4K Ultra HD Release Sends ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Set Soaring Up ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

After We Collided, a romantic drama from Open Road Films, remained No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the third consecutive week.

But the film received a strong challenge during the week ended Nov. 7 from two new releases.

The availability of the complete “Game of Thrones” series on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros. sent the hefty five-pound boxed set, previously issued on DVD and regular Blu-ray Disc,  soaring back up the chart to No. 2.

Debuting at No. 3 was Lionsgate’s Antebellum, a time-shifting horror drama with Janelle Monáe as a successful modern-day writer trapped during America’s slavery era. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, as well as through digital retailers, on Nov. 3.

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The political documentary Trump Card (No. 4, down from the No. 3 the previous week) and season one of the TV series “Yellowstone” (No. 5, up from No. 12) rounded out the top five on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Trump Card, from conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, examines the policy positions held by Democrats in public office. It became available through digital retailers back in early October, but picked up more viewers as the Nov. 3 presidential election approached.

“Yellowstone” is a contemporary Western drama starring Kevin Costner that is centered on the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders.

Other new releases debuting on the “Watched at Home” chart include the original Borat (No. 14), drafting off the sequel’s digital bow on Amazon; the holiday favorite Home Alone (No. 11); and V for Vendetta (No. 12). Demand for the latter was spurred by its Nov. 3 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Warner Bros.

  1. After We Collided (Open Road)
  2. Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection (Warner)
  3. Antebellum (Lionsgate)
  4. Trump Card (D’Souza Media)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Funimation)
  10. Ava (Vertical)
  11. Home Alone (20th Century)
  12. V for Vendetta (Warner)
  13. The Wolf of Snow Hollow (MGM)
  14. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (20th Century)
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  16. Trolls World Tour (Universal)
  17. Alone (Magnolia)
  18. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  19. The Phenomenon (1091)
  20. Spell (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 Nov. 7.

 

‘Antebellum’ Debuts at No. 1 Spot on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Lionsgate’s Antebellum debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Nov. 8.

The time-shifting horror drama stars Janelle Monáe as a successful modern-day writer trapped during America’s slavery era.

Landing at No. 2 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Redbox’s exclusive An Imperfect Murder, which the company just began offering for rental on disc. It was No. 10 on the On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions. Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin star in the thriller about an actress who wakes up to learn she may have killed her ex-boyfriend.

Open Road Films’ After We Collided stayed No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Lionsgate’s Friendsgiving, dropped to No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart, but moved up to No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

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Paramount’s The Vanished slipped to No. 4 on the disc chart but rose a spot to No. 9 on the digital chart.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Redbox’s own Ava.

The No. 4 On Demand title was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, with Lionsgate’s Unhinged at No. 5.

Other newcomers making their way to the charts included Max Winslow and the House of Secrets, from MG Entertainment, at No. 6 on the disc chart, followed at No. 7 by Magnolia’s Amulet.

Max Winslow is a sci-fi thriller about five teens who are invited by an eccentric genius to compete against a house-controlling supercomputer to gain the deed to his mansion. Amulet is a horror movie about a war refugee who suspects dark forces are influencing the woman who have taken him in.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Nov. 8:

  1. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  2. An Imperfect Murder — Redbox
  3. Friendsgiving — Lionsgate
  4. The Vanished — Paramount
  5. Ava — Redbox
  6. Max Winslow and the House of Secrets — MG Entertainment
  7.  Amulet — Magnolia
  8. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  9. Cut Throat City — Well Go USA
  10. Scoob! — Warner

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Nov. 8:

  1. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  2. After We Collided — Open Road
  3. Friendsgiving — Lionsgate
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  5. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  6. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  7. Spell — Paramount
  8. Mortal — Lionsgate
  9. The Vanished — Paramount
  10. An Imperfect Murder — Redbox

 

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‘Antebellum’ Arrives on Disc; Complete ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Now Out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Lionsgate’s  Antebellum, Paramount’s SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical — Live on Stage! and the third season of “The Crown,” the Netflix historical series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, top the slate of new releases available for home viewers beginning Nov. 3.

Also newly available for purchase are 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of V for Vendetta and the complete HBO series “Game of Thrones,” both from Warner Bros., and Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass.

The time-shifting horror drama Antebellum is now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. It was initially released by Lionsgate on premium VOD at $20 on Sept. 18. The film stars Janelle Monáe as a successful modern-day writer trapped during America’s slavery era.

