Fox Bringing ‘Dog Days’ Home in November

The comedy Dog Days will be released through digital retailers Nov. 6 and on DVD Nov. 20 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film follows a group of strangers whose lives intertwine as a result of their dogs. The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Bass, Nina Dobrev, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria, Rob Corddry, Finn Wolfhard, Ron Cephas Jones and Thomas Lennon.

Dog Days earned $6.8 million at the domestic box office.

‘Deadpool 2’ No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts for Third Week

The ‘R’-rated superhero comedy Deadpool 2, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, spent a third consecutive week atop the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 8.

Likewise, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, from Walt Disney Studios Entertainment, took No. 2 on both charts for the third time, after debuting in the top spot the week before Deadpool 2 arrived on store shelves.

In its fourth week, Infinity War sold 89% as many copies as Deadpool 2 did in its third. On Blu-ray, Infinity War sold 96% as many copies.

Landing at No. 3 overall was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, buoyed by the coming Halloween season and a new 25th anniversary Blu-ray release that pushed the title to No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Similarly, a 25th anniversary Blu-ray of The Nightmare Before Christmas pushed that Disney title back to No. 8 on both charts.

No. 4 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart went to Paramount’s Book Club, in its second week. It was third on both charts a week earlier.

Hereditary, a horror film from Lionsgate, debuted at No. 5 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart after earning $44 million at the domestic box office.

Rounding out the top five on the Blu-ray chart, at No. 4, was a Blu-ray collection of both “Deadpool” movies.

The only other newcomer in the top 10 was Universal’s Adrift, which landed at No. 9 overall and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart. It earned $31.5 million in U.S. theaters.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 61% of Hereditary‘s first-week unit sales and 47% for Adrift.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 9, Deadpool 2 held onto the top spot for a second week, while Warner’s Tag was again No. 2.

Hereditary and Adrift debuted at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, pushing Avengers: Infinity War to No. 5.

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Fox Releasing ‘Sorry to Bother You’ on Digital Oct. 9, Disc Oct. 23

Hip-hop artist Boots Riley’s directorial and screenwriting debut Sorry to Bother You will be released digitally Oct. 9 and on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 23 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film takes a surreal look at capitalism, corporate greed and fractured workplace dynamics when, in an alternate version of present-day Oakland, Calif., a struggling telemarketer (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe.

The cast also includes Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun and Armie Hammer.

Bonus features include a gallery, a commentary from Riley and the featurettes “Beautiful Cutter,” “The Cast of Sorry to Bother You” and “The Art of the White Voice.”

‘Deadpool 2’ Tops Home Video Charts for Second Week

The superhero comedy Deadpool 2, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, topped the home video sales charts for a second consecutive week and took over the top spot on the rental chart as well.

The week ended Sept. 1 also saw Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, hold onto the No. 2 spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Three newcomers rounded out the top five on both charts.

Paramount’s Book Club debuted at No. 3 following a domestic box office haul of $68.6 million.

The comedy Tag, from Warner Bros., landed at No. 4 on both charts. It earned $54.5 million in U.S. theaters.

The thriller Upgrade, from Universal Pictures, bowed at No. 5 on both charts after earning $11.9 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 43% of first-week sales for Book Club, 47% for Tag and 66% for Upgrade.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 2, Deadpool 2 took over the top spot following the expiration of its week-long holdback from Redbox kiosks.

Tag debuted as the No. 2 rental, followed by Avengers: Infinity War at No. 3, Book Club at No. 4 and Warner’s Life of the Party at No. 5.

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Maximum Effort Brings ‘Deadpool 2’ to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

The action comedy Deadpool 2, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Aug. 25.

The follow-up to the 2016 hit “X-Men” spinoff Deadpool, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the mercenary superhero, earned $318 million at the domestic box office and the home video release includes an extended cut that runs 15 minutes longer than the theatrical version.

In addition, a Blu-ray two-pack of both “Deadpool” films debuted at No. 5 on the overall sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

The arrival of the irreverent sequel pushed another superhero blockbuster, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, to No. 2 on both charts.

No. 3 on the overall sales chart was God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, distributed by Universal Pictures. The third film in the faith-based “God’s Not Dead” franchise earned $5.7 million at the domestic box office and was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

Landing at No. 4 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart was The Walking Dead: The Complete Eighth Season, distributed by Lionsgate.

