‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ Headed to Digital July 12, Disc July 19

The 20th Century Studios animated adventure The Bob’s Burgers Movie will be available on digital July 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD July 19 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. A 4K Ultra HD Steelbook featuring custom artwork will be available only at Best Buy.

The film will also begin streaming July 12 on HBO Max and Hulu.

The animated musical comedy-mystery-adventure is based on the long-running, Emmy award-winning series. In the feature, after a ruptured water main creates a sinkhole in front of Bob’s Burgers and blocks the entrance, Bob and Linda Belcher struggle to keep the business afloat, and the kids try to solve a mystery that could save the restaurant. 

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Bonus features include deleted scenes, animation extras, audio commentary and a new short, “My Butt Has a Fever.”

The film has earned more than $33.2 million in theaters.

Murder Is in the Air April 5 With ‘Scream,’ ‘Death on the Nile’ Arriving on Disc

Mystery and horror fans are in for a bloody good time April 5 with the Blu-ray and DVD release of the latest entries from a couple of popular franchises — the new Scream and the latest adaptation of Death on the Nile — while the first season of “CSI: Vegas” arrives on DVD.

Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group releases the fifth entry in the “Scream” franchise on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 5. The studio is also releasing the new film and the original 1996 horror flick in a “Scream” two-movie collection on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The 2022 Scream film reunites Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, reprising their roles. The story takes place 25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro as a terrifying new killer resurrects the Ghostface mask. As the deaths mount, Woodsboro’s new targets must seek help from the survivors of the original Ghostface attacks. Only Sidney Prescott (Campbell), former sheriff Dewey Riley (Arquette), and reporter Gale Weathers (Cox) can find a way to stop the killer when everyone is a suspect. The film also stars Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid and Marley Shelton. The film earned $81.6 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution April 5 releases 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed 1937 novel is directed Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and serves as a sequel to his 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. The cast also includes Tom Bateman as Bouc, Annette Bening as Euphemia Bouc, Russell Brand as Dr. Bessner, Ali Fazal as Andrew Katchadourian, Dawn French as Bowers, Gal Gadot as Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, Armie Hammer as Simon Doyle, Rose Leslie as Louise Bourget, Emma Mackey as Jacqueline de Bellefort, Sophie Okonedo as Salome Otterbourne, Jennifer Saunders as Marie Van Schuyler and Letitia Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne. In the film, Poirot’s spectacular Egyptian vacation aboard a river boat becomes a terrifying search for a murderer after a picture-perfect couple’s honeymoon is cut tragically short. The film earned a disappointing $45.4 million at the domestic box office, a far cry from the $102.8 million of its predecessor. However, Death on the Nile also had to contend with several delays due to the pandemic, and in the meantime saw many of its cast members hit by negative press and social media cancellation campaigns. It did earn positive reviews for its performances and spectacle, and a third Branagh adaptation is reportedly already in development. Read a review here.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release CSI: Vegas — Season One on DVD April 5. The continuation of the 2000-15 original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” procedural crime drama stars Jorja Fox and William Peterson reprising their roles as Sara Sidle and Gil Grissom. “CSI: Vegas” follows the team as they return to where it all began, faced with obstacles and trying to keep the city of Las Vegas from disaster. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire crime lab and release thousands of convicted killers back onto the neon-lit streets of Vegas, a brilliant new team of investigators led by Maxine Roby (Paula Newsome) must enlist the help Gil, Sara and David Hodges (Wallace Langham). This combined force will deploy the latest forensic techniques to do what they do best — follow the evidence — in order to preserve and serve justice in Sin City. The three-disc collection includes all 10 episodes from the first season, plus deleted scenes and three bonus featurettes.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases season four of the dystopian drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale” on DVD April 5. The Handmaid’s Tale: The Complete Fourth Season includes all 10 episodes of the fourth season. Starring Emmy Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss (“Top of the Lake,” “Mad Men”), “The Handmaid’s Tale” tells the story of June Osborn (Moss), a handmaid who is one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as an attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In season four, June strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader but the risks she takes bring dangerous new challenges and her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her. The series also stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, Bradley Whitford and Sam Jaeger.

