‘Forever Purge’ Coming Home in September

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Forever Purge through digital retailers Sept. 14, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 28.

Produced by Blumhouse, The Forever Purge is the fifth film in the “Purge” franchise that chronicles a dystopian future where society cleanses itself by abandoning all laws for one night.

In the new installment an underground movement no longer satisfied with the annual night of anarchy and murder decides to overtake America through an unending campaign of mayhem and massacre. On the morning after the Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks a wealthy Texas ranching family and their workers. Exposed by daylight, the two groups are forced to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.

The cast includes Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Josh Lucas and Will Patton.

Extras include an alternate opening storyboard, a deleted scene, the film’s trailer, and the featurettes “Collapsing the System: Behind the Forever Purge” and “Creeptastic Wardrobe.”

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Directing New Netflix Movie ‘This Beast’

TV producer and actor Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Southpaw”) has been tapped to write, direct and produce (with Blumhouse Television) his first original movie, This Beast for Netflix.

Set in an 18th century English village, townspeople are besieged by a mysterious and elusive beast. Dozens of innocents are slaughtered and the mayhem is driven to puritanical heights by religious fanaticism. The impossible task of killing the beast falls to a lowly trapper who promises he can stop the carnage. But for him this hunt is not a professional mission, it’s a deeply personal one.

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The idea was inspired by The Beast of Gévaudan. A true story about a mysterious animal that terrorized a French village in the 1760s.

“Bringing my disturbing, familial story sensibility into the Blumhouse world just seemed like something that had to happen,” Sutter said in a statement.  “And This Beast is the perfect project for that marriage. And Netflix is the perfect venue for that bloody ceremony.”

Indeed, Sutter, who can be seen on the big screen in sci-fi actioner Chaos Walking, is no stranger to fictionalized mayhem. A writer and producer on “The Shield,” Sutter raised his profile following a seven-season run for “Sons of Anarchy,” another FX crime drama about a gun-running motorcycle gang in the fictional town of Charming, Calif.

“We’ve long been fans of Kurt and his unparalleled storytelling — that’s both visceral and packs an emotional punch,” said Jason Blum, CEO and founder of Blumhouse. “We’re excited [to be] producing his first feature for Netflix.”

Horror-Comedy ‘Freaky’ Coming to Digital Jan. 26, Disc Feb. 9

The Vince Vaughn horror-comedy Freaky will come out on digital Jan. 26 and Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film from Blumhouse (Happy Death Day, “The Purge” franchise), a teenage girl switches bodies with a relentless serial killer.

High school senior Millie (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) is just trying to survive being the unpopular kid when she becomes The Butcher’s (Vaughn, Wedding CrashersCouples Retreat) next target. Their fateful encounter gets twisted, and they wake up in each other’s bodies. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. With some help from her friends — Nyla (Celeste O’Connor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) and Joshua (Misha Osherovich, The Goldfinch) — and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton, Enter the Warriors Gate), Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little homecoming killing spree.

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The “Killer Switch Edition” bonus content includes deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a feature commentary with co-writer/director Christopher Landon.

Vaughn won a Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Horror Movie.

‘The Craft: Legacy’ to Debut on Disc Dec. 22 From Sony

Blumhouse’s The Craft: Legacy will debut on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Craft: Legacy, which debuted on PVOD Oct. 28, is a continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers. The film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

Bonus materials include two featurettes and four alternate scenes with an introduction from the director.

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First BlumFest Will Be Celebrated Online Oct. 29 Touting Blumhouse Projects

Blumhouse Productions is mounting the first of what it hopes will be an annual BlumFest Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. PT on its YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The event will feature the stars from the upcoming Blumhouse films Freaky and The Craft: Legacy; talent and filmmakers from other Blumhouse feature films and television series; and several surprise guests in a celebration composed of virtual panels, sneak previews, updates and news announcements.

“This year has sidelined a lot for all of us, but Halloween is a treasured season at Blumhouse, so we conceived BlumFest to celebrate with our fans via a virtual event that will feature exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage on an upcoming release or two,” Jason Blum, Blumhouse CEO and founder, said in a statement.

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Hosted and moderated by Jacqueline Coley, editor at Rotten Tomatoes, BlumFest 2020 will feature news announcements and virtual panels with the cast and filmmakers from the following Blumhouse projects:

  • Welcome to the Blumhouse — The program features Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, and Jason Blum in a conversation about the collaboration between Amazon and Blumhouse on the recently launched films, The Lie, Nocturne, Evil Eye and Black Box. Mamoudou Athie from the film Black Box will join the conversation, along with surprise guests. The four films are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
  • The Craft: Legacy — Writer-director Zoe Lister Jones and her film’s coven, stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone and Zoey Luna, have a chat about continuing the original film cult hit and reveal secrets from the set. The film is set for Oct. 28 (midnight) release on PVOD and electronic sellthrough in North America, with a planned theatrical release in select international countries.
  • Freaky — Writer-director Chris Landon, stars Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, and producer Jason Blum talk about the body-swapping horror comedy that will arrive in theaters on Nov. 13 in the United States and in select international markets.
  • Halloween Kills — Writer-director David Gordon Green, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, franchise producer Malek Akkad from Trancas Films, producer Bill Block from Miramax, and producer Jason Blum convene to talk about the upcoming film’s October 2021 release.
  • “The Good Lord Bird” — Executive producer, writer and star, Ethan Hawke, of the critically acclaimed series, and series executive producer Jason Blum discuss their most recent collaboration, which is currently airing on Showtime.

