‘Matrix Resurrections,’ ‘Coming 2 America,’ ‘Yellowstone’ New to Disc March 8, ‘Nightmare Alley’ on Digital

March 8 sees the release of several notable titles to home entertainment formats, with The Matrix Resurrections, Coming 2 America, National Champions, A Journal for Jordan, and the latest seasons of “Yellowstone,” “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” and “Supergirl” landing on Blu-ray and DVD, while Nightmare Alley becomes available for digital purchase.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Matrix Resurrections on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release March 8. The fourth “Matrix” film follows up on the trilogy that ended in 2003, and features Keanu Reeves returning to the role of Neo as he learns about the aftermath of the war between humanity and the machines he thought he ended in the previous films, and whether his reality remains part of a computer simulation. His mission becomes to reconnect with his lost love, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). The cast also includes Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Jada Pinkett Smith. The film earned $37.7 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here. A four-movie collection also will be available on Blu-ray and 4K.

Coming 2 America, the follow-up to the classic 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America, makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut March 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the sequel, newly crowned King Akeem (Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) traverse the globe from their great African nation of Zamunda to the borough of Queens, N.Y., when Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States. In addition to Murphy and Hall, the comedy also stars James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louie Anderson, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan and Leslie Jones. The film originally streamed on Amazon Prime Video. Read a review here.

The sports drama National Champions will be released on Blu-ray and DVD March 8 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, three days before the college football national championship game, star quarterback LeMarcus James (Emmy nominee Stephan James; If Beale Street Could Talk, 21 Bridges) and teammate Emmett Sunday (Alexander Ludwig; “Vikings,” “The Hunger Games” franchise) ignite a player’s strike declaring they won’t compete until all student-athletes are fairly compensated. With billions of dollars at risk and legacies on the line, only hours until kickoff, the head coach (Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons; Whiplash, Being the Ricardos) and various power brokers — played by Emmy Winner Kristin Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”), Emmy Nominee Timothy Olyphant (“Fargo,” “Justified”), Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Free Guy), Tim Blake Nelson (“Watchmen”), Andrew Bachelor (Holidate), Jeffrey Donovan (Sicario) and David Koechner (Anchorman) — must race against the clock to protect or destroy the prevailing collegiate athletics system.  

The Denzel Washington-directed drama A Journal for Jordan is being released on DVD and Blu-ray March 8 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. 

Paramount Home Entertainment releases Yellowstone: Season 4 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the popular Paramount Network series stars Kevin Costner and follows the story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. In the fourth season, the fates of Kayce (Luke Grimes), Beth (Kelly Reilly) and John Dutton (Costner) are unknown as Rip (Cole Hauser) and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy. The cast also includes Wes Bentley, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham, Gil Birmingham and Will Patton. Jacki Weaver, Piper Perabo and Kathryn Kelly join the cast in guest starring roles. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment March 8 releases the final installment of the superhero TV series “Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist in the title role, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Supergirl: The Sixth and Final Season, in addition to all 20 episodes, includes an all-new featurette and deleted scenes. Warner Bros. is also releasing Supergirl: The Complete Series, with all 126 episodes from the series, which ran from 2015 to 2021. In the sixth and final season, Supergirl is thrust into the greatest challenge of her life — forced to confront her own mortality, and the prospect of losing all hope. As her friends rally to help her in this difficult fight, a new super villain arrives in National City and tests her resolve.

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, releases The Walking Dead: World Beyond — Final Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8. The second and final season of the horror series aired on AMC Networks in October 2021. Set in the same universe as “The Walking Dead,” the second season of “World Beyond” concludes the story of Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu) and Silas (Hal Cumpston) — four friends who journeyed across the country on a mission that transformed everything they knew about themselves and the world. As they face off against the mysterious Civic Republic Military and fight for control of their own destiny, goals will shift, bonds will form and crumble, and innocence will be both lost and found. The cast also includes Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru and Julia Ormond.

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Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Nightmare Alley will be available for digital purchase starting March 8. From director Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley is a psychological thriller about a down-on-his-luck grifter in the 1940s named Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), who endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet. Del Toro co-wrote the screenplay with Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. Nightmare Alley became available for streaming on Hulu and HBO Max Feb. 1. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 22.

The documentary The Invisible Father will be released on VOD and for digital purchase March 8 from Virgil Films. In the 1960s, beat poet and experimental filmmaker Piero Heliczer helped shape New American Cinema, and was enmeshed with iconic filmmaker Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground at the very start of their careers. Through interviews with family and friends, found photos, and archival footage, Piero’s daughter Thérèse explores the artistic legacy and life of a man she never knew. The intimate documentary explores the promise and perils of leading an authentic, creative life, and the impact that it can have on the people you leave behind in the process. 

