‘News of the World,’ ‘American Skin’ Top New Releases on Digital and Disc March 9

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s News of the World and Lionsgate’s American Skin top the slate of new releases available for home viewing March 9.

News of the World will be available for purchase on digital March 9. Tom Hanks stars as a former Army captain in the 1870s who moves from town to town sharing the news from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) taken in by the Kiowa people and raised as one of their own, and agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 23.

Vertical Entertainment’s American Skin arrives on DVD and digital sellthrough March 9 from Lionsgate. The film is about a black Marine veteran working as a school janitor who takes the law into his own hands after his son is killed by a police officer who is cleared of any charges. It has been available as a PVOD rental since Jan. 15.

The Jackie Chan actioner Vanguard arrives on Blu-ray and DVD March 9 from Lionsgate, a week after its digital sellthrough bow. In the film, Jackie Chan plays Tang, CEO of the covert security company Vanguard. After wealthy businessman Qin rats out his corrupt partner in an arms deal gone fatally wrong, he and his family become targets of the world’s deadliest mercenary organization — and the fighting power of Tang’s team is their only hope to survive.

Shout! Factory March 9 releases the thriller Rent-A-Pal on Blu-ray and DVD. Set in 1990, the film focuses on a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But, Andy’s friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission.

Also from Shout! Factory March 9 comes the GKIDS anime film On-Gaku: Our Sound, by Japanese filmmaker Kenji Iwaisawa. The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and digital platforms. Based on the comics by Hiroyuki Ohashi, the film follows the story of a feared trio of high school delinquents who, having no skills, money, or even a full set of drums, decide they are destined for musical glory. They embark on the quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and — most importantly — jam out.

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The Russian MMA action thriller Russian Raid will come out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, long after the murder of his father — a secret agent killed in a missile factory raid — an ex-soldier returns to Russia as a mercenary. He leads an elite team on a top-dollar heist targeting the same facility, but no one else knows his true objective is revenge.

Eddie, the story of legendary basketball coach Eddie Sutton, arrives on digital March 9 from Lionsgate. The documentary follows the life and legacy of famed basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who coached across the universities of Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State, becoming one of the winningest coaches in sports history. The film features interviews from notable names in basketball and pop culture, including former President of the United States Bill Clinton, former NBA basketball player Rex Chapman, owner of the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones, University of Kansas head coach and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bill Self, ESPN sportscaster and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Dick Vitale, and basketball analyst and radio host Doug Gottlieb.

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

‘Greenland’ Top New Release on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The doomsday actioner Greenland debuted at No. 4 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 30.

It’s the week’s highest-charting new release, and the only one to make the top five on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Greenland, starring Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin, follows a family’s fight for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. The film launched on premium VOD in the United States Dec. 18 as a $19.99 48-hour rental. The STX Entertainment release subsequently became available for digital purchase Jan. 26 and will be issued on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 9.

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Other new releases on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 30 include Batman: Soul of the Dragon, which debuted at No. 12; Synchronic, which bowed at No. 17; Come Play, which entered the chart at No. 16; and Freaky at No. 18.

Batman, Synchronic and Come Play were released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 26 after two weeks of availability via digital sellthrough.

The animated Batman: Soul of the Dragon, also available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros., is the 41st film in the DC Universe series of animated movies. The Elseworlds tale, set in the 1970s, has Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei to confront a deadly menace. Read a review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray here.

Synchronic, from independent distributor Well Go USA, is a sci-fi thriller about two paramedics who discover a drug that enables time travel. The film enjoyed a one-week disc rental window at Redbox kiosks a week before its wide disc release on Jan. 26.

The supernatural thriller Come Play, from Universal, follows a young boy who relies on his cell phone and tablet for companionship as he befriends a strange and sinister non-human creature. When the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.

Freaky, the latest horror film from Blumhouse, stars Kathryn Newton as Millie, a high school senior who switches bodies with a relentless serial killer nicknamed “The Butcher,” portrayed by Vince Vaughn. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. It was made available via VOD in December.

Also new to the “Watched at Home” chart is Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a summer 2019 home release that popped up at No. 11 as excitement builds over the next installment in the monster franchise, Godzilla vs. Kong, a mashup that will bow March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.

Consumers were also intrigued with two Wall Street movies from Paramount Pictures in the wake of the GameStop stock frenzy. The Wolf of Wall Street jumped 10 spots to No. 9 on the “Watched at Home” chart, while The Big Short entered the top 20 for the first time at No. 13.

The Vertical Entertainment drama American Skin, about a Marine veteran who seeks justice when his son is killed by a police officer, remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week, with Warner Bros.’ Tenet repeating at No. 2 and Universal’s Honest Thief again at No. 3. Rounding out the top 5 was Universal’s The War With Grandpa, down a notch from No. 4 the prior week.

Returning to the top 20 for the first time since early January was Paramount’s dark comedy Fatman, which stars Mel Gibson as a curmudgeonly Chris Cringle who after gifting a spoiled rich kid a lump of coal finds himself the target of a hitman. Read a review of the  Blu-ray Disc here.

  1. American Skin (Vertical)
  2. Tenet (Warner)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. Greenland (Universal)
  5. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  12. Batman: Soul of the Dragon (Warner)
  13. The Big Short (Paramount)
  14. Let Him Go (Universal)
  15. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  16. Come Play (Universal)
  17. Synchronic (Well Go USA)
  18. Freaky (Universal)
  19. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  20. Fatman (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 30.

‘American Skin’ Takes Top Spot on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The Vertical Entertainment drama American Skin, about a Marine veteran who seeks justice when his son is killed by a police officer, jumped to No. 1 from No. 10 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 23, toppling Warner Bros.’ Tenet from the top spot it had occupied for the last three weeks.

American Skin had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2019. Vertical Entertainment acquired the film last December and gave it a multi-platform release on Jan. 15. Lionsgate will release the film on DVD on March 9.

Tenet slipped to No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and The War With Grandpa each backtracked a spot as well, finishing at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Season 3 of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five.

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Three new releases and one catalog title debuted on the “Watched at Home” chart.

The IFC Films documentary MLK/FBI was the top debut, landing at No. 10, followed by Let Him Go, a Universal Pictures crime drama starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, at No. 11.

The STX thriller Horizon Line bowed at No. 15, while Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street checked in at No. 19.

MLK/FBI is a documentary by Sam Pollard that follows late Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. as he is probed and hassled by the FBI and its notorious director, J. Edgar Hoover. The film had its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival and was given a multi-platform release by IFC Films on Jan. 15.

Let Him Go, based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, stars Coster and Lane as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family. The film earned $9.4 million in U.S. theaters and was released for digital sellthrough on Jan. 19. It will make its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on Feb. 2.

Horizon Line is a Swedish adventure thriller released on VOD on Jan. 12. The film follows a couple on a small plane that crash lands on an island that is actually a sandbar, with the two struggling to stay alive before the tide rises.

  1. American Skin (Vertical)
  2. Tenet (Warner)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  7. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. MLK/FMI (IFC Films)
  11. Let Him Go (Universal)
  12. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  13. The Informer (Vertical)
  14. Spell (Paramount)
  15. Horizon Line (STX)
  16. The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
  17. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  18. 100% Wolf (Viva)
  19. The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)
  20. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 23.