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).

Universal’s ‘Ma’ Due Digitally Aug. 20, on Disc Sept. 3

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the thriller Ma digitally Aug. 20, and on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Sept. 3.

The Blumhouse production stars Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as Sue Ann, a lonely woman in a quiet Ohio town who takes an interest in a group of local teenagers she lets throw a party in her house.

The cast also includes Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown.

The film earned $45.3 million at the domestic box office.

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Blu-ray, DVD and digital bonus material includes a new alternate ending, deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and the featurettes “Party at Ma’s,” a general making-of video, and “Creating Sue Ann,” a spotlight on the character.

Season One of ‘The Purge’ to Hit Disc Jan. 8 From Universal

Season one of USA Network’s “The Purge,” based on the film franchise, will come out on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 8.

The series plays off the plot of the well-known Blumhouse movies, where several unrelated people discover what measures they are willing to take in order to survive a night where all crime is legal for 12 hours.

Bonus features include deleted scenes.

‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Coming on Digital Oct. 2, Disc Oct. 16 From Universal

The horror film Unfriended: Dark Web will arrive on digital (including Movies Anywhere) Oct. 2 and on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Oct. 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

This second installment in the saga from producers Blumhouse and Bazelevs (UnfriendedHappy Death Day, The Purge) follows a group of friends who stumble upon mysterious computer files that will change their lives forever. It stars Colin Woodell (UnsaneXOXO), Betty Gabriel (Get OutUpgrade), Rebecca Rittenhouse (“The Mindy Project,” Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot) and Andrew Lees (“The Originals,” “The Pacific”).

The release features three alternate endings.

The “Unfriended 2-Movie Collection,” including Unfriended and Unfriended: Dark Web, will also be available on DVD Oct.16.

Blumhouse’s ‘Truth or Dare: Unrated Director’s Cut’ Due on Digital July 3, Disc July 17

Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare: Unrated Director’s Cut will come out on digital, including Movies Anywhere, on July 3 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand July 17 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the horror film, a group of friends set out to enjoy their final spring break together, but a harmless game of Truth or Dare turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie — or refuse the dare. Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars“) and Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf“) lead the cast of friends who work together to try and end the terrifying game. The film also stars Violett Beane (“The Flash”), Nolan Gerard Funk (Counterpart), Hayden Szeto (The Edge of Seventeen) and Sophia Taylor Ali (Famous in Love).

The film earned $40.3 million at the box office.

Bonus features on Blu-ray and DVD include the behind-the-scenes featurette “Game On: The Making of Truth or Dare”; “Directing the Deaths,” an inside look at the most memorable death scenes; and feature commentary with director Jeff Wadlow and actress Lucy Hale.

Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare will be available on Blu-ray combo pack which includes Blu-ray, DVD, digital and Movies Anywhere.

From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare: Unrated Directors Cut (PRNewsfoto/Universal Pictures Home Enterta)