Parallel Mothers, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Penelope Cruz) and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias). In the film, two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and become pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment April 5 also releases Jockey, a film festival favorite about an aging racehorse rider (Clifton Collins Jr.) and his quest for one last win. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Collins portrays veteran jockey Silva, who hopes to win one last title for his longtime trainer (Molly Parker), who has acquired what appears to be a championship horse. But the years — and injuries — have taken a toll on his body, throwing into question his ability to continue his lifelong passion. And the arrival of a young rookie rider (Moises Arias), who claims to be his son, and whom he takes under his wing, further complicates the path to fulfilling his dream. Filmed at a real racetrack in Arizona, and featuring real jockeys, Jockey was an official selection at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where Collins won a U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Actor. It also was an official selection at the 2021 SCAD Savannah Film Festival, where Collins was honored with a Distinguished Performance Award; the 
2021 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2021 Hamptons International Film Festival, and the 2021 AFI Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in the Narrative Feature Film category.

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The Pierce Brosnan adventure The King’s Daughter was released for digital purchase April 4 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Gravitas Ventures. In addition to Brosnan, the film features Kaya Scodelario, Benjamin Walker, Pablo Schreiber, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Fan Bingbing, William Hurt and Julie Andrews as the narrator. In the film, King Louis XIV’s (Brosnan) quest for immortality leads him to capture a mermaid’s life force, but his immovable will is challenged when his long-hidden illegitimate daughter (Scodelario) forms a bond with the magical creature. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 19.

The horror-thriller The Long Night debuts on Blu-ray and DVD April 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, while searching for the parents she never knew, a young woman returns to her childhood stomping grounds with her boyfriend to investigate her family’s whereabouts. Her search takes a bizarre turn when a nightmarish cult looking to fulfill a twisted apocalyptic prophecy arrives to terrorize the couple.  The sophomore feature film from music video director and composer Rich Ragsdale stars Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween I and II), Nolan Gerard Funk (“The Flight Attendant”), Deborah Kara Unger (The Game) and Jeff Fahey (“Lost,” Machete).

Two Japanese Ultraman titles, Ultraseven X: The Complete Series and Superior 8 Ultra Brothers, hit Blu-ray Disc April 5 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Superior 8 Ultra Brothers unites three generations of Ultra Heroes for an interdimensional adventure. The story begins in 1966 as three boys named Daigo, Asuka, and Gamu watch the premiere of a new television series called Ultraman. Captivated from the start, they continue to follow and be inspired by the ongoing exploits of Ultraman and his fellow Ultra Brothers.  Decades later, Daigo is working for the tourism board in Yokohama when he witnesses a strange mirage of a dying world ravaged by giant monsters.  Additional visions soon follow, including one in which the friendly shopkeepers Hayata, Dan, Goh and Hokuto transform into the famous Ultra Brothers from TV. Daigo confides in Asuka and Gamu, who begin to have similar dreams in which they become Ultramen called “Dyna” and “Gaia.” The sudden appearance of Monster Guesra and the hero Ultraman Mebius convince Daigo that his visions are coming true, and his world is in great danger.

In Ultraseven X: The Complete Series, available on Blu-ray and digital, a young man is awoken from a fevered dream and barely recognizes himself. A mysterious woman hands him a spectacles-shaped item, says the key holds tremendous power, and tells him it is his duty to save the world. Before asking any more questions, he and the woman are torn apart by a violent explosion. Soon, he is contacted by a secret organization named Deus. He is told he is Agent Jin and his job is to rid this world of vicious alien invaders.

Independent film distributor 1091 Pictures April 5 releases through digital retailers On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors, a documentary from Small Town Monsters that investigates a series of cattle mutilations that have occurred at the Miller Ranch in Southern Colorado since 1999. On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors follows investigator Shannon LeGrow (host of the “Into the Fray” podcast) as he visits the Miller Ranch in Southern Colorado, where the property owner claims to have lost 16 cattle in ways that truly defy logic. They find an unusual amount of activity, from odd lights seen in the air and on the ground, to unusual sounds, enigmatic government black helicopters, and even specific parts of the property that seemed to invite deadly accidents. At the heart of all this activity was a series of cattle mutilations that truly call into question what we think we know about the topic of aliens and UFOs. Directed and produced by Seth Breedlove, the documentary is a follow-up to the 2020 miniseries On the Trail of UFOs, and 2021’s On The Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky.

On the streaming side of things, April 5 sees the premiere of the new 4K restoration of Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut exclusively on streaming service Paramount+ on April 5. The 1979 theatrical cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture was considered by many fans to be an incomplete film due to a string of production problems, as due to an ironclad release date it was rushed to theaters with incomplete visual effects and forced editing choices, clocking in at 131 minutes. Many critics felt the film’s pace was slow and ponderous. A 1983 television edit for ABC added 12 minutes of deleted scenes back into the film. In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects with CGI. His updated vision, coming in at 136 minutes, was released on DVD in standard-definition, but has never been available in high-definition until now, as the new visual effects had to be re-rendered in 4K. Read a review here.

