Fritz Lang’s 1945 Film Noir Classic ‘Scarlet Street’ Heads to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 30

Kino Lorber is digging deep into the vaults of classic cinema for one of its upcoming 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases.

The independent film distributor has set a Jan. 30 street date for Scarlet Street, the controversial 1945 film noir by acclaimed director Fritz Lang.

The film, a box office hit even though it was banned in three states, stars Edward G. Robinson and will be released in a combo pack, featuring both the 4K UHD disc and the regular Blu-ray Disc, as part of Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics line.

When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Robinson) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett) from the rain-slicked gutters of an eerily artificial back-lot Greenwich Village, he plunges into a whirlpool of lust, larceny and revenge. As Chris’s obsession with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated and transformed into an avenging monster before implacable fate and perverse justice triumph. Dan Duryea (Larceny), Kitty’s pimp boyfriend, skillfully molds “a vicious and serpentine creature out of a cheap, chiseling tin horn,” according to a New York Times review of the film.

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The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray was made from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master from a 16bit 4K scan of the 35mm nitrate composite fine grain, and is presented on a triple-layered UHD100 disc.

The regular Blu-ray Disc also was made from a new HD master from a 16bit 4K scan of the 35mm nitrate composite fine grain, and is presented on a dual-layered BD50 disc.

Both discs include a new audio commentary by film historian Imogen Sara Smith as well as a previously issued audio commentary by David Kalat, the author of The Strange Case of Dr. Mabuse.

 

Home Entertainment 2024 — Transactional: PVOD, Collectors and Launch Parties

A growing number of studio executives and other industry observers say they believe transactional home entertainment — the traditional, a la carte method of bringing a movie or show into the home, either to watch or to own — may be in the early stages of a resurgence.

The realization that subscription streaming is not sustainable on its own has prompted studios to take a second look at what was once the primary “second window” for movies fresh off their theatrical runs, and the result is that more and more films are being released for digital or physical purchase or rental before they are handed off to the streaming services.

SEE ALSO: Home Entertainment 2024, Part 1 – Streaming: Bundling, Ads, Reruns and Live Sports

Through much of 2022, as the world was still grappling with fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Warner, Disney and Paramount were still releasing the majority of their films to their streaming services on the same day as their traditional home entertainment release. Today, all three studios have brought back windows. New theatrical movies are typically available transactionally several weeks before their subscription streaming debuts.

Bob Buchi

“It’s about maximizing the content life cycle through windowing, just as it’s always been,” said Bob Buchi, president of Paramount Home Entertainment,

At Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, division president Michael Bonner notes that both The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Oppenheimer “yielded new benchmarks in digital and physical, demonstrating some of the highest transactional performance levels across the business that we have seen this year. The performance of The Super Mario Bros. Movie was especially standout, earning more digital revenue than any other theatrically released Universal movie ever. Results for Oppenheimer’s 4K Ultra HD release were equally notable, currently tracking in its debut window to be Universal’s biggest-selling 4K title of all time.”

David Decker, president of content sales at Warner Bros. Discovery, also said his division “had a successful 2023, driven by Barbie‘s ‘pink wave’ and the health of the WBD catalog, and punctuated by our ‘WB 100th Anniversary’ promotion. We are finishing the year with digital sales up over pre-pandemic levels.”

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Digital Deluge

Given the higher margins of digital releases — and fewer headaches because there are no manufacturing or shipping costs, not to mention returns — studios in 2023 began focusing on making films available for digital sale or rental much sooner than in the past, often at a premium price. This past year has seen a significant uptick in premium video-on-demand, or PVOD, releases, with films fresh from their theatrical runs becoming available to rent or buy at higher prices as early as 18 days after their big-screen debuts before the price is lowered to the standard transactional price of $5.99 for a rental and $19.99 for a sale. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls Band Together, for example, was released Dec. 19 — just one month after its theatrical debut — at a rental price of $19.99 and a purchase price of $29.99. Six days earlier, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour was released for digital rental only at $19.89, also by UPHE, about 60 days after it opened in theaters — still much shorter than the traditional 90-day window.