Rounding out the top five Blu-rays were Warner’s Ready Player One at No. 4 (No. 6 overall) and Lionsgate’s Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Third Season at No. 5 (No. 10 overall).

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 76% of first-week unit sales of Deadpool 2, with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributing 17% to the total sales tally. The “Deadpool” two-pack, which was released only in Blu-ray formats, had 29% of its sales come from 4K UHD Blu-ray.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 26, Avengers: Infinity War rose to the top spot after debuting at No. 2 a week earlier.

The previous week’s top rental, Warner’s Life of the Party, slipped to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Universal’s Breaking In at No. 3, Lionsgate’s Overboard remake at No. 4, and Warner’s Rampage at No. 5.

Deadpool 2 wasn’t available at top rental outlet Redbox as Fox delays availability of its titles at the kiosk vendor for a week.

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HDR10+ Announces First Certified Products, Adopters

HDR10+ Technologies, a joint venture among 20th Century Fox, Panasonic Corp. and Samsung Electronics, has announced the first certified products and first adopters for the loyalty-free HDR10+ license program.

Panasonic and Samsung are also among the first to announce firmware has been deployed to select 2018 television models enabling support of HDR10+ for consumers.

HDR10+ advances High Dynamic Range (HDR) and HDR10 TV formats by adding dynamic metadata to each frame. It enables advanced chipsets to create a true-to-life picture across a wider range of displays.

The HDR10+ license program and logo ensure that HDR10+ compliant products meet high standards for picture quality and that the true intent of filmmakers is preserved within these key parameters:

  • The display performance certification qualifies requirements on the display mode, peak luminance level, peak luminance stability, transfer function and white point tracking performance and color gamut coverage.
  • The metadata processing certification qualifies carriage and accuracy of metadata over interfaces. The display management performance certification qualifies tone-mapping based on HDR10+ Metadata such as shadow preservation.
  • The Ultra HD Blu-ray player certification qualifies the processing and accuracy of HDR10+ Metadata carriage over the HDMI interface.

Depending on the category of adopter, certification can be obtained by self-certification or through an Authorized Testing Center (ATC) such as Allion and TTA — the first centers verified for HDR10+ certification. Adopter categories include UHD Blu-ray player manufacturers, OTT set-top box manufacturers or services, display manufacturers, SoC vendors, content companies and tool vendors.

More than 80 companies have already applied or completed the license program.

“A standardized licensing process has allowed partners, including content creators, television and device manufacturers, to easily incorporate HDR10+ technology,” said Danny Kaye, EVP of 20th Century Fox and managing director of the Fox Innovation Lab, in a statement. “We’re encouraged by the interest of early adopters and an expanded HDR10+ ecosystem that will improve the viewing experiences for all audiences.”

20th Century Fox has committed to incorporating HDR10+ in its upcoming new release slate.

“Panasonic is happy to announce that through the deployment of a firmware update, the majority of our 2018 4K models are now HDR10+ certified meaning that our viewers will be able to enjoy content even closer to the intentions of the filmmakers,” said Toshiharu Tsutsui, director of Panasonic’s TV Business Division, in a statement.

“We are thrilled that the majority of our 2018 lineup will be fully certified for HDR10+,” said Bill Mandel, VP of Industry Relations at Samsung Research America, in a statement. “We are collaborating with other HDR10+ adopters globally who are making tools, developing their own SoCs and/or TV line-ups to be HDR10+ compliant to provide consumers broad access to a great HDR experience.”

“We are so excited to be a part of this promising new technology standard that is HDR10+,” said Denver Mishima, head of Standards & Compliance Division of Allion Japan Inc, in a statement. “As a third-party Authorized Test Center, Allion always strives to provide value proposition to prestigious organizations such as HDR10+ Technologies and its adopters. Providing adopters a better testing and certification experience is our mission and commitment in this venture.”

“TTA is pleased again to be working with the display and media industries to launch the newest HDR technology with HDR10+ LLC adopters,” said Park Yongbum, VP of TTA. “We are looking forward to providing testing and certification services for this latest logo program.”

More on the certification requirements and application process can be found here.

Companies adopting HDR10+ are listed on the website.

Companies can learn more about the HDR10+ license and logo program, including final specifications and adopter agreements here.

