‘Top Gun’ Flying Back to Theaters for 35th

The Tom Cruise action classic Top Gun will land at more than 150 Dolby Cinemas at AMC across the country for an exclusive one-week engagement beginning May 13.

Newly remastered, the film will be presented with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio.

The limited theatrical release is timed to Top Gun Day on May 13, as well as the 35th anniversary of the film, which was originally released on May 16, 1986.

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The film, starring Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards,  is available now on digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, with more than four hours of bonus content, including a featurette that explores the film’s legacy and enduring popularity through interviews with Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and members of the cast of the new film Top Gun: Maverick.

The story of an elite group of pilots competing to earn the title of “Top Gun” ultimately earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million.

Shudder’s ‘La Llorona’ to Get Digital Release from RLJE Films

RLJE Films has picked up select rights to La Llorona from Shudder, AMC Networks’ horror movie streaming service.

La Llorona, nominated for Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language, in the Golden Globe Awards and Guatemala’s official entry in the 2021 Oscars for Best International Feature Film, will be released through digital retailers on March 2.

The film blends together the terror of both myth and reality in a modern retelling of the legendary genocidal atrocities against the Mayan community in Guatemala. Following a premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival where the film won Best Film (Venice Days), La Llorona was screened at film festivals around the country, including TIFF, Sundance and BFI. The film has been hailed by critics as a true depiction of Latino culture.

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La Llorona is the third feature film from Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante (Tremors), who co-wrote the film with Lisandro Sánchez. The film stars María Mercedes Coroy (Ixcanul), Margarita Kenéfic (Aro Tolbukhin in the Mind of a Killer), Sabrina de la Hoz (Tremors), and Julio Diaz.

In La Llorona, the retired general Enrique finally faces trial for the genocidal massacre of thousands of Mayans decades ago. As a horde of angry protestors threatens to invade their opulent home, the women of the house — his wife, conflicted daughter, and precocious granddaughter — weigh their responsibility to shield the erratic, senile Enrique against the devastating truths behind being publicly revealed and the increasing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Meanwhile, much of the family’s domestic staff flees, leaving only loyal housekeeper Valeriana until a mysterious young indigenous maid arrives.

AMC Announces Private Theater Rentals for as Low as $99

As the pandemic keeps movie theater attendance low, AMC Entertainment has announced the official launch of private theater rentals for as low as $99 for up to 20 people.

The rentals are accessible through an automated booking and purchase system on the AMC website and mobile app. The launch comes four weeks after the initial beta launch of the product, which resulted in 110,000 inquiries around the country, dwarfing the total number of AMC’s private theater rentals in all of 2019 (26,000) by more than four times, according to AMC.

Guests can book a private showing at amctheatres.com/rentals or by updating and using the AMC Theatres mobile app. They select a movie that’s playing in their local theater, the time and date of their requested showtime, confirm and checkout. Rentals must be made at least one day in advance and are subject to availability at the theater.

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New releases, such as Tenet, The War With Grandpa and Freaky, are available starting at $149 plus tax, up to $349 plus tax, depending on location and theater. The rental charge covers the cost of up to 20 tickets, and there is no additional required charge or minimum food and beverage charge as part of the rental. Outside food and drink may not be brought into the screening.

AMC Safe & Clean policies and protocols include mandatory mask wearing and appropriate social distancing within the auditorium. In addition, AMC abides by all state and local directives regarding movie theater operations, and in rare cases, the total allowed guest count may be less than 20 to comply with state and local directives.

“The results and feedback from our guests about AMC Safe & Clean have been overwhelmingly positive, and private theater rentals at AMC provides an additional layer of safety and security to those moviegoers who are looking to see movies with just their family members and friends,” Elizabeth Frank, EVP of worldwide programming and chief content officer, said in a statement. “It’s unprecedented for AMC to receive 110,000 contacts in four weeks about a private theater rental, based only on word of mouth and organic publicity, and we are excited about and appreciative of the interest this has sparked among AMC guests.”

Sci-fi Thriller ‘2067’ Coming to Disc Nov. 17 From RLJE Films

The sci-fi thriller 2067 will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 17 from RLJE Films.

The film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men: Apocalypse, Let Me In) and Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood,” “Sacred Lies”).

In the film, by the year 2067 Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. An illness caused by the synthetic O2 is killing the worlds’ population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: “Send Ethan Whyte.” Ethan, an underground tunnel worker, is suddenly thrust into a terrifying new world full of unknown danger as he must fight to save the human race.

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Bonus features includes director commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette, including an in-depth look at the story, cast, director, the look of the film, costumes and makeup, the time machine, editing and VFX, and music.