Michael Bonner

Even Apple allowed its high-profile film Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese, to be released via PVOD prior to its debut on Apple TV+.

UPHE’s Bonner said 2023 “reinforced our view of the importance of the home entertainment category, led by some impressive title successes across both premium and traditional windows. When studios release titles under a compressed window framework that includes an exclusive home entertainment offering, consumer engagement for transactional formats is very strong.”

Taking Aim at Collectors

The disc business, meanwhile, continues to decline, kept alive by a growing reliance on the collector market and a hope among some for a vinyl-like resurgence.

“Initially, the disc market was driven by families with kids,” said one insider. “Now, the business is being driven by collectors, as evidenced by continued year-over-year growth in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray sales.”

Still, 2023 was a tough year for the disc business, with total consumer spending this year expected to come at less than $2 billion — less than 10% of what consumers spent on DVDs and Blu-ray Discs in the peak year of 2006.

In early September, Ingram Entertainment, once the largest distributor of physical home entertainment product, announced it is getting out of the DVD and Blu-ray Disc business. “Expenses are exceeding sales [so it’s] time to exit,” chairman and CEO David Ingram told Media Play News. Later that month, Netflix shut its legacy disc-rental business and let customers keep whatever discs they had out. And in October, the Best Buy retail chain announced it would exit the DVD and Blu-ray Disc business beginning in the first quarter of 2024.

But things may be looking up for the disc, which once was such a crucial revenue stream that DVD sales projections were factored into the movie greenlighting process.

The streaming services’ content purge may prompt more consumers to consider a la carte options, studio insiders say. And the tendency of digital purchases to sometimes disappear from consumer libraries — a hurdle in getting more people to shell out $20 for a digital movie — may also drive disc purchases.

Critics contend a primary reason disc sales are in a protracted slump is studio indifference. They say the number of theatrical catalog releases has plummeted in recent years, paving the way for pirates. And while fresh new theatrical films continue to be released on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD, special features are becoming increasingly scarce while quality issues abound.

“The studios have checked out,” said industry analyst Ralph Tribbey, who has been tracking discs sales through his DVD & Blu-ray Disc Release Report since DVD was launched in 1997.

But that’s not entirely true. Paramount continues to create collectible disc offerings for a wide array of titles in its vast and storied library, such as a deluxe anniversary package with hours of bonus content for Titanic, new additions to its acclaimed Paramount Presents line such as Terms of Endearment, and newly remastered 4K Ultra HD releases of classics from Roman Holiday to The Truman Show.

Demand for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Oppenheimer was so great that retailers were running out of copies, prompting Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to issue a statement promising to “replenish those retailers quickly so fans can watch the film at home in the best picture quality possible.” Meanwhile, retail-exclusive editions of the film commanded big prices on the secondary market, with Best Buy’s 4K Steelbook edition of the film listed on eBay at an average asking price of well over $100.

And then there’s Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, the latest name for The Walt Disney Co.’s home entertainment operation. The division made headlines in August when it announced it is exiting the disc business in Australia. But just days later, Disney announced plans to roll out several of its popular Disney+ series, including “The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision” and “Loki,” as “Collector’s Edition” 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs in Steelbook packaging.

Since then, Disney has packaged 100 of its animated films into a massive Blu-ray Disc boxed set retailing for $1,500 and issued Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first of its iconic animated classics, on 4K Ultra HD.

David Decker

WBD’s David Decker says the physical business “continues to represent a meaningful portion of our transactional revenue, and WBD remains committed to the category. We will keep reaching casual consumers and avid fans where and how they want our content: from best-in-class 4K Blu-rays to remastered and re-released films on 4K UHD from our 100-year library of titles.”

Independent film distributors such as Ed Seaman, CEO of MVD Entertainment Group, also see opportunity ahead.

“In disc sales, as studios and brick-and-mortar retailers continue to bail, the opportunity grows for both independent distribution and retail/e-commerce,” Seaman said. “Savvy dealers will pick up more and more great movies and shows and feed the strong demand for the end user, who has a huge appetite for collectible content.”

