Classic Comedy ‘Harold and Maude’ Joining ‘Paramount Presents’ Line Dec. 7

The coming-of-age comedy classic Harold and Maude arrives on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 7 as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the 1971 film, directed by Hal Ashby and written by Colin Higgins, Harold (Bud Cort) is a death-obsessed teen who falls for Maude (Ruth Gordon), a happy-go-lucky, eccentric 79-year-old. To a lilting Yusuf/Cat Stevens soundtrack, Maude teaches Harold a valuable lesson about making the most of his time on earth.

Originally released on Dec. 20, 1971, the film celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has been restored and remastered for the limited-edition release.  For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K and careful color correction and cleanup were undertaken to pay homage to director of photography John Alonzo’s work and honor the look of the film, according to Paramount. In addition, the soundtrack was completely remixed using recently discovered tracks to add clarity and depth.

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The “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray includes a new commentary with Larry Karaszewski (co-screenwriter, Ed Wood; co-screenwriter, Dolemite Is My Name) and writer/director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous), as well as a look at the film featuring Yusuf/Cat Stevens, who composed and performed the songs for the movie.

Harold and Maude is presented in collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

‘Love Is Blind’ Top Rising Show, ‘Outer Banks’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Outer Banks” was the top binge show and the service’s “Love Is Blind” was the top rising show on the TV Time charts for the week ended Aug. 1.

“Outer Banks,” season two of which hit screens July 30, follows teens on an island of haves and have-nots hunting for a legendary treasure.

“Love Is Blind” is a reality show where singles have to find a match without seeing each other. A season one reunion special debuted July 28.

Taking the silver on the rising show chart and the bronze on the binge chart was the German coming-of-age drama “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast).” Season three of the series debuted July 27.

Coming in at No. 2 on the binge chart was the coming-of-age comedy “Never Have I Ever,” season two of which debuted July 15. Created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, it continues to follow Indian-American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), who deals with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by almost 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Aug. 1 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Outer Banks” (Netflix) — 5.29%
  2. “Never Have I Ever” (Netflix) — 2.97%
  3. “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” (Netflix) — 2.05%
  4. “Atypical” (Netflix) — 2.02%
  5. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.86%
  6. “Grey’s Anatomy” (U.S.) (ABC) — 1.52%
  7. “Modern Family” (U.S.) (ABC) — 1.52%
  8. “Elite” (Netflix) — 1.31%
  9. “Sky Rojo” (Netflix) — 1.27%
  10. “The Good Doctor” (U.S.) (ABC) — 1.19%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Aug. 1 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Love Is Blind” (Netflix) — 97.4%
  2. “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)” (Netflix) — 96.6%
  3. “Outer Banks” (Netflix) — 96%
  4. “Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star” (BBC Three) — 88.5%
  5. “Roswell, New Mexico” (The CW) — 84.9%
  6. “The Grand Tour” (Amazon Prime Video) — 78.3%
  7. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO) — 75.6%
  8. “Summer Olympics Tokyo 2020” (NBC) — 72.2%
  9. “Them” (Amazon Prim Video) — 63.5%
  10. “Temptation Island” (IT) (Canale 5) — 38.4%

Drama ‘Here Are the Young Men’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD June 29 From Well Go

The Irish drama Here Are the Young Men, featuring Golden Globe winner Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”), will come out on Blu-ray and DVD June 29 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

It is already available for digital purchase.

Based on the novel by Rob Doyle, the coming-of-age story catalogs the last hurrah of three high school graduates intent on celebrating their newfound freedom with an epic, debaucherous bender. However, when a horrible accident sends them spiraling, the trio must grapple with the most daunting challenge of their lives: facing their own inner demons.

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In addition to Taylor-Joy, the film stars Dean-Charles Chapman (1917, “Game of Thrones”), Finn Cole (“Peaky Blinders,” Slaughterhouse Rulez), Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (“Vikings”), Travis Fimmel (“Vikings,” Warcraft) and Conleth Hill (“Game of Thrones”). The film is written and directed by Eoin Macken (ColdDreaming for You).