‘Better Call Saul’ Season Five Coming to Disc Nov. 24

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Better Call Saul: Season Five on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 24.

In the fifth season of the critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad” prequel, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) begins practicing law under the name Saul Goodman, while Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) begins to question both the direction of her career and her relationship with Jimmy. Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) aids Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in his war on the cartel, putting Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) in a compromising position with the relentless Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton).

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Extras on the Blu-ray and DVD include cast and crew commentaries on all 10 episodes, a gag reel, Mesa Verde Bank and Trust TV spots, Kim’s ethics training videos, and a “Crystal Balls” featurette. The Blu-ray also offers deleted scenes, looks at “The Ambush” and “The Cannon Roll” from the episode “Bagman,” and the featurettes “Tell Me Again,” “The Effects for This!” and “The Good, The Bags and The Ugly.”

Ex-RLJ Entertainment CEO Adds AMC+ to SVOD Duties

Miguel Penella

AMC Networks Sept. 24 announced that Miguel Penella, president of SVOD, is adding AMC+ to his portfolio of over-the-top video services, which includes Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and UMC. Penella joined AMC Networks following its 2018 acquisition of RLJ Entertainment, where he served as CEO.

Shudder recently became the second of AMC Networks’ SVOD services to surpass the 1 million subscriber milestone, following Acorn TV, which reached that mark last September.

“Miguel is a seasoned executive with an extensive track record building successful SVOD products and brands and under his leadership our targeted SVOD services have had tremendous growth,” Ed Carroll, COO of AMC Networks, said in a statement. “We look forward to Miguel bringing his vision and deep expertise to AMC+ as we accelerate our ability to serve fans of our shows by embracing the new ways they are consuming our content.”

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AMC+ is a $6.99 monthly service that brings together content from AMC Networks’ suite of premium brands. It includes original series from AMC and sister networks, ad-free with early premieres on demand, along with AMC Networks’ subscription video-on-demand services Shudder, Sundance Now, and IFC Films Unlimited, and also includes a premium linear network. AMC+ is currently offered to Comcast Xfinity and Xfinity Flex customers as well as to Dish Network and Sling TV customers.

AMC+ includes:

  • AMC — offers current seasons of hit series from AMC and its sister networks like IFC and SundanceTV anytime, ad-free, including “The Walking Dead” and “NOS4A2,” plus extras including bonus footage, sneak peeks of future episodes and exclusive behind-the-scenes features.
  • Shudder — with more than 1 million subscribers, Shudder offers fans of horror and suspense the largest uncut selection of series and films, including original hit series “Creepshow” and acclaimed documentary Horror Noire.
  • Sundance Now — offers a rich selection of original and exclusive series from true crime to heart-stopping dramas and thrillers from around the world, including “A Discovery of Witches,” “Riviera” and “Killing for Love.”
  • IFC Films Unlimited — offers a broad collection of theatrically-released and award-winning titles from IFC Films, the leader in quality talent-driven independent film.
  • Linear Network — includes an ad-free linear channel with some of the best programming AMC has to offer.

 

SVOD services also include:

  • Acorn TV – Acorn is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television with over 1 million paid subscribers in the U.S and Canada and subscribers worldwide in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.
  • UMC — the first subscription streaming service created for black audiences, it features a broad mix of original series, network TV shows, classic sitcoms and feature films.

‘NOS4A2’ Season 2 on Disc Oct. 20

RLJE Films, a division of AMC Networks, will release NOS4A2: Season 2 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 20.

Based on Joe Hill’s best-selling novel about a working-class artist who uses supernatural abilities to track an immortal being who preys on children, the horror series premiered its first season on AMC June 6, 2019, as the second-best cable debut of the year. The second season returned to AMC June 1, 2020, and was also simulcast on BBC America.

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The second season picks up eight years after the events of season one. Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) remains more determined than ever to destroy Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), who, having faced his own mortality, emerges desperate for revenge against Vic. This time, he sets his sights on the person who means most to Vic — her 8-year-old son Wayne. The race for Wayne’s soul sends Vic and Charlie on a high-speed collision course, forcing both to confront the mistakes of their pasts in order to secure a hold on Wayne’s future.

The cast also includes Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jahkara J. Smith, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Virginia Kull.

Blu-ray and DVD extras include the show’s Comic-Con@Home panel and the featurettes “A Look at Season 2,” “Catching Up With the Characters” and “The Origin of Charlie Manx.”

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Season One of ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror’ Coming to Disc Oct. 6 From RLJ Films

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films will release season one of the documentary-horror series “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” Oct. 6 on DVD and Blu-ray.