Fans will also have the opportunity to see the remastered Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut on the big screen when Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures bring it to theaters for an exclusive two-day event May 22 and May 25. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 8 at FathomEvents.com. The director’s cut will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in September.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

March 15 Home Releases: ‘Spider-Man’ Available Digitally, ‘West Side Story’ Arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc

March 15 sees the digital release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, as well as the Blu-ray and DVD release of the West Side Story remake.

The Marvel Studios film Spider-Man: No Way Home arrives for digital purchase March 15 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. As the film begins, the friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk, including MJ (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Peter (Tom Holland) will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse. Spider-Man: No Way Home earned $792.3 million at the domestic box office and $1.877 billion worldwide, making it the top grossing film of 2021 in both arenas (as well as No. 3 all time in North America and No. 6 all time globally). It arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc April 12.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution march 15 releases director Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic musical West Side Story on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. West Side Story, based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, was originally released on Broadway in 1957, and was previously adapted for film in 1961, winning Best Picture at the Oscars. It tells the tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1950s New York City. The remake, which is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (Maria.) Moreno also serves as one of the film’s executive producers. The home video editions include a 96-minute making-of documentary consisting of various featurettes. Read a review here.

The dark comedy Red Rocket arrives March 15 on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Sean Baker (The Florida Project, Tangerine), it’s the story of Mikey Saber (Simon Rex), who is back home in small-town Texas after burning bridges and flaming out all over Los Angeles. A hustler, operator and charismatic con man, Mikey quickly learns that no one wants him back. When he meets a teenager working at the local donut shop, he sees his ticket back to the big time. The film premiered at Cannes and was nominated for three Gotham Awards.

The Russian sci-fi thriller Project Gemini will be released for digital purchase, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, after centuries of destroying Earth’s resources, humankind faces the grim reality that its last shot at survival may require creating an entirely new home — in outer space. An international expedition is quickly formed to find a suitable new planet, but when plans go awry, the crew is suddenly stranded without power on a strange planet. Unfortunately, they’ll soon learn that something truly unimaginable has been out there watching, lying in wait for the unwary human scouts.

The Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Marry Me became available for digital purchase March 13 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film — featuring Owen Wilson and original music by Lopez and Latin music megastar Maluma — follows a heartbroken pop star (Lopez), slated to marry her pop star fiancé (Maluma) on stage, who instead marries a stranger from the audience — a high school math teacher (Wilson). Against the odds, their relationship develops into something real. The film also stars John Bradley (“Game of Thrones”), Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet) and Chloe Coleman (“Big Little Lies”). It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD March 29. The film is also streaming on Peacock.

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The 1989 cult comedy Dream a Little Dream joins the Vestron Video Collector’s series on Blu-ray and digital March 15 from Lionsgate. The film stars Corey Feldman (Stand by Me, The Goonies, The Lost Boys) and Corey Haim (The Lost Boys, License to Drive, Lucas), as well as Piper Laurie (The Hustler, Carrie, TV’s “Twin Peaks”), Jason Robards (All The President’s Men, Parenthood, Magnolia), Harry Dean Stanton (Repo Man, Alien), and Meredith Salenger (The Journey of Natty Gann, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, Lake Placid). In the body-swap comedy, Bobby has everything a young guy should: a good buddy, a girlfriend and parents who love him. When the older couple down the street try a transcendental experiment to extend their lives, they become trapped in the teens’ bodies. Dream a Little Dream bonus features include interviews with Corey Feldman and executive producer Lawrence Kasanoff, audio commentary with film historian Jarret Gahan, theatrical trailers, TV spots, and a stills gallery.

The 1981 horror classic An American Werewolf in London arrives in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray special edition March 15 from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group. Director John Landis (The Blues Brothers, Trading Places) combines macabre horror with dark humor in the film, which is newly restored in 4K with Dolby Vision. In the film, American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter, Walkabout) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital. The film features Rick Baker’s ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special makeup effects.

Kino Lorber March 15 releases on Blu-ray Disc the 1930 German film Farewell (Abschied). In a return to the realistic “street films” of the German silent era, Robert Siodmak (Criss Cross) directed this comedy drama of intersecting lives within the rooms of a working-class boarding house. Aribert Mog (Ecstasy) and Brigitte Horney (Munchausen) star as Peter and Hella, a young couple waiting for the opportunity to be married. When Peter receives a job opportunity in Dresden, he intends to surprise Hella with the news. But when word spreads among the other lodgers, it creates a series misunderstandings that could jeopardize the couple’s happiness. Bonus features include an audio commentary by film historian Anthony Slide and an alternate “happy” ending.

