Warner Releasing Extended ‘A Star Is Born’ on Blu-ray June 4

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release A Star Is Born Encore on Blu-ray June 4.

The extended cut of the 2018 remake starring Bradley Cooper as Jackson and Lady Gaga as Ally includes 12 minutes of additional footage.

The special edition of the film contains extended performances of such songs as “Black Eyes,” “Alibi” and Ally’s impromptu a cappella performance of Oscar-winning song “Shallow” which received the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Fans will also see never-before-seen footage of Ally singing to Jack “Is That Alright?” in the wedding sequence, Jack in his studio singing “Too Far Gone,” Jack and Ally writing a new song together, titled “Clover.”

The Blu-ray combo pack will include both the theatrical version of the film and the Encore version, along with a DVD of the theatrical version and previously released special features. A Star Is Born Encore will also be available through select digital retailers.

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Fans who already purchased A Star Is Born on iTunes and Vudu will be able to watch Encore under the extras section of A Star Is Born starting June 4.

The Blu-ray of A Star Is Born Encore will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment.

‘A Star Is Born’ Shines on Home Video Charts

In a big week for music-heavy movies, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray and DVD release of the latest remake of A Star Is Born topped the national home video sales charts the week ended Feb. 23.

The story, involving an older star discovering and falling in love with an up-and-coming starlet, was previously filmed in 1937, 1954 and 1976. The fourth Hollywood version , this time starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (who also directed), earned $211 million at the domestic box office and just won an Oscar for the song “Shallow.”

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The previous week’s top seller, 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, dropped to No. 2 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Bohemian Rhapsody picked up four Oscars, including Best Actor for Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. It sold about 52% as many copies in its second week as A Star Is Born sold in its first.

Debuting at No. 3 on both charts was another remake, Lionsgate’s Robin Hood. The critically derided retelling of the classic story — which stars  Taron Egerton as Robin Hood, Jamie Foxx as Little John and Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham — earned just $30.8 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures’ animated The Grinch landed at No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, down from the second spot on both a week earlier.

Another newcomer, Paramount’s Overlord, took No. 5 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The World War II-based horror film earned $21.7 million in U.S. theaters.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 53% of first-week Star Is Born sales, with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray accounting for 8% of its sales. By contrast, Robin Hood had 61% of its sales from Blu-ray, with 12% from UHD BD, while Overlord had 72% from Blu-ray and 18% from UHD BD.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 24, A Star Is Born debuted at No. 1, followed by Bohemian Rhapsody at No. 2 and Robin Hood at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Paramount’s Nobody’s Fool at No. 4 and Overlord at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 2-23-19
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Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 2-23-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 2-23-19
Sales Report for Week Ended 2-23-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 2-25-19

 

Merchandising: Retailers Switch Up ‘A Star Is Born’ Box Art

The retail exclusives for the Feb. 19 home video release of Warner’s A Star Is Born focused on variants of the box art.

Wide-release box art for A Star Is Born DVD (left) and Blu-ray
Target’s A Star Is Born Blu-ray box art

Target offered a version of the Blu-ray combo pack with special box art and the exclusive featurette “A Star Is Born: Backstage Pass,” at $26.99.

The standard DVD and Blu-ray releases already include a making-of featurette, bonus song performances, and music videos.

In addition, Target gave shoppers a $5 gift card with the purchase of both the movie and the film’s CD soundtrack, which was priced at $11.99 and included an exclusive poster.

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Best Buy delivered its usual Steelbook edition of the film, offered for both the standard Blu-ray ($29.99) and the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack ($34.99).

Best Buy A Star Is Born Steelbooks
Walmart’s A Star Is Born DVD

Likewise, Walmart dipped into its usual bag of tricks for an exclusive, choosing to offer a slimmed-down DVD variant with different artwork but without the bonus disc included with the wide release containing the behind-the-scenes material. The only extras included with the Walmart version are the music videos, for $16.96. By comparison, the regular DVD with the additional extras is listed on Walmart’s website and priced at other stores at $17.99.

 

Universal Pictures Continues Redbox Chart Streak With ‘Halloween’

Universal Pictures continues its run on top of the Redbox charts, with the latest installment in the gruesome “Halloween” horror movie franchise debuting at No. 1 on both charts the week ended Jan. 20.

Halloween, the 11th installment that began with the 1978 original also called Halloween, topped both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and streaming.

The new Halloween earned nearly 160 million in North American theaters. It comes full circle, following Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) 40 years after she survived Michael Myers’ initial killing spree chronicled in the first movie.

