Thriller ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Available for Premium Digital Ownership and Rental July 2, on Disc Aug. 3

The Angelina Jolie thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead arrives for early premium digital ownership and rental July 2 and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 3 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film is directed by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan and stars Oscar winner Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Maleficent) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class).

Jolie stars as Hannah, a smoke jumper reeling from the loss of three young lives she failed to save from a fire. When she comes across a bloodied and traumatized 12-year-old boy, the two set out together to cross miles of thick forest. Braving deadly lightning storms that challenge even Hannah’s well-honed survival skills, they’re unaware of the true dangers they face as they’re hunted by two killers while a massive fiery blaze heads straight for them.

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The Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette and the DVD “Those Who Wish Me Dead First Look.”

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Among Lowest-Streamed Warner Movies

Angelina Jolie’s action-drama Those Who Wish Me Dead tracked 1.2 million HBO Max households during its opening weekend release in theaters and on subscription streaming video, according to new data from Samba TV. The movie, which features Jolie as a wildland firefighter who helps a young boy on a run from killers, generated the lowest SVOD viewership since Warner’s Tom & Jerry in February.

Samba tracks viewer recommend program data — called “automatic content recognition” — from more than 13.5 million smart TVs in the U.S.

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Dead generated $2.8 million at the domestic box office, $7.2 million worldwide. Warner’s 2021 theatrical slate streams concurrently on Max for 31 days following its box office debut.

Samba found that Dead viewership peaked on May 15, with the audience skewing younger (54-years-old and below) and non-white (black +21%, Hispanic +13% and Asian +5%). Of the top 25 designated market areas, Sacramento over-indexed the most, with streaming households up 64%.

Warner’s first hybrid theatrical/SVOD release, Wonder Woman 1984, remains the No. 1 in streaming viewership, generating 4.3 million households in its opening weekend over Christmas. Mortal Kombat started strong with 3.6 million households since its April 23 launch. Detective drama The Little Things had slightly more than 3 million households. Other Warner releases Zach Snyder’s Justice League and The Little Things generated 1.8 million and 1.4 million opening weekend Max household viewership, respectively.

Remastered 20th Anniversary ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ Blu-ray Coming June 1

Paramount Home Entertainment is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie with a newly remastered Blu-ray Disc edition of the film June 1.

Originally released on June 15, 2001, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider stars Angelina Jolie as the video game adventurer, whose exploits send her on a quest for a mysterious and powerful artifact.  The movie also stars Jon Voight, Daniel Craig, Noah Taylor and Iain Glen.

The 20th anniversary Blu-ray will include a digital copy of the film and about 90 minutes of previously released bonus content:

  • Commentary with director Simon West;
  • “Digging into Tomb Raider” featurette;
  • “Crafting Lara Croft” featurette;
  • “The Visual Effects of Tomb Raider” featurette;
  • “The Stunts of Tomb Raider” featurette;
  • “Are You Game? ” featurette;
  • Deleted scenes;
  • U2 “Elevation” music video;
  • Alternate main title;
  • Trailers.

 

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Also due June 1 will be a two-movie collection pairing Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with its 2003 sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider — The Cradle of Life, released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The set includes a digital copy for both films.

The sequel, also starring Jolie, finds Lara Croft on a quest to recover Pandora’s Box before it’s found by a maniacal scientist (Ciarán Hinds) who plans to use it for mass annihilation.

 

‘Serendipity,’ About Breast Cancer Battle, Due on Blu-ray, DVD on Feb. 4

Cohen Media Group has announced a Feb. 4 release date for Serendipity, an adaption of the book by French-born and New York-based artist Prune Nourry detailing her battle with breast cancer — a battle she ultimately won.

The film will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD, at suggested retail prices of $30.99 and $25.99, respectively.

Angelina Jolie and Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) serve as executive producers, while Alastair Siddons (Tomb Raider) produced and wrote the film.

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The documentary follows Nourry who, after her breast cancer diagnosis, chronicles her treatment and its effect on her body, work, mind, and soul. The experience turns her medical odyssey into serendipity, an intimate artistic undertaking that leads her to find new meaning in her work and its serendipitous relationship to her own survival.

Bonus material includes the featurette Conversations at The Quad, with director Nourry.

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Disney Releasing ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Digitally Dec. 31, on Disc Jan. 14

Disney will release the fantasy sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil through digital retailers Dec. 31, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 14.

The sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, a live-action reimagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty, stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and Elle Fanning as her goddaughter, Princess Aurora.

Directed by Joachim Rønning, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil finds the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora challenged by a new alliance forged on the eve of the Aurora’s wedding to Prince Philip.

The cast also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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The film earned $111.6 million at the domestic box office and $480.6 million worldwide.

Blu-ray and digital bonus materials include two extended scenes; outtakes; the Bebe Rexha music video of “You Can’t Stop the Girl”; a Maleficent: Mistress of Evil VFX reel; and the featurettes “Origins of the Fey,” in which Jolie discusses Maleficent’s lore, her newly discovered origins and the diversity of the cast who portray the Fey; “Aurora’s Wedding,” in which Fanning gushes over Aurora’s fairytale wedding, and special guests give their best to the bride and groom; “If You Had Wings,” a glimpse of the elaborate visual effects that allow the Fey to take to the skies.

The digital version at select retailers will include an exclusive “Lickspittle” featurette, in which fantasy-film veteran Warwick Davis considers how every aspect of the film’s design inspired his tragic character.

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