Keeping the Party Going

Studios have also resumed a practice that subsided years ago when streaming became the dominant form of home entertainment consumption: gala release parties celebrating the disc debut of high-profile new theatrical films.

Disney in January 2023 threw a release party for journalists and social-media influencers to promote the Blu-ray Disc release of the thriller The Menu. The party was held at the Blockbuster pop-up on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles and included as guests stars Aimee Carrero, Arturo Castro and Mark St. Cyr. Guests enjoyed drinks that they could order by presenting bartenders with an appropriately labeled Blockbuster videocassette box and “well-made” cheeseburgers from Irv’s Burgers, the historic West Hollywood burger stand.

In September, Disney hosted a dance party at the California Science Center in Los Angeles to celebrate the digital and disc release that day of the live-action feature The Little Mermaid.

And November saw two disc release parties. To promote the DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD release of Oppenheimer, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment held a screening of a making-of documentary, introduced by director Christopher Nolan, at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood. And over in Venice Beach, Disney held a “Haunting in Venice … Beach!” party for A Haunting in Venice, highlighted by trivia for Agatha Christie and murder mystery fans, typewriter poets who wrote on-the-spot personalized poems for partygoers, and sessions with medium Christina Engelhardt.

Lastly, Paramount Home Entertainment in December held a party at Pizzeria Mozza to celebrate the 4K and Blu-ray Disc release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Guests included filmmakers Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Jeff Rowe.

Distribution Issues

One big development on the disc front that occurred in 2023 is word that Walmart, the biggest physical retailer of DVD and Blu-ray Disc with a market share of 45%, is looking to consolidate distribution through Studio Distribution Services (SDS), the joint venture formed by Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. back in April 2021 to sell and distribute DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs in North America. The venture is headed by Eddie Cunningham, a former president of UPHE, a steadfast champion of physical media.

Eddie Cunningham

Cunningham is calling for the elimination of the window — typically two weeks — between a film’s digital release and its physical release, a practice instituted more than a decade ago by the studios in the hopes of jump-starting the electronic sellthrough, or EST, business.

“I do think it is time to closely align disc and EST release dates,” Cunningham said. “While it was clearly the right decision to give EST a short window in the early formative, and massive growth, stages of that developing business, both EST and disc are now mature businesses. I would now let the consumer decide how they want to view content in home entertainment. I believe many of studio our partners are looking at this issue objectively and that we will see some significant movement in that direction in 2024.”

Speaking privately, studio executives say the key obstacle to such a move is one of logistics. Since so many new films are being released through PVOD, there simply isn’t enough time to prepare a disc release on the same day. Traditionally, films come to home entertainment about three months after their theatrical bow; with PVOD, the window can be as short as 18 days.

But Cunningham maintains that at the very least the window should be eliminated between a film’s disc and standard digital release, “where materials can be prepared early enough to work through the much more complex compression and authoring, manufacturing, and distribution challenges unique to the disc business.”

Prospects for 2024

Looking ahead, studio executives are looking at the transactional business with guarded optimism for 2024, particularly on the PVOD front.

 “We expect that extended studio and retailer support of early availability, in addition to strong consumer demand for accelerated theatrical-to-home releases, will continue to fuel meaningful growth of the premium window, offsetting the decline of physical and delivering significant value to the home entertainment ecosystem,” said UPHE’s Bonner.

Adam Frank

“We are seeing strong growth in the transactional marketplace across new releases as well as the weekly and monthly catalog run rate for our own business,” said Adam Frank, EVP of global partner management, sales and distribution for Lionsgate. “The industry is moving away from release-strategy fragmentation as studios prioritize a healthy ‘free-and-clear’ transactional window post-theatrical. This trend should lead to higher engagement from our core transactional audience and an influx of new consumers.”

Paramount’s Bob Buchi agrees. “We know that fans still love to own and collect their favorite films and television shows, which is why we continue to support the physical disc business,” he said. “At the same time, we live in an increasingly digital world so we are exploring some enticing and novel ways to augment both the collectability and gift-ability of digital content. There are exciting developments on the horizon, and just as the home entertainment industry has always done, we will continue to evolve and adapt to changing technologies and consumer behavior.”

Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Decker said that in 2024, WBD is looking to build “on our 2023 momentum. We have exciting new releases coming with titles such as Dune 2, Furiosa (the “Mad Max” prequel) and Beetlejuice 2.”

Decker added that he believes windowing of new releases “is finding its footing. Barbie had one of the biggest premium windows of the year, and the release strategy also helped the film’s historic box office success. We will evolve our strategy in 2024 with more data-driven analysis, working closely with our colleagues at WB Pictures and Max on each individual title. We are relentlessly focused on getting these incredible movies in front of as many people as possible, through the best possible viewing experiences, and at price points that satisfy consumer demands. For us, Barbie said it best: ‘It is the best day ever. So was yesterday, and so is tomorrow and every day from now until forever.’”

‘Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ Due on Regular Digital Jan. 30, Disc Feb. 13

The “Hunger Games” franchise prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes arrives for regular digital purchase Jan. 30 (after a premium run) and 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital), Blu-ray (plus DVD plus digital), and DVD Feb. 13 from Lionsgate.

The film has earned more than $325 million at the box office worldwide.

Based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name, the film stars Tom Blyth (Benediction), Golden Globe winner Rachel Zegler (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, West Side Story, 2022), Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, “Game of Thrones,” 2019), Hunter Schafer (“Euphoria”), Josh Andrés Rivera (West Side Story), Jason Schwartzman (Asteroid City), and Viola Davis (Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “How to Get Away with Murder,” 2015; Grammy for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording, Finding Me, 2023; Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Fences, 2017; Tony for Best Actress (Leading Role – Play, Fences, 2010).

In The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, three-time Grammy Award winner and six-time nominee singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo joins the franchise, co-writing and performing the preeminent original song “Can’t Catch Me Now.”

Set 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes follows a young Coriolanus as he unites with Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games, and battles his instincts for both good and evil.

Also on Feb. 13, Walmart will have an exclusive 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital) Steelbook with special artwork.

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4K UHD / BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Producer-Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson (Not Included on Digital)
  • “Predator or Prey: Making The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” eight-Part Documentary (Not Included on Digital)
  • “The Hanging Tree” Song by Rachel Zegler
  • A Letter to the Fans
  • Theatrical Trailers (4K Only)

 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Producer-Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
  • Featurettes: “Welcome Back to Panem,” “The Music of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,” “The Costumes of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” and The Casting of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”
  • “The Hanging Tree” Song by Rachel Zegler
  • A Letter to the Fans

APPLE TV SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Finding a Different Sound: The Music of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
  • Featurettes: “Welcome Back to Panem,” “The Music of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,” “The Costumes of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” and The Casting of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”
  • “The Hanging Tree” Song by Rachel Zegler
  • A Letter to the Fans

AMAZON BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Imagining a Retro Future: The Look of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
  • The Arc of a Tyrant: Creating Coriolanus Snow in The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

‘Conan the Barbarian’ Movies Headed to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Jan. 30 From MVD

MVD Entertainment Group on Jan. 30 will release the “Conan the Barbarian” two-movie epic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for the first time.

In Conan the Barbarian (1982), John Milius directs Oliver Stone’s adaptation of the pulp novels by Robert E. Howard to the big screen. Schwarzenegger stars as Conan — enslaved as a young boy after cult leader Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) murders his parents. Conan pushes himself from slave to gladiator to freed warrior in search of Doom to exact his vengeance. Along the way Conan learns of love, friendship, wisdom, and loyalty. The film features an impressive supporting cast, including Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Gerry Lopez and Mako. The limited edition 4K UHD comes in a two-disc set, loaded with extras, including new interviews with cast and crew, rarely seen footage and archival materials. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD limited edition sets each include a double-sided fold-out poster, six double-sided collectors’ postcards, an illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and an archive set report by Paul M. Sammon.