Halloween bumped another Universal Pictures film, Night School, out of the No. 1 spot it had held for the past three weeks on the Redbox disc-rental chart and two weeks on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

The Kevin Hart-starring comedy, which earned $77.3 million in North American theaters, slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

Debuting at No. 2 on both charts was another new release, Goosebumps 2, from Sony Pictures. Like Halloween, Goosebumps 2 was released theatrically in time for Halloween. A sequel to 2015’s Goosebumps, the followup racked up a $46.7 million domestic gross.

Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 on the kiosk chart, and to No. 6 from No. 4 on the digital chart.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc-rental chart was a third new release, Speed Kills, from Lionsgate. The film stars John Travolta as a rich speedboat racing champion who leads a double life that gets him in hot water with both the police and a team of drug lords. It’s the latest in a string of theatrical flops starring the one-time ‘A’ list star.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor moved back up to No. 4 from No. 6 the prior week, while the No. 5 spot went to 20th Century Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale, down two spots from the previous week.

A fourth new release, Warner’s A Star is Born, debuted at No. 8 on the Redbox digital chart. The film – which received eight Oscar nominations, including a nod for “Best Picture,” won’t be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc until Feb. 19.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending January 20

  1. Halloween (2018, new)
  2. Goosebumps 2 (new)
  3. Night School
  4. Venom
  5. Speed Kills (new)
  6. White Boy Rick
  7. The Equalizer 2
  8. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  9. Smallfoot
  10. Peppermint

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending January 20

  1. Halloween (2018, new)
  2. Goosebumps 2 (new)
  3. Night School
  4. A Simple Favor
  5. Bad Times at the El Royale
  6. Venom
  7. The Old Man & The Gun
  8. A Star is Born (2018, new)
  9. The Equalizer 2
  10. White Boy Rick

 

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Netflix’s ‘Roma’ Leads Oscar Nominations

The critically acclaimed film Roma from director Alfonso Cuarón scored a major victory in Netflix’s efforts to be taken seriously as a movie-distribution outlet, securing 10 Oscar nominations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards Jan. 22. Roma tied with Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite, which also had 10 nominations.

Roma is available now for viewing on the SVOD service, having qualified for the Oscars with a brief theatrical run at the end of 2018. Its nominations include Best Picture, Best Foreign-Language Film (representing Mexico), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Yalitza Aparicio, Best Supporting Actress for Marina de Tavira, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Its 10 nominations tie it with 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for most nominations by a foreign-language film.

Another Netflix-distributed film, the Coen Bros.’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, earned three nominations, including adapted screenplay, original song for “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” and costume design.

The Favourite earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Olivia Colman (who takes over as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s “The Crown” later this year), Best Supporting Actress for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Production Design.

An aggressive marketing push from Walt Disney Studios helped secure seven nominations for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, including for Best Picture, the first comic-book based superhero film to earn such an honor (a decade after the snub of The Dark Knight supposedly prompted the Academy to increase the Best Picture field from five nominees to up to as many as 10 – there were eight this year). Black Panther also earned noms for Best Original Score, Best Original Song for “All the Stars,” Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The film is readily available through digital channels and on Blu-ray and DVD. It was the No. 3-selling disc of 2018, according to the NPD Group.

And in a bit of a double whammy for comic book movies, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse earned a nomination for Best Animated Feature, alongside Disney’s Incredibles 2 (available now on disc and digital) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (available digitally Feb. 12 and on disc Feb. 26), Fox’s Isle of Dogs (available now on disc and digital), and Gkids’ Mirai.

Other Best Picture nominees include Universal’s BlackKklansman (available on disc and digital), which earned six nominations; Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody (on digital now, disc Feb. 12), which earned five noms, including Best Actor for Rami Malek; Universal’s Green Book (on digital Feb. 19, disc March 15), which earned five noms; Warner’s A Star Is Born (available now digitally, on disc Feb. 19), which earned eight noms, including Best Original Song for “Shallow”; and Annapurna’s Vice.

Like Roma, Cold War also was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film, representing Poland, and Best Director, for Paweł Pawlikowski, marking the first time two foreign-language nominees were also nominated in the directing category. The other foreign-language nominees were Lebanon’s Caparnaum, Germany’s Never Look Away and Japan’s Shoplifters (due on Disc and Digital Feb. 12 from Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 24 in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees is available at Oscars.com.

FandangoNow Offering ‘A Star is Born’ Streaming Discount

FandangoNow, the transactional video-on-demand service owned by NBC Universal, is offering a $3 discount for streaming access to Golden Globes winning movie A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

Using promo code, “STARISBORN” users can get $3 off the $19.99 purchase price. The offer ends Jan. 31. The movie is not yet available for rent.

Additionally, all previous domestic adaptations of A Star is Born — starring Barbra Streisand (1976), Judy Garland (1954) and Janet Gaynor (1937) — are available to rent for 99 cents or $7.99 to own. The catalog promotion runs from Jan. 18 to Jan. 24.