‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Limited Edition Blu-ray Due Nov. 24 From Paramount

Sonic the Hedgehog will come out on limited edition Blu-ray combo pack (with digital and DVD) Nov. 24 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The family film based on the video game character follows the incredibly speedy Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), aka The Blue Blur, who embraces his new home on Earth. That is, until he accidentally knocks out the power grid and sparks the attention of evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). It’s super-villain vs. super-sonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using his unique power for world domination. Sonic teams up with The Donut Lord, aka Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to save the plane.

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Bonus features include four mini-posters; commentary by director Jeff Fowler and Schwartz; “Around the World in 80 Seconds,” Sonic’s next adventure; deleted scenes; bloopers; the “Speed Me Up” music video; “For the Love of Sonic,” in which Carrey and the cast discuss what Sonic the Hedgehog means to them; “Building Robotnik with Jim Carrey”; “The Blue Blur: Origins of Sonic”; and “Sonic On Set,” a set visit with Schwartz.

‘Ultraman Taro’ Bowing on Blu-ray Jan. 12 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will bow the next release from the “Ultraman” superhero library — Ultraman Taro — on Blu-ray as both a special edition SteelBook and in standard packaging Jan. 12.

It’s the North American debut of the series, which has never been broadcast on TV or available on any home entertainment format.

Ultraman Taro is the sixth entry in the “Ultraman series,” premiering in Japan in April 1973.  After being scouted to the Earth defense team ZAT (Zariba of All Territory), young boxer Kotaro Higashi is severely injured during a Kaiju attack. At the chasm between life and death, Mother of Ultra appeared and saved Kotaro by merging his life with a young Ultra Hero, thus giving birth to the sixth Ultra Brother — Ultraman Taro.

Ultraman Taro took a kid-friendly approach, introducing several new monsters and aliens inspired by folklore. Classic Ultra heroes, such as Ultraman, Ultraseven and Zoffy, also return to assist the powerful but inexperienced Taro as he learns the ropes of being an Ultra Brother.

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The SteelBook and standard Blu-ray releases of Ultraman Taro will each contain high definition video for all 53 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles.

Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek’s streaming service, movieSpree.

Mill Creek has licensed the entire available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the team at Tsuburaya Productions.

Disaster Film ‘2012’ Coming to 4K UHD Jan. 19 From Sony

The disaster film 2012 will come out on 4K Ultra HD Jan. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Roland Emmerich, director of The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, comes the action-adventure movie about the end of the world, starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble.

Bonus features on the 4K disc include Dolby Atmos sound and Discovery Channel’s 2012 Apocalypse featurette. Bonus features on Blu-ray include an interactive Mayan calendar; five featurettes on bringing the epic to life; deleted scenes; an alternate ending; “Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision”; feature commentary; and an Adam Lambert music video.

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Netflix Generated $59 Million in Q3 Legacy Disc Rental Revenue

At Netflix, the disc may be forgotten, but it’s not exactly gone.

Entering 2020, Netflix effectively closed the door on its legacy by-mail DVD rental business, launched in 1998. The company considers itself a streaming video company, and ties to its packaged-media roots are all but ignored by senior management. Netflix no longer reports the number of DVD/Blu-ray Disc subscribers, which last year hovered around 2 million — a number that keeps declining.

This fiscal year Netflix is excluding packaged-media rental income from its overall revenue reporting, except for a line item under the “regional information” section of the financial statement. In the third quarter (ended Sept. 30), Netflix generated $59 million in disc rental revenue. Through nine months of the fiscal year, the service has generated $185 million in disc revenue.

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Effectively, Netflix generated $655,555 a day in Q3 renting movies on DVD and Blu-ray sent through the mail. Through nine months this year, the service is generating $685,185 daily via packaged media rentals.

Even if Netflix replicates Q3 disc rental revenue in the current fourth quarter, 2020 would see a revenue decline compared to previous years. In 2019, by-mail disc rentals generated $297 million in revenue, and $366 million in 2018.

Not surprisingly, many Netflix disc subscribers live in rural areas where broadband connectivity is spotty — but access to the U.S. Postal Service isn’t. Netflix at one time was the Postal Service’s largest commercial client.

“Streaming movies was a no-go, so I just went with the disc service that Netflix offers,” Dana Palmateer, who lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, told CNN Business last year. “As all of us are doing in these parts.”

A Netflix spokesperson told CNN the service actually still has disproportionately large numbers of disc-renting subscribers in tech-savvy regions such as the Bay Area and New York.

“People assume that our customers must either be super seniors or folks that live in the boonies with no Internet access,” said the rep. “Actually, our biggest hot spots are the coasts.”

‘Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection’ Coming on Blu-ray Nov. 17 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the “Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection” mega-set, containing 20 movies and hours of newly created bonus features, on Blu-ray Nov. 17.