The music documentary 23rd Century Giants: The Story of Renaldo & the Loaf will be released on Blu-ray March 8 from MVD Entertainment Group and Well Dang! Productions. It follows a decades-long friendship that drives an architect and a bio-medical scientist to make the weirdest music you’ve ever heard. Not many bands can boast that one of their albums, Songs for Swinging Larvae, was voted 14th weirdest of all time by Mojo magazine. The documentary chronicles the musical careers of mild-mannered Brits Brian Poole and David Janssen, aka Renaldo & the Loaf, whose sonic experimentation with tape loops, household objects and repurposed musical instruments alike gave them a unique electronic sound that would inspire generations of adventurous music lovers for decades. From childhood friendship, to landing a deal with the record company of their wildest dreams (Ralph Records, home of the like-minded Residents), then not speaking for 20 years only to reunite to worldwide cult status, the duo persisted. This definitive history of the band features interviews with the avant-garde duo themselves, and virtually every key figure in their musical lives. The film also features unseen photos, unheard music and comedic cutout animations that visually represent the strangeness. The band made their long anticipated live debut in Vienna in 2018, footage of which is also included.

Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, the classic film restoration and streaming company, releases Kenneth G. Crane’s classic ‘B’-movie Monster From Green Hell (1957) on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD March 8. From the era of giant bugs and atomic testing comes this low-budget creature feature about mutant wasps. When scientists try to understand the effects of radiation on earth creatures, the result brings them to an area of Africa known as “Green Hell,” where wasps have mutated into monsters. Jim Davis, who later starred in the TV series “Dallas,” plays Dr. Quent Brady, the scientist who starts the whole mess. The film also stars Vladimir Sokoloff (The Life of Emile Zola, Mission to Moscow) as the skeptical Dr. Lorentz and Joel Fluellen (Raisin in the Sun) as Arobi, who warns Brady to beware of the African location. Monster From Green Hell was co-written by Louis Vittes, writer of the classic I Married a Monster From Outer Space. The special-edition release features a 4K transfer, including both widescreen and full frame versions of the film.

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

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Ginny & Georgia’ Again Denies Disney’s ‘WandaVision’ in Top Weekly TV Streaming

Netflix original series “Ginny & Georgia” again held off a challenge from Disney+ franchise “WandaVision” to hold the No. 1 position on Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 chart for streamed content on the living room television the week of March 8-14.

The series saw viewership tumble 38% to 722 million minutes from 1.16 billion minutes in the previous-week period. That was still plenty enough to hold off “WandaVision,” which saw viewership freefall 58% to 388 million minutes across nine episodes from 924 million minutes following its season-ending ninth episode a week earlier.

In fact, Netflix’s “The Crown” moved past “WandaVison” with 449 million minutes to finish No. 2.

Amazon Prime Video’s Coming 2 America, licensed from Paramount Pictures and starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, again topped original movies with 770 million minutes to easily outdistance Netflix’s newcomer, Yes Day with 402 million minutes, and Disney+ original Raya and the Last Dragon with 390 million minutes. The latter moved up one place after gaining 45 million minutes from the week before.

Licensed episodes of “Criminal Minds” again topped acquired streaming content with 699 million minutes across 307 episodes — underscoring the program’s enduring appeal for Netflix.

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.


Licensed Titles

Rank SVOD Provider Program Name Number of Episodes Minutes Streamed
1 Netflix “Criminal Minds” 307 699
2 Netflix “Greys Anatomy” 366 628
3 Netflix “Cocomelon” 6 458
4 Netflix “Good Girls” 34 449
5 Netflix “NCIS” 353 441
6 Netflix “Schitt’s Creek” 80 438
7 Netflix “Heartland” 158 416
8 Netflix “Supernatural” 328 393
9 Netflix “Henry Danger” 65 332
10 Netflix “New Girl” 146 312


Rank SVOD Provider Program Name Number Minutes Streamed
1 Amazon Coming 2 America 1 770
2 Netflix Yes Day 1 402
3 Disney+ Raya and the Last Dragon 1 390
4 Netflix Parker (2013) 1 345
5 Disney+ Moana 1 201
6 Netflix I Care A Lot 1 196
7 Netflix Bigfoot Family 1 185
8 Netflix Moxie 1 158
9 Netflix The Dark Knight 1 157
10 Netflix Safe Haven 1 140

Nielsen: Amazon’s ‘Coming 2 America’ Dominates Weekly Streaming

Amazon Prime Video’s pandemic decision to license Paramount Pictures’ Coming 2 America paid dividends, with the sequel co-starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall topping all content streamed on living room televisions for the week of March 1-7, according to new data from Nielsen.

Paramount sold the movie rights after exhibitors were forced to shut down due to government mandates due to coronavirus infection concerns.

The movie tracked more than 1.4 billion minutes streamed, easily topping Netflix’s Bigfoot Family and Golden Globe winner I Care a Lot with 363 million minutes each respectively. It marked the first time a non-Netflix title has finished atop the weekly chart Nielsen launched last September.

Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy, said 40% of the movie’s viewers originated in black homes, which he said helped place a motion picture ahead of original TV and licensed content.

