BayView to Bow Restored 3D Classic ‘Robot Monster’ on Blu-ray and DVD July 25

BayView Entertainment will release the 3D classic Robot Monster (1953) on Blu-ray and DVD July 25.

The movie — which had three recent sold-out “re-premieres” in New York, Los Angeles and Wisconsin, according to BayView — was photographed in less than a week on location, but the Tru-Stereo photography is comparable to the major studio 3D productions of the time.  To mark the milestone 70th anniversary of the sci-fi classic, the 3D version of Robot Monster has been restored from complete 35mm archival 3D elements by the team at the 3D Film Archive, experts in vintage stereoscopic film restoration.

The Robot Monster Blu-ray restoration is presented in both Blu-ray 3D (for those with the necessary equipment) and compatible anaglyphic 3D (one pair of glasses is included), which will play on any system or monitor, as well as in standard 2D as well. The Robot Monster DVD edition can be viewed in compatible anaglyphic 3D (one pair of glasses is included) and standard 2D and contains all of the same bonus features as the Blu-ray.

In the film, a cosmic catastrophe has wiped out humanity, and the last six survivors must outwit that strangely iconic alien menace Ro-Man (George Barrows). Taking orders from the pitiless Great Guidance, Ro-Man wavers in his pursuit of human annihilation when he falls in love with a girl (Claudia Barrett). Can dashing young Roy (George Nader) save her?

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AMC Theatres: 70% of ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Revenue Came From ‘Premium Experience’ Screens

AMC Theatres, the largest theatrical exhibitor in the world, Dec. 19 announced that based on the strength of its premium-format screens, Avatar: The Way of Water generated ticket sales and food and beverage revenue significantly higher than during the same weekend in pre-pandemic 2019, which was led by the opening of Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level.

Tickets sold in RealD 3D and premium large formats such as Dolby Cinema at AMC, Imax at AMC, and Prime at AMC made up more than 70% of all box office gross to the movie at AMC Theatres.

Overseas, the movie played strong all weekend, but particularly on Dec. 17, when AMC’s Odeon Cinemas saw its highest admissions revenue and food and beverage revenue for a single day in 2022.

“We’re greatly encouraged to see our revenues soar on the opening weekend of The Way of Water,” Adam Aron, CEO of AMC Entertainment, said in a statement. “All of us at AMC and Odeon extend our eternal thanks to [director] James Cameron for the brilliance of his vision, and to all our friends at Disney for their tireless efforts to make this remarkable and immersive film. I’ve already seen it twice this past weekend, and I can’t wait to go see it again.”

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Generates Second-Biggest Global Imax Opening of All Time

Imax Dec. 19 announced that director James Cameron’s sci-fi sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, generated a $48.8 million global opening weekend in its theaters — the second-biggest Imax global opening of all time. The follow-up to the original 2009 Avatar also claimed Imax’s biggest December global opening of all time.

The 3D exhibitor accounted for 11.2% of the movie’s $435 million worldwide gross on just a fraction of total screens. The original Avatar is the highest-grossing film of all time in Imax.

Imax generated $16.5 million at the North American box office — 12.3% of total receipts. The Way of Water also heralded a return to form for Imax in China, where the exhibitor delivered a $15.8 million opening weekend. Imax delivered its biggest opening weekend marketing share ever in the Middle Kingdom, accounting for 27% of the total box office in China on only 1% of total screens in the market.

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“As excited as we are about these early results, we anticipate a long and successful run for  [the movie] as more people around the world book their ticket to Pandora,” Rich Gelfond, CEO of Imax, said in a statement.

Imax screens outside of China delivered $16.5 million in box office, with the film scoring the biggest Imax opening weekend of all time in 11 global markets, including IndiaBelgiumCzech RepublicRomania, Serbia, SwitzerlandTurkeyVietnamChileKazakhstan and New Zealand, where The Way of Water was filmed. In total, 41 international markets posted top five all-time Imax opening weekends.

The Way of Water debuted with the widest Imax global release of all time across 1,543 screens. The film will screen across the Imax network through January in most global markets.

Vudu Available on Oculus VR Devices

Vudu, the digital transactional service from Fandango, is now available on Oculus Quest 1 and 2 virtual reality devices.

Without leaving their Oculus VR headsets, viewers through the Vudu app can immerse themselves in content such as the Ryan Reynolds film Free Guy, available to rent on Vudu starting Oct. 12 at $5.99, as well as Jungle Cruise, The Addams Family 2, F9: The Fast Saga and Marvel Studios’ Black Widow. Hundreds of 3D movies are also available to watch on Quest 2 devices, including The Boss Baby: Family Business, Venom, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ready Player One, Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World.

“We’re excited that Vudu will now serve as the official movie and TV store on Oculus,” Fandango chief commercial officer Kevin Shepela said in a statement. “Fandango’s mission is to usher fans to the most moving entertainment experiences and we’re certainly able to deliver that promise with the new Vudu app on Oculus. We’re thrilled to be working with Oculus to help transport fans to new worlds in the most immersive formats available.”

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Available in more than 75 million U.S. TV-connected device households, according to The NPD Group, Vudu has more than 60 million registered users and serves millions of consumers daily across a wide selection of platforms and devices, including Samsung, LG and Vizio Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex, PlayStation, Xbox, TiVo and more.

Docs ‘National Parks Adventure’ and ‘Dream Big: Engineering Our World’ Due on 4K UHD July 24 From Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory will release two documentaries, National Parks Adventure and Dream Big: Engineering Our World, in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set (including 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and digital copy) July 24.

Both were originally filmed for and seen in IMAX and Giant Screen theaters.

Narrated by Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure comes from filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and offers a sweeping overview of the national parks’ history.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World, narrated by Jeff Bridges, celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. The first Giant Screen film for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative, Dream Big aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become innovators and will be accompanied by ongoing educational, museum and community efforts to expose young people from all backgrounds to engineering.

An education-focused 2-DVD edition of Dream Big: Engineering Our World will also be available featuring the movie along with a 150-page educator’s guide (12 lesson plans, including handouts), 10 educational shorts, eight behind-the-scenes featurettes and eight more short “Fun Fact” videos.

Shout! Factory’s catalog of 4K films also includes Journey to Space Flight of the ButterfliesRocky Mountain ExpressHumpback WhalesWonders Of The Arctic The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea and Mysteries of China.