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In Conan the Destroyer (1984), the sequel to Conan the Barbarian, Schwarzenegger returns as Robert E. Howard’s sword-wielding antihero. Conan is offered the opportunity to take a young princess (Olivia D’Abo) on a quest to retrieve the jeweled horn of the dreaming god Dagoth. In return, the love of his life Valeria will be brought back to life, though Conan and his fellowship get more than they bargained for as Dagoth may not be the benevolent demigod they expected. Directed by Richard Fleischer, Conan the Destroyer features an international cast that includes supermodel/icon Grace Jones, D’Abo, NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, Tracey Walter, and Sarah Douglas. The Blu-ray and 4K UHD limited-edition sets include a double-sided fold-out poster, six double-sided collectors’ postcards, an illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and an archive set report by Paul M. Sammon. The release features a new 4K restoration from the original negative, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), and newly restored original mono audio and remixed Dolby Atmos surround audio. Bonus features include archive feature commentary by director Richard Fleischer, actors Olivia d’Abo, Tracey Walter and Sarah Douglas; newly filmed interviews and commentary with cast and crew; theatrical trailers; and an image gallery.

‘TMNT: Mutant Mayhem’ Disc Release Party

Paramount celebrated the Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem with a pizza party at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles Dec. 14. The party followed an LA Tastemaker screening of the film, which grossed nearly $120 million at the domestic box office. Among the celebrities in attendance were Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the story and screenplay. A reboot of the “Turtles” film franchise, TMNT: Mutant Mayhem follows the four Turtles as they encounter an army of mutants while on the hunt for a mysterious crime syndicate.

Classic 1984 Film ‘Footloose’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Feb. 13

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1980s classic Footloose — about a city boy whose rebellious love for music and dancing shakes up a small town — on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Feb. 13. 

In the film, which was originally released on Feb. 17, 1984, city-boy Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) is new to an uptight small town where dancing has been banned. Ren quickly makes a new best friend in Willard (Chris Penn) and falls fast for the minister’s daughter (Lori Singer), but his love for music and dancing gets him into hot water.

Directed by Herbert Ross and written by composer and writer Dean Pitchford, the film earned $80 million at the domestic box office.  The supporting cast also includes Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The soundtrack features Kenny Loggins, Shalamar, Deniece Williams, Bonnie Tyler, Quiet Riot, John Mellencamp, Foreigner, and more.  Both the songs “Footloose” and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song.

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Newly remastered, Footloose will be available in a two-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set or a collectible Steelbook with artwork designed to look like an ’80s Walkman.  Both sets include access to a digital copy of the film and the included Blu-ray includes the legacy bonus content below:

  • commentary by Craig Zadan and Dean Pitchford
  • commentary by Kevin Bacon
  • “Let’s Dance! Kevin Bacon on Footloose
  • “From Bomont to the Big Apple: An Interview with Sarah Jessica Parker”
  • “Remembering Willard”
  • Kevin Bacon’s screen test
  • Kevin Bacon costume montage
  • Footloose: A Modern Musical – Part 1″
  • Footloose: A Modern Musical – Part 2″
  • Footloose: Songs That Tell a Story”
  • the theatrical trailer

Merchandising: ‘Oppenheimer’ Steelbooks Fetching Big Bucks on eBay

Amid reports that 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray copies of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Oppenheimer were promptly selling out, the retail-exclusive editions of the film have been commanding big prices on the secondary market.

A listing of ‘Oppenheimer’ 4K Steelbooks available on eBay

In particular, Best Buy’s 4K Steelbook edition of the film is being listed on eBay with an average asking price of well over $100. The highest listing as of Nov. 29 was asking $215 for a copy, with several more in the range of $199. Most listings seem to have settled on an average around $150.

The title was originally listed by Best Buy at $37.99, but preorders quickly sold out and fans bombarded Best Buy with negative reviews over the short supply, prompting the retailer to pull the title’s listing page from its website.

Users on internet message boards complaining about the high secondary pricing blamed scalpers — people who buy multiple copies with the intention of reselling it.

Walmart’s Icon edition of the Oppenheimer 4K Blu-ray, with fold-out packaging displaying images from the film, also sold out at its original $34.96 price. Copies could be found on eBay for around $60.

The wide-release 4K edition of Oppenheimer, which Universal indicated would be restocked to meet demand, was listed on eBay for $20 to $30, not far from the $29.96 it’s being sold for at Amazon.