Criterion Collection March 15 releases 1970’s Le Cercle Rouge on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The film stars Alain Delon as a master thief, fresh out of prison, who crosses paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volontè) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). The unlikely trio plot a heist, against impossible odds, until a relentless inspector and their own pasts seal their fates. With its honorable antiheroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces, Le cercle rouge is the quintessential film by Jean-Pierre Melville—the master of ambiguous, introspective crime cinema. The 4K/Blu-ray combo pack includes a new 4K restoration from Studiocanal of the uncut version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. The 4K disc includes the film with Dolby Vision HDR and the regular Blu-ray includes the film and special features. Extras include segments from a 1971 episode of “Cinéastes de notre temps” featuring director Jean-Pierre Melville; interviews with assistant director Bernard Stora and Rui Nogueira, author of Melville on Melville; on-set and archival footage, featuring interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, Yves Montand and André Bourvil; the film’s trailer; and essays by film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Fujiwara, excerpts from Melville on Melville, a 2000 interview with composer Eric Demarsan, and an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo.

The 2007 Mark Wahlberg actioner Shooter will be released on 4K Ultra HD for the first time March 15 in a limited-edition Steelbook from Paramount Home Entertainment. Wahlberg and director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Infinite) team up for the first time on this action thriller in which Wahlberg stars as a respected former Marine sniper who is pressed into service to stop an assassination attempt on the president. When he’s double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must prove his innocence while evading every law enforcement agency in the country and a shadowy organization that wants him dead. Originally released on March 23, 2007, Shooter celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

The documentary The Last Mountain will be released on digital and on demand March 15 from Universal Pictures Content Group. Directed by Emmy award-winner Chris Terrill and from Emmy Award-winning producer Julia Nottingham and BAFTA Award winning producer Olivia Lichtenstein, The Last Mountain explores the forces that drove two mountaineers — one a mother, the other her son — to their untimely deaths a quarter of a century apart.

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West Side Story (2021)

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 3/15/22;
Disney/20th Century;
Musical;
Box Office $38.32 million;
$29.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $43.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some strong violence, strong language, thematic content, suggestive material and brief smoking.
Stars Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Brian d’Arcy James, Corey Stoll, Josh Andrés Rivera, Rita Moreno.

Director Steven Spielberg tries his hand at filming a feature-length musical for the first time in his career with a fresh adaptation of the acclaimed 1957 stage version that played on Broadway.

The play, based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, was famously adapted into a film version in 1961 that won the Oscar for Best Picture, so there were serious doubts over whether a modern remake was even necessary.

Spielberg, though, grew up with the music of the original stage version, and felt a 60-year gap between the films was enough time to justify his own take on the material.

The original version, conceived of by Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents, modernized Shakespeare’s famed love story to be about rival street gangs in New York in the 1950s — the Jets, who were white Americans, and the Sharks, who were Puerto Rican. Their power struggle is complicated when a Jet named Tony falls in love with Maria, sister of the head of the Sharks.

Rather than re-modernize the play modern day, Spielberg is faithful to the 1950 setting, going so far as to shoot it on film in a way that just looks like it could have been shot back then.

While respectful of the 1961 version directed by Robbins and Robert Wise, Spielberg embraces the cinematic nature of the story’s gang war to great effect, with impeccably staged musical numbers that don’t detract from the romantic nature of Tony and Maria’s story, or the violent backdrop of the life-and-death battle to control the streets.

Ansel Elgort makes for a fine Tony, while newcomer Rachel Zegler carries the day as Maria. Rita Moreno, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for playing Maria’s friend Anita in the original film, returns to the cast in a reworking of the Doc character that serves as a mentor to Tony.

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The Blu-ray includes a thorough 96-minute behind-the-scenes documentary that is broken up into smaller featurettes that cover individual topics such as costumes, sets, and the staging for several of the songs, which have been slightly rearranged to heighten the emotional impact of the story.

Some of these making-of segments include one of the last interviews with Sondheim, who died aged 91 in November 2021 just days before the new film’s premiere.

‘Death on the Nile’ to Stream on HBO Max and Hulu Beginning March 29

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ mystery thriller Death on the Nile will stream on HBO Max in the United States as well as on Hulu March 29.

Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh and featuring an all-star ensemble cast, the film is based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie. Branagh, back as the iconic detective Hercule Poirot, is joined by Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.

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In the film, which reunites the filmmaking team behind 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the Giza pyramids, the dramatic tale of love gone wrong features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers and wicked twists and turns. 

‘The King’s Man’ Takes Second Week at No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man claimed a second consecutive week at No. 1 on the U.K.’s Official Film Chart through March 9.

The action-comedy-drama prequel starring Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton held on to its pole position, despite close competition from Disney’s animated musical Encanto, which climbed one spot to No. 2, just 1,000-unit sales behind.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Dune climbed one spot to No. 3, while MGM/Universal Pictures’ No Time to Die was No. 4. Former chart-topper House of Gucci (Universal) dropped three spots to No. 5, finishing ahead of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife at No. 6.

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This week’s highest new entry was West Side Story (20th Century Studios), entering at No. 7 based on digital downloads only. This latest adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical tells the story of the rivalry between teenage street gangs the Jets and the Sharks and a whirlwind romance between members of the different sides.

Meanwhile, The Suicide Squad (Warner) returned to the top 10 after climbing to No. 8, while Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures) landed at No. 9 and Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paw Patrol: The Movie rounded off the chart at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – March 9, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 THE KING’S MAN 20TH CENTURY
2 3 ENCANTO DISNEY
3 4 DUNE (2021) WARNER
4 5 NO TIME TO DIE UNIVERSAL/MGM
5 2 HOUSE OF GUCCI UNIVERSAL/MGM
6 6 GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SONY PICTURES
7 NEW WEST SIDE STORY 20TH CENTURY
8 11 THE SUICIDE SQUAD WARNER
9 8 VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE SONY PICTURES
10 7 PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE PARAMOUNT

© Official Charts Company 2022

‘King’s Man’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Scream’ Relaunch Tops VOD Chart

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man took over the top spot on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended March 6.

Director Matthew Vaughn’s prequel to the “Kingsman” action franchise tells the story of the formation of the title spy agency during World War I. It was No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was the new-for-digital-purchase Scream relaunch from Paramount Home Entertainment. The fifth entry in the “Scream” horror franchise, which reunites several cast members from the original 1996 film, earned $80 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, MGM’s House of Gucci, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, dropped to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. It also slipped a spot to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

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No. 3 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, and no. 4 on the digital chart, was Lionsgate’s American Underdog, the biopic about Kurt Warner’s rise to becoming an unlikely NFL hall of famer.

The No. 4 disc rental and No. 2 digital title was Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Eternals slipped a spot to No. 5 on the disc rental chart, and was No. 7 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 6:

  1. The King’s Man — 20th Century
  2. House of Gucci — Universal/MGM
  3. American Underdog — Lionsgate
  4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  5. Eternals — Disney/Marvel
  6. The 355 — Universal
  7. A Day to Die — Redbox
  8. Clifford the Big Red Dog — Paramount
  9. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City — Sony Pictures
  10. King Richard — Warner

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 6:

  1. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  2. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  3. House of Gucci — MGM
  4. American Underdog — Lionsgate
  5. The King’s Man — 20th Century
  6. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  7. Eternals — Disney/Marvel
  8. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City — Sony Pictures
  9. The Desperate Hour — Vertical
  10. King Richard — Warner

 

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‘The King’s Man,’ ‘Love Is Blind’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies, while Netflix’s “Love Is Blind” led the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended Feb. 20.

The King’s Man began streaming on two services, HBO Max and Hulu, Feb. 18. The action thriller tells the origin story of the world’s very first independent intelligence agency and is set during World War I. It came out in theaters in December.

Season two of the reality dating series “Love Is Blind” began to be released on Netflix in batches of episodes starting Feb. 11.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with more than 20 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

Landing at No. 2 on the streaming movies chart was Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, based on the classic horror film. It follows a group of influencers who encounter the notorious Leatherface.

Falling from No. 2 to No. 3 on the streaming movies chart was The Tinder Swindler, which started streaming on Netflix Feb. 2. It’s a documentary that tells the story of a prolific conman who posed as a billionaire playboy on tinder, and the women who set out to bring him down.

Taking the silver on the streaming originals chart was HBO Max’s “Peacemaker,” based on the DC Comics character and starring John Cena. It began streaming weekly on HBO Max Jan. 13.

Landing at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was Netflix’s “Inventing Anna,” a miniseries about a notorious conwoman who fools New York’s elite. Created by Shonda Rhymes based on a true story, it began streaming Feb. 11.

