Comedy ‘The Hustle’ Coming to Digital Aug. 6, Disc Aug. 20 From Universal

The Rebel Wilson-Anne Hathaway comedy The Hustle will arrive on digital Aug. 6 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Aug. 20 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film stars Academy Award winner Hathaway (Ocean’s 8, The Devil Wears Prada) and Wilson (Isn’t It Romantic, Pitch Perfect) as two scam artists from different worlds who join forces to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive Brit who defrauds gullible wealthy men. Penny (Wilson) amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars. Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art.

The film earned $35.1 million at the box office.

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Bonus features on Blu-ray and DVD include:

  • “Hitting the Mark,” revealing the plans behind the film, from Hathaway’s initial discussions with Jac Schaeffer and Wilson about updating the story for a modern era to director Chris Addison’s collaboration with the cast to craft the comedy on set;
  • “Comedy Class,” exploring the different comedic styles of the actors;
  • “Con Artists,” about the artists behind the camera, costume designer Emmer Fryer and production designer Alice Normington;
  • and feature commentary from Addison.

Redbox Charts Find ‘Serenity’

Serenity came to the Redbox charts and conquered. The thriller took the top spot on both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended May 5, breaking Glass’s two-week reign at No. 1.

The Universal film, starring Matthew McConaughy and Anne Hathaway, debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. It earned just $8.5 million theatrically.

Sony’s Miss Bala debuted on both charts at No. 2. The cross-border crime thriller, starring Gina Rodriguez, made $15 million at the box office.

Universal’s Glass, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, fell two spots to No. 3 on both charts, while Sony’s Escape Room, about six strangers who find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms, also fell two spots to No. 4 on both charts.

Stubbornly staying in the top five, Warner’s The Mule, starring Clint Eastwood, came in at No. 5 on both the disc rental chart and the digital chart, dropping two spots from No. 3.

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The only other new release on the disc chart was Lionsgate’s Dragged Across Concrete, which landed at No. 10. The cop story stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn.

Lionsgate’s Snitch, a 2013 actioner starring Dwayne Johnson, appeared at No. 9 on the digital chart boosted by a Redbox promotion.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 5:

  1. Serenity (2019) (New) —Universal
  2. Miss Bala (2019) (New) — Sony
  3. Glass— Universal
  4. Escape Room (2019) — Sony
  5. The Mule— Warner
  6. Aquaman— Warner
  7. Bumblebee— Paramount
  8. A Dog’s Way Home— Sony
  9. Holmes & Watson— Sony
  10. Dragged Across Concrete (New) — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 5:

  1. Serenity — Universal
  2. Miss Bala — Sony
  3. Glass — Universal
  4. Escape Room — Sony
  5. The Mule — Warner
  6. Aquaman — Warner
  7. Holmes & Watson— Sony
  8. Bumblebee — Paramount
  9. Snitch (2013) — Lionsgate
  10. A Dog’s Way Home — Sony

Ocean’s Eight

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Warner;
Comedy;
Box Office $139.32 million;
$28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for language, drug use, and some suggestive content.
Stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Richard Armitage. 

Ocean’s Eight is pretty much exactly the movie one might expect from the premise of making a female-centric version of an “Ocean’s” heist movie.

Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, sister of George Clooney’s character from the “Ocean’s” trilogy, who gets out of prison and gathers her former cohorts for a scheme to steal an expensive necklace during the Met Gala.

Their plan is to convince a famous actress (Anne Hathaway) to wear the jewels, and through the franchise’s usual series of complicated maneuvers find a way to swap it for a fake and sneak off with the goods. Debbie also might want some revenge against a former boyfriend who got her sent to prison in the first place.

So, naturally, the plan seems to get more out of control with every detail while the twists and turns become more far-fetched. It’s best not to think too much about the logic of all of it.

True to the franchise, the film is mostly just an excuse to spend some time with the quirky and likable personalities of the all-star assembly of talent involved. There are even a few cameos from some of the characters from the earlier trilogy (but, alas, Matt Damon’s rumored cameo is nowhere to be found, not even the deleted scenes).

The Blu-ray offers a couple of short deleted scenes totaling less than two minutes.

There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes that run about 38 minutes in total. One focuses on the cast, one focuses on the caper, and one focuses on how the filmmakers re-created the Met Gala for the story.

‘Oceans 8’ Due on Digital Aug. 21, Disc Sept. 11 From Warner

The caper flick Ocean’s 8 will come out on digital Aug. 21 and 4K UHD combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD special edition Sept. 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter as a group of thieves targeting $150 million in diamonds to be worn at the Met Gala.

Ocean’s 8 earned $136.5 million at the box office.

The 4K UHD combo pack ($44.95) features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the film in 4K with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound, a Blu-ray disc of the film and special features, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray combo pack ($35.99) features a Blu-ray disc of the film and special features in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie. The DVD special edition ($28.98) features a DVD with the film in standard definition and a second DVD with special features in standard definition. The film will also be available on Movies Anywhere.

Special features include deleted scenes and the featurettes “A Heist in Heels,” “Ocean’s Team 3.0” and “Reimagining the Met Gala.”