Hawkeye

STREAMING REVIEW:

Disney+;
Action;
Not rated.
Stars Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Tony Dalton, Fra Fee, Brian d’Arcy James, Aleks Paunovic, Piotr Adamczyk, Linda Cardellini, Simon Callow, Vera Farmiga, Alaqua Cox, Zahn McClarnon, Florence Pugh, Vincent D’Onofrio.

With 2021 bringing both a Black Widow movie and a six-episode limited series about Hawkeye, each of the original six Avengers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have finally received their own solo project.

Given how much the stories of Black Widow and Hawkeye are intertwined, it makes sense for the movie and show to arrive within months of each other, as the show carries on a pretty important story thread from the film.

Hawkeye picks up several months after the events of Avengers: Endgame, as the world has more or less returned to normal following the final battle to defeat Thanos. The archer Hawkeye, aka Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), is vacationing with his family in New York just before Christmas. But his past comes back to haunt him when a black market auction gets a hold of the outfit he wore as Ronin, the persona he adopted to hunt down criminals who survived Thanos snapping half the population away when Clint’s family did not.

Caught up in the plot is Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a world-class archer in her own right who worships Clint and hopes to become an Avenger like him some day (and is known as the second Hawkeye in the comics). The local mafia comes to believe Kate is Ronin and responsible for attacking them, so they start to hunt her down, forcing Clint to protect.

It turns out Kate’s mother (Vera Farmiga), CEO of a security firm, has her own connection to the local crime lords, which embroils Clint and Kate in a murder mystery that only complicates his efforts to get back to his family by Christmas.

Hawkeye takes a couple of episodes to find its footing, but by part three has all the pieces in place for a solid action-adventure, fueled by the tremendous chemistry between Renner and Steinfeld, as well as a strong supporting cast and a few notable guest stars from other Marvel properties.

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‘F9,’ ‘Black Widow’ Lead September Disc Sales

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga earned top honors on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for September 2021 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The latest “Fast & Furious” sequel was released on disc Sept. 21 and has spent three weeks atop the weekly sales charts, but its first week-and-a-half of sales were enough to top the entire month of September and move the title onto the year’s top 10 to date at No. 5.

Disney-owned Marvel’s Black Widow, the 24th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was released a week earlier, on Sept. 14, and came in at No. 2 for the month. It landed on the year-to-date top 10 at No. 6.

No. 3 for the month was Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Warner’s Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of HBO Max’s four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up film Justice League. It was released on disc Sept. 7.

Disney’s Cruella, the 101 Dalmatians prequel about the origins of the villainous Cruella de Vil, debuted on the monthly chart at No. 4 for September, following its Sept. 21 disc release.

September’s No. 5 title was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, released on disc by Universal Pictures Sept. 14.

The previous month’s No. 2 seller, Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, stuck around to drop to No. 6 in September. The action-comedy sequel was released on disc Aug. 17.

Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, which was the No. 8 August title after being released the last week of the month, rose to No. 7 in September.

Two catalog titles jumped into the September chart due to the prominence of Halloween-themed titles this time of year: Disney’s 1993 spooky family comedy Hocus Pocus at No. 8, and Warner’s 1988 supernatural comedy Beetlejuice at No. 9.

Rounding out the top 10 was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed, an Aug. 31 disc release from Universal Pictures.

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On the year-to-date chart, the top four titles remain unchanged, with Universal’s The Croods: A New Age remaining the year’s top-selling title.

Warner’s 1996 basketball comedy Space Jam slipped a spot on the yearly chart to No. 7, while Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter dropped three spots to No. 8, and Universal’s News of the World slid two spots to No. 9.

The September sales of Beetlejuice were enough to push it onto the year’s top 10 at No. 10, a climb of eight spots from August.

Disney’s Soul, Warner’s Tom & Jerry and Warner’s Mortal Kombat remake dropped out of the year-to-date top 10.