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Feb. 20:

  1. “Love Is Blind” — Netflix
  2. “Peacemaker” — HBO Max
  3. “Inventing Anna” — Netflix
  4. “Space Force” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  5. “Dollface” — Hulu
  6. “Ozark” — Netflix
  7. “Reacher” — Prime Video
  8. “1883” — Paramount+
  9. “How I Met Your Father” — Hulu
  10. “Sweet Magnolias” — Netflix

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers Feb. 18-20:

  1. The King’s Man — HBO Max/Hulu
  2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre — Netflix
  3. The Tinder Swindler — Netflix
  4. Marry Me — Peacock
  5. Encanto — Disney+
  6. Eternals — Disney+
  7. Nightmare Alley — HBO Max/Hulu
  8. Fistful of Vengeance — Netflix
  9. I Want You Back — Prime Video
  10. Don’t Look Up — Netflix

‘House of Gucci,’ ‘King’s Man,’ ‘American Underdog’ Lead Feb. 22 List of New Home Releases

Titles new to Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 22 include Universal Pictures’ House of Gucci and The 355, 20th Century’s The King’s Man, and Lionsgate’s American Underdog, while Sony Pictures A Journal for Jordan arrives for digital purchase.

MGM and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release House of Gucci on Blu-ray Disc and DVD release Feb. 22. From director Ridley Scott, the film is inspired by the true story of the family behind the Italian Gucci fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge and, ultimately, murder. The cast also includes Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino. It earned $53.7 million at the domestic box office.

The 20th Century Studios action thriller The King’s Man will be released on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 22 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. Set during World War I, The King’s Man tells the origin story of the world’s very first independent intelligence agency, the Kingsman. As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions across the globe, one man must race against time to stop them. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance. It earned $37.1 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here. Also available digitally and in a Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook will be “The Kingsman Collection,” featuring all three films with bonus features together for the first time.

The sports biopic American Underdog arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Feb. 22 from Lionsgate. A 4K Ultra HD version is available exclusively from Amazon. Based on the true story of two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, the film comes from the Erwin Brothers (I Still Believe, I Can Only Imagine) and screenwriters Jon Erwin (I Still Believe, I Can Only Imagine), David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights) and Jon Gunn (I Still Believe). It stars Zachary Levi (Shazam!, Thor: The Dark World, Tangled), Academy Award winner Anna Paquin (Best Supporting Actress, The Piano, 1993; “X-Men” franchise; The Irishman), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level, “Charmed”), and Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, Far From Heaven, In Good Company). Based on the book All Things Possible by Warner and Michael Silver, American Underdog tells the true story of a football player who went from a stockboy at a grocery store to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback. The film centers on Warner’s unique story and years of challenges and setbacks that could have derailed his aspirations to become an NFL player. With the support of his wife Brenda (Anna Paquin) and the encouragement of his family, coaches, and teammates, Warner perseveres.  It earned $26.5 million at U.S. theaters. Read a review here.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the female spy thriller The 355 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally. The film also becomes available to stream on Peacock that same day. Directed by Simon Kinberg, with a screenplay from Theresa Rebeck and Kinberg, the films starts when a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands. A wild-card CIA agent, Mason “Mace” Brown (Jessica Chastain) joins forces with rival German agent Marie (Diane Kruger), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Penélope Cruz) on a lethal mission to retrieve it. The unlikely team must also stay one step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan), who is tracking their every move as the action rockets across the globe. It earned $14.6 million at the domestic box office.

The supernatural horror tale Fallen will be released for digital purchase, on demand and on DVD Feb. 22 from Lionsgate. The film follows Father Abraham, who was ready to save the world from an evil menace using exorcism — until tragedy struck. Years later, he lives on a remote farm with his daughter, haunted by the faces of those he saved and those he could not. After finding a pale humanoid creature lurking in the woods one night, he shoots and cremates the monster. But all too soon he discovers that the beast was not alone, and that his troubles have only just begun.

The horror flick Ditched will be released on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 22 from MVD Entertainment Group and Epic Pictures. In the film, Melina, a paramedic, wakes up in an overturned ambulance with no memory of the accident. She is trapped in the woods with two prisoner medical transfers and the police escort team, and they are all desperate to escape. The group quickly discover that they are the victims of an ambush with the perpetrators hunting them down one by one. The cast is led by Marika Sila, known for her roles in “The Twilight Zone” and “Lucifer.” Directed by Christopher Donaldson, the film also stars Mackenzie Gray, Lindsay Robinson and Kris Loranger. 