‘The Craft: Legacy’ Coming to PVOD, Digital Sellthrough Oct. 28

The Craft: Legacy will be available in time for Halloween Oct. 28 on PVOD for a 48-hour rental period at $19.99 and for digital purchase at $24.99 from Blumhouse Productions, Red Wagon Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.

An international theatrical release is anticipated in several territories, with details to be solidified in the weeks ahead, according to the producers.

A continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers, the film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

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“I’m thrilled to be able to share The Craft: Legacy with audiences all over the world this Halloween,” Lister-Jones said in a statement. “It’s been a true privilege to take on such an iconic title. I can’t wait for the world to meet the incredible young women who make up our new coven.”

“Zoe Lister-Jones has put a bewitching twist on continuing The Craft franchise, and October is the perfect season for it,” producer Jason Blum said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that our partners at Sony Pictures are looking at the landscape opportunistically this Halloween, for audiences to watch at home in the U.S.”

Thriller ‘You Should Have Left’ Arrives on Digital and DVD July 28 From Universal

The psychological thriller You Should Have Left will be available to own on digital and DVD July 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Blumhouse Productions and writer-director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes), the film stars Kevin Bacon (Patriots DayHollow Man) and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainLes Misérables) as a couple seeking a restful vacation in a remote home in the Welsh countryside. What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a terrifying nightmare when reality begins to unravel, dark episodes from the past resurface, and a sinister force in the house refuses to let them leave.

The film is based on the novel from German author Daniel Kehlmann and is produced by Jason Blum (The Invisible Man, Halloween, Split, Us).

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Universal to Bow Five Multi-Disc Collections Sept. 29

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing five multiple-title disc collections Sept. 29.

The “Focus Features: 10-Movie Spotlight Collection,” coming on Blu-ray, features films that earned seven Academy Awards and 11 Golden Globes. The set includes Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pride & Prejudice, Brokeback Mountain, Atonement, Burn After Reading, Moonrise Kingdom, The Theory of Everything, On the Basis of Sex and Harriet.

The “Blumhouse of Horrors: 10-Movie Collection,” coming on Blu-ray and DVD, includes Get Out, The Purge, Ouija, Split, The Visit, Unfriended, Truth or Dare, The Boy Next Door, Happy Death Day and Ma.

The “Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection,” on 4K Ultra HD combo pack, features four iconic films from the acclaimed director, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds, and comes in Discbook packaging.

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The “DreamWorks 10-Movie Collection,” due on Blu-ray and DVD, includes Shrek, Madagascar, Home, Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron, How to Train your Dragon, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda, Boss Baby, Abominable and Trolls.

Finally, the “Illumination Presents 10-Movie Collection,” coming on Blu-ray and DVD, features all three Despicable Me films, The Secret life of Pets 1 and 2, Hop, Minions, Sing, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.

Blu-ray Disc, DVD Releases Spur Viewership of ‘Birds of Prey’, ‘Call of the Wild’, ‘Fantasy Island’

Home viewership for Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, 20th Century Fox’s The Call of the Wild, and Sony Pictures’ Fantasy Island soared after the three films were released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 12.

Birds of Prey, a superhero sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, shot to No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended May 16, up from No. 8 the prior week.

The Call of the Wild, an adventure film starring Harrison Ford and based on the classic Jack London novel, soared to No. 4 from No. 13 on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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And Fantasy Island, a Blumhouse Productions horror film starring Michael Peña and scream queen Lucy Hale, debuted at No. 6 in the wake of its May 12 release on disc.

Also new to the weekly chart is Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man, which debuted at No. 14 after it became available for digital purchase through retailers such as Redbox on Demand, FandangoNow, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play.

The film, about a woman stalked by her “invisible,” and supposedly dead, boyfriend, had initially been released to home audiences in mid-March, when movie theaters went dark due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, at a premium VOD price of $19.99. Consumers can now buy it for $14.99.

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Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot, a superhero film based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name, slipped to No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart from No. 1 the prior week.

Another Sony Pictures film, Bad Boys for Life, dropped a notch to No. 3 from No. 2, with Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog rounding out the top five after finishing at No. 3 the prior week.

  1. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  2. Bloodshot (Sony)
  3. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  4. The Call of the Wild (Fox, 2020)
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  6. Fantasy Island (Sony)
  7. I Still Believe (Lionsgate)
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  9. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  10. 1917 (Universal)
  11. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  12. Dolittle (Universal)
  13. Little Women (Sony, 2019)
  14. The Invisible Man (Universal, 2020)
  15. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  16. Rick and Morty Season 4 (Warner)
  17. Gretel & Hansel (Warner)
  18. Underwater (Fox)
  19. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  20. Yellowstone Season 2 (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 May 16

 

‘Fantasy Island’ Unrated Edition Traveling to Digital April 14, Disc May 12

The horror adaptation Fantasy Island will emerge on digital April 14 and Blu-ray and DVD May 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A Blumhouse horror reimagining of the TV show, Fantasy Island follows the enigmatic Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña) who makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come  true  at  a  luxurious  but  remote  tropical  resort. When the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.

The film also stars Maggie Q, Lucy Hale and Michael Rooker.

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Blu-ray, DVD and digital special features include deleted scenes, unrated and theatrical versions of the movie, unrated commentary by director Jeff Wadlow and the cast (on the unrated version only).