Deadpool 2

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Fox;
Action Comedy;
Box Office $318.37 million;
$29.99 DVD; $34.99 Blu-ray; $44.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material.
Stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Julian Dennison, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Shioli Kutsuna, Eddie Marsan, Rob Delaney.

In the age of the superhero movie, you can always count on Deadpool to take the utter piss out of the genre — and in doing so, provide a bit of the counter-balance to how seriously some of the films take themselves.

Sure, movies like “Ant-Man” or “Guardians of the Galaxy” might lighten the mood a bit with some jokes and irreverent characters, but Deadpool takes it to that next level, where there is no reference that can’t be made, and no gag that is out of bounds.

And what makes it work is that, just like the comic books that inspire it, the “Deadpool” movies are also the very thing they are making fun of — intense action, complicated plots, larger-than-life characters. It’s just a healthy dose of meta-humor can go a long way in setting it apart.

In this second film, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) finds himself trying to protect a mutant teenager (Julian Dennison) from a mutant from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin) who wants to kill him before the kid fully unleashes his powers and becomes one of the world’s greatest villains.

To do that, and with the X-Men not available (thanks to one of several hilarious cameos), Deadpool forms X-Force, a team of marginal superheroes to help him rescue the kid and change the future.

With David Leitch taking over directing duties, the action is much more intense than the first film, and without the structural limitations of needing to tell Deadpool’s origin story, the script this time out doesn’t feel the need to follow any rules. (For example, with Brolin also playing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, you can bet Deadpool 2 isn’t going to let that one slide without a comment).

Part of what makes the humor so effective is the commitment the filmmakers make to the material, putting absurd characters in the middle of a serious situation. The highlight is a pitch-perfect parody of a James Bond opening title sequence, complete with a haunting ballad sung to the hilt by Celine Dion.

The Blu-ray includes a 15-minute longer “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut” that, based on what some of the filmmakers say during the bonus materials, seems like it could have been the original version of the movie before it was trimmed for time and softened up a bit to hit the ‘R’ rating. This version has more violence, more guns, alternate jokes and some different music in parts. It’s an intriguing version but not a fundamentally different film.

The Super Duper cut is included on its own disc with no extras, as all the bonus materials are included with the disc containing the theatrical cut. And, as with the first film, the extras are a trove of Deadpool material from a hilarious marketing campaign.

This section includes several promotional spots and all the trailers, plus some international pieces such as Deadpool offering free tattoos to attendees of a Brazilian comic book convention. There are also a few music videos, including for Dion’s title-sequence tune, and a stills gallery.

The disc also offers a three-minute gag reel and a couple of deleted scenes, including the oft-mentioned scene in which Deadpool embarks on a quest to kill Baby Hitler (also included in the Super Duper cut).

The theatrical cut comes with a great audio commentary with Reynolds, Leitch, and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Warnick, who collectively discuss structuring the story and why they chose to include the gags that they did.

Finally, the Blu-ray includes about 75 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

“Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters” is a 15-minute profile of the characters; “David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2” is a 12-minute look at the new director’s influence on the film and cast; “Deadpool’s Lips Are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs” is a 13-minute look at how the film maintained secrecy while including a ton of surprises for fans; “Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes” is nine minutes mixing some of the alternate line readings with interviews about what makes a “Deadpool” film such a lively set; “Roll With the Punches: Action and Stunts” is a seven-minute look at the film’s action scenes; “The Deadpool Prison Experiment” is an 11-and-a-half examination of the film’s scenes set at a prison for mutants; “The Most Important X-Force Member” is a two-minute profile of Deadpool’s new pal Peter; “Chess With Omega Red” is a minute-long revelation of one of the other prisoners; “Swole and Sexy” is a two-minute profile of some of the film’s other characters; and “3 Minute Monologue” offers two minutes of Brolin’s ruminations as he gets into his Cable makeup.

 

 

Fox Promotes ‘Deadpool 2’ Digital and Disc Release at Planet Hollywood Resort

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has teamed with Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to celebrate the Blu-ray and digital release of Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut.

The promotion includes a specialty room package, themed food and beverages, an all-day “Deadpool 2 Super Duper Pool Party” and a free exclusive movie screening at The Scene Pool Deck.

Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut is available now on digital and comes out on Blu-ray Aug. 21.

