel will be released July 9 digitally, and July 23 on Blu-ray, DVD and as a combo pack containing 4K Ultra HD and 3D Blu-rays of the film.

Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and based on a 1990s Japanese manga series, the film stars Rosa Salazar as Alita, a discarded cyborg in a futuristic city searching for clues to remember her past. The cast also includes Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keenan Johnson.

The film has earned $85.7 million at the domestic box office and $405 million worldwide.

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The DVD, Blu-ray and digital versions, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, now part of the Walt Disney Co., will include four “Alita’s World” motion comics and the featurette “From Manga to Screen.”

The Blu-ray and digital versions will also include four scene deconstructions; a compilation of Cameron’s 2005 concept art; a Q&A with Cameron, Rodriguez and cast moderated by Landau; an “Evolition of Alita” featurette; a “Motorball” featurette; and “Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Cooking School: Chocolate.”

The digital version will also include a “Musical Themes” featurette; a “Streets of Iron City” set tour with Rodriguez; “Allies and Adversaries” vignettes; a reel of 2016 concept art; and theatrical trailers.

The 4K presentation will include high dynamic range in Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HDR10+ formats.

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.

‘Aquaman’ Claims Top Spot on March 2019 Disc Sales Charts

The superhero movie Aquaman, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for March 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The film managed to top monthly sales despite being released at the end of the month, on March 26.

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, released March 12, was the month’s No. 2 seller.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a March 19 release, was No. 3 for the month.

Another March 19 release, Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, was No. 4 on the March sales chart.

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, released at the end of February, landed at No. 5.

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Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the No. 8 seller for the month, maintained its place among the top sellers for the year to date. Aquaman moved into the No. 2 spot for the year, while Ralph moved up a spot to No. 3.

Grindelwald entered the year-to-date chart at No. 4, while Warner’s A Star Is Born remake is now the year’s No. 5 seller.

 

According to NPD, the March 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Aquaman (Warner)
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  4. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  5. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  6. Creed II (Warner)
  7. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  9. Instant Family (Paramount)
  10. Mortal Engines (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through March 2019):

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  2. Aquaman (Warner)
  3. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  5. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  6. The Grinch (Universal)
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  8. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  9. Halloween (2018) (Universal)
  10. Creed II (Warner)

 

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocked the Sales Charts for February 2019

Horror Film ‘The Prodigy’ Coming Home From Fox

The horror film The Prodigy will be released digitally April 23 and on Blu-ray and DVD May 7 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film stars Taylor Schilling (“Orange Is the New Black”) as a mother whose young son exhibits disturbing behavior that signals an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him.

The film earned $14.8 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray and DVD extras include a commentary by director Nicholas McCarthy, promotional featurettes and a gallery.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocked the Sales Charts for February 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody, 20th Century Fox’s biopic of the rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for February 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The film was the top seller its first week in stores following its Feb. 12 debut and has been in the top five ever since.

Universal’s animated The Grinch, released on disc the week before Bohemian Rhapsody, was No. 2 for the month.

Warner’s latest remake of A Star Is Born, on shelves Feb. 19, was the month’s No. 3 seller.

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, released at the end of February, landed at No. 4.

The Feb. 19 release of Lionsgate’s Robin Hood remake came in at No. 5.

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February’s top four sellers sold well enough to take over the top four spots on the year-to-date sales charts as well, in the same order.

Universal’s reboot sequel Halloween, the top seller for January, slipped to No. 5 for the year to date.

Disney had three titles in the top 10 for February, as did Fox in its final full month as an independently operated studio before its acquisition by Disney was finalized March 20. That effectively gives Disney control of six of the month’s top 10.

 

According to NPD, the February 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  2. The Grinch (Universal)
  3. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  4. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  5. Robin Hood (2018) (Lionsgate)
  6. Widows (Fox)
  7. The Little Mermaid: Signature Collection (Disney)
  8. Overlord (Paramount)
  9. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)
  10. Once Upon a Deadpool (Fox)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through February 2019):

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  2. The Grinch (Universal)
  3. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  4. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  5. Halloween (2018) (Universal)
  6. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  7. Goosebumps 2 (Sony Pictures)
  8. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)
  9. Robin Hood (2018) (Lionsgate)
  10. Hunter Killer (Lionsgate)

 

‘Halloween’ Tops Disc Sales for January 2019

Nicole Kidman Crime Drama ‘Destroyer’ Due on Digital April 9, Disc April 23

Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman in a Golden Globe-nominated performance, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) April 9 and Blu-ray and DVD April 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

In the crime drama, Kidman stars as L.A.P.D. detective Erin Bell who, in the years since she engaged in an undercover drug ring assignment that ended tragically, has stumbled along a path of self-destruction. When the ring’s boss resurfaces, Bell is drawn back into action to try to stop a violent new crime wave.

Disc bonus features include commentary with director Karyn Kusama; commentary with writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi; “Breakdown of an Anti-Hero: The Making of Destroyer”; and a photo gallery.

‘Kid Who Would Be King’ on Disc April 16

The family adventure The Kid Who Would Be King will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 16 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Based on the legend of Camelot and set in the modern world, the film involves a 12-year-old (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) who stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. With the help of Merlin (Angus Imrie), he must unite the students at his school against the enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).

Extras include deleted scenes and the featurettes “Origins of a King,” “Young Knights” and “Merlin’s Magic,” plus hair, makeup and costume tests. The Blu-ray and select digital accounts will also include a “Be the King” music video by Lay Lay, plus the featurettes “Knight School,” “The Two Merlins,” “Meet Morgana” and “Movie Magic.”

The film will be available for digital purchase April 2.