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The Denzel Washington-directed drama A Journal for Jordan is being released for digital sale Feb. 22 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. It arrives on DVD and Blu-ray March 8.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases 1999’s The Green Mile on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Feb. 22. Written and directed by Frank Darabont, and based on the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name, the film stars Tom Hanks as a prison guard whose sense of humanity is re-awakened when he meets a death-row inmate (Michael Clarke Duncan) whose caring demeanor belies his gruesome murder conviction, and who seems to have a supernatural gift to heal living things. The cast also includes David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Graeme Greene, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, Patricia Clarkson and Harry Dean Stanton.

The sequel John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A. arrives on 4K Ultra HD on Feb. 22 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Released in 1996, the film is the follow up to Escape From New York. Kurt Russell returns as anti-hero Snake Plissken, who is called upon to save the world from a doomsday device after a 9.6 quake levels most of Los Angeles. Scenes include Snake surfing Wilshire Blvd., shooting hoops at the Coliseum and dive bombing the Happy Kingdom theme park. The supporting cast includes Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, Cliff Robertson and Bruce Campbell. The disc contains an audio error, prompting Paramount to initiate a disc replacement program. Fans who purchase a disc with a white UPC barcode on the package and would like a replacement should email PHE_CustomerService@Paramount.com for instructions. The corrected product will be shipped free of charge. Corrected versions will have a yellow UPC code.

The 1982 horror film Deadly Games is heading to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Director Scott Mansfield’s oft-overlooked slasher Deadly Games is making its disc-debut. In the film, in a small American town, women fall victim to an unhinged masked maniac with a fondness for board games. Each time the dice is rolled, another victim meets a grisly end. Jo Ann Harris stars as a woman that gets caught up in the killer’s sadistic games after she returns home to mourn the murder of her sister. Sam Groom and Steve Railsback co-star. Made in 1980 but not released until 1982, Deadly Games has languished in relative obscurity for the last 40 years. The release includes a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and new interviews with actor Jere Rae-Mansfield and special effects and stunt co-ordinator John Eggett. The first pressing includes a fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian/author Amanda Reyes. A staple of the French New Wave scene, Claude Chabrol established himself as one of French cinema’s most influential directors despite often being overlooked throughout a career spanning more than 50 years.

The set Lies & Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol, highlighting five of the director’s best films, arrives on Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Entered into the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, Cop Au Vin is a crime film set in a small provincial French town. A butcher, a doctor and a lawyer agree to go into business with one another. But after obnoxious behavior leads to one of them ending up dead, the town’s police detective Inspector Lavardin (Jean Poiret) shows up to investigate. In 1986, Jean Poiret reprised his police detective role from Cop Au Vin in the sequel Inspector Lavardin. In the film, after a wealthy Roman Catholic writer is found dead on the beach of a small coastal town, Lavardin heads to the scene to solve the mystery. When Lavardin discovers that the victim’s widow is an old flame that he hasn’t seen in more than two decades, the investigation takes a turn. Based on Gustave Flaubert’s novel of the same name, Madame Bovary is the story of an attractive young woman (Isabelle Huppert) stuck in a lackluster marriage with a country doctor. To spice things up and escape the boredom of married life, she enters into multiple affairs, runs up countless debts and meets a tragic end. Madame Bovary earned a 1992 Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film and an Oscar nod for Best Costume Design. Betty follows a young, attractive alcoholic (Marie Trintignant) who spends her evenings hopping from bar to bar. One night she meets Laure (Stéphane Audran), an older alcoholic that decides to take Betty in and help her get her life back on track. Betty eventually becomes jealous of her new friend’s relationship and attempts to steal her lover. Torment is the story of a man who appears to have it all before obsession drives him mad. Paul (François Cluzet) owns and runs the successful Hotel Del Lac and is married to the beautiful Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart), a woman he believes to be way out of his league. After witnessing Nelly being friendly to a handsome hotel guest, Paul becomes convinced that she’s unfaithful and begins to follow his wife. His delusion and paranoia lead to tragedy. 

The 1936 musical Dancing Pirate will be released on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 22 from Cinedigm and The Film Detective. Billed as the first ever 100% Technicolor dancing musical, Dancing Pirate stars Charles Collins as a dance teacher from Boston who is tricked into joining a band of pirates, leading him to be fitted for a noose in California. He catches a break when the mayor’s daughter demands the hanging be postponed until he teaches her to waltz. Dancing Pirate earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Dance Direction. The film features many familiar faces from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) as the mayor, Steffi Duna (Waterloo Bridge) as his dancing daughter and Rita Hayworth (Gilda) in an early performance as a specialty dancer. The special-edition release features a new restoration from original 35mm archival material with a new 4K scan.

