‘Bojack Horseman’ Seasons One and Two on Blu-ray July 31

Multi-platform media distributor Shout! Factory will release BoJack Horseman: Seasons One & Two on Blu-ray July 31.

The animated Netflix comedy series centers on the title character (voiced by Will Arnett), an anthropomorphized horse who is a troubled former sitcom star struggling through life with whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback. The series also stars Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins.

Bonus features have yet to be announced.

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Fans who order directly from Shout! Factory (www.shoutfactory.com/shop) can purchase a limited collector’s edition that includes a set of six laminated cork-base coasters featuring the lead characters.

‘Bojack Horseman’ Blu-ray with Shout! Factory online-exclusive coaster set

Shout! Factory to Distribute ‘Bojack Horseman’ on Disc

Multi-platform media distributor Shout! Factory has formed a multiyear strategic distribution alliance with Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company to bring Netflix’s “Bojack Horseman” to Blu-ray and DVD.

Shout! Factory has exclusive home entertainment rights to the first four seasons of the Tornante Company-produced series for distribution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The deal also covers seasons two through four in Australia and New Zealand.

Five seasons have run on Netflix and season six will premiere in 2019. Reruns air on Comedy Central.

“’BoJack Horseman’ crosses boundaries, defies expectations, challenges, entertains and generally blows your mind, often through laughter. We intend to give fans something they need to own with great extras and packaging,” said Jordan Fields, VP of Acquisitions at Shout! Factory.

“Passionate BoJack Horseman fans will carry these DVDs around wherever they go, like Linus and his blanket”, said Michael Eisner, founder of The Tornante Company.

The show centers on the title character (voiced by Will Arnett), an anthropomorphized horse who is a troubled former sitcom star struggling through life with whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback. The series also stars Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins.

‘Maniac’ Bows at No. 3 on Digital Originals Chart, with ‘Stranger Things’ Still No. 1

With the launch of “Maniac,” the Netflix miniseries debuted at No. 3 on the top 10 digital originals chart for the week ended Sept. 29, according to Parrot Analytics.

The sci-fi comedy drama, which follows two strangers who connect during a pharmaceutical trial, posted a nearly 80% gain in Demand Expressions, a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

A “digital original” is described as a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

“Maniac” stars Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux, Sonoya Mizuno, Gabriel Byrne, and Sally Field. Critics have praised the 10-episode series for visuals, direction and acting, particularly the performances of Stone and Hill.

“Stranger Things”and “Bojack Horseman” remain in the No. 1 and No. 2 spot on the digital originals chart, while “Ozark,” the dark drama about a family forced to move its money-laundering operation to a resort in the Ozark mountains to placate a violent drug cartel, moved up a notch to No. 4, even though demand was relatively flat. “Ozark” launched its second season on Aug. 31.

Rounding out the top five on the weekly digital originals chart was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” down from No. 3 the prior week with a decline in Demand Expressions by nearly 11%.

Demand for “Stranger Things” rose 5%, while demand for “Bojack Horseman” is down nearly 20% from the prior week. Demand for “Stranger Things” initially peaked after the July 16 release of its Season 3 teaser,  illustrating the strong fan connection with the series.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” jumped to No. 6 from No. 8 the prior week, with word that Season 3 is launching on Oct. 19. That drove demand up nearly 17%.

“Castle Rock,” from Hulu, suffered the biggest drop in demand  of any of the digital originals in the top 10, with a 27% decline in demand – and a fall on the chart to No. 9 from No. 4 the prior week.

‘American Vandal’: Netflix’s Next Big Hit?

It appears Netflix has another hit on its hands, this time with “American Vandal,” the true-crime satire series created by Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda.

Demand for the show more than doubled with the Sept. 14 premiere of Season 2, which follows the investigation into a new “crime” at a private Catholic high school after the cafeteria’s lemonade is spiked with laxatives.

“American Vandals” debuted at No. 10 on the top 10 digital originals chart for the week ended Sept. 22, with a 154% increase in Demand Expressions, according to Parrot Analytics data. In the prior week the show was ranked at No. 46.

“Demand Expressions” is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

A “digital original” is described as a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

Elsewhere on the digital originals chart, “Stranger Things” remains the most in-demand show for the second consecutive week, with 36.7 million Demand Expressions, Parrot says.

The perennially popular digital original series “BoJack Horseman” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” both rose up the chart, with “BoJack” rising to No. 2 from No. 5 the previous week with a 40% gain in demand.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” shot back up the chart to No. 3, from No. 7 the prior week, with a nearly 28% increase in Demand Expressions.