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Steelbooks have become a popular packaging option for collectors, and Best Buy is well known for offering them as an exclusive variant for the 4K version of most major titles. However, secondary pricing for other recent Best Buy Steelbooks, for titles such as Gran Turismo, The Little Mermaid and Elemental, was mostly in the $50 to $60 range, not far from their original price.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for collectors looking to get their hands on an Oppenheimer Steelbook, however. International releases of the Steelbook, some with identical artwork as Best Buy’s, could be had in the $60 range.

 

‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Headed to Digital Nov. 28, Disc Dec. 12

Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s, a horror film based on the video game series created by Scott Cawthon, will be available on digital Nov. 28 and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Dec. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film, which has earned $272 million at the global box office, streamed simultaneously on Peacock.

In the film, recently fired and desperate for work so that he can keep custody of his little sister, Mike (Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games” franchise) agrees to take a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant: Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. But Mike soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems. Mike’s nights at Freddy’s will lead him into unexplainable encounters with the supernatural and drag him into the black heart of an unspeakable nightmare.

The film also stars Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby-Doo), Elizabeth Lail (“You,” “Once Upon a Time”), Kat Conner Sterling (A Week Away, “The Gifted”), Piper Rubio (“Unstable”) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon).

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Bonus content includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the animatronics and recreating the immersive world of the game.

Sony Pictures Slates Fourth ‘Columbia Classics’ Boxed Set of 4K Exclusives for Feb. 13

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Feb. 13 will release Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 4, the studio’s latest boxed set of six films debuting on 4K disc.

The newest batch of films available on 4K exclusively within the limited-edition set are 1940’s His Girl Friday, 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer, 1984’s Starman, 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle and 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love.

The set is also timed for release as part of the 100 Years of Columbia Pictures celebration.

The collection matches the packaging style of the first three volumes, with a fold-out configuration to house the discs, plus an 80-page hardbound book on the history and impact of the films, which also come with more than 30 hours of new and archival extras. Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision DHR, and five of the films have all-new Dolby Atmos mixes (all but His Girl Friday).

A special bonus disc will also include the complete “Starman” TV series, which ran 22 episodes during the 1986-87 season. The show will be presented exclusively in HD on a 4K disc to maximize space.

The boxed set will include digital copy access codes for all six films, which will also be available for purchase separately at digital retailers in 4K with HDR.

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His Girl Friday is a classic screwball comedy in which Rosalind Russell plays reporter Hildy Johnson, who, on the eve of her remarriage, is talked into one more assignment by her editor and ex-husband, played by Cary Grant. While interviewing a condemned man, Hildy realizes that his hanging is planned as a vote-getting measure. The film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative, plus Mono DTS-HD Master Audio.

His Girl Friday Extras:

  • Audio Commentary Featuring Film Critic and Author Todd McCarthy
  • NEW: Screwball Style: The Iconic Costumes of Robert Kalloch Featurette
  • NEW: Breaking the Speed Barrier: The Dialogue of His Girl Friday Featurette
  • Lighting Up with Hildy Johnson Featurette
  • Ben Hecht Featurette
  • On Assignment: His Girl Friday Featurette
  • Cary Grant: Making Headlines Featurette
  • Rosalind Russell: The Inside Scoop Featurette
  • Howard Hawks: Reporter’s Notebook Featurette
  • The Funny Pages Featurette
  • Vintage Advertising
  • Theatrical Trailers

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner stars Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (who won the Academy Award for Best Actress) as the perplexed parents of Joanna (Katharine Houghton), who returns home with her new fiancé John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor. The film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative, and includes Dolby Atmos English audio, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Mono DTS-HD Master Audio.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner extras:

  • Audio Commentary Featuring Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo
  • Theatrical Teaser
  • Introductions by Karen Kramer, Steven Spielberg, Tom Brokaw & Quincy Jones
  • A Love Story for Today Featurette
  • A Special Kind of Love Featurette
  • Stanley Kramer: A Man’s Search for Truth Featurette
  • Stanley Kramer Accepts the Irving Thalberg Award
  • 2007 Producers Guild Stanley Kramer Award Presentation to An Inconvenient Truth
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Kramer vs. Kramer is a groundbreaking drama about the heartbreak of divorce and the struggle between work and family. Young husband and father Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) spends too much time at work, prompting his wife Joanna (Meryl Streep) to leave him, forcing Ted to become the sole caregiver to their six-year-old son. Just as Ted adapts to his new role and begins to feel like a fulfilled parent, Joanna returns and demands her son back. The film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative, plus Dolby Atmos English audio, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Mono DTS-HD Master Audio.