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“It’s very rare for a movie to take the top slot,” Fuhrer said. “We have to go all the way back to [Netflix’s] Spenser Confidential, and more recently [Disney’s] Soul, which was supplanted by [Warner Bros. Pictures’] Wonder Woman 1984 for a movie to win the week.”

Notably, “WandaVision” (924 million) could not unseat Netflix’s “Ginny & Georgia” (1.16 billion) for top spot on the original series chart.

“‘WandaVision’ had a great run, in the top 10 every week, it just couldn’t take the top slot,” Fuhrer said. “I think this was the peak.”

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.


Licensed Content


SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number of Episodes

Minutes Streamed

1 Netflix “Criminal Minds” 307 929
2 Netflix “Grey’s Anatomy” 366 858
3 Netflix “Good Girls” 34 579
4 Netflix “NCIS” 353 555
5 Netflix “Schitt’s Creek” 80 493
6 Netflix “Cocomelon” 6 475
7 Netflix “Heartland” 158 475
8 Netflix “iCarly” 60 431
9 Netflix “Supernatural” 328 400
10 Netflix “The Sinner” 24 334



SVOD Provider

Program Name


Minutes Streamed

1 Amazon Coming 2 America 1 1,413
2 Netflix Bigfoot Family 1 363
3 Netflix I Care a Lot 1 363
4 Disney+ Raya and the Last Dragon 1 355
5 Netflix Moxie 1 257
6 Netflix Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell 1 203
7 Disney+ Moana 1 185
8 Netflix The Dark Knight 2 176
9 Netflix No Escape 1 141
10 Disney+ Frozen 1 134

Chart: ‘Coming 2 America’ Topped March 5-7 Weekend Movie Streaming

Amazon Prime Video’s launch of Coming 2 America was the most-watched movie from March 5-7 according to Reelgood, which scans myriad streaming services by 2 million users. Amazon heavily hyped acquiring the streaming rights to the Paramount Pictures’ sequel to Coming to America (1988) — both titles starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, among others.

Notably, Reelgood said the movie outperformed titles Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman 1984, Disney/Pixar Animation’s Soul, and Amazon’s Golden Globes-winning Borat Subsequent Moviefilm in terms of streaming and engagement shares during their respective opening weekends. To be more specific, Coming 2 America opened to a 6% market share vs. Wonder Woman 1984’s 4% market share — the latter being the strongest opening weekend performance on any SVOD platform in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Amazon Prime Video Streaming Eddie Murphy Sequel ‘Coming 2 America’ on March 5, 2021

Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 20 disclosed that March 5, 2021, is the release date for Paramount Pictures’ erstwhile theatrical release Coming 2 America — with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, among others, reprising their original roles from the 1988 box office hit Coming to America.

Amazon acquired the rights to the sequel for a reported $125 million after Paramount Pictures decided not to release the movie on its original Dec. 18 box office debut date.

Set 30 years later, Prince Akeem (Murphy), heir to the throne of the African nation of Zamunda, discovers he has a long-lost son who lives in Queens, New York. He returns to America to find his son and groom him as the new prince. In addition to Murphy and Hall, Coming 2 America returning cast members include James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Louie Anderson. Newcomers include Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor.

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Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this new adventure. We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”


Paramount’s Eddie Murphy Sequel ‘Coming 2 America’ Going to Amazon Prime Video

Chalk up another loss for the theatrical market. Paramount Pictures has reportedly licensed rights to the Eddie Murphy sequel Coming 2 America to Amazon Prime Video for $125 million. The movie, co-starring original headliners Murphy and Arsenio Hall, is slated to bow on Prime Dec. 18 — the same date as the original theatrical launch, according to Deadline, which first reported the move.

Co-stars in the sequel, in which Akeem (Murphy) learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda, include Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and Jay Pharaoh.

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Amazon had been relatively quiet on content spending in 2020 compared with rivals Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max and Apple — reportedly slated to spend $6 million on original content this year before the coronavirus hit.

Now the deal represents another high-profile theatrical steal for Amazon Studios under the direction of Jennifer Salke, following deals for Sasha Baron Cohen’s second Borat flick, and Dave Bautista’s My Spy.

The 1988 original Coming to America was a blockbuster for Paramount, generating $128 million at domestic screens and $288 million worldwide — just behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Rain Man.

The transaction leaves just four high-profile studio movies still on the theatrical calendar in 2020, including Open Road’s Honest Thief on Oct. 16; 20th Century’s Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds on Dec. 11; Death on the Nile with Kenneth Branagh reprising Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth detective Hercules Poirot on Dec. 18; and Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas.

Studios have repeatedly pushed back big-budget releases to 2021 as theaters grapple with pandemic closures and limited seating at screens that are open. With Warner’s espionage thriller Tenet failing to bring consumers in the U.S. back to the cineplex, the domestic box office is trending nearly 80% below 2019 levels.