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According to NPD, the September 2021 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
  2. Black Widow (Disney)
  3. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Warner)
  4. Cruella (Disney)
  5. The Boss Baby: Family Business (Universal/DreamWorks)
  6. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate)
  7. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Warner)
  8. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  9. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  10. Spirit Untamed (Universal/DreamWorks)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through September 2021):

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner)
  4. Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney)
  5. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
  6. Black Widow (Disney)
  7. Space Jam (Warner)
  8. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  9. News of the World (Universal)
  10. Beetlejuice (Warner)

 

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Samba TV: Viewers Love Football, ‘Black Widow’ — Less So ‘Fauci’

In a streaming world, the National Football League on pay-TV still resonates over Hollywood. New data from Samba TV found that 2.1 U.S. households watched the “NFL London Game” on Oct. 10 featuring the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets on NBC, NFL Network and Sky Sports Action. Another 291,000 British households watched the game won by the Falcons.

Samba, which tracks more than 46 million opted-in TVs globally, of which 28 million are in the U.S. across 210 designated market areas (DMAs), found that U.S. viewership skewed affluent ($100K+), slightly male (+2%), white (+7%) and black (+19%). Of the top 25 largest DMAs, Atlanta over-indexed the most (+462%), followed by New York (+254%) and Philadelphia (+41%).

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Meanwhile, 1.1 million U.S. households; 190,000 British households, 96,000 German households and 8,000 Austrian households streamed Black Widow on Disney+, starting Oct 6. The U.S. audience skewed younger (44 and below), slightly white (+3%), slightly Asian (+2%). Of the top 25 largest DMAs, Raleigh, NC over-indexed the most (+46%), followed by Seattle (+38%) and Portland, Ore., (+35%).

Finally, 14,000 U.S. households streamed “Fauci,” the documentary on infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci on Disney+, beginning Oct. 6. All countries’ audiences were too small for geographic or demo breakouts.

Disney, Scarlett Johansson Settle ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson and the Walt Disney Co. have reportedly reached a settlement in the actor’s breach-of-contract dispute. Johansson sued Disney alleging the studio’s concurrent theatrical/Disney+ PVOD release strategy for the Marvel Cinematic Universe release deprived the actress upwards of five-times her reported $20 million compensation. Financial details of the settlement were not disclosed.

“I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow,” said Alan Bergman, chairman of Walt Disney Studios.

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Johansson, in a statement, said she was pleased with the resolution, and “incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team,” as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Indeed, Johansson is set to work with Disney on a number of future projects, including Tower of Terror, which is based on a Disney amusement park ride.

The litigation underscores a new dynamic in Hollywood when it comes to compensating talent, directors, producers and studios. For decades, major stars have tied total compensation to a movie’s box office — a financial situation that apparently involved Black Widow.

With the pandemic wreaking havoc on the box office, and Disney pushing hard on consumer adoption of its branded Disney+ streaming platform, the studio made Black Widow available as a $29.99 premium add-on for Disney+ subscribers on the same day the movie was released in theaters.

Black Widow generated more than $80 million in its opening domestic weekend (July 9-11) box office — a record tally at that point during the pandemic. Disney also heralded $60 million in higher-margin Premier Access transactions from Disney+ subscribers the first weekend.

But when Black Widow ticket sales plummeted nearly 70% during the second weekend, exhibitor critics and Johansson cried foul, contending Premier Access had sabotaged the film’s domestic box office.

Further lawsuit allegations suggested Disney CEO Bob Chapek and executive chairman Bob Iger’s performance bonuses and total compensation were tied to the success of Disney+, which ended the most-recent fiscal period with more than 100 million global subscribers.

Speaking Sept. 21 on a recent investor event, Chapek said the studio was re-evaluating talent contracts signed before the pandemic, and how it would handle such matters in the COVID era.

“Talent deals going forward will have to reflect that the world is changing,” Chapek told the virtual Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.

‘Black Widow’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Chart for Second Week

Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Widow remained atop the Official Film Chart in the U.K. for the second week, ended Sept. 29, driven by packaged-media sales, including DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray.

The Scarlett Johansson starrer held off Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Monster Hunter, which climbed two spots to No. 2.

The week’s highest new entry was John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror The Thing, which made its chart debut at No. 3 thanks to a brand-new re-issue on 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc. The movie knocked Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard down to No. 4, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Nobody to No. 5.

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Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (No. 6) and Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II (No. 7) both fell one spot, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 (No. 8) and Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League (No. 9) held onto their positions from the previous week. Rounding off the top 10 was Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner), which climbed 11 spots.

Rank Previous Week Movie, Studio Peak
Position
Week on Chart
1 1
BLACK WIDOW, DISNEY/MARVEL
1 2
2
MONSTER HUNTER, SONY PICTURES
2 3
3 NEW
THE THING, UNIVERSAL
3 1
4
HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD, LIONSGATE
1 3
5
NOBODY, UNIVERSAL
2 4
6
THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, WARNER
2 5
7
A QUIET PLACE PART II, PARAMOUNT
1 6
8 8
PETER RABBIT 2, SONY PICTURES
1 10
9 9
ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, WARNER
1 23
10 21 
GODZILLA VS. KONG, WARNER
1 18

 

‘Shang-Chi’ Passes ‘Black Widow’ as Top 2021 U.S. Box Office Release

The Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe release Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has surpassed Marvel Studios’ Black Widow as the top-grossing domestic movie with three months left in the 2021 box office.

Shang-Chi, starring Chinese-born Simu Liu, generated $3.59 million across 3,952 theaters Friday night (Sept. 24) to reach $186.7 million. That figure tops the previous polesitter, Marvel’s Black Widow, with $183.4 million. Shang-Chi is expected to dominate the domestic box office for the fourth consecutive weekend.

Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, still leads the global box office with $378.3 million, compared to $330.8 million for Shang-Chi.

Both titles, along with other major Hollywood releases, have not yet been released in China, the world’s No. 2 box office market. While no official reason has been given, reports suggest that with the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party occurring this summer, the Chinese government is reluctant to showcase Western movies.

Despite Shang-Chi featuring a largely Asian cast, including Liu, the actor emigrated to Canada with his parents at the age of five — a move, media reports suggest, was largely due to his parents’ opposition to communism.

Regardless, the success of the two movies heralds back to Disney’s triumphant pre-pandemic 2019 box office, when it tallied more than $11 billion in global ticket sales — largely on the back of Marvel superhero movies, and the Chinese box office.

‘Black Widow’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts, Pushing ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ to No. 2

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 18.

The latest adventure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe outsold the No. 2 title by a 4-to-1 margin. The Disney-distributed Black Widow earned more than $183 million at the domestic box office, but is the subject of a lawsuit from star Scarlett Johansson over profit sharing based on the theory its potential earnings were depressed by it being available as a premium add-on to the Disney+ streaming service.

The No. 2 title on both charts was Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier.

The No. 3 title on both charts was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, from Universal Pictures. The sequel was also available in a two-pack with the first “Boss Baby” movie, splitting sales between the standalone version and the two-pack, which was No. 17 overall. The combined tally of the standalone and double-feature options would have given discs containing the “Boss Baby” sequel enough sales to just barely put it in the second spot.

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The No. 4 overall seller was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the 1993 family friendly spookfest that is getting a boost now that retailers are preparing for Halloween.

No.5 on the overall disc chart was Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was Warner’s The Shawshank Redemption, which climbed back up the charts thanks to the release of a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, which accounted for 98% of its sales for the week. Shawshank was No. 13 overall.

The only other newcomer in the top 10 for the week was Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, a DVD-only release that hit No. 7 overall.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 71% of total Black Widow unit sales, compared with 50% for The Boss Baby: Family Business. The 4K Ultra HD edition contributed to 27% of Black Widow‘s total, and 4% of Boss Baby‘s.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 19 had The Boss Baby: Family Business in the top spot, with Black Widow at No. 2.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard slipped to No. 3 after a month in the top spot.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 at No. 4, and Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 9-18-21
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 9-19-21
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 9-18-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 9-18-21
Sales Report for Week Ended 9-18-21
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 9-20-21

 

Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Enters U.K. Home Entertainment Chart at No. 1

Disney-owned Marvel’s Black Widow entered the Official Film Chart in the U.K. at No. 1 for the week ended Sept. 22, thanks to DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray unit sales.

Bob Odenkirk actioner Nobody (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) climbed three spots to No. 2, pushing the previous week’s chart-topper, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate) to No. 3. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Monster Hunter finished No. 4, due in large part to being the week’s largest digital transaction.

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Further down, Warner Home Video’s Dream Horse climbed 19 spots to No. 7, crossing the finish line in the top 10 for the first time.

Starring Toni Collette and Owen Teale, the film shares the true story of an unlikely racehorse, Dream Alliance, funded by his owners’ neighbors chipping in what little earnings they had. With grit and determination, Dream rises through the ranks of the horseracing elites, proving that despite a humble background, you can have the heart of a champion.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Sept. 22, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 NEW BLACK WIDOW DISNEY
2 5 NOBODY UNIVERSAL
3 1 HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD LIONSGATE
4 3 MONSTER HUNTER SONY PICTURES
5 2 THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT WARNER
6 4 A QUIET PLACE PART II PARAMOUNT
7 26 DREAM HORSE WARNER
8 6 PETER RABBIT 2 SONY PICTURES
9 10 ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE WARNER
10 7 CRUELLA DISNEY

© Official Charts Company 2021

Merchandising: ‘Black Widow,’ ‘Boss Baby’ Get Exclusive Treatment

Two big Sept. 14 releases — Disney’s Black Widow and Universal’s The Boss Baby: Family Business — arrived at retail with a couple of exclusive editions.

For Black Widow, the Marvel Cinematic Universe entry could be had at Target with a filmmaker booklet packed into the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $34.99. However, copies of the exclusive may be at short supply in some locations, and by Tuesday night it wasn’t listed on the chain’s website either.

Best Buy, as usual, offered the Black Widow 4K combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Black Widow’ 4K Steelbook

Amazon.com, which often has issues offering Disney discs, didn’t take preorders for any of the Blu-ray Widow discs and didn’t have a listing for them on release date, aside from some foreign editions listed by third-party sellers.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business was available at Target with a filmmaker booklet packed with the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack at $24.99.

Walmart’s ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Blu-ray with puzzle

Walmart had the Blu-ray combo pack packed with a 63-piece puzzle for $24.96, just two bucks more than the wide-release version.

Among other promotions for the week, Best Buy also offered a 4K Steelbook combo pack of Warner’s The Shawshank Redemption at $31.99.

Best Buy’s ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ 4K Steelbook

Meanwhile, Target held a sale offering select Blu-rays from Disney’s Pixar for as low as $15.

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‘Black Widow,’ ‘Boss Baby 2,’ ‘Forever Purge’ Top List of Sept. 14 Disc and Digital Releases

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business lead the slate of new Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases Sept. 14, while Universal’s The Forever Purge becomes available for digital purchase.

Black Widow, distributed by Disney, arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The spy thriller stars Scarlett Johansson as her “Avengers” character Natasha Romanoff, whose reunion with former colleagues forces her to confront a past she thought she left behind. The cast also includes Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. It is the top earner at the domestic box office so far in 2021 with $183.1 million and has $372 million globally, It was also available concurrently as a $29.99 Premier Access add-on to the Disney+ streaming service, a fact that led Johansson to sue the studio on the theory that the online release undercut the film’s box office, causing her to miss out on millions of dollars of potential bonus earnings based on the box office.

The Boss Baby: Family Business is available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business. The voice cast also includes James Marsden, Ariana Greenblatt, Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, James McGrath, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow. The film earned $57 millon at the domestic box office.

Two of animation’s top canine characters team up in Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, a new, full-length animated family film now available on digital and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog finds the teen sleuths in the town of Nowhere, Kan., where they meet Courage the Cowardly Dog. There they investigate what makes the backwoods hometown of Courage and his owners Eustace and Muriel Bagge one of the weirdest places on Earth. The canine colleagues sniff out a strange object, putting the team on the trail of a giant cicada monster and her winged warriors.

The documentary The Human Factor Sept. 14 becomes available for digital purchase, and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. With unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, The Human Factor offers a behind-the-scenes story of how in the past 25 years the United States came within reach of securing peace between Israel and its neighbors. The documentary, an official selection at the Telluride Film Festival, features Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk, Gamal Helal, Aaron David Miller, Daniel Kurtzer and Robert Malley.

The Chinese boxing-meets-mixed martial arts drama Crazy Fist arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and for digital purchase Sept. 14 from Well Go USA Entertainment. First time feature film director Guo Qing (who also appears in the film) directs Dragon Blade-alums Steve Yoo and Wang Wei, plus Collin Chou (Matrix II, III), Xiaoming Huang (Ip Man 2), Wei Zhao (Mulan: Rise of a Warrior) and retired professional bodybuilder Kai Greene (“Stranger Things”). In the film, after an opponent dies mid-match, a prominent MMA champion swore never to fight again, instead retiring to run his family’s international business. However, when his best friend dies under suspicious circumstances during another tournament, he has no choice but to step back in the ring to help uncover the truth.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown on DVD Sept. 14. A Blu-ray Disc edition is available from Warner Archive Collection. The seven-part drama stars Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a respected small-town Pennsylvania detective investigating a local murder while also balancing her own personal life, which is rapidly falling apart around her. The cast also includes Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Guy Pearce, David Denman, Joe Tippett, Cailee Spaeny, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Murney, James McArdle, Sosie Bacon, Neal Huff, Kate Arrington, Ruby Cruz, Eisa Davis, Enid Graham, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley, Izzy King, Mackenzie Lansing, Cameron Mann, Kiah McKirnan, Jack Mulhern, Anthony Norman, Drew Scheid and Madeleine Weinstein.

The Shawshank Redemption debuts on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital Sept. 14 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The 1994 film received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Morgan Freeman), Best Original Score and Best Screenplay, and marked the feature directorial debut of its screenwriter Frank Darabont, nominated for his adapted screenplay. Based on Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, the drama tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a prominent banker unjustly convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment at Maine’s Shawshank Prison. He is befriended by longtime convict Red (Freeman) who’s been in long enough to know the ropes and helps him cope with the frightening realities of prison life.  As the two men grow closer, so does the sense of hope that can truly set them free.

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CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release Magnum P.I. — Season Three on DVD Sept. 14. A remake of the 1980s series, “Magnum P.I.” stars Jay Hernandez as Tom Magnum, an American hero and Navy SEAL returning from war who uses his military skills to become a private investigator in Oahu, Hawaii. Magnum lives in a guest cottage on Robin’s Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business.

Mill Creek Entertainment releases “The Ultraman” and “Ultraman 80”  in their North American DVD debut Sept. 14. Mill Creek Entertainment has licensed the available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions. “The Ultraman” is the eighth original entry in the “Ultraman” series. This DVD collection includes all 50 episodes. In the animated series, across the planet Earth, strange glowing objects in the form of an unknown language appear in the skies. In order to investigate these strange phenomena, the Earth Defense Forces form the Science Guard Agency. The ninth original series is “Ultraman 80.” This 50-episode series follows Takeshi Yamato, a 22-year-old young man who lives a double life. During the daytime, he is a rookie but popular science teacher at a junior high school in Tokyo. But after school and on Sundays he works as a member of the elite UGM (Utility Government Members), an Earth defense organization that tackles difficult situations such as alien invasion and attacks from monsters.

The documentary Fish & Men comes out on DVD, VOD and digital sellthrough Sept. 14 from Virgil Films. Fish & Men explores the high cost of cheap fish in the modern seafood economy, and the forces threatening local fishing communities as well as the public health.

The horror film Companion will come out on on demand Sept. 14 from Level 33 Entertainment. In the film’s plot, in 2030, society fell as malicious entities appeared around the world. The survivors fight each other and the dead. In this landscape, Ella Grace’s burden of guilt is exposed. The past, and the horrors of what she will become, force Ella to kill what she loves in order to discover the terrifying meaning of the ghosts that feed on her fear.

Breaking Glass Pictures Sept. 14 releases The Influencer, a comedy thriller starring real-life social influencer and comedian Kasia Szarek (A24’s Pleasure) and Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera (Girls Like Magic, Dating in Place), on DVD and for digital purchase. From first-time director Meghan Weinstein, The Influencer is a tale that examines the life of a vain social media influencer named Abbie, who is known for her fashion, lifestyle, and makeup videos. She signs a coveted contract with Nutrocon, a cosmetic company known to pollute, test on animals, and treat female workers unfairly, and almost immediately she is accosted and tied up by a group of activists in her home. They force her to film a video advertising a mysterious new makeup kit, and as their plan unfolds, we learn the real reason for their visit and Abbie’s façade begins to fade.

Also this week, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Sept. 17 will make director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad available for premium digital ownership. Written and directed by Gunn, the film is based on the DC Comics series about imprisoned supervillains who are recruited by the U.S. government for covert operations, and have a bomb implanted in their heads that will explode if they don’t comply. A sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and the 10th film in the DC Extended Universe franchise, the film finds government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) sending the team to infiltrate the island nation of Corto Maltese to eliminate a potentially dangerous weapon. Among the recruits this time around are Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the sharpshooter Bloodsport (Idris Elba), the jingoistic Peacemaker (John Cena), team leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), and King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone). The film will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 26.

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