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The SpongeBob Musical — Live on Stage!, from Nickelodeon, is making its DVD debut on Nov. 3 at $9.99. The disc edition includes an exclusive, extended sing-along version.

The Crown: The Complete Third Season is now out as a four-disc Blu-ray and DVD set from Sony Pictures.  The series is produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. Season 3 takes place between 1964 and 1977 and introduces Camilla Parker Bowles, who would later marry Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.

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V for Vendetta and Kick-Ass are the latest high-profile films to be released on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format, which is getting a renewed push by the big Hollywood movie studios as they continue to grapple with a lack of fresh theatrical product.

Also newly available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Nov. 3 is Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection. The set, listed at $254.99, includes all 73 episodes, plus more than 15 hours of bonus content, and a digital copy of the episodes.

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Extras include material previously released in the “Game of Thrones” complete season sets and the 2019 complete series on standard Blu-ray, including a two-part reunion special hosted by Conan O’Brien; the documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch chronicling the making of the final season; Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of Seven Kingdoms; and audio commentaries, deleted and extended scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

A 4K “Game of Thrones” complete-series set also is available in an exclusive limited-edition version at Best Buy at $285.43, with all eight seasons featured in individual Steelbooks and housed in individually numbered metal cases.

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

‘Irresistible’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals for Third Week; ‘Antebellum’ No. 1 on Digital Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Irresistible remained No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart the for a third week the week ended Sept. 20.

But No. 1 on Redbox’s On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, was Lionsgate’s Antebellum, the newly released thriller about a modern-day black woman who is seemingly transported into life as a slave on a Southern plantation before the Civil War. The film became available through VOD outlets Sept. 18.

Irresistible was No. 9 on the On Demand chart.

The Lionsgate action movie Rogue rose to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Universal’s The King of Staten Island slipped to No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart, and was No. 3 on the disc chart.

Redbox’s own Hard Kill rose a spot to No. 4 on the disc rental chart, followed by Warner’s Scoob! at No. 5.

The On Demand chart had Universal’s Homefront at No. 2, RLJ’s The Tax Collector at No. 3, and Paramount’s Like a Boss at No. 4.

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The top newcomer on the disc chart was Vertical’s The Bay of Silence, a thriller about a man who discovers his wife’s connection to their son’s murder.

Warner’s Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! debuted at No. 8 on the disc chart. Redbox has the disc version for rental three weeks before it becomes widely available Oct. 13.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 20:

  1. Irresistible — Universal
  2. Rogue — Lionsgate
  3. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  4. Hard Kill — Redbox
  5. Scoob! — Warner
  6. The Bay of Silence — Vertical
  7. Z — RLJ
  8. Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! — Warner
  9. The Outpost — Screen Media
  10. You Should Have Left — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 20:

  1. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  2. Homefront — Universal
  3. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  4. Like a Boss — Paramount
  5. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  6. The 2nd — Universal
  7. Justice League — Warner
  8. Alone — Magnolia
  9. Irresistible — Universal
  10. Guest House — Lionsgate

 

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Lionsgate’s ‘Antebellum’ Bowing on PVOD Sept. 18

On the same day that it reported a healthy 20% spike in quarterly home entertainment revenue, Lionsgate on Aug. 6 announced that the time-shifting horror drama Antebellum will debut in homes on premium VOD at $20 on Sept. 18, rather than in theaters. Starring Janelle Monáe, who plays a successful modern-day writer trapped during America’s slavery era, Antebellum will have a same-day theatrical release internationally.

“While the theatrical experience will always be the heart of our business, we are thrilled that we are able to seize the opportunity to match [directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz’s] urgent and immediate film with a release strategy befitting this moment of extraordinary change,” Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate motion picture group, said in a statement.

Previous Lionsgate PVOD releases include The Secret: Dare to Dream on July 31 and I Still Believe on March 27.

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Drake said Lionsgate still values the traditional theatrical window, but with ongoing challenges toward fully re-opening theaters, the company has to seek alternative distribution channels.

“I would love to see every one of our movies released theatrically,” Drake said, adding that Antebellum “speaks strongly to our times,” which he said factored in the decision to forgo theatrical distribution for PVOD.

He said the “extrodinary demand for content and short supply,” makes the economics of PVOD look “really strong.” Drake said the channel allows Lionsgate to “speak to the consumer directly.” At the same time, he said the company would aggressively exploit theatrical distribution when that channel re-opens.

“[PVOD] is a really good [business] model for us,” he said. “But so is theatrical.”