Coming-of-Age Drama ‘Boogie’ Shooting to Digital May 18, Disc June 1

The coming-of-age drama Boogie, from writer, producer and restauranteur Eddie Huang (“Fresh Off the Boat,” “Huang’s World”), will debut on digital May 18 and on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand June 1 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The New York story about basketball, young love, fractious families, and pursuing big dreams against all odds showcases first-time actor Taylor Takahashi, who was Huang’s personal assistant at the time he was cast, and a supporting cast that includes Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Pamelyn Chee (Princess of Nebraska), Domenick Lombardozzi (The Irishman), and the late rapper Pop Smoke, in his first screen performance.

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Inspired by and rooted in Huang’s own experiences growing up as the son of Taiwanese immigrants in Orlando, Fla., the film is the story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, N.Y., who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.

The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases feature never-before-seen bonus material, including a behind-the-scenes piece with Takahashi and Huang discussing their unique relationship as well as a look at Pop Smoke’s contributions to the film.

The soundtrack features new original music by the late Grammy-nominated artist Pop Smoke.

FilmRise Acquires Feature ‘Drunk Bus’

FilmRise, a film and television studio and streaming network, has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights to the coming-of-age comedy Drunk Bus.

Starring Charlie Tahan (“Ozark”), Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom,” “To The Stars”) and newcomer Pineapple Tangaroa, the film, originally to premiere at SXSW 2020, follows a young directionless campus bus driver and a punk-rock, charismatic Samoan security guard who is hired to protect him on the nightshift as drunk college students are ushered from one party to the next.

Michael (Charlie Tahan) is a recent graduate whose post-college plan is derailed when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in New York City. Stuck in Ohio without a new plan of his own, Michael finds himself caught in the endless loop of driving the “drunk bus,” the debaucherous late-night campus shuttle that ferries drunk college students from parties to the dorms and back. When the bus service hires a security guard to watch over the night shift, Michael comes face to tattooed face with Pineapple (Tangaroa), a larger-than-life punk rock Samoan who challenges him with a kick in the ass to break from the loop and start living or risk driving in circles forever.

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The film also stars Zach Cherry (“You,” “Duncanville”), Dave Hill (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Joe Pera Talks with You”), Sarah Mezzanotte (“Chambers,” “Blame”) and Tonatiuh (“Vida,” “Angelyne”) and features a cameo by My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero.

Drunk Bus won the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2020 San Diego International Film Festival from both Jury and the Audience.

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Drunk Bus is the directorial debut feature film for John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke and writer Chris Molinaro’s first produced screenplay,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “FilmRise is delighted to support these talented emerging filmmakers with the addition of this festival favorite and critically acclaimed comedy to our 2021 New Release line up.”

Korean Film ‘House of Hummingbird’ Flying to Digital and Blu-ray Aug. 4 From Well Go

The Korean coming-of-age story House of Hummingbird will debut on digital and Blu-ray Aug. 4 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Ignored by her parents and abused by her brother, 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. In a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When a new teacher arrives, she becomes the first adult the young girl feels really understands her.

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Bora Kim makes her feature film directing debut in this acclaimed film that stars Ji-hu Park (The Witness), Sae-byuk Kim (The Day After), Seung-Yeon Lee (Alive) and In-gi Jeong (Chaser).

The film won Best Feature Film at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival. The Korean Association of Film Critics’ Awards named it one of the Ten Best Films of the Year and it won the awards for Best Actress (Park), Best Cinematography (Guk-hyun Kang) and Best International Narrative Feature at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.  In addition, director Bora Kim has won numerous Best Director awards, including from the 2019 Athens International Film Festival, the 2020 Asian Film Critics Association Awards and the 2019 Korean Association of Film Critics’ Awards.