The pool party takes place Aug. 18 and includes a live DJ, movie trivia, costumes, giveaways and more beginning around noon. Themed food and drinks include Deadpool 2 pizza adorned with pepperoni and olives to resemble the classic character. A free screening of Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut takes place at 8 p.m. The parties are free and open to the public. Guests must be 21 and over to attend.

Planet Hollywood’s Cafe Hollywood will offer a Deadpool milkshake and cocktail through the end of August.

The hotel’s Heart Bar will feature Deadpool’s favorite cocktail – The Sea Breeze. Café Hollywood will offer a specialty fruity cocktail, garnished with a chocolate strawberry, decorated to resemble Deadpool’s mask as well as a Deadpool-inspired milkshake. Both food specials are available through the end of August.

The “Deadpool Hotel & Pool Package” includes two free passes for the FlowRider attraction at The Scene Pool Deck and a $25 pool credit that can be used towards food and drink. Packages can be booked at caesars.com using code: IMPOL. For more information, visit planethollywoodresort.com.

Super Troopers 2

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Fox;
Comedy;
Box Office $30.62 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug material and some graphic nudity.
Stars Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, Hayes MacArthur, Lynda Carter.

Fans of 2002’s cult-favorite Super Troopers were apparently so desperate for a sequel that they were willing to pay for it themselves. The 16-year wait certainly hasn’t diminished interest in the potential franchise, with the sequel taking in a bigger box office haul than the original.

The Broken Lizard comedy team reportedly had an idea for a follow-up for quite a while, but were only able to move forward with it after raising $4.7 million through Indiegogo and supplementing the budget with private financing. The project was such a success that there’s already talk of a third film — though hopefully fans won’t have to wait another decade and a half for it.

The film continues the bungling adventures of a crew of dimwitted Vermont state troopers, and while there are some callbacks to the original film, it’s not as if an intimate knowledge of prior events is required to be able to follow along in this one.

The premise this time around is that after some off-camera shenanigans have threatened their careers, the troopers are given a chance at redemption with a thankless assignment to establish a police force in a Canadian border town that is going to be turned over to the United States after some clarification of old boundary markers. This gives the film all manner of excuses for an endless barrage of U.S. vs. Canada cultural jokes, and particularly jokes about French Canadians and their accents.

Rob Lowe plays the mayor of the affected town, who is also a famous local hockey player and owner of the local brothel, because why wouldn’t he be?

All the guys are back and up to their usual idiocy, especially Farva (Kevin Hefernan), the oblivious loudmouth who offers to cut off his toe with a shovel if he can’t score with a sexy local diplomat (Emmanuelle Chriqui) who clearly has no interest in him.

In addition to the trademark pranks the troopers play on the unsuspecting drivers they pull over, there’s a subplot involving contraband being stashed around town in anticipation of the border switch so that it will wind up in the U.S. without the need to smuggle it in. The case leads the guys to butt heads with a trio of local Mounties who resent potentially being reassigned somewhere else in Canada.

Some of the gags and physical humor are good for a few laughs, but like most Broken Lizard movies, the steady stream of obnoxious one-upsmanship and anatomical chicanery can be an acquired taste.

The Blu-ray includes a 39-minute behind-the-scenes featurette that delves into the crowd-funding campaign, including bringing a number of donors onto the set to appear in the film as extras.

Also included are 20 minutes of deleted scenes (some of which are shown in the making-of featurette) and a two-minute featurette about Heffernan getting into character.

Fox, Vudu Show Off ‘Deadpool’s Dream Suite’ at Comic-Con

Fox and Walmart’s Vudu showed off “Deadpool’s Dream Suite” before awarding a lucky fan of the July 18-22 San Diego Comic-Con International a chance to stay there on the Saturday evening of the convention.

The location was converted from the most-expensive suite at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego across the street from the convention center, and decorated to look like the apartment shared by Deadpool and Blind Al in the “Deadpool” movies. The design team loaded the room with special artwork, Deadpool 2 posters and many subtle nods to the films (but, alas, there was nothing buried under the floorboards).

After Comic-Con, Vudu will host a giveaway of select loot from the suite, with signups at the sweepstakes site beginning July 20.

Deadpool 2 will be available through digital retailers Aug. 7 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 21 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.