Kramer vs. Kramer extras:

  • NEW: Audio Commentary with Film Professor Jennine Lanouette
  • NEW: 5 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
  • Robert Benton on Directing
  • Justin Henry on Acting
  • Mothers and Daughters
  • Points of Pride
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Finding the Truth — The Making of Kramer vs. Kramer

 

In Starman, director John Carpenter presents a romantic science-fiction odyssey starring Jeff Bridges in an Oscar-nominated role as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to be a man in love. When his spacecraft is shot down over Wisconsin, Starman (Bridges) arrives at the remote cabin of a distraught young widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen), and clones the form of her dead husband. The alien convinces Jenny to drive him to Arizona, explaining that if he isn’t picked up by his mothership in three days, he’ll die. Hot on their trail are government agents, intent on capturing the alien, dead or alive. En route, Starman demonstrates the power of universal love, while Jenny rediscovers her human feelings for passion. The film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative, plus Dolby Atmos English audio, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio.

Starman extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Actor Jeff Bridges
  • NEW: Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
  • NEW: Behind-the-Scenes Time Lapses
  • They Came from Hollywood: Revisiting Starman Featurette
  • Making-Of Featurette
  • Music Video
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

Sleepless in Seattle stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as two people drawn together by destiny. The film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, restored from the original camera negative, plus Dolby Atmos English audio, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2-Channel Surround DTS-HD Master Audio.

Sleepless in Seattle extras:

  • NEW: 30th Anniversary Critic Commentary with Karen Han & David Sims
  • NEW: A Conversation on Sleepless in Seattle with Gary Foster and Meg Ryan
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Nora and Delia Ephron
  • 4 Deleted Scenes
  • Love in the Movies Featurette
  • “When I Fall in Love” Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

Winner of the Best Director Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love is a misfit love story of disconnected people trying to find one another in an antagonistic world. Adam Sandler stars as Barry Egan, a socially impaired owner of a small novelty business, who is dominated by seven sisters and is unlikely to find love unless it finds him. When a mysterious woman comes into his life, his emotions go haywire, fluctuating between uncontrollable rage, lust and self-doubt. The film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos English audio, approved by director Paul Thomas Anderson, plus 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

Punch-Drunk Love extras:

  • 2 Deleted Scenes
  • Mattress Man Commercial
  • Blossoms and Blood
  • 12 Scopitones
  • Jon Brion Featurette
  • Recording Session
  • Theatrical Trailers

Football Classic ‘Varsity Blues’ to Debut on 4K Ultra HD Jan. 9

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1999 football classic Varsity Blues for the first time on 4K Ultra HD on Jan. 9.

In the coming-of-age story originally released on Jan. 15, 1999, at first backup quarterback Jonathan “Mox” Moxom (James Van Der Beek) is nowhere close to being a star athlete. Perfectly content to stay on the bench, he has no time for coach Kilmer’s (Jon Voight) win-at-all-cost strategies. But when the starting quarterback (Paul Walker) is injured, Mox is in the game and confronting the pressures and temptations of gridiron glory. Soon everyone will realize there’s not just a new star quarterback in town, there’s a new kind of hero.

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Newly remastered from the original camera negative, Varsity Blues will be available in a two-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set that also includes access to a digital copy of the film. The Blu-ray includes legacy bonus content, including commentary with director Brian Robbins and producers Tova Laiter and Mike Tollin; “Football is a Way of Life: The Making of Varsity Blues“; “Two-A-Days: The Ellis Way”; “QB Game Analysis”; “Billy Bob with No Bacon”; and the theatrical trailer.