The franchise effect is evident on the Parrot Analytics digital originals chart for the week ended Sept. 22, with two Netflix-Marvel series feeding off each other.

Audiences have now had enough time to digest the latest season of “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” which debuted on Netflix on Sept. 7, and are now catching up on “Marvel’s Daredevil” ahead of its second season launch next month.

Demand for “Iron Fist” was down 20%, while demand for “Daredevil” was up 2%, enough to bump the latter up to No. 8 from No. 9.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

 

Marvel Superhero Series Surge on Digital Originals Chart

Two Marvel superhero series from Netflix are back in the top 10 on the digital originals chart for the week ended Sept. 15, led by “Marvel’s Iron Fist.”

The arrival of the highly anticipated second season propelled the action series to No. 4 from No. 22 the prior week, with a whopping 139% gain in Demand Expressions, Parrot Analytics data shows.

The perennially popular “Marvel’s Daredevil” also reappeared in the top 10 with a 20% bump in Demand Expressions, triggered by the release of a teaser trailer released on Sept. 11.

“Demand Expressions” is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

Finales and premieres also impacted the top 10. After a successful season launch, Hulu’s “Castle Rock” ended on Sept. 12; high demand for the finale prompted the series – based on the writings of horror author Stephen King – to shoot back up to No. 2 from No. 4 the prior week, even though demand was up just 2%.

Meanwhile, “BoJack Horseman” experienced a 24% week-on-week spike on demand after new episodes started airing on Sept. 14, resulting in a bump up to No. 5 from No. 8.

“Stranger Things” remains No. 1 on the digital originals chart for the week ended Sept. 15, with demand relatively flat from the prior week.

The Netflix series took the top spot on the chart the previous week, ending a five-week run at No. 1 by “Orange is the New Black,” the women-in-prison drama series now in its sixth season.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

Demand for ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ Nearly Doubles as Amazon Series Breaks Into Digital Originals Top 10

A modest rise in demand of less than 5% was enough to propel “Stranger Things” into the No. 1 position on the digital originals chart for the week ended Sept. 8, breaking a five-week hold on the top chart position by “Orange is the New Black,” Parrot Analytics data shows.

Both digital originals series are from Netflix. “Orange,” a drama about women in prison, saw its Demand Expressions fall by about 6% during the week, to 31.4 million,  and finished the week at No. 2.

“Demand Expressions” is a proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

A third Netflix series, “Ozark” shot up to No. 2 from No. 10 the previous week, thanks to an 85% spike in Demand Expressions the week after the launch of Season 2. “Ozark” stars Jason Bateman as financial planner Marty Byrde, who relocates his family from a Chicago suburb to a resort town in the Ozarks after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong – only to become entangled with a whole new breed of organized crime.

An even bigger week-to-week gain was posted by Amazon Prime Video’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” which broke into the top 10 with a 95% gain in Demand Expressions. The action series debuted at No. 7 in the week following its Aug. 31 launch.

Amazon had already announced a second season before the series even premiered.

Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” a horror series based on the writings of Stephen King, slipped to No. 4 from No. 3 the prior week, with demand essentially flat. Also down a notch is “Voltron: Legendary Defender” (Netflix), which took over the No. 5 spot from still another Netflix series, “Disenchantment.”

“Disenchantment,” created by “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” creator Matt Groening, suffered a drop in demand of more than 12% and finished the week at No. 9.

“Disenchantment” is Netflix’s sixth animated series targeting adults. The first, “Bojack Horseman,” returned to the top 10 the week ended Sept. 8 with a 72% gain in demand, with more than 19.3 million Demand Expressions – enough for a seventh-place finish.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

Amazon Greenlights First Adult Animation Series

Taking another page from Netflix, Amazon Studios March 6 announced production green light for “Undone,” an animated adult series from Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Writers Guild Award winner Kate Purdy – the creative team behind Netflix’s adult animated series, “BoJack Horseman.”

The series, which is produced by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company, is in pre-production and expected to premiere in 2019 on Prime Video in over 200 countries.

“Undone” is a 30-minute dramedy that explores the elastic nature of reality through its central character, Alma. After getting into a near fatal car accident, Alma discovers she has a new relationship with time and uses this ability to find out the truth about her father’s death.

Dutch artist Hisko Hulsing (“Montage of Heck”) will oversee the production design and direct a team of animators working in the Netherlands. The animation will be done with Dutch co-producer and Amsterdam-based studio Submarine, and Austin-based studio Minnow Mountain.

“Kate and Raphael are dynamic and creative forces, and I know they will create an amazing series for us,” Sharon Yguado, head of scripted series, Amazon Studios, said in a statement.