Two 1980s flicks, the action adventure 3:15 and the sci-fi fantasy Deep Space, are headed to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group.

The classic ’80s grindhouse film 3:15 (1986) heads to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group. “The Cobras” rule Lincoln High and everyone in it — everyone except Jeff Hanna. Once the most feared member of the Cobras, Hanna got sick of fighting and got out of the gang. Now the Cobras have brutalized his new girlfriend and threatened to kill him for his disloyalty. It’s time for one last fight. The film stars a young Adam Baldwin (Independence Day, TV’s “Chuck” and “Firefly”) and Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl, April Fool’s Day), Gina Gershon, Danny De La Paz and Mario Van Peebles. The release features DTS-HD master audio stereo, a new 2019 HD master, an on-camera interview with actor Danny De La Paz, and the theatrical trailer.

Deep Space (1988) heads to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group. A U.S. satellite transporting a secretly engineered creature crashes to Earth near Los Angeles. Police officers McLemore (Charles Napier, Last Embrace, One Eyed Monster) and Sandbourn (Ann Turkel, The Cassandra Crossing, Golden Rendezvous) are assigned to pursue the escaped mutant beast. Along the way, they clash with their superior, Capt. Robertson (Bo Svenson, Breaking Point, Final Chapter: Walking Tall, Delta Force), and the scientists behind the project. Psychic Lady Elaine Wentworth (Julie Newmar) also lends them a hand. The film also stars Ron Glass (“Barney Miller”), James Booth (Avenging Force, Zulu), Elisabeth Brooks (The Howling) and Norman Burton (Scorchy, The Terminal Man) and is directed by cult icon Fred Olen Ray. The release features a new 2018 HD master and audio commentary with the director.

Kino Lorber releases the DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Gomorrah: Season Four Feb.  22. The gangster show from Stefano Sollima (Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, Romanzo Criminale) is based on Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book and the subsequent award-winning film of the same name. “Gomorrah” is set in Naples in the 2010s. The series follows Ciro Di Marzio, a member of the Savastano Camorra clan of Secondigliano, headed by Pietro Savastano. When Pietro is arrested, an internal power struggle breaks out with his rivals as well as between the “old guard” of the clan and the “young guard” headed by his son, Gennaro Savastano. Kino Lorber released season one on Oct. 26 and season two on Dec. 7. In season four, Genny (Salvatore Esposito) needs to change his own life to save the family. As he turns into a businessman, he has to hand his kingdom over to Patrizia (Cristiana Dell’Anna) and entrust his own life to a mob crew with ties to Donna Imma.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Death on the Nile’ Tops Sluggish Super Bowl Weekend Box Office

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ theatrical interpretation of the Agatha Christie novel Death on the Nile is projected to top a sluggish North American box office with an estimated $12.8 million across more than 3,200 screens. The movie directed by Kenneth Branagh, who co-stars alongside Gal Gadot, among others, generated an estimated $33.5 million worldwide.

The opening for Nile is less than half of the opening of Branagh’s previous run as Inspector Hercules Poirot in 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, which generated $28.6 million across its opening weekend, and $353 million worldwide through its theatrical run. That release did not have to contend with competing pandemic concerns and the Super Bowl.

Regardless, the Nile is a win for AMC Networks, which owns licensing rights to the Agatha Christie library following its acquisition of home entertainment distributor RLJ Entertainment.

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The film also bested Jennifer Lopez/Owen Wilson’s new rom-com release Marry Me, which is projected to track just $8 million across 3,642 theaters ($16.5 million worldwide). Affecting the box office as well was the film’s concurrent availability on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.

Paramount Pictures’ second-weekend release of prankster movie Jackass Forever is projected to finish No. 2 with an estimated $8.3 million; $37.4 million worldwide. Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home added another $7.1 million in ticket sales and is expected to surpass James Cameron’s Avatar for No. 3 on the all-time North American box office chart.

Meanwhile, among this week’s Best Picture Oscar nominations, director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza is expected to take in around $920,000 in ticket sales, easily topping Focus Features’ Belfast with less than $300,000. Other nominees, including King Richard, CODA, Dune, Don’t Look Up, The Power of the Dog, and Nightmare Alley are streaming on HBO Max, Apple TV+, Netflix and Hulu, respectively. West Side Story is coming to Disney+ in March.