The series originally aired on AMC Networks in 2018 as part of the AMC Visionaries series.

The documentary is directed by award-winning horror filmmaker Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, The Green Inferno) and written by Kurt Sayenga (“Breakthrough,” “Origins: The Journey of Humankind”). Roth brings together the masters of horror — the storytellers and stars who define the genre — to explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Each one-hour episode takes viewers on an exploration of how horror has evolved through the years and examines the genre’s impact on society as well as delving into how horror maintains its fan base and why audiences are addicted to fear.

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The series features interviews with author Stephen King (“Creepshow,” The Shining), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, “Kill Bill” franchise), Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” “Watchmen”), Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and David Arquette (“Scream” franchise).

Bonus features include five featurettes and extended interviews with Stephen King, Edgar Wright, Quentin Tarantino, Diablo Cody, Roger Corman, John Landis and Joe Dante.

‘The Pale Door’ Opening on Disc Oct. 6

The horror-Western The Pale Door will come out Oct. 6 on Blu-ray and DVD from AMC Networks’ RLJE Films and Shudder, AMC’s online service for horror, thriller and supernatural tales.

Directed by Aaron B. Koontz (Scare Package) who also co-wrote the script with Cameron Burns (Camera Obscura) and Keith Lansdale (“Creepshow”), The Pale Door stars Devin Druid (“13 Reasons Why”), Zachary Knighton (“Happy Endings”), Noah Segan (Knives Out), Stan Shaw (The Monster Squad), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), Bill Sage (We Are What We Are), Melora Walters (“PEN15”, Magnolia) and Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!).

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In The Pale Door, the Dalton gang find shelter in a seemingly uninhabited ghost town after a train robbery goes south. Seeking help for their wounded leader, they are surprised to stumble upon a welcoming brothel in the town’s square. But the beautiful women who greet them are actually a coven of witches with very sinister plans for the unsuspecting outlaws — and the battle between good and evil is just beginning.

AMC Reopening Additional 170 Screens on Aug. 27

After reopening more than 100 locations nationwide, AMC Theatres is preparing to reopen its second wave of theaters, with 170 additional locations set to open Aug. 27, ahead of the release of 20th Century’s The New Mutants. After the second wave of theaters re-openings, AMC will have nearly 300 locations operational nationwide. Kansas-based AMC is the world’s largest exhibitor, with about 1,000 screens, which have been effectively shuttered since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This second wave of reopenings is part of a phased plan to reopen AMC in the United States. AMC currently expects to open approximately two-thirds of its more than 600 U.S. theaters in time for the Sept. 3 release of Warner Brothers’ Tenet. The remainder of AMC’s U.S. theaters will open only after authorized to do so by state and local officials.

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In addition to New Mutants, moviegoers can screen Unhinged (Solstice Studios), Words on Bathroom Walls (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions), and The Personal History of David Copperfield (Disney). Pending new releases include The Broken Hearts Gallery (Sony Pictures/TriStar) and Infidel (American Cinema International) on Sept. 11, and The War with Grandpa (101 Studios) on Sept. 18.

AMC CEO Adam Aron said consumer feedback to theater reopenings has been positive, with the theater imposing seating restrictions and mandating moviegoers wear masks while inside.

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“Our comprehensive commitment to operating our theaters safely now includes social distancing through limiting ticket sales and automatic seat blocking, seamless contactless ticketing, greatly enhanced cleaning procedures, the availability of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes throughout our theaters,” Aron said in a statement.

Whether that will be enough to lure consumers remains to be seen. Wedbush Securities media analyst Michael Pachter contends consumers won’t feel safe returning to the cinema until there is a coronavirus vaccine — a requirement that likely won’t materialize until 2021.

AMC Theatres locations are also screening catalog titles such as Warner Bros.’ Inception; Universal Pictures’ Jurassic Park; Raiders of the Lost Ark; The “Rocky” franchise; Spider-Man: Homecoming; Spider-Man: Far From Home; Shrek; and Sonic: The Hedgehog. Tickets are just $5 each.

AMC is also offering an array of $5 food and beverage treats, including regular popcorn, regular Coca-Cola Freestyle drinks and KidsPacks, through the end of October. All AMC Stubs members will earn double points on all ticket and food and drink purchases through the end of October.

“We have invested millions for high tech solutions to sanitization and disinfection, including electrostatic sprayers, HEPA vacuums and MERV 13 air filters,” Aron said. “Guests returning to AMC can do so knowing that we’ve been in constant dialog with top scientists and experts in public health and cleaning about how best to reopen our theaters in ways that will be responsible and welcoming.”