This 10-disc collection features the films for the first time in HD, produced by Hammer in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. They include:

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1963)
These Are the Damned (1962)
The Old Dark House (1963)
The Gorgon (1964)
The Snorkel (1958)
Maniac (1963)
Die! Die! My Darling (1965)
Scream of Fear (1961)
Stop Me Before I Kill! (1961)
Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960)
Cash on Demand (1961)
The Stranglers of Bombay (1960)
The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
The Pirates of Blood River (1962)
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)
The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
Yesterday’s Enemy (1959)
Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

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Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures serves as producer of the new Blu-ray bonus features, which include:

    • a 12-Page movie and feature guide booklet;
    • Hammer Film featurettes and retrospectives;
    • “The Actors of Hammer Film”;
    • The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb Retrospective”;
    • The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll Retrospective”;
    • “Hammer at Columbia Pictures”;

    • The Revenge of Frankenstein commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr and author/film historian Steve Haberman;
    • The Old Dark House commentary with The Monster Party Podcast featuring James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe and Matt Weinhold;
    • The Gorgon commentary with writer/director Joshua Kennedy (House of the Gorgon);
    • The Snorkel commentary with writer/producer Phoef Sutton, writer/film; historian Mark Jordan Legan and screenwriter/film historian C. Courtney Joyner;
    • Never Take Candy From a Stranger commentary with filmmaker/historian Constantine Nasr; and
    • Scream of Fear commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman.

Full Moon’s ‘Weedjies: Halloweed Night’ and ‘Panther Squad’ Due on Disc and Digital Oct. 27 From MVD

Two Full Moon Entertainment features, the comedic horror film Weedjies: Halloweed Night and the 1984 action adventure Panther Squad, are coming to DVD, Blu-ray and digital Oct. 27 from MVD Entertainment Group.

In Weedjies: Halloweed Night, it’s the eve of Halloween in Las Vegas and three enterprising young ladies are throwing a massive 420 gala. But little do they know, they’re also going to unleash a freakish gaggle of party-loving nightmare-creatures from beyond. When a midnight scavenger hunt for a rare bud of weed known as the “Golden Nug” brings a group of party-hungry stoners to a haunted hotel, it seems like it’ll be the greatest night ever. But when the enigmatic owner, Madam Haze, introduces them to the Weed-G-Board, they open a portal beyond our world, and unleash The Weedjies. This group of ghastly hysterical creatures has only one mission: Party ’til you die. Bonus features include:

  • “The Complete Making of Weedjies” feature;
  • “Weedjies of the Night” music video;
  • “Puppeting with Gob-Lynn” featurette;
  • “Puppeting with Motorbreth” featurette;
  • a set tour with David DeCoteau;
  • Howard Stern show clip;
  • “Medicated Pete & McRib Lady Chat”;
  • the original trailer and teaser;
  • Full Moon features trailers;
  • commentary With director Danny Draven and screenwriter Shane Bitterling;
  • Film Threat’s Award This! 2020 Weedjies win; and
  • 1313 FX crew commentary with Tom Devlin and his crew.

 

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‘B’-movie queen Sybil Danning (Howling II, Warrior Queen) stars in Panther Squad (1984). The future United Nations hires a tough and sexy commando (Danning) and her squad of female mercenaries to take on a ruthless terrorist organization called Clean Space. The terrorist group is dedicated to stopping all space exploration by any means necessary — including extortion and murder. Extras include Full Moon features trailers and commentary with Danning.

Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ Due on Digital and Disc Nov. 10

Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York will come out on VOD, digital, DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 10 from MPI Media Group and Signature Entertainment.

The film stars Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna and Liev Schreiber.

The film tells the story of college sweethearts, Gatsby (Chalamet) and Ashleigh (Fanning), whose plans for a romantic weekend together in New York City are dashed as quickly as the sunlight turns into showers. The two are soon parted, and each has a series of chance meetings and comical adventures while on their own. Over the course of a day in New York, Ashleigh discovers she might not be who she thought she was and Gatsby learns that while you only live once, once is enough if you find the right person.

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‘Possessor Uncut’ Due on Digital Nov. 3, 4K and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 8 From Well Go

The sci-fi thriller Possessor Uncut will come out on digital Nov. 3 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and Blu-ray Dec. 8 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

From writer-director Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), the film follows elite corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high-profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment, Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.

The film stars Andrea Riseborough (BirdmanOblivion), Christopher Abbott (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, “Catch-22”) and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Best Supporting Actress, The Hateful Eight, 2015).

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Bonus material includes deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes footage.

Sci-fi Thriller ‘2067’ Coming to Disc Nov. 17 From RLJE Films

The sci-fi thriller 2067 will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 17 from RLJE Films.

The film stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men: Apocalypse, Let Me In) and Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood,” “Sacred Lies”).

In the film, by the year 2067 Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. An illness caused by the synthetic O2 is killing the worlds’ population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: “Send Ethan Whyte.” Ethan, an underground tunnel worker, is suddenly thrust into a terrifying new world full of unknown danger as he must fight to save the human race.

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Bonus features includes director commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette, including an in-depth look at the story, cast, director, the look of the film, costumes and makeup, the time machine, editing and VFX, and music.

Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Available on Blu-ray Oct. 13 From MVD

Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 is available on Blu-ray Oct. 13 from MVD Entertainment Group.

Academy Award winner Michael Moore (2002, Best Documentary, Bowling for Columbine) presents a searing examination of the role played by money and oil in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11. Moore blends captivating and thought-provoking footage with revealing interviews, while balancing it all with his own brand of humor and satire.

Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the film won the Palme d’Or best picture award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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Special features include the featurette “The Release of Fahrenheit 9/11”; “Montage: The People of Iraq on the Eve of Invasion”; the new scene “Homeland Security, Miami Style”; “Outside Abu Ghraib Prison”; an eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq; an extended interview with Abdul Henderson; Lila Lipscomb at the Washington, D.C.. premiere; Arab-American comedians, their acts and experiences after 9/11; Condoleezza Rice’s 9/11 commission testimony; George W. Bush’s Rose Garden press briefing after 9/11 Commission appearance; and the original theatrical trailer.