‘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.

40th Anniversary Edition of Sci-Fi Classic ‘Alien’ Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray April 23 From Fox

The sci-fi classic Alien will come out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc with a new 4K UHD master April 23 for its 40th anniversary from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

A limited edition 4K UHD Steelbook of the Alien 40th Anniversary Edition will also be available exclusively at Best Buy.

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In the film that birthed the successful franchise, the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo awaken from stasis during a voyage home to Earth when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from the desolate nearby moon, LV-426. While investigating, one of the crew, Kane (John Hurt), is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face and he is rushed back to the Nostromo to receive medical treatment. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the ship’s warrant officer, advises against Kane’s return due to quarantine regulations — but her orders are ignored by Ash (Ian Holm), bringing the Nostromo under threat from a mysterious, extraterrestrial apex predator with violent and lethal survival instincts.

Special features include:

  • the 1979 Theatrical Version;
  • the 2003 Director’s Cut;
  • the 2003 audio commentary by Ridley Scott and the cast and crew;
  • the 1999 audio commentary by Ridley Scott (1979 theatrical version only);
  • the final theatrical isolated score in Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 theatrical version only);
  • the composer’s original isolated score in Dolby Digital 5.1 (1979 theatrical version only);
  • and deleted scenes.

 

The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery, with the 4K scans done at EFilm.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sings to No. 1 Debut on Home Video Charts

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody easily debuted at No. 1 on 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 Feb. 16.

The film, from 20th Century Fox, dramatizes the formation and success of the rock band in the 1970s and ’80s, with particular focus on the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury. It earned more than $212 million at the domestic box office and has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek as Mercury.

Universal Pictures’ animated The Grinch, the top title from the previous week, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, selling 32% as many copies as newcomer Bohemian Rhapsody.

Another new release, Paramount’s Nobody’s Fool, the latest comedy from Tyler Perry, bowed at No. 3 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Fox’s heist thriller Widows slid to No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

Walt Disney Studios’ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms came in at No. 5 on both charts.

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Blu-ray Disc accounted for 73% of first-week Bohemian Rhapsody unit sales, with 13% coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version. For Nobody’s Fool, Blu-ray comprised 37% of sales. The second week of sales for The Grinch saw 60% of sales from Blu-ray, down from 66% in its first week.

Bohemian Rhapsody also took No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 17. Nobody’s Fool debuted at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, The Grinch, slipped to No. 3, with Widows at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ The Girl in the Spider’s Web at No. 5.

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Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 2-16-19
Sales Report for Week Ended 2-16-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 2-18-19

 

‘Archer: Danger Island’ on DVD April 2

Archer: Danger Island, the ninth season of the FXX series “Archer,” arrives on DVD April 2 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The latest season re-imagines the characters from the animated spy series as pilots in a South Pacific island in 1939. The show features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the hard-drinking Sterling Archer and Jessica Walter as his mother. The cast also includes Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, Adam Reed and Lucky Yates as Crackers the audacious macaw.

The DVD includes all eight episodes, plus the featureless “Inside look: Making Archer” and “Crackers’ Costumed Playings.”

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Mary Daily Upped to Co-President, Worldwide Marketing & Distribution at Paramount

Long-time home entertainment executive Mary Daily has been promoted to co-president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Paramount Pictures.

Daily, who was president of international marketing and worldwide home entertainment, joins Marc Weinstock, who was named president of worldwide marketing and distribution by studio CEO Jim Gianopulos.

Daily, who joined Paramount in 2017, previously held the position of president and chief marketing officer, worldwide marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment since 2011.

The executive worked on theatrical and home entertainment campaigns for A Quiet Place, Bumblebee and Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

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Together with Weinstock, Daily will spearhead marketing, advertising and distribution strategies for Paramount’s theatrical releases.

“Working in lockstep, Marc and Mary will be an unstoppable force and the ideal combination of skills and leadership experience to move our marketing and distribution teams forward,” Gianopulos said in a statement.

 

Eight-Time Oscar Nominated ‘Vice’ Coming to Digital March 12, Disc April 2 From Fox

Vice, which has been nominated in eight Academy Award categories, including Best Picture, will be available on digital (including Movies Anywhere) March 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD April 2 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The dark comedy, which chronicles the life of Vice President Dick Cheney, stars Christian Bale in an Oscar-nominated role as Cheney and co-stars Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell. It is directed by Adam McKay.

The film has earned $46.2 million in theaters.

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Bonus features include deleted scenes; the featurette “Gaming the System: The Making of Vice”; “The Music of Power”; and a photo gallery.

Oscar Nominated ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Due on Digital March 12, Disc March 26 From Fox

If Beale Street Could Talk, which has earned Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Regina King) and Best Original Score, will come out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) March 12 and Blu-ray and DVD March 26 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Adapted from James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, the film is a love story set in early 1970s Harlem. Newly engaged 19-year-old Tish (KiKi Layne) and her fiancé Fonny (Stephan James) have a beautiful future ahead. But their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Now the pair and their families must fight for justice.

Special features include deleted scenes, the featurette “If Beale Street Could Talk: Poetry in Motion” and audio commentary by Jenkins.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 2/12/19;
Fox;
Drama;
Box Office $210.68 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug material and language.
Stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers.

In telling the history of the legendary rock band Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t get any more complicated than it needs to be.

Presented primarily as a biopic of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the film depicts the band’s formation, their rise to stardom and their triumphant performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Mercury’s sometimes turbulent personal life as he realizes his sexual identity provides the primary character drama of the movie, interspersed with the touchstones of the group’s greatest hits being created.

It’s essentially a two-hour long Queen tribute video that isn’t so much interested in diving into the more tawdry aspects of Mercury’s life as it is focusing on the music (which is to be expected, given how the film was co-produced by some of Mercury’s old bandmates, who were looking for more of a tribute than an exposé).

Of course, the fact that it’s such a loving tribute, loaded with such great music, makes it an easy movie to enjoy. There’s also a fun cameo from Mike Myers, calling back to the memorable use of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in Wayne’s World.

Rami Malek so thoroughly transforms into Mercury that it’s easy to forget it’s a performance, especially during re-creations of the band’s shows, particularly the final Live Aid extravaganza, which is the subject of two separate extras on the Blu-ray.

One is the complete 22-minute re-creation of the Live Aid performance, which is absolutely faithful to the original event and a pretty fantastic medley of Queen songs. The other is a 20-minute featurette about staging the Live Aid performance, which involved a lot of visual effects to re-create the old Wembley Stadium and digitally fill it with 100,000 screaming music fans.

Malek’s transformation into Freddie Mercury is the subject of another 16-minute featurette, while the 20-minute “The Look and Sound of Queen